We’ve been thinking about how we were going to make a card for our friends for some time now. It’s very hard because they’re moving away.

And today is the day that many are stopping by their home to see them before they leave.

The wife already retired. She finally convinced her husband that it’s time for him to retire too. That’s a hard thing to do when you like your job.

We’re going to miss them so it was important to Ann that some extra effort was involved – even if they had to throw the card away when the movers come. (It would be nice to think that wouldn’t happen.)

Watercolor Lattice

I watch you humans. If someone likes something you have, it seems to have so much more value if you got a good deal on it.

Isn’t that funny?

So this couple should really value this card because it’s made with a free stamp set and free ribbon! Imagine that!

You probably saw the Lovely Lattice stamp set that is on page 15 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog that you should have by now. Do you have any earmarked pages yet?

But perhaps you overlooked the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack that they showed on page 7. It looks good on the card with it’s opaque edges and sheer center strip. And all those Easter Egg colors!

What are Easter Egg colors? That’s what I call bright pastels! Don’t they look great when Ann used Stampin’ Blends to apply them to the Shimmery White cardstock? I think you can even see the shimmer in this close-up.

Watercolor Retirement Card

So this is really a retirement card, but with the Well Said stamp set, you could make it into almost any kind of card!

Don’t tell Ann I told you this, but I just can’t help myself. She originally stamped the greeting directly on the Shimmery White after she had completed the coloring, but it was just a bit crooked. The good thing about being a demonstrator almost 20 years, you can usually come up with a work-a-round quickly.

If you like to color, but don’t have a ton of time, this Lovely Lattice is easy to work with. I know that Ann loves her Stampin’ Blends. They are so much better than markers. Don’t get me wrong – markers have their place. But Stampin’ Blends rock! Here is the list of colors she used:

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What a wonderful retirement card idea.