May 18, 2014


We have an important event coming up in two weeks. It is the senior piano recital and graduation celebration of a very special young lady. Alexis will be graduating from high school and proceeding on to college in the fall.

Since Alexis is a very talented pianist, I thought she would appreciate it if I incorporated music into the graduation card I was making for her.

Another symbolic addition was the presence of the upward traveling arrows in the embossed background. I did this because I am confident that she will be constantly moving onwards and upwards in the life she creates for herself. I have long believed that Alexis would grow into a very very accomplished adult. And, if her high school years are any indication, her future is bright indeed.

The graduation cap I created for the card is fairly simple. Just a few snips here and there on black cardstock. I pierced a hole in the center and anchored down the "tassel" I had fashioned from crochet cotton with a black brad.

To continue with the musical theme, I stamped the sentiment on a less "busy" snippet of music.

The colors I had used for the card were Very Vanilla and Garden Green, a green that I don't utilize often enough. In fact, I cannot remember the last time I grabbed Garden Green, either in cardstock or ink, to feature in a project. I like the look of it, and being that we are (im)patiently waiting for the "greening" of a midwestern spring, I thought it was a perfect choice.

Won't you share with us some of your inspirations, symbolism, reasons for color choice, etc., when creating on your own? In other words, what Paper Seedlings motivate you when you are creating? Do you think things through first, then carefully and patiently move forward with your original ideas? Do you simply use the supplies you have lying around from previous creations? Just work with and for "happy accidents"? Share a bit of your creative planning process in the comments section. We all want to "hear" what you have to say!

Alexis, wishing you the best of luck and much happiness in your future. Congratulations!



  1. It's a beautiful card. And congrats to Alexis! I don't have many ideas on my own but I love CASEing yours!!

  2. I LOVE the white textured paper you used! That is gorgeous. Good job on the graduation card- I have a Silhouette Cameo and need all the inspiration I can get for things!!! Thanks for sharing- I found your link on Elizabeth Joan Designs!

  3. I really like this card, Linda! I'm fond of Garden Green but don't think to use it very often myself. I'm eager to see if Garden Green plays nicely with Mossy Meadow!

    I rarely have a card planned out in my mind when I sit down to stamp. I usually know either which stamp set(s) I want to use -or- what colors -or- what layout I want to follow; but rarely a combination of these. I suppose I would be more efficient if I did plan better, but if I have a plan I tend to be more rigid -- which leaves less room for happy accidents!

  4. I'm out searching for something fun to make for my sister who is getting ready to graduate !This is real cute! I'm so proud of her!
    Jessica from

  5. I love the graduation cap you created. It is perfect! Thanks again for linking up to The Creative Exchange.

  6. Thank you for your timely reminder that we all soon need to have a card ready! Love your design. Well done. Am inspired now to make one!

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