Congrats with Hats Off

One of the things I love most about making cards is that I can customize cards for the person I am giving them to. Whether its a bouquet of the recipient’s favorite flowers or a color scheme you know they’ll love, it’s fun to make cards that are special for the recipient. Today I am sharing the graduation card I made for Garrison, my nephew/godson who was graduated from high school this weekend, and gave to him Saturday night. The hat at the center of the card showcases the colors the college he’ll attend in the Fall. Here’s my card:

Hats Off, You Are Amazing, Stampin Up!, Brian KingGarrison is a laid back, no-nonsense guy. He works hard and had done really well in school. He sees this card as royal blue and gold, the colors of his soon-to-be college home. We see it as Pacific Point and Bumblebee (because we know the truth). 🙂 Yesterday I shared the graduation card I made for my Mom to give to Garrison, my nephew who was graduated from high school this weekend. If you missed the Treasured Medallion card, you can see it here.

My card features a mix of new products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2021 Annual Catalog and some products that are soon to retire from Stampin’ Up!’s January – June 2021 Mini Catalog.

New in Stampin’ Up!’s 2021 Annual Catalog

I’m not sure you noticed it, but there’s a trucker hat on this card – did you spot it before I pointed it out? 🙂 The hat is stamped and cropped with a die from the Hat Builder Dies, part of the Hats Off Bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s 2021 Annual Catalog. Here’s a look at this bundle:

Hats Off Bundle, Stampin Up!, 158361 I played with this hat die for my Pumpkin in the Fungeon event last weekend (this hat is perfect for the baseball-themed kit). At the time, though, I just cropped the hat. I hadn’t noticed the stamp set coordinated so perfectly. I LOVE the stitching the die gives this hat – perfect for a trucker hat. I also love the assortment of options for the front of the cap. Here’s a closer look at the hat:Hats Off, You Are Amazing, Stampin Up!, Brian KingYou might think there are only a few occasions to use the hat, but the sentiments and add-ons really make it a versatile bundle. Where else are you going to find a little bison when you need it?!

Retiring Soon

There are two retiring favorites featured on this card: the Well Suited Designer Series Paper and the You are Amazing stamp set. Both have been go-to favorites of mine from Stampin’ Up!’s January – June 2021 Mini Catalog, and I’ll be sad to see them go. Here’s a look at the patterns and colors int he Well Suited Designer Series Paper that gave me a base for this hat:

Well Suited Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, 154562I’ve used the You Are Amazing stamp set more than any other in Stampin’ Up!’s January – June 2021 Mini Catalog. If you don’t have this set, then please consider grabbing it up before it retires on June 30 (or before supplies run out). Here’s a look at the incredible You Are Amazing stamp set – :

You Are Amazing, Stampin Up!, 154534

The color scheme on my card pulls in the school colors for the college Garrison will be attending in the Fall – gold and blue. If you like this mix of Bumblebee, Pacific Point and Night of Navy as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:

Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Bumblebee, Pacific Point, Night of Navy

Bundles: Hats Off  Stamp Sets: Hats Off, You Are Amazing  Papers: Well Suited Designer Series Paper, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Bumblebee, Basic White  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black  Accessories: Hat Builder Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals


I hope you’ll pop over to  to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Hats Off, You Are Amazing, Stampin Up!, Brian King


Last Chance Retiring List

Stampin’ Up! has released the list of products in its January – June 2021 Mini Catalog that are retiring on June 30 or when supplies run out. There are a lot of great products that will soon be unavailable – and MANY of them are offered at a great discount right now.To read more about the sale, CLICK HERE.

To shop the sale in my online store, CLICK HERE.

Connect, Craft & Collect Promotion

Between now and June 14, Stampin Up! is giving us all an additional $25 of free product for orders over $250. What a great incentive to pick up all of the new products you want early or to combine orders with a friend who also has a long wish list. During the Connect, Craft & Collect promotion, qualifying orders take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s generous Stampin’ Rewards PLUS earn an additional $25 for orders over $250.

If a $250 order isn’t in the stars for you, then maybe you have a friend or two who’d like to order with you? I’m more than happy to set up a Host Code for you or place a workshop order for you and your friends so you can earn free rewards. I’d be happy to set up a quick call to talk about ways for you to earn – just email me here.

Shop with Brian Host CodePlacing an order today?  Of course you are! If you are placing an order for $150 or more, I want you to enjoy all of the Host Rewards you have earned.  If your order is less than $150, I’d love for you please add this Host Code – PKVM4A3F – when prompted. Thank you!


  1. A “matte-less” card! It looks GREAT!!!

    • Can you believe it?! There’s another layer of cardstock under the Designer Series Paper to make it sturdy enough to pop up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. So happy you noted the mattlessness.

  2. Love how you customized this card with the colors for the college your nephew will attend.

  3. Great color combination for a great card!

  4. Love the layout with the plaid paper! Fun card!

  5. This is a perfect masculine card for your nephew. I love the color combination. Now I’ll have to figure out a way to use the little bison!! So funny! Enjoy your day!

  6. Hats off to you my friend for using this bundle for graduation. VERY CLEVER Brian. TFS!

  7. Great card Brian. I hadn’t noticed this set but all the guys I know wear those trucker caps. Combined with something from Geared Up and you get a bunch of happy NASCAR fans for sure. Love the blue and yellow – or should I say Pacific Point and Bumblebee! LOL I’m sure he loved this card.

    • 🙂 Thanks, Grace! You’re right – the hat would pair perfectly with the Geared Up Garage products. It’s a fun set with lots of versatile elements. ♥

  8. CUTE ! Love that stitching ! There are tons of possibilities with this set !
    I know he will love it !! (especially if the card contains currency or gift card)
    Very clever of you to think of this set for him ! But you`re clever like that !!

    • Oh, there was money in it, but I have to give him props for actually studying the card before flipping to the inside to collect his money. 🙂 Thanks, Sonny! ♥

  9. Linda Callahan

    That hat is fabulous! It is all about the stitching! Great card for a graduation!

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