Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rings of Life

**Thank you for all your kind comments on my Moxie Fabber of the Week Announcement! In appreciation, I'm planning a little giveaway in the near future, after things settle down a bit.**


"I made a bargain with my dogs. I told them that if they would put one in a tree, I'd do the rest. Well, they fulfilled their part of the bargain. Now it's up to me to do my part, and I'm going to, Papa. I'm going to cut it down. I don't care if it takes me a year.'" - Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows, Ch. 8

Now with being older and may I say a bit wiser?, I can appreciate the story of Where the Red Fern Grows. Not only does it discuss the bond between boy and animal, but it also tells a story about a boy becoming a man. Cool-io. I first started this blog when my littlest one was sleeping and the oldest was out hunting coons with my husband. A nice quiet household...I couldn't help but remember this passage from my favorite book when I pulled out the big ol' woodgrain circle from Hero Arts Hello Circle (thanks Erin!) . Nothing says masculine to me like a clean and simple design, brown hues and rough and simple embellishments.

Yeah, you can say it, this stamp doesn't technically contain rings, just the grain, but I'm so happy for the memories it brought forth. The circles were stamped in many layers, a little water spritzing between each one. I topped the card off with inked edges, wrapped it with some rustic twine and finished it with a sticker sentiment.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Kraft) PTI

Stamps: (Hello Circle) Hero Arts
Ink: (Wild Honey, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress) Ranger
Embellishments: (Twine) May Arts, (Sticker Sentiment) SRM Stickers

29 comments:

  1. You always do the coolest things with ink! I do so appreciate your thoughts about your project, and how it lead you to create it! Awesome!

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  2. I think I'm going to have to read WTRFG again now that you've quoted it... It's been a while.
    Gorgeous guy card. Love all the blendiness going on in the circles!

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  3. Love it! Your creativity inspires me in many ways.

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  4. I love it, so natural looking and clean lines offset by the circles, very nice :)

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  5. Very cool inking technique!

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  6. Wow, its so simple and definitely elegantly masculine.

    Love ur cards.

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  7. Very rustic indeed! Simple design yet it has so much depth. Very nice!

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  8. This is absolutely heartwarmingly delightful!!

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  9. Love how this turned out with the woodgrain...very eye-catching! :)

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  10. Love how rustic this looks- and it seems like that book will make me cry- if I'm remembering correctly....

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  11. This is incredible, Karen! I love reading your stories of how your card came to be and now I think Wild Honey distress ink is calling my name.

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  12. A GREAT design comes from simplest ideas...this is it!

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  13. Amazing Karen, love how you stamped the circles. Great card :)

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  14. beautiful finish and texture on this, karen! wonderful guy-ish look:)

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  15. I've always liked that stamp, but what you've done with it here is just awesome. Love all the depth you created by using multiple techniques.

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  16. Love this card too. You are amazing! :-)

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  17. Gorgeous card Karen. Love your creations and posts. TFS

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  18. wowee... there's a tonne to learn everytime I visit u :).. the way you colour, change things up a bit.. always an inspiration. Love the rustic earthy colours on this one :D

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  19. I'm just loving this one Karen. Kinda reminds me of fingerprints! Love the softness yet strength in this. Very masculine!

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  20. the layered stamping gives such wonderful texture to the circles. really cool masculine card, Karen!

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  21. This is how amazing you are...you can take the simplest thing and turn it into art! I love this and your story! TFS it!

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  22. What a super cool masculine card. Great job. Loved your thoughts on the book. We read a book as a family before bed each night. Right now we are reading 'The Hobbit' to the boys....I think we'll have to read 'Red Fern' this summer. I still remember the first time I heard that book, one of my teachers read it out loud in elementary school. It still has a special place in my heart!

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  23. What an amazingly gorgeous and unique card! Karen you never cease to amaze me. :)

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  24. an absolutely perfect masculine card.

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