Monday, November 3, 2014

Ode to Joy

I was so inspired by the musical freestyle my PATCH students were practicing, I've made them all canvases to commemorate and thank them for sharing their performances.  This particular one is for a young man who chose "Ode to Joy" and "Fur Elise" by Beethoven.  Great choices of music, but a little difficult to put together with a miniature horse running around the arena doing his chosen maneuvers!  We finally found a piece by a blue grass band that worked perfectly for the occasion!
Prince, fuzzy and ready for winter,
and his leader at the show!
Now, if you're thoroughly confused at this point, that's understandable.  Let me explain, PATCH is a therapeutic horsemanship program geared towards kids with life challenges of all types.  We just had a show where they competed in different classes.  It was great fun!  Now, you're caught up and we can return to the regularly scheduled blog post!  ; )

I started by going to the internet and pulling some pics of Beethoven's music.  Being an oboist, I don't have much Beethoven in my personal repertoire!  The large sheet is "Ode to Joy"; the music on the stand is "Fur Elise."  Then I found a letter signed by Beethoven.  I made copies, distressed, inked, and sprayed these papers.

 I had an idea the cuts I wanted from Cricut Design Space.  My horse, shoe and saddle are from Old West.

Now, the fence was a bit of a challenge.  I knew I wanted a 5 board fence to replicate a staff.  My student plays trombone, so I chose a bass clef for the first fence post.  I basically just imported a rectangle and copied it 5 times.  I changed the size to make my post and the boards.  Then I welded them together.  I then added the bass clef and welded it.  For some reason I had trouble getting it to work; but somehow it finally did.  I'm not really sure what we did to get it to work.  My son-in-law saw my frustration and jumped in to help.  He's not sure what he did either!  hahaha

I ran the fence through the CTMH Woodgrain Embossing Folder and inked over it with chocolate.

I made stencils from Acetate Alternative for my dots and bricks.  The bricks were cut from the CTMH Artbooking cartridge and the dots are from the new CTMH Artfully Sent; although, dots are also in Artbooking.  The bricks were put in with homemade texture paste.

Before adding my elements, I sprayed with homemade glimmer mist:  water, CTMH Chocolate re-inker and CTMH Create a Shade Paint (retired).

All CS is from CTMH.  CTMH inks include:  Barn Red, Chocolate, Slate, Archival Black.

CTMH embellishments include:  Mocha Gems (retired), Antiqued Gold Mini-Medley brad (retired).

All CTMH products are from KatiesCorner.

My Classical Cowboy is going off to these challenges:

Scrap and Play
T Tone on tone stenciling and ink, texture paste
H Horseshoe, homemade shimmer mist
A Acetate Alternative
N No Stamping on this!
K Katrina original design (bass clef fence)
F Filly (the horse is a filly)
U Uppercase letters in Title
L Letter from Beethoven (Copy-not an original - hahaha)

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - Anything Goes
Heart 2 Heart - No Stamping!
Take Heart Ideas - Anything Goes with CTMH products
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes: optional twist is holiday thankful/hostess gift


  1. Katrina, how doggone cute is this Western layout! Love, love, love this! Thanks for joining us at FCCB's Anything Goes challenge this week!

  2. WOW. You put so much time and care into this project it is just fantastic. I love the program you described. I'm not a horse person, but I am a dog person and we show our dogs too. Thank you for joining Take Heart Challenges.

  3. super lovely project. I love the design and the cuteness. :D
    Thanks for playing along in the 613 Avenue Create Challenge.

  4. Super cute page! Thanks for joining us at Scrap & Play!

  5. Wow, what an ambitious project to make canvases for all your students. I'm sure they will appreciate them! Love your stenciling and the creative use of your Cricut on this page! Thanks for joining us at Scrap & Play

  6. Great layout, super details! Thanks for joining FCCB's Anything Goes challenge this week!!

  7. Wonderful job, I love it and so ambitious for all the students! Thanks for playing along with H2H challenges!

    Brandi R
    H2H Challenges DT member

  8. Wow! You did a fabulous job and put in a ton of effort to get just the right elements for your project! Thanks for playing along with Scrap & Play!

  9. Love your NO STAMPING! Thanks for linking up to H2H!

    - Katy Taylor (H2H DT)

  10. This is amazing, but the story behind it is even more so. You did a super job with this challenge! Thanks for sharing and joining us at Scrap & Play!

  11. such a great western page, love the horse!!!! Thanks for joining us at Scrap & Play!

  12. Wow, this is amazing! So much detail, texture and thought has gone into this, well done. Thanks for joining us at H2H Challenges!