Monday, May 30, 2011

Graduation Cards and my messy scrappy space

What have you been doing with your 3 day weekend? This picture pretty much sums mine up.

What a mess! We live in a 2 bedroom house so my craft space is in our formal dining room. Apparently, there will be no formal dining going on today, right? I've probably made over 30 cards this weekend! That is a record for me. I haven't worried too much about leaving my stuff out, although it totally sresses me out having a mess like that in open view of the front door! Some day, I will have a craft room...preferably with a door! =)

My son has been going to so many graudation open houses. There are about 56 kids in his graduating class and they all know each other. He doesn't want to miss anybody! I decided he shouldn't show up empty handed. These first cards were inspired by one I found in Splitcoast Stampers gallery. I made it my own with the sentiment and star stamps used. These go together really quickly. Yes, I realize many kids will just toss their cards, especially if there is no money in them, but that's okay. These kids have really reached out to my son during his first year at the school. It's tough to change schools as a senior, but for the most part, these kids have been so welcoming. Jacob has had a great year, and I'm happy to make these cards as a gesture of gratitude. 

I bought a package of glitter stars and had no idea that some of the stars on the bottom were humongous. I was able to use them, though, by cutting them in half and finding different placements for them.

I had a bunch of little gold gemstones in my stash which worked well with the star theme. 

My son loved the idea of being able to take a card with him to the open houses, but he said I would need to make a LOT more! So, I did. I changed the dimension on these so that they would fit into some extra envelopes that I already had on hand. I also got smart and cut my own stars with my Cricut using glitter paper. Smart! But, why didn't I think of that earlier before I bought the package of glitter stars? The star is Accent Essentials using the "roly poly" function key. The other change I made was the background distress stamp. It shows up dark in the picture here, but it looks better in person. The other change I made to get them done more quickly is I dotted stickles on some of the stars rather than gemstones. That was much faster and cheaper. Again, hard to see in the photo. I made 10 of these!

This little number was a lot of fun, but quite time consuming. I thought he could give these to some of his closer friends at school. I used my brand new StampinUp! owl punch. I had seen several with the adorable little wings and finally figured out I could use my scallop circle punch by cutting it ino pieces (like a pie). I think it made a great little owl wing!  Then, for the grad hat... I tried cutting a square, but I thought it looked strange, so I cut my squares into diamond shapes, and used a circle punch cut in half for the part that goes on the owls head. Then I used a tiny matching brad, and some floss for the tassle. Cute! It is a little time consuming to glue it all together, but I love the way it turned out, so I made 4 more!

I will have more card posts in a day or two. Have a great Memorial Day. Enjoy your family and take time to think about the freedom that we enjoy thanks to our military and their huge sacrifice. We are so blessed here in the USA!

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