Friday, April 10, 2015

Bear Hugs

Hello all, I'm back! Today I have a card that I made a couple of weeks ago. I saw this Bear Hugs by Mama Elephant stamp and die set and I immediately thought of my baby boy, Gabriel. He actually turns 20 years old today. Happy Birthday!! I had been planning on purchasing the set but then, @mags_doodle, a very talented person that I follow on Instagram, did a giveaway, and I WON!! I was so excited! It was the first (and last, so far) time I had won a giveaway. 

She sent it to me and it was perfect timing! My son, Gabriel, is a LCPL in the U.S. Marine Corps. I am one very proud mom! He hadn't been home in exactly 14 months. He had been stationed in Virginia and then deployed to Cuba early December and we didn't get to talk much, it was so hard. He came home for a week and my heart was happy. This stamp set arrived while he was here. 

Gabe and I, March 21, 2015
Here is the card I made. You know the song "Somewhere Out There" from An American Tale, you know, with Fievel?  I had forgotten about it too. One day though, a couple of months ago, after going days without hearing from my son, it came on while I was in Hobby Lobby, yep, I burst into tears. I couldn't stop crying. So when I saw this set I remembered the words....
Somewhere out there
Beneath the pale moonlight
Someone's thinking of me
And loving me tonight

As I look at the card now, it seems pretty simple. But, when I think about how I felt and all of the things I was thinking of as I made it, it's not simple at all. We had a really good time while he was here. We are planning a family trip to go see him this summer in Virginia Beach before he deploys again. 

For the technical part...  I colored the sweet bears with Prismacolor Pencils then covered them with Elmer's Rubber Cement. Next, I inked up the sky with Memento Paris Dusk and the grass with Memento Pear Tart and Cottage Ivy. I cut a piece of card stock and used it to mask off the sky/grass. I cut the moon with my Sizzix circle die, inked it up with Memento Dandelion and a tiny bit of Hero Arts Soft Granite. Then I added the sentiment from the Bear Hugs set with Memento Tuxedo Black. I lined it up and adhered it so that it would be on the inside of the card. No card is complete without glitter, so I threw a few stars on. See, simple but not. LOL

Well, thank you for stopping by and checking out my cards I really do appreciate it. Feel free to follow me on Instagram, the link is on the top left of the page. I post more things on there than I do here, although, I am trying to do better at posting here more often. 

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