Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Reasons to Celebrate

I wanted to create a card for the Art Impressions challenge named “Bloom Where You are Planted” and decided to use assorted mini floral wood mounted stamps from AI that I’ve had since the late 90’s. (They are no longer available, but I did check and found a few of their current watercolor bundles have stamps that would work beautifully to make these bookmarks.) I set up a page of a scripture verse in 4 columns to fit on an 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of paper. (I’ve provided a screenshot of the page set up which allows for the top part of the card to fold back and down. When magnet strips are attached, they sandwich the page of the book and hold the bookmark in place.)  I printed the page onto a sheet of cardstock and added the floral edging to the scripture with stamps and several pastel-colored ink pads before I cut them into strips. I trimmed the ends with decorative scissors, attached a strip of teal vellum to the back of the printed flap and added two strips of magnetic tape. (You can buy this as any craft store. However, I discovered that I didn’t have any on hand. So, I improvised and cut a refrigerator magnet into squares and attached two of them to the inside of the bookmark with double-sided tape. Worked beautifully!)
I made this card for a friend who loves shabby chic cards so added ribbon and lace. Plus, I know that she loves to send cards, so I cut one of the other scripture strips in half and used the printed part to make a sentiment that I attached to the front of the card. I plan to write my note on the inside of the card on a post-it… and explain that she can remove her bookmark, and the post-it note, and have a card that she can share with someone else! She loves to upcycle so I know that she’ll love that idea.
·    Assorted mini floral stamps- Art Impressions wood mounted  stamps (no longer available)
·    Colored with assorted ink pads from my stash.  
·    Front Sentiment, scripture bookmark, and magnet instructions are all computer generated.
·    Inside  sentiment-  We Are 3 Digital Sentiment Set “Smiles
·    Assorted papers, vellum,  ribbon, lace, magnet strips and double-stick tape 
·    Fiskars Decorative Scissors- Victorian
Entered into:  
Art Impressions- #279 Bloom Where You Are Planted                          
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Add Some Texture                              
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #434-435 Anything Goes                   
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- April                                

This image from The Paper Shelter is appropriately named “Happy.” She makes me smile! After coloring her I paired her with a bold flowery background, fussy-cutting a few of the flowers to scatter across the front and inside of the card. So cute!
·    Digi- The Paper Shelter (Happy)  
·    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 papers from my stash
Entered into:  
The Paper Shelter- #422 Digital Challenge
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Kid’s Cards
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #117
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #500 (Optional twist- For the Girls) 
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #129 Anything Goes
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes-#11
Digi Doodle Studios Blog- Challenge #26 Easter/Spring

For my final card this challenge I made a sweet birthday card to add to my stash of kids cards. It features a Bugaboo digital image, colored with Spectrum Noir markers. To give it a special touch that any kiddo will love, I adhered the image atop a fun card base that really ROCKS! (Actually, I’ve seen these called rocker cards, wobble cards and swing cards. But by any name they are FUN!) 
·    Image- Bugaboo Digital Stamp (Theodore Birthday Sign)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted background papers from my stash
·    Circle templates from my scrapbook stash
·    Easy instructions for card base here HERE (except I used plain circles instead of scalloped ones.)
Entered into:  
Bugaboo Stamps- April Anything Goes      
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Geometric Shapes
Di’s Digi Stamps- Birthdays                                                                   
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #169 Birthdays
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- April 2020 #37                                    
Do-Al[l] Kreatives #40 Swing Card
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       


  1. Love your bookmark card and your rocking card.

  2. Hi Kathy all your cards are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. A lot of fun, pretty and thoughtful cards, Kathy! Hugs!

  4. Thanks Cathy f
    and I love the rocking card !
    Greetings from Monique (niki1 on Splitcoaststampers))

  5. Awesome cards Kathy! That little girl is just precious! 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. Kathy- You're right! She is Happy! And your card is Happy! Love the colors- the flowers give it a 60's vibe- great card. Thanks for entering JDS Blog Challenge #11. Good luck and be safe!

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

  7. A great fun and cheerful card!

    Thanks for joining us at the Catch the Bug Challenge.

    Helen x

  8. I love this little cutie too! Wonderful floral background for her and super colouring! Thanks for sharing this with us at The Paper Shelter, and for using one of our images!

  9. Hi Kathy. Your little girl on her tricycle is gorgeous, I can remember riding mine all the time when I was little with all the toys and dolls in the back. Great colours too, nice and bright.

  10. Super cute creations. Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Catch the Bug / Bugaboo. Good luck.
    Lynn aka Lynnpenguin

  11. Fun colors! I love the little extra dimensional flowers. Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

  12. Such beautiful cards! I love your coloring! Thank you for playing along in birthday themed challenge! I hope you join us again soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Patties Creations Design Challenge

  13. What a happy, colorful creation, Kathy! Thanks for sharing it with us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!

  14. Cute darling card. I love the Bugaboo image and your coloring. Great design for your rocker card. Glad you shared over at Do-Al(l)creative. be safe.

  15. Stunning cards. Love how you coloured your Paper Shelter girl's hair. All the cards are lovely! Thanks for sharing with us at Digi Doodle Studios, and hope to see you again soon - Patsy

  16. What bright colors! This goes perfect with our current challenge “Birthdays” at Patties Creations Design Challenge. Thanks for joining us…
    Artist and Owner

  17. Lovely cards!! Thank-you so much for participating in our LEMON SHORTBREAD challenge. Hope to see your beautiful creations in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!! So sorry this is late, but with everything going on, I’m just getting around to doing this. Please stay safe during this time.
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  18. Amazing rocker card. Love the colorful design!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Do-Al(l) Kreatives and good luck. Hope you will join us next month again.

    Crafty greetings

    *Owner* Creative Crafting Uncles {#04 – Steampunk}
    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives {#40 –rocker cards}
    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge {#40 – Packing}
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  19. aaaaaawww... so super cute! I really love this sweet image. Very nice!!!

    Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
    Kleido’s BastelStüble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *List Manager* Challenges for Days

  20. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us at Digital Doodle Studios Challenge!


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