Autumn Wishes

Autumn Wishes

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I can’t believe it’s almost November!  I figured I had better make a few fall cards before I miss the season altogether!

In addition to going with a fall theme, I was determined to use some items I had purchased a while ago and had not gotten around to using yet.  The patterned paper for the quilt sections is from the “Give Thanks” paper pack from Gina K Designs.  (Not sure what I was saving it for!)  The “Autumn Leaves Wood Embellishments” (retired?) and the greeting stamp from the “Autumn Wishes” set are also from Gina K Designs.  I’m glad they finally got used, too!

The quilt was made with the “Quilt Die #1” from Gina Marie Designs.

The card base (5 x 7) is Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream.  I also used this for the greeting panel, but I colored over the whole piece with Copic Marker E31.  Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink was then used to ink the edges and to stamp the greeting.

The solid brown card stock is the back of paper called “Joyeux Noex Santa” (JN3788) by Glitz.  The lighter cardstock with all the fibers and texture was a scrap in my stash, and this piece did not have a label on it.  I purchased it as open stock at one of the big box stores (Michaels, AC Moore, Joann’s, or Hobby Lobby – I can’t remember which).

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Surprise! Graduation Thank You Card

Surprise! Graduation Thank You Card


Here is the third of the three designs I came up with for graduation thank you notes for my kids.  For this one, the front is deceivingly simple, but when the card is opened, a decorated cube jumps right out of the card!

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How fun is that?!

There is a panel inside for a handwritten message that is seen after the cube pops out.


The greeting was downloaded and printed from a file called “Free Wedding Text Digital Stamps” I found online at Digital Doodling.  This same “thank you” was on the front and on two of the sides of the cube.  The “class of 2017” on the other two sides of the cube was a digital image I found at (although I am no longer seeing it there).  I found the same image on etsy (for 2018) HERE by createsvg4you.

Black and white card stock was used, along with a rubberband inside the cube that allows it to fold flat and pop open.

The cube is from a Silhouette cut file called “Insta-Cube Card Graduation” (design id #198862) which was designed by Lori Whitlock.  In addition to the cube base (and a box that holds the cube which I did not use here), the file contains graduation elements with which to decorate the cube, but I did not use them for this project.  I think the cube is meant to be the card, but I needed mine to have more space for writing, so I just put the cube inside another card.  Here is a video showing how to assemble the cube along with other themed sets that are available.


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Pop-Up Graduation Thank You Card

Pop-Up Graduation Thank You Card



Here is the second of the three designs I came up with for graduation thank you notes for my kids.  For this one, I used the Sizzix “Platform, Spinning 3-D” Bigz Die (#656029) designed by Karen Burniston which caused the hand-written message to pop out at the recipient when the card was opened.

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Because my pop-up element was kind of big, my overall card needed to be big to accommodate it.  My card, when closed, is 5 1/2 x 5 inches.  (When the card is closed, the edges of the pop-up note line up pretty closely with the decorative panels on each side.)  If the pop-up element were smaller, the card could probably fit into an A2 sized envelope.  Instead of creating a custom envelope, I ended up using envelopes meant for cards measuring 5 x 7 which allowed room to the left to carefully position the tassel so it didn’t get all wonky when mailed.

Kraft card stock was used for the card base and tag.  This tag with the greeting was downloaded and printed from a file called “Printable Thank You Gift Tags” that I purchased from Concertina Press.

I purchased the tassels (ready-made) on amazon.  The black panel across the middle was debossed with a Darice Circle Background embossing folder.

The foiled background panel was from a file from the “Graduation Digital Paper Pack” by DeerCustomDesigns that I purchased on Etsy.  It was printed on laser printer paper with a laser printer  and foiled using  Gina K Red Velvet Fancy Foils and my mini Heidi Swapp MINC foiling machine.  (A laminator can also be used.)


The inside panels were matted on Gina K Red Velvet card stock.  The side panels are from a digital paper pack called “Thank You Papers” by AMB Illustrations that I also purchased on Etsy.

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Graduation Cap Thank You Card

Graduation Cap Thank You Card


(I’m sorry I keep sharing “out of season” projects, but I’m still trying to catch up…)

In addition to all the graduation cards my kids needed to give, they also needed a few thank you notes as well.  I decided to make 3 different designs so if they all received a gift from the same person, the gift-giver wouldn’t receive 3 of the same thank you card design.

This first one was popping up all over Pinterest so I thought I’d give it a try.  The cap opens to reveal the handwritten note.  (It’s kind of a small area, so Kelly needed to write small.  She was actually able to fit more on there than I did on my sample!)

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Gina K Red Velvet, black and white card stock was used.  The stamps are from the Fiskars “Monumental Moments” set and the Hampton Art set #SC0752.  Glittery Recollections brads were used as the tassel buttons on the tops of the caps.

I made the tassels from red embroidery thread and brush fringe.  (This fringe was very difficult to work with because there is one thread holding it all together, and I kept losing pieces as I tried to separate it to tie the embroidery thread around the tops.  I had pieces of red fringe everywhere!!  I felt like I was all thumbs!  Maybe if my fingers were daintier…)

HERE is the tutorial video I used to create this card.


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Class of 2017 CAS Graduation Card

Class of 2017 CAS Graduation Card


(Inside: May you celebrate your graduation remembering special memories from your past and exciting dreams for your future.  Happy Graduation.)

This clean and simple graduation card features a greeting from the “Curly Cute” set (retired?) by Stampin’ Up that was stamped with versafine onyx black ink.  The “Class of 2017” was a digital image I found online (although I am no longer seeing it there).  I found the same image on etsy (for 2018) HERE by createsvg4you.  The sentiment inside was by Northwoods Rubber Stamps.

The white panel on the front was embossed with a Sizzix/Stampin’ Up “Stripes” embossing folder.

You may recognize the elements on this card from one I recently posted:


My kids had gone through a whole bunch of cards for their friends, and we still needed more!  (I guess with three of them, there is a larger need than usual!!)  I still had the supplies out for this photo card, so I whipped up a few of these CAS cards for them to give.


This next card is similar to the cards above, so I decided to add it to this post instead of a new one:

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This is the last 2017 graduation-related card I have to share.  It features the same robot that I’ve used on a few other cards that I made for my sons’ robotics club advisor who did an amazing job running the club at their school.  It just so happens that he was also a parent of one of the kids on their team, and he and his wife drove my guys (and their team) to most of the competitions for the 4 years they competed in the club.  Now that they graduated, I made the robot graduating too!

The robot was a Silhouette file that I adapted for each of the cards on which he appeared.  The cap and gown were from an svg kit called “Graduation Elements” from svgcuts.  The thank you stamp is another stamp from the “Curly Cute” set from Stampin’ Up.

Gina K Red Velvet, white and black card stock were used along with Recollections silver.

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