Monday, July 22, 2019

Christmas in July- Day 2

I love Christmas in July challenges and Bugaboo does a great job with both themes and prizes. Here is my entry for Day 2- A Sketch Challenge   (Using the Movie “Jingle All the Way” for inspiration.) The Jingle Santa digi image is a freebie from illustrator and children's book author Elizabeth Dulemba. Elizabeth has created hundreds of digis and coloring pages that she offers for free download! [The one that I used for this card can be found HERE.]
The sentiment on the front is computer generated. The one on the inside is a freebie from, however, it doesn’t appear to be currently available. (This is one of the sites where I find lots of great sentiments. If you sign up for email notification- on the left column of the blog HERE - you’ll know when new freebies are posted.) I colored Santa and the jingle bell on the inside sentiment with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen.
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Christmas in July Day 2: A Sketch Challenge          
Cute Card Thursday- #Challenge 587 - Bright Colors!
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #447 Anything Goes                 
Di’s Digi Stamps Christmas In July                                                       
The 12 Months of Christmas- Challenge #55    Twist-Plaids

I wanted to make a card for Pixies Snippets to use up some of my large collection of scraps… plus decided to make one that could also be entered into the current Butterfly Challenge (one color- apple green.) I think this one fits both! Since I had several scraps of vellum, I googled origami butterflies to see if I could find an easy pattern. I found what I needed HERE. I experimented with several sizes of squares but simplified the pattern by just following the first 6 steps on each one. I then paired two of the larger wings with two slightly smaller ones and set these pairings aside. I knew that I needed a base upon which to build the butterfly, so punched a pile of circles in various sizes, taping several together to create a base. I put a few small strips of adhesive on the center of the top circle, positioned the butterfly wings and then gently pressed them in place. Was fun to create the body with assorted gems in various sizes. I then sketched the antennae with a fine line marker. Finished by creating a card front from a monogrammed notecard. (I had found a boxful at our local Goodwill store. The set of 10 cards with envelopes was only $1… probably because the monogram was a “Q”!) I covered the Q with a square of patterned tissue, wrapping the edges under the card front and adhering them in place. I topped this with a rectangle of sage green, then added the butterfly circle… and finished the card with a sweet little sentiment from a Whimsy digi set named "Vintage Sentiments."  You can find it HERE [for just $3.]  
PS- I noticed when I posted the close-up photo that one of the lower wings is attached incorrectly. It should be on top of the upper wing. Not sure if that is accurate in real life for butterfly wings, but it looks odd when asymmetrical... or in my sweet mom's speak "It's all kiddywampus!") 
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Brads, Sequins or Gems            
Butterfly Challenge- #12 Letter I for Impossible Fold      
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #396-#397 Anything Goes                   
Pixie's Snippets-Week #357                                                                               
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- July                                 


  1. A great Christmas Card Kathy. Love the Santa on it and the Scottish paper.

  2. Great take on the sketch with the cute Santa.
    Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug's CIJ challenge.
    xxx Margreet DT

  3. I like your take on the impossible fold for your butterfly. Looks great made from the vellum. Thsnkyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel again for this challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

  4. Hi Kathy your cards are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  5. Two fabulous cards!! The santa card is super cute and your coloring is fabulous! And that folded butterfly on the second is awesome! Thanks for playing with Di's Digi Designs.

  6. Wow what an adorable promect, thank you so much for taking the time to join in our Sunday sketch challenge in our CIJ event it means so much to us to have you!

  7. Such a great Christmas card, Kathy, and that butterfly is awesome! You are so creative, you put me to shame. Thanks so much for joining us this month at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Julie, DT member

  8. Love both cards Kathy! And your origami butterfly is stunning.

    Sorry I'm late commenting!


    Di xx


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