Friday, August 14, 2015

Graduation Card

This card uses an image and 2 sentiments from the From The Heart Stamps "Birdbrain Graduate" digital stamp set. When I was checking their store to verify the name of the stamp set, I found a new freebie under their "New" category. It's an adorable Birdbrain with a Jack-o-lantern over his head and a couple Halloween sentiments. I don't know how long it will be free, but grab it while you can! There is also a darling Back to School Snowman set on sale for only $1.00!
I wanted to make a card for the weekly I {heart} sketches challenge on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so I used this week's sketch to choose the design of the card. I had just bought some PaperStudio graduation gemstones at Hobby Lobby for half price yesterday and was eager to put them to use on this card. I imported my digital stamp set into my Silhouette Design Studio software program and sized it for my card. I also added the sentiment to the image and combined them into one unit using the software. Then I printed it out along with the sentiment for the inside of the card.
I decided to use some fun washi tape for the stripes on this card, and I played around with different circle dies to cut out the image. I finally opted for Spellbinders Gold Majesty Circles set because I like the debossing effects it makes. Then I colored the image and popped it up on foam squares before trimming it to match the sketch. I added a little bling from the PaperStudio graduation gemstone pack to the top left of the card to finish off the card front.
For the inside of the card, I used some red patterned paper with stars on it for the mat behind the sentiment. I die cut both the mat and the sentiment with Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles set. Then I added the cute little graduation cap from the PaperStudio graduation gemstones set to the top right corner of the mat.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

I {heart} sketches challenge

Crafts Galore Encore

Digistamps 4 Joy: ATG

Words 2 Scrap By: Inspired by a book (mine is Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Suess)

Your Scrapbook Challenge: ATG

Cut it Up: Animals

Quick Quotes: 3 repeating shapes (I used lines of washi tape)

Clear it Out: brown/Kraft things

Papertake Weekly: Spots and Stripes (I'm considering some of the designs on the washi tape for this)

Through the Craft Room Door: ATG

Brown Sugar: School

Simply Papercrafts: ATG

Simply Create Too: ATG

Sister Act: ATG

Word Art Wednesday: ATG

Art Impressions: ATG

As You Like It: Favorite 2 embellishments and why (I love using washi tape because it can be so decorative! There are so many different patterns and colors to choose from, and they can really pull together the theme of a card or add some visual interest. I also enjoy using gemstones on my cards to match the theme of the card or to add a little sparkle. I think they "dress up" a card.)

Cute Card Thursday: ATG

Little Miss Muffet: ATG

Crafting for all Seasons: Bright and Beautiful

Fab and Funky: wings

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: ATG

Crop Stop blog: ATG with a product they sell (I used Spellbinders dies)

Crafty Times Challenges: Movie, Book, Song: I chose the Dr. Seuss book "Oh, The Places You'll Go"

Cute as a Button: ATG

Silhouette Challenge: ATG

Colouring in Scrapland: Things with Wings

Verve Stamps Blog


  1. This is really a fine grad card. Love the colors and layout. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, in our 196th challenge.
    Blessings and Hugs, Carole

  2. I love the Washi tape stripes. Always looking for ways to use mine.

    Love your card! Thanks for joining us for our Animals challenge at Cut it Up!


  3. Carrie, Not sure if my first comment was received. So, I'll try again just in case. This card is just so darn cute. Love that fun image, smarty-pant sentiment, and creative use of washi tape. Thanks so much for playing along with our book-inspired Words 2 Scrap By challenge. :)

  4. Your card is gorgeous. Love all that washi tape!

  5. I love that washi tape background! Thanks for joining us at Words 2 Scrap By!

  6. WOW, Carrie. What an awesome card. I love the washi tape strips, and the inside sentiment. How creative. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and share your talents with us. God has blessed you with wonderful talent, and I am SO blessed that you are sharing your gifts with us. What a treat. I hope that you will join us again real soon. Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings to you,
    Word Art Wednesday

    P.S. Here is another fun challenge where you are most welcome to share your sweet cards:

  7. such a fun card; love the way you have used the washi tape for making the background!
    Thank you for sharing your creation with us over at Crafting for all Seasons.

    Milnie DT

  8. Fun graduation card, Carrie. The Washi Tape background looks great and also the frame.

    Thanks for joining our Sketch Challenge with a twist # 115 @ From the Heart Stamps !!

  9. Beautiful card!
    Thank you for joining us at Brown Sugar, good luck!!!
    Anna Dt

  10. Fab card! Thanks for joining Brown Sugar Challenge!

  11. Great card, love the frame and the off the edge effect. Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes August Challenge and Good Luck! xx

  12. What a fun graduation stamp and cool card design with those washi strips. Thanks so much for joining in the fun with the Fab 'n' Funky girls this challenge. I LOVE what you did for the challenge. Look forward to having you join us again soon. Hugs, Wends x Fab 'n' Funky DT

  13. Fun card! Thanks for joining in my Animals challenge at! ~ Karen

  14. Great use of washi tape. I like the scale of the image on that awesome die! Love the result :) Thanks for joining us at Aloha Fridays!

    Kathi, DT

  15. What a gorgeous card!! Love the washi tape and the adorable little image you used!! Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up challenge!

  16. Great card, the washi tape looks great. Thanks for joining us at Brown Sugar this week for our "School Challenge" challenge.

  17. OMG i love this. The image is so cute. Thanks for joining us at CFAS. Hugs Tina (DT) x

  18. Super cute image, love it and love your choice for our challenge. Thanks for sharing on AYLI. Carol xx

  19. Adorable!! Love the washi tape variety and the cut out is great!! Thanks for joining the challenge at From the Heart Stamps!

  20. so cute! Thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes!

  21. Very unique and cool card! Great use of the washi tape! Thank you for playing along in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge! Have a blessed day!

    Charity - DT Member - Word Art Wednesday (my personal blog)

  22. sweet card and love inside too. sorry i'm late on parade but my internet is not good while on hols. thank you for sharing it with us at TTCRD, Theresa DT xx

  23. Great card. I just love the birdbrains. Thanks for joining us at Cut It Up.

  24. Fun and colourful card, Carrie. That image is very cute. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

  25. Wonderful creation! I love how you used washi tape and combination with kraft!

    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore August Challenge "ATG".

  26. Love all the colors on the kraft background - very cute graduate too! Thanks for playing along with us at Kitty Bee Designs!

  27. Awesome grad card! The washi tape stripes are a very cool touch. Heehee that grad he's cool too. Great job!
    Mahalo for joining our School themed Aloha Friday Challenge at KBD

  28. great card! good job coloring! love the papers and that die cut! thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes this month!!


  29. Cute card! Thanks for sharing at Cute as a Button!

  30. I love this cute image, your card and the book selection you picked! Thanks for playing with us at Crafty Time Challenges!

  31. Such a cool card. Love the strips of washi.

  32. Such a fun card, love the washi detail, it adds a great touch of color.
    Thanks for joining us at Colouring in Scrapland "Thing with wings" challenge.