Wacky Watercooler May “Retirement Blues Blog Hop

Welcome to another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  Stampin’ Up! announced their retirement list and many of us are singing the “retirement blues”.  We will be sharing some of the products we will miss the most.
Before we get started, I just want to remind you, this is a circular Blog Hop. That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” person on the list, you will eventually wind up right where you first started.  You will find the “next” button (and the “previous” button – if you want to go backwards) at the end of this post. The “home” button will give you a listing of all participating blogs. 
If you’ve been moving forward through the blog hop, you have arrived here after enjoying the fabulous creations by Jean Fitch, a fellow Oregonian.  
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Before I start singing the blues, I want to share a card I made for two of my grand kids.  They will be graduating from pre-school this coming week-end.  I can’t believe how quickly they are growing up!  I thought it would be fun to make them a “graduating” card and wanted to make it age appropriate.  I love to look for ideas on Pinterest and found many using the owl punch.  I love the little vest the owl wears and he really does look smart wearing glasses!  

No worries the owl punch is NOT retiring!

Since I’m singing the blues, I decided to a use a beautiful blue, Coastal Cabana, as the primary color for my next card.  I’m sorry to see this fabulous color retire.  I’ve used several retiring products on this card.  Stippled Blossoms and Itty Bitty Banners are retiring stamp sets.  Also retiring are the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and the Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine. 

To achieve the two-tone color on the large butterfly, I rocked the stamp on a Coastal Cabana ink pad after I inked the stamp with Daffodil Delight.

Fussing cutting is so relaxing for me.  I like to stamp all the images I need to cut for my card and then sit on the sofa and cut them out.  And, since it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to create, I wanted to make a card with a lot of cutting involved!  Don’t you love the layers and depth they add to the flower?  Another great stamp set slated for retirement – Regarding Dahlias. 

I can honestly say I am singing the blues over this next stamp set that is retiring.  Perfect Blend is such a fun stamp set that is featured on this card.  Almost everyone I know drinks coffee, and I have used this stamp set for making some fabulous gift card holders.  This is one set I am thankful to have on the shelf.

Well, that’s all I have to share.  I hope you liked my creations.  Please leave a comment and let me know you were here.  I love reading your messages!

Your next stop will be at the gifted Heidi Weaver’s blog.  You are going to love what she has to share.  Just click the “next” button below to see what she has in store for you!  Enjoy all your stops – I know you will be inspired!  


Thanks for stopping by! 

9 thoughts on “Wacky Watercooler May “Retirement Blues Blog Hop

  1. Glad you are able to do fussy cutting again Marie! I do the same thing and find it relaxing. Love the Stippled Blossom and Perfect Blend – two of my favourites also!

  2. What a wonderful selection of retiring products you chose to highlight Marie. I love each and every one of your cards. My favourite is the Stippled Blossoms blooms and butterflies. Great combination of stamps, colours and layouts. Thanks so much for sharing your talents, especially the fussy cutting!

  3. You used all my favourites, plus my favourite Coastal Cabana (*sniff*). I thought you sponged the butterfly – awesome effect you got with the rock 'n' roll technique, Marie!

  4. Oh Marie! Simply wonderful. I absolutely love all of your creations.
    I am seeing so many Stippled Blossoms card, which I never purchased. Now wondering if I should before it is gone.

  5. I love these, Marie! The stacked books with the Word Window Punch and owl- too cute. So glad they're not retiring, because I have to use that idea. And, of course Stippled Blossoms and Perfect Blend are two that I'm really sad about. I love what you did with them!

  6. Hi Marie, thanks so much for continuing to be part of this wonderful blog hop. I bought the Stippled Blossom just a few weeks before the retiring list came out and was doubly upset since it was gone before it had even seen ink. I love your creation, Marie, and hope to give my stamp a bit of action before it is officially retired. Mind you, I suspect I'll continue to use it as time goes on despite its retirement. I love the colours in your Regarding Dahlias card. I wouldn't have thought to mix them but love their effect. This is where seeing each others' creations is such an inspiration and eye-opener. You've made some wonderful cards, Marie, and I agree—I'll miss all those products as well.

  7. Hi Marie; thanks for sharing your "graduation" card–so cute! And the coloring of the Stippled Blossoms card (with the two-toned butterflies) is really pretty. Thanks for the creativity you share.

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