One year ago today, my boyfriend (now my husband) completely took me by surprise and proposed to me on stage at Real Estate BarCamp in Nashville, TN! We were part of a panel of REALTORS® answering questions from our dear friend Brian Copeland about how we use technology in our real estate business and at the end of 90 minutes or so, Dale got the last question. He took a long time answering it and transitioned it into my marriage proposal! He even had the song “Somebody” by Depeche Mode play on the speakers overhead. Depeche Mode is our favorite band and that song is essentially about longing for one’s “Somebody” or soul-mate. My husband and I were truly meant to be together! Here is the video below, and then I’ll get on to the card I made for him today!
This is the card I made for him today. We love the song “So in Love” by OMD, but that song doesn’t have anything to do with the card. 🙂
These are the products I used to make this card, which was inspired by a gorgeous card I saw on Pinterest! What’s coincidental is the woman who created the card that inspired mine is from Tennessee, where we were engaged.
I stamped the heart and added some shading with my colored pencil, then cut it out and inked the edges. I also stamped the rose frame and colored the roses with colored pencils. I would have done a better coloring job if I wasn’t trying to make this card while my husband was out. I was on a tight time crunch to get this done!
I stamped kraft paper with the background stamp and then stamped over it with another ink color. I used my sponge dauber to distress the edges with brown ink, and added bitty brads to the corners after cutting and layering the pieces.
I made the lacy piece by punching one side of craft paper and then turned it over to punch the other side. I distressed both sides with ink and then adhered my ribbon to it. Here is another view of the card. I hope it’s not too feminine for him with the hearts and roses, but I think he’ll like the aged look of the card.
Thanks for reading my blog and be sure to hug your sweetie tightly tonight – once you find the right one, each moment is a precious blessing.
I have more Valentines to share, but I’ve been so busy making “thank you” cards that I haven’t finished blogging about February’s Valentine-themed cards. If I had more time, I’d blog about all the cards from 2010-2012 you’ve never seen. I take a picture of every card I make, and only blog about 10% of them because sometimes it takes longer to blog than to make a card. It would be a weird (and wonderful) feeling to be caught up sharing all the cards and projects here on my blog. Someday, right?
This is the Valentine card I made for my awesome husband. It’s amazing how creative and inspired one feels when they’re loved and cherished enough. I’ve definitely made a lot more cards because of his encouragement over the years.
I started with a sheet of “Sweetheart” paper from DCWV and cut it to size for my 4″ x 6″ card. I attached it to a folded 4″ x 12″ piece of black textured cardstock that I sanded with an old Revlon nail file. I think I found these heart gems in the $1 section at Michael’s – I love them because they’re already in the right shape, so all I have to do is life the heart off the backing and it sticks right onto my card.
I used stickers from the “Yours Truly” collection by Echo Park: the sentiment below and the hearts at the base of the card. Behind the sticker sentiment that I popped up with double-sided foam tape, I used half of a doily shape I cut from pink paper with my Cricut Artiste cartridge from Close to My Heart and ribbon from CTMH’s Designer Ribbon Red Collection (ON SUPER CLEARANCE RIGHT NOW!!). Below that, I used a coordinating lacy strip of paper I cut with the same Artiste Cricut cartridge. I love using the “Fit to Length” button on my Cricut Expression machine to make this the correct width for my cards. I’ve had a Cricut for 4 or 5 years and only learned what this button 10 months ago! It would have saved me a lot of wrong guesses and scraps I didn’t use if only I had learned that earlier.
I used some heart stickers and red adhesive gems for the bottom part of the card.
Here’s a final picture of the card. Thank you for reading my blog!
I found two sheets of this double-sided skulls and paisley paper on clearance at The Paper Zone and bought one for this card and one for my friend Danielle (for whenever I see her again!). I didn’t see it as Halloween paper because I thought the paisleys would lend themselves to forming a heart. I made this Valentine card using burgundy textured paper, a button, and the double-sided paper. Once again, I used my Crop-O-Dile Corner Chomper to shape the corners of the paper and used a black Zig marker to create the faux stitching. The little heart card was cut out by hand and tucked into the front of the card after I jotted a little note inside and added faux stitching with a white pen. I added little tear-drop shaped pieces I cut from the paper and outlined them in a silver marker. Voila, it was done! 🙂
Skulls and Paisley Valentine
Thanks for reading my blog and have a happy Valentine’s Day!