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Congratulations with Butterflies

I created this graduation card with the Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterflies Thinlits.  I first created the watercolor background on watercolor paper with Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette.  I first wet watercolor paper and used a brush to add spots of the different colors then kept spritzing with water to run the colors.  After drying with the heat tool i die cut the butterflies using the Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterflies Thinlits dies.

The Whisper White card stock was embossed with the Softly Falling textured embossing folder.  I used a small brush to splatter Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette to the background.

The sentiment was stamped using the Thoughtful Banners and the Duet Banner punch.  I added sparkle to the card with Basic Rhinestones.

Stampin Up Cogratulation Butterflies cardBe inspired by the sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments and upload your project.

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Congratulations with Butterflies

Card Size:  4.25″ H x 5.50 W

Stamp Sets:  Thoughtful Banners

Paper:  Card stock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Watercolor paper

Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette

Accessories:  Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterflies Thinlits, Duet Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Paint brush, Heat Tool, Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder



A Stampin’ Up! Congratulations to a Star Graduate

I’m so behind on sending out cards!  One card I needed to create was for my niece that graduated from Oregon State.  I wanted to use the new Star Framelits to create a card for her.  I used the Oregon State colors of black and orange.  The inside of the star is cut from glimmer paper and sponged with Pumpkin Pie.  I CASED this card from page 135 of the NEW Stampin’ Up! catalog.  To make this card I watched this video by Diane Dimich.

Now I all I have to do is mail it out tomorrow!

Star Framelits graduation card

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Star Graduation Card

Size:  5.00″h x 5.00″ w

Stamp Sets:  Pure Gumption (retired) for inside greeting, Itty Bitty Banners

Paper:  Cardstock:  Basic Black, Very Vanila, DSP Polka Dot Parade (Pumpkin Pie), Silver Glimmer Paper

Ink:  Momento Black, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories:  Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Star Framelits

Graduation Owl Card

It’s that time of year and I’ve been inspired to create graduation projects.  I used the Perfect Pennants die to create the focal point of my card.  I have tons of silver card stock from an invitation project.  I used it as my card base and die cut a pennant from Basic Black cardstock.  I embossed the pennant with the Stripes embossing folder and added a silver glitter top.  I cut both medallions from the Perfect Pennants die and used my Owl builder punch for my graduation owl.  Doesn’t he look smart?  He’s such a cutie too!

I printed the black and white Houndstooth check from the digital Night and Day Designer Series Papers for his little vest.  You get ten beautiful black and white background papers for $4.95.   I love creating hybrid projects with My Digital Studio.

I used the graduation cap from the digital stamp set Go Graduate Plus stamp brush set.  I printed it out and used it as a template.  The wings are 1/4 of the 1-3/4 Scallop Circle.

This card can be given to any graduate and they would love it.  Especially if there’s a gift card or check inside.  This card can be created with any high school colors.  I think I’ll send this card to my nephew.  His school colors are cardinal, black and white.

Stampin' Up! Graduation Owl card

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Graduation Owl Card

Size:  4.25″ W x 5.50″ H

Stamp sets:  Delightful Dozen, Go Graduate Plus stamp brush set

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver glitter paper, non Stampin’ Up! silver card stock, digitally printed First Edition and Night & Day DSP

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:  Antique brad, Perfect Pennants die, Big Shot, Owl builder punch, Modern Label punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, Embossing Folders; Stripes and Houndstooth, retired Basic Black satin ribbon, basic rhinestones

Clever Graduation Cap Gift Card Holder

One of the benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is the Success magazine which is sent to us monthly full of ideas, business tips and techniques.  This month there was a very clever graduation cap gift holder.  Here’s the template for the top and the bottom.

Here are the instructions found in the magazine and edited to coordinate with the project I made.

  1. Trace and cut the following from Basic Black Card Stock: one top piece and two bottom pieces.
  2. Emboss one bottom piece using the Big Shot and the Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Adhere the left, bottom, and right sides of the embossed card stock to the matching Basic Black piece to create a pocket for the gift card.
  3. Cut four 4-inch x 1-inch strips of Silver Card Stock.  Punch the edges of the Silver Card Stock using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch. Adhere a 2-1/8″ portion of the punched piece to the bottom of the Very Vanilla greeting and secure both pieces to the top of the bottom piece.
  4. Cut a 5-1/2″ x 1/2″ strip of Silver Card Stock. Stamp “Congratulations” on the card stock in Cherry Cobbler ink.  (optional – I heat embossed with Iridescent Ice).  Adhere the strip to the cap as shown on the card and trim the excess card stock.
  5. Make a tassel and wrap  around the prongs of a Glitter Brad. Attach the brad to the center of the cap.
  6. Attach the top of the hat to the bottom of the hat using a Silver Brad.

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Graduation Cap Gift card holder

Size:  6.00″ W x .50″ H

Stamp sets:  Delightful Dozen

Paper: Basic Black, non Stampin’ Up! silver card stock

Inkjet:  Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:  silver brad, glitter brad, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, Stripes Textured Embossing Folder, silver ribbon to make tassel

Graduation Explosion Box

For our grandson’s graduation gift I made this explosion box.  I obtained the instructions for the box from the Glitter Adventure blog.  For the top I cut the sides so it would look more like graduation cap.  I had a great time making this box making sure not to over embellish since it was for our grandson.  The box was also suppose to hold what every graduate going to college is hoping for…a check.  I made a button from Cherry Cobbler card stock and covered it with Crystal Effect and let it dry overnight.  I then took wire to make the holder for the envelope.  I used a Sharpie marker to wrap the wire around it to make the loops.  All the sentiments were printed from My Digital Studio.  I downloaded pictures from his FB page to include in the pockets of the second layer.  The outer layer has pockets for other momentos or photos.  I decorated each layer before assembling.  Once all the layers were decorated I adhered the box.  I photographed each layer below.

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Graduation Explosion Box

Stamps:  Digital Stamps:  Go Graduate Plus, Great Grads Stamp, Word Play

Paper: Card Stock:  Silver, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla

Ink:  inkjet printer to print Cherry Cobbler sentiments

Accessories:  Crystal Effects, Glitter brads, Corner rounder punch, Decorative Label punch, Wide Oval Punch, 1-3/8 circle punch, Stars #2 Originals Die, Buttons #5 Sizzlits, silver brad, non-SU 1/4” satin ribbon, non-SU silver wire, mini-glue dot

Technique: Digital and paper crafting, die cutting

For the Graduate

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we’re celebrating graduates.  Create any project – card, gift set, card holder, money holder, scrapbook page, or any 3D item with a graduation theme.  For my project I wanted to make a gift set using my Top Not die.  I used Basic Black, Silver and Whisper White card stock.  After die cutting the Basic Black Top Notes I textured them with the Texture Plates Kit #4 Distressed plate.  I die cut two more Top Notes in Silver to outline the black ones.  Cut along he perforated line on the Basic Black Top Note then adhere the silver Top Note behind the Basic Black one. The graduation cap silhouette is one I created.  See below for template.  I rolled some Whisper White paper for the diploma and tied with Basic Black Satin ribbon.  I then stamped the sentiment (Curly Cute) and created the banner.

I created the card to hold a gift card.  I used the Two-step owl punch and created the cap from silver card stock.  The diploma is a strip of Whisper White then wrapped with retired silver cording.  I then adhered the owl to circle layers with dimensionals.

I hope you’re inspired to make your own graduation gift sets.  Hop over to Hand Stamped Sentiments, be inspired, create and upload your project.

Here’s my project.  Click the images to enlarge.

Top Note box and gift card holder Top Note box
Top Note box side view Gift card holder inside Top Note box
Outside of gift card holder Gift card holder inside

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Top Note Box

Templates: click here for box template; click here for grad cap template

Size: 3-1/2” L x 2-1/2″ W x 1” D

Stamps: Curly Cute

Paper: Basic Black , Silver, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Very Black Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Texture Plates Kit #4 Distressed plate

Technique: Stamping, Die Cutting, Embossing

Congrats Gift Card holder

Size: 3-1/2” W x 2-5/8”H

Stamps: Silhouette Sentiments

Paper: Basic Black , Silver, Whisper White, Digital DSP Night and Day houndstooth pattern

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: 1-3/4” circle punch, 1-3/8” circle punch, Two-Step Owl punch, retired Slit punch, Very Black Satin Ribbon, retired silver cording, dimensionals, MIni-glue dots

Technique: Stamping, Die Cutting, Embossing

Another Graduation Gift Set

My niece in Oregon graduated last week and I needed to send a gift or card so I decided to make this adorable gift tote and matchbox dresser ensemble I saw on Laura Lin’s blog.  The instructions from Laura and my instructions for the matchbox dresser are here.  As Laura says they are addicting and I’m going to make more.  Since I am transitioning to the new Stampin’ Up! DSP, and I’m waiting for my order, I had to use non SU paper that I had in stock.  Sorry SU DSP and card stock fans.

I used the tags cut from the matchbox die to make little notes and I put one  in each of the drawers.  I decorated the notes with butterflies and rhinestones.  I used one tag for the top of the dresser and tied with the ribbon.

To give the card that extra touch I lined the outside flap of the envelope.

Graduation gift tote set

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matchbox dresser

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Project Info:

Gift tote ensemble

Finished tote size:  6″ x 6″ and about 7″ around the top

Stamp Sets: Tiny Tags, Picture This, Go Graduate digital stamp set

Paper: 12″ x 12″ non-SU pink textured CS, 12″ x 12″ non-SU teal textured CS, 12″ x 12″ Penny Lane-Graceful Circles by My Mind’s Eye paper

Ink: Bermuda Bay Classic Ink (115655 retiring June 30, 2010), Melon Mambo printed from my inkjet printer for ‘Happy Graduation’ sentiment and Melon Mambo Classic Ink (115656)

Accessories: Big Shot, Top Not die, Matchbox die, Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, Scallop Edge Punch, Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Medium Naturals white envelope, 1/16″ circle punch, non-SU celadon satin ribbon, Spare Parts fabric designer brads for dresser pulls, non-SU color rhinestones, non-SU white grommets

Techniques: stamping, die cutting

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