Adventure Awaits…


Today I leave to take my daughter to college. (I packed plenty of tissues!)  WHEW! It feels like she went from my sweet little baby to high school graduate in the blink of an eye!


I am filled with mixed emotions.  I am so happy for her and the opportunities that lie ahead as she pursues her dreams.  I just wish it wasn’t so far away…I am really going to miss her! For the past 29 years my life has revolved around being a mom to my two children.  I am so proud of them both! My son is taking vacation time from work to travel with me to move his little sister in to her dorm. (He is so sweet and thoughtful like that.)  I remember when I was pregnant and we first told him he was going to have a little brother or sister and he said, “I’ve been waiting for this my whole life!” (He was 10.)

Let’s get to today’s card before I start crying…

This card is for my daughter as she starts her college adventure. My color inspiration came from the bedding she picked out for her dorm room. I chose Bermuda Bay, Wisteria Wonder, and Night of Navy (There’s a little Sweet Sugarplum in there but I kept my card to three colors and white.) I always play around with how I’m going to lay out my card.  I usually start with one idea (pictured below) and end up with something different before I’m done.  I really liked how the sample in the catalog (page 117) angled the layered pieces so I went with that in the end. I’m OK with changes (in cards at least. LOL)


I stamped the images from the  Places You’ll Go stamp set on Whisper White and Bermuda Bay cardstock with Night of Navy ink.  I used a circle from the Layering Circle Framelits to cut out the globe.

I have a funny feeling this stamp set is going to be getting a lot of use!! The new circles collection framelits are awesome!  Check out all the different sizes…and you can make scallop layers too!

I stamped the banner from Banners for You in Bermuda Bay ink.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy ink.  The photopolymer stamps are easy to bend which I did to fit it inside the curve on the banner. I cut the banner with the matching framelits.



I adhered the globe and the banner to the card.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop the banner.

We have shopped all summer to find everything she needed for her college room in colors that coordinate so I thought her going away card should coordinate too!  I knew I wanted to use a poem I saved on the inside of her card so I typed it on the computer and printed it on whisper white cardstock then cut it to fit.


My husband bought some candy and we attached little sticker sayings to each (Thank You Pinterest!). I wrapped it all up in a Cellophane bag and tied it with Organza Ribbon.


In case you are wondering what the stickers on the candy say…

We wish you MOUNDS of JOY!  We know you will go the EXTRA mile to reach your goals.  Be GOOD & get PLENTY of rest.  We love you to PIECES.  HUGS & KISSES! With Love, Mom and Dad

Here’s a final picture showing my van all packed.  I never thought it was all going to fit!



It’s a good thing that in another week I will be heading back to school myself. I am a Pre-K teacher and I’ll soon have a classroom of 4 year olds to keep me busy and entertained. Every day is a new adventure!

Stamp sets: Places You’ll Go, Banners For You  Inks: Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy  Papers: Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White  Tools & Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Subtles Enamel Shapes, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


6 thoughts on “Adventure Awaits…

  1. Your card is beautiful (as well as the poem) and I am sure your daughter will treasure it. It’s tough letting our babies leave the nest but you will survive and become stronger and so will she. Good luck and God bless your daughter on this new chapter in her life.

  2. Wishing you a safe college-bound trip, Jeanie. Your card is terrific. I’m sure along with your creativity, so much emotion went into it. I’ve sent three daughters off to college and know exactly how you are feeling, especially with “the baby”. The reward is seeing them grow into wonderful, successful women. Enjoy the college years, because they too are over in a flash!

  3. Oh my gosh! You had my eyes watering up. I sent mine off for her freshman year last year. It is SO HARD! I always say that we bring them up to be independent and then have a melt down when they are. I know she will LOVE the card with the wonderful note and, wow, the candy bag with notes is awesome! Might have to CASE that one! Hang in there!

  4. What a great card and poem! Love the colors and the sentiment. How far away is she from your home? I used to let myself cry for one exit on the Thruway.

  5. Ok….now I am crying – can it really be true…I remember like it was yesterday her endless hours of playing with her American Girl Dolls and I can remember that you and I would chat when a new catalog came out to see what we were going to buy the girls.

    I am so proud of her and I know that you and Carl are as welll – She is an amazing young lady with the world ahead of her and there is no doubt in my mind that she will continue to rock the world…hang in there my friend…..So sweet of Andrew to go with you but POOR ANDREW…..the 1st hour of the ride home will be filled with tears – but we both know they are the right tears!!!!

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