Monday, April 15, 2019

Mid April Fun

Wanted to make a few more cards for the current Simon Says Monday Challenge "Down on the Farm" so I printed off an image and sentiment from a wonderful digi set from Beccy's Place named "Farm Fresh." The barn image is an old rubber stamp that I pulled off of its wood mount [so I don't know the name of the company] and the trees are an old Embossing Arts wood mount. The images are colored with Spectrum Noir markers and white gel pen. I made the "plowed ground" by laying a torn edge of scrap paper across the paper and sponging brown ink to make ridges. I added a line across each furrow with a light brown marker to provide more definition. The only thing missing is the flock of gulls that often swoop over the newly plowed fields to snarf up the earthworms and bugs that have been displaced. It is a  noisy ballet of wildlife that I always enjoyed.  Add the symphony of bawling cows and other barnyard squawks, barks, and quacks and you can't help but know that the earth is coming alive for yet another year. 
Entered into:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Down on the Farm    (
Bugaboo Stamps- Back to Nature                                     (
Beccy’s Place Challenge- April                                          (

The challenge at wecraftcard Forum this week was a fun one. We were to make an Accordion card using a video tutorial provided HERE. I used a free image and sentiment provided by Outlawz for the April Progressive Challenge. It is called "I'm Sorry" from Oddball Art. The "I'm Sorry" sentiment is from the Oddball digi set, the others are computer generated. Oh… and the candy that was consumed in the making of the card was yummy.   
Entered into: 
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Accordion Card                                       (
Outlawz Challenges- Progressive Freebie- April [Oddball Art Sponsor]     (
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- Fun Fold                                               ( 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- April        (

I love the delicate beauty of Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps. This image is a favorite which I'm able to enter into the current challenge named "Cats or Dogs." The image is named "Love Maneki-neko."  I was curious about the digis name, and after a little research discovered that Maneki-neko means "beckoning cat" and is common Japanese figurine that is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The little cat is so cute that I printed off a second copy of just the cat that I fussy-cut, colored and adhered to the inside of the card. The sentiment on the inside is from a Beccy's Place digi set named "True Beauty."
Entered into: 
Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration & Challenge- Cats or Dogs   (
Ching-Chou Kuik's FB Challenge- Cats or Dogs   [FB]    (
Word Art Wed Challenge- #382-#383 Anything Goes   (
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                    (


  1. Hi Kathy,

    I really love how you created your farm card, especially the plowed ground. If that's not fitting with our Back to Nature theme at Catch The Bug, I don't know what is! Thanks for joining us, and good luck! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  2. Love the fabulous farm card Kathy, and how clever to add some "ploughed ground" out front of the old barn... thanks for sharing your technique.
    I had to chuckle when reading about the sacrifice you made to collect the chocolate wrappers for the second card. Now that's commitment! Fabulous sentiments and great card fold too.
    Your last card is beautiful Kathy, the digital stamp is lovely and you've done a wonderful job with the colouring. I love the lacy edges too.

  3. Beautiful creations, lovely designs! Thank you for sharing with us over at Ching-Chou Kuik's Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ DT Sherry xx

  4. Love your fantastic creation! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  5. Thanks for linking your project to the a2z April challenge gallery. Super fun fold card indeed!

  6. Beautiful card! Love all the details, including the cat on the inside.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Ching Chou Kuik's challenge blog.

  7. 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. I too had to look up what the word meant when I first came across this image.

    Thank you for entering, best wishes in the draw and for your support of this challenge. Kym (Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Blog Challenge and Facebook Challenge Design Team Leader)

  8. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.
    Good luck!

  9. Another nice set of cards! Clever on the chocolate card! Thanks for joining us over at a2z Scrapbooking.

  10. Incredible cards. The accordion card is so complex and adorable. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking for our fun fold challenge.


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