Just Us Girls Technique Challenge

It's techniques week over at Just Us Girls this week.  And this week they have decided to go with a THEME of the 'Wild Wild West'.  Now as I live in WESTERN Australia, Pam said I could do "my" wild west if I wanted!  I had the perfect occasion to make a card for - One of my girlfriends is returning from the UK to live out here again, so I wanted to make her a Welcome Back card.

The area we live in is called The Pilbara and I have chosen typical Pilbara colours for this challenge: Terracotta; Brown; Olive Green; and Sky Blue.  I thought I'd tell you a little about where I live so you see where I'm coming from too.  It's very hot here, with Summers reaching as high as 47 degrees Celcius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) the heat stays with us for about 6 months when it is pretty much always in the 40's.  Winters are beautiful, with lows of 26 degrees Celcius (79 degrees Fahrenheit).  It's very dry here and the earth is red due to the iron ore in the soil.  Skies are pretty much always clear and we rarely see rain so the greens are not vibrant.

I took some pictures when my husband was out mountain biking a few weeks ago.

So now onto the card.  Geckos are something of a symbol here so I went with a gecko on the card.  I stepped outside of my comfort zone and made a free standing pop up card.  I found the tutorial on Splitcoast here.

Here is a close up.  I made the gecko pop up on dimensionals. I typed the sentiment on my PC and just printed it out.  I used the Captain Howdy font for the word 'Outback' that can be downloaded for free here.  The star stamp is Unity, not sure the brand of the Gecko.  Ribbon is Fancy Pants.  To make the tab I used the scallop punch from SU, folded it in half and just used part of a circle punch to snip off the edges.

And here it is when folded flat.

So now you've seen mine, check out the rest of the inspiration and then get busy making a Wild Wild West card for the JUGs challenge.  Can't wait to see them all.

Have a great day.  Remember there is still time to enter my 'Little Lady' challenge and snag yourselves a freebie Digi Image, just scroll back through the entries to find it.