Monday, May 31, 2010

Papertrey Peeps Challenge #9

Hello everyone and a Very Happy Official Unofficial Start of Summer! Well, at least here in the US, Memorial Day signifies the start of summer. It may still be 50 degrees and three weeks until the Summer Solstice, but get out those shorts and don the flip-flops. Damn the mosquitoes, full speed ahead. It's off to the beach, the lake or the pool. Roll out the grill and get cookin'.

So I thought for this challenge what could be better than to make a project that has to do with vacation or travel. No involved, complicated rules, just hit the road! And I chose the best trip of all -

This is a birthday card for a fellow that has been facing a lot of challenges since his retirement. When you have a conversation with him, he always winds up with a smile and the statement "Life's a trip". So right away I grabbed Enjoy the Ride. It was inspired by Melissa Phillips' card you can view here.

The sentiment is computer generated in fonts similar to Enjoy the Ride. I used the PTI sentiments inside, so it wasn't necessary that they match.

A Little Argyle is stamped in Smokey Shadow & Pure Poppy on Soft Stone cardstock. The map of our town was found on the internet and printed also on SS. I scored and folded it to look like the real thing and edged it with the Vintage Touch duo. I also used some Enchanted Evening CS for the background.

I loved Melissa's car. If you were a child of the sixties, as I was, VW bugs/beatles were the absolute rage. All of my friends wanted one. Me too, but my folks got me a secondhand yellow Corvair - "unsafe at any speed" is how Ralph Nader described it. Oh well, I managed to survive and that's another story for another time. The hip bugs were painted with flowers and hearts and peace signs. I loved the polka dots, so I stamped my own PP with Pure Poppy Polka Dot Basics on Kraft CS. I paper pieced several images and added an acetate windshield, rhinestone headlights and even a steering wheel. The ribbon is from Michaels and reminds me of the road.

Inside I stamped the large argyle diamond in Smokey Shadow & Pure Poppy and topped it off with the sentiments from Enjoy the Ride.

Well I hope you've enjoyed this ride. Once the festivities die down, get those stamps inky. Let's start summer out with a fresh new project, be it a card, a layout, or maybe a Bon Voyage gift. Keep it loose, think of vacation and stamp away.

I'd like to leave you with one more image.

That's my grandmother wrapped up in Old Glory and it was taken shortly after my grandfather left for WWI. My Dad served in WWII. Whatever you're doing today, I hope my friends in the US will pause for a moment and remember what this day is all about. Go watch a parade, thank a veteran, or just wave a flag. I sincerely appreciate if you read this far. Now I'll get off my soapbox.

Thanks for dropping by.


Cammie said...

Linda, I just love how your creative mind works! The folded map is such a wonderful detail to add. Love that little bug! My first card was pale yellow bug, and I don't own that set...yet. Thanks for a great challenge--I'm looking forward to playing.

Cammie said...

Linda, I just love how your creative mind works! The folded map is such a wonderful detail to add. Love that little bug! My first card was pale yellow bug, and I don't own that set...yet. Thanks for a great challenge--I'm looking forward to playing.

Becky Carafa said...

Oh this is fantastic! Love the layout and your elements!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Morning Linda,
LOVE your card! All the details are wonderful. I had a VW Bug and really enjoyed it. Great pic of your GM. Yes, let summer time activities begin!

Aimes said...

Oh I'm in love with that VW Bug! I love those polka dots - fabulous! The decorated inside is brilliant too!
Thanks for sharing that pic of your grandmother too!

Maggie said...

What a great pic of your grandma! Your card is fabby....that Bug is to die for...and I love the argyle behind the sentiment inside the card!

Cathy Weber said...

You used so many beautiful elements on this card. The argyle, computer-generated sentiment(wouldn't have known) and that cute bug. Really nice card.

Nerina said...

Linda - I LOVE your card! Your bug is totally and completely gorgeous - and your black ribbon truly does look just like a little road running up your card front! With the map and the argyle this one is all set (and the argyle inside is fantabulous!) Thanks for the challenge and the scrumptious inspiration!

Jill said...

Linda, this is an awesome card! No offense to Melissa, but yours ROCKS the original version! The map idea is genius. I am totally caseing this wonderful card! :-D

Diane Jaquay said...

Really fabulous card Linda! Love the use of the map, and the polka dot car ;), and the great argyle! Love the inside too! And what a wonderful picture of your grandmother, such a treasure for sure!!

Lori said...

Fantastic Linda!!! The map is great and I love the inside too!! :)

peggysue said...

Oh my word, that map, the little polka dot car! And what a great pic of your grandmother, what a treasure! What a pleasant visit this has been to your blog!

Corinna said...

I am so in love with this beautiful card! I am definitely going to have to CASE this one! LOVE IT!! What font did you use for the printing? AND the pic of your grandma is priceless. Just priceless.

Angy said...

Another great one! Fabulous, car, road map - amazing job!