Hats off to the Grad

We had a nephew graduate high school this year. I used the school colors (green, white, and a bit of red) along with their mascot (an apple) to create this card.

The very first Papertrey Ink Make-it-Monday video (mim1) was about creating sentiment collages and it has been on my to-try list ever since. I even pinned a card by Betsy Veldman where she did a collage too. Now, I’m finally trying it myself!

It was fun picking the sentiments – and I could have made many more cards with all the options I came up with. The hardest bit was knowing when to stop with the sentiments – and what color to do them in. In the end, I kept it simple with the amount of sentiments, and kept the red to a minimum because it always gets focus.

Thanks for taking a peek!

All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: For the Graduate, Congrats All Ways, All Star Team, Teacher’s Apple, School Time Additions (the year), Ad Sense, Happy Trails (the red swirl under the hat);
Colors: White, Black, Poppy, Chartreuse;

Oh the Places You’ll Go

The book Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss is one of my favorites. I received it when I graduated high school. I had never read the story before then and I was perplexed by the gift until I read the story – and then I was in tears (because it is nice when someone has such faith in you 🙂 ). My path has certainly taken me places I didn’t think I’d go, but right now – I am very happy.

This card is for my niece who just graduated college.

The final card happened by accident. I had a panel of white onto which I stamped the image so I could color it. When I was done, I thought hey, this looks pretty good all by itself. I like that it really keeps the focus on the verse and sorta makes you think about it.

Any Direction You Choose
Stamps: The Places You’ll Go (Taylored Expressions);
Colors: White (PTI); Black (Memento);
Other: Markers (Copic);


Yes, I do know that isn’t how it is spelled. But I love the blog Cake Wrecks and every year about this time the posts tend to highlight bad spelling. I’m a horrible speller, but I love laughing, so the blog is on my list of favorites! So anyway….

My nieces and nephews are getting older. This is the second to graduate (and there are 10 more to go, 12 if you count my own kiddos). I finally decided to invest in a graduation stamp set. Thankfully PTI just released one – how convenient 😉

The idea to turn the image sideways came from Maile (card). While she used a different image in the center, I kept the original but cut a second out so it would be oriented properly.

Making guy cards is hard! I knew I would use twine like Maile did so the woodgrain embossing just followed that. What came next I wasn’t sure. I really really wanted to use argyle but I didn’t think that would suit the recipient. So a simple pin-stripe is what my hubby suggested and I went with it.

I really wish New Leaf ink matched the paper! I tried to doctor mine with Spring Moss (a tip I found on the PTI forum), but it still isn’t right. It is definitely better, but I think I’ll add a bit more and see if I can get it right.

All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: For the Graduate, Around & About Sentiments, Faux Ribbon (pin-stripe);
Ink: True Black (learning to love this), Pure Poppy, New Leaf;
Paper: White, Kraft, New Leaf;
Other: Mat Stack 1 die; Woodgrain Impressions Plate; twine, brads, dimensionals;