Friday, September 20, 2013

Retirement for hubby's very first boss

When hubby and I went to our high school reunion last month (our thirtieth!!) we stopped by the restaurant where he had worked as a dish-washer all through school.  It was strange to be back there.  We walked past the payphones he called me on after each of his shifts.  Remember payphones, anyone?  Cell phones are sooooo much better.

As we were eating brunch, I told our waitress that hubby had worked there 30 years earlier and asked if he could take a quick look in the kitchen before we left.  She was sweet enough to take both of us back there.  It hadn't changed much.  As we were paying, we found out from the hostess that the gentleman who had hired hubby almost 33 years ago had just retired in July.  Today I finally got around to making the retirement card I had promised to do over a month ago.
--Sorry for the delay, Mister.--

The image is one I found on Free Dearie Dolls blog.  If you've never been over there you have got to go check it out!  Oodles of free digis and they are so cute!!  I thought the chef with a bottle of wine would be perfect because the retiree had been the kitchen manager for well over 30 years at the Brown County Inn.

I kept the design very simple just opting to do a center step card for a little non-frilly interest.  (The recipient is not a big bling kinda' guy.)  The embossed card stock behind the chef was done with a Sizzix candy cane stripe folder.  It's the largest in this assortment:

I placed the bit of paper in it diagonally, lining up the bottom edge with one of the stripes on the folder.  Voila.  Straight stripes from a candy cane folder.  I'm sure that's not a new idea but I still feel better clever.  Love to find new uses for my toys tools!

Here are the other items I used in making this card:

Markers: ProMarkers
Papers:  Papertrey Ink and Recollections
Ribbon and brads: my stash

I did also use Glossy Accents on the wine bottle and glasses although it doesn't show in the photos.  In order to do such a small area, I put a drop of Glossy Accents in the middle of the bottle and each of the glasses.  Then I used the tip of a bamboo skewer to drag it around and fill in the areas I wanted to have a shine.  I saw that in a YouTube video once but for the life of me cannot remember whose video it was so I'm unable to give the proper credit.  My apologies to that crafter!

Here's a shot of the card straight on:

You can find this cute little guy in the following challenges:


  1. I love it Dearie! Thank you so much for sharing...the chef digis are a lot of fun. You did a wonderful work on this one. Love the clean and simple lines.

  2. Such a sweet card. Love the chef image - he's too cute. The papers you used really make the little chef stand out. Love it!

  3. Hi Roberta! Joanne here. I finally got the time to visit the blogs of my sister DT's from DDCC. So much to catch up on! I love this card, so adorable! My son-in-law is a chef, so it really made me smile. I love the striped paper, great colors! I so enjoyed looking over your work! Your creations are lovely! I am feeling a bit intimidated by all that I have seen on all the blogs, lol! I hope I can keep up! Looking forward to knowing you better and working with you! Hugs, Joanne

  4. cute as card Roberta, Thanks for playing along with us at Little Blue Button Stamps monthly challenge

  5. What a fab card! Love the LO!
    Thank you for joining us at Digitally Sweet!

  6. Perfect step card, Roberta, and great for a guy and for a retirement. What great memories there must have been for both you and your husband in that visit. I'm not telling which high school reunion I attended last summer but it was more than the 30th, I'll say that. :-D

  7. this is such a sweet card=) thank you for playing with LBBS! good luck=)

  8. This is a gorgeous card,love the image and fab

  9. lovely card Roberta, the image is so in keeping with the theme whicj makes it a lovely thoughtful creation :) xx

  10. WHAT A FAB STEPPER CARD ,love the image and paper choice
    Thanks for joining US at I love promarkers and good luck
    tracey x

  11. This is a great card Roberta, Love the fact the embossed card matches the striped paper and well done for getting diagonal lines to look so straight :p Thanks to for the lovely blog details with the great digis :)

    My blog: Little Pear Tree
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  12. Hi again Roberta! This time I am here representing my blog! Such a great card, super colors, paper and an adorable image! Thanx so much for playing along with us at CC&CC for our Anything Goes Challenge! Joanne xx

  13. Brilliant!!Thank you for joining us this week over at love to create challenges.
    Amanda LTCDT

  14. Fab step card with this adorable image and great papers.Thank you for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge!

  15. Awesome card! Love the image and DP you used! Thank you for joining us for our Clean N Simple Challenge this week at Love to Create.
    Ruza, LTC Designer

  16. This is such a cute card!! I love step cards and I love chefs! This is an adorable card, love the colors too! Thanks for joining us this week at Jo's FFC!
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  17. A gorgeous cas card. I love the image and design.

    Thanks for joining this months challenge at A Little Bit Crafty.
    Lorraine x


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