Friday, July 31, 2009

Another Year with My Best Friend

Steve and I are celebrating our 17th anniversary today! Since we both had been married before and both had children we were raising from those previous marriages, we never had those "honeymoon" years, but we're certainly enjoying them now. The boys have all grown and moved off and we are enjoying being empty-nesters even though we do miss the guys.
Steve and I are each other's best friend even though we enjoy very few of the same things. He's got fishing buddies, drinking buddies, football buddies, and three sons to hang out with. I've got my mom and sister, several wonderful ladies I work with, and some fabulous crafting friends. But at the end of the day, there's no one I'd rather hang with than my hubby!
So when I saw that the Cute Daisy May Challenge for this week was "friends", I knew it would be perfect for my anniversary card for my husband. I usually buy him a photo card with a picture of two young kids (a boy and a girl) playing together, often in grown up clothes (you know the ones I'm talking about). So when I saw this image at Cute Daisy May, I had to grab it. Also, see that dark blue ribbon that matches my dark (SU Brilliant Blue) cardstock? I certainly didn't have any ribbon that color. I took some sheer white ribbon that I had on hand, and, you guessed it, colored it with a matching copic marker--Cool!

Then, because I've been dying to use my new Stampin'Up Movers and Shapers dies, I created a window for my image. I have to tell you, that I just love this effect. I'm going to have to create more of these windows. I didn't want to make this too frilly and have a bunch of embellishments that dh wouldn't appreciate, so after cutting out my window and creating a mat with a matching heart punch, I embossed the front with one of the new cuttlebug embossing folders. LOVE IT! I love that you can "peek" at the image and that there's a dark contrasting mat all in the shape of a heart which is just perfect for my one true love!

When he opens the card, he can see the full image. That's us in the picture. Yes, once upon a time, he had blondish hair and mine is still dark brown (thanks to my hair stylist and her magic potions). But isn't this image just so sweet! And the PTI sentiment is so perfect for this card. What a fun card to make! I hope he likes it, too! He is often amused by my crafting but I can tell that he's also kinda impressed that I do this stuff! Gotta love a man who encourages paper crafting!
Project Recipe
Paper: SU Bashful Blue CS, SU Brilliant Blue CS, Ginak White Pure Luxury CS
Stamps: Cute Daisy May Sheet 51, SU Best Yet (sentiment), PTI Heart Prints (sentiment)
Ribbon: White sheer colored with blue copic (unknown source)
Accessories: cuttlebug, cuttlebug embossing folder, copic markers, SU Movers and Shapers dies (heart and scallop oval), EK Success lrg heart punch, SU scalloped oval punch