Friday, May 22, 2015

Something Incredible on Graduation Day

It's the big day for my oldest son - it's high school graduation day!  (But I think you've read enough about it given I've been posting about it for a few weeks!)

I posted my actual graduation card for him here.  But on Wednesday, the Christian high school that he attended had a Blessings ceremony.  It was a fabulous ceremony of prayers, scholastic awards and Christian character awards.

Last weekend I found the stamp set that I had to have to make him a card for this event.  I ordered it over the weekend with my fingers crossed that priority mail would get it here in two days, then was crushed to see USPS tracking say it would be here on Thursday, a day late.  I was out and about on Wednesday afternoon finalizing some shopping and plans, got home about 1/2 an hour before we needed to head out to dinner, and guess what was in the mail??!!  Thank you to Jen del Muro of Reverse Confetti for being totally on top of shipping, and to the post office for being ahead of schedule!

Something Incredible

I so love that saying.  It's from Reverse Confetti's Shine from Within.  It is especially relevant to my son who is definitely heading into the world of science and who has been inspired by his astrophysics course this year, so Carl Sagan was the perfect choice. I can't tell you how many deep space videos and photos Andrew has shown us and explained in depth.  I love that the sentiment is meaningful, but its font keeps it just perfect for my teenage son's card. The inside uses a sentiment from the same set - Always Dream Big.

Realize that I had half an hour from the time the stamp set arrived and when I needed to leave (not to mention I had to dress up and apply make-up), but I knew that the sentiment could have stood on its own with very little embellishment.  I happened to have the brick paper out from this card, and I had the cardstock out from his graduation card.  The star garland die came in the same order as the stamp set, so a few banners in his school colors (and a little glitter paper for interest) - and I'm as happy with this card as one I spent hours slaving over.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Curtain Call Reminder: Tassels with Newton's NOok

Just a reminder that there is still time to play along with the challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Totally Tassel.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Newton's Nook.  If you haven't followed Newton's Nook - Newton is a cat! When this challenge first came out (here's my post), I shared a picture of my two cats. Newton's Nook has a variety of stamps, but I always seem to come back to their cat sets.  In particular, I enjoy Naughty Newton.  Where else can you find stamps of a cat unrolling a roll of toilet paper, or a cat in a litter box!??  (I haven't had toilet paper on the roll for a decade.  It just sits on the counter. When I do put it back, say for an evening with friends, if I forget to take it off again - it will be completely unrolled.  I think my cats stalk all the bathrooms, every single day, for a decade, just in case the toilet paper happens to be on the roll!)

I didn't use the toilet paper or litter box stamps because I couldn't make them work with the colors and elegance of the tassels graphic.  But I could also relate to this stamp...

Messed Up with Newton's Nook

There is always stuff on my floor.  Sometimes it is very deliberate - I will watch a cat sit on the counter, and casually and methodically push various items off.  Other times it's just bull-headedness as a cat feels is is entitled to be somewhere where there simply isn't room, and as it pushes its way through, stuff gets displaced.  I've actually experienced broken flower pots, although wine glasses on the coffee table are a bigger deal in my house.

I used those little banners to give a nod to the tassel theme of the challenge.  

I hope you are playing along - there's a gift certificate to Newton's Nook up for grabs to a randomly selected participant!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: So Proud of You

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Cindy Lovell:

I have graduation on the brain this week because I have a high school senior. Relatives started coming in yesterday.  Tonight is the Blessings Ceremony (Andrew goes to a Christian high school so we actually get to have Christ-focused events!).  Friday is Baccalaureate/Graduation.  Andrew is an extremely low-key kind of guy - so no party - but on Saturday the whole extended family is heading out to dinner.  Then I think I'll let him play unlimited video games for a week or so (other than his hours as fry-cook at Dairy Queen) - before we start planning and packing for Valparaiso University!!

I love making graduation cards because I can use school colors.

So Proud

I used these dies somewhat differently than they were set up.  (I got the idea from Amy Sheffer.)  The top word die is actually a full die going down to the cap part.  Amy had trimmed the bottom off and then popped the top part of the hat.  LOVE the look!

Now I just need to make a somewhat sarcastic card for his younger brother to give to Andrew, and I really want to make something for Blessings tonight.  Fingers crossed that the stamp set that I ordered for that purpose shows up in the mail today!

I hope to see you playing along.  It is so much fun to browse the gallery at Freshly Made Sketches each week and see the wide variety of cards!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Taylored Expressions: Inspired by Pinterest

Taylored Expressions maintains a fabulous array of Pinterest Boards sorted by product and some by theme.  It's a fabulous source of inspiration and the Baker's Dozen design team is tasked with showing you how we were inspired by a card.  I fell in love with Amy's card found here.

I love Amy's use of tags and doilies and chevron paper on a gift bag.  I was inspired by her colors and the soft look of the doilies and vellum, and so much more!  I love learning from other cardmakers.  I had all of the soft colors out but my card wasn't working.  Then I realized that Amy's simple use of a black reinforced hole gave the card depth - so I added my black tag.  That small touch added such interest. I also didn't originally have any wood veneer out, but as I studied Amy's card I loved the added texture. I can't begin to compare to the wonderful detail and texture of Amy's card, but here's how I was inspired.

Sketched Bloom Thanks

The flower comes from one of those simple must-have sets, Sketched Blooms.  It's just six simple flowers but can work from anything to softly colored sympathy cards to bright and cheerful celebration cards.

Sketched Bloom Close Up

Amy is a fabulous artist, be sure to check out the rest of her work at Pickled Paper Designs.


The paper is from the scrap bin.  The tag is from Carta Bella Hello Again 6x6 pad.  The backside of the brick paper is a Christmas pattern and the scrap had the Allison Kreft Designs logo on it. The butterfly is in a wood veneer set from Michaels.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Totally Tassels

It's time for a new challenge at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Totally Tassel.

We have a wonderful returning sponsor, Newton's Nook, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Totally Tassel!  A randomly selected participant in this challenge will receive a $30 gift certificate to use at Newton's Nook while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

While Newton's Nook has a variety of stamp sets, I fell in love with their cat sets.  We have two cats who graciously call us their humans.  They are not aloof cats - they are an every day part of our lives. Even my teenage son somewhat routinely calls us to a room to see what the cats are doing.  (Of course, he also watches My Cat from Hell on TV - so he is definitely a cat person!)

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I wanted to use one of Newton's cat sets today - but struggled a little with the graphic of elegant tassels.  I finally settled on using the colors (so this won't be a card for the teenage son) and the layout with pops of color and gold on white.

CC Purr-fect Birthday

I hope to see you play along!  You don't have to use Newton's Nook - but you could win that gift certificate!


I have linked to the basic set of My Favorite Things Fishtail dies.  They also have a Layers set - mine are mixed together so I never know which set I am using!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: Bless You

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Today we have a sketch by Jen Brum.

I had been browsing my die stash and realized that I had a die that I had gotten some time ago thinking I would use it regularly - and it has never once been through my Big Shot.  Given that it was round - it was a must-use on my card.

Bless You

I wanted the focus on the die so I found some very subtle striped paper and simply added interest by changing the direction of the stripe. 

Be sure to check out the variety of other inspiration by the Freshly Made Sketches design team - and then head to your craft area - we do love seeing your take on these sketches!