Thursday, April 12, 2012

love {note}

Happy Thursday to ya!

And a happy Thursday it is...I just found out that this card received the honor of being recognized by the very talented sketch artist herself, Tracy!   For those who are on design teams or whose work is regularly published, that may be old hat {does that actually ever happen?}, but it's pretty exciting news for little ol' me; and she definitely made my heart smile with the sweet words she wrote about my card {*blush*}.  ;)  If you're at all interested, you can read about it by clicking here --and even if you're not interested in reading about it {it's okay, really}, you can get inspired by her new sketch for this week.

Okay, I'm done tootin' my own horn...if you're still with me, thanks for humoring me.  ;)  

{And now if you don't want to be subjected to further boredom, I suggest you skip the text and just move on down to the card.   You're welcome.}

Once upon a time, long, long ago in a far away land...before home schooling...I used to send little reminders of my love for my sweet hubby with him each time we'd be separated overnight.  I'd have one card for him to open for each night that we were apart.  It was really easy to do when I used to just buy cards, although I am the type of person who will stand there pouring over cards for a painfully long period of time to be sure I had chosen the perfect card for the person in mind for each particular occasion.  I'm fairly certain the employees of my favorite card store must have thought I was crazy camping out there like that every few months, but I just can't bring myself to give a card to someone if I don't honestly feel the sentiment conveyed.  If you're reading this, you probably feel the same way. 

Thankfully, spending hours in card stores carefully selecting a handful of cards is a thing of the past.  Now I just spend hours making a single card...which means I rarely have any made ahead of time so I'm usually scramblin' to get them done.  ;P  

Ten years ago, I took the leap into cardmaking by telling myself {and my hubby} that I was going to be saving a TON of money by not buying cards.  Now, I know I'm not saving time or money {shhh, don't tell him that! lol}...not by a long shot!...but the process of creating a card by hand means:

* I get to joyfully fill my time while thinking about/praying for others as I make their card 
{makes me feel a little less selfish for wanting to stamp -lol}
* the hours spent on cards are now spent at home with those I love
{where they don't have to wonder if I'm crazy...they already know!}
each card is truly personalized 
{the whole idea behind giving a card} 

--it's a triple win in my book!  ;D   What an awesome blessing this hobby is...just wish I could find some way to speed up my creative process.

Anyway...all that to say I haven't had the time to make my hubby many little love notes in the last several years. ;(  Not that I've needed too many, but still.

So today's card {you knew I'd get to the card at some point...or at least you were hoping I would, right?!} is the first one I've made for this purpose in a long time, and I plan it to be the first one of many I'm going to need to tuck into my hubby's bag when he helps out with scout camp again this summer...which will be sneaking up on us before we know it! 

I made this one last night using this sweet little sketch over at retro sketches

Whew!  My apologies for being so talkative today.  I'm going to blame it all on the side effects of the happy dance I've been doing since finding out I was named Tracy's Sketch Artist today.  {*toot toot*}  ;P

As always, thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon.  Because I've had some extra stamping time this week, I've got another card to share with you tomorrow.  Until then, many blessings to you!

Supplies shown some lovin':

love note

Cardstock:  Kraft (SU!), White Daisy (Close To My Heart)
Patterned Paper:  Stella Rose Hazel 6x6 collection (My Mind's Eye)
Stamps:  Hugs & Kisses (Kim Hughes for the old Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink:  Smokey Gray VersaFine (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Other:  Tags Trio die (Spellbinders), Jotted Heart die (Verve Stamps), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Lipstick Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Cherry Twist twine (Shabby Green Door), edge distresser (Heidi Swapp), sponge, sewing machine, thread, foam dimensionals 


Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

WOW, Christie this is gorgeous! The colors and distressing are perfect, and the twine, the stitching, WOWOWOW! LOVE IT! Thank you so much for joining us at RetroSketches this week!

Jackie Rockwell said...

The distressed look is awesome and I adore the stitching!!! So glad you played along with us at RetroSketches!

Adri Munhoz Queixa said...

Love it! It's fantastic! Hugs

Barb said...

CONGRATS on having your card in the spotlight! And your story about spending hours in the card store brought back memories. I used to be the same way. I love the card you've shared's so sweet!