Saturday, November 23, 2019

Holiday Fun

I love the intriguing stamping opportunity called "Twofer Card Challenge" which requires that participants use the exact same stamp or die to make two cards with different designs for two different occasions. The November  Challenge is named Holiday Greenery. My favorite greenery this time of the year is Christmas Trees and Pine boughs, and the wonderful fragrance that they bring from the outdoors in. Ahhh… heaven!
Entered into:  
Twofer Card Challenge- #22 Holiday Greenery

My first card features the pine boughs framing two sides of the card. I embossed them with dark green pigment and fine-line black powder. The sentiment is stamped with green pigment and clear powder. When finished I sponged shades of brown and black in from the edges to the center. The ornament from the set was stamped in black onto kraft cardstock, then colored with Tombow markers and white gel pen. I found the wonderful red patterned paper in my stash that fits beautifully with the lovely pattern on the ornament. Burgundy ribbon, some silver foil for the ornament topper, and silver photo corners finish the card front. The inside sentiment is also from the SU set. It is decorated with an additional ornament. 
I'm entering this card into several challenges including Double D's "What's Your Christmas Style?" In answer to that question... I don't know if I have a specific style for Christmas cards. I make all kinds- this one is elegant! 
Entered into: 
Double D’s Challenge- What’s Your Christmas Style? [photo]                
The Paper Shelter- #407 A Christmas Card
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       

The second card is dedicated to Autumn and features one sign of the season in my home state of South Dakota- the “flushing of the pheasants” from the field during hunting season! I created the cloudy sky with a cloud template cut from scrap cardboard, a makeup sponge and blue chalk. The pheasant, a wood mount stamp from a company named Northwoods stamps that appears to no longer be in business, is stamped in black ink and colored with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. I used the pine bough stamp and a black ink pad to create “tall grasses” across the bottom of the card front. When I added some color with green alcohol markers the color bled quite a bit, but that added a nice watercolor look. The last touch was to add some highlights across the tops of the wide grass blades with a white gel pen. The inside of the card features several real pheasant feathers. They show the beautiful colors (including light shades of teal and aqua in the one of the left) and textures (the features are sleek and smooth or very soft and fluffy. I hadn’t planned to put the little fluffy one on the card… but when I was trying to get other feathers back into their bag, it gently floated out and landed on the table next to the card.  So… it now adorns my card. The sentiment on the front is a freebie from Decosses Dynamite Doodles and the one on the inside of the card is a freebie from TlcCreations.
Entered into:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge-Recycle                                                
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #414-415 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Favorite Things            

This is my sixth entry into  Beccy’s 7th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge for the Letter S (singing snowman .) It features a gatefold card with a bold sentiment from a Beccy’s Place digi set named Snowman. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. The inside sentiment is from We Are 3, a Digital Set named “Christmas.”
Entered into:  
Beccy’s Place Challenge- Nov      
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #484
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 46 Anything Goes                                  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Nov 


  1. Kathy....each card just so pretty. I like how each card is designed differently rather than all the same design, just beautiful, hugs, Lori m

  2. Your creative imagination really shows in this month's Twofer, Kathy! I love your classic and elegant Christmas card using the pine bough! The ornament and details are so striking! And your second design showing the flushing of the pheasant and using the pine bough stamp as grass is amazing! The cloudy sky and inside are beautiful! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #22! (Love your singing snowman trio, too!) Hugs, Darnell

  3. Oh I LOVE your Twofer!! I like how you used it classically on the Christmas card but your fun pheasant card is the one that had my eye. AMAZING design!!

  4. You've made several lovely cards! Your snowman card is super cute and I like how you used the plaid paper. The Twofer challenge sounds fun and you did a wonderful job with your chosen stamp set. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment on my blog!

  5. Your cards are fabulous Kathy, they have a lovely vintage vibe to them. I love the beautiful ornament on the first one, you did such a great job with the colouring. It looks like a much loved antique. The feathers you added to the second card are a lovely surprise waiting in the middle. How clever! Your last card looks like lots of fun. I like the background sheet music you added, it works perfectly with the singing snowmen!

  6. Love the vintage look to the sheet music in your Christmas card. Your snowmen look like they are definitely making a joyful noise!

  7. Love all your cards Kathy they look beautiful, so glad you shared with us at CraftyCatz this week.x

  8. There's a wonderful vintage elegance to your Christmas card, Kathy, with the rich pine boughs, the texture and that amazing ornament! The pheasant on your second card is so majestic, lifting into the air from the tall grasses (great use of the pine!) ... love how you've used feathers on the inside to mimic him! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  9. Fabulous twofer!! Thank you for sharing with us at our Double D challenge!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  10. OH WOW! I LOVE that pine needle w/ornament card creation! Great job on the 'twofer'! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘ Christmas Style’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
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  11. WOW love your variations using the branches...stunning

    Dr Sonia

  12. Such fun cards. I love how you used the ornament on the inside of the card too. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Double D Challenge Blog. We hope you will join us for future challenges.

    DD DT

  13. Beautifully designed - very elegant.

    Thanks for sharing it with us at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

    Helen x

  14. Beautiful cards, lovely colours and great designs also! Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenge.
    Amelia (Double "D" Challenge Design Team)


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