11/17/07

Special Card for DH

Happy Saturday morning - the weekend is here!!! AND I had a date last night with my DH - what a great start to the weekend!

I've read on other blogs where people choose to keep their personal life just that...personal; others share it all. I've never really asked my readers which they prefer, I've always given bits of our personal life; after all, I work full-time outside the home and we have 3 little babes, so stamping doesn't happen near as much as I'd like! But life with the family is always happening!

Yesterday, 11/16/07, was one year ago that we lost DH's dad. He was much too young, just 66. I wanted to make a special card for DH; I also asked the children to write something they remember about Grandpa so I could tuck those into the card also.

Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. I headed downstairs to work on the card - really not knowing exactly what I was going to do. I've owned the Nestability Dies for about 2 mos. and had never been able to get them to work with my Big Shot. So, I first decided I wanted to see if I could get them to work and I knew I wanted to put DH's dad's initials on the card.

So...here's my finished card:
The base card is SU's Brocade Blue, layered with some designer paper I've had forever - I got it on sale and just haven't used it yet. Kind of hard to see in the picture, but I added Chocolate Chip ribbon where the paper meets the card base and then tied on some matching blue ribbon on the left-hand side. And yes, I figured out the Nestability Dies - WOO HOO; each letter is stamped on a small rectangle that I cut and then embossed. It's actually very easy to do - just gotta figure out how to do it! I also edged each rectangle in Brocade Blue and then Chocolate Chip.

I didn't get the "g" stamped all the way, but that's okay; it was the meaning behind it all that made the card special.

I wrote a loving note inside, added the notes from our children and left it for Jim to find Friday morning b4 he headed to work. For some odd reason, he went into the kitchen and found it Thursday night; which was okay; except it made winding down the night rather emotional as the memories come flooding back.

Here's a close-up of the card; if you click on the image you can see the embossing of each rectangle:

I won't continue on and on, but I do want to say, Jerry (f-i-l) and DH were the BEST FRIENDS! They talked 2 to 3 times per week. The day of the funeral, the 3 boys (DH and his 2 brothers) did the funeral service as their dad had asked. DH stood up and said (through a shaky voice and a few tears); we haven't just lost our dad. I have lost my best friend, my counselor, my confidante...and beyond that I have no idea what he said as the impact of the loss for DH really hit home for me!

As I always say...hug those you love and tell them you love them; life is always much too short!!!

Thanks for peeking in; hope you don't mind the glimpse into my personal life! Have a joyful weekend. Hugs, ~M.

5 comments:

Auntie said...

Beautiful card and what a wonderful gift you have given to both your husband and your children.

Vivian said...

It's a beautiful card and loving memories, too.

Toni said...

I am glad you share your life with us. After all we get some of our best inspiration from our family! Keep on sharin'! Your card is lovely! I am sure your hubby appreciated it much. Just knowing he has a thoughtful family probably give him such comfort. Hang in there. Will keep your family in our Thanksgiving prayers! Have a blessed holiday.

Lorraine said...

Oh...i have tears in my eyes. How wonderful that you were able to give something to your husband that obviously means so much to him. The card is just lovely, and i'm sure it will always be treasured.

Melissa said...

Beautiful card, and such a beautiful sentiment with it. I got teary eyed reading what you wrote. I'm sure your husband appreciated the thought you took into making that.