Monday, May 7, 2012

A Graduation Card!

Some of you may know that my daughter, Alyssa, is graduating college this week!!! Whoo Hoo! Go girl!!! I am so proud of her.  She has had a wonderful 4 years at A&M University and is now focusing on getting into nursing school.  She is graduating with a degree in Nutrition, but has always wanted to go into nursing and then further to Nurse Practitioner, so....... her school is not done, but she has her start.  I made her this card to encourage her to strive to her dreams.  I always tell her that the world is at her feet, she just has to make something of it.

Anyhow, on to my card haha! I used the very adorable Tilda that I got  from Magnolia Sweden and colored her with my Distress Marker FINALLY!!! Hello!!! I had been waiting on those suckers for far too long haha!  I'm a bit rushed today, but will give details later on for using them.  I did struggle a bit I must say eek!

I almost NEVER do insides, I know, so sad, but I did for her card to finish out the sentiment. Yep, glitter, glitter everywhere haha.  I cleaned it up after I took the photo.

I used the Milled Lavender marker for her outfit which is a totally different color than my reinker.  Thank goodness, because my reinker is NOT lavender at all, but a greyish color, so this is more true to what I think of for lavender.

Here you see the gorgeous flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts!! Gotta love me some flowers huh? 

Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Magnolia -Tilda Catching Stars
Inks:  Distress Ink Markers
Paper: We R memory Keepers - Contton Tail
Tools:  MS Pine Branch Punch, Nesties, Whimsy Die - Notables 3

I am entering this card into the Crafting Life's Pieces challenge where they have a gorgeous sketch as always!

Thank you so much for visiting me today.  I sure do appreciate it!

Hugs, Dena


  1. hi Dena,
    what a bautiful card such pretty colours x
    huge congratulations to your daughter and what a perfect sentiment for her x
    have a great day
    Suzie qx

  2. Hello Dena, Such a beautiful card. I love the colouring and the layout, those little ribbons and stars are gorgeous too..

    Congratulations to your daughter..

    Hugs Kelly

  3. So wonderful card Dena,I love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers and the details.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  4. Hi Dena, A huge congrats to your daughter. I'm sure she will love this fabulous card, I love anything Tilda. I have some distress markers and haven't dared use them yet, I know I should really.
    Hugs Sue W.

  5. Wow Dena, you must be such a proud mum! And what a wonderful card to reward and encourage your daughter. Loving the Tilda you chose to use, and all the detail is, as always, perfect. So glad you have the hang of those Markers, damned if I can work it out!! Hugs Sxx

  6. Congratulations to your Daughter Dena and I'm sure she will be thrilled with this beautiful card.
    Hugs Teresa xx

  7. A beautiful card for Alyssa! Congratulations to her! You must be very proud of your lovely daughter and your lovely card, Dena! Hugs, Lesley

  8. Beautiful card for your daughter, love the ribbon and bows combined with the stars, perfect element.

  9. Gorgeous card and perfect image for your daughter!! Your coloring is so amazing!!

  10. Gorgeous card. Congratulations to your daughter.
    Your painting is, as usual, perfection. I hope you can do a video!

  11. This is stunning, Dena! I love the colors and the sweet image! Fabulous coloring and beautiful details! Congratulations to your daughter!

  12. A beautiful card, love the ribbon stars, the plaid paper and the coloring is great.
    Congratulations to your daughter.

  13. This is sensational Dena. My daughter will be graduating from High School so a new chapter in her life will be starting. I would love to make a card like yours for her. I love how you did the stars at the right hand side. Gorgeous colours as always!

  14. Hi Dena,
    This is such a lovely card and a perfect Graduation card for a special daughter. I have a piece of prose that I would like to send for your daughter. It is my Louisa May Alcott:-

    Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations,
    I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty
    Believe in them and follow where they lead.

    Congratulations Alyssa, never let go of your dreams, keep them safe within to help you get through when the road gets a little hard.
    All the best Linda xx

  15. Very cute and a great saying for a graduation. Edna

  16. Sensational Dena what a fab card You colour the images so beautifully , your work is amazing Hugs Elaine

  17. Hi Dena! Well, congrats to your daughter, girlfriend! You must be crazy proud!! Your daughter will cherish this stunning card FOREVER!! It's special in about a kabillion ways...your coloring, DPs, glitter...and, of course the love you put into this work of art!! Hugs. Pat Frank

  18. You must be very proud.... attributable to good parenting, dear friend! I always told my children the same thing!
    Your card is a treasure....a beautiful piece of art!
    I adore this lovely Tilda and the design and details are spectacular.

  19. Wow, dena your cards are always stunning and this is no exception.
    Huge congrats to your daughter too.
    Please do a demo with the markers, especially which paper you use, I've got them and only use them to highlight bits-but helps with the hair.
    Thanks for joining us for this challenge at
    CLP Challenges
    Hugs, Becky x

  20. Hi Dena!!! Yayy! Congratulations to Alyssa! Well, she will absolutely TREASURE & LOVE this card you've made her .. sigh! So girly and the colors and dainty and delicate! Love that luscious lace and the sentiment is PERFECT! Need I mention your colouring? hehe! Well it is TRULY FABULOUS as always! Love it all!

    ps .. you said your Milled Lavender was more greyish? You know .. mines is more LIGHT barely there pinkish. It's not so lavender either. I wonder if each batch they make comes out different or something? hmmmm.

    Big Hugs to You!

  21. absolutely beautiful card, Dena! congratulations to your daughter, and good luck with her future plans!
    hugs, Alina

  22. Your card is beautiful, dear Dena! And I'm sure your daughter will love it!
    Hugs, Manuela x

  23. Beautiful card and fantastic colouring.


  24. Beautiful card Dena, and congratulations to Alyssa!! Sounds like she's gotten to the first set of stars - you must be a very proud mummy!! Hugs, my friend, Juliexx

  25. Hi She is beautiful just love your colouring ! Love the papers and the hanging stars are just such a lovely idea ! I am sure she will treasure your card ! My daughter finished school too so it's all so exciting for them ! ;0)

  26. Firstly..congratulations to Alyssa!
    I'm sure all her hard work and dedication will pay off :)

    Such a beautiful card Dena...awesome colouring as always, I look forward to hearing any more tips you have about the DI Markers, I haven't had a chance to try colouring a full image with them yet but I needed a bit of Aged Mahogany and my re-inker was empty so I used the marker pen and it was a totally different shade to the re-inker! But I actually preferred the marker shade so it gives me an extra colour shade to play with.

    Tildas...I don't own any Tildas (I don't like them but please don't tell anyone!!) and then I saw this I had to go and order this stamp...and a couple more, like I don't have enough rubber! Bad girl you are, leading me astray :)

    Hugs Elaine ♥♥♥

  27. Totally gorgeous, love it!
    Helen x

  28. Wow Dena me lovely, in american terms its awesome!!!! you have coloured her so beautifully and I aodre your layout and the way you have decorated the inside, just stunning me darlin xxxxxxxxxxxx

  29. Oh Dena! This is soooooooo gorgeous! Congrats to your daughter on graduating ...being a nurse myself, I can appreciate the hard work she will endure with an ultimate great reward and Nurse Practitioner....WOW! Good for her! What a wonderful card you have made to encourage her! Colored so lovely to match your soft pastel papers and embellies ! Thanks for knocking the socks off our sketch this month at the CLP challenge! Good luck!

  30. Oh Dena!!! Girly, you outdid yourself on this one! It is sooooo stunning!! My world stops turning for a minute or two ;)
    Such amazing work you did, chosing that stamp and then coloring it into sheer perfection :) Alyssa is sooo going to treasure this!
    You did a gorgeous take on the marvelleous sketch too, I feel a definate top 3 placing here! The stars are adorable :) And the sentiment is the perfect addition!


  31. Hi sweetie this is soooooooooo beautiful your daughter is sure to love it. It does not look like you struggled hun with those markers cus my goodness your colouring rocks it really does. Loving the colours.
    Well done to your daughter sweetie no wonder you are proud.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  32. Wow Dena, this is stunning... And Congratulations to you and your family.. you must be so proud..


  33. This is stunning Dena with beautiful colors and lovely layout! I love the stars hanging from the ribbon - fits in perfectly with the theme of this image. Beautiful coloring my friend. hugs, Angela

  34. what a perfect grad card!!! and those 3 stars on the side are perfect for the image.


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