Sunday, February 13, 2011

Way Out in the Land of the Setting Sun...

where the wind blows wild and free, there's a lovely spot, just the only one, that means home sweet home to me... Those are the words to the State Song of Nevada by Bertha Rafetto. Even though I am in Utah, those words ring true for here as well. The desert is so lovely at sunset and sunrise. The colors of orange, red, yellow, and blue are so vivid against the black or deep purple shadowed mountains. I have never experienced such beautiful sunsets as I have in the desert (although there have been some heart stopper sunsets along the Oregon Coast as well). Those desert sunsets were the springboard for this western themed card.

In this card, I've included a little friend for Tilda. Tilda and friend - I'll call him Beau - as well as all other colored areas have been colored using distress inks. I tried to make Beau's shirt look like green corduroy and his chaps like brown suede. I distressed the paper's edges, added burlap for texture, and lots of layering, and included a copper tag holder on the front. I also fringed and removed strands from the burlap strip to make it more interesting. Hey, I tried! LOL I've had this card in my head for such a long time. I just loved creating this card!

Here it is:

This card is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.

I have entered this card into the following challenge:

Magnolia Down Under - sketch

Thank you so very much for stopping by! I hope you liked my little creation. If you would like to leave a comment, I would love it!

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!



Sharon Caudle said...

OH MY GOSH!!! Chris this card is fantastic!! The background is gorgeous and I really love the way you did the sunset! (aren't they beautiful out here??) The inside is as fabulous as the outside! I love the corners which match the feeling of the card perfectly! Your papers are awesome and your colors are breathtaking! I could go on and on! I love it!!!!
hugs, Sharon

Julie said...

This is super cute! I love the scene you created. Gorgeous!


Suzanne J Dean said...

Howdy Chris! Your roundup scene is just fabulous & I love the cheerful colors! I'm trying to get out to Utah to teach soon--stay tuned, LOL!


RenateKreativ said...

This is super cute! I love the scene you created. Gorgeous!

Hugs Renate

Stamper Gyrl said...

Hi Chris
I love it! Its ike a little western book!
Good luck with all your messages!

Judy K. said...

Boy, what an adorable card both inside and out Chris! Sooo much detail and wonderful coloring!!! I love those flowers too, great job!
Judy K.

Frances said...

Oh, how cute! loved all the scenery and the colors. hugs, Frances.

LINDA W. said...

OMGoodness I live in Texas and I
live on a ranch...I love this Tilda
Your color choices and coloring are
great and your dp's..and embellies.
Gorgeous card what can I say.
HUGS Linda

Candy said...

Hi Chris,
My goodness what an wonderful card.
You have that sunset done most beautifully :o)
Great idea using all of the burlap and those corners are so perfect for your desert card.
Love it!!
Hugs, Candy

Mascha van Dijk Zimmerman said...

What a tough card, really cool!
Yihaa Mascha

cathylynn said...

Howdie Chris, You really got the gittie up on this one!!! Yee Haa Love it!!! So many details and absolutley lovely colors. Soo partner keep up the fantastic work!!! Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Beth said...

Chris, your card is gorgeous, inside and out! Love it!

Isbel Ahmad said...

Tu tarjeta esta espectacular. Los colores, los detalles, en fin todo me gusto. Gracias por visitarme y por tu lindo cometario. Un gran abrazo desde Puerto Rico.

Myrna said...

Your card is sooo cute. Love your papers! We were in Utah for vacation a couple years ago and the sunsets were gorgeous. We weren't up early enough for sunrises! LOL Awesome job Chris!

Zoe said...

WOWsers!! What an incredible card. I just love every detail! That sky is amazing, the colouring is fabulous, that paper is delish and the whole idea is super! How's that for a bunch of adjectives!! heehee hugs sweetie xxooo

Janiel/ janny said...

Hi Chris, The background is BEUATIFUL!! Love the card dear inside and out!! Very very clever little card..
happy Monday to you
hugs, Janiel

Rene said...

Yee-Haw! Ride 'em cowboy! What a great card Chris! Such perfect papers and design...wonderful!
Rene :D

Pen to Paper said...

Chris, wow!!! Rich colors!!! I really like the navy blue in this (blue is my fav color). I like the scene you've created. Very cool!



Diana Crick said...

Oh my goodness this is stunning. What a perfect back drop for her. Love the jeans flower. Then we get to the inside and I am blown away once again. I guess we need a cowboy Edwin although I do love the image you chose, perfect.
Absolutely delightful card Chris.
hugs, Diana

Treacle said...

Oh Chris this card is absolutely gorgeous and little cowboy nellie is soooo cute. I'm so glad that he's finally be inked up and used like he should be.


Becca said...

This is a work of art! Love it - the colours, the colouring in especially the sunset and the jeans flowers! Great idea and thanks for sharing it!
Hugs, Becca

Jean said...

Chris, this is so perfect for your story you told, but I wish you had your camera in hand and had taken a picture.. never have seen the desert much less seen it at night like you described it.. Your card is so adorable.. love your Tilda, her coloring is so great and love your jean flower... then open up and this the cutest cowboy I have seen.. just her type and boy did you do a great job... a great card and yes, I could also go on and on... but a wonderful job..
Hugs, Jean

KayBeHybrid said...

your card is fantastic.. ♥
the background is amazing and the colors are sooo wonderful..
Hugs, Katrin

cabio's craft corner said...

Such a fun and beautiful scenery for this cowgirl Tilda. very cute and you even combine it with another stamp inside. very creative :o)

Lisette Morris said...

Great Western Card! LOVE LOVE LOVE those flowers! too cute!

Debbie Pamment said...

What a fabulous card - amazing use of the sketch and awesome scene.
Thanx for joining us at MDUC this week

Christina C. said...

You just about blew me away with this gorgeous card, Chris!!! WOW...the inside is as gorgeous as the outside ....sooooo creative!!!!
The sunset is beautiful and the cowboy is the perfect touch!
Magnificent job, my friend!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Love it Chris! This Tilda is a doll and you've just made her even more adorable! Love that denim flower too! Cute as can be!
Pam Going Postal

Anne Kristine said...

Wow! Love your card!
It's beautiful!
Thank you for joining us at MDUC this week.
Hugs Anne Kristine

Sandy said...

Howdy back at cha Chris! This card is absolutely wonderful - Love the colors - love the mountains in the back ground - wonderful. Everythng about this card is wonderful - inside and out!!

Anonymous said...

Very cute card Chris! I love the sunset you created behind Tilda, amazing! Beautiful work =) Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment.

Peggie said...

Great card. Love the sky!

Angela said...

Gorgeous! I love this "western" scene you have created. The sunset behind Tilda is beautiful! And you've finished off the inside too with another sweet image! Your coloring looks awesome too! Really fantastic work of art! hugs, Angela