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I’m Coming Out of Retirement

Hello crafty friends!! Welcome to my blog. After taking over a YEAR off due to health problems, I’m FINALLY back in my craft room!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Bright and Cheerful

We are showcasing Simon Says Stamp Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $25 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.


I can’t even tell you how good it felt to get back in my craft room. I’ve taken basically the last two years off from card making because my health has been so pour. I’ll spare you the gory details, but let’s just say that ulcerative colitis and all the problems that come with it are truly horrific. It’s amazing that I’m still alive. So recently I felt well enough to make a couple of cards and I’d like to share them with you.

It’s a miracle that I even got this posted because I had to relearn everything. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING!! I couldn’t remember how to type a blog post or edit photos or even take photos for that matter so please, bare with me while I find my bearings.

I started this card out by ink blending a rainbow background on Bristol Smooth Cardstock with distress oxide inks. I used Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Salvaged Patina and Wilted Violet. Speaking of distress oxides, there’s NEW OXIDES on the market!! And of course I had to have them. I just recently purchased Salvaged Patina, (which is a beautiful teal color) Kitsch Flamingo (a lovely addition to the pinks), Saltwater Taffy (which is more of a peachy color and I love it) and Rustic Wilderness, which I have yet to use. I can’t wait to play with them all. Am I missing any? I told you, I’ve been in a bunker for the past two years!! Well, not really but it sure feels like it.

When my background was dry, I used a stencil by SSS called Reversed Hearts and Moonstone Glimmer Paste by Nuvo to create this lovely background. I trimmed it down to 4″x5.25″ and added it to a white side folding card base.

Keeping this card nice and simple, I used the Happy Birthday Brush Script die (also by Simon) for my sentiment and cut the shadow layer out with black card stock and I layered the white layer three times to give it some dimension. I found the best glue to use on these thin dies is called Bearly Art Precision Craft Glue. I tried several others but they all kinda spludged out the sides.

To finish her off, I added some pearls by Studio Katia called Hibiscus and Amethyst Pearls. I matched my card with a Doll Pink envelope and my card was complete. By the way I want to say a Big Happy Birthday to my sister Sabrina, who’s Birthday inspired me to make this card. She’s dealing with health issues of her own so I wanted to brighten her day. Thank you so much for stopping by to check out what I’ve created for this week’s Wednesday Challenge. I sure hope to hear from you all again next week ~

So now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!    

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2 thoughts on “I’m Coming Out of Retirement

  1. WOOT WOOT!!! Welcome back Misty!! We missed you!!! 😀 So glad that you’re feeling well enough to join in! Your card is absolutely gorgeous, you definitely haven’t lost your fabulous talent! 🙂

    YAY!!!! Happy Dancing!!! 🙂
    Hope you have a great week!
    Lols XXX


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