Saturday, August 13, 2011

Challenge #58: School Daze Winners

The Design Team was certainly put to the "test" this week when we had to choose our "Cuts Above" and "Headliner" for our School Daze theme. From fabulous 3D projects to spectacular cards, you certainly strutted your stuff. Let's see who the Design Team gave "gold stars"!

Anne Marie's Choice: Cindy Hall

Cindy's card is oh-so sweet and SO perfect for back-to-school! That cute little gal in her pig-tails just makes me smile! :) I especially love how she created this card as a digital hybrid, using patterned paper and digi images. It really goes to show the versatility of My Digital Studio software! The colors are so fun and all of the shiny accents are the perfect finishing touch. Congratulations, Cindy on being my choice as A Cut Above this week!
Carrie's (GD) Choice: Andrea Lowcock

A number of things drew me to choose Andrea's card. First, I loved the choice of colours. Crumb Cake is a perfect backing for the bright contrast of the pops of red. Using alphabet stamps on a card can be a difficult task but using them to create a background that is perfectly suited to the theme is an ingenious idea! Lastly, those super cute apples....'nuff said! A big congratulations to you Andrea on being my first ever Cut Above pick!

Lesley's Choice: Joan Jeffery
I just loved Joan's cute card this week! The colours are so much fun and totally "elementary school"! She is a teacher!!! She made a cute border with the little kid images and the school buses! Loved the fun designer paper and the playful sketch with the ribbon. Congratulations Joan!!

Sandra's Choice: Nancy

What a fantastic back to school card Nancy created this week! I love how Nancy created her own "Back To School" background paper. So clever! And who wouldn't fall in love with those three cute little MDS kids?! The cork scallop circle and little ribbon tabs all add a terrific touch of texture. Definitely an A+ card! Congratulations, Nancy on being my coice for A Cut Above this week!

Lauri's Choice: Erica
When I think of school, I think of Arts and Crafts! When I saw Erica's fun pinwheels, I thought it would be a great back to school gift for a teacher! What kid wouldn't love to see a bright display like this! I also like her attention to the detail with the can display as well! A great way to display patterned paper too! This just makes me very happy!!! Congratulations Erica for being my choice for A Cut Above!
Nance's choice: Jen

When I think of school, I think of packing lunches...LOL! Jen's adorable little gift set is a perfect first day treat for our busy little students! I know my daughter ADORES notes in her lunch box and the clean design of Jen's good luck card is perfect! The polka dot box is perfectly backpack-sized and I love the sophisticated take on a traditional primary color palette. Those sweet little apple candy wrappers make the grade! Congratulations Jen, you're my Cut Above!

LeAnne's Choice: Cynthia
I thought Cynthia's little easel-style Post-It note holder with the apple core embellishment was just the cutest thing! Not only is it a fun way to decorate her creation, but the note holder is a useful handy-dandy thing to give as a gift (or keep for yourself!). I can't wait to try one of these myself! Congratulations, Cynthia, for being my Cut Above!

Jaydee's Choice: Susan

I loved Susan's take on the graduation theme! That cat looks so pleased with itself! When I first saw the card, it really brought a smile to my face. Then, I went to look deeper at the actual card and there are so many fabulous details: the texture on the background card stock, the scalloped edges, the little piece of ribbon, the punched edge and, of course, a gold star! I absolutely loved the clean and simple, sophistiCATed take on this challenge. Susan, congratulations on being my Cut Above choice this week.
and now for our Headliner....
Ann's Choice: Debbie Henderson

Debbie's card is delightful! Her bright and cheery color choices almost make me wish I was heading back to the classroom. With its numbers, the designer paper was the perfect choice, while inking up the School Lines stamp in Whisper White and stamping it onto black card stock was ingenious. However, it is the "pop" of color with the Poppy Parade ABC's that caught my eye. Add to the mix a mini library clip and a fabulous bow, and you have a card that is worthy of an A+ in this retired teacher's grade book! Congratulations, Debbie...move to the Head of the Class! You are this week's Teacher's mean Headliner!

A big Paper Player thank-you to all who participated!  We hope to see you back tomorrow when Anne Marie has a color challenge up her sleeve!


  1. Thank you sooooo much. I am truly honored to be chosen out of all the exceptionally creative designs this week!

  2. I want to thank you also for picking my submission! This was the first week I decided to join in on your fun. Your team is made up of ALL exceptionally talented people!

  3. Thanks' Jaydee for picking my card as a Cut Above this week. It is lovely to receive the kudos. Congratulation's to the other Cut Above winners and to everyone that entered, you are all talented.


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