Friday, August 19, 2011

Welcome to the Rodeo!

I recently participated in a Rodeo theme virtual stamping night over at Split Coast and I never got the cards posted here on my blog - so I thought I'd share them now.   There are 6 in all - so you may want to grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle in!!

The challenge for this card was to use flags or pennants and red/white/blue.
I embossed the square Nestability on my card. Then I stamped the cowboy, the mountain and desert background on a panel sponged the edges and adhered it inside the frame. I sponged the edges of the card and the frame.  I stamped the banners and cut them with Nested Lacey Pennants. I attached twine to the back of them and adhered them to the card with foam tape.

For the second challenge -  we were to use 'the Queen's wave'
(like she waves to the crowd when attending events) - to use something on your card that waves - (like arms, banners, flags, a field of grass, the ocean!)

I was stumped for a bit - then remembered this fun set by Waltzingmouse that includes arms that are waving!! I added the guitar to his waving hand to bring in the Western connection!  I drew the street line with a micron pen to ground the scene and sponged the edges with Antique Linen.
For the next challenge the theme was rodeo clown, to use 4 bright colors and make something 'pop'

I think you can see all the bright colors I used - and I actually had a clown stamp from Rubbernecker to use on my card!. The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse.  I popped up the clown on foam tape and the rhinestones kind of pop up being gems and all - right?!!

The 4th challenge was to use sequins on your card.
I had these sweet little flower sequins in my drawer -  this is the first time I've ever used them! I've had them forever and almost threw them out the last time I was attempting to clean up my craft room!  My stamps are from Waltzingmouse.  I embossed a square Nestability on my card, tied a wrinkled seam tape ribbon around the card - then stamped the boots on a panel, drew the squiggle lines and adhered it inside the frame popped up on foam tape.  I stamped the sentiment under the frame and added the flower sequins with quick dry adhesive.

Challenge #5 was to brayer a sunset.
I confess -  I absolutley CANNOT brayer, I don't get good coverage and it looks all streaky whenever I try!  - so I sponged my sunset.....  I stamped the desert silhouette and clear embossed it. Then I punched a circle for a mask for the sun - placed the circle where I wanted the sun setting and sponged the sky colors. I removed the circle mask and sponged the sun. Then I just stamped the sentiment on the card.  My stamps are all from Waltzingmouse

And for the 6th and final challenge (phew!) our card had to be inspired by the words in the song Wild Wild West by Escape Club AND to use gingham.  
I was inspired by the line  "love her eyes and her wild wild hair"

I bought this fun stamp by Art Gone Wild several years ago and I've never used it (!) but I knew I had it - so first - I had to find it!  Her wild hair sure fits - but we cannot tell about her eyes since they are covered with 'shades'! I colored her with Copics and cut it out around the edges. I stamped the blanket background and sentiment with stamps from Waltzingmouse.  I tied two ribbons around the card - one gingham and one wrinkled seam tape then layered the image over them with foam tape.  I added orange rhinestones around the sentiment and yellow Stickles on the flames of the birthday candles all for a little sparkle!

So there you have it -  thanks for sticking with me through this  long post!   It was one wild night of stamping let me tell you - you had to make each challenge card in 45 minutes or less (scout's honor!) nothing like stress to get your creative juices going!!

The weekend's almost here - whoo hoo!!!  Kent and I plan on getting the kayaks out and paddling around a local lake tomorrow.

Giddy Up!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Bitty Banners, Back in the Saddle, Way Out West

Paper: Rustic White - PTI
Ink: Memento Danube Blue & Lady Bug, Ranger Distress - Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters, Milled Lavender
Accessories: Square Nestabilities, Nested Lacey Pennants Spellbinders, foam tape, Twine - PTI

Have a Rootin Tootin Time:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Back in the Saddle, Half Pint Heroes

Paper: White, true black - PTI, Brown Washboard Bazzill
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Potters Clay, Ranger Distress - Antique Linen
Accessories: Micron 01 Fine black pen, Copics - C6, E00, E35, E37, BG10, R20, R29, Y35, Silver pen - creative memories

Yee Haw:
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Clowns & Crowns #528, Waltzingmouse - Back in the Saddle

Paper: white, pure poppy, summer sunrise - PTI, orange - Coredinations, DP October Afternoon Modern Homemaker
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Copics YR04, R29, R20, B04, E00, Rhinestones - Studio 18/Michaels, circle and pinking circle Nestabilities

Hey There Little Lady!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Back in the Saddle

Paper: white - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Rose Bud
Accessories: wrinkled seam tape, foam tape, black micron 01 fine tip pen, flower sequins - Cartwright, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, square nestability

Happy Trails:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Back in the Saddle, Way Out West

Paper: yellow washboard Bazzill, White - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Imperial Purple, Ranger Distress - Weathered wood, dried marigold, mustard seed, scattered straw
Accessories: blending tool, non stick craft mat - Ranger, clear EP, hot gun, 1 1/2" circle punch - EK Success

Birthday Shindig:
Stamps: Suzy Toronto - Art Gone WIld, Sentiment from Back in The Saddle set, Blanket background stamp from Way Out West Set - Waltzingmouse

Paper: White, Orange Zest - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tangelo, Cantaloupe
Accessories: Copics: R14, R20, R29, R32, YR07, Y38, Y00, T2, E00, E31, E33, E37, E44, BG10, B05, BV00, Foam tape, Rhinestones - Kaiser, orange gingham ribbon - Offray, orange wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, yellow stickles


Kristie said...

All fun cards! I think my favorite is the sunset one - it's awesome!!

Craftilicious said...

These are all fabulous!

I was useless with my brayer until I discovered Barbara Grey from Clarity Stamps - the lack of lines is all down to the wheelie technique (taking ink of the top corner of the brayer). Barbara does fab demos on Create and Craft - if you click the links to past shows under the products, a lot of the demo's will feature brayering$s=clarity

Riet said...

What a gorgeous cards Julia.

Hugs Riet.xx

Anonymous said...

I have seen some of these during the mini VSN, but they are ALL just too fun!! I loved this theme and there was so much room for fun and creativity, don't you think?! Thanks for sharing all of these!! :) Hope you have a great weekend!! HUGS

velta said...

Well Julia, I must say...This is a side of you that I have never seen...or maybe I have missed something...I absolutely love all of these cards...they show your obviously funny personality! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

Debgem said...

Julia - these are just super. All so different - I love the bug and guy with his guitar, but my favourite is the first card with the banner! Although the little boots are kinda cute! Oh heck - they're all fab!

Joanne (jojot) said...

a bavulously eclectic collection of creations....can't pick a fav....but love the range of themes and designs...fabulous

Betty Wright said...

WOW! Awesome designs, Julia! You totally rocked the images and the details are perfection! Great cards!

Joan Ervin said...

Gosh, girly...that's a lotta stampin...LOL!!! Each one of your cards is absolutely FABULOUS!!!!! Wish I could have played in some of the challenges...maybe next time!!

Jan said...

Love your cards..the top one "Giddy Up" is adorable :)

Michelle said...

WOW Julia, you've been a bit busy. On the first card, I love how you put a panel on your card. I never think to do that but I so like the look. The second card is just too cute with your little guy waving his guitar. Your third card pops with color and the clown is just fun. I just love the sentiment on card four. I can hear John Wayne speaking it now. Happy Trails is just gorgeous with your sunset and I love the way the sun glows against it. Number six is just fun all over. I love how you've colored her and made her so retro. Fun stamp! And you MUST be needing a vacation after all those challenges...timed even!!! Amazing.