I made this birthday card for my big brother whose birthday is on July 2nd. He was born in 1948. We grew up in the southwest part of West Virginia. I knew the year of his birth even when I was a child, due to a landmark that still stands. To get to my great-grandma’s house, we had to drive through a short tunnel going through a hill. On top of the hill was a railroad track, where coal cars traveled from the area coal mine, hauling their cargo to its destination. The tunnel was made of concrete. Around the entrance of the tunnel, a form was shaped that looked like a mantel over a fireplace. Engraved at the top of the form was the year 1948. If you’ve never been around such a place, this probably sounds weird to you or possibly even enchanting. Now here’s the part that really makes you think. Running through the tunnel at all times was a little creek. In geography class, you possibly learned that this area of the country is one hill after another. In most places there is little space between the hills. The space that’s there, you probably call a valley. There, it was and still is called a hollow, except many folks call it a holler. Picture this. You have a hill, a little land, a creek, a road, a little land, then another hill. If the holler is big enough, you also have a railroad track. If the holler is wide enough, you may have a river instead of a creek. Where my parents live, there is a hill, a little land, a road, a good size piece of land, a river, a railroad track and another hill. In other places there, you’ll find yourself on a narrow two-lane paved road, going around a hill, where the road has been carved out around the hill. On one side of the road or the other is a steep drop-off, way down, through trees, to the bottom of the hill where there’s a narrow valley that immediately meets the next hill. There is not enough space in the valley for human habitation. In my twenties, I used to drive to work on such a road. In the wintertime, ice would be frozen on the many leafless trees going down to the valley. It looked like a crystal forest, treacherous, but beautiful. Here’s a few pictures for you to see the topography of the area.
It is unusual to find an island in this area. On this island is the campus where I attended Logan High School. You can make out the football stadium and the baseball field.
Here’s another view of the lay of the land.
This is what I call Grandma Sheppard’s tunnel. She used to live on the other side of the hill. This was the only way in. I got tickled when my husband took me there in 2014. Having never been there before, he put his truck in four-wheel drive. 🙂 He didn’t know what he would encounter. However, the creek is so shallow that the water almost comes up to a person’s ankles. The pavement is worn and rough, but there are no big holes. Tunnels such as this, and most of them larger than this, are common in southwest WV. It was fun driving through tunnels when I was a kid. My dad would allow us to stick our heads out the windows and holler, so we could hear our voices bouncing off the walls/ceiling.
Some roads are worse than this, more steep.
I moved from Logan when I was 31. After living in flat land Florida at sea level for a good while, I went back to Logan to visit my relatives. Driving around, one area called Valley View looked so funny to me. Here it is below.
To see more archival pictures of where I grew up, go to this site:
Well, I didn’t know all of this chatter was going to take place. I will now show you the card I made for my brother’s July birthday. Since I’ve already said so much, I will try to keep it short.
Ice Cream Treats:
- Newton’s Nook Summer Scoops Stamps
- Copic Blending Card X-Press It Paper
- Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
- MISTI Stamping Tool
- Memento Black Dual Marker – Color the edge of the stamps to cover the white.
- Uniball Signo Impact White Pen – Cover up mistakes on the white area.
- Clear Gelly Roll Pen – Put this on the sprinkles and let it dry to have a raised area before coloring with Copics.
- Copic Markers
- All ice cream is colored C1, C0, 0 (colorless blender)
- cone – RV10, Y00, E70; top – B12, B14, B18, C0
- cup – B12, B14, B18; R24, R27, R29
- float – B12, B14, B18, C0; R24, R27, R29; G07, G09, C0
- Multi-liner pen, .35 – Trace over stamp lines.
- shadow – C1
- Creative Memories 12-inch Straight Trimmer
- Doodlebug Design, Inc. Patriotic Picnic 6X6 inch Paper Pad – Cut 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.
- Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Tape
- Creative Memories Custom Cutting System – Layering Ovals
- Faber-Castell Pitt Pen, Bold – Go around largest oval.
- Liquitex Matte Gel Medium – Glue images to center of front panel
- 110# Neenah Solar White Cardstock, cut to 8.5 X 5.5 inches and folded
- Martha Stewart Scoring Board, make a fold line at 5 1/2″
- bone folder
- Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush, India Ink, Cobalt Blue – Go around the edges on the card front.
110# Neenah Solar White Cardstock – Stamp sentiment. Cut two strips the same width, leaving one a little longer. Cut fish tales on both ends. Using the Cobalt Blue Marker, color the fish tails of the longer strip. Glue the two strips together with the liquid glue. Use EZ Runner Tape to adhere it to the card.
Doodlebug Design, Inc. Sprinkles – Lily White Glitter, Ladybug Assortment, Blue Jean Glitter Assortment
Faber-Castell Pitt Pen, S, Black – Go around the adhered Sprinkles so the white shows up on the card.
That’s it and the supplies list was not short. Sorry about that. I hope you enjoyed the quick trip to my girlhood home. I titled this page Double Happy because it is Davey’s birthday and the time of the 4th of July. If you liked this post, please press the LIKE button at the bottom of the post. A comment would be lovely. If you live in the U.S.A., Happy 4th of July!
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