I went with a bold color combo of Black Licorice, White, Wild Cherry, and a pop of Sour Apple. I created a piece of notebook paper using the Notebook Edge Die-namics, a ruler, and some colored pencils. I stamped the cursive alphabet from Journal It - Head of the Class in Versamark.
I used the houndstooth pattern from Large Scale Backgrounds to stamp once on the Smooth White card base.
The sentiment is from Document It - Head of the Class, stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black.
I used the Red Delicious Die-namics as the main image. I used my Air Art tool from Stampin' Up to speckle the apple for a more realistic look. The A+, the Document It - School Days, was stamped in Wild Cherry on the coordinating die cut.
Head over to the Curtain Call Blog for all the details of the challenge and to play along. :)