Enjoy Retirement

Hello there!  I’m back with a rare type of card to share today.  Late last night my husband asked if I had a retirement card… he needed one for a colleagues who retired today!  Nothing like getting plenty of advance notice! 😂   So I woke up this morning to get started, but I could not for the life of me remember which set had the ‘happy retirement’ sentiment.  I found a slightly different retirement sentiment and ended with this.

 

 

Started by stamping the cocktail with Memento black ink on X-press It paper.  Masked it and the bottom part, then blended Squeezed Lemonade and Carved Pumpkin DOx inks with a mini blending tool.  Removed masks and coloured in the image with Copics.  Die cut ‘enjoy’ once from a scrap of X-press It paper and four more times from a scrap of regular thick white cardstock.  Ombré coloured the X-press It diecut with red Copic markers, then stacked all five pieces for dimension.

 

 

In my haste to get this done within the timeframe, I smeared ink on the panel.  No time to start over, so I die cut a frame from X-press It paper with an A2 size stitched rectangle die (retired) and a duo sided stitched rectangle die.  Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base and popped the frame up with foam tape to give it dimension.  Heat embossed ‘your retirement with white embossing powder on a black strip.  To finish, added clear shimmer to the umbrella and ‘enjoy’ diecut, Crystal Glaze to the glass and a few round clear drops.

 

 

My husband said his colleague loved it. 😊   Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
SSS Flickr #100 Anything Goes
Time Out#112 Warm   (warm colours, keeping hydrated when it’s warm out)
The Daily Marker — The 30 Day Coloring Challenge
SSS Monday — Food and/or Drink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to Birthday!

Happy Monday everyone!  So back to birthday cards as May is a busy birthday month.  In fact, I have two friends with the same birthday today!  I’m only sharing one of the cards now and the other on Saturday. 😉  My friend loves her cat, so I thought it was the perfect time to break out a NBUS set and make this CAS birthday card.

 

 

Took a wonky stitched rectangle panel die cut from Neenah cardstock and stamped the image with Memento black ink.  Masked the image, then die cut a reverse oval mask from masking paper.  Adhered the oval mask into place and ink blended Shaded Lilac distress ink with a mini blending tool.  Removed the masks and coloured the image with Copics.  Having destashed a lot of my coloured cardstock, the sentiment was white heat embossed on a white strip and coloured with Wilted Violet distress ink.

 

 

Mounted the panel with foam adhesive on a white top folding card base.  Popped up the sentiment strip also with foam adhesive since it didn’t need to be mailed.  Added sone clear sequins and clear shimmer to finish.

 

 

I’m meeting up with my friend for a birthday lunch, so I’m hoping she doesn’t see this post beforehand. 😉  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a fabulous week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Inky Paws — #71 Color Challenge
Freshly Made Sketches#335 Sketch by Jen T
Seize the Birthday — Anything Goes
SSS Wednesday — Animal Magic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello What’s Up?

Hello there!  So what’s up?  How about this cute little Spring card to start off the week?

 

 

The bunny image is actually lying down, but I thought it would be fun to have him floating away holding onto bunches of balloons.  To start, a stitched rectangle was die cut from Neenah cardstock.  Using Memento black ink, stamped and masked the heart balloon without the string to create the balloon bundle.

 

 

Next die cut a reverse circle mask from masking paper and positioned it in the center of the panel.  Stamped the bunny and bird then masked them.  Took a cloud stencil and created the cloud background with Spun Sugar and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks and a mini blending tool.

 

 

Removed all masks and coloured images with Copics.  Drew in the strings with a ruler and a black Copic multiliner.  Added highlights to the balloons with a white gel pen.  White heat embossed the sentiment on a black strip.  Mounted the panel to a top folding card base and added clear shimmer to the balloons to finish.

 

If you’re interested, I have a 1k followers giveaway on my IG account (link on 👉 sidebar).  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

Playing over at:
Uniko#46 Colours, optional twist Easter
The Sisterhood of CraftersBunny Rabbits
Sweet Stampers#19 Too Cute
 Fab’ n Funky — #389 Cute Critters
Joy ClaireApril Challenge Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 2018!

 

Happy new year everyone!  Hope you all had a fun night celebrating.  I wasn’t feeling up to going out to a house party, so opted for a quiet relaxing night at home.  Whatever you did last night, I hope you’re feeling better than these bunnies. 😂  They celebrated hard.

 

 

The Blah Bunny stamp set is so funny and I’ve been waiting for a chance to use it.  On a piece of Neenah cardstock, stamped the Blah Humbunny with Memento black ink.  Masked him and stamped the Blah Bunny.  Masked again as well as the upper half of the panel, then stamped the NBUS wood floor in Sahara Sand ink.  Sponged on Sahara Sand ink to finish the floor.

 

 

Removed masks and coloured with Copics.  Heat embossed the confetti bits with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Black heat embossed happy with clear glitter embossing powder and white heat embossed new year on a black strip.

 

 

I was going to leave it plain as is, but it looked incomplete, so I added the wine/champagne bottles and hats. The bottles (discontinued) and hats were stamped with Memento black ink on scraps of X-Press It paper, coloured with Copics and fussy cut out.  Adhered them to the scene and mounted the panel to a white top folding card base to finish.

Thank you for stopping by.  Wishing you a happy, healthy and crafty new year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding to the following challenges:
Time Out#99 New Beginnings
Naughty or Nice#47 It’s a Celebration!
Watercooler WednesdayWWC150 Masculine Anything Goes
Inkspirational — #151 Stamping Only
SSS MondaySomething New

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cocoa Wishes

Hello there.  I have another Christmas card to share today.  In honour of National Cocoa Day, I made a cocoa inspired Christmas card.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any cocia sentiments, but I will have to rectify that in the new year. 😂

 

 

Masked and stamped the images with black Memento ink on Neenah cardstock.  Masked the bottom of the panel and blended Tumbled Glass distress ink around the image, and then went back in and ink blended through a Sun Ray stencil.

 

 

Removed all masks and coloured with Copics.  Next, stamped the steam with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  I wanted a subtle effect, but it may be too subtle.  Added clear shimmer to the rays then black heat embossed the sentiment.

 

 

For some interest, the panel was die cut with a stitched scallop frame.  A second frame was die cut to stack for a bit of dimension.  Mounted all pieces onto a white top folding card base and added clear sparkly sequins to finish.

Thank you for stopping by.  Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing in the following challenges:
MarkerPop12 Days of Giveaways/Challenge (day 12 No Theme Anything Goes Christmas)
Merry Monday#269 Color Challenge (using the blues and greens)
Coffee Loving Cardmakers2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Happy Little StampersDecember Christmas Anything Goes optional twist Stencil