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Congrats to Kari, the newest Featured Stamper (FS661) on Splitcoast! She has lovely, growing gallery & I chose THIS card as my inspiration. I kept the western theme & framed boxes, but I used different images & colors, different layout & changed it from a cowgirl to a cowboy.

For my version, I made a western themed birthday card. Originally, the 3 squares were going to be in a line down one side. But in order to have this much of the images in the square, it made them too big to stack. So the Cowboy was moved to his own side &  put on top instead of inside a cut out square. 

With the layout having so much going on, I kept the color palette simple & stuck to 2 colors, since most guys don’t want things too fussy, anyway. I added a piece of a barbed wire die cut (hey, guys don’t really “get” ribbon & I’m pretty sure the butterflies like Kari used, would be wasted on them, lol) & put the greeting under the cowboy.

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Stamps: DRS Designs – Cowboy Line DancerWestern Word Square 4 in 1 Cowboy Gear(inside: Saddle Up Greeting )
Paper: X-Press It white, Staples 110# white, brown, blue
Ink:Memento tuxedo black, rich cocoa, Versaclair nocturne & acorn
Accessories: Misti, Copic markers, ODBD double stitched squares dies, Rubbernecker Rectangle Stitch dies, Gina Marie Designs barbed wire die

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For today’s Color Challenge (CC759) on Splitcoast, the colors are mango, rose & pear. To be honest, these colors are not on my go to list & I don’t have these colors, so I came as close as I could. 

For my card, I first inked a craft sheet w/ distress oxide inks, misted then pressed my paper to it. After I dried it, the leaves were stamped, masking as I went. I pressed some mini Distress inks to a solid version of the leaf, spritzed it then stamped it inside the outline leaves. It still didn’t look right, so I used a paintbrush & some embossing ink & painted inside the leaves & clear embossed them to make them stand out a bit more. The green pear top layer was die cut & the window was cut using my resizing technique to make it longer than a std rect. The 3 little leaves are from a couple of small punches. The fall part of the greeting was stamped & the hello is a double stacked die cut. 

Here’s the inside: 

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Stamps: DRS Designs – Open LeafFall Leaf w Acorn, Med. Silhouette Leaf, Goodbye Summer (inside: Hayrides Harvest )
Paper: Staples 110# white, green pear
Ink: Versaclair shady lane,  Distress inks dried marigold, tattered rose, worn lipstick,  Distress oxide inks in peeled paint, dried marigold, tattered rose, worn lipstick
oAccessories: Rubbernecker Rectangle Stitch dies, double stitch rectangle dies, MFT Hello & Thanks dies, Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A clear embossing powder, embossing ink, craft sheet, sm. leaf punches


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Congrats to Rebecca, the newest Featured Stamper (FS657) on Splitcoast! She has a lovely gallery & I chose THIS card to case. I kept the fall leaf theme w/ the  big central leaf, but I used different images, different colors & a different technique.

For my fall card, I started by die cutting a large leaf shape & using the negative as a mask to sponge Distress inks in the fall colors. Then I stamped the Single Fall Tree in Distress oxide ink in ground espresso. I used a water brush & more of the distress inks to add a little splatter. 

For the larger bg, I used the woodgrain bg, but not in the conventional sense. I used a technique I learned probably 15 yrs ago but I don’t see it used these days. I wanted the bg to look a little more solid, so I used a hair dryer to slightly heat a piece of fun foam then pressed it to the woodgrain bg. What I got was a solid version of the woodgrain. (See pic below.) The green block is made of fun foam & I inked it so you could see it better. This works w/ any stamp, it just looks better w/ some. I will caution you, do not use a heat’s just too hot & will melt the foam into a solid hard mess. I have an old, not very powerful hair dryer I kept just for things like this 😀 . I used my solid foam “stamp” & Distress inks in vintage photo & walnut stain for the bg.

Here’s the inside.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Stamps: DRS DesignsSingle Fall Tree Woodgrain BgBeauty of Autumn  (insideGoodbye SummerOpen Leaf )
Paper: Staples 110# white
Ink: Distress inks ripe persimmon, dried marigold, crushed olive, fired brick, walnut stain, vintage photo, Distress oxide ink in ground espresso
oAccessories: Misti, Rubbernecker Rectangle StitchDeckle Rectangle, Splatter Leaves dies, fun foam, hair dryer


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