Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Swinging into Spring

I wanted to make a card for the current Art Impressions Challenge “Kid At Heart” that has the requirement “cards that feature children, a design that makes you feel playful, or something that perhaps you would give to your child or grandkid.”  I dug through my AI stamps and found this adorable bunny on a swing. (This is a rubber stamp that I pulled from the wood years ago. It looks like it is no longer available.)
I stamped, colored and fussy-cut the bunny, trimming the swing ropes from the image and replacing them with real “ropes.” I created the background by lightly sketching tree branches across the top of an A2 sized piece of white cardstock, stamped clumps of leaves with a green dye ink pad, then drew and colored tree branches over the leaves. (These leaves were also made with an AI wood mount stamp. Although it is no longer available, there are several clear stamp sets in the AI webstore that would work- Foliage Set 2, Flowering Mailbox, Blooming Birdhouse, and Chest of Flowers.) To add more depth to the card, I fussy-cut across the top of the card front, and made an extra strip of branches and leaves to fit across the top of the card front. Using a cloud template cut from scrap paper, decorative chalks, and a makeup sponge I created a nice Spring sky.
To “hang” the swing, I positioned it where desired on the larger sky/tree card front then cut two little slits on the bottom side of tree branches to thread the “ropes” through. After adjusting the length, I taped the ropes to the underside of the card front. Finished the card with a bit of trimming, some foam tape, a few sentiments, and sparkly flower stickers.   
·    Bunny on Swing Stamp- Art Impressions (No longer available)
·    Leaf Branch Stamp- Art Impressions (No longer available)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Leaves stamped with SU ink pad.
·    Front Sentiment- Beccy’s Place Basic Branches Set (Retired)
·    Inside Sentiment- Beccy’s Place Digital Set (Easter Joy)
·    Sparkly Flower Stickers- Hobby Lobby
·    Assorted background papers and white string from my stash
·    Cloud template cut from scrap paper, chalks and makeup sponge
Entered into:
Art Impressions- #280 Kid At Heart                                                     
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Create a Scene                                     
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Flower Power                                                 
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #88 B is for Birds or Bunnies
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #118
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #16 Anything Goes                                

I love the look on the face of this bear. I can’t decide if he looks wise, sarcastic or maybe a mix of both?! I just know that I had fun coloring him and adding a humorous- and slightly snarky- sentiment. I'm entering this card into several challenges, including Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge  (using the light blue from top of color wheel plus complimentary colors, fuchsia and apricot on the bottom) and Outlawz MOnday Challenge (card features light pink, light blue and white.)  
·    Bear Digi- Beccy’s Place Bear With Me Set (Retired)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Sentiments- Computer Generated
·    Assorted background papers from my stash
·    Puffy Heart Stickers- Sticko’s from Walmart (The pack contains 113 assorted puffy hearts for just 99 cents!)
Entered into:  
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #130 Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Light pink, light blue and white
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge- Color Wheel                  
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Happy Birthday Or Fancy Fold Or Both
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #169 Birthdays
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Beccy’s Place Challenge- April      

For my final card this posting, I made a get- well card with a free digi of a Mason canning jar from one of my favorite vintage digi sites, the Graphic Fairy. I printed it off on an acetate transparency sheet [a purchase back when I used an overhead projector to make presentations. Yep. I'm OLD.] Since tape would show through the acetate if I taped it to the card, I opted for a different process that was a little time-consuming but well worth the trouble. When I trimmed the acetate, I cut little "flaps" [½ -1 inch wide and 1-2 inches long] on each side of the jar. I attached a scrap of grey cardstock to the back of the lid on the jar with a few small strips of double-stick tape and trimmed it to fit. When finished, I laid the jar onto the card front and lightly sketched around it for later placement, then set it aside.
I made the dragonfly with a strip of black cardstock (body), scraps of pastel vellum and sparkly sticker paper from my stash (wings) and adhered him to the “inside” of the jar. I cut small slits in the card front where the flaps would be, slipped the flaps in, folded them open on the inside of the card and taped them down with transparent tape. I die-cut a few sprigs of foliage from a scrap of the acetate to make a clear stencil, which I used to sponge green sprigs of on the inside of the card. Added a sentiment on the card front (circles cut from several scraps) and the inside (layered with scraps) then added the final touch- sketching a dragonfly” flight path” with a fine-line marker. (That bug got around before he was caught!)
·    Vintage Mason jar digi- a freebie from the Graphic Fairy. You can find it HERE.
·    Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Front Sentiment- Computer Generated
·    Inside Sentiment- Hero Arts wood-mount rubber stamp (retired)
·   Fancy Foliage Dies- Spellbinders Our Daily Bread Designs 
·    Assorted background papers, scraps of vellum and sparkly sticker paper from my stash
·    Circle templates- from my scrapbook stash.
Entered into:  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #436-437 Anything Goes                   
Pixie's Snippets-Week #376                                                                              
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- April 


  1. Hi Kathy this is a stunning card. Did you solve your photo problem? Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. So cute, Kathy! This made me chuckle when I read the sentiment! Thanks for joining the Sisterhood of Crafters, "Fun Fold/Birthday Card" Challenge.

  3. Great cards Kathy! Love how he has his arms folded 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!

  4. Great cards. Thank you for play with us at Polkadoodles craft challenge blog. Good luck with your entry.

  5. Great cards Kathy - and especially the snippets entry of course! Soappropriate right now, sigh.

    Check out my snippets post of today - your name is in there!


    Di xx

  6. Awww, how cute! Love the idea to add "ropes" to your card Kathy, the swing looks awesome and you did a fantastic job creating the branches to hold it.
    I had a chuckle at the second card you created, this would definitely be something I'd give to one of my siblings! We all enjoy teasing each other as we get older.
    Your last is fabulous too, and I love the ideas you shared. The tabs on either side of the jar is one of the best ideas I've heard for securing vellum and acetate... thank you for sharing it! I also like your idea for making your own stencil, very creative.

  7. Sweet card! Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends; good luck! We hope to see you in the next challenge, too.
    Jen Leeflang
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends DT

  8. Fantastic card! I love the swing and the bunny looks like he´s having an awesome time. Beautiful tree too. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at SCRIBBLES DESIGN. Best of luck! Nick


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