Cards- Graduation

Stampin Up "In The Trees" stamp set with Watercolor Pencils

This is such a cool stamp set. I love that it has a hammock and cute little pennants and  lights to hang from the trees. It even has a tiny squirrel!

This card was very basic. I simply stamped the images in basic black archival ink, and used Stampin Up Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua-Painter to color them in.


I used watercolor paper to stamp and color on. The other cardstocks are soft sky and crumb cake.

For the trees, I just randomly colored the entire top of the tree with the old olive and bermuda bay pencils. I kind of just scribbled the colors in. Then I used the aqua painter to wash over the leaves and blend the colors together.


For the clouds and tree trunk, I outlined the image and washed over it with the aqua painter. The flowers and grass are lightly colored before I used the aqua painter to give them a water colored look.


I love my embellishments, and here you can see that I've added a few Glitter and Clear Epoxy dots.

The sun is from the "Let the Good Times Roll" roller coaster stamp set. I stamped it in daffodil delight and then used the pumpkin pie watercolor pencil to highlight. I washed over it with my aqua painter as well.

Here's a close up of the sun. I needed to add some "shine" so I used the Wink of Stella brush to make it sparkle.


I cut out the clouds and popped them on with mini dimensionals.


I used the Congratulations greeting from the set because I thought it would make a great Gradution card. Especially for a young man. Its a great masculine set as well as any age or gender.

We've never had a stamp set quit like this. I think its pretty awesome. What do you think?

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Stampin Up Amazing Congratulations

What a cool 3 step stamp set, I must say. The Amazing Congratulations stamps are made to layer and blend together as you stamp them.

I used 3 colors for the word "congratulations." The colors are dark to light, dapper denim, bermuda bay and marina mist.

This card is super simple. It doesn't need a lot of embellishments, because the color layering does all the talking!


I started with the dapper denim outline stamp and filled in with the other two colors. I found it so much easier to line up this way. I also found that if I focus on lining up the full letters only, it goes together really well.


Check out that beautiful marbled background. I used the Marble background stamp, inked in marina mist and stamped on marina mist for a tone on tone look. A small Enamel Shape in dapper denim tops off the greeting.


That's it. Super quick and super special.

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Its that time of year again- Graduation

Well, I haven't stamped for a few days, so therefore, I haven't had anything to post on my blog.

But, today, I took some time to make a special graduation card for my bff's daughter, Brianna. Brianna is "over the top" brilliant and beautiful, so I had to design a card to match Brianna's beauty and brains. No small feat, I tell you.

She just recently graduated from High Point University, where the school colors are purple and white. I had to combined all the aspects above and also make sure it included purple, plus, it had to "look" like a graduation card.

I decided on the Birthday Blossoms stamp set. I pulled it off the shelf and realized that I really hadn't used this set much. I don't know why- its such a pretty set with some great sentiments, any of which would have worked great with this graduation card.

But, as I mentioned, it had to "look" like a graduation card. So, how was I going to incorporate "graduation" on a card stamped with flowers?

Well, I pulled out one of my favorite retired alphabet sets- "Varsity Letters" which is perfect for anything related to "school" wording, and....

Here's what happened:


Purple, High Point University, beautiful and smart- everything pulled together quite nicely, I think.

This card does remind me of the graduate- bright, sparkly and all around amazing!

Yes, there is glitter on this card, as well as a few shiny rhinestones.


I used shimmery white cardstock (of course;) to hold up to the watercoloring that I did with blender pens and drops of ink from the ink refill bottles.

Here's a little peek at the inside of the card. I had already written a personal message, so I didn't photograph it completely open. The verse inside says: "She believed she could... so she did." And that's exactly what this highly accomplished graduate did!

You'll find this verse included in one of the new stamps sets in the upcoming, new Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 catalog.


If you think I'm exaggarating about Brianna's beauty and brains... here's a picture to prove its the truth- she gets it from her momma, for sure.. and I get to be in the middle of the "beauty sandwich."


It was a wonderful celebration of a sweet and sassy, over the top, on her way to bigger and better things, graduate.


When I handed Brianna her card this evening, she said " I can't wait to see what you came up with, for my card." I sure hope she loves her card as much as I loved creating it just for her.



A one of a kind card, for a one of a kind graduate. Congratulations again, Brianna!

I hope you all enjoyed visiting today and I'm glad I was able to share this special graduation card with you.

Until the next time..

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I have Foxy Friends

Have you seen the new "Foxy Friends" stamp set and coordinating " Fox Builder" punch?

Oh my goodness, this set is the cutest ever. Not only can we make foxes, but skunks and cats and raccoons and reindeer too.

I started out by making a gray fox for this "Congratulations" card.


Check out the adorable " A Little Foxy" designer paper. Totally cute! I used calypso coral cardstock to contrast against the smoky slate, basic black and basic gray colors of the fox.

The greeting is from the set, "Thoughtful Banners." I'm pretty sure that I use this greeting set on 90% of the cards that I make. It has everything needed in the way of greetings, and banners to boot!


I added the basic black bakers twine and topped it off with a star from the "Enamel Shapes" subtles collection.

I then added the punched pieces to the fox and attached them with glue dots to give them a slight lift and add dimension.


I love the multitude of possibilites associated with this stamp set and punch. I can't wait to make other animals with this versatile set- especially the skunk and raccoon.


And, its perfect for guys and gals. Gotta love a stamp set that accomodates both genders!


If you haven't checked out this set yet, you need to get on it. I have listed all the supplies below along with photos as usual.

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Dad or Grad- Tutorial: Unique Fold "Shirt Card"

Father's Day and Graduation are just around the corner. So, it was time for me to make more masculine cards.

Today I was able to get some stamping time in. I was able to get a lot of cards designed, and that makes me very happy. I designed a few for my card class, a few swaps and of course a couple of guy cards.

This card uses the Brushstrokes background stamp, night of navy ink and cardstock, gold foil sheets, gold satin ribbon as well as gold emboss powder.

Here's one of the cards: Perfect for the Dad or Grad. And if you are from my neck of the woods, (Butler, PA) its also the Butler High School Golden Tornado colors AND the Pitt Panther colors too!


This is how I made the shirt card: Cut a piece of night of navy cardstock to 5 1/4" x 4". Stamp both sides of the cardstock with the Brushstrokes stamp in night of navy ink.

Next, cut a slit 1" down from the top, stopping at the 3/4" line as seen here. Do this on the other side as well.


Next, fold the collar so that the points touch in the middle.


Next, simply tie a knot in a 6" piece of gold satin ribbon. Do not pull it tight. It should look like an actual tie knot.


Next, cut it at the top and tuck it in, using a glue dot to hold it in place inside the knot.



Next, place dimensionals under each side of the collar and place the tie with a glue dot.


To form the point at the bottom of the tie, fold ribbon in half and snip at an angle as shown.


And.. Voila! Ready for dad or grad. I added the greeting from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set in the New Stampin' Up 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and embossed it in gold emboss powder. Simply change the greeting if you're making a Fathers Day Card.

IMG_9353 And if your guy prefers a bow tie...  I used the Bow Builder Punch with the gold foil sheets and embossed the Thoughtful Banner in gold emboss powder. I love the gold on gold look. I also added rhinestone jewels as buttons.



Such a dapper pair. Take your pick, dad or grad?


This year, I've got both, as my son is graduating from high school next month. Where does the time go?

I love how the shirt can be made with just two simple cuts. Has this tutorial inspired you to make a shirt and tie card for your special guys too? I hope you'll give it a try.

The supplies are listed below, however the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and coordinating Duet Banner punch are not available until June 1st.

Until the next time...

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