Retirement Cards

My first thought when it comes to a retirement card is a funny one.  Something about not having to wear heels every day anymore, “I ain’t workin’ here no more!”, etc.  When a friend asked me to make a retirement card for her to give someone, I knew she wasn’t looking for funny, so it took me a while to think of something.

Here are ideas 1 and 2:

She choose the first one.  Here’s how that one was made:


  • HeroArts Diamond Stencil
  • Ranger Water Color Paper
  • Vellum
  • Distress Oxide Inks: candied apple, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber, mermaid lagoon, lucky clover, wilted violet
  • Gina K Sets: Stitched Leaves (thankful die and sentiment stamps), Hope Grows (& symbol)
  • Versamark Ink
  • Red and Blue embossing powders
  • Gold shimmer sheet
  • Queen and Company Irridescent Bubbles in 4 colors
  • Zig 2 Way Glue pen

Used a piece of the gold shimmer sheet as the back layer, as well as to cut the “thankful” from.  Used the Diamond stencil on the watercolor paper with all of the distress oxide inks in a rainbow pattern.  Embossed the sentiments on the vellum, leaving enough room at the top for the “thankful”, which was then adhered. Attached the vellum to the stenciled panel using the “bling”.

For the second idea, I used a Lily Of The Valley image stamp and a sentiment stamp from Gina K.  After I colored with Prismacolor Pencils, I added a bit of Glossy Accents to the glass to make it actually look like a drink was in it.

Had a couple ideas, just no time to make them.  She choose the first one, which she thought worked best with what she wanted to say.

Now, I’ve been working on a retirement card that is funny/weird for a friend, but so far, have had nothing work the way I wanted.  I have another idea and will hopefully be able to get it done and working, this week.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.


Pirate Card

Yes, I did another card today.  Well, at least I finished another one.  There are a few that were started, but things aren’t working quite right.  Those will just have to wait.

This one was kind of fun.  I decided I wanted to use the skull and crossbones (my son says it’s called the Jolly Roger and that is the symbol, not the flag), so figured it would be fun on black.  After I got it finished, I looked at it and thought it would have been great in glow-in-the-dark embossing powder, except that doesn’t show up very well on black and I definitely wanted the white on black.  Used a die to take out a corner of the black panel and stamp a pirate scene that would peek through.  Yep, I did the whole front, even though only a corner shows.

This is for the Simon Says Stamp: For The Boys challenge.  It is definitely a boy card.  I’m thinking of one that turns 18 soon.

5-12-18 WCC SSS Corner

Yes, I did accidentally overlap two of my Jolly Rogers.  It is a bit difficult to see clear ink on a black panel.  Didn’t figure it was enough to worry about.


  • MFT Party Like A Pirate
  • MFT Marble Background
  • MFT Drifts & Hills stencil
  • Ranger Distress Ink: Blueprint Sketch, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy
  • Black and White card
  • Black Ink
  • Prismacolor pencils: Tuscan Red 937, Dark Brown 946, Peach 939, True Blue 903, Crimson Red 924, Black 935, Light Cerulean Blue 904
  • Sakura Stardust Silver Star pen
  • Versamark ink and white embossing powder
  • Black Scrapbook Adhesive squares

This one was lots of fun to make.  Hopefully it brings a smile to your face.  Can I say, the best part about making this one was that the mail ran after I got started and I received a card from a friend using this same stamp set.  That made me smile and what she wrote brought tears to my eyes.  Snail mail is definitely the best!

Thanks for spending a bit more of your precious time with me today!


Ombre as in shades of the same color.  You see it all over on women’s heads nowadays, as well as in all sorts of different design schemes, and you’ve seen it for years on cards.

Simon Says Stamp had a challenge on Monday to use Ombre.  As I hadn’t had a chance to make my card, yet, Gina K had a challenge to use “tone on tone” this weekend.  So, I’m using it for both.  The We Craft Cards forum had a flower themed challenge on Monday, that I put it in, too.  Yep, got a lot out of this card.  Even got to explain masking and layering to my son, who was watching me make it.  Best of all, it’s going to a friend.

5-12-18 SSS STV Ombre

Shades of turquoise and teal, with a few touches of a bluish green thrown in for contrast.

I cut the “you” out of the same color card as the base card, 3 times, then layered those together and put some shimmery embossing powder on top.  You can see that I masked off a circle area, then stamped the flowers and leaves around it (lots of masking involved in that).  Afterwards, I pulled off all the masks and stamped my center.  The sentiment had a “you” at the beginning, so I masked that off when inking it, so I could use my die cut “you”.

Added some coordinating ribbon and sequins and put it all together.  I did pop the front panel up, which my husband thought was a bit strange, but he did get that it gave it more dimension.

Here’s what I used:

  • Gina K Turquoise Sea card
  • Gina K Blue Lagoon card
  • Gina K Blue Lagoon ink
  • Stampin’ Up Mint Macaroon ink
  • Versamark ink
  • Gina K Made With Love stamp set
  • Gina K Wreath Builder set
  • Gina K Boho Flowers “you” die
  • Stampendous Kaleidoscope embossing powder
  • Zig 2-way Glue Pen
  • Stick It
  • Pop dots
  • Teal ribbon
  • Assorted sequins
  • Heat tool
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic Block

Yep, that’s a lot of stuff, but I like how it turned out.  I’m hoping it will bring some encouragement and a smile to a friend.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.


Sheep Set 1

My mother asked for a set of sheep cards for Mothers Day.  We had to celebrate Mothers Day early, as my folks are going out of town, as is my Mother-in-Law.  Hadn’t had time to make the cards for her present, though I did post the Mothers Day cards I made for them, last week.  Anyway, figured I would do 3 different kinds, with 4 of each kind.  This is the first set.

5-7-18 SSS Sheep Set 1

Had fun making these, so I’m entering them in a Simon Says Stamp weekly challenge, as well.


  • Gina K Jellybean Green card for the bases and Layering Weight White for the squares
  • Gina K Wreath Builder Set – 4″
  • MFT Ewe Are the Best stamp set
  • We-R-Memory-Keepers Crop-A-Die Corner Chomper – Deco
  • PrismaColor pencils: 939 Peach, 912 Apple Green, 904 Light Cerulean Blue
  • Washi tape

Stamped the sheep every other turn, then added the flowers between the sheep.  Thought fun corners would be good, so did those, then figured it was just missing something.  Found this fun washi tape in my collection, which had all the colors I used and so many more, so put that on.

And now, I have the first 4 cards done.  To get 2 more sets done by Wednesday is going to be a challenge, but I’m going to give it a good try.  If not, she’ll get them after they get back.  There’s only so much I can do.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  I realize I’m posting a lot more than I have in a very long time, but having fun sharing what I’m doing.  If there is anything in particular you would like to see, please let me know.  Now, go enjoy your time.


Had fun with a stencil and rainbow colors.

5-6-18 STV SSS Rainbow

Used the Altenew Cube Builder Stencil; Gina K inks in: cherry red, sweet mango, wild dandelion, jellybean green, powder blue, wild lilac; the Gina K “Your Own Kind of Beautiful” stamp and die set; a gold Stardust pen; PrismaColor pencils: 912 Apple Green, 908 Dark Green, 916 Canary Yellow; and some adhesive.  Also used a Spellbinders labels die, but not sure which one.

Used this for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge, as well as this month’s StampTV challenge.

Hope it gives you a chuckle.  Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Dragon Sketch

My Favorite Things is an amazing small company that sells stamps, dies, paper, ink, embellishments, etc.  They have a card challenge site where they post different challenges.  Once a week, on Wednesdays, they post a sketch challenge.  The sketch for this week was interesting, so I made a card to go with it.

On Monday and Tuesday of this week they had a sale on their clear stamps, as well.  I saw it on Monday and asked my daughter if there was anything she wanted, so we put in an order together.  We didn’t have quite enough for free shipping, so I added some paper and ink in what looked to be a fun color: Green-Eyed Monster.  It isn’t quite the color I thought it would be, but it is a fun one, so, as the order arrived, yesterday, I used that, too.

5-5-18 MFT Sketch

For this I used the Green-Eyed Monster card and ink (to stamp the dragon), their Magical Dragons set and some patterned paper from a value paper set from Me & My Big Ideas called Alison.  I’ve had the paper for many years, so not sure if it is still available.  Also used some PrismaColor pencils in Lemon Yellow, Apple Green, Dark Green, and Crimson Lake.  Used a Sakura Stardust pen in gold, a clear Sparkle Noir pen, adhesive, foam pop dots, and white layering weight paper.


Made a very different sympathy card for a funeral this morning, as well.  I’m just posting the card, not all the supplies I used.

5-5-18 WCC Sympathy - Betty H

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.  Go have a wonderful rest of your weekend and do something creative.  There are so many different ways to be creative, from making fun stuff, to working on engines, to hiking, singing, etc.

Birthday Card Fun

My uncle moved away from Arizona many years ago.  So, thought I would give him a fun southwest birthday card to celebrate his birthday.

5-2-18 WCC HA Bill Bday

Used the Hero Arts April 2018 kit for this one.  It’s rare that I purchase a kit, but this one was too fun to pass up.  There are many more images and dies in it, too.

Now, for the pieces, I water colored in two different ways.  The snake and flowers were done with Derwent Inktense pencils, and a water brush.  I have to say, my water brush puts out too much water, so some of my color ran outside the lines.  They are easy to use, however and fun, as well.  For the mouse, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens.  I didn’t use additional water and I loved the precision I could get.  The gold details on the mouse were done with a Sakura Stardust pen in gold.

Because I wanted to water color the images, I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp them.

My friend, Terrie, has this braid card style as the challenge for this week on  My husband was beyond impressed with it and it wasn’t difficult.  Terrie gives links to how to do it, as well as the template.

I am also entering this in the Hero Arts Challenge: Put A Flower on It.  I actually have 3 flowers on it.  One of them is cut in half, but had fun with doing that.

Just wanted to show you what I’ve been working on this week.  Thanks for spending some of your precious time with me.