June 7, 2017


As implied in my last blog post, this past Friday, June 2, my husband and I celebrated 44 years of married life together. Although the days preceding our anniversary were filled with sorrowful thoughts and lots of tears, I forced myself to create for my husband a frilly card of love. Call it Creative Therapy if you will.

Using the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits (page 215 of the new catalog), I made a frilly romantic heart from a piece of beautiful printed vellum. You see, my bridesmaids' dresses were orange (yes, we got married in 1973, and that was an IN color!). So, often when I create my husband's anniversary card, I reach for an orange tone.

After I'd die cut the heart, I placed it atop a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trimming around the edges and leaving a simple white border.

Using Stampin' Dimensionals on the heart itself as well as on the banner sentiment makes the focal point stand out more and adds wanted dimension.

I must admit that, by the time I was able to take the photos of the card, it wasn't in the best shape. You see, I had presented it to my husband at the hotel the morning of my dad's funeral. Apparently, he put it in his luggage not too carefully. It is, unfortunately, a bit smooshed and "loved" looking. 

Even though I used a piece of Designer Series Paper for the background, which would have been lovely on its own, I decided to add a bit more interest to it by embossing in white circles from the Playful Backgrounds set (page 150).

To match the DSP background of the card, I incorporated the same paper for the sentiment banner.

Because my finished card ended up measuring a nontraditional 5 1/4" x 5 1/4", it would not, of course, fit within a traditional-sized envelope. So, I turned to my trusty Envelope Punch Board to create a  custom envelope for the card using the same Designer Series Paper.



  1. What a beautiful card and a labor of love. So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I'm sure you had mixed emotions on your anniversary. Your artwork is beautiful.

  2. The card is beautiful and such a sweet notion. Sorry to hear about your loss! #ThursdayFavoriteThings

  3. Such a pretty card. I'm sorry to hear of your dad's passing, what a day of mixed emotions you must have. It's nice that you didn't just let your anniversary slide altogether, even at a difficult time.

  4. This card is so gorgeous - you can tell it came from such a place of love. <3 #FridayFrivolity

  5. Your cards are always so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts at Over The Moon Party.
    See you next week.