Friday, March 21, 2014

Life IS Good in the Country!

 Wow, those crafty color wizards over at Color My Heart gave us a challenge this week!  Ponderosa Pine, Goldrush, and New England Ivy.  These are all colors from the CTMH Enchantment colors.  I find the Enchantment colors difficult to work with since they are dark/rich colors.  I'm much more comfortable with the Whimsy and Adventure colors.  I guess thats's why they call it a CHALLENGE, yes?

I do love living in the country with my guys and horses!  There's nothing like waking up on a summer morning and drinking a hot cup of coffee watching the horses in the pasture, or working hard all day with horses and having burgers off the grill outside for dinner!  These truly are simple pleasures at their best.  I decided to make a card in celebration of the great weather today and all the work I got done out in the barn this morning!

I started with Colonial White CS and stamped using Chocolate and New England Ivy (3rd generation) from these CTMH stamp sets:  Genuine Country (retired) and Country Born.  The barn and sentiment are also from Country Born.

I went into CCR and used the Art Philosophy cartridge to create the star with border.  It is there with a border, but it is a square shape.  In order to keep the star true, I had to make a rectangle border and weld in the star.   It is cut from Ponderosa Pine.

The colors are all represented in the rectangles under the barn and sentiment.  Remember how I said the colors are just too rich for me?  Well, I took care of that.  I got the sanding kit out and went to distressing!  CTMH makes a great little kit with a soft block that has different grits on each side.  I used the large grit on the Ponderosa Pine and it created a streaked appearance.  I used finer grits on the other two for a different texture.  I chunked out the corner on the Goldrush for a really weathered look!

I know I've shared before how I buy the Workshops on the Go for the value and seldom ever make what is intended!  Well, here are some of the Durable Triangle Studs from Cloud Nine!  Oh, and I might add, I did make some cards from that kit---------but I used Later Sk8er paper.  I just can't stay within the confines of the kits!

Ok, time to go back outside.  It's supposed to turn cold again tomorrow and snow next week.  UGH!  So, my goal is to get as much done out there today as I can!

Be sure to stop by Katiescorner for all your colorful country crafting needs!  There really are some fun Country decor items.  For example the chicken wire decor frame is really cool!  I made a fun picture collage for our bathroom.  If you missed it you can see it here:  Frame.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Love your card! You have a great balance of details. Thanks for taking on our color challenge this week. You did an awesome job!

  2. I love this card. I was just going to add the same thing as Michelle, that your card is balances perfectly. I was wishing when I was given the colors that I had the stamp set you used. It's perfect! You should also enter this into the current H2H Challenge.

    1. Thanks, I LOVE the country stamps! They are always the first on my list when they come out in the new catalogs! I have scrapped more 4-H, horse camp, and horse show pages than I can remember! Don't have many flowers or girly stamps, but the country ones I've got!

  3. Wonderful card, Katrina. If you hadn't mentioned it, I never would have guessed working with these colors were a challenge for you! Thanks for joining the Color Dare this week.

  4. Like how you stamped your own background. Thanks for playing along with the Color Dare.