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Graduation and Cupcakes

It's Thursday all!
Today is the last day of high school for my oldest son, Tyler.
We were excited to find out that he received a Leadership Scholarship
to the university that he'll be attending this Fall.  What an answer to prayer!
 And I didn't mention before, but he also received the
Bear Varsity Football Leadership Award 
Varsity Baseball Defensive Player of the Year
 at the Athletic Banquet last week.
Eh-hum, in our family we don't call it being a leader, we call it being BOSSY haha!
But we're so proud of him nonetheless :)

(and excuse the shirt...he was in a hurry and didn't have time to properly press it.  I almost crawled
under the table when he walked in lookin' like that...ugh)

Now, onto really important stuff like...
It's HELLO CUPCAKE Release Week at Imaginisce Blog...and Release Week means
that there's a giveaway in store :)  Stop by the blog and leave a comment on this week's projects
featuring Hello just may receive the entire collection for your very own!

By taking a simple 6x6 sheet of patterned paper, I made these cute and functional goodie bags! 
Hint: Score your top at 1" and fold over to showcase the other pattern; trim with handmade crepe fringe or other trim. Bags measure 2.75"W x 5" H. And not many projects get by me these days without using the i-top punches to create whimsical embellishments.

I printed out several Thank You's on white cardstock and trimmed to create the
little banner.  I use a star punch to create the dovetail on the ends!

The fringe?  Why, it came from my Dot & Whimsy Etsy Shop of course :)

When scoring your papers, score at 1 1/2" and 4 3/8"; this will make your bag
approximately 2 3/4" across.

To finish off, I embellished with party hats that I hand-cut from one of the patterned papers.
I topped them with mini pom poms.  For the handles, I used a very small gauge pipe cleaner.


I know, I know.  This is the only place that I could find to  photograph the banner in its
entirety and with good lighting!  But I have several up-close pictures
to share so that you can visualize HELLO CUPCAKE's abilities

 I used an inexpensive pre-made banner from Hobby Lobby, which included
12 panels sewn together. I cut the banner in half; decorating the first six
 and then gluing the plain banners to the backs after finishing.  This made the
banner extra sturdy and hid all of my sewing :)

I tinkered around with some scratch paper to create the inset for the banner, 
before cutting into my 'good' paper :)  After machine
stitching, I outlined the paper in baker's twine and then embellished each one with
letters and scalloped created from an SVG file (

Hello Cupcake is loaded with the cutest Sticker Stackers and will want 
to eat 'em up!  And of course, I couldn't resist a few polka-dotted buttons!

In finishing, I covered the white sating binding holding the banners together
with an orange grosgrain ribbon!
Now isn't this just a bunch of yumminess?
Hello Cupcake is the perfect collection for any of your party planning and layouts!

**Don't forget:  Comment on each day's posts this week at Imaginisce**

I'll be back a little later on to share a few cards with you
(need to let my fingers rest LOL)
Thanks for coming by!


  1. huge congrats to your boy!!!! :)

    super fun items and i love the banner!!! :)

  2. You must be so proud of your son! Congrats to him! Love your projects. They are beautiful!!!

  3. Congrats to your son, you must be so proud! LOVE all of your projects! They are amazing!

  4. Congrats to your boy, you're right to be a proud mom!!
    And your projects...oh my goodness, they are stunning girl!! I love every little detail!

  5. your creativity amazes me!! congrats to your son!

  6. congrats to your boy and I guess I don't have a huge wheel in MN to take a photo on!! love your projects as always!! they are amazing! oh and beautiful new blog!

  7. Congrats to your son!! You must be soooo proud of him! :):)

    And about your projects ... they are stunning!!!! I love them all! and the way you photographed them, wow! against that bikewheel .. fabulous!! Thanks for the inspiration girl!

  8. Great projects. I know what you mean about "bittersweet" of your son graduating. It was for me too when my children graduated. Nice looking son by the way. Tell him Congratulations on his award and his Graduation.

  9. such cute projects! AND, congrats -- way to go on the graduate!! :)

  10. Congrats to your son =) Love your colorful projects.

  11. Congrats to your son! Those are some amazing accomplishments! There isn't anything wrong with being bossy either, as long as he is being a good boss, lol! At least, that is what I always tell myself.

    Love you projects, drool worthy, as always! :)


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