Cards for the Birthday Girls

Two of my nieces (sisters) have birthdays two days (plus 2 years) apart and this past weekend we got together to celebrate.

It’s been a pleasure to watch them grow into women and they are both wonderful mothers.


Renee’s card (top) was made with SEI scrapbook paper that I’ve had for a long time. I found a nice script R, traced the outline and cut it out of the pink patterned paper. The butterfly sticker is also from an old SEI kit. I mounted the butterfly on a foam dot, first dusting the back of the sticker with talcum powder to tame the glue.

I started Lupe’s card by adhering the blue washi tape in three strips. The stickers were all part of a set I got from a cute boutique in Palo Alto. I gave the banner letters the same treatment with powder and foam glue dots, raising them up off of the cardstock.

Happy Happy Birthday Ladies!


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