Friday, May 10, 2019


My final card for the 2019 Spring | Summer Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop features an adorable digi from Little Blue Button named "Dream Charlie." You can find here HERE  I printed Charlie on kraft brown cardstock because I wanted to experiment with coloring her skin and hair on that darker base. I think it worked pretty well, as the Spectrum Noir markers, plus white gel pen and micro-fine brown watercolor marker adding depth and richness to the colors. The card is a simplified tri-fold, at least that is what I'm going to call it. I planned to make a tri-fold card, cut the base card too short. So I basically had a regular A2 card. Ha. Math never has been one of my skillsets. But I wanted something different than a basic card shape, so I folded the front flap back and then adhered Charlie to the exposed half of the card front with double stick tape. Easy-peasy. The inside Sentiment if from a Beccy's Place digi set named "Walk by Faith." I think that it matches the "Dream" theme of the card. And… of course, I added a little fun by popping a few puffy heart stickers onto the front and inside of the card. [I get these gems from WalMart- 113 assorted puffy hearts for just 99 cents. What a great deal!] 
I'm entering this card into a few additional challenges including If You Give a Crafter a Cookie [my card has some soft pastel shades of pink... and sweet little hearts. Plus.... a few cookies would be nummy with that steaming mug of java, doncha think?]
Entered into: 
Polkadoodles Challenge Week 19-Anything Goes                                           

I wanted to make another card for the Simon Says Monday Challenge "Add Something Metallic" so dug through my collection of brads and charms for inspiration. This wonderful Family brad grabbed my attention. I needed to make a card for a nephew and his wife who just adopted a baby. It's been a long journey with several heartbreaks along the way… but finally, a few weeks ago, they welcomed a beautiful little two-year-old girl into their family. She is being welcomed by a seven-year-old sister who is thrilled. Okay… thrilled most of the time and vexed the rest… by this new baby sister. I wasn't sure what greeting to add. Found this pretty gold "Congratulations" sentiment that I'd upcycled from an old card and thought it would be appropriate, but I wanted to be sure. So I googled and this definition popped up, "Congratulations are expressed for good wishes on a special occasion, not just an accomplishment."  Amen and Amen. I created a background for the Brad with a few layers of decorative papers and embossed a beautiful Grunge Cross stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs onto vellum so that the brad would stand out. [I thought this company had gone out of business but was happy to find that many of their stamps were still available HERE. [After looking over the catalog, I've started a new wish list. So fun.]
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Add Something Metallic
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #386-#387 Anything Goes                    
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                                    
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- May                                        

My final card features a beautiful bunch of bright flowers, stamped with assorted wood-mount stamps from Posh Impressions. I wanted to give the card a true feeling of freshly picked flowers in the spring, then remembered a freebie digi of a vintage canning jar that I'd discovered a few years ago. Found it tucked away in my laptop and printed it off on an acetate transparency sheet [an old office supply store purchase back when I used an overhead projector to make presentations. [Yep. I'm OLD.] Since tape would show through the acetate then I taped it to the card, I opted for a different process that was a little time-consuming but well worth the trouble. I basically cut little "flaps" [1-2 inches wide and 2-3 inches long] when I trimmed the acetate- a small one on each side of the jar rim, a larger one on each side of the jar and on the bottom. After decorating the front of the card with stems of flowers that would fill the jar, and assorted leaves and petals strewn across the bottom of the card, I cut small slits in the card front, slipped these flaps into the slits, folded them open and taped them down with transparent tape on the inside of the card.  I stamped a few more blooms and leaves on scrap paper, fussy cut them and attached to the bouquet with foam mounting squares. The final touch was to loosely wrap a strip of ribbon around the neck of the jar and add a gentle knot. Ahh. Pretty.
PS You can find the free digi of the vintage canning jar HERE. I decorated the inside of the card to match the brightness of the flowers. The sentiment is from a Whimsy digi set named  "Vintage Sentiments." You can find it HERE [for just $3.]
Am entering this card into several challenges including Outlaws color challenge [my entry has several shades of yellow on the front and inside of the card] and Simon Says "For a Special Lady" challenge [what lady wouldn't feel special getting a beautiful bouquet like this. I  personally like it better than a dozen long-stemmed roses. And the money my hubby would save could be used to buy... um... let me think... perhaps chocolate? ] 
Entered into: 

The Sisterhood of Crafters- It's All About Flowers  

A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- May Flowers                        
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge  [Twist= Feminine]             
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- For a Special Lady                                


  1. Lovely creations, Kathy. Thanks so much for sharing them

    1. You are welcome, Karen. Thanks for all your kind comments during the Hop. And congrats on winning one of the Flash prizes. So fun.

  2. Fantastic coloring on that cute gal image.

  3. Pretty little girl and fun image and coloring.

  4. Great selection of cards. Love the embossed cross.
    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT

  5. Hi Kathy your cards are stunning I love them all. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  6. Your projects are wonderful. Your LBB card is super cute, love your coloring.

  7. Cute image on your coffee card, and it's colored so nicely!

  8. The fold card came out quite nicely! I love that you can see the whole image & the inside sentiment at the same time. Beautiful coloring!! May have to get those little hearts ... they are cute!

  9. Lovely creations! 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

  10. Your coffee card is so pretty, fabulous coloring. And the mason jar filled with yellow daisies is just delightul! Thanks for playing our May Flowers challenge at a2z.

  11. Cute image with coffee girl, love the beautiful coloring!

  12. Dreamong of coffee is a beautiful colored image!

  13. wonder whats shes dreaming about, its making her smile anyway ! thanks for joining in with the polkadoodle challenge this week: ...hugs Nelly x

  14. LOVE this jar of flowers card! Beautiful Kathy! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Flowers’ challenge. Please come back again soon and Good Luck!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

  15. Beautiful cards! Thanks for joining us for Week 19 at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge!

  16. Wonderful cards. The flowers in the vase are so sweet. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  17. Nice cards! Those flowers in the mason jar are really pretty! Thanks for joining in over at a2z Scrapbooking.


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