Saturday, February 20, 2016

Retirement Cards

I always struggle make retirement theme cards.
I think it's because I lack a good supply of 
stamps with that theme!  One day I got the idea
to really get creative with the whole idea of 
what retirement actual means.


I used some "photo real" water paper
and this Close To My Heart boat stamp.
Lets face it, you see a lot of retired fellas
out on the lakes on weekdays.


Here is another CTMH brand stamp
that just looked like a fun image
about having more spare time to 
do some activities like travel.

A few other ideas that I hope to 
try on future retirement cards are:
lawn chairs
garden gloves & trowels
beach theme
any fish stamp
birds (bird watching)
quilts & sewing

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


I love using old book pages on cards.  
Dictionaries are ideal,because they are 
easy to find at rummage sales.  
Sometime they're as cheap as .25!  
Not many people still use them, 
since we all have spell check now.

I use my Cricut machine to cut various
silhouettes and carefully glue them onto
the old pages for simple blank note cards.

It's fun to match the image with the 
book page words.
Did you notice this???

No stamping on these cards.
They're just basic vintage inspired 
creations for sending that
meaningful handmade snail mail.

Linking up to:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Holtz Tag ~ Feb. 2016

Hi folks.
I'm sharing a quick entry for
 Tim Holtz's February tag challenge.
You can see it on his blog:

I used an authentic vintage
photograph from my collection 
of ephemera. 

I love the sassy look this
gal from back in the 30's
has going on!

I used small portions of the stamps...


Even though the words turned
out imperfect, I still like it!

You can see I did two different layers/colors 
of background stencils using distress ink.

My unique touches are the 3 strips of washi tape,
photo corners and the flowers.

Friday, February 5, 2016


I've taken the challenge to 
on a card for the Frilly & Funkie blog.

The butterfly was embossed,
then cut out of the mini blueprint
That Tim Holtz sentiment is also
from the F.J. online shop.

I was on a roll with them embossing &
made some more cards using this
butterfly stamp.


This card features an old black & white
photograph from 1938.
How cute are those girls???


Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

MOJO 433

I love the continual designs
offered on the MOJO MONDAY blog.

I flipped it on it's side,
for a little different style card.

The three stamp brands include:
flower =Verve
sentiment =Unity
rectangle =Hero Arts

The pretty paper is from Authentique.
That large sparkle brad was a nice way to 
finish off this sympathy card.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

J.U.G. Challenge

I'm joining in on the 
blog challenge.
I chose to take the middle row, top to bottom!
So here is my card using:

The stamps are Verve (leaves).
The set is called Great Friend.
I used CTMH garden green ink.

The die-cuts are Tim Holtz  (happy birthday).
It's a trick to glue them on,
but they are worth it!

I used some soft summer colors.
Those chunky brads have glitter,
for a little extra sparkle!

Thanks for stopping by.