Dad’s Birthday Card

Hi Crafters!! My dad just turned 70 and we celebrated over the Labor Day weekend. I used 2 awesome Stampin’P! sets on his card, Harvest Blessings (tractor and pumpkins/basket), that I bought just for his card (LOL), and Countryside (the wheel barrow) that I collected sometime when I was gathering masculine sets. I used to order a manly set every other SU class and now I have quite a few to work with.

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I buy him a shirt EVERY year. It has to have 2 pockets on the front, thus it’s a button up shirt, that I usually get at Wal-mart!! This year, it was an olive green, long sleeved shirt, because the man looks good in every color. LOL That is a running joke in our family. One time he told one of his sisters that he looks good in every color and her 2 daughters heard it. So, they bring it up at every family function. And we all have a good laugh because they are cousins close to my age that I grew up with and they make us all laugh, even when we shouldn’t. Good fun, except when you pee your pants and get in trouble by your own mom (I’m talking 40 years ago). LOL Lesa, sent me a birthday card this year, about laughing and peeing our pants together. She picks the most person specific perfect cards. When we were kids, I always stayed the night at their house. Lesa and Sheray made me pee my pants every time, due to hysterical laughing. You know, that can’t breathe, gut busting, tears running down your face because your body hurts since it’s gone on for so long and doesn’t know whether you’re actually laughing or crying and then you pee…..and are mortified that you lost control of your bladder! That kind of hysterical laughter.

A closer look at the tractor colored in with SU Real Red and a little bit of green on the seat, the motor was done in a very well diluted Night of Navy to get a light gray. The tires were all done in Night of Navy too, I keep several pots in my artist tray with N of N in various dilutions, I used the mildly diluted one here or you can just keep adding layers in between drying time. All stamped images were stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. Then they were water colored in the Stampin’Up!’s water based dye reinkers. I like to use them in my Tim Holtz artist tray as water colors. I add water to them as needed and they live forever, which is really cool. At $2.95 per reinker, they are the ultimate best buy for my buck. I had the reinkers long before I ever had the SU ink pads. LOL This is my FAVORITE way to water color my stamped images. Sometimes I use StazOn black ink, but I find that the Ranger Archival ink comes off of my stamps easier and it’s not as tempermental as the StazOn which dries out quickly on the stamp pad and needs reinked often.

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The basket of veggies and the pumpkins. The wheelbarrow was colored in with SU Daffodil Delight first and when that is dry, I will come back with some diluted Close to Cocoa and when that is dry, some Chocolate Chip to finish. If you only have one brown you can keep adding layers to the darkness that you like. The pumpkins were done in Pumpkin Pie, when that dried, Dusty Durango was added. I realized I got some drops of water color on the card, so the only thing to do was to add more. LOL So I took the largest aqua painter, dipped it in dusty durango and banged it against my extended finger to get all of those flecks. Then I sponged Old Olive for grass, Tempting Turquoise for sky and Pumpkin Pie in between for the horizon and just a touch of Pacific Point to the edge of the sky.

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I think I forgot to color the BIRD! Do you think anyone noticed? I got stung by a long black wasp the day I made this card and it really threw me through a loop. I was supposed to be packing and loading my car for a trip to mom and dad’s. He nailed me right in the belly above my waist band and right through my shirt! It is the worst sting I have had in a very long time, as a child, I was no stranger to stings running bare footed. But this one was a doosie and I am so thankful that our baby wasn’t here, because these wasps were defending their nest (unknown to me in a small watering can hanging on the back porch) and since she is short, they would have stung her in the face/head. I used some medical spray, which didn’t do a thing for it. I washed that off and put on some liquid Benadryl, which cooled it down. I washed that off and sat for an hour with some Baking Soda and water paste, which finally took down the swelling at the sting area a 1/4 inch raised spot the diameter of a dime. At bed time I had a 4 inch diameter swollen red space about 1/16th of an inch tall, but it had been wrapped up in my lumbar support. So, I took a cotton ball and saturated it with the liquid Benadryl and used a long ace bandage to hold it in place. By morning all of the swelling was gone and it finally felt better. Yesterday it started itching. LOL So, it’s finally healing. I don’t know what kind of wasps those were, but I killed them ALL with some Hornet spray. End of story. Ha!

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