Sunday, June 29, 2014

From Babies to Graduates ...

... where has the time gone?

Hello My Friends!
I hope you're have a fun filled weekend.  
We are headed to Pittsburgh, PA (2 hr drive) for a family high school graduation. 
Hubby's nephew has 3 lovely daughter (Shannon, Meghan and Kaitlyn).
Shannon graduated in 2012 and now it's Meghan's turn!  

When Shannon graduated she asked me if I could make her a card box for the party.  I immediately started gathering all sorts of photos and completed the task.  She was very happy with it.  So now Meghan has supplied most of the photos and asked me to do the same for her.  Which I was thrilled to do.  In both cases I started out with a store bought box from the party store and hubby has reinforced the inside as well as made it impossible for any (not so honest folks) to reach in and take the envelopes out.  She will have to cut the sides apart to retrieve her cards.  SAD you have to do that ... BUT!

This is really a very easy project to do and it's so much fun to watch as the graduate explains to her friends the story behind some of the photos.  

There is even a scanned version of a card that she (Meghan) made for hubby (Uncle Mark) back in 2000 when she was in preschool (lets see if she remembers that!  LOL!).

I also got busy today making Meghan's card as well as a card for the neighbor boy whose party is next weekend.    It was fun to create using their school colors.

 I actually drew inspiration for this card from a follower of my blog.  Mamawcindy (cindys-greencricut) left me a nice comment the other day and when I popped over to her blog to say thanks, she had some beautiful (feminine) grad cards posted.  I knew then I wanted to make one similar for Meghan!  THANKS CINDY!!!
Papers:  Royal Blue and White cs
Accessories:  Martha Stewart 'Monarch butterfly' punch, Martha Stewart '3 in 1 butterfly' punch, Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' #98362, Taylored Expressions 'Grad Cap' #TE177, Inkadinkado 'Flourish' stamp, Flourishes sentiment

A few challenges to share in:
Inkspirational Challenge - Blue with White/Cream
Paper Crafting Challenge - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More #101 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #266 - Things with Wings

Here's a peek at Jordan's graduation card for next weekend.
Our local high school colors are orange & black.  (like you couldn't figure that out on your own!  lol)

I thought this embossed background went well with the Technique Tuesday grads image for a masculine card.  I popped up the grads ... looks really cool IRL!

Well, I'd better get ready to go!
I'm sure we will ... always good to see family!


Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow Darlene what a wonderful idea the box is. I am sure she is going to have retrieving the cards and your graduation cards are just stuning.
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Deborah Frings said...

Wow - that's a fantastic Graduation card - love the colours! So feminine too. I'm sure she'll love it. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week. BTW Love the other card too!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

These are great, Dar! Love that inky flourish on your feminine card and the bold silhouette on the one for Jordan. Your photo boxes are such a great idea! You clever, girl, you!

Diane said...

Beautiful card box, she is going to love it...wonder what her reaction will be when she sees the card she made on it,!! the grad cards are wonderful as well...have a fun time at the grad party!!! NOw you have enabled me to "maybe" purchase that cap die!!

Joan Fricker said...

Great box Darlene!! Your cards are so pretty. Beautiful colors and design!

Kylie said...

This is wonderful! Perfect card for a grad. Congrats to Meghan! Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

Pia Krogh Larsen said...

Great flourishes stamp and love the detail with the butterflies on top.
Thank you for sharing at Inkspirational challenges. Hope you will join us again for more fun :o)

mamawcindy said...

What a Surprise Darlene, Your Butterfly Card is so pretty. Glad you found some Inspiration in my Card. You did a great job on both of your cards and I love that Box.
Happy Day to you my Crafty Friend. :0)

Hayley Kew said...

FABulous projects! I especially enjoy the graduation card you created to play along with us. The blue is so bold it really pops against the white :) Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us this week at Addicted to Stamps and More, hope to see you back soon!!!

Marina said...

Fabulous projects. Love the two grad hats on your blue and white card - the flourish of butterflies looks great - a beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

Taunya Butler said...

Cool graduation cards!! Love the one with the butterflies - symbolizes to me how after graduation we have wings and can take flight!! So awesome!!

Cornelia W said...

Awesome - I love all those butterflies on the swirl!

Anna Jasiolek said...

Beautiful card, perfect for our 'Things with wings' challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges. Love these hats. Thank you for joining us and please come back tomorrow for a brand new challenge!
Anna xxx