Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pre-School Graduation?

I think I've been living under a rock or sumpin' (sic). My friend and coworker asked me the other day if I would make a graduation card for her niece who was graduating from pre-school. I gave her my quizzical look and said, "You're joking, right?"

"Absolutely not!" she replied.

I mean, where have I been and how long have they been doing pre-school graduations? Talk about feeling old and not being with it! Ha!

Oh, whoa is me, was my first thought: must I really trudge off to my stamp room and make yet another card? NOT!!!! And I was worried I wouldn't be able to blog. Silly, silly me!

For those of you who know how hopelessly addicted I am to card making, I jumped at the chance to make this card for my friend's little cutie-patootie niece (don't you just love her pretty black and white dress?). She wanted her niece's photo incorporated into the card, which I scanned and purtied up in my photoshop program to isolate her from all the other people in the photo. I really wanted to try the hinged card technique challenge posted on Splitcoast earlier this week and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do that. I can see where making hinged cards could be another addiction. Oh what fun I had making this!

I stamped the mortarboards in Versafine Black and then watercolored them with my Pretty in Pink reinker and watercolor brush. A black marker finished off the the tiny center piece on top of the cap that holds the tassle in place. Speaking of tassle, I used pink grosgrain ribbon to make a tassle for this little graduate's card by fraying the ribbon, knotting it at the end, and then wrapping it around the letter B brad before securing the brad into place.

Here's the hinged card open. Since the hinged panel that moves up needs the space to move, I reverse masked the large star punch shape by sponging Pretty in Pink around it and then stamping the "the one and only" sentiment on the inside in order to keep these flat yet give some kind of dimension.

I brought this card into my co-worker yesterday, and she went bonkers over it! Talk about making my day!
I hope your day is an absolutely splendiferous one, too!

Stamps: Stampin' Up's Little Layers (mortarboard) and Amazing to Zany (inside sentiment); H&M Stamps ( Congrats sentiment); There She Goes A-Z and 1, 2, 3 (Brooke's name)
Cardstock: Black, White, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Versafine Black, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: oval Nestabilities, black initial brad, pink brads, star punches, frayed ribbon, lace border punch, watercolor brush


Cindy Haffner said...

How cool is this Charlene, perfect in every way!!!!!!!!!! Hugs Cindy xxoo

Tammy Hershberger said...

Well, for being under a rock, you ROCKED this card design! Fabulous job, and what a cute girl!

Mothermark said...

I wanna be under that rock with you! Is it fun under there? Are there M & M's under there? If you are under there do you still have to woik? Snort!

This is as precious as can be! Holy cow, its wonderful. You are gonna be loved!!!

It Sexy Green girl is perfect! Hee! Give me warm fuzzies you put it on your blog! Snort!

Joanne (jojot) said...

what a sweet preschool graduation card.....customized, personalized and all......no wonder your coworker jumped in excitement....PLUS......it is always soooo thrilling when someone really admires your work.....we all need warm fuzzies now and then, eh???

Traci M said...

Well, I am a constant admirer of your work Charlene, and this is one of those cards that will make it into some little girl's scrapbook and be looked at 20 years later...it is priceless! I love how you were able to make her the center of the picture and all the personalization! What a thoughtful card you made for your friend!!
I still need to try that technique too~

StampOwl said...

hehe Charlene ... this card is adorable

Denise (peanutbee) said...

...and what a FANTASTIC graduation card it is!! Oh how PERFECT for that beautiful little girl...all bright pink and girly. Love the frayed ribbon tassel!

Julia Aston said...

What a sweet card Charlene! The hinge card is perfect for this - love that cute picture - and your shredded ribbon 'tassle' - this is sure to be a hit for the 'graduation'!!

Joan Ervin said...

What a precious card, Charlene...such a great idea to make the hinge design and to add her sweet picture to the front!!! She is going to love this!!! I have gone to many, many pre-school graduations since I am the old lady who lives in the shoe with my hundreds of children and grandchildren. If it wasn't for M&M's I wouldn't be the woman I am today....semi sane!!! In fact, we have another ps graduation for my DGS Cole on June 3rd. I need to case you awesome card!!!!

MrsBoz said...

I don't get to those TLC challenges very often anymore. YOU managed to incorporate that hinged card with the cutest {preschool} grad card!! Awesome!!

Ann said...

Fabulous Charlene!!! Love your bog and thanks for stopping by mine!!!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Charlene, this could not be cuter. Love how you incorporated the adorable photo into your design. Awesome card! At at that age, I bet pink is her favorite color.

Dawn (flowergal36) said...

Oh my goodness Charlene you ROCKED this card. I LOVE it. The pink, black and white are my favorite color combos. She is adorable. Your friend must have loved this. Great job.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is gorgeous Charlene!! What a great use of the photo!! The colors and design are perfect!!