Sunday, March 25, 2018

Still waiting for Spring!

The calendar says it is Spring... but the weather isn't buyin' it! So am making Spring cards. 
This month's challenge over at Tiddly Inks is to make a card featuring an image of their adorable character named Molly. I discovered that I have mostly Wryn images, but did find this sweet Molly coloring sheet. It's actually a freebie in their shop. You can find it here-
I reduced the size to fit four on an  8.5 x 11 page. Colored the image with Spectrum Noir and a bit of white gel pen to make her summer dress a soft green plaid. Finished it off with a B&W checked bow for texture and mounted the finished creation atop yellow plaid patterned paper. The sentiment on the inside of the card is a freebie from TLC Creations (
Entered into: 
Tiddly Inks- Molly Month                                        (
Di’s Digi Stamps- Flowers Challenge                     (
Bugaboo Stamps- March Photo Inspiration         (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge      (
Penny's Challenge- #372 Anything Goes               (
The Cutie Pie Challenge- #121 Spring Cuties        (                

My second entry into an intriguing challenge named the "Twofer Card Challenge." The goal is to use the same stamp to make two distinctly different designs for two different occasions. This month's theme is "Blossoms". I've had this large Embossing Arts Valentine's Day stamp for a few decades. It includes blossoms (in the rose, and in the little basket with the doves.) Decided it would work for its intended purpose, and the two doves could be used separately on a wedding card. To get two very different looks, I stamped the complete image on tan parchment cardstock with deep rust ink. Added a bit of color with chalk and colored pencil, but tried to keep the colors muted for a monochromatic look. Finished it off by coloring the ribbon and adding some highlights with a white gel pen. Trimmed it into shape with decorative scissors and adhered it to a card cut from handmade pumpkin colored paper (from my stash. I think it was from Hero Arts years ago.) For the wedding card, I stamped the heart-shaped image with black ink onto a scrap of white cardstock. Before stamping the image, I took a damp cotton-tipped swab and wiped off the leaf tip that lays across the frame around the heart. I colored the image with Tombow markers and then used a fine tip black marker to gently sketch in the section of the frame that had held the leaf tip. Fussy cut the heart-shaped image then added it to the card I'd decorated with patterned paper, embossed pink vellum and aqua ribbon that has a little white daisy silhouette in its pattern. (I added close-ups so that you could see the details.) It was fun to stretch my stamp in this way!

Entered into: 
Twofer Card Challenge- Blossoms                                  (
Double D’s Challenge- Just Wing It                               (
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #196          (
QKR Stampede- #287 Anything Goes                            (
Pixie's Snippets-  Week 322                                      (

Decided to make one final  card to enter into the current Butterfly Challenge that focuses on the Letter L.  My card includes all six of the options- layers, letters and two of the colors (lavender and light blue.) I loved this beautifully layered flower sticker that I picked up at Joann's or Michaels a few months ago and it added a bit of bling to the card. The acetate printed with LOVE is from a scrapbook paper pack that had some fun specialty papers. I love making peek-a-boo cards with acetate but have never used printed acetate before. Love it! The sentiment on the front of the card is a freebie from TLC Creations ( and the inside sentiment is one that I made on my computer.

Entered into: 
Butterfly Challenge- #97 Letter L                                              (
The Paper Shelter- #331 Easter Time                                       (
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Floral Frenzy                 (
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #326-7 Anything Goes    (
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                                   (
Deep Ocean Challenge- Easter Spring                                     (
Cute Card Thursday- #522 Easter                                            ( 


  1. Kathy, so much inspiration in one post! You've given us a Fourfer and they are all terrific! You did a great job using that sweet flower and dove basket on both your Twofer designs! The monochrome Valentine is very warm and romantic and the wedding card is filled with awesome details! I love how you have the ribbon match with the ribbon on the basket!! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #3! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Wow! All the cards shown are so amazing! I love the ones you did for the Twofer challenge with the same blossom stamp. Those are wonderful. Thanks for joining in on the Twofer Challenge #3.

  3. Four cards in one post! And they are all fabulous! Your cards for the Twofer Challenge came out great! The Valentine's one almost looks a bit antique-y and very romantic and how clever to alter your stamp for the wedding card to use only the heart portion! It looks very pretty!
    Thank you for joining us in the Twofer Challenge!

  4. Beautiful card Kathy. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Digi Designs. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

  5. Beautiful creations Kathy! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Just Wing It’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

  6. Wow, so much eye candy. Beautiful creations, all of them. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Catch the Bug.

  7. I love that beautiful blue bloom and the acetate on your card looks awesome. A great spring card. Thankyou for coming and spinning the wheel this week. Hugs Mrs A.

  8. Wonderful cards. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge this month.

  9. Great interpretation of our challenge theme. Thanks for entering and showing your beautiful work at our "JUST WING IT" Challenge. Thanks for joining in and good luck in the draw.  Double D Challenges{DT aNNie}
    💖 [Aussie aNNie's Blog]

  10. What a wonderful selections of cards, hard pressed to choose a favourite.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  11. Lovely Valentine cards, Kathy! It's really wonderful to see you playing along in our "Anything Goes" challenge at QKR Stampede this week. We do love people who play with us regularly. :-D Good luck.
    NanaConnie DT

  12. This is gorgeous. Love your colour choices and great layout. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenge.
    Amelia (Double "D" Challenge Design Team)

  13. Kathy your cards are adorable. Still waiting for spring too, lol. Have a Happy Easter. Thanks for playing with the Catch the Bug Photo Inspiration Challenge, Lisa Lynn DT.

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  15. Lovely set of cards. Your entry for Catch the Bug is a wonderful piece of work and a great take on the photo inspiration. Thanks for sharing with us. Pippa DT

  16. Really lovely cards Kathy! You really manage to cover a variety of styles in such an effortless way - and it's great to see you with us in the Snippets Playground.


    Di xx

  17. I love this "Spring cutie"!! Thank you for sharing with us at the Cutie Pies. Sarah DT

  18. Thank you so much for joining us at the Molly March Tiddly Inks Challenge! I absolutely love the look of the gingham ribbon on those flowers.

  19. Very cute spring card. Thank for playing with us at Di's Digi challenge.
    Nathalie DT


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