Affectionately Yours Card Box
I’m finally back in my office and excited to share a very fun project with you today for the Artisan Blog Hop. I feel like I’ve been gone forever – 4 weeks to be exact! I hope I was able to keep you inspired with the few things I posted during my absence. Before I get to my post on the Artisan Blog Hop… I hope you don’t mind that I share something special.
If you are new to my blog I extend a huge welcome. I’ve been away on a 14 day Europe trip and then the big news that happened was my Prince retired from US Navy. He served 22 years and we had his ceremony this past Friday. What an emotional day. What a beautiful day celebrating his service. He prepared a beautiful speech that was filled with memories over the last 22 years along with a few emotional moments. I tried not to ugly cry but he did get me a few times.
The flag ceremony was beautiful. Russ had this flag flown over NAS Pensacola Schools Command on May 9th, which is Brandon’s birthday. When the ceremony was complete, he handed the flag to Brandon. I cried.
This was a moment I believe I ugly cried. Seeing him piped through knowing this was it. No more military. WOW.
We have loved our journey with the Navy. We know God has great plans ahead for Russ in the future.
We were all dressed up. Brandon was wearing his first suit. He was so proud of this suit you would think he wanted to sleep in it.
I sure do love this clan. My heart is full.
One of the greatest things about the retirement was not having my camera in my hand. Our friend Tami is a fantastic photographer and she took care of the photos that day.
I wanted to be in the moment, she allowed me to do that and caught a few fun photos as well.
I have much more to share about our trip and his retirement that I’ll save for a few more posts. Things that will make you CRACK up although we were not at the time. It’s how the Van Diepen’s roll and we like to create fun memories. At least that is what I’m telling myself.
Affectionately Yours Card Box
I’m super excited to share this card box with you. It’s a fun box that can hold 4-6 cards. I will be creating a video in the next few days on creating the box. I will make sure to update you once that is complete.
I started the box using the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper. OH MY WORD the paper is gorgeous.
I feel like this paper and other products in the new catalog have revived Night of Navy color. I don’t think I’ve ever used Crumb Cake and Night of Navy together and the WOW factor makes me grin.
Add the copper and vellum and now I’m definitely hooked.
The front of the box was embellished mostly on the belly band using the Love & Affection stamp set. This photopolymer stamp set has 16 stamps included. The greeting fonts are perfection with a simple cursive style.
Below you can see the base of the box with the belly band. The base of the box is two pieces and then I added a long flap to cover the top of the box.
Again, I will create a video that will help you re-create this easy box. It’s perfect for gift giving.
Simple Love & Affection Cards
Inside the box I created 4 cards total with stamped envelopes. The Affectionately Yours Suite has products together that truly make card making simple yet beautiful.
The Floral Affection Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (yes- there are TWO of them in the package) was the focal point for my cards.
I added a flower die cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits from Cucumber Crush cardstock. I love how that green POPS on the cards.
Notice the only thing different on these two cards is the Washi Tape.
Once again, this coordinates with the entire Affectionately Yours Suite.
I fell instantly in love with the gold speckled Washi Tape. It’s a must have.
I’m in love with the greeting on this card. Ridiculously in love.
I love to hear from you. What do you think of the Affectionately Yours Suite? Try embossing that gorgeous flower using the new Copper Stampin’ Emboss powder.
It provides the perfect hit of elegance to your handmade craftiness.
Now it’s time to HOP. Your next visit is to Krista Frattin. Let’s see the beautiful work that she has posted by click the button below.
You can see all of the products I used for this project in the clickable links below.