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Take off on American Gothic.

I got this crazy cow stamp from High Hopes Rubber stamps because it made me laugh out loud.  It is a take-off on a famous American painting called American Gothic.  This stamp is called American Cowthic.  Go Figure.

 

I have had this stamp set for a while now, but I realised it would look great with my Barbed Wire paper from Authentique, so I made this card.

 

Here is the inspiration for the stamp:

 

Here is American Cowthic:

 

I laughed again as I posted it.  I feel like I have already gotten my money’s worth out of this cute stamp.

Thinking of Arizona

We have had our first plant killing snowfall of the year.   As usual, we all winge and moan about how crazy it is that snow came so early, when in fact it does this every year.  In fact, the rarity is if we don’t get a September snowfall.  What this inevitable snowfall does for me is to get me thinking about Arizona and my upcoming trip down south again.

Right now, Phoenix is in the middle of the Scrapbook Expo, and so, I wish I was there.  Also this week, I signed up for a number of classes for Creativation in January, so the excitement for the winter season in Arizona is rising.

The challenge this month for the Phoenix Papercrafters group is Southwest/cactus.  Recently, I made some cards using a paint dragging technique (inspiration from a Jennifer McGuire video).  This technique really lends itself to the Southwest colours/desert sunset type of background and so I decided to combine that with some stamps/dies from Scraps of Love and Concord and 9th.

The paint dragging technique is super easy to do, but oh so difficult to have it end up just like you envisioned it.  That is part of the charm of the technique……………………….you have to give up control………………….and embrace some of the weird parts to make it work.   Actually, what I did was keep on thinking that the NEXT one IS going to turn out just like I envisioned it until I had eleven sunset backgrounds drying all over my house.

In the end, I loved all of the cards and the not quite what I envisioned backgrounds.  Take a look:

 

Sook, this one is from Moab, Utah but still Southwestern in theme.

Coffee Lovers Bloghop Spring/Summer 2018 #2

Today’s card just turned out so cute, that I couldnt wait to post it.  I had bought this Gnome image and sentiment stamp from High Hopes Rubber Stamps, just because it appealed to my sense of humour.  I was thinking about how to make sure the card had a spring/summer feel when I thought of the Gnomes stamp.  Sure enough one of the “Garden” gnomes is even holding a flower.  When I finished the card, I thought it needed a little somethin somethin.  Then I remembered these insanely cute “ice cubes” from My Favorite Things.  The iced coffee is a Sprinkles from Doodlebug and the straws are from Jolee’s by You.

 

Red Road Apples

It is the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, so you would think I would make a Thanksgiving card to post today.  Nope, I pull out a Christmas image from High Hopes Rubber Stamps and start to make something with it.  The stamp is a Holstein cow shown from the backside…………..not the back side…………the backside.    It is not as easy as one would think to colour a Holstein cow.  It is a black and white image on white cardstock, so there is not a lot going on.  Luckily the cow is wearing a Santa hat and has a ribbon tied to her tail that I coloured in traditional red.  Design theory states that the “eye” prefers things in odd numbers.  That meant that I needed a third touch of the red to appease the “eye” gods.  Because the image shows the backside of the cow front and centre, I decided to get my third pop of red from a trail of red “road apples”.   I am still wondering why I can’t see the “udder” piece of anatomy in this image, but with this image view, I am sure glad the Holstein is not a bull.   Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians.

 

Happy Canada Day!

I wasn’t going to make a Canada Day  card this year.  Somehow as the day progressed, I felt like I had forgotten to do something. That something was to express my pride in being a Canadian, and making a Canada Day card helped me do that.

I  made a slider card on my Pazzles cutter.  Now, Scrapendipity has a slider die from Art impressions that will make a slider for you.  Unfortunately, my stack of Canadian animals was a bit wider than the slider die allowed.   Had I chosen to use the die and just crop a bit, I would have had time to get groceries as well as make this card, and I would not be having a popcorn sandwich for dinner.  Take my advice..buy the die.

I think the card is quite cute though.  Happy Canada day everyone.

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Note the attention to detail………I taped the stick!  My only complaint is that it seems Spellbinders thinks we play hockey with pucks the size of beach balls. 🙂