Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Warm Wishes

This entry for Beccy's Place Sixth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge inspired by the letter "W" is Warm Winter Wishes. The cute little bear is a freebie from Beccy's Place [beccysplace.blogspot.com/2010/07/little-bear-blue_08.html] and the inside sentiment is a from a Lili of the Valley digi set named "Christmas Wishes." I made the candy cane wands by cutting red and white striped paper on the diagonal in thin strips. Used a light grey Spectrum Noir alcohol pen to shade each edge, then added a line of highlight with a white gel pen. The quilt background was made with scraps of wintery background paper with a layer of vellum to mute the colors so that the little bear shows up. Also, I included the card in a few challenges that focused on warmth and snuggling because that is what a quilt is for, right? 
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- Month of Holiday Cards Letter W      (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
The Cutie Pie Challenge #129 Winter Layers                                (cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.com)
Double D’s Challenge- Snuggle Up Buttercup                              (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #413 Anything Goes  (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                               (craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com)
Outlawz Challenges- Saturday Paper Ala Mode-Christmas          (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com)

I used a beautiful image from Bugaboo named "Frame Happiness" to make another card for the current Butterfly Challenge that focuses on the Letter J. My card includes one theme- Joint [sections on the Z-fold of the card. You can find the card template there- papercraftinspirationsmagazine.co.uk/category/how-to/z-fold-card.htm] I found a wonderful adult coloring book at the local Goodwill and a section of one page for the background on the inside of the card. Layered with pink vellum, I love the soft feeling it gives the card. Printed off a few extra butterflies which I fussy-cut. Then traced the wings on pink vellum and fussy-cut. Then cut a few slits into the butterfly, slid the pink vellum wings into slits and taped from the underside to add a 3-D element. I didn't use a sentiment on the inside. Will be sending this card to a young friend in college to help her through finals in the next few weeks. Will write a note on the back of it.
Entered into: 
Butterfly Challenge- #112 Letter J                                       (butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Calling All Sista’s- Photo Challenge #19                             (callingallsistahs.blogspot.com)
Word Art Wed Challenge- #362-#363 Anything Goes   (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)

Made this card  with a beautiful image  Ching-Chou Kuik's line of digital stamps [www.etsy.com/listing/219254993] named "Silently Sparling." markers, and fussy cutit. ussy-cut and adhered to the card front. Wanted to create an elegant card with shades of gold to be able to enter it into the current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge. Used a cream colored base card, layered vintage sheet music [from a chorus book dated 1929, that we found in the basement when we cleaned my husbands family home before his mom moved into assisted living years ago. His grandmother was a church choir director for many decades so there were boxes of sheet music and booklets, most in good shape. Yay.] This was topped with a gold-bordered frame that I cut from an old card. I colored the beautiful image with Spectrum Noir markers, fussy-cut and set it aside. Created the candle glow by punching a circle from vellum and coloring along the outer edged with a yellow gold marker. Carefully cut around the candle and her hand with an Exaco knife and then slid the vellum circle behind, taping it down from the underside of the image.  Then adhered the image to the front of the card. To add the glimmer of metallic gold, I added a strip of Jolee's gold border stickers. Also used a pin to remove the round centers from another line stickers and "sprinkled" them across the card to add more sparkle and layered several of them to create her brooch.  For the inside of the card, I used another scrap of sheet music, the sticker scrap left when I had removed the border sticker [I really am an upcycler to the nth degree] and a from a Lili of the Valley digi set named "Christmas Wishes."

Entered into: 
Ching-Chou Kuik's FB  Challenge-Christmas          (facebook.com/groups/chingchoukuikdigitalstamps)
CAS-ual Fridays- #213 Shades of Gold                     (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Colour Crazy Challenge- #47 Anything Goes           (colourcrazychallenge.blogspot.com)
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                             (Outlawzchallenges.ning.com) 
Happy Little Stamper- Christmas-Anything Goes  (happylittlestampers.blogspot.com)


  1. You did an awesome job creating those candy cane wands Kathy, they look wonderful! You coloured the little bear beautifully too, it's a fabulous card.
    The "Happiness" card is wonderful, I'm sure your young friend will appreciate receiving it during her exams. The little butterfly is very pretty, I like how you popped up the wings for a bit of added dimension.
    The image on your final card is gorgeous and you did a fantastic job with the colouring. Love the vellum you added for the candle glow, it's such a nice effect. It's always good to see how you use all the different parts of the product Kathy, you've always got such great ideas, and I appreciate having less waste.

  2. Lovely work. Thank you for joining Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challege

  3. Love your cards, they are all so beautiful and stunning.

  4. Firstly love your card for Beccy's challenge. Those candy canes are awesome. Well done on making them look so realistic. Your second butterfly card using the Z Fold is lovely with the vellum and colouring page. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me this week. Hugs Mrs A.

  5. So very adorable! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Snuggle Up Buttercup’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
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  6. A beautiful set of Christmas cards. Greatly designed. I love the image of the girl you used. Great bar
    Thank you for joining our fun at Happy Little Stampers Xmas.
    BożenA DT HLS

  7. What a lovely card you have made here which fits perfectly the Colour Crazy Challenge this week. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Colour Crazy Challenge Design Team Member).

  8. Adorable teddy on this lovely Christmas Card. Thanks for joining us at The Cutie Pie Challenge. Pat K xx

  9. Fab cards.
    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT

  10. Such cute cards!! Thanks for playing along at the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.

  11. A fabulous set of cards you have made. Love the all. Thanks for playing along with us this fortnight at Colour Crazy Challenge. AJ DT CCC

  12. Beautiful card, thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie Challenge cheers Sue x

  13. Beautiful cards Kathy.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge. Hope to see you again soon.
    Lou DT xo

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