Graduation Announcements

My eldest daughter will be graduating from high school this year (in just a couple weeks!) and, of course, I CANNOT buy pre-made announcements... We must create them!  It's what us stampers do!

It started with inspiration from the Occasions Mini 2015 catalog and then went from there.  It ended  up being a 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" finished card so I had to make matching envelopes with the envelope punch board which I added the Gold embossed banner to the outside front, bottom left-side of the envelope and just the cap to the back side flap above the return address.

Outside of card
Outside of card without the belly-band
Inside of card
Close-up of the Gold banner on right side - Gold embossed on Gold Foil paper - SO AWESOME!
Stamp Set:
Class of 2015
Sophisticated Serifs

Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White cardstock
Gold Foil Sheets

Confetti Stars Border Punch
Gold Metallic Baker's Twine
Gold 1/8" Ribbon
Scoring Tool
Corner Round Punch
Gold Embossing powder
Heat Gun

Kinda Eclectic

I really love this stamp set, Kinda Eclectic... It's kind of... eclectic!  You can layer it up or simplify with just a few images.  I did manage to use each of the images in this set on this single card which just makes me happy... It's not too much and I love the layers!  I used all but one of the 2014-2016 In-Colors as well which really look fantastic stamped together.

Technique idea:  When you stamp floral images in groups, try stamping once with the full ink from the pad and then stamp a second time without reinking the stamp and you'll get a lighter image that perfectly coordinates and adds more dimension!

Stamp Set:
Kinda Eclectic

Very Vanilla and Mossy Meadow cardstock
Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist Stampin' Pad

3/8" stitched satin ribbon (Blackberry Bliss)
Elegant Butterfly punch
Bitty Butterfly punch
2-1/2" Circle punch
Pearl Basic Jewels

Patriotic Card

This card can be used for just about anything.  The "HOPE" saying could be switched out for whatever occasion you need it for... How about Graduation?  These colors also happen to be my daughter's high school colors... I love cards that have multiple occasion uses.

Technique Idea:  The Banner punch is a bit short and doesn't fit many words, however, if you cut a strip of paper approx 5/8" wide and then stamp your saying on that strip... Feed just the end of the strip that needs to be cut into the punch from underneath and punch the notched end only.  This is also a great idea for those punches with a decorative edge... do that same thing to get a unique edge!

Stamp Set:
Be the Star
Gorgeous Grunge

Real Red, Night of Navy and Whisper White cardstock
Real Red, Night of Navy Stampin' Pad

White embossing powder and heat gun
Paper Snips
1/4" stitched grosgrain ribbon
Banner punch

Lumberjack Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!  (I know we are still a little bit away from that holiday, but we must think ahead, right?!)

I made this card just for this occasion... Simple layout, simple design... Just perfect for those fathers out there!  

The Occasion mini is about ready to leave us, so I had to use this guy before he's gone for good!

Stamp Set:
Wood You Be Mine
Hardwood background
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon and Very Vanilla cardstock
Soft Suede Stampin' Pad
Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon, Cherry Cobbler and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write markers

Paper snips
Stampin' Distress Tool