Sep 24, 2010

BC170 - Treasure the Memories

Happy Friday!   -  If you are here for the Annabelle Sketch Challenge please click on this link.  Remember there is a Prize involved ($20 Gift Voucher to Annabelle Stamps) for one lucky participant. 

No it's time for the Blogger Challenge this week which was: Reuse/Recycle.  I must admit that most of the time I really don't like these kinds of challenges.  They are hard for me to figure out something to do and I really don't think I do a very good job on them.  That is until this week.

We got this ad in the mail for a Credit Card and when I saw the patterned side I told my hubby, "Hey I'm going to save that, I could use it on a card some day."
Well today is the day.  Below you will see my card with the awesome background that I recycled off this advertisement and then I also reused a postage stamp that was in a bunch of old stamps that belonged to my dad.  He was a Stamp Collector but these were just extras that he had given our son to work with and they've been stored in a box in our upstairs for 12 years now so it was time one of them got some use out of it!

Creating this card brought back a lot of memories of my dad.  First while searching for the Stamps I came across a letter he had written and sent to me while I was away at Bible College.  The letter was dated October, 1974.  Of course I shed a few tears reading it but they were worth it because my dad rarely wrote letters so it was special to read his words to me again.

Next up my dad also had a Model Train set that he enjoyed working on.  I bought the stamp of the train (Stamp Francisco) to make him a card for one of his birthdays.  He would have loved this card too.

The card base is: Cajun Craze layered with Peach Parfait that was distressed with the cutter distressing tool and some Peeled Paint Distress Ink (Tim Holtz-Ranger). Then I distressed my background panel with, Brushed Corduroy ink (Tim Holtz-Ranger).  I stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts) right on the background panel with Elegant Eggplant Ink and added 3 Plum colored brads.  The train was stamped with the Peeled Paint ink.  I also lightly stamped the Itty Bitty Background stamp over the train panel and mounted it on a Nested Rectangle of Old Olive.  Then I added the postage stamp and mounted them with foam mounting tape to complete my card.

That's it for me today.  I've had another BUSY week and yet another dental appointment.  This one went way better then the last one though.  I'm ready for the weekend.   Don't forget to stop by the other BC members Blogs - Located on my
sidebar and check out their reused/recycled projects. -  Have a great weekend!

19 comments:

Lynn said...

Emma, wonderful memories of your dad. Gorgeous card....my dad too had a model train set...my mom still has part of it up in her basement. My boys love it, but must have nana with them to use it :)!

Tami Black said...

I. LOVE. THIS! It's awesome! Absolutely everything you did with this is perfect and I'm certain your father wuold have loved it. Great story -- TFS!

Lisa Somerville said...

Fab way to incorporate the piece of junk mail into a beautiful background for your project! Great masculine card!

Shelly Schmidt said...

What a fabulous memory and a wonderful card! I love the addition of the postage stamp and the bacground is just perfect! TFS

Basement Stamper said...

Wow, what a great piece to recycle! That is awesome!!! Sorry you are off to the dentist again :-( I'm still sitting around in pain from my tooth that I am procrastinating getting taken care of.

GCgirl said...

You did a GREAT job on this challenge! It is really gorgeous...and how cool is it that you got to take a walk down memory lane too! :-D

MJ said...

Wow, that is an awesome background. What a great find,save and re-use. Brilliant.

Sue from Oregon said...

This made a perfect "man" card!

BarbaraW said...

Love your card. Great recycle. Love the history behind the card

Email me said...

WOW - it turned out just great. Perfect Ad to use for the background!

Clara said...

How wonderful this all is! The card came out GREAT, perfect color choice. And having it bring back memories of your father makes it very special. Thanks for sharing it with us Ida.

Rachel Hope said...

PERFECT! :) Love it!

maryr917 said...

I loved reading your story today about this card ida and all the memories it provoked-how special to use a stamp from your dad's collection-you have done an awesome job with this challenge, my friend

Allison said...

Terrific masculine card...loving that train image and the sentiment on the BG is perfect!

Elena said...

Glad that your dentist appointment went better than the first one!
Your card is so special! Love the idea of the background for this card! And thank you so much for sharing your special memories!

Kimberly Gajewski said...

This is FABULOUS Ida! You've paired such wonderful images with your recycled background! :D

Lori said...

Love all of your recycled elements, Ida--and thanks for sharing all of the special memories associated with your card, too.

Marilyn SanClemente said...

Very nice cards. I love your use of re-cycling.

tonistamps said...

Perfect background piece to your card Ida! Way to recycle and make something beautiful!