Happy Anniversary

Good Morning and thanks for stopping in for a visit on a Saturday morning. We've have a pleasant few days...lunch out with old high school friends, lunch out with some relatives. Naps in the heat of the afternoon.

Yesterday we took a drive to a little town about 60 miles away to a vacuum dealer to order a replacement part for one of our canister vacuums. There's an Amish restaurant about 15 miles further away, so we drove there for a late lunch. (does it sound as though we do lots of lunches? We do, and then have a very light supper - or depending on how late, we may just skip dinner. Love those days! I don't have to think of what to prepare). Late last night, sat out on the front porch swing in the quiet, looking at the beautiful moon. With a glass of something cold. Today is a milestone for us, as it's our 51st wedding anniversary.

Edit: in answer to several comments, we were 19 yrs old (much too young & immature). The fact that we stayed together this long, is due to a Higher Power than our own efforts!!! Had good times AND bad times. Looking back, the good outweighed all the bad stuff, and we have a beautiful daughter. We've been richly blessed in our lives together as a family. And I'm truly thankful.

So here's the card I made for DH:

- PBlack slapstick Entwined stamp, with Memento Tuxedo Black on Xpress snippet, colored with 
copics and WoStella, fussy cut.

- Sue Wilson Creative Expressions California die, Basic Frame used to cut out the sprayed background (picture of background piece below).

- previously created Dylusions background (?snippet?) which was just large enough to frame the 2 previous layers. Punched with an MS hearts corner punch, and leftover heart bits glued to the corners. {since it's an anniversary card :-) }.

- card base paper was purchased at a Hobby Lobby found on our rambles yesterday and our vehicle seldom passes a Hobby Lobby, Michaels or A C Moore in a new area without automatically turning in for a visit. There was a Michaels in the little town too, but it was getting late. This happened to be a very nice H/Lobby store too, better than the one in our little town.

- sentiment from an Elizabeth Craft die (Happy Birthday) and a Joanna Sheen die (Anniversary). Used snippet from the created background to die cut this part. The dies seemed to be a compatible size to work ok together.

Here's what the background looked like before cutting:

- the paper was a heavier weight rather glossy finish paper. It was just a piece found on the air brush table, so since I was experimenting with the colors, I used it. First dabbed swirls of the metallic green acrylic paint with a sponge, spraying another shade of diluted green paint over the sponging. This particular green had a very shimmery turquoise appearance when it was diluted...which surprised me. Then sprayed some of the pink spray- more acrylic dilution. We have bottles of acrylic paint that have thickened, and just decided to mix in some water to see what would result. A tiny bit of paint with a lot of water has rendered these sprays useable again. Then sprayed some Tattered Angels in silver (which created the dark splotches because I didn't shake it up enough at first), then some Verdegris.  Went back over the piece after it dried with more of the pink.  Also used the Iridescent shimmer molding paste with a Penny Black flower stencil to create a pattern, and this effort didn't turn out too well. As I lifted the stencil, some of the flowers smudged. All was not wasted though, since none of the smudges showed in the die cut. Used the section with the iridescent paste in the sentiment, and that's the silvery effect visible in the letters. Let me add, I use light latex gloves when I'm playing with these inks, since I dislike getting my hands all dirty!!!
Hope you enjoyed seeing the process, and that you enjoy the card. I think DH liked it. Usually if he doesn't care for a card, his comment will be "It doesn't look like you". Hmmmm....makes me wonder what he thinks I look like, huh? Ya'll have a grand weekend, and tomorrow is Christmas Card club! Hugs. 

2nd Edit:  Since Week 133 at the Snippets Playground just opened the doors, and since this was posted this morning...I'm linking over at Pixie's Snippet Playground week 133. Won't you join in the fun? I'm sure you have snippets that could be used in a project, and that's the passport that gets you into the Playground.


  1. HUGE Congratulations Mary on your Anniversary, that is such a massive achievement!! I love your card and the handmade backgrounds are fab xx

  2. Hi Mary, I'm just on a break from cleaning house & gardening in preparation for company, when I saw your vibrant design pop up on my side bar:) Very beautiful design and wow 51 years? That is awesome, congratulations! Were you a 'child bride'? You look too young to be married that long. Your day sounded heavenly. Have a good one, Shirleyx

  3. Hi Mary, I'm just on a break from cleaning house & gardening in preparation for company, when I saw your vibrant design pop up on my side bar:) Very beautiful design and wow 51 years? That is awesome, congratulations! Were you a 'child bride'? You look too young to be married that long. Your day sounded heavenly. Have a good one, Shirleyx

  4. WOWSER! how gorgeous this is, Mary! I imagine it looks REALLY SPECTACULAR in person! Love everything about it from the colors, techniques and layers. The imagine is beautiful and I admire that you cut it out. Happy 51st wedding anniversary! I know you must have been a "baby bride" LOL xo

  5. Congratulations on your anniversary Mary :) what a beautiful card too ! Happy anniversary !!!

    Vic x

  6. OH Mary, Congrats to you and your DH. And wish you many more happy times. Love the card.


  7. Wishing you much happiness on your anniversary. The card is lovely and was, hopefully, VERY well received


  8. Happy Anniversary Mary and your hubby must have loved his card it is absolutely beautiful, superb card.
    lorraine x

  9. HUGE Congratulations Mary, a milestone to be sure. I can agree with your edit, with getting married at 19 myself.

    Your card is lovely and I'm sure he appreciated the effort you went too.

  10. Wow Mary, I thought I was doing well at 45 lol, HUGE congratulations.
    Brilliant card.

    Kath x

  11. Happy, happy, happy, happy (x51) anniversary to you and your hubby, Mary!! What an amazing accomplishment!! I hope you have 51+ more years of wedded bliss!! The card is absolutely stunning!! I love the design and details!! The image is so beautiful!! Gorgeous card!! Have a great weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  12. This is gorgeous Mary. I love the background paper and gorgeous image.
    Congratulations on you anniversary.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  13. A stunning card for a wonderful occasion, Mary! Huge congratulations to you and Joe xxx

  14. Many, many congratulations on your 51st Anniversary Mary - that is some achievement these days!

    Your card is really, really beautiful, I bet hubby loves it too. Your work is always so impressive.

    Big hugs and congratulations again. Anne xx

  15. Congratulations on your anniversary - yes, we also needed God for our marriage to survive!
    Love your card, and the way you coloured the 'snippet' for the die cut. It's all beautiful.

  16. Gorgeous vibrant card . Congratulations on your Anniversary. Everyone said we got married too early but we are still here together. ( I think it's the strong glue !!!!)
    Hugs Mrs a.

  17. What a lovely card Mary, and 51 years together, how wonderful! The PB stamp you have used is very pretty, and the sprayed backgrounds work together wonderfully well. I'm sure DH will have appreciated it greatly as there is a lot of work in it, and you've done a great job! Glad you have had some good celebrations, and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. x

  18. Fab card, thanks for sharing the process, and many congratulations on your anniversary xxx

  19. Well a very happy 51st anniversary to you and the hubs! Congrats and best wishes! Your card is beautiful and the background is amazing! I love how you created it! The roses touching into a heart shape is so pretty and perfect for an anniversary card! Well done, now go and enjoy the rest of your day :)

  20. Happy Anniversary Mary,Gorgeous card I like the heart image and the colours.
    Kevin xx

  21. Happy Anniversary Mary - to you and Jim!

    Lovely card, and remember to link into the Playground if you wanna come and play. It's midnight almost, the gates unlock in about 10 minutes - AND Spike is out there as I type. He's rattling his food dish around as he tucks in, having carefully nosed the lid off (we have to cover it due to a neighbour's cat - she's on a diet and will eat whatever's going!). The cat, not the neighbour!

    Hugs, Di xx

  22. Happy anniversary to you both! And what a beautiful card!

  23. Happy Anniversary! WOW 51 years. Adorable card

  24. Happy Anniversary!
    Lovely card!

  25. Being married for 51 years is amazing, Mary. Congratulations! Your card is beautifully designed and composed. Thanks for sharing the details. I hope you and your hubby enjoy many more happy years together.

  26. Hi Mary,
    firstly congratulations to you and your DH on your fab Anniversary.
    What a wonderful card, and that superb background looks amazing.
    Love that super stamp, and the colouring in of it.
    Great designing as always.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  27. Happy Anniversary Mary to you and your hubby!! what a totally gorgeous card lots of huggles Sue xx

  28. Happy Anniversary :) I think there has to be a higher power to make any marriage work :) Yep been there and done that as they say. Super cute card and such a fun day together no matter what you are doing if you do it together it's a wonderful day :)

  29. Oh Momma Mary, Happy Anniversary and I'm sorry I am late with my wishes! I know you give the big man upstairs all the credit and I'm sure He does deserve a lot of the credit, but you and hubby made it work too, that I have no doubt about. You do have a long marriage to be proud of and a beautiful daughter to be proud of. You both done good!!! I love the card you made for the Mr. So beautiful is the heart shaped tulips that you have colored to perfection. Those inky backgrounds and mats that just always amaze me and of course the hearts. A lot of love went into this card for sure. Sending love and hugs for a very Happy Anniversary! Hugs, Brenda

  30. Happy Anniversary to. Both of you.
    A beautiful card, love the fantastic design.

    Patricia xx

  31. Huge congrats on your anniversary!!!!!!! Fantastic!!!!!

    Love the card you made too. That background is so beautiful and I love everything about your fabulous card.

  32. Many congratulations on your anniversary. This is a beautiful card. A lovely piece of colouring and fussy-cutting! Kate x

  33. Beautiful card love the image and die-cut frame,great background you created--Happy Anniversary to you both for yesterday-I was married at 19yrs too.and our 45th this year,hope you enjoyed your chilled day
    carol x

  34. Hi Mary. What a lovely anniversary card for your DH. Looks like you had a lot of fun making it. Congrats on your 51 years of marriage - that is quite an accomplishment. Sounds like you had a lovely day as well. Loll xx

  35. Your anniversary card is gorgeous. Love that background and the flowers are so pretty. I'm sorry I'm so late, but I wish you the happiest of anniversarys. I'm with you about lunches. If we go out for lunch we only have a light dinner. I love those days!

  36. Gorgepous Anniversary card! Glad he liked it...I had a giggle at his comments if he desn't like that doesn't happen very often!

    I always love the walk through of how you accomplish things. I am not proficient with the sprays and inks yet...when i finnish up with the water themed cards I am working on, I am going to get inky again and these instructions that I save from and others will guide me.

    Great card Mary and Happy Belated Anniversary!

  37. Massive congratulations to you both on your wonderfully long marriage. The card is fabulous - love the vibrant colours and a great use of snippets. We tend to eat lunch out if we are out and about fairly often now for exactly the same reasons as you ... so nice not to think about having to prepare an evening meal! Elizabeth xx

  38. Huge congrats at this wonderful day, Mary!!! 51 years!! May the next 51 be even better than the first!!! Your card is beautiful - love the great bg and all the red!! Surely hubby liked it as much as I do!!!!


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