Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October 19 Texas Tuesday Challenge

Wow has this year flown by!  Here is is mid-October.  Halloween is right around the corner with Thanksgiving and Christmas not all that far behind.  Today is October 19, which is my Dad's birthday.  He would be 97 years young if he was still with me today.  Sadly we lost him in 1995, and that's a part of how I came to make my home on Lake Travis.  But that's a story for another time.  Dad was a natural-born Texan, born in 1913 in the farmland southeast of Austin near Creedmoor.  He had four siblings.  The whole family picked cotton to make a living during the depression years.  My Dad had a talent for painting and a great eye for colors. (Wish I had inherited more of that talent! LOL!) He put his talents to good use.  During WWII he was in south Texas at a small airfield called Moore Field, where he painted all sorts of things on airplanes from the tail numbers to the scantily-clad ladies that were on many of the warbirds' noses. Being a Texan, he loved the Spring when the wildflowers bloomed and bluebonnets were one of his favorites.  I created this card with him in mind. The stamps are all Deadbeat Designs, of course.  I used the small two-piece bluebonnet stamps for a background on white cardstock. I fussy-cut three of the next larger size bluebonnets and popped them up on the edges of the larger stamp. I created a hand-written banner with the song title written in. (please don't giggle too loud at my poor attempt at something like calligraphy - handwriting is not one of my strong suits.)  Although it doesn't show up too much in the photo, I distressed the edges of the stamped image with my brand new paper distressing tool and added a bit of Tangelo Memento Ink around the edges of the card base to give it some dimension.  I also grunged up the banner with the same ink.  Other inks used were Bamboo Leaves, Danube Blue, and Tuxedo Black, all by Memento.  Hope you like the card and thanks for stopping by. And, Happy Birthday, Dad!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Texas Tuesday Challenge

Happy Fall, Y'all!  Are you enjoying this little spell of cooler weather?  It was 57 degrees outside this morning here - sweater weather for me!  It's Another Texas Tuesday!  I can't believe it's that time again, but it is.  I've been thinking about getting a headstart on my Christmas cards this year and what's better than a Texas-themed card?  I took a look in ny stash of Deadbeat Design stamps and this lil snowman stood out.  I added the lil Howdy flag to give him something to hold on to.  Stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Copics, and to make him sparkle a bit some Stickles added on the edges and on the snowdrifts. The background paper is from a lil stash of AC Patterned Paper called "merriment".  The card base is Neenah super-smooth white. Hope you enjoy looking at it and thanks you for stopping by.