Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Are we there yet?

How many times have we said this as a child: are we there yet?  How many times have we heard this as a parent: are we there yet? Now comes the many times have I've said that as an adult to my husband as he's driving!  I don't think we outgrow being excited and anxious to get to our destination!

I'm honored to be invited as a Guest Designer at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog for Challenge 24.  The topic is TRAVEL.  Such a great topic with so much interpretation! Here's the inspiration image. Isn't this an adorable little trailer...makes me want to rethink my rules that: a) I don't camp out; b) I never sleep on the ground no matter what kind of mattress there is; and, c) I want a real bathroom to use with running water. Okay, it ALMOST makes me want to rethink my rules but not quite.

For my card I used an image from Stampin' Up that I got in 2004. I know the year since it's on the stamp set and I remember getting it as soon as it came out and then bought the "extra" set that has more 'stuff' that you can put in the back of the pick-up truck.  A very versatile stamp set!

I've interpreted the theme as travel as this:  This is the farmer traveling to deliver his pumpkins to market.

I colored my truck and pumpkins with my Prisma colored pencils and blended them with Gamsol. I was attempting to keep it older looking because the stamp isn't all solid lines, but is somewhat 'sketched.  My leaves are dies by Tailored Expressions, the rake is a die by Marianne and my paper is from Bo Bunny. I don't know where I got my sentiment from, sorry!

I'd like to thank Jane and Katie for their invitation and help getting my card posted to the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and also thanks to the Design Team for their encouragement and nice comments.

I hope you'll join the Design Team at Retro Rubber for Challenge 24 with the topic of TRAVEL.



  1. A very appropriate autumn card - and I did see a truck that hauled pumpkins (and squash) to the farm market just last Saturday. This truck, as well as your stamp, is a classic - and always popular. I like your autumn leaves and golly, it's like you to find a rare embellishment -- a rake !! Pretty papers, lovely bow and button, as well as your coloring and faux stitching!! Save me a seat, as well as a pumpkin . . .

  2. What a fabulous card Gail. Love the colours xx

  3. Such a gorgeous, seasonal card....even though the weather is turning chillier its lovely to see these warm colours

  4. Wonderful fall card Gail. I love the old truck & that cute little rake. I LOVE the fall with all the amazing colors & it's almost time to pack up the camper & head South. Your cards are always a treat ...

  5. Oh, Gail, I almost used this truck as well. So funny!! I definitely would not be able to do as good as a job as you - your coloring is absolutely perfect!! Teach me, please! Lovely card that is great for the Fall season. Thank you so much for joining us as a Guest Designer at Retro Rubber and hope to see you play along again soon!

  6. Gail, you did a fantastic job coloring this truck, especially the wheels... it looks so vintage! Wish this truck was bringing pumpkins to me... we have had so much rain/drizzle that I have hibernated in my craft room in wait for a sunny day. This stamp set (and its extra) was one of my early purchases from Stampin' Up!. I loved how they used the year as part of the image... wish they would go back to it, LOL, it would save me some work looking up my old stamp sets! Thank you so much for being our guest designer for the Travel theme challenge. You certainly got the challenge off on the right foot. Hoping we see a lot more of your inspiration!

  7. Hey Gail, glad that you could join us as our guest designer. I love your card, your colouring is beautiful. I love the van bringing the pumpkins to us. Cx