Tuesday, August 11, 2009

To the Moon Anniversary

I apologize, my short sabbatical turned out to be much longer than I had planned. Sometimes life takes a different turn than we expect, but wouldn't it be so boring if life was always predictable? I am just so thankful that when I go through a storm, I do not have to go through it alone. I know that God is always there right beside me. It amazes me how when we go through rough times it feels like we are so weak, but when we look back we somehow feel stronger when it is over.

My husband and I's 21st anniversary came and went during the time my son was sick and we finally found the time to celebrate last week. I made him this card for our anniversary. I really wanted to use my new Everyday Button Bits set and so I figured out a way to make it romantic.
I used Enchanted Evening cardstock and lightly rubbed Spring Rain and New Canvas inks over it in a circular motion. I love how it made the cardstock look like distressed leather. When you touch it, you expect it to feel soft like suede. I have just discovered this little technique and love the look. You can get a different effect depending on the cardstock and inks you use. I used the sentiment from Out on a Limb and stamped the moon in the corner with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. You can't really tell in the photo but I used my SU color spritzer with a light blue Copic marker and spritzed some color over the main image. It gave it like a cloudy "sky" feel. I stamped "Happy Anniversary" on bitty box paper and adhered it to the inside -- sorry, no photo. I just love the way this card turned out (so much so that I managed to keep it on my shelf in my craft room:)

Thank you so much for stopping by and for being so patient with me. I am still trying to get caught up on things and get ready for school. Vacation Bible School is next week and I will be helping with the crafts and then school starts. I am really looking forward to getting back into a routine. I love summer and the freedom it brings but it always seems to be such a relief to get back to "normal". Am I the only one who feels this way?

Have a blessed day!

Supplies-All Papertrey unless otherwise noted.
Stamps-Everyday Button Bits, Out on a Limb
Paper- Enchanted Evening, White, Spring Rain Bitty Boxes, Kraft
Ink-Spring Rain, New Canvas (Palette), Enchanted Evening, Versamark
Other-Labels One die (Spellbinders), mini heart border punch (Martha Stewart), twine (Walmart), Glacier White embossing powder (CHF), Spring Rain and Enchanted Evening vintage buttons, Color Spritzer tool (SU) with Copic B41 marker


Maria Matter said...

this is beautiful Karen!! Your background looks amazing from here so I can only imagine how wonderful it is in real life! Love the buttons too! :)

Welcome back!
Hope all is going well for your family! And yes, I love the back to school routine...I'm so much more organized!
Blessings, Maria

Scrapping Julie said...

wow! love that look. i need to try that. your card is perfect!!

Anne said...

Glad everything is smoothing out for your family-you are amazing to be getting back with so many lovely projects-hope you are getting help with that mountain of laundry.

Dru said...

Karen this card is beautiful - love the colors and the buttons and the wonderful sentiment - what a really beautiful card!!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Karen, I'm always happy to see your work. This is a wonderful card!

Nadine said...

Wow your card is gorgeous! It's elegant in a masculine way. Love the colors and that sentiment.

Aimes said...

Oh wow this is just beautiful! I love the fact that you've managed to make Masculine pretty without being too feminine (does that make sense?! LOL)
Congratulations on your anniversary too btw!

Dana said...

What a pretty card. I can tell how much love went into it! Great color combo and the balloons are darling.

specialcraftmom4 said...

What a neat card!!! I love the buttons (:

Gina Lindsay said...

Glad to see you back! Life has ben crazy here too for the past few weeks. I hope you had a wonderful anniversary, congrats on 21 years, that's great! Love the card, that blue is great.

Sara said...

Karen! Your back, you've been missed. I love the card, that technique sounds really cool. Love the buttons! And no I don't think it's wrong when we only want to clean the craft room!

Veronica Z said...

Welcome to the Busy Bee Bloggers!!

Oh my goodness this card is SO cute! I love the way you used your buttons. ADORABLE!