My nephew is graduating from high school in Franklin, Tennessee, and my son-in-law is graduating with his MBA from Boise State this month. Unfortunately, I’m missing both! Instead, I opted for foot surgery!!
Since I didn’t make it to the graduations, I sent these note cards with a little spending cash.
The Starburst Sayings stamp set and Starburst Framelits are retiring this month! Seriously! Pout-pout! But you can still get them together in the money saving Starburst Sayings bundle.
The large starburst is stamped in Real Red and the smaller starburst is embossed in gold. A little black and white washi tape behind brings it all together.
I’m obsessed right now with mixed media art. I’ve been watching lots of video tutorials and can’t wait to get back upstairs to my craft room to try out some of my newly studied techniques. I’ll share some of my favorite videos with you soon.
Actually, I’m just art obsessed! Recently, I purchased a couple of oil paintings from a friend who’s an amazing, award-winning artist. Check out her website: http://krystalbrownfineart.com/
Just stopping by for a few minutes to share this ‘Best Dad Ever’ bowtie Father’s Day card from Stampin’ Up! You can find all the details here. I hope this will inspire you to remember the dads in your life this weekend.
I’m traveling today so not much time to write. As I mentioned yesterday, I drove to Nashville to be here for my niece’s bridal shower earlier in the week and I was supposed to have gone home two days ago, but my family just kept talking me into staying just one more day! Before I knew it I had been here all week and I’ve got to get home and back to work!
It’s been so fun being here. We have watched movies, visited and played a lot of Settlers of Catan.
Have you played Settlers of Catan? It’s addictive! It starts out slow but pretty quickly it starts to get really interesting and then it’s over, which just makes you want to play again. We changed the rules a little though because we were too competitive and it caused problems. I’ve known families that stopped playing it because it was causing so much animosity. So I came up with new rules that we adopted that make it a more friendly game. We do not use the robber at all and I’m sure purists wouldn’t approve of my new rules. Not using the robber does change the ability to stop someone who is racing ahead but in the spirit of family fun, the changes are worth it.
OK, enough about all that. Have a wonderful weekend with the fathers in your life and don’t forget to get that hand-stamped Father’s Day card made! Do it today before you forget. What are you doing for Father’s Day?
This masculine graduation twist card’s unique fold is perfect for giving a gift card with it’s built-in pockets. This card made with the Blue Ribbon stamp set looks complicated but it is really quite simple. Below I’ve written some simple instructions with tips for getting it right!
I used a piece of Midnight Muse cardstock cut to 4-1/4″ x 11″ then scored it diagonally from corner to corner, scored and folded in half. That’s it! That makes the card base. Below you see I put in a business card to show you how you would use this with a gift card.
Now to embellish the card I cut a piece of Comfort Café Designer Series Paper to 4″ x 10-1/2″. Then cut your paper diagonally from corner to corner, flip the right hand piece over and match up the diagonal cut and cut these pieces in half where the pieces intersect. That’s the important part, lining up the pieces on the diagonal cut with the same patterns facing each other before cutting down the middle otherwise your dsp pieces will not line up right on the card.
To decorate the front I layered the ‘congrats’ ribbon with matching Cajun Craze, Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit, a color combination inspired by the Comfort Café dsp. Since this is an masculine card with masculine colors I chose to feed the Midnight Muse scallop back into the punch and punch it again into the scallop to make more of a star burst type pattern instead of a scallop as shown in the picture above.
I was able to customize this birthday card with the new Designer Typeset clear stamps. Did you notice the name in the banner at the top? These clear stamps are great for placing your letters and stamping right where you want to. And they are pliable so I could curve my banner too.
The bright colors are compliments of the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper which is available for FREE with a Sale-a-bration order. But the sale ends today so act quickly! I love this paper because it’s so bright and cheery and the patterns coordinate so well together. I just used both sides of the paper to get that playful look.
A couple of silver brads hold the contrasting strip of Sycamore Street dspin place. The dark Island Indigo color is perfect for a masculine card. I also kept the stamping unfussy so even with the lively patterns it still has a masculine feel.
Recently we’ve had some great things to celebrate in our family: son James earned the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts, son Dallin called home to report his great grades in college so far this semester, son-in-law Joel recieved an award at work and niece’s husband Weston took first place in an interviewing contest at the university. So I got busy making some masculine congratulation cards, which is quick and easy to do using the Stampin’ Up! Blue Ribbon stamp set!
Yay! Congrats everyone for a job well done!
Here’s some more pics of the Blue Ribbon cards.
The Large Scallop, 1-1/4″ Circle and 1-3/8″ Circle punches make this project super fast.
The card base is Sahara Sand and the ‘blue ribbon’ is Stampin’ Up! color’s Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand and Cajun Craze.