It’s Graduation Time – Do you have your card ready?

Hi Crafty Friends,

Who else besides me has a bunch of graduations coming up?  I sure do!!  I think I figured out I have 5 family members graduating in the next month, whew! I got to work looking through my supplies to see what graduation idea I could come up with and realized I didn’t have much that specifically said graduation or graduate.  Not to worry, there are many sentiments that will work and here is one I came up with:

When I looked at the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set it seemed like the Cue the Confetti sentiment would be perfect for a graduation card.  I added the appearance of confetti by using the stamp that looks like confetti in that same stamp set.  I chose the colors of Basic Gray Silver Foil, Whisper White and Pool Party because I am not sure who will receive this card.  I thought these colors could really go to anyone.  I used the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder.  You might notice the small line in the top corner of the card.  Since completing this card I learned a good trick to use when something like this happens.  First, it is a good idea to lightly spritz your paper with water before running in through the big shot. This will help it keep the impression crisp. But if you are still getting a line where you don’t want it or possibly cutting the paper rather than embossing you can also try adding a piece of vellum over the top of your paper.  Hopefully this will help! I also spritzed the card with a light pool party color and added in some rhinestones.  I wanted all these little additions to make it truly seem like I was ready with the confetti!

I hope this gives you some new ideas of what to come up with when making your next graduation card.

Happy Crafting!

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up! Graduation card with Pizzazz!

Hello Crafty Friends!

May has arrived and that means graduations are right around the corner!  I have got you covered with this great idea for a graduation card!

This card will really tell the recipient that it is time to celebrate!  To make this card I started with a Basic Black card base.  Then I used patterned paper from the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired-no longer available).  I cut the numbers out with the Large Number Framelits in Copper Foil paper.  I then used the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder to give the numbers a beautiful textured look. I used the graduate stamp from the Suite Sentiments stamp set.  I punched out confetti in the Copper Foil paper using the Sprinkles Punch (retiring, but still available at a great discount!).  This card was actually a pretty easy card to make, but the beautiful foil paper makes it look really special.

I hope this gives you some ideas for the next graduation card you need to make.  As always, thanks for stopping by to see my creations!

~Kristal

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Graduation Card with one last goodbye to retiring products

Hello Crafty Friends!

I hope you are having a fantastic memorial weekend and remember to say thanks for those that have served to help our country.

I have a card to share that was made with almost entirely retiring products. I wanted to just play with some of my favorite things before they are gone. It has also been a big weekend for graduates around here so it seems appropriate that it is a graduation card!

Hexagon Hive Graduation Card

This card was made for an avid soccer player and I made sure to use his school colors!  I hope he likes it.  He is heading off to college and will continue enjoying soccer while on a scholarship! To make this I used the Hexagon Hive thinlit that will no longer be available in just two days (unless they have some leftover supply). I cut out a circle in Basic Black cardstock and then used the Hexagon Hive thinlit to cut out Whisper White.  Then I pieced things together to look like a soccer ball. The stars were stamped using the Something To Say stamp set in Night of Navy.  The ribbon in the background is the 3/8 inch stitched satin ribbon. We will still have this ribbon available, but not in these colors. I made the banner by use the Hexagon punch which is also retiring. Lastly I added white candy dots to all the starts to give it some extra pow.  If any of these items look like something you want, go check out my website right away to see if you can still get them!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day!

~Kristal

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Quick Graduation Gift Card Holder!

Hello crafty friends!

I am finally back to share something with you!  Let me start by saying Happy Mother’s day to all the mothers out there! I am lucky enough to still have my mom in my life and that makes me smile. Hopefully all the mothers out there are are finding time to do what they love!

Today’s card I am going to share it not a Mother’s Day card.  I figured it made more sense to share something that is coming up right around the corner.  Graduation!  We have one of those coming up at our house as the middle child finishes high school at the end of the month. Most of the time people give money or gift cards to a graduate so I figured that is just what this card needed to be!

Celebrate Today Graduation Card

This was a super quick card to make and although it is simple, the silver helps to give it just a little bit of glam for a special occasion like graduating.  Here is what the inside looks like:

Celebrate Today Graduation Card inside

First, I must give some credit to Liz Miller over at Stampin With Liz because I totally CASEd this card from her. Though her colors and stamps are different, I used her dimensions and inspiration. Check out her card here:  http://stampinwithliz.com/?p=7237  Thanks Liz!

To make this card I used the Celebrate Today stamp set for the outside and the Perfect Pairings Sale-A-Bration set for my inside sentiment.  I decided to use Bermuda Bay mostly because I liked the way it looked with the Shine On patterned paper.  I probably should have used school colors, but, if I am being honest, it would not have looked good with the shine on paper and I REALLY wanted to use that!  😉 To make the card I cut the Bermuda Bay into 7 3/4 x 5.  I also cut a strip of Bermuda Bay at 7 3/4 X 1 for the belly band. The larger Bermuda Bay cardstock was then scored at 2 1/2 inches and 6 inches. For the Shine On DSP I cut it  in two pieces. One at 2- 1/4 x 4-3/4 and the other at  1-1/2 x 4-3/4. The inside white layer was cut at 2-1/4 x 4-3/4.  I chose to use my Oval Framlits for the front and made sure to add in the Silver Foil paper to bring out the silver in paper.  I used my Star Framelits and the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack to finish things off and then added one pretty Rhinestone. The sides of the paper on the inside were adhered using the Tape N Tear strip so it would stay nice and tight.  That is it!  It was quick and easy so if you need a gift card holder, give it a try!

I hope your weekend was wonderful and filled with crafty inspiration!

~Kristal

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Graduation Gift Card Holder and the Weekly Deals

Hi There!

I am back to share with you a useful card for a Graduate.  We are always needing to give them money in some form and I have a few graduates to be that will need a gift so I figured I would revamp the gift card holder card I made a few weeks ago. You can see that one here, but check out the new snazzy version:

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I always try to make my graduation cards with either the individuals school colors or with fun metallics.  I am going to teach some folks how to make this card so I thought it would be best to make is with gold, black and white.   When I made this card the first time I used a thin, decorative paper bag as the card holder.  This one just has Basic Black Card Stock but I used the same technique.  I wanted to have all kinds of fun dimension and texture so I used two kinds of embossing folders, added in the pretty Irresistibly Yours patterned paper and popped up the stars and the sentiment.   Hopefully the recipient of my card likes it just as much as the gift in the card holder….okay maybe half as much.  🙂

I am entering this card in the challenge over at Addicted to CAS as their current challenge theme is Black, White and Gold!

I want to also be sure and tell you about this week’s Weekly Deals so here they are:

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Weekly Deals April 28 through May 4 2015

 

Lots of great stuff as usual!

I hope I can be back to share some more goodies soon, but I should mention I will be getting ready for a ScrapBook retreat this weekend so I will have to post when I can….. I am so excited!!

~Kristal

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