Thursday, November 24, 2011

O Sole Mio…

When I was young I thought this meant my only love, or something like that.  Of course, once I was old enough to learn a little about other languages, I knew that was not correct.  In fact in means “my sun” (like my sunshine), so it is still a beautiful thought, especially to a loved one.
This is the anniversary card I’ve finally done for my husband of 39 years.  I really liked the cards I did the last 2 years and I was having a difficult time deciding what to do this year. Our anniversary was actually on the 21st of last month, so to say I’m late, is stretching it a bit.  But he was speechless when I gave this to him.

My favorite color is this deep red color, but I just didn’t know how to make it work this year.  I’ve used several of the beautiful Cheerylynn Designs dies for this card, to meet their challenge this week.  (It calls for red and green.) The cute image is by The Paper Shelter.  I wasn’t particularly happy with my coloring at first and actually planned to use the image for a different anniversary card.  But once I added the frame (it’s called Scandinavian Hearts) it all came together. 

I used my bow-easy again, and the more I use it, the better I like it.  The butterfly and the flourish are also from Cheerylynn Designs.  The papers are from several sources, the roses, gems and pearls are by Recollections.  I’ve used MS punches on the outside and inside of the card, as well as Cricut. I also added stickles to the roses, butterfly and the water.

The one on the inside is one I use often, and is one of a large set about “memories”.  I also typed my message to my dh as well as, the sentiment on the front (I didn’t take a picture of the one to my husband, but it is now on the left-hand side, on the inside of the card. I don’t remember who did the sentiments on the back.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Sketches by Carly – sketch
2 Sisters Challenge Blog – sparkle
Hooked on Craft Challenges – dies
One Stitch at a Time – anything
Ooh La La Creations – bingo: flowers, dies, ribbon
Cheery Lynn Designs – red and green
Tiffany Doodles – sparkle and glitter
Digital Tuesday Challenge – sparkle
Sassy Cheryl’s Challenge – anything
Paper Sundaes – bows
Alota Rubber Stamps – dots and pearls (dots are on the inside cardstock)
Cooking It Up With Katie – punches, ink (inked the butterfly to make red), embossing (around frame and on leaf flourish)
Flutterby Wednesday – anything
My Mum’s Craft Shop – things with wings
Papercraft Star – anything
Shelly’s Images – red and green
Delightful Challenges – red and green
Hanna and Friends – red and 1 other color
Moving Along With The Times – ribbon and bows
Just Some Lines – tic, tac, toe: punch, digi, glitter
Bearly Mine Challenges – favorite things – dies
Creative Craft Challenges – free for all
The Sisterhood of Crafters – polka dots (on the inside of the card)
Crafty Purple Frog – for someone special
Paper Crafting Journey – anything

Thanks again for stopping by and leaving a comment.  I love to hear from you.


dj1952 (Debra)


Denise and Louise said...

This is adorable. I'm not surprised your Husband was speechless.
Belated Happy Anniversary!!
Denise xx

Debs M said...

wow stunning x

Dorcas said...

Debbie you did an amazing job on this, what a great card!
Funny, I thought O solo Mio meant "lonely me" or something similar....hmmm better ask Rey, huh, the master of language. LOL

Dorcas said...

By the way, a very happy belated anniversary!! :-D

Jenny said...


Thanks for playing at Digital Tuesday Challenge! :)

Kristine said...

Oh my goodness... this is so beautiful!! Love the heart frame and this image is lovely *Ü* THANK YOU for playing at Sketches by Carly!!

Babs said...

Super card Debbie, beautiful colours. You did a great job!
Happy Anniversary to you.
Luv, Babs xo

Karen said...

This is gorgeous DJ, great colouring too, and I love the heart frame. I'm sure your DH will love it too.
Glad you're still managing to do your cards.
Hope you're feeling well too.

Take care.


Nannieflash said...

Gorgeous card love your image and your fabulous papers. Thanks for joining us at Bearlymine, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

Geneviève aka Muscade said...

I love the colors and the papers you used! Your coloring is great too! I really like the frame you put on your image... so lovely!
Thanks for playing with us at Sketches by Carly!

sallysbitz said...

This is a perfect image for the occasion x

Thanks for joining us this week @ Delightful Challenges & Good Luck x

hugs sally x

Erni said...

a really adorable card,no wonder your husband liked it.I love the image,this is so sweet! as I am married now for 47 years (also November),maybe my honey gets a card like that,we go to Italy each year...Do you like the song "o sole mio" too?
hugs Erni from Vienna

jkreucher said...

OH My Goodness! everything about your card is amazing! of course he loved getting your work of art from the heart!
Thanks so much for playing along with us in the Sassy Cheryl Challenge this week!

Josephine said...

This is absolutely stunning!

Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week and good luck.

craftykitten said...
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craftykitten said...

Hi hun,
What a sweet card. Love the little red butterfly and the way you have situated those roses on the flourish. Thanks for joining us at OLL for our Bingo challenge. Hope to see you again next time.
Dawn xx

♥Jan♥ said...

I LOVE that deep red color too ! Perfect color for a guy. I am so glad you joined us this week at Papercraft Star !!

Shelby said...

Beautiful design. I love how you've framed up those cuties with that gorgeous die and the deep rich reds are perfect. Thanks for joining us at MMCS for our things with wings challenge.


Diane's Card Designs said...

Gorgeous card! The image is so sweet and such a beautiful rich colour combo. Love all the detail.
Thanks for joining us at MMCS challenge this week.
Diane xx

Jenn Borjeson said...

Well happy belated anniversary! :) Your card is just gorgeous. Thank you for joining our tic-tac-toe challenge at Just Some Lines! :)

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Awe ... this is ADORABLE and your coloring is PERFECT ... Great job! Oh an Happy Belated Anniversary! Ours is this coming Monday (28th) ... guess I need to get busy, huh!?! LOL!
Thanks so much for joining our "RED & GREEN" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!

Shelly's Images DT

Sassy Cheryl said...

I Love the deep red too! What an adorable image and beautifully colored.
Thanks for playing in the Sassy Cheryl's Challenge this week.

Annemaritta said...

Belated anniversary, my dear. :) This is really beautiful. It's nice to meet very talented crafters here and ohmy, how your colorine inspires me to try something new.

I hope you are all good, and hug for DH for me, please <3

Biggan said...

So sweet and great design! Thanks for joining our challenge at Alota Rubberstamps blog!


Hazel (Didos) said...

Ah this is super, thanks for playing our ribbons and bows challenge on MAWTT this week, Love Hazelxo

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

A belated Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!!!
This card is so lovely, dj! You did an amazing job! I love the Venetian image and the sentiment inside is so beautiful and true!
Have a nice weekend, dj!
PS: I sent your "pay it forward" packege off to you this week - I hope it will arrive safe and soon!

Julies Crafty Creations said...

Such a beautiful card. Thanks for joining in with our Anything Goes challenge over at OSAAT and good luck. Julie DT

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

Beautiful debbie! The red is so pretty and that frame is gorgeous! I know he loved it! I am always so intimitdated to make a card for Aaron. I know I should not be because he likes my cards, but it is hard to express yourself in the kind of cards I do. You did it beautifully though!

The Wired Angel said...

Your coloring is fantastic, Debbie and your card is darling. I'm sure your hubs will love it. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Sassy Cheryls. Peggy x

Stephanie said...

Wow! It is stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at Shelly's Images.

DelightfullyCrazy said...

Thanks for entering the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge. Your card DJ is adorable, I love everything about it ....

Tracey Manderson said...

Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine, good luck with the Challenge, and hope to see you back for the next one.

Jenny said...

Thanks so much for joining us at Hooked on Craft. Fabulous card, colours and design. Love it all!

DeeDee said...

What a wonderful card!

Thank you vor joining us at Hanna and Freinds.


NanaConnie said...

Incredible punching, Debra. Love that heart border/frame. It's beautiful! Thanks for joining us this week at Cooking It Up with Katie. Good luck in the challenge and I hope you're going to play again soon.
NanaConnie DT Chef

Sandy Hulsart said...

Beautiful card, Debra. The Cheery Lynn Scandinavian Hearts frame is absolutely perfect. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge blog.

Kianel said...

Gorgeous card Debra! What a great use of the dies!
Thanks for joining us at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge this week!
Love from France, Kianel.

Debs said...

Gorgeous card Debra - the frame is stunning!
Thanks for sharing it with us at MAWTT this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Anna said...

Wonderful project! So many great details. Thank you for joining us at Flutter By Wed.

Jeannie from said...

This is so very cute! I love your card. Thanks for sharing your talent with us on the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.
Cheery Lynn Designs DT

Laura (sandytoz) said...

Happy anniversary!

Love that red!!

Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Just Some Lines for the tic-tac-toe challenge!

Love, Laura JSLDT

Jen Leeflang said...

Thanks so much for adding your cute "RED & GREEN" creation to our challenge at Shelly's Images! I hope you join us again next week!
luv n huggz
Shelly's Images DT

Lisa Jane said...

This is fabulous - i love the colours and that punched heart border
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
Lisa x

Pam Sparks said...

Just precious! Adorable! LOVE it Debra!

rosalien said...

Fantastic card, I love the border around the image and the image too. Just fabulous. :))
Thanks for joining DC>

Hugs, Rosalien

Tina said...

simply beautiful...thanks for joining us at just some lines


TannyP said...

My bows never look this fabulous. Guess I just need more practice. All those details and that fantastic border really makes for some great eye candy. Thanks for playing along with the Sisterhood of Crafters' Polka Dot Challenges!