Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy Anniversary, My Sweet Gary

Today is our 42nd wedding anniversary. And it has been a very strange day.

First, I have worked on Gary's card most of the day. It nearly drove me crazy, as I just couldn't settle on a design, even though I thought I had it figured out yesterday. One night's sleep and the card didn't look right anymore. So I did my usual 'fuss and stew'.

Second, the weather has been ugly--first we got a nasty dust storm, complete with high winds and followed by rain. All of our patio furniture blew over, and it appears one of our small trees got damaged. I don't want to go out and pick up the furniture yet, as it is still raining. (Yeah, I know, I am a wimp when it comes to rain, but we might just melt away if we get wet in the desert.) The rain is actually a good thing, as it washes the dirt out of the air and off of the plants. So we don't mind the occasional wet weather, especially if we don't have to be out in it! But now the dog doesn't want to go out, either, and I would expect his little bladder is about to explode. Or is it implode? I think his eyes are turning from brown to yellow as I write this.

Third, Gary and I could not spend much of today together, as he always has an extra-long work day on Wednesdays. So I am about to have a frozen Amy's meal for an anniversary dinner. By myself. Ah, but don't feel too badly for me. We will go out to celebrate next week when many Valley of the Sun restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week. And there are several ones I would love to go to, so it will be interesting picking out the one to celebrate at. Most of these restaurants offer a fixed-price, 3-course menu for $30 or $40 per person. Some even throw in a free glass of house wine. Woohoo! I am really looking forward to a great meal at a nice place.

OK, back to Gary's card. I chose a Magnolia image for this card. I know it is called 'Brother and Sister', but I think the image works for a couple as well. I stamped this on Cryogen CS with Memento ink. The color scheme came from the Authentique Journey collection. I used Stampin' Up CS for the card, and I distressed all my papers with my Zutter Distrezz-It-All. The sentiment is from an Inkadinkado Wedding/Marriage stamp. The large flourishes were made with a Magnolia Doohickey die; corner flourishes were made with a Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco B die. I also used a Spellbinders Classic Rectangle die to cut out the sentiment. A little Wrights' Lace Trim and a Prima flower were added, as well as some image accents with a Signo Uniball white gel pen. Last, but certainly, not least, I colored the image with Copics: W0, W2, W4, W6, B12, B14, B16, E0000, E000, E00, E11, E13, E30, E31, E35, E37, E50.

I intend to enter this card into the following:

Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge
CMC Copic Challenge #42

Here's hoping your weather is a little nicer than ours right now!


16 comments:

  1. Penny, Wonderful card. Love your colors and you did an outstanding job coloring your images they are just darling. All the elements are wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Color Me Creative challenge and Good Luck on the challenge.
    Hugs, Patricia

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  2. Thank you very much, Patricia! :^)
    Hugs back,
    Penny

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  3. This is just adorable, Penny! I love the papers and the sweet image! Great coloring! Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your dinner out next week!

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    1. Thank you, Carla, for the compliment and the anniversary wishes!
      Hugs,
      Penny

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  4. wonderful job on your card:-)Thank you for joining us at CMC
    Hugs
    Michele

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    1. Thank you, Michele! :^)
      Hugs,
      Penny

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  5. This is very beautiful! Great job on the coloring and the decor...congrats on 42 years. That is fabulous. I love all your cards.

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    1. Thank you, Linda for both the compliments and the congratulations! I really appreciate them! :^) BTW, I love all your cards, too! :^)
      Hugs,
      Penny

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  6. Wow Penny sorry I missed this just catching up .
    A belated Happy 42nd Anniversary to you and Gary , how fabulous and how fabulous is the card you made for him. Hope you both have some fun this weekend .
    I only married ,my hubby Tim in 2008, he had been married once before with two children , two boys, but I had always been single until I was 54 when I met him, we met on the net and were married 4 years later. I so envy you a fabulous 42 years with someone you love.
    Hugs Elaine

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    1. No, problem, Elaine! I am so far behind on the blogs I follow, I am afraid I can't catch up!
      Thank you for the kind thoughts and compliments. :^) And I think it is wonderful that you and Tim found each other--better late than never, right?
      Big hugs back,
      Penny

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  7. Aww! It's a beautiful card, Mom! The stamp was a perfect choice. I love the color scheme! Did Dad love it! And where'd you eat for your anniversary meal this week? Which restaurant did you pick?

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    1. Thank you, Ang. Yes, he did love the card. And we ate at Province at the Westin downtown Phoenix. It was very tasty--I had salmon and he had skirt steak. The restaurant week doesn't start until tomorrow, so we celebrated last Saturday night. :^)
      Hugs,
      Mom

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  8. I'm glad he liked the card, and you liked the dinner.

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  9. Best oldest sister BarbaraMay 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Penny, I am just playing catch up on your blog and I think this card is so fabulous! Love the colors!! Do you store all the cards you give Gary? I can't think that you could ever throw one away. Hence the huge box I will have of your cards some day! Wonderful job and glad you enjoyed your anniversary dinner.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! (Not surprised you love the colors!) Yes, I do store all the cards I give Gary--for examples for when I teach. Thank you again! :^)
      Hugs,
      Penny

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