Card #116: Teacher Retirement

Once again, my mom came to me this week with a request for a card.  And I was only too happy to oblige.  With my brain very much scattered into all corners of VBS, having an assignment for something to make this week was very helpful, not to mention the fact that I got to use a few embellishments that have been around for a long time and for which I really had no use of my own.

A friend of ours from church is retiring after many years of teaching and I made her a retirement card this week.  I’m sure I got the embellishments from a garage sale years ago, and have been out of school myself for years before that, so yeah, these things have been sitting around a while.


I don’t remember what grade she taught, but I’m pretty sure it was a younger grade, like 3rd or something?, so I went with bright primary colors and a couple cute embellishments.

The desk and frame of the chalkboard are actually made out of super thin wood, which is pretty cool.

Hopefully my mom will be happy with her order.  😉

I know this is short, but I need to go put a bunch of stuff away in my hall closet and make sure I have everything collected and ready to go for our major VBS decorating day tomorrow.  Next time I write on here, VBS will be over!


Card #114: Graduation Gown

Well, look who’s actually back with a new card this week!  And one I made this week instead of making in advance.  🙂  I finally cleaned off my craft desk yesterday afternoon, thereby making space to actually do some crafting instead of just collecting supplies.  I’ll be honest, though, that I just sat there for a while staring and not really having any inspiration.  I was thinking about all the supplies that I’ve collected over the years that I’ll probably never use and should eliminate from my collection, and I pulled out a little drawer that had some metal letters in it.  I dumped out the letters and the first ones that kind of stuck out at me were R, A, and G.  It being May, the month of graduations, I decided to find a D and make a graduation card.

I dug into my new supply file cabinet (which is SO much nicer than my old one!) and found some embellishments and stickers to add to the hat and diploma paper.  It’s a pretty simple card, but as I’m looking at it now, I’m wondering if it would have looked really dumb or cool if I had put a different color cardstock under the “RAD” so it would have kind of said “RAD GRAD”.   Would that have looked dumb?  Or kinda cool?  Or would anyone have even gotten it?  It’s probably a good thing I didn’t think of that last night.  I did try putting red underneath the letters and they didn’t show up as well as they do over the white, but maybe yellow would have worked?  I dunno, too late now anyway.

I hope you’re having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Card #110: Graduation Criss-cross

Ok, so time kind of got away from me this afternoon.  I spent the morning and a good part of the afternoon at church making banners for Vacation Bible School and then decided I wasn’t done, so I came home and worked on some more!  And now it’s almost eleven at night and I’m just getting around to blogging.  Thing is, I didn’t want to stop because I still have one banner in mind to make, and sorry, but I’d rather be working on that than blogging right now.


Guess I’ll add that to tomorrow’s list instead.

This week’s card is pretty simple.


I had in mind to do the criss-cross with the washi tape, but originally I had picked a different sentiment sticker to use on the bottom.  Long story short, one embellishment choice led to another led to another and I ended up with a graduation card.  Funny how it just works out like that sometimes.

I know the criss-cross with the tape would have been more effective with four different colors/designs, but I didn’t really have any other ones that went with these two, and I wanted to keep the card kind of masculine, which is why I chose these two in the first place.  So it’s just a nice, simple card for a graduating fellow.

Do people still use the word “fellow,” or am I aging myself with that?

*insert side-eyed emoji here*

Anyway, in addition to making one more banner tomorrow, I am also planning on making a few cards for the next three weeks of posts.  And taking pictures of the cards so I can pre-write the posts as well.  Since I have a feeling the next three Saturdays of VBS prep are going to sap more energy than today’s did and I won’t feel like blogging after the fact.  So, time to put my creative thinking cap on tomorrow!

Card #109: Congratulations!

It’s always more fun making cards when you have a reason to use them.  And with that, I’m sure you’re thinking that I made an Easter card this week, considering the holiday is in two days.  But, I didn’t.  Other than Christmas, I typically only send holiday cards to one residence, and I still had an Easter card left over from last year, so I sent that this week.

No, earlier this week my mom asked me if I had any retirement cards.  I didn’t, but I told her I could make one.  When I heard that the card was for her mailman, I got kind of excited.  I’ve had this piece of scrapbooking paper in my collection for years that I knew would be just perfect for the occasion.


It’s postage stamps!  Perfect, right?  I wanted to use a layout that would really feature the paper, so I found this layout on Pinterest.  This design would be perfect for any card where you really want the focus to be the paper.  I wish I had a “congrats on your retirement” stamp, but the only one at  Hobby Lobby wasn’t very attractive and that’s pretty much my only local source for rubber stamps anymore, other than the very small selection at Joann’s.

Well, I better go get ready for the Good Friday service at church tonight.  A blessed Resurrection Sunday to you!


stamp used: “Congratulations 05” by Stampabilities