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Graduation Time!

What a joy to celebrate little five year olds as they graduate from kindergarten, and yet how shocking to get announcements from graduating seniors who you knew when they were little!  I had both kindies and seniors this year with two grandchildren graduating from kindergarten and two graduating seniors that were in the neighborhood knitting group that I taught.

For the kindergarteners I bought a digital stamp from Whimsy with a cute little penguin and made a ‘faux shutter’ card, also called a ‘fractured card technique’.

Emmitt’s school colors are blue and yellow;

Having trouble with the lighting again?

Yes, and I didn’t check the picture before I gave Emmitt his card.  It was really yellow but now it is a bit washed out after adjusting the light with the computer.  I did check Emma’s card though.

Emma’s colors are red and black and they are the Sea Dogs-



  • Base:  Match the strips, Night of Navy and Real Red, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 , score at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  DSP, 5 1/4 X 4,  Note:  do not adhere until you have added the diamond and strips
    • If you are using scraps of DSP or don’t want to cut a full layer since you will cover up half of it, cut a layer in the same color as the base then attach the diamond, the strips and then the DSP
  • Diamond:  Basic White, Stitched Rectangle Die to cut, then color as desired, adhere to middle of DSP
  • Strips:  Night of Navy/Real Red:  1/4″ X 4,  Use scraps for this since some strips can be shorter
    • Start at a corner of the diamond and adhere first strip
    • Adhere each additional strip at the corner of the diamond flush to the previous strip
    • After adhering the strips, turn the DSP layer over and cut off the excess strips
    • Coordinating DSP:  Adhere this to the DSP by laying a 90 degree corner of the DSP flush to the strips, turn over the layer and cut off the excess DSP
    • Now adhere the layer to the base
  • Greetings: Night of Navy Ink and Memento Black Ink
    • Oh Happy Day – Many Messages and die
    • Clouds, Congrats and Sky Is The Limit are in the Sky is the Limit stamp set
    • Happy to Share – Many Messages and die
  • Copic Markers used on Emma’s card:
    • Red R27
    • Black C9
    • Feet & Beak YR12
    • Stem YG17
    • Cheeks E00
  • For shading of the white diploma and white on penguin, I used light Smoky Slate and then several swipes of the color lifter to soften the shadowing

What do you think about Digital Stamps? 

I love that you can size them to what you need and my hp printer will print on the white cardstock so I have quality paper and the image is perfect – no shadows!   I don’t like that it uses a whole sheet of cardstock for one or two images but I could probably use a 4 X 6 piece and adjust the printer accordingly if I would take the time to do so.

I will put the Whimsy link with little Sal in the computer down below.

For the graduating seniors I wanted to play with mulberry paper and use a ‘congratulations’ stamp that I purchased some 20 years ago!

You do love scrolly script! Can we see a close up?

Yes and yes!



Once again, I used the computer.  I printed the scripture and the greeting on regular printer paper (I didn’t have onion skin paper) and then cut it to size.  I couldn’t identify the script in the picture above so I used Edwardian Script – more scrollies.

graduation greeting printable pdf


  • Base:  Glossy White Card Stock, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4, corner round edges
  • Greeting:  Glossy White Card Stock
    • Use embossing buddy to apply powder to your card stock
    • Stamp greeting in Versa Mark, apply gold embossing powder and heat
    • die cut with Deckled Rectangle Die
  • Layer:  Mulberry Paper
    • Wet the edges of the mulberry paper and then pinch the edges to get the fuzzy look
    • Let dry and then adhere to back of the rectangular greeting
    • Adhere to base
  • Inside layer:  Printer paper, 5 1/4 X 8 1/4, lightly scored at 4 1/8 then corner rounded.  I applied a thin line of tombow glue right at the score line of the base, folded the inside layer in half and placed it in place on the inside of the base and then closed the base over the layer to apply the glue
  • For a money pouch I used the Mini Pocket Envelope Die, Gold Foil paper and a bit more of the mulberry paper.  My stash had confetti for graduation so I added that to the front.  The silver says ‘Congrats Grad’.


That’s it for graduations this year!  Stay tuned for the make and takes from the Scrapbook Expo in Denver.

Not so fast; you have birthdays, an anniversary and a get well to do first. 

Sure enough!  Good thing it is a cloudy, rainy day and I have fun things to make!

Thanks for joining us as we bring a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world.

SAL,  Soaring A Long


Riddle of the day:

Question:  Which vehicle is spelled the same forward and backwards?

Answer:  Racecar


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