Day #10 Everyday in May Blog-Aversary Celebration

Good morning fellow crafters. This is Madison of Funky Cards. I am so pleased and honored to be a part of Cooking with Cricut's Blogoversary Celebration!

I was asked to design and create a special graduation card for my grammy to give to my cousin as he graduates from the University of the Pacific! Congratulations Kyle on a job well done!! You ROCK and we are all very proud of you. Kyle was a member of the swim team while he pursued his degree in Engineering at UOP.

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I think it is always nice to personalize a card. I added Kyle's name and the year he graduated, as well as his university logo.

Simply Sweet Cricut Cartridge- Letters
Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Martha Stewart Scalloped Dots Border Punch
Gel Pen
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In keeping with Madison’s post, I wanted to make a card for my nephew who is graduating at the end of this month.
I wanted to include the Aaronic blessing. but I wanted to truly convey the meaning of the blessing. We often read or say the words of this blessing without really knowing what they mean. The words "bless" and "keep" are abstract words which we are familiar with in English. But, the ancient Hebrews (what the original text was written in) were concrete thinkers who related all things to concrete ideas.
The Hebrew word for "bless" is "barak" which literally means "to kneel". A berakah is a "blessing" but more literally, the bringing of a gift to another on a bended "knee". When we bless God or others, we are in essence, bringing a gift on bended "knee". A true king is one who serves his people, one who will humble himself and come to his people on a bended knee.
The Hebrew word for "keep" is "shamar" which literally means "to guard". A related word is "shamiyr" which means "thorn". When the shepherd was out in the wilderness with his flock, he would construct a corral of thorn bushes to protect the sheep from predators, a guarding over of the sheep.
With this more Hebraic concept of Hebrew words we can now read the beginning of the Aaronic blessing as, "Yahweh will kneel before you presenting gifts and will guard you with a hedge of protection". The remaining portions of the Aaronic blessing can also be examined for its original Hebraic meaning revealing the following:

Yahweh will kneel before you presenting gifts and will guard you with a hedge of protection, Yahweh will illuminate the wholeness of his being toward you bringing order and he will beautify you, Yahweh will lift up his wholeness of being and look upon you and he will set in place all you need to be whole and complete.
So here is the card I made. I am so proud of him (my nephew) !!! I truly want to bless him with these words and the abundance of their meaning. The “thorny border around the text was also my interpretation of “keep” or “shamar”. It was purposefully constructed that way.
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closeup side view of grad card 

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This is what the other version of the stamp looks like. It is a bit more feminine with the rose motif's on either side of the bottom. 

#10 Freebie 
I would like to share the Digital Stamp I created for this card. It comes as two jpg images and a pdf file. If you would like this set, you can: CLICK HERE.

#9 Freebie 
For those following along…..I am sorry, I am still working on File #9 
Yesterday DT Leader Jen shared a beautiful project for her little one. It had an adoption theme.

Here is the card I made to go with this theme. I will be giving the little butterfly cut file away as the #9 Freebie….BUT, it is not quite ready yet. It should be ready a little later today. Please do check back for the link. I do apologize for the inconvenience. I have had some slight “technical” issues.
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Thank you so much again for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day!


  1. Fantastic grad card! I love the idea of the school logo on the front, it looks so elegant! And big congrats to Kyle!


  2. Beautiful cards--both of them. I love the blessing and the hedge border.

  3. What wonderful cards. Both are WOWS!

  4. Wonderful graduation card Madison!
    Melin, thank you for the beautiful detail explanation of a true blessing.

  5. Great scripture for a graduation card! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

  6. Madison, love your graduation card. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for free digi stamp saying


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