Thursday, March 25, 2010

Glitterbees Challenge Thankful

Hello Everyone!

Today I have a very special card to share with you! It is for the Glitterbees Challenge to use Teal, Peach and Orange hosted by Amy! Even more than the challenge, this card represents how thankful I am that a turn of events this week had a blessed outcome!

This past weekend my girls' father and my former husband suffered a heart attack. He made it to the hospital and after a battery of tests, it was found he had blockage in almost ninety percent of his arteries. This is a retired US Marine with a family history of heart disease. The sheer fact he made it through the attack was miraculous! He had quadruple bypass surgery on Wednesday and came through with his usual Marine style. Surgery was completed early with a very short recovery time and he was off the heart and lung machines, breathing tube out, sitting up and talking in less than three hours! Even though we are no longer married, we share two wonderful girls and he is very important to our lives. Needless to say, there was much prayer going on and stress levels were still high. We are all blessed that God's grace and mercy and healing are evident in our lives. That is why this card is even more special to me. I am so thankful for the blessings and love that covers me, my family, my friends, and, yes, even the man I was once married to. Thank you for letting me share this story with you and for all the prayers and good thoughts that came from my wonderful blogging friends!

I started with the deep orange card base and adhered DP stock from the DCWV Fun in the Sun Stack. I was a little perturbed that the base stock peeled even though it was scored. So, plan B was to distress all the edges! I was actually happy with the look afterwords. I punched an accent flower and added a button to the center. I also added buttons to the flowers printed on the DP stock. I used dental floss for thread in the buttons. I stamped the "Thankful" sentiment with a Fiskars stamp, which is a candy prize from Ms. Loretta, in Chestnut Roan Chalk ink.

I haven't decided what I am going to do with this card yet. My first thought (and the one I will probably go with) is to display it in my craft room as a constant reminder of all I have to be thankful for!

Sorry for the long post! I don't usually like to share too much personal info here, but I felt I needed to share this with you and maybe remind us all again of the many blessings we share in our daily lives! I hope you will visit again soon as I am planning a much more festive post the next time!! Have an awesome weekend and hug those you love with a little more gusto, OK??

Blessings to you,


  1. Wonderful card Vicki, so bright and cheerful. Glad to hear everything is ok, what a scary event. Hugs to you.

  2. Wow - how scary for the family! I'm glad things turn out on the positive end!!!! Great cheerful card. Love the popped up flower!!

  3. Vicki, I don't know many people who speak so favorably about their exs, but that just speaks volumes about the kind of person you are (I feel very lucky to know you). So glad he came through the surgery and is doing well, what a relief for you and your girls, I'm sure. The card is a wow! Those colors look amazing, I think this would be wonderful on display in your office, what a great reminder of how thankful you are. You made me laugh when you said "plan b", that always happens to me too! Thanks for sharing your story with all of us! Sending big hugs your way.

  4. Vicki,
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I know having your former husband's health at risk can still be hard as he is the Father of your children. You must be thinking so much of your girls during this time. I'm glad to see he made it through ok and having the card displayed is a great idea as I have one that I made that I will probably never give to anyone, but it does have meaning to me. Thanks again for all that you do.

  5. Isn't it nice to know prayers are answered!

    I love the orange and pink together, very petty.

    Glitteree hugs!

  6. Even though you are divorced, your story conveys that you still put your children first which makes you a wonderful parent, Vicki. I hope for a full recovery of your ex-husband and hope the girls are doing well. Your card is so colorful, I love the way you have used the buttons as the flower centers. Very cute.

  7. Amazing card, I LOVE the color combo. I'm so very happy for you that everything is alright!!

  8. Wonderful card!
    I hope your ex has recovered... you wrote a very beautiful post ... there's so much love there!
    Blessings to you and your loved ones.

  9. Wonderful challenge card! Wow- what an intense week- I worked in ICU for many years- sounds like your ex was very fortunate, and wonderful he came out of it so quickly! Modern medicine is wonderful, isn't it??? Your girls are lucky you are cordial with the has to make everything so much easier in life!

  10. Lovely card and such a lovely reason to be thankful, as you say you still share your children. Hope your ex continues to make good progress

  11. Vicki, this is really lovely!!! Love your card!

  12. Absolutely beautiful card! Love all the distressing, the buttons for the flower centres and the colours. It was very special to read the story behind the card and a great reminder for all of us to be thankful every day for our many blessings. I am constantly amazed at how our Lord's grace carries us thru difficult situations and I pray you & your family will know his grace and peace.


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