Showing posts with label Retirement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Retirement. Show all posts

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Retirement Succulent

I retired last January (Yippee!)  and on Tuesday a former co-worker is retiring and her department is having a party for her - so I needed a retirement card.
My card design was inspired by this card by Becky - the Featured Stamper over on Splitcoaststampers this week.

I used a succulent rather than a cactus (or I guess a cactus IS a succulent??!), changed the design slightly.

I didn't make mine a shaker - but did add clear sequins scattered about to give the impression of a shaker!

I colored my image using Tombow Markers and a Clear Glitter Wink of Stella to spread the color around - so IRL it is quite sparkly in the light!

I'm also linking my card to:

Stamps:Succulents - Altenew
Paper: Bristol Smooth Surface, White and Text Stye Distressed Dots - PTI
Ink:True Black - PTI, Black Heros Hue
Accessories: Succulent dies - Altenew, Lacy circle die - Waltzingmouse (retired), Flag It - Taylored Espressions, Noted: Scalloped A2 - PTI, foam dots, Tombow Markers, Clear Glitter Wink of Stella, washi tape, clear sequins, Tombow Glue





Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Retirement - a New Beginning - Mixed Media Card Challenge

A friend at work asked me to make a personalized retirement card for a woman in her department. I wanted it to be bright and cheerful. (I was totally inspired by my friend Loll's card here.)  Here's the card that I made.  It's an over sized card so lots of people can sign it.  I simply folded an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of card stock in half for the card base.
For the background, I first sponged over the panel with Ranger Distress Wild Honey Ink.  Then I laid the Dot Fade Stencil by Tim Holtz over the sponging and spritzed over the stencil with water.  I removed the stencil and dried the panel with my heat tool.  It left a great water spot look
I stamped the cone flower and stem onto watercolor paper, colored them with Ranger Distress Markers and went over the colors with a water brush.  I dried them with a heat tool and brushed over the flower head with a clear glitter Wink of Stella. (it's really sparkly IRL!) I fussy cut them and adhered  them on the panel with foam dots, curling up the petals a bit.  I stamped the sentiment on a white rectangle and MARIE on a piece punched with a circle punch.  To finish it off I added three sequins, adhered the panel to a piece of Shimmer Gold paper and then to the card base.

This card fits the January Mixed Media Card Challenge
I used stencils with water, watercoloring and stampings as my mixed media.
Retirement is a new beginning! and I used sequins!
Just a reminder you have until January 25th to enter the Mixed Media Card Challenge - check it out here!
Stamps:  Simple Alphabet - PTI, Happy Retirement - American Art Stamp, Tim Holtz Flower Garden.
Paper:  Watercolor paper,  White, Vintage Cream and Shimmer Sampler - PTI.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, True Black- PTI, Wild Honey Ranger Distress
Accessories:  Dot Fade Stencil - Tim Holtz, mini mister - Ranger, foam dots, Clear Glitter Wink of Stella, Ranger Distress Markers - Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmelade, Spun Sugar, Lemonade Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, 1" circle punch - EK Success, waterbrush pen.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The World's Longest Coffee Break

I've had a busy week but finally found time to get into my craft room and make a card!  I'm using a new Coffee Set that Claire released from Waltzingmouse in June.   
I needed some retirement cards for my stash - and the Coffee Set has this great sentiment - "Retirement, the world's longest Coffee break".  There's also a coordinating Coffee Die set that makes it easy peasy to cut out the shapes.  There are several different shaped mugs/cups in the set - I used this more masculine looking  one stamping the little design (a separate stamp) in black.  
I  used strips of Idea-ology Commute Tissue tape and Film Strip Ribbon - adhering them with tiny staples.  The sentiment square and cup are both up on foam dots.  I added some brown sequins to finish it off!
I stamped a sentiment from Putting on the Ritz on the inside.
I used the latest Freshly Made Sketches for my design.
Stamps:  Coffee Set and Putting on the Ritz - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Kraft, White, True Black - PTI
Ink:  True Black, Dark Chocolate - PTI, Ranger Distress Tea Dye
Accessories:  Coffee Set Dies - Waltzingmouse,  foam tape, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, brown sequins, Idea-ology Tissue Tape/Commute and Film Strip Ribbon.



Thursday, March 27, 2008

Misty Sympathy - Riding off to Arizona & How to Make Clouds


Hope everyone is having a good day today! We are supposed to be getting some rain but so far it's just cloudy and there is talk of a little snow coming in the next few days - hopefully north and west of here!!

I have two cards to share with you today - the one above is for today's Split Coast Challenge to 'Just Spray It' - to use some sort of spray (water, glimmer mist, airbrush, hairspray - whatever!) on your card.

My second card which will be further down here - is the retirement card I made for my sister to give to her brother-in-law. Finally finished it after talking about it here for 2 days!

For my challenge card - I inked my stamps with Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger and then misted the stamps with water in a spray bottle lightly before stamping them (took several tries to get it not too wet!!!) I used the Paisley background stamp, stamping it on white Papertrey Card Stock and a hydrangea stamp from Anna Griffin that I stamped on watercolor paper. I colored in a few of the petals with my Stampin Up marker just for a little color accent. I pierced several edges - put ribbon around the Brown Bazzill panel and distressed the watercolor edges. The sentiment words are by Papertrey from the Paper Tray set.

I also show the inside where I attached a Very Vanilla cardstock piece and stamped the sentiment on it. That stamp is by Verses Rubber Stamps

Misting a stamp with water is a fun technique - it can give you many different looks depending on how much you mist.
Stamps: Hydrangea: Anna Griffin, Sentiment: Papertrey Ink - Paper Tray, Paisley BG - SU
Paper: Bazzill Brown, Papertreyink White, water color paper
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink - Ranger
Accessories: Distresser, water spray bottle, dimensionals, paper piercer, pad & grid, SU marker, brown satin Ribbon
Techniques: paper piercing, misting



My sister asked me to make a card for her brother-in-law as he is retiring in May. She said he likes car racing and they are moving to Arizona (from MA) after they retire. So this is what I came up with.

I got the Arizona post card image from a book with a CD of images called 'Old Time Travel Posters and Luggage Labels' from Dover Publications They also sell them at Barnes & Noble and Borders Books.

First I made clouds in the sky using a home made template that I cut using scalloped scissors and sponged along the edges with soft sky. I've included a picture below showing my template and sample clouds. I learned this from Mothermark (Cindy) on Split Coast.

I made the road with a piece of black card stock that I cut with my curvy paper cutter from Creative Memories and added the 'lines' with punches from the horizontal slot punch from Stampin Up.

The cartoon race car is a clip art from Word. I stamped a little grass below the 'street'. All the cut outs are up on dimensionals. Inside you can see that I stamped clouds all over. The racing flags are a sticker from a set I picked up at Michaels. The sentiments are listed in the supplies list below.

I think Dave will get a kick out of this card - don't you??!

Stamps: sentiment: Papertrey Ink - Paper Tray, grass - Sutter Enterprises Inside Sentiments: Happy Retirement - American Art Stamp, Always take the scenic route - Inky Antics, and Dave was stamped with Karen Fisher alphabet Snap Stamps.
Paper: Soft Sky, Black, White, Really rust, so saffron
Ink: Soft Sky: Su, Pitch Black & Meadow Adirondack
Accessories: slot punch, clip art, Dover clip art, circle punches, gingham ribbon, curvy paper cutter - Creative Memories, cloud template - home made, racing sticker: Michaels, dimensionals
Techniques: sponging


Here is how I make my clouds. I made a template with a piece of cardstock that I just cut in different curves with my scalloped edge decorative scissors. You hold the template starting at the base of where you want the sky - and just sponge sections just a little over the edges - then keep moving the template from left to right and then move up intil you have your full sky. I find that Soft Sky Ink is a perfect color for clouds. Give it a try - they really come out neat!

Thanks for stopping in tonight - I'd love if you'd leave a comment for me about what you think of my cards - have a wonderful night!

Kent and I are going to a play tomorrow night - so I probably won't be posting again until Saturday - so see you then!