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Retirement Cards

>> Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Last week I mentioned that one of my dreams is to retire to the beach.  I'm not sure that wish will ever come true, but I did make today's retirement cards with the ocean in mind :-)

I made a little beach scene using the following stamps, coloring them and the background in using Copic markers and a white gel pen.

 I framed it out using a piece of brown card stock and layered it onto a turquoise paper that was embossed with time pieces...time sure does seem to have less meaning when you don't have someplace to be!

And this second card was simply made by stamping and heat embossing the Seaside Dock stamp and adding the die cut Happiness Retirement Greeting on top of a embossed border piece.  Super easy, but monochromatic cards are never a fail in my book.

 Here's hoping you're having a relaxing week, whether it's seaside or backyard inspired! 

Thanks for visiting!


Follow Your Dreams!

>> Monday, June 26, 2017

Hello Everyone! My card today features our new Follow Your Dreams sign post with some hot air balloons. I think this new sign post image is great for both retirement and grad cards. Don't you?

I started with white CS, sponged on TH Distress inks for the grass and sky, then I stamped the sign post and colored it with Copic markers. The balloons were also stamped on white CS, colored with Copics and fussy cut. The yellow and pink ones were glued onto the panel and the purple one is attached with foam adhesive for some dimension. I die cut a kraft colored frame using SB rectangle dies and then attached everything to a white card base.

Thanks for stopping by today!



Under the sea

>> Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hi all, today I have a simple card to share with you.

The background was made with distress oxide ink then I sprint it with a little water.I stamped the Happy Octopus   and colored with Copic markers then fussy cut. The Just because  was stamp on a light blue strip. Then I added some sequence and called it done.

Have a wonderful day,


Perfect Day!

>> Saturday, June 24, 2017

Good morning!
It is so very hot and sunny here that all I could think of was somewhere to go to cool off!!!  For us on the west coast, that would be the coast where it is ALWAYS 20-30 degrees cooler that where I live.

Oh man, this card makes me wish I were there!  I love my Mtns where I have lived for 35 years but I grew up at the beach so that love will always be in me too!  There is nothing so majestic as waves crashing onto the rocks of some of the rugged west coastline (I'm sure the East coastline has similar) or the even melodic sounds of the waves crashing onto the sandy beaches where children AND adults love to play.
For this card I did not have any masking to do.  Everything stamped nicely without.  I added some black lines to make a cove and also make the horizon, colored with my Copic markers and then made my frame from a piece of corrugated stock.  I cut it to 4 1/4 X 5 1/2" then die cut the center with a Spellbinder A2 Rectangle Nestability die.  I dry brushed it with white acrylic paint and popped it up on top of my Seaside scene.  I then fussy cut my anchor and my seashells and added them to the frame.

The other place to go is in the high country of the Sierra.
It sometimes still snows at 10,000 feet in June and July.  Yes, we have been there in July when it snowed.  It was a one day thing so we were able to go on our backback trip anyway.  The day it snowed we headed (by car) to Mammoth Mtn for some waterproof gear at a sporting goods store.  I wore the Gore-Tex boots I bought for a whole lot of years after!!  The Gore-Tex pant (shell)? well, my grandson still uses them for snowboarding!

DRS stamps: Silhouette Hiker 1026G, Follow Your Dreams Signpost 137G, and Silhouette Majestic Pines757L

I decided to get some more of my corrugated pieces out (of retirement, Ha!) for this frame as well.  This piece is kind of blackish (I bought a bunch of different colors probably 20 years ago).  This one I cut the same but since it was very dark I used Metallic Rub-Ons to give it more character and dimension.  I also found these little plastic embellishments (the brown leaves and tan acorns) that I added to the corner after wrapping the top 3 times with twine.  I've popped my sign up onto the popped up frame.

I hope you can get some inspiration from these cards today!
Thanks for visiting!


Follow Your Arrow

>> Friday, June 23, 2017

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

 Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! It has been a really wet & rainy week here in NE Georgia! That tropical storm may have been hundreds of miles away but it sure rained on our parade all the way up here. The plants & trees are loving it. At least it keeps the temps down. 

Today I have a pretty quick retirement card...this Follow Your Dreams Sign Post would also be wonderful for graduation. After I stamped & colored it onto a die cut panel, I stamped the little sign parts again & cut them out to pop up on top. The other layers were leftovers already in my stash & the colors went, so there you go! On the top kraft panel, I stamped the World Map a few times in rust colored ink then added little white strips to make it stand out from the larger kraft panel. On that one, I stamped the little 4 in 1 Arrows in the same ink. I die cut some little arrows & added them down the left side.
Here's a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
stamps: DRS Designs - Follow Your Dreams Sign Post World Map4 in 1 Arrows  (inside- As You Retire )
paper: Staples 110# white, dk orange, dk brown, kraft
ink:  Memento tuxedo black,  Distress ink rusty hinge
accessories:  Misti, Copic markers, stitched rectangles & long skinny stitched mats dies, arrow border die


If it ain't got that swing...

>> Thursday, June 22, 2017


What is it about plaid and golfing??  Whenever I start thinking about making any kind of golfer card I usually start by pulling out a plaid stamp.

I started my card this week with a green and blue plaid on bright lime card stock using our Woven Plaid stamp (it's hard to tell here, but in real life you can see the different colors)

For my golf scene I started by masking my card slightly above center and sponging on turquoise ink, using the edge of a ripped paper towel for the clouds.  Next I reversed the mask and sponged on 3 different green inks and then stamped out Easy Grass Background on top using the medium green ink.  I stamped our Silhouette Golfer on top using a well inked black pad and our new Ain't Got that Swing using turquoise ink.  The golf ball on the tee was taken from our small Golf Stamp which I stamped on scrap and colored and cut out.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


One Fish, Three Fish

>> Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hello friends!

Fish have been on my brain this past week.  It started out when one of my Hello Fresh dinners was grilled catfish - loved it sooo much.  Then my daughter left some Halibut in my fridge for a few days (when she told us they were boiling it in Sprite and dipping it in butter so it would taste like lobster, I didn't want to give it back- lol). 

The rain has been so heavy the last few days, and I started feeling like a fish. 

Soooooo, I have fish cards for you today.  I used the same stamps and stencil for each card and used the same water color spritzing technique (learned from THIS video by Kelly Acheson). My first card was not on water color paper, but my second one was and the difference is remarkable. SU! Ink was used on both cards.

For both cards, I used the Big Mouth Bass image and the Sun Shine On You Greeting

Super fun!




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