Monday, March 19, 2012

Welcome Home

I must say that the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 is perfectly timed! Their challenge is to use the word "welcome" on your project. Well, my husband has been deployed to Kuwait for the past six months and he comes home tomorrow (03/20). He called me today from Baltimore to say he was in the US, and that he would be flying in to Minneapolis on Tuesday. So, that is why the challenge at BBTB2 is perfect...I made him a "welcome home" card! :)
Three years ago I created a "welcome home" card for a friend's husband when he returned from Iraq. I really liked the look of that card and wanted to do something similar for my husband's card, but I didn't want to duplicate it. Also, I think my card making has evolved and looking back at that one makes me realize it looks rather plain. Anyways, you can see that inspiration card just below here. I used Jubilee to create the "home" part using the village feature on that cartridge. In the original card I used Cursive 101 for the "welcome."
For my current card I used Jubilee again, the houses were cut at 1 3/4." This time I used Phrases for the "welcome" part of the sentiment. It was cut at 2" using the real dial size feature since it is supposed to part of a phrase. The card itself is 4 1/2"x6 1/4," the white layer is 4 1/4"x6" and the blue polka dotted layer is 4 1/8"x5 7/8." I used a punch to create my grass trim, which I then wrapped with some polka dotted ribbon and then tied some hemp twine around it. I added it to the card, then layered my "home" on top. The heart is a piece of craft metal that I punched and embossed with the Diamond Plate embossing folder. I also added two silver brads to the top two corners to finish off my card.
I made this for the following challenges:
BBTB2: "welcome" using any cartridge
365 Cards: "Day 19" - three types of trim (grass punch, ribbong, hemp twine)


  1. Paula, oh my goodness, you have to be so so excited to have your husband home. I am so happy for both of you to be together. Your card is wonderful...he will cherish it. Thank you so much for sharing it with our BBTB2 welcome challenge.

  2. What a great card, and such a sweet story behind it. Congrats on your husband coming home. I live in Baltimore; small world, isn't it?!--Pat N.

  3. That is wonderful news that your hubby is coming home and he will love that beautiful card you made for him. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2 this week.

  4. Oh Paula what a perfect card for such a Special occasion! Your Hubby is going to just love and cherish it! I'm so glad you shared it with us over at BBTB2, along with the special story, enjoy your special time with your special man. "Welcome" back to him and please tell him Thank You for serving!
    ((Hugs)) Theresa

  5. Fabulous design, Paula and for such a special occasion indeed! I second all that Theresa said. Thanks you so much for sharing your joy with BBTB2. xxD

  6. Oh, what a wonderful reason for a welcome. Have a blessed homecoming. Thanks for sharing at BBTB2.

  7. Oh, what a wonderful reason for a welcome. Have a blessed homecoming. Thanks for sharing at BBTB2.

  8. Fantabulous card and I love the story behind it!! Thanks for playing with us at BBTB2!

  9. What a wonderful card to welcome your husband home! Thanks so much for joining us at BBTB2