Friday, May 29, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #101 - Graduation Theme

Howdy stampers! I have to begin this post by saying that it was TRULY a challenge! Wanna know why?

Well, I don't own a SINGLE Graduation Stamp! If you knew how many stamps I DO own, you'd be amazed. Yep, I know I was! So, I guess when the NEW SU! catalog comes out in July, I'll have to check out the Graduation sets and invest in one. Sheesh! Just add it to the list..............

You know what's really sad is that when I got the challenge, my first thought was "I don't know anyone who is graduating this year! WHAT am I gonna do with a graduation card?" Well, ahem, my daughter is graduating in two weeks from 5th Grade! Any self-respecting Mom would have remembered that, now, dontcha think? Actually, the whole idea of 5th Grade Graduation is quite foreign to me - we didn't do it that way in the old days. No ceremony until we were done with the whole shebang - oh, well, we're just making memories, eh?

So anyway, I actually like how the card turned out, and I think my daughter will like it too. Plus what I wrote inside will make her smile and cry at the same time. She has her momma's soft, squishy heart like that!

Her school mascot is the Cheetah, hence the ribbon and stamped star - I used the retired Leopard Background stamp on Creamy Caramel cardstock, then punched it out with the Star Punch. The ribbon is contraband - Offray Wildcat - from Wal-Mart. The school colors are Garden Green and Summer Sun (ok, not really, but they are green and yellow and those SU! colors matched perfectly!).
I used the cardstock to cut two alphabets with my Naturally Serif Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die and my Big Shot. Alternating the letters to make it fun, I adhered them to the Brushed Gold Star that I cut with my Stars #2 Die and my Big Shot. Notice I replaced the "t" with a "d" to make it "grads". Yeah, I know, so original! LOL!

So, about 7 layers later and using Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock; throwing in some Gold Brads for the bling factor, my almost stampless Graduation card was done. Hooray! If you like it or even have a pithy comment, I'd love to hear from you! Your comments make my day, really!

And be sure to check out all the other Blogger's Challenge Players by clicking on the link in my sidebar. They never fail to inspire me!

Oh, yes, one more thing, I have an exciting announcement to make tomorrow, so be sure to check back for some news that you won't want to miss - I promise!



  1. I am SO happy that you won't have to mail this card to Emma. I can't imagine what the postage would be!!! LOL!!!

    Emma is going to love this card. Great job!!!

  2. Hmmm, at first I thought you had a "typo" on your card, but I see you meant it to be that way. Love that cheetah background...looks real! Great job even without a Graduation set. I just purchased Great Grads, so you know it will probably!

  3. I love what you've done with not a single Graduation stamp on hand. Very resourceful indeed. And what a super duper card for your daughter, all the elements that make is just hers! Good job Robin!

  4. Great card, I'm sure Emma will love it. You did a wonderful job not having any graduation stamps!

  5. Really terrific! How fun to have used the Cheetah pattern to match the school mascot. I bet your daughter loves this.

  6. What a darling card!!! Great job since you have no graduation stamps!! And I have never heard of 5th grade graduation either. We do 8th grade graduation here and then again we did not do that when I was in school either. You had to wait until you were done with the WHOLE school thing back in the olden days!!!LOL!!!!!

  7. Great card Robin, and I LOVE that cheetah print!

  8. Isn't it amazing how creative we can get when we don't have a stamp set that match the occasion?!! AND, like you said, it gives us a real reason to buy a new set!! LOL
    Love what you have come up's a real girly-girl grad card. Love the cheetah addition. (Geesh!....7 layers?!! Good thing you don't need to MAIL it!!)

  9. Way to improvise without a graduation stamp! Love the cheetah background!

  10. Love the cheetah...totally fabulous...and the star with the congrats...just a great focal point! {SMILEs}

  11. Just a wow.. ((mouth hanging open)) Emma is going to be psyched! (i know i would be to get this beauty). I love the play on words with the congrads.. I love the color, and i like that you left the star in the craft color. it's striking against the yellow and green! Gorgeous!

  12. Fun card! Love the cheetah print.


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