Penn Themed Graduation Thank You Cards

Penn Themed Graduation Thank You Cards

My triplets just graduated from college, and they needed to send a few thank you notes. Because many of the gifters would be receiving three cards, I wanted to have three different card designs. And because Kelly, Kevin, and Keith all graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, I created all the cards with a U Penn theme.


The first one was a design modified from a card I made a while back. I cut the letters with my Silhouette and backed the negative with a piece of digital red and blue paper by EditableMotifs. What was cool about this file is that it is editable, so I was able to darken the red, make the stripes narrower, and remove the white stripes that were in the original design. The greeting was stamped from the “Assorted Greetings” set from Gina K Designs with GKD Blue Denim ink. I created the strip with the Stampin’ Up “Word Window Punch” (retired). Recollections Blue card stock was used for the mat.


The next card was made with a photo I took of College Hall. I printed it to size and added it to a white card base. The card was easy. Getting a good photo – not so much! I usually go early on a Sunday morning to try to get campus photos because there are very few people out and about at that time. The problem is that the early morning sun creates wicked shadows everywhere! I loved the fall foliage on this one even though I struggled to get the lighting right. (I recently went on a cloudy morning which helped, but the leaves were all green on that one, and I liked the more colorful version better.)

I played around with an eclipse design but ultimately went with the plain photo since I needed to make a bunch of these cards. Plus, any leftovers can now be used as general note cards and not just as thank you notes.


The final design was a Red and Blue CAS card using the Stampendous “H122 – Graduation” stamp and a greeting from the “Borders Abound” set (retired?) from Stampin’ Up. Both were stamped with In the Navy ink (GKD). The panel was cut with an unmarked stitched rectangle die. The Sizzix/Stampin’ Up “Stripes” embossing folder (retired) was used for the background panel, and Recollections Red and Gina K Designs In the Navy card stock was used for the mats.


Congratulations, Kelly, Kevin, and Keith!

(photo taken on Locust Walk on the 38th Street land bridge)
(photo taken on grass in front of the Palestra and by Franklin Field where Commencement was held)

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Father’s Day Tuxedo Card with More Printable Sentiment Strips

Father’s Day Tuxedo Card with More Printable Sentiment Strips

(inside: Celebrate in style Have a wonderful day)

I am soooo thankful for all the talented card makers out there in blogland who share their creations for inspiration. I had a BUNCH of cards I needed to make with limited time to do it, and my mojo has taken an extended vacation! My card today is a CASE (almost exact!) of this card I had seen and admired a bit ago and saved for just this situation. Thanks Karen!

I used my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board to create the bowtie. All the other parts of the tuxedo were cut with my trimmer or scissors (no dies or patterns).

I added texture to the jacket by embossing the panel with a scrap of wallpaper (thanks Bonnie!) and my die cutting machine. I was able to get a nice, deep impression by using an embossing mat along with the plates normally used to emboss. The Darice 5×7 Argyle embossing folder was used on the vest.

The card stock (black, white, and kraft) and the adhesive faux pearls were all by Recollections.

In a recent post, I shared a birthday sentiment sheet I created for use with a sentiment strip die by Alina Craft. The greeting on this card was from another sheet (mixed greetings) that I created.

(Click HERE for PDF; feel free to use if desired.)

The sentiment on the inside was made with stamps from the “Celebrate with Style” set by Gina K Designs (retired) and from the “Birthday” set from Photoplay.

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Sketched Flowers Slim Line Card

Sketched Flowers Slim Line Card

This card features a stamp from the “Sketched Flowers” stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. This stamp is huge and is perfect (I thought) for a slim line card design.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic Markers (YR4, YR7, YR9, 0; YG6, YG63, YG67; R83, R85, R89; BV02, BV04, BV08; V12, V15, V17; Y17, YR15, YR04).

The white focal panel and black mat were both cut with dies from the “Slim Diagonal Stitched Rectangles” set from Pinkfresh Studio.

The greeting strip is from a digital file called “Birthday Strips MODERN FONT” from The Ton. (Thank you, Bonnie!)

The finished card is 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and fits in a regular business size envelope. If you wish to create an envelope with a We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board, start with a 9 3/4″ square piece of paper and begin punching/scoring at 6 5/8″.

The current Modsquad Challenge is “Simple Focus” where we are encourged to use only one image on our card front as our only focal; no other embellishments except a greeting if we wish.

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Stitched Tulips with Printable Sentiment Strips

Stitched Tulips with Printable Sentiment Strips

This card features the “Stiched Tulip” die (#938) from Impression Obsession.

Patterned paper from Love Nicole and from the DCWV Essentials Stack was used along with white card stock that was embossed with the “Subtle” embossing folder (retired) from Stampin’ Up.

The greeting was computer generated and cut with a sentiment strip die by Alina Craft. This die came with a stamp sheet of sentiments, but I created my own sentement sheet (below) that I could print and cut with the die.

(Click HERE for PDF; feel free to use if desired.)

This die cuts 22 strips (all about 5/16″ high and of varying lengths) with one pass through the die cut machine. You can either cut a bunch of blanks or a bunch of pre-printed ones to have ready for future projects.

You can also use this die to cut a single sentiment by stamping or typing a greeting on a scrap and then finding the one opening/portion of the die that fits.


Of course, you could also stamp the greetings that came with the die and cut/use those!

Because the strips have rounded corners, I was not able to cut a coordinating mat with my trimmer so I used the die to cut another strip (same size) from colored card stock and offset it for a shadow effect instead of a full mat.

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