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Golden Retirement Wishes

Golden Retirement Wishes.....

We had wished to live on a nearby lake in retirement, but just about the time we were ready to look at property, prices skyrocketed out of our reach and are going up hourly.  Houses are selling before they can even be put on the market... There was a river option, but the same thing has happened in that area as well.  

We are now looking at just staying here and taking better advantage of our view of our little pond.  My new (to me) Dylusions journal came yesterday along with some Stamperia Forest paper.  Since these thoughts are always on my mind, I journaled about our change in plans in my new journal.

Since the **Art*Journal*Journey* monthly prompt (selected by Valerie) is Heavy Metal, I added in a little piece of metal from my Mom's treasure chest of little metal pieces, some gold paint splatters and some Mica flakes.  Hard to tell how much I added from the picture above but here is a close up of one of the fish so you can see the mica flakes I dusted on plus some of the gold paint splatters.

The paper does most the work, but I stenciled in some circles, an anchor, some wood shading and words (most from the matching Stamperia Stencil) plus I fussy cut some fish and folliage and added in some texture and golden highlights.  

Before I go, I wanted to share a card as well:

I cased the Featured Stamper at SCS - Jen Guarino when making this card, and  THIS is her card. To start, I painted the red background with several coats of Dina Wakely Acylic Paint.  I added dots using the DRS Designs Polka Dot Background dipped in white gesso.  The tag was hand cut and coated with texture paste.  After the texture paste dried, and sponged around with some Tempting Turquoise ink from SU!  and just a tiny bit of stamping. I watered colored the fun Skating Snowman and hand cut the sentiment to look like a chunk of ice.  I love how this came out.  Jen is a talented stamper and does some really fun cards. 

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  1. The fish page is fanatical,i love this idea and a so sweet the snowmencard!
    Have a good new Week, hug Elke

  2. Such beautiful work! I love all the different textures, staying put is a good idea,, prices are crazy, save your money , ,,,think of all the lovely lakes you can visit when this pandemic is over. Your home is something you put so much of yourself in, it’s hard to say goodby to it. Beautiful work!

  3. A wonderful journal page, very well composed with fishing related thing. Love it and how you embellished the 🐠.
    Have a good new week ahead 💗

  4. Great journal page, and really nicely done creative page. I liked your commnet about our cards being close together at SCS, and both snowmen, but I like yours so much better. I finally figured out one of the reasons I didn't like my card... My poor snowman does NOT have arms. (The IF pattern I used didn't call for any, and I didn't think to add some myself... Oh well...Hope you're having a nice weekend!

  5. I know what you mean about having dreams of your retirement home and prices going up, the same thing is happening for my husband and I. I think we're going to stay put also :)
    Your Stamperia paper is wonderful with all those fishes, and your snowman looks awesome, I love all the texture on the tag.

  6. Your journal looks fabulous Nancy, I love the Stamperia papers and all of your added details.
    A fun card, such a super snowman, he looks like he is having great fun.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  7. Such a beautiful journal page, I love the touches of metal that you added to the Forest paper! I have that paper pad too, I love it and your design is very inspiring 😀. That cheery snowman made me smile too! Wishing you a great new week! Hugs, Jo x

  8. This is a gorgeous page Nancy. I love the fishing theme. I know what you mean about lake and river house prices going out of control. That is what it is like in my area too. It is a great dream though, and maybe things will change one of these days. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Art Journal Journey. I enjoyed your post today. Hugs-Erika


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