Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Midweek Fun

I like making Christmas cards year-round, so the Rudolph Days Challenge and Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge are favorites of mine. I had fun using one of Jan’s Digi sets named “Over the River” to make an Upright Z-fold Christmas card (a link with instructions to this fold is provided below.) I decided to keep coloring to a minimum… but of course, I had to add a bit of bling by frosting the snow that festoons the beautiful old truck with microfine glitter.  I’m entering this card into several other challenges including two, Simon Says Monday and Power Poppy, that have a musical theme (I can’t get the “I’ll be home for Christmas” tune out of my head!) and Scribbles Designs Challenge “Say It With Snow” (living in Wisconsin, nothing says Christmas like SNOW!)  
·    Digi and inside sentiment- Jan’s Digis set (Over the River )
·    Upright Z-fold Card Instructions can be found HERE.
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted cardstock and background paper from my stash
·    Sparkly holly stickers- from my mom’s stash (which I inherited!)
Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Anything Goes                                                      
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes- #8
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Inspired by Music                               
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Inspired by a Song 
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #86 Say It With Snow              

I am absolutely in love with this sweet digi named “My Best Friend” from All Dressed Up Stamps. It is the featured digi this month at the Outlaws Progressive Challenge. (I’ve picked up several free images through this challenge. It has one rule/offer… feature the digi provided in a papercrafted item, and you’ll automatically get the next months featured digi for free!) I colored the digi then layered it atop an oval cut from burgundy-colored cardstock and a larger oval cut from a wine-colored plastic document folder. (These wonderful items come in a pack of assorted colors and can be found in the office supply section of most stores. I really like using them on my cards because they're cheaper than colored vellum and are more translucent.  The plastic is easy to fussy-cut with a nice, sharp pair of scissors.) I’m entering this card into several other challenges including the Bugaboo Stamps color challenge (I included several shades of burgundy, red and pink, plus shades of gray) plus the Path of Positivity Challenge (I’m a dog lover and feel that nothing quite matches the excited welcome that our dogs always offered when I came home from work each day. They gave meaning to the words love and adoration. Although they crossed the rainbow bridge nearly two decades ago… but I still miss them!)
·    Digi- All Dressed Up (My Best Friend)
·    Inside sentiment- Computer Generated.
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Paw Prints- Stampin’ Up! (from an old set that is long retired)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Colored cardstock and red plastic document folder cut into an oval (with a scrapbook template)  from my stash
Entered into:   
All Dressed Up- Anything Goes- #100 Anything Goes                           
All Dressed Up FB Challenge- Love is…                                                 
Outlawz Challenges- Progressive Freebie- Feb (ADU)
Bugaboo Stamps- Color Challenge   (Photo)           
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #114     
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Here’s To Girls!            
Path of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #77 (Optional Twist- Adoration)

My final card for this posting features a cute digi set from Little Scraps of Heaven named “So Bright.” I printed the bear on kraft brown cardstock, then added some color and accents with vellum, a scrap of red plastic document folder (heart) and a silver marker. (I used the circle of vellum to make it look like the lightbulb is aglow… at least that was my intention!) I’m entering this card into several other challenges including Cute Card Thursday (I used a square card base and envelope.)
·    Digi Image and Front Sentiment- Little Scraps of Heaven digi set (So Bright)
·    Inside Sentiment “Happy Valentine’s Day”- Hero Arts Digi Set (retired)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, a Sharpie Silver marker  and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Burgundy cardstock, vellum and scrap of red plastic document folder from my stash
·    Chalkboard hearts and red hearts background papers- Hobby Lobby
Entered into: 
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #622 Square
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Add a Sentiment                             
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Patterned Paper
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Feb                                  
Little Scraps of Heaven- Love or Valentine Card (FB) 
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #2-2020


  1. Your Rudolph days card is fabulous. I love that fold. Have not tried that one yet, so thankls for the link.

    Great image and love the inside of your card too!
    Thanks for taking part in the February Rudolph Days Challenge.

  2. I love your gorgeous Christmas card and the fantastic image that you've used for it. It looks so good with the little touches of colour and the rest left in black and white. Thank you for joining the February Rudolph Days Challenge.

    Sue xx

  3. Fabulous cards, the holiday Christmas card gorgeous, hugs, Lori m

  4. Hi Kathy all your cards are gorgeous. I make Christmas cards all year round too. Last year I had just enough. I hope it will be the same this year. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  5. This is beautiful Kathy, all you r posts here are, I love your design and gorgeous colours you used. Many thanks for joining us in our current challenge of Patterned Paper at The Sisterhood Of Crafters Challenge..good luck with your lovely entry.
    [aNNie design team member for The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenges

  6. Sweet card, your colouring of our image is fabulous, love your style.… Also thanks for using an All Dressed Up image for our current challenge of ANYTHING GOES using an ALL DRESSED UP IMAGE. Good luck in the final draw.
    [aNNie Design Team Member for All Dressed Up Challenges] ❣️ ADU

  7. Kathy, Sensational Creations! I would like to THANK YOU for showcasing "Over the River" stamp set from JAN'S DIGI STAMP SHOP, on your Magical Christmas Creation. Like you I have to work on my Christmas cards all year long in order to have enough come Christmas. We always enjoy seeing the creativity out there and having the support from Digi Diva's such as yourself on our JAN'S DIGI BLOG CHALLENGE! GOOD LUCK!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  8. What sweet cards you have created today 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!

    PS Since you are making holiday cards all year long, don't forget to share them over on the Merry Little Christmas Monthly challenge.

  9. All greatcard with a variety of patterned papers. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge this month.

  10. Your card is so cute and the image is darling. I love it. Thanks for sharing over at Catch the bug.

  11. Thank you for joining us at challenge Lemon Shortbread
    DT Maria

  12. Oh I love all of your creations Kathy! I love the "You Light Up My Life" creation -- too creative and cute -- but all of them are "keepers!"

  13. A great card - thanks for sharing it with us at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge.

    Helen x

  14. Three beautiful cards, Kathy! Thank you for entering your Best Friend card into the Adoration challenge at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. The little girl with her backpack and puppy friend are adorable and the sentiment is precious!
    Carole DT x

  15. Great cards showcased here, Kathy! The image of Jan's looks great with a minimum of coloring done on it. I Love the All Dressed Up image (of course). I think she is adorable, and colored her myself for the Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge. Your teddy bear card is also sweet!Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug challenges. Julie ,Bugaboo Stamps DT member

  16. Fabulous cards. I love the snow on the car. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Scribbles Designs, we hope to see you back again.

  17. Thank you for sharing your creation with us @ Incy Wincy Designs Anything Goes Challenge. Good luck!

  18. Adorable image; love the background paper

    1. ....And, thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters

  19. Great cards! I love the first one using one of Jan's images. That fold is so pretty. Love your card and thanks so much for joining us at Jan's Digi Challenge.

  20. Such wonderful cards! Your little bear is too sweet! Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.

  21. Such cute cards! Thank you for joining our challenge at All Dressed Up Stamps. Good luck with your entry! Pam~DT


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