Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Retirement Cards 011514

The place where I work is full of baby boomers and we have lots of retirements and I always have a hard time finding inspiration for this kind of cards. So, I thought it would be fitting to share a few cards I made.

This first card is the latest I made. It's a z fold card. I used the nesting frame 8 die from Life Crafts for the map. I made a banner from some scraps of white card stock stamped Happy and used stickers for retirement. I was so lucky the word fit, because I didn't measure it. :) 

This second card was another z fold card. On this one I used some stickers I picked up at Michaels from their dollar bin from National Geographic. I really liked them because they are sort of like foam, so I think they really add something fun to the card.

This last card is the standard card. I made it to sort of simulate a post card. Again using some of the stickers from National Geographic and the map. As you can tell the map played a big part on these cards. The best part was that I used an old map that was going to be tossed and repurposed it. 

I hope you get a little inspiration and some ideas for the next time you want to celebrate someone's retirement. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

First Blog Post

Today I start this blog to share my handmade cards. I'm new to blogging, and I look forward to this new experience. I tend to think less is more so I will just get started and share three cards :)

They are all cards I made a long time ago. This first one was for my grandmother's birthday. I kept it very simple and I liked how it turned out.

I used a set of clear stamps from Inkadinkadoo and some inexpensive dye inks. I also stamped the envelop for a special touch.

For this one I stamped color card stock and did some fussy cutting for the flowers. Then I used a stripped pattern paper to simulate a fence and added a ribbon under the biggest flower which I popped up for some dimension.

This last card I made for a very special girl named Joy. I stamped the happy birthday greeting  and the flowers several times. I used chalk to color the flowers and glossy accents for the center of the flowers. I stamped J-O-Y on the bottom flowers, but if I was making this card again I would hand write to make sure I got the letters in the center. 

Well, that's all for today. I enjoyed myself!