Insights for a Happy Anniversary

Melissa Smith, my guest artist for these past three days, sent me this terrific story today told by a man about to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary. He says:

Pastor Dave asked me to take a few minutes to share some insight into how I managed to live with the same woman all these years. "Well, this would surely insure a great marriage."

So, I told him that I treated her with respect, spent money on her, but mostly I took her traveling on special occasions.

Pastor Dave inquired, " . . . trips to where?"

"For our first anniversary I took her to Beijing, China."

Pastor then said, "What a terrific example you are to all husbands. Please tell me what you're going to do for your wife on your 50th anniversary?"

"I'm going to go get her."

Wha-ha-ha-ha . . . about peed in my pants. My Dad would have loved this story. Must be some sort of joke kismet going because I was just fixin' to show you Melissa's Happy Anniversary card.

Okay, keep it down, here's the last of three cards Melissa made for us to showcase the Doodle This stamp set in our Spring Mini invitation-only swap. This card is breath taking, and I'm afraid the picture may not do justice. Like so many of Melissa's designs, it's not overstated and, how fun for us, it's easily reproduced.


Melissa used two really fun techniques we just learned at the Houston Stampin' Up! Regionals. (If you ever contemplated being a demonstrator, let me tell you, the opportunity to go to their conferences are worth the cost of the starter kit alone.)

That delicate lace design with the Doodle This swirls is using a technique called "Faux Parchment Craft" or "Easy Pergamano." Michelle Laycock is the first demonstrator I know of who introduced it using Stampin' Up! products and you can find her full tutorial here.

Here are the Cliff-Notes version of how to get this lace look:

  • Melissa stamped the swirl design on the card-stock grade of vellum with either White Staz-on or White Craft ink. If you use the craft ink, be sure to heat set it to dry. Use the card-stock grade because the paper-grade vellum could possibly tear with the next step.
  • She turned the vellum over and using her stylus and mat from her Crafter's Tool Kit or Mat Pack she dry embossed the outline of her image.

Can you see that scallop border at the bottom? Scallops are so, so hot now which means you could load up on a lot of different punches and shaped paper trimmers or you can just use your corner rounder punch. We learned this technique at regionals but Beates Johnson, the tutorial genius at Slitcoaststampers, also did a great tutorial on her new blog, here

Thank you, thank you, Melissa, for letting me share your cards. Don't you all just hate me because I get to be with Melissa, like, all the time. I'm very fortunate. Well, if you want to hang with her at least a little, check out her web site, here. Feel free to email her, too, at and tell her how much you've enjoyed your visit with her.


Sweet Comments

  1. This is SO pretty. I LOVE this technique!

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