Thursday, July 12, 2018

Guest Designer!

I've been blogging for over a year and am so excited to have the opportunity to serve as a Guest Designer for the amazing Beccy Muir at Beccy's Place! I had fun creating this card with an image and sentiment from one of Beccys new releases named "Bonsai Set." (I love that the set includes six versatile sentiments! beccysplace.com/bonsai-digital-stamps) I used a scrap of vintage Chinese silk from my beloved Mom's treasure stash as a background inside of the oval die cut. (Although Bonsai trees are often associated with Japanese culture, I did a bit of research and discovered that they actually originated in China. So… the beautiful fabric really is a good fit!)
I usually photograph my cards on black, white or neutral background colors. However, I set this card down on an antique piano stool as I was setting up for a black background. The realized that the wood grain reflects the tree trunk. (The wood on the piano stool isn't just weathered, it's also scraped and gouged because it survived in my childhood home with six active children! My dad repaired player pianos so we spent hours sitting on this stool, pumping the pedals and singing as the piano rolls rolled along.  If you've never seen -or heard- a player piano, here is a YouTube video to show you one in action-
youtube.com/watch?v=L4gbjYtxT_c  (there are words printed on the piano roll, so imagine a group of kiddos belting out this classic song with all the correct words! PS- It also provided a great workout. Like biking a few miles!) 
Entered into: 
Word Art Wed Challenge- #342-343 Anything Goes     (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #204             (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)

I've had this wonderfully intricate, and large, wood mounted stamp for many years. Was excited to find it, and several similar sentiment designs in large and small sizes, at Victorine Originals Stamps (www.victorineoriginals.com) Have always loved the elegant look of the image when it is embossed, so decided to make a card using Victorian shades of red and blue to reflect the colors on the current mood board at SumMoreFun. The addition of a delicate  butterfly allows me to also enter the card into the Butterfly Challenge "W",  I'm highlighting the color wine (butterfly) and wheat (kraft brown paper).
Entered into: 
SumMoreFun  Challenge- Mood Board           (summorefun.com) 
Butterfly Challenge- #103 Letter W                 (butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
CAS-ual Fridays- #203 Heat Embossing        (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
                  
This nautical themed card (made for a challenge at Double D's) also fits into three other challenges related to summer and holidays/vacations. The iris fold ship is made using this template-  irisvouwen.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/ship-in-bottle_3.html  The little flags on the paper clip, made with washi tape, add a bit of extra color and fun to the card. The 4th of July sentiment is from Whimsie Doodles and the other is computer generated in Papyrus font. (I added a closeup of the ship and paperclip so you could see all the details.)  
 
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Summer Fun              (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Fun in the Sun     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
The Paper Shelter- #347 Holiday Time                          (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)
Double D’s Challenge- Nautical                                       (daranddiane.blogspot.com)

Like millions of other growed-up kiddos, Dr. Seuss is one of my childhood heroes. So I love this digi from Bugaboo. The image only requires a small amount of color, so I paired it with a bold and bright striped background, fussy-cut the image, and mounted it with foam mounting squares to make it pop!
Entered into: Bug Dr Seuss sentiment 
Bugaboo Stamps-Anything Goes                                      (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
DigiStamps4Joy- #150 Anything Goes                            (digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot.co.za)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
QKR Stampede- #303 Anything Goes                             (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)

21 comments:

  1. Love your "cat in the hat" card! What a fun, fun image & great sentiment! A perfect birthday card for sure! Thanks for joining our weekly challenge at QKR Stampede!

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  2. Beautiful crations Kathy, you have been busy. Love the iris folding boat card, very creative.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  3. Love the card you made with Beccy's image.

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  4. Hi Kathy
    Your Dr Seuss quote is fantastic! Love your kitty and the wonderful paper you used to compliment the image! There's something 'happy' about candy stripes! A really lovely card! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Digistamps 4 Joy!
    Linda

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  5. Beautifully crafted! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Nautical’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

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

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  6. That Dr. Seuss image and quote are great - and what a fun background you chose! Congrats on your GD spot for BeccyThanks for entering the weekly Anything Goes challenge at the QKR Stampede. Dorothy S, DT member

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  7. Lovely cards! Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays! :)

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  8. Beauty on a card with brilliant design and amazing colours for our NAUTICAL Challenge. Thanks for joining in and good luck in the draw. ♥ DOUBLE D ♥
     [aNNie DT member for Double D Challenges]

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  9. Lovely cards, I really like what you did with Your Thank You. And and the colors, perfect for the current mood board! Thank you for joining us at SumMore Fun
    ~DT Heather

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  10. What gorgeous array of cards! The one linked at CAS-ual Fridays is so pretty and elegant. Thank you for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays. Hugs~ Ishani.

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  11. Congratulations on your design spot. I really thought that card for my challenge was made with a die cut. It is a lovely stamp and beautifully coloured. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me again. Hugs Mrs A.

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  12. Congrats on your guest designer spot! All your cards are lovely! Wonderful Job! Thanks for playing along with us over at SumMore Fun Stamp Challenge!

    Theresa (SumMore Fun DT)

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  13. What a SUPER Dr Suess card! Thank you for joining our Anything Goes challenge at Bugaboo Stamps' Catch the Bug blog this week - good luck in the draw. Please come back again soon, esp for our Christmas in July week-long event which starts on July 21!
    luv
    Jen Leeflang
    Bugaboo DT

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  14. Love your work! Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog. Good luck!
    Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)
    http://creaine-cards.blogspot.nl/

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  15. Great creations! That Iris Fold Ship looks amazing! How clever and unique. I just LOVE it!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D Challenge Blog, Nautical, Donna, DT Member.

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  16. Wow! You've got lots of awesome here! Love your floral embossed image ... beautifully colored! Thanks so much for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  17. Beautiful cards! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays :)

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  18. What a treat to see such a variety of colorful cards! I love how each one is totally unique and stunning. It's a tribute to your range of talents and your ability to hit any sort of theme just right. I like how you kept the colors perfect for each scene and how card was happy or energetic or peaceful. Thank you for sharing your skills with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

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  19. Lovely cards. Love the Cat in the hat on the stripe paper. Thanks for sharing with CHN patterned paper challenge.
    Hugs
    Margaret

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  20. Hooray for you on entering your 3rd card in the current mood board challenge over at SumMoreFun. I love how you colored up that huge Thank you stamp from Victorine Originals. Again that you for joining us and inspiring us all. Design Team member, MaryAnn

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  21. Oh wow! That Thank You sentiment from Victorine Originals is so beautiful with your coloring! You did a fantastic job on it. I also love that iris fold sailboat. Thanks for linking up with our SumMore Fun mood board challenge!

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