Sunday, March 4, 2018

Praying for Spring!

The current challenge at Double D's is "Woodland Creatures." When organizing my craft room I found this wonderful stamp, from a company that is no longer in business called Coronado Island. Since it is a really detailed image, I stamped it on glossy cardstock with StazOn ink to get a really crisp image. When I then added the background, with a Stampscapes Stamp named "Meadow Large", and sponged the sunset, I discovered that the dye ink reacted to the glossy paper, creating a muted look. Was going to start over, but when the ink dried (which took a while) I liked that creates a hazy look. So… am keeping it! Mounted the finished scene with black photo corners onto pale rose cardstock.   The sentiment on the inside, drawn from a collection of sayings that I started back in the 1970's reads, "When it hurts to look back, and you're afraid to look ahead, You can look beside you and your best friend will be there." Julian Casablancas
Entered into: 
Double D’s Challenge- Woodland Creatures                                    (
Penny's Challenge- #369 Anything Goes                             (
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes           (

To make the card I used the Hero Arts Stamps & Cuts Butterfly set. Stamped the large dotted butterfly on scraps of paper in yellow and orange dye ink. I then added depth to the wings by adding several shades of yellows and oranges (Spectrum Noir alcohol inks) on the wing segments. I like the way the dots still show through some of the segments! Added a few little lines along the edges of the wings and antennae to represent movement, cut along one edge with decorative scissors….because, well… just because! The final touch was to stamp the sentiment from the set onto a paper scrap. Loving the spring feeling of this card (especially when the weather prediction is for ice followed by up to 11 inches of snow and 40 mph winds coming into the Midwest tomorrow. Brrr! And Grrrr!)
Will be entering this into several challenges, including Simon Says "In My Garden" (because butterflies are like glitter in a garden!) the Butterfly Challenge (this time I met two of the requirements, there is a naples yellow butterfly, and the card is not square) plus two Anything Goes challenges.  
Entered into:
Simon Says Monday Challenge- In My Garden                  (
Butterfly Challenge- #96 Letter N                                         (
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #325 Anything Goes    (
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- Anything Goes      ( 

A recent Bugaboo challenge required washi tape. When cleaning my craft table, I found the rolls had not yet been put away, so decided to put them to use before tossing them back into their drawer. The wonderful image is from Bugaboo digi named "Wizard #6" and the sentiment is from a Bugaboo Digi Set named "Light up my life."
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes                                                (
QKR Stampede- #285 Anything Goes                            (
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #194           (


  1. Hi Kathy
    Oooo, I really like that misty effect! What a gorgeous stamp! What a wonderful sentiment! So uplifting! Super bright colours on your butterfly card, and great use of Washi Tape on your little wizard card!
    Thanks for sharing your creations with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges!

  2. Love your fabulous card! The butterflies are so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  3. That misty scene is wonderful! I am glad that you kept what might have been considered a mishap! I never had any Coronado stamps, but I remember seeing some beautiful examples using them - that was about when I started to stamp.
    Thanks for joining the QKR Stampede challenge this week. Dorothy S, DT member

  4. Hi Kathy, I have now gotten your card picture to link to the correct post so now all sorted. Don't forget to link the other card that you have posted today as it is not showing in the linky tools as yet. Yes your card is ok as an entry for the second prize on offer with it being not square and using the naples yellow.
    I love these bright and snazzy looking butterflies and your added 'just because' element. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel this week. We have poring rain here at present which thankfully is getting rid of the ladt of the snow from lasts weeks mammoth weather blizzard across the UK. I hope you fair better with yours. Hugs Mrs A.

  5. WOW Kathy ... that scenery card with the wolves is awesome! I love using my Stampscape stamps and you created a fabulous backdrop for your 'woodland creature' image! Great job! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Woodland Creatures’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
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  6. Kathy, some adorable cards. Your wizard is just too cute. Thanks for joining the Catch the Bug Anything Goes Challenge, Lisa Lynn DT.

  7. Fabulous cards !
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  8. Both cards are great. I love the design of your butterfly card and the colors are perfect. So glad you entered the butterfly card at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  9. Cute cards! The bright butterflies looks great. Thanks for playing along our March challenge at a2z.

  10. Your cards are wonderful and the Bugaboo HARRY POTTER wizard card is a delight. The background is magical and perfect for this card. Thanks for entering the Bugaboo Saturday Challenge. Hope to see your work again.
    Happy Crafting.
    Glenda GDT

  11. A fabulous selection of cards here, such a great variety of themes and styles! Love the Harry Potter one, brilliant image (of course), the design with the washi tape and stars showcases him perfectly. Thanks for entering this week's Saturday Challenge at Catch the Bug.

  12. Fun group of cards, Kathy. Thanks for sharing with Catch the Bug this week!

  13. I love it!

    Good luck at Catch the bug challenge!

    Keep on craftin'
    GD BugabooStamps

  14. Goodness, all your cards are cute! You've certainly been a busy card maker! Thanks for sharing your work with us over on the Catch The Bug Challenge Blog!
    ~Jo, Bugaboo DT


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