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It’s been a while……

While I have been creating cards, my DH and I have been frantically working to get our house ready to go on the market, which happened on Thursday.  It’s also the end of the school year, which means grading, grading, grading.   In the meantime, I needed to create graduation cards for my niece and nephew, as well as her bf and his gf (another blog entry is coming).  All 4 are done and were delivered today at the joint graduation party.

Is mine the only one that does this?

That was my niece’s comment.  She kept popping her card up and down and loved it.  However, she would rather have not had to share the design with her cousin, but she was ok with that.

Here’s the front and inside of the two cards:

 

My niece’s school colors are orange and black.  The new In Color of Grapefruit Grove and Basic Black fit her card perfectly.  My nephew’s school colors are blue and gold, so I used the new In Color Blueberry Bushel and Crushed Curry.  For both cards, the 6 x 6 In Color DSP stack was a perfect match, of course.   I used a retired SU graduation set for the sentiments and panels.  Pick-a-pattern made an appearance on the Grapefruit Grove card, as did the shiny Basic Black ribbon and the new Grapefruit Grove bakers twine.  My nephew’s card has a piece of the burlap ribbon, with a layer of the retired Crushed Curry ribbon tied off with the thin jute twine.

My niece kept opening and closing her card and was quite impressed with the whole popping mechanism.  On the other hand, my nephew reacted just as I thought he would – oh, wow, nice.  

Credit Where Credit is Due

I first saw this on the fb live by Mary Deatherage from Stamps-n-Lingers.  While this card looks very complicated, Mary has it thoroughly broken down and I was able to follow along while making my nephew’s card.  When I made my niece’s card, I was able to do everything without looking at the video until I got to the measurements for the mechanism and adding the book.  I remembered how to fold the mechanism, but was iffy on the measurements.  This truly is much easier than it looks.  One thing I can add though, the cardstock for the mechanism is 2.5 inches by 8.5 inches.  That’s important.  

Case This Sketch #273

Before I made my niece’s card, I saw the CTS #273 sketch and knew it would work perfectly for the card I was going to create.  I did make some minor adjustments based on the sketch, and I think it turned out peachy perfect.

Here’s the sketch: