Beautiful Balloons Graduation Card

Beautiful Balloons Graduation Card

At first glance, Stampin’ Up!’s Bright & Beautiful Suite looks like it only makes birthday cards. It does work well for creating birthday cards, but, I found it perfect for other occasions, too.

It’s that time of year to celebrate graduations of all kinds — from kindergarten, high school, college, and more. In today’s post, I share a handmade graduation card using elements from this brand-new suite. Find it beginning on page 14 of Stampin’ Up!’s 2023-2024 Annual Catalog. Be sure to watch the video (a Facebook live replay) to see step-by-step instructions for creating this card.

The sentiments “You Did It” and “Yay You” work perfectly to celebrate any and all achievements. 

Here’s a breakdown of measurements and products:

  • Basic Black cardstock: 11 x 5 1/4, scored at 5 1/2: 5 1/4 x 4; 2 1/2 x 3/4
  • Gold Celebrations Specialty Designer Series Paper: 5 1/4 x 2 1/2
  • Gold Foil: 5 1/4 x 1/2 (2), a piece to die cut the large balloon (Beautiful Balloons Dies)
  • Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, and Versamark to create sentiment (Beautiful Balloons stamp set)
  • Simply Elegant Trim (gold)
  • Basic White: 5 1/4 x 4 (inside of card)

The Gold Celebrations Specialty DSP adds a pop of fun into this card. You get three 12 x 12 sheets of different “celebrating” designs. I used just a small piece to make these great paper go a long way. 

Below, I made another one of these in silver. I just flipped over the Gold Celebrations Specialty DSP. It works! I’m not sure if there is an official color for graduation cards? Would you choose gold or silver? With this design, you could also add colored card stock that matches the graduate’s school colors.

Graduation Card Sample

Beautiful Balloons Graduation Card Video



Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I’ll be playing more with the Beautiful Balloons Bundle in the next couple of weeks so be sure to check back.

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Mini Pocket Envelope Samples

Mini Pocket Envelope Samples

I hope you’re enjoying Stampin’ Up!’s new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog! Sometimes, it takes awhile to discover all of the really fun and cool paper crafting products offered. The Mini Pocket Envelope dies present a lot of possibilities. Find this one in the back of the catalog on page 172.You can use any Designer Series Paper, almost any stamp set, and an array of embellishments with the die set to make handmade creations.

My first thoughts ran to treat packet holders. Then, I saw gift card holders — as a stand-alone project and as an attachment to a card. Use them for graduations, weddings, birthdays, and Christmas. 

Today, I share a couple of versions of this with you. I know there are so many options!

Mini Pocket Envelope Samples

The pocket can be used alone or on the front of a card.

Slim Sayings Graduation Gift Card Holder

This die is perfect for a graduation gift card holder.

Holiday Gift Card Holder

Let’s not forget Christmas gift card holders.

I hope you enjoy these projects. Be sure to watch the video (a Facebook Live replay from May 17, 2022) to see how i created these holders.

Mini Pocket Envelope Samples Video

Starter Kit Special

With the launch of the catalog do you have a long wish list? Get the most value for your money by purchasing the Starter Kit — Stampiin’ Up!’s ultimate bundle. 

This is an awesome way to add Stampin’ Up!’s new 2022-2024 In Colors to your crafting collection.

Purchase Stampin’ Up!’s Starter Kit for $99 + tax. Choose $125 worth of ANY current Stampin’ Up! product AND receive free a set of the 2022-2024 In Color Ink Pads, a package of In Color card stock, a package of 6 x 6 In Color Designer Series Paper, and In Color grid paper — a value of $66.50. And, it’s all shipped free.

Then, get discounts on your future Stampin’ Up! purchases. There’s no need to host parties or workshops, unless you want to! Just enjoy your discount and all the other perks such as a demonstrator-only Facebook page filled with loads of inspiration, the opportunity to pre-order from future catalogs, and the opportunity to network with other crafters just like you.

In addition, you become part of my awesome team, Kim’s Paper Krafters. We have a great group of stampers located throughout the United States. Our active Facebook group offers challenges, inspiration, and more.

Click here to join the team. Need more information? Give me a shout and I’ll be happy to help. This offer is valid through May 31, 2022.

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Supply List

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Treat Holder 1


Card 2/Flower Card
Graduation Card

Christmas Gift Card Holder

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Graduation Gift Card Holder

Graduation Gift Card Holder

Spring is here, and summer is following quickly! (Especially here in Arizona where the temps are expected to hit the mid-90s. this week) Get prepared for spring graduations and spring and summer weddings.

Be sure to have some gift card holders on hand when you get those invites in the mail!

Paper crafting lends itself to a variety of gift card designs. I’ve shared several different varieties in past blog posts. Check them out here and here.

Today, I offer yet a another design. I grabbed this idea from two of my team members who made cards for our recent team gathering. The card below features a sentiment from the Slim Sayings stamp set and the Hey Sports Fan 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper, both found in Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2022 Mini Catalog. 

Graduation Gift Card Holder

Graduation Gift Card Holder Cutting Directions

  • Start by cutting a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock in half the long way. You have a piece that measures 11 x 4 1/4.
  • Score this piece at 1 1/4 inches and 5 1/2 inches.
  • Fold the card in half and then fold the small piece “inside” the card to form a place to hold the gift card.
  • Decorate accordingly.

Watch the video at the end of this post to see how this one comes together.

Wedding Gift Card Holder

The wedding gift card holder above uses Stampin’ Up!’s Love & Happiness Bundle. I love the Gold Foil and the heat embossing for this card.

Wedding Gift Card Holder Inside

Here’s the inside of the gift card holder above. 

Graduation Gift Card Holder Video

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Please let me know if you have questions about creating this easy gift card holders.

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Sailing Home Graduation Card Tutorial

Today, I’m sharing a graduation card and free tutorial made with Stampin’ Up!’s Sailing Home stamp set and Come Sail Away Suite.

Sailing Home Graduation Card

Find this fun suite of products in Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog on pages 144-146. It’s a perfect choice for a number of occasions, and graduation is one of them. The sentiment, “Set Sail in the Direction of Your Dreams” seems so fitting for a graduate. The stamp set, Sailing Home, and the coordinating dies, Smooth Sailing, carry over into the upcoming catalog. Right now, purchase the bundle and receive a 10 percent discount. (Note: The bundle won’t be discounted in the upcoming catalog.)

But if you like the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper, the High Seas 3D Embossing Folder, the Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine, and/or the Sail Away Trinkets, order them now before they’re gone. They’re retiring. Click here to shop the list of items retiring from Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog. Some items are discounted!

The Sailing Home Graduation Card Tutorial

Here are step-by-step directions for creating this card:

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Sailing Home (149457)
  • PAPER – Whisper White (100730), Night of Navy (100867), Balmy Blue (14682), Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (DSP) (149481)
  • INK – Night of Navy (147110)
  • OTHER –Smooth Sailing Dies (149576), High Seas 3D Embossing Folder (149577), Sail Away Trinkets (149482), Baker’s Twine (149483), Glue Dots (103683), SNAIL (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Paper Snips (103579), Paper Trimmer (152392), Die Cut Machine


Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Night of Navy Card Stock – 8 ½” x 5 ½” – score and fold at 4 ¼”; one piece of 5” x 2 ¼”
  • Come Sail Away DSP – 4 ¾” x 2”
  • Balmy Blue – 5 ¼” x 4”
  • Whisper White – 2 ½” x 2 ½” for sentiment; 5 ¼” x 4” (for inside of the card)



  • Fold the Night of Navy base in half.
  • Place the Balmy Blue card stock inside the High Seas 3D Embossing Folder and run through the die cut machine.
  • With Multipurpose Liquid Glue, adhere the embossed Balmy Blue piece to the Night of Navy base.
  • With SNAIL or Glue Dots, affix the Come Sail Away DSP to the 5” x 2 ¾” Night of Navy strip.
  • Attach this strip to the Balmy Blue on the left side of the card with your choice of adhesive.
  • Stamp the sentiment with Night of Navy ink onto the Whisper White scrap. Die cut with the coordinating die.
  • Attach the sentiment to the card front. Hint: Place a Glue Dot on the left side of the sentiment and a Stampin’ Dimensional on the right and place it on the card front.
  • Cut a four-inch piece of Baker’s Twine and thread through the anchor trinket.
  • Use a couple of glue dots to attach the trinket to the sentient in the bottom right corner.
  • Adhere the 5 ¼” x 4” piece of Whisper White card stock in the center of the card.
  • Stamp the anchor image in Night of Navy in the bottom right-hand corner.

Sailing Home Graduation Card Tutorial

Sailing Home Graduation Card Tutorial Supply List

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Maui Achievers Blog Hop: Congratulations, Graduate!

It’s time for the Maui Achievers Blog Hop, and I’m sharing a congratulations card for a graduate.

Maui Achievers Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly Maui Achievers Blog Hop. We’re a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who have achieved the Stampin’ Up! bonus of the Maui trip. We celebrate this achievement by organizing a monthly hop which helps us to continue to inspire you creatively.
You may be starting here or have come from someone else’s blog – either way there’s a list at the end of this post to help you move around all the different blogs and get many amazing ideas. We all have our country listed – so if you’re looking for a demonstrator these are top demonstrators in their country and would love to help you with your Stampin’ Up! shopping or if you’d like to join our Stampin’ Up! teams.
Even though many schools have cancelled or postponed graduations, it’s still important to recognize the seniors. I’m sharing a graduation card featuring Stampin’ Up!’s Darling Label Punch Box. It’s an awesome “kit” that includes a six-piece, photopolymer stamp set with a great variety of sentiments, a clear stamp block, a punch, and two Stampin’ Spots. And, the best part: it’s packaged in a beautiful gold and Night of Navy tin, perfect for storing stamping supplies or for gifting.

Today’s Congratulations Card for Graduates

Maui Achievers Blog Hop: Congratulatios, Grad

This graduation card uses one stamp from the set – one perfect for celebrating graduates. I heat embossed it with silver and layered it on Silver Foil (die cut with the Stitched Shapes Die) and a Pearlized Doily. The background papers come from the 6 x 6 Neutrals Designer Series Paper pack.
One hint: I didn’t have any black ribbon so I colored the Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon with the Black Stampin’ Blend. You can use this trick with any of the blends and Stampin’ Up!’s Silver or Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon.

Darling Label Punch Box

Free Card Kit with Purchase

Stampin’ Up!’s Darling Label Punch Box


When you purchase this fun-filled tin, I’ll send you — FREE — the ingredients (card bases, card stock, and embellishments) and instructions to make three cards using the goodies in the box. I’m also including a bonus 3D project! Use the link above or go to and click Shop Now. Use item #146855. Be sure to insert the Host Code: 3D9NUZPR. (I won’t be sending adhesives, so be have Glue Dots and/or SNAIL and Stampin’ Dimensionals on hand or include them in your order.)

Or make any purchase of $45 or more from my online store and use Host Code: 3D9NUZPR, and I’ll send you the card kit FREE. This offer is good through May 1.

See more details on this post.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hop along and check out the other awesome cards and projects!

Blog Hop List


List of Products Used: Congratulations, Graduate

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