Sunday, May 3, 2015

#walletcard- Kylecard Goes To The Movies

When we last heard from Kylecard in February he was starting to show some wear on his sides. Lots has changed since then, and it has been why February was his last sighting. Back then I finally got a new credit cards holder for the wallet. Sadly this new holder was much smaller than the old version. Smaller meaning that Kylecard no longer fits in any area of the wallet other than where the cash goes.

With that being his only home in the wallet I will be totally honest here. Putting him in that location wouldn't be a pretty sight. Odds are his survival rate would be very low, and that is just to make it through the month. So poor Kylecard has been sitting here near the computer as sad as the real Kyle has been. The good side is it means Kylecard is still surviving, and staring back at me daily. The downside is he has missed out on three photo ops that I really wanted to share.

Last night I seem to have solved the dilemma of how to get Kylecard in some new photos. In the car we have a spot we toss all our loose change, and now new home to Kylecard. This will work out great now as all I need to do is remember him, and when I believe a photo op is nearby. Kylecard can come out of the car, and join us for the photo. Now with all that out of the way let's get down to business. 

Saturday the wife has been eager to watch a movie, and so off to make the hour long drive we made the trip north.

The reason for this trip taking an hour was as you can see. We headed off to the closest drive-in for a double feature. A drive-in that as far as we know is one of the only two remaining in the state. I even got a crazy look from the wife when I brought out Kylecard for his first adventure picture. She was very understanding though as that is her hand holding him up.

For this art of the post I was going to do the picture of Kylecard in front of the drive-in sign, but we were met by a surprising sight. According to the wife they open at seven, but when we arrived at 6:30 they were already open. So this means no sign picture, and cards related to the movies instead.

(all cards from an internet search. I have a few of these, but to save time just ran with a search instead)

If you are either hiding under a rock, or lost without knowing what is going on in the world. The Avengers was recently released, and the drive-in knew it needed to play it and fast.

Being a drive-in meant we were in for a double feature. Our second showing was to be Cinderella, and was to start at almost midnight. I say was as things were working against us watching the second movie. First is the wife isn't feeling good. She wanted to watch it in the worst way so I had to protect her from herself, and say we needed to leave. Second is the daughter's friend already saw the movie so she was not really interested in a second showing at that time of night. Third is I'm not interested in the movie like the wife, and daughter are. Like the friend I'm even less interested in it starting at midnight, and with the hour drive afterwards I'm at a total loss of interest. 

Odds are if it is still playing next weekend we will go to a regular theater, and watch it then. So not seeing it last night shouldn't be a total loss for my two girls. Who knows if Kylecard will be making his second appearance then or not. Only time will tell when he next pops up.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Lost Files- Clearing The Folder

Every so often the artelope project needs to have the riff-raff cleared out. Unfortunately I've been holding out hope for too long when it comes to these envelopes. Today though I finally admit defeat on these, and move on towards returns that might actually arrive.

The NBA Developmental League was very hit or miss with me this year. This artelope sent to the Reno Bighorns was a miss which was a real bummer. Deciding to use the fact that the team plays in Reno where as we all know gambling is legal. I thought it might be a fun idea to do rolling dice, but with the dots as basketballs. It turned out just as I had hoped, but not with the results. An e-mail was even sent to a member of the staff in hopes that maybe sending a new request might yield results. I guess the team is just to busy as the e-mail went unanswered as well.

From looking at the basketball you can tell this is another unanswered artelope to the NBADL. With how bad my luck was with the league I stopped sending out requests when these two failed to return. I try to send out a couple feeler requests, and see how those go before going a little more full force. If one comes back I will usually toss out another one or two, and see how that runs before getting in too deep.

As per the idea for the artwork on this one. I went with the team logo, but added a bit of a twist. Our design goes with a different style of flames than the ones used by the Skyforce. I say ours as the daughter pulled off the flames being it is one of her favorite things to draw. She likes them so much another fire drawing will hopefully be making an appearance in the returns very soon.

Moving on from the NBADL to the IFL, or better known as the Indoor Football League. Only missing six teams in the league I thought it would be fun to make a run at finishing the league this year. This run made an abrupt stop as three were sent, and zero came home. I might still make a run at the three I didn't mail to as I'm just glutton for punishment. As for the Axemen I thought it would make a great drawing to use two axes as the artwork.

Number two out of the three IFL emptiness is the Storm.The bad news with this artelope is scanning it doesn't do the thing justice. While you can see the grey clouds at the top of the envelope. What you don't see, or have to look real hard for is all the lightning. The pen color I used doesn't show well when scanned, but look real good in person. That was my thought, but maybe the Storm office didn't think so as they never made a return. Much like the Bighorns I sent out an e-mail to the Storm, and fell flat there too.

What you don't see here is the third missing team from the IFL. That is because despite being what I consider a lost. The team did reply to an e-mail, and another specific request for a business card has been sent. That artelope will get its time to shine after the new request makes its anticipated return. The worst part about all these failures is I am now at seven for the year, and close to last years total. Hopefully things will turn around, and the year closes out with a bang.

Friday, May 1, 2015


For the first time in years, and waaaay overdue I got new glasses. The bad news is as I'm getting older so are my eyes. This has led to vision that continues to go downhill.

Things have finally gotten to the point where I had to either get progressive lenses, or carry two pair. Progressive won out, and now comes the adjustment period. Right now it is still driving me crazy to a point, but I'm working through it.

While I'm going nuts there is a silver lining to the new glasses. For the past couple years I honestly have had a brutal time when it comes to the baseball cards, business cards, and pocket schedules. The worst has been those smaller, and smaller numbers that Topps has been putting on their cards. Now thanks to these new glasses I will finally be able to read the numbers without looking for the magnifying glass. Should be fun to once again enjoy the cards they are meant to be enjoyed.I can't wait.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Artelopes- Three Successes At Long Last

When it comes to the artelopes project I've had a great week. With a ton of stuff floating out there I nailed down three returns that are everything I could hope for.

Starting off the returns was what came in due to the artwork above. This year the Hillcats change affiliations to the Cleveland Indians. What this meant to the business card collection is I'm in need of a new card.

Keeping it simple due to my brain starting to struggle with ideas. I went with the team logo minus the cat in the middle. It's not a bad looking logo that makes me wonder with the blog name why I don't collect the teams schedules.

Lynchburg did me right by sending two schedules, and two business cards. They did a decent job with the schedule by keeping it simple, and not to cluttered.

Second up, and coming in the same day was the return from the Tennessee Smokies.

This season the Smokies announced a new logo that honestly I am a huge fan of. For my artwork I decided to go with a secondary logo rather than the new much sweeter looking one.

As you can see from the business card, the team decided to finally embrace their affiliation with the Cubbies. Not only did they do a fantastic job with the new logo, the use of it in their schedules is very well done. I'm not a huge fan of all the internet info, but it doesn't destroy the look that much.

Last up was today's return, and a streak that will hopefully keep going.

Much like the Smokies the Rough Riders went with a new look for 2015. When teasing this brand new look the team posted the logo I used for the envelope sent their direction. I toyed with a few other ideas, but thought the spectacles was a different design that just worked.

In the return category the Rough Riders nailed it as well. The team did a classy looking schedule despite keeping it simple with the ever often used log. Frisco did an even better job with the business card. Using the new logo, and then the 'Speak Softly, And Carry A Big Stick" on the back is pretty sweet. While I've never done a top list for business cards this version would rank in the top 50 I believe. I've always been a sucker for cards that use the back in their design usage.

Overall this was three returns that will hopefully keep going with the few still roaming the country. On a side note I want to let Marc know I got his cards, and will be doing a post in the next few days. Sorry, about the delay Marc.