A Retirement Reminder: Just Breathe!

I recently had some co-workers retire from teaching.  Together, the four teachers had well over 100 years of service to our school district — an admirable group for sure.  I made this card for all four retiring colleagues.  It’s simple and yet serene.  I hope!

Retirement Colorful Season Mary Hanson Up North Stampin'

I used the new Colorful Seasons stamp set from Stampin’ Up!, found in the fabulous 2017-18 Annual Catalog, now available to order from!  This stamp set features stamps and coordinating dies that highlight all four seasons.  I think this set will be a bestseller because you can literally use it ALL year long!

Project Supplies

Stamps and Bundles

Colorful Seasons Bundle (Stamp Set and Dies), #145348 $54.00

Timeless Textures (Stamp Set), Wood Mount #140514 $28.00 Clear Mount #140517 $20.00

Swirly Bird (Stamp Set) #141749 $25


Shimmery White cardstock, #101910 $8.00

Pool Party 8 ½” by 11” cardstock, #122924   $8.00

Crumb Cake 8 ½” by 11” cardstock, #120953 $8.00

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, #144177 $10.00


Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad, #126982 $6.50

So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Pad, #126957 $6.50

Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad #126975 $6.50

Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad #126974 $6.50


SNAIL Adhesive, #104332 $7.00

Fine-Tip Glue Pen, #138309 $7.00

Stampin’ Dimenstionals #104430 $4.00


Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, #143263 $110.00


Crumb Cake Card Base 5 ½” X 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”

Pool Party cardstock panel 5 ¼” X 4”

Shimmery White cardstock panel 5 1/8” X 3 7/8”


On the Shimmery White cardstock panel, stamp the ‘ground’ by using the Timeless Textures stamp in Crumb Cake. Stamp a ‘sun’ using the round stamp from the Swirly Bird stamp set in So Saffron.   Use the Timeless Texture stamp to create a spattering of blue with Pool Party ink pad. Stamp the “Just Breathe” sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set in Chocolate Chip ink across the bottom of the Shimmery Whisper White panel.

Using the Big Shot, cut an Adirondack chair using a sheet of paper from the Wooden Textures DSP. Adhere to the Whisper White panel using Fine Tip Glue. Adhere the Whisper White panel to the Pool Party cardstock panel using SNAIL. Use Dimensionals to adhere top of card to the Crumb Cake card base.  Embellish with other dies from the bundle as desired.

I hope this Tutorial and card has helped you get inspired — there’s SO much in the new catalog to try!  Just email me at marya2hanson@gmail.com for help with ordering!  Or click on the button on the stop of this page to start the fun!



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