Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Lovely As a Tree Graduation Card

Hi Friends! I have to tell you, I am soooo happy winter is over. While this past winter wasn't too bad in the way of snow or storms, the cold seasons do last LONG here on the East Coast of Canada. Growing up on Vancouver Island, I'm used to blossoms, daffodils and tulips in March and April. In Nova Scotia however, it's not unusual to get snow in those months.  In fact, this morning - just a few days before June - we woke up to frost. Ugh. But on the upside, Spring has finally sprung on this side of the country and I am thoroughly content to be back outside playing in my veg and flower gardens!

Last fall we had to cut down three huge pine trees that had unfortunately died, so I'm going to create flower beds in their place.  I've been having lots of fun planning the trees, shrubs and plants I want to use.
My Sweetheart has tilled my vegetable garden for me and he's planning on making it even bigger. Last year I had it packed full of veg that I turned into pickles, relishes and salsa and I know I'll be making more come this autumn. I'm going to wait a while longer, to ensure the threat of frost has passed, before I start planting any seeds. In the meantime my rhubarb is ready to be picked and the black currant bushes are full of berries for this year's batch of Creme de Cassis.

 Let's get on to today's card!

The graduation season is nearly upon us and the card I'm sharing with you today is ideal for that special grad in your life. If you want the card to be more feminine, just change up the Designer Series Paper and coordinating card stock and keep the rest of the card the same. Of course, this layout would also work great with different stamp sets too - adding the circle focal point is always a classic design!

Supplies Used:

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For your chance to win, leave a comment and let me know three things:
  1. Where are you from?
  2. How did you find out me and my blog?
  3. What do you love most about Stampin' Up!?
A random name will be drawn and announced here on my blog Thursday, May 31st.  
Deadline to leave a comment on my blog is midnight (Atlantic time) on May 30th.  
Please note: the Stamparatus give-away is open only to those who live in Canada and the USA. Due to high shipping costs, I am not able to offer this to my international readers. However, I still want to show my gratitude to those of you who live outside of North America too! If the winning name is of someone who lives outside of Canada and the USA, I will send you the new "Lovely Floral" Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Good luck and again - THANK YOU! It is my hope that I continue to inspire you, here at "The Serene Stamper", as I share my love of stamping, crafting, little snippets of my life and even some yummy tried and true recipes for you to enjoy. Thank you for letting me 'be a part' of your world!

May 2018 Customer Appreciation Tutorials
I sincerely appreciate every order I receive and as a token of my gratitude I want to give YOU something too! Each month I combine 12 beautiful projects, with measurements, supply list and step by step instructions, into a special PDF tutorial. When you place your order through my online store I will email this exclusive tutorial to you! Just be sure to use the special host code prior to submitting your order:

Click here to place your order!
 If your order is $200 or more DO NOT enter the Host Code 
so that you will also receive your stamping rewards 
(I will still send you the PDF tutorials). 

Minimum orders of $60 or more (prior to tax and shipping) will also receive the Bonus Passport Pals tutorials, created by Frenchie (France Martin) and myself - that means you'll receive 18 free project sheets! 

This month's Passport Pals tutorials are masculine themed cards!  

If you live in the USA, click here to visit Frenchie on her to blog and here to shop through her online store.

Thanks for stopping by ~ I hope you were inspired by today's project and that you'll visit again soon!

Enjoy the day & HAPPY STAMPING!


  1. I have read so much about the new Stamparatus that I would love to win one. I am from Wisconsin. I stumbled on your blog through Frenchie's blog. I love how Stampin' Up! has everything that coordinates: stamps with punches, stamps with dies, stamps with DSP, I love it all. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. I found your blog by surfing the internet . I from Missouri in the USA and I like SU colors and quality of paper. I enjoy listening to you. And
    your inspiration. Enjoy your day.

  3. Hi Tina, I'm from the West Coast and live in Abbotsford BC. I found your blog one day while doing an on-line search for Canadian Stampin' Up! Demos and have been a follower of your videos and blog posts for a long time. I love your creativeness and think out of the box approach and the wonderful stories you share on your posts. Congratulations on your "Over 1 Million Views" but it's definitely not hard to see why you are such a popular stamping blogger! I love this masculine card you've shared today and that it could be changed up to feminine with just the switch of DSP and colours. Lovely as a Tree is one of my favourite all time Stampin' Up Stamps and it never goes out of style, especially when shared on a great card like this.

  4. Ellie McDougall9:31 pm, May 31, 2018

    I found your blog surfing the net for card ideas. I love making cards and boxes. Stamping Up products are fantastic, really love that paper ink and ribbons etc. are all color matching.
    Glad to see Lovely as a Tree is returning.

  5. Ellie McDougall9:35 pm, May 31, 2018

    Hi Tina, I have read your blog for quite awhile, not sure when I came upon it. Love Stampin Up for all the products that color correspond. Always have a long wish list when a new catalog comes out. I am really interested in the stamparatus, thank you for a chance to win.