Bright Birthday and More Whimsy Retreat Projects!💡

Hello friends!  Hope that you’re having a great week so far!  Hubby and I are trying to figure out how this “retirement thing” goes together! LOL!  I think we’ll be having so much fun and we’re just really excited about the future and what we’ll be doing.

Speaking of which, this past Sunday he also celebrated a birthday and of course I had to make him a card that was suited for an electrician.  I had to add a bit of humor about his age on the inside, but this is what I came up with:

I’ve had this Stampin’ Up! Sunburst die and stamp set and haven’t used it that much since I bought it. (quite a while ago! Not quite sure how old.. LOL)  I thought it would make a great light beam for my VERY old Simon Says Stamp ‘Watts Up’ stamp set that was from a past card kit. (circa 2014/2015)…yep, all old!

I die cut the sunburst from some yellow and gold glitterstock that I glued together slightly off-set and then attached it over a side folding A2 sized black card base.  I stamped the sentiments over a couple of the yellow strips with black ink taking care to make room for the circle panel.

I then stamped the lightbulb over a white piece of cardstock and colored the base with Copics and used a marker draw a line above it for the string.  I took a solid heart from the stamp set and heat embossed it with some Gold Metallic Gilded EP and then sponged some yellow ink over the bulb for some glow.  I die cut it out with a circle die and then layered over another die cut circle black piece and popped it up over the sunburst layers with foam tape.

I tied a bow with some black twine and glued it to the light bulb base.  I also stamped the bulb in a lighter gray ink over the envelope and added a string to that as well with a gray marker. (The inside of the card said:  “Old is the new black.” 😆)


And I also wanted to share that I’m still plugging away on the several kits that I received from the Whimsy Stamps Virtual Retreat last month!  These are really amazing projects and I’m having lots of fun putting them together still! (Christmas will be coming stay tuned for those!):

This is a fun interactive card with a pull tab at the top where this cut little dragon slides upwards towards the sky! This kit 9 came with an A2 sized envelope, but I had to make my own envelope slightly larger to accommodate for the pull tab sticking above the card. I’ve added doodle lines around the edges and shadow stamped a sentiment at the bottom for my own added details.
This set was from kit 14. The hexagon shaped box was super fun and even came with the candy! There was also an extra stamped and cut out bee, so I used it to make another card… shaker style! I used the left over honeycomb die cut piece as a stencil on the card as well. I used the envelope that was provided in the kit above and decorated it for this A2 sized card instead. (I know someone that loves these candies…so they might get a surprise at some point! 😉)
And lastly, this was from kit 15 and TOTALLY different than what was photographed in the booklet! First of all, I received a plant image with a die cut speech bubble sentiments and thought it might be cool for a Halloween card on another project, so I saved those to use later. I received an EXTRA stamped sunflower image from kit 22 that I had posted earlier and decided to use it for this card here. I colored it similar to that one and cut it out, but cut off a portion of it on this design. I also changed up the background ink blended colors and splattered some gold paint on this one. Love how it turned out. This will be for an Autumn anniversary card for someone coming soon.

Hope you’ve enjoyed all of my projects today!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll be seeing you soon!

Challenges (For the Birthday Lightbulb card ONLY):

  1.  Retro Rubber – Anything Goes + stamps older than one year
  2. Cardz 4 Guys – Birthday for adult male
  3. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Calendar – Anything Goes
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes
  6. Shopping Our Stash – Tic Tac Toe (I used middle across: String/twine, 5 year old stamp, bright colors)
  7. Watercooler Wednesday – All About Occasions (birthday)

31 thoughts on “Bright Birthday and More Whimsy Retreat Projects!💡

  1. What a fab collection you are showing us, Vicki.
    Love your electrician card (my hubby has been working in that branch too).
    Enjoy your weekend.
    xxx Margreet


  2. What a great set of projects. I have to say thank you for the Lightbulb card, I have a similar stamp and have always been a bit ‘what do I do with it?’ now I know, so pinned your card, which I LOVE, the rays with the glitter, perfection! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT


  3. Loving your card selection today! The little gold heart in the lightbulb is wonderful and the dragon really made me smile 😀. Sunflowers are one my favourites, they are such happy flowers and the vibrant colours that you paired it with look perfect! Wishing you a happy weekend too! Hugs, Jo x


  4. Another fabulous collection Vicki, that little Bee shaker is so adorable and the Dragon with that beautiful blended background is just fabulous, I adore the sunflower, so gorgeous and coloured beautifully and the light bulb gave me a light bulb moment, so thanks for that,always a pleasure.

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  5. Stunning selection of cards Vicki! I love the added gold and sparkle on your first card! AND that colorful dragon card is sooo cute, awesome background and doodling!! Enjoy your weekend my friend.
    Hugs, Tammy


  6. What a great card for your husband’s birthday. Love how you used the images and the layers of color and glitter cardstock! Thanks so much for joining us for the Anything Goes Challenge at Retro Rubber!


  7. Your electrician’s card is superb. The more I look at it, the more clever things I see: the embossing of the heart, the strips of gold glimmer, the sponged ‘glow’ and the stitched detaiing of the circle. Really lovely! Thanks for sharing with us at Retro Rubber Challenge.


  8. Your hubby has a lot to celebrate this year, and how fun of a card did you make for him being he’s am electrician! Love that lightbulb with all the rays – very clever. All the cards you’ve been making are wonderful and you do such a great job creating with these kits! Enjoy retirement while you have your health 🙂


  9. You have been busy!! All of these cards are wonderfully made!! Thanks for playing along with our “adult guy birthday” challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz!! Your light bulb card was perfect for this challenge!!


  10. Fabulous makes Vicki and so inspirational x. The card for your husband is fabulous and with a striking design. How thoughtful and love the sentiment inside too x. Enjoy every minute of your retirement x.


  11. Oh, Vicki, I adore that light bulb, the sparkle, and how you added that little heart inside the bulb! Putting on a DT hat – We love seeing you enter our weekly challenges at Pammie’s Inky Pinkies and hope to see you again next week. Good luck.
    NanaConnie DT


  12. Where to begin! There is so much prettiness and eye candy in this post. The sunflower is a design with a wow factor, the flower is so detailed. And who can resist a shaker card, and with bees and perfect bee supplements as well. The colors on the dragon card make the card even sweeter. And the light bulb card is probably my favorite, love the design concept and how you thought this design through.


  13. Super card for your retired electrician!!! The light bulb is perfect with the heart inside. And love the inside sentiment. Your Whimsy cards are all super nice as always.



  14. What an inspiration you are! Your cards are perfect, as always, and made with love! Hope you and dear hubby have oodles of fun creating together, or pursuing new joys! Big hugs and blessings to you both! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!


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