April 28, 2012

Graduation cards with mini Instagrams...

Jordan's 8th grade graduation is coming up and she has 3 best friends, The Wolf Pack as they've been nick named. I thought it would be fun to make them all a fun graduation card with a photo. Studio Calico's frame stamps and mini Instagrams just go together like peanut butter & jelly. Here's my card I made (x 4)...and I thought it would be fun to give a little photo tutorial of my process.
I started out without really having a plan or a card sketch in mind. I just knew that I wanted to start with these frames. The chosen class colors are turquoise & silver so I dug in my embossing drawer for those colors. Oh how I love to see these frames embossed. I trimmed around them closely and rounded the corners. I also embossed the SC sentiment "best day ever" on the card front which is Papertrey Rustic White.
Next up I planned a layout and chose some patterned papers. The chevron is from My Mind's Eye and the people paper chain is from Studio Calico. I also chose some aqua twine to coordinate.
I assembled all the cut pieces on my 4 card fronts and added pop dots to the backs of the embossed frames.
Next I printed a recent photo of the girls from their graduation dress shopping day. Teens love their photos of friends so I know the girls will appreciate these cards. I just reduced the size of a square Instagram in my printer settings and printed 2 photos on one 4 x 6 piece of photo paper. Ack, so cute!
I did a little final assembly, adding Papertrey buttons, tied twine and Studio Calico wood asterisks to the card fronts.
So many fun, colorful details and the embossing just makes everything bright and cheery.
On the insides I used several stamps to create a collage of sentiments. A little Washi tape and some leftover paper scraps finish them off.
And here's the final four cards. I can't wait to hand them out to the Wolf Pack on graduation night.
Hope you enjoy!

This weekend:
We have no kids tonight which is rare. We went out for dinner at a new Mexican restaurant. No margaritas. NO MARGARITAS. What's the point, right? So we thought we'd stay and have chips and dinner. No free chips & salsa. Say what? We enjoyed our time together then came home and stared at the wall and played with Charlie. Now Eric's watching tv in bed and I'm writing a blog post & drinking a cup of coffee. We are exciting people, people. Please go somewhere and have a margarita for me.

17 comments:

Colleen said...

These are terrific! LOVE the festive colors!

LauraLee said...

No Margaritas and no free chips & salsa? That is a completely un-Mexican restaurant! lol Hope the food was at least good. Love your cards! Way too cute!

Caroline said...

These are fabulous i LOVE them, i just never think to use those sets for anything other than PL!!

Glad the meal was nice, you sound as exciting as us LOL

Natalie said...

No margarita's is criminal. We were home by 9:30 so we are boring too. Oh well! :)

Meredith MacRitchie said...

Well, >I< went for Hamburgers and pop sans toddlers (with the hubby), then spent the evening buying gifts for a birthday and Mother's Day before heading home and getting into my PJ's and parking it in front of the TV and computer - all before 9pm. You don't have to tell me about exciting! ;)

Isn't the whole point of Mexican the chips and salsa?!

Laura O'Donnell said...

eek! these are adorable!

Eveline said...

Great cards.
Eveline.

Carol said...

Love these cards Michelle. Can you tell me what the frame stamp is called. Would love to be able to get hold of one. Its cute and would work well with my project life. Thanks for your inspiration

Noora said...

Oooohhh love the project!! awesome!! I wanna make a gift for my DH, and maybe I will use your project as a starting point! thanks for sharing.

p.s. if you can make a masculine version of this I will loveee it..:DD

Linda said...

Michelle these are gorgeous, the girls will love them.

Angela Nebinger said...

I just love love love your blog.. your talent and creativity is INSPIRING! CUTE CUTE CUTE.. love it all :) Thanks for sharing!

Theresa said...

No free chips??? No maragaritas? What was going on? I have never been to a Mexican restaurant that didn't have both!

OK. Here's my question. What stamp sets did you use to get the frame and the words inside? Is it exclusive to SC's kits? I am really LOVING these cards!!!! They are fabulous!!!!

lisa westphal said...

*LOVE* the Zing on your cards! Adds the perfect amount of pizzaz to them!! :) Great idea to add a photo!! Are they graduation dress shopping??..how fun!!! :)
...and I am still reeling from the no margaritas/free chips and salsa situation....yes...'SITUATION'.:D You were such a good sport to stay and have dinner...I will do my best to go out and have one for you! :D

Maureen Morton said...

These cards are just too dear - what wonderful keepsakes for these special friends! Love the colors and the zing!

Trell Doxie said...

Love the cards, and the end your post made me totally LOL!!

candyk said...

There is a new Mexican place just like that in Oregon City--they did have imported Coca-cola made with real sugar instead of the HFCS. No free chips, no margaritas--why bother!!

NoraAnne said...

LOOOOVEEEE these!!!! They are so bright and cheery! really FUN! I am also curious about the frame stamp, I don't see it on the SC website. Is it discontinued or did it come in a kit?! THANKS! :)

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