Thursday, February 28, 2008

My DH Made My Birthday Card!

When my dh asked what I wanted for my birthday I told him I wanted him to make me a card... I said "Don't you DARE buy me a card at the store - all I want is for you to make me a card". Well last night I didn't see him for a few hours in the evening... he was in his workshop, which isn't unusal... what I didn't know was that he was making this masterpiece!!


Everything on this card with the exception of the cardstock is from his workshop - plus he made sure all the IMPORTANT details are all included:

1. MAIN IMAGE - The heart is cut from an old piece of innertube rubber. It's pierced with a copper wire.

2. LAYERS - He added layers of sand paper for some texture. He admited he borrowed my Modge Podge to adhere the sandpaper cause he didn't want to use the Super Glue that he used on the rest of the embellishments.

3. RIBBON - Instead of ribbon, he laced faux catgut (I don't know any other name for this stuff) around the card. I taught him well... he knows you need ribbon on a card!

4. HARDWARE - He added some hardware... it's not Hodgepodge Hardware, but instead it's wood joiners and star washers.

5. EMBELLISHEMENTS - The corner embellishment is fantastic. He twisted multi colored wire and splayed the ends. He stapled the wire down, so the steel wool was added to cover the staples.

6. COLOR - This is my favorite part.... he said that once he got it together it was a little bland and needed some color.... so he sprinkled carpenters chalk in red over the top of the card and shook it off. You can see spots of red on the heart, sandpaper and lacing.


Wil knows how important it is to mark your work with your name or a logo... so he left a fingerprint on the back of the card so there is no doubt who made this!


OMG... I had to quick add this additional note! The thumbprint on the back was completely intentional - plus he said he had to try out a few ways of doing it. He wanted a greasy thumbprint without it being too greasy, so he had to "stamp off" once to get the right intensity. How funny is that??


The inside of the card was stamped. I'm impressed that he did such a good job of centering the image and sentiment, especially since I know that this sentiment is a tiny bit crooked on the block.


One last detail is the duct tape on the inside cover. He told me he really wanted to add duct tape to the card because... well... What's a card WITHOUT duct tape?? But he didn't want to add it to the front because it would clutter up his layout - lol!! So he used it on the inside to cover up the staples.


All joking aside... this really is a pretty good card for his first card! The layout is good, just the right amount of embellishement without being too much, and nice use of color. Isn't this the sweetest birthday present?? I love that he listened to my simple (and joking) request then went down to his workshop to make this... and actually thought it through. I think I'll keep him around!

74 comments:

Jana Weaver said...

Fabulous job!! I'm very impressed with his workmanship!! And great layout!! Hope your birthday is Wonderful!

Flossie's Follies said...

wow, what a great card, he put a lot of thought into it. I think he could start his own line of cards, see them being sold at Firestone shops across the country. this is truly one fantastic card.

Julie Campbell said...

:) That's awesome! I hope you keep this card forever! It's kind of like when your kids bring you weeds from the backyard. It's just as great as getting a fancy bouquet! How sweet!

Carole (TruCarMa) said...

I am thoroughly impressed! That's amazing -- just as amazing are your persuasive powers... I'm telling you, that is a labor of love -- bet that one goes in your studio and stays on display forever. And don't think I'm not showing it to my DH... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHELLE!!! Hugs!!!

Heather B. said...

OH my heart is melting here - what a sweetie! I love that he layered the card & it turned out awesome!
Happy Birthday!
Heather

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

Great job! What a wonderful and original thing to do! I love the thumbprint on the back! It's all perfect! Hope you have a fantastic birthday!

Feenie said...

Awww....how romantic! He really loves you!! That's so great!! Happy birthday!!

jeannen2 said...

I love that he made the card and that he went to his workshop for it! Happy Birthday! (Was it yesterday or today? Mine was Monday.) Jeanne

Pegg S said...

Happy Birthday! So cute your husband has a similar style as yours. Very funky and soo creative -like you! He is talented!

Denise... said...

That is just about the sweetest thing I've ever read!

Tisha said...

This is too sweet! I can't wait to show this to husband!

Happy Birthday to you!! :)

broni (waterchild12) said...

What a great birthday card to receive, Michelle! He should probably sell these to other husbands of stampers! Or at least do a tutorial!!

broni (waterchild12) said...

Geez! Slapping myself on the forehead!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Sara said...

This is fantastic! The best part is his "siggy" on the back. Seriously though, this is such a thoughtful gift. I wouldn't need anything else.

Melissa said...

What a sweet husband!! And the card is awesome! So creative!! It is the little things that mean the most! He's a keeper!! Happy Birthday!!

Tricia said...

You could not ask for anything better for your birthday. Wow. That one deserves a place in the family scrapbook. Birthday Blessings!

Cindy Haffner said...

Michelle he is a keeper, Happy Birthday. So sweet that he did that for you.

Libby said...

That card is fantastic, I am so impressed that he put all that work into it - and it's so special that it's things from HIS favorite work area!! Happy Birthday!

Heather Grow said...

What a sweetheart. He did such a wonderful job.

Kevin & Amy said...

That is AWESOME!!! Great job and a nice keepsake for you:) Happy belated Birthday!

Kathi Rerek said...

Coming out of lurkdom to tell you that you've got a talented dh who is definitely a "keeper"!

Great card, sweet guy!

Happy birthday!

Dee said...

OMG! This is AMAZING and soooooo sweet . . . I'm also sending the link to my DH (LOL). TFS & Happy Birthday!!

joscelyne cutchens said...

I love it, how great is he?!

Anonymous said...

I am supremely impressed! What a great guy!

Nise said...

Way Cool! Thanks for sharing this. It's obvious he loves you as he's PAID ATTENTION to all the really important stuff in cardmaking you've shown him. Happy Birthday, Michelle!

Julie, aka Scrapperdays said...

Wow. All I can say is you need to enter him into some of the contests!

Candy said...

Wow How Fabulous, He did a wonderful job! Happy Birthday Michelle!!

Ladybug Landing said...

I'm sure that card means more to you than a lot of other gifts he's given. I know it would for me. I'd be out getting a shadow box to display it in and cherish it forever. I'd take a thought-filled card like this over diamonds anyday!

All moments remembered said...

I love it!! What a great guy!! How cool to know he does really pay attention to what you make and how you do it. Happy Birthday too!!

Stacy said...

I am grinning from ear to ear for you. You have a great man and you should keep him. Tell him great job on the card and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Linda said...

That is a fantastic one of a kind, beautiful card, all the more so that your guy made it. How awesome is that. he really put a lot into it too....lucky you.

Janine said...

You lucky woman !! Isn't it nice when they do something to make you feel like you are the most important thing in their lives...

Diedra said...

You are one lucky lady! Tell him to quit the day job! His new line of cards can be called "Cards by Men".

dpkennedy said...

This is fabulous! All the thought put into this besides the fact that it came out really good...who could ask for more? I'm sure my DH would be impressed...but not enough to make me one! LOL! Happy Birthday and Enjoy!

Alesha Walls said...

He is awesome! What a great card!

pescbrico said...

He did a great job! Wow, You are really loved! :) Happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

That is so sweet, you have a very special husband. Some of your talent must have rubbed off onto him. Happy Birthday!
Mandy

Tracy.H said...

What an awesome gift! He did a fabulous job!! :0)

Theresa said...

This card is something you will remember forever! How sweet is this...LOVE IT!

inkedx2 said...

You are one lucky girl! He really listens to your explanations. Happy Birthday!

Robbie

amanda said...

OMG,
I'm still laughing, tears streaming down my face and my husband keeps asking, "what's so funny?" Think i'll let him in on it now.Thanks for the great laugh. it is soo totally something my husband would do.

Deborah said...

This is excellent! He actually said "stamped off" and "clutter up his layout"????!!!
You are a lucky lady. How sweet! How precious!
Happy Birthday!
Deb

Tracy said...

He's a keeper alright! Tell him "bravo, well done"

Meredith said...

I love it!!!!!! What an awesome gift....SO much better than a boring store bought card :)

chelemom said...

What a sweet guy!!! He really was clever in his use of all those things!

Carolyn King said...

Wow..that is love.
he did an amazing job....love the thumb print on the back.

Happy birthday!

Rose Ann Reynolds said...

He did an awesome job! I hope you had a great birthday, Michelle!!

retiredheather said...

Great card and obviously a great husband. You had better change is id from DH to GH...He deserves it.
It is obvious (same word twice...wow) that he loves you so be kind to him. Great card.
Retired Heather

Laura said...

Michelle, if nothing else you know he's been watching! This is fabulous,love all his choices of paper, colour and embellishments and design...what sketch did he use? The thought and effort behind it bring tears of joy and laughter to my eyes! What a wonderful way to start my weekend with this beauty in my in box! Happy Birthday to you!

milkshake007 said...

What an awesome card he made and I especially love the way he marked his work of art. Your DH rocks!

Happy Birthday!!

shel9999 said...

Oh my gosh! I am SO impressed!! That is fantastic! (I LOVE the duct tape. lol.) What a totally sweet guy! I hope your birthday was wonderful!

Penny said...

Wow! What a great job......very impressive! He really took time and put a lot thought into it.....how special for you!! Have a wonderful birthday.

dasimonds said...

"I Love it" !!!
You can see a lot of thought went into this card..."Nice Job"
yes..."He's a keeper"
Hope you had a great birthday!!

dcorder said...

I don't often comment but I love reading your blog.

I think I'm in love with your husband! This is the most wonderful gift I could imagine. Very obviously made with love - have you taken it to be framed yet???

Tami in OH said...

oh, he's a keeper for sure - what a great creative and loving gesture this is - awesome!!! :)
I think you need to frame it and display it somewhere.

Jennifer said...

That is absolutely awesome! I love the layers, the chalk, even the duct tape, all of it, but what is out of this world is the way he "left his mark" by using his thumb print.

He did a fabulous job...I'm thinking we ladies might need to "case" his idea to create some masculine cards for the guys in our lives.

SueD said...

Absolutely wonderful job he did on the card and gift for your BD. He is as talented as you are! What other creations does he usually make in his workshop? Funny that he might be getting 'cased' now!
TFS...SueD

ReneeK said...

Happy birthday!

I love this card from your husband. (You've taught him well!)

MWIT said...

What a sweetie you've got. :) It looks like he put in a lot of thought with all of his details. What a wonderful birthday gift to be cherished!

Happy Birthday!

Crazy Stamper said...

Love the card. He did a wonderful job - very creative. Yes I'd keep him around too. Brought tears to my eyes, so sweet! HB too.

Darlene said...

Does your dh have a single brother---LOL. Awesome card and Happy Birthday. darlene

Juanita B said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This card holds so much WOW factor. There is So much creativity and love showing through, you are truly blessed. This is Sleepless in Seattle wonderful. Please tell your husband I love his creation! You know every woman that reads your blog is sooooo jealous, LOL.

elisa said...

What a great card.A lot of thought went in to it and it is very creative.Its great how he used all his own materials.Elisa.x

DeniseLynn said...

Happy Birthday Michelle! Oh my, I've been on vacation and without a computer for over a week now and I am thrilled to be reading your blog again. What a thrill to peek in on you and see such a great card made by your hubby. I am so impressed!!! I have got to show my guy - maybe he can get inspired and "treat" me on my next birthday. (i think it's super romantic!!!)

Connie Carpenter Macko said...

good man!
happy birthday a little late!

StampingJoan said...

This is such a great card! WOWSER!
He did a fantastic job! I love all the texture and layers he put into it!
Happy Birthday!

arin said...

Wow - tell him I said, "well done, grasshopper."
BTW - Make sure to check out the favs thread this week P)

Holly aka Toy said...

Oh Michelle, this jut makes my eyes well up with tears. That is the sweetest thing! I asked for the same this year on Valentine's Day.. unfortunately, my hubby didn't come through :(. You have a prince there, girlie! He did an awesome job, too!

Lisa Henke said...

this is the best gift he could give you-you are so lucky. I love all the thought that went into it. I know how it feels (although your card is hands down way cooler than the one I got) to get a handmade card from hubby. Last mother's day, my dh went into my room and put together a card from some scraps on my desk. It was nothing fancy and he hand wrote the sentiment, I didn't care, it was the most touching thing he'd done in a long time. I think I even teared up. Tell your DH we think he is a rock star! He even made it to the Favorites thread on SCS.

kjo13 said...

What a lucky gal you are! Your DH is absolutely a keeper and what a wonderful job he did! Big cheers to him!

Anonymous said...

this is better than diamonds, a dozen roses, or a box of godiva chocolates. this sings LOVE from the heart.
special and touching.

sillyleann said...

WOW! This is so impressive! Well, done DH!!

Giovana said...

I was checking your blog and I found this post. I read it all and it is awesome!!! Happy Birthday, yes a little late but better than never, LOL
I wish my husband make me a card, ohhh myyy I will wait forever.

God bless you
Your blog is impressive.

Giovana

Deb said...

Oh my gosh how sweet is that!! Your husband sounds like a funny guy and he obviously pays attention!!

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