Saturday, April 23, 2011

Classic Graduation

I have hardly posted lately - it's definitely not lack of desire on my part - just a total lack of time!  Being a church musician and an active church volunteer near Easter can be very, very time-consuming!

I did have time today to finish up some Graduation cards that I wanted to get up to our church card rack.  I have done a number already (see Type: Graduation in the left column) - but none of them are traditional.  I definitely needed some classic black and white cards.

When I saw that this week's Less Is More Challenge was "off-centre" - I visualized this tassel hanging in the corner.  I used gold leafing to add the border.

The next card is based on the Techno Stamper Sketch Challenge.  (Techno Stamper is the challenge that allows me to link all of the other participants to my blog, so check out the bottom of this post to see the other players.)

And finally, I tried to use the CardPatterns sketch to showcase this wonderful sentiment.

The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations and says:

God bless you and be with you
on your graduation day,
May He guide you and protect you
as you journey on life's way...
May He give you hope and courage
and faith that's strong and true
With the wisdom to achieve success
in everything you do.

I am now going to disappear from my blog for a few more days.  After church services tomorrow and lunch with my brother and family, I get the gift of a few days to myself in our mountain place.   My family has decided they can manage without me until Tuesday.  It's cold and snowy in the mountains and I am going to curl up by the fireplace with a number of library books that are almost overdue. 

"Off-Centre" Tassel
  • Stamps: Tassel is DRS Designs, sentiment is a Stampin' Up single
  • Ink: black
  • Paper: black and white
  • Accessories: scor-tape, gold leafing, gold brad
  • Stamps: Graduate is Stamp of Excellence, sentiment is DRS Designs
  • Ink: black
  • Paper: SU Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray, white
  • Accessories: Taylored Expressions star impression plate, EK Success border punch (from their American Girl line)
A Prayer for the Graduate:
  • Stamps: Heartfelt Creations (note: I cut up the stamp so that the I could use them in a different order)
  • Ink: black
  • Paper: black, white, metallic silver
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug dots embossing folder, silver cord, SU Large Designer Label Punch (just peeking out the top)


Here are the other participants in the Techno Stamper Sketch Challenge:


  1. I like the tassle appropriate for this season. I envy your upcoming days of solitude. I hope you will be refreshed.

  2. Beautiful cards all very stylish and perfect for the occasion. Love the tassle on the first one.


  3. Stunning as ever Kim
    Love the gold border
    Enjoy your weekend
    Thanks so much
    Diva LIM

  4. Great cards, so classy and elegant! Thanks for joining us at Card Patterns this week!!!

  5. Beautiful card, love the simplicity, have a great trip:0) xxx

  6. Perfect grad cards...have a fun weekend!

  7. Love the tassle card & the rest are all fab too, well done :O) Viv xx

  8. Smashing array of cards

    Happy Easter


  9. Kim, I love all of these - I can't even pick a favourite! Hope you have a lovely Easter Sunday and enjoy your break. Sitting by the fireplace with a pile of books is my kind of holiday! :) Take care.

  10. super cards. love the tassle. x

  11. Fabulous cards. Love the tassle and the gold leaf.
    Lynne xxx

  12. A PERFECT graduation card and the verse is lovely

  13. Kim, you always have the most beautiful cards! Love the graduation cards!! Enjoy you time alone...I'm envious!

  14. Oh wow! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration! Love all of your graduation cards! I need to make a couple myself this week and this will help!! :)
    I didn't know you are a musician...Piano? Organ? Other? I play the piano, but am piano-less right now and I'm missing it terribly!!! It's my stress relief! Guess I'll have to rely on exercise! LOL!
    Sounds like a lovely plan to get away for a few days!!! Have a wonderful time!

  15. I can sympathise with all the activity as a church musician over the Easter period Kim. In the last couple of weeks my husband and I have sung in about seven concerts or services, the last one being yesterday... and now it seems as though I may be getting a cold!
    Your cards are all as impeccably beautiful as ever.
    Thanks soo much!
    Lady LIM

  16. Your cards are wonderful and the sentiment is just perfect. Tracey x

  17. These are just fabulous! Each one is perfect! Thanks so much for playing along with my sketch challenge again this week! And AMEN to being Easter week being time consuming, but also so renewing! Praise God that our Savior is ALIVE!

  18. Three great cards, love the tassel one, very original. x

  19. Beautiful, perfect cards. I especially love the tassel card.
    Jenny x

  20. Wow! You may not have posted much ... but you certainly aren't short of inspiration. Thanks so much for the blog love you have shared on my blog recently. I did appreciate your thoughts! Hugs xxaxx

  21. the tassel card is fantastic,

    thanks for your inspiration!


  22. Such wonderful graduation seeing all the different styles...Thanks for playing with us at Card Patterns!

  23. Love the variation you have provided for the same theme Kim. Very inspiring! The tassle card is so elegant. :)


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