At the request of one of my favorite scrapbookers (whazup D), I put together a big buckle card. If you haven’t made a buckle card before, there’s a great tutorial here at Splitcoast Stampers done by Beate Johns. My only additional suggestion is that you make a mock-up of the card on some cheap typing paper first. It was a challenge for me to get the window punch, buckle and card base to all line up at first and I found that helped.
I wanted the card to have a little bit of an Olde West look. It just seems like big buckles and Olde West make sense. But I still wanted it to be a happy card. So I used the paisley stamp from the polka dots and paisley set with our white signo pen on Bravo Burgundy card stock to make a bandanna-looking card front, and then added some So Saffron for a little Texas sun brightness in the card base and flower. You can just barely see it, but I also used the Weathered background stamp on the yellow with a Versamark pad. There’s already so much pattern in the bandanna that anything else needed to be subtle. I created the flower by coloring directly onto the stamp with More Mustard, So Saffron and Old Olive. Then I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line of the outline on the flower.
I don’t always do a good job of making the inside of my cards interesting. The polka dot and paisley set has so many great accessories, it just seemed a shame not to use the coordinating designer paper, Petals and Paisleys, so here’s how I finished the inside.
The rest of the recipe includes Chocolate Chip and Old Olive card stock and ink, linen thread, brads, and Window punch.
"find joy in the little things," there’s no better role model for such a great sentiment than Mailey dog. Mailey can find just the most extraordinary joy from something as simple as sunlight and a cool spot of the floor. I mean really, is this girl tanning? She actually sleeps like this – she finds a little sunny spot and just basks in it. And when she’s awake . . . nothings more fun than just the rattiest chew toy. And, if it wasn’t ratty before, well, it will be when she’s done.
Here’s wishing you a joyful Thursday. Linda and Mailey