Friday, October 14, 2011

Love You Anniversary

Tomorrow marks my 17th wedding anniversary.  My husband and I met in high school.  We dated a little during school, then went off our separate ways for colleges.  When we were 22 years old, we got together again, and have been together since (that's 23 years!). 

Last night, I made an anniversary card for my Bri.  Sure, it's got some feminine elements on there, but overall I think it can be considered masculine.  Guy cards are soooooo not my thing....(and he knows this)

The fleur-de-lis paper is from the DCWV Mariposa stack.  The Eiffel Tower is by Our Craft Lounge (Vintage Traveler), the frame Notably Ornate by SU, and the sentiment a combo of stamps ("Love") from Squarely Sentimental by Fiskars and Carpe Diem ("You") by Hampton Arts.



Those butterflies are from an old SU set, Botanicals, which I got cheaply on eBay not that long ago.  Love the set!!

This card is entered at the City Crafter challenge, using primarily black and cream.  My friend Stella Schenkel is the guest artist this week over there, and I'm so glad for her!  She is one of the most delightful people I have met, and has some utterly gorgeous creations on her blog.

I also entered at Ribbon Carousel, with my 'sparkle and bling' (gold papers, pearls).

October is a busy month for us, with many birthdays and of course our anniversary.  We have another anniversary to add to it now:  it's been one year since our beloved Smoat kitty died.  Although I am so fond of Cristabel, the black cat we adopted in January 2011, nothing can replace that good ol' orange boy of mine.  He was simply the best.

Miss you, Smoat!
Changing the tempo now.....
I wanted to acknowledge Linda B of Hands to Work...Heart to Love.  She bestowed upon me the Butterfly Award for my blog:

I'm supposed to answer some questions about myself and pass this award on to 10 other crafters.  Linda, I hope you won't be mad at me for holding off on that end of the bargain.  I have so much on my plate right now and just can't get to it yet!  Thank you for thinking of me and putting me in a crowd of super-talented crafters - that alone is an honor to me.  :)

At the Paper Players, my French Flair card won Headliner for last week's challenge.  :-)


Okay, that's quite a long enough post!  Thanks for reading if you've made it this far.  ;)

Colleen

Stamps:  Carpe Diem - Hampton Arts; Botanicals, Notably Ornate - SU; Squarely Sentimental - Fiskars; Vintage Traveler - Our Craft Lounge
Paper:  white, cream - PTI; Basic Black, Sahara Sand, gold - SU; pattern - DCWV Mariposa stack
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Walnut Stain, Antique Linen Distress - Ranger
Other:  Big Shot; Fleur De Lis Motifs die cuts - Spellbinders; Copic markers; pearls; black ribbon - Offray

27 comments:

Benzi said...

Oh, I think your card is quite masculine and very handsome. Happy Anniversary!!
On another note, I can't believe it has been a year since you lost Smoat. I'm sure you all miss him.

Bonnie said...

Congratulations on your Paper Players win! Smoat was such a handsome guy. I know he will always hold a special place in your heart. Happy Anniversary. Maybe a trip to Paris to celebrate would be good.

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! Love the card! My husband would ask if we were going to Paris! It has been a year since we lost our beloved Murphy also. He was a huge, happy dog and my constant companion. Now, we have a very ornery basset hound who I love but he could never fill his paw prints. We all love our fur babies.

Chris R. from Iowa

Janeen said...

Happy Anniversary Colleen. Your hub will love the card. It's great. Love the pearls and how you placed them on there. Hope you have a nice weekend planned for a celebration.

Bev J. said...

Happy Anniversary!

Linda B said...

Happy Anniversary... 17 years... how wonderful! I'm sure your card was a big hit... after all, his sweetheart made it!
I'm sorry to hear about your cat... after a year and to still miss him, he must have been very special. Certainly was a pretty animal.
Hey, no problem, Colleen... I'm sorry to say it took me a month to do mine. LOL
Hugs!

Shirley said...

Your card is beautiful, Happy Anniversary. I hear you on your loss. It's a member of the family that makes it so sad. You have a great weekend!

Linda Callahan said...

Nothing says I Love You better than I Love You in Paris! This card is the next best thing - beautiful!

Donna Bowman said...

Very nice card Colleen!! You can't go wrong with the Eiffel Tower on an anniversary card. Love the colors and design elements!! Happy Anniversary!!

Lisa said...

Hugs and congrats on your Paper Players win & the butterfly blog award! Happy anniversary to you and your sweetheart;he's sure to love this dreamy card!!!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

This is wonderful, forgot how much I like this set! Thanks, I'll have to dig mine out this weekend and play. Happy Anniversary.

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Happy Anniversary Colleen! 17 years is wonderful. Your card is fantastic! He will love it. The feminine touches are what makes it you! My poor husband got a Hallmark card this year. He really likes the mushy cards, so it works for him, I just felt guilty because everyone else gets the cards I make. I feel your pain with your Smoat kitty. December marks the year when my Cody Cat died. It is much easier as time goes on, but there are times. I want to make a scrapbook, but can't bring myself to it. I have not gotten another one yet, because I feel the same way, there is no replacing him. I love the picture of your orange boy. I do miss the fact that cats get into every new thing you bring home. Like that box was bought just for him! LOL!

Marisa said...

Congrats on the Paper Players win :) Was a gorgeous card. Congrats on your wedding anniversary :) Just two away from 25 - you go girl!! Love the picture of Smoat in the box. I'm partial to tabbies (we have one too) and love those green eyes ((hugs))).

Linda R. said...

Happy Anniversary.. What a gorgeous card. Your hubby is going to love it. The minute I saw it I thought it would be perfect for our challenge.. So glad you played along with us over at CCCB!

Hugs, Linda

Emily Keaton said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Colleen! I am amazed by how many different stamp sets you pulled together to create this. They all look like they totally belong together!! You've got a great eye for that. I am bowled over by the pure "vintageness" of this card. You aced it! And your husband will just love this fantastic card. You can tell how much thought, time, and effort you put in it for him!! Happy Anniversary to you both!!!!!!

Ros said...

Well Happy Anniversary to you!! I LOVE this card ... it's beautiful and yet still masculine ... very clever thing to achieve ... I lost my beautiful German Shepherd 3 yrs this month and I miss her sooo very much ... Gald you could join us this week at CCCB ... enjoy your anniversary

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That's a wonderful card for you DH, happy anniversary!!! and thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Maria said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!!! Your card is very lovely! I'm sure your husband will appreciate it! Congrats on your win at Paper Players! Take care and have a great weekend!!:-))

Ann Schach said...

Happy Anniversary, Colleen! What a gorgeous card! Congrats on the Blog Award...you so deserve it!

Pauline said...

Happy anniversary Colleen, such a beautiful card for your hubby! Love those butterflies, and the Parisian theme is very romantic! Hope you had a lovely day xx

Andrea Ewen said...

Happy Anniversary, my friend...to you and your wonderful husband! I love the card you made, a little feminine and a little masculine...just the perfect amount of each!

So sorry about your "sad" anniversary...Smoat will always live on in your memories!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Happy Anniversary!!! HOOOOORAY for 17 great years! Here's to 100+ more!!! Ecc. 4:12b!!!

I love that you say this might have feminine elements but is still masculine! I think anniversary cards can be both--and I think this is soooooooo beautiful! Perfect for your husband! LOVE those butterflies and the dies--great papers! Great job all around! I'm sure he will cherish it!!!

I am sorry about your cat--he looks so cute in his little box:) Sending hugs as you remember him!

lostinpaper said...

I'm totally with the guy card thing! This card is just fantastic, I just love the colours and the layering!!

Janny said...

Very nice card. fantastic. Janny

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Ooops--TOTALLY forgot to say::::
THANKS so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us at the RCC!

cnelson said...

Happy Anniversary! This is absolutely STUNNING! Thank you so much for joining us at CCCB!

~Tammy~ said...

I can't believe it's been a year! Oh, how Smoat held and still holds a special place in your heart!

Happy Anniversary!!!! Your card is just gorgeous and I am sure he adored it feminine touches and all!

Congrats on your most recent award!!!

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