Graduation Card — You Rock!!

A friend’s daughter graduated from middle school a few days ago.  I wanted to make her a card that was not the average grad card — I wanted something a little funky and feminine.  I know she enjoys music, and just to prove how old I am, I have never heard of the groups she likes!

I decided to go with the phrase, “You Rock.”  I found the phrase on the Cricut Phrases cartridge and liked the bold design.  However, this particular phrase came with a lightning bolt at the end of it.  So to make it more feminine, I welded a rose from the Indie Art cartridge over top of the lightning bolt.  I also decided to make this a shaped card.

The fun part of this card was printing and cutting the layers on my Imagine.  I used the Floral Emporium cartridge for the prints and solid colors (excluding the black cardstock).  I love the bright colors and fun prints on this cartridge.  I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the bright pink print paper on the phrase and rose.  The grad hat was cut from Everyday Pop-Up cartridge.

I used pop dots on the grad hat, rose and the “you” on the phrase to add depth.

For the inside of the card, I printed and cut a greeting from the Imagine cartridge, Greeting Cards Inside & Out.

When I was laying out the card in Design Studio, I was trying to keep the dimensions so the card would fit into a #10 envelope.  However, this is a big card and ended up being about an 1″ too large either way, so I made a custom envelope for it.  Luckily the card was hand delivered so I didn’t have to worry about postage.

As I was working on this card, Bitten by the Bug 2 announced their latest challenge — the Rose Challenge.  I was so happy because I would be able to enter this card in the challenge.

  • Cricut Cartridges:  Everyday Pop-Up, Imagine Floral Emporium, Imagine Greeting Cards Inside & Out, Indie Art, Phrases
  • Cuttlebug


  1. Carole Beath says:

    very wonderful, Linda…… Your friend’s daughter is going to LOVE this card. Thanks for joining us on BBTB2.

  2. Wow! This is so pretty! Love your design and the shaped card! Pretty papers and colors! Thank you for sharing your beautiful rose with us at BBTB2!

  3. What an adorable card. Love the cuts you used to make your adorable graduation card. So darn cute! Thanks for joining us for the BBTB2 rose challenge. You rocked it!

  4. This is fabulous Linda.Great funky shaped card and of course my favourite rose cut!
    Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.
    Jayne x

  5. I love this shaped card. Great colors and love how you welded the rose. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2. Stephanie

  6. This card is so awesome! I love the “you rock” but you really brought it over the top with the rose and the grad hat. Love the color/patteren you chose with your Imagine. Fabulous!! Thanks for joining the rose challenge at BBTB2 😉

  7. Love it! What a great card for a teenager. The colors are brilliant! Thanks for linking up at BBTB2! 🙂

  8. Gorgeous, Linda! the addition of the rose is just PERFECT! Love the papers you used too. thanks for joining us at BBTB2. xxD

  9. Awesome card. Thanks for playing at BBTB2.

  10. Another amazing card – your patterned paper is such fun – love the rose with the phrase and the cap. Congratulations on your great work.

  11. Lovely! so fun and bright. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at BBTB2!


  12. I love this graduation card! Great design job – just awesome. Thank you for sharing with us at BBTB2.


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