Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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Artisan Award card #4

Happy Tuesday! Here's another Artisan card, only one left, don't know what I'm gonna do after that! lol! Guess I'll HAVE to make time to stamp! =)

This card is 6 1/2" x 3 1/4" and designed to fit into those longer envelopes. I actually had the idea for the pieced background with stitching and made the base of the card a few months before deciding to enter the Artisan contest. I loved it so much, but I could never figure out what to put on "top" of the card to finish it off. I struggled for a long time and it was the last thing I finished. It's hard to see in the photo, but the little medallion part in Baja Breeze was made after the cardstock was distressed and taken apart, so you're seeing the "inside" of the cardstock for that rough look. I think everything else is pretty explanatory...just lots of cutting of little squares and then sewing with that fabulous Janome Mini!

So, I survived the first day of school! Thank you for all your nice comments and well wishes! The kids are soooo cute and sweet (remind me of that later, okay?!), I really feel blessed. The day started with a tragedy when my diet coke fell out of my lunch bag and exploded in the parking lot at 6:30, yikes! That was my only one and we do NOT have a soda machine at school! The horror! You can bet I'm taking a six-pack with me today!

The other killer part...the kids go to PE from 8:10 - 9:00, which is when I get my planning period, so it then makes a very LONG day from 9:00 - 3:30 with no break! But I'm trying to stay positive, it is helpful to have that extra hour in the morning to get stuff ready and I'm not a morning person, so that helps me wake up a bit more.

Now for the cute stuff...here are my favorite things of the day. We were doing a "get to know eacher other" activity, decorating these leaves and answering questions about ourselves and finding friends with the same answers. With the question "Where were you born?" I got several "I wasn't born." answers. "Yeah, I've never been born." That was fun explaining without getting into the whole where do babies come from thing. And my other favorite: "I'm part Mexican and part Dallas." Love that!

Here are a few of my "after" classroom photos, there's lots more on here on my flickr page with descriptions, especially for those teachers out there who want to see. I don't like things too busy or too much color and I like to cover the walls with things that the students make mostly. But here it is for now!


I made this calendar math time wall buy painting birch plywood boards from Home Depot with magnetic and chalk paint:

Front of the classroom:

Back of the classroom (they had to borrow a bunch of student chairs, for Monday morning, but they replaced them after school):

Word wall with those darling cards, attached with velcro to be interactive:

The best and cheapest window treatments, beach mats from Big Lots for $1.25!

Okay, gotta dash! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!


Ann said...

OMG, how did you survive day 1 with no soda?! Tragic!

Your card is amazing!!!

~amy~ said...

OMGoodness...lovin' today's card...gotta love the janome mini...I do!!!

kathleenh said...

Your card is so fabulous! You found the right embellisment with that medallion to finish off your card. Such a unique and beautiful card!

I'm glad to hear your first day went well. The kids are lucky to have you for a teacher!

Tara said...

love this card...I love all the dsp you used! :)
You classroom is so cute! I love the part mexican part dallas...I am gonna have to share that one! :)
Hope you avoid the diet coke tragedy today...I cringed when I read that...I feel your pain!

Juanita said...

What an amazing card! It is leaveing me a little speachless.
The classroom looks spectacular. You have put so much work into it for the kids! It is refreshing to see that after all these years of teaching them, you still seem so fresh (maybe that is what summer vacation is for!)

Michelle Tech said...

Beautiful card and really nice classroom you've set up! Those kids are so lucky to have you!

Brenda Weaver said...

I been enjoying seeing your artisan projects so much. Love this card. The patchwork is so pretty!
Your classroom looks great! Best wishes to you for a wonderful school year.

Shannan Teubner said...

What a bright, happy classroom!! I wish my kiddos had you...wanna move to Midlothian?? There's only 14 kiddos in Cole's class....

Savor the Journey said...

Whoa! Fabulous 'quilting'! No wonder it's another winner! I love your school day summary ... "sweet" students are great! Here's to a completely sweet year!

And just because you're such a 'kreative' inspiration, you'll find a Kreative Blogger's Award for you over at my blog!


June Houck said...

Beautiful card, Angie!

rozie640 said...

Your class room looks fabulous, I'm sure the kids will be inspired!

MEL said...

Love you card it looks quilted and I really like that look! The classroom is ADORABLE! The banner you made is just too cute and I really like your alphabet wall. I found the same animals in 12 x 12 scrapbook pages. I'm going to use it to make an alphabet class book.

Alex said...

No soda???!!!! All day???!!! Girl, get a case, lol!!!

Your card is amazing, I love that quilt effect...and your classroom looks so fun!!! I bet they love it!! Glad to hear your first day went well! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Winter said...

Your classroom looks great! You are too funny about bringing a 6 pack! :) And I loved the I'm part Mexican and Dallas!!! Kids are hilarious! Love that card too, the stitching is great! :)

Brandi Wiggins-Côté said...

Love the window treatments! Our school is being renovated and is still not finished! Our kids come on Friday for registration!!! ACK! Love the card, Angie. I'm so happy you won!
hugs, brandi

Unknown said...

I love this quilted card, so cool, gotta try this idea:) Very funny story about you dropping your soda, great memory:)

Marilyn said...

Amazing card - I love the quilted look and the medallion was perfect!! Your classroom is just too fun - I'm sure its the best part of your kids day when they walk in your door!

Savitri said...

Your classroom is so stinkin' tidy!! Love it!! The card is great too by the way :)