Time for another fun challenge at Double D. For this challenge you just need to create a project with a tail. Here are some ideas from the Mood Board.
Years ago I bought these dies to make a special card for my husband, Steve. He loved cows, horses, barns, tractors and gardens so I bought these Karen Burniston dies to make a special card for him. The card I made for him was a pop up card and he was really impressed. I never told him how much that card cost me to make. The barn, fence and cow came to about $50 dollars. Thankfully, I found several other ways to use these dies so it was not just for one card. For this card, I also used some IO pumpkins and a Frantic Stamper Tree. Notice the other cow at the back of the barn. I think that is an Amy design. A little flower soft on the tree made the look of fall complete.
On a side note
After being stationed in Okinawa for three years, our next tour was Sumter, South Carolina. Our kids were 7 years old, and Steve really wanted to raise them on a small family farm because he felt that instilled a love of nature, wholesome atmosphere, and a good work ethic. We bought a small 6 acre farm and started a very different life. We had a family milk cow, pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, and horses. We had a garden where we raised enough vegetables to feed us for the whole year and the best cantaloupes and watermelon I have ever eaten. We also had access to wild black berries, a blueberry farm and peach orchard. We ate well. We made our own butter and homemade ice cream so our grocery bills were very reasonable. Our kids still remember these times fondly. We were stationed there for six years so many of their formative years were spent on the farm.
Kim milking the family cow.
Fabulous card Kathy, glad you were able to use the dies again, sometimes I call my cards the $100 dollar card, but it is so fun! Loved reading your story of your early life days, that sounds like a fabulous time in your life, glad you and your children have those memories to cherish forever!ReplyDelete
Love how you put this all together. The look on that cow's face is priceless--I don't even want to know what's going on lol The flower soft looks fabulous, great accent! I remember that card for Steve <3 Great pictures, loove to know all about your life....wow how FUN to live on a real farm--lots of hard work I imagine. Your fruits and veges sound delicious!ReplyDelete
This is awesome Kathy and the story that went with it was so much fun to read. I have this cow and never thought about using her ... WELL DONE my friend!ReplyDelete
What a fabulous farm scene, Kathy! Wow, so many great details and lots of dimension. Love the flower soft leaves on the tree. We lived on a small "farmette" growing up and it was the greatest experience ever. Thanks for sharing you story.ReplyDelete
Ok So I had a chuckle when you mentioned how much a card could cost! This handsome scene created with so many memories for you and a great story for us. Love it and so glad that you shared. I was going through my card drawer recently, I have saved them all, and found the first email that you sent of encouragement. I sure wish that I had written a date on that. Yes it is in the cherished drawer of cards.ReplyDelete
What a darling farm scene you've created Kathy, but I so enjoyed reading about your memories of farm living. I would have loved living on a farm when I was young. The pictures of your family are precious. I'm so glad you shared part of your story and pictures with us.ReplyDelete
Adorable colours on your card and that image is gorgeous...xxReplyDelete
Kathy, I adore your card! Farm scenes always grab me. Maybe because most of my formative years were spent on a farm, too, with a very similar lifestyle. Your kids and you will always have these memories, and they are different people because you and Steve gave them this life. I did have to giggle about the cost of that initial card. We can all relate, I think! You do a good job of using your supplies, though.ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh, what a life you have had. Thanks so much for sharing part of it with us!!! I cannot imagine being as self sufficient as you all were, but it certainly gave your kids a lot of memories, and you too. I love your card, using the Flower Soft really makes the whole thing pop. And the look on that cow's face is PRICELESS!!!ReplyDelete