SSC #201 Graduation Owl

  I have so many cards to make for the end of the school year and mother’s day.  Yesterday I started the mother’s day card, but started and finished 2  graduation cards using the 411 sketch for the week.  I got out the owl punch which is my favorite, and went to work.  In the November I saw a graduate owl card  on the following blog and I used it for my inspiration http://stampingwithkris.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/a-young-graduate/.  The card was made for 2 different woman getting their bachelor degree on Saturday.  The people are extra special since neither followed a traditional path, and have persevered to achieve their goal .  I used whisper white, black, melon mambo, and the retired Night and Day DSP.  It is hard to see in the photo but I made the mortar board with the large tag punch and double punched so I would have an octagonal and then I scored the sides.  I added the tassle with the linen thread.  I popped up the mortar board with dimensions.  The black ribbon is ancient SU black organdy ribbon.

While I was making the card, I learned of Osama bin Laden death.  I told my daughter we do not cheer or pray for people to die, but it was a relief to learn that his evil presence was gone.  On September 11, 2001 when the twin tower was hit by a plane, I had just dropped my oldest daughter off at kindergarten.  Since I frequently drive to work without the radio, I did not learn of the tragedy unfolding until I got to work , and turned on the radio right before I got out of the car.  Just the previous May 2001, our family had gone to a wedding in Connecticut, and had driven to New Jersey to visit my friend from college.  On the way back we stopped and saw the Statute of Liberty.  Since we stopped on the New Jersey side, we have many pictures of the World Trade Center.  My daughter, Katherine was deeply impacted by this trip, and wanted a smaler Statute of Liberty for our yard (there is a yard store on the way to work that had one for sale).  For days as the new coverage was on television, I could not bear to let my daughter learn of such heinous acts nor did I want her to know of  the death and destruction.  Although I did not watch most of the news coverage on television, my daughter the savvy child, told me  she knew what happened because she had read the newspaper- I was so naive.  Today I am thankful for our brave men and women who are risking their lives so that my family may know freedom.

SSC #201 Graduation Owl

Owl Punch Birthday Cards

Owl Birthday Card

I am posting two birthday cards I stamped last weekend.  The orange and black card was for a teenage boy, and the pink and orange card was for a female friend whose favorite color is pink.  I love the owl punch.  The pink card is from the retired DSP Razzleberry Lemonade, and I think the vest on the owl looked like feathers when punched.  This DSP is now out in Blueberry Crisp.  My daughter wanted me to put the rivet in the card for her friend and I think it added a nice touch with the name stamped on the front.   Sorry for the photo of the pink owl, I like to photograph outside and this one was done in the parking lot of my office since I leave before it gets light outside.  My goal is to give my cards away so I do not keep them in my possession long.