Its that time of year again- Graduation

Well, I haven't stamped for a few days, so therefore, I haven't had anything to post on my blog.

But, today, I took some time to make a special graduation card for my bff's daughter, Brianna. Brianna is "over the top" brilliant and beautiful, so I had to design a card to match Brianna's beauty and brains. No small feat, I tell you.

She just recently graduated from High Point University, where the school colors are purple and white. I had to combined all the aspects above and also make sure it included purple, plus, it had to "look" like a graduation card.

I decided on the Birthday Blossoms stamp set. I pulled it off the shelf and realized that I really hadn't used this set much. I don't know why- its such a pretty set with some great sentiments, any of which would have worked great with this graduation card.

But, as I mentioned, it had to "look" like a graduation card. So, how was I going to incorporate "graduation" on a card stamped with flowers?

Well, I pulled out one of my favorite retired alphabet sets- "Varsity Letters" which is perfect for anything related to "school" wording, and....

Here's what happened:

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Purple, High Point University, beautiful and smart- everything pulled together quite nicely, I think.

This card does remind me of the graduate- bright, sparkly and all around amazing!

Yes, there is glitter on this card, as well as a few shiny rhinestones.

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I used shimmery white cardstock (of course;) to hold up to the watercoloring that I did with blender pens and drops of ink from the ink refill bottles.

Here's a little peek at the inside of the card. I had already written a personal message, so I didn't photograph it completely open. The verse inside says: "She believed she could... so she did." And that's exactly what this highly accomplished graduate did!

You'll find this verse included in one of the new stamps sets in the upcoming, new Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 catalog.

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If you think I'm exaggarating about Brianna's beauty and brains... here's a picture to prove its the truth- she gets it from her momma, for sure.. and I get to be in the middle of the "beauty sandwich."

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It was a wonderful celebration of a sweet and sassy, over the top, on her way to bigger and better things, graduate.

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When I handed Brianna her card this evening, she said " I can't wait to see what you came up with, for my card." I sure hope she loves her card as much as I loved creating it just for her.

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A one of a kind card, for a one of a kind graduate. Congratulations again, Brianna!

I hope you all enjoyed visiting today and I'm glad I was able to share this special graduation card with you.

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Creative Card Fold: Triple Fold Drop Down Card, Featuring the Garden in Bloom stamp set

Hello everyone! Today, I'm featuring a new card fold for you all to try. Its called the Triple Fold Drop Down Card.

Its really fun and pretty easy to create. I've used the Garden in Bloom, 2-step stamp set to design this unique card. The Garden in Bloom works great with this fold, because there is a nice variety of stamps in several different sizes. I used the stamps to stamp on each element of the drop down card.

Here's what it looks like from the front. Looks pretty normal, huh?

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But, then when you open it... voila!

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The colors I used are, peek a boo peach, calypso coral, pacific point, pear pizazz and early espresso inks. I have complete instructions on my You Tube video, attached at the end of this post. You'll find all the colors and measurements there as well.

Here's a close up of the two step stamping, which is simply, layering one stamp over another, in a different color to create dimension. Plus, I've added some tiny pearl jewels to the middle of the flowers. I love those tiny little pearls!

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It's so fun to create a unique and unexpected element to a card, especially when its a creative fold!

Here's a look at the card, both opened and closed:

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So, gather up your stamps, cardstock and inks, and give this unique fold a try!

I'm glad you stopped by today. I hope you learned something new.

Don't forget to watch the complete instructions on my video, below. If you enjoy it, please "like", comment, share or subscribe to my You Tube channel, if you wish.

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Sneak Peek from the NEW Stampin' Up! Catalog 2017-2018

I thought that I would share a quick and cute sneak peek from the new Stampin' Up Annual Catalog.

This card was made with the Birthday Delivery Bundle. This is a darling suite, perfect for any birthday celebration.

The stamps are from the Birthday Delivery stamp set and the designer paper, is called Birthday Memories. Such a darling, vintage birthday girl image.

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I used the 3/4" circle punch to punch out a little cupcake from the same designer paper and popped in onto the front of the card with a dimensional. A tiny pearl tops off the birthday cupcake.

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There is so much more to this stamp set and bundle. This is just a very small sampling of whats in store!

The New Stampin' Up Catalog will go live on June 1st and you'll be able to see it all. I can't wait until all the amazing new stamps and accessories are available to everyone. You are going to absolutely love the brand new, beautiful Stampin' Up Catalog.

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GET THE EASTERN PALACE "SPECIAL" BUNDLE

THIS MONTH ONLY!

Both Bundles come with FREE GIFTS!

These Bundles will not be offered in the NEW Catalog, so get your favorite bundle by May 31st!

Click on the images below to view and order:

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A New Color Combo

As, I mentioned at the beginning of the week, I'd be sharing lots of projects using the Eastern Palace Suite. This suite is offered as a "special" Bundle this month only. Actually, there are 2 "special" bundles to choose from. Both come with FREE gifts!
You are going to want to have one of those bundles, I promise. Click on the images at the end of this post to view or purchase these special bundles. This awesome promotion ends, May 1st, so don't miss it.

I've used a cool color combo on this thank you card. Watermelon Wonder (which is retiring- boo), Flirty Flamingo and Night of Navy are the cardstocks and inks that I chose for this card.

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I used the same layout as the Eastern Beauty card that we made at Kim's Card Class a few days ago. I'm kind of liking this layout.

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I cut a delicate white doily in half and scrunched it up under the flirty flamingo, stitched circle. The greeting is stamped in night of navy and punched out with the Classic Label Punch.

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My favorite part about the Eastern Medallion framlits is that this "flower" is dimensional. So very cool.

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A "White Perfect Accent" is a "perfect" center to this medallion flower.

I'm going to miss the watermelon wonder color. Maybe I'll be able use Calypso Coral as a substitute. I'll have to try that next time.

Thanks so much for dropping by.

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Card Class - Featuring Eastern Palace Suite

I actually remembered to take "people" pictures at class this time. Well, truth be told, Heather and Sharon reminded me or I would have missed the opportunity again.

Most everyone had finished and left, but there were a few ladies still stamping, chatting and looking over the long, 10 page retired list, trying to pick out the last "must haves" of the current catalog.

Sharon and Heather trying to decide what they cannot live without, before its gone forever.

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We made this beautiful card with the stamps and framelits from the Eastern Palace Suite. This is available during the month of May only, as a Special Bundle purchase. This card uses both the Eastern Beauty stamp set and Eastern Medallion framelits. Check out the new Lemon Lime Twist "In Color." Isn't it gorgeous?

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Here's a closeup of the focal point. I love that the dies can be used in over 45 different combinations.

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Nikolette busy at the Big Shot, creating her masterpiece.

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Here's a cute card made with one of the retiring stamp sets from the 2016-2017 Stampin Up catalog, Always an Adventure. I got this cute idea from a card that I saw on pinterest made by Erica Cerwin. I tweeked it and added a few of my own touches

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I think Debbie was happy with her darling handstamped cards.

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One last card to share today. Its made with the Nailed It stamp set. Simply masculine card in wild wasabi, basic black and crumb cake. Perfect for Fathers Day or that special guys birthday.

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Marjie and Sharen are lending each other a helping hand to complete the final touches on the Nailed It card.

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Be sure to check out the Eastern Palace Bundle below. This special will not be in the new catalog, so get it before the end of the month. Its more than amazing AND both bundles come with free gifts. Can't beat that!

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Eastern Palace Suite- It's a flower!

Once again the Eastern Palace bundle amazes me. Especially the Eastern Medallions Thinlits. Not only does this set make gorgeous multiple mediallion designs, but it also can be used to make flowers! In this particular instance, a beautiful sunflower!

I had so much fun with this card. I also used the Eastern Medallions Thinlits to make the leaves of the flower. I cut apart the smaller 5 petaled medallion- making the tiny leaves. I used the die twice in two colors, wild wasabi and always artichoke.

The big sunflower was diecut twice as well. Once in so saffron and once in crushed curry cardstock. I then used a stampin sponge to sponge the edges of the flower with crushed curry ink.

I love how it turned out. What do you think?

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The ribbon is new and will be featured in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog, debuting on June 1st.

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The soft suede background is embossed with the Sparkle emboss folder. I think its the perfect backdrop for this lovely sunflower.

Lots of great sentiments in this Eastern Beauty stamp set, and I chose "hello" for this particular card. I stamped it in chocolate chip ink and punched it out with the 1" circle punch.

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I'm excited to make more "flowers" out of this suite, using a variety of spring and summer colors.

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I really don't think I could love the Eastern Palace Suite more than I do now. Who would have thought?

I hope this card has inspired you to think outside the box and create some fun and unusual cards of your own.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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