Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Neon yellow retro birthday card and the new challenge "kid" on the block!


There's a new challenge "kid" on the block—the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog! The ever talented Gloria Stengel has come up with yet another creative adventure sure to inspire you. The very first challenge is going on right now and will last 'til Sunday, February 16, so there's still lots of time to play along. There's a wonderful prize up for grabs, too! I encourage you to hop over and check it out.


The theme for this first challenge is to showcase your own signature style. I like to do lots of different things, but I think if there is one style that is really me that would be retro/vintage (I am a big fan and have quite the ephemera collection).


This card is an example of that. I have used an original image (not a copy) cut from a 1950 home decorating magazine (yes, this bit of paper is 64 years old!) . This was an ad for a hot water heater. The neon yellow background caught my eye. It just so happened I had the exact paper to go with it; a cardstock I'd never used (not much demand for neon yellow), but hadn't given away because I just knew one of these days I'd find a use for it and voila...the day has come (sometimes it pays to hoard, now doesn't it?!).


In the ad the woman is stepping out of the shower (in full makeup, nonetheless) with a towel around her shoulders. You can see the little white water drops on her face. I decided she was getting ready to celebrate someone's birthday. I did the sentiment "Are you ready yet?" with Craft Artist II Professional software and printed it on the image (how-tos in this post here). I linked the inside sentiment with the front; it says "It's your birthday, time to celebrate!". I used to finish the inside of my cards more, but I've backed off from that. It didn't give me much room to enclose a personal note at the bottom, something I always do.


I've used this week's Seize the Sketch #13 in creating this card.


Material
Papercardstock
Topper imageApril 1950 American Home magazine from my collection
DieDie-namics circles
Embellishmentsbuttons, twine
FontAlex Brush

21 comments:

Colleen Dietrich said...

Oh, yes, I'm a firm believer in hoarding! LOL Just recently, I've used bits and pieces that I've held on to for so long, and they came in great handy.

Who'd have thought a retro ad like this would be neon? It's so cool!

Christy Butters said...

What a great way to use your stash. Neon..who knew.

Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

Doni High said...

Amazing! who would have thought neon and retro would work so well together. Hording has paid off .

Glenda Brooks said...

This is gorgeous! I love the neon look! Thanks for sharing your style with us over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Gloria Stengel said...

Thud! Amazing card. I love the use of actual vintage materials and I can totally relate to keeping the neon cardstock because the perfect project was bound to come along! Imagine if you had tossed it out??!!!! I always love your vintage work! Thanks for playing along with our first challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous! And for promoting us! We appreciate it!

Debbie Seyer said...

This is such a unique and wonderful card! Fantastic job! Thanks for playing along with the Craft Hoarders!

pollyspaper said...

Great card. I love your retro style!
Super fun : ) I'm so excited that you joined us for the launch of Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. I hope you come to play often! Ginny from Polly's Paper : )

~amy~ said...

wowza....64 years old...good grief, I could never cut into the magazine but I'm so glad that YOU did. This is such a fun card...who would have even guessed it would be for a hot water heater!

Thanks for joining us at Seize the Sketch!

Tammi said...

This is such a fun card! I love the retro feel of it! Thanks for playing with us at Craft Hoarders!!

Pamela Maas said...

I love your bold choice of color, and what a wonderful use of that image!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Hey there! How awesome is this original! Amazing way to use the sketch too! Thanks for joining in at STS!

Amber Milone said...

Great card! I love the clean lines and the retro image! So great you were able to use supplies from your hoard. Thank you for joining us in our first ever challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Jan Marie said...

Simply marvelous!! Love the neon yellow and the clever pairing of the phrases and the image! Nice touch with the buttons for accentuation. . great finds from your stash. Thanks for joining us for our first challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous and for helping us to promote the new kid on the blog!

Rose said...

WOW!!! i LOVE the fab use of the neon yellow and vintage image :) Thanks for joining us on Seize the Sketch!!

Shea said...

I hoard like crazy and am so thankful you shared the "new kids" on your blog!! Will certainly go check them out, but in the meantime, BRAVO on this fabulous retro, neon, and TOTALLY COOL card! Love that the image truly IS vintage. I wondered what her little water droplets were all about. This is such a "neat-o" card!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

What a great card! I love the retro vibe and the great graphic appeal. Also loved the way you told the story of how you "invented" it! Wonderful! Thanks for playing along in the very first CHACB challenge! Hope you will come play again soon!

Pammejo said...

Beautiful Card Shani, I have always loved your style....love the sketched you shared also...Thanks for playing along with our first challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Stef Perry said...

Wow, I find it totally incredible that you have the original ad. She's a great image, so worthy of showcasing on your fun neon card!

Jessi Fogan said...

How fun is this! I love the neon & the true vintage image - and those buttons are perfect. Thanks so much for coming to play with us at Seize the Sketch!

TLady said...

LOOOOOOOOVE THIS!!!!!:) WHAT AN IMAGE & you've REALLY made it SHINE!!!!!!!:)

lauren bergold said...

what a super-fun card! love it!

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