The part that took the longest was trying to remember the name of the item I wanted to model my card after! When I was little, my dad had this gorgeous mantelpiece made of dark cherry wood which housed 3 gauges. One was a barometer, temperature and a latitude/longitude. I remember all the gauges as having map faces and being housed in the gorgeous, shining gold. It was one of my favorite pieces in the house. When I saw the challenge was to put a map on it, this was the first thing that popped in my head! By the way...this would be called a 'weather station' or 'Magellan Mantelpiece'. After that search, the rest was a piece of cake. I punched the gold, texture dp with my 2.5 inch punch and the maps with the 2-1/4 one. I colored the SU! spinners and brad with gold mixative alcohol ink and put a thin strip of the gold DP a the top and bottom. Some mounting tape under the circles and-oh-I also sponged the cherry wood with Vintage Photo. I didn't put anything on the front because I never know if I'll use it as a birthday or other type of card, but I probably won't put anything on the front anyway! I like the way it looks.
I'm glad everything came together with this because
I didn't sit down to start on it until almost 5pm. I'd spent the last 4 hours cleaning out my teenage son's room. While he's on some 'Leadership Retreat' with his Jr. ROTC group, his MOTHER is sweeping out food and candy contraband, strangling on the combined dust and general teenage boy smell and tossing papers and progress reports that didn't seem to make it from school and into my hands, as was the intended sequence.
I hauled out cords to electronics I didn't know existed, underwear that fit him 3 years ago that were stuffed under the bed and shirts that STILL HAD TAGS ON THEM.
Needless to say, I'm exhausted. Not to mention just a little, tiny bit perturbed. Only a little, though. Despite all that, I'm still glad he's gone on the trip because, no matter what....
...he's got to come home, eventually. (evil grin)
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014 GMT Views: 1020
Registered: April 6, 2009 Location: Weyers Cave, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley Posts: 10579
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 5:27 PM
Oh, how I love your spinners atop the map pieces; so cool looking in the gold! I also like the gold at the top and bottom of your card. A real beauty! My parents had one of these weather stations while I was growing up also, and I enjoyed looking at it each day.
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Registered: October 19, 2007 Location: Packer Country, WI Posts: 46418
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 7:10 PM
First your card is amazing! Love the idea of the weather station theme. So well done. My sons are married and gone, but I remember their rooms. Enjoyed your story:) Thanks for playing in the challenge.
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 70154
Fri, Aug 01, 2014 @ 8:06 AM
I had to wait till after work to read about this and look at it properly, after checking out the WT gallery over breakfast this morning. I love it! I know exactly what you are talking about, so much more stylish (even if less accurate) than today's digital affairs. You captured the look beautifully with the wood and maps and gold. Must remember gold mixative for colouring!!
LOL, because I met a couple of old school-friends for lunch last week, and one of them was lamenting the fact that her son has just hit the "dirty teenage" stage. Apparently his theory is that his real friends won't be put off by a bit of whiff, it's a proof that the friendship is genuine. The other friend, whose only son is married with a baby of his own, said it would all be fine once girls come onto his horizon.