Sunday, June 29, 2014

Love Always with WPlus9 dies

There is a wonderful couple that I've known for years through our church.  Twelve years ago, Bill was diagnosed with cancer.  It was a very serious and widespread cancer.  Soon after his diagnosis, we held a huge 60th birthday party for him thinking that he would not be celebrating his 61st.  Ten years later, we did the same for his 70th birthday. Now a few years later, we are celebrating his and his wife Karen's 50th wedding anniversary.  Bill is still fighting hard and has been part of dozens of experiments and studies.  He does it so he can live but also to benefit others. Right now, he's in rehab unable to walk, but this comes after moments two weeks when he was not expected to last through the day.

Bill and Karen had big plans for their 50th, instead they celebrated in the rehab center with a small group of friends and family.  I was humbled to be part of a group of musicians that Karen brought in yesterday to surprise Bill at this celebration.  There are four of us who comprise a small praise team once a month at church.  All of us have known Bill and Karen (and for that matter their children and grandchildren) for a very long time, and Bill has loved our music.

With that background, you understand that their anniversary card needed to be above and beyond the usual. Not that that's what is important to them - but it was important to me to know that I gave them my heart with this card.  I've been pondering this for awhile - what could I do that was special?  I remembered some dies that WPlus9 came out with recently, and I remembered that Dawn's cards on the WPlus9 blog were absolutely "gasp-worthy".  I didn't venture far from the cards that Dawn did to introduce the dies - right down to her vellum layer which gives a beautiful dimensional look.  (There have also been a number of truly amazing cards on the blog since then.)

Love Always

The card doesn't look particularly "clean" but I have to say that these dies made it quite "simple".  This beautiful scene is just a few die cuts; the only difficult part was adhering the layers on straight.
  • Stamps: WPlus9 Sweet Nothings
  • Paper: PTI Spring Mix and vellum cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Khaki, Stampin' Up Pool Party
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accessories: WPlus9 Foliage Frame die and Birds & Branches Frame die, Wow White Embossing Powder, Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm sparkling clear sequins, Hemtique 10-lb white twine

15 comments:

KimCreate said...

A gorgeous card with an even more gorgeous story. Thanks so much for sharing.

Tracey McNeely said...

So pretty Kim!

snappy scrappy said...

Oh my, gorgeous card...amazing story!!

Lisa said...

What an inspiration your friend Bill is. I will keep him and his wife of 50 years Karen in my prayers. I know they treasure this card Kim and see the love you put into it...beautiful!!

Marisa said...

Such a special story, Kim. Thanks for sharing it. So glad you were able to honor him and their anniversary with the music he loves. Gorgeous card which is sure to bring much joy!

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful card! They are going to love and treasure this one. Amazing story...thanks so much for sharing.

Alycia said...

Beautiful card and story. My prayers are with your friends and their family.

Deepti said...

I am so inspired by your friends :) they are believers and true fighters and ur card is truly special, love it !

Lyn Wallan-Smith said...

What a story you shared it bought a tear to my eye and I think you did a beautiful job with your card. I love how we can express ourselves with our crafting and your heart is surely carried in this card

Happy Dance said...

Oh Kim, thank you for sharing this! Bill is an inspiration even to those of us who've never met him. Happy anniversary to the sweet couple. Your card will surely delight them both. It's just beautiful. You're a good friend. Blessings to you as well. Bev

Judy Cook said...

Isn't it wonderful how inspiration flows so easily when you are in the need for something beautiful for someone so special. Bill will love your card and cherish your music. I'll have them in my prayers.

Doris said...

Isn't it amazing how the Lord gives us creative gifts and then gives us opportunities to bless someone else with them! Your card is not only beautiful, but brimming with heart and meaning.

Tammy Hershberger said...

How special, and a beautiful card for what sounds like a wonderful couple!

Kara said...

gorgoeus!

cm said...

A heart-felt post, to share a heart-melting story, and the creation of a heart-warming card. Kim, your story of your friend fighting hard, able to celebrate his 50th anniversary, is nothing short of inspiring and miraculous. How wonderful that you were part of the momentous event. Tears are brimming...Beautiful card; beautiful experience!
~c