Monday, January 12, 2009

Cherish the Years

Hello and happy Monday! ;) I hope your week is starting off on the right foot. We woke to a couple inches of new snow this morning, and as a result the kids and I *got* to do some snow shoveling as "P.E." this afternoon. I think next time we'll do it earlier in the day rather than later...less ice to contend with. lol

Last weekend my parents celebrated a wedding anniversary...their 44th! I made this card in honor of that monumentous occasion (my hubby reminded me we're "only" 31 years behind them -lol!- and given that we found each other rather late in life, we'd have to live to be pretty old to catch them...I'm not holding my breath, but I think it would be really something to reach our 50th). And though tomorrow isn't promised to any of us, my parents are in relatively good health for their age so I'm thinking they'll be able to tell me what being married 50 years to the same person is like. ;)

Okay, back to the card. I think I broke a record on this one. I've already admitted to you that I'm the slowest stamper that ever lived, but I think I even surprised myself with this one. lol It's rather embarrassing, but it took me an entire afternoon (we're talking about four hours!) to make this card, and I would've tossed it and started over...again...if I'd had the time. One look and you'll see what I mean. And if not, allow me to help you. It's the stitching. See? In the picture, it actually looks a lot worse than I think it does in real life because the red patterned paper just inside the Barn Red cardstock on the horizontal strip has a lot of squiggly designs in it, making it look like a bunch of tangled threads. While I wouldn't say it isn't possible for me to do that to a card, fortunately it didn't happen here. lol But other things sure did (and, lucky for you, I won't be sharing them all)!

What I will share is that through my trial-and-(somewhat comical) error process with this card, I learned that when you're only stitching on one layer of paper, the results are, well, less than stellar -- at least that was my experience. ugh Usually I don't have this problem, but I don't usually stitch on only one layer either. When this lesson presented itself to me it was toward the end of the day, and by that time I needed to clean up my mess (I presently have to work at the kitchen table) and get dinner started for everyone or I was going to have a mutiny on my it was more about finishing than perfection (again, sorry, Mom). At least I learned something new along the way and will take this lesson to heart. ;)

Today also happens to be my mom's birthday, but since her card is still enroute to her, I can't post it just yet. That one was a lot more fun to make...once I scrapped the first attempt (after three consecutive evenings of unsuccessfully trying to finish it...hence the reason it's late.... It started out okay but then something changed and it just wasn't looking like my mom anymore -- ever have that happen to you?). Anyway, I'll be sharing that with you later this week. Happy Birthday, Mom! ;D

Well, I hope your creative endeavors are going a bit better than mine have lately. lol

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins), Barn Red (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Boxer collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: I Thee Wed (Cornish Heritage Farms); Ink: Barn Red (CTMH); Other: Classic and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Tags 5 (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), VersaMark (Tsukineko), (ret.) Mirror Platinum embossing powder, heat tool, piercing tool, sponge, white organdy (CTMH), mat pack (SU!), ribbon (May Arts), sewing machine, white thread, foam mounting tape


Jeanne said...

Happy Anniversary to your parents! That's quite a feat in this day and age (sad to say). Here's to MANY more years together!

The card is gorgeous, cantankerous stitching and all. I well know the feeling of frustration when it isn't turning out quite like you'd hoped, but your final product is well worth it!

How about that snow, eh? I heard we were gonna get a dusting...yea of like 4 inches! Whoa! And you definitely should shovel (er, have PE) earlier in the day. LOL

Jeanette - said...

Christi - I think it's beautiful, and I like the non-perfect stitches, although I do understand your frustration when things don't do what you have in mind :)
Happy Anniversary to your parents and Happy Birthday to your Mom!!!

Christi said...

Happy Anniversary to your parents! 44!! Your card is amazing!!!

Lesli said...

Happy Anniversary to your parents. The card is absolutely beautiful!

Patti Gingrich said...

44 years! That's so wonderful! And you made them such a lovely card.

Carolyn King said...

this is beautiful!!! Congrats to your parents (and happy bday to your mom too!)

Courtney said...

Oh my! You are too funny! The stitching makes this card. but I cannot believe it took you an entire afternoon!

I cannot wait to see the birthday card, especially if it took you three days to do!

I know that both were loved!

Barb W said...

Gorgeous card, Christi! I need to be brave like you and pull out the sewing machine...I know your folks appreciated your creation. What a blessing to be married for so many years. Congrats!