Ann Schach - bbcrazy
West Burlington, IA
When I received an email asking me to call Jenn Balcer, I would have never guessed that the outcome would be an invitation to join the Dirty Dozen design team. These types of things happen in fairy tales, and never to me. In fact, to be perfectly honest, I thought that perhaps I had dreamed the entire thing. As we made small talk about what we were having for supper that evening, Jenn remarked that I probably wondered why I had been asked to call her. Of course, I had no idea. When she asked if I would be interested in joining the Dirty Dozen, the first words out of my mouth were, “THE REAL Dirty Dozen?” Never in a million years would I have guessed that I would ever be jumpin’ on the Dirt Pile! Of course, I said “Yes!” and the rest is history. As we said good-by, Jenn stated that she would be sending me an email with links and details. It wasn’t until I received that email a few days later that I realized that being a part of the “Dream Team” was a reality. And even with the revelation of my first projects, it is still hard for me to believe that I am part of this extremely talented group of artisans.

Since I am a veteran science teacher of 34 years, people are often surprised that I have an artistic, creative side. Sometimes I even surprise myself. But I find that my analytical thinking skills complement my designing nature. My style is always in a state of flux as I try to figure out who I am as an artist. However, I love to create cards that any one can make, and I love to share techniques and tips freely with others. Just as my greatest joy as a teacher has always been to inspire my students, my greatest joy as a cardmaker is to provide inspiration to others. I can only hope that during these next six months I serve as an inspiration to the Fan Club members.

On a personal note, my family consists of my devoted husband, Kim, and my talented son, Brady, a trumpet performance major in college. Both of them have a keen eye for design and are more than willing to supply me with constructive criticism. They have been my biggest supporters during a year of changes, including my first year anniversaries as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and as a blogger. Of course, I am looking forward to my retirement this June, at which point I can devote more time to my love of paper crafting.