Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Dreamy Graduation Card

This past Sunday my daughter graduated from The University of Memphis with a degree in Film/Communications. She is planning to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. Of course, just thinking about her leaving rips my heart in two, but I am thrilled that she's brave enough to truly follow her dreams!

I didn't want to make her a traditional card - we aren't very traditional people! - and I thought that 'Dream' was the perfect, simple sentiment to mark the occasion. The stamp is from Tim Holtz's Stuff to Say stamp collection. The frame insert was created using my Faux Crazed Porcelain technique. BTW, did you know that the centers of the bookplates from the Tag and Bookplates die fit perfectly into the Idea-ology Ornate Plates frames? That Tim Holtz guy is pretty brilliant, huh?

The balloons from Artistic Outpost's Paris Exposition were perfect for a 'Sky's the Limit' feeling. They were stamped on watercolor paper using black Stazon. I colored them using a water brush and Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage, and Tumbled Glass Distress inks. After I cut them out, I adhered them to the card using foam squares.

The background paper is from Basic Grey. On top of that, I layered a piece of vintage ledger paper that was adhered to white cardstock and embossed using Tim Holtz's Postal Texture Fade. After I embossed it, I cut it using the Sizzix Baroque die and sanded it lightly with my Idea-ology Sanding Grip (love that tool!). A thin border of Antique Linen Distress Stickles and some ribbon dyed with Worn Lipstick Distress Stain and I was done!

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25 comments:

  1. That's a stunning card Shelly! Congrats to your daughter! Wishing her success with her dreams! x

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  2. That is a beautiful card for a beautiful girl.

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  3. Beautiful Shelly! Love the balloons! Congrats to your daughter, and good luck!

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  4. Your card is amazing! So much work. You're heart will break when she leaves, but you can always visit! Here's hoping she will become super famous and you can move to LA also!

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  5. Your card is fabulous, Shelly. Good luck to your daughter.

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  6. Fabulous card as always, love love the balloons. Huge congratulations to your daughter and all the best with the move out to Los Angeles. Tracy x x

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  7. Congratulations to your daughter, the card is fab for her as she is following her dreams. Wishing her ever success. x

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  8. Shelly, your card is very unique. The baloons floating in the air and the calm pastel colors create a dreamy atmosphere.
    Congrats to Olivia and to her proud parents!
    Hugs,
    Dorly Weitzen, Israel

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  9. Love the card, Shelly. Congrats to all of you -- know it was a joint effort!

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  10. Fabulous card, Shelly! Love the bookplate and the sweet balloons. Congratulations to your daughter, too!

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  11. Congrats to your daughter - and wishes for much success in LA! Your card's beautiful - wonderfully unique!

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  12. Your card looks amazing. I love those balloon images.. How exciting for you daughter.. But it would be pretty scary for me also to let my daughter go..

    ~Linda

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  13. What a delightful card - I hope it inspires your daughter to reach for her dreams. Think of the fun you'll have visiting her....

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  14. Hi Shelly! This is just another example of your wonderful work.Love the balloons and the dream plaque! Congratulations to your daughter, we wish her all the best.
    hugs across the miles
    Lisa and Elaine @ Destination Art

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  15. Congrats to your daughter, she will love your card.

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  16. What a good Mom you are! Letting go is the hardest but best thing you can do for your children. If she is half as creative as you she will be going places.
    Love your card. Thanks for the info on the die cuts.
    Take Care,
    Chris XO

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  17. Wow Shelly your card is awesome! I bet your daughter loved it. Congratulations to her!

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  18. Beautiful card! Congrats and good luck to your daughter!!

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  19. Perfect card, Shelly and best of luck to your daughter!

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  20. What a beautiful card and kudos to your kiddo!!! She's beautiful!

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  21. It's a wonderful card, Shelly....so perfect for Olivia's big achievement and her next step in life.

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  22. I recently viewed the amazing box you completed on Inspiration Emporium utilizing your "faux porcelin" technique. It is breathtaking!

    Can you tell me what you used for the clock face? I know the outer portion is a Sizzix die.

    Thank you for inspiring so many!

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