Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fun anniversary card

Yes....I am catching-up today.  I had tried to blog a few days ago and I kept having trouble with my computer.  Today, the "force" is with me and everything is working well.  I feel as if I better hurry and blog while everything is functioning well.  As I indicated in my last blog, I really love the retired SU Ampersand.  I used it for this fun anniversary card.  The SU "Something to Say" from the current book really makes this card special.  The sayings fit perfectly in the SU Word Bubbles. I am very sad that these were retired.  I guess the Project Life Paper Clips thinlits replaced them.  While they are also very cute, they would not work for this look.  Thanks to my dear friend, Marlene for the use of her stamp set.  The cute little heart stamp is from "Something to Say" set too.  The large heart was punched out using the SU Sweetheart punch.  The paper is from the DSP Stacked with Love that was in the 2015 Occasions Catalog.   Note, the envelope.  I lined with with a contrasting paper from the DSP Stacked with Love paper stack.  Love, love this card.

Special Grad Card for Matt

I wanted to make a special card for Matthew and I have fallen in love with the SU Ampersand textured impressions folder that was retired from the catalog this last cycle.  I used it for this graduation card and then an anniversary card you will see on my next blog.  I did have to use the retired bravo burgundy ink again as it matched his school colors.  Sadly, I wish I had the ink refill as the ink pad is getting quite dry used to be one of my go-to colors.  This card incorporated stamps from a variety of SU stamp sets.  The "congratulations" stamp is from the SU "Something to Say" stamp set.   The outline for the SU Word Bubble at the bottom is from the SU "Just Sayin" stamp set.  The saying in the bubble is from the 2012-2013 SU catalog, "Pure Gumption."  The fun of stampin with friends...collectively, we can certainly maximize our stamp sets.  That makes it really fun.

As Much as we wanted a nice picture with Matthew, he hates to have his picture taken so we had to grab one just before he turned his gown in.  Oh well....the diploma is in hand.  I guess that is what really matters.  His graduation night was memorable in that we had one of the worst storms in history.  We must thank all our wonderful family and friends that "weathered" the storm to come out and party with us.  It was a great evening.

Belated Graduation card ideas

I had meant to post this blog prior to the end of the graduation season and before the SU Ocassions Catalog retired.  My son graduated from High School so I purchased the Class of 2015 stamp to use for thank you's, scrapbooking etc.  I started out making cards that fully utilized the stamp set.  Then a Demonstrator friend purchased the Cheerful Critters stamp set and I developed a card that would be the primary thank you card.  I love how it turned out.  His school colors are burgundy and gray so I had to resort to a retired SU color....Bravo Burgundy.  Luckily, I had some reserved paper.   Also note, the "celebrate" statement on the card is from an old SU set "Along the Same Lines."  At the bottom of the stamp with the christmas trees there is a small celebrate.  Through the whole process of graduation....etc. the glass of wine was a nice addition

I used the same design for a son of a friend's card.  The colors were changed to reflect his school colors.   I had to go to my retired pile of paper and colors again though as I needed the Brilliant Blue and the Bravo Burgundy again.  I sure wish those colors still existed.  I forgot to mention that I used the SU large clear buttons (retired) on the card above and then on the card below I added stars from the In Color sequins...they work with any color as they seem to pick up the color of whatever paper you put them on.  The button is also from a retired button set during Bravo Burgundy days.