Thursday, May 22, 2008

To see clearly and Gina K Trio - graduation theme

I was hoping that the kids wouldn't need glasses so early on, but I guess they are all doomed since both Kevin and I have bad sight. Hunter's teacher mentioned to me a couple of weeks ago that she thoguht he was having a hard time seeing the board. I thoguht it was just Hunter being Hunter since tehy do the school screening and he had just gone for his yearly check up back in December. Well, it turns out that he is having a hard time seeing. We printed off an eye chart and sure enough... So, I made an appointment with the eye doctor and yup - glasses were in his future.

Skip ahead to today and I just called the eye doctor's office and yes, they have Hunter's glasses in. He has been bugging me all week about them, which is a good sign. I hope the fitting goes well after school. He'll sort of be on his own with the tech since I have to take the twins with us too. Anyway, I'll post a picture on my family blog (check link to right if you are interested) later. Just like his mother I guess. He's in the 2nd grade and I got my first pair in 2nd grade too. To be honest, glasses suck, but not being able to see is even suckier :)

So, now to the crafty stuff. The other night, I was browsing and went over to splitcoast and realized that Gina K was having a release party - again!!! I hadn't realized it had already been a month. In fact, I was just getting ready to use the stamps that I got last month - SHOCKING how quickly the time passes by. Anyway, she always has her DT members host challenges and I have to say that I am SO pleased that I was able to finish all 3 of them.

To be honest, it was pretty easy since I used the same paper and in essence the same style of stamp for all three, and they all had the same theme. My friend who teaches 2nd grade is having her first wave of students graduate!!! I know you teachers out there understand that feeling when your first class of "babies" aren't babies anymore and are actually graduating from high school!! Of course I wanted to do graduation cards, but I didn't' want to do your standard hat and diploma and the stamps created by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K and Gina K's Owl set are the ones that I thought of.

I am really quite pleased with the way they turned out too. And yes, they did have to have a grad cap on. The cap is from a My Sentiments Exactly set that I had. I just cut out and then pop dotted it on the heads. They aren't necessarily to scale but it works.

With this card, I didn't want the stamp with the nest (although I used the sentiment that goes with it), but I didn't want two owls either so, I masked off the second owl off, then just drew in any missing parts. I also used stickles (glitter glue) to attach my clear buttons. Its hard to see, but it adds just that little bit of sparkle. I colored everything in with my copics.
And for this guy, I used my prisma pencil with OMS (Oderless Mineral Spirits) to color him in. I cut the card base using my cricut and design studio program and then did the rest of the shapes using my coluzzle oval shape. Instead of using ribbon, I folded the cardstock like it was ribbon.And finally, the very cute hippo. I used my copics to color him in and my nestabilities to cut out the plain and scalloped circle, then used my hole punch to cut all the little circles. I love the sentiment on this one.So here are all the ingredients for all three cards:

Cardstock: My Minds Eye, CTMH, Ink: Pallete Noir, Stamps: Just so Hoppy, Just so Hippy, Owl Always Love You (Gina K), Graduation (My Sentiments Exactly), Other: Nestabilities, SU! Punch, PTI Ribbon, CTMH eyelets, clear buttons, and mini brads, Copics, Prisma Pencils, OMS, Coluzzle, Cricut, Sewing

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget those graduates!!


Kopperhead said...

Just love that hoppy graduating frog! Wonderful cards!

michelle said...

wow wonderful cards love them all ! what are copics??

Lauren said...

The little guy will look so handsome in his new glasses. These cards are terrific. That frog is super cute.

Carrie said...

Love these cards! The owl is so cute! Great job. And those cookie boxes... fabulous!

Anonymous said...

I love the theme. Thanks! lol
These are great.
cute cute cute.

Melanie said...

all these little grad cards are so cute! I don't know why I've never found your blog when searching for smaples using my sets, weird! My friend Donna Baker forwarded me your article for Craft Critique (I don't get out much!) using the hippo, very cool, thanks!! :)

Melanie said...

Thank you again for your post using my stamps! Please be sure to upload them before Friday in the SCS gallery (if you haven't already done so) with the keyword MMGKD1 for a chance to win my next release! Details here:

Good luck!

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