Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Howdy, friends! I've just moseyed on in from out on the range, here at Rancho Durenberger. It's always good to walk the fence line every once in a while and today I took this little buckaroo, my offering for the CPS sketch of the week, #115, along for the "trail ride" so I could attempt to photograph his good side:

This week's sketch WAS a dandy!

My ideas and "rules" of composition were challenged in about six different ways, but I just let it ALLLLLL go! You can see that I busted out MORE fragments to solve this card making riddle...! When will I tire of these dern things? Probably NEVER! They are just so handy for card-crafting accents and I continue to be powerless over their charm and possibility!

This was a project where I really let materials mix it up for the good of the craft: always a great time! I played with alcohol ink to color treat the memory foil tape from Ranger, and did not give up until there was good antiquing happening! Sometimes it's just great, old fashioned fun to get down and DIRTY with your inks: yeah, for inky hands! (A little ink stain can really minimize the impact of weathered hands and calluses from shoveling horse nuggets... - note that I try to RARELY include shots of my hands! ) Sometime it's just fun to say: I am an artist! So wear your ink proudly!

One last shot of the lil' buckaroo, before I share my materials list! Sorry about the back glare, I just liked the added visual interest of this photo in the ooooollllllld window of our big chicken barn. Thanks for parking your wagon at my happy little blog site today... C'mon back now, ya hear!

All C/S - S/U!
D/S - Hambly (wood grain); Crate Paper (stripes); K& Co. (lil' Buckaroo and calf)
Stamps - S/U!
Ink - S/U! craft and classic ink
Alcohol ink - Tim Holtz & Ranger (Pitch black and Espresso)
Memory Foil Tape - Ranger
Fragments - Tim Holtz


Karen said...

Love that you've got a little bit of everything here! Your own pp, stitching, those fab fragments...just love those vintage images!, and some distressing as well. Fun Howdy card!! Yup, yup! Always wear a stamper's/crafter's/artist's manicure with Pride!! :> Have a wonderful retreaty weekend!!! :>

Rosemary said...

Welll, howdy!!! What a rootin' tootin' little cowboy he is!!! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! You are the master with those fragments, girl!! Keep up the great work!

Dana Gustafson said...

I spy hambly woodgrain! Yup! Love me some woodgrain. Glad to see you are still on your frag bender. Nobody does them like YOU when it comes to the western and outdoorsy goodness. Fine piece oh western eye candy, friend. YOu can bet I'll come back now....ya hear? :)

Unknown said...

Love your card, Elise! And your post, too! It's like I can hear the accent as I am reading! Love it!

Kathryn said...

Love it!!! This is such a great cowboy card -- super cute! :)

Pamela said...

So cool! I love it!

tg said...

I love vintage western and you do it so well.

Tami said...

Love it....so cute!!

Have a great day!

Tiina said...

Lovely card!!

Christina Dehnert said...

Absolutely, positively the CUTEST card EVER!!! I love it!