Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Best Things in Life

Hey, all! Is it just me, or is bloggyland a little quieter this week? I'm assuming people are trying to enjoy every last bit of summer before school starts. I go back on Monday, and the kiddos start Wednesday. You know, even after 11 years in the classroom, I still get nervous on the first day of school. I teach freshmen, so I'm always starting from scratch with names and faces--I think that's what puts me a bit on edge. I have that tiny bit of fear that's saying, "What if they all revolt? I don't even know their names to write them a detention!" Mostly, my brain tells me, "They're freshmen; they're terrifed," so it keeps the fear at bay.

Anyhoo, on to my card. It started out as this week's Card Patterns sketch, but it took on a life of its own. I love the end result. Not only did this take all of 10 minutes to make, but this color combo just makes me happy. Smileys

Only two more days until the Get Sketchy challenges begin. Hope you're as excited as I am!

Stamps: Trees, Birds, & Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper: Basic Black, PTI white, Teresa Collins dp
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 1, flower (Prima), ribbon (PTI), pearls (Kaisercraft), dimensionals

56 comments:

Heidi Van Laar said...

Totally fabulous! LOVE those gorgeous patterns, great colors too!

What a wonderful thing to be a freshman year teacher! You get to be part of their introduction to high school. I am so in awe and completely grateful for people like you. I could never be a teacher...even the little ones scare me! lol!

(-: Heidi

Clare (Littlebear) said...

Hi Ann,
This is another beautiful card. You are so talented - it is gorgeous!
I taught at a college for a while and I can understand how you feel!
Enjoy the rest of your free time.
Clare x

Lyn S said...

You've gotta love a quick card Ann! Such pretty colours!

Vicki said...

Great card, Ann! Love that background paper! Good luck in the classroom! Blessings to you!

Laura O'Donnell said...

you go back on monday, ahh!!!

great card, love the houndstooth

xiumaiyuki said...

Aw...the terror of the first day of school. 1st day was always my favorite day since there's not much work or studying involve! :) Love the card...the houndstooth background is fabulous!

StampinCathy said...

Love this CAS card. Great colors and love the texture and bling.

Dora said...

This is gorgeous ...simply beautiful!
hugs Dora

Stampin'GHmom said...

Lovely card, Anne! I really like the splash of pink, it adds a great touch.

Steph Zerbe said...

ohh, this is a super cute color combo.
I love the bling!

Aimes said...

So it's not just me that gets butterflies on the first day back then?! I'm always scared of the day coming when the students realise that they can just refuse and I can't really do too much about it! Well make the most of your last few days anyways!
Love the colour scheme in this card, and that sentiment is just too true!
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Sue a/k/a MOUSEMOM40 said...

What a pretty card! I love that color combo! And I agree - blogland has been pretty quiet this week!

AUsome mom said...

Love this card. Those colors make me happy too :) I know you hate to see summer come to an end. I hate it because school has already started here and the traffic is horrible! Anyway, enjoy the next few "free" days :)

Ann Kranitz said...

I know what you mean about the first days of school. I get so nervous still for my kids and they are in 5th and 7th grade. We dont go back until second week of Sept so I have some time to worry about it!! Your card today is very sweet!! I love that dp. HUGS!

chercroppin said...

So, so pretty Ann! Love the colors, and the simplicity of it...it's fabulous!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Sweet card, Ann! Luv that you use that wonderful sentiment as a focal point of your card!

Maggi said...

Sweet card!

Clare (Littlebear) said...

Hello again,
I have something on my blog for you.
Clare x

Sara said...

Shut yo mouth- and stop talking about the end of summer! I work in a senior volunteer program where 98% of them volunteer in schools and the fall is horrible for me in regards to paperwork and stupid questions. I'm dreading it....

sarahmartina said...

These are DEFINITELY happy colors! :) Love this, Ann!

And I agree, I have noticed that it's a bit quiet in blogland.

Maile Belles said...

this color combo makes me happy too! Can't belive it's time to start school again already, where does time go!

Laurel said...

Another winner!

Sande said...

Lovely card. I love the simple style of this one....sometimes less is better.

Heather P. said...

This is so pretty, Ann! Love the pop of pink!

HazelQ said...

Cute card! I love that sentiment :)

Beth said...

I love the sentiment on this card..how true it is. Beautiful card.

Maureen said...

Love the colours! I'm getting some new Labels dies this week! Numbers 4 and 9 and the new poinsetta one!! Good luck starting school...we go back after Labour Day (Sept.8)here in BC. I teach Gr. 3.

Cindy Lee said...

Only 1o mins?? You are unbelieveble Ann!

I'm sure you are gonna get butterfly in your stomach on your first day. I always did back in my high school days.

Bella said...

I love that card. Good luck with school. :)

Laural-Lee said...

Good luck to you and your kids on the first day of school. Hope the year is full of blessings.

PaperCrafty said...

Great card Ann!! Love the colors.

Jacilynn said...

very cute! I love that pink ribbon. great card Ann!

Danderella said...

Very cute.

whoistracy said...

Just adore that gingham background Ann!! Super cute card.

Courtney Baker said...

The colors are do fun! Love the look.

You know it doesn't seem that quiet to me, but that's because I've only blogged once this week! I think life seems to speed up about this time every year!

Elizabeth said...

What a stunning card, love to colors and the simplicity of the design.

Caryl P said...

Beautiful card, I love the different patterns on the paper and flower.

I think being nervous is what makes you a good teacher--you care enough to care what the kids think!

Loretta Rodger said...

Very pretty card! Love the color combo!

Laurie said...

Yes - way too quiet!

mommyabbytommy said...

So simple, sweet.

Martha said...

amazing, I love the colors!

Marie B. said...

I like it Ann! :)

Harriet Skelly said...

I love these colors Ann - great card!

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Amy said...

Love that background paper! Very pretty!

Erika M. said...

Darling card - I love cards that are simply focused around a sentiment!

Kelley Eubanks said...

Cute cute! Bless your heart... Freshman!?!?!?

Quirky said...

I can't believe you only took 10 mins! :) I don't think I can come out with something so nice in that short a time!!

bravo, girl!

Beate said...

Love your pattern paper with that gorgeous flower. Great card!
Hugs and smiles

Elise said...

This card just makes me go... "ooooooooooooohhhhhhhh!" Like I just witnessed the most flawless firework on 4th of July! It's THAT good! Yipee!

Belinda said...

Wow, you just spit your cards out! :) Love the pp with the flower!

Allison said...

Super...love the color choices!

-Agnes- said...

That's a great background paper you used, unusual..

Becky Carafa said...

Love the colors!

cricketeew said...

You know I love the pink and black color combo! Good job on this one!

Angie Tieman said...

Darling card! Love the colors and that pop of pink!