Star Spangled Anniversary

I decided to play around with the inlaid technique again this week.  The wildly talented artist and gifted writer, Linda Callahan, has created a CAS sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.  It inspired me to make this anniversary card for my husband.


The stars and stripes are because our anniversary is on the 4th of July.  Rumor had it that we wouldn’t make it 6 months; we were one of the first couples who met online to get married.  There weren’t even any dating websites back in 1996, just a handful of chat rooms.  He was from Altha, Florida (population 479) and I lived in Michigan.  I purposely made friends with him because he knew about computers, and I constantly had computer problems.  Oh, the days of dial-up modems!  I am happy to report that we have been married for 17 really wonderful years.  I knew he was a keeper!  So, this post is dedicated to the man who makes me see fireworks all year every year!

This was such a fun card to make.  I really enjoy doing the inlaid technique.  Although it’s hard to tell in the photo, everything is one layer except the heart and the circles on the stars.


The Real Red stripes were stamped with a stamp from Work of Art and then embellished with strips of Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

FMS140 - Linda Callahan

You HAVE to check out the Clean Team’s cards at Freshly Made Sketches this week!  They are all EXCEPTIONALLY amazing.  It made me want to bow out this week!  I hope you’ll play along with Linda’s fabulous sketch and we’ll see you in the gallery

I am also entering this card in The Paper Players challenge, since the challenge colors are Real Red, Night of Navy and Whisper White!


SUPPLIES:  Stamps:  Work of Art and Teeny Tiny Wishes;  Paper:  Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver Foil and Red Glimmer Paper; Ink:  Real Red;  Tools and Accessories:  Star die from Circle Card Thinlits, Modern Label and Word Window Punches, Chevron Embossing Folder, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Itty Bitty Accents Punches (heart) and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Non-SU:  Regular paper hole punch (red circles on stars) and Crop-a-dile (tiny circle on sentiment frame).


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  1. Patti MacLeith

    Sweet story, Cindy! Not everyone is so happy, so I’m happy for both of you!! It’s nice to hear a good love story. I love your card, too! How fun that you got married on 4th of July! Fireworks!!

  2. Kim

    What a sweet story, Cindy. Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby!! This is a really cute card. Love the red, white, and blue, of course, and love how you used the rhinestone strips. I never know what to do with those and now I do.

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  5. Mona Pendleton

    Such a fabulous card Cindy! Love the patriotic theme and the fun inlaid technique that you used! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Ann Schach

    What a neat card, Cindy! I love this technique. The bling is the perfect touch. And what a cute story about how you met your husband. Thanks for playing with The Paper Players this week!

  7. Narelle Farrugia

    I loved reading your story Cindy and I had a bit of a giggle about meeting him because of his IT skills – that’s hilarious! Your card is amazing – love all the fabulous details – I’m sure he’s going to love it!

  8. KarrenJ

    What a wonderful love story, Cindy. Happy, happy anniversary. And yes, fireworks are definitely appropriate for this happy occasion. Fabulous card!

  9. LeAnne

    Woohoo, this is one sparkly, spangly card! Love it! So glad you could play with our colors this week, too!

  10. Jen Mitchell

    What a sweet love story Cindy! Happy anniversary (a bit early)! I love your fabbo card. It’s patriotic and romantic all at the same time!

  11. Bobbi Miller

    OK First, this card is absolutely beautiful! I haven’t heard of the inlaid technique, so I’m assuming it means one layer of card stock, but laying down other materials? Anyway, I adore this card! I also must tell you, we REALLY ARE sisters! I met my husband in 1999 not on the online dating service, because he was the exact opposite of your husband. My husband never touched a computer, so we met in the personal ads of the local newspaper. I cannot believe this!! We’ve been married 10 years this past April. We sure do have a LOT in common. I need to come down to Florida…. because I’m not going to make convention this year, darn it. Anyway, great card, and Happy Anniversary! Hugs my friend!

  12. Cindy Lovell

    WOW,Cindy…what a beautiful card!! I love the silver stars and the bling!!
    I am glad you proofed them wrong! What a sweet story!!!

  13. linda callahan

    I love love love your “how we met” story! I’d say fireworks are in order as well for a 4th of July Anniversary! Such a fun card! Your stripes are fabulous!

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