Monday, September 16, 2019

Viva México

Did you know that today, September 16th is Mexican Independence Day? My first card for this post features a beautiful digi that was created in honor of Mexican Independence Day by As A Button’s founder/artist, Francesca Lopez. She is offering the digi free for a POP challenge on her FB page until 9-20-19. (You can find it HERE.)  I had fun coloring it with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. The colorful sentiment is from Dreamtime and the small Celebrate printed on vellum is cut from a scrapbook sticker. I wanted to make a colorful background and decided to dig into my folders of scraps to create this ornate background with paper strips using a tutorial I found HERE. I didn’t want the beautiful Senorita to be overwhelmed by the background, so I added a layer of vellum to the background before attaching her to the card. A handful of stars cut from yellow vellum filled in a few areas and made the card a bit more festive.
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Cute As A Button-POP Challenge Mexican Independence Day
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #404-405 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Pixie's Snippets-Week #361                                                                               
Outlawz Challenge- Crash Your Stash- Vellum                                      

This card was created to enter into a fun FB event named “Spectember” sponsored for Spectrum Noir products. The Day 10 Challenge is Emboss. I chose to add dry embossing to the background of this card that features a cute digi from The Paper Shelter named “There’s A Penguin In My Cocoa.” I colored the digi with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen then layered the little cutie onto an oval cut from a blue plastic document folder. (NOTE- you can find details about this wonderful office supply staple in one of my blog posts last month. You can find it HERE.) The front of the card includes layers of snowflake patterned paper, white cardstock with embossed swirls, and photo corners made with squares of the blue plastic cut a diagonal slit into them and slid them onto the background layers. The inside sentiment is from a Lili of the Valley digi set named Christmas Wishes.
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Spectember- Day 10 Emboss
The Paper Shelter- #397 Embossing of Any Kind 
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Embossing (wet or dry)
Christmas Crafts All Year Round- Winter Food/Drink          
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #455 Anything Goes                 

One of my favorite challenges is named The Butterfly Challenge, which offers the chance to play with butterflies! Who doesn’t love that?! It offers lots of prizes based on specific colors, themes, special card folds and also… a butterfly. My card features one theme (Layers) and a butterfly. The butterfly was cut with a die from double-sided adhesive. I lifted the butterfly image and filled the sticky areas with ultrafine black glitter. I removed other sections of the wing, filling the sticky areas with translucent shades of pink, lavender and aqua microfine glitter. When finished, I brushed off the extra glitter and used the instructions for creative fold (“Slit Clasp”) to add movement to the card. The sentiment is from a set named “Heartfelt” from We Are 3 Digital Sentiments (I separated one of the sets sentiments into two parts.)
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Butterfly Challenge- #128 Letter L for Lattice                 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Bling It On                                      
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Sept                                 


  1. Fabulous use of our embossing theme, love the image and your layout. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  2. Hi all of your cards are stunning. They are all beautiful. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. I like the effect you achieved with the butterfly and the fab way of closing the cardup. Very novel. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me. Hugs Mrs A.

  4. The penguin in your cocoa is so adorable! Great layout... love the frame corners! Thanks so much for sharing with the Sisterhood of Crafters "emboss" challenge. Always love seeing you in our gallery!

  5. Fabulous cards Kathy! 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. Love all these cards Kathy - especially your snippets one of course.Sheesh, your colouring is pretty amazing!!

    Sorry it's taken me a while to comment - Dudley took a downward turn and has been quite poorly with what our vet says is gastroenteritis. We still feel it was the tick medication that caused it - toxins are a known cause of gastroenteritis. Thankfully he seem to be properly on the mend having had a jab to stop him being sick plus other meds to be taken daiy including anti-biotics and of course all our attention has been focused on him these past few days.


    Di xx

  7. Hi Kathy,

    All of your cards are lovely! Your Christmas card using the penguin in the cocoa is super cute and absolutely perfect for our food/drink challenge at CCAYR! Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  8. WOW - you put so much detail into your cards! Layer upon layer of cuteness in the Christmas Food or Drink entry! Thanks for playing along at Christmas Crafts All Year Round!

  9. I first want to apologize for taking so long to comment. I have been on holidays and I love looking at everyone's entries so I told the design team that I would respond to my quota of entries once I returned. All 3 cards are wonderful. Thank you for showing us your patterned papers at Crafty Hazel Nut's Patterned Paper Monthly Challenge - Myrna DT


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