You are the Key to my Joy!

Hi Everyone! and hello to my latest followers, your kind comments like those of all my regular visitors are much appreciated and they are all part of what makes my blogging journey most enjoyable.    When you think about it, it is often the smallest of things that make us happy along with the people we share those with.  

One of those people is my hubby.

We have been married nearly nineteen years, and have endured some struggles like most couples do.   It is the hardships we have faced, the grief we have shared and the life we have forged together that has brought us closer and made us stronger as a couple.  He is the key to my Joy in so many different ways, and most recently I have loved watching and discovering a new side to him as we care for our foster son.   Alex has been with us now for six months and it's definitely been a roller coaster in emotions.  This new chapter in our lives has been a time of some frustration and fighting but mostly lots of fun and fulfillment.  It has both of us presently focusing on the 'where to from here?' and there are definitely some plans in the pipework.  One of which will see my craft room getting a full make-over..........yeah!

Anyway here is a card which was inspired by my thoughts and ramblings this morning as well as having a couple of challenges in mind.


Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co Key to Joy
Ink:  Stampin' Up!  
Other:  Yellow Gelato


The first challenge is over at CAS on Sunday.  They are asking for One Layer Wonders this week and upon seeing one of the examples from Nancy on their DT, I had to case her card design but have added a bit more of the 'messy me' twist as I like to call it.

My color choices of the Pink, Turquoise and Lavender tones were inspired by the latest challenge at Cupcake Inspirations.  After stamping my flowers with these colors I felt it needed something a little bit more to tie it all together, so I got out my yellow Gelato and scribbled around the design.  Bright colors make me happy so given this card is all about the Key to my Joy I really couldn't resist it.

I am also thinking that something similar to this would make a great journal page to record what it is that makes me happy!  What is it that makes you Happy?

17 comments:

Lizzyc said...

Oh yes our hubbys are often our unsung heros of our lives.. I wish you both a long life together, I have been married for 30 years now.. gasp! I can't believe how quickly the years go by!! Your card is gorgeous, I love the bright colors and yes it would make a wonderful cover for a journal.. and what makes me happy?? simple things I guess.. having family together, creating something I am pleased with, cooking something yummy, flowers, happy thoughts left on my blog... and hot chocolate on a cold day!! hehe!!

Laurie LaRiviere said...

such a beautiful post Dani, I will be married 17 years next week and yes there have been awesome moments and pull my hair out moments...lol...but I would do it all again, he's one of a kind and doesn't care how much I spend on scrapbooking!! ha, a keeper I would say! LOVE your card, such vibrant color and love the key stamp :)

Julie Short said...

Your tribute to your family is lovely Danie and so is your super bright fun card!

Lynn McAuley said...

What a wonderful card to honor the joy your husband has brought to your life! I love the bright bold colors and sweet sentiment!!

Tammy said...

So glad to hear the ups and downs have been worthwhile! Wonderful card and great way to remind someone they are loved!

Monika Reeck said...

lovely card and as I read your story oh woww you have a six month baby...our son already 9 and 6...and we just married for 11 Years..wish you always haoppy with your hubby and want to say you have a nice color combo on your card and great sentiment too...good luck with the challenge..

I am joining also the CAS on sunday challenge...I would be glad if you could visit my blog and leave some love..my card is number 20 to help you to find me..many thanks before..hugs, Monika from Germany

Salla said...

What a lovely card, Danie! I love how the black key pops out among the bright happy coloured flowers. You are a very skilled stamper indeed.

Thanks for sharing your story, too! I had no idea that A. was your foster son, and so recently arrived, too. I just thought you have one son, like myself. Anyways, I'm glad he's settling mostly well, and wish you all the best!

Thanks also for being such a frequent visitor in my blog and for all your nice comments!

MiamiKel said...

Happy Anniversary, Danie! We celebrated 20 this year - I know just what you mean about the roller coaster but in the end, the love is the strongest - and faith! I tell you, I've had a pretty crappy day and I'm on the verge of tears and your post just made them spill over - but in a good way!! :) Your card is DAZZLING!!! Love these bold, bright colors!

Karen said...

Happy Anniversary Danie and what a beautiful tribute to your husband. It's the trials and the tribulations that often make our relationships stronger. Great card, so bright and cheery.

Rebecca Daniels said...

What a lovely card.

Mariken said...

Lovely card!!
Thank you for joining our challenge at CAS on Sunday!
Mariken xx

Dawn Barrett said...

I like this idea of the solid colors/stamps...and the sentiment/key is a wonderful gift to him!

Robyn said...

Amazing! I have never seen Baroque motifs used like this ! Great job!

Zella said...

Beautiful colors!!!! Lovely!!!

Tyra Babington said...

Wonderful post about your family and awesome card

Bev said...

love the fun bright colours of this one

Janneke de Jong said...

What a pretty card, love the colors ;o)
Thank you joining us at CAS on Sunday!