Tuesday, May 4, 2010

If it starts to rainin' will just head to the barn...we're country boys and girls gettin' down on the farm...

Good morning, y'all! I know, try not to faint...I am posting 2 days in a row. Can you believe it? *wink* I have something really fun to share today, so hold on to your hat!

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Libby posted a fun card on her blog and shared that she wanted to start a feature on her blog called Texas Tuesday. You all know how I love my cowgirl & country stuff, so I commented and said I wanted to play along. Turns out I wasn't the only one! It snowballed into a fun little group of us Texas girls playing together on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month...and if you want to join us, you're welcome to!

So without further ado, here's my card:

I chose this Summer Bard & Windmill stamp from Serendipity...I just love this image! I had a hard time with the layout, so I went with an old faithful backup. After you spend an hour coloring an image, you're kind of spent! *grin*

So here's my process:
Step 1: Stamp image in Memento Black on Neenah Solar White cardstock.
Step 2: Color image with Copic markers while watching 4-6 episodes of Will & Grace.
Step 3: Trim image and sponge edges with Antique Linen & Tea Dye Distress Inks.
Step 4: Distress edges with Tonic distressing tool.
Step 5: Mat with Dark Chocolate cardstock (PTI) and distress edges.
Step 6: Cut scalloped edge of Chocolate cardstock with Medium Scalloped Die (PTI)
Step 7: Sand strip of green Core'dinations cardstock from Cosmo Cricket textured collection. Sponge edges and raised bits with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Step 8: Distress edges of green strip and mat with scalloped brown strip.
Step 9: Sponge edges of Kraft A2 card base with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
Step 10: Adhere green/brown strip onto left side of card base.
Step 11: Add main image popped up on foam dimensionals.

Phew! It seems pretty straightforward, but there was a LOT of hemming and hawing on this one! I tried patterned paper, background stamps, ribbon...but I think this textured cardstock works perfectly. I hope you like it!

Now...there's more fun for you...you get to check out some friends who played along in our little Texas Tues-Step. At first, we were a group of cowgirls...but Mark Jetton from Deadbeat Designs played along, so maybe we can be cowpokes? Anywho, here's a list for ya:

Libby Hickson
Linda McClain
Betty Schaub
Geeta Suggs
Mark Jetton

So scoot on over and say howdy to my friends, and I'll see ya later! Have a fabulous day!

Stupid law of the day from right here in TX:
When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone.


Pam Varnell said...

This is gorgeous Shannan. Love that beautiful country scene. Congrats on the new team!!! Hugs!!

Cassie said...

oh man - this is truly a work of art!
i've explored the rest of the texas trail and am hoping to play along too! thanks for sharing the links - as they were all new to me!!

Danni said...

Such a wonderful card!

Jennifer said...

Wow! What a great card! Love that scene and your coloring is AMAZING!!

Anonymous said...

Love your card! Beautiful. LOL on the 4-6 episodes of W&G. Awesome. And that quote...well, sigh... :)

Linda McClain said...

Wow - this should be in a frame - gorJUS.

Jessie/knightrone said...

Gorgeous work Shannon, and that law, LOL!!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Beautiful! Love your coloring and the distressed edges.

Christi said...

What a fun challenge!! Being a Texas gal myself I definitely need to play along! LOL!! LOVE your card GF!!

Libby Hickson said...

Your card is gorgeous Shannan! So glad we're playing with Texasy cards together, YAY! :-)

Ida P. Krause said...

What a fun challenge. Love your Texas Scene...very peaceful.

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Yee Haw! Fun card and post! I just wanna kick up my heels and have a country spin around the studio! LOL!

A Texan farmer goes to Australia

A Texan farmer goes to Australia for a vacation. There he meets an Aussie farmer and gets talking. The Aussie shows off his big wheat field and the Texan says, "Oh! We have wheat fields that are at least twice as large".

Then they walk around the ranch a little, and the Aussie shows off his herd of cattle. The Texan immediately says, " We have longhorns that are at least twice as large as your cows".

The conversation has, meanwhile, almost died when the Texan sees a herd of kangaroos hopping through the field. He asked, "And what are those"?

The Aussie replies with an incredulous look, "Don't you have any grasshoppers in Texas"?

Mandy said...

Great card! And I LOVE that law! BWAHAHAHAHA!

Carrie said...

This is so gorgeous Shannan!!

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