Friday, September 15, 2023

Back to School Measurements

 Happy Friday, hope you have a nice weekend planned.
We finally got rain! Cumulative this week for us is a little over 3 inches!
Temps are nice, too. We had storms, of course, and power was knocked out but our generator saved us from that. Only problem has been cable internet. If Honey and I could figure out how to keep that on, life would be pretty perfect. I've been waiting all afternoon and evening to post, so hopefully now it's back on for good as the front causing the storms has largely blown through.
So, my challenge requirements for this 4x6 art piece were: ruler or measuring tape, back to school and either books, tea or cats. I found this awesome quote online and then found this Bugaboo boy sitting on a ruler in my computer files. I knew I had the apple and cat dies, so this is what I came up with.
Here's a close-up of the quote I snagged off the internet, printed, cut with a circle punch, edged with a red pencil and matted onto a larger punched circle of scrap paper edged with a dark brown pencil.
I love this and think it's a great piece of advice for everyone, not just students!
Also wanted to show the before and after: the originally printed piece after resizing and layering the Bugaboo digi onto my matted PSE file. I used Polychromos colored pencils to color the boy and the ruler. Then I scribbled the background with watercolor pencils and used a damp brush to activate and let that dry under a large acrylic block. Then, I added the die cuts: a Sizzix apple that I colored with the pencils, and 2 cats cut with Art Impression mini-dies out of brown scrap card. 
Last look.
I've ordered a nice linen covered 4x6 photo album to keep these art pieces in, so I plan to do lots more. They are fun and don't take all that long to do. I can also print out and add any that I do digitally as well.
Thanks for visiting and have a good one!

Whittington and Dick Whittington and His Cat
Bugaboo digi no longer in business
One of the things I like about Autumn is starting back to school for the kids. Even though we are empty nesters, it brings memories of my own first-day-of-school years as well as our daughter's, making for a sentimental familiarity and yearning for turning leaves and cooler temps.
I've used Art Impressions Cats Mini Dies
2 Cats and Apple
Mixed media: Printer ink, water, watercolor pencils, wax pencils, paper


Elkes Lebensglück said...

very beautiful Page!
It's good that nothing else happened to you in the bad storm and that was enough!
Take care of yourself, hug Elke

Carol said...

I love the saying - not heard it before. You have made a great card with all your treasures.
I hope it has now cooled down for you and that you are both OK.
Carol xx
CD Sunday Plus DT

Jocelyn said...

What a great card and the perfect sentiment. I'm glad your internet came back on in time to share this lovely card with us.
Jocelyn x
CD Sunday Plus DT

Elaine Stark said...

Brilliant. I love this image and your wise sentiment. Thanks for joining AYLI challenge. Elaine

Lisa said...

Great Bug a Boo image. I miss their images. I love the coloring you added to this too. This would make a great teacher card. My son and his girl friend are both going to school to be teachers. I need to add a few more teacher images to my collection.

Pamela said...

I like how you've put this together. The cats and apple are the perfect embellishments.
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Beth said...

This is so cute. I'm so glad to hear electricity was your only problem; storms have been bad in North America. We've had several tornados that touched down around me.

My name is Erika. said...

Sorry to hear you lost your cable, but at least you had power. And rain! We're having some light rain and wind from the remains of the Hurricane right now, but nothing much to speak of. WE were lucky it moved further out to sea, but hopefully the people further north who get hit with it don't get too much damage.

This is a fun back to school piece and that sentiment is so true, but sometimes we've all most likely measured ourselves against other people. Sadly. I love how you added the apple and those 2 cats. This makes it perfect for Elle's challenge at AJJ. That's a great idea to have an album to store all these mini art pieces in. I like this size too. You can do a lot without having to do too much.

I hope you have some great weekend weather now that the rain is gone. hugs-Erika

valscraftings said...

Thank you for joining in our challenge this month with your wonderful project! DT Val x

Larelyn said...

This is so perfect! I love how when working with digital images we can come up with the best layouts. Thanks for joining our Cut it Up Back to School challenge.
Larelyn (CIU owner)

Deann said...

So cute, great job.

Sandra Wright. said...

Hello Aimeslee, I hope you are keeping well. Glad to hear the storm has passed.
After some rather late hot weather, visits have stopped now to our favourite beach, today we have been forecast rain for the next 2wks.
Your postcard is so cute, love the quote too.
Keep well
Sandie x

Michelle N. said...

Love that image, and you've colored it and the die cuts beautifully! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas.

Valerie-Jael said...

Sorry about the storms, but I'm happy that your generator is working, that's a great blessing. Your school card is lovely, and the quote is very wise indeed. Here we had a sunny day, but too hot, and now it's raining outside, lovely!I hope you will have a good weekend. Hugs, Valerie

Margarets designer cards said...

Great card for back to school, not heard of that sentiment before but its fits the card very well
Thank you for joining us
CD Sunday plus DT

Donna Walls said...

We've been getting a Soaker every afternoon this past week. Hopefully we can get the lawn mowed before the next storm! I miss Bugaboo and remember this image, he's a good one to have and you've colored him handsomely with your pencils. Thanks for sharing your sweet card with us at The Paper Funday Challenge and we hope you'll share again soon.
Donna xx
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Renee Matarese said...

What a cute card! That verse is great and I love the addition of the cats. Thanks for joining us at Art Impressions.

Card Creator said...

This is absolutely adorable! I love this sentiment too! Thank you so much for joining us at My Time to Craft.

~Tamara (DT)

CA Scrapper said...

Such a cute card! Thanks for joining our Back to School challenge at Cut It Up.


Bonnie Lynn said...

Oh wow!!! Your Bugaboo kid/ruler is fabulous. Love the added dies too. I've got that kid printed out around here somewhere too. Yay for rain!! Knock on wood we're finally getting some cooler temps too. I'm so done with summer!

Gina said...

What a fabulous piece, and so perfect for the specific challenge. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafting From the Heart XXX and I hope your internet gets sorted soon XXX

Empire of the Cat said...

Fun piece today, and love the quote, we should all bear this in mind at times. Love the two little cats on the ruler. Thanks for joining me for the Books, Cats & Tea September theme at Art Journal Journey this month. Happy Journalling! Elle xx

Neet said...

How lucky was that! You certainly had the right file with that Bugaboo boy and I love the quote. It all makes for a super page,, especially as it has those two cats on. Great colours chosen.
.Hugs, Neet xx

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great card and quote.

Alyson Mayo said...

What a terrific card - that sentiment needs to be posted everywhere to remind people not to compare themselves to others! Love it :)

cheiro urgia said...

You've created a fantastic "back to school" card, and the cute bugaboo image is such a wonderful motif to work with. I like how you expanded the motif by adding a few fun embellishments, and the sentiment is really a piece of wisdom. I wonder how many anxieties could be (at least partially) alleviated if we learned to not always compare ourselves to somebody/something else, and learn instead to be content with what we are and what we have. Thanks for joining the Alphabet challenge.

Hugs, Veronika

Ashwini Rao said...

Perfect project for your requirements. I love the image and that perfectly matching sentiment. Glad the storms have passed and your cable internet is back, or we wouldn't get to see this charming creation!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm playing catch up and apologize for taking so long to visit. I don't even have storms to deal with like you. Nice your internet was only off a short while.

I adore this little back to school entry. I LOVE the ruler the boy is sitting on and of course, I adore the cats. This is a wonderful entry for Elle's theme at AJJ. Thanks for sharing it with us, dear Aimeslee.

Jackie C said...

What a great project!
We do love to see all the entries at Classic.
Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge so
We really appreciate you joining in.

Jackie DT

Em Louise Fairley said...

So cute, Aimeslee! Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create. I hope we see you on the front porch again soon!

Hugs, Em
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Lynda said...

Such a fun and colourful card - Thank you for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge xx Lynda/Loopyloo DT

Arlene said...

How very cute! So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our "Anything Goes" challenge.

Annie H said...

Lovely card with that cute little boy, that sentiment fits very well. Thanks for joining ‘coloring with pencils’.
Annie DT

Deanne Saunders said...

Sweet!!! I love Bugaboo digis!! Thanks so much for participating in our CUT IT UP challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

An adorable and another very clever card. Great choice of images Aimes. Love it.
Faith x

Scrapcreaties Mirande said...

Wat een lief en schattig kaartje.
Superleuk dat je mee doet met onze challenge "Alles mag" bij het blog "Kleuren met potloden".
Groetjes Mirande

Andree said...

A super little art project. The image is fabulous and the awesome quote is a perfect match.
Thank you for joining in with our September challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

KarinsArtScrap said...

what a cute and lovely card Aimeslee

Thanks for join us at DT Member
Hope to see you again and goodluck