Can’t believe that summer is almost over, and it’s time to start thinking “back to school”.  So today’s post is looking back to the August ’07 Dirty Dozen Gallery at Splitcoaststampers to a couple of cards that I made.

The first is a backpack shaped card.


The backpack was cut from a standard 5-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of brown card stock. It was then mounted on a white card base which was also cut to the backpack pattern. The straps in back were adhered between the brown and white card stock so as to not inhibit the opening and closing of the card itself. A sewing machine was used to pierce the paper and then a marker was used for the faux stitching.

Here are the measurements if you want to make your own template.


The second card is also a standard 5-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ size.


The vase is on one layer of foam tape. The sentiment is on two. The canopy is on three! I used the 1/16th” and 1/8th” hand held circle punches for the ‘locks’. The locker vents are hand drawn with a gel pen.

Thanks for dropping in today.  Hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer.

Happy Crafting!




Stamps: SU! “Sporting” and “Canvas Backgrounder”

Papers: SU! Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Silver and Whisper White

Inks: SU! Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip Classic and Marker, Cranberry Crisp, Ruby Red Marker

Accessories: GG Ribbon, Silver Brads, 1/4″ Square Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Sewing Machine


Stamps: SU! “Fabulous Flowers” and “Vases in Vogue”

Papers: SU! Going Gray, Basic Gray, Silver, Basic Black, Bravo Burgundy, Groovy Guava, WW, Apple Cider DP

Inks: SU! Going Gray, River Rock, Bravo Burgundy, Jet Black Stazon, Blush Blossom and Garden Green Markers

Accessories: GG Ribbon, Rhinestone Brads, Primas, Scalloped Scissors, Circle Punches, Gel Pens


29 Responses to “Backpack and Fabulous”

  1. Oh my gosh! I think I may have fainted a little bit… this is just a brilliant set of cards! perfect for back to school!

  2. They look absolut fabulous!! Love all the thoughtful details, like the zipper on the first card and that locker image with the grey panels is also such a good idea!

  3. Those are two of the cutest, most imaginative cards I’ve seen. How very clever you are Susan.

  4. Susan, I know I’m always in for a treat when I visit your blog. That’s why I added you to my Google Reader subscriptions a looong time ago – so I don’t miss a single post. What a delightful surprise to find your backpack and locker cards today. Both are absolutely adorable, not to mention ingenious. I’m going to try my hand at the locker card and if I have any luck with it, will sneak it into my daughter’s lunch on her first day of middle school week after next. You are going to bring such a smile to her sweet face. Thank you SO much!

  5. You know I remember drooling over the locker card, its one of my favourite of yours that you’ve ever done, just such fun creativity! I so remember decorating lockers in HS.

    These are both so fun and creative Susan!

  6. These were such creative designs. You always aced the challenges. Beautiful work, these designs are as fresh and fun today as they were yesterday. You are always on the cutting edge.

  7. These two cards are so adorable! Really great job

  8. You have outdone yourself with these two fabulous creations!!! Absolutely LOVE them both!! What a graet thing to give your kids on their first day of school. Thanks for the measurements on the back pack and dimensional thickness for the locker. Beyond adorable!!!

  9. Wonderful!

  10. What fun and fabulous back to school cards, Susan!!!! Your backpack card is genius…I have got to make one of those for my DGS!!! I had to chuckle when I saw you locker card because I have a girly girl 12 year old DGD who would absolutely LOVE it…in fact, I’m sure if she could, she would decorate her locker just the same…LOL!!!

  11. Even three years ago your projects were amazing! Awesome back to school projects.
    Hugs and smiles

  12. Awesome once again! Is it just me or is there html code in your post?

  13. oh Susan, these are wonderful!!! So clever and fun!

  14. Both cards are remarkable! But I’m majorly in love with the locker card! Wow what an awesome idea/concept. This would be an awesome card for a kid starting any year of HS. You are an artist my friend! Best, Curt

  15. I adore both of your cards, Susan! What a fabulous idea with the backpack! And look at the lockers!Thank you so much for sharing thme with us! 🙂

  16. THUD!!!! Somebody help me pick my jaw up off the floor! This is pure creative genius at work here, not a doubt in my mind! Both of these cards just blew me away!! I was fascinated with the backpack and then nearly fell off my chair when I saw the lockers! You never disappoint and I’m so glad you share your amazing talent on this blog! Fantastic cards!!!!

  17. Oh my gosh, these are SERIOUSLY awesome!!!….the back pack….the LOCKER!!…oh my word, love them both. You’re incredible!

  18. Wow, you are just too clever! Love both of these cards, but that locker one is genious! Way to go!

  19. Um…that should have been genius, which clearly I am not…. 😉

  20. I remember these cards.. They are awesome. I am so not ready for school to start.. Packing lunches, homework and the like.. But I love the crafty creations that come out this time of year.. Great job Susan.

  21. Oh my goodness, how cool these are, what fantastic embellishing on the first and I so love how you decorated the one locker and they look terrific!!!

  22. Those are the cutest back-to-school projects, Susan!! I just LOVE them both!!

  23. Love your back to school projects! So adorable, Susan!

  24. Such cute projects. They are so adorable.

  25. Both of these are so utterly darling, Susan, but I’m just flipping over the locker card! Oh, my! Dare to be fabulous! You bet!

  26. Perfect for back to school!!! Very clever!!!

  27. These were totally cute the first time and now even the second time. My favorite you did for this DD was those crayon shaped tags for the wall hanging thingy. That was so clever and cute. I think it was a wall hanging or maybe it was hall passes… Either way totally fun and creative with all your back to school stuff.

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