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Happy Friday, Happy November 18th….Happy 27th Anniversary to John and I ! I am the LUCKIEST person in the world – as John is a keeper of all keepers and this card is sooooo fitting for US where we are going today!

You know me….I adore, actually I LOVE “Memory Lane” and here is the “low down” of us….it is rather simple = A BLIND DATE!

Totally blind and when he came to pick me up……I opened the door and here was this TALL (6′ 5″) handsome man….and I immediately said, “I’ll be right back” – as I popped upstairs and put on heels as I am 5′ 4″ 🙂

If you follow my blog, (and I hope you do) I shared with you yesterday that I had a special card for our today. Naturally I knew that our Anniversary was today….but I was blindsided by John saying on Monday…we are slipping away for (2) days for our Anniversary. I am still unpacking from being away! 🙂

 

 

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Naturally I was “touched” but I was also…YIKES – I have been a traveling Mom….but I was really touched, really happy! We are “RETREATING” to one of our favorite spots….but a place that there is NO Internet…..NO TV’s…..just a dream place in the middle of nowhere.

Because where we are going I knew that “Mr. Bear” would be the perfect help for an Anniversary Card. This guy makes you smile when you see him and who doesn’t love a BIG BEAR HUG!

This set, Bear Hugs is in the Annual Catalog and has matching framelits and there is also a super FUN stamp set that coordinates with these dies in the Holiday catalog, Fa-la-la-la Friends (I have the image listed at the bottom of the post) Stampin’ Up! was smart to continue to add to this stamp set!

 

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You know my heart is soft for a square card and because you can make up a nifty envelope with the punch board…a win – win. I know that there are many of you out there that have this wonderful product but are fearful to use it…you know what I am going to say…PULL IT OUT AND USE IT!!!! Remember, if you do not want to use it for making envelopes (which I would think is super silly) – pull it out and make some POPPERS!!!! Click here to see that post!

 

 

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Here is your picture to pin! I know that many of you have the Owl Builder Punch and I will say I use that heart from this punch a bunch! I just love the shape and size of it and it was the perfect touch to make this clean and simple card finished!

Also I wanted to point out – (I know that it is super hard to see in the picture) but I used a small stamp in versa mark on the real red piece. it is a circle stamp that I thought would be a great accent to the DSP.  USE WHAT YOU HAVE….when you are creating something and think you need a “wee bit more” – step back and see what you have and add it.

Versa mark works great for quick additions to a project and it will not smear – just let it dry and you are “good to go”

 

 

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There you go…one super quick and easy card but one that will be super special for John. He IS my Big Bear and I am blessed. I hope that this card shows you that taking just a couple of basic shapes….a simple stamp….a simple sentiment….BAM – you have created a great card.

This is the time of the year that all of a sudden we allow that S T R E S S factor to set in…..I am equally guilty of that and I think as I have “aged” – I say….take a deep breathe and just roll with it! John and I were laughing last night about Thanksgiving being a week away and if you could see my Dining Room Table – YIKES!!!! We just laughed and said, we’ll get it done!

Have a fabulous day and I hope that you can find some “me time” to create…..I am going to do something that I have not done in way toooooooo long…needlepoint!!!! I will share with you my project!

 

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