Saturday, August 13, 2011

Back to School Blog Hop!!!

Hello and Happy Saturday Everyone! Welcome to Jovan's
"Back to School" Blog Hop! If you've come here from
 Melissa's Blog you're heading in the right direction!
If you just stopped by and would like to hop along
start here Jovan's Blog! We are suppose to share with you
what Back to school means to us! Well for me.... this year
is a different meaning than in the past! First because my oldest
is heading off to college in one short week... It means my baby
is leaving the nest and starting a whole new chapter in his life which
entails a new chapter in my life with one less child at home! Second...
It means I have a second child who will be starting his Junior year and
he will have his "firsts" at a school Prom and possibly dating and just
growing up before my eyes! Third... Well it means for the very first
time ever.... I will be HOME SCHOOLING my youngest son! Yup!
I said Home schooling! I've been away working on my house setting it up
for people moving around and for setting up a little space for a classroom!
This wasn't in my plans when school ended back in May, but due to school
issues and too many students in a class I chose to home school my youngest
this year. We are both very excited about it and we're preparing for our
first lessons on the 22nd. So now you all know what Back to School
means to me this year! :o) Here's the project that I made for this hop!

I thought I would show you in steps....
I took 3/4" Red & White Polka Dot Ribbon from (Stampin' Up)
and attached it to the back of a 12x12 Chipboard from (7 Gypsies)
I just used staples to put it together...

Then I placed White Card stock from (American Crafts)
on top of the chipboard... I used my ATG gun to glue it down...

Then I took my Tim Holtz Sander and sanded all the
way around the entire board to make the white card stock
flush with the chipboard...

Then I used a Dauber all around the border with some Dye Ink from
Stampin' Up (Creamy Carmel)

I added Black Card stock from (Stampin' Up) cut at 11"
to make it look like a chalk board....

Of course I had to make a bunch of cuts with my Cricut machine to
make this adorable sign, that I will hang in my sons room when
school starts for us! I used (Bo Bunny Double Dot) Card stock
for all of these cuts. I also inked everything with Stampin' Up Inks.
Cartridges - Locker talk (Pencil) Cut @ 2"
(Globe) Cut @ 4", (Computer) Cut @ 3 1/4"
(3rd Grade) Cut @ 4 1/2"
Makin' the Grade (Welcome to) Cut @ 2"
(Apple) Cut @ 1"
Simply Charmed (Crayons) Cut @ 3 1/4"

Well.... I hope you like my project! Jovan is having a "Back to School"
Challenge on her blog so make sure you all head back over to her
blog to participate! Your next stop on this Hop is Amber!
Wait until you see what she created! But Before you go....
I have some Blog Candy to giveaway!!!

In order to win this fabulous BATMAN Cartridge:
1. Be a follower or Become one
2. Leave a comment with a way for me to reach you

That's it! Also this giveaway is separate from my sister's
birthday box surprise giveaway! Make sure you comment
on her posts for her giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by! Have an AWESOME DAY!!!


I'm also entering this project into the
following Challenges:

Cards by Jovan - Back to School
Whimsical Wednesday - Back to School (NO CARDS)
Celebrate the Occasion - Back to School
My Sheri Crafts - Back to School
Creative Cutter Room - Back to School

Here's the list of everyone in the blog hop
in case you missed someone!
Just click on their name & you'll be at their blog!
Theresa - (You are here)


  1. Great project, enjoy the home schooling!

  2. Oh WOW!!!! This is just awesome Theresa!!! I soooooo love it! It's perfect. :)

  3. Great project! Everyone that does home schooling really seems to love it- hope you have the same experience! :)Amy

  4. Congrats on taking the step to home school your son, my girlfriend does it for both her kids and they love it. Great Welmone sign, love all the cricut cuts you used. Thanks for the chance to win the awesome blog candy.

  5. SUPER cute project! Good luck on homeschooling - I have done my two daughters all along, and they are going into second and third grade this year - you will LOVE it!!!

  6. New follower here, very cute project!

  7. Great cuts you used on your adorable sign!! Lie it! Thanks for a chance to win such an awesome prize!
    Sherrie K

  8. super cute.


  9. what a great project! i should make one for my classroom. I'm a first grade teacher getting ready to go back to school. This hop sure put me in the mood ;) Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!!

  10. Home schooling; I envy you I always wanted to do this but I was a single mother and had to work. I know you will enjoy this.


  11. Great sign, Theresa. I'm sure you've got everything perfect and ready to go.I'll bet this is going to be your son's best school year of all time. Glad you're back.

  12. Theresa I know what you mean they grow up so fast. Congrats and Good Luck with the home schooling. That is so cool to me, I wish I could do that! I love you door hanging it's so prefect! Thanks so much for joining!

  13. Like the sign project. Enjoying the hop.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  14. Hello Theresa~
    Such a great sign project...
    Happy home schooling...

  15. What an adorable sign! Great variety of cuts :)

  16. Great project! Hope you have an amazing home schooling year! It's been fun hopping along with you! Carri - abusybee

  17. What a fun idea! Thank you so much for sharing your talents!

  18. Hi Theresa,love your sign,great idea.Big changes at home! - I know it will all go well for you.
    Jayne x

  19. Already a follower of your blog! That sign is cool,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

  20. I love this!!! I want to make one for my daughters teacher. I am a new follower! TFS


  21. What a great sign. I'm sure your youngest is going to love being home with you. I'm a teacher and due to budget cuts, I've been laid off... so I figured I would home school my girls too. Here's to a new adventure!

  22. AWESOME job with your project!Just AMAZING,I LOVE all the details and the great idea!Have a super weekend!!:)

  23. I love the sign:)

  24. I'm a kindergarten teacher so of course I love everything school related! Your project is adorable! Happy to be your newest follower! Thanks for the chance to win a fun giveaway! My son is Batman obsessed!
    Hugs, Jenni

  25. I love the sign it is so cute any teacher would love it. I have become a follower so I can see all of your great ideas.


  26. Great project. Im a new follower.

    mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

  27. What a cute project and thank you for the how to! I am a new follower and would love to win this cart. My daughter's new teather this year loves Batman and to get this cart, we would be able to make him many projects throughout the school year! Thank you for the opportunity!

  28. Your back to school sign is cute! I hope everything goes extremely well for you and your son in the home schooling. Thanks for the chance to win the cart.

  29. What a cute idea for your welcome your child to the next grade!

    Thanks for sharing!

    wednobx at comcast dot net

  30. What a super cute sign! Love that you made it look just like a chalkboard! Best wishes to you and your children this school year!

    Rlhamm1 at gmail dot com

  31. What a creative, awesome project! The sign is just adorable!! LOVE it :)


  32. Super cute! Wishing you the best of luck home schooling :)
    craftylizard at gmail dot com

  33. Super cute! I hope you enjoy homeschooling! TFS and for the chance to win an awesome cart! My boys would love this! I am a new follower!
    ~~Jen H~~

  34. Great project for YOU & Your little one. Hope you have a great Home Schooling Year! Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com
    p.s. I'm a new follower

  35. WOW! The sign is perfect and super cute! Great job! Have a great school year with your little one!

  36. oh my, that is adorable! How fun! I think my 4 yr old son would have a heart attack if I won that cart! lol
    I am a follower!

  37. I like what you have to share with us today. your sign is adorable. I became a new follower today. be back for more inspiration.
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

  38. Your sign is great, I really love it! Good luck with your home schooling.--Pat N.

  39. Wow! I love your project. Thanks for the step by step directions. Im a new follower and thanks for the chance to win.

    creativediva98 at gmail dot com

  40. Ohhh I want one of those for my classroom door!! :) Great project!
    Tina- a follower

  41. I love this. any teacher would love to have a sign like this! Fun and inviting! And I sooooo want that cartridge. But that is not why I hop. I hop for great ideas and talented people! Thanks CallyAnn(new follower)

  42. Awesome project sweetie ;) hUGS X

  43. That's a great project! What a nice gift it would be to a teacher also. thanks for sharing with us, and good luck on the home schooling.

  44. Very cool project. Love it :)

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

  45. What a super cute door hanger! I love the blackboard look! Thanks for playing at Whimsical Wednesdays and CTO!

  46. Love the welcome board. A very cute idea. Good luck with the home schooling. I became a follower.
    Dawn RI

  47. Such a fun project, love the cuteness! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO :)

  48. hi theresa great sign for your classroom :) cute cuts and i love the blackboard look. thanks for sharing your project with us at whimsical wednesdays :)

  49. So cute! I'm a new follower! :)


  50. Oh my goodness, this is sooooo cute!!! I feel a scraplift coming on!! I am going to recreate this for the door of my grade one classroom. The kids will love to see that as they come in the room. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!! I have been a follower for a while! LOVE your blog and all your wonderful creations!!!!
    gaudet5 at rogers dot com

  51. How perfect to make a sign for your son to welcome him to your classroom. I love how you decorated it and thanks for the step-by-step. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Whimsical Wednesday! Melanie

  52. Great sign! I am sure he is going to love it!

  53. Great sign Theresa!! Best wishes on home schooling your son. (please don't include me in your generous boys are all grown up).
    You can check out the yo-yo makers at: :)

  54. Cute sign! Great way to welcome the kiddos back to school!!

    skcactusflower75 at hotmail dot com

  55. Good luck on your adventure! Great project!

    michelegreen120 at gmail dot com

  56. Super cute project... thanks for playing with us at CTO..


  57. Very cute welcome sign!
    Love that it looks like a chalkboard!
    Thanks for joining us at CTO!

  58. This is a wonderful project. I bet your son will love his sign. It makes me want to go back to 3rd grade!! LOL Thanks for sharing it in the Creative Cutter Room. Cathie

  59. Love it!!


  60. I love your sign. It would be the perfect gift for any new teacher. Thanks for joining us over at the Creative Cutter Room. We look forward to seeing you for our next challenge.

    CCR Design Team

  61. Love your project! It would look great on MY door also... I had better get busy because school starts one week from today!

  62. Theresa this is just too too cute. I love it. That chalk board look is awesome.

  63. Awesome Project! Love the chalk board!

  64. WOW!! home schooling how fun! I've thought about doing home school before my son started school but since we moved where we are the schools are way way better and less students!! Love your project and perfect for your classroom:) I can't wait to hear more:) TFS

  65. Great welcoming sign!!!
    Thanks for joining us at CTO!
    Rebecca "Crafting Misfit"
    Celebrate the Occasion DTM
    Visit my blog!

  66. Your sign is adorable and will look fab in your class room. Good luck with the home schooling and have fun! Thank you for joining us at Whimsical Wednesdays.

  67. This is such an adorable sign! i love how you made it appear like a blackboard.. that's just genius. The cuts are all adorable (LOVE the Apple laptop!) and that ribbon is gorgeous. Good luck with the homeschooling! i'm sure it'll go wonderfully. :o) Thank you so much for playing along with us at Whimsical Wednesdays! :o)

    Hugs and blessings!

  68. so cute Theresa. Any teacher would love this to hang on their door!

  69. Very cute design! Love the chalkboard look and colors! Thanks for sharing with us this week at My Sheri CRAFTS ;-)

  70. What a FUN and CREATIVE idea!! Your tutorial is GREAT!! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent at Celebrate The Occasion!! :)

    Amy :) at
    Celebrate The Occasion DTM