Monday, August 27, 2012

Back To School - Or The Kitchen

Well, for most people - this time of year means Back-to-School.  But for those of us who homeschool, it means Back-to-Kitchen (or dining room, or wherever your classroom is located).  Nonetheless, it is always a busy time of transition.  We only have one child that is still being homeschooled, and he is in the 8th Grade this year.  His Math is over my head (I'm sorry to say), and we hired a tutor to help with Math.  But other than that, we are on our way to another great year.  We dropped off our middle daughter at Bible College this weekend, and she is settled in for her second year of college life.  Again, I have to ask "where do the years go"?  They seem to disappear all too quickly.
This little card was created for this week's Challenge #9 on Speedy TV called Sketch With a Twist.  The "twist" this week is that there is no sketch.  This card was too crazy to sketch, so that's the whole idea.  I've challenged participants to create something that's too difficult to sketch.  I hope that makes sense.  I invite you all to sign up on Speedy TV to participate in their challenges.  You can win some awesome stamp sets each week.  Just click the link here to sign up and play along:  Speedy TV

I used Mark's Finest Papers Lesson Learned stamp set to create this little mini book.  I already mailed this to my sweet niece, Alexa.  I'm welcoming her back from her recent trip to Russia.  As I've shared before, Alexa speaks fluent Russian (as well as English).  She is starting Preschool this Fall.  Here is another picture of my sweet Alexa.  She is super excited to get home to her Papa (her Daddy, my baby brother) for one VERY funny reason.  Her Baba Natasha (Grandma Natalia) doesn't let her have ANY sweets.  But Papa lets her have them.  She said to him on the phone, "Papa, is my gum still on the counter"?  She is SO ready to chew that sweet pink bubble gum.  Oh, how I miss her.

I am entering this little Back-to-School mini book in the following challenges: - Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Back-to-School Challenge - Loves Rubber Stamps Challenges - Back-to-School - Inky Impressions Challenges/Back-to-Shool Challenge - Crop Stop Challenge Blog/Back-to-School

Thanks for visiting me today.  I always enjoy your sweet comments, and look forward to stopping by your blogs to see your beautiful work and say hello.  I hope you're having a great week.



  1. Adorable card, thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

  2. How sweet is this? I love it! And what an adorable little niece! :) I just finished a back to school project for my (now) 8th will post on Friday...
    I admire those parents who can home-school their kids! I tried with my oldest (now 22) and I about had a mental break down. The fact that he is ADHD and Bipolar had a lot to do with oldest daughter (18) always wanted to be home-schooled, I just couldn't bring myself to do it again - and she is my most "normal" kid of the three. I'm sure God must have a special place in heaven for people like you you have the ability to do it! I'll be sitting in the corner with a dunce cap on! haha
    Karen C

  3. Beautiful "Back to School" card. Thanks for joining our CropStop Challenge.

  4. Such a fun back to school card! I can see how this would be difficult to sketch! LOL Wonderful papers and I love the ruler!

  5. What a cute and fun card. Love the little tag on it and the papers used for the apples set it off.

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  6. Adorable card, Karen! Bless you for home-schooling! As for me, I'm looking forward to my 6th grader and all his little friends going back to school next week! We seem to be the house to play at and the playroom is about 5 feet from my craft "room" doors either!
    Your neice is so adorable! Gorgeous hair! Sounds like a cutie pie too! Blessings! Kathy

  7. Such a wonderful mini and your niece is such a sweetie. What a lovely photo! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  8. This is so adorable, love those paper pieced apples, so cute. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  9. Karen this is so sweet - love your blod and bright colours. What a gorgeous wee girl too :-)

  10. What a doll your niece is!!! Beuatiful photo....and your card is just too cute as well!

  11. Your niece is a cutie!!
    Fun card!!!

  12. What a fabulous back to school card, love the different pattern papers you used...
    thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

  13. What a super cute card! Thanks so much for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog!

  14. Karen your mini book is absolutely gorgeous, I love the paper pieced apples.
    Alexa is beautiful and so clever to be fluent in two languages.
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog and for entering my candy
    hugs Mandy xx