You Make Me Proud

It’s graduation season!  We have what I think is our last graduation happening today.  Ryan’s is graduating with a Master’s degree from Purdue University.  And we are so very proud of him.  Today’s card is perfect for this occasion. 

It’s easy to get a masculine feel with the Wood Textures Designer series paper.  We’ve had this great stack of 6×6 papers in our catalog for the past two years.  But now it is time to say good bye!  If you love it be sure to order another pack before its gone for good.  The Friendly Expression Stamp set is also on the retiring list.  It has some nice big greetings in it and I’ve used it throughout the whole year for different things.  I’ve been in a splattering phase lately – I use my Stampin’ Write Markers to get the splatter effect – sometimes you just need to add a little something and splatter can be just the right thing.

Supply List

  • #146673 Friendly Expressions stamp set
  • #144177 Wood Textures 6×6 Designer Series Paper
  • #121029 Crumb Cake card stock
  • #119789 Early Espresso card stock
  • #101650 Very Vanilla card stock
  • #147114 Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • #147158 Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers
  • #146343 Leaves Trinkets
  • #104199 Linen Thread
  • #145372 Stitched Shapes dies

Happy Graduation to everyone that has friends and family completing another phase of their education!  Congratulations.

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It’s Graduation weekend!

It’s Graduation weekend at Purdue University.  And my youngest son, Ryan, will be graduating with his Bachelor’s degree on Friday night.  We are traveling to Indiana to be there.  The last one is done with college.  It seems like yesterday he was just starting school.  He has big plans for the summer – working for Facebook – and then back to school for one more year to finish a Master’s degree.  Saturday there will be a little graduation party for Ryan and his girlfriend Emily at her parents house.  I offered to make some table decorations.  We are driving up so I thought I could carry these with us in the car.  I’m hoping they travel well. 

I have the wine boxes from Sam’s to take them in – you know the ones with the sections so the bottles to clang together.  I’ve been saving and collecting all different kinds of wine bottles the last couple of months.  I had friends save some for me too.  Then I washed and removed all the labels and foil.  I bought gold spray paint to paint them – I spent last week doing all that.  I was hoping to use the Stampin’ Up! number framelits dies but they were a bit too small for this project.  Instead I printed out large numbers on some paper and then cut them out.  Next I traced them on the back of some Gold Glimmer Paper and then cut them out by hand.  I did two sets – and I picked a really basic font so they weren’t bad to hand cut. 

I tried just some long wooden skewers but they were too short so I found some balloon sticks at that were longer.  They were white so I also spray painted those gold.  I used the mini glue dots to attach my glitter numbers to the top of each stick.  To finish each number I used a combination of sequins and ribbon to tie to the base of each number.  I had to go to my retired stash because I didn’t have enough ribbon to do all 8 bottles. 

I hope the kids and the party guests like these decorations.  These would also work for New Year’s celebration or an anniversary celebration.  Just adjust the numbers as needed for your event. 

Supply List

  • Gold Glimmer Paper (retiring)
  • Gold Mini Sequin Trim
  • Black Mini Sequin Trim
  • Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon
  • Mini Glue Dots

I also used some gold cord and some gold ribbon that were previously retired.  We do have a gold cord coming in the new catalog that starts in June.  And a new Gold Glimmer paper coming too – they made some changes to it so the current ones are retiring. 

I can’t wait to see my boy graduate!  He was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant award a couple of weeks ago.  And he was on the Dean’s list again.  I’m a proud mama for sure. 

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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…

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.

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


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: