Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Holiday Beauties

This entry for Beccy's Place Sixth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge inspired by the letter "K" is Kraft paper. I printed a freebie image from Beccy's Place named "Christmas Lantern" [find it here- beccysplace.blogspot.com/2011/05/christmas-lantern.html] on kraft brown paper. Colored the flowers with Spectrum Noir markers and a white gel pen then fussycut them from the image. The sentiment on front of the card is from a Beccy's Place digi set "Baby Robin" and inside sentiment is from the "Blessings of the Season" digi set. The background paper and gold photo corners help add elegance to the card.
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- Month of Holiday Cards Challenge Letter K      (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
Outlawz Challenges- Twisted Thursday- Kraft Paper                                   (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)
Colour Crazy Challenge- #45 Anything Goes                                                 (colourcrazychallenge.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #411 Anything Goes   (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                               (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps-Christmas                              (cck-digitalstamps-challenge.blogspot.com)

Made another card for all the Thanksgiving Challenges right now. For this one, I upcycled the images of wheat heads from a bakery box [Yes, I had to eat some donut holes to make this card. Don't judge. Sometimes art takes sacrifices. Heh heh!] The card went together pretty quickly with a few paper scraps, photo corners and a bit of butterscotch colored ribbon. The sentiment on the front is a freebie from TLC (createwithtlc.blogspot.com). The inside sentiment is from a Tlc Creates Vintage set named Faith and Hope [the  24 piece set is available for $2 from etsy.com/listing/577075748/faith-and-hope-word-sentiments]
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Thanks/Thanksgiving             (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Thanks/Thanksgiving     (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

Word Art Wed Challenge- #360-#361 Anything Goes             (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)

Power Poppy- Be Thankful                         (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2018/11/power-spark-be-thankful.html)

The SumMore Fun challenge recently switched to a monthly format on FB that requires the use of their stamps only. The theme for November is "All Dressed Up." I decided to opt for an unusual interpretation of the challenge, using a beautiful Victorine Originals "Merry Christmas" stamp [that I recently won from the SumMore Fun site] and blinging it up to the max. Embossed the image in gold on white mulberry paper that has gold threads. Colored the holly and berries with Tombow Markers then filled in the images and letters with Tombow 2-way Glue pen [since the glue goes on blue and dries clear, I can easily see which sections I've finished. It also has a fairly fine tip for ease of placement in small areas.] Worked on ¼ of the card at a time, adding clear glitter and shaking off excess before moving on. Decided to add a bit more definition to the letters with a brown Spectrum Noir alcohol marker because I thought it would feather out a bit on the mulberry paper. Well… feather it did! I should have tried it on a scrap first. But I think that it does add a bit of drama to the card. Bling and drama? Sounds pretty dressed up to me.  [You can find this gorgeous stamp here- victorine-originals.myshopify.com/products/large-merry-christmas-0]
Entered into: 
SumMore Fun Challenge- All Dressed Up                    (www.facebook.com/groups/SMFCreations/) 

Di’s Digi Stamps- Buttons, Bows, Bling Challenge     (disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)

Happy Little Stamper- Christmas-Anything Goes      (happylittlestampers.blogspot.com)
12 Days of Christmas                                                         (addictedtostamps-kylie.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #209         (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)


  1. What a clever idea Kathy, I wouldn't have thought to remove the foliage from around the lantern image. Your design looks fantastic! You really did a wonderful job with the colouring.
    I can appreciate a woman who makes sacrifices for her art, and finishing some donut holes definitely sounds like hard work. The wheat image is wonderful, it was a great idea to upcycle it from packaging to a fabulous card, you really have a sharp eye for wonderful shapes and designs.
    I wholeheartedly agree that bling and drama makes for a fabulously dressed up card Kathy. I really like the way the brown ink feathered on the mulberry paper, it's a really interesting look. Well done!

  2. Oh my GOSH!!! Would it be insulting to say I thought the Holly sprig on your first card was a "pre-coloured image? Superb colouring skills!!! Utterly beautiful creation :D Thank you for sharing with us at Craftyhazelnut's PPC XXX

  3. Wow! Beautiful cards! I want to thank you for taking the time to enter into the new SumMore Fun challenge!

  4. Kathy, thank you so much for your beautiful card using Merry Christmas! Even if the feathering went further than you envisioned, I think you got a happy surprise with how it turned out.

  5. What a beautiful card and I love how you added the white gel pen to the leaves. Such a great technique!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers.

  6. Love the sentiment and flowers. The embossed background is beautiful. So glad you shared over at Colour Crazy challenge.

    Billie A
    Colour Crazy Challenge
    Catch The Bug
    Creative With Stamps
    Aud Sentiments
    Always Fun Challenges
    Creations In Pink

  7. What a pretty Christmas card you have made. It fits the Colour Crazy Challenge this week. Thank you for taking part and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Colour Crazy Challenge Design Team Member).

  8. Another set of beautiful cards! The pop of yellow on the Thanksgiving card against the back and white background looks fabulous 😁. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! J 😊 x

  9. Beautiful card Kathy thank you for joining us on this Month's Challenge over on
    Ching Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration Challenge Blog
    Dianne xx
    DT for CCK

  10. Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining the Colour Crazy challenge good luck! Dawn Guest DT

  11. beautiful cards Kathy,thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, hugs kath xxx

  12. This is simply stunning, your colouring skills are truly exceptional!
    Thanks so much for playing along with Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge!

  13. Such a beautiful thankful card and lovely design! Thanks so much for playing along with the Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge!

  14. What a lovely card you have made here which fits perfectly the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog Monthly Challenge this month of “Christmas/fireworks”. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Blog Challenge and Facebook Challenge Design Team Leader)


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