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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Life of Leisure

Hello, crafting friends! Time for another fun Twisted Thursday challenge at The Outlawz where the theme is always "Anything Goes" with an optional twist. Except for this week's challenge, there is NO optional twist. 

With the Belmont Stakes behind us but still in many of our memory banks, did you ever wonder what happens to race horses after their running days are over? Although many come to a sad end, many others find happy homes and enjoy the rest of their lives on farms where they can interact with people and other retired race horses.

With the above in mind, I chose to use a quarter horse digital image by Anne Fenton for my main focal point and decided .....what a perfect image for a retirement theme! And so I ran with that.

I started out with coloring the quarter horse image with Copic markers and cut it out. Then I needed a background scene to place my image in. I chose a stamp from GKD Farm Life and stamped it in black ink on ivory card stock. Next, I colored the entire scene with Copics and added color all around the image by sponging with different inks. My background scene was then cut and embossed into a circle with a die from Spellbinders Standard Circles Small. I matted it with an intricate circle in ivory, cut and embossed with a Spellbinders Stately Circles die. The quarter horse image was adhered to my background scene with dimensionals.

I composed my own sentiment and cut it with Spellbinders Beaded Ovals die. Before removing it from the die, I used Memento Cantaloupe ink to sponges around the circle edges. I put this aside while I worked on my base card.

I prepared a 5x5 inch base card in ivory card stock and added a layer of brown. Cutting another layer in sweet corn card stock, I scored it on all four edges and then made 2 diagonal score lines in opposing corners. This layer was then adhered to my base. The base card being completed, my final step was to pop on my focal image and sentiment with dimensionals.

(By the way, besides being a great retirement card, this could double as a masculine card for any occasion.)

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please stop by this week's The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge and check out the other creations made by our Design Team. They will surely inspire you to create. Hope you will join us and play along.
Make it a great day!

This card was entered into the following challenge(s):
Crafting from the Heart  - Challenge #28 - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create   -  Challenge #81 - Anything Goes
TTCRD  -  Challenge Jul 22-29  -  Anything Goes
Just Keep On Creating  -  July Challenge - Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday   -  Challenge #45 - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday  - Challenge #142 - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters  -  Challenge Jul 23 - Die Cuts or Punches
Sister Act  -  Challenge #66 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls  -  Challenge #23 - Anything  Goes


Angelica Schmidt said...

What a beautiful retirement card! Perfect background for the horse! Great coloring and I love the die you used! Have a Blessed day!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOW! What a fabulous creation Olga! Love how you did the embossed background and your coloring/design area AWESOME! Great job! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘DIES and/or PUNCHES’ challenge and please come back again soon!
one of the 'Sistahs'
The Sisterhood of Crafters

Sandra van Blaricum said...

Beautiful card Olga, I love the die you used!
Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges.

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love this card you did. Great scene and perfect retirement card design.

verybellemakes said...

Love the scene you've created! Thank you for joining the Crafting From The Heart Challenge, hope to see you again soon.

Victoria DT

suzARTe said...

Hi Olga,
I love this card and thanks so much for sharing it at Anything goes, Just keep on creating.

Also, you are the winner of one of the random prizes, Congratulations. Can you please email me your postal address so I can post the prize to you :)

Hope you continue to share your work in the August link-up starting on 01/08

Lisa B said...

Oh MY!! I love this and so would my daughter. She loves horses! I especially like how you popped him outside the frame. Great job!

Thank you for playing along with our Dies & Punches challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters. I hope to see more of your work in the future challenges. Good luck!

Nana Griffin said...

This is so cool Olga. Your coloring is super and just everything about the card is perfect.

Nana Griffin said...

This is so cool Olga. Your coloring is super and just everything about the card is perfect.

Sharon said...

Great card Olga, thanks for joining us at Crafty Girls xx