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This card was made for the StampTV Back to School Challenge (STV14MON36).

It is also being entered in the Mod Squad Challenge Simply Stripes (, (

Since I don't really have any gkd school related stamps, I thought I'd try to make a primitive school house from the house that came in the gkd "Primitive Blessings" set by adding a few other elements to it. I started with the house, and then I added a square from the "Inspiration Mosaic" set, the roof of the birdhouse from "The Giving Tree" set, and the bell from the "Ticket Trio" set. There was a bit of masking to get just the parts I needed from the stamps. Everything on the school house was stamped with memento tuxedo black ink and colored with copic markers ( R59, Y28 and 100). I stamped the willows with gina k charcoal brown ink and colored the leaves with the (Y28). I wanted the trees to be subtle and to appear to be behind the building. The background was first sponged with gina k dark sage and warm cocoa inks. Then I scored the panel and applied the warm cocoa directly from the ink pad over the whole thing to give it a wood-grain look. I couldn't get a clean stamped image with a mask of just the flag (from the sheep in the "Primitive Blessings" set) so I stamped it on a scrap and just cut it out. (I would have liked it stamped on the wood-grained panel like everything else, but I just couldn't get it!) I used copic B39, R59 and Y28 to color the flags.

The background mat is "Happy Travels Stripe" (HT3678) by Glitz Design. The other cardstock used is gina k cranberry tart and white. The ribbon was in my stash. Everything was distressed with the warm cocoa and charcoal brown ink pads so the colors look a little different than their original colors.

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Comment by Anna Jernigan on September 20, 2014 at 6:19pm

You are a genius!  This is brilliant!  Like a picture should be in a frame! 

Lovely, yet primitive, yet gorgeous.  A stunner!

Comment by Deborah Tyler on September 16, 2014 at 12:08am
Ummm, I attended a school that looked just like this. I love this card. The building still exists, by the way.
Comment by Karen Hightower-GKD-DT-Moderator on September 15, 2014 at 6:51pm

Wonderful card. I love the primitive look.  :)

Comment by Tricia on September 13, 2014 at 9:58am

What a beautiful card!  You did the primitive look so well.  Thanks for playing in the Mod Squad Challenge!

Comment by Barbara Campbell on September 13, 2014 at 7:03am
Yes, I am old enough to testify that there are, in fact, two story school houses in my day. Yes, they looked as primitive as this one. Lol. Great take on this challenge. Love your creativity.
Comment by Judy Covey on September 12, 2014 at 4:24pm

Wow, you did a fabulous job Lisa with your primitive schoolhouse ... very creative and absolutely gorgeous!

Comment by Rosy Newlun on September 12, 2014 at 1:35am

It is tooo sweet!!! I went to a 3 story school, a giant school. This is beautiful. I love the background and how you combined parts, masked elements and made it all work out ---- PERFECT!

Comment by Virginia Burns on September 11, 2014 at 9:32pm

Wow! You really have taken this style and made it 'yours'! What a gorgeous card Lisa!!

Comment by Nana Griffin on September 11, 2014 at 7:07pm

My but you sure did a good job making this a school house. Love it!

Comment by MaryAnn Pendleton on September 11, 2014 at 4:01pm

JUST PERFECT IN EVERY WAY FOR THE PRIMITIVE LOOK YOU WERE GOING FOR!  You did a wonderful job improvising and using a variety of techniques to make this beautiful back to school card, while incorporating a number of GK products.  By the way, there are, and were 2-story school houses (I went to two different ones!).  Nice job!

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