These are the original boxes used for the Problem Child Cards by Tracy Hambley.
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All original boxes created for the Problem Child card line are sold out.
Airbrushed sky, vintage print from children's book, pig, wings.
I have always loved the concept of pigs flying but always thought it might be a bit too cliche and unimaginative to use as a theme for one of my boxes. However, as I was thinking up ideas for the cards, I couldn't get it out of my head-so I finally caved.
There are many instances, good and bad, that cause the pigs in our life to fly: reaching middle-age, getting your dream job, that diploma, moving up, moving out, leaving the rat race, getting the boy, losing the girl....so many flying pigs.
Maybe you'll send this card when the pig in one of your friend's or family's life fly.
Pages from vintage cook book, oven dials, old medical print. Another reason why I love Potluck Press: They appreciate my sense of humor! If you know my work, you also know that I often create pieces based on titles. So when Patti asked for a baby related card, Bun in the Oven immediately popped in my head. Within days I had bought and baked my first Pillsbury ready-made rolls. Unfortunately, Pillsbury did not include a warning that opening the canister would scare the crap out of you. No more "home made" buns for me. Anyway, I left the rolls out for over two weeks until they were good and hard, then picked the best one. While visiting the family in New Hampshire, my sis-in-law, my niece, and I walked to the local dump in search of dials for my Bun in the Oven card. In the pouring rain, we scoured the rusting remains of over 50 ovens looking for dials. Every couple minutes or so I could hear the sweet voice of my 12 year old niece scream out at the top of her lungs, "Tracy! I think I found the perfect boob dials!"
Guest checks, vintage menu and ice cream advertisingephemera, cake and candles.
Call me immature, which I am, but I just love the expression 'Junk in the Trunk.' I can't get enough of it. I mean, come on, how great is the idea of Junk in the Trunk? It's brilliant and has so many possibilities, especially for a card! I thought Patti was going to nix this idea before I could get the word "Junk" out of my mouth, but she loved it, and that's why I love Potluck Press.
We all deserve a little Birthday Junk in the Trunk, don't we girls?
Cigarette pack foil, vintage cake topper grooms. This card came out of the blue for me, and though Patti liked it, she was a bit ambivalent about publishing it. In fact, she only agreed to use it if I wrote the inside copy ....which I did: You never were much of a health nut. Enough said. Sold
Vintage Stamps, old brass post office box, enamel doll, envelopes.
Patti asked me to create a baby card, so I looked around my studio hoping something would inspire me. I had a bunch of interesting old medical books filled with illustrations showing the how and whys, in graphic detail, of pregnancy and the birth process. But Patti reminded me that she was in the business of selling cards, not traumatizing people who were trying to find a clever little card to celebrate a baby's birth. I refused to use storks, big bows, baby bottles or any other cliches on my card. In the end, I used one of the biggest cliches in the book- Special Delivery. But I still think it worked.
Incidentally, please don't use this card to teach your curious young kids about where babies come from just so they'll stop bugging you. If you want, I have some cool old books with pictures I can lend you.
Vintage original love letters found at a flea market, pencils.
Patti saw this piece on my other blog and instantly fell in love with it. In fact, she commissioned me to do one for her husband for Valentine's Day with their names carved into the pencils.
She thought it would make a perfect anniversary or "thinking of you" card, and I couldn't agree more. Some of the letters in this piece were written by a gentleman to his wife while he on a battleship in the Pacific during WW2. The letters were so heartfelt and personal I was reluctant to use them. But I felt they deserved a better fate then in a dirty box at some flea market. So to pay homage to this devoted husband and soldier, I decided to create a shadowbox. This should confirm to all those skeptics out there that true love actually does exist. Sold
Patti saw this piece on my blog and loved it and thought it would make a perfect card for those of us who lose our marbles on a daily basis. Now there is a card to celebrate the art of the mini mental breakdown!
Vintage toy gun and holster, candles, lipstick, noisemaker, aspirin.
There's a little bit of cowgirl in all of us, and Patti definitely agrees, so she asked me to design a birthday card with this in mind.
Cowgirls always come to the rescue of their fellow cowgirls, and they always come prepared- especially on the occasion of a birthday which can sometimes be a traumatic event for too many reasons to list here. Wherever you are, she'll bring the party to you along with a few little extras just in case the party gets a little wild.
Old "Quiz me" card game, wedding cake topper from the 50's.
Marriage and a guessing game.
Just when we think we have this relationship thing figured out, our husband or wife does something to throw us off balance and keep us guessing all over again. Personally, I don't think that's such a bad thing- it keeps us on our toes. Just as long as it's not our toes being stepped on. SOLD
How many times have you sat down to write a card, a letter, or an email to express how you feel to someone, but it all comes out so damn lame. No matter how many times you try, you eventually give up because you just can't find the right words. Unfortunately, the words you wanted to say are never shared; an opportunity is lost and that's a damn shame.
Whether it be an apology, a confession, or a declaration of love, hopefully this card will do the job for you.