Retirement Time and More Whimsy Stamp Workshop Retreat Projects

Hello there friends!  It’s hard to believe that we’ve made it to November and rounding the corner to end 2020!  It’s been a very strange year all the way around, but I have to say that it’s a bitter sweet day today as hubby will have his last day of work on his 40 year career as an electrician.  So today I’m dedicating my post to him:

This would be a perfect situation for my hubby and something he talked about all the time…which was to go out to the lake, relax, enjoy some fishing time on a boat including staying in a cabin.  Sure look forward to spending some time with him doing just that next year too!⛵🌅  He is a hard worker and certainly deserves it.

The stamp set that I’ve used for this card was a perfect scene image from Whimsy Stamps called Happy Place.  I colored it up with Copic markers and cut it out with an oval die and layered another oval piece from black cardstock.

I found some papers in my stash that I thought would be perfect with this, so I’ve used the Whimsy Stamps Pierced Border Trio Dies to cut it with to fit half-way on my A2 white side folding card base.  Before attaching the piece down over the base, I took some Mustard Seed Oxide Ink and sponged across the middle of it and then used some Tumbled Glass Oxide Ink slightly at the top.  I then attached all piece including the image panel.

I took the sentiment from the Happy Place stamp set and stamped one of the sentiments at the top of the oval panel and then I white heat embossed the “relax” sentiment over black cardstock and cut it out with the Whimsy Stamps Quick Strips die set, glued it along the edge and trimmed off the excess.  Lastly, I’ve added some Whimsy Stamps It’s a Party Enamel Dots.

Then of course I wanted to share the inside of the card which you can see that I’ve used the same image from the stamp set from the front of the card and just stamped that in a lighter grey ink color.  I masked off the edge of the inside of the card so it didn’t stamp completely.  I also used it in the same way on the envelope as well.

For the greeting, I took the Whimsy Stamps Happy Large Word Die and cut it out with some black cardstock and then attached it with liquid glue.  I stamped the “retirement” greeting right underneath it from the Whimsy Stamps Happy Sayings stamp set with black ink.

It may be hard to tell in the photo above, but I’ve also taken a glitter brush pen and went over the sun as well as the water for some added sparkle.

This card was actually fun to put together and I was thinking about the future and all the things we had talked about the last few years and getting ready for this day.  Things are a bit different than we had envisioned of course, but we will have “our time” for sure.  We’re so excited about it!

This card is being handed to him this morning while we have our coffee before he leaves for work on his last day!😀


And now I also have some more finished kits that I’ve been working on since the Whimsy Stamps Virtual Workshop Weekend!  I’m still really enjoying finishing them up and still have MANY more to do!  I’m so amazed at how much we received and very happy that there were several Christmas projects which I’ll be working on next!  For now…here’s more of the finished kits:

This was for kit 12 and I LOVED the cute dragon in the purples! This card is going to my youngest grandchild as she is my “PURPLE girl”!!
This is the INSIDE of Kit 12. It was a really cool “FUN FOLD” design! I put my image off to the edge so I had room to write a message.
This was for Kit 6 and the entire scene was made using Copic coloring including the sky background! The squirrel and pumpkins were popped up with foam tape.
This was for kit 21 and my first time practicing with no-line coloring!
This was for kit 22. This mega large sunflower is gorgeous! Loved coloring and fussy cutting it out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects and post today!  I sure have been having fun just playing and trying out different things with my cards.  I do look forward to finishing up these kits as we get near the Christmas time!  So be watching for more of those!

Thanks for dropping in with me today and I’ll see you again soon!

Challenges: (For Retirement Card ONLY)

  1. Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + coloring
  2. A Perfect Time to Craft – Anything Goes Nov
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  4. Crafts Galore Encore – Anything Goes Nov
  5. Love to Craft – LTCCB52 Anything Goes Nov
  6. QKR Stampede – #407 Anything Goes
  7. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #145 Anything Goes
  8. The Corrosive Challenge – #11Nov Anything Goes
  9. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2044 Anything Goes

26 thoughts on “Retirement Time and More Whimsy Stamp Workshop Retreat Projects

  1. Congrats to your hubby Vicki! His retirement card is perfect, looks like a great way to relax! Your other cards are stunning too, that sunflower is gorgeous and like all your backgrounds!

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  2. What an awesome retirement card for your husband. I love that sensational Whimsy Stamps image colored so beautifully! Congratulations to him! Gorgeous work on the other Whimsy cards as well! They are ALL marvelous!

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  3. Congratulations to your husband on his retirement,hope you manage to do all you have planned soon, a wonderful card for him and a great selection of makes,love your sunflower.

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  4. Congratulations to your husband and I hope you both will enjoy his retirement, despite these crazy times. You made him a fab and relaxing card with a great inside and envelope too.
    Your selection of cards is so versatile and beautiful. Love the coloring.
    Enjoy!
    xxx Margreet

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  5. Wow, so many beautiful cards! Love the different designs; the retirement scene is perfect and I’m drawn to the little dragon and big sunflower – amazing 😁. Happy Friday and wishing you a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Jo x

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  6. WOW,so many fabulous projects Vicki..I love them all, retirement for me is to stay in my craft room and never leave, except maybe a boat trip to your island would be nice and I could take on a bit of fishing as I like fishing..your little dragon and card design is gorgeous and then we have those adorable vegetables and very clever squirrel balancing his acorns and I love the teeth on that pumpkin, so fun and coloured beautifully..and then the hair, so very pretty and the sunflower is just beautiful, fabulous projects, have a great weekend, mine has just started..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  7. Congrats to your hubby on his retirement and love the fabulous card you made him.Greatselection of beautiful cards made from the kits too love the cute Dragon and beautiful sunflower
    Carol x

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  8. Huge congrats on your husband’s retirement – 40 yrs of hard work and he deserves a retirement just like the scene you’ve created on his card! I hope his dream comes true and you can share in that joy with him. I love all the cards, especially the purple and blue colors but the one with the hair and purple stenciled background would be PERFECT for my DGD who turns 15 next month! She’s all about the hair! Great job on all these cards and I hope you have a fabulous weekend and a great celebration with your hubby!

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  9. What an awesome retirement card Vicki, I love that image and the fabulous wavy paper you used! I bet he loved it. Gorgeous Whimsy stamp cards, the sunflower card is my favorite, your coloring is stunning on that image! I hope you have a nice weekend.
    Hugs, Tammy

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  10. Wonderful cards as always but the retirement card is very special I hope your husband has a fabulous retirement doing all the things you have dreamed of he certainly sounds like he deserves it love and hugs Carole x

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  11. Oh what a busy crafter you have been – and seriously I couldn’t pick out a favorite if I had to – but love the purple dragon card, perfect for a girl birthday especially if she loves purple. Love retirement – been retired for 7 years – doesn’t seem that long but I spend a LOT of time in my craft room.

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  12. Love this card for your Hubby- and CONGRATS to him and you too! A new beginning for him- time to rest, sleep in and relax! My hubby cannot sit still, so not sure what he will do when he retires : ) Your cards are amazing- love all of your cards- coloring of hair is not easy, and I love that sunflower!!!

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  13. Just perfect for the Challenge!
    Great projects!
    We are so happy that you have shared this with us here at Colour Crazy.
    Stay safe and well.
    Good luck and we hope you will come back again! Jackie DT Member xxx

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  14. Happy Retirement Day to your hubby! Thanks so much for playing along in the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. Good luck with your entry and hope to see you again.
    Sladjana (DT for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends)

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  15. Such a great selection of cards! I find all of them beautiful, but I was really drawn to the no line coloring card, that hair looks impressive. And the card for your hubby too, a lovely image fit for the occasion.

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