" I am a dreamer. I am , indeed, a practical dreamer. My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible. "

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Retirement Card for Don

   I just finished this retirement card for a good friend of ours.   We are so happy for him. His wife is already retired, so I think they will be traveling in their "new life". I designed this card with that in mind.
   I used watercolor paper and a wet paint brush to give the "little" picture the look of a watercolor painting. The palm tree stamp is from Stampcraft  I borrowed it from my sister, who lives just down the road.  I used SU ink to give the picture a  beach look at sunset. 
A Tropical Theme
   I used two Sizzix die cuts to make the coat tree: Decorative Accents #2 and Dress & Accessories. I just connected the top part of one to the bottom part of the other with a thin strip of the same color.
  I just bought this great paper from Mind's Eye at Jeannette's in Dover. It's really quality paper. I used it for the wall paper in the room and for the wainscoting below. I just drew lines with a brown marker to give the wainscoting  a painted wood look. 
  My oval Nesties helped me with the sentiment. I used my Just Rite alphabet stamps to print out the message. The little Prima flowers help it to look a little tropical. I found these great sandal buttons that I just cut off the little shank on the back. I thought it was a great touch.
  Spellbinder"s fancy tags helped me to add the sign at the top. I just cut part of it off to make it look more like a sign.
  The shirt was wicked fun to make. This was the first time I had done a shirt. I wanted it to look tropical, so I used a colorful piece of designer paper. Here is a video I found to help me with directions. I am a very visual learner.
   The hanger for the shirt was the toughest part. I've seen tiny ones in the craft stores, but I didn't have any, so I made my out of wire. I believe I will purchase some now that I know how hard they are to make.
   The inside of the card has more of a message for Don. I found the Irish Blessing on line. The palm tree and monkey are from Sizzix. The water picture is a picture I took when we went to Popham Beach. I faded it a bit to give it a lighter look.
   I hope Don likes his retirement card. I know he will enjoy his retirement. Russ and I love being retired.


  1. What a great retirement card! I love both sentiments! There is alot of detail on your card. I love the sandals!! Very cool!

  2. The card is a truly work of art. Love all the elements on it, the shirt so tropical in conjunction with the palm tree and monkey, very clever and appropriate for a retirement card. Thanks for sharing the video. :)

  3. Great card and lucky guy! Love the flip flops! I have used the orgami shirt for a card -love making them!!

  4. Oh this is brilliant, love all the details.

  5. Hi Conny,
    This is such a nice design. love the idea!

    hugs, Elly