Something to Say

Something to Say

Well yesterday I tried posting with the WordPress App from my phone – it looked like it worked.  I just need to figure out if I can access my media library so I can add things from it like my signature at the end of my post.  Any way – its good to know that it does work.  But today I’m back on my laptop.  I took photos of a bunch of projects from the last couple of weeks and spent the morning doing all my edits so now I have lots to share over the next while.  Here we go….

With this new stamp set you will be ready to make cards for just about anything.  It’ s the new Something to Say stamp set and it has 14 sayings all in one set, plus 3 images and a coordinating punch pack.  Here is one card that I made with this set -


I made this probably back in May when Graduation was at the top of my mind – and thought this was perfect for graduation – Congratulations!  – “now go change the world!” – exactly what I wanted to say to some of the recent high school or college graduates.

And I think almost everything in this set would fit perfectly in the banner framelits like I used on my card.  You can make it too – stamp it, cut it, and embellish it – done!


Here are all the supplies I used:

MDS Blog Hop – Graduation Party

I’m excited about Kyle’s upcoming Graduation from GA Tech!  We haven’t had a party for Kyle in many years – it just wasn’t something he wanted but I told him this time I’m  having a party so I’ve been planning and decided to use My Digital Studio to help me.  So this week’s blog hop theme is “What you are working on” and this is what I am working on.  Here is the whole ensemble that I’ve created so far -


The first thing I made was the invitation.  I had to create it and get it sent to the Stampin’ Up! printer and back so I could mail them out.   I used Embark Graduate Ensemble combined it with a few elements from Grad Party Ensemble.  I started with the postcard template and made a few changes and I had to change the colors – I used Crushed Curry – which is actually a color that is returning to our regular color palette!


Front of the postcard invitation


back of postcard invitation

My friend Sue was able to get me these bags of graduation mints – which were the perfect colors – gold and black – so I wanted to use those to and made toppers for them.


The layer that looks like Designer Paper is from the Grad Party ensemble – one of the back ground papers.  I layered it on Basic Black and Crushed Curry card stock (yes I had saved it for several years – just so I would have this color to use for any GA Tech scrapbooking I might do).  I added some Summer Starfruit ribbon which blends well with the Crushed Curry.  And printed a sheet full of the labels that say “the tassel is worth the hassle”.  (yes  – I just noticed the stamp brush image has an error in the spelling of hassle and while my sample is wrong it looks like it has been corrected on the SU site – so I need to update my digital stamp brush set).

The Embark Graduate Ensemble also include the template for the banner and the cupcake picks.

banner banner-pick

grad-picksThe cupcake picks fit perfectly in the 1-3/4″ circle punch.  Then I used the Circle #2 die to cut the 2″ circles from Crushed Curry card stock.  I added 4″ skewers and then tied a piece of Basic Black ribbon around the pick.

For the banner I punched holes in the corners and strung it on a piece of Baker’s Twine then attached the ends to a long skewer.  I had some left over cupcakes to stick them in for the photo but this I would put on a cake.

Let me just say that the coloring tool in the new version of My Digital Studio is the best thing – being able to recolor different portions of the stamps is the “icing on the cake”!  I used it a lot in this project to add the Crushed Curry color.

I’m very excited about Kyle graduating from GA Tech.  He will be doing an internship this summer at Facebook in California (sad that he will be on the other side of the country but excited that he has this opportunity).  Then he will come back in the fall to work on his Master’s degree.  I’m so proud of who he has become – I guess he isn’t my little boy any more – but a successful young man.

Thanks to the MDS Blog Hop crew for letting me join you this month!  It was fun!  Be sure to click on all the links below to follow the rest of the hop and see all the awesome projects that everyone has made.

MDS hop logo


My Digital Studio – Happy Birthday

I’ve been trying to post a My Digital Studio project on Mondays – so it could be My Digital Studio Monday – but today is Tuesday and I realized that Stampin’ Up! is releasing new My Digital Studio downloads every Tuesday so maybe I should be posting them every Tuesday instead along with a reminder of the new downloads.

The page above has an old picture from 2002 when Kyle had his 11th birthday – that was 10 years ago and yes this year he will turn 21 – OMG!  Am I really old enough to have a 21 year old – apparently so……

The digital elements on the page are from the Piece of Cake – Sale-A-Bration CD.  The stars in the background are from Extreme Elements.

And since it’s Tuesday Stampin’ Up! has released some new downloads -

You can see the downloads each week on my website – in the newest downloads section.  I have some ideas for the Hexagon Punch.  You can visit the website and see today’s post about the Grad Party Ensemble.

I also sent out an email about the My Digital Studio club – I’ll be having a Make-Up class at my house the next 2 Mondays for anyone that missed the February class.  Contact me for the details.


Graduation was this weekend

We had high school graduation this weekend.  Tyler graduated – here he is

That’s #2 for us and we have one more to go.  I can’t believe I have two boys that have graduated high school and will both be gone in August living at college.  My how time flies!  Weren’t they just little babies not too long ago?  Tyler will be going to Kennesaw State University in the fall and we go this week for orientation.  I’m excited for him to start this new part of his life.

I made graduation cards this week and this is what I finally decided on -

I found this idea on Stampin’ Connection (a demonstrator only web site) from another demonstrator named Katherine Pritchard.  I used the owl punch to create my owl – her owl was made from a variety of other punches and was bigger.  The hardest part of this card was creating the tassel to go on the cap at the top.  Not sure what my problem was but it took me forever to get something that resembled a tassel.  The cap is a 3/4″ square (I used the retired SU punch, but you could also cut by hand).  The diploma is the 1-1/4″ square punched from the First Edition Designer Series paper and then rolled and tied with the Whisper White Baker’s Twine (that’s what the tassel is too).  I made several of these in various colors – trying to match the school colors for each of the graduates.  We had a lot in our family this year – there was Tyler, then my niece will also graduate high school in June, my nephew graduated college, a cousin that is graduating from vet school, and my little nephew graduated from kindergarten.

Have a nice Memorial Day and I’ll be back tomorrow with the UDI color challenge.

Graduation Cards

Around here most of the graduations have passed so I’m a little behind but I made these to send out earlier this week.  This idea is from Heather Summers Simply Stamping 2 class.  She created an invitation but I used these as my graduation cards – one has a hidden gift card and the other has some hidden money.

I used the Go Graduate stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog.  I used the aquapainter and Watercolor Crayons to color the graduates and the caps that were stamped with Black StazOn ink.  This one is Basic Black, Night of Navy and Whisper White.

The belly band has the stars from the Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel.  Then I layered a variety of punched pieces to create the emblem on the front.  Our message was written under the gift card.  This one is for a family friend that graduated high school this year.

I also made this blue one for my nephew who graduated from pre-k 4.

The Happy Graduation is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  The colors I used were Brilliant Blue, Basic Black and Whisper White.

I hope they both like their graduation cards.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Graduation Gift Ensemble

I don’t think that I shared this yet.  A friend of mine wanted me to make a Simply Adorned charm as a graduation gift for someone.  She wanted the monogram on one side – Click HERE to see my original – and on the other side she wanted an owl.  Since it was a graduation gift I made a card to go with it and then decorated the box to match.

The card is the same as one I made earlier but this one is in the school colors of the gift recipient.  The Simply Adorned box was decorated with a belly band in the same colors and the little graduation owl from the Go Graduate stamp set.  This cute stamp set is in the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog and also available as a My Digital Studio Download. Digital downloads can be ordered online through my Stampin’ Up! store on my website –

For her Simply Adorned charm the monogram side is black & white just like the one I had made for myself but her initial is “K”.  I didn’t get a close up picture of that side.  On the back side she wanted an owl –

I used the Owl from Forest Friends for this one.  And the leaves are the Little Leaves Sizzlit Die for the Big Shot.

If you want to see more ideas for the Simply Adorned charms I have a bunch.  Just click the Simply Adorned category on my right-hand side bar and it will pull up all the posts I have that are related.

Have a great day!

Mother’s Day Card

I don’t think I ever shared the Mother’s Day card that I made for my mom and Greg’s mom.  I thought I would take a break from my Artisan entries and do that today.

This is not my idea.  I don’t know who originally created the pansy idea but I followed the directions from Dawn.

I used the Shimmery White card stock.  Punch out with the Butterfly Punch – who would have thought it was the butterfly punch! You need two butterfly punch outs for each flower.

Spritz with water and then use an AquaPainter and the classic ink refills to add the color.  I used Rich Razzleberry on the outsides and Summer Sun in the centers.  I curled them with a skewer, added lines with a marker and put the silver brads in the center.

I wondered if I should have turned them over and added color to the back of the flowers too since you can see the back side when it curls – but I didn’t think about it at the time – only now that I’m looking at the pictures.

The Rich Razzleberry layer is embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.  The leaves are the Little Leaves sizzlit die for the Big Shot.  I think the layout from this card also came from somewhere else but it has been a while since I first made it so I don’t remember exactly.

I thought I would also share a quick proud mom moment – these are pictures from Graduation last weekend.

We sat up in the balcony at the church – which is huge – so I wasn’t expecting to get a good picture of him on the stage – but this one as he is coming down the steps turned out pretty well.  The other one is outside afterwards – it was about 10 at night when they finished and raining outside – luckily they have a large covered area at the church where everyone gathered.  The kids tried to throw their caps but they really couldn’t do that under the cover.  Oh well…

Have a great day – I have Stamper’s Club tonight – I’m looking forward to seeing my stampers again!

Happy Graduation

Two weekends ago I went to a stamping retreat at my upline’s house – she calls it Weekend at Wendy’s and I think this is our 3 or 4 year to do this.  It is such a fun weekend of stamping and sharing with a group of women that have the same passion that I do.  There were 10 of us this year from Georgia and Texas.  Our weekend included a shoebox swap, a group meeting with a card swap and we made fabric purses.  So for the next little while I’ll be sharing projects from our weekend.

I’m going to start with a graduation card that we made as part of one of the shoebox swap projects – we created a card holder using one of the Thoroughly Modern file folders and a couple of cards to go inside.  My son, Kyle, is graduating in just a few weeks so I have Graduation on my mind.

This card was designed by Nancy Hewitt and uses the new Go, Graduation stamp set and the Happy Grad stamp that is sold individually in the back of the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini catalog.

The card opens and has a pocket to hold cash or a check to give to a Graduate.  The stamp with all the feet works perfectly for this card.  I love it and plan to make some more in our school colors for friends that we need to give gifts to.

Have a great day!

Sneak Peek – Go, Graduate

My oldest son, Kyle, happens to be graduating this year from High School.  We are very proud of him and his accomplishments.  So when I saw the new Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog and that it had a graduation stamp set I knew I would have to get it.  It came in my order a few days ago.

And earlier this week I saw the sketch challenge on the Pals Paper Arts blog and all I could think of was the line of graduates would be perfect for piece 2 on this sketch.  So yesterday afternoon I pulled out my new stamp set and started to play with it and this sketch.

Here is what I ended up with.  I actually turned the card for the sketch because I wanted to see more of the graduates on that strip.

This is the new stamp set Go, Graduate that you will be able to order beginning May 1st.  I really wish it was available now since our graduation is in May.  I ended up actually ordering the graduation announcements through the school so I’ll use the stamp set to make invitations for a party and cards for friends and other graduates.

Our high school colors are blue and yellow – for my card I used Brilliant Blue and Summer Sun – which unfortunately are retiring colors.  I guess I need to stock up on some card stock since I have 2 more that will graduate from the same school.  I could probably use Pacific Point for the blue instead – I’ll have to get out the colors to compare.

The background is Basic Black – stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with Clear Embossing powder.  I really like doing this with black card stock just to give it a little character.  I also added a panel on the inside since you can’t really see if you write on black card stock. I’m not actually sure if the caps are yellow or not – we pick those up the first week of May – since I haven’t been to a graduation at the school I don’t really know what color the caps and gowns are.  So on my card the caps are yellow.

I wanted to share a little bit more about Kyle – he is a senior this year but rather than taking his classes at the high school he participated in a Joint Enrollment program at Kennesaw State University and took  all his classes there.  He was awarded the Outstanding Student Award for this year and we went to an Awards ceremony right before Easter where they honored the top graduating senior and grad student in every major at the school – it was a big deal.

It was the Kennesaw State University – University Scholars 2010 Awards Ceremony.  Kyle was the second award to be given during the ceremony so he is right in the front of the program.

I actually mentioned this in a post earlier but not everyone saw it so here it is again.

Kyle was accepted into Ga Tech in the College of Computing. Last week he received an invitation to go to campus so he will do that this weekend – drop off on Sunday afternoon and then pickup on Monday afternoon.  He’ll get the chance to sit in on some classes, eat lunch with the faculty, stay on campus with a student.  I hope he is excited.  I’m excited for him.  If you knew Kyle you would know he is very quiet and doesn’t say a lot or get excited over much – I guess it is all inside.

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Graduation Cap Money Holder

I came up with a new idea over the weekend – probably someone else already thought of this too but I have not seen this anywhere yet.  What I did have was a tiny graduation cap that someone made to hold a very small piece of candy – like one small mint would fit inside and it was designed like a small jewelry box where you lift off the lid.

Well I thought what if I took the new Matchbox Die and used that to create a graduation cap – but the Matchbox is a rectangle but I cut the top to be a square.  grad-cap You need a 12″ x 12″ piece of Basic Black card stock to cut your matchbox die and the a 3″ x 3″ piece of Basic Black card stock for the top.  You will need some sticky strip and a black brad from the Vintage set.   Then a tassel for the top.  Slide a check or some cash inside the drawer part.  Add a tag.  This was super quick.

UPDATE: Several people have asked about the tassel – this one I already had.  I found them online at (this is the Hobby Lobby online craft store) but they are currently out of stock (at least the black ones are other colors may  not be).  They are Tiny Tassels and are 1-1/4″.  I also have black crochet thread to make my own in the meantime.

grad-cap-open And there is a trick to cutting the 12×12 cardstock so that you can get two sets of pieces for the Matchbox die from one sheet.  This idea was shared with me by a friend at the retreat and she found it on the internet on another demonstrators website.  I don’t know who originally came up with the idea but it is a brilliant one.  UPDATE: The person that came up with the cutting template is Lisa Freeman.

Use a piece of the cardboard backer from a package of Designer Series Paper – it is 12″ x 12″.  Create a template by measuring 5-1/2″ from each side and drawing a line to the center.  Once you have all four sides marked you end up with a small square in the middle – cut this out and throw it away.  Now on your card stock lay down your template and trace out the small square – this will help you cut your card stock.  Line up each side a 5-1/2″ and cut down to the square.  Turn and repeat for all four sides – you end up with four pieces that are 5-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.  Use two of these pieces on your Matchbox die to cut the base of the box and the cover plus the three tags.  Here is a picture of the template:matchbox-die-template

The Matchbox Die is longer than 12″ so if you just cut a 6″ x 12″ piece to cover the whole thing – it won’t fit!

It is raining – again – it has rained almost every day for a long time – so much that we are no longer in our drought – that has lasted for several years.  Lake Lanier where my parents live was at an all time low last year and I can’t remember exactly but something like 14 feet low with boat ramps and docks out of the water and on dry land – it was bad.  And now – as of this weekend it was only 5 feet below full summer pool!  And with all the rain we had the last couple of days it is probably less than that now.  If you live on the lake that is big.

Anyway have a great week – it is FINALS week, the LAST week of school for us.