Show Me Some Love (Crafty Secrets Linky Party Love Challenge)

004 (2)     I have a long and happy history with Valentine’s Day.  My mom and dad eloped on Valentine’s Day back in the 1940’s.  Does it get any more romantic than that?  When I was a little girl, I always created a special anniversary/Valentine’s Day card for them, using paste, crayons and construction paper.  They always received these humble offerings with grace and gratitude.  When it came time for me to marry my sweetheart in 1976, we chose a date as close to Valentine’s Day as possible, and exchanged our vows in a private ceremony with just 9 people present, including the bride and groom.  I wore a borrowed gown, sandals on my feet and flowers in my hair.  That was pretty romantic.  Then, fast forward to 2005 when our eldest son tied the knot with his lovely wife in a beautiful candlelight ceremony held at a restored Antebellum home just 3 days before Valentine’s Day.  If that isn’t romantic enough for you, our middle son plans to wed his sweetheart on a Disney cruise ship in February 2014, just a few days before Valentine’s Day.  It seems that Valentine’s Day and weddings are inextricably bound together in the Clement family.

Which brings me to today’s card.  Crafty Secrets, one of my all-time favorite online paper crafting companies, issued a Love challenge earlier this week.  ( The idea was to feature their gorgeous stamps in either a Valentine, an anniversary card or a wedding card…anything connected to the greatest of all themes:  love.
You can find a list of products used in the making of this card at the end of the post, but for now, just enjoy the photos:

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Oh, this sweet, sweet couple just makes me swoon!  I love the big romantic moon hanging above their heads like a glowing promise of dreams to be dreamed and fulfilled, memories to be made and a life to be shared.  There’s a beautiful innocence in this image that just captured me the minute I saw it.  To make it stand out, I double stamped it and then popped it up on dimensionals. The moon was lightly coated with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Chandelier .  The images were watercolored using Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  I also double stamped those darling lovebirds and popped them up on dimensionals as well.  The frame was heat embossed with Stampendous Shabby White embossing powder.  I love the little gold flakes; they add a soft, shabby shimmer.

003 (2)  I always decorate the insides of my card to go with the exterior.  I try to leave room for a handwritten message, but I want to tie inside and outside together.007 (2)

And, we can’t forget the envelope.  I lined the flap, the inside and decorated the front a little, too:  008 (2) 011 (2) 012 (2)

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my ties to Valentine’s Day, and I hope you create some special memories of your own.  Thanks for reading my little blog.  Your comments always  make me smile.



Products used in this card:

Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps (Cherish

Prima (roses, Say it With Crystals)Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Ranger Archival Ink(Jet Black), Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam (Chandelier)Stampendous Embossing Powder (clear, shabby white) Stampin’ Up Dimensionals, Paper Wishes (Designer paper/weddings and Wedding cardstock) Hug Snug Seam Binding (cream) Spellbinders (Curved Rectangles, M-Bossabilities/Regal) white acrylic paint.

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28 thoughts on “Show Me Some Love (Crafty Secrets Linky Party Love Challenge)

  1. Anita Houston

    Oh Kathy! What a fabulous gorgeous card…every bit! I love it so…all the layers, the roses, the color, the theme! So pinning! WOW! Romantic for sure…a keepsake!

  2. Darlene Pavlick

    Oh what a fabulous story Kathy and how romantic it is to have their tradition carry on down through the generations! Your card creation is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL! You have such a wonderful touch with this style and everything came together so perfectly … from start to finish! GORGEOUS!
    Thanks so much for joining in our February Linky Party at Crafty Secrets! You are quite the inspiration!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Darlene, you are a sweetheart. I so appreciate your kind comments. I love vintage/shabby chic design, so this challenge (and Crafty Secrets, really) is right up my alley.

  3. Vicki Chrisman

    What a BEAUTIFUL card!! and that story of your parents is so sweet!!! I’m so glad you pointed this out to me. I subcribed to your blog..but I was gone all day yesterday so I hadnt gotten a chance to check it out yet. I was just going to tell you to put it in the CS linky party, but on a whim popped over to check and you did. YAY. Fantastic!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thanks, Vic. I loved your blog post today. You always make me smile with the stories of your wonderful adventures. Thanks for checking in. Trying to get another project done for CS Linky Party….love this theme! Have a great day!

  4. Mindy

    Oh soo darling! I feel like you jumped in my head for this one! All the shabby chic details delight me!
    Valentine’s day is one of my favorite days too. My valentines are still made out of construction paper and paste though. 🙂
    I feel so lucky to carry on the Clement family Valentine’s tradition.

  5. Linda Sugrue, it's from me, LLC

    Beautifully done. Love the layers and how the daisy chain, ribbon and rosettes compliment the image and overall romance theme. As for the Feb 14th reference, my husband and I were engaged on Valentine’s Day… Super romantic. (:

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Linda, I am loving all these Valentine’s Day romantic stories. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  6. Kami Wright

    Love this card, Aunt Kathy! Just such a beautiful story regarding Valentine’s Day. It certainly is an important holiday to the Wright family! Happy Anniversary all around! xxoo

  7. ncguygirl

    Beautiful card! Your reminiscence about Valentine’s Day crafting as a child made me remember the year I made Daddy a “wallet” out of pink fabric that I embroidered a couple of violets onto (I had just learned how to embroider). Confident man that he was, he carried it with his real wallet! Thanks for pulling up a fond memory from our past. As usual, your design and technique is lovely. Anyone lucky enough to receive this card will feel very special.

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