If you’ve followed my blog at all, you know that I love to make custom cards! I’ve been making them for Christmas for years and I made one when my first son graduated high school. Now my middle son is about to graduate and I’m starting to think about custom cards again! I CANNOT think about him graduating yet. Ack! We already got his senior photos taken and it kills me! But I CAN think about cards…the key is to disconnect the two things in my brain! LOL! As I was thinking about making a custom grad card, I was contacted by Basic Invite and asked to take a look at their cards. I’m serious! These events actually overlapped! Of course, I went right to their site and let me say, “Wow!”Article about custom graduation cards at Basic Invite by Calm and Collected blogger, Jennifer Terry

I made that custom card above! LOL! It seemed fitting to use their cards to make a title photo for this post.  They have lots of photo graduation cards to choose from as well as customizable graduation invitations.  What I was impressed with was the scope of possibilities for customization. They have tons of color options that you can instantly preview online. Once you select a design you can change each element on the card (your photo, obviously and each line of text) so that you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.Article about custom graduation cards at Basic Invite by Calm and Collected blogger, Jennifer Terry

Want to see the one I was playing with? It’s not a great photo, but I still like it: Graduation Card Calm & Collected made on Basic Invite's website

The school colors are maroon, black and white. I was able to make 2017 a muted maroon color. They have a LOT of fonts to choose from, too! Want to see how this card looked originally? 

This is not the card I’ll send. I’m thinking of taking him somewhere and snapping an artsy photo of him. He’s my creative child. He’s going to study animation in college, so I need a fitting artsy photo of him. No matter what photo I end up using, I like that I can customize my text to pop off of it.

Then I can choose an envelope color to match.  Basic Invite has over 40 different envelope colors. We can make this invitation stand out even before it is opened! And I don’t have to lick them!!! All of their envelopes are peel and seal! I hate licking envelopes. (Hey- I once read that licking a postage stamps adds 20 calories to your diet! On a terrible tangent…I looked this up to see if it was true and found that American stamps have 5.9 calories, but British commemorative stamps have 14.5! The more you know!)

And just so you know:  you can order just one card to preview it. I mean, I can see on the computer screen that I like how it looks, but I like that I can hold one and see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before I place my order.

Do you want to play, too? Basic Invite is offering my readers 15% off when you enter the code 15FF51. Let me know if you try them out!

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So a few weeks ago I did not offer a Freebie Friday due to GISHWHES. (See that post with some crazy pix from GISHWHES 2012 here.)  GISHWHES stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen!  It is an international scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins with participants from over 100 countries.  This year I was on a team (PurpleRainLovesNorthstars) with 15 people including my son, my mom, 2 friends from high school and some people from around the country whom I’d never met, but were very cool, very creative and lots of fun!

We had to take pictures and videos of unusual, crazy things like someone eating green eggs and ham in a boat with a goat.  Now that the hunt is over, I thought you might like to see what crazy, silly things we did.  These are just some of the 178 things we could choose from.

GISHWHES 2016 Robot Baby

I forget exactly what the clue asked for, but it was basically a robot baby. Here our baby takes its first steps from Dad, Matthew, to Mom, Haley.

GISHWHES 2016 Dental String Quartet

Muzak during dental exams is so boring. Get a string quartet to play live music during your dental exam. Special thanks to Lisa, Josh, Lavenia, Jayne, Matthew, Haley & Dr. Drew Eckman (not pictured).

GISHWHES 2016- Rainbow Teeth

Deanne and her daughter, Holly chose the shortest clue in the hunt: Rainbow Teeth.

GISHWHES 2016-Carried off by Creepy Dolls

Using only forced perspective make yourself very small beside something you would not want to be smaller than. How about creepy dolls?

GISHWHES 2016-Mom at 67 & 90

My mom chose one that was to do a close-up of yourself wearing a wreath of flowers and using make-up show yourself in the same spot and clothes with wilted flowers and now you are 90.

GISHWHES 2016- Dessert Fairy

Brittany (a new friend on our team from Texas) chose an item that required her to dress as the Dessert Fairy and deliver ice cream to police, firemen or EMS.

GISHWHES 2016- Lawn Warming Party

Matthew chose one that had you decorate your front lawn with all of your clothes and host a lawn-warming party. (Haley, Josh, Olivia and Matthew.)

GISHWHES 2016- Super Hero doing mundane chores

Holly, dressed as a superhero, does a very mundane chore–it could have been any chore, but she chose folding laundry. Notice the Batman shirt. That cracks me up! The idea of one superhero wearing another superhero T-shirt on their day off!

GISHWHES 2016- 2 Jedi Knights share a root beer float

Two Jedi Knights drinking a root beer float in a 1950’s style diner. Shout out to Miss Oxford Diner in Oxford, PA!

There were many, many more, but this gives you a good idea of the madness we pursued for a week!  If you participated in GISHWHES this year or in the past, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!  If you want to join our team next year, let me know!  And of course, I would be honored if you could take a moment to follow my blog with Bloglovin.

 

So….I am having a CRAZY week because I am taking part in GISHWHES!!! This is the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen!  It is an international scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins with participants from over 100 countries.  I’m on a team with 15 people including my son, my mom and 2 friends from high school and some people from around the country whom I’ve never met, but are very nice and lots of fun!

We have to take pictures and videos of unusual, crazy things like someone eating green eggs and ham in a boat with a goat.  So that’s my project for this week!  I’ll hopefully be able to share some pictures after the hunt.  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a couple of photos from the last time I did this hunt in 2012.

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Awkward Family photo where everyone holds a cucumber

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Awkward Family photo where everyone holds a cucumber

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Donating coats to a local charity

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Donating coats to a local charity

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Carve a pumpkin to look like a female version of Misha Collins-the host of G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.

Carve a pumpkin to look like a female version of Misha Collins-the host of G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. I don't remember exactly what this one was looking for- something like "A photo of Elmo after a bender" Poor Elmo.

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. I don’t remember exactly what this one was looking for- something like “A photo of Elmo after a bender” Poor Elmo.

I’ll be back next week with Freebie Friday!  Be sure to follow my blog with Bloglovin to see some of the contributions to this year’s G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.!