Sunday, March 19, 2023

Yee Haw Happy Birthday

 Happy Sunday!
Happy Mother's Day's to those of you in the UK!
Hope you are warm, dry and well wherever you are.
You may be wondering, two country/western-themed cards in a row from me? LOL, well what I haven't mentioned is that where I live (in the Houston metro area), this theme is a BFD around these parts right now because the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo wraps up tonight after a two-week run. HLSR is the world's largest livestock expedition and rodeo, and has been a signature event for my entire life and longer, since the 1930's. As a kid growing up, every single year the Friday before it began was (and still is) Go Texan Day and everyone was encouraged to wear western clothes to school. I had classmates who would get out of school for a week to ride their horses in the trail ride and always knew someone who had their FFA animals entered in the scholarship competitions. And if you were really lucky, you got to go to the Astrodome to see some big name performer's show. 1972 was my first year and I saw B.J. Thomas being driven onto the field in a cowhide leather Cadillac convertible sitting on the back seat singing Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head. It was my 16th birthday present and I was so impressed! 😍 At any rate, I needed to make a birthday card for a guy friend who goes to the Rodeo with his wife every single year, so I guess I've had it on my mind influencing my recent makes! They went last night and got to see Brad Paisley play to 73,000 adoring fans. Even though I'm more of a Classic Rock and Smooth Jazz gal and quit going to the Rodeo years ago, I will admit to being more than a bit envious because I like Brad and his music.

I chose this Splitcoaststampers sketch for my layout design, after resizing it to sit inside of an A7 card front. I also moved the sentiment down a bit. The moment I saw this sketch, I knew it was perfect for my CAS card.

Supply List:
SU A7 card base
Paper scraps from my stash
Altenew mountain dies
Paper Roses chunky barbed wire corner die
Rubbernecker cowboy on horse die
Sizzix star dies
Clear Dollar sentiment label dies
Pink By Design and MFT sentiment stamps
Nocturne Versafine Clair ink
WRMK Corner Rounder

I decorated the inside of the card. I have a computer-generated sentiment that I composed and framed in PSE before printing out. I included a couple more stars and two Rubbernecker western critter dies that were in my bits and bobs box leftover from previous projects, a roadrunner and a fox.

Overhead shot...

And the back with another paper scrap from stash and a stamped and circle-punched siggie.

And final view. 
I do love a good western scene and it made me happy to create one, plus I got to use a few dies that haven't seen much daylight.
Well, tomorrow is the Spring Equinox, but it doesn't really feel like it to me with all the dreary rain and cold we're having. It is supposed to be a bit warmer Tuesday through Thursday, but then another rainy front is coming Friday evening. Sunny and cold would be a lot better! LOL, a month from now, I'll be wishing I was still having this weather, probably.
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you are enjoying the rest of your weekend!

My sky is dotted paper and top mountain is striped paper


Michelle N. said...

Great western theme, I know a few who would love this! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

Larelyn said...

Such a great card and I love the sentiment. Very cleverly done. Thank you for joining our Cut it Up This Makes Me Happy challenge.
Larelyn (CIU owner)

Arlene said...

What a fun card and the sentiment is terrific. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our “Anything Goes” challenge.

Alyson Mayo said...

Great masculine card with a very specific theme! Thanks for sharing with us at MTTC :)

Becca S said...

Ranch-tastic!!! Farm-tastic!! Fantastic!! Wonderful card! Living in the Midwest, I've been to some rodeos and I've also lived in the DFW for 2 years. While there and when back to visit, I've been to the Mesquite rodeo several times and been to downtown Ft. Worth around the livestock area. Thanks for helping me to reminisce! I appreciate your participation for FarmQuest General Store! --Becca

Becca Sadler, owner and manager of HQCB and FQCB said...

Thanks for also linking your terrific mountain riding cowboy card to FQCB! Your support is greatly appreciated! --Becca

brenda said...

Fabulous card Aimeslee, I'm a horsey girl and when younger dreamt of rodeo riding, here in the UK it's rather more sedate! Yellowstone has been screening over here and we absolutely loved it.

Many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week and using the colour option.

B x

Tristan said...

Super fun card Aimeslee. Love the scene you've created with your paper scrps and dies. Thanks for joining us at AAA Birthday.

Ink Outside The Box With Diane said...

Another fun and wonderful card! I like the rodeo theme. So delighted to have you join us at Krafty Chicks Challenge for CAS week.
Diane - DT

Liz said...

Brilliant design, Aimeslee. Thank you for joining in the Allsorts Challenge this week. Good luck!
Liz xx

My name is Erika. said...

Don't ask me why but I love western themed items, so I really like your card. I like how you layered the various papers to look like the mountains and then added the black die cuts. And took the photo on some wood that looks like it could be western itself. Yee Haw- I hope you're having a good day yourself. And Happy spring too. Hugs-Erika

ahlers5 said...

I apologize for not keeping up with my commenting. I have been in Michigan for the birth of my newest grandson. Not it’s catch up time! Wow, love this card! Especially love the layers on the front and that great border. Perfect western card.

Beth Stamps said...

A very unique way of using the sketch. I love it! How appropriate for you to have made these cards at rodeo time. It was a very interesting read. Glad you have such fond memories.

Linby said...

This is just brilliant, great scene. Thank you for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge.

craftytrog said...

That's a fabulous card Aimeslee, just perfect for your friend.

Donna Ellis said...

Yeehawwwwww! Loving the cards you're making with the western/cowboy theme, Aimes! FANTASTIC scenery, too!

Carole J said...

A super Western themed card for your rodeo-going friend, Amy - he is sure to love it. Great take on the sketch and a great sentiment.

Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” March Challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon!
Carole x DT Craftilicious Creations

Crafty Pink Pixie said...

Great card! I love the western scene and the layered background!
Thanks for joining the Ai Challenge! -Tasha

Sarah said...

As a horse lover this card ticks all the boxes for me!! Thank you for joining in at Allsorts. Sarah DT

Em Louise Fairley said...

It's so evocative of Texas, Aimeslee. Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create. I hope we see you on the front porch again soon!

Hugs, Em
613 Avenue Create DT
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Chana Malkah said...

Unique and nicely crafted take on the sketch!

Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
Chana Malkah, Owner

Jana Forrest said...

I love your rodeo themed card. Very creative. Thank you for sharing over at Penny's Challenge. Best of luck and hope to see you again soon. DT~Jana Forrest

Jane.D said...

Great masculine card, and clever use of papers to get both stripes and dots on your card! Loved reading the story behind your western themed cards. Thank you for sharing and playing along with us at AAA Birthday, hope you'll join us in future challenges too. Take care, keep crafting and have fun!

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dorsetdawndesigns said...

Lovely card the background is very clever. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Sparkles Monthly Dawn S DT x

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a fabulous card! Loving those mountains and the cowboy - perfect 😊. Thanks so much for playing along at Sparkles Monthly Challenge and I hope you're keeping well! Hugs, Jo x