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

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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A Few Simple Birthday Cards

A Few Simple Birthday Cards


I enjoy making cards with fancy folds, interactive elements or some other creative technique.  Sometimes, however, it’s fun to get back to basics and focus on the stamps and ink.  Here are a few simple cards I made with some stamp sets that I had purchased a few months ago but hadn’t used yet.


Gorgeous Grunge Birthday Card


(Inside: Wishing you all the best today and throughout the coming year)

This card was made with various stamps from the “Gorgeous Grunge” set from Stampin’ Up and the “Celebrate” stamp from Hampton Art.  Stampin’ Up Soft Suede and Mint Macaron ink was used.  Card stock was SU Mint Macaron, Gina K Dark Chocolate, and white.  The inside sentiment was from the “Happy Birthday to You” set by Gina K Designs.

I don’t think I’ve ever created such a “grungy” card before. It was fun, and really liked the way it came out.  I got mixed reviews from my family though.  Oh well….


Happy Birthday with Swishes of Color


(Inside: Sending you Warmest Wishes on your special day.)

This next card features an embossing folder from the Sizzix/Stampin’ Up “Celebrations Duo” set.  The “Happy” is debossed so when the swishes of color are stamped over it, the ink stays on the flat portion of the card but does not get into the indented portion.  I used a stamp from the “Tiny Textures” set from Gina K Designs to create the swishes of color.  The “Birthday” stamp is from the Gina K “Winter Block” set.  The stamp on the inside is called “Sending Wishes” by Stampendous.  Papertrey Ink Soft Stone and Gina K Blue Denim ink was used with white and Blue Denim card stock.  (For some reason, my camera can’t see that the blue ink and paper are the same color.  Hmmm….)


Cake Crazy Birthday Card


(Inside:  May your birthday be filled with love, laughter and everything that makes you happy)

This final card was made with stamps from the “Cake Crazy” set from Stampin’ Up.  The set contains a number of angled stamps in a variety of shapes and words (along with multi-step layers) so lots of different crazy cakes can be created in all kinds of color combinations.  Gina K Blue Denim and white card stock was used as well as a few sheets from “The Birthday Wishes Stack” paper pad by DCWV.  For ink, I used Gina K Wild Dandelion, Blue Denim, and Blue Raspberry.

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Once Upon A Time Anniversary Card

Once Upon A Time Anniversary Card


I recently posted Peek-A-Boo graduation cards for my kids, and here is another one I made for my parents’ 55th wedding anniversary.  When you open the card, the wedding day image from the front “transforms” into a photo of my mom and dad now.

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I used Gina K Lovely Lavender and white card stock along with “Fancy Swirl Foiled – Silver” card stock from The Paper Studio.  The sentiment (inside and front) was computer generated.  To create the frames and openings, I used a die from the Spellbinders “Artist Trading Cards” set (S3-208) and a We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board.

There is lots of shine on this card!


HERE is a video tutorial from You Tube that shows how to create this type of card.

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