Friday, May 31, 2019

Misc Themed Cards

I have been unable to post to my blog most of the day because our internet was down. Ackk. I didn't realize how often I access the web after starting a blog. I made a card to enter into Conie Fong's monthly challenge this afternoon, and as soon as our internet was back up I posted it. I made a box card [using a tutorial from  HERE] that features one of Coni's super cute penguins named "Snowy." [You can find it HERE.] I colored Snowy with Spectrum Noir markers and white gel pen. Then fussy-cut the  little cutie  to turn her into a popup for the  box card., however, I made sure that Conie's signature is intact near Snowy's little purple boot. The sparkly snowflake stickers are on scraps of acetate so that they look like they are floating. Here is a closeup from a different angle that shows the acetate a bit. The sentiment is computer generated. I am entering this card into several other challenges including Outlawz Saturday "Around the World" [Penguins are from another part of the world from where I live in the Midwest] , Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge [my card doesn't include flowers, but its primary color is purple [I added a few more colors and a twist of sparkle]  and Bugaboo Color Challenge [my primary color is purple, but I also used shades of grey and a bit of rusty yellow on his beak.]
Entered into: 
Bugaboo StampsColor Challenge      
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge  [Twist= Your Choice]                                                                    
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #388-#389 Anything Goes                    
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                                    
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Around the World         
Conie Fong Art & Design Group [FB]- Monthly Challenge- May               
Another card that I got entered in the nick of time for the Outlawz Progressive Challenge features this fun Dr. Digi image named "Valentine Derek."   You can find him HERE. I had a few origami hearts that I'd made for a challenge earlier this year and used it to embellish the card. [You can find a helpful tutorial HERE. I'd used a 3x3 inch square of red foil paper so that it fits easily on a card front, and the red foil paper is super easy to fold.] The sentiment is computer generated and the foil wrappers decorating the inside of the card were upcycled from chocolate eaten during the making of this card. Yummy.  Am entering this card into several challenges including the Sisterhood of Crafters Wedding or Anniversary theme [I'm thinking that this could be a Valentine card... or an Anniversary card?]
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes                                       

The Sisterhood of Crafters- Wedding or Anniversary                

Polkadoodles Challenge Week 22-Anything Goes                                          

My final card for this post features assorted garden flowers and wildflowers that I picked and dried when we lived in South Dakota. They are at least 5 years old, so I'm impressed that they've retained some of their colors. The reason for this might be that after drying them in an old phone book [remember those?] I sealed them in clear laminate. I developed my own process for doing this that you might find helpful if you ever dry flowers. First, cut ovals with dies or scrapbook stencils from acetate. [I prefer old overhead transparencies that I used back before we had PowerPoint presentations. You can purchase them at most office supply stores.] Arrange small bunches of dried flowers onto these ovals, then carefully lay a strip of clear laminate sheet [available from office supply stores] on the flowers and press to seal. If you don't have or can't find clear laminate, clear packing tape does work, but it is harder to use because it is thinner than the clear laminate so is harder to lay atop the dried flowers. It also appears to create static electricity that tends to mess up the dried flowers when you are trying to lay the tape over the flowers.  The scripture verse is computer generated and printed onto vellum.  I decorated the card with delicate patterned paper, [I cut an oval into one of these papers to create a frame for the dried flowers], an ornate die-cut and little butterflies that I fussy-cut from scrapbook paper.  
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Songs and Rhymes- The Butterfly
The Paper Shelter- #385 Flower Power
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- May                                        


  1. Oh my gosh what a stunning collection of cards! And I absolutely adore the dried flowers you added to your final piece! The subtle patterns in the papers allow them to shine out :D Thank you for sharing with us at Craftyhazelnut's PPC XXX

  2. Wonderful cards. That penguin pop up card is just too cute. Great sentiments and snowflakes. Thanks for joining in the Catch the Bug Color Challenge, Lisa Lynn DT.

  3. Kathy, your cards are all so beautiful! Of course, I can't pick a fav because I keep changing my mind! So they are all so great! I love the penguin and purple on the first card. And Derek couldn't be any cuter in your card and the butterfly card is stunning! Thanks so much for playing in our Outlawz Challenges! We appreciate that so much!!

  4. Such a fabulous card which made me smile. Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Crafting, good luck.
    Gina xx

  5. Oh, your "anniversary" card is so cute! Great layers and such a cute heart! Thank you for playing in my Wedding challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters and hope you join us again.

  6. Beautiful creation, thanks for joining us at TPS this time hugs Pops x

  7. What a fun 'anniversary' card Kathy! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Wedding/Anniversary’ 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!

  8. Such a fun card, he's such a dapper dude. Thank you for sharing your beautiful make with us over at Polkadoodles and hope you will join us again.
    Take care,
    Ann-Marie (DT)


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