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8/22/2016

Birthday Train

Hello and welcome to a scheduled post. Hopefully by the time you're reading this, I'll be home sleeping off my anesthesia - and having had breakfast. I think the hardest part of this little procedure is having nothing by mouth after midnight, and I always sip water all night long. Also having to get up by 4am, to shower with special soap, and be at the hospital by 5:15am. Remember, I don't like _early_!

#2 Brother just had a birthday and most of his working career was for a Southern railroad company. He started at the bottom as a youngster and worked his way up into quite a responsible position by the time he retired - age 57. He was born 30 minutes before our Dad's 23rd birthday (this was in the day of the home births). So he was always called "Daddy's Birthday Boy".

 
 
- All Aboard (Local King Rubber Stamp and die set)..first stamped with Tuxedo black, and realized most of the image was going to be black. Reinked and stamped with Cottage Ivy. Actually the old steam engines were black, so that would have been ok. Used the matching die to cut out the engine and the rail track.
 
- Stampscape mountains inked with Memento Summer Sky, stamped twice, then inked with Lulu Lavendar & overstamped again.
 
- stamped some Stampscape trees in various sizes using various shades of greens to create a background for the Choo-Choo. Colored in the open areas with copic earthtone markers.
 
- a number set die (forget the company) and another happy die created the sentiment. These were colored with a Nuvo gold marker (Supreme Metallic Set). Two coats looked better than one.
 
- Stampscape flying flock, and the sky was colored with a copic BG0000. 
 
Pleased to report the card seemed to be a hit-- I think it must have been the train :-}
 
Thanks for popping in for a visit. Will try to get back to you soon, but it may be a while. Don't give up on me!!! Hugs
 
 
 


37 comments:

Pat said...

This is gorgeous Mary and a fabulous job bringing that scene together. I adore the train and the hills look great in the background and also lot of variation in the trees too. I can see why your brother was thrilled with this. A fantastic masculine card. Do hope your op wasn't too nasty and that the anaesthetic has worn off by now. Take it easy. x

Loll said...

Such a special card to celebrate your brother's birthday. A keepsake treasure for sure.

Hope you are resting well and have had something to eat after all that time with nothing before your surgery. Always in my thoughts and prayers. xx

*Vicki* said...

I hope everything went OK with your procedure and you are healing and having a speedy recovery my friend! Your card is amazing and I can see why it would be a big hit too!! :) The images are very fitting together on your scene and the colors are perfect too!! Wonderful masculine design!! Sending get well hugs

Carol L said...

What a fantastic card for your brother! I love the train and all the other elements added to this great card. I'm sure your brother is going to love it too - if he hasn't already received it. I hope all went well with your surgery and you're resting comfortably by now. So sorry you had to go through this, but we all have those issues that need to be taken care of now and then! Sending get-well ((hugs))

Lisa said...

I hope you are doing well after surgery, Mary. Thinking of you and hoping you are feeling much better soon.

What a fabulous card!! I love the engine and the background you created for it!! It looks amazing!! Wow!! Your brother will treasure it!! Big hugs my friend!!

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Anita in France said...

Goodness, what a fabulous card for your railroad careered brother, Mary ... the sense of depth is brilliant ... no wonder he loved it! Sending prayers for a good recovery! Hugs, Anita :)

Redanne said...

Wow Mary, this is a fabulous card, I just love the design and the train is wonderful! I hope you get a good sleep and wake up feeling much better. Thinking of you. Hugs, Anne xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Hi Mary, hope that just now you are at home, feel good and have a yummy breakfast! :)
The card for your brother's birthday is just stunning, such amazing work you have made for him!! This is surely a perfect scene for him!!
Love, love any detail, it seems a painting landscape!! The trees and the mountains look wonderfully!!! And the train is stunning, I have never seen anything as this!
I pinned your piece of art!
https://it.pinterest.com/pin/534802524484296887/
Take care!! Hugs

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Hi Mary! I hope that the op went well and you are getting some quality recouperation time now! This is a great card - I do love those old steam engines, so much nicer than the modern diesel/electric trains ... they have more soul! Your brother will love this I'm sure! Get some rest and make sure you are fully recovered before doing anything else! Have a good week my friend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Brenda in IN said...

This is a perfect card for your brother. Love the scene you made for this card. Stampscape stamps are the best and you did a great job with these. I hope you are sleeping today and taking it easy. That's the best way to start the healing process. Take your time catching up on blogs. We'll be here.

Sarah said...

Hope your op went well Mary and that you make a speedy recovery, jus make sure you rest up and take it easy!! Your card is absolutely brilliant and I'm not surprised it was a hit xx

Valerija said...

Very beautiful.
Valerija xx

Veerle said...

Your card is wonderful Mary. Good luck with the surgery and get well soon. Take all the time you need my dear, we'll still be here when you get back.
Big hug, Veerle xx

Pam said...

I hope your surgery went well and you will be feeling better soon!
Your card is just beautiful! I love the beautiful mountains in the background and that train is awesome!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous masculine card great vintage train die and beautiful background-don't stress about commenting we will all still be here when you are recovered-fingers crossed lol
Carol x

Donna said...

What a stunning card for your brother, that train is fabulous! Sending a prayer your way for a speedy recovery.

Irish Cherokee said...

Always had a soft spot for steam engines and old trains. Great job. That type of engine was not always black but often multi-colored. I can see why it was a hit.

Said a prayer for you. Hope all went without incident.

Hugs and Blessings,
JIm

Team Clark said...

I just love that train! What an amazing card. I see more and more cards with the age used in the design and love it. This is a great example. Big hugs, Autumn

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Mary what a stunner of a card...love the raised effect, the gorgeous colors and the beautiful design....sooo love it!!
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Mrs A. said...

I like this card . Love the scene you have created. Hugs Mrs A.

Daffodil Cards said...

Love the engine and the background a superb piece of art. Love the age added too, making it a Special card for your brother :)
Faith
x

Marilyn said...

Awesome card!!

Bonnie said...

Love this engine and the beautiful scene you've created! I've always wanted to ride on a train.

Nancy Stislow said...

,Wow, Mary! What an outstanding composition and love those stamps! fabulous card! Forgive bad typing, i'm on a tablet in a very sunny car.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Love this card. You'll pulled this scene together so well. It's so awesome!

Stampsnob. said...

Would love this card at any age ....Lis

cuilliesocks said...

Fabulous card Mary, love the scene you've created, I'm sure your brother will love it.
I hope you are recovering well after your surgery, Kate x

Kathleen said...

So very sorry I missed this post yesterday and I am really glad to hear that all went well.
I wasn't getting any photo's through on peoples blog and so I packed it in as I can not comment on what I can not see, so I never read your post either.
Love the card a fabulous image and gorgeous background.

Take care

Kath x

JD/ Jill said...

Lovely Christmas Card! Thank you for the nice comments on my blog...

Maxine D said...

What a striking card Mary - I well remember the days of the old black steam engines!! They used to roar past the school I attended!
Do hope all went well for you - I hate those early mornings and special soap showers too!
Blessings
Maxine

Gerrina said...

That scene looks great! Love the colours and what a great trainstamp! Enjoy the week!

Greta said...

What a great scene you created--perfect card for your brother!

Donna Ellis said...

Oh, My! Incredible scenery and fabulous coloring on that LK train! Mary this is truly a masterpiece. I'm sure it was well cherished by the birthday boy! Hope you are feeling better now that you are back home. Love, de

Pia S said...

I really like the scene you've created with the forest and mountains in the back of the train. From the sounds of it, the perfect card for your brother....

Shelly Schmidt said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the hint of color by over-stamping with another color. I do not have any memory of stamping a 2nd time in a color- but I just love the effect your achieved! Hope that asthma and coughing stays under control!

Aileen Ryan said...

Fantastic Card, love that train die and stamp.

Olga Fink said...

Wow Mary this is fantastic! such a gorgeous card!
Happy birthday to your brother! lovely story about his birthday!
xoxo Olga