Wednesday, April 1, 2020

On to Adventure

I hope you are all doing well and keeping busy during this isolation period.

As promised, I am going to post a picture of my tower of empty Paper Pumpkin boxes. I finished the last one on Sunday. It was one of those things that I kept saying I would get caught up on "one day". Well I am officially caught up and am NOT going to let it get that bad again. In my defense though, some were duplicates that I ordered thinking one of my daughters would like to do but they didn't do them. And some of the kits were partially completed. I just had to do a little tweaking and they were done. Also, I love taking the Paper Pumpkin kits camping because everything is there and it is nice and small. Since I was so far behind, clearly we didn't get out camping enough in the past few years.

The card I am sharing today is a retirement card I made for the husband of one of my best friends. First I have to share the story of how we met. I moved into this house in August of 1992. At that time, the YMCA was offering swimming lessons in neighborhood backyard pools. One of the families on our street was hosting the swimming program so I signed my girls up so they would be able to meet the kids in the neighborhood. My oldest daughter was turning 6 on the last day of swimming lessons so I invited all of the kids from swimming lessons over for snacks and cake. The night before the last day I got a phone call from one of the neighbors. She said that since I had just moved in I probably didn't know all of the kids and her daughter was not in the swimming lessons but knew all of the other kids and would like to come for snacks and cake if that was okay. I felt terrible for not including this little girl but I honestly didn't know. Well that was my friend Valerie and we have been best friends ever since. Her husband, Les, was so mad at her for phoning and "butting in" and "making" me invite their daughter over, he still talks about it to this day. Val and I on the other hand are so grateful that she did because our girls grew up together and we are all great friends still.

So on to the card... I used the On to Adventure stamp set. It is perfect for retirement cards. I stamped the golfer dude on to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then again on a piece of DSP from Come Sail Away. I used the Stitched Rectangle Framelits to cut out the Whisper White image and colored it using Blends markers. I fussy cut his shirt from the DSP and glued it on to the other stamped image so it looks like he is wearing a striped shirt. This technique is called paper piecing. I used a Night of Navy card base and another piece of DSP from Come Sail Away layered on to a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I tied a piece of Sahara Sand/Night of Navy bakers twine around the rectangle piece and popped it up with dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink and cut it out using one of the smaller Stitched Rectangle Framelits. I framed this using a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and popped this up with dimensionals as well.

Les loved the card. He said the golfer dude was him exactly. Actually, he does kind of look like Les. He has graying hair and a big mustache. He calls himself an old, fat guy but he is not fat. His hair is thinning a little and sometimes he has a beard but always the mustache. I don't think I've ever seen him without a mustache. The most important thing is that he liked the card and he is enjoying his retirement.

What I used to create this card:

On to Adventure stamp

Stitched Rectangles dies

Come Sail Away DSP

Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends

Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends

Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends

Night of Navy Stampin' Blends

Old Olive Stampin' Blends

Ivory Stampin' Blends

I think I need to have a giveaway in celebration of me getting all of my Paper Pumpkins finished. Leave me a comment and let me know what is the oldest Paper Pumpkin that I completed in the last 2 weeks. The person that guesses closest to the correct answer (month and year) will get a prize. I'm not saying what it will be but I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Thanks again for visiting. Stay healthy and keep creating!!


  1. Love the story of how you met Valerie!! My guess to your oldest paper pumpkin is July 2017. Close?

  2. I'm amazed Bailey allowed you to build the pumpkin tower.

  3. She wanted to knock it down until it got so big it scared her!

  4. there a time limit to this??
    PS: just trying out this email situation!🤓

  5. Hmmm. Oldest Paper Pumpkin that you've completed in those two weeks.... I'm going to guess January 2018?