Friday, November 6, 2009

Here Comes the Train!

One of my childhood Christmas memories is of my uncle's train set under the tree.  He would set up a scene with all of the important buildings in the town (you know, my grandmother's house, my house, my aunt's house... you get the idea, LOL!) and have his trains running through it.  The train would disappear behind the tree, reappear to go by my house, through a tunnel, etc.  Do you have a model train expert in the family?  Or just a boy who loves trains?  You may want to check out this new stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms, called Train Silhouette from the B&O Railroad line.  I really didn't expect to have so much fun with this set, but once I started stamping, I realized all of the possibilities.  The card above pairs an image from Train Silhouette with some great paper by Graphic 45... it actually has little ads for toy trains! (the link is HERE if you want to see; it's from their Christmas Past collection)  The sentiment is from CHF's Night Before Christmas set.  I think I know where I'm sending this card.... :)

And now, for something completely different..... how about a little boy's birthday card?  This one is going to my nephew:

I stamped the solid locomotive repeatedly in primary colors.  I didn't do anything special to line them up, just eyeballed it. (I'm sure he won't notice the imperfections!)

Okay, one more and I'll stop..... I just couldn't resist going for a vintage ephemera theme with this set:

Seriously, this set is so much fun, even for the non-train enthusiast.  Sometimes I make cards and I'm not sure whom they'll go to.... not so with this set!  Go figure.

Check out the CHF Creative Blog for more great ideas from the designer team (Tracy made a card that doesn't even have a train on it!  How versatile is that?)  And I love this one by Laura, too - so fresh and fun.

AND... For the antique car fan in your life, you can check out a new set from the GM line called “You Drive Me Crazy."  We can seriously take care of the men in the family with these sets.  Isn't a little macho in stampland refreshing for a change? :)

Have a great weekend... I'm off with my daughter to Winston-Salem for her NC Elementary Honors Chorus concert, so if I'm slow to respond, it's 'cuz I'm away from my computer.... I'll catch up with ya'll on Monday!


Hearts Turned said...

What wonderful cards, Jean! I love these new sets, and can't wait to order them! Love the vintage-style card you made, especially. You really showed how versatile the set is with your cards!

Lynn Stevens said...

Wow, Jean so many different looks from the same set! I can see its really versatile! It would be hard to pick a favorite but the vintage one suits me to a tea, Wonderful inspiring work!

stampqueen said...

What a great bunch of train cards!!!! great idea to use them for Xmas cards - I have a bunch of train stamps and haven't ever used them for Christmas - will have to now!!!

Unknown said...

Your cards are just gorgeous! Your coloring and shading is really amazing. Perhaps a little tutorial on that technique is in store? :)

Thank you so much for your heartfelt comments on my blog. I'm so glad that you found me. I think that we have a lot in common. Can't wait to get to know you better. :)

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

Jean, I really like the collage card. That paper from TPS is fabulous!

Check out my blog -- you won some of the paper ephemera for last week's submission to Tag Tuesday!

elina said...

these are gorgeous!!! You can't even tell it is the same set of stamps!!! love your coloring!