Category: Graduation

Graduating Poppy

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It’s graduation time and I have a few to send out.  Karen Burniston’s Poppy the Owl seemed like the perfect character to grace a graduation card!  The numbers are the Stampin Up’s Number of Year stamp set with matching die.  One of my graduates had blue and white as their school colors.  I used the Schoolhouse Designer Series paper for this one.

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Poppy’s cap is made from the bowler hat in Props 1.  Karen has a diagram on her blog showing how to cut it to make it a cap.  The hassle and diploma are hand cut.

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Another graduate’s school colors are red and gray.  I simply copied the same design and changed up the colors.  These card are large – 4 1/4 x 9 – and will easily accommodate a check 🙂

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Here he is in Smoky Slate.  He looks so smart!  The Number of Years set makes this a easy card to put together.  Hugs, Fran

Congrats to the New Vet

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This card is for a sweet young woman who just finished vet school!  So of course I had to corral some Karen Burniston animals to congratulate her 🙂  They are posing in front of the Barn Pop Stand. The card is 4 1/4 x 9 and will easily accommodate a check or gift card.

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The idea is that all the animals have come to wish her well.  Check out the bandages on each one.

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Looks like everyone is healing nicely!  Enjoy! Hugs, Fran

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Costume Characters Day 1


This month’s Karen Burniston Designer challenge is to dressed up some characters!  I’m starting out with Poppy the Owl dressed up for graduation.  I just love how the Pop It Ups Gift Card Holder goes with Stampin Up’s B.Y.O.P stamp set.

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I chose a combo of red, white and blue to match one of our local high schools.  Working backwards – I’ll now have to find a matching gift card!  The border on the card comes with the Gift Card Holder die!  That’s easy 🙂

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Poppy’s graduation cap is a small square with a Basic Black Candy dot in the center.  The tassel cord was cut free-hand and the the red tassel is a small piece of Real Red with some slits cut into it, rolled up.  The diploma is a scrap of Whisper White, rolled and tied with Baker’s Twine.

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To make the star, punch 3 star.  Hold 2 of them together and cut a sliver out of the center of both at the same time.  Remove the center and alternate the colors.

Hope over to Karen’s Facebook page to see the other characters decked out in their finest!  Hugs, Fran


Fly Away

There are lots of things to celebrate at this time of year!  The Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Team was challenged this month to use the word “fly” as their inspiration.  I started with the inspirational sentiment from Really Good Greetings – thinking “graduation” – and did this card.  

I paper pieced a hot air balloon and added it to the Lucy Label insert.  I love this insert because you can use it for anything!  The “bravo” is from  A Dozen Thoughts.  The Lace tape is retiring – hurry!  Then I added a little line of flags to help celebrate the big event.  Here’s a look at the “mechanics” of the card –

Stamp Sets – A Dozen Thoughts, Really Good Greetings
Cardstock – Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder DSP
Ink – Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango
Etc – Lucy Label die, 1 3/4″ circle punch, Candy Dots, Doily tape, flag punch

Celebrating is a lot of fun!  Hugs, Fran

Blue Ribbon Graduate

Here’s a graduation idea using Blue Ribbon and Great Sport.  To make the ribbon embellishment,  I embossed the swirly image in Great Sport in white embossing powder on the 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 piece of Basic Black.  Then stamp the ribbon in Coastal Cabana and Summer Starfruit.  Punch the scallop circle part and cut out the banner ends.  Stamp the congratulations part on the banner ends in Basic Black and piece the ribbon back together.  Stamp the “Congrats Grads” in Versamark on Basic Black, punch out and adhere to the center with Dimensionals.

Stamp Sets – Blue Ribbon, Great Sport
Cardstock – Basic Black, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, In Color DSP pack, Neutral DSP pack
Ink – Versamark, Coastal Cabana, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black
Etc – white embossing powder, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, Neutral Candy Dots

Of course this card would work best in the colors of the graduate’s school!  Hugs, Fran

Pure Gumption

I still have a few more June graduations to attend.  The schools around here graduate in May – so June seems really late to me!  I used Pure Gumption  and the exclusive SU Pop N Cuts base die to make this card. 

The insert is the Sizzix Congrats – which works great in the SU base.  The numbers are Timeless Type punches from My Digital Studio.  I imported them into my ecutter and added a shadow layer so they would mimic the letters on Congrats.  This is one of the easiest things to do with an ecutter and MDS because all the punches are in SVG. 

If I make this again, I think I’ll switch the colors. 

The little hats are a 3/4″ square with a 5/8″ square popped up with a Dimensional.  The tassel is a 1/2″ circle punch (punch half way into your paper and then take a “bite” to make a curve)  Top it with a 1/4″ circle.

Stamp Set – Pure Gumption
card stock – Regals Patterns Pack, Brights Pattern Pack, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink – Garden Green
Etc – SU Pop N Cuts base die, My Digital Studio, 1/2″ and 1/4″ circle punches, Sizzix Congrats insert,  Scallop Edge punch

There is a cute mortar board stamp in this set – so you could completely skip the punch art if you don’t want to mess with it.  Hugs, Fran

Scaling Graduation

I made this background paper in My Digital Studio – which was fun, but didn’t really work for this card.  It never occurred to me that the scale of the design would look different on from my laptop screen to the printed page, so it’s really large.  But I thought I’d share it anyway because I like the idea.  I took every graduation set I could find in MDS and made my background.  That’s it!  The “2013” is die cut with the Timeless Type Numbers.

On the inside I used Blue Ribbon and popped it on a Sizzix die (Circle & Ribbon 3-D Platform)  I’m not giving up and will try again – adjusting the scale of the background and maybe introducing another color.  What do you think?

Stamp Sets – Blue Ribbon, Itty Bitty Banners
cardstock – Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink – Real Red, Pacific Point
Etc – My Digital Studio, Timeless Type die, Circle & Ribbon Platform

Enjoy the weekend – stamp something!  Hugs, Fran

Dressed Up to Graduate

Got a graduate this year?  Wouldn’t this be fun?  The diploma, exam papers and banner were made in My Digital Studio.  The IPhone is an altered jewelry tag – and the computer is stamped with an apple from Itty Bitties (Spring Mini 128939). 

Stamp Sets – Number It, Itty Bitties
card stock – Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Brushed Silver, Basic Black, Brights Pattern pack
Ink – Basic Gray, Real Red
Etc – Stampin Up Pop N Cuts base form, Dress Form insert die, 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4″ circle punches, Scallop Border punch, Baker’s Twine, Oval Framelits, My Digital Studio 2

Hugs, Fran
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Need help with the dress form die?  Check out this video by Karen Burniston –


Here’s what I’ve been up to recently – graduation announcements!  My youngest graduates this year and I’ve put off getting these together until almost the last minute.  So here’s what we’re doing. 

This is a 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 announcement.  I’ll show you how it opens –

The belly band slides off and the Real Red/photo lifts up –

The 2012 and inside are done in My Digital Studio.  (I still need to add the open house info.)  The tassel is rolled Real Red card stock that is cut at the ends.

card stock – Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White
Etc – Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, 1 3/4 Circle punch, My Digital Studio – Frames With a Flourish and Noteworthy Alphabet, Corner punch (retired), oval punch

I hope to finish them soon!  All the pieces are finished – still assembling   Enjoy!

Here are all the retiring lists! Happy shopping! Hugs, Fran

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