Twelve years ago today, I married the sweetest, kindest, most generous and loving man I've ever known ... John.
We have terms of endearment we've called each other over the years, and most of them in some way involve the word "Monkey". Is it any wonder that I call my blog CardMonkey, then?
Here is the card I made for my man. It started with two monkeys, diecut using Cuttlebug's Zoo Animals mini-dies. I snipped off the branches from the top and put them on the bottom; where the hands once held the branches, I added hearts. I knotted the tails into the shape of a heart, and for good measure, added a red heart that I paper punched. I embellished the monkeys and leaves using paper piecing, and glued the whole thing down on white card stock onto which I printed the sentiment.
A little faux stitching, I fussy cut the image into a heart shape and mounted it on lime green foam.
Next, I took my new Nikki Sivils paper (love that stuff!) ... the back side of the We Are Family line in red dots ... and embossed it using another Cuttlebug die/embossing folder, Hearts. I used my ATG gun to adhere the heart onto the embossed paper, and the paper to the card.
Here is the inside of the card:
Sorry if the shot doesn't show the sentiment well.
I simply set it on my computer.
(IWALY, for those who can't figure that out, is I Will Always Love You ... it's engraved inside our wedding rings, with our initials.)
The heart shape is what was die-cut from the front of the card, just glued to the inside. I hope you (and John, most importantly) like the card!
Our little love story: For those who are skeptics about the power of the word on the Internet, let me tell you ... John and I met, ONLINE, in 1994. That's before there were online dating services, before Blogger, before Google, before EBay, and before the movie "You've Got Mail."
Back then, there were no cybercafes and most people hadn't yet ventured onto the Internet. We met via a "bulletin board" service named PRODIGY. Then, you could post a message on a dating bulletin board, seeking a date within your (or specified) telephone area code regions. John responded ... as did dozens of other suitors ... and we started e-mailing back and forth.
Then I gave John my telephone number and we spent hours on the telephone "meeting" each other. Because I was then recently separated from a long-term marriage (with a 9-year old daughter, Emily, at home), I had trust issues. It took me a solid 2 months until we set up a date, in public ... at the Bennigan's Restaurant. We ended up going out to the movies afterwards. I will say that "PULP FICTION" is NOT a good first-date movie!! However, we kissed during it ... and sort of missed the movie >wink!<
We've been an item ever since.
I've got to tell you, back then meeting someone online was so unconventional that my therapist advised against it, my boss wrote me up (as if!) for "lack of discretion and judgment", and I was invited to appear on OPRAH! I didn't go ... cold feet ... but we started the trend.
As I told my therapist in 1994, what better way to meet someone? I knew he was literate, owned a home and paid his electric bill (to run his computer), was smart and witty, and I knew more about him going into our first date than I've ever known anyone! "What would I know about a man I'd meet in a bar? That he's a drinker!" LOL.
Anyway, it's worked for us. John accepted me and my daughter Emily as a "package deal." He's been a WONDERFUL father to Emily, and now is the BEST Poppy to our newborn granddaughter, Charlotte.
I ♥ John for all he is, and all he brings out in me. Happy 12th anniversary, Baby.