Wednesday, August 26, 2009


How's your week going? More relaxing than mine, I hope. ;)

We started school today, and the kids also begin going to their Wednesday evening programs as well...Awana Club for Chloe and Jr. High youth group at our church for Noah (still having a hard time grasping the fact that 6th graders are in junior high here, unlike making the transition in 7th grade where we moved from). So we've been at it most of the day doing school, and in a few minutes from now I'll be in the kitchen taking care of dinner and dishes so we can all rush out and start making the rounds about town dropping off and picking up the kids (of course neither of their activities are anywhere near our home, and they're not even near each other!). But in between those times, my hubby and I will have a good hour of 'togetherness' --not very long, but we'll take it! It's something that's a little rare for us since leaving California (and our built-in babysitters...our older kids -lol). I'm just thankful to have these activities for them, and that this only happens once a week! ;D

Oh, you came to see a card? lol Well, okay; if you insist....

I made this card while visiting my parents last month. And aside from getting to spend time with them (and eat too much of my mom's DELICIOUS cooking!), I was really thankful to be able to use some of my mom's card-making stash (she's got a TON!) on this card.

I was making it for some friends who had graciously invited us to stay with them on the last night of our travels, and their home {and lifestyle} is VERY western. They're not farmers or ranchers, but they've got an old covered stage wagon (sans the cover) in their pasture, and horses, chickens, and dogs all over the place. (No tractor though. -lol) And if that weren't enough to convince you of their passion, their home's decor is a rich display of hardwood floors, wooden stair rails, animal-skin rugs, bar stools with saddles, beautiful antique furniture, rustic ranchers' tools, and a host of other period pieces. I love the warmth and charm of their home but could NEVER imagine myself doing the amount of dusting that must be required on all those pieces! Jannelle even does Vintage photography, complete with a large selection of costumes, props, and backdrops, in her home studio. Fun, fun, fun.

Being a city girl born and raised, with a country girl inside yearning to get out (hence, our move from bustling, overcrowded So. Cal to a more rural area), I do have some western-theme supplies, but not a lot. However, because my parents now live near the quaint little town of Wickenburg, AZ, where the western motif is a little more apparent than southwest, my mom had quite a bit for me to choose from. Knowing that I needed to make this card away from home, I did bring some supplies {like the Lockhart Boots and the rustic jute twine from Papertrey}, but Mom came to my rescue (again...she's the BEST mom EVER!) with the cute patterned papers, the sentiment stamp, the corner punch, and distressing tools --thanks again, Mom!). Oh, and the original inspiration for my card was this: ...Chloe's cowgirl boots. ;D

And if you're wondering where all the fancy piercing/stitching detail on my paper interpretation is...all I can say is that I had the template, started to attempt it, but in the end was too chicken to make that first blind pierce --I KNEW I'd inevitably have ruined them and would've had to start over. ;(

The sketch was another Mojo Monday sketch (and was current at the time), Sketch 97. I really enjoy working with sketches, and the Mojo ones are some of my favorites. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit. Y'all come back now, ya hear! (That was bad...I know. Sorry. Kinda. lol) Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: White Daisy, Cranberry, Barn Red, Desert Sand (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: western words Signature Collections (Creative Imaginations), red bandanna print (Carolee's Creations), Leather Saddle (SandyLion)

Stamps: Boots (Lockhart), Ride 'Em Cowgirl (My Favorite Things), Boards and Beams (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other: small star punch, photo corner punch (SU!), Standard Classic Large and Small Circle Nestabilties dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Crafts), edge distressor (CTMH), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Rustic Jute Twine (Papertrey Ink), foam mounting tape


Pat said...

Hey, I guess I'm the first one to see your blog come through (yes, it actually came through for the first time in months) so I get to comment first ;-) You already know that I love this card because I looked over your shoulder as you made it, so I'm glad to see you finally sharing it. But quit gushing about your mom, will you? It's embarrassing! Love ya ........ Mom -- Of course, I have to say how much I adore you as well ;-)

Sarah said...

It is SO cool that your mom and you share the same passion for crafting! How lucky you are!
We have been going at it Home school wise for 4 or 5 far so major UPs or DOWNs LOL
I totally love your totally nailed the Western!!! I LOVE those boots cute.

Jeanne said...

Yeehaw! What a fantastic card, Christi! Love every single detail about it. I will try to get out to my craft room today to search out tips on using the templates....

Have an awesome day!