May 18, 2010

Graduation Cards

So last night we decide at the last minute to go to the 8th grade graduation at the girls' school. We had no cards, no gifts, no nothin'. So I scurried to my artsy studio to create some graduation cards. I am in love with Nichole's new Up, Up & Away stamp set and the darling sentiments...I knew they'd be perfect for a graduation card. So I stamped and colored and die cut. Jordan glued and glittered and assembled.

Such happy little cards. I wanted one for myself. I grabbed the first patterned paper I saw scattered about, some pretty little flowery paper from The Girls Paperie. I die cut, stamped and colored the hot air balloons with my handy dandy Copic Sketch markers. And Papertrey's new dies that match the stamps, heaven on earth.
When I die cut the clouds, they were flat and blended into the background too much. So I got the idea to use the Sunshine Impression Plate to make some texture on the clouds. Love! Jordan added the glitter which was a perfect finishing touch on the clouds.
I love that the balloons are just floating up amongst the clouds. I used some more of my Carnival Tickets in Cotton Candy for the side of my cards. I'm having a little obsession with the tickets, so just humor me okay? Little buttons in the centers of the tickets are so cute!
I tied the cards up with Spring Moss Swiss Dot Ribbon and used *the sky is the limit* sentiment. Perfect for a graduation card, don't you think. I highlighted the word *sky* with a Copic marker. Love to highlight words with my Copics. I also stamped and cut out an arrow from Get to the Point. I think I need a die cut for each of these arrows. The arrows play right into the up, up and away theme. By the way, have you seen the movie Up? If not, rent it now. It's sooooo adorable. The little old couple and their sweet little house and the chubby little kid....I think I must purchase the movie this summer. So cute! My eyes got moist though so be forewarned.
Back to the card, just look at all this dimension will ya? Love!
So after Jordy and I finished up the cards, we had no gifts. Nothing. Nada. Nilch. So we called good ol' reliable Dad and he stopped at the gas station on his way home from work and picked up some giant candy bars for us. We stuck the cards and the candy in a glassine envelope and called it good. Here we are, off to graduation with the goods in tow. It was a fun night. So fun to watch all the girls' friends in their pretty dresses, all giving each other big hugs. Next year, my girl Josey will be right there. Well, right there in a different school.
So today, it's our last day of school. Man, it seems early. Tomorrow we start our summer vacation. There will be lots of ballgames, lots of practices, lots of good times, lots of sisterly arguing and motherly meltdowns . Lots of groceries to be bought. I look forward to it all! I just love having the girls at home.

Hope you all have a great day! More rain is to come....which means all my plants will continue to live in the garage. No fun at all. I think I'll just resort to potted plants so I can start to enjoy some color around here. Back to the artsy studio for me....more goodies to be made for my big Etsy shop update coming soon.

33 comments:

Bonnie said...

So very cute! I think the card qualifies as a gift! Enjoy your Summer!

Cindy H. said...

Ooooh, I love your cards - they're just gorgeous!! I'm sure the recipients loved them, too. Nice picture of you and your sweet young ladies :)

Francie said...

Mish, I thought I didn't need the Up, Up, & Away set until I saw your cards today. The other DT samples were great, but yours just makes my heart flutter! Have a great summer with your girls.

Basement Stamper said...

Great picture of you & the girls. I always enjoy seeing your bundle of cards and I've been inspired to do teacher's gifts this year as well. I have 8 school days left to make them :-)

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

I love the cards and the new look of your blog.
I visit your blog at least 3 times a week, but never leave comments. I just wanted to say thanks for all the inspiration!!

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

Your quickie gifts rock Mishie, the cards are so fun! I ordered this set and the dies and I can't wait to start playing! Have a wonderful summer with your girls!

dolcreations said...

Another fantastic card Mish! That has to be such a nice photograph of you and the girls! I can't believe your summer starts now! Have a great summer!!! I love the glitter on the clouds, the tickets is soooooo perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

bonnie said...

What a gorgeous card and even more gorgeous pic of you and your sweet girls....adorable! I have 2 girls too and they are always squabbling but I too love to have them home with me! I'm from the UK and school is not out here until mid July :( you lucky things!!! Have a great Summer...cannot wait to see your Etsy updates. Fun! Sweet hugs to you, Bonnie xoxoxox

Lorraine said...

Wow - these are gorgeous! Love the soft colors, the dimension, the textured clouds, the tickets w/ buttons & all of the other detailing. Beautiful cards as always!

Lianne Carper said...

Beautiful cards Michelle! Love your recent use of all of the carnival tickets - and this is no exception.

Also, can you please contact me via email? Someone has emailed me on behalf of your blog and I wasn't sure if it was legitimate or not. If not, you should be aware.

Michelle said...

Hi Mish! I just love the graduation cards and am loving how you're using the tickets on your projects lately. Very nice!

So.....how soon is "soon" for your etsy shop? I'm waiting on pins and needles. I actually love the anticipation! Take care!

Katie {choc0holic} said...

You sure can whip up some treasures in not time at all, it seems! I love the texture on the clouds...time to go shopping again!

Christina said...

So, so pretty! I love the dimension and texture, so much to look at on these cards. Beautiful job!

patriciad said...

Your card is adorable. Makes me wish I knew someone graduating this year. Boy, I can't wait to get my paws on my PTI order! Cute pic of you and the reds. They are getting so grown up looking. When I first started reading your blog they seemed like such little girls, now they're young ladies.

Donna K said...

your card is the cutest use of the hot air balloons I've seen so far. You always have so much on your cards but they never look overdone. I just love this one.

Geny (Mommy Geny) said...

Mish-you rock, I cannot believe you created those fab cards so quick right before graduation. I cannot wait to get that set of Nichole's it is just too cute!! Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for your Etsy shop! {{Hugs}}-Geny

Chriss Blagrave said...

Gorgeous cards and love, love love those clouds. You are a genius!
Lovely photo of you and your sweet girls!

Tricia said...

Hey, Mish!
Your cards are amazing! I was on the fence about getting Up, Up, & Away - you've convinced me! Thanks for all the inspiration.
Have a Happy Birthday, tomorrow!

Janelle said...

Love, love, love the cards. As soon as I sent my PTI order on release night I regretted not having Up, Up, and Away in my cart. When will I learn? Great picture of you and your girls -- I'm still sad about your school, though. And, the movie Up -- totally caught me by surprise. I really didn't expect to cry in an animated flick!

Karen said...

Those cards are the best. I love everything about them. I can't believe you just quickly came up with them and put them together. You are one amazingly creative lady. The girls are so, so cute.

Diane Jaquay said...

I LOVE these Mish, just FABULOUS!!

Barbara said...

i am so enamored with these cards. I was on the fence about up and away but now I think I am hooed

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

The cards are adorable and you really know its time for summer when you see graduation cards! I LOVE IT! stop by and enter this and maybe you could win a cart at http://shesasassylady.blogspot.com/2010/05/i-love-love-love-summer-challenge-enter.html

Alice Wertz said...

these are sooooooo cute!! i love the textured clouds!

Heather Jensen said...

Perfect! Don't you love it when you throw something together quick and it all works out? I DO love all the dimention. She did a fab job with glittering the clouds. I am sure the girls loved it. Enjoy your summer. My son has until the end of next week until he is out. :)

Lisa F. said...

Very nice!! I love how easy you make it sound to "whip up" a card and gifts! PTI dies and stamps make it easy, don't they? I am a little in shock that your girls are done with school...we go until June 15th...almost a month longer!!! Enjoy your summer!

Mandy said...

Fabulous cards, Michelle! I absolutely love the impressions plate on those clouds! PERFECT! Cannot wait to receive my new goodies in the mail so I can try that out, too! :)

Marsha said...

I'm anxiously awaiting my PTI order that includes that stamp set and matching dies. I love the way you added texture to the clouds. I'm sorry I didn't order the impression plates. Love that one and the linen/canvas one. Thanks for sharing!

Susan@cardmakingpunches said...

These cards are wonderful - I love the idea behind the compositon of the card and the card itself is beautifully finished.
This could easily be adapted for a male as well by just changing the colours.

Stamper for fun said...

So cute. I just don't see how you can whip these out so fast -even with Jordan's help.

QC said...

Happy Birthday Mish!

liannallama said...

fabulous cards! Love how you used the tags!

Debbie Olson said...

Mish, these are so beautiful, and so are you and the girls!

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