Sunday, May 13, 2018

University Graduation

Good morning crating friends.
I would like to share with you one of the reasons I've been MIA the last couple of weeks.  This was one of the happy reasons ~ my son's graduation from the University of Houston.
I have to warn you that this is a long post, so if you have the time crab a cuppa and enjoy.

I can't believe how the years have flown by.

                        Pre School                       High School                        University
                        5 years old                       18 years old                       22 years old

It feels like it was only yesterday we were singing "I hope you Dance"
at his pre-School graduation and then we blinked and there he was graduating from university!
I can't begin to tell you all how very proud we are of this young man!

Of course being a crafting mommy, I had to make a few things for his graduation. So let me start by sharing the box card I made for him. I used elements from Silhouette cut files and from Simply Crafty SVG's files to put this card together. I also added a few die cuts and used the Swiss Dot embossing folder. Card stocks used are all from GinaK.

My mom also wanted a card for him so I made another box card.
This one was made using the Graduation "You Did It"  box card from Simply Crafty SVGs. If you remember, I made this same card for my son's girlfriend who is graduating next week, just with different colours and mascot elements. If you missed that post, you can see it here.

My son didn't want a party, just a nice dinner with his family.  So instead of making invitations, we decided that I would make graduation announcements. Since most of them were being mailed overseas, I had to keep it mail friendly.

I purchased a pack of linen textured card stock from Office Depot and started by printing the text.
Next I scored the cards and added the shiny red strip of textured card stock to the bottom 3rd section. Cutting and embossing the leaves, hat and diploma was very time consuming, but well worth it in the end, I think.  The grad hat and diploma are from Cheery Lynn Designs and the laurel leaves from Ali Express.  I made 32 of these 6" x 4.5" (when closed) trifold cards. I adhered a wallet size photo of Brian to the top fold on the inside.

To finish off this post I would like to share a wall decoration I made.
  I wish I had made the hat a little bigger, but to be honest with you, I could not find my 12" x 24" mat anywhere. I know it's hiding somewhere in my craft room, but I didn't have the time to search for it. So I used a full page of a 12" x 12" black card stock sheet instead. The logos were printed on glossy photo paper and all the lettering was cut out of black vinyl.

Well, friends I hope you enjoyed my post today. Like I told you, it was a long one but I had lots to share :-)

I will be back in a couple of days with a few more cards, so do come back a visit.

Till then,


  1. What a lovely post Lena and Congratulations to Brian. It certainly is a proud moment, our youngest graduated a couple of years ago. Your collection of graduation paper craft g is fabulous. The announcements were a great idea xx

  2. Huge congratulations to your son on his graduation!! And what a sweet post this is!! I love seeing the pictures of him over the years!! The cards and invites you made are so amazing!! I love the designs of each one!! Congrats again!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Congratulations Brian, and to both of you on raising a wonderful son xoxo

  4. Congratulations to your son and I love everything you made to make this day a special day for him! What an accomplishment!

  5. Aaahhh Lena, congratulations on your baby's achievements! I absolutely adored the graduation comparison pics! I loved all your crafted goodies too! What fantastic keepsakes to honour his hard work!

  6. Your projects look amazing! Special cards for a very special occasion.


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