Stampin’ Up! Graduation meets Mini Treat Bag Thinlet Die!

I thought I would share some graduation cards I created using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlet Die – I am so excited this made it into the big catalog!  The first one I did was sort of a generic one that would be good for anyone:


I made these little baby owls using our Build an Owl punch and cutting down the owl using a small circle die from our circle thinlet dies like this.  The trick though, is when putting through the Big Shot, to not crank it all the way through but to only go to part way so it will cut the owl feet and lower portion off but not give you a ridge on the head (or you could cut around the circle with a pair of scissors too):

Making Baby Owls from Build An Owl Punch

I then sponged some Daffodil Delight and then some Tangelo Twist on the bottom of my owl and sponged some black around the edges to make it stand out.

I used our What’s Up punch smaller arrow to punch out just the tip of the arrow to create the little noses.  The hat is from the retired “Pomp & Circumstance” graduation set that was a perfect fit for the owl head, but you could just cut an oblong rectangle to create a graduation hat too.

Here is the inside card using the stamp set B.Y.O.P:

Graduation Card with Mini Treat Bag

However, I have two special graduations that I wanted to make VERY special, so I looked up the school colors for them.  This one is for my niece who graduated from the University of Florida – school colors blue and orange:

Kathleen's Card

We bought her a Pandora Graduation Owl for her bracelet and I used our Tag-A-Bag gift box with the plastic sleeve and actually used part of her graduation announcement to come up with this decorated box filled with her charm and some chocolates from Jared (of course!):

Card and Box for Kathleen

The next card was for my younger sister’s granddaughter who graduated and her school colors are red and white:

Adrianna's Card

I hope both girls like their graduation cards.  I love how with all the colors SU has, we can always find the perfect colors to create one-of-a-kind cards and gifts.

I hope this will give you some ideas on how to customize your graduation cards.

Happy Stampin’

~ Gail


Hi Everyone!  Here are the projects that we did in May – getting ready for Father’s Day in June!  Our first project was a stinkin cute Father’s Day Shirt that Tammi had done except the original card was too large to fit into a regular envelope and I wanted to be able to mail this out, so I reworked the measurements so that it will fit nicely into a square envelope.  This just makes you want to listen to steel drums playing!

Here are the measurements to make this card – it’s too cute!

Tommy Bahama Card:

Basic Black Base: 3-3/4 x 9-14/16 (or 2 marks before the 10″ mark).

White Front: 5 x 3-14/16 (or 2 marks before the 4″ mark).

After you sponge and stamp this piece, cut in half at 1-15/16 (or 1 mark before the 2″ mark).

Sleeves: 1 x 1 inch.

Collar: 3/4 x 3-3/4 inches.

White piece for inside collar: 1/2 inch x 1-14/16 (or 2 marks before the 2″ mark).

Inside of card white piece: 4-3/4 x 3-1/2 inches.

Sponge and stamp your front white piece with Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, and Real Red.  Also sponge your pocket.  Stamp palm tree from the stamp set Plant Hope.  Cut in half.   On the left side piece, pierce the edge to simulate stitching.  Attach brads.  Lightly edge the cut edge with black ink.  Lightly edge the pocket edges on all sides with black ink.  Attach sleeve pieces at an angle on the black card base, then prepare the collar by folding the 3/4 x 3-3/4 piece, bringing each end in the center and then folding it at an angle.  Attach the white inside piece, then cut halfway up on each end of the folded flaps of the collar.  Attach the collar to card and then slide the front of the “shirt” pieces up through the collar and then adhere, slightly overlapping the left side piece on top of the right side piece.  Just make sure the collar is down low enough and is not too high so as not to fit in the envelope. Next, adhere your white card stock piece inside.

Our next project is our Father’s Day refrigerator magnet, or this would work great on the side of “Dad’s” tool chest!

Here is a wee closer look:

The last project was a Graduation card.  I found in my stash some little magnets which I found to be the perfect thing to keep the cap closed onto the base of the card.  You can personalize this by switching out the colors to match the school colors of the graduate.  ALSO, this was created using one of our fabulous digital downloads!  We also made the tassel out of our grosgrain ribbon.

Here is the inside:

Thanks for looking!

Stampin’ Hugs!

~ Gail


Here is what we did in this month’s classes for you to look at. I actually have all the measurements that were used to make these cards – can you believe it? LOL! Thanks to Mary and Kim for their inspiration for these!

White Cardstock – 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches
White Rectangle – 3-1/4 x 2-1/4
Red Rectangle – 3-1/2 x 2-1/2
Red scalloped strip – 5-1/2 x 1-1/2
Black bigger rectangle – 5-1/2 x 2 inches
Little white sentiment strip – 2-3/4 x 3/4 inches
Best Dad Ever Stamp Set


White Card stock – 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches
White Rectangle – 3-1/4 x 2-1/4
Black Rectangle – 3-1/2 x 2-1/2
Peach Parfait Strip – 4 x 1 inch
Tango Tangerine strip – 3/4″ x 3-3/4 inch
Black background – 5-1/4 x 4 inches
3″ Oval in Tango Tangerine
2-3/4 Oval in Peach Parfait
Word Play and Happy Greetings Stamp Sets

Then, Carol commented on how the colors in the graduation card could be changed to reflect other school colors, and what a great idea that was! My husband’s niece is graduating from high school and we just got her graduation invitation and her school colors are green and white, so this is what I came up with for her graduation card using green! Thanks Carol!

And lastly, here is a card that you can change the greeting on it to use it as a “Thinking of You” or a “Sympathy” card as well – just change the greeting (even an upcoming retirement card…. and Gary – you lucky guy, you know who you are!)

Sorry for the shadow – but then I thought… hmmm – wonder what it would look like in blue, so I cased my case! LOL!

White Cardstock – 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches
Red piece – 5-1/4 x 2 inches
Crumb Cake (sailboat) – 2-3/4 x 4-1/4 inches
Early Expresso stripe – 5 x 1 inch
Crumb Cake strip – 3/4 x 4-1/4 inches
White Sentiment piece – 3 x 3/4 inches
Sail Away Stamp Set

Hope you enjoyed seeing our projects and having the measurements – sometimes it all works out like that! Have a great day, and keep smiling!

Until my next post,

Stampin’ Hugs!
~ Gail