Sunday, April 10, 2016

April Inspiration Projects

This month’s inspiration theme is “graduation” -- just in time for college graduations starting next month (May) and high school graduations in June.  I chose to make three graduation cards using three different stamp sets.  I hope these designs inspire you as you get started on your graduation cards.

Be sure to click on the downloadable instruction sheet at the bottom of the post for the complete instructions.
This card uses the new  Number of Years stamp set that is in the current Occasions catalog.  This set really is so versatile.  The numbers in the set can be used for birthdays, dates, school grades, etc.  and that’s not even considering what you can do with the non-number stamps in the set!

Although the stamp set has a coordinating set of dies, I did not use them in this card.

Stamp Set: Number of Years (140653) (Stamp Set and Framelit Bundle – 140811)
Cardstock: Garden Green (102584), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Garden Green (126973), Versamark Embossing Ink (102283)
Punch:  1” Square (124094), 3/4” circle (119873)
Ribbon:  Garden Green Grossgrain (retired)
Embossing Powder: White (109132)
Tools: Stamping Sponge (101610)
Embellishments:  Green Pearls (non SU),  Yellow/Gold Embroidery Floss (non SU), Green Mini Brad (non SU)


The next card uses one of my favorite stamp sets – Celebrate Today.  This also has a coordinating framelit set and this time I did use it.  

Cardstock:  Bravo Burgundy (retired, but it’s the colors of Boston College), Crushed Curry (131100), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy (retired), Crushed Curry (131173), Versamark Embossing Ink (102283)

Stamp Set: Celebrate Today (137138) with coordinating Balloon Framelits (137362) (bundle number 138869))
Embossing Powder: Crushed Curry (retired)
Punches:  Punch:  1” Square (124094), 3/4” circle (119873), Washi Tape
Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots (133520)
Baker’s Twine:  Crushed Curry (134586)
Embellishments:  Yellow Gold Embroidery Floss (non SU, Burgundy Brad (non SU)


The last card uses another new set from the current Occasions Set – Balloon Celebration and the coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White (140272), Real Red (102482), Very Vanilla (101650)
Stamp Set: Balloon Celebration (140675)
Punch: Balloon Bouquet (140609) – Stamp and punch bundle - 140675
Ink:  Real Red (126949), Smoky Slate (131179)
Thinlits: Little Numbers (138278)
Ribbon:  1/8” Real Red (retired)
Embellishments: Pearls (119247); red pearls (non SU)

Click HERE for the downloadable Instruction Sheet

I hope you have enjoyed this month’s inspiration projects and that the designs will inspire you as you create graduation cards during this exciting graduation season.  

As always, please contact me if you have any questions about these projects or any of the Stampin' Up! products used.

Be sure to check back next month for some more projects!


  1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment, Cindy!