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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Graduation already?

My niece Taylor is graduating from high school today. I'm not quite sure how this is possible, since I distinctly remember holding baby Taylor about a week ago. OK, possibly two weeks.

We'll be celebrating with her family this weekend, and I'll take a moment to slide her this cute card, which I will have stuffed full of dollars in advance. Nothing like sticking some cash in a card to make it a hit!

I didn't design this one -- it's from a FANTASTIC tutorial over on Jill's Ink. If you make your own, be sure to thank her for taking the time to write out all the steps!

This card takes time. Worth it for a couple of special cards, but don't go nuts and sign up to do a bunch of them. Also, it is POSSIBLE to make this without the Simply Scored diagonal plate, but it requires some math. And some dedication. For me, the trickiest part was suppressing my control issues long enough to get all the cross-threads out of the ribbon; they went EVERYWHERE!

I swapped out several things: I changed up the colors to match Taylor's school. Then of course I didn't have the right ribbon or brads or dies, so I swapped those out also. The things I used that aren't on Jill's list are spelled out below.


Paper and card:
  • Pumpkin Pie card and DSP (from the brights pack)
  • Dies for the numbers are a non-SU Sizzix set from my very dusty stash -- Aphrodite
  • Ribbon is Pumpkin Pie 5/8" satin, shredded (Tip: Don't get sassy and think it's a good idea to trim off ALL the edge before you tie the knot. It makes a giant fuzzy mess. Want to know how I know this?)
  • Brad is one of the Antique Brads. Isn't it cute?

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