Graduation Cards

Hello Friends.  It's graduation time again so here's some inspiration for you!

I love the Block Party word dies from Taylored Expressions.  Here the word is "Grad" and I cut it from white cardstock embossed with the Brushed Stars background stamp then backed it with orange polka dot paper.  I added a graduation cap complete with tassel.Grad-with-StarsGrad with Stars – Taylored Expressions die Block Party Grad and Little Bit die Hats Off; TE stamp Brushed Star Background; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

I used the Grad die again on this card, cutting it from black cardstock and mounting it over some cloud paper.  The card is embellished with the darling Little Bit die Owl, the graduation cap and some graduation confetti.

Hats-Off Hats Off – Taylored Expressions die Block Party Grad and Little Bit dies Owl, Grad Confetti and Hats Off; TE stamp set Simply Said - Grad; design inspired by Michele Boyer

This graduate is jumping for joy!  The girl grad comes in a set with a boy grad jumping too!  I simply sponged a little ink in the center of the card then mounted the grad with foam tape over the ink.  I die cut some stars and the "Congrats" sentiment from gold mirror cardstock  It's very, very shiny!

Jumping-GradJumping Grad – Impression Obsession dies Jumping Grads and Congrats

I used the Grad die again for this card, this time cut from blue cardstock.  I stamped the Brushed Star Background in Memento Toffee Crunch ink on kraft cardstock, cut it into 2 pieces and glued them and the Grad die cut together and mounted them on a white card.Super-StarSuper Star – Taylored Expressions die Block Party Grad and Little Bit die Hats Off; TE stamp Brushed Star Background; Memory Box die Stitched Squares; TE stamp set Shining Star Sentiments; design inspired by Melody Rupple

My last card stars the wise old owl on a starry background.  So cute.Way-to-Go-OwlWay to Go Owl – Taylored Expressions die Shining Star Background and Little Bit dies Owl and Hats Off; TE stamp set Simply Said – Grad; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Jean Manis

I just love this card!  And what graduate doesn't want "Moo-lah" for graduation?  I stamped, colored and cut out the cow and mounted it with foam tape on a white card with an embossed background.  Then I computer-generated the sentiment.  Finally I die cut the numbers (wow I can't believe it's been 6 years since I made this card)!  Graduation-Moo-lahGraduation Moo-lah – Penny Black stamp Con-Graduate; Cuttlebug embossing folder Divine Swirls; Spellbinders die numbers; c generated sentiment

This next card is a small 3" x 3" enclosure card.
Graduation-Moo-lah Class of '15 -- Taylored Expressions dies Bracket Notecard, Class of and numbers.

The next two cards use a Taylored Expressions set that is perfect for graduation.World-PlaygroundWorld Playground – Taylored Expressions cling mount stamp set The World is Waiting; design inspired by Courtney KelleyWorld-PlaygroundWorld Waiting For You – Taylored Expressions cling mount stamp set The World is Waiting; TE die Tag Stacklets 1; Poppy die Classic Ribbons; Paper from Simple Stories Urban Traveler; design inspired by Kim Singdashlsen

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Sweet Samples With Penny Black Stamps and Dies

Hello Friends.  I hope you had a good weekend and are looking forward to a great week.  It's spring which means lots of wind in El Paso, but since that and a little dust are about as bad as the weather gets here, I don't mind it.  It is annoying that the wind shakes a storm of little twigs out of my mature elm trees all over the back yard, but compared to the massive floods my brother has had in Houston and the upcoming tornado season in my sister's hometown of Dallas, I will take a few little twigs.  I hope the weather is pleasant where you are.

Today's blog is all about Penny Black stamps and dies.  Penny Black is known for her gorgeous floral images and her dies are just as artistic and unique.  For the cards I will share with you today I used new dies, but per usual there are even newer dies coming soon!  Be sure to check the What's New Page  to see all the dies and stamps in stock and on their way!



Sweetest Sound -- Two sweet little birds sitting on a branch take center stage on this card (Penny Black die Sweetest Sound II).  I die cut a circular frame from two Spellbinders Classic Circles dies and mounted it over a background stamped with the music score from Penny Black's clear stamp set Footnotes.  The large flowers were cut with Penny Black die Pinwheel and the smaller flower with PB Tweet Things. I also used two Memory Box dies: Create Art and Tender Leaves.  The card's design was inspired by Jill Foster. 


Playful Posies – Penny Black die Playful Posies is so sweet and it includes three more flowers that I did not use on this card.  I stamped the background with an old Notebook paper stamp from Hero Arts (it's so old they just reissued it in their latest stamp collection!)   The notepaper edge is punched with EK Success Binding Edge punch.  The cute little H.e.l.l.o. sentiment is from Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets -- if you don't have it get it -- it's been extremely popular and Penny Black just released a new set called Happy Snippets (see it here.)  Design inspired by Jill Foster.


Butterflies – This butterfly flew out of the store as soon as I made this card!  But good news:  he's already on his way back! The solid butterfly comes from a set (Penny Black Flights of Fancy) with several other smaller butterflies in different poses.  The overlay butterfly (appropriately called Swirling Wings!) is a perfect match.  I die cut the background greenery with Taylored Expressions die Bloomers Greenery and added the sentiment using Penny Black die Doodles.  Design inspired by Heather Telford.


Petal Power – Yes you've seen this flower before.  It's from Penny Black clear stamp set Petal Power, a classic set with lots of flowers, leaves and sentiments.  Speaking of sentiments, the happy sentiment on this card is from a new Penny Black clear stamp set called Sprinkles and Smiles.  Design inspired by Marion Vagg


Birdhouse – This birdhouse from the Penny Black clear stamp set Fly High makes a colorful house for all the birds of spring!  I stamped the birdhouse then colored and cut it out.  The background was stamped with Penny Black stamp Letter; to get the "splotchy" look, ink the stamp, dab off areas with a baby wipe then stamp on background.  I distressed the background with Distress Inks Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain and colored in a patch of green using Copic markers.  Next I made an oval frame using  Spellbinders die Classic Ovals and popped it up with foam tape.  To complete the card, I die cut the feathers (Taylored Expressions die Fine Feathers) and sponged them with two colors of yellow ink.  The birdhouse was popped up over the frame and the cute little sentiment was stamped on the wonky frame (both are in the Fly High stamp set), cut out and mounted over the feathers and a messy thread nest.  Design inspired by Jill Foster.

 Penny Black Medallion


Blue and White – The new Penny Black die Medallion is so stunning.  I die cut it from blue cardstock and cut the separate center medallion from yellow cardstock.  The Cricut Cuttlebug embossing folder Rebecca forms a perfect frame for this handsome die.


Love – Look how different the medallion looks as a background image.  I die cut the Impression Obsession die Boy with Flowers from dark grey cardstock and a rectangle to mount him on using Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangles die from lighter gray cardstock.  The sweet "love" die comes with the Medallion. The pretty papers are from Penny Black paper pad Beau Jardin.  Inside the card I die cut Happy Mother’s Day using an Impression Obsession die and mounted it on a background die cut with Paper Smooches die Notebook Basic.  You can see the inside of the card in out Gallery here.


Purple Medallion – For a quick and easy card for just about any occasion, die cut the Penny Black Medallion and mount it on a background embossed with Taylored Expressions embossing folder Dotted Lattice.  The sweet little bow was cut with Paper Smooches die Baby Bow.  Add a few gems and you're done!

 Penny Black Pillow Box


Pillow Box – The Penny Black die Pillow Box includes a die to make the pillow box and the little stitched label shown above.  In addition it includes dies to cut the Happy Birthday Ice Cream Cone shown below, plus decorative little stars, hearts, button and another smaller stitched label.  The pillow box is just large enough to hold a gift card.  To complete the pillow box above, I die cut Penny Black Leaves and sponged them with inks then mounted them behind a butterfly (Memory Box die Cascadia Butterfly 3) and the label stamped with a sentiment from Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets.


Ice Cream Cone Striped – Penny Black die Pillow Box; Taylored Expressions die Label Stacklets 2; design inspired by Elizabeth Allan


Ice Cream Cone Plaid – Penny Black die Pillow Box; Memory Box die Pinpoint Squares; design inspired by Judy Jung


Va Va Voom – Isn't this the cutest card?  I stamped the new Penny Black cling stamp Va Va Voom in black ink and colored it with colored pencils.  The sentiment is from the Penny Black clear stamp set Sentiment Collection and the clouds are from two sets (both retired) Memory Box die Puffy Clouds and Poppy die Fancy Clouds.  Design inspired by Judy Jung who has a precious bichon named Cooper!

New Make and Take

It's graduation time and our free make and take card this month is perfect for any graduate.  We will be using special die cut paper from The Paper Cut and a boy or a girl graduate die from Impression Obsession.  Please stop in any time and make a graduation card.

And speaking of graduation, we have everything you need to make or decorate graduation cards, party favors or other paper crafting projects. Stop in and see our selection.

Have a great week and I hope to se you soon!