Apr 30, 2016

Because It's a Contest

Excited because in a few hours, I'll be driving to the airport to pick up my husband, who has been in Paris for most of this week.  (My LSS is near the airport, so there may be a stop on the way....).

Mike and I often joke about "one upping one another," as if our relationship was a contest, so I thought I'd have this card waiting for him as a surprise when he gets home.

1. Made patterned paper by repeatedly stamping with a small petal stamp from the Garden in Bloom set (Stampin Up). The red and pink inks are from Altenew (love them).

2.  Added a sentiment from Love You So (Essentials by Ellen) and a flower (Wildflower) and die (Floral and Flutter) from Concord & 9th.  

3. Sewed the die to the patterned paper by hand because the sewing machine I bought 2 weeks ago is still in the box. My mom, who had to quit school in 8th grade to help support her family, was such a fantastic seamstress, but would never teach me to sew. She used to tell me that she "wanted me to have a life where I could afford to just walk in a store and buy a dress off the rack."  Well, I got that life, but I want to learn to sew!

4.  Adhered the strip to a Soft Stone (Papertrey) card.  Because the flower is way over the edge, I won't put this in an envelope, but the envelope looks good in the pictures!



Jackie said...

You win! My only question is why weren't you in Paris, too?

Joan B said...

HA! It was a sort work trip for him and too $$$ for me to pay to go along.

Betty said...

perfect card/sentiment to welcome hubby home - love it!

Diane Jaquay said...

I just love this, Joan!

Leslie Miller said...

Very imaginative use of that petal stamp, and so pretty! I love the stitching and flower and, yes, it does look good with the envelope. I always wonder what people do with cards that have elements hanging off the edges. They look good, but how do you mail them? My mom wouldn't teach me to sew, either, but only because she didn't have the patience. She said I could learn in Home Ec, and I did.