Thursday, June 23, 2011

Graduation is just the beginning...

This week at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges the new challenge is a sketch. Don't forget to check out the cards by the rest of this talented team.  They are awesome ladies with fantastic cards! 



Mine is a graduation card for a dear friend.  We've pretty much known her since she was a very young little girl.  She is very intelligent and as sweet as anyone you can ever know.  So of course, I had to do a special graduation card for her. I didn't want to do a traditional card with caps and gowns, so I selected this beautiful image from the Shop.  I thought it would depict the fact that even though a person graduates, it's not an end to learning.  Don't you love easel cards?  Well I hope you like this one.

You can't really see it, but the butterfly paper under the image is sparkly and I've added stickles to the roses. 



I know her favorite color used to be lavender and purple, so that's what I used.  Again I've colored with my Prismacolors. However, I got busy with the larger areas and forgot to allow for shading, so I made up my own technique (I'm sure others have done it, but it was new for me).  I took a tiny floral stamp, and I made a mask of the girl and the books, then I stamped a darker yellow over the light yellow, etc.  I was real pleased with the technique.  I know the sketch doesn't call for the second set of flowers, but I liked them on this card.

The supplies I've used are:

roses (used stickles on them), paper & gems by Recollections
butterfly paper by DCWV
lace, charm, butterfly and white flowers from Michaels and Hobby Lobby
die cuts - by Spellbinders;

I did some "real" sewing (go figure - last week for stitching I used faux stitches) LOL
You can't see them all, but I've put gems in the centers of the flowers on the background paper

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Delicious Doodles Challenges - fluttering
Crafts 4 Eternity - embellishment starting with an "r" - rose
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - fancy folds
The Stamp Man Challenges - butterfly
One Stitch at a Time - wings
CES Challenges - sparkly and flowers
Hooked on Craft Challenges - anything
A Gem of a Challenge - flowers and charms





32 comments:

Judy said...

I'm loving this! I'm a "DJ" fan as it is, and to use "purple" in such a beautiful way. Why you just made my day! Great job hun.xx

Denise and Louise said...

Beautiful card DJ - love the background colouring - great technique. That butterfly is gorgeous too
Hugs
Denise xx

Dorcas said...

It came out real nice, Debbie! I love all the lace you used and the young lady stamp is perfect fro her. I bet she loved it!

Starla B. said...

This is just gorgeous! I saw it over at Digi Doodle Shop's challenge blog...and just had to run over to tell you how fabulous it is. I'm sure she is going to love it!

Janette said...

This is a very sweet and pretty card,thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

michele said...

Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week hugs x

Karen said...

Gorgeous Dj, I'm sure she'll love it too, and it's lovely to see something different on a Graduation card. I love easel cards too.

xx

Teri said...

Fabulous card hun!!
Thank you for playing at the Delicious Doodles Challenge this week, and good luck with the draw!
Hugs,
Teri x

Debs M said...

gorgeous card, i'm gonna have to make another easel card , think i have only made 1! fabulous colours, love all the embellishments and details, im sure she will love it! x

Dolly Daydreams said...

Beautiful card with lovely image and so perfectly crafted . Love the gorgeous colours.

Marie

CraftyC said...

Beautiful card DJ. Love the colours and pretty lace. Thanks for taking part in this weeks CES Challenge
Clairexx

pinky said...

Gorgeous creation. Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.
Pinky

Dawn said...

Wow, beautiful card Debra. LOVE the butterfly. So wonderfully embellished. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz. Hugs, Dawn

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

So pretty Debbie! I love the color and the lace! The butterfly and image is pretty too! The charm is adorable! She will love it! I did go the cap and gown route, so hopefully that will work too!

Donna said...

Gorgeous easel card hun and love all your fabulous little embellishments, very pretty. hugs Donna x

Debs said...

Wow so many gorgeous detail and such a lovely color combo--great charm and lace, thanks so much for joining our "Things with Wings" challenge at One Stitch at a Time this week
Debs
xxx

Janet said...

Beautiful card....thank you for joining A Gem of a Challenge x

Carrie said...

what a great card for graduation.. I love the image too... Thanks for sharing with us at CES xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

Fabulous card DJ. Your colouring and layout is fantastic.

Hugs
Cathy
xxxx

Mandy said...

Wonderful card....Love the image and your embellishments are gorgeous...Thanks for sharing with us at A Gem of a Challenge...
Mandy x

Julie said...

Lovely, pretty card!! Thanks for joining us at CES challenges this week, Juliexx

Karen said...

Love the purples you went for sweety. Very nice indeed! :0) xx

kaylou said...

aww such a gorgeous card , thank you for joining our sparkly flower challenge at CES.
Hugs Kaylou xx

WeirdCat said...

Wonderful card, love the flowers and bow,
Ruth x

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

Oh, what a fabulous graduation card! Yes I do like easel cards - they´re so nice to show off!
Every detail is so pretty on this card! With all the sparkle it must be even more beautiful in person!

Made by Mandy said...

What a fabulous image for a graduation card. As you say just because you are no longer at school doesn't mean there is nothing left to learn.

Love the colouring an the tiny flowers make a lovely background. I am sure she will love this very special card.

Many thanks for joining in with our Things With Wings challenge over at OSAAT

Mandy (DT member for OSAAT)

Lori said...

Gorgeous card, love the design! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

ahlers5 said...

Gorgeous card! Love your layout and background.
Diane

craftybunny said...

Fabulous idea with the stamping and great colouring too.Gorgeous card with lots of lovely details.
Lisa x

Julie said...

What a sweet card and such a great idea for a grad card. The recipient will be so lucky to receive it
Hugs,
julie

Cheryl said...

Beautiful card! I love the purple, the lace, and well, just everything.


Thank you for posting my blog candy in your side bar. Good luck in the draw!

Neil said...

Beautiful. Thank you for joining us at The Stamp Man.