Isn’t this little country church as charming as ever?  It reminds me of a rural church I visited with grandmother as a little girl.  More so, it reminds me of the little historic chapel in Virginia that I was married in exactly 26 years ago today.  I still can’t believe it myself, how blessed I am!  Twenty six years ago I married my best friend and I still wake up next to him every morning.   Nothing could have prepared me for the beautiful journey we’d take, how scared we would be and how tightly we’d hold on to each other.   It almost seems like the years have flown by in the blink of an eye.   I’ve learned many things in the 26 years but of the most important, I’ve learned that marriage takes work and cultivation just like a garden.  Once the strong roots take hold, efforts bear fruit for years and years to come.  I have savored every year of being married to the love of my life.

Whew…you probably wanted to hear a little bit about the card!! 

This is one of the new releases from Our Daily Bread Designs – Worship the Lord.  I am so taken with the Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles, they layer magnificently and will accommodate sizes up to 6"!!   I cut the plaid design paper with the largest curved rectangle then went down two sizes for the next curved rectangle leaving room to nestle another shape in between.  Because the steeple on the church was high, I didn’t really want to increase a size because of all the extra white space I’d have at the top.   So,  I snipped the steeple then when cutting the die out, made sure to tuck the steeple extension on the wrong (non-cutting) side of then die when putting it through my Wizard.  While coloring the church with aquapainter and reinkers, I held the die in place so that I could preserve a white border around the image.  For the middle shape, I cut a 5 ¼ circle with my EK Success Circle Cutter out of the red crackled design paper and followed by overstamping with a script stamp.  Lastly, all layers except the church were smudged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.   Hey, just so you know — you can make any text weight paper into cardstock by backing with a nice 90lb or 140lb watercolor paper.  I did that with each of these design papers – mainly so that they would hold their shape when I popped them up and also to give good definition to the embossed edges.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today!  I hope that as the holiday season unfolds, you savor the special things that will bear fruit for you in the years to come!

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Worship the Lord
Paper:  Hobby Lobby – A Country Christmas, 90lb watercolor paper, 140 lb watercolor paper
Ink:  Aged Mahogany Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Black Brilliance
Accessories:  Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangle, McGill Word Punch, Ribbon, Brads, Prima Flowers

  • JanineDecember 4, 2008 - 5:56 am

    Hi Becca!! What a beauty this is!! I love that image too. Just gorgeous!
    Hope you are well and that you have a wonderful day!ReplyCancel

  • DianeDecember 4, 2008 - 6:31 am

    What a beautiful creation.
    Have a great day, and enjoy your 26th anniversery.
    This year was our 25th anniversery.
    Aren’t we all very blessed.


  • Mary O.K.December 4, 2008 - 6:58 am

    Becca, congratulations on your 26th wedding anniversary. What a beautiful testimonial to your wonderful husband.

    I’ve been a “lurking” fan of your blog for quite some time, but had to comment today. My husband and I had out 26th anniversary on November 6th, but my parents share your wedding date with 59 years of marriage! I pray they are able to celebrate #60 as their marriage is the most important thing in the whole world to them.

    Thank you for all the sharing you do with so many– all of it beautiful!
    Best Wishes,
    Mary O.K.ReplyCancel

  • NellieDecember 4, 2008 - 7:40 am

    Happy Anniversary Becca! Congratulations. A family that prays together, stays together. I just adore this card. I’m hoping to make something similar for next year, because mine are finished for this year already.We just celebrated our 28th anniversary in October. Hope you have a blessed day!ReplyCancel

  • DarleneDecember 4, 2008 - 8:13 am

    Oh I love this! Your talent just amazes me day after day.
    Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Keri Lee SereikaDecember 4, 2008 - 9:27 am

    Happy Anniversary Becca!!! What a great tribute to both you and your hubby!

    Your card is GORGEOUS! As always!!!


  • Cindy H.December 4, 2008 - 10:08 am

    Happy 26th Anniversary to you both!! I wish you many, many more!

    This card is just so stunning!!! I’m crazy about the colors you used and your beautiful coloring – they just light up the card. Beautiful image, too!ReplyCancel

  • VonDecember 4, 2008 - 10:12 am

    Becca, thanks for your inspiration on marriage. I too have a beautiful marriage and thank God everyday for my DH. God Bless you and and Happy 26th Anniversary to you both.

    Now that card is so beautiful. I have just started to blogging! and I am most impressed with your cards. I can see the love you put into them and how creative you are. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.ReplyCancel

  • AnitaDecember 4, 2008 - 10:12 am

    Great card – but more importantly, Congratulations on your Anniversary! How sweet!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelley HollandDecember 4, 2008 - 10:33 am made me cry again!! lol! Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby! I am sure he is a great guy if he chose you to marry!!

    Great card..I love all the details!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S.December 4, 2008 - 11:06 am

    Congratulations on 26 years of marriage !! We just had our 30th and I agree it can fly by but as you say it is like cultivating a garden. Lots of works pays off in the long run.

    Love you card. It is beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • NANCY RILEYDecember 4, 2008 - 11:23 am

    Happy Anniversary to you and DH! Becca, this card is beautiful! The little church reminds me of several midwest churches I’ve been in as a child.ReplyCancel

  • JenniferDecember 4, 2008 - 11:28 am

    Becca –

    Another stunning card! I love how you used the spellbinders for an out-of-the-box image, too.

    Congratulations on your 26th Anniversary, my husband and I celebrated ten this year and you are exactly right about how marriage is a garden – it always needs tending.ReplyCancel

  • lisadwbDecember 4, 2008 - 12:30 pm

    Stunning card!!! I hope you love birds have a wonderful day!!ReplyCancel

  • Jerri JimenezDecember 4, 2008 - 1:22 pm

    Becca, this is so beautiful! I just love that Church. Congrats on your 26th Anniversary. Felix and I celebrated our 25th last June. The time does fly by fast doesn’t it. It seems like only yesterday we were married, only yesterday we had babies, and now today one is away at college and one’s a sophomore in high school. How did yesterday go by so quickly?ReplyCancel

  • Cindy HaffnerDecember 4, 2008 - 1:42 pm

    Wow, just beautiful Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Deb VandersteegDecember 4, 2008 - 2:53 pm

    This is wonderful Becca.ReplyCancel

  • BettyDecember 4, 2008 - 3:04 pm

    BECCA!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!! This is absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!! Love the colors, the layout, the dimension…….your fabu coloring!!!!! Beautifull done!!!! Love how you did the church steeple. Gorgeous work and card!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda BandowDecember 4, 2008 - 4:27 pm

    First let me offer my Congratulations to you and your husband! Our 28th anniversary is this New Year’s Eve….I picked that day so he would never be able to forget it. I love this card….it reminds me of the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA when I first saw it on a winter evening. Just lovely. Thank you Becca, for all that you give.ReplyCancel

  • NorineDecember 4, 2008 - 4:37 pm

    another beautiful card Love it


  • AngelDecember 4, 2008 - 4:44 pm

    Happy Anniversary! love your BEEEE-U-TEEFUL card!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie OlsonDecember 4, 2008 - 4:45 pm

    Oh, you clever, clever girl! Great way to get that steeple still up there! Beautiful colors, and precious talk at tehbeginning too–{{{Hugs!}}}ReplyCancel

  • JoAnn BurnhamDecember 4, 2008 - 5:07 pm

    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. Your card is gorgeous as are all of your creations. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene LDecember 4, 2008 - 5:26 pm

    My mother still attends her little country church. This card looks so much like that church. They are lucky to have 25 in attendance each Sunday. Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories with us. DarleneReplyCancel

  • Marisa(whiterockmama)December 4, 2008 - 5:37 pm

    What a lovely tribute to your marriage!! Congratulations on 26 years and many more to come :) My friend got married in a church that looked like that – a heritage church in our area. Just subscribed to your blog after you were the featured stamper and I saw your amazing creations!! Also read your bio for ODBD and loved it!! God’s love shine’s so strongly through it. Blessings!!ReplyCancel

  • PatDecember 4, 2008 - 5:37 pm

    Wonderful card and Happy Anniversary! It was wonderful to read about the little church you were married in and your love and commitment to your husband. Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • CookieDecember 4, 2008 - 6:48 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary & I have to say, this card is absolutely phenomenal… as all your cards are…. just wonderfulReplyCancel

  • CherylDecember 4, 2008 - 6:51 pm

    Happy Anniversary to you – My DH and I will hit 25 years in September!
    What an awesome card and steeple trick you shared today! Such ingenuity and talent you share! Thanks so much and have a Blessed Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Twinshappy SCSDecember 4, 2008 - 7:24 pm

    Becky this is just beautiful, just saw this on SCS.ReplyCancel

  • SallyDecember 4, 2008 - 7:40 pm

    First of all Congratulations on your 26th Anniversary! I agree with you that it is a blessing to wake up to the love of your life even after many years of marriage.

    Your card is fabulous. I truly love that image.ReplyCancel

  • jami {sgtStamper}December 4, 2008 - 7:51 pm

    Gorgeous!! I love how you did the circle layer! I hope you have a wonderful anniversary!!!
    hugs, JamiReplyCancel

  • StephenieDecember 4, 2008 - 7:57 pm

    Becca, I’ve been your blog reader for about 6 months, never do I find anything that isn’t absolutely beautiful. I always enjoy coming over to your blog. Thank you for that.

    I would email you however I don’t know your email addy. I know how spiritual you are and your faith in God is another reason I enjoy your blog so much. I am curious if you know of a stamp that would be good for a baptism. My husband and I are back into church and found a wonderful Methodist church that we love. I have 2 boy’s (7 & 2) and they are being baptized on the second Sunday of January. I need to make 10 invites and just wanted to know if you knew of a stampset that would be appropriate. I am so new to stamping and I am very limited on supplies. I really appreciate all of your help with this because this is very important to me.

    Thank you so much!

  • MarilynDecember 4, 2008 - 8:26 pm


    You have the most beautiful cards I believe I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing your talents.


  • Silke LedlowDecember 4, 2008 - 9:03 pm

    Super gorgeous Becca!!! Love the non-traditional colors!!! I just ordered this Set too and can’t wait to ink it up!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy YoungDecember 4, 2008 - 9:24 pm

    Becca, congratulations! Twenty-six years, that is great. My husband and I will celebrate our 25th in February and you are right, we are surely blessed. We were married at a young age and now adays, 25 years is a record breaker! Thanks for sharing your excitement of your big day. Oh yeah, your card is gorgeous too! (LOL).ReplyCancel

  • JoAnn BeachlerDecember 4, 2008 - 9:39 pm

    Becca, Congrats to you and your best friend! We made 39 years this year. Your card is beautiful. hugs, JoAnnReplyCancel

  • KimberlyDecember 4, 2008 - 10:57 pm

    Oh, WOW! That is gorgeous! The colors are beautiful and the cut out around the steeple is fantastic!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly VDecember 4, 2008 - 11:58 pm

    Congratulations to You, Becca and to that wonderful man you call Husband and Friend, on your 26th Anniversary. I have told you many times what an inspiration your marriage is for me. Since I have the privalege of seeing how much the two of you love one another with my own eyes, I can honestly say that love like yours is far too rare. I hope you enjoy each other more each passing day on your continuing adventure hand in hand. All my love to you both. Love, K

    Of course I love this card….that little country church is just precious!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. Atha (inspired by purple)December 5, 2008 - 12:17 am


    Congratulations to you and your husband on your 26th anniversary! Wow, what a pretty card too. I didn’t quite understand how you did the steeple, but I am too impressed with it. Thanks for the tip about how to turn thin designer paper into cardstock with heavy watercolor paper as backing. That is a great tip. I will definately be trying that.



  • Edna SiuDecember 5, 2008 - 1:05 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary!
    And on your amazing talents that God has specially given to you to glorify His Name through your arts and crafts.
    With many blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly JamesDecember 5, 2008 - 9:17 am

    Congrats on your anniversary-hope you all had a good day.

    I truly love the cards you have made lately-love the church card. tfsReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterDecember 5, 2008 - 9:25 am

    Beautiful, love the colors and the pretty coloring, Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • MrsHDecember 5, 2008 - 4:38 pm

    Good evening, Becca and congratulations on celebrating your 26th anniversary. I too am married to my best friend and we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary next March, in the will of the Lord.
    I must say that I find this card very peaceful to look at even though the colours are very striking and I love that little poinsettia.ReplyCancel

  • Susan (rainy)December 6, 2008 - 4:28 am

    Oh my this is just beautiful. And congrats on 26 years!ReplyCancel