40th Anniversary Card

A lovely lady from Edmonton contacted me recently to ask if I could create a card for her friends who are about to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Of course, I said, “YES!”

She told me a little about the couple and asked if I could put the emphasis on family–they have two sons and a daughter and five grandchildren. She also asked if I could reference the fact that the lady is a Sunday school teacher and that every year they have a big Canada Day party on their deck–everyone wears red and they all sing “O Canada.” They are also golfers. Hmmm…so my challenge was to get all of this into one card. And, I did!

Here are some pictures of my accordian style card for the happy couple. The first one shows the accordian style fold. (If you would like to see the video of the this card, visit my YouTube Channel.

Accordian Card

Here is the front of the card…I coloured the church windows with my Copic markers and then used 3D Crystal Laquer on the windows to give them the look of glass. I cut out the cute little fence on my Silhouette Cameo to add some dimension and to make the background more interesting. The bride and groom (in real life) are 5’5″ and 6’6″, respectively, so I cut the characters apart using the erase feature in Silhouette, resized them and them put them back together. It worked out pretty well, I think. The bride has some of my signature sparkles on her dress and a little lace veil.

The first panel on the inside tells the recipients that this card is “their story.” I wrote the verses, a favourite part of card-making for me.

2015-06-05 Joan Fairley--Betty and Don 40th  (3)

And now came the three children, two boys and a girl…(they are all grown up, but this is just symbolic of the family).

2015-06-05 Joan Fairley--Betty and Don 40th  (4)

And next came the five grandchildren…

2015-06-05 Joan Fairley--Betty and Don 40th  (5)

And, this one talks about the Canada Day parties on their back deck, an annual and much loved tradition.

2015-06-05 Joan Fairley--Betty and Don 40th  (6)

And, finally, grandma and granpa, still in love after 40 years!

Granparents - golfers page

And no card would be complete without a personalized message from the senders…

Last page for special message

So, that’s how I make a really personalized card! It’s fun and, once you get rolling, it just seems to make itself. I hope this inspires you to make a card tailored especially for someone special in your life.

Thanks for dropping by Globug Ideas!! Have a wonderful day and God bless.


A Christmas Wedding…so romantic!

A Christmas wedding anniversary card…sweet challenge!

Can you imagine being married on Christmas Day? Snow falling, lights twinkling, two hearts uniting! It was a bit of a challenge to design a card with the right balance of Christmas and wedding anniversary. Here’s what I came up with…yep, it’s another easel card…I just love the way they open up for display.



Here it is on display…

Frame_Regent and Catherine Christmas Anniversary (1)


And, here it is opened up to reveal the sentiments…



It’s even sparklier (is that a word?) in real life, but I think you get the idea! I hope it gives you some ideas for your next card!!