Saturday, November 3, 2018

Autumn Squirrel

The Thursday challenge at wecraftcards was to make a verticle rstep card. I found instructions on Pinterest [] started creatin'. After I got it cut and folded, I thought  the step looked odd with the tops "open" but couldn't figure out how to NOT have the holes in the steps. I tried flipping the template every which way with no success. So... finally flipped the card and used it in a very different way. The verticle steps  became a "support brace" for a swirly foilage die cut. I kinda like the way it turned out so was time well spent. I added a closeup of the inside so you can see the sentiment tucked up under the "stairs." [Actually, thought about making this into a card depicting my favorite reading place as a child- in the basement under the stairwell. I had an old bean bag chair [the kind that leaked little white styrofoam beads EVERYWHERE] and a small table with a lamp. I spent many hours there reading about Nancy Drew's exciting life. 
The Bugaboo Digi Stamps image is from Bugaboo [named "Autumn Squirrel" and the two sentiments are from a retired Power Poppy digi set named "Autumn Opulence."
Am entering this card into a few challenges including Bugaboo's current color challenge. My card includes the orange and peachy colors, plus green-gray foliage and navy blue backing cardstock which adds both color and strength.
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps- Color Challenge                                      (
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes        (

2craftycrittercrazies Challenge #20                                    (

It's November, and that means that Beccy Muir at Beccy's Place is helping us get some card making completed for Christmas by hosting the 6th annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge. This is my second year participating and am thrilled to get started. My first card, which is to be inspired by the letter A, is an A-frame card.  I used one of Beccy's freebies, a wonderful Christmas stocking [find it here-] and swapped the ornaments in the original digi with the little bear from the Beccy's Place digi set named "Tea Time." The sentiment on the inside of the card is from a Beccy's Place set named "Blessings of the Season." 

Entered into:
Beccy’s Place Challenge- Month of Holiday Cards Challenge Letter A      (
Cute Card Thursday- #554 Anything Goes                                                      ( 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #409 Anything Goes   (

Power Poppy's November challenge is named "Give Thanks" and is to feature a Thank you or Thanksgiving themed project.  I decided to make an elegant Thanksgiving card that I'll send to my MIL. Used the gorgeous floral image and two sentiments from the Power Poppy digi set named "Autumn Opulence" to make my card.  Created the background of the card with a few layers of paper including scrapbook paper with photos of vintage lace. On top of that I attached a "frame" created with several squares of different colored paper. On top of this I placed the autumn bouquet, printed on vellum. I colored the image with Spectrum Nior markers using a variation of the spotlight technique, coloring only the portion of the image that fell within the framed area on the card front.
Entered into: 
Power Poppy- Give Thanks                         (
Word Art Wed Challenge- #358-359 Anything Goes          (
Colour Crazy Challenge- #44 Anything Goes                        (
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- Give Thanks            ( 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                       (


  1. Fabulous card and great fold love the squirrel and die-cut flourish-bonus that it reminded you of special memories too
    Carol x

  2. Three fantastic cards Kathy, well done! I think your step cards looks wonderful, it was a great idea to turn it over. Thanks for sharing the story about your little reading nook too.
    I love the teddy in the Christmas stocking, that's a great mash up of digis. The quilted sock looks fabulous in the rich, red colour and I love the big organza bow.
    Your floral card looks amazing! What an awesome way to use vellum. Love it!

  3. WOW! That step card is great and I love how you made it your own! Thanks for joining the challenge Catch the Bug!

  4. Beautiful card!! Thanks for playing along our November challenge at a2z.

  5. That squirrel card is soooo beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for November and good luck!
    Monica - DT

  6. Fantastic cards. So glad you entered the challenge at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  7. Oh I love your squirrel, he really made me smile. thank you for sharing at 2CCC. X

  8. Wonderful card. Love the Bugaboo image and so glad you shared over at Colour crazy challenge and Catch the bug
    Billie A
    Colour Crazy Challenge
    Catch The Bug
    Creative With Stamps
    Aud Sentiments
    Always Fun Challenges
    Creations In Pink

  9. Great card. Thanks for joining us at catch the bug this week.

  10. What a lovely Fall/Thanksgiving card! I'm sure your MIL will love it! Thanks for playing along with Power Poppy!

  11. I just LOVE this card - love the format of it! Thanks so much for sharing and for playin' along with The Bugaboo Stamps/Catch The Bug Challenge! We hope you'll join us again this week for our newest challenge!
    Hugs & Happy Days!
    Min - Bugaboo Stamps DT

  12. Fabulous Cards! Thank you for joining us at A2Z Scrapbooking for the November Challenge.

    Annie - A2Z Scrapbooking DT

  13. Cute critters and a nice flower bouquet! Interesting coloring on the bouquet. I had not heard of that before. Thanks for joining in over at a2z Scrapbooking.


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