Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #64: Graduation Theme

Hello and Happy Tuesday to you! 
It's time for another fun, weekly challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments
This week we are focusing on a GRADUATION theme. 
I found a retired set in my "stamp stash" called Sketch an Event for the graduation cap image. I used a black marker to color-in the image outline, omitting the tassel, because I wanted to make my own out of embroidery floss.

CLICK HERE for a great video tutorial on how to make your own tassels. (Thanks Gen, for sharing this one!) I just scaled down the size of the tassel featured, to fit my project. My card stock was a square, measuring 1 3/4" x 1 3/4", then folded in half. I wrapped the embroidery floss around 7 times. These numbers make more sense if you watch the video. Then, I poked a hole in the center of the cap, pulled the floss through and added a brad to secure the tassel. I also added a Mini Glue Dot to secure the tassel to the front of the square.
The decorated box was created with the Box #2 Sizzix Die. I just cut about an inch off the top flap to fit the wrapped gift box, placed inside. The box can hold a special gift for the grad. It could be a beautiful piece of jewelry...or, maybe a key to a brand-new ride. (hee hee, lucky, grad!) You could even use it to present a gift card or some good ol' $$$, in a small envelope. I wrapped the gift box in First Edition DSP (Occasions Mini Catalog) because it resembled the look of a text book. 
You can easily switch up the color combo of this project to the school colors of the graduate. That's what I did for this one. 

Finally, here is the inside of the card. I used a lot of the same elements from the front, along with a sentiment from the Something to Celebrate stamp set (level 2, hostess, Occasions Mini). I also used the Star punch (ret.) to add a little, something special for the *super-star* graduate. :)  
I hope you will join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments with YOUR graduation project. You have until Monday, April 25th to link up your creation. Thanks so much for popping by today. Please leave me a comment to say hello before you head out today. I'd love to hear from you. Have a very HAPPY day! :)

Stampin' Up Supply List: 
Stamps: Sketch an Event (ret.), Teeny Tiny Wishes (front sentiment) and Something to Celebrate (hostess, level 2, Occasions Mini, for the inside)
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Garden Green and Daffodil Delight card stock
ink: Basic Black Classic ink
Accessories: Sizzix Box #2 DiePerfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Star punch (ret.), Scallop Edge Border punch, 1 3/8" Square XL punch, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large punch, Scallop Oval XL punch, First Edition Specialty Series DSP ( Occasions Mini Catalog), Basic Black 5/8" Satin ribbon, Neutral Brads in Basic Black, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Piercer, Mini Glue Dots and Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler
Non SU! Accessories: Gray alcohol-based marker, yellow bling, chipboard numbers and yellow embroidery floss


  1. Super great box. I like the idea to use the school colors. (Here in Germany there are no school colors)
    Great project !!

  2. Ann Marie, LOVE your graduation set. I really love the layout of the card, and might have to use that for a scrapbook page I'm doing for a friend. I think it would look super in larger scale too. The colors will be gold and burgandy so it will look great! I love the old graduation sets and wish SU had some new sentiments. Hard to make a card with no greeting.
    You little box is perfect to add a sweet gift, however, I was not fortunate enought to get any "keys". Howver the memories are wonderful! Love the newsprint wrapping too.
    thanks again for all you nice comments on my blog too. It's like a full time job trying to keep up. I don't know how you gals do it, but I'm glad you do.

  3. Oh my goodness, this is cute. Sketch an Event was one of my go-to favorite sets, too! Great ideas....love the tassels! I do need a grad card this year, maybe I should do this challenge!

  4. Anne Marie, these are my high school colors. Great idea how you used the grad cap image. The tassles are the perfect size. Love how you wrapped the gift and tucked into the box.

  5. Cute card and box! I like the idea of a key to a new ride in the box...that'd be one lucky graduate! :) The colors are a good combo....were you inspired by your alma mater? Just curious...

  6. Oh wow! Beautiful card and great project. Thanks for the tutorial and sharing your talent. :)

  7. Your projects are SO cute! I love your card, and I miss that set- I dont have a single graduation set anymore. I LOVE your colors and all your textures- SO PRETTY. :)

  8. I see a CASE coming on!!! These are wonderful. And I WILL go check out that site on how to do the little tassles.

  9. This is a classic, AM ... perfect colour choices for the occasion. And LOVE the tiny tassels.

  10. Another awesome card and love the box with the little present inside. Great idea and love the colors. Always the creative one you are. Thanks for the link for the tassel. Give the fur babies a treat for me :)

  11. Love it! That box is so cute!


  12. These are fantastic!! I love the little box. I also am excited to find a new challenge blog!! TFS

  13. YOU MADE THOSE TASSELS!!!! WOW! That is awesome AM! Love the set, such a fabulous gift to receive when graduating, especially with a key to a sporty ride tucked inside!

  14. Great Grad card!! I started working on some yesterday too! Not nearly close to this beautiful creation but you have given me some ideas!!

    Not sure I'll get mine posted to link up, but that's OK!

    Great job! Love the gift box too :)

  15. Oh my! This is just the inspiration I needed to get my mojo working for a gradulation card I need to make. Love this. Thanks so much for sharing, Anne Marie!

  16. Fabulous, Anne Marie! Love the texture and the tassels!

  17. Love these ideas! I need to make a few Graduation cards myself!

    Please send that Texas warm weather up north to Michigan, Pleaseeeeeee!! :) Have a GREAT day!

  18. Loving this card and its wonderful details... oh, how brilliant of you to use floss for the tassels... *squealing* I need to get some graduation cards done as well and yours is inspiring. And that box is fabulous!!!

  19. This is so cute! Thanks for becoming my latest follower at thepaperfarm.blogspot.com. I love your blog and will follow yours as well.

  20. Love it. I have several to make this year and thanks for the inspiration and also sharing the video link. You Rock!

  21. What a great graduation card! Thanks for sharing the tassel making video.

  22. Oooh I love those tassels! Great idea!

  23. Anne Marie, This is an awesome project. I love the gift box idea.


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Anne Marie