Bridge Card Retirement

Hello Stampers!

Today I have a really cute Bridge Card that I decided to use for a retirement card but it can be used for just about anything.


The best part about this card is that it folds down easily to fit into an envelope. 



Originally I just had the solid background but one of the ladies in my class suggested another stem of leaves so we all added that to give the card more appeal. 

You can’t really tell but we also used Wink of Stella on the flowers. 


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Falling Flowers, Wild About Flowers

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Powder Pink, Whisper White, Berry Burst, Fresh Florals DSP

Accessories – May Flowers Dies, Wink of Stella


Measurements to make this card:

Cardstock 1 (Base) – 4 1/4″ x 8″, Score at 1 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 5 1/2″, 6 3/4″  /  Strips – Top 3/4″ x 5 1/2″,  Bottom 1 x 5 1/2″

Cardstock 2 (Inside) – 2 3/4″ x 4″

DSP (Side panels make 2) 1 1/8″ x 4 1/8″

Whisper White – (Greeting Strips) 1/2″ x ?


This is such a fun card to make and send. The recipient will love it!



Hope you enjoyed seeing today’s card and that you’ll try it. Until my next post…keep on stamping…Happy Stamping!    Donna

Retirement Gift Card Holder

Hello Stampers! It’s the time of year when we need lots of Congratulation cards for graduations, retirements, etc. I never seem to have a Retirement card when I need one so I came up with this one with the inspiration of Julie DiMatteo. I love the format of the card and it can work with any occasion where you’d like to insert a gift card. 

Even though the stamp set Wild About Flowers just retired I can’t part with it. It has the best sentiments! 


Isn’t that gift card pocket cute? The trick here is to be sure you put your inside sentiment over to the left so that the pocket covers it when closed.


You might recognize that foil DSP – it was a Sale-A-Bration FREE item…I stocked up and got 3 packages of that really neat DSP!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Wild About Flowers (R)

Ink – Dapper Denim (R)

Paper – Dapper Denim (R), Whisper White, Springtime Foils (SAB)

Accessories – Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits


Im sorry about all the retired products but I had these cards made before June 1st. Keep in mind that any colors or DSP will work!

Here are the dimensions for the card:

Base – 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 2 1/2″ & 5 1/2″    Scraps for Scalloped Oval

DSP – 2 3/4″ x 4″, 2 1/4″ x 4″, 1″ x 4″

Whisper White – 4″ x 5 1/4″    Scraps for sentiment



Definitely try this card out for any occasion…I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy and quick it is. Make a few in different colors and leave the front and inside blank until you need a gift card holder greeting.

Take care and Happy Stamping until next time!     Donna

Balloon Greetings

Hello Stampers! Oh my goodness is it Monday already! Where does the time go? Today I have a lovely balloon card. It is so elegant it can be used for many occasions. I sent one like this but in silver to my male cousin for his big 65th birthday. Hope he likes it! Of course it said Happy Birthday and not Retirement.

We’re making this card in my stamp classes this month. The theme is Easter but not everyone needs 6 Easter cards so I designed some cards that can be used for any occasion. One of the participants asked for Retirement cards so I did this one for her.  Any sentiment can be used with this design.

I really like this sentiment…it is so appropriate for birthdays or retirement. After retiring I found that I had a whole new life and I look forward to each day and year.

I don’t think you can beat black and white with a touch of glitz. It’s classic!


Products Used:

Stamp Set – Wild About Flowers

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer, Gold Foil

Accessories – Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder (R), Project Life Journaling Pen, Gold Ribbon (R), Balloon Bouquet Punch


As I mentioned at the beginning of the new year – I’m trying to use many of my retired products but there are some (like the Perfect Polka Dot EF) that I can’t live without.  To me, that is one of the best embossing folders ever.

I hope you’ll give this design a try…it’s not difficult and there are no crazy directions to follow! As always…when you create a new card please send me a good photo via email so that you can be my guest stamper.

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Take care of yourself and stay healthy.  Until my next post on Friday, Happy Stamping!


Retirement with Love and Affection

Hello, hope this post finds you all in good health. Even though it’s summer so many people have been ill lately. Do take care of yourselves – it’s a real bummer when you are so sick you can’t stamp!

You are probably wondering – “Another Love & Affection card!” – What can I say…it’s a great set. This is the last…I promise! 🙂

This is really the same sketch but I changed up the sentiments.

Retirement in Love & Affection 1

I left out some of the greenery and changed the little Calypso Coral flowers to stars in Dapper Denim.

Retirement in Love & Affection 2

From the side you can see how I curled the petals back a bit to make them stand out and of course used Dimensionals to “pop”.

Retirement in Love & Affection 3

Here’s the inside sentiment. The stamp set Wild About Flowers is great for retirement and Congratulations cards.

Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Wild About Flowers, Love & Affection

Ink – Memnto Tuxedo Black, Wild Wasabi, Dapper Denim

Paper – Whisper White, Dapper Denim, DSP (Retired)

Accessories – Candy Dots (Retired)

Next post will be with Swirly Birds – a lovely card CASE’d from my upline, Peggy Noe. I think you will really like it!

Until then…Happy Stamping!

Wild About Flowers Retirement Card

There comes a time when we all need a Retirement card. I CASE’d this one from the Annual catalog for the stamp set Wild About Flowers. It’s a GREAT set for many occasions. Yes, it is flowers but I used Crumb Cake and the way I did it wasn’t too feminine. Well, at least our male friend loved it and was touched by a handmade card.

Wild About Flowers Retirement 1

And the sentiment inside…

Wild About Flowers 2

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Sets – Wild About Flowers, Gorgeous Grunge

Ink – Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon

Paper – Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Accessories – Labels Collection Framelits (Retired),  Piercing Pack

For those of you not familiar with CASE – it means Copy And Share Everything. All Stampin’ Up! demonstrators truly believe in this as does the company. We constantly share ideas, techniques and cards with each other. In the next few posts I’ll be sharing some of the cards I made by CASEing layouts or color schemes from fellow demonstrators. Most of the time we don’t make our cards identical to one we are CASEing but we always give credit to the person who inspired us.

Hope you like this card and you try CASEing some of the cards in the catalog or some you see on Pinterest.

Happy Stamping!