A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.
~ John Steinbeck
There's a bumper sticker around town that says, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could." When we moved here almost 30 years ago, we thought it was just temporary – just a necessity to jump start Mr. Catered Crop's career. But Texas is magical. The Lonestar Pride grabs you by the heart and wraps itself around you until it just becomes a part of you. The music (Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett) , the places (Austin's Zilker Park and South Congress), the food (barbecue and Tex-Mex), every thing in between (bluebonnets and football!), but most especially, the people. I was raised in Indiana, and it still calls my name, but Texas calls me Home.
Now, that said, it took me a while to pony on up to the Texas vernacular. Like . . . the first time someone invited us over to swim in his tank. I kept looking up – expecting to find some above-ground metal thing to swim in. With no "tank" on the horizon, I thought the cowboy was all hat and no cattle. Imagine my surprise when he pointed to the pond.
I was happy as a gopher in soft dirt when I found these Talk Texan flash cards at the Austin Renegade Craft Fair (made by Austin's Public School). And when my wayward daughter came home from Central America last week, a banner of Talk Texan flash cards seemed like a good way to gussie up the place. She probably felt about as welcome as a skunk at a lawn party because, well, I didn't get this finished until after she was already home for two days. Ah well . . . sometimes the engine's running' but ain't nobody drivin'.
I love this honeycomb paper by Inky Antics. I used my Nestabilities Classic Heart die cut to cut out the left half of the red heart, which, when opened, became a whole honeycomb-paper heart. Love it! Any shape with a uniform left/right or top/bottom shape will work with this paper. Just draw or stamp one half of your image onto the honeycomb paper pad and cut it out. Don't worry, Inky Antics has lots of tutorials to get you started.
- Paper – Stampin' Up! Taste of Textiles and Inky Antics Red Honeycomb Paper Pad
- Fibers – Stampin' Up! Striped Grosgrain and Victoria Lace
- Tools – Tim Holtz Rosette Die Cut, Nestabilities dies
- Embellishments – October Afternoon Tin Pins, Design Originals Bottle Caps
- Miscellaneous – Pubic School's Talk Texan flash cards
I made this for my Caitlin, but also for this week's Ribbon Carousel Challenge (RCC5). The theme was a tough one . . . are you ready . . . anything goes! Yep, whatever makes your wild hair blow! Tie your projects up with a ribbon and come play with us.