Over on Artsy Inkers we are having Winterfest 2016 and one of the challenges is named "Surprise your Valentine".  I worked all afternoon on an anniversary card for this challenge.  Do you see where this is going?  I got it all done, took pictures, uploaded them to the computer, resized them for the gallery, and then decided to look one more time at the instructions for the challenge named "Surprise your Valentine".  Then it hit me, one of the perimeters for the challenge is it must be a Valentine's card.......I am still shaking my head over this one, how did this turn into an anniversary card?  So I went and made another one in a Valentine theme.  So this one goes here.

The challenge at Artsy Inkers is here.

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I used a piece of double sided scrapbooking paper for this card.  It has snowflakes on it because the anniversary is in January.  The bellyband is from one side of the cardstock and the outside of the card is from the other side.  The snowflakes on the bellyband are cut from the Tim Holtz snowflake die set.  I put two strips of the paper on either side of the opening because it just didn't look right without them.

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I have this set of stamps that has the itty bitty houses and that once upon a time sentiment stamp.  I thought that would be kind of neat inside an anniversary card.  I colored the itty bitty houses with Derwent color pencils.  I colored the flowers with gel pens.  I stamped Happy Anniversary in archival black ink.  This card is like a shutter and when the card closes the area around the once upon a time stamp gets smaller and smaller like a shutter opening and shutting.  It's really kind of neat.

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Part os the challenge was to also decorate the envelope.  This is the front of the envelope.  I stamped the snowflakes in memento ink and the snowmen in archival black.  I colored some on the snowmen with Derwent colored pencils.

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And here is the back of the envelope.  This is pretty darn nice for an envelope.  I enjoyed making this card and the one in the thread in the link above.  There are also several other of these cards in the Winterfest 2016 gallery album Located Here!  Please look and join into our Winterfest 2016.  And thank you for looking here.

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