Sunday, 8 March 2015

Just For You

 Hello there my crafty friends!  Every year the blog post that I write for today is always one of the hardest for me. March 8th was my Dad's birthday and he passed away three years ago.  I have chosen a card that I think he would have loved too, as I designed it with him in mind.  Clean and simple in design, straight forward and very masculine.  It is a bit a long post today and I will start with the card description first, then I have reprinted a column that my Dad sent me years ago at the end of the post.  Many of you will remember it from years passed.  For today's card,
I selected a piece of chestnut card and used the new Snakeskin 8" x 8" embossing folder for texture.  Once embossed, I ran a Walnut Stain distress pad very lightly over the top to add some variegation to the colour.  I matted it with milk card, then black card.  Next I cut the Times Square in black and used a simple square die in the centre to create a frame.  I added mounting foam to the back to raise it for dimension.  I cut the Union Square in milk card and seated it in the centre of the frame.  Next I cut Madison Square smaller square in Chestnut card.  I used a slightly larger square to mat it in black.  I used the smaller die in the Union Square to create a frame for my sentiment and mounted it with foam over it.  I used a thin line black pen to darken the stitched look around the smaller square, so it looks like leather.  I finished the card with a milk pierced mat, a thin black mat and a final milk coloured mat.  The finished dimensions are 8" x  8" in size.

My Dad sent me this "Lessons in Life" column many years ago. It is sort of a tradition now that I reprint it every year on his birthday.  I hope you don't mind, but it always brings me peace on what would have been his 95th birthday.  I hope you can take something valuable from it with you as I have. Each year I find that something else strikes a chord with me from it. What number from the list do you identify with most?

LESSONS OF LIFE .Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. 4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch. 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. 7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone. 8. It's OK to get angry 9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck. 10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present. 12. It's OK to let your children see you cry. 13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it. 15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks. 16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful. 18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger. 19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else. 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer. 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special. 22. Over prepare, then go with the flow. 23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple. 24. The most important sex organ is the brain. 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. 26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?' 27. Always choose life. 28. Forgive everyone everything. 29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 33. Believe in miracles. 34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do. 35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. 36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young. 37. Your children get only one childhood. 38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. 39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back. 41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 42. The best is yet to come.. 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 44. Yield. 45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift." Remember that I will always share my spoon with you! Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves I think that we all need to take a few moments every day and be grateful and appreciative of what we have.

I love you Dad!

All for now, Sue x

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Pam said...

Lovely card , great colours perfect make card. Love reading your Dads lessons I life every year, they are so true. Happy birthday Sues Dad
Thank you for all the good wishes , it was a hard day yesterday.
Steph, hope things are going well and you are feeling a little better.
Sheila and Nikki, always in my thoughts.
Hugs to all.

yvonne said...

Good morning Sue what a lovely card. It shows the love & thoughts of a loved one. Yvonne xx

Muriel Kelly said...

Such true thoughts Sue. Lovely card too, I am sure your dad would have loved it
Muriel x

June said...

Morning Sue, Pam and all Wilsonettes, a truly beautiful card today which your Dad loves even though he may not be here to physically touch it he knows. I am loving reading your Dads lessons, amazing, I think everyone can relate to each and everyone of them, I know I can. The hurt never goes away does it but we just learn to bear it, lost my Dad in 2002 and still miss him every single day. Sending lots of hugs to you today Sue.

Stay safe, healthy and happy everyone, hugs June Smith xxx

Anonymous said...

Lovely card Sue. What a nice way to remember you're dad although I'm sure he's in your thoughts each day. JJxx

Kitty Davies said...

Morning Sue.
Thank you a beautiful card. My thoughts are with you and that is a beautiful letter,thank you for sharing. Take care Kitty.

CraftySuetoo said...

Good morning Sue. Beautiful card I'm sure your Dad would have loved it.
I love to read your Dad's life lessons each year, some would make perfect sentiments on a card.
Sending love to you and your family on this day of remembrance. Sue xxx

Sonia Stephenson said...

Hi Sue. Fabulous card today - your dear Dad would have loved it. I am sure he's smiling down on you from heaven and very proud. Loved reading the Life's Lessons - number 25 for me at this time, yet can relate to most of them. Have a lovely day. Hugs to all xxx

Rosalind McLellan said...

Hello Sue

What a lovely card and the lessons are so true.

My father died in 1981 and it doesn't seem possible that this year I have lived as long without him as with him.

I think of him every day.


Patricia Youdell said...

Lovely card Sue, and post too
Pat x

sonja_w said...

Lovely card and tribute to your Dad xx

Anonymous said...

Morning Sue. This is a beautiful card and i am sure your dad would love it and be very proud of what you have achived with your life and reading his life lessons. I lost my dad eight years ago and my mum thirty years ago she was only forty and i still miss them both everyday. I printed your dad's life lesson's off last year and i framed them and keep them in my craft room and read them most days as i can relate to most of them and try to achive some of them. Thinking of you and your family on this day.
Best Wishes.
Denise T x

tracy w said...

Hi Sue
I think your dad would have loved this card it's simple and beautiful thank you tracyw

Clare W said...

GM Sue. What a lovely card. It looks like its made of leather. I like reading the life lessons when it is needed. I too have printed of a copy and refer to it as and when. Sometimes we all need a bit of perspective and this can give you that I think. Thanks for sharing.

Jacqui oakes-alcock said...

Wonderful card Sue, I think your dad would love the card.

carol quinn said...

lovely cars, i am sure your dad would approve of you allowing us to read the lessons.
happy birthday to your dad

Anonymous said...

Great card, Sue, love it and this really is a proper man card. Fab new embossing folders - have already indulged; not this one yet, but feeling the need.
Thanks for reprinting the lessons for life - going today with chocolate - resistance is futile!!
Hope you have a day full of happy memories.

'P' in Wales

Elaine said...

Lovely card and words. Sending hugs xx

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue, what a lovely tribute to your dad, they are very wise words and worth remembering.
I love your card, it has strong masculine lines and is, as usual, full of great details. Have a lovely day, your dad would be so very proud of you.x

TDQ Karen said...

Lovely card, and I loved reading your post. It is so true xx

Deborah Artliff said...

Morning Sue wow what a great card for the men. And I'm sure your Dad would have loved this as its stunning.

Debs A xxxx

Clai01 said...

It's a lovely card Sue and the words from your Dad's lessons are inspiring to read. x

hollyberry said...

A lovely masculine card. I'm sure that your Dad would be so proud of you. Each year I read the 45 lessons and can relate to so many,if not everyone. Hope to do as others and get them printed off and framed as they are so true and move me every time. Thank you for sharing them with us again on this hard day for you and yours.

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Your Dad would have loved his card he was a very wise man. Your Mom and Dad did a brilliant job bringing you up because you've turned into an amazing woman. Happy Birthday to your Dad. I too printed off the list and can identify with them all at one time or the other especially with number 11. Enjoy all the happy memories you had with your Dad I'm sure he is looking down on you.
Sending extra hugs today xx
Heather T

Aspiring crafter said...

Beautiful card Sue, the embossing folder is really great and so useful for masculine cards.
It does not seem like a year has passed and it's good to read these words again.
Have a good day remembering wonderful times with your dad,

Saba said...

Hello Sue,
the card you have designed for your dad is is perfect in every way Sue and I am certain he would have loved it. Such a hard day for you and your mum today and my thoughts and my prayers are with you both.
Every one of us who has lost our dads know how it feels, I lost mine 14 years ago and miss him everyday.
Take strength from the happy memories you have of him and the special love that you so obviously shared.

Thank you for sharing his Lessons in Life, it's got to be no. 15 for me.

Love and hugs to all who are sad today.
Saba xxx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
A great card, I'm sure your Dad would have loved it.
I,m sure we can all take something from the lessons for life, thanks for showing it again. I lost my Mum three years ago and miss so much.

Jan.moogie said...

Aw Sue what an emotional and beautiful post today, your Dad would be so proud of you. Thinking of all the missing Dds today and wishing yours Happy Birthday. The card is a true mater piece and he would have loved it. Hugs xx

BridgetCG said...

Hello Sue, a really striking male card. I love reading this article by Regina, so many things that are so true and we should remember. Lots of hugs for you today, I am sure you have beautiful memories to get you through a sad and difficult day. Bx

PharmacyMichele said...

Lovely card & blog post today.


Sandy G said...

Hi Sue
I love this card and the lessons in life. Thank you for sharing. My thoughts are with you today. Parents are such special people and when we lose them it is devastating. Remember the good times and find peace.
Have a great day everyone.

Mrs B said...

Hi Sue. Todays card is lovely, perfect for the men in our lives. Great embossing folder and the way you have coloured it , and also the "stitching " pen lines, they give a real leather look. I am sure your Dad would love it. Thank you for sharing the special column that your Dad shared with you every year. Each year that I read it I give thanks for all that I have in my life. No. 13 hits the spot for me this year. You and your Mom are in my thoughts.
Sending my daily hugs to everyone. Take care.

Joan D said...

Lovely card sue, just right for a gentleman . Love this piece of writing,it's very poignant . Take care,thoughts and hugs are with you xxx

Mrs B said...

Sorry, I forgot to say to Pam that I am thinking of you at this time. Take care x

nancyd said...

Morning Sue. A great card you'r dad would have
loved it and I love reading his lesson's every year I fill up each time.
Nancyd xx

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Sue this is a gorgeous for with such a sad anniversary in mind. Thank you for sharing the lessons of life. I hope you enjoy today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,

Wonderful card today, clean, simple and very masculine, perfect for any Dad - I lost mine 25 years ago and still miss him but I know he would have agreed with all the Lessons of Life your Dad sent you...Fathers are special aren't they...

Lessons 17, 18, 19, 28, 29 & 32 are the ones that resonate most with me...but they all make good sense...


Ecco of Sheffield said...

morning Sue
What a fantastic gift for those males we have to provide for. It suits a vast age range and is a definite for my 'must do' and 'standby' files.

Sue your Dad's piece never fails to remind me of how lucky I am to take time; stand back; think and then move forward. March is a very emotional month for me and mine and although the pains are still there they change a little each year and remember the lessons I have been taught by some very special people.

To all who are suffering and in pain I hope your day gets better. To everyone please take care and stay safe. See you tomorrow.
Janet x

Anonymous said...

A lovely card, Sue.

Anne (Northampton)

Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Lovely card and thoughts from your Dad, He will be looking down on you , I lost my Husband two years ago but I talk to him everyday and it gives comfort to me . love Jean Z xx

DMJ said...

What a lovely card, Sue, and I love those!!!!!!!! Can't decide on one number as they all say something to me!!


Doreen x

Linda28 said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful card and lovely tribute to your Father, such a suitable card for a male. I am sure your Father will be watching over you and surrounding you with warm hugs, there is never a day goes by without thinking of my Dad 💖 This is my first year of following your blog and I will keep your fathers lessons to read again and again, how true they are. Hugs to all, Linda.

Patricia said...

Good morning Sue,
Love, love, love your beautiful card. Great design that can be used for any occasion with a little change of colour.
Your Dads words always bring a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. Thank you for sharing them once again.
Sending BIG (((((hugs)))) for you and your family today.
Patricia xxx

MRS DUCK said...

Good morning Sue and everyone
A terrific masculine card yet with a touch of Sue elegance.
Read this list each year you have printed it and its not a bad yardstick for life.
Having lost both my parents within 3 years of each other in my 20s, I feel your sadness but try and remember the many years of happiness rather than the 3 of sad.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Rosie said...

What a lovely card today, Sue....your dad would have been so proud of you today in what you have achieved. Thinking of you and your family....xxxx

gwen70 said...

Gorgeous card for a male, which could so easily be adapted for anyone. Lessons in life so true. I will show my daughter as she is struggling at the moment after the recent death of her husband, life certainly isn't fair

Jane said...

Hope your Dad is looking down on you, I'm sure he would be so proud, today's card is just right, I love the skin effect on today's card , is so funny I've been looking all over for a card with this affect on it can't find one anywhere and here we are you made your own, fabulous.

Jane xx

Cards2Di4 said...

Thinking of you today, Sue. Love Diane. X

Marion said...

Hi Sue beautiful masculine card ,your Dad would have loved it im sure and the lesson reading brought a lump to my throat.thinking of you on this sad day.
Marion H

June Reynolds said...

Morning Sue, Lovely card, this is my first year on your blog so have not read your Dads lessons before, they are so true! I lost my Mum in 1978 aged 61 and Dad in 1985 aged 72 and I still miss them every day but life goes on!
Take care everyone! Junex (Cumbria)

Rosemarie said...

Morning Sue, I printed out these rules the first time you posted them and they are on my craft room wall. They are all very true and applicable to all our lives. Your Dad would have been so proud of you Sue, all the wonderful things you have achieved, so my thoughts are with you and your Mom today, and I am sure your Dad is looking down with pride. The card is just right.

Love Rosemarie xx

lorna said...

Hi Sue,
Lorna D

June Horrocks said...

A beautiful card and you dads gift to you in words are beautiful too I feel for you sue my dad and I shared our birthday it was lovely I am 76 now but miss him every day I make a card for him to put on his grave every year. You dad must be so proud of you sue. Steph I hope all is well xx. Love and prayers for you sue love always June horrocks xxxxxx our birthday is June 1st hens the name xxxxx

Deb E Isle of Wight said...

A very poignant post today accompanied by a super masculine card that if changed and used with pinks and purples could just a easily be feminine. Thoughts with you a my father passed away on the 20th 5 years ago. Take care.

Jayne S said...

Lovely to see a masculine card that has such a personal meaning to you, and to read all those meaningful words again. Thank you Sue.

Jane said...

Good morning Sue, A very nice masculine card today and being new on your blog I had never read this column that your dad shared with you every year.What an emotional and beautiful one It brought tears to my eyes as my brother's birthday was also on the 8th.of March and passed away many years ago. Thank you for sharing these lessons Sue .I'm sure your dad is proudly looking down on his amazing and talented daughter. My thoughts are with you Sue on this day of remembrance. Hugs for you and your family Love Jane B. xx

Hellma said...

Love reading Lessons in Life written by a wise man every word so true, great card too.

ang said...

Lovely card great colours, love reading the verse every year, because it's so true angxx

DeCor said...

Hi Sue. I have been out for a walk and it is a glorious morning to be remembering your Dad. Thank you for the special card that you have made. I sort of know how you feel as on the day that my Dad died which was five years ago I still have a pang. I had stayed all night with him and he died with me by his side. IT is wonderful that you have made this special card for him. Thank you fro sharing your Dad's lessons of life, they are so true. May you remember all the great things about your Dad, things that you did together and the times of laughter.

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful card Sue.

TOB said...

Beautiful card Sue, in memory of your Dad. He sounded like a very proud man.
My Mam was killed by a speeding motorist over 20 years ago and think of her every day.
Hugs and love to everyone
Theresa (TOB).xxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lovely card. I remember reading these wise words before. Tpday is my hubby's Birthday x

Yorks butterfly said...

Morning Sue, A beautiful card I am sure you dad would have loved. It is so hard when we loose our parents but they are always in our hearts and memories, and it these things that help us. I too have printed your dad's lessons and find something different in them every time I read them
With love Wendyx

marg said...

Good Morning Sue!


Love Marg

Hazel said...

Good morning Sue. A great mans card, but done with other colours would make it a card for many occasions. Yes we all have times like today when we remember our past loved ones. Happy thoughts are needed and good memories.

Hazel x

granny sue said...

Hi Sue. Thinking of you today, where has the last 3 years gone? Lovely masculine card and I'm sure your Dad would love it. SueL x

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
A stunning masculine card and I'm sure that your dad would be so proud of you and all that you've achieved. The lessons are so apt and I remember reading them before. I think I will have to print them off as others have done too. Thank you for sharing this with us. Love Alison xx

karenlotty said...

beautiful - both the card and your dad's lessons. Like you I find something different that strikes a chord. For me, today's is number 32, I do take myself (not life!) too seriously. If I read it tomorrow something else will "pop up" The pain is indescribable isn't it. I miss my mum, sister and son like nothing else. We learn to bear it

Anonymous said...

Good morning Sue and thank you for sharing your dad's lessons in life again. A good reminder. The card you have created is so masculine. I can't say I have seen the snakeskin folder before but it certainly has a good impression. Love from Jackie xx

auscrafts said...

Lovely card Sue. What a nice way to remember you're dad

Carol Clarke said...

Morning Sue
Beautiful card and beautiful memories of your Dad and I am sure he would have loved it and all you have achieved over these past years.I lost my dad in 1962 I was young but the hurt never leaves you
Thinking of you and your Mum Dear
Carol x

heather harrison said...

Morning Sue. A great card for a man today. Thank you for sharing your inspiration and your Dads lessons in life. Its lovely to have a reminder although you never forget them I lost my dad 40yrs ago he was only 51 8months before my wedding and its like yesterday so thank you for this little reminder. Hugs Heather x

nattyboots said...

Beautiful card Sue, just my colors too your Dad would have loved it.

Elaine H X

SerenePolly said...

Thank you Sue for sharing - I remember it from last year too. I lost my Dad and Mum 16 years ago and I still miss them and think of them daily but the memories are now happy rather than of their final days which were not good. Best to say no more.

The card is wonderful and your Dad would have loved it.

Take care


evis said...

Hi Sue.
A lovely man card. The sentiments are beautiful.
Evis M.

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, beautiful card, love the snakeskin background. Just right for a male card. Big hugs to you on what would have been your Dad's birthday, I am sure he is watching down on you. Love reading again about the Lessons in life. Love Jean xxx

pinky said...

Gorgeous manly card Sue which I am sure you Dad would have loved. Thanks for sharing your Dad's Lessons. I am going to pass these on to my son.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
Absolutely beautiful. I read your Dad's Life Lessons every year and appreciate you sharing them with us.
Thank you
Bye for now.
SandraP xxx

Janet hampson said...

Hi Sue,
A lovely masculine card today, I am sure your Dad would have loved it.
The "Lessons in Life" brought tears again as they have done each year you have posted. I lost my Dad in 1983 to cancer and I still miss him.
I think all the lessons are very true, but the ones that ring for me are 21 & 43.
Thinking about you and your family today.
Love Janet x
from Wakefield

hotpotato said...

sending hugs your way Sue. x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, today's card is stunning, your dad must have loved it.
His lessons in life are so true, if everyone lived by them what a different world it would be, number 13 is for me today.
Take care everyone, Jess x

Maggie C said...

Hello Sue. That is a very special card for a very special person. For all our Dad's out there, I hope they know how much they are loved and appreciated. I lost my smashing Dad in 2000 but he lives on in all our memories. xx Maggie (better without a bow)

Gail said...

Good morning Sue, and thinking of your Dad and all Dads that are not with us anymore.
Love the card!
Gail Cx

Denise Hancock said...

Hi Sue great masculine card that I'm sure your Dad would have loved
Denise X

darcydaydream said...

I love the card. Loved reading the lessons in life too. So true.
Have a great weekend.
Love Christine in Darcy....xx

IVY Cheong said...

What an amazing card. Thought it was leather until I read your instructions that it was one of your embossing folders! Love your dad's Lessons in Life, I will treasure that for myself as my dad's no longer with me too, I miss him.
Thank you and take care, Ivy L xx

Janet k said...

Morning Sue, lovely card and the beautiful sentiment behind it! Loving the embossing folder, it's great for male cards, must put that on my list! The list of life your dad wrote is so lovely, he must have been a special person, kind regards Janet k xx

Anonymous said...

What a lovely card and great lessons from your Dad, such a sage!

Craftihappiness to all and love from Macky.

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Lovely Card Sue!

I love the embossing and the simple sentiment that says it all.

I love reading your Dad's Lessons of Life and I think it's lovely that you post it each year.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Kate's Cards said...

Sue I love reading you Dad's life lessons every year, very wise words. I am thinking of you today as you hopefully becoming more able to look back at your Dad's life with a little less pain in the parting. I am sure he would have loved the beautiful card! xxxx

Anouk said...

beautiful lessons to learn and to remember

Joanne K said...

Thinking of you today. Kind regards Joanne K x

Myra said...

Hi Sue,
I , too, have reminders of these wonderful Lessons for Life in different places. Sometimes one or more just help as we go through each day. I remember the first time I read them and decided to keep them also. Thanks for sharing once again.
Will be thinking of you and your Mum today.
Today's card is really special! I love the embossing folder and think it would be most useful for many things! Would even make a nice Izzy Bag!
Thank you once again, Sue,
Love Myra xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - a beautiful card for a dad and we all need reminding of the lessons of life once in a while and I'm very pleased you remind us each year. It's beautiful. Best wishes

Jan Moss said...

Morning Sue. Your dad sounds wonderful. I
Never knew my parents so can only wonder.
Very nice masculine card. Hope you have had a good rest. Have a good day. Hugs. Jan. xx

Beryl Treble said...

Hi Sue, a beautiful card.

Crafty Cruiser said...

I share your hurt today, Sue - it would have been my dad's birthday too. He died 21 years ago and would have been 92 today. Such a lovely card to remember him.
Best wishes

hazel young said...

Sending hugs Sue. Love your dad's lessons and I am sure he will be watching down on you with so much pride in his heart. Lovely card very masculine xx hazel

rolfi said...

Hi Sue,
my dad died in 2005... Can´t believe how quick time passes by...
I´m sure your dad would have loved the card. It´s beautiful.
And by the way I agree with all of the 45 points...
Best wishes
Rolf xxx

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Lynn Dalby said...

Hello Sue and all

Striking card. Great texture, very masculine, I'm sure your Dad would have loved it. I have just bought the snake skin embossing folder with male cards in mind but I think with a change in colour it would suit anyone. I really like the effect you have got with your inking. Thanks for sharing.

I love your dads clipping, I have seen some of these as separates on facebook, it's lovely to have the full list. Thanks for sharing this also.

Best wishes

Jeanie said...

Very moving Sue brings many memories back .
God Bless jeanie

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue My Very Dear Friend
What Can I Say Sue Other Than I Truly Love This Exquisite, Outstanding Card I Love The Awesome
Snakeskin 8 x 8 Embossing Folder That You've Created Your Tremendous Background, I Just Love The Dies That You've Used And The Fabulous Colours.
This Is One Of The Best Man's Card I've Seen In A Very Very Long Time.
Sue My Lovely Friend Your Dad I'm Sure Is So Extremely Proud Of You, I So Love Your Dad's Lessons You Remind Us Off! Every Year And Your So Right There Is Always Something You See That You've Not Noticed Before, As You Know I've Never Really Had A Mom! But I Had The Most Terrific Father Like Two Parents In One! Sadly He Passed Away 30 Years Ago, But I Think Of Him Daily.
Take Care Sue My Dear Friend
Thinking Of You
Love And Hugs
From Sam xxx
To All My Wonderful Wilsonettes Friends
I So Hope You're Well I'm Sending Hugs To Those Who Need One.
STEPH: I'm Thinking Of You
NORAH: Missing You.
To All My Very Dear Friends At The Cafe Please Take Great Care All Of You
Love And Hugs
From Sam xxx

Sam Smithard said...

Hi Sue
I'm Sure You Don't Mind Me Popping Back
I Just Wanted To Say
Sheila And Nikki
I'm Thinking About You
Love And Hugs
From Sam xxx

Susan Morgan said...

Wise words...lost my dad 15 years ago and seems like yesterday...beautiful card dad would have loved it too ....hugs xxxx

Sandie Braithwaite said...

Oh, Sue, you've made me cry. My dad, whose birthday it was on March 5th, died 2 years ago this coming week, March 16th. He sounds very much like your dad, and the sayings touched my heart. I love the card, by the way. xx

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Love the card my Dad would have liked one like that, I lost him 4 years ago last month, loved reading your Dad's lessons very true.
It is my birthday today and have a lovely mantle full of cards.
Happy crafting
Love and hugs to all
Love Tina x x x x x

CraftyJo said...

Beautiful card, beautiful words of wisdom from your Dad, thanks for sharing.

How lucky you were to have him in your life for such a long time, my dad, David, passed away on St David's Day 28 years ago, he was only 60. I still miss him, and my mum, every single moment. x

Maureen Killen said...

Good morning Sue, and all the ladies.
Sue, you honour your father every year like this, and it's perfect. xxxx
Love to all x

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely masculine card. A wise man your father and the gentleman who wrote the lessons in life.

gingernuts said...

Hi Sue Thinking of you. Everyone to read the lessons in life how true. I am sure everyone who reads it will feel the same. Mavis xx

Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue
What a beautiful card......but more importantly what a beautiful post!!!! I read it again and took a few moments to reflect and remember my own Dad who sadly died one year never stop missing them!!! I think we should all read life true they are and very wise.....thank you for sharing Sue!!
Much love

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue The Lessons in Life are things we should all follow I would just like to say Regina Brett is actually in her mid fifties if you google her she has written other things. It is always good to be reminded of the lessons which would be good to follow, thank you for that.

jane stillman said...

Thinking of you today Sue, and I'm sure your Dad would have loved this card too. Love the background and the simplicity of it. Great colour too. Take care x x

Littlelamb said...

Sue this card is wonderful. Sure your dad would have loved it. Thank you for The Lessons of Life. All very true. Will print this out and frame it. Thinking of you and your mum today.

Debbie Tinks said...

Lovely card and lovely words Sue ... x
Have a remembing Sunday of the good times with your Dad ...x

Ann said...

Gorgeous Male card so fitting for a Dear Dad.

Happy 95th Birthday Sue's Dad
The lessons in Life are so apt thankyou for sharing

Hugs to all

Annx without an "e"

Diane said...

Hi Sue what a lovely way to remember your dad. I lost my dad 13 years ago and my mum 19 years ago, time does pass so quickly doesn't it so it is nice to stop for the day and think of them. Your card is lovely and very special and the life lessons are just right, thank you for sharing them each year. I'm sure you will raise a glass to your dad tonight, enjoy the sun. Love Diane xxx

Jennifer Smith-Kirk said...

Hi Sue, what a great card, I am sure your Dad would have loved it, his 45 lessons so true, thank you for sharing this post with us Sue, it really gave a sense of the special Man your Father was x x x

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Perfect card for your dad and we can all learn from the Lessons in Life, thank you for sharing them again
Hugs and best wishes everyone

Julie Bee said...

Hi Sue

A great masculine card, thinking of my dad who passed away about 32 years ago when i was 13, a long time ago but still miss him like everyone who losses anyone close and special, thanks for putting on the lessons it's a good read and i expect it touches many of us.

Best Wishes

Julie Bee

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Sue, I am sure he loves this years card, great words to live by, we need to spread these words and live by them which is what Christ came to teach us. X Ros

Tracy Stitt said...

Hi sue an crafty crew
What a smashing card. I'll def have to try this one sue. I really like that snakeskin look!!
I can understand that it's hard for u. Losing someone is always hard.
I really enjoyed reading the lessons in life again am gonny print that out for sure a lot of it rings true in most of us.
Lots of love today for everyone.
I'm off to a friends baby shower. This is a first for me as in Scotland we don't normally do this sorta thing lol

Craftysusan said...

Lovely card Sue and your dad is surely watching down over you and is very proud.

Lesley Thomas said...

Beautiful card Sue, and again, your dad was on the right track with his lessons. I lost my Dad 7 years ago last January, and there are so many things I wish I could ask him about now.

Rose in Chester said...

It's a lovely card you made for your Dad, he'll appreciate it. And most of all, it's the love that goes into that card that matters and he'll know wherever he is.
I love reading the life lessons every year and they are so true but in the hurly burly of life we quite often forget about them. Slap hands and must do better, Rose.
I'll never forget my mum, sister and niece not to talk of my aunties and uncles. Still coming to terms with my sister and niece but at least now it's spring and nature is giving us such great pleasures (of the little kind like snowdrops etc).
I'm sure you're enjoying your holiday without a whiff of work.
Hugs, Rose

SHARICA said...

Afternoon Sue, what a unusual and different card .. Very Nice .. xx

Barbara said...

Fantastic card, so masculine but can be feminine with a change of colour. Your Dad would love this card Sue!!!!

Barbara said...

Fantastic card, so masculine but can be feminine with a change of colour. Your Dad would love this card Sue!!!!

Jill Liddle said...

Loving this snakeskin embossing folder. Will have to look out for it.

Mary Lynn Cox said...

A very handsome card for a man. And so appropriate for me today. My daddy would have been 93 today. Thank you Sue for not forgetting the guys in our lives.

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, A beautiful card, your Dad would be so proud of his talented Daughter.
I remember these 'Lessons in Life', so very true.
My thoughts are with you.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Eunice said...

The card is wonderful, when I first looked at it I thought it was faux leather!!! I lost my dad in 2013.

Cathie Weary said...

Sue, what a beautiful card for your Dad. Am sure he is loving it. Your Dad's lessons are wonderful and so true, each and every one of them. I lost my Dad 13 years ago on my birthday so I share your pain. It takes time to get over the death of someone and remember all the good times you shared together. Thanks for sharing his life lessons with us.

Erica said...

A masculine card for sure, I love it and will no doubt copy the idea for some of the men in my life - thank you Sue. I read and reread the lessons of life, some of them I have heard before but many are new to me. You ask which one rings truest, hard to say as so many of them mean so much. I don't have any doubt that each time I read them I will find something new. Thank you for sharing them Sue and happy birthday to your Dad to day.

Janice Robinson said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card and liking the snake skin embossing folder.
Number 16 it works every time.

terrie said...

Beautiful card in memory of your Dad...
Love the lessons that you posted so many true facts...thanks for sharing.
Well done Sue

redfox said...

Love the card, but really loved the article. It made me cry. My Dad died 20 years ago when I was just 22, and I still miss him. The article is full of so many truths. I took up crafting after he died so I never got to make him a card, but I think he'd have loved this one. Keep printing the article every year Sue, it's good to be reminded. Lots of love to everyone, Sarah

Claire said...

Beautiful card.

Thinking of you.

Take care


Wendy Nesbitt said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card as usual. Thank you for the Lessons in Life once again. This is a poignant weekend for me as today is the day between the anniversaries of my brother and father's deaths and the lessons are a good reminder that life has so many good things. I've also sent it to my daughter who has her own struggles. Thank you x

Wendy from Scotland said...

love the card and the thoughts. Your dads lessons made me cry each and every one is the truth thanks for sharing it again.

barbara macaskill said...

What a handsome card! I know your Dad is looking down from Heaven and watching over. I bet he is smiling from ear to ear that you remember him on his Birthday every year!
I hope you don't mind that I copied the Lessons of Life and shared them on my FB page. I put that I got it from your blog.
Have a peaceful day today! (((HUGS)))

Christine Williamson said...

Lovely card Sue, very male looking but also loving the leather look? I'm sure your Dad would have loved it :) x

Anonymous said...

Nanna Tina:
Have a lovely day - Happy Birthday!!

'P' in Wales

Maria Alder said...

Hi Sue and everyone!
Great card Sue ,your dad would be so proud to have a daughter as you, so talented and kind. I like the EF and the dies used on this card. Your dad's lessons in life are all so true.

Sheila and Nikki, thinking of you
Sue,Janet,Craftynanna,Myra,Saba and Val,Brenda,Alison,Hazel,
Michele, and everyone who are suffering for some reason or other Take care and warm hugs,
Maria x
ps Happy birthday-NannaTina

Bernice Gainey said...

Thank you for sharing The card is beautiful.

Linda Graham said...

Lovely card and words, Linda x

Julie Kay said...

Extra special card today Sue ... For your Dad...he will have been pleased with it ... And he is still watching over you, try and enjoy today and reflect upon the happier times and what a beautiful Dad you had Julie xxx

Jan Ltc said...

Lovely card and hugs to you and your family xx Jan

Suzzette Yandle said...

Your Dad sounds like a wonderful man. Your were blessed he was your Father. I can relate to #43 in my life today. I liked the masculine card using the snakeskin as a leather layer. I must try this one for a brother-in-law's birthday.

Jean Bullock said...

What a wonderful card. I loved reading about your father and reading his lessons. How you must miss him!

Cazzie D said...

Hi Sue
Lovely masculine card. Must get that embossing folder.
How very true are those words of wisdom!
My dad's birthday was on 3rd March and he died on the 17th last year aged 90. So I share your feelings. I am sure your dad would be looking down feeling very proud of you for all that you have achieved. I hope my dad is too.
Caz X

Karen M said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card& lovely thoughts,thank you
Xx Karen M

janet pay said...

Hi Sue, what a lovely way to remember your DAD,my thoughts are with you and your family crafty hugs jan

Glennis said...

Lovely card and thank you for passing on the message from your Dad

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, I wanted to say 'beautiful' but that doesn't seem quite right for a man's card. It is certainly eye-catching and I love the snakeskin embossing folder - yet more for the wish list. I am sure your dad would love this card, it is so precise and just right for an ex-military man.

As others have, I too printed off the Lessons of Life when you first shared them with us and I look at them from time to time to remind me that we are never too old to learn.

Nanna Tina - Happy Birthday, I hope you have been getting spoilt.

Bejay Roles said...

Hi Sue, the card is beautiful, especially the embossed background. It's a bitter-sweet day for you today, Sue and I know just how you feel. I lost my dad and mum six months apart (my mum died the night of Mother's Day) and even though it was 2006 and 2007 I miss them both every single day. I was totally lost for ages, worse I think because I was their carer. I loved your long post today and I hope that you've managed to smile at the good memories of your dad. x

carol edwards said...

Hugs for today Sue, a lovely card for your dad and the words never fail to make you reflect x

barbiepinkfairy said...

This is a real good male card!

I love the lessons in life I am going to print it out and add it to desiderata and death is nothing at all which I have at the front of my Filofax (80s I know) with my favourite photo of my dad. He died 3 years ago but is only ever a whisper away.

Have a peaceful day lovely lady my thoughts are with you xxx

Brooke Bont said...

I love the post I have a larger sized one framed and it is a wonderful thing as you well know. Love the colors of the card.

Brooke Bont said...

I love the post I have a larger sized one framed and it is a wonderful thing as you well know. Love the colors of the card.

Nana on the Hill said...

Lovely card, and lovely sentiments to live by.

liz spooner said...

Beautiful card Sue, I remember reading this list a year ago.
Hope you are managing to smile with fond memories.xx

Janice Wallace said...

An emotional blog for many of us today, our parents and any others we have loved and lost are never far from our minds. Your words from your father are points we should all be reminded of.
This is beautiful card, and shows how a die which looks quite lacy can be very masculine with the right colours and textures.
Janice W

Anonymous said...

Love the card,so sorry about your Dad.Tomorrow is my Dads Birthday.We just lost our MOM in November.My sister and husband also I are taking him to breakfast tomorrow.

Laura O' Connor said...

fab card ,so lovely you remember your dad with this lovely poem ,Laura O

Susan Battensby said...

Hi Sue
Lovely masculine card, it really does look like leather.
Thinking of you today. x

Margaret said...

Oh Sue your Dad had the right ideas about life and i am sure he would have loved your card.
Margaret M

Theresa Pace said...

hugs Sue. this is just beautiful. so masculine. i'm sure your father would have loved it. the embossed card looks like leather, take care xx

Jean Deane said...

Hi Sue,
A lovely card in rememberance of your dear dad, the lessons in life are good to read to make us all take stock and live every day to the full . Your dad is so very proud of his special daughter I'm sure!!! Hugs Sue xxx
Crafty hugs to all
Jean D xxx

Margaret corgi owner said...

Good evening Sue
A wonderful card today lovely textures giving extra depth too.
Sheila thinking of both you and Nikki.
Margaret corgi owner

CHERYL Brown said...

Great man card.
I love your Dad lessons and read them every year. May your angels wrap their wings around you Sue,
Hugs Cheryl xxx

Margaret corgi owner said...

Sue your Dad's words always touch me each year you share them with us. but remember the good time and the fact he is only a whisper away. In times of need he will wrap his wings around you.
With love

lilian said...

Hi Sue &Friends, such beautiful words, bring tears to my eyes. Lost my parents many years ago, but still miss them everyday.
Love the card today.
Best Wishes Lilian in Cornwall

Scottydog said...

Hi sue lovely card - your dad would love it. He would also be very proud of what his daughter has achieved! It is my birthday today & I can take a lot from those sentiments but we should all live each day to the full - who knows what's round the corner. I lost my mother in April last year & my father just 2 years ago yesterday day so know how you feel. Take care. X

Darlene4527 said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue
Such a lovely card for the men in our lives today. That embossing folder will come in so useful for the children's cards I make with animals in them as I have run out of the embossed skin textured papers I have always used.
I remember reading The Lessons of Life your Dad sent you before and they are so true. Thank you for putting them on your Blog again.
Lesley S x

Joanna Dickson said...

This is so late again... but better late than never. I love this card and im certain your Daddy would have too. Perfectly masculine with an expensive edge to it. I really like it. In my words it's double nice.
Lots of. Love
Jo xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely card and lovely message.
Thank you for sharing.
Veronique L

Lynda's craft's said...

Good eveing Sue & Wilsonetts
Wonderful man love Lynda Brock xxxxx.
Beautiful lesson of Life xx

Jackie Meechan said...

Really gorgeous Sue. Very true.

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said.....

Hi Sue, great card today - your Dad would have loved it! It's no.15 for me this year. Thanks for reposting.

Hugs, Belinda. X

Gail said...

Stunning card and perfect for your Dads birthday xx it would have been my Dads birthday on 5th (88yrs) and my Mums on 7th (83yrs) and although they have been passed for a number of years now there is rarely a day goes by when I don't think of them - but it does get easier!! A day to reflect on all the happy and treasured memories you have and maybe raise a glass! xx GailT xx

Wendy said...

Hi Sue
I've followed your blog for just over a year and have been touched each time I read the quotes. I lost my dad just under a year ago to cancer. He sounds so similar in outlook to yours.
It took me a long time to come to terms with his prognosis and death, I suffered some really low times but your blog kept me on the road to recovery as I used your tips and techniques as a way to "forget" the ugly in the world. I'd like to say a heartfelt thank you for this. Your mum and dad will be extremely proud of such a talented, thoughtful, generous and kind person.
Your dad will never leave your side.
Love and best wishes

Shirley T. said...

Hi Sue,

Love the card, thinking of you and my dad too. Miss him so much.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

Tina Eldridge said...

Hi Sue

This card is brilliant, I love the effect of the folder, but I could no way touch that card as I have the biggest phobia ever regarding snakes, I didn't even like writing the word.

Your dad's verse is lovely and so true, God bless your dad X. I lost my mum 7 wks before I got married. I have been married 36 yrs this year and most day's, I think of her and wonder what she would say about how I brought my two fantastic children up. I am so proud of them, and I think that is a big tribute to my mum how they have turned out. Enough now or I will be in tears again.

Kind regards to all :-)

Tina XX

nzillingworth said...


Jean said...

Love this!

Di said...

Hi Sue,
A lovely card, lovely look of leather. A great card for a man.
Di B x

Helen Bell said...

Hi Sue

A lovely card, one I'm sure your Dad would have loved especially knowing his talented daughter had designed and made for him.

I too miss my Dad (and my loving mother too), but I've come to realise that I was extremely lucky to have parents that were not only devoted to each other, but who taught their children valuable lessons on what is important in life and to have respect for everyone else even if you do not share their views.

Time really does help to ease the pain of losing them, but they are always in my heart as I'm sure your Dad is in yours.

Love Helen xxx

Tres said...

Hi Sue. What a great man's card today !! I really love it. Your Snakeskin Background EF looks really fab !! I think I really need to get this one. It looks amazing !! I love the New York Collection Dies to. I am still collecting these dies. Great colours you have used to. A really great card Sue. Thank you so much for sharing it. It seems that I did not comment on yesterdays card. Sorry about that, I have absolutely no idea why !!!! It is beautiful Sue !! The colours are beautiful, the design is beautiful, the dies are beautiful. I cannot wait for pay day until I can buy another of your gorgeous New York Dies.
Thank you for posting "The Lessons of life today." I am sure your Dad is so very proud of you and all that you have achieved in your life. He sounds like a wonderful man. I am sure to, that he is always with you, every single day.
Sending big heartfelt love and hugs to you today Sue. Lots of love from Tres x x x

Sending lots of love to all the Wilsonettes today love from Tres x x x

Sandy H said...

Lovely card. Thanks for reminding us of the Lessons in Life column that your Dad shared with you. Off to print them out.
Take care everyone.

Jacquie said...

Hi Sue,

Not sure why I missed this one yesterday but it is stunning, looks like real leather. Your Dad would have been so proud and each and every word is true.

Love & hugs

Jacquie J xxx

DesireeP said...

Hi Sue,
It's lovely that you share these life lessons each year on your dad's anniversary. Your're right that something different strikes a chord each year. The one that always rings true is that resistance to chocolate is futile!

Vie Carter said...

Today's card is a great idea for male's as they are not easy to make or think of.

These lessons in life you share with us each year are always good to read and always makes such good sense, when you are down or things don't go quite right for you, to read these lessons makes some sense of it all


weefortune said...

Hi Sue, i loved reding this last year and i loved reading it again, its always good to be reminded of how much we all have. Hugs Elaine xxx

hazel said...

Hi Sue
Your Dad would of loved this card.It's perfect
How lovely for you to share these lessons on life from your Dad who was a very wise man
You asked which one do we relate to for me it is Number 15 Everything can change in a blink of an eye.8 years ago in the month of April my Mum had a very bad accident where she spent 6 weeks in ICU where she fought for her life then two weeks after My Dear Dad passed away suddenly and after 1 week my brother was in a fatal accident. So everything can change in a blink of a eye.
Take care
Hazel G XX

fame01 said...

Hi sue
Well i have just checked today and my comment waqsnt left yesterday as my computer went down ,the card is stunning your dad would have loved it thanks for sharing, the sayings of life are all so very true i had a tear in my eye as i to lost my dad i was 21 i loved him dearly he was my soul mate he was my everything ,hugs sarah xxx

Julie Elli said...

Hi Sue.
I'm sure your Dad would be so proud of you. You're very talented and generous. Thank you for sharing your column with us. It is so true. big hug
Julie E

kiwiali said...

A gorgeous card in memory of your dad Sue. And I loved the lessons in life which I have saved. Thank you for sharing!

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