Monday, February 18, 2013

My beacon of light . . .

Hello my friends ... I hope you are off to a fabulous start this week!

Sorry I've been MIA but like SO MANY others, the flu bug got me!  And of all times ... Valentine's Day Evening!  Yep ... hubby actually thought he had poisoned me somehow since we opted to not go out for dinner (too crowded) and he made some of my favorite dishes for our dinner and it was VERY NICE!  In fact, he even surprised me and created one of my favorite pies ... Egg Custard!

Do you see the 'heart' he made in the center???
Obviously, I didn't when I took this photo ... it was only when I started cutting us a slice for dessert that I noticed it!  How sweet was that!!!  THIS MAN ... is truly MY BEACON OF LIGHT and I thank God every day for bringing him into my life!!

Being the good wife I am ... I shared my flu bug with this dear, sweet man and now HE is dealing with all the same symptoms I had.  Hopefully he won't be down for too long and I will try to take care of him as well as he took care of me!  (Uugh!  I hate being sick!)

BUT on a good note, I was finally able this morning to complete the card I started last week for the current challenge at Craft a Scene: Let Your Light Shine (use a lighthouse).

I decided to create a 5x7 tag card which it turns out will be needed for a funeral at the end of this week.

Here are all items used on this card:
Papers:  White & black cardstock, 
Stamps:  Stampscapes 220G 'Light, Rocks & Waves', Our Daily Bread 'Light of the World'
Inks:  Versafine Onyx, Tim Holtz 'Tumbled Glass', 'Broken China', 'Stormy Sky', 'Scattered Straw' distress
Accessories:  Scor-Pal, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers Tag die, Spellbinder Labels 9 die, large sponge daubers, Offray gold ribbon, Ex-Press It foam tape

I'm still practicing with my new markers but chickened out and colored the sky with sponges & inks ... but the lighthouse, rocks, & water were done with the markers so I guess that wasn't too bad.  I sure need a LOT MORE practice to actually get the 'highlighting' thing perfected!  Baby steps they tell me!  LOL!

A few other challenges:
Creative Creations #4 - Inspired by a Song (You Light Up my Life - Debbie Boone)
 Eureka Stamps - Inspired by a Song (You Light Up my Life - Debbie Boone)
Forever Friends - Anything Goes
Lawnscaping Challenge - Stamp a Scene
MyGrafico Challenge - Anything Goes
Squigglefly - Use a Sentiment

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I think I need to go take a little rest ... starting to feel a bit weary and don't want to overdo it!    

Have a fabulous day and as always . . .


  1. Darlene, thank you for sharing your lovely tag and your shining light story with us at Craft a Scene. Get well soon, both of you! NancyD

  2. Wow, so stunning! I love the tag element, too.

    Thanks for playing along with Lawnscaping Challenges!

  3. What a beautiful card - and your coloring is perfect! I hope you and your hubby recover from the flu! Thanks for joining us at Squigglefly.

  4. A lovely card, Darlene, with a very appropriate sentiment. Hope you and your OH soon recover from your nasty little bug. Thank you for joining us at Craft A Scene this month. xx Maggie

  5. That's so lovely of your husband to make that for you, great with the heart! =)
    Beautiful lighthouse card you made, great beam too!
    Hugs, Elenor

  6. How sweet of your hubby! Love the heart in the pie! Your card is just beautiful, you did a wonderful job of coloring it!

  7. Sweetie, I am in awe - HOW GORGEOUS!!!!
    It looks to me that you are ready for those BIG steps now using your markers - you've mastered the colouring so quickly - you are a master colourer! The sky technique is certainly perfect!
    Thanks for sharing - (I wish Mr Beacon a speedy recovery!)

  8. Darlene your card is just gorgeous! I love how you have part of the image coming off of the tag and on to the card. Such a great idea! I'm glad you're getting over the bug! thanks for playing in Squigglefly's challenge this week!

  9. I have been MIA too - for various crazy reasons. I have missed your cards! This is a wonderful and very inspiring card. Your light is so beautifully done and that sentiment is awesome! Really a wonderful card and I am so glad you are feeling better (hope hubby gets better soon). Thanks for joining us in the Squigglefly blog Sentiment Challenge. Hugz!

  10. Hi, Darlene! Gosh, I'm not sure where to start! So sorry to hear that you have been down with the dreaded flu bug and that your awesome hubs caught it and that your beautiful lighthouse tag card will be given to someone as a sympathy card. On the up side, I'm glad you seem to be on the mend now and that you felt well enough to finish the lovely card. At least you have one ready to go. I hope your other half gets over his illness quickly so you both can get back to normal. I have been blessed not to have had more than an upset stomach in the past 2 1/2 years (knock wood). Take care!


  11. Gorgeous scene and colors! Love the verse! Hope you feel better soon and it was so sweet your hubby to make you a pie and dinner for Valentines. Feel better soon! ~hugs Deanna

  12. What a beautiful card. Glad you're feeling better.

    Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week.

  13. A beautiful card and awesome coloring. Thank you for joining us over at Squigglefly for our sentiment challenge.

  14. Hello from Spain...
    I have to tell you that I have a very sweet christian husband as yours..which is a blesses for us...a real gift from our good God...
    I hope both of you are OK...
    Very nice card and the verse...I love it... and I love Lights..

  15. A lovely scene and vibrancy of colours Darlene.

    Thanks so much sharing with us at craft a scene challenge.

    B x

  16. beautiful lighthouse with the splashing water.
    how you do with the tag-image and go continuous colouring with the background through. great idea!
    I hope you understand it what I mean. (:
    thank you for joining at craft a scene this month.

  17. the image and the sentiment.....sorry to hear you have/had the flu far it has missed me...and hope to keep it that way....the coloring on this is spetacular...I think you did a wonderful job of it!!

  18. Hope you are now feeling better - loads of germs around at the mo! This is a lovely card, thanks for sharing with us in the Forever Friends challenge, Lisa (DT) x

  19. thanx for joining us over at Foreverfriends with your card
    Beautiful colored and the sentiment suits the image perfectly!
    Linda DT-FF

  20. thanx for joining us over at Foreverfriends with your card
    Beautiful colored and the sentiment suits the image!
    Linda DT-FF

  21. thanx for joining us over at Foreverfriends with your card
    Beautiful colored and the sentiment suits the image!
    Linda DT-FF

  22. So cute! Thanks you for playing along with us with our new challenge at Creative Creations Challenges - hope to see you again soon x

  23. Two great stamps coming together to make a wonderful card! Thanks for joining us again this month at Craft a Scene. NancyD

  24. As others have already commented, the technique of continuing the image off the tag and onto the background card is very effective - may have to give that a try myself. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Another great Craft-a-Scene entry. Who knew there were so many different Lighthouse stamps?!

  25. Wow! A very beautiful scene and I'm so amazed with your coloring.. Thank you for playing with us at Lawnscaping

  26. Awww what a lovely hubby! Hope he feels better soon :) Your card is truly lovely and the colouring is amazing! Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Creations Challenges.


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