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July 7, 2012

Happy Anniversary

My Blog Give Away is still up for grabs!!

Well yesterday my hubby & I celebrated 16 years of marriage. Wow! Where did the time go! It was great to go out for dinner and just spend the evening alone.

I have been so fortunate to have this guy in my life, to be my support, my best friend, and that person who gets me.  Though life hasn't always been a day at the park, and we have had our share of ups and downs, one thing that remains true - is that we refuse to let life rob us of the blessing of each other. To try our best to love each other unconditionally and work as a team. My brother was the MC at our wedding and he said something that has stuck with me ever since, "Anything worth having is worth fighting for!" And I think that is so true. Though life may come knocking at your door with all sorts of disappointments, it is your response to those things that determines your outcome. Yes, I have been there and sometimes I have responded negatively, and that is due to dealing with frustration that comes when I can't control my situation. But we have all had our days were we feel down or gloomy, but it does pass. We pick ourselves up and brush ourselves off and start over again. Not to sound preachy or anything, but in this marriage it is our faith that sustains us and though we lose our way at times, it is that strength that God provides that keeps us going. That allows us new beginnings, fresh hope, and a clear resolve. (2 Corinthians 12:9) So in a day when marriages struggle and most end, I am ever grateful for my husband"s faithfulness, dedication, and commitment to me. Thank you sweetie for all you do! HUGS!!!

I want to share the card that I made for him. He is always so supportive of my crafty endeavours and I wanted to make him something that I normally would not do. So I read about the challenge over at Our Daily Bread, Stampin Sister's In Christ, and Word Art. I knew that I could make this card and include all 3 challenges if I put my mind to it. I love scenery stamps because I like to colour. Stamps that have loads of detail are something that I struggle with and can never seem to colour very well. My hubby knows this, so I wanted to create one to show him that he is worth the effort & time that it takes for me to create one. So I used the stamp from Our Daily Bread called the Mighty Sea to make this card below. The background was stamped using Hero Arts woodgrain stamp. It was so much fun and I am happy to report that he loved it. He said that it was beautiful! He actually got tears in his eyes when he opened it and read it. (Well it looked that way from across the table!! Lol!)

There is a lot happening in this card. The different mediums I used to colour this was nuts. From Ranger Distress inks for the sky, to STAEDTLER Watercolouring Pencils for the rocks & sea/waves, to Tombo Markers for the grass & sun, and last a white correction pen to give texture and depth to the waves. Yes, I did say a correction pen. If you ever need a touch of white and don't have a white gel pen this works wonders. To be honest I had 2 white gel pens, but found this to work better in this case.

 The waves needed to have some texture to indicate the splashes and sprays of water so I used this white correction pen to provide that effect. It looks much better in real life honestly. Lol. And here is what the pen looked like that I used. You can find them in any Dollar store and also at the Office Supply store.

This card is being submitted to the following challenges:

Well tomorrow we are heading out for a 3 week vacation and I can't wait. Now that school is official done we can relax and enjoy the summer weather. There are some post scheduled for this month so check back in okay. I will be honest in saying that there will not be an overload of projects shared here because I just need a break from crafting and blogging. We plan to take in the sunshine and get in loads of fun.

I apologize to those who decided to stop following my blog. I do understand that things have been quiet around here, but life happens and sometimes slows us down, thus causing us to flounder sometimes. I had hoped that most of you would understand, but for those who don't, I wish you much success on your paper crafting endeavours and that you find many places elsewhere to inspire you on your crafting journey.

Hugs & Blessings


Karen Letchworth said...

The coloring on this is just amazing. What a gorgeous card you have created, and we are SO blessed that you chose to share it with us in this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday. What a treat for us to have you join us!
Have a blessed week!
Karen L
Word Art Wednesday

susanne said...

Wow this is an amazing card Dana!! It really reminds me of my visits to Eastern Canada .. a place I never wanted to leave once I got there!! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband Dana and may God continue to bless your marriage. Sending you lots of hugs, Susanne

Pam W Merwin said...

This is amazing! So much detail - love all that you did with coloring the scene and then the background with the woodgrain and the circle embossing.

Congrats on your celebration of 16 years together! Blessings to you and your husband.

Dawn said...

Happy Anniversary. great card and what amazing colouring and the added texture look with the white-out pen is inspiring. Enjoy your vacation

Kara Lynne said...

Thanks for that great tip about the correction pen! So much beautiful texture on this card and a beautiful sentiment as well. May God bless your marriage for a lifetime!

ThePurplePlace said...

Happy 16th!! My hubby and I will celebrate 22 years tomorrow ! (July 8th)...seem almost impossible that 22 years have gone by!!

I hope you next 16 are wonderful too!

Marlena M. said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork at Word Art Wednesday! Your coloring is amazing. Congratulations to you and your husband. ;)

Diane said...

Hi, Dana! Just wanted to peek in since I haven't browsed over here in awhile. You are still making beautiful creations. So good to "see" you again. Thanks too for joining us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week. When I saw your creation there I thought...WOW...I haven't been to visit her in too long. Glad you prompted me!!! As always a delight to be here. Congratulations on your anniversary!

Trinh said...

Happy anniversary to you & your hubby, Dana! Your card is absolutely gorgeous, a true work of art. Thanks for that great tip about using the correction pen. Who knew?! Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing vaca with your family. Enjoy!

Maureen Morton said...

Ah, what a wonderful love story and story of love, Dana! You had tears in my eyes.....not too many because I had to see this love-ly creation! You are some kind of wonderful, dear one!

onecraftymama said...

OK, who stops following because things are quiet? Those people are crazy - it makes me more determined to follow so I don't accidentally miss out! Ugh.
I absolutely love this card - and we share an anniversary year! Our 16th is coming up in November. I can't believe it's been that long. Super tip about the correction pen - I too have 2 white gel pens, but they aren't always solid enough, especially if you're going over another medium.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What gorgeous coloring. I just love your scene and your use of white out!! Such a gorgeous card and post!! Have a great vacation!! Thanks for joining the ODBD Shining the Light challenge this week!!

Auntie Em said...

Stop following? As if you could get rid of me that easy! :D

Happy Anniversary wishes to you and your hubby! Sometimes if seems like we should celebrate getting through each day, let alone waiting a whole year. The little darlings do try our patience some days, don't they? lol Enjoying the good times together really helps get you through the not so good ones.

Your card is beautiful. I love scenes like this as well. What paper do you stamp on? I usually use water colour paper which usually holds up pretty good.
When I saw the photo I wondered how you got the waves to show up so well and with the dimension. I thought it was paint or a white medium. Great tip.

Enjoy your well earned vacation! {{{Hugs}}} :)

JD said...

Very nicely done, and Happy Anniversary to you!

Jean said...

Dana, love the card. I'm sure it was tears you saw in his eyes because he loves you so much. Have a good time (home) on your vacation. We need to get together when you get back. Miss you my friend and love you always.

Nona said...

Happy 16th Anniversary to you and your hubby, Dana! Wow, I am totally in awe with this stunning card! Such amazing detail and texture. Truly a work of art. LOVE it!

Hope you're having a blast on your vacation. Take care! xo

Karen B. said...

What a great tribute post to your husband, and an equally awesome card. Great depth!

Barb said...

I'll say it again, you're not a cardmaker...you're an artist! This is a work of art...and heart. Love everything about it. Wishing blessings to you and your hubby for continued love and happiness. Love ya! xx

Lisa Lara said...

Gorgeous card Dana and congratulations.

Greta said...

A belated Happy Anniversary! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. So true that we can't control the environment, but we can control how we react to it. I had that basic thought written by the pastor I had in college printed out & hanging at my desk for years (now I don't have a desk, so have to tape it to the notebook I carry). Your card is amazing (I can't color--LOL). I need to get one done for my hubby as we're about to celebrate 33 years--wozer--can't believe it! Take care, Greta

Scotty and Emi said...

I LOVE that you used a whiteout pen for the waves! That is genius!!!

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