Monday, September 23, 2019

Happy 90th Birthday !

My father-in-law is turning 90 in a week.  He retired from his job as an automotive repair teacher for a local High School technology school system, called BOCES.  Prior to this job, he was a mechanic; and then owned his own gas / service station.  He is also a veteran of the Korean War.

Cars are one of his passions.  So I thought a rusty car pulling balloons would be appropriate for him.

He is the kindest, sweetest, most considerate man you'll ever meet.  My husband takes after him.  And my daughters-in-law say their hubbies (our sons) do also.
So the inside is for him -- The Man, The Myth, The Legend (from Honeybee Stamps).  I think the "love, kisses. . ." is from Penny Black.

When I saw this card by Therese Calvird on her blog Lost in Paper, I knew that someday I would recreate it for my father-in-law.   Therese always makes such beautiful cards.  Her videos are also awesome.  If you haven't seen her blog, please take a look.

For my card, I used Paper Artsy watercolor powders.  They are similar to brushos, but have walnut stain crystals in them.  I used a mix of an orange (named Rusty Car) and blue.  The balloon dies are from Avery Elle. I sponged on some clouds from a stencil.  The "road" is from pattern paper (I'm unsure of the brand).   All dies were cut 3 times, and layered for dimension. I also popped up the balloons.  

I'm putting this card into the following challenges: 

I am so looking forward to this weekend when we celebrate his birthday.  My older son and his wife are coming in from out of state.  It will be so good to have my whole family here to help celebrate.

Enjoy your week.  I know summer is officially over, but it is still nice and warm here in NY.
Thanks so much for taking a peek.  

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Diamonds & Butterflies

I used a stencil and Lindy's magicals in rainbow colors.  The butterflies didn't come out quite as nicely as I'd have liked.  So I used Rose Gold foil paper and die cut 1 inch frames, and used them to cover up accent the left side.

CAS MIx Up Challenge - The challenge is to use Inchies - I'm not sure this qualifies, but it certainly was my inspiration for the 1-inch frames.  The techniques I used were a stencil, watercolor powders, and die cutting. 
Time Out Challenge  - Rainbows.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!