Saturday 19 November 2011

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY - to us for yesterday, lol!!!

Happy Saturday Morning to you all today,

What do you have planned this weekend?  Christmas shopping maybe or catching up on a few chores and maybe catching a bit of R&R?  My OH and I are checking our Christmas Lights collection and probably going on a search to replace ones we had to throw out last year.  As visitors who have seen my blog posts around Christmas time over the past few years will know, I luuuuurrrve my Christmas lights and although my Hubby pretends to be a grumpy old Bah Humbug type of Grandad, he's worse than me really.

Anyway yesterday, the 18th November was our 39th Wedding Anniversary.  We rarely make a fuss over our Anniversaries except the real milestone ones (Hmmm, 40th - Ruby next year) except to marvel to each other how the time has flown, how much we've done through the years, the fact that we've weathered one or two storms life has thrown at us and recently to marvel over our beautiful Granddaughters and the fact that our first Grandson is due any day.  One thing we rarely miss though is to send each other special cards.  My Hubby did cheekily ask me last week if I could make him a card for 'someone'!  My reply was less than ladylike, lol, but I have to say he obviously took time to choose the card he got for me and the sentiments inside are lovely.  The card I made for him took me quite a while to come up with because I didn't want to use hearts ............again, lol!

So .................... I went all Steampunk!  I made a gold pearlescent 21 cm x 21 cm base card, matted black then pale gold pearlescent (looks grey or platignum on here) leaving a narrow border each time.  I then trimmed my final black layer smaller still before stamping the gorgeous Steampunk corners (Inkadinkado - Steampunk clear stamp set) and embossing them with Queen's Gold EP.  In the other two corners I repeat stamped a PaperArtsy mini stamp of cogs and gears using Versamagic Wheat and my final stamping was the hot air balloon from IndigoBlu's Grand Tour III which I stamped with Versamark and again embossed with Queen's Gold.

I stamped the balloon once again onto a sheet of designer paper from the Kaisercraft Vintage Timeless pad, again using the Queen's Gold EP and then I cut out just the balloon.  I shaped it slightly and adhered it to my original image with Pinflair glue.  I added a few pieces of Ideology cogs and gears and finally I cut the letters from a sheet of the Kaisercraft pad to spell 'Thanks for the journey' which I thought was quite approriate because the last 39 years have been a great journey for the most part.

I was really pleased because the card earned the best reaction I've ever got from Hubby for a card I've made him and he even enthused about it to our Daughter!

In a few day's time it's my lovely friend Judith and her OH's very special 25th Wedding Anniversary so I'll show you the card I sent to them once they've opened it.  As always thank you for your visit today and before I forget I'd like to say a big hello to my new followers.  Thank you so much for dropping by and for any comments you have time to leave.  I appreciate your encouragement so much.

Lesley  Xx


Claire said...

Just beautiful, I love the sentiment its perfect with the balloon image. Belated 'happy anniversary wishes' to you both
Claire xx

mamapez5 said...

Hi Lesley. I don't usually go for steampunk at all, but this is a very striking card. I love the way you have put it together, the colours and the sentiment. It's great! Happy anniversary.
Kate xx

Aquarius said...

I'm not surprised he enthused about this card it is wonderful and so unusual (couldn't buy one in the shops like it!!). Have a great weekend playing with the christmas lights.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A stunning card Lesley. It's deserving of the reaction that it got. I'm liking this style more and more. Hope you enjoyed your day.

Sue x

Suzanne C said...

Wow this is fantastic! Glad that he enjoyed his steampunk card! Love the texture on your balloon and the sentiment is perfect! Happy Anniversary! 39 years! Wow! and a big Whoo Hoo!

Paula Whittaker said...

Happy belated wedding anniversary!
I can see why your hubs was enthusing about this striking card.

veronica said...

fabulous card Lesley, can quite see why your OH thought it was wonderful! Steampunk is not my scene, but this is really beautiful -love the mix of gold and silver

Sally H said...

Happy anniversary Lesley! I hope you have had a fabulous weekend. Your card for your hubby is stunning! I haven't invested in any steampunk yet, but I do love this - Very tempting! I love your two pieces for Snazzy's too. Absolutely gorgeous!

Paula (PEP) said...

This is such a lovely original creation for your anniversary & totally apt for a man & I just love that sentiment you created. The embellishments really add a lovely touch where you have placed them & the colours are striking indeed. That balloon is beautifully effective with your dimensional fixing & the idea of stamping onto paper for the material very effective. Hope that you did have a lovely day together.
Paula (PEP)

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

Belated anniversary wishes from me!!

I love the card you have made .. .. no hearts .. .. but lots of love. It is stunning and must have taken ages to create!!

The sentiment and focal image is wonderful and gave me "goose bumps" on my arms. Oh I am so soppy!!!

I hope you shared a happy day together and had a good weekend too.

Love Jules xx

Lavender Rose said...

What a striking and very stylish card.

Christine B. said...

Belated Congratulations to you both , I can see why he loved your card it is wonderful. I haven't got any steam punk stamps but do like them. Hugs x ChrisB

Shirley said...

How fun to hear your story about the cards and your husband. LOLOL I love your card and the details too! TFS and hope your day was grand!

Val said...

This is fabulous - I can see absolutely why John loved this.

Congratulations - not many of us get to that number of years. We're 9 months behind you!

Love and hugs to you both

Suzi B said...

What a fabulous "Hubby" card no wonder he liked it!
Suzi b xx

Kim Dellow said...

Oh fabulous Lesley, love it. Kim