I am dragging today. Between late nights, overnight guests and grumpy little boys, I had to finally make myself take a mini nap this afternoon and am feeling a bit better. DH had a two-day business trip Monday and Tuesday to New Orleans which included a delayed/missed flight on his trip home.  He ended up having to get a rental car to drive three hours home, getting in around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning!  I can’t sleep when worrying about him out there on the road at that hour of the night!  Since I get up at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings for my one morning/week of dental work, I was in for it!  Overnight guests arrived in time for supper last night and once they’d headed out and the boys and I had eaten a quick lunch today, I was about to drop over!  But enough of the sighing. There is so much more to be thankful for! Like love.

This month, my two younger brothers & their spouses are celebrating wedding anniversaries! Doing the math, it’s hard to believe the amount of time that has already passed! One has been married ten years now and the other is coming up on three years. My older brother and his wife have now been married sixteen years!  Then I remember our parents have now been married forty-three years!  Time really does fly!

I created a one-layer masked card for this week’s Splitcoast Stampers Clean & Simple Challenge and it ended up being an anniversary card!  Putting this blog post together, I realized I forgot to share some exciting news with you!  I was selected to be on the Summer CAS Challenge Design Team last week!  I am so excited to be a part of such a great challenge and online community!  This is my first card as a DT member!

I masked the silver stripe with Post It Notes, keeping the heart separate with a heart shape I’d die cut with my Nestabilities.  I then used the negative of the die to sponge the red into the heart.  I stamped the silhouette image and sentiment last.  Very simple once I figured out what I wanted the final design to look like!  This would be so easily reproduced for a nice stash of wedding/anniversary cards!

I need to start making a school shopping list this month so we can get that done before my due date gets much closer!  I see school supplies beginning to make their debut in the stores, so realize school will be starting in just over a month!  Summer seems so short anymore, doesn’t it?!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Thursday!



  • Ardyth Percy-Robb Posted Thursday, 07/11/2013 9:58 pm

    This is lovely! Great one layer card! Sounds like you're having quite the week – hope you get a good night's sleep tonight!

  • Tracey McNeely Posted Friday, 07/12/2013 1:33 am

    Beautiful card Melissa! You need to take care of you. It is hard to steal a nap, but you need to, take care. ~hugs

  • sally Posted Friday, 07/12/2013 6:38 am

    Lovely card Melissa 🙂 it is quite amazing where the years seem to fly away to, we celebrated 36 years this years & now it's Bill's birthday on Sunday (yikes 71!) then I celebrate next week ( tender57) when we head over to France -will be watching the blog from further afield for a month….REST is required so remember to get it when & where you can before that “due date” because you won't be getting much after! Take care


  • Jen W. Posted Sunday, 07/14/2013 1:53 am

    Big congrats on your Splitcoast DT position! You're certainly the perfect gal for the job. 🙂 I love this card. The design is brilliant and your masking is perfect!

  • Sandy Posted Tuesday, 07/23/2013 6:04 pm

    Beautiful!! I hope one day you will have video tutorials!

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