Friday, January 8, 2016

Semi-retired & a Confetti Garland

Little bit of a letdown when I finished my last shift as a part time employee on Wednesday. 20 years with this company, but most of them were at a different hospital.  Only a couple people said goodbye, but of course, I'm still going to work a day or 2 a month. Hubby was sweet--got me a wonderful retirement card. I don't go back for a month so big plans to start some home projects I've been putting off.

Always fun when PTI MIM is A La Carte.  I actually participated in the majority of the challenges this year, but missed Betsy's MIM #199 Confetti Garlands.  I didn't want to spend a whole day die cutting confetti, so I used PTI Tiny Tags which is a single die.  The tags were sponged with PTI Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Hawaiian Shores & Ripe Avocado.  Some silver sequins are strung in among the tags.  I stamped an image from PTI Watercolor Wonder across the panel in slightly lighter shades: Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist & Simply Chartreuse. The sentiment from Boutique Borders: Birthday is stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  
I used my new Tim Holtz splatter brush with Distress Stain brushed pewter--subtle but very pretty in person.  I'm also joining in at The PlaygroundSeize the BirthdaySSS MondaySSS Wednesday & Stamping Sensations. Thanks so much for taking time to visit my blog. 
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44 comments:

  1. Very pretty Greta, I love that bit of shimmer and your confetti. Cool card

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  2. Oh Greta, I love your card, absolutely stunning.

    Greetings from Germany
    Anke

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  3. Love this card! Absolutely perfect use of snippets and so colourful! Enjoy your free time chick - you'll wonder how you ever had time to work your previous hours I promise you :)

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  4. What a shame only a couple said goodbye to you. How lovely though that your hubby thought to give you a card. That's very special. I'm sure your patients will miss you.

    Your card is stunning. What a really novel idea and the colours are so pretty. I Love it. Barbxx

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  5. Well happy semi-retirement to you, Greta! I left a library after only 18 months of working there and had a similar thing happen even though I'd worked for the Authority for 23 years so I know how you feel. Just put it behind you and enjoy the extra time you now have. Your card is fabulous... So clever and so beautifully made, Jo x

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  6. Oh Happy Day!! Congratulations on your almost retirement!! Delightful garland card, Greta!

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  7. What a very eye catching card Greta and loving the bright and zingy colours.

    Many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

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  8. I absolutely LOVE your card and plan on a complete CASE-ing:) Love everything about it, especially how you sponged the tags rather than cut them from colored card stock. Adds more depth and texture! Congrats on your month off as you transition into retirement. Play with your dog and craft all day;)

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  9. Whoo hoo, congratulations on semi retirement. I haven't finished the list of things I was going to do when I retired and that was five years ago! I hope you are more disciplined than I am. This card is cute as can be. I love the bright colors - looks like Spring.

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  10. Fantastic card - lots of bright colors and dimension. Congrats on your semi-retirement!

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  11. What a fun card! Love the garland and all of the sparkle! Congrats on your semi-retirement! Enjoy having some time for yourself and good luck with your list of projects!

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  12. Happy semi-retirement, Greta! Sounds like you have plenty of projects planned to keep you entertained! Your husband is a sweetie for making the day special for you! He and Fritz will definitely love having you around more. I'm crushing over your Tiny Tags, colourful card! Brightens my day in seeing it!
    Hugs~c

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  13. Congrats Greta! How exciting! Your card is so pretty! Love how you used the tags to make your garland!

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  14. What a fantastic card!! I would never have thought to do that ... Thanks so much for your constant inspiration and enjoy your days as a semi retired lady!

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  15. Love the garland! Congrats on your semi retirement! :)

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  16. your garland is so clever and creative greta!! super fabulous card, my friend!! congrats on your retirement!!

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  17. So pretty! I am still thinking to play along with MIM or just give it a miss! (struggling)

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  18. Brilliant to use the tiny tags! Love your confetti and the bg you stamped! Just beautiful, Greta!

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  19. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous, Greta!!!! From the color selection, using two shades of each color, to the composition, to...well everything, it's simply a stunner!!!

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  20. Oh really? Your story breaks my heart.
    Everyone gets so busy these days and they really don't take the time to do what matters.
    Had I been there, you know I would have baked you a cake, gotten some flowers and made you a card for crying out loud!! I hope you were not too disappointed. I know I would be!

    Your card is beautiful and colorful!!
    Hugs~

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  21. What a terrific idea! I don't recall seeing a garland card before! Love that it has so many layers hanging! Super job! Thanks for linking up with us this week at Seize the Birthday and Happy New Year too!

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  22. Happy retirement Greta ! Your card is so fabulous, love the colorful garland of those tiny tags :) awesome design !

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  23. Greta....this is just amazing. Your garland is simply stunning. I love it with your paint swooshes!

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  24. This is right up there among my most favorite cards you've ever posted, Greta! It is so delightful in every way!! I always feel like one should expect to grieve the loss of a job, no matter if it was full-time or part-time. If it's a good one, it's a major part of one's routine and people do become dear to us. Still, pretty soon we wonder how we ever work with all the busyness and fun that happens to fill the days! Enjoy! Hugs, Darnell

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  25. Very clever design Great, I adore the brushstrokes and the pretty garland.

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  26. This is AWESOME!! Love the swipes of color behind your brilliant use of the tiny tags!! Enjoy your retirement, happy crafting!!

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  27. This card is SO cool Greta...I love it!!!!! And congrats on your retirement! Have fun with those home improvement projects and of course more time in the craft room!! :0)

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  28. So pretty all those lovely colors Greta. Congratulations on the semi retirement. On to choosing how you fill your time now!

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  29. Oh my goodness, Greta! This has to be one of my favorite designs that you've done! It's the perfect balance of messy and clean and with such vibrant, lovely color! Gorgeous!

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  30. Fabulous card Greta, brilliant idea to use the tags as a garland ans I love the colours. Congrats on your semi retirement too, how wonderful is your hubby making the occasion special for you :) Cathy x

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  31. Love your beautiful card. The tag embellishment is so cute. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

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  32. What a happy card and happy retirement!

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  33. Happy semi-retirement, Greta! Love your card! Fun colors and movement too!

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  34. It's a beautiful card. No wonder Di showcased it in the Playground.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  35. Beautiful card, I love how you used the mini tags, super clever. Congratulations on your semi-retirement, enjoy your crafting time.

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  36. Popping back to congratulate you for being a Playground pick, Greta!! Hugs, Darnell

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  37. What a delightfully creative card. Love it!

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  38. OH, Greta, what an absolutely lovely & fun card this is.
    I love how you used the PTI Tiny Tags.
    Fabulous design & pretty colors.

    Hope you are enjoying your play-time.
    CONGRATS, my friend. ENJOY!

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  39. What a fabulous card!! So very pretty and fun! Wonderfully designed!

    I hope you enjoy your retirement!! :)

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

    hugs...
    Melissa

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  40. Gorgeous card, the colourful background and string of tags are fabulous! Congratulations on your retirement (well mostly retired), it is a big change. It's too bad that you didn't get the 'send off' that you deserve but nice that hubby looked after you. I also think it's a great idea to work a couple of days a month, to keep you involved in it, but still have tons of free time. I went from working 60+ hours a week to nothing when I first retired (a long time ago) and eventually started working part-time (which turned into full-time) as it was such a big change. I'm mostly retired now, but still work a little, it's perfect ! I started making cards after retirement... Enjoy your time, Shirleyxx

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  41. Love that garland with all the pretty colors. That is a great idea and it looks great over the background. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday.

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  42. All those colored stripes with all those tiny tags... this card is a winner! Sorry your last day was a bit of a let down.

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  43. Thanks for joining Stamping Sensations with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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