4th of July – U.S.A. Flag and other Printables

4th printables

I made some red-white-and-blue flag-things for fun. You could put them in cupcakes, or as bookmarks or whatever.


Download the pdf and print on card stock. Cut, fold, glue. Easy peasy.

Here are some other fun things people have made:

At Somewhat Simple – Two super simple and adorably patriotic milk carton-style treat boxes!

At Tatertots & Jello – Patriotic Medallion Party Printables for parties or decor.

The two above are part of a blog hop so you find lots more inspiration there.


Graduation Congratulations & Free Printable Card


Graduation season is almost at a close, but I’ve got a celebration party this weekend so I made a simple card and mini tassel. The tassel is made with pink embroidery floss because pink is a favorite color of the Grad.

Here’s the how to:


Simple. I could see using these with tags to decorate gifts, flowers, etc.

The card is downloadable pdf I made and you can download. I printed it out on card stock, cut out the card and the banner embellishment. Then I used small foam dots to attach the banner.

Graduation Card - free printable

graduation card for download

Here are a few ideas and quotes I’ve gathered for the inside of the card:

The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Abraham Lincoln

Relish the Adventure

You can do anything you put your mind to.

You GO Grad

Live Joyfully

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams

Wishing You a Bright and Shining Future

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt

Reach for the stars

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. -Les Brown

The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions. -Bishop Mandell Creighton

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. -Will Rogers

Graduation is not the end, it’s the beginning

The Tassel is Worth the Hassle.

The future lies before you
Like a field of driven snow,
Be careful how you tread it,
For every step will show.
-Author Unknown

Hitch your wagon to a star. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. -Kongzi

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
-Dr. Seuss

From Sketch to Card: He’s Two! Birthday Card for Nephew Aaron

Beginning Sketch

I don’t always make a sketch, but this time I had an idea while I was watching tv so I grabbed one of the many notebooks I have.

Papers Chosen

When I had time to make the card, I grabbed some papers I thought would be a fun color palette for a 2-year-old. Plus, I knew we were going to “Jumpin Up” for the party: a bright primary colored place with lots of jumpy structures.

In Progress - trying different papers/colors

I played with the colors a little. I originally thought I’d use the light blue circle on the right side. But when I tried the green, it really made the yellow stand out.

The silver is washi tape from S.E.I. and the papers are from a pad I’ve had for ages. I traced the number from a chipboard number I got with a set from JoAnne’s long ago.

Finished Card for Aaron

Here’s the final product. And a blurry picture of the birthday boy at play

Aaron's day

He’s 2. I shouldn’t expect him to be able to stand still on his birthday, should I?