Saturday, December 31, 2011

Where did 2011 go???

I can hardly believe that another year is coming to a close!

2011 has it's ups & downs ... but I'm happy to say MORE UPS then DOWNS!!

One of the UPs is that Mark remains cancer-free (almost 3 years) and if all goes well with his last Pet Scan on Jan. 3rd, he will be retiring and we can hopefully do some traveling and enjoy our 'golden' years together.

One of the DOWNs was the loss of family members and friends.  
Nephew - Danny Moyer
Aunt - Glory Ostanoski
Mother-in Law - Claire Pavlick
Mother of friend Joan Fricker - Ruby Salyer

It was the thank-you note card I received from Joan Fricker (Joan's Gardens) for attending her Mom's funeral that prompted my card making today.  Joan & I have become wonderful friends through stamping and although she is a 5 hour drive away, I try to attend all her workshops and stay a few extra days to visit with her & family. 
The front of the notecard was a Thomas Kinkade scene and I thought it was so pretty I didn't want to throw it away ... so why not turn it into ANOTHER card creation ... and that's exactly what I've done here.
I distressed the edges, matted it in black and added an organza black ribbon.  Since I have a few TK stamps I thought it would be nice to use one on the inside as a backdrop to the sentiment.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and leaving me such kind words!
I can't express to you how much it means to me!!



AnItA b0wNdS said...

hey happy new year....
wonderful cards Darlene
hugs Anita..xx

bensarmom said...

Darlene, this is gorgeous! Happiest of New Years to you and Mark.

Evette K. said...

Darlene u did a fabulous job with that sympathy card. God has given u such talent. May your New Year with your soon to be retired hubby be blessed with continued good health and happiness in this wonderful year 2012. God bless. Keep us inspired Dar with your continued talented creations. evette

Joan Fricker said...

Darlene, what a fantastic idea and a beautiful card. It truly meant so much to me that you drove 10 hours to honor my Mom. You are a very special lady!!!!