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Sentimental Sundays - New Beginnings

This my first post as a member of the Sentimental Sundays Design Team. I am in awe of the creativity and talent of the ladies on this team. It will be fun to push myself to measure up to their talents.

We are already changing things up. The Sentimental Sundays challenge will now be weekly instead of bi-weekly. That will give you more opportunities to play along with us.

The theme for our challenge this week is "New Beginnings". I chose to make a card for the administrator of my daughter's school who will be retiring at the end of the school year. When my daughter gets teary-eyed about Mrs. Wright's eminent retirement, I remind her how happy we should be that she can retire in good health and at a young enough age that she will be able to enjoy herself. Her retirement is the beginning of a new stage in her life; one I hope she enjoys. It is also a new beginning for the school with a new administrator.

The card above is actually the second card I made. In case it is difficult to read, it is a quote from Catherine Pulsifer that says, "Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning" and typed into and printed using Word. I decided to use some different papers and brighter colors on the remake because my husband said my first card looked too much like a sympathy card. (You can see it below). On both cards I tried the ruffled ribbon technique. It was the first time I tried it and I really like how it looks. (Although the shape of the yellow ribbon keeps reminding me of my Swifter duster.... Maybe that is just my subconscious telling me to dust. )

Here is the original card. Since my mojo has been lacking all I did is switch up the papers while leaving everything else pretty much the same.

Since I really don't need retirement cards too often, I remade the original card into a Sympathy card using a sentiment from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Leaf Prints digital stamp set.

I hope you will join us for the Sentimental Sundays challenge - New Beginnings. Stop by the blog to see all the eye candy from the DT and get your free "New Beginnings" sentiment set.

Thank you for looking! Have a great day!

Challenges for these cards:

Supplies for Retirement card:

  • Images: Retirement quote from and printed using Word
  • Inks: Stampin' Up Summer Sun
  • Papers & CS: Stampin' Up white CS, Georgia Pacific CS, My Mind's Eye Home paper pack, misc. black
  • Tools & Embellishments: Prismacolor marker (to color ribbon), misc. white ribbon, EK Success flower punch, Martha Stewart leaf punch, misc. pearls, Spellbinders Nestabilities

Supplies for Sympathy card:

  • Images: Sympathy sentiment from Leaf Prints by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff on
  • Inks: None
  • Papers & CS: Stampin' Up white CS, Georgia Pacific CS, Close To My Hear Silhouette paper pack, misc. black
  • Tools & Embellishments: Bic marker (to color pearl in flower center), misc black ribbon, EK Success flower punch, Martha Stewart leaf punch, Pearl Glimmer mist, misc. pearls & gem stones, Spellbinders Nestabilities


raindropecho said…
Both of the cards are beautiful, Cheryl. I did notice when I was uploading card that it looked brighter :) I'm sure the school administrator will appreciate his/her card!
Sew-Ink said…
All three are fabulous, love the paper flowers!
Anesha said…
Two great card, love the papers used. ANesha
Karin said…
Both cards are lovely and I grabbed the freebies...Thanks. Hopefully I will have a chance to play along :)
Joanne Gilch said…
Well, so sorry to say that I liked the very first retirement card that you made and loved the remake. The one that goes to the real admin is gorgeous. I think you fit right in with your new team!!! but then again, I am a little prejudiced!!!!
Karen said…
Lovely, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.
Joanna K said…
I love both cards! It made me chuckle a bit that your hubby did win in the end with the card remake lol ;-) They are gorgeous in either form ;))) Love the papers and the flowers! x
Ann English said…
Wonderful cards, Cheryl! I love the way you switched gears here-the sympathy card is lovely-just right and the retirement card reflects a happy event with its bright colors!
BonnieRose said…
both of your cards are works of art.. U are so uber talented yourself gf.. xo Love all you create!
mudmaven said…
I just love both of your cards! Great choices of paper to show off that sentiment. ~chris
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Annika said…
The ruffled ribbon is just toooo gorgeous, definitely going to try that out! I do not think the first card looked like a sympathy card. Now, of course, it does, lol.
Ann Whitfield said…
Two beautiful cards Cheryl, thank you for sharing them with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x
Jenn said…
Beautiful cards! Love how they are so simple! Also love the colors!

Monika Reeck said…
2 ADORABLE card woow so elegant love your style dear...thanks for joining with us at DDSB this week, hugs, Monika
Judy said…
I think both cards are incredibly beautiful, and we are so honored that you have entered in our challenge at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.

Tracey said…
Beautiful cards Cheryl, you're certainly an assert to the team!

what? measure up????? girl.... these are gorgeous!!! i, for one, need to "measure up" to you!!!!

So elegant. And your ribbon work is awesome! Thank you for joinig us at DDSB! :)
Kimberly S said…
Beautiful job Cheryl, on both cards! Love the DP you chose on them, a great sentiment to use, and the flowers are gorgeous! (love when the flowers handmade/punched)
Hi Cheryl
Two beautiful cards,thankyou for joining us at CraftyCatz for this week's challenge,
Hugs Dianne xx
Doreen said…
Two stunning cards.Thank you so much for sharing this with
Aww, Cheryl - these are gorgeous!!! I love the ribbon work you did on both - but especially the first one!! What a beautiful saying too!! I think you had your mojo for both :)
Ceal said…
both cards are just beautiful Cheryl!
KymKreates said…
Lovely ribbon application!!! Thanks for joining us this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!
Beryl said…
A gorgeous card with fab dp and lovely sentiment.
Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's.
Beryl xx
Katja of Katzz said…
Thanks for joining our challenge on DDSB. Your card is so beautifull!!!!
I like the flower in the corner!
Greetings Katja
Marlene said…
Beautiful! You never fail to inspire!
Kim Yu said…
These are beautiful, Cheryl! I need to make more of these cards!
Pascale said…
This is really beautiful I love the black and cream combo. thanks for sharing with us at digi doodle shops best challenge hugs Pascale
Kathy said…
Both are beautiful Cheryl. Love the ruffled ribbon, I'll have to try that. You made me laugh about the swiffer duster comment, now I feel like I should go dust!
coldwaters2 said…
Oh wow Cheryl these are stunning those wonderful papers and sentiment are just so lovely the flowers are beautiful thank you so much for sharing these with us at Crafty Ann's
Lorraine x
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Andrea said…
Beauitful cards...the colours suit both occasions perfectly!
Suzie said…
A beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz this week. Suzie x
Sam said…
Stunning cards Cheryl. Very elegant and perfectly finished off with the ruffled ribbon and pearl detail. I am loving pearls at the moment.
Amber said…
Beautiful creations Cheryl! So elegant!
Karen Howard said…
These are really beautiful! Love how you arranged the ribbon, really unique.
Cheryl, what a gorgeous card. Thanks for taking part in Crafty Ann's Challenge this fortnight and we hope to see you back again very soon - maybe even for the blog hop on 21 May 2010. Best wishes, Kym xxx
jo said…
So pretty! Thank you so much for playing along with us at DDSB! :)


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