Graduation Card

This graduation card means a lot to me.  Not because of what it is, but because of what it represents.  I made this for my 5-year old son who is just about to graduate from Kindergarten!  It might seem silly to some but let me tell you, the finalization of this school year did not come easy!  My husband and I decided a few years ago to try and homeschool our kids because of where we live and the lack of schools in our area.  So, last August, my son and I embarked on this new journey.  And what a journey it's been!  My son takes more after my husband who is literally (what most people would label) a "rocket scientist".  Unfortunately, my mind doesn't work that way.  I don't always need to know why things work the way that they do or feel the need to take everything apart and analyze it.  I don't need to know why there are 26 letters in the alphabet or who created the letter "D" or why Jill walked up the hill instead of ran if she was obviously being "chased by a T. Rex".  So, needless to say, it's been an interesting year teaching him!  Some mothers seem to have it all together.  I am not one of them.  I am definitely not the world's most organized mom or patient one at that.  Before kids, I worked in Cardiology for years. I could work all day long seeing life threatening things without breaking a sweat. However, homeschooling my son was a whole different ballgame.  There were days where I thought that we wouldn't make it, days where I felt like ripping out my hair and days where I desperately scoured the Internet with the thoughts of moving so that we could live near a school that I could send him to.  Needless to say, we made it!!  It's been a huge learning experience for me.  One that I wouldn't change. He has done so well!  And I am so proud of him.  By the end of this school year, we have finally found a way that works and he is thriving!  Because my son is so curious, he knows that I am making a "secret" card especially for him.  However, he keeps telling everyone that he can't wait to get his fierce "T. Rex fighting a Triceratops" card from Mommy...   Oh well!  I'll be the first in line the day that those stamps and dies come out!

For the base of my card, I used the Sizzix Rectangle/Gift Card Flip-its Die Set.  I added some patterned paper from the Happy Collection made by Stephanie Barnard and The Stamps of Life.  I stamped and colored this cute dog using the friends4cookie stamp set.  The hat and diploma came from the graduation2celebrate stamps and dies sets.  I die cut some stars and the "super" sentiment from the Sizzix Triplits Star die set.  Lastly, I added a few small clear rhinestone embellishments so that the card could "twinkle".  I plan on giving this to him next week!  On some level, I suppose that I could also be making this card for myself because I feel like that I graduated too!

Thanks for looking!  Have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to leave any comments or questions!

6 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness, this is the cutest card ever! Not a dinosaur, but will surely put a smile on your 5 year old's face:) Kudos to you for taking on the role as your child's educator, not an easy task I know! I co-teach 21 kindergartners whom I love to pieces, but it's not an easy job, so I get it:) Have a wonderful day!

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  2. Wow, Leslie! That's wonderful! (And highly admirable). And thank you! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  3. This is adorable! He is going to love the card. Happy graduation to you both :)

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  4. First of all... congrats on the milestone for your son, and congrats to you for surviving! haha. Seriously, there's no way I could home school. Kudos! :) and second...your card is sooooo darn cute! I love the new doggie set and i love what you did with it! so fun!

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