Sunday, 13 September 2020

Back To School - with the Apple Builder Punch

So this week was an interesting one!  We were all really excited to be returning to school in our house.  My two children (7 and 9 years old) have missed their friends terribly, and despite having taught in schools before, I and they did not enjoy the homeschooling aspect as much.  It is a totally different ball game teaching your own children and being able to keep it interesting, challenging and relevant.  Hats off to anyone who successfully homeschools because I don't think it is for us.

We did have the most amazing time as a family though.  I am grateful for the time we spent together.  We had some adventures - camping in the garden, cooking, crafting, geocaching on our walks out, family games night and quizzes, puzzles.

We managed a short break in the Lake District mostly getting outdoors and on our bikes and staying clear of the populated areas.  It was just enough to keep us from feeling too cooped up.

As the summer drew to a close we looked forward to school starting, but were sad to be saying goodbye to Daddy, who is setting off with work abroad for a few months.  We will miss him, but at least we will be returning to a routine of sorts.

The week started so well, until, bam!  my son returns with a cough and cold!  Oh no!  Of course we follow the guidance to letter and self-isolate immediately and book a test for him.  As I write this we are awaiting his results.  I am quietly confident that he just has a head cold and that many children, now they are all back together, will also be coming down with the usual things that in the past would not have phased any of us.  Bt until we know for sure it is 14 days of isolation for my daughter and I and 10 for him!

Well I thought I would cheer myself up with some crafting and blogging, and I found this project from a while back.  I shared it on my Facebook LIVE back in July, and on Instagram, but had not got around to a blog post or a YouTube version of the tutorial, so here it is for a second outing, to hail the start of term.

This card uses the Water Painters to spread inky splodges of colour all over pieces of Shimmery White Card Stock.  This created the background and the apples which I punched out with the Apple Builder Punch.

The Harvest Hellos stamp set provided the repeated sentiment on the background, perfect for giving a well deserved teacher thank you, and then the card is finished with some ribbon from the Playing With Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack

Watch the full tutorial here on my YouTube Channel:

And here are the measurements and supplies:

Card Base           Whisper White                            21cm x 14.85cm (scored at 10.5cm)
Matt Layer          Basic Black                                 14.4cm x 10cm
Card Front           Shimmery White                        14.2cm x 9.8cm, plus an extra scrap for two apples
Ribbon                Coastal Cabana                            approx. 30cm

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