Thursday, May 14, 2020

A Trio of Sweetness!

The first posting is for last weeks challenge at the wecraftcards forum called “Candyland.” Our card/creation was to include shapes or images from the well-known game. I googled it… and found a photo of the 1962 version I played when growing up, and immediately was drawn to the gingerbread man on the box. So I knew I’d make a Christmas card! I printed a copy of the little couple from the Power Poppy Gingerbread Family digital set onto Kraft brown paper, colored and fussy cut the cute little pair. I wanted to make them into ornaments that could be hung on hung on a tree or in a window, so I printed both the front and back of each of the little cuties, adhered them together with my snail tape, slipping a loop of dental floss between the top of their heads before securing it with adhesive. To add a playful touch, I cut a circle from the card front so the little gingers could playfully peek through, attaching them with detachable tape so they can be easily removed without damage. So fun!  (Oh... and this sweet 10-piece digi set-which also includes the sentiment on the inside of my card-  is now available at half price, just $2.49, so you might want to give it a look!) I’m entering this card into several challenges including The Paper Shelter- Embellishments (I think that removable ornaments count as embellishments?) Also, I wanted to note that the beautiful plaid background paper was in a 6x6 stack of Christmas papers that I won from a Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge a while ago. I love the wonderful assortment of papers that it holds! (Thanks, Hazel!) 
 
Supplies: 
·    Digis and Inside Sentiment-- Power Poppy (Gingerbread Family digital set)
·    Front Sentiment- from my scrapbook stash of labels
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into:  
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Candyland                                       
The Paper Shelter- #427 Embellishments
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       

I wanted to make one more card for the current challenge at Double D’s, so I decided to make a card on which I could feature several shades of lavender and purple. A tri-fold shutter card seemed like the perfect fit. I pulled out instructions that I’d found on Pinterest a few years ago. (There are lots of options. HERE is my favorite.) The adorable image is from Whimsie Doodles. Some of the first digis I ever owned were from them… so I was so sad to see the business close a little over 2 years ago. (I first learned how to use alcohol markers to color hair using the very easy to follow instructions on their site. I just checked and it is still available HERE. If you struggle with shading and highlights, it is worth a look!)
 
Supplies: 
·    Digi- Whimsie Doodles- Sending Love (company is no longer in business)
·    Sentiment- Computer Generated
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted background papers from my stash
·    Instructions for tri-fold shutter card HERE
Entered into:  
Double D’s Challenge- Lavander-Lilac-Purple  [photo]                
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #438-439 Anything Goes                   
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- May                                 
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #5-2020

Outlawz has a fun new challenge right not called “Teddy Bears Picnic.” I’ve always loved that catchy tune so just had to play along. When looking through my Whimsie Doodles digis I found this sweet image named “Jayson the Pooh” and decided to make a shape card on which to feature him! Hand sketched the honey jar onto an A2 sized card, cut it out and attached the digi that I’d colored with alcohol markers. Finished the card with little bees (from a Little Scraps of Heaven digi set, I replace their wings with vellum for fun), an inside sentiment (from an Imagine That! digi set), and a scrap of twine. (Oh, and the sweet Beelieve digi set is available at 75% off, just $1.00, so you might want to check it out!) 
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Simon Says Wednesday Animal Fun” (I don’t want to be the one to tell Jayson that he isn’t a real bear!) and Path Of Positivity Challenge- Furry or Feathery Friends. My card reflects the importance of furry friends, the stuffed version, like the bears, bunnies, and other soft friends that many of us loved as a child. This sweet digi makes me think of one of my nephews, Jesse, who had a beloved Pooh-like bear. (He was actually a knock-off brand, so looked sort of Poohish in appearance and Jesse named him Walter.) The two were inseparable. I know that “Aunt Kathy” provided delicate surgery several times when split a seam and stuffing popped out of his belly. By the time Jesse set him aside for softballs and frisbees the much-loved Walter was, in the words of the Velveteen Rabbit, “Real.” Jesse’s older brother Casey had a bunny that was his best friend. One evening, when Casey was just short of 4 years old, I received a call from my sister, Carol. She explained that he had accidentally left “Bun” at our home on a visit the day before and he wanted to talk to me about the situation. With tears in his voice, Casey came on the line and said, “Aunt Kathy, I’m scared [small sob] for Bun. He will miss me so bad. Can you bring him to my house?” Casey couldn’t contain his tears any longer and I heard my sister consoling him as she took the phone. We arranged that I’d ship Bun out by overnight mail… so that the two didn’t have to suffer many more nights of separation. These two nephews are now all grown up. Both are amazing men… strong, yet with kind and tender hearts. I’d like to think that the unconditional love of their furry friends had something to do with that. (Oh, and their mom and dad are also wonderful parents and encouragers. Carol is also a crafter, and is busily sewing a whole menagerie of furry friends for their grandbabies!)
 
 
Supplies: 
·    Digi- Whimsie Doodles- Jayson The Pooh (company is no longer in business)
·    Inside  sentiment-“Sending Sweet Birthday Wishes”  Imagine That digi set  (Ice Cream to My Cone)
·    Bumble Bee Digis- Little Scraps of Heaven (Beelieve In Yourself Digital Set)
·    Template for Honey Pot card- sketched by hand to fit an A2 sized enveloped
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted background papers, vellum scraps (bee wings) and twine from my stash
Entered into:  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Songs and Rhymes- Teddy Bears Picnic    
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Animal Fun                                                    
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Birds, Bees, Butterflies
Let’s Craft and Create- #159 Anything Goes (May option- Ribbons, Lace, Twine)
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #80 (Optional Twist- Furry or Feathery Friends)
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #634 Happy Birthday

11 comments:

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

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  2. I love your cards and the unique way you have created each. Thank you for joining the fun at The Paper Shelter Blog Challenge! Good luck and join us again!

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  3. Wonderfully created cards, , love the shape and design of the little 'bear' card, so cute too! Thank you for joining our challenge at The Sisterhood and thank you for joining our challenge at Double D too!
    Diane TSH DT~DD DT {Nellies Nest}

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  4. So glad you shared another beautiful purple creation and love the fold! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Lavenders~Lilacs~Purples’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    Darlene
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS
    Please stop in for a visit!

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  5. LOVE this bear w/honey pot card! So so cute! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Darlene
    SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS
    Please stop in for a visit!

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  6. Fabulous design and gorgeous colours to suit our current challenge.
    Many thanks for entering your gorgeous card into our challenge of Lavenders~Lilac~Purple at Double D challenges…
    Good luck in the draw and hope to see you here again.
    [aNNie design team member for Double D Challenges

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  7. Super gorgeous design, so much to admire and a wonderful summer feel. Many thanks for joining us in our current challenge of
    BIRDS, BEES, BUTTERFLIES
    (USE ONE OR ALL)
    at The Sisterhood Of Crafters Challenge..good luck with your lovely entry.[aNNie design team member for The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenges

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  8. All your cards are sweet. I especially like the story behind the last one. I remember when we were on a family trip and my sister left her Kewpie Cuddles behind at a motel. Dad refused to drive back,and my sister was inconsolable for weeks. When we were adults, my other sister and I went on Amazon and bid successfully on a Kewpie Cuddles and surprised her with it on her birthday. It only took 30 years but we got her Kewpie to her. Your Pooh bear card is cute; thanks for sharing with us at the Path of Positivity challenge blog!

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  9. I love Christmas card, beautiful!! thank you for sharing with us at THe Paper Shelter, good luck with your entry

    Iza DT

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  10. Such lovely cards Kathy and love the design of the last one. Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Let's Craft and Create this week and good luck.. Ursula Uphof DT

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  11. Super:)Thanks for playing with us at Let's Craft and Create :)Ines DT
    http://inka-mojmalyswiat.blogspot.com/
    https://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/http://

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