Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

Today was Valentine's Day. For Rick and me, it is one of our most favorite days. He told me he loved me for the first time today, thirty seven years ago. Another special day for us is Mother's Day Eve. He asked me to marry him that night, and then the most important date was September 25th, 1976. The day we said "I do." Rick and I never exchange expensive gifts on any Holiday, but we have always enjoyed our cards we exchange. I cringe when I look and see what he spends on my cards. But, Rick always says not to look and just enjoy the card. Typically I always get two. One is marked "open this one first". It is always a funny and humorous card. The second card marked"open last" normally comes with a tissue because I know I will be crying soon after reading it. Rick prefers not to shop, but he will spend all the time needed until he finds these two special cards. He is a Prince among men. His two daughters and Grands think so too. I was blessed when I met him!

The past two weeks I really have not done much around the house. Two weeks ago I made a mess in our living area with me dragging all sorts of stuff from my scrapbook room to the dining room and kitchen. Piles and stacks of stuff everywhere. I spent almost one full week pulling stuff, taking pics, listing items on my Facebook yardsale page, and then the numerous trips to the post office getting it all mailed out promptly. Then this past week both me and my Baby Grand were sick with a cold, cough, and low grade fever. I think we are now on the mend. Both of us have the residual, annoying cough. But, at this point we know it's on it's way out and we will be back to running at full speed soon. Tonight I had everyone over for dinner. It is always too crazy on Valentine's Day to even think about eating out, plus we all enjoy and prefer a meal at home anyway. But with my house being a wreck, I had to do some cleaning along with the cooking. Also, I let Valentine's Day sneek up on me and I had not taken the time to make Rick's card yet. So, with my Baby Grand here today, we had a very busy and full day together.

I really had no idea or clue on where to start with Rick's card, but I knew I had a long list of chores waiting to be tackled today too and I had to get moving. My priority was making the card. It was Valentine's Day and a day we love to celebrate, so after breakfast I got busy. I used this paper for my stamping. I love PaperTrey Inks papers.Their white "paper basics" is perfect to use with Copic markers. A really nice, smooth, thick cardstock. I have never been disappointed in using it. For my papers I used a retired paper collection from Stampin Up called Love Letters. I totally love these papers and have a nice stash saved. There is not a paper in this collection that I don't love. Here is a pic of the wonderful patterns. My card base and matt layers are Red Riding Hood also from Stampin Up.

For my card I chose two of the stamps I recently bought at the Rubber Stamp Show that was here in Mesquite Texas in January. For my image I used the Sweet Cowgirl stamp from Young Rebel's. With us just moving from Alabama to Texas this past year, I loved the effect of the herringbone DSP along with this adorable little cowgirl. For my sentiment I used a verse from I loved these two stamps together.

Being in such a hurry today, I did not take the time with any shading when coloring the image using my Copic markers. I felt lucky that the card came together as quickly as it did and just moved on, but I was still pleased with how it turned out.
My friend Ray Waxman is a Stampin Up Demonstrator and I ordered from her the framelits dies that I used to cut my stamped image. I am a huge Spellbinder buyer and user. I think it is wonderful that more companies are getting competitive and marketing similiar products to the Spellbinder dies. This was my first time using these dies and I just loved them! From there I inked my edges, used pop dots to accent the layers, matted my verse, and called it a day.  

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