Monday, May 25, 2015

The Challenge #36 - Teacher Appreciation

Theme time this week - what better time to thank those hard working people in our lives?  Teachers!!  My kids had many who had a great influence in their lives.  I did, too!

Enter your inspiration photo:



Mrs. VanderVeen - my fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teacher!  Yes, she followed my class three years running!  [Poor thing!]  I loved her so much, at school I often called her "mom" and at home, I called my mom "Mrs. VanderVeen!"

For my favorite teacher, and The Challenge #36:


So happy to use this gorgeous PTI stamp again, this time colored with a few Spectrum Noire markers and poised upon a cute chalkboard patterned paper.  Found just the perfect little scrap of #2 pencil-orange for the banner... and the sentiments are from my newest Technique Tuesday stamp botanical set ... more from that beauty another day.

Thanks for the visit... did you have a teacher that had a special place in your heart?  I'd love to here about her/him!

=] 

25 comments:

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

This is stunning Michelle! I just love that bright yellow against that purple background! Hazel xx

sandie said...

Stunning colouring Michele, a joy for any teacher x

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, how fun that you've mom taught you for three years! My kids love it when I get called in to sub in their classes!
Your card is fabulous, Michele! I love it! Great take on the inspiration photo!

Joyce said...

This is just gorgeous. Love the contrast between your chalkboard background and that beautifully colored vellum flower. We are definitely in teacher thanks mode here, especially as my oldest thinks back over her high school years as her graduation approaches.

Claire Broadwater said...

Oh, this is just gorgeous, Michele! So happy you have such wonderful memories of a fantastic teacher! That touches my heart. I taught for 27 years! I just love this beautiful flower and the patterned papers and sentiment are perfect! XX

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful card Michele! That flower and the sentiment strip--awesome!

lostinpaper said...

What a beautiful card and a beautiful story, I'll bet she was pleased to have you as a student 3 years in a row too!

Lisa said...

This sunflower is gorgeous Michele, fabulous card! I adored my second grade teacher Miss Petch! She would often give my best friend and I old teachers manuals/books for us to take home to play school! She read "The Boxcar Children" to us a few pages a day at the end of the day. That book is still a favorite because of her! One of my 6th grade teachers, on the other hand, irked me LOL!! She would call me by my brother's name who had her TWO years before me!! Crazy old bat LOL!!!

Sharron said...

Your sunflower is gorgeous! it really pops against the dark background. And I love how you did the sentiment. Great touch to add the orange strip!

jamie vanskiver said...

This is so beautiful! The entire design is awesome:)

Lisa Lara said...

Oh now that is just so beautiful Michele.

Brenda said...

Gracious, this sure is a pretty card!!! I love that sunflower and the way you colored it Michele. The heart pattern paper is perfect and that pop of orange for your banner just pulls it all together. The sentiment, you can't get any better than that! I don't remember having a teacher that I adored in school, but I do remember a teacher in high school that I thought was so cute and funny. She was a stenographer teacher, close to retirement age or so she looked, but she dressed to the "T" everyday with everything matching. Her earrings, her shoes, her purse to her outfit, it all matched. And when she was teaching us shorthand, she would give us tips about keep ourselves "de-fuzzed". lol She was a hoot and I enjoyed her class even though I was terrible at shorthand! I am left handed you see and that dang spiral that held the notebooks together got in my way. So I flipped the notebook, but I didn't get any better. Shorthand just wasn't my thing. lol Hugs, Brenda

Bobby said...

I love that big bold flower on the little heart paper, Michele. And Spectrum Noire markers? Are they something new?

Sazzle Dazzle said...

So stunning Michele, an awesome combination of colours and colouring of that yummy bloom. A lovely post too about your ex-teacher. X

Karin Åkesdotter said...

I would need a card like this to keep me going now - only two more weeks but I am totally exhausted!!! I love coming here Michele - Always so inspiring! Thanks!!!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

Forgot to say how Beautiful I Think it is!!! Amazing coloring and such great take in the inspiration photo!!!

Kim Heggins said...

Michele...love your stunning and beautiful card, your sunflower is gorgeous! And your story is so funny...my preschoolers sometimes forget and call me mom at school, it always makes me smile!

Kelly Latevola said...

See there is a reason why we save every little scrap :) Beautiful card!!

Petra Swart said...

WOW, what a stunning flower, Michelle!!! Love the cute little hearts on the purple bg and the sentiment is so lovely - love the orange banner!!!! Beautiful card!!!!
Have a great day!!!

Marybeth said...

Love the way you colored that beautiful sun flower,I love that stamp as well! I had so many wonderful teachers,most were nuns and they we all wonderful!

Marika said...

Beautiful Michele! What a wonderful story too!

Taunya Butler said...

My seventh grade English Teacher was the best - she made me want to be creative and write cute!! She was just so sweet and so encouraging - I really appreciated her!!! Your card is lovely and it looks so good the way you have done the flower - so soft and so pretty!!

Cat Craig said...

Oh this is just yummy!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Adore the mixed fonts and the sunflower, so sweet. The mix of image and teacher theme, you ROCKED it!!!!!! oooooh that mini heart paper = WANT IT!!!!

Anita in France said...

Such a beautiful sunflower, Michele ... lovely against that sweet heart chalkboard DP ... sounds as though Mrs VanderVeen would have been the perfect recipient! Hugs, Anita :)