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September 5, 2019

It Feels Like It Was Just Yesterday!

Hello Stamplings!

How have you bean? It seems like forever since I've seen you. Last week I shut down the computer for four days, opened a box of Get 'er Done and Hammy and I made 73 card fronts from beautiful pp I've been hoarding. The kind of beautiful watercolored pp that just needs a sediment and maybe a bit of bling, but not too much because the paper itself is the star of the card.

Each one took very little time to do once we got a rhythm going and I'm sure it will take longer to finish them off as cards! But we'll do it little by little, lit by the euphoria of filling the stash box and having accomplished something that's been on the Todo List for ages!

Speaking of ages, today we are celebrating longevity, sticktoitiveness, and contentment. My card:
I used an MFT photo booth frame. Both the young couple and the old couple are stamps by Penny Black. The beer is NBUS from Tim Holtz. I watercolored the images with my Ziggies, ahem, after I inserted them in the frames. Slap! The sediment is from Paper Smooches. I believe the numbers are from PTI. 

This is a surprise card I made for The Mister to celebrate the fact that we met 50 years ago on September 5, 1969. We met at a kegger in the woods. A kegger is a gathering of college and working kids to eat junk food and drink a keg of beer. Hence the beer image! While our meeting that day was brief, it was very memorable. It took me two more weeks to catch him become his steady  girlfriend and we married a year and three months later.

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I used the photo booth frame for my card because we had this photo booth picture taken shortly after we met when we were 20 years old. We adulted early in those days.
And here we are today ... I love this guy and he just gets handsomer!
Fifty years, fifty pounds, and fifty million laughs later and we still fancy each other quite a lot! We feel very blessed. 

What's that? The secret? An attitude of gratitude and consideration. We've never stopping saying please and thank you. And, most importantly, separate bathrooms!

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91 comments:

Jane Willis said...

Happy - well, I'm sure there must be a name for it - meetingaversary? What a lovely idea to make this super card to celebrate.

Aquarius said...

What a lovely thought to commemorate your meeting - congratulations! Great card and just right I'd say

Claire said...

Well isn't that just wonderful, especially spending 50 years with your soul mate and I hope you have oodles more laughter and love together. You both look truly happy and that's priceless x

Marjeta said...

First of all congratulation. I belive that you and your husband have many happy days ahead. Enjoy them.
And card? Gorgeous!

Julie B said...

Congrats on 50 years since you spied your soul mate and I hope you and the OH have many more happy years together. I suppose it will be 48 for us next March 3rd and I can still remember the day I saw his rear at the school disco but was going out with someone else at the time! It did rather stick in the mind though and it is still as pert as ever, wish I had his metabolism, still only a 32" waist.
Your card is a perfect tribute to the original meeting as well as a lovely way to celebrate it. Thanks for sharing with us at Cardz4Guyz too. :)

oldpunca said...

Congratulation to the 50th anniversary of your first meeting! You are a really handsome couple - 50 years ago and today. :-)
I like your anniversary card. Superb story in the photo frame. :-)
Have a nice day!
Hugs, Sonja

Sandra H said...

You both look so in love in the first photo and as you are now you haven’t changed l can see the love in both photos and congratulations on 50 years together how wonderful for you both and lots of years to come....l just loved the thought of you closing down your computer for 4 days and to do what you been getting on with l just love your card great images and layout take care sending lots of love xx

Kath said...

Congratulations on 50 years since meeting - it will be 30 for us this year so we have a way to go to catch you two! A lovely card and perfect to mark this lovely occasion.
Kath x

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, Darnell, such a fabulous post, your memories are awesome and you made me smile! God blessing you both, such fabulous couple you are!! BIG CONGRATS!!!
Your card surely will make Mister smile so much, with that beer in the middle of the film strip! :D So fun and perfectly personalized card :D
Big hugs, enjoy your special day together!!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Awww that is so romantic! Don't think my hubbie and I will make it to 50, because we're only up to 25 now!!! Who knows. You 2 both look amazing, then and now!!! Before I forget, thanks for my hug via Shirley:) We had a lovely couple of days eating, walking, drinking, talking, sightseeing and crafting!!! Your card is fabulous - great combination of CAS challenges. Thanks for playing at CAS Watercolour.

Lisa said...

Congratulations of fifty years of happiness, Darnell!! What a beautiful card for your hubby!! I love the images you used!! And what gorgeous pictures of you both -- then and now!! Enjoy your happy celebration, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Ros Crawford said...

What? 73 cards!!! Jeez...Congrats on your meeting anniversary and a super card for the occasion! LOVE seeing those photos and I hope you have many many more anniversaries together... Oh and yes definitely separate bathrooms!
Hugs from me and him x

Mrs A. said...

I ‘m. Very pleased to see no separate beds!! Hugs Mrs
A. Ps. Think
I might have a couple of photo booth piccys to send in an email.

Marilyn said...

Congratulations! You all are too cute in those pictures! Love the card also
Have a great day!
Marilyn ❤️

Marcia Hill said...

Awwwwwww...this whole post just made me smile Darnell and warmed my heart! And how sweet to make a card commemorating that first meeting! Love the images you used and beautifully water colored too I might add! And the complementary colors to boot...YAY!! Thanks so much for sharing this sweet card and beautiful love story with us at CAS Watercolour!! :0)

Diane said...

What a fabulously FUN card and also fun to see the pics...Happy Anniversary on the first meeting and the marriage!!

Jeanne said...

Congratulations! The card is so fun, Darnell, but I especially love the pictures. You look quite smitten and your grandsons sure favor the Mister! Wow. Thank you so very much for sharing!

Bunny said...

Photo booth pics are so much fun. It's funny when you look back at them you can see the love. I think most of us can remember the day we met our future spouse. I remember I worked with my husband's high school buddy and he wanted my phone number. His buddy said naw, she ain't that kinda girl. We were engaged two months later and married before 5 months of meeting. So, congratulations on your 50th day of meeting. I can't wait to send you a special golden anniversary card. Give us a heads up because you know we'll all forget. Well, most of us will. [Bunny]

Jean said...

Love that you met at a kegger! I know what those are having gone to a few myself. Super cute card!

Em Louise Fairley said...

The card is adorable and so are both of you! Happy anniversary! xoxo

Vicky Hayes said...

Oh look at you both - you are adorable at any age! I have melted at the romance of this whole post - a KEGGER! In the WOODS! I love it! The card is a lovely idea and I'm sure the Mister will melt too :) The images are perfect reminders of the start of it all and beautifully coloured - in fact I think a good decision to colour them once they were in the frames! (No slaps required!) Have a very happy celebration and *raises virtual bubbly glass* here's to many more x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Cingrstulations! 50 is AWESOME! What a fun looking couple 😊

Trina P. said...

Aww... congratulations to you and the Mister! 🎉🎉🎉 Great then and now pics. You both are just like fine wine... get better with age.
Lovely story and a sweet card to mark the occasion.
Enjoy your day celebrating. xx

Brenda in IN said...

A wonderful way to celebrate your first meeting with that fun card for Mister. I love the early picture of the two of you and the great photo of you both now. The years have been terrific to you both and that is such a fun story of how you met.

Nan G said...

Happy u met anniversary! Aren’t you too just the cutest back then :) And look at you now...omg! ;) On Another note, the monster in the Bahamas came by us with barely a peep. Whew thank goodness. Have a fabulous day you two. Catch ya later. Hugs to all, Nan and the Girls

jimlynn said...

Well, big congrats on the 50th! Fantastic. Love the photo booth picture too. Weren't those fun!
Fantastic card too!
Lynn

Mischelle Smith said...

I really enjoy your posts, Darnell. I know how time flies when you're having a blast. I can relate to your photo booth card. I too met my sweetie 40 yrs ago, when we were in Kodiak, Alaska. ( I'd follow him anywhere, cause now we live near Death Valley!). I love your Playhouse and hope to have one day myself. I waited for twenty years for the kiddos to move away to get a room. Keep up the blog, it makes my day
Creatively,
Mischelle

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What a fantastic card Darnell and a great way of celebrating the day you met each other.

Sue xx

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Many congrats on the 50 year anniversary of meeting.

Love the card.

Nice to put a face to your hubby. He is a handsome man.

Hope your week is going well. Sue

Bonnie said...

What a special couple you are! You both wear those 50 years so well. I think the smiles just get bigger. Congratulations and I think Kevin will love this card as much as I do!

Bonnie said...

Oh, and what a wonderful way to use inchies! Love those images! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

Susan said...

Love those photos of 50 years ago and today! What a wonderful long life of togetherness! And a great card to celebrate meeting over a keg of beer.

Looking forward to seeing the results of the four day blitz on the pp stash!! Maybe it will inspire me to do the same!

I Card Everyone said...

Oh, D!!! just an adorable memory for two adorable 'kids' and that meeting in the woods! You guys are just as cute today! Happy memoversary!
=]

Verna Angerhofer said...

Congratulations on 50 years of togetherness. We celebrated that this year too and in a little over a month we will have our wedding anniversary. Time sure flies by it seems. And, you both look amazing in both of the photos. I wish you many more years of happiness together.

Carole said...

CONGRATULATIONS on 50 years of togetherness..and a lovely couple you make.Long may your time together continue...big hugs. I am sure hubby will love his personal card. xx

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Well Darnell, you and the Mister are ahead of my hubby and me for 4 years.
We just celebrated our 46th. Wedding Anniversary this past September 1st.
Congratulations to you both on your upcoming 50th., it's wonderful.
I love the word "STICKTOITIVNESS", wonderful word to describe the total commitment of staying together through thick and thin.
Love, love this card, my hubby and I enjoy our beer every day when he comes home from work, it's a ritual which we both enjoy a lot.
Thank you for sharing.
Lots of hugs and best wishes now and for many years to come.
XO
Maria.

Andrea said...

Congratulations Darnell what a perfect card for the perfect couple. Wishing you both many many more happy years ahead xxx

Chris said...

What a fabulous card to commemorate such a special meeting! It was obviously 'mennabee' as my friend's teenage son used to say! Wishing you many more happy years to enjoy each other's company! Love the photos too!
xx

Cat Craig said...

What a fabulous anniversary to celebrate, Darnell. I whole heartedly agree with the please and thank you. Respect and courtesy is a huge part of love and longevity. Love the photos, clearly you two are into one another and you both have mischievous twinkles. I love your card and its documenting of your first meeting with the progression.

Linda said...

Congratulations you two lovebirds. 50 years .... WOW! Here's to many more.
Love your special card too xx

Pat said...

Congratulations on your 50 years together Darnell and how lovely to make a card to celebrate, and what a wonderful card it is too. I love the young and then older couple depicted, and the beer mug sets the scene and sits in the middle perfectly, and what great photos of your younger and older selves and you look as happy now in the second as you did in the first, and Kevin has got to love that card! Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your four days' labour too. x

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh Darnell, I cant decide what I like most about this post, the fab card, (love the young to older idea) or the fab story about how you met, or the fab photos of you lovelies, or your tips for longevity....I follow them to the letter! You both lucked out at that Kegger, and I feel you need to write a pamphlet about acquiring the skill to become a girlfriend within two weeks and a wife within a year! Love and congrats to you both, please have another 50. Xx

Sue - said...

A lovely card to celebrate your meeting!

Fikreta said...

gorgeous card!
happy anniversary!
so very lovely photos!

Loll said...

Congrats on celebrating 50 years together Dolly! Both you and the mister look fabulous in both pictures. A wonderful life together shows in the happy smiles from your recent picture. You are both blessed to have each other. Mister is going to love the card. Love, Lolly

Daffodil Cards said...

Congratulations on your first meeting a wonderful start. I wonder how many of the younger generation will last with the compromises that have to be in a long marriage? You make a GREAT pair fabulous photos. Your card is just perfect I'm sure he will LOVE it. (We have been together over 55 years, so also know what it takes and we still fancy each other too.)
Faith x

conil said...

Separate bathrooms...the all time marriage saver. Still remember growling when we shared one. Fortunately, that didn't last too long. You two were so pretty when you were young but, have to say, I think you both have worn well and still are pretty. Don't tell Kev I called him pretty, I know how that goes over. Anyway, that card is certainly a wonderful homage to your first meeting. Based on how handsome he was, it's a good thing you didn't let any grass grow under your feet.

Sarah said...

What a gorgeous couple, then and now!! This is a lovely celebration card Darnell xx

Kathleen said...

Just wonderful, still got the same smile and still got hair and the Mister has aged well too.

Kath x

Sandy said...

Congrats on 50 years as a cute couple!

JoAnn said...

What a fun card and a great reason to to celebrate. Love the photos - then and now. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day. Hugs.

Redanne said...

Your card is fabulous, I love that it represents the memories of your first meeting. Happy 50th Anniversary of your meeting! That is such a wonderful achievement these days, you really do make a gorgeous couple, then and especially now! Lots of love and big hugs, Annie xxx

Craftychris said...

Aw how lovely! 50 years since you met and you both looked gorgeous then and look gorgeous now! Very happy too! An inspiration to us all my friend. Fabulous card, the perfect commemoration of that happy, happy day! Big hugs. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Shelly said...

Happy 50th Anniversary!! Wonderful pictures! Your card is fabulous!

Carol Cel said...

Love this whole post - congratulations!
And you're right about the consideration - Hubby and I always say please and thank you, and are respectful of each other -- recently celebrated 40 happy years.

Donna said...

Fabulous card and I loved the pictures and hearing how you met!

Leslie Miller said...

My heart swells! You were both so cute and you've both held up well over the years. I agree about what makes a happy marriage, including the separate bathrooms, tee hee. Rich and I were married on Labor Day weekend, so we're pretty close. I love the card you made! It's absolutely perfect, considering how you met. Gosh, I have one of these photo booth pictures in my wallet -- of me and Rich (not of you and The Mister... that would be weird). What fun, Darnell! Oh, and 73 card fronts -- wow! The secret to productivity is turning the computer off. You've got some real sticktoitiveness (sticktoitability?)!

frommycraftroom said...

Congrats to you and the Mister! Fab effort. Looking very good in the pics both then and now.
Love the seperate bathrooms - we have 3!

Hubby and I aren't quiet so long we first meet about 32-33 years ago (married a mere 25). I gave in after about a year or so (very pesistant wasn't he!) because I needed a partner for a function the rest is history!

By the way I love your card.

Lynette said...

What a lovely and special card, Darnell! Congrats on 50 years of togetherness!!

We will celebrate our 47th anniversary of being a couple and our 45th wedding anniversary this year. We were young also - 18 when we met and 20 when we got married. :)

Helen F. said...

Congratulations Kevin and Darnell! You both look absolutely marvelous! LOVE totally agrees with you! Wishing you many more years of happy togetherness :-)

Chris said...

Congratulations to you both! That is certainly something worth celebrating.
I love your card, such cute images, just gorgeous.
Thank you for sharing your card with us at Cardz 4 Guyz.
Chris
DT
www.dotdotstamping.com

ike said...

Oh, how absolutely wonderful :-) Very many congratulations to a fabulous couple. Such awesome photos :-D xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jo said...

What a beautiful amazing real life story. I am so happy for your both and delighted at your beauty in growing together. Congratulations to this handsome couple. Love simply shines in your faces. Oh yes there's a card in there LOL. Perfect reflection of your beautifulness (is that a word?) Love the harmony is this great card. Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up!

kiwimeskreations said...

How blessed you are to celebrate 50 years - love your story, the card, and especially the final photo - congratulations!!
Blessings
Maxine

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Your card does a fantastic job of telling the story of how you met your hubby! How fun! Thanks for sharing the photos! They are wonderful!

Mac Mable said...

What a thoughtful and memorable card Darnell x I can totally relate to the 'words' at the bottom of your post because I am so lucky to have found a mister who sounds a lot like yours and we are so very happy and still fancy each other too! Yep he sure does look handsome and you are beautiful too....inside and out Darnell x. Fabulous card and fabulous post....Many congratulations on your 50th....when you met day x

Cris G. said...

Super sweet, you both look wonderful... before and after! It doesn't take too long to tell the story, your card says it all in a few images :)! Hope that you celebrate these 50 years and many more together with those loving smiles!
Hugs,
Cris

Lisa Elton said...

Well this card is just about as cute as you and the Mister!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Great card, photos and story, Darnell!! Bet you couldn't have imagined your great future together back in the day - so young and innocent :) Congrats!!

Anita in France said...

Love this post, Darnell ... it's full of fun, happiness, joy ... and beautiful people (that's you and Kevin!) both then and now! Congratulations on your 50th ... erm ... can I call it a kegaversary? Brilliant card ... though it's worth saying the years look better on you two than they do on that last inchie couple! LYAMYEDMA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Carol L said...

I just love how you put this card together to celebrate the day you two met! It's beyond cute, clever and I absolutely love the transition from youth to today! Congrats on celebrating such a milestone in your lives, and I completely agree- separate bathrooms is the secret to staying together so long!!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Happy Anniversary, 50 years what a lovely number and the fact that you still 'fancy' one another not an easy feat. Congratulations and many more! The 73 card front? Okay that's another monumental task!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

What a wonderful way to remember such a special time! Great card! Our's was a blind date at Great Adventure! As for using up stash... I have been cutting up small pattern 12x12 for weeks now. I have a full stack of fall colors on my desktop now! If we keep picking at it, we will move mountains!

Sharon Underwood said...

Perfect card for your anniversary! Every part of it is meaningful to your relationship. Wonderful design, too. Happy Anniversary!!!

TK said...

What a blessing you are to each other! Terrific post, terrific photos, and wonderful card! Kudos for coloring and getting it right once everything was "stuck"!

Celeste Goff said...

Awww Darnell, you two are too stinking adorable together! Congratulations on 50 years together!!!

Viv said...

Gorgeous card Vee! and what sweet photographs also, what a lovely couple you are and so good looking too! So sorry I am late commenting, photo's of my completed kitchen on my bog at last ;) Viv xx

Pia S said...

I’m rubbish at remembering dates and years. I’m not sure I can even tell you what year i went steady with my man. But it’s such a lovely thing of you to do, making your hubby this card in remembrance of your first meet.

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Gerrina said...

I almost always have a smile on my face reading your blogpost and this one was just the ame... Only the realisision that you two met when I was just starting school seems so odd... Both pics are beautiful and it is great that you are still laughing together! Think that is so important in a relationship.... Cangrats on being such an example for so many people who think it is all about the first year-feeling and for all of those who forget to work on their relationship! Hugs, Gerrina P.s. Oeps, almost forgot to tell you that I think your card is a beaty!

JD/ Jill said...

Cute card...so perfect! I sometimes give hubby a card on the date of the day we met...but he seems not to remember that day... (Maybe that's a man thing!)
But, afterall it was a long time agao. We married 5 and 1/2 years after we met.
(That may not be true...because Jim remembers meeting me when I was 4 years old! I don't remember that! He would have only been 5 1/2 so I'm not sure that he really does remember that) But his Mother did verify that we were probably about that age when we met for the first time.

I also have one of those photo booth pictures of us too. but we are "kissing" on ours...

Ruth said...

You're so fabulous Darnell and Mister! I hope that me and hubby get to 50 years together - we are at 10 in a few days time and that is long enough! Good for you for switching off and getting on with all those card panels. You need another few days off to get them made up into cards and then you are laughing! xx

Lindsey said...

I loved the beer as the middle snapshot, but more when I read the reason for it! Perfect date-iversay card. Great before-and-now pics, too. :)

Greta said...

Oh how fun--the perfect surprise card for The Mister! Not too many people make the right decision so quickly, but obviously you did! Love the pictures!

shirley-bee said...

What a brilliant card for the Mister, and well done for snaffling him so quickly - I think you both got the prize there. I’m still down under enjoying lots of cuddles 😍

Cheryl W. said...

So fun to see the photos of you and the mister. You both have gotten more beautiful as the years have passed. It's wonderful to read about your happy union, too. TFS Oh yes, and I love the card. So very apropos!

OH Babs said...

What a sweetheart of a card. Yes two handsome people with lovely smiles. The key to a long and happy marriage is spoiling one another. He has had an array of cars and me craft stuff. Ain't love grand?
Enjoy the moment.

Linby said...

How lovely your card is and how wonderful you've got a meet date too. Love that old b/w photo of you both. TYFS such a private moment.

Sharron said...

What a sweet post! TFS the photos of that good looking couple! So happy that you have enjoyed so many wonderful moments and are celebrating your 50th anniversary. I'm impressed with your patience doing all the card fronts too!

Neet said...

Congratulations on your meetaversary. And thanks for the recipe for a lovely fulfilled life together. Here's to a lovely looking couple both then and now.
Hugs, Neet xx

nwilliams6 said...

Happy Anniversary. Lovely and well thought out card. But the pictures of you and your husband and your sweet advice steal the show on this post. TFS! Hugz