Friday, June 14, 2013

Father's Day...What to Do?

Father's Day Gift Card Holder
Father's Day Gift Card Holder
I can't believe Father's Day is Sunday. I've been so busy with graduation, our house guests, the kid's activities, and my Etsy shop, that time has gotten away from me.

Thank goodness for my little one. Was it not been for her frequent nagging reminding, I think the day might have slipped right by me.  But what to do?

The first place I head is to my stash. I know it's lame...but come on...I'm sure that's where you'd go too. Why not? The stuff's already made. 

I pulled out this gift card holder and decided I'll just run to the grocery store, grab an itunes gift card and we'd be all set.

But nooo...
  • Aubs:  We have to do something Special
  • Me:   Special? My gift card holders are special. 
  • Aubs:  But you didn't make that just for dad. 
  • Me:  Yes I did. It says Dad doesn't it?
  • Aubs:  Gives me a "lets be real" look and leaves the room.

So, I guess I'll be spending the rest of my day trying to help her think of something REALLY special

If you want to make a gift card holder for your Father/Dad/Husband...Here is the tutorial:

  • Cut a piece of card stock to 3 1/2" x 8 1/2" (you can make 3 gift card holders from 1 piece of 8 1/2 x 11" CS)
  • Score CS @ 2 1/2" on one end and 2" on other end.
  • Use Rounded Corner Punch to round corners on the 2" end
  • Cut 3 pieces of Designer Paper
    • 3 1/4 " x 1 3/4"
    • 3 1/4" x 2 1/4"
    • 3 1/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Use Rounded Corner Punch to round corners on one side of 1 3/4" piece of Designer Paper.
  • Run adhesive along side edges only of 2 1/4" side of card stock and fold up to form gift card pocket
  • Attach designer paper to outside of gift card holder
  • Attach a small piece of velcro to 2" side and fold down.
  • Embellish as desired. 
    • I used "Dad" from the Family Reunion stamp set. 
    • The set also contains "Husband" and "Grandpa".  
    • This set retired June 1st. So if you have it, use it. If not, visit my Etsy shop and I'll make up a card for you!

Materials: (all materials are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)
  • Paper:  
    • Scrapbook Paper (DCWV)
    • Card Stock
      • Night of Navy
      • Riding Hood Red
      • Naturals White
  • Stamp Set:  Family Reunion (retired)
  • Ink:  Night of Navy
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Paper Trimmer
    • Simply Scored Scoring Tool
    • Corner Rounder Punch
    • Modern Label Punch
    • Large Oval Punch
    • Decorative Label Punch
    • Velcro (at Jo-Ann Fabric)

Visit Acarrdian Cards on Etsy
for unique cards, invitations and party favors.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Graduation Day

No paper crafts today....

Today was Katie's Graduation Day! We are so proud of her! Graduating from high school with honors and now on to college to study nursing!

Katie and her friend, Sarah.

Katie and her boyfriend, Tommy who is studying to be a Paramedic/Fire Fighter.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Graduation Party!

Today was Katie's graduation party. Everything looked great! Only one problem, I was so busy working on everything, I forgot to take pictures!

Here are a few pictures I took after the party. But I am so bummed that I didn't get more because everything really did come out awesome and I would have loved to share the photos with you!

These are the cupcake toppers. I only wish I had thought to get blue and orange cupcake wrappers. 

I didn't have time to bake but I am lucky to have good friends who are always ready to jump in and help! I made the cupcake toppers and our good friend Kristen made these delicious cupcakes...54 of them. She even made a batch of gluten free cupcakes for our guests with dietary concerns.

These are the party favors. Little cello bags filled with M&M's in school colors tied with these cute custom tags...So easy to make.

TIP:  Fresh Market sells bulk M&M's in a wide variety of colors and they are pretty reasonably priced.

I found citronella candles in these orange metal containers at Big Lots. I just cut out some orange polka dot paper and attached the same tags I used on the party favors to all four sides for these custom table centerpieces.

This is a picture of the banner I made to hang across the patio.  I didn't get a very good picture of it. It read "Congrats Katie 2013".

I used the Big Shot and Lifestyle Nesting Pennant dies to cut out the pennant shapes. The letters were cut out using my Cricut and Extreme Fonts cartridge. You can't really tell but, the stars and Katie are cut out of silver glitter paper for added bling.

This was the drink station. The blue and orange drink dispensers came from Walmart and we filled them with  iced tea, gatorade, water and crystal light.

Our local Winn Dixie had these school balloons. 

So, that was your limited tour. The party was great! Everyone had a good time and the next time I have a party I will definitely remember to take more photos.