March 31, 2011

play ball

There are only two seasons –
winter and baseball.
~ Bill Veeck

The seasons change today with opening day of Major League Baseball, a red-letter day for me, a Yankees fan. I thought it would be fun to send a card celebrating the day to three members of my family who are also baseball fans. Each roots for a different team, so I brought the team colors into the design in a small way.

Indians’ colors for my dad

Mets’ colors for my nephew Eric

Yankees’ colors for my BIL Michael

As I was making these cards, I was reminded of the last episode of Chopped All-Stars when the judges were critiquing the chefs’ dishes. A comment was made that each of the dishes had something wrong with it. That’s how I felt about my cards. The good thing is that it won’t matter to Dad, Eric and Michael. They will be happy at getting a personal, non-birthday card from me out of the blue and won’t care about the crooked stripes.

Go Yankees!


PS – I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m putting this in for Make It Monday #8, but hey, a free PTI stamp set is up for grabs people. After seeing the wonderful scenes people created with their ink, my card is a bit of a travesty in terms of the MIM#8 category. I read the challenge requirements several times and my card meets them both; it uses PTI product and has ink applied using a tool other than a stamp. You should check out the other entries here.

paper:  kraft and rustic cream c/s (PTI)
stamps:  Postmarks (PTI)
ink:  Danube blue, tangelo, Paris dusk, lady bug dye (Memento); frost white pigment and creamy brown chalk (Clearsnap)
extras:  tiny type alpha (Cosmo Cricket); gold metal stickers (Mark Richards); vintage baseball player from The Graphics Fairy; vintage baseball bats from Google image


Jessie said...

Nancy I think these are great! Hope they enjoy them!

Anna said...

Nancy- I love the letters leading into your main image! You did a great job on your card!

Marybeth said...

Nancy ,these are great cards. I bet your family members will be displaying the cards you made, might be lucky! you did a beautiful job. Go for it on the challenge.

Kelly in Canada said...

no embarrassment required. your cards are great. i love that little ball player stamp and the lines from postmark look like they belong on a baseball card.

Kelly in Canada said... it a stamp?

nancy jane said...

Kelly, the baseball player is a picture, downloaded from The Fairy Graphic. Here's the link: You need to scroll down a little bit.

Janelle said...

The cards are great, Nancy -- and I agree that the guys will love them. I'd totally link them up for Make It Monday... can't pass up any opportunity to possibly win a free stamp set! Good luck!

lam said...

what a sweet and fun ide to make these beautiful card. I hope your family enjoy them

Amy said...

Love these! My "men" went to opening day at Royals......a bit cold but had to keep the tradition going! Love your designs!

Jen said...

Wow! These are too fab! I love the quotation in your post about the two seasons...too right! Totally fantastic masculine cards which are sure to be adored. You really have done an amazing job with them. So inspiring!

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Charlene said...

I think this card is just wonderful! Any baseball playing guy would love to receive. Love the bats along the edge.

Wendy said...

Hi Nancy, I really like this baseball card, i like the vintange touch that it has. Thanks for stopping by and for you comment sooo sweet. I just stamped the hearts with colorbox pigment ink because the colors showed more vibrant than the dye ink on the cream cardstock and then added glossy accents (love that stuff)and kept the card laying flat as it dried so that it would not drip towards the bottom of the heart. Have a great weekend Nancy.

Diane Jaquay said...

This is such an awesome baseball themed card!

Chris said...

Oh, I just love the postmark stamps used as a border on "other" cards! It looks just fabulous on these masculine baseball cards!