Thursday, July 9, 2009

A First Job

Hi everyone! We are finally enjoying a nice day here in Buffalo, NY! It's been unusually cool and we are aching for some hot weather! It's sunny and warm today, so let's keep our fingers crossed that it stays that way for a while!

Some of you may know that my DH has a "little brother", Brad, that he came in contact with through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. We met him when he was 7 and he is now 16! (I say "we" because I'm as much a part of this as my DH is!) He's like our adopted child and he's a great kid! Well, Brad just got his first job and started on Monday. He's working for a country club in the area and will be fetching golf carts, cutting lawn, and doing various odd jobs that only a 16 year old can do! I was so proud of him that I had to make a card for this accomplishment! I was at my LSS last week and picked up this Riley stamp that I thought would be cute for this card.
I colored the tractor in true John Deere colors with copic markers. I don't know what type of tractors they have at the country club for cutting grass, but I thought this was appropriate. Brad knows how to operate these machines, as we have a huge one at the cabin that he has used to cut the grass. I used summer sun and always artichoke cardstock and ran them through two different cuttlebug folders. I actually started to make this last week for the SCS
Ways to Use It challenge. The challenge was to use corrugated cardboard. I had been keeping a Starbucks cup sleeve (the one that keeps your hands protected from the hot cup) for months. I think I remember Dawn Easton using it as an embellishment once, and I have kept one handy ever since. I punched a star from it with my large SU star punch. It was a little tough to punch, but it did the trick! On top of that, I placed the "Way to Go" sentiment from PTI's Star Prints set and punched it with a circle punch and sponged some close to cocoa ink around it. I added three brads to the bottom, and I was done! Very simple card...nothing fancy!

I think Brad liked the card...he smiled, gave a little chuckle, and thanked me. Boys are so stingy with their words! Thanks for stopping by today! I really enjoy your comments!
Stamps: Tractor Riley Moose (Hanna Stamps); Star Prints (PTI)
Paper: Neenah white, kraft, summer sun, always artichoke
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, close to cocoa, various copic markers
Accessories: Star punch, circle punch, rectangle nestie, Starbucks cup sleeve, brads, cuttlebug folders, dimensionals


Silke Ledlow said...

Super cute Riley card - Lisa!!! I love your CB background!!!

Hope you are enjoying your summer??? Hugs ~S~

Dawn B. said...

Lisa that is so sweet. I know males are not always the best at showing emotions but they love it just the same. I think it is awesome that you have taken this child into your life. He is one lucky kid. Hope you have the summer off and are finding lots of time to stamp..Hugs.

Cheryl said...

I agree with Dawn, Brad is a lucky kid!
Your card is just as you described it and I love the idea of using the Starbucks sleeve! Super card!

MacKenzie said...

Adorable! Your coloring looks amazing.

LeAnne said...

Love it--what a nice card! Anyone these days is blessed to have a job!


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