Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Christmas Humor

It's Wednesday! So time for another challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog where challenges are always Anything Goes and prizes are awarded from one or more sponsors.  Stop by the blog to check it out! The sponsor this week is Dr Digi and this fun image is named Christmas Chris. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. When I saw the digi I knew that I had to pair it with sentiments from a digi set named “Here Comes Christmas.” I finished the card and inside sentiment with a trio of green and tiny red rhinestones. 
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #102
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #454 Anything Goes                  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Sept                                 
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up- Challenge #57   

I love being a Contributor for artist Beccy Muir at her blog named “Beccy’s Place.” Not only is Beccy a sweet person, I also get to create with her amazing stamps and digis before anyone else. How cool is THAT?! The most recent cards were created with a clear stamp set named “Cottage Garden” that made the trip all the way from Australia to my home in Wisconsin.
My first “assignment” was to create a card with a monochromatic theme. I embossed the birdbath image on white cardstock with black pigment ink and fine black embossing powder. I made a mask for the birdbath by stamping the image onto a post-it note., attached it to the birdbath, then sponged three shades of blue ink across the card, adding a bit of purple and orchid inks across the middle to create a lovely sunset. (It is no longer monochromatic… but does add some depth and drama!)  When finished, I removed the mask and added shadows to the birdbath with a few grey Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and highlights with a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. I trimmed the finished image, cut an oval from a piece of vellum and attached it with photo corners and a strip of sheer black ribbon. The tag is made with a sentiment from the set.

Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Songs and Rhymes- See You In September
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Embossing (wet or dry)
The Paper Shelter- #397 Embossing of Any Kind 
Outlawz Challenge- Crash Your Stash- Embossing Powders                 
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Hobbies                       

My second “assignment” was to create a colorful card with the image.  This time I used Marvy Markers to color several layers of ink onto the hollyhocks, shrubs and small bushes. I spritzed the image with water and pressed it onto a postcard-sized piece of white cardstock. Filled in a bit more color with the markers, then used chalks, a makeup sponge and template cut from a scrap of paper to create a cloudy sky. I used a die from the Diemond Dies Window Set to cut the window from woodgrain paper from my scrapbook stash and taped  acetate “glass” to the underside of the window.  Cut a rectangle from the front of an A2 sized piece of cardstock and attached the scene behind the window.  Created the valance by threading a bamboo skewer through the holes in lace from my sweet mom’s stash. When finished I attached the finished scene to an A2 card front. The sentiments on the front of the card and inside are both from the set.
Entered into: 
Sheepski Designs- #30 Diecuts and/or Punches                   
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting ChallengeLots of Layers
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #404-405 Anything Goes                   
Di’s Digi Stamps- Hand-colored Image                                                  


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  2. Oh Kathy, this gave me such a laugh! I love your sentiment! Those sneaky pounds always find me!!

  3. Great cards Kathy ! Love the one with the view out of the window.

  4. Your bird bath ard is adorable! Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters

  5. Beautiful embossing and awesome scene! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

  6. Absolutely lovely card! I really love how you created this card. Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters and hope you can join us again soon.

  7. Fabulous fun image and sentiment on the first and love the beautiful window one with the little net curtain
    Carol x

  8. Beautiful cards as always Kathy, it's a pleasure to have you as a designer.

  9. Loving the view from the window, Kathy! Such a great card. Thanks for joining the Monday Greetings Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges!

  10. What a great collection of cards!! I LOVE your window scene; so cute! The little curtain is the perfect finishing touch! Thanks for playing with Di's Digi Designs.

  11. Love that reindeer and the sentiment is perfect! Fun!
    Thank you for sharing with us at Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge blog.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT

  12. I love your cards with a touch of humor and originality that is worth a visit.. they all have something unique..
    Isa xx

  13. So cute card! Thank for playing with us at Di's Digi challenge this week.
    Nathalie DT

  14. This is fantastic! That curtain across your window couldn't be more perfect. Thanks for joining us this month at SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog. Julie, DT member


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