Monday, June 24, 2013

Graduation Balloons

Hello everyone!  I've got a graduation card to share today, using the colors of the grad's school:


This was fun to make.  I adore the Inspired By Stamping set, The Sky's The Limit.  It's just perfect for encouragement cards with those hot air balloons and polka dot clouds.  I chose a saying from Inspiring Sentiments, and can you see the subtle doilies I stamped behind everything?  It's from Delicate Doilies II, one of my fave IBS sets.  It's indispensable!

Check out the bling.  I had to restrain myself from using pearls.  ;-)  And that thread is vintage...I know, I use it a lot.  It's just so soft and keeps cards flatter for mailing.


The grad happens to be my youngest daughter, who moved on from elementary school last week.  Sigh.  Oh, how the years are flying by! Middle school will be a very good experience for her.  These past 7 years in her tiny school, there were only three girls in her class, with her being one of them.  Let's just say....things were rough for my kid a lot of the time. :/

Here's the graduate, surrounded by my husband, me, my other daughter and my sweetest little niece:


I love my family, and give thanks for them everyday.  :-)

My foot surgery is tomorrow.  Wish me luck!  Since I don't know how long it will be until I can navigate steps successfully, I've prepared posts and scheduled them for random days.  Everything that has to do with my card-making and blogging obsession hobby is located on different levels of my house:  crafting studio = attic, light tent for photography = basement, computer = dining room on first level.  Where's my bedroom?  The second level, of course.  At least I'll have the bathroom close by.

Thank YOU so much for visiting me today!  I am thankful for you, too, my crafty friends.



Stamps: The Sky's The Limit, Inspiring Sentiments, Delicate Doilies II - IBS Paper: Ruby Red - SU; Vintage Cream - PTI; ledger, medallion, stripe - Lost & Found Union Square - My Mind's Eye Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko; Antique Linen - Ranger Fibers: vintage thread Accessories & Tools: red rhinestones - Queen & Co.

19 comments:

Jessi Fogan said...

Congrats to your daughter!
Speedy healing wishes for you, Colleen! I hope everything goes smoothly :D

lisa808 said...

Congrats to your daughter! You are right, where does the time go? My youngest niece just graduated from HS and my oldest will get her Masters next year.

Fab card and I love the stamped doilies in the background.

Best wishes for your surgery and a quick recovery.

Lisa said...

Oh boy does this card make me happy! Those are the best balloons and those polka dot clouds are too darn cute! HUGE congrats to your daughter, such a cute family photo!! Best of luck tomorrow, I'll keeop you in my prayers {{HUGS}}.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Congrats to your daughter!! Beautiful family photo and beautiful card! I loveeeeeee those balloons!!! Good luck tomorrow .... will be praying for you!!

Annette Allen said...

congrats to your daughter.. lovely photo.. Good luck tomorrow with your foot surgery...

your card is amazing..

Marisa said...

Love the polka dotted clouds - eeek! So fun :) Great balloons too. A wonderful grad card indeed :) Love the family picture too!! Best wishes on the surgery and hugs for a quick recovery!!!

LeAnne said...

Oh my, so sweet! And what a fabulous picture of all of you! Good luck with your surgery!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

OMGosh this is so adorable, love the balloons and the great design and dp. Wonderful family pic and good luck with your surgery!!!!

Tenia Nelson said...

Congrats to your beautiful daughter!!! What a awesome fam you have as well!!! Very AWESOME card!!

Sindhu said...

Congrats to your lively daughter Colleen! Your card is super sweet!

Good luck with your surgery Colleen, I'm sure everything is gonna be fine! :)

Linda R said...

Your card is so cute. I just love those hot air balloons. Congrats to your daughter. And I just love the photo of all of you..

By now your surgery should be over. I do hope all went well..

Hugs~

Kara Lynne said...

Hi Colleen, so much to say today! I'll start with that gorgeous card! I love the color of the thread blending with the background and I love those gorgeous patterned balloons! Secondly, what a lovely pic of your family and congrats to your daughter. Our soon to be 6th grader only had 3 girls in her class too, but one is leaving! What foot surgery? I'll have to look down at other posts. I had 3 foot surgeries. I'm not sure what happened, but I saw this post and the last one as I looked through my blogger dashboard yesterday, and when I went to see them today to read them, they weren't there anymore. Thought you should know, but of course, right now it's just recovery time so take care!

Maria said...

Wow! Where do I start regarding your lovely card! It is so beautiful with those dimensional balloons! Lovely stamped background and pretty gems! Thank you for sharing the wonderful family photo! And, I am keeping you in thought and prayer for a very speedy recovery! Sending warm hugssssss!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MY! Your daughters are growing up! I can't believe it-- I swear they were 5 last time we talked:) LOL! Congrats to your daughter!! **I didn't know she had a such a small class! WOW! I thought I went to a small school.... 3 girls! WOW!

LOOOOOOOVE this card-- LOVE LOVE LOVE the design and the bling!! LOVE the balloons-- LOVE it all! I esp. love that thread!! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEASE tell me how you tied that bow! It's fab! LOVE:)

I hope your foot surgery goes well tomorrow! Praying for a successful surgery and quick recovery!

Leslie Miller said...

What wonderful detail everywhere I look! So perfect for your daughter. Only three girls in her class? That's rough! By now you've had your foot surgery and I hope you're feeling okay. I don't know if I could bear to be away from my crafty stuff so long. I'd have to sit and do some coloring or something.

Benzi said...

Just the coolest ever grad card...love the balloons and the sentiment.
What a beautiful family. I bet your daughter is glad to be graduating and hoping for more girls in her next class. :-)
Hope you're recuperating well by now from your foot surgery. That can't be any fun.

nwilliams6 said...

Beautiful card Colleen. Love the colors, your balloons are gorgeous, and the message is sooo positive. The picture of your family is wonderful as well - all of you are so good looking. Congrats to your daughter. Enjoy all these times - I miss them already with one married daughter on one moving off to college (sniff, sniff). Also, I hope the surgery went good. Having things at all different levels will make you recover faster maybe - LOL. You can always pay the kids to retrieve it for you. Hugz!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Congratulations to the graduate. What a beautiful family picture. Thank you so much for sharing that with us. I sure enjoyed seeing it. Your balloons look fabulous on this card and give an uplifting celebratory feel to it. It's fantastic.
Bear Hugs,
Carol

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful graduation card and a beautiful family!

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