Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day to My Hubby and all other Dads Out There!

Father's Day is a little bittersweet for me.  I always had such a hard time with it since my dad died when my sister and I were ten years old.  My father was only 39 years old when he died suddenly.  He was a wonderful father to us and not a day goes by that I don't think of him and wish that he were here with us.  It has been 27 years since he passed away and some days it feels like yesterday.  My heart often aches for what could have been.  I would have loved to get to know him as an adult and for him to get to know my husband and his granddaughter.   Mike and my dad would have been great friends, I just know it!  Emma and Ava (my niece) would have been the Apple of his Eye!  He had a wonderful sense of humor and was so caring towards others.  He was a family physician and to this day, we still hear from former patients about how much they loved him.

Since Emma was born, I have to say that I have enjoyed Father's Day a lot more. It has become more bearable for me since I have a great husband to focus on.  There is still that underlying sadness that goes with it but I can see the silver lining now.  Mike is a wonderful father to Emma and it makes me so happy to watch them together.  She is so innocent and has no idea yet of how unfair the world can be sometimes and I pray that she never has to deal with such pain a a young age (or EVER if I can help it).  My intention of this post was not to depress you or take away from your happiness on Father's day but to let you in on a part of my life that has ultimately made me into who I am today.  I don't normally get this personal on this blog, but I thought once in a while couldn't hurt. 

So without further ado...I will show you my card, which I am sure is the reason you stopped by.  I did it again!  I am on FIRE with this Designer Paper thing.  Nobody can stop me now!!  This paper came from a paper pad I purchased last weekend for 50% off at AC Moore.  Anyone that knows me knows that I love a good deal which probably made it less painful to use it since I didn't pay full price for it, hee hee!  I am pretty proud of myself I have to say.  I have owned this paper pad only a week and it already had about four pages ripped from it, GASP!  What, it didn't sit around for a year?! No that is right, one week baby!  I am out of control!!!!
 The card base for this card is not the typical A2 sized card. The card ended up measuring about  3-1/4 by 8-1/2".  It fits perfectly into these new envelopes I bought at Hobby Lobby the other day.  They are Kraft #9 Envelopes from The Paper Studio.  You can see them here.They measure 8.875" x 3.875" to be exact.  I love how they open up from the end, too cute!  I can see lots of possibilities with these, maybe a little scrapbook made out of them with goodies tucked inside!

 The card below is one that I made for my Father-law.  I used the same Designer paper and embellishments except for the tag.  I used the Fillable Frames #9 Die from PTI along with the Block Alphabet Die from PTI.  I love how the tag turned out.  The little hole was reinforced with a piece of Kraft cardstock punched through the circle punch of the Itty Bitty Punch Pack from SU! which I then used a hole punch to punch through the center to make it look like a real tag.

 I just want to wish all of the fathers out there a very Happy Father's Day!  Cherish your little ones and the time you have to spend with them because you are all extremely fortunate to have this incredible opportunity.

God Bless!

Ink:  PTI, True Black, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Stamps: PTI: Tag-Its #2, Simple Alphabet
Paper: PTI: Kraft cardstock, DCWV: The Guy Stack
Tools: Cuttlebug, PTI: Fillable Frames #9 die, Block Alphabet die; SU! Scallop Edge Border punch, Star Extra-Large, Spiral Border Punch, Ticket Corner Small Punch, Round Tab Extra Large Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack
Accessories:  Button Twine, Wooden Stars (from stash)

1 comment:

Jill Norwood said...

Dear Amy - I read your post with tears in my eyes. I am sorry for you loss and I identify with you so little boy, who just turned 8 in July, just lost his Daddy in February. My sweet husband died of brain cancer after a 1 1/2 year battle. I don't think one ever gets over a loss so go on but you miss them forever! I am so happy for you that you have your husband to focus on now and your sweet heart goes out to you...
Jill, Seattle, Wa.