Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Red, White, and Blue ----Cowboy Style!

What's more American than the cowboy?  When we went to see world-renowned horseman Clinton Anderson from Australia, he shared how he dreamed he would one day be an American cowboy.  

Some of us grew up watching them gallop across the silver screen and others of us remember seeing them on TV.  We learned good ol' fashioned morals from Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.  We fantasized with The Lone Ranger, and we heard great philosophy from Will Rogers who started his career in a traveling Wild West Show.  One thing is for sure, when you're dealing with cowboys, the good guy always wins.  You can count on it!

Many of the challenges this week are American, so I'm choosing the American Cowboy as my theme.  I was inspired by the Americana/Rustic Colors from the Color My Heart Challenge.

I was reminded by Sarah Stone's project I have some of these papers!  So, I dug deep into my CTMH paper stash and found old papers I had been saving for the just the right project (and then forgotten about until this project)!  We won't mention that to my husband who always wonders why I NEED more paper - especially since the new Idea Book from CTMH goes live next month!!  Sorry, I have digressed, as I often do.  Back to the project.

Anyway, I don't even know the names of some of the papers, but I can tell you they all had CTMH stamped on them!  I think they are Sasparilla and Dakota.  I know the blue paisley paper and sticker elements are from the Dakota papers.  I am unsure of the paper with COWBOY on it.  The background is from CTMH Timberline.

The flowers were made from the Balloon Ride and inked with Barn Red.  The middle is a mocha gem.

My Cricut cuts are from CTMH Art Philosophy, Old West and Nate's ABC's.  All cuts were done with cereal boxes (various brands -- ;) ) and inked, stamped, sprayed, etc.  Ok, I lied, the barbed wire was cut from Barn Red CS and then sprayed and inked!  I didn't really lie, I just forgot I had done that one differently!  But I rectified!  Whew, I started this blog about American morals and then I go off and lie!  Gee Whiz!

I used CTMH Burlap Ribbon, CTMH Pewter brad, CTMH Pewter Badge, Mocha Gems, CTMH Brown and White Canvas Ribbon, CTMH Glitter Tape and Dakota stickers to embellish.  The piece under the "weeds" and flowers is a piece of ribbon/mesh that was on my table.  I sprayed it with my homemade CTMH Glimmer Mist and frayed it.  I have no idea of brand or what it really is!  I think I found it at Cracker Barrel during the holiday season!

Other colors include:  Archival Black, Chocolate, Slate, Pigment Bamboo, Pigment Chocolate.

CTMH Stamp sets include:  Distressed Backgrounds, Universal Backgrounds, In the Background.  I love Background stamps!!

My cowboy, who happens to be my son, is galloping off to these challenges:

Color My Heart - Barn Red, Pacifica, and  Crystal Blue
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - Anything Goes
Exploring Cricut - Vacation ----- Because any day on a horse is vacation for a cowboy!
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Independence Day -- Who's more independent than the American Cowboy?
Pile it On - Outdoor Fun -- uh, outdoor and fun....... we usually don't bring the horses indoors...well unless it's an indoor arena or inside the barn! haha

All CTMH available from ScrappyHorses.ctmh.com!

The Holiday Plan?  We'll be going to watch my friend ride her horse in a parade with RHPC, parade hop to another town to see a beautiful young fair queen contestant ride in a car,  and then it's off to a horse show later in the weekend!  How about all of you?

Have a wonderful, safe 4th of July!


  1. Great job!! Thanks for joining us at Exploring Cricut this week.

  2. Wonderful layout! Love the images you cut & used-and you're right about any day is a vacation on a horse! Thanks for joining us at Exploring Cricut & More, plus FCCB!

  3. Wow, fabulous layout!! I love that you used cereal boxes for your die cuts :). Thanks for joining us at FCCB this week!

  4. Awesome layout! Your cuts and embellishments are perfect!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us over at FCCB and BBTB2 this week!!!

    Mollie's Motif

  5. Wow, this is an amazing layout!! I love all the elements of your layout and how you put everything together. This is truly a work of art. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

  6. Beautiful layout. Thanks for sharing it at Exploring Cricut and More.

  7. Fantastic detail on your layout! Thanks for joining us at Exploring Cricut and More:)

    My Mind's Dust Bunnies

  8. I love this! The papers, the embellishments, just everything! Thanks for joining our challenge at Exploring Cricut and More!

  9. Wow. Just stunning. Love every last thing about it!!

  10. Fantastic layout love all the wonderful details! Thanks for joining BBTB2

  11. Wow, this is one amazing layout!!! I so agree too that you can't get much American than a cowboy! You sure took me back in time and I know I'm not alone when I say as a young child we would always either play cowboys and indians or army soldiers! lol Your attention to detail in this layout is awesome. I really love it!! Thanks for joining us at BBTB2 ;-)

  12. What a fabulous layout!!! Love the cuts and colors!! Thank you so very much for joining our 'Independence Day' challenge at BBTB2 and our 'Vacation' challenge at Exploring Cricut and More!!!! :)

  13. Awesome layout. Avid yes, it is very American. Thant for joining Bbtb this week


  14. Terrific layout-you captured the Old West cowboy feel perfectly with your paper and embellishments. I had to laugh because my husband also "wonders why I need more paper", glad to know I'm not the only one, lol! I grew up watching the Lone Ranger every morning before school in early elementary school-probably learned a lot from him! Thanks for joining our BBTB2 challenge this week.

  15. Absolutely lovely layout, Katrina. I love all the different elements you used, from the stamping to the burlap to the adorable wagon wheel! Thanks for sharing on the Color Dare this week!

  16. What a great layout! The papers are perfect for your picture! Thanks for playing last week at Color My Heart. (And thanks for the shout-out!)


  17. I know I shouldn't say a masculine layout is beautiful, but this really is a beautiful piece of artwork. Love your bio on the side, btw. (Great sense of humor!)