Thursday, May 18, 2017

All Aboard Birthday, CTS221 & TCC73

Hi friends! I have a simple card to share with you today which I made for hubby's birthday a few days ago. It's almost overly simple, but there is a bit of a story behind it which made it special to him. He's a retired railroad conductor, and because of that I've always held onto the retired All Aboard stamp set. I was going through my stash of patterned papers looking for a good background, when it occurred to me how cool a vintage railroad map would look. A few google clicks later, and I found this NYC Transit System map circa 1933:

I thought it was so cool! If you zoom in you can see places like Ebbett's Field, home of the previous Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. I sized it and printed on some Vanilla card stock, and thought it made an amazing background. Hubby loves it! This is one of the things I love about being a card maker, making something so personal. You can find the source for the map by clicking here.

The challenges that inspired me are the layout at CAS(E) this sketch, and the Vintage Notes challenge at The Card Concept. 

Here is the inside of my card. Did you know that trains have shoes? That is another conversation which I won't bore you with :)

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: All Aboard, Guy Greetings (Stampin' Up)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Thanks for stopping by!


Esther Asbury said...

What a great idea to print the map for your card's front panel! I love that you suited the card to your hubby's interest and made a lovely train themed card!

Nancy Farrell said...

Good Morning Sandy. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the card. I'm sure Bill loved it too. Happy Birthday to him also. I think that was a super idea to search for theme paper on line. You can't get more perfect that that!
Have a great weekend!

Leigh Penner said...

Great take on the sketch!

Miss Emilie said...

Hi Sandy! Great idea to use maps for background. My daughter is leaving soon to study in Austria, great going away card! TFS!

Karen Davis said...

This is such a great card for a man and it fits our challenge perfectly. Thank you so much for joining us at The Card Concept.

Nancy said...

I have to say that I love this card and your story and creativity behind it! Well done!