Card #114: Graduation Gown

Well, look who’s actually back with a new card this week!  And one I made this week instead of making in advance.  🙂  I finally cleaned off my craft desk yesterday afternoon, thereby making space to actually do some crafting instead of just collecting supplies.  I’ll be honest, though, that I just sat there for a while staring and not really having any inspiration.  I was thinking about all the supplies that I’ve collected over the years that I’ll probably never use and should eliminate from my collection, and I pulled out a little drawer that had some metal letters in it.  I dumped out the letters and the first ones that kind of stuck out at me were R, A, and G.  It being May, the month of graduations, I decided to find a D and make a graduation card.

I dug into my new supply file cabinet (which is SO much nicer than my old one!) and found some embellishments and stickers to add to the hat and diploma paper.  It’s a pretty simple card, but as I’m looking at it now, I’m wondering if it would have looked really dumb or cool if I had put a different color cardstock under the “RAD” so it would have kind of said “RAD GRAD”.   Would that have looked dumb?  Or kinda cool?  Or would anyone have even gotten it?  It’s probably a good thing I didn’t think of that last night.  I did try putting red underneath the letters and they didn’t show up as well as they do over the white, but maybe yellow would have worked?  I dunno, too late now anyway.

I hope you’re having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Card #110: Graduation Criss-cross

Ok, so time kind of got away from me this afternoon.  I spent the morning and a good part of the afternoon at church making banners for Vacation Bible School and then decided I wasn’t done, so I came home and worked on some more!  And now it’s almost eleven at night and I’m just getting around to blogging.  Thing is, I didn’t want to stop because I still have one banner in mind to make, and sorry, but I’d rather be working on that than blogging right now.


Guess I’ll add that to tomorrow’s list instead.

This week’s card is pretty simple.


I had in mind to do the criss-cross with the washi tape, but originally I had picked a different sentiment sticker to use on the bottom.  Long story short, one embellishment choice led to another led to another and I ended up with a graduation card.  Funny how it just works out like that sometimes.

I know the criss-cross with the tape would have been more effective with four different colors/designs, but I didn’t really have any other ones that went with these two, and I wanted to keep the card kind of masculine, which is why I chose these two in the first place.  So it’s just a nice, simple card for a graduating fellow.

Do people still use the word “fellow,” or am I aging myself with that?

*insert side-eyed emoji here*

Anyway, in addition to making one more banner tomorrow, I am also planning on making a few cards for the next three weeks of posts.  And taking pictures of the cards so I can pre-write the posts as well.  Since I have a feeling the next three Saturdays of VBS prep are going to sap more energy than today’s did and I won’t feel like blogging after the fact.  So, time to put my creative thinking cap on tomorrow!

Card #109: Congratulations!

It’s always more fun making cards when you have a reason to use them.  And with that, I’m sure you’re thinking that I made an Easter card this week, considering the holiday is in two days.  But, I didn’t.  Other than Christmas, I typically only send holiday cards to one residence, and I still had an Easter card left over from last year, so I sent that this week.

No, earlier this week my mom asked me if I had any retirement cards.  I didn’t, but I told her I could make one.  When I heard that the card was for her mailman, I got kind of excited.  I’ve had this piece of scrapbooking paper in my collection for years that I knew would be just perfect for the occasion.


It’s postage stamps!  Perfect, right?  I wanted to use a layout that would really feature the paper, so I found this layout on Pinterest.  This design would be perfect for any card where you really want the focus to be the paper.  I wish I had a “congrats on your retirement” stamp, but the only one at  Hobby Lobby wasn’t very attractive and that’s pretty much my only local source for rubber stamps anymore, other than the very small selection at Joann’s.

Well, I better go get ready for the Good Friday service at church tonight.  A blessed Resurrection Sunday to you!


stamp used: “Congratulations 05” by Stampabilities

Card #84: September Challenge: ♥ = Wedding

Ugh, this is why I don’t take naps.

My alarm went off at 4 o’clock this morning so I could go help set up a booth at the Sidewalk Arts Festival, and I didn’t get to bed until really late last night, on top of going to bed late all week, so I am overtired.  After wandering around the show until around noon, I came home and took a nap.  But the thing about me is, I can’t take a 20 minute nap like normal people.  It takes me way too long to fall asleep in the first place, then when I finally do I’m asleep for a good long while.  I set an alarm for 2, shut it off when it started singing, and stayed in bed until 3.  And now I just feel like my whole day is shot (besides still being tired), and I have no ambition to get anything done.  I’ll probably finish this, go grab some apple crisp, and watch Netflix for the rest of the evening.

Yay, weekend.  🙂

So, anyway, it’s September, which means a new challenge, which I’m really excited about.  This month, I’m calling it the “Never-Used Stamp Challenge.”  Each card I make, I will use at least one stamp that I’ve never used before.  I was digging through my stash last night and picked something for each week.  This is going to be really fun, and it’s going to be hard to pick which one to do next week!

To start off with, I decided to use these stamps that I got on clearance this spring at Hobby Lobby:


When I saw them, I thought they were really fun and I had an idea right away of how to use them.  So I brought that idea to culmination this week and made these two wedding cards:


I’m not extremely happy with the way the pink girls turned out, but that’s the fault of the stamp pad I used.  I think the design of the cards is really cute.

It’s kind of hard to tell in the pictures, but the striped cardstock in the first picture is actually kind of pearlescent.  I had harvested that piece years ago from a wedding invitation my family received.  Nothing like recycling!  🙂  And the silver on the second card is silver glitter, which again is kind of hard to see in the picture, but it is really pretty in person.  The rectangle with the stamps and stickers are held on with foam squares to give a little dimension, and I drew the plus and equal signs on with a silver metallic pen.  The embellishments are from Jolee’s boutique “Engagement Rings” set.

Both cards have the Congratulations stamp on the inside.  If I could do it over, I think I would do the simple round corners on both cards and not the fancy ones on the glittery card.  I don’t know, but I think the fancy cut kind of distracts a bit from the stamps.



My brain really isn’t working anymore for writing more.  So I’m going to sign off.  See you next week for the second part of the Never-Used Stamp Challenge!


Stamps used: “His”, “Hers”, and “Cursive Congratulations” by Stampabilities, and “Puny Heart” (I think) from Stampendous