Graduation Season is here

Graduation Season is here

Graduation season is here are you ready with your Graduation cards.  My two oldest are done with school and graduations and my youngest still has another year of college – so in my mind I wasn’t thinking that I needed any graduation cards this year.  But I was wrong!  I actually needed a whole stack – I still had extended family and friends with kids graduating from both High School and College.  I created this card and was really pleased with how it turned out.  I decided to stick with a black/white/gold theme since I had various schools and both boys and girls – this theme would work for them all.


I used several retiring products on this card – probably things you already have on hand.  And then snuck in a little sneak peek on the envelope – that’s a new stamp set coming out June 1st!

Here is a list of the products I used and the retiring items are marked with (R):

  • Thick Whisper White card stock
  • Basic Black card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Whisper White Medium envelope
  • 1″ circle punch
  • Banner Triple punch
  • Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper (R)
  • Gold Sequin Trim (R)
  • Mini Paper Clips Combo Pack (R)
  • B.Y.O.P. stamp set (R)
  • Basic Black ink
  • Happy Birthday Gorgeous (coming June 1)

A tip on making this card – punch the various patterns into 1″ circles and randomly attach to the Whisper White layer – letting the circles hang over the edges in places.  Trim off the over hang and uses those pieces to fill in gaps along the edge.

I used just the black & white side of this paper but you could mix in the pink sides too.

Have fun – or use this idea with a different paper – bright colors perhaps and make a birthday card, or soft colors and make a baby card.  An easy and versatile design.

Have a great day!






Sale-A-Bration Countdown – 5 more days

The days are going so quickly.  It’s hard to believe March is almost over and Easter is this weekend!  It just snuck up on me!  I’ll be getting ready for lunch for 30 people on Sunday as our family comes in from all over the SouthEastern US to join us for the day.  I have a few littles this year so there will be an Easter egg hunt but probably inside as the weather man is predicting rain.

But back to Sale-A-Bration – there are 5 more days – so hurry and place an order if you have any of them on your wish list.  Today’s set is the Perfect Pairings stamp set.  It’s a perfect set for every stamper even the beginner – pair up the different words to create a bunch of different greetings for all of your cards!

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This is a perfect graduation card or a congrats on landing a job or completing a goal – achieving a new title or other accomplishment.  And it’s a fun card with a short front and a peek-a-boo strip of Designer Paper.  It’s actually on the inside of the card and peeks out under the star when the card is closed.

I received this card idea in the mail and just made a few minor changes to it.  I love that demonstrators share ideas.  On line and through swapping.  I’m preparing now for swapping with my demo friends in Salt Lake City at the OnStage Live event in April.  I have a lot to do over the next few weeks!

So here is a $50 order suggestion: the three punches come to exactly $50!

Here are the supplies for this card:

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Knew You Could…

Knew You Could…

For our area the local high school graduations are this weekend.  The county has them all in the same location and with 6 high schools now they hold 2 each day – Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Our schools are large and the traffic around the facility gets backed up for ever.  For us we don’t have to do that anymore since Ryan is the youngest and he graduated from high school last year.  He has finished his first year of college.  The next graduation we have will be Tyler graduating college in December.  But we do have friends and other family members graduating now and I need to send out some cards.


The Bravo stamp set is perfect for graduation cards.  It has a variety of greetings and most are pretty big in size too. I used that set to make this graduation card.  Remember yesterday I said that I often take left over card parts and remake them into a new card.  Well I did the same thing with this card – it was one I originally created earlier this year during Sale-A-Bration so the little strip of designer paper that I used is from the paper pack that you could get then.  But it would be easy to switch that out for any paper – use one that coordinates with the school colors of your graduate.

Here is the original card:

sab-cardAnd here is the new Grad card (the original could be a grad card too – really).

grad-cardThe other stamp set I used on this card is called Dotty Angles.  Both of these are photopolymer so they are see through and easy to position on your project.  I finished the card with some Baker’s Twine – I used Basic Black here and its tied into a bow with long tails and feels like a tassel – if you wanted you could actually add a tassel made from Baker’s Twine.

On the inside I stamped the big CONGRATS! There is room to write a short note if you need to.  Add it to a gift or include something in the card. A really quick card to make – you could pop out a stack of them in no time.

grad-insideHere is a list of the supplies:

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Have a great day and enjoy your graduates if you have any!


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.

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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.