Good Saturday morning! Now that I’ve had a bit of my morning get up and go, I thought I would do just a quick post. I found that I was in need of a graduation card yesterday and finally got around to making one last night.

My niece’s oldest daughter, so I guess that makes Liz my great-niece, graduated from highschool this year and her party is today! She and Mallory have always been close, especially when they were much younger, and Mallory decided she needed a day out of the sun and is going along with. A day out of the sun? Yep, Mallory is a lifeguard and has been in the sun for three weeks now. She is already a deep golden brown color (much like a biscuit left in the oven too long), but she is also burnt. What we (well me, the mother) didn’t realize that Mallory was still taking meds for her acne and it is one you should stay out of the sun with. Having taken the same medication for years myself, I knew that! Too much exposure is like a hundred tiny needles being stuck in your skin. I truly didn’t realize she was still taking it and she came upstairs the other night and said something about it. She finally read the bottle about sun exposure. I had her stop taking it immediately, since there is no way she can stay out of the sun. By the way, she has already had a save this year and the pool has just been open a week! A little guy from a daycare group was stuck in the middle bobbing up a down, the group around him left and he didn’t. Mallory jumped in
and saved the poor little guy!

Oh my badness, I have totally digressed from the card. Believe it or not, I don’t have one single graduation stamp. It’s hard for me to believe too! So I started rummaging around for something to use, that wasn’t too snarky or too boyish, and decided on the little hippo from SU’s Pun Fun.

Graduation GC Holder

This is actually a gift card holder. I have plans on slipping in money however! The size is 4-1/4″ by 8-1/2″ with scores at 3″ and 2-1/2″ leaving me a card of 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″. The 2-1/2″ panel was folded up and taped down on the sides to make a pocket to hold the money (or gift card). The hippo was colored with Copic Markers and then cut out using Nestabilities. (I’ve gotten rid of all my Marvy punches now – love these nesties!) By the way, the top flap folds down and is tied in place with the ribbon that wraps around the card.


  • Stamps: SU Pun Fun
  • Paper: BasicGrey Two Scoops; SU Pretty in Pink and Basic Gray
  • Ink: Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black
  • Accessories: Ranger Inkssentials White Opaque Pen; Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities; Copic Markers; Fiskars Cloud Edge Scissors; Ribbon

So I hope y’all have a great day and enjoy the start of your weekend!

9 Responses to “Hip-Hippo-Ray”

  1. There is hair on the hippos back. LOL to cute and funny.

    I like the card.

    When I grow up and I am going to own all the nestabilities. I just learned that JoAnn’s on-line store sells nestabilities and they go on sale. Whoo Hoo. I hope JoAnn’s start carrying them in stores.

  2. Very Cute Card!! Love the image and the coloring!!

  3. Love your graduation card! I think it’s a blessing in disguise that you don’t have a traditional “graduation” stamp. This is much better! Love the colors and layout, but the salon should have taken care of those stray hairs when she got her mani and pedi.

  4. Love that card! So cute, and a great grad card! Love the layout too! I was an out door lifeguard for 8 years as a teen/college student- best tans (and burns) I have ever had! I miss those days for sure!

  5. Hey Sherry~~I LOVE this little hippo ~~ he/she is just as cute as a button 🙂 Now I’ll have to add it to my Wish List ARGH!!!

  6. very cute card, and coloring, like the dots on the scallops!
    my daughter was taking that medicine too but quit a few months ago so there would be no problem this summer, she is training for cross-country in the fall and will be outside running all summer!

  7. How sweet. This is perfect for graduation.

  8. Your hippo card is darling! Love the DP and big bow.

  9. Ohmyheck! That would be why I was never a life guard! Good for her! I bet she has a great time with it! I would have only loved the great suntan part! This card is adorable! I love it! Thanks for sharing! I hope you are doing well and that you have a wonderful day! 🙂

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