Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Two for Spectember

I’m a little behind in completing the Spectember challenges-avoiding two of the challenges that will be particularly challenging! Instead, I’ll share two that I loved completing.
The first is for Day 21- Nature. For this card, I used a Stamps Happen wood mount stamp named “A Friendly Light” that has been in my wood mount collection for over 15 years.  It appears that the company is out of business, but there were some of their wonderful images on eBay. I stamped the lighthouse image and colored it with Spectrum Noir Coloring System alcohol markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. I found a wonderful scene from an old calendar that I wanted to add to the layout, then decided to add a cute little Hermit Crab (wood mount stamp from Biblical Impressions that you can find HERE.)  The inside sentiment is a freebie but I cannot find it in my files right now. I currently have over 6000 digital images on my laptop. Some are within the 445 folders of digi sets so I cannot just easily pull them up. I know that this sentiment is hidden in one of those folders as I did print it off to make this card. And… I remember that it was a freebie, other than that I’m at a loss. When I find it I'll add the source here. In the meantime, if any of you recognize this sentiment and can tell me it's source, please let me know.]
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Spectember Day 21 Nature
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #114 Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       

This second card for Day 23-Stamp It is from a blog that I discovered last year. It is named Ruscht and features the wonderful art of its owner, Christina Valenzuela. She is creating 52 ATCs during 2019, developing an original drawing for each and offering them through her blog as freebies. I’ve saved several of these images and am sharing a card that features one of them. I colored her with Spectrum Noir Coloring System alcohol markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. Isn’t this little beach cutie adorable? I also used an upcycled calendar page, some journal items from my scrapbook stash and a few tags from Lily of the Valley Digi set named "Sentiment Tags." (PS Stop by Ruscht to see Christina's other wonderful digis. She is also a teacher for Copics so the coloring on her cards is AMAZING!) 
I hope it's okay that I used a digi stamp for this Spectember challenge. I do use them on my cards much more often than I use clear or wood mount stamps these days!
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Spectember Day 23 Stamp It!
Crafty Catz Challenge- #475 Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
The Paper Shelter- #398 Digital Image

My next card was created for Double D’s current challenge “Focus on the Sentiment.”  In this case, the sentiment “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is a wonderful freebie from TLC that you can find HERE. The little Santa is a Hero Arts wood mount stamp from my vintage stash. And the inside sentiment is from a Beccy’s Place digi set named “Seasonal Window.”  (Sorry, the photo is blurry. My camera battery needs to recharge and I’ll take another pic after it gets its oomph back!) The holly and berries on the inside of the card is made with sequins and seed beads that I’ve had in my stash forever.
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Double D’s Challenge- Focus on the Sentiment [photo]                  
Art Impressions- #266 Use Circles                                                        
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #456 Anything Goes                 

My final card for this post is for the current Simon Says Wednesday Challenge named “Interactive.” I wanted to make a penny slider and when I found a packet with this ladybug that a friend gave me a few years ago, I knew that I wanted to use it on my card. Created the circle slider base using a tutorial that I found HERE and some swirly patterned paper. Stamped some roses and leaves with two solid Posh Impression wood-mount stamps, fussy-cut them and attached them to the base. Printed “Love Bug” onto a rose to add a sentiment to the card that I knew the little girl that would be receiving this card would like since it is her daddy’s nickname for her.  
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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Interactive                                      
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Sept                                 
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #600 Dies and Punches


  1. That ;is a beautiful Christmas card. Loving the BIG bold sentiment and that sweet little Santa! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D, Focus On The Sentiment Challenge, Donna, DT Member.

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

  3. A lovely selection of cards. Hugs Mrs A.

  4. Fabulous creations! I love love the beach scene! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  5. What a fabulous sentiment! Love it! Your cards are ALL just awesome! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘FOCUS ON THE SENTIMENT’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
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  6. Wonderful cards. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge. Hope to see you again.


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