Friday, November 30, 2018

Picking a Tree

For this week's challenge at QKR Stampede I made a card using a QKR digi image (Q-digi13801 Picking a Tree) that you can find at I colored the sweet image with Spectrum Noir markers and white gel pen. I made the background with scraps of wrapping paper [that I "rescued" after a gift was opened at a family birthday party. Yes… my whole family knows that I am always on the lookout for gift wrap that I can upcycle. They actually ask, "Kathy do you want any of this?" before they throw it in the trash!] and added assorted snowflakes from my collection of punches. Added some shading to the "sky" by tapping the tip of a few shades of blue markers against the paper then sketched simple snowflakes randomly on top of the blue shading. Added a little texture with Polar White Flowersoft on the hat and pompom. The sentiment on the inside is also from QKR. [You can find it here- Q-digi8717 Merry Christmas Digital Stamp]
PS Stop on by the QKR Stampede where the weekly challenges are always Anything Goes and prizes are awarded (
Entered into: 
Cute Card Thursday- #558 Recycle Something                             ( 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes                      (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #413 Anything Goes   (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                                (

This entry for Beccy's Place Sixth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge inspired by the letter "Z" is Z-fold. [Find the fold template here-] The sweet image on the front is from Beccy's Place digi set "Sugar and Spice."  The sentiment on the front is a freebie from TLC  [] and the inside sentiment is from a Beccy's Place digi set named "Sweet Shoppe." The die cut rick rack border papers are from my scrapbook stash and the little puffy heart sticker was added to the inside sentiment… just because I love those sweet little stickers.  [From my stash of these stickers that I found at Walmart a while ago. Each packet contains 113 of the little beauties for just 99 cents. I currently have a few hundred on hand as a girl can never have enough puffy heart stickers!) Am entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz Tuesday TicTacToe [center column- top= tree, center= sentiment, bottom= pink rickrack] and If You Give a Crafter A Cookie Challenge [image includes a candy cane.]
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- Month of Holiday Cards Letter Z      (
Christmas Crafts All Year Round- Gingerbread                          (
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color-TicTacToe                                     (
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie- #108 Candy Cane                      (
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                (
Happy Little Stamper- Christmas-Anything Goes                     (

I won this sweet image in a challenge from The Paper Shelter [TPS] last month and couldn't wait to use it. It's named "Follow the Stars" and is a perfect fit for the current challenge at TPS, "Snow Days" [or in this case, Snowy Nights.] One thing that I love about TPS digis is that most come in a set with a wonderful background that compliments the image. And… I mix them up when appropriate. This background is from the digi set named "Snowboarder Girl." I did reformat the background in grayscale for the card then sponged grey and blue inks along the edge so that the glow from the lantern would show up. Speaking of that glow; it's made with a few layers of vellum, regular and yellow. [I do love my vellum stash.] A new friend from blog land recently gifted me with the snowflake die [Thanks, Darnell] and I love how it adds the delicate snowflake edging to the background. Since I have a nice assortment of Christmas cards for this year, I decided to make this one more generic. she inside sentiment is a free bookmark that worked perfectly for this card. [You can find it here-]
Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #364 Snow Days                                        (
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #210                    (
Outlawz Challenges- Twisted Thursday- Anything Goes     (

Word Art Wed Challenge- #362-#363 Anything Goes         ( 


  1. Three great cards. I had to smile as the first card has the image I was going to use myself and then changed my mind. Love your colouring on the last one. Hugs ValeryAnne.

  2. You're definitely the upcycling, recycling and reusing Queen Kathy, a title you should wear with pride! Not only are your cards fabulous, they're also good for the world!
    Love the cute snowman on your first card, he sure looks happy with his choice of tree. You did a great job stippling the background with your markers, the texture is fabulous and helps give that snowy effect. Love the fluffy pompom and hat trim.
    Great idea to use the large rick rack on your gingerbread card, it works beautifully with the image. Excellent choice of colours too. Love the cute little heart, I definitely agree that you can't have too many.
    I LOVE the glow of the lantern on your third card Kathy, layering the vellum like that is a fabulous idea. The image is beautiful and you did an awesome job with the colouring. Love the snowflake border and the wonderful background scene. Beautiful!

  3. What a fabulous collection of cards, Kathy! Saw you on the Outlawz and just had to come take a look. Love them ALL! xxD

  4. Wow, your cards are all amazing! Love them all! The wrapping paper for the background worked so well, I love that plaid!
    Many thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday this week!

  5. What a fantastic card Kathy! I love that you matched your image with paper from another set, and the glow from her lamp is FANTASTIC! How clever! Great job with the fluffy bits on her coat too! Super card! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at The Paper Shelter, and for using (and doing such a wonderful job with) one of our images!

  6. Excellent card. Love how you combined 2 digital stamp sets.
    Thanks for sharing
    DT The Paper Shelter (Team B)

  7. Gorgeous image and beautifully coloured,beautiful snowflake die and love the glow from the lamp.Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

  8. Awesome work!! Thanks so much for participating in our IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE... challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  9. ... and thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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