This One’s For the Grads

June is a big month for Grads.  We want to be part of the fun so, in honor of graduates everywhere, I made two cards this year.

I looked high and low for a cut file I could buy to create the cap and gown featured in this first card, a center-step, but I couldn’t find anything I liked.  They were all straight up and down, blocky looking.  I wanted something more realistic with folds on the front and actual sleeves so I found an image of a cap and gown on-line and made my own.  I’m happy with the results.  The images used for the background, greeting and sentiment are all Stampin’ Up digital stamps…love working with digital stamps because I can manipulate and resize them easily.  Stampin’ Up is doing away with their My Digital Studio software, but the images will still work….honestly, I never used the MDS software anyway; my go to software is Photoshop Elements.

ConGRADulations 1

Now that I’ve got Card-in-a-Box cards down to a science, this next card came together very quickly for me.  I like that it looks far more involved than it actually is.  I used a Lori Whitlock’s Silhouette cut file but changed it up a bit to include a space to hold a gift card.  For the background and top flaps, I used every digital graduation/congratulations/success I had to create a “subway art” look.

Grad w/ Gift Card 1

While on the subject of graduation, I thought I would share the digital layout showing all the pomp and circumstance of Katy’s Puppy Obedience Class Graduation.  Can’t believe Katy was ever that tiny!  I also can’t believe she graduated as she still doesn’t come when she’s called or stay when she’s told to…perhaps we should simply reverse the commands.


Well, that does it for this time except to send our regards to all the grads out there!



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  1. Linda says:

    You always do such beautiful work.

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