My Kind of Retirement

Okay, so I showed you some retirement cards last week.  But, I hadn’t been able to get the one I wanted to do completed.  Worked on it this week and finally got it working correctly.

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It’s not perfect and though this was the best picture I got of it, it isn’t a fabulous picture.  Wound up layering 8 layers of card with the maze and the frame.  Then added the acetate cover and a cover panel.  It is one very thick card.  So thick, I had to make a custom envelope for it.  However, the little balls move around, this time.  The card is done in Arizona Diamondback colors, as that is the retiree’s favorite team.  And the white ball is the one he’s supposed to get to the finish.  The rest are there as distractions.  I wound up having to use glue on each layer of the maze, and the end of a paintbrush to move it into place.  Needless to say, by the time I got 8 layers done, there was a bit of glue that had gotten onto the base.  So, wound up using my anti-static pad (cornstarch pouch) all over it to make sure no sticky was left, after it dried.

The inside was totally personalized, so didn’t show that.

This was the idea that occurred to me a few months ago.  It was more difficult to put together than anticipated and didn’t turn out quite how I had it pictured, but I think the retiree will enjoy it.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Go enjoy the rest of your day.

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.

Embossing Fun

This week I had some fun with an embossing stencil, some ink and patterned paper.

Products Used:

  • LL588 Stencil (Dreamweavers Stencils)
  • Inks: Sweet Mango, Blue Lagoon, Applemint (Gina K.)
  • Patterned Paper:  Made With Love pack (Gina K.)
  • Card Stock: Heavy Base Weight white (Gina K.) and White (Recollections)
  • Ribbon: Green Organza (360 – Michael’s)
  • Adhesive Runner (Scotch Advanced Tape Glider)
  • Removable Tape (Scotch)
  • Light Box (Light Tracer by Artograph)

To start, I taped my stencil to a piece of white card with removable tape.

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When you flip it over and turn the light table on, you can see right through to trace it with the round embossing tool seen on the table.  Before embossing, rub the card stock with wax paper (it makes it much easier to trace).  Just a hint, if you use really heavy weight card stock, or dark colored card, it is very difficult to see through to trace.

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Then I found the papers I wanted to use from my paper pack, chose my ink colors to go with the papers, and started inking my design, with the stencil still attached.  Ink through the stencil.

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I did use a touch of red ink for the tongue.  I also used a fine point black pen to color the eyes.  When you remove the stencil, make sure you rinse it with water to clean it off, then dry it well.

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After cutting around my embossed image, I cut a strip of the green for behind it.  In the finished card, I layered the green on a strip of white card to offset it a bit, as the 2 patterned papers together was too busy looking.  I did cut close to my embossed and inked image, so you could see the green through around the tail and legs.

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I figured out where I wanted the ribbon behind the image piece, then put it on the background patterned paper, before adhering that to the base card.  I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut piece of vellum, then traced it with a teal Stardust Pen to give it a bit more color and some sparkle.  Adhered that to the ribbon with Vellum Adhesive by Therm-o-web.

Inside, I put a small strip of the background patterned paper, crossed by a small piece of the green patterned paper.  The inside sentiment is stamped with Blue Lagoon ink (same as the outside) in the center.

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I have embossed and inked this dragon with many colors, but I don’t think any have been as fun as this with the bright colors.  Try doing things a bit different than expected and you might really like what you achieve.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Now, go out and enjoy the rest of your weekend.


The Wednesday challenge on ScrapZee this week is to make a masculine card.  There’s another challenge on StampTV to make a “holey” card.  Along with those, the FOSTV challenge on SpeedyTV this week is to use tissue paper on a card.  So, I did the Faux Silk technique with the tissue paper and made this fun, window card for my dad for his 2nd retirement.



The stamp set I used on this one is the Boy Oh Boy set by Lili Of The Valley.  The ink is Danube Blue (Memento) and colored with pencils (Koh-i-Nor).  I really hope he enjoys this one as much as I enjoyed making it.

This next card is a sympathy card for the SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge this week done in spring colors for the ScrapZee Monday challenge.

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It wasn’t quite what I intended, but it was still interesting to make.  I used two different Heartfelt Creations stamp sets for this one: Heartfelt Expressions and Cross and Lilies.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!