Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Monday, May 30, 2016

Freshly Made for a Special Grad

Hello, and Happy Memorial Day!

I haven't been around lately; one of my brothers-in-law passed away last week.  Bruce & I spent a lot of time over in Indiana with family.  It has been an emotional week.  Yesterday, I was thinking of the stack of graduation cards I still need to create.  Family, friends...lots of different schools so lots of different colors.  Last night I saw a post on Facebook which gave me much needed cheering up.  John is the only child of some dear friends.  He was born 4 months prematurely...I kid you not.  No one knew if he would ever go home, or if he would ever celebrate a birthday.  Well, this weekend,, he graduated from high school!  Check out this AMAZING picture of PURE JOY!

So, I got up out of my stamping slump, and made this card, using two challenges, Freshly Made Sketches and The Paper Players.  I took the left vertical column in the Tic Tac Toe challenge.

The card uses elegant eggplant and crushed curry card stock and ink. My stamp sets used are "Extreme Elements," "Tassle Time," and "Delightful Dozen."  The stars were die cut with an old Sizzix die.  After I stamped on the whisper white and taped the stars down, I ran it through my Big Shot with the diagonal stripes embossing folder.  The sentiment is matted with long-retired perfect plum dp.  Both the sentiment and graduation cap are popped up.  Finally, I added nearly ancient SU purple twine.  Can't believe how long I have had it!

Well, one Grad card done; about 8 more to go!  YIKES!

Hope to post later this week...thanks for stopping by!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}


  1. What a roller-coaster time you've been having Kim, so glad you ended the week on a high though, with a great graduation card to boot! I love your colour combo and the texture of your card. Thanks for joining my tic-tac-toe challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

  2. Wonderful card for the occasion! Perfect for a graduation!

  3. What a great graduation card! Love the colours! John indeed looks thrilled! What a great photo! So sorry to hear about your brother-in-law's passing. Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  4. Lovely card, Kim - awesome color combination!

  5. I am so sorry for the loss in your family and wishing you all peace during this difficult time.

    The graduation card for John is sensational! Great design, Kim.

  6. I love this wonderful card- and what a special man! So awesome that he walked for his diploma : ) So sorry for your loss.

  7. So beautiful! A perfect graduation card!
    Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players!

  8. Ooh, this is one great graduation card. Makes me want to go back to school!