Sunday, January 20, 2019

Time to recycle

This week's Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge is "Recycle Something." Since one of my favorite things to do is recycle/upcycle, I took some time today to make some cards for this challenge. Was fun digging in my stash of papers and miscellaneous items to find treasures that I could put to use.
This first card uses an old South Dakota map for the card base and the envelope, plus pheasant feathers that I've had for a few decades [I know that because my husband's MS has prevented him from hunting since the late 1990s. Am glad the feathers didn't disintegrate.] The fishing lure and Gone Fishing sentiment are from a scrapbooking kit. Besides adding feathers, I also used a silver gel pen to add some highlights to the hooks The inside sentiment is computer generated.  
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Recycle Something                             (
Outlawz Challenges- Twisted Thursday- Anything Goes [Layers]      (

This is my final entry for The Paper Shelter's current digital image challenge. I had fun using one of their images that I recently won named, "Where're we goin'?"
Colored the cutie with Spectrum Noir markers and white gel pen. Used some travel themed background paper and the small suitcase in the lower left corner from a scrapbook kit. The sentiment is a vellum sticker that I've had in my stash for a few years. And, I added a piece of vellum atop the background paper to help the digi image stand out more boldly. 
Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #366 Digital Image                                   (
Word Art Wed Challenge- #370-#371 Anything Goes          (

Decided to make another card to enter into Power Poppy's Creative Confetti "Half and Half Challenge" [where an image is cut in half, with one half colored.]  I remembered making this type of card many years ago- as in back in the late '90's. I used a vintage PSX wood mount stamp named "Hybrid Rose." These cards go together so easily that I made two of them in different colors.
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Songs/Rhymes- Ring a Ring o' Roses  (
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Half and Half                       (

My final card for this post is actually two cards! I absolutely love the intriguing stamping opportunity called "Twofer Card Challenge." The goal of this fun challenge is to use the exact same stamp or die to make two cards with distinctly different designs for two different occasions. Here are details-
I came up with the idea for the first card when I saw a sweet penguin shape card made by artist Dina Kowal [you can find it here.] 
I used the template to make a baby card, hand sketching and coloring the little blankie. Thinking that the little cutie needed something to cuddle, I looked through my teddy bear stamps. Nothing looked right… and then I realized that a little, stuffed penguin would be perfect. Dug through my stamps and found a happy little penguin in a set that my mom gave me several years ago. [Sorry but I don't know who makes it as it wasn't in the original packaging. I did provide a photo. If you recognize the set, please let me know who makes it. Thanks.] The Welcome Baby sentiment is a freebie from Papercrafts Magazine [you can find it here.]
And the inside sentiment is computer generated.
For the North Pole card, I stamped the little penguin and North Pole sentiment onto white cardstock.  Fussy cut both then colored the penguin and added Polar White Flowersoft to his hat. Cut a thin scrap of patterned paper to make the pole for the sign, adding a bit of shading with a grey marker and highlights with a white gel pen. The snowy scene background is super easy to create. [I posted a tutorial on how to make it back in November 2017. All it takes is a paper scrap, ink pad, and tree stamp. You can find it here.] 
The inside sentiment is a freebie from TLC Creations. 


Entered into: 
Twofer Card Challenge- #12 Birds                                                   (
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                 (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #421 Anything Goes  ( 
Di’s Digi Stamps- Snow Much Fun                                                  (
Outlawz Challenges- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Winter Snow  (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Jan                      (
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge #25                                  (
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Clean and Simple                (
The Cutie Pie Challenge- #131 Cute, Clean and Simple               (


  1. Such lovely cards, so fun to see the that map used onto your card and envelope. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  2. Absolutely beautiful! If I had to choose which of the two rose creations I liked more, not sure I would be able to! One is so soft and pretty and the other is beautifully bold. Well done Kathy! So glad you played along with us again this week!

  3. These are adorable penguin designs, Kathy! Oh my goodness, that little toy penguin and blankie are so clever for the new baby card! And your welcoming little penguin looks right at home on the North Pole in his warm fuzzy hat!! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #12! Love your other creations, too! Hugs, Darnell

  4. Oh how fun, Kathy! Who couldn't smile at your shaped baby card ... great colouring and detailing ... love that you gave him a stuffed penguin to cuddle! What a cool, chilly winter scene ... this little guy is a real cutie perched on top of Santa's signpost ... good thing he has that fluffy edged hat to stay warm! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  5. Many brilliant creations. Thanks so much for playing at The Paper Shelter's Digital challenge this week. Hugs:) Audrey DT

  6. Gorgeous cards. You are so creative. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter challenge and hope to see you again soon- Patsy

  7. Oh, my gosh, your Twofer Birds cards are so cute! I love, LOVE the shaped card and how you used the same penguin stamp as a cuddly stuffie. So clever! I'm tee heeing all over about that! Such a cute Christmas card, too, with a snowy scene. He's a very athletic penguin to get all the way up there on the sign. I don't know who makes the stamp set, but it's gosh darn cute. Thanks so much for sharing with us in our Twofer Birds Challenge!

  8. Nice card! Love the way you used the image!! Thanks for playing with us at TPS this week! GoodLuck! Hug Lena

  9. You have created a lot of beautiful cards. I especially like your penguin cards for twofer challenge. Clever idea to use the small penguin as a toy at the second card. :-)

  10. Your cards are so delightful! I love how you take extra care to complete the inside of the card. Your baby penguin is fantastic with the blankie and stuffed penguin! I love that little stamped penguin's expression. He looks like he's ready to impart his wisdom to the recipient, which is perfect for the Christmas card! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the Twofer Card Challenge!

  11. Your cards are wonderful. I especially like your penguin adorable! Thanks for sharing where you found the template!

  12. Adorable Christmas card Kathy. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Digi Designs. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

  13. Thank you for sharing with Crafty Hazelnut's Weekly Christmas Challenge!
    DT for CHNC
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!
    A great set of cards!

  14. Fun to decorate the inside as well as the outside of the card.
    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT

  15. A fab selection of cards. Your penguin design is just adorable.

    Thanks for joining us at the Cutie Pie Challenge.

    Helen x


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