HSS Graduation Theme Challenge #63

Good Morning Stampers!!! I am super excited to share this weeks project with you, and it came to me as I was making my millions of Easter Baskets earlier this week… Man am I glad that those are done :)
So this week our theme at HSS (Hand Stamped Sentiments) is Graduation, anything you want to create and share with us with a graduation theme to it- we would LOVE to see it :)
Here is the project I made and I thought that this set would be a great gift or perfect for a graduation dinner, can you see these adorable hats at every one’s plate… HOW cute would that be, it’s a shame I don’t have anyone throwing a party or graduating for that matter :)  These hats would be great to hold candy, money, jewelry, car keys… I can think of a dozen presents that you could throw in this adorable holster!

Ok, so I thought this adorable 3×3 card was cute, I started with my impressions plate to create that Harlequin design and then I took my SMOOCH spray and twisted off the top, since my sprayer doesn’t seem to work, and with a paint brush I colored in the recessed areas.  Then I took my Crystal Effects and outlined the cross-hatch pattern to give some dimension and shine to the card, it took a bit for it all to dry but I think it turned out great.  
I used the Sale-A-Bration set SO Happy For You for my sentiment.  I used VersaMark ink and my black embossing powder to create this layer.  I used my oval punch and my scallop oval punch to finish off the sentiment.  I thought that a GOOD LUCK wish was appropriate for the new graduates for this year… I guess my sarcasm isn’t so good for the current employment rate, huh?  I mean it is kind-of a joke, but more reality than joke 😐

I made these cute grad-caps with my petal cone die, it is basically the Easter basket but flipped over and with a larger piece of card stock attached and then of course the tassel.  I will be adding the tutorial for my Easter baskets/graduation caps a little later this week. :)

Ok, so to create the tassel you simple tie a knot in your ribbon (this prevents the fray from going higher than you want).  Then carefully cut off the edge of the ribbon and then separate the threads to give you this look, easy as 1, 2, 3.  It works even better if your ribbon is thicker it will allow you to have a larger tassel.  I attached the ribbon to the top of my cap using a black brad, then attached the large CS piece to the cap base.

I hope that you enjoyed this weeks project.  I had so much fun making this project this week and can’t wait to see what you all make to share with us over at HSS.  I am always so inspired by every ones creations.  I hope you all have time to come back to visit later this week… I know I have been saying that I am going to share with you some new MDS creations, and I am but this last week was crazy for me and I finally got ahead of my to-do list, so be on the look out for my additions :) Until next time~ TTFN


  1. Awesome idea! I got a good chuckle out of the sentiment, too. :)

  2. Erin, you are so smart to think of using the petal cone die this way. I love how you made the tassel also. I’ll have to remember your tricks!

  3. Love your box! The card is cute too.


  4. Great idea to use the petal cone die to make the box. I like all the different techniques you used on the card to give texture and dimension. Love it.

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