Friday, April 10, 2020

Glimpses of wonder

It’s Friday, so time for another challenge at QKR Stampede!  Stop by the challenge, which is always “Anything Goes” and several prizes are awarded. Maybe you’ll be inspired to enter a card or two yourself? This week, I decided to make a simple… yet very powerful… card. I used a digital stamp that is one of my favorite scriptures. I paired it with a postcard that I have saved for many years because the photo takes my breath away. The photo corners and rust-colored gems help to draw attention to the beautiful colors in the photo. I'm entering this card into several challenges including the We Craft Cards Quarantine Challenge to use something we own that we’ve barely- or never- used. I have so many items that fit into that category... but opted to make a card that includes four such items- the digi sentiment, the postcard that I found at a Goodwill at least a decade ago, the gems (I have tons in many colors) and the orange photo corners (that picked up years ago to use on Halloween cards but always forget about them when October rolls around!) 
·    Sentiment- Eureka Digital Stamps (Be Still and Know)
·    Postcard, photo corners and gems from my stash
Entered into:  
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Quarantine Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #434-435 Anything Goes                   
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #129 Anything Goes
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes-#11

Friday also means I get to share DT cards for the Colour Crazy Challenge. This challenge is also an “Anything Goes” but it adds a requirement- the creation needs to include coloring in “any colouring medium you like, onto any project you like, and in any colours you like.” I’ve never outgrown my love for coloring… which is why making cards is stress therapy for me!!
Our sponsor this week is a new company for me named “Ikes’s World.” Since it’s spring, I chose this cute image named, appropriately, “Bunnies” (which is just $1.00!) Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen adds a bit of color and definition to the bunnies and a few butterflies (one is on the inside of the card) which are from a Bugaboo image. The background photo is upcycled from an old calendar page. I fussy-cut the momma bunny and her kidlets, then tucked them behind an old vintage window pane, using an Exacto knife to cut the frames out so that the little bunnies are partially hidden. So cute! The inside features another bit of the calendar page, plus an old wood-mount sentiment stamp from Printworks. I’m entering this card into several challenges including  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge’s Spring Mood Board  (my card features spring flowers and butterflies), the current Butterfly Challenge (I included the Colors- Wisteria and Wheat, and the  Themes- Wood Effect/weathered wood window frame plus two Butterflies) and the Path Of Positivity Challenge # 79 (my style includes often upcycling items or using items in unusual ways. This card provides a lovely example of that… and explains why I have boxes of old calendars, sheet music from the 20’s and 30’s, old cards and office supplies plus lots of antique lace and ribbon from my mom’s box of treasures!)

·    Bunnies- Ikes’s World Digital Image (Bunnies)
·    Butterfly- Bugaboo Digital Image (Frame it HAPPINESS)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Inside Sentiment- Printworks Rubber Stamps “Easter Blessings” (No longer available) 
·    Assorted background paper and upcycled calendar page from my stash
Entered into:  
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Spring Mood Board         
Butterfly Challenge- #140 W for Waterfall Card  
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #117
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #87 In Bloom          
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- April 2020 #37                                    
Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration & Challenge- Animals
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #79 (Optional Twist- Style)

The final card for this posting is a cute one that features the adorable pup named Patch from Di’s Digi Stamps. The sentiments are both freebies from a site named Mudmaven (that offers lots of wonderful freebie sentiments.) The large circle is cut from a purple document plastic! (If you follow my blog you’ll be familiar with plastic document folders as they are one of my favorite accessories. They 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. I try not to waste the tiniest scrap… so the stars are also made from this purple plastic wonder!)
·    Digi- Di’s Digi Stamps (Party Patch)                                                 
·    Front Sentiment- Mudmaven Freebie (Wishing You a Very Happy Birthday)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Inside  sentiment- Mudmaven Freebie (Celebrate)
·    Assorted background papers and black photo corners  from my stash
·    Circle and star templates from my scrapbook stash
·    Purple plastic document folder from my stash
Entered into:  
Di’s Digi Stamps- Birthdays                                                                   
The Paper Shelter- #422 Digital Challenge
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #169 Birthdays


  1. Hi Kathy your cards are stunning. Have a good Easter. Take care. Hugs Jackie


  2. Gorgeous sweet card, lovely to see you join us at Di’s Digi Challenge and thank you for using one of Di’s images 🙂
    Wendy xx

  3. Kathy- What a timely, reverent, appropriate card for the holiday and our world as it is right now. Thanks for entering in JDS Blog Challenge #11 and be safe!

    Jan (owner and illustrator- Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  4. Gorgeous collection of cards. The Bunny card is super clever. I love how you cut it to pop the bunnies behind. Marvelous !
    Thank you for using my image and it is a pleasure to Sponsor you all.
    Hugz and stay safe
    IKE x

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  5. All are just awesome Kathy but love your kids card! Sure to bring a smile! Afterall, who doesn't love puppies! LOL Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  6. Gorgeous cards! I just love the sunset and sentiment! Happy Easter to you from all of us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!
    Hugs, Joy

  7. Thanks for entering your gorgeous card into our challenge of Anything goes at Lemon Shortbread Challenges. Hope to see you next challenge.
    [aNNie Designer for Lemon shortbread Challenges

  8. Such beautiful creations! Thanks for sharing them with us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!

  9. I love the card with Ike's bunnies on. Really novel how you have made it, not forgetting the butterflies included. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me this challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

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  11. Love the cards! The sunset and sentiments go together nicely!
    Thanks so much for playing along in the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. Good luck with your entry and hope to see you again. Sladjana (DT for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends)

  12. Just adorable Kathy. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at The Paper Shelter. We would love to see you again ... Anet DT

  13. Cute Image! This goes perfect with our current challenge “Birthdays” at Patties Creations Design Challenge. Thanks for joining us…
    Artist and Owner

  14. You make wonderful cards, Kathy! So glad i could stop by! Thank you for sharing with us at Ching Chou Kuik Challenge!
    Ching Chou Kuik DT - Bonnie

  15. Great collection of cards. Thank you for joining in the Style Challenge at Path Of Positivity.


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