Challenges. They don’t call ’em that for nothin’!

This sketch was a challenge! With all the back-to-school prep going on around here, it’s been hard to find time to do something, anything creative, much less something where I have something to follow! Here’s my kinda-sorta sketch challenge card. When I get home from work this afternoon, I am going to clean up the mess on my stamping table and try again till I create something I love instead of just like!


Check out Beate, Charmaine, Lori, and Sharon’s, too!

Last night was meet the teacher night. We’d already purchased all of the school supplies we needed to and had backpacks bursting at the seams. I hadn’t had time to create my usual teacher gifts (a stack of thank you and birthday cards), so I stopped by Target on the way home from work and the kids chose some candy to give their teachers. The KitKats and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups (and the help during a call from my friend Lori) determined our color scheme. Since I had new stamps from Papertrey still on my table (in the box they shipped in!), I started there for wrappers for the Hershey Nuggets and the simple tag. I got a call from Beate, and added the “Thank U” from True Friend since it was on my stamping table, too. Here’s the finished product, times two. I created the tags and stamped a sheet of Avery labels for the nuggets in the 20 minutes I had before we had to leave for my hair appointment on the other side of town. WHEW! We made it there just in time, came back home, picked up the candy jars, school supplies and Daddy, and headed off to the school. They were a hit with the teachers!


Detailed shot here, and a list of stuff used follows. Click for

Challenge card

Stamps: True Friend

Ink: Pink Passion, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi

Cardstock: So Saffron, Pink Passion, Wild Wasabi, Shimmery White

Accessories: Dimensionals, Paper Piercing template/tool, White gel pen, Wild Wasabi ribbon, Fire rhinestone brad

Teacher Gifts

Stamps: Papertrey’s new flower set for nuggets (didn’t get a picture!), True Friend for “Thank U”

Ink: Real Red, Pink Passion, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie

Cardstock: Sunny yellow (no clue on the name) Prism cardstock, Glossy white cardstock, Avery 5160 label sheet for nuggets

Accessories: Marvy scallop and circle punches, cropadile, jumbo eyelets, wide red su! grosgrain, Maya Road velvet flowers, Fire rhinestone brads

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  1. Posted August 24, 2007 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Your card is gorgeous….and those jars are out of this world! Hugs!

  2. Posted August 24, 2007 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    I think your sketch card is just awesome! I love it! The jars are adorable too!

  3. Posted August 24, 2007 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    You have the biggest heart! Look at you with your back to school gifts…so thoughtful! Just gorgeous! Love the card, it is so unexpected…reminds me of that Amy Butler bag that you have! The pinks and greens! LOVE IT!

  4. Posted August 24, 2007 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Those jars are so cute! I love the challenge card and that you used the big flower from True Friend for the circle element. It is wonderful and so cheery.

  5. Posted August 24, 2007 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Jenn, our backpacks were bursting at the seams last night for meet the teacher, too, LOL! Great idea for teacher gifts — they turned out wonderful (I might be borrowing the idea!). Love your signature color combo!

    Great challenge card, too — I love the big flower accents for the round elements in the sketch. Love your bright colors with this card & set!

  6. Sue Jensen
    Posted August 24, 2007 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    What’s not to like about your True Friend card. I love the colors and everything about it. Great teacher gifts too.


  7. Posted August 24, 2007 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Love the card and the jars! You are so inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Posted August 24, 2007 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Your card is so pretty…and I love the colors for the candy jars. What a great idea! TFS

  9. Posted August 24, 2007 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Jenn, your sample card for Beate’s sketch is Gorgeous!!! I love your yummy jars as well! Awesome!

  10. Posted August 24, 2007 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I love the candy jar for the teachers. What a good idea! I love how bright and cheery it looks too.

  11. Posted August 24, 2007 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful card!

  12. Juanita
    Posted August 24, 2007 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I think you card is beautiful!!! I LOVE the colors and stamps you used. I also love how the tied, stitched ribbon looks like a continuation of the leaf.

    What a wonderful idea for the teachers, such a GREAT thing to do at the beginning of the school year.

    A day in the world of Jenn makes my head spin. I don’t know how you manage it, you are one BUSY woman!! LOL.

  13. Posted August 24, 2007 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    love your sketch card, and those jars are pretty fab too!

  14. Posted August 24, 2007 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    These are great

  15. Bonnie aka raduse
    Posted August 24, 2007 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh! I love those little candy jars. What awesome gifts! And love your card too.

  16. Posted August 24, 2007 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Oh man, I am sooo jealous! Those jars are fabulous!! Why aren’t your kids in my class?!! lol! I love the challenge card too, I don’t know what you’re talking about, just liking, not loving it!

  17. Posted August 24, 2007 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I really like the way those colors just worked with those stamps. I love it!

  18. Posted August 24, 2007 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Those jars are wonderful!! Glad they were a hit!
    Your card is beautiful too!

  19. Posted August 24, 2007 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    just AWESOME, Jenn!

  20. Posted August 24, 2007 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    That color combo is wicked-cool!!
    What a great idea for those
    jars!! We have another week and-a-half
    before school…hmmmmm
    I just may snag your idea, girl!!

  21. Posted August 25, 2007 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Beautiful card Jenn. And those jars are a great idea! Your little touches make them extra special!

  22. Posted August 25, 2007 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    I love them, very pretty, love the colors

  23. Posted August 25, 2007 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    These are absolutely GORGEOUS — especially love the colors you chose.

  24. Charlene Austin (Willow01)
    Posted August 26, 2007 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Oh WOW!! I love it all. I wish I was one of those teachers!! I always really enjoy seeing all of your creations. Thanks for sharing with us.

  25. Posted August 26, 2007 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Love the gifts. Great job. I think I may have to case them (wink).

  26. Posted August 28, 2007 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Super cute card and way cool teacher gift!!!

  27. Posted August 29, 2007 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I think your challenge card is wonderful… 😉

  28. Posted August 31, 2007 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous!! I love everything you posted!

  29. Posted August 31, 2007 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Awesome jars! And, cards of course too!

  30. Posted August 31, 2007 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Oh so fabulously FUNKY!!! Jenn I love this card! Only YOU can come up with this delicious style … no one else ! And if those teachers didn’t just adore those jars, please give them my number!


  31. Posted September 4, 2007 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    those little jars are so dang cute.

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