Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Critters Galore

It's Wednesday! So it’s  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!

As I DT I get to choose the images that I want to use. This week we have two sponsors and I wanted to use images from both… so I did! The first card features a new sponsor, but one that I know and love, Beccy’s Place. I’ve been a Guest DT for artist Beccy Muir for several years, and now serve as one of the “Contributors” for her blog. I love how easy Beccy’s images are to color as the lines of her artwork are so clean and bold. For this card, I used an image and two sentiments from a Beccy’s Place digi set named “South of the Border.” I created the A7 sized card base, which I decorated with patterned paper. I colored the cute sloth with Spectrum Noir Coloring System alcohol markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen, then fussy-cut and adhered him to the inside of the card. It took me a little time to work out the dimensions so that the sloth didn't stick out of the card when it was closed. But I was finally able to fold the image correctly so that the cutie holds his arms wide to match the inside sentiment. Next time I think I’ll make a long thin card that will fit into a #10 envelope. That will allow the sloth to stretch out a bit further, bending at the wrist instead of the elbow!  I am entering this card into several challenges, including Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Interactive." 
Entered into:  
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Interactive                                            
Beccy’s Place Challenge- Sept                                                                 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Sept                                 

The second sponsor this week is Patties Creations. I love Pattie’s image named “Cardinal on a Branch with Snow.” I used an upcycled calendar page as the card base, colored the cardinal image with Spectrum Noir Coloring System alcohol markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. I embellished the finished card with snowflakes cut from a Lawn Fawn die set and Polar White Flower Soft mixed with micro-fine glitter. The sentiment on the front is from a Beccy’s Place digi set named “Baby Robin” and the inside sentiment is from a Beccy’s Place digi set named “Bessings of the Season.” Am entering this card in several challenges including Day 25 of Spectember- Holiday Time.
Entered into: 
Spectember Day 25 Holiday Time
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #600 Dies and Punches
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #456 Anything Goes                 
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- All About Trees            
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #162 Things that Fly

I couldn’t wait to get to Day 24 of the Spectember challenges because the theme is Furtastic, and I knew exactly which stamp to use. The cute feline in the stamp set from Biblical Impressions named “Crazy Kitty” always makes me laugh. So I pulled it out, stamped it on cream-colored cardstock with black ink and got to work with my Spectrum Noir Coloring System alcohol markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. The paws, which come in the set, were stamped on scrap paper, colored and fussy-cut. I then mounted them with foam tape, positioning them to look like the kitty was peeking over them. Isn’t the little fur face adorable? The sentiment on the front is a vintage wood-mount stamp from Printworks. The “Excerpt from the Diary of a Cat” on the inside is computer-generated. I found it on the internet years ago and it was love at first sight. (Since I like to give credit when I use an image or sentiment, I spent time researching its source when I used in it past posts. I couldn’t find the original author, but in 2017 I did find this article from the 1990s that included it. I just checked and that site is no longer available. Instead, the fun sentiment appears to be in a 400+ page book named “Getting Out: Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary” by John Woodcock. I plan to check it out!)  
Entered into: 
Spectember Day 24Furtastic
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #114 Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #103
Polkadoodles Challenge- Week 38-Anything Goes  


  1. Gorgeous cards Kathy :-) All of them are fabulous and I love the pop up sloth, very cute :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x
    apologies for the challenge closing early, I have added your entry into the linky system, good luck! :-)

  2. Hi Kathy your cards are stunning. I love them all. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. Omgoodnes! I love that sloth! Both cards are beautiful! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  4. Just popping in from the Rudolph Days Challenge, I love the gorgeous card that you've created. Although I'm in the UK I was lucky enough to see these beautiful birds in the wild on a trip to the US a few years ago. I love your other cards too.
    Thanks for joining in with the Rudolph Days Challenge this month.
    Sue DT x

  5. Hi Kathy,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    What a very gorgeous card and I love the red cardinal design.
    Beautiful papers used and such a wonderful sentiment also.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  6. Wonderful cards Kathy, you've done a great job! I had a little chuckle at the diary entry from the cat... love the last bit about eating the houseplant. I also love what you did with the sloth card, how clever to arrange him to look like he's giving the recipient a great big hug. Love it!

  7. What nice creations, especially my image called the Cardinal on Branch with Snow. I love how you colored my image.Thanks for joining us at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge.
    Hugs Pattie
    PS If you want to be on our Design Team please email me at

  8. All fabulous projects. Love the sloth hugs!!!
    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT

  9. Your cardinal Christmas card (Rudolph Challenge entry) is lovely. Lots of great papers with this pretty scene, but it is the hearts and sloth card that caught my eye. What a great idea to do the sloth this way!!!

    Thanks for taking part in the September Rudolph Days Challenge.

  10. A gorgeous cards. Thank you for sharing with us at Polkadoodles
    HUGS Fleur xxx

  11. Kathy, your kitty card is utterly adorable and I don't think I'll be able to sleep until I have that image! Oh my word, that is so cute, and you've done a masterful job with it!

  12. Kathy,
    You are one of our winners at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge #162
    Please contact me to claim your two images from my Etsy Store.

  13. How cute can that kitten be ♥ Love the little face poping up over the edge.
    Thanks for playing along with our challenge at Lemon Shortbread challenges
    Hugs from Elin


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