Key to My Heart

Wow – I can’t believe in about two months Mike & I will celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary.  That sounds so impressive to me, until I talk with friends who have been married 40 or more years – like my friend Wendy (40 years), or my parents (55 years last month!).  Those are impressive numbers.  It’s interesting to see how “tough times” affect couples.  They either bring you closer or tear you apart.  I watched my parents deal with life’s struggles, and, for the most part, they just kept quiet.  They talked with each other and, of course, they prayed.  But they didn’t broadcast their troubles to everyone.  They did, however, lean on each other, and, while they experienced a lot of stress, they didn’t allow it to drive a wedge between them.  It just made them stronger.  Which reminds me of the quote from the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche,  “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  My parents must be some of the strongest people around!

Thinking about “the Mister,” I wanted to create a card with the little key charms and a window, so I designed this.  It started out as an anniversary card, but it really isn’t – even though the tag on the front says it is.  It’s just a, “Hey, have I told you lately how much I love you?” card for that man I married.  We’ve had ups and downs – especially in the last 4 years or so.  But he’s my absolute best friend, and I can’t imagine my life without him in it.  And, of course, he makes me laugh, which is probably how we’ve weathered all the storms in the past 29 years!

Click on photo to view larger image. Stamp sets: Hello, Doily; Teeny Tiny Wishes, Tiny Tags; Ink: Versamark; Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink classic; Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Glossy White, Vellum card stock; Brights designer series Patterns pack; Other: Trinket keys, basic rhinestones, modern label punch, 1 -1/4" square punch, heart to heart punch, jewelry tag punch, clear embossing powder, Melon Mambo embossing powder, sponge, stampin' dimensionals, white baker's twine, mini glue dots, Frost White shimmer paint (All products available in the 2011-12 Stampin' Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)

I stamped the Hello, Doily image on Whisper White card stock in Versamark, then clear embossed it and sponged Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo ink over the whole layer.  To tone it down a little, I covered it with vellum card stock and punched the square window for the heart and key.

The heart image (and there are two more inside) is punched from glossy white card stock.  I took some plastic wrap dunked in the shimmer paint and pounced it over the glossy white card stock.  After it dried, I sponged a little Pretty in Pink ink over it, then punched with the heart to heart punch.

I’m off to run errands.  We are dangerously low on food around here; I haven’t had time to hit the grocery store lately.  And I finally got the pin numbers for my new debit cards; if I use them 5 times within 90 days, I’ll get a $50 grocery store gift card – for each card I use.   Woohoo!  Maybe I’ll have them run each product through as a separate purchase.  Or, maybe not.  I don’t want my picture up on the wall as, “Annoying customer of the month.”

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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1 Response to Key to My Heart

  1. Mom says:

    Well, I like it!!!!!!!! So clever and sweet………and I thought the key was only good as an embellishment on the necklace or bracelet!!!!


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