Don't Miss the Retiring Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close to My Heart 
Retiring Stamps Blog Hop! 

This hop I am following {Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 15 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this Retiring Stamp Set Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

Do you know how sad I am to see our products are retiring?  I probably own almost every one of them, but to know that I cannot replace them once they are gone is very sad.

But the retiring of the old products means the excitement of the incoming new products so I guess I will just have to let it go.  On this blog hop we decided to show you some of our favorite "must have" retiring stamp sets.

I had two graduations in a week and got good use out of this stamp set that is retiring at the end of July.  It is called Diploma Day (B1480).

I love the large script and paired with the mortarboard, you have everything you need to make a graduation card or layout.

One thing I love about making cards is that you can get exactly what you want in a card.  For this graduation card that I made my grandson, I was able to use his school colors.  Now how cool is that?  My card was the only card he received that used his school colors.  Here is my card.

I made a twist and pop card.  I love this card type!  Looking at the recipient's face when they open it is priceless!  Here is the inside.

Isn't it adorable?  Austin loved the card (though the money didn't hurt either, ha ha!)  This grandson is dear to my heart.  When he was 9 years old, he had a big birthday party.  I was not able to attend because he lived so far away.  His mother told me that after he opened all of his presents, a little friend of his was picking up the garbage.  Austin asked him where the card was that I sent him.  He told the little boy that his grandmother always makes him a birthday card that is special just for him and that he always saves them.  This child is what we call "card worthy."

I also want to share my heart a little.  I told you that my son, James, was graduating from college with this Bachelor degree in Internet Technology and Security.  We drove up to Michigan to see him walk for his graduation.  James did all of his degree work online so did not know anyone, but I felt it was extremely important that he participate in this rite of passage.

So, as a family we drove to Michigan from Memphis.  We "camped" in some small cabins and attended James' Graduation.  Here is a picture I took from the balcony of the auditorium.  James is the one looking up.

My heart is full.

Later in the evening, we needed to go shopping for food for camping.  James' brother insisted that James keep his robe on as we walked through Walmart.  Total strangers came up to James and congratulated him on all of his hard work.  I was touched by their gestures.  They made James' day extra special.  It takes a tribe.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Wendy Kessler's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase any of the supplies used in my artwork on my website. 

Supplies Used


  1. Great card! I love the twist and pop cards too. I like the arched cut on your card front. It goes perfect with the sentiment.

  2. What an awesome graduation card - FUN!

  3. What a fun card! Congrats to the special "card worthy" graduate!

  4. Fabulous graduation card!! Love that your grandson loves your cards!


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