Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pomp and Circumstance

It's that time of year again. Graduation...of all kinds. I received five graduation announcements this year. One of them was for college. I took time yesterday to make some cards.

Pretty simple. The hat paper is from Reminisce Graduation Celebration line. It is a double sided paper with stripes on the back. Cat's Creations has a wonderful selection of graduation papers and embellishments.

I matted the hat paper with black card stock. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's "Curly Cute" set. I stamped it on white card stock and matted the white with black cardstock. The ribbon is from my stash.

For the next card I used a sketch that I saw on a friend's blog ~Jo's Scrap Shack~. Here's the sketch.
I took just a little liberty with this sketch. Here's my card.
I only moved the bling to the opposites sides of the card from what the sketch showed to accommodate my sentiment. I like how it turned out. The striped paper is the backside of the hats. I am entering this card in Jo's Fun-day Friday Challenge. You can enter too. The challenge ends at 6pm (CST) May 31st.

My next card I made school specific. That's is something else Cat's Creations has a good selection of.
This graduated is from Perrin. My niece graduated last year and I still had some paper left from making her card. The dotted paper I also bought at Cat's Creations and was designed to coordinate with the school specific paper. These are from Scrapbook Customs.

Even if Cat's doesn't carry your school, she probably has your school colors. This next card I made fit that category.
This graduate attends our local private school Community Christian School aka CCS.  Even though the store doesn't have papers with Community Christian on them, there were still school colors to choose from! I used alpha stamps to create "CCS" then matted on purple cardstock. I put foam tape behind the letters to give some dimension and added some ribbon.

 Last but not least I made this card with a paper from Reminisce "Follow Your Dreams" collection. This paper is also double sided. The back is gold with a print on it. The cool thing about Reminisce papers is the strip that has the bar code and name of the company is decorative on the other side so you can use it too! That's is where the strip of hats came from. I matted the strip with black cardstock and put foam tap behind to give dimension then added the ribbon.

There you have it. Five graduation cards for five graduates! Now to put something inside and send to the recipients.

Have a good one!


  1. WOW Valerie these cards are just beautiful! You really got busy!!! Feels good to get crafty for yourself huh? LOL ... I love your cards. Love your take on the sketch for our FFC#1. It's beautiful. I love them all but the one that catches my eye the most is Perrin. I love the colors on that and the contrast of the circles and argyle/diamond look. Great job! Thanks for linking up this week!

    Jo's Scrap Shack

    1. thank you so much!Yes it did feel good to get crafting again!

  2. What a great array of cards. Each and every one is wonderful. Thanks for joining in the fun at Jo's Funday Friday Challenges!

  3. Ohhh! I LOVE your graduations cards! Awesome papers!! Luckily I only have one graduate this year that I know personally. Or maybe I should say, so far. My great nephew is graduating today from the accelerated high school program. He is only 17 and his Mom was my niece that passed away in April. We are going to his celebration cook out dinner tonight.

    1. Thanks so much Sandy! I am so glad you will be able to help your great nephew celebrate. Hope it eases the pain of his mom not being there.

  4. LOVE these cards. So many great ideas for graduation cards. Thanks for sharing these beauties!

  5. Wow! I am loving each one of these cards! What great grad cards they are, love your take on the sketch too! All of your cards are so elegant looking! Thanks for joining us at Jo's Scrap Shack Funday Friday's;-)

    1. Thanks Brenda! I appreciate you taking a look!

  6. These are wonderful graduation cards! Love your papers and design! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great week! ~Vanessa