Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Don't Just Read the Newspaper

It's the third Wednesday of February... third Wednesdays are the BEST! Why? Because they are Ready, Set, Go! days. Kelly, Barb and I take turns coming up with a more challenging than normal Challenge Theme... and we three all create a card to share on the third Wednesday of the month.

This month it was Kelly's turn to choose the theme.

For the February Ready, Set, Go Challenge, I am channeling my son's recent trip to New York ♥

While he was gone, I kept singing "New York New York ...." by Sinatra, especially the line start spreading the news .... and I thought "Oh yes, that's something we haven't done before ... play with newspaper!"

So your challenge is to use newspaper somewhere/somehow on your card .... literally!  (haha, no pun intended!)  Use a small or large piece, up to you,  but it should be the main focus when we see your card and say "Oh, newspaper!"  on your card!  There are a TON of ways to use it creativity and make some headline news.

Ready, Set, GO!

(As always, there's a 'hall pass' ~ if you absolutely cannot figure it out, as the object is to enjoy and have fun with the cards, just use a stamped image of a newspaper if you need to.)

You notice, Kelly also gave us a hall pass... but I didn't want to use it because what fun is there in that, right?

Now, I have to say - this theme is AWESOME, so please don't think it isn't. My card, on the other hand, is pretty plain... okay, way too B-O-R-I-N-G!

We live in a tiny town and do not take the local news-less paper, so the only paper in my house was The Illinois Baptist from February 11th. Okay, that will do.

I perused the paper. BTW, there were some GREAT articles in it including one in first-person narrative about a pastor who almost didn't live until birth. His 15-year-old mother stood up to her family and went into the foster care program in order to avoid an abortion. WOW!

As I scrutinized the paper for ways to use it on this RSG card, I saw an article about a long-established church that has just relocated and moved into their new building - the very same church/building that my family toured this past Saturday as part of their Open House. An idea was born. Why not make a card that I can mail to them, congratulating them on their new building?

I used the church picture that was in the article as a "focal point" for my card. I stamped out little Flowers using the SU Flowers and Stars Punch. I layered some of them on CS but the three I used for my weathered flower (bottom right corner) were not layered on CS. I sponged Distress Ink onto those three to give them more color.

Here's the inside of my card:

The punched photo from the Illinois Baptist Paper

Okay... that's about all I came up with for my newspaper card - nothing to write headlines about, for sure. But let's head over to Kelly's blog and Barb's blog to see what they made. I'm sure it will be impressive!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set: Technique Tuesday Tulips (I used the sentiment) stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Newspaper: The Illinois Baptist (February 11, 2019)

Papers: SU Ballet Blue and Purely Pomegranate and DP from my scrap file

Punch: SU Flowers and Stars

Ink: Ranger Picked Raspberry Distressed Ink

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor


Barb said...

I love your card! That is so creative to use the picture of the church and to send them a congrats card! Nice Job!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

A really neat idea for using the newspaper clipping.

MiamiKel said...

First, what a super fun and colorful and circus-y new blog look! Festive!
Also, the challenge did say use a little, or a lot - so you're good to go! This is beautiful - so serene and picturesque, like looking at a postcard of a time gone by. This card is pretty big news, if you ask me! Perfect for the R, S, G!

Lynn McAuley said...

Absolutely fabulous, Jeanette!