Happy Retirement

Linda, Thank You For A Job Well Done

A new year is coming and for those who are retire this year, 2021 will be a start of a new kind of life.

I needed to make a retirement card for a co-worker who announced her retirement two weeks before December 31, 2020.

Having a large collection of Hunkydory sentiment dies I was able to find all the words I needed except for the word “Done” which I pieced together from other words and placed on a piece of low tack tape to act as a transfer sheet while I added glue to the back and then adhered to the card.

Wishing You A Happy Retirement

I used paper and a color scheme I had recently used on another slimline card with a doubled-sided First Edition paper that had lines and dots on it that I could line up the words one. The inside sentiment was glued to a piece of vellum laid over the grid pattern on my craft mat to align the words. I personalized the front of the card by adding the individual’s name using some gold mirror card and a tiny Spellbinder’s alphabet die set.

A light blue organza ribbon was tied around the card and a bow tied on. A shiny flat back button was glued to the center of the bow.

The back flap of the envelop was also heat embossed with the gold to say thanks and to hint at the card inside. 

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Materials Used:

Dies/Stamps

Inks/Embossing Powders

Papers

Miscellaneous

Soda Shaker

Soda Shaker - Front Close up

Who hasn’t watched the bubbles in a carbonated drink rise to the top of a bottle? I was inspired to create this soda shaker by some pink seed beads that I found in my stash.

I picked a chevron striped pink card base and some printed cherry paper. First, I cut the card base in half separating the front from the back. I next cut the cherry print to match the inside dimensions of the front of the card. Then, using removable tape, I secured the front of the card to the cherry print making sure the edges all met up. Using the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits dies from Stampin’ Up, I cut the bottles out of both the card front and cherry print.

Soda Shaker - inside

After separating the card front and cherry print, I cut two pieces of clear acetate smaller than the dimensions of the card front, but large enough to cover the bottle cut-outs. Using double-sided tape I adhered the acetate to the back side of the card front and cherry print.

I cut two of each straws from red and white chevron striped paper and snipped each straw below the bend. I glued the straight straw pieces to the back side of the acetate and the bend straw parts to the front of the card front and cherry print to make the straws look like they were inside the bottles.

soda shaker-front CU

Normally I would have used craft foam to cut out the negative of the shaker, but I didn’t have any on hand. So, I cut out eight of each of the bottles from white cardstock, rough cut a ¼ inch frame around each piece and glued them together. Next, I aligned the frames to the acetate covered back of the card front and glued in place. Using foam tape, I filled in the space between the edge of the card front and the bottle frames. Let the glue dry for a few hours so the glitter and beads won’t stick to the edges of the bottle.

Soda Shaker -spine

Before fill the bottles, I used an anti-static pad to wipe down the acetate inside the bottles  Using my fingers and tweezers to fill the bottles with pinches of glitter and the three colors of seed beads, I was careful not to fill them too full. Next, I peeled back the foam tape backing papers, applied tiny bits of glue to the bottle frames and matched the cherry print card up to the bottle frames. A shaker card was born.

Soda Shaker - outside spine

I had cut the card base apart because the thickness of the shaker front would not have allowed the card to close properly. I used clear tape on the inside to tape the shaker front to the card back. Next, I cut a polka-dotted print paper to cover the inside card back and add sturdiness to it.  It was adhered with double-sided tape. Polka-dotted washi tape was used both on the outside spine of the card and on the inside of the card to frame the inside back and to cover unsightly edges. The finished card has the feel of a school composition book.

soda shaker-front CU

Using scrapes of red paper from an old Christmas envelop, I first stamped the bottle label sentiments with Versa Mark ink and the white heat embossed them. Next using the label dies in the Bottles and Bubbles die set, the labels were cut out. Glue was used to adhere the labels.

Soda Shaker - inside CU

With plenty of space inside the card to write a personal message this card is ready to be Happy Mail.

Supplies used:

Dies

Stamps

Papers

Inks and Embossing Powders

Miscellaneous