Sunday, April 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop

***this is my second post for the day, if you're looking for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ post, see just below, P.S. it also happens to use PTI products this week***


When I heard the challenge for this PTI blog hop included tissue, I struggled for a bit trying to imagine how to incorporate it into my card. I know a lot of folks are probably going to create stunning tissue flowers, but I don't own the right dies.

Then when I read that you could stamp then crumple the tissue it all became clear to me and I immediately reached for the set "Enjoy the Ride." I love my children, I really do. But having led three of them through driver's ed training, I might rename the set, or at least name this card, "Survived the Ride . . . so Far."

Each one of them has left a distinctive individual 'mark' on our family vehicles. There was the famous 'right turn on red Mom!!!' incident when my daughter swerved, without a pause, at a t-intersection, into heavy traffic on a road with a 50 mph speed limit. This was followed up by a left turn on red incident at that same intersection just a few weeks later because 'you make me so nervous Mom!!!" Ah yes, even though I was the passenger and not the driver, somehow it became my fault.


Backing out of the driveway is always an interesting learning experience for young drivers. . . I think we've lost no less than three side mirrors that way.

Food, too, can cause its own unique set of complications. . . we learned that diving for a poptart that falls to the passenger side floor while driving a vehicle can cause an unexpected and sudden intimate meeting with a street sign. Score: Street sign -- 1; car -- 0. At least I wasn't in the car for that one.

If you couldn't already tell, I used the tissue paper on the car. It crumples nicely, similar to a car's front panel that meets a post in the library parking lot (don't ask me how I know that one . . . ask child number two). After crumpling, I glued it to a cardstock cut-out of the car, tore and reglued the side mirror and played around with a brad to recreate a headlamp hanging down in a rather forlorn manner.

But, if you're familiar with that age, you know that life returns to sunny pretty quickly in the teenage driving world and my kids are more valuable and important to me than a piece of metal. No one was hurt in any of these incidents, they were just expensive driving lessons. So the rest of the card is bright and cheerful because we can smile over these times already and hopefully, it made my kids better drivers in the long run. :)

I found the sketch on a web site called the Shabby Tea Room. My stamping techniques on this card might not fit the 'shabby' style, but I can assure you our family vehicles most certainly do.

Thanks for looking.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Enjoy the Ride, Through the Trees, Verve (sun)
Ink: orange, black stazon, smoky shadow
Cardstock: smoky shadow, Hawaiian shores, white, DP from Hobby Lobby
Other: copic markers, brads (SU), prima flowers, rhinestones, cuttlebug edge embossing folder

65 comments:

Anika said...

Oh, PeggySue!! This is such a cute idea! I love the little details too - like the headlight and the mirror! Great job on the challenge!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Excellent card! Love the 'dent' on the side of the car. Your kids and mine must have met at one time. Because I swear they had the same 'mishaps' while learning to drive! Drove me crazy! I do not envy any parent that starts this 'new adventure' with their kids. So glad it is behind me.

Linda W said...

Great card, PeggySue! I love your story and creativity. Been there and been through that. I wonder how I could recreate the sheet metal DH used to close up the gaping hole after son #1 ran into a school bus? Wouldn't be anywhere near as cute as yours!!

Audrey Pettit said...

LOL about the family vehicles! Very cute card! Thanks for playing along with us this week at The Shabby Tea Room.

Kristine said...

LOL! That's FUNNY! Great job on this Peggysue *Ü* I'm gonna have Kathy come take a peek at this one. Her son just passed his computer test and goes for his driving test in about a week. LOL!

Kimberly said...

This is great! Great idea for the car and great stories! thanks for sharing.

Nicole said...

Super cute card! Great use of this sketch. Thanks for playing along with us at The Shabby Tea Room! :)

Susan said...

LOL!! That is hysterical!! Your card AND your stories! The use of tissue with the car is just BRILLIANT!! Love how you added the dangling headlight. What a hoot!!

Keva said...

lol...that's so funny! I love the damaged car idea. Great colors and layout also.

Debbie said...

Super cute! Thanks for visiting with us in the Tea Room this week! I hope to see a design from your stamp room again for next week's new challenge too :)

Liz said...

HA!!! I love it!!! Great idea :)

Stephanie said...

I remember the day when my mother told me that I had to find someone other than her to teach me to drive! Thanks for sharing those stories :)

Love the card & I'm loving this set! I'm planning on making some sweet 16 cards & graduation cards with it this year.

sofia said...

Such a lovely card and such a funny story (since noone was hurt!)!! Love all the colors and how optimistic it is!!!

Dana said...

Haha! How cute! I love everything about this card!

Terri E. said...

What a fun tilted car. Way to rock the tissue paper challenge.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Dana said...

Well your tissue paper car is awesome PeggySue, but your POST was the hightlight for me! Hysterical!

Jennifer Carter said...

A tissue paper car! How fun!!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

I love anything with this little car on it! Wonderful card!

Rosanne said...

Cute card!

Nerina said...

This card - and your post are an absolute RIOT! LOL - what a great post and what an eyecatching and amazing card! Heeee!

Kara said...

cute!! So much fun!
Kara

Rhonda said...

PeggySue, As a mom who is going through the driving experience right down I can especially relate to backing up!! Love the card. I think I need to make this for my son.

Cammie said...

What a fantastic card and post! When I had my students write personal narratives about lessons they had learned, I read many stories about their driving mishaps. I used to kid them about waiting to leave to school in the afternoons after they were off the roads--like they are ever off the roads.

Barbara said...

OMGosh! This is too cute for words!! Love the concept and the design is fabulous!

Diane Jaquay said...

Your card is very cute Peggy Sue! My husband will be teaching the kids to drive when the time comes ;)

Kelly S. said...

HILARIOUS, Peggysue! Oh I bet your kids are going to get such a chuckle out of this blog post and card one day! Love the cute little scene and your banged up bug!

BethieJ said...

Peggysue this is so CUTE!! and what GREAT stories.. (not that I am looking forward to them in a few years! LOL!!)
Hope you had a WONDERFUL weekend!

Tracey Cuccia said...

BWAH HA HA HA HAAAA...Peggysue! I LOVE this -- lol...absolutely brilliant girl!!! (oh, and it's nice to see your face on the PTI forum, too!) your post has made my night :) oh and BTW-- I am NOT looking forward to that stage...at least I've got 10 years to go...

Chris Simon said...

I can't believe you wrecked that sweet little car! What an inspired idea for a card. My kids are still a few years from driving, but I'll have to file this idea away to use on them one day!

Christi said...

love the stories that accompanies this card!

Karen H. said...

Oh my goodness PeggySue! What luck your drivers have had. I love this card - very clever use of the tissue.

resmith said...

What a great card! Making the dent was such a creative idea! Aren't teenage drivers fun?

Lorraine said...

LOL! I love the stories as much as I love your card! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle /Eliotstamps said...

That is so cute, PS! What a clever, and funny, idea!

Shay said...

What a brilliant idea! I know I have had a need for a card like that in my own life. Fun, bright and clever card. Made me smile.

mamareebs said...

This is such a cute card. I love the dings! I might get this set after seeing your creative idea!! Hang in there.

Traci M said...

HeHeHe...boy can I relate to these stories, I think if it weren't for guardian angels my kids would not have made it through those years. And we are minus one car...and the other still has a crumpled injury that was not repaired. And the garage is missing part of it's siding...but other than that I suppose we should count ourselves so blessed!
Love your story, your creative crumpling, and cute scene, PS!!

Mariana said...

Love the story behind the card! It makes it even more special! Great card!

Gina said...

Great card, even better after reading about all the "misadventures".

Banu said...

I loved reading your blog post and this card turned out amazing.

Kerri said...

Oh my goodness, this is soooo CLEVER!!! You are a wonderful story teller! Thanks for the laugh :)

Baseret said...

Oh my how cute!Love your poor beat up bug!!What a great idea.

Amy said...

I enjoyed your blog post and your card turned out cute!

Terri said...

Very cute! What a great way to use the tissue. Great stories but I think I am going to let my hubby teach Emilia how to drive now.

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

That's hilarious! I LOVE this. . .so creative! Sorry you had to go through so many driving mishaps! LOL

Amy said...

Fabulous card! I love it.

The Mama Monkey said...

Oh my gosh...you had me in stitches! I love everything about it! Safe travels!! :)

Cat said...

great card. and thanks for sharing your driving stories with us! i cringe when i remember the days my husband taught our daughter to drive... 'nuff said! ;)

Karen C said...

What a beautiful and inventive project!!

Nadine said...

Oh Peggy Sue reading your post made me laugh out loud. Im glad to hear that everyone is ok except for the poor cars. The way you made the car with the crumpled side is just so clever, I made sure to enlarge the image so I could get a better look. I just love that you made this a bright, cheery card!! Thank you for giving me something to look forward to in another five years with my son. Hopefully I'll be able to have just as sunny an outlook as you do!

Sharron said...

Peggysue, your card is adorable--so creative and original! And your post made me laugh out loud! Outstanding job with the challenge!!

colleenk said...

Soo creative! I love the beat up car! So funny. 2 years ago, we had 2 kids learn to drive at the same time. That was when my hair turned gray! My youngest is 16 now..just when I was relaxing a bit! Anyway, your card cracked me up!!

thinker said...

oh my... thanks for your creative take on those years that can be oh so stressful... I needed the chuckle this morning :)

Katie {choc0holic} said...

What a fun post! I love what you've done with the car...fortunately it's an 'accident' that is nice and inexpensive!

megspaulding said...

What a cute idea and great card Peggy Sue! Nice job with the challenge!

Marge said...

Unbelievably CLEVER!!! Adorablle card!!!

Diane said...

Fabulous card, PeggySue! Great inspiration and a wonderful laugh for the day! So glad I stopped in...well worth it. Love the card and the story.

Silke Ledlow said...

AWWW such a *HAPPY* card!!! Awesome details!!! Hugs ~S~

Theresa Tyree said...

Ha ha! I love your wrecked bug! So ADORABLE!!!

Courtney Baker said...

How fun and whimsical!

Lisa V. said...

Great card! Story is very funny too. I have not approached the driving age yet, but I am sure it must be quite and adventure.

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Totally awesome, groovy card Ps!!! I LOVE what you wrote about the joys of teenage driving. I keep telling myself that I eventually became a good driver, so I need to trust that my boys will, too... except back in the 70's, there weren't so many HAZARDS and DISTRACTIONS and CRAZY DRIVERS... or cell phones. Yikes! I have to admit, though, I still can hardly bear to drive my father anywhere, even though I'm now 50 and he's 81. He definitely makes me nervous. Some things never change!

Speaking of backing out... my dad once asked me if when pulling in I was turning the steering wheel back and forth. No? Then why are you doing it pulling out? Good question! And one I've never forgotten, except I'm still not good at backing up.

Hugs!
Lisa

Grace said...

Peggysue you are cracking me up!!! I loved your stories!!! I can identify just a bit! Love the crinkled car and mirror!!! Great idea and great take on the sketch too!

♥♥Marinette♥♥ said...

Quelle très jolie carte inspirante, beaucoup de détails que j'aime admirer, on ne s'en lasse pas

Taheerah said...

Hehe, I love your card and I really love the stories behind the idea!