Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Countdown Is Started!

I did it--turned in my resignation letter!  My last scheduled shift is January 6.  I'll stay on-call, but will probably work very little.  Mixed feelings with nursing such a part of my life for the past 41 years. I was one of the lucky ones who knew at a young age what I wanted to be & I'll always be proud of my career.  I'll miss the patients, but as with all jobs, there are irritations & stresses I'm ready to do without--haha!


Time for my PTI MIM splatters card which I finished after work yesterday, but didn't have time to post. This began with the other background I made using 3 green Zig markers.  My blogging friend, Shirley, stamps on her incredible backgrounds with similar colors & I wanted to try it.  I need a card for a friend who just lost a furbaby, so wanted something pretty & peaceful. Finally used my PTI Meadow Greens with Distress Inks mowed lawn & peeled paint along with Hero Arts Field Greens.  The blossom is heat embossed using Ranger iridescent powder called Enchanted Gold that I've had forever.  
The sentiment from PTI Through the Trees is stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  I added some big splatters of black mist & little ones of Distress Stain tarnished brass. The black frame is made with Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by--so much on everyone's "To Do" list this time of year.  I've got to get Christmas cards mailed & decorate the house--how about you?
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26 comments:

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Congrats! That sounds wonderful.

Karren said...

Congrats on your decision, Greta! What a wonderful accomplishment to have nursed for so long, and enjoyed it. Enjoy your free time! Your card is gorgeous - so much depth!

Lisa said...

CONGRATS Greta!! I'm sure your patients will miss you too!! Your card is GORGEOUS my friend!!

Mona Pendleton said...

Yahooo! Congrats Greta! From one RN to another RN, I have a feeling you won't miss it and will LOVE life :) Your card is beautiful!

Di said...

Well done on making your decision Greta - 41 years is a long time and even though you love your work I just bet you won't miss the red tape and irritations one iota. Look on it as a job well done and now the opening of a new chapter in the book.

LOVE your card, beautiful greens and foliage - the sparkle is gorgeous!

Hugs

Di xx

brenda said...

A really glorious Christmas card Great with super stamping and inking, many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge. Enjoy your retirement and I am sure crafting will play a big part in taking over some of your new found time.

B x

Jeni Jenne said...

Congratulations on a beautiful card AND a career well done! I will soon be entering a new chapter in my life as well as I prepare for an empty nest.

Rosemary said...

gorgeous inked background, greta!! another fab take on the MIM technique!! congrats on taking that final step toward retirement, my friend!

Cat Craig said...

Gorgeous background inking Greta! How fabulous that you get to start on your retirement from nursing. You will never regret it, being able to choose how your time is used is one of the best things in life. My favorite retirement perk...naps. No more clock watching and very very few alarms ringing. Congratulations my friend!

Zoe Sanderson said...

So fresh and lovely + Green is my favourite colour. Thank you for sharing this yummy treat with us at Twofers. Good luck with the changes life is bring your way enjoy the time that comes with. XOXO Zoe

cm said...

After 41 years of nursing, Greta, you more than deserve a change of pace! Yes, you'll miss certain aspects of your career, but the freedom from the 'politics' will be so refreshing! New doors ready to open! Your card is lovely and guaranteed to make your friend feel very much comforted in her time of loss. As always, your kindness and compassion are heart-warming!
hugs~c

Leigh Penner said...

Wow, 41 years -- that's wonderful! Enjoy your retirement!
Your card is gorgeous!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Wow, the gold bloom looks almost like a firework against the green backdrop. It is amazing. Congrats on your retirement! That is exciting.

alexandra s.m. said...

Hello dear Greta!
My, how exciting and probably nerve racking as well.
I wish you all the best for the transition.
Your card is beautiful and the glorious green makes me think of new beginnings ;)
Hugs~

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous card, love the inkiness :) Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. It is a big change but you will love the freedom. Saying that I've gone back to work part-time, but it's just a fun hobby job :) Take care, Shirleyxx

Mary Ann said...

Congrats on your retirement!!!Beautiful card!!!Never started!!!Just pull everthing out of the loft!!!Not up to it,been under the weather!!!LOL!!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your card is beautiful, Greta!! Congratulations on turning in THE letter and on a wonderful 41-year career as a nurse! You should be very proud of your service! When it eventually happens, you will wonder how you ever had time to work!! Cheers and hugs, Darnell

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Your card is beautiful, both in colors and design!

Ros Crawford said...

Congratulations on your retirement!! And I'm sure you will be missed! You will wonder how you ever found time to work now ... Lol! Your card is beautiful ... just perfect for your friend ... such a sad time and my heart goes out to them... Have a wonderful day Greta!

Jeanne H said...

Wonderful card! I too add my congrats on your career decision. You'll love choosing and doing just what you feel like doing. :-)

Charlene said...

That means you will have time to come down here and make cookies lol!!!! YAY for you!!!! I'm so happy for you! I don't think that day will ever get here lol! Beautiful card! I love the green, green is so peaceful and perfect for your friend :-( Merry Christmas friend!

Jane Willis said...

Really beautiful card, thank you for sharing it at Twofers. Enjoy your retirement - and all the extra crafting time
Jane

Maria said...

Congrats, Greta! I'm sure the patients and co-workers will miss you! And, I know how you feel...lol! But, in some ways you always use some of your nursing skills as I'm finding out!:-) As Jane said...you'll be able to have more time to craft...how fun!:-) Take care, hugs!

Kim Heggins said...

Congrats to you Greta!!!! So excited for you. Your card is just beautiful too, love that green.

Martha said...

OH, Greta, the gold is striking against the fabulous green background.
A BIG CONGRATS, on your upcoming retirement, dear friend!
YAY! I know you'll enjoy the additional time you'll have for doing the things you enjoy most. SO happy for you! ♥

Whisper said...

A gorgeous layout & thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month, luv Sam x