Sunday, June 06, 2010

Retirement and Retiform?

Hope you all survived the holiday weekend last week!  As you saw in my last post, we had a great weekend in Madison, Indiana.  This week has been back to work and the normal routine. 

Well, as normal as it could be after receiving your sneak peek Stampin' Up! catalog!  I earned the privilege of receiving my copy a week earlier than most demos could order them because I recruited during March.  Anyway, all I can say is "WOW"!  I love the new color collections and how they are presented in the new Idea Book and Catalog.  My preorder won't be here until late next week, but I can't wait to get my hands on that new cardstock!  I apologize in advance that this post will be a bit longer than usual since I have a couple of projects to share with you.

I wanted to share one of the cards my three stamp clubs made in May using the Retiform technique.  So very easy yet so beautiful!  It was amazing to see how different each member's card turned out. (I'm sorry, I should have taken pictures to show you!)

This technique can be done several ways, ( just google "retiform") but we used scrap paper and sponged (or daubed) from the scrap paper onto glossy white cardstock.  It can be done using regular Whisper White too, but the glossy surface allows the ink to be moved around a bit longer and make it look softer.  The whole idea is for it to be asymmetrical and not ordered.  Does that make sense?  This sample uses retiring colors Handsome Hunter and Rose Red, and the stamp set "For All You Do", which is NOT retiring!  Smiley from

The second project I want to show is the Retirement Party invitation I made using My Digital Studio software and a few pictures.  My DH officially retired at the end of May, and I wanted to have a small party or open house for him, so made these invitations to send out.  I'm not sure he is totally happy with it, but he has a sense of humor too, so what could I do? 

I designed this to fit a standard business size No. 10 envelope, and just have to address them and I will be able to mail them out in the morning!  Smiley from


  1. The retirement invites came out wonderful!!! WOW! I can hardly wait for Mike to retire!!!! Thanks for the tease with "new catalog"! Makes me want to wish the month of June away!!!!!

  2. Absolutely brilliant retirement invitations Kathy :) Hope John enjoys his new career too.

  3. I think they are great retirement invites; it's too true! Doing nothing is so much fun.