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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Retirement Musings + Cards

Happy Thursday everyone! Wow, I haven't shared a thing in quite some time. Let's change that.

Today I officially retire and although those who've gone before me say "Whoot, whoot", "Retirement is the best" and other encouraging words, I felt reluctant to post it as a life event on Facebook. Why? Who knows. Actually I think it's because I haven't celebrated the moment due to ill health (which is why I'm retiring in the first place --Providence?) Right now I'm supposed to be at a luncheon with my fellow co-workers saying our 'til laters', but instead I'm at home recuperating from bronchitis and the flu. So I asked myself, when does it become official, today or the day I finish packing up my things and say good bye to a great team of co-workers. I decided to let my paycheck decide and yep, today's the day because after today I'm off the proverbial clock! Yay to me, I've entered a new chapter in my life!

And now that I have more time for crafting I have two cards to share with you today. The first one is for this month's challenge over at Latina Crafter. Here's the Sketch + Twist (Bicycle).



Here's my card:

I formed a 5" square card base from cardstock from my stash. I used the second largest pierced square from Spellbinders Celebrations to emboss a smaller 3-3/4 square. Did some ink distressing using Frayed Burlap Distressing ink. The pattern paper is from Here & Now by Echo Park. The stamps I used are Mi Mejor Amiga (My Best Friend) from Latina Crafter. The bicycle is a Memory Box die cut.

My second card is for this week's "Let's Hear it for the Boys" Mix It Up Monday challenge over at StampTV hosted by my friend Donna Phelan. As you can imagine, we are to make a masculine card. I always have a hard time making a "manly" card, but I think I pulled it off. Here's my card:


The card base is Pure Luxury Black Onyx. The layer embossed with Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder is Pure Luxury Prickly Pear, I applied Frayed Burlap to give it a more weathered look and to enhance the wood effect. The sentiment and bird is from the Birthday Blessings stamp set.

It feels good to be back sharing my projects and musings with you. Hope you've enjoyed it.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time, have a wonderfully creative week.

Hugs and Blessings.