Thursday, June 17, 2010

Finally a Father's Day Card

Nothing like waiting for the last minute to make a Father's Day card for my FIL. I guess I needed some special inspiration and it arrived just in time from Lucy! When I saw THIS card an idea was formed and I was off to create. I originally thought I would use this for the Play Date Cafe Challenge but the blue background digi paper I used is a bit more than a "splash" of color. I'm working on another card for that challenge.
First let me share some background about my wonderful father in law. He is so talented in so many ways, he has always been self employed until his very recent retirement. His business was restoring classic car interiors. He is a magician with a sewing machine and a bolt of leather. There were always fancy (read-expensive) cars in his shop. The first time Al brought me to see his dad's shop when we were dating he was working on a very fancy car. In fact the first words my FIL ever said to me were, "Don't touch the Rolls!". Yep, it was a 1930s Rolls Royce that he was lovingly restoring to it's former grandeur.
When he moved his shop to his newly expanded home garage about 20 years ago, he worked on a car for Jay Leno. My mother in law told me Jay drove up to their house one day while she was bringing in groceries and he grabbed a couple bags to bring in the house for her....just like a regular guy!
At that time I was teaching PE classes at an elementary school and was in need of some new bean bags. My FIL made a whole bunch of them using the leather left over from the Jay Leno car.
So anyway, now you know why Lucy's card was the perfect inspiration with it's vintage car design.
 I found the car image in clip art and formatted it in gray-scale. The background paper is from the Boho Chic digikit by Brandy Buffington for Chubby Bird Designs-it was a free kit on Two Peas. The gray diamonds are from a Hero Arts Digikit-Diamond Pattern. I assembled the design in Microsoft Office Publisher in one layer then I printed the car a second time to cut out and use dimensional adhesive to pop it up. Some black floss and a black button finish it off.
Thought for the Day: I John 4:7-8 "Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love". So many people believe that love is a feeling, but love is a choice and love requires selfless action. God is love, He is also holy, just and perfect. If we truly know God we will love as He does.
blessings to you,


  1. Good morning Nancy - or rather good night where you are on the West coast!! Teriffic masculine card! Especially love the sentiment which fills up half of the card - love that!
    Thanks for sharing this awesome verse - one we all need to heed to continually - making the right choices every day!
    Blessings to you!

  2. So love this card, Nancy! Such fun to read about your father-in-law! What a neat story! Can't believe it.....Jay Leno!! The sentiment on the card is so lovely! He's going to love this! I needed this verse tonight....thank you.

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  4. Wow! What a FABULOUS Father's Day card! Love it!

  5. Wonderful Father's Day card for a wonderful FIL Nancy! Love the background and the vintage card is just perfect for your FIL. I love that sentiment too!

  6. Wonderful thought for the day, Nancy, thank you! So glad to know you!

    I LOVE this card, and aren't you becoming the digital wizard! Thanks so much for explaining the process you used to make this masterpiece, and I loved the story behind it! I love coming here!


  7. Fantastic masculine card and love the diamond pattern!

  8. Fabulous Father's Day card, Nancy! Love that car, so cool!!

  9. wonderful Father's day card!

  10. Such a handsome card, Nancy! Love your story that went along with it!

  11. Perfect card and love your stories. Keep them coming!


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