Congratulations, Graduate!

Today we have a super sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary –

I was really inspired by it. As we know, graduation season will be starting next month (I know, right? You didn’t realize it, did you!?). I decided to get to work on grads ideas! I have made two recently, here is one of them using our sketch this week –

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How fun and fresh and modern is this???

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…..and, when you open it, it’s a gift card holder too! I used the same size Whisper White panel as the front, this time, I only adhered it to three side leaving the left side open to slide something fun in the pocket. Use Tear & tape for this for the extra strong bond.

TIP : if you’re adding a gift card, place the gift card down first then adhere the panel. That way, the gift card will slid out easily. 

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I can wait to create more of these. Maybe in local school colors? This is just a great design to create with!

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Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Suite Sentiments
  • Framelits – Balloon Framelits, Large Numbers
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
  • Ink – Memento Black
  • DSP – Fabulous Foil Acetate
  • Other – Tear & Tape Adhesive
Happy Stampin’

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Self Closing Grad Treat Box, WWC67

Ok, I’m changing my title up a bit to be catchy-er!

Because, you know what I do every Wednesday. It’s the Watercooler Wednesday challenge –

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You’re playing along with us, right? These challenges are great!

Here is this weeks challenge –

WWC67 - All about boxes

B O X E S  ! ! !

I have been a little preoccupied lately. It’s starting to hit me. My youngest is graduation college in a few weeks. So, I’ve been channeling the thoughts through paper crafting. I’m also looking for the perfect things to decorate with to celebrate the occasion.

So, I made a box –

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These are SO cool! And, yes, I have to admit, I have never made one until now!

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Its square on the bottom, but sort of faceted on the sides!

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I made a paper tassel for graduation to ‘decorate’ the box. I’m simple that way.

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And, see how it opens when you squeeze the sides? Its soo cool!

It pops back shut when you let go!

I’ll admit something else. It’s not my original design. After watching numerous YouTube videos from 20 minutes down to 11 minutes on how to make these……I got the idea! I can’t give one person credit. Sorry.

I will say this, after watching all the videos, I did modify mine and start with 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (all others said, 6 x 8 1/2), because I wanted to create 2 per sheet.

Nice, huh?

Well, you should see what my other crafting buddies have created over at the Watercooler Wednesday blog! Some great stuff!

Leave a comment – it’s what keeps bloggers going!

Happy Stampin’

Grab the Money Grad

Yes, another graduation card share. And, a funny title too, you think?

Half the time, I don’t know what to name these posts. So, since this one had visible money in it, seemed appropriate. ‘Cause what graduate doesn’t like receiving money?? And, oh ya, run with this money, it’s a folded $1.00 bill!

Looking at my post and trying get creative in writing, I had to stop and just laugh. My numbers are all caddywhompus. That’s the beauty of using Tombow, or green glue! It dries that quick. Lol. So, yes, I know my numbers are a bit, uneven.

Anyway, I really love this card. It is unique. I made it a while back as I was brainstorming ideas for the buffet. Well, this one got shoved under some stuff and forgotten about. Sad. So sad. I WILL have to pull this out next year and recreate it. As you can see, it was pretty simple. Basic stampin’ and punchin’.

I did get a little fancy with the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin’ Pad on the background. Yes, a bit hard to see, but it’s there.

Now, the only trick to this is everything is double dimensionaled (is that even a word??). Meaning – stack two dimensionals a top one another for extra height. That allows for the money, or check to slip in nicely!

Pretty sweet, isn’t it? I think so!

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my creations. Please be kind and leave a comment, especially if you ‘pin’ this or recreate it. It’s the right thing to do.

Happy Stampin’


Looking’ Fine Grad

Got a graduate? If you do, maybe this card will work for you!

No challenges today. Although, there are lots that I’m watching……But, first things first. Graduations are occurring this weekend here where we live. So, this should have been posted a while ago, but, is was not. Anyway, this was one of the cards from my May Card Buffet.

It was a very quick, easy card to reproduce. Especially with the pre-made tassel! I just didn’t have the time to show how to make one. Although, they are quite easy. StazOn black really made this card, pop! However, school colors would be awesome too!

I must say, this was not my original card design. I changed it up a bit with these colors. I looked for who inspired me, but, I’m drawing a blank.

Hope you enjoyed my share for today! Love to see what you think!

Happy Stampin’


Congratulations, Tufts 2013 Graduate

Did you miss me?

I have missed posting here and sharing my miscellaneous card ramblings. But, I’ve been out-of-pocket for a good reason.

A week ago today, we were in Boston to watch our daughter graduate from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts! She received a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Culture. We are all so proud.

And of course in Libby fashion, I made her graduation cards. Just a few. She hasn’t received them yet because she stayed in Boston after graduation to spend time with friends. But, I decided to post them here anyway. If you follow me on Facebook, some of my creations made it to the cover already.

Todays sweet share was a simple one. To the point.

After fours years at Tufts, I just realized a color I was not too fond of, Marina Mist, matched her colors perfectly! I struggled over the years creating cards with different shades of Stampin’ Up card stock never to be happy with them. Now, I found the perfect one. So, I made that one sheet I had, go far, really far.

The ‘elephant’ image I found at Archiver’s one day. It was perfect as their mascot is Jumbo, an elephant. The letters are ours, Typeset Alphabet. The two paired, made for a great card!

So, now that I’m back and recovering from our trip, I’ll be back to posting again.

Happy Stampin’


Congrats College Grad

Congratulation, my dear niece Jessica! You are now an official COLLEGE graduate!

I made this card just for you. Very simple. Very elegant. Very sophisticated. Very Jessica.

It’s just a simple folded card to hold money or a check.

I stamped all over the card in the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Pad using the stamp set Blue Ribbon. On the inside, a simple greeting from Pure Gumption.

I added the detail of a tassel in her Texas State University school color on the front along with one of my favorite additions to any card, a James Avery charm. So, it’s extra special!

As you can see when the card is opened, the charm can be removed. Oh yes, and the money too!!

We are very proud of your accomplishment Jessica! Lots of love to you!

Happy Stampin’
Aunt Libby