Friday, May 23, 2008

Because I wanna be a cowboy, baby, with the top let back and the sunshine shinin'...

Ok first let me say that you will be shocked by what you are about to see. Do not be alarmed, I have not lost my mind. Don't be scared, just enjoy. *wink*

Today I am hosting the very first Unity Stamps Inspiration Challenge. This is something that will be happening from now on, every Friday in the Unity Member Forum. The challenge I came up with was quite that....a challenge. Even for me. Ready?

I love the new singles that Unity released last week. Yall know I love quotes. So I took my first inspiration from the new Single: Be the Change you wish to see in the world. - Ghandi

Is there a crafting trend you'd like to change? A movement you want to start? Here's your chance to go for it! Take your imagination on a ride with a current trend and change it up or take it a step further to what only you can dream it to be.

And here's my sample (hold onto your seats, folks!)...

No you do not need to adjust your screen. That is IN FACT a scrapbook page. Seriously!
Ok, so I haven't scrapped for almost two years. Please be gentle with me!!

This is a cutie picture of my oldest, Caleb, at age three. He loves posing for pictures and always has. He has these killer blue eyes that will break hearts later, I just know it. I thought it was perfect to use for this project.

The trend I took on was sewing on your projects. I decided it would be awesome to see more of that, so to stretch it in a different way, I decided to embroider the word Cowboy from the Wanna Be a Cowboy kit. After having completed my brilliant and genius plan, I have to HOPE that embroidering on projects does NOT catch on. If it does, it will be a trend that will pass me right on by. I lost my religion and sanity doing this, people. All for you. So enjoy it. Here's a close-up:

First I stamped the image and colored the rope with a red marker. I then pierced where I would embroider, so the needle wouldn't have to work so hard. Yes, it looks kind of "hairy" because I used May Arts twine instead of Embroidery Floss. Gives it a rustic look, I think. Plus I have no embroidery floss. *grin*

Ok, so for those of you that want to take me up on the challenge, remember to link me up here or upload to SCS with the keyword UIC01 so I can see what greatness you came up with! To get you started, here are some trend ideas to spin off: Scallops, Bling, Dew Drops, Sewing, primas, & dry embossed backgrounds. There's not a deadline, but I will be posting a new challenge next week, so you might as well play soon!

And remember, this is an inspiration challenge! There are no rules, no right or wrong. So just feel free to play!


Christi Snow said...

Shannan, this layout is awesome! well worth the effort! and he just couldn't be any cuter!

Alicia said...

You should scrapbook more...I just love it! I have the best picture of my son in the hospital. He "had" cancer...I can say that now and after he shaved his head, he wanted a red cowboy hat. Well, of course our little guy gets whatever he wants so I have the most adorable picture of him with his hat on in his hospital bed just as happy as can you are making me want this set.

Love your work.
Thanks for sharing it.

Jess said...

Shannan, that's super adorable! I love the "hairy" rope look!!!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh my goodness, this is adorable, Shannan! LOVE it!

Susan Liles susiestampalot said...

this is so cute, shannan and that picture of him is perfect!! i love the embroidery that you did! now that's something i haven't done in forevah!!
i would like to change one person's crafty trend!! intervention is the only answer.
no, love sus

Christi said...

All I keep doing is remembering that page that you never finished that laid on your back table forever ago. Is that page still around? LOL This is adorable!! I remember when Caleb was that little. LOL You really should scrapbook more and WOW on the embrodering.

Suzy T said...

Now Shanan, this is just too cute. I love the embroidery! You did a good job.

AJ said...

this is super!!!
I *knew* you had it in ya!!
looking forward to more great pages from you! ;)

Debbie Olson said...

Shannan, your page is great, and that textured embroidery is the BEST touch! (Besides the adorable picture, of course! ;-D)

Alli Miles said...

Look at you all scrappy n' stuff! WTG for starting after 2 years...I was totally in the same spot about a month ago. I am LOVING IT all over again. Very cute pic too!

angela magnuson {mag-na-son} said...

Super adorable! What a great idea. I think you should embroider ALL THE TIME! :) I think I may need to create this weekend, I am feeling the urge. You inspire me!

Cindy Haffner said...

I think your cheating when you have such a handsome young man to scrapbook, what a cutie, and awesome job on your page, it rocks.

Julia Stainton said...

Sooooooooooooo cute! I love it!

Savor the Journey * TexasGrammy said...

This is totally DARLING!


Jessie/knightrone said...

This is so super cute, the embroidery is awesome, no matter how bad it kicked your butt!!

shel9999 said...

Totally adorable page!! (Love the stitching!) And totally adorable picture!!!

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