It's no secret that I love to stamp my own backgrounds. Especially when there are fabulous solid images like there are in the Homegrown with Love stamp set. I made three cards that give me all the country feels. It reminds me of home!
Can I tell you a secret? I cried making these cards. Not sad tears, but happy tears. The Homegrown with Love stamp set is so perfectly named. Each one of these cards represents something special that I remember about home.
Let's start with a silly story. I moved a lot as a kid, but the house where I spent my high school years was on a dirt road and it wasn't anything crazy to see a cow wandering down the road. You'd just go grab him and steer him back towards home! Nothing strange about that, right?
I created a rustic looking card with cows all over the background. I created a similar version of this card when I first got the stamp set and used my stamp positioner to make sure that the cows were crisp and black, but this time I wanted them to be more distressed, so I used an acrylic block and kind of "swiped" my ink across the stamp slightly so that I would have imperfections. I used Raven Hybrid Ink because it's a dark black ink that dries quickly. I cut a piece of red checkered patterned paper from the Farmer's Marked 6x6 Paper Pack with a Stitched Square Die and added a stamped and die cut sentiment from the Homegrown with Love stamp and die set.
Ready for another childhood story? When I was about 15 my dad decided to raise chickens so we would have fresh eggs! They were free range chickens and would run all over our yard. We lived in the country, so we had a yard and woods out back and I always thought it was amazing that each chicken would make his or her way home every night. We used to hold them and they would sit on our laps or our shoulders. He still has chickens today! We haven't bought store eggs in years!
My last card reminds me of my mom. She came into my life when I was 17 and she's been there for so many pivotal moments in my life. She makes something she calls "orange drink" when there's a special occasion or just when we all come home. It's just fresh squeezed oranges, a lemon or two, some sugar, and water and it's sooooo yummy!