Last week at the Salem Etsy Team Spring Sale, I met a very nice lady who requested a custom graduation exploding box card. I had one that I had previously made there as a sample, and she loved it so much she wanted one for a family member who is graduating from a local university in June. I was happy for the challenge! I made my sample box in the colors of my son's high school, complete with the high school logo, and my customer really liked that, and asked that I do the same using the university's colors and logo.
Now, I've posted exploding box cards here before, but this one is different. This one is not a standard box, but an octagonal one! Part of this idea actually came from my BFF Kendra awhile back, when I was in the planning stages for the craft show last weekend. She said I ought to have an exploding box there for people to see, and suggested one in a graduation theme. I took that idea and played with it, and came up with a design for a box that looks like a graduation cap- cute, huh? I found a tutorial for the octagonal exploding box on a blog here, although after doing the first one, I figured out a slightly different way of making the layers. Check back here for a tutorial on that in the future! I really like the results of this- I hope my customer does too!
In other news, I hit a big milestone in my Etsy shop today- I made it over 100 sales! My hubby's best friend's mom placed a big order for 8 cards from my shop today- what a sweetheart! Thanks Sharon! You might remember this thank you card from a few weeks ago- this was the card that I made to send to Sharon and her husband for letting us use their beautiful beach house to celebrate our anniversary. I guess she loved the card so much she wanted to buy some of her own! Anyway, I was only 3 items shy of 100, so Sharon's order put me over the top and then some!
Well, I guess I will start working on some stuff for Father's Day next, since it's just a month away. If I had more time, I'd prepare months in advance for each holiday or occasion, but as busy as life is these days, that won't happen for awhile. Maybe when I retire!