Thursday, September 8, 2016

Happy Retirement with an Autumn Leaf

I had grays and yellows and reds, and autumn leaves on my mind from yesterday's card - so when I started thinking about a retirement card that I needed to make - I went the same direction!

Happy Retirement

Just recently I saw some cards on Pinterest using this leaf and I immediately ordered it.  Here's the blog post that Pinterest linked to.  Aren't those cards wonderful?  I used the same stained glass type of idea with my card but I went with fall colors.  I backed the whole thing with a smoky gray to give it an elegance and plopped a few sequins on it to give it some autumn frost.
I did try to add a bit of creativity to it.  I adhered the center of the leaf and then curved up the edges. To keep the colored pieces in those sections, I adhered some vellum on the back of those leaves.  

Happy Retirement CloseUp

Did you notice that yesterday and today, I added some "staging" to my cards?  I have fought this kicking and screaming because I already obsess over each and every card, I just don't have time to obsess over the decorations!!  But someone (sorry, I can't remember who - but thank you if it's you!) recently said that they like the staged decorations because it helps the camera focus.  Darned if they weren't right!!  It's like the camera had something to grab on to - because I spent significantly less time taking and playing with these photos. I'm sure this is all mental - but it worked for me - so I ran right to Hobby Lobby and got all kinds of fun staging supplies!!


I had to go way back in time for a retirement sentiment.  (I have a great sarcastic set from Taylored Expressions - Clocked Out Grumplings - but sarcasm didn't work on this one.)  This sentiment is a wood Stampabilities sentiment that's easily a decade old.  NOTE TO STAMP DESIGNERS - all of those happy sets with a "happy" die and coordinating words - why not add "retirement"!!


Hannelie said...

Your staging... just as your card... looks amazing! Maybe I should try it too!
Fabulous card Kim. Simplicity at its best!

Happy Dance said...

Gorgeous card, Kim, and perfect for retirement. Love this die, and the stained glass effect you've given it. And the font on that sentiment is fabulous. I wish someone would not only add "retirement" do their stamps, but make all these cool-font stamps in acrylic! Simple and elegant. This is just lovely. Bev

Lisa said...

Well look at you stepping out of your box and staging your card!! Very nice Kim and your stained glass leaf is awesome!!

Doris said...

A rouch of autumn and oh so pretty!

Cécile RIBON said...

Wow Kim! What a stunning card ! This autumn leaf is a peace of art !