Today’s #WorldWatercolorGroup prompt is car, and painting this really put me outside my comfort zone. However, I was pleasantly pleased with the outcome although some car aficionados might disagree, but it was really fun to do. Thanks to my parents, this was my first official car from back in 1979 – A 1970 Ford Galaxie 500 – with a bench seat, black hardtop, and all the bells and whistles including a AM radio. I was able to afford gas with my babysitting money and summer job, and eventually I saved enough for an FM converter! Now that was exciting!
Oh my gosh, again the memories held in this car came rushing back as I was drawing and painting. I drove it back and forth to school each day, to football games on Friday nights, to haunted houses with my sister, Debbie, and Cindy in the fall, to movies with my best friend Cindy, to shop at Gold Circle, and finally to work when I started cooping in my senior year. Oh, and gas was around 50 cents a gallon! If my calculations are correct, the length of the Galaxie measured 3-1/2 feet longer than the Focus my daughter is currently driving, but that is what we were used to.
I felt so cool with that big boat of a car and an FM converter, allowing me to tune into the local pop station and sing at the top of my lungs. I don’t know why this month’s prompts are taking me down memory lane so often, but I am glad they are. What was your first car?
Here is my second installment of Father’s Day cards I made for OWH.
Dad Card – Service Station Attendant
I actually remember when service station attendants actually existed and it brings back such a nostalgic feeling. I can almost smell the gasoline and motor oil. The tire track stamp and diamond plate embossing folder went along perfectly with the theme. The stamps are by Tim Holtz and the embossing folder is from Sizzix.
Father’s Day Card – Car Theme
To continue the car theme (kind of near and dear to my heart since my own dad worked at Ford for many, many years), I used a car stamp – which I am SURE must be a Ford – with lots of gears and bolt stamps. I mimicked the gear shape in the two circular pieces and got a little more “mileage” out of the tire track stamp (pun intended). The car stamp is from a set called Dude, which was designed by OWH’s founder Sandy Allnock and is produced by Hero Arts. Gear shape pieces are from Cricut’s Elegant Edges cartridge.
Dad Card – Fore My Dad
This golf card will hit a hole in one for many dads out there. I don’t remember who made the golfer stamp but the saying is from Unity Stamps.
This card uses Stampin Up’s Lovely as a Tree stamped in light gray, and I thought the masculine color combination set it off nicely.
Anyhero Card – Off the Charts by Stampin Up
Included in each box sent to OWH we include “anyhero” cards. These cards have thank you notes written inside and are dispersed to the military folks who sacrifice and work so hard to keep us safe and free. A big thank you to Judy for writing out half of the anyhero cards and saving my poor hand from aching. The stamp is from a retired Stampin Up set called Off the Chart, so I thought the eyeglasses at the top of the chart set it off just right. The glasses were made with my Cricut cartridge called Nifty Fifties.
Box of Father’s Day Cards for OWH
Lastly, here is what a box of 278 cards and envelopes looks like just before it is taped up and taken to the post office.
Now I am off to start a brand new batch. Thanks for looking and putting up with all my puns!