Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A challenge on a few levels

I decided to participate in a challenge while I still had some time.  I will be getting things ready for my classroom soon, so my craft time is fleeting... I know the realities of the school year.  Sigh.

This card is for the wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge.  Yeah, I know it's Tuesday.  Things go a little slowly in the Plato household.

I made this card for my new student teacher.  For those of you looking from the outside in, student teaching is exciting and frightening all at the same time.  You are FINALLY going to get your feet wet, well, soaked, doing what you trained at least 3 1/2 years, and spent thousands of dollars, to do.  You kind of know what you're doing, but not really.  I love student teachers because they are so excited and their ideas are so full of life.  They remind me of why I am, and continue to be, a teacher. 

I tried to find a sentiment that would inspire, or that would be funny, or that would completely fit the situation.  I finally just came up with one from SU! Warm Words: welcome.  That's really what it's all about.  I want her to feel welcome to the school, my room, my students.  I want her to feel welcome to try things, to embrace successes, to learn from failures (yes, you heard it here... teachers mess up... and we know it... and we're not perfect... and many of us are OK with that because we are human).

The challenge asked us to use chipboard.  Man, I have way more chipboard that I will ever use.  And, at one point, I was a hoarder of really chunky chipboard!  I found this medallion that came with an SEI mini album and was left over from the kit.  I coupled it with some SEI Dill Blossom patterned paper, some SU! Sahara Sand cardstock, attached it with a Basic Grey brad (which is one of my favorite parts of the card) and used some SU! Sage Shadow taffeta ribbon for that linear part of the design so near and dear to me.  I used my Fiskars scallop blade on my cutter for a cute little edge.  SU! Tempting Turquoise ink was used on the sentiment to pull the blue in a bit more.  I put an additional strip of patterned paper on the inside, as I am digging the tie in of the inside of cards as of late. 



Ann said...

Super cute, JoLynn! I'm sure she'll appreciate it. :)

Thanks for playing with us this week!

Michele Gross said...

Very cute!! I'm sure you'll make her feel right at home with such a sweet card. Glad you could join us at Wee Memories!

Bev J. said...

Really neat card. I remember when my youngest daughter did her student teaching-she has now been teaching 17 years-in middle school now. School starts August 13 here for the students-earlier of course for the teachers.

Deb Neerman said...

Love this! So sweet and thoughtful of you, too!

Sherri Thompson said...

JoLynn, what a sweet card! I love the Dill Blossom line-the colors are so soft and natural. Thanks for joining us for the Wee Memories challenge!

Emily said...

She definitely did appreciate it! It is still hanging on my bulletin board next to the one you made for my birthday! :)