Thursday, June 11, 2015

Watercolored Country - Crafty Gals Corner The Great Outdoors Challenge

The theme over at Crafty Gals Corner this week is: The great outdoors! 
I don't want to say I'm a city girl, because that's probably the farthest thing from the truth, but I will say I am a creature of material comforts. 

I actually grew up on a small hobby farm on 40 acres in Minnesota. In my adult life, however, I moved to the "big city" (read 50,000 people - yes... that's big to me) and I've stuck ever since. I enjoy riding bike, and rollerblading along the river paths, but camping? Count me out.

So when thinking about the great outdoors and going through the images over at Beccy's Place, I came across this image called Old Mailbox. And I just fell in love. 

When I drive home to see my parents, I turn onto this dusty, old country road. There are usually two or three dogs - sprung up from a neighbor's farm - that trail my car. I pull up to my parents' mailbox, which is usually surrounded by tall grass and I drive down the long, tree-lined drive. 

And I just feel at home. 

As I was creating this card, those were the thoughts I had in my head. This is WHY I love crafting so much. You can really put a lot of yourself into a creation and your artwork can really express who you are as a person, even though nobody else may ever know it. 

So that's my Great Outdoors story. Thanks for listening!
I'm going to enter my card into the following challenges: 
 Simon Says Stamp Monday: For the Love of Plants
Hiding in My Craft Room - Summer colors
Just Us Girls - Summer

Anywho - back to the challenge. How do you interpret the Great Outdoors? Come on over to Crafty Gals Corner and show us! 

We have >>3<< sponsors this week, which means >>3<< prizes!

DeeDee's Digi's

Prize: $15 Gift Certificate


My Besties
Etsy /  Scrapbook Stamp Society

Prize: 3 of Digital Images the DT used

Beccy's Place

Prize: 3 Digital Images or 1 Digital Set


  1. How cool is that image Becca and your colouring is just fabulous! What a wonderful memory!

  2. Great story. Nice that you can put a little bit of home into your crafting!

  3. Fantastic coloring Becca! Your card reminds me of family visits to Iowa and Ohio, and slow summer days.

  4. Really fun summer card! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

  5. Your coloring on this fun card is just so delightful and it just has a down home - outdoorsy feel to the card!! Your image is amazing and I am just so impressed with this fab card!!

  6. Lovely card, Becca and how great that you can live it too! Beautiful colouring and thank you for sharing your story :-)
    Have a wonderful day.
    ♥ Lena - DT
    Lena’s Creations

  7. Great image, masterfully colored. Good grief, I love what you do with color. After reading your great outdoors story, I'm convinced we could be real pals. Camping is word that in NOT in my vocabulary. Done it, didn't like it, never going back. Cooking outdoors means the grill on our patio. Bathroom stuff needs a bathroom...duh. Not at all interested in sleeping on the ground...hurts to even think about it. That's MY story and I'm stickin' with it!

  8. What a lovely memory you shared with us that, in turn, sparked my memories of my grandparents' farm in Manitoba. I can picture the canopy of the tree lined road that we drive, that leads yard, and the 'competition' that would go on between my sister and I as to who would go out to open the gate. Sighhh... Your card: fabulous!

  9. Gorgeous Becca x

  10. I grew up in the country also and we had such a mailbox but our road was a highway. This card is so sweet and full of memories-love it

  11. Yup. Understand perfectly. Grew up on 150 acres - Dad did lots of 'share farming' to make ends meet. Mum worked full time & we had cows, pigs, sheep, a BIG vege patch, fruit trees, a dam, lots of hills, old sheds to make into 'play houses'.....trees to climb and dirt roads to play on without getting run over!!!! BUUUUT......soooo 'with' you.......I would never live in the country now. Like my proximity to shops and transport and getting outta the house too much!! ANYWAYS.....your card is very evocative of an idealised country lifestyle that, it seems, becomes one's 'real' [???!!!} memory as the years go by. I hardly remember icy mornnings, scooting to the bus stop and standing on cow pats cos they were frozen, so didn't smell or break under your feet......LOL!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Fabulous card and colouring Becca and lovely to hear the inspiration behind it too. Carol x

  13. This is lovely Becca. I can see this on an old country road-the red calling out to the mail man as he passes by. Fabulous coloring on this beautiful card. (and I HATE camping. Thank goodness my husband does not like it either!!)

  14. I love the story behind your card Becca!! This is lovely!

  15. Oooh, this is beautiful! Love your story!

  16. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous, I really like the blue wash in the background! so striking.

  17. What an awesome story that inspired this beautiful card!! The colors are gorgeous!! The image is fabulous!! Have a great evening :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  18. Becca this is gorgeous, and I must say I enjoyed your story :-). I am very much a small town girl - 15,000 is plenty for me.

  19. Gorgeous image and watercoloring! I love reading your stories! :)

  20. I enjoyed reading about your inspiration! Reminds me of my grandparents' farm where I spent lots of time as a youngster. Great memories! Your card is beautiful!

  21. Gorgeous card Becca!!! Love the coloring :)

  22. Oh wooowww your water coloring is adorable
    Lovveee the colors and the bright of that red
    you are so talented also at coloring Becca
    see you soon again on my Blog dear

  23. lovely card as well as inspiration for it. Beautiful coloring as well. thanks for sharing with us at HIMCR.
    Cathy DT

  24. Sweet the wonderful images you used and your coloring is so amazing. And I am with on the camping thing...way too much work for me.

  25. What a lovely post, Becca ... from your description, I could almost see that mail box at the end of the dusty road ... and then I scrolled down to your card and there it was in all it's brilliance! Fabulous colouring of such evocative images! Anita :)

  26. Love the thoughts behind your fabulous outdoor card, Becca!

  27. I can see the dusty road and the trip home in your card. Beautiful card. Thanks for playing along with us this week in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Plants Challenge!

  28. What great colouring of the beautiful picture, Becca!!!!! Loved your story!!! TFS.
    Have a great week!!!!

  29. I loved your story! I could picture my self being there! So wonderful how you interpreted that story into this project! Beautifully done!
    ♥ Samantha
    Designs by Sammy

  30. Love this fun Summer colors card!!
    Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room
    Cheers Jennie DTM