Hats Off Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Hats Off Blog Hop


Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate Graduates everywhere!

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What do you need to do to win? Easy… become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.  You will have until 10 pm this coming Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday 5/18/16 at Connie Can Crop.

You should have arrived here from my blogging buddy Alicia’s Golden Goddess Designs.  If you’re visiting here first, you might want to start the hop at the beginning at Connie Can Crop so you don’t miss a thing.  However you arrived, I’m just so happy you’re here visiting me.

Now let’s look at what I’ve got for you today.

First up, a center-step card which goes on the list as one of my favorites.  I do love that red, black and white combination; although the colors could easily be changed to match your graduate’s school colors.

Tassel is Worth the Hassel wm 1

I looked for a cap and gown cut file, but didn’t find anything I liked; so I made my own.  As with any file I make myself, you’re welcome to it.  I have the template on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page and, if you have a Silhouette, I’m happy to send you the cut file (sorry, I don’t know how to convert them to .svg format).  The background was created by mixing several Stampin’ Up digital images.  The greeting is also a digital image from Stampin’ Up.  The side panels were created using the Bernard MT Condensed.  The on the inside, which you can see if you click on the card, more Stampin’ Up images were used.

For something a little different, I made a card-in-a-box using a cut file purchased in the Silhouette Store.  I made a few changes to us, but the basic design is the same.

Gread Grad wm 2

For the subway art type panels, I again went to Stampin’ Up and pulled all the graduation themed digital images and used bits and pieces and, fortunately, things when together very easily.  I like the Smokey Slate, So Saffron and Basic Black color combination but, again, the colors could be coordinated to school colors for a very personalized look.   I altered the back insert to include a pocket for a gift card or money…perfect for that grad with his entire future in front of him.

My next card was made following a video tutorial by Dawn Olchefske.  I thought it was just so clever, I had to try it myself.  This tutorial also shows you how to make a tassel from grosgrain ribbon, which I also tried on this card.  I’ve seen other similar tutorials where the inside panel is attached only along the sides and bottom to allow for a gift card or money to be tucked in.

Congratulations Graduate 1 copy

I opted to color in only one pair of shoes which related best to the graduate in my life…you have several from which you can choose with this image.

Of course I’ve got to get a dog in here somewhere, so here’s a cute shaped graduation card made with a cut file from The Cutting Cafe featuring an equally cute pup, the retired Dog Mouthfuls stamp from Art Impressions.  Dogs go to school, too!  But even if you wouldn’t send a dog a card, wouldn’t a dog lover get a kick out of this graduation card?

G is for Graduate wm 1

Hat’s off to the Grad in your life!  Next you’re off to visit the talented Cindy.

Remember to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way to be entered to win the prize from Polkadoodles! Oh and don’t forget to enter this month’s Connie Can Crop challenge:


You have until Tuesday, May 31st, 11:59 PM PST to link up your project with Dads or Grads as the theme for another chance to win a prize from our sponsor.  Good luck!






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23 Responses to “Hats Off Blog Hop”

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  1. you always make the most wonderful cards! the first one with the cap and gown just awesome! the card in the box! and the one with all the legs, too cute!

  2. Christi says:

    These are all super duper! Great cards!

  3. Jeanette says:

    Nice graduation cards!

  4. Great cards, Kim! I can’t pick a favorite they were all beautiful! 🙂

  5. Kim, Your graduation cards are amazing! I love them all. Your doggy card is so adorable. You always make wonderful cards. I really enjoy seeing your cards. You are super talented.

  6. Pam Lash says:

    I am spoiled for choice – love them all – TFS!

  7. Mary Samuelson says:

    WOW so much inspiration all in one place, thank you for including the tips and tricks link, I found it very helpful

    • Kim&Katy says:

      I’m happy to hear that, Mary! Thanks for letting me know. I’m always adding to it, so check back now and then.

  8. Mamaw Cindy says:

    My, you have been busy. Loving your wonderful Graduation Cards. Great Job! Glad to be doing this hop with you.

  9. Lynn McAuley says:

    Such awesome graduation designs, Kim!! That center step masterpiece is my favorite!! WOW!!

  10. Alison C says:

    Great graduation cards!
    can you please share the cut file with me?
    fourkidstwocats at msn dot com

  11. Michelle kinder says:

    Wow! Love your cards!

  12. Tovar, Vicky says:

    Wow, amazing cards Kim. As always superb creations. I can’t choose which one is my fave. TFS and for hoping along. Good luck.

  13. Shawnee says:

    I love all your graduation cards!! You did a great job on all of them. Thank you for your inspiration!! I need to make a graduation card for my son, you’ve given me some great ideas. Have a great weekend!!

  14. charligirl88 says:

    Girl! Where do you find the time to do it all?!?! Wonderful cards!!!! Gee… now I wish I were graduating, so maybe you’d send one to me! lol! Great hop!

  15. Connie says:

    Wow kim!! All gorgeous cards indeed! Love your versatility! Thanks for being in the hop!

  16. I love your projects they are so cool.

  17. Kelly S says:

    Kim, here you go again, dropping my jaw! I’m in awe of how creative and amazing your cards are! Have you ever thought about selling them? Maybe an etsy shop (if you don’t already have one!) Just a thought, as they are jaw dropping fabulous!! I think they’d be very popular! ♥

  18. Your cards are amazing as usual Kim!!! Just love them all!!!

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