Sunday, February 18, 2018

Add a little Sparkle

Double D's current challenge is "Sequins". I have a bunch of these little sparkly disks, but hardly ever use them. Mainly just because I forget about them! For this card, I stamped an old wood mount Peony stamp from Embossing Arts, and an even older butterfly from Hero Arts onto some REALLY old sheet music. (My hubby's grandmother was a church choir director. Years ago when helping clean the basement of the family homestead we discovered several boxes of aging sheet music and choir books. Love finding ways to use them!) After stamping and coloring the images with Tombow Markers, I glued light pink sequins onto the people petals, clear sequins onto the leaves, and tiny peach hearts onto the butterfly wings (actually, I think that they are actually confetti as they have no holes for sewing.)  I also found some wonderful flower shaped sequins in a small treasure box that was my mothers. I added a yellow sequin to their middle making little blooms that I added to the tag and ribbon. Took a close up photo so that you can see all of the bling! 
Note- The card looks a little cheesy in these photos. But in person, it is really quite lovely.  I made this into an Easter card that we'll send to my amazing MIL later this Spring. 
Am also entering it into a few other challenges that require either sparkle, decorations, or an uplifting sentiment.

Entered into: 
Double D’s Challenge- Sequins                                                           (
The Paper Shelter- #326 Decorate It                                    (
Power Poppy- Love to Sparkle                                                (
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes               (
Cute Card Thursday- #517 One Word Sentiment               ( 

The current butterfly challenge involves the letter P for color and theme. My card includes Pink and Pearls. It is also CAS (at least for me as I usually like to layer with color with patterns and blingy things!) So, entering it into the AAA challenge plus a few others. The butterfly is a die cut, with pink vellum lightly adhered to the backside. I love the way it makes the wings look wonderfully translucent. I've had the pearl flourishes for a while, just needed to piece a few together. But since they are sticky on the back it was pretty easy to do. 
Entered into: Butterfly die
Butterfly Challenge- #95 Letter P                                         (
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Add a Die Cut            (
AAA Card Challenges- Die Cuts Only             (
Penny's Challenge- #367 Anything Goes                               (

The current CAS-ual Friday challenge involves a sketch. I've never used sketches much, but am finding that they really do simplify card layouts. This one starts with three circles punched from a pale mint background paper with teeny daisies. I added a thin frame to each and then overlapped them to make the final card more visually appealing. After adhering the circles to the card front, I added a sentiment that I made on my computer and finished the card with some sparkly stickers that I've had in my stash for several years. The card went together quickly and is kinda fun.
Entered into: 
CAS-ual Fridays- #193 Sketch                               (
Deep Ocean Challenge- Love Is All Around        (
Sketch Saturday- Week #501                                 ( 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge    (
A few years ago I bought Washi tape when I saw some on clearance but I seldom use it. Was a good thing that I pulled it out for this challenge because some of it no longer has any "stick" to it. (Might be the reason it was on clearance!) I was able to salvage enough strips to make a card. This one includes a wonderful coffee  stamp (unmounted, am thinking maybe Uptown Stamps or SU) and the wonderful sentiment is a free digi from
Entered into:  
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #193                   (
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                                  (
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- It's a Love Thing    ( 


  1. Gorgeous card! I love stamping on sheet music backgrounds. Lovely stamp and colors. Thanks for joining the Double D, "Sequins" Challenge!

  2. Wow! Kathy, your creativity blows me away!
    1) What a fantastically unique way to use sequins! I love sheet music - it seems to carry it's history right there in the paper! You've created a masterpiece with that one!
    2) Oh boy, I really battle with CAS too! You've done a really great job, with just the right amount of 'extra' to make your card elegant and interesting
    3) What a great way to interpret the sketch! (something else I'm not very good at!) Those little stickers look jelly-ish. Very cute
    4) Love your sentiment and that gorgeous coffee cup! Really great use of washi tape!!
    Thanks for sharing your lovely creations with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges!

  3. What a gorgeous card! I love the idea of stamping and colouring onto the music. Thanks for sharing your ideas on The Paper Shelter challenge xx best of luck
    Patsy -DT

  4. Good to see you getting your dies out and playing along with us here at AAA Cards.

  5. Very pretty and creative! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT

  6. How wonderful to be able to use that treasured sheet music and you've used it in the most beautiful way! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Sequins’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

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  7. Very pretty projects. Great use of those Washi tapes on the coffee card. Thanks for joining in the fun with us at a2z.

  8. Wow, amazing creation, I love how the flower is imposed on the sheet music. Thanks so much for playing in our Decorate It challenge at The Paper Shelter Challenge. Hugs:) Audrey DT

  9. The sentiment is perfect for your card. So pretty. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  10. Oh my your creations are beautiful. I really love the top one on sheet music. What a great way to use the music sheets and continue to bring smiles with them. Thanks for playing along at Word Art Wednesday.

  11. So cool, I never would've though to use sequins like that! Thanks for joining us at

  12. What a fun collection of cards! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.

  13. fabulous cards! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    blog-paperie blooms

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  14. Another gorgeous card from yourself using the pearls to make the trail of the butterfly. Thankyoy for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel again and choosing a different element to play. Hugs Mrs A.

  15. What lovely projects! Thanks for your entry to CraftyHazelnut’s February Patterned Paper challenge!
    ~~Heidi @ My Little Stamping Blog

  16. Kathy these are a wonderful array of cards and fits in perfect for our 17th ‘ATG with CREATE WITH TLC’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck and hope to see you play with us again.
    {ATG with a CREATE WITH TLC Element}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  17. Gorgeous cards! I love the pink vellum behind your butterfly die cut. Thanks for sharing at AAA Cards challenges.


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