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Thursday, 25 July 2013

A Very Proud Day For Our Family

Our eldest son left school at 16 and went straight into a job and then moved to another job.  Whilst working full-time he's also done a Foundation Degree in IT Networking and Security.  It's been a long and difficult time trying to fit in the work alongside the "day job" but today sees his graduation.  It has been confirmed that he is graduating with a distinction which is amazing.
To celebrate the occasion I obviously had to make him a special card, envelope and a friend helped with a "fun gift" for our son.
The image on the front of the card is a Jolly Nation image which I have had for a while.  The backing paper I made myself in My Craft Studio.  You'll see a sneaky preview of his "fun gift" on this page of the card.
On the back of the card is also some more images that were on the Jolly Nation decoupage sheet.
Here is a matching decorated envelope that I have made for the card to go in.
Below you will see the fun/joke present for our son.  It is a large Keel orangutan which his aunt has made a graduation cloak, hood and hat/tassel.  She's done a wonderful job with "Orang".  I made his certificate and for the seal on the certificate I have used the seal that comes on Keel toys.
We are hoping our son sees the funny side of Orang.  I know he's nervous about the graduation.  Although he's graduating from the University of Bedfordshire and graduations take place in our town we have a 40 mile round trip to go to Luton to a church there.  We've got to be there at least 2 hours before the ceremony at 2.00pm but we want to go earlier as we've been allocated 2 tickets only and there are 30 spare to buy on the day but it's first come first served so we want to try and get one for other son and his aunt.  It's going to be a long day but such a delight to see our son graduate after a very longtime of studying.  It's also going to be difficult as his nan died two years ago.  She'd have loved seeing him graduate.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Inspire me Friday - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes/optional twist to create a matching envelope for your card - my card does have a matching envelope
Top Tip Tuesday - Spooled items
Let's Craft and Create - Fancy edges
The Crafter's Cafe - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Whimsical Designs - Pile it on
Ruby's Rainbow - Layer it up
Crafts and Me - Anything goes
Southern Girls - Animal antics
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon

Update:  here is our son after he graduated.  A very proud day for us:


cuilliesocks said...

Congratulations!! Well Done to your son, he obviously worked very hard to achieve it goal, not easy when your having to work at the same time.

Your card for him is brilliant and just perfect.

Have a wonderful day at his Graduation, enjoy the moment, Kate x

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Brilliant card Ginny x

Basslady said...

this is so fantastic!

thanks so much for playing along with us at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

maureenjscott said...

Congratulations to your son! What a great card for him, i love that the image isn't a really young graduate too - a more mature student. Loving the 'Orang' too! Thanks for joining us at the Crafter's Cafe. Mo xxx

Karen Letchworth said...

A graduation is always such a proud and special memory, and your card is just a perfect celebration of this special event. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful card in our challenge.
Have a blessed week, and please stop by again real soon.
Word Art Wednesday

Shell B. said...

Super cute card Kym, sending congratulation for your son at this wonderful time of his graduation!

Glad you joined us for the challenge at Southern Girls, see you back again soon!

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Debbie said...

You must be so proud.What a star he is.What a super card for him - I bet he loved it.Fab joke present too.Thanks for joining in with us over at Ruby's Rainbow.Good luck.Hugs Debbie x

Julie said...

Congrats to your son! You must be very proud
Julie t

Lisa M said...

Oh now that is a fantastic story and now the card really holds such a special feeling to it! I love "Orang" and how you've made the stickers that match. A huge congratulations to your son on his incredible endeavors. The ceremony picture looks fantastic. I'm hoping to see one of these pictures of my own son in the hopefully not so far future...wish me luck! lol.
Beautifully crafted card indeed and loved your use of spool items too.

Thank you so much for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday and sharing your talents with us!
Lisa xx

Friday said...

Super cool card... Congrats. Thanks so much for joining us at Whimsical Designs. Please join us again soon. Great job!

Friday said...

Super cool card... Congrats. Thanks so much for joining us at Whimsical Designs. Please join us again soon. Great job!

Mandy said...

what a fab card Kym... thank you for joining in with our latest challenge at LCC.

La Vikinga said...

Hi Kym; I like the card you made and the appropiate papers with student pattern on! Thanks for joining Crafty Ribbons Challenge this week!

DT Charlotta / La Vikinga

Kelly Lloyd said...

Congratulations to your son,
Your card is gorgeous, that's for entering it in our challenge at crafty ribbons
Hugs Kelly

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful day for all of you. Congratulations to your son for reaping the efforts of all of his hard work. Your card will be a great keepsake for him - you put so much love and many details into it. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday.

Nadja said...

Congratulations to your son! and your project is amazing. Love the way you colored everything. Thank you for joining us at CCCB.


Carrie Robinson said...

Thanks for playing at Di's digi's - however the challenge was weddings??? xx

Bettina L. said...

This is brilliant. Love the graduation design with the CAS look and the added ribbon.Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at Top Tip Tuesday xx