Tuesday, March 24, 2020

New DT Gig!

Last year I met a talented young artist named Sherry West via her FB page. I fell in love with her adorable images and was thrilled to win a few of them through contests on her FB page HERE. She has an  Etsy shop HERE and is also making a name for herself as an author. Her first children’s book, named “It’s Raining Cats Dogs And Pollywogs,” quickly sold out the first run on Amazon last Christmas. How exciting is that?! I was honored when she recently asked me to join her DT.  My schedule is pretty busy right now, but I also wanted to help this wonderful young artist so I said “Yes”… and these are the first two cards I’ve made in that capacity.

The first card features her newest work of art which was recently named in a contest on her FB page. Meet Princess Petunia Penelope Posey Poppi Posh (I call her Princess P for short!) I had fun coloring her and adding a bit of fun with wiggly eyes! The cloudy sky was created with a cloud template cut from scrap paper, decorative chalks and a makeup sponge and the sentiments are both freebies. I'm entering this card into several challenges including Power Poppy's Find Your Inner Happy (Princess P looks like she is happy in every cell of her cute little body!  I'm going to strive for that today.) and The Paper Shelter's Girl Power (I'd say that a pig named Princess followed by five other names must feel pretty powerful.) The Paper Shelter- #419 Girl Power
·    Pig digi- Sherry West Art (Princess)
·    Front sentiment- Desert Diva Freebie  (Hello How Are You?)
·    Inside sentiment- Desert Diva Freebie (You Make Me Happy)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Background papers and wiggly eyes from my stash
·    Cloud template cut from scrap paper, chalks and makeup sponge
Entered into: 
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes-#10
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Find Your Inner Happy
The Paper Shelter- #419 Girl Power
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #498 (Optional twist- Twine/Ribbon) 
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #12 Anything Goes                                
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #3-2020

The second card features a sweet digi named, appropriately, Sweet Spring, that was recently provided as a gift through the Kit & Clowder FB page. Sherry was thrilled that offering this freebie dramatically increased the number of her FB page members to over 1500! This digi actually comes with three slightly different versions of the cute image. I used a scrap of floral wallpaper from a sample book that I’ve had in my stash for… well… a few decades! The sentiments are computer generated and a bit of bling was added with pink gems plus a layer of Stickles on her wings and o the the little bumblebee wings.
·    Digi- Sherry West Art (Sweet Spring)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Sentiments- Computer Generated
·    Assorted background papers and pink gems from my stash
·    Stickles- Star Dust (on the wings)
Entered into:  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Songs and Rhymes- Spring Is Here           
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #87 In Bloom          
Incy Wincy Designs- Spring Fling                                                          
Double D’s Challenge- Welcome Spring [photo]                
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #430-431 Anything Goes                   
Cute As A Button- #54 Anything Goes (Option) Add Glitter       
I wanted to make a card for the newly posted Snippets challenge (which I always love because it means that I get to use all the little bits and pieces that I hate to throw away.) So I dug through my scrap box and found a nice sized piece of a wavy water paper and several scraps, plus bits of wonderful purple document plastic! If you follow my blog you’ll be familiar with plastic document folders as they are one of my favorite accessories! These wonderful items come in a pack of assorted colors and can be found in the office supply section of most stores and sometimes dollar stores. They're cheaper than colored vellum and are more translucent.  The plastic is also very easy to fussy-cut with a sharp scissor. And I try not to waste the tiniest scrap!
I colored the sweet penguin digi and set it aside. I next used two techniques to make the pool ring look “real.” First, I cut the largest scrap of the wavy water background paper into a 4 x 5¼ inch rectangle and adhered it to a white A2 card front. I fussy cut the pool ring from the penguin digi and gently taped it back together on the flip side. I then laid the pool ring atop the card front and lightly sketched the water ripples onto the pool ring. When finished I used three shades of blue Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color the ripples to match the background and used a few teal-colored markers to color the polka dots. A thin line of white gel pen a short distance from the edges of the pool ring and immediately smudged with my fingers added the illusion of a highlight (and a touch of realism.) I then attached a scrap of a purple plastic document folder slightly larger than the pool ring with a few touches of snail adhesive and trimmed the plastic to size. Lastly, I adhered the penguin back snuggly into his pool ring, taped him securely in place and then attached the pool ring to the card with foam tape. I cut a few extra scraps of the purple plastic into stars that I added to the front and inside of the card to add a little more color to the background (and to not waste any of these wonderful scraps.)
·    Digi and sentiments- Imagine That digital set (Poolside Penguins)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Wavy water background paper- Hobby Lobby
·    Purple plastic document folder from my stash
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Whatever the Weather                    
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #626 Just For Fun!
Pixie's Snippets-Week #374                                                                              
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #116
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- March 


  1. Hi Kathy your cards are gorgeous. Congratulations. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. You have been busy making these lovely cards. Thanks for joining our challenge at Cute Card Thursday with your pinguin card. Marlies

  3. Fabulous cards, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week x

  4. Hi Kathy, Terrific Creations! It is wonderful you pitch in help others... Thank you for playing along with Jan's Digi Blog Challenge and sharing your impressive talents. Good Luck, stay safe, Wash your hands often and HAPPY CRAFTING!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  5. I too love Sherry West images and you have brought them to life perfectly here.Your cards are beautiful. Stay safe.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Jan’s Digital Stamp Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx
    Jan’s Digital DT
    Cat Crazy Craft Corner – My Blog

  6. Lovely card Kathy. Thank you so much for joining us at Cute as a Button Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Wendy Batchen DT for https://cuteasabuttonchallenge.blogspot.com/

  7. All your cards are lovely and created so beautifully...and congrats on joining her DT! thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  8. Cute cute cute cards Kathy! You are always such a busy crafting with lots of inspiration to share! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Spring’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  9. Oh my... that penguin is fabulous!
    Thanks for sharing all your cards.
    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT

  10. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards with us at The Paper Shelter challenge. Best of luck- Patsy

  11. Fabulous cards. That little pig is adorable! Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of
    luck with your entry.

    Kelly DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogs

  12. Such a pretty card! Lovely image and great detailing. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenge.
    Amelia (Double "D" Challenge Design Team)

  13. Great use of that background paper, Kathy. That cute little penguin sure is comfy and happy! What an fabulous card. Thank you for sharing your card with us on the Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog. Good luck with your entry and stay safe.
    Hugs, Lori (DT at Lemon Shortbread)

  14. Wonderful cards Kathy - and of course i adore your snippets penguin - love it!

    Hugs from afar

    Di xx

  15. Fabulous cards, thanks for sharing your creation with us at Scribbles Designs, we hope to see you back again.


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