Out of the office

If you’re a “Mad Men” fan, then maybe you’re as excited as I am for tonight’s two-hour premiere of the sixth season. I’ve missed the SCDP team (now minus “P”). I made the mistake of reading a Slate.com article about the season opener. “Minor” spoilers? Pffft. I think not. Why did I read it … all of it?!

Whom am I kidding? I would have read the entire article if it were a detailed play-by-play. I’ve read Wikipedia articles about “The Walking Dead” comic books, looking for hints as to what my favorite zombie-apocalypse drama will bring. Ahem. Moving on …IMG_0444-Edit

In honor of “Mad Men,” I planned to create a card inspired by the 1960s. I had a specific October Afternoon journal card in mind, and I wanted to add a funny sentiment to it, but the journal card was MIA. My craft area is organized, but I have a habit of piling up products around my workspace, such as stacks of acrylic-stamp sets and leftover cardstock. I’d been brainstorming ideas with that journal card weeks ago, so I knew it was somewhere.

I went through a pile of notepaper and stacks of cardstock, looked under packages of rub-ons and clear stamps, peered beneath my craft-cart-on-wheels. No journal card. I had resigned to letting it go and using a different one, and then I flipped through my pile of notepaper one more time … out flew the card.

I’m happy that I found the journal card, because I don’t think a different one would have worked as well. I like how my “seriously?” talk bubble fits the theme of office talk with the word strip that shows “watercooler” and “gossip.”

When October arrives, I might try a Halloween card inspired by “The Walking Dead.” Are there stamps of zombie images?


Here’s how to make it:

Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of colorful, floral-patterned cardstock (I used one from the Watercolor collection by Me & My Big Ideas). Adhere a strip of mock tickets (such as from the 9 to 5 collection’s “Miscellany” pack by October Afternoon) vertically to the card’s front, close to the right edge. Trim any excess.


Cut a 5-by-2-inch piece of cardstock in a coordinating floral pattern (Watercolor collection). Cut a 5-by-2 1/8-inch piece of black cardstock and adhere the patterned cardstock, centered, over it. Adhere the black cardstock, centered horizontally, to the card’s front.


Affix a large brad featuring a telephone icon (9 to 5) to a thin, 5-inch-wide, cream-colored cardstock strip printed with office-themed words (9 to 5 “Miscellany”), about 1 inch from the strip’s left edge. Adhere the strip horizontally over the 5-by-2-inch piece of cardstock, close to its bottom edge.


Stamp “seriously?” (I used a sentiment from the Portfolio collection by Pink Paislee) in black ink (such as Versafine in onyx black) onto a 2 1/2-by-4-inch journal card that features a vintage-inspired image if a secretary using a phone (9 to 5).


Using dimensional adhesive, affix the journal card, centered horizontally, to the card’s front, three-fourths of an inch from the right edge.


Affix a small, yellow metal flower (mine’s by Basic Grey) to the upper-right corner of the journal card, and affix another yellow metal flower to the lower-left area of the journal card, close to the brad.


4 thoughts on “Out of the office

  1. Great card! I love that OA line. I’ve never watched Mad Men; but have always wanted to give it a look. Maybe this year will be the season that hooks me.

  2. Sweet card, my daughter is right into Madmen, she is trying to catch up before tonight episode. I on the other hand love the Walking Dead…and yes they do make zombie stamps 😉
    I so understand your not finding something you know you have 🙂

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