Happy Retirement!

Happy Retirement!
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Last Thursday was my dad’s last day of work at the office! He’ll be working at home for a few more weeks, but the company celebrated his last day with a retirement party. Sadly, I couldn’t be there so I sent him this banner and card I made using colors that coordinated with his company’s logo.

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I used my Art Philosophy cartridge from Close to My Heart and my Cricut Expression machine to cut out the banner shapes and circles. The letters were cut with my Opposites Attract Cricut cartridge, which is one of my favorite font cartridges. To link everything together, I threaded green embroidery floss through holes I punched with my Crop-o-Dile.

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I wanted to use the negative spaces cut with the Cricut to make a coordinating card. I could only fit three on it, so I have 22 more for another project.

blog-Happy Retirement Card

The stamp sets I used were all from Close to My Heart: “Congratulations” is from a stamp set that comes with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge; tickets were from the retired set D1495 “You & Me;” and the hero stamp is from retired set D1422 “Wonderful Friend.” The green epoxy bubbles are adhesive-backed embellishments from CTMH.

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Mom took this picture of Dad with the banner displayed above his retirement cards and plaques! I’m pleased to hear that it will be hanging up above the mantel for all of his retirement parties this Spring.

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About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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