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31 Reasons...

First, I'd like to send a shout out to Splitcoast Stampers. This layout is courtesy of Splitcoast Stampers card sketch for this week. I changed a couple of thinigs about the layout, but not that much.

Now, onto the card. I did a lot of layering (as the sketch challenge outlined) and distressed to make it masculine. I typically do not stamp on pattern paper, but it worked here. Somehow...I was able to stamp right in the middle of the print...how devine! I distressed the "31" with white chalk to 'age' it. Today, is Mac's birthday, so I decided to do a posting especially for him. He hasn't even seen this card yet, but he will now :) He is obviously 31 today. He's not old, but older than me and I say that he likes to have a younger woman in her twenties! It's great to celebrate birthdays and he REALLY loves to celebrate his. I have known Mac for 16 years, with him for 11 years, and married for 3 years (well ALMOST).

So, here are 31 top reasons I am happy to celebrate his 31st with him today:
  1. to share this journey of life with him + his love
  2. to be able to see those good looks
  3. to have his smile brighten up my day
  4. the charm that no one can imitate
  5. his appreciation of the arts
  6. his understanding...of ME
  7. his negotiation skills (even if I am embarrassed sometimes)
  8. his desire for travel
  9. his appreciation for photography
  10. his honesty
  11. his spiritual based beliefs that we share
  12. his web savvy
  13. his simple pallette of PB & J sandwiches
  14. his ability to accept change
  15. his silly personality
  16. his love for Ozzy (our dog)
  17. his love for my cooking
  18. his interest in electronic gadgets
  19. his desire to be better
  20. his ability to have fun...all of the time
  21. his tidyness
  22. his appreciation of conversation
  23. his non-obsession with sports (WOOO!)
  24. his laugh
  25. his gap
  26. his attentiveness to me
  27. his successful career
  28. his ability with people...ALL people
  29. how he makes "friends' everywhere...all of the time
  30. his charisma
  31. his non-aging appearance - you wear 31 well!
Happy Birthday, McArthur! I look forward to many more and our fun-filled weekend!

:: My Goodies ::
Stamps: CTMH - Thoughtful Sentiments (squares); Verve Visual - Wishes (sentiment)
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip; ColorBox - White chalk; Chestnut Roan chalk
Paper: Cardstocks: PTI- kraft; SU! Chocolate Chip; Bazzill Basics Black; DCWV Brown; Pattern Papers: KaiserCraft Grungy; We R Memory Keepers Copperedout Crochet
Accessories: black ric rac ribbon; AC Thickers; Hodgepodge hardware; distresser
Technique: Stamped
Card Size: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2


M. Newell said...

Wow! Absolutely wow! It is sooo easy to love this woman:)! Ash you are a tremendous artist, wife, woman, and friend. Thank you for this masterpiece. Although today is "my day", it would make me even happier to further express my appreciation tonight! See you soon:).

Catherine said...

what a gorgeous card =)

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