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Friday, September 14, 2012

Back-to-School Card -- Stupid Smelly Bus

Hello!  It's Nadia from my blog, With Glittering Eyes, and I have a fun back-to-school project to share!  Later this month, I will be out-of-town for a few school days so I thought colorful cards for my daughter would be fun ways to remind her that I am thinking of her even though I will be far away!  I am sharing one here today!

For my card, I used animals that I morphed together with Teddy Bear Parade to create new and different critters that wear the little school uniforms!  You can see my initial post on that by clicking here to see a whole menagerie of characters!  Some of the critters from that post were used on this card.  

Stupid Smelly Bus card...


Here's a little background bit:
There are no buses at my daughter's school but we always get behind at least one heading to another school on our morning commute! In Kindergarten and First Grade, my daughter used to enjoy reading Junie B. Jones stories.  Once she read the Stupid Smelly Bus, we started referring to all school buses that way, in honor of Junie!  My daughter is always intrigued by what goes on in a school bus... always making up scenarios as we pass them or follow them.

For this card, I used three critters from a previous post on my blog, adding school uniforms.  I stuffed 'em in my favorite bus cut and added a little scenery to plant the bus on the road! 






Crafty Details for Stupid Smelly Bus:
  • This card finishes at 5" wide by 6" tall and is created by simply scoring a 6" x 10" rectangle of card stock in the middle.
  • Pig - body cut at 2" on the Expression from Teddy Bear Parade; head cut at 2" from County Fair. (Head was manually separated from the body).  School uniform cut from Teddy Bear Parade at 2".
  • Cat -  body cut at 2" on the Expression from Teddy Bear Parade; head cut at 1" from Doodlecharms.  School uniform cut from Teddy Bear Parade at 2".  
  • Frog -  body cut at 2" on the Expression from Teddy Bear Parade; head cut at 1-1/2" (real dial size) from New Arrival.  School uniform and glasses cut from Teddy Bear Parade at 2".  His glasses are popped up 1/8".

  • School bus - cut at 5" on the Expression from Locker Talk (page 34).  Rear bumper was popped up 1/8".  Two black bases were cut and 1/8" pop dots were used between the two bases to create a little space for the critters to exist in.  I adhered one black base to the the yellow bus, removing the windows.  (After the critters were placed, I connected the two bases with the pop dots.)   The bumper sticker was trimmer-cut after printing with Microsoft font.

  • Blue base - trimmer-cut at 5" x 6"
  • Green mat - trimmer-cut at 5" x 3"
  • Gray mat - trimmer-cut at 2-1/2" high with top cut at 2-7/8" and bottom cut at 5"




If you enjoyed this card, check out my new project on my blog.  It is a whole classroom vignette in a shadowbox, called Ms. Elephant's Third Grade!  There are lots of fun details, pictures, tips, and lots of new morphed animals!  Additionally, later in the month on my blog, I will be posting the whole set of back-to-school kids cards like the one I have shared here.  Hope to see you over there! 


Here's a sneak peek of Ms. Elephant's Third Grade:


Cricut Info & Supplies Used:
Designed By: Nadia Herbst-McConnell
Cricut Machines Used: Expression
Project Type: card
Project Theme: Kids
Cricut Cartridges Used: Teddy Bear Parade, Locker Talk, County Fair, Doodlecharms, New Arrival
Suppies Used: Card stock from my scrap bin, ATG tape, Scotch Scrapbookers glue, 1/8" foam squares (pop dots), white and black gel pens, black ink and sponge applicator
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58 comments:

  1. Amazing Nadia! You never cease to inspire me. I am going to try to make one character and if I can do that, then I am going to try the bus card. I LOVE the classroom too!!

    Penny

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    1. You are a super early riser, Penny! Thanks for your sweet comments here and on the message boards. You are a doll! :)

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  2. It's the darlingest and funnest card! Love it - and instantly thought - that sounds like Junie! Love the "uniform" look of all the students even though they are different.

    Wonderful - and your blog entry at WithGlitteringEyes.com - WOWZA!

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  3. What a cute card!! Your daughter is sure to love it.... tfs

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  4. Just adorable Nadia!! I can totally see you two having this conversation. Off to check out the Third Grade!

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  5. Fabulous card! Your daughter is gonna love it! I love how you made the frog sticking out the window and those cute glasses--so fun!!!

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  6. Great card! Reminds me of yesterdays as I had to endure long bus rides everyday because we lived so far away from the school. The back of the bus always had the rowdy kids that would antagonize and make funny faces to the cars behind the bus. Beautiful job and I am sure your daughter will really appreciate the thought and time that you put into the card.

    Michelle
    www.scrapngrow.com

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  7. Absolutely adorable! Your blog project is too cute.

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  8. This is THE cutest card, Nadia! Thanks for explaining how you placed the students 'inside' the bus without the top layer being lumpy. (Smacking head with hand!) :) Christine

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  9. How dang stinkin' cute is this! Love, love, love it! Everything you do is a work of art and you have so willing shared your tips with us. TFS!!

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  10. Nadia, just went to your blog and all I can say is wow wow wow! You rock girl!

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  11. OH MY GOODNESS. Can you just come play at my house for a day.. I'd love to pick your brain and grab some of your great ideas. This is fantastic. I'm sure little MISS WILL LOVE THIS. How fun - that is so super silly as my daugther just said - the pig ridding the bus. I totally lovet this love the details and the great ideas on this and your blog. FANTASTIC!!!

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    1. Ha! Tell her the pig adds to the 'smelly' part of "Stupid Smelly Bus." :)

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  12. Nadia, this is so wonderful! I love your attention to detail. Going to check out your blog now. :)

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  13. Nadia, this is just toooo cute, guess I will be seeing this in my mind next time I follow the school bus! Thank you so much for giving such detailed info.

    Donna C.
    goCricutgo

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  14. Nadia I am loving everything you are doing with the Teddy Bear cartridge. And to incorporate other cartridges the way you do is amazing to me. I am so inspired by you. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  15. Such a cute card - really love it!!

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  16. I LOVE your work! I wasn't interested in the Teddy Bear cart before seeing this project.

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  17. Nadia, You are blowing me away with your projects using the Teddy Bear cartridge. I am totally in love with everything. Thanks for posting the instructions. I would never be able to do something like this...so It is really nice to be able to see how you do it. God bless, Smoochie

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  18. I love how you re-worked the Teddy Bear Cart! This project is just too cute! Keep 'em coming!

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  19. This card is totally cool!!

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  20. Oh good heavens Nadia! Your imagination has no limits! Everything about this card says "Nadia made this!" I know your daughter will be filled with happiness after she gets this card. While I love everything about your card, I am totally obsessed with that pig! :)

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  21. omg Nadia, I love it!! I JUST received my Teddy Bear Parade cartridge from the Fed-Ex guy this morning (who was so sweet as I was sneezing, coughing, and just plain old looking sick in my pajamas when I answered the door)! I immediately thought about going back to your blog for inspiration!

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  22. this is super cute!!! just signed up as your newest follower. you can find me over at:
    http://cutonedesignsbyrobin.blogspot.com/

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  23. What a sweet thing to do for your daughter. And I love the Junie reference. My 2 daughters loved those books to that brought back a happy memory for me. I bet she will really love having a fun card from you while you are away !

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  24. A very fun to look at bus. Riding it, well maybe not cause it does look smelly! lol!

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  25. Nadia. This is tooooooooooo cute! I love the way you morph the teddy bears into other animals. Your card is awesome.

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  26. Nadia, what a fun card for your daughter. As always you are so clever with creating scenes.

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  27. Your bus is so darn cute -- absolutely love your card!!

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  28. Such a great card, I love the reference to the Junie series, my daughter use to read all of those as well. Your creations are absolutely amazing!

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  29. OMG - amazing as usual. I need one of these and the school room for my DS in grade 1

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  30. You are just waaayy too imaginative! Such a great card! What you are doing with those teddy bears is amazing! Love all the details!

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  31. I love this card. Really love the Miss Elephant's 3rd Grade Class Shadowbox on your blog. You are such a talented person. Thanks for sharing your projects with us!

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  32. You have done an amazing job on this darling little school bus, just as you do with all of your creations. I don't comment a lot, but I sure do enjoy everything you create!

    Merilee

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  33. Well, there's not much to say about your awesome card (& Ms. Elephant's classroom) that hasn't already been said...just know that I LOVE it & YOU!!!!! Your sweet little daughter is a lucky, lucky girl to have you for her mom!!!

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    1. Awww....love you too! Thanks for the sweetness, Donna!

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  34. What a fun card for your daughter! Love all the detail that you put in to it. Off to check out your blog now :)

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  35. WOW! The talent you have, never ceases to amaze or inspire me. Another great project. :))

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  36. So cute. You do wonderful work.

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  37. Terrific card. The title/bumper sticker made me giggle and I enjoyed reading the background bit that explained how you came up with it. I love the way your projects always seem to tell a story.

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  38. So stinkin' cute! What an awesome story too! She is going to love this! Can't wait to see your other project!

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  39. Great card Nadia! Your daughter will love it. I may have to get this Teddy Bear cart now. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  40. Oh Nadia, all I can do is shake my head and marvel at your fantastic work! I love the card and your characters are amazing!

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  41. Absolutely adoreable! You did a great job, I love it!

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  42. I LOVE this!! What a hoot!! Thanks for sharing this with us!!
    julie

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  43. Such a fabulous card, I am sure your daughter will love it. Love your morphed characters.
    Kathy
    http://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com/

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  44. Such a fun card Nadia! I love your creativity of mixing cartridges to make the critters!

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  45. What an awesome card! I always wondered what went on in "stupid smelly" bus, too. Lol. Your genius never ceases to amaze me. tfs

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  46. I love the way you have been using different heads on the teddy bear parade bodies. very creative and cute. I love the "stupid smelly bus" theme.

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  47. Nadia, you are brilliant! I have thought so since the first day I set eyes on your blog, and you keep proving me right! Your critters are ingenious. Thank you ever so much for sharing your creativity with us! Glitter on, girl! ;)

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    1. OK- "Glitter On" is just going to have to be a t-shirt!!!

      Thanks for the sweet comments too!

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  48. As soon as I saw the "stupid smelly bus" blog title I thought of Junie B. Jones...it's one of the most checked out series at my school library :) Great card!

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  49. I saw this project on my i-phone while at Scrapfest and wanted to post right away, but I couldn't! Now that I'm back home I just wanted to let you know I really love how your card turned out!! It's so CUTE!!!!

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