She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31: 27-30
I am so glad this week is over. I would love to say it has been a productive one but I ran from one thing to the next and really did not accomplish much. Thankfully, everything I did not get done is waiting for next week.
My niece in Louisiana graduated earlier this month, I made her this clean and simple card. I used glossy accents on the date and a pearl pen to embellish the diploma. I love the look the pearl pen gave the diploma, it made it just pop off the page.
I have been pondering what to make for the cards at my daughter's upcoming graduation party. As I was browsing online I came across the cutest mailbox on Donna's Card Emporium. There were two unfortunate things about Donna's tutorial: it was for 6x6 cards and it was in cm not inches. I tried and tried to do the conversion but could not get it right. I was so disappointed because I really love the idea. Then I remembered a box tutorial on YouTube that showed how to figure out the dimensions for any box. I went through all my saved tutorials and was happy to find I had saved the right one. I rewatched and got to work. My box ended up a little larger than I wanted it to but overall I love the outcome.
I am so late getting started this morning. Last night was the final band concert of the year and my daughter's last one for high school. I was completely ok with this through the entire concert until the finale. Traditionally, the finale is the music from marching season but the band director decided to change things up this year. The seniors who are graduating this year mark his first four years with the school; they are his "babies". So, he started a new tradition beginning with them, the finale will now be a song from their freshman year. I am sniffling through the entire video.
I love watermark stamping but don't really find the occasion to use it often. As I was planning my graduation cards, I thought it would be a perfect use for my VersaMark Watermark ink. I used the Stampin Up! Pure Gumption stamp set, the Cricut Craftroom Basics and the brads are Spare Parts.
Watching my daughter prepare for graduation is so different from my own experience 25 years ago. I was an average student by choice; she is in an extremely difficult program. Two weeks ago she began her exam process wanting to be organized she made a calendar and listed all the exams, the time they started and how long they were. She posted it on the refrigerator for me so I would not forget which days she had exams in the morning and which were in the afternoon. I had 5 exams, she has 17. That is not a typo 17 exams that she must pass to graduate from high school! She was stressed the first day but as she got into the swing of it she feels good about them.
This card is for a close friend that is graduating with her then heading into the army. We are sad to see him go but are excited for him at the same time.
I am still in graduation mode making cards and decor for my girl's upcoming graduation. The first card I made was this one for her best friend...my other daughter. The girls have been friends since 5th grade, even though their paths took them to different high schools their friendship has grown stronger over the last four years. The day I posted the other card Sammy's mom sent me a note saying "that card is what I used for her announcements". Needless to say I was back to the drawing board for a card. Last year I had found paper with her school name and colors. I bought it because it was so cool and they did not have my daughter's school, I had no plan for what to do with it. I decided to use it to make her graduation card, it is just a simple clean card but I like the personal touch with the paper.