Monday, November 12, 2018

Crafting Blizzard

This  entry for Beccy's Place Sixth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge inspired by the letter "J" is Jesus' Birthday.  The image is a freebie from Beccy's Place named "Cupcake with Candles" [Find it here-] Front sentiment is computer generated. Sentiment on the front of the card is computer generated and sentiment on the inside of the card is from a Beccy's Place digi set named "Nativity."
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Beccy’s Place Challenge- Month of Holiday Cards Challenge Letter J    (
Word Art Wed Challenge- #360-#361 Anything Goes                (
Bugaboo Stamps- Something Yummy                                            (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #411 Anything Goes   ( 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                               (
Happy Little Stamper- Christmas-Anything Goes (CAS)           (

Once again, the Twofers Challenge made me think outside of the box. This time instead of using stamps, I used a foliage die from My Daily Bread to make a Christmas card and summer birthday card. For the Christmas card, I was inspired by a video [] to make a wreath card made with a branch die and assorted snowflake punches. The "Merry" die is from Stampin' Up and the inside sentiment is from a Power Poppy digi set named "Autumn Opulence." The base of the card is an A6 sized card in rich white cardstock that has a silvery sheen. I glued a few snowflakes on this base, then attached a later of vellum to serve as the base for the wreath. This layer of vellum allowed the white snowflakes and silver branches in the wreath to really stand out.  
For the birthday card, I used the branch die to make coral on the underwater theme card. The cute fish and little snorkeler are from an Embossing Arts stamp named "Snorkeling Happy Hannah." I created a waves stencil from an old laminated brochure and sponged blue waves onto a postcard sized piece of white cardstock. Added a strip of cloud patterned paper for the sky and tore tan parchment paper into strips to make the sandy bottom. After attaching the "coral" and the stamped and colored images, I made the water with a piece of a blue plastic document folder.  [I use these almost as often as vellum… which I use a lot. You can find them in office supply stores. They come in a pack of assorted colors, are easy to fussy-cut with a nice, sharp pair of scissors and are translucent like colored vellum.] The Birthday Blessings and Thinking of You sentiments are both from Decosses Dynamite Doodles []
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Cute Card Thursday- #555 Snowflakes                                 ( 
Twofer Card Challenge- #11 Wreath                                      (
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge-Silver or Gold             (
Happy Little Stamper- Anything Goes with Dies               (
The Paper Shelter- #361 A Card for A Child                        (
12 Days of Christmas-Day 12                                                  (
Colour Crazy Challenge- #45 Anything Goes                      (
Di’s Digi Stamps- Buttons, Bows, Bling Challenge            (

I love all the Thanksgiving challenges popping up now that Halloween is past. For this card, I stamped a Denami wood mount leaf image onto a mossy brown A2 sized card front with gold pigment ink. While that was drying, I used the gold pigment ink and an old Hero Arts wood mount to stamp the fall foliage to the front of a mossy green A2 sized card. I added gold embossing powder and let my heat gun do its magic! I was going to color the four images but decided that I liked the simplicity of the simple embossed images. Finished the card with sentiments from Power Poppy's digi set named "Autumn Opulence."

Entered into: HA and PP Thanksgiving
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Thanks/Thanksgiving           (
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Thanks/Thanksgiving     (
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- Give Thanks                 ( 
Power Poppy- Give Thanks                     (

The current weekly Creative Confetti challenge at Power Poppy is called "Just Color." And… the requirement is to grab your favorite coloring medium and color some images. I had printed off a bunch of images from Beccy's Place for her wonderful "Month of Holiday Cards Challenge" and colored them with my prefered medium- Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and white gel pen. Took a photo of my colored images before I fuse them on cards. [Actually, they are not quite ready as I need to blend the highlighted areas on the robin a bit and do some trimming… but they do prove that I've been busy coloring!] Don't you just love the personalities on the members of the snowman family? It's  a freebie from Beccy's Place named "Family Reunion ." [You can download a copy here]
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  1. You have given us a great array of delightful cards in this post, Kathy! I will concentrate on the Twofer ones, which I think are really well thought out and extremely detailed! You did an amazing job using that die to create your beautiful wreath on your Christmas card. I love the elegance of the silver and white and that pretty bow! Your birthday card using the same die to make underwater coral is simply adorable! I love your sky and sea and that cute little scuba diver and jumping fish! Thanks for the tip on the plastic document covers from office supply stores! And thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #11! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at the paper shelter this week.

  3. Wow, you've been seriously busy today Kathy, what a great collection of fabulous cards. As always, you've done an awesome job putting them all together. I love the different images you've used and the great sentiments you mixed in. Fabulous work!

  4. Such a lot of fabulous cards here Kathy! Thanks for playing along at Catch the Bug this week.

  5. Very nice work thanks for sharing!!!

  6. Beautiful cards! The Happy Fall card looks so elegant with the gold accents 😀. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! J 😊 x

  7. Wow, you have really been busy Kathy! I love seeing the metallics in the wreath card and thanksgiving card. Such a colourful collection of cards too!

  8. Great cards. Thanks for joining us at CCT.x

  9. Beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at Colour Crazy! Hope to see you again!
    ~ GDT Sherry x

  10. Wow, wow, wow! What an impressive collection of cards here! I am so impressed with how you can think of so many different card styles and each one has its own wonderful personality. I like the colors and layouts you chose and these were such a treat to see! Thank you for sharing your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  11. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge.

  12. So many wonderful cards, Kathy! I have to say, I loved reading all about the way you put together that underwater scene - so much detail, and great tips to share! The traditional wreath itself is so gorgeous and I love the layers and snowflakes! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

  13. Very pretty cards! I love the pretty wreath. Thanks for joining us at the Di's digi designs challenge.


  14. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  15. Beautiful Fall card!! Thanks for playing along with us at a2z.

  16. Kathy, How clever to use that branch die to make some underwater coral! Thanks so much for playing along with this month's Twofer Wreath Challenge. :)

  17. Sweet card. Thanks for sharing with CHN patterned paper challenge.

  18. What a great collection, Kathy ... I especially enjoyed your duo of 'wreath' cards! The first is elegant, texture-y and wonderfully dimensional ... and how much fun is that underwater scene with the wreath branches used as coral ... so cute and detailed! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  19. What a lovely Fall/Thanks card! Thanks for playing along with Power Poppy this month!

  20. Such nice cards! That wreath with the silver leaves is so pretty. The snowmen are fun! The embossed leaves are very nice on that fall card! Thanks for joining in over at a2z Scrapbooking.


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