Friday, May 8, 2020

Birthday Dinosaur

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 card that features an adorable image, Birthday Dinosaur.
I colored the cute guy with Spectrum Noir markers and attached him to fun background paper that mimics his spots. I printed off an extra copy of the dinos birthday hat and used it to adorn the inside sentiment.   The digital image AND sentiment are both from both from Stamp On It  
(Note: Prices at Stamp On It are very reasonable (this dinosaur digi is just $2!) and there is currently a site-wide 10% discount on regular priced items, and free shipping on purchases over $30. Just use discount code WEB2020 at checkout to receive these nice perks!)
·    Digi- Eureka Digital Stamp (Birthday Dinosaur)
·    Front Sentiment- QKR Stampede Digital Stamp (Warm Wishes)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted background papers and black photo corners from my stash
Entered into:  
The Paper Shelter- #426 Happy Birthday
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #131 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #505 
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- May

Friday also means that 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 Jan’s Digi Stamps  and my gatefold DT card features a beautiful image and sentiment from a set named “Country Flowers.” (The digi set includes this wonderful image and sentiment, plus two additional sentiments and a sweet little bee, all for just $4!) The lovely bouquet reminds me of my sweet Mother, as her flower gardens provided a bright shout of color every season. Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen bring the flowers to life. A square doily, sheer ribbon, and little cross-stitch butterfly provide a vintage feeling. I extended the vintage look to the inside of the card by embellishing the sentiment with a strip of the doily. Note- the small cross stitch butterfly was from my mom's craft stash. Isn't it precious? I'll be sending this card to one of my sisters, who will also treasure the little reminder of our sweet mom. 
I am entering this into several challenges including the Butterfly Challenge (it includes two of the Colors- Xanad [Grey/green] and  Xiketic [Black] , and the two themes- X fold and Xtra colors plus a Butterfly.)
·    Digi  image and sentiment- Jan’s Digi Stamps (Country Flowers)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted background papers from my stash
·    5" Square French Lace Paper Doily- purchased from an Etsy Shop.
·    cross-stitch butterfly from my dear Mom’s stash!
·    Sheer apricot-colored ribbon- JoAnne’s
Entered into:  
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Thank You For Being a Friend     
Butterfly Challenge- #141 X for X Fold 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #438-439 Anything Goes       
Cute As A Button- #56 Anything Goes + (Option) Use a butterfly         
Let’s Craft and Create- #159 Anything Goes (May option- Ribbons, Lace, Twine)

I wanted to make a card for the current “Books” challenge at Incy Wincy Designs, so I
started looking through my stamps and digi files. I found this wonderful Bugaboo image
named “Book Sitter 2” (version 1 features a little girl). I also found this sentiment in my
computer files that fits the theme AND  perfectly it fits with the current COVID situation.
got to work, printing off the digi, plus a freebie book digi from winkwinkwink. (This
book stack is already pre-colored. I loved the muted colors, and just added a bit of shading
and highlights with markers and a white gel pen.) Printed off an extra copy of the little
readers book, legs and feet, colored, fussy-cut and attached them with foam tape to add a bit
of depth to the card. Also added a little bling and texture by adding a tiny clover charm to a
strip of ribbon and making a “bookmark” that I inserted into a small slit I cut in the book
with an Exacto knife. (When I took the photos I noticed that the reader wasn’t perched in
quite the right place on the top book. Actually, right now I can hear the voice of one of my
favorite art teachers, a Nun name Sister Francis, in my head saying, “Now, Kathleen, check
that perspective. Where SHOULD he be placed to look like he is actually sitting on that top
book?!” The answer? For proper perspective, he should be sitting right along the front edge
of the book so that his legs hung down directly over that book's spine. I doubt that many
people would notice that, but I have to share the information because… well, otherwise it
wouldn’t be fair to Sister Francis!


·    Reader Digi- Bugaboo (Booksitter 2)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Pile of Books Digi- Winkwinkwink Freebie (Books Color)
·    Inside  sentiment- Computer Generated (in a fun font named Blackadder)
·    Assorted background papers and black photo corners from my stash

Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Books                                                                   
Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes   
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #119
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #633 Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 19Anything Goes 
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #5-2020


  1. Two great cards, love the image in the first one, so cute!

  2. Hi Kathy your card are fantastic. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. Boy you have been busy. Love them all. Thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday. Hugz Andrea.x

  4. Great projects here and lovely colouring ...thanks for sharing with the Polkadoodles challenge; hugs Nelly DT x

  5. Gorgoeus designs <3 Love the book one especially. Thanks for joining us over at Incy Wincy Designs this challenge.

  6. Kathy, Exquisite cards! Of course I am partial to the Country Flowers... ;-) Thank you so for sharing your Stunning card creations with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge! HAPPY CRAFTING!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  7. You've brought that adorable image to life, Kathy! And, your colouring is marvelous! Thank you for playing along with us at Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog. Good luck with your entry, stay safe, and hope to see you again.
    Hugs, Lori (DT at Lemon Shortbread)

  8. Your projects are so lovely Kathy! I really love the boy on the books and the way you framed the image using the corners - looks so perfect! Gorgeous coloring and stitched elements on the jar of flowers too!

  9. Gorgeous card Kathy. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at The Paper Shelter. We would love to see you again ... Anet DT

  10. What a cute card, Kathy! Love the little guy on the big books

  11. I love how you have put together your book card Kathy. Thank you for joining us at Bugaboo and hope to see you again. Gail DT

  12. What a lovely card to remember your Mum by. My mum used to do a lot of cross stitching and I have kept a few of her pieces. Thankyou for coming again and spinning the butterfly wheel. Hugs Mrs A.

  13. Fabulous creations. Thank you for sharing with us over at Cute As A Button. We hope to see you again.
    ~ DT Victoria

  14. I love that Birthday Dinosaur image! He is so cute and I love how the background paper matches his circles! Thank you for sharing it with us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenges!

  15. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing with us at Let’s Craft and Create Challenge, hope to see you again :)


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