Last week my two brothers and sister-in-law spent the week at Cruisin' the Coast. The cool thing about it is that Tom and Bridget drove their 1950 Buick Super that Tom had just finished restoring all the way from Dallas to pick up Jerry in Louisiana and then head on over to Pascagoula, MS. The car had been owned by a Buick salesman and had sat unstarted for 30+ years...Tom bought it from its second owner, and spent three weeks short of a year polishing it up, replacing the interior, and getting it running. All that elbow grease to get the original paint job and chrome sparkling and gorgeous is what inspired today's project. That kind of perseverance takes (and makes!) character!
Yep! I'm more than a little proud of my brother(s)!
Authentique's retro Dapper designer paper (especially this particular print!) was absolutely perfect for this project! I just had to combine it with some shiny silver mirror "chrome" paper and a few clear rhinestones for the "checklist" that runs across the top of the paper.
This sentiment is from one of our newer Stamp Simply sets, A Godly Man. Tom, through patience and diligence, brought out the good treasure hidden in that old car. I love allegory and metaphor...this makes me think of the way the Lord transforms our hearts and minds and renews our spirits. Then, from that good treasure, something good can come forth to bless others.
Since the design of this card is relatively flat it should be easy to mail, although with the larger square format and a few rhinestones it will require hand cancelling. Inside...three rhinestones, one for each week short of a year that it took to do the work! ;)
Here are the supplies that I used for today's project:
And here are before and after photos of "Sweet Thang" in all her glory! It's amazing what Turtle Wax and elbow grease uncovered!
And just to be fair...here's my other brother's beauty! This is what a 23 year old paint job on a show winning 1965 426 HEMI Belvedere should look like!!! Well taken care of by my brother Jerry.