Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to School

The students in our county headed back to the classroom yesterday.  While I am thankful for my thirty years in the classroom, I am also thankful that today I won't have to organize my day (including trips to the bathroom) by bells, that today I won't be on the computer filling out forms and planning lessons but instead visiting blogs and Pinterest, and that today I won't be filing or copying papers but instead playing with stamps, inks, dies, and pretty patterned papers.

I  like to let the staff at Halls High School know that I am thinking of them as they start a new year and that I am grateful for all they do. When I saw this adorable card by Michelle Kovak,  I thought,"hey, I have that chalkboard card by Lori Whitlock  in my Silhouette library. I need to go 'old school' for my friends who utilize so much technology in their teaching."

After cutting the card, I embossed the front panel with a woodgrain embossing plate (PTI) and then swiped some Versamark ink over it to highlight the grain.  Flags in the school's colors are stamped with Bitty Background Blocks I and II (PTI). The banner and sentiment are from Written on Ribbon( WPlus9).  I also rubbed some chalk on the black cardstock . Smarty Cat, colored with Prismacolor pencils, is from Crafty Secrets Cutie Cats stamp set; I don't think this stamp set is available anymore, but hopefully one day it will be available in digital form. I'd love to make him larger. I added a die cut apple  stamped with Tag-Its#6 (PTI).  The card file has holes at the bottom for adding twine to connect the front and back; however, after cutting the card, I, knowing the card will probably be taped on the door frame to the mail room, decided not to add the twine so I covered the holes with tiny die cut buttons(PTI).

Linking to:
Crafty Secrets August Linky Party
Lori Whitlock Link Up Party

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  1. Cammie, this is totally adorable! I will probably share it on the blog because I love it so much! Is that OK? The way you used the Smarty Cat stamp is fabulous! Thanks for playing along in the Crafty Secrets August Linky Party!

  2. Smarty Cat is so adorable! Love the framed blackboard and fun banner!

  3. Oh my, how adorable this is...Smarty Cat is so perfect for the easel card, love this!! Thank you for joining us at the Crafty Secrets August linky party!!
    Diane CS DT

  4. OMG this is so adorable and I'm sure the staff will LOVE it!! Great job! Thanks so much for playing along in our August Linky Party at Crafty Secrets! Good Luck!!

    Crafty Secrets DT

  5. Adorable!!! That cat is so sassy, and the banner is delightful! Thanks for joining in the fun at the Crafty Secrets August Linky Party!

  6. Wow! This is fabulous! I love the Cutie Cat and the whole design with the banner and chalk board. I've got 30 years on my job and I hope to retire next year. Keeping fingers crossed!

  7. So cute. Love the flags! Thanks so much for joining us for the Crafty Secrets August Blog party!


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