Friday, May 15, 2020

Summer’s Getting Closer

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 fix my mind on the future, or should I say the near future, as my DT card has a summer theme. I love this adorable image appropriately named “Beach Girl.” I had fun creating a touch of realism to the image by coloring the floaty so that you can see the little bathing beauty's silhouette through it. It took a little time and planning but I love the effect. After coloring, I fussy cut the image and adhered it to an upcycled calendar page. I tore a few scraps of parchment into strips and adhered them across the bottom of the page to create the look of sand. The sentiments are computer-generated.  (Note: Prices at Stamp On It are very reasonable (this beach girl digi is just $2 and the stamp is $3.99!) 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!)
I'm entering this card into several challenges including Simon Says Wednesday - Animal Fun (an animal can be fun even if it isn’t real, right?) and  Stamplorations May Theme and Photo Prompt: Stamps and Tropical  (I'd love to be on a tropical beach right now. Or... actually any beach!) 
·    Digi- Eureka Stamps (Beach Girl)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Sentiments- Computer Generated
·    Assorted background and upcycled calendar page from my stash
Entered into:  
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Animal Fun                                                    
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Seaside Fun                  
Stamplorations- May Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge: Stamps and Tropical  
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #506 (Optional twist- Outdoors) 
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #5-2020

A short time ago I won a challenge at Sketch N Scrap.  The prize was wonderful, but what really impressed me is the beautiful hand-made thank you card that came with the prize. I love upcycling cards and knew that I wanted to use this amazing layered work of art, so started watching for an image to showcase. The Paper Shelter’s digi named “Cupcake” is the perfect fit since the little cutie and her adored treat look great perched upon the colorful layers. So fun! (I added a few rhinestone stickers to add even more embellishments and am entering the card into several challenges including The Paper Shelter- Embellishments.)
·    Digi- The Paper Shelter (Cupcake)
·    Front Sentiment “Make a Wish”- Papercrafts Magazine Freebie (no longer available)
·    Front background and Inside sentiment- Upcycled from old greeting cards
·    Assorted background papers, vellum scraps and clear gemstone from my stash
·    Rhinestone heart stickers- Hobby Lobby
Entered into:  
The Paper Shelter- #427 Embellishments
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #634 Happy Birthday
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #20 Anything Goes                                

With all hair salons closed in our state (”non- essential businesses”?!) I'm sporting a nice skunk stripe atop my head. When I saw this free digi I knew that I had to make a card to send to my stylist. It's sure to make her smile… especially because I promised her that I would not color my hair on my own. (I did that once. The results were much less than Ackkkk!)
Note- this digi, and 17 other freebies, were designed as coloring sheets and shared by Artist Nola Chandler on her FB page to help us survive the quarantine. Most made me smile or laugh out loud. A few blessed my heart. You can copy them from Nola’s FB page HERE or, they are also available, along with many other free digis, on the Impression Obsession website (Sign in as a guest or open an account to download them.)  
I'm entering this card into several challenges including Bugaboo’s Ladies Night (a few of my girlfriends and I are planning to celebrate with pedicures when we can finally see our stylists again!) and the Impression Obsession Challenge- Mom’s Rule (if anyone deserves a visit with a stylist… and maybe an entire spa day… it’s all the mom’s out there who are doing double or even triple duty right now. I cannot imagine the stress they’ve endured in the last few months. They do rule, and deserve a whole bunch of pampering!)
·    Digi- Freebie Coloring Sheet #5  from Snickerdoodle Studios or Impression Obsessions
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into:  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- May                                 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #438-439 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday- Anything Goes


  1. Great card with a lovely stamp on it Kathy.

  2. Hi Kathy this is a wonderful card I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. Kathy your cards are always so wonderful. I just laughed so hard when I saw this one. I have made a few Stella cards that were rather sassy for this Covid time. Kathy you are such a beautiful person it wouldn't matter what color your hair always have such good intentions. Thanks for joining in the Catch the Bug Ladies Night Challenge, Lisa Lynn DT.

  4. Brilliant card Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz Challenge Blog good luck
    Ginny DT for Crafty Catz Challenge Blog
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  5. Beautiful cards! Fabulous designs as always!
    Many thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday this week!

  6. It is such a fun and happy card! With all the lock-down here in our country, i wish i could just swim on that beach like the lady there on the card ! :)
    Thank u so much for playing with us at STAMPlorations Theme and Photo Prompt Challenge this month! Do join us again! :)
    Suchi xx

  7. Love your card design... lovely creation! thank you for sharing with us at THe Paper Shelter, good luck with your entry

    Iza DT

  8. Wow! The way you colored that bathing beauty to show through her floaty looks amazing! Thanks for joining in at STAMPlorations Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge!

  9. Your cards are lovely. Great colouring. I am sorry I am so late commenting but I have and computer issues and no one available to fix it. Thank you for sharing your project with us at Crazy Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge. Myrna S. Design Team Member. Please also join us for our weekly Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Card Challenge at


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