Saturday, May 16, 2020

Teddy Bear Picnic

I wanted to make one more card for the Outlaws Sunday Challenge- Teddy Bear Picnic. Figured any picnic… even one for teddy bears… would have ants. So checked my stamps and digis and found this cute Bugaboo digi ant. The front of the card was inspired by one that I saw on Pinterest. I used a scrap of a real napkin as the base and created the little ants with silver brads that I colored black with a permanent marker. The sentiments are computer-generated. A dear friend mentioned that she wants to host a picnic as soon as it’s allowed, for our Bible Study group to help break in the fire pit that she and her husband have built during the last few months of quarantine. I made this a tri-fold card with a blank inside section so that my friend can print off the picnic invitation and attach it. I am going to share this card with her later this week and if she likes it, I’ll be making five or six more. So fun!
I’m entering it into several challenges Outlawz Challenge Festive Fridays (Our group has been meeting via ZOOM since March and we’ll have reason to celebrate when the group can finally meet in person again) and Bugaboo Stamps BINGO (Diagonal from upper left- 3 layers, Bug image and stitching)
·    Digi- Bugaboo (Picnic Ant- Let’s Eat)
·    Sentiments- Computer Generated
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen and Marvy Silver Permanent Marker
·    Assorted background papers, a red checked napkin, and brads from my stash
Entered into:  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Songs and Rhymes- Teddy Bears Picnic
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #119
Bugaboo Stamps- BINGO 
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       

The Monarch butterfly on this card was pretty easy to make. It's from a book named "Easy Butterfly Origami" that is available for purchase HERE. I'd signed up for a weekly newsletter a while ago from Dover Publications and have appreciated that it regularly emails links to a half dozen coloring books and activity books, each offering 4-5 pages that are available for a short time as free downloads. This Monarch butterfly is one of those pages available in the past. (Sign up for the sampler newsletter to start getting your own treasures.]
I’m using the Monarch on an X-fold card for The Butterfly Challenge. (Like the butterfly, this fold is also pretty easy to make, thanks to the excellent tutorial provided by the challenge host. You can find that tutorial HERE.)  The sentiment is computer generated. I've had it on my laptop for many years and have not been able to identify it's original source through google. If you recognize it… please let me know. I do want to credit the source!
Note- My card meets the following options for  The Butterfly Challenge: two of the Colors- Xanad [Grey/green] and  Xiketic [Black], and one of the themes- Xtra colors plus a Butterfly.)
·    Digi- Dover Publishing (Easy Butterfly Origami)
·    Clear stamp set and inside sentiment- Art Impressions (Crazy Cat Lady)
·    Sentiments- Possibly Computer Generated… or from a currently unknown source
·    Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into:  
Butterfly Challenge- #141 X for X Fold 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #438-439 Anything Goes                   
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Birds, Bees, Butterflies
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- May 
Cute As A Button- #56 Anything Goes + (Option) Use a butterfly                                         

A stamper friend recently told me that she makes silhouette images on her cards by coloring stamped images in with black ink. I wanted to give it a try, so I looked through my stamps for options. Stampin’ Up’s set named “Horse Frontier” provided a wonderful option for this experiment. I stamped then used a black Spectrum Noir marker to color the horse image. It worked beautifully... and saved my printer ink! (Actually, the image looked good in person, but on the photo it looks blotchy. Might have to go back and do some touch up work!) I decided to add a rustic look by using a scrap of vinyl wallpaper that resembles embossed leather (and I've had in my stash for a... ummm... a few decades), plus added a lattice edge using a Hot Off the Press Template. (It appears this is no longer available; however, I did find several templates and tutorials on Pinterest.) The sentiment is computer generated. I saw it on a meme many years ago and loved its snarky humor. So, I created it using a fun font named “Blackadder.”
·    Image- Stampin’ Up!  Horse Frontier stamp set (retired)
·    Lattice Edging- Hot Off the Press Template (no longer available)
·    Sentiments- Computer Generated
·    Colored with a Spectrum Noir Black alcohol marker
·    Assorted background papers, wallpaper and fabric scraps from my stash
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Animal Fun                                                    
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- May 2020 #38                                     
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #506 (Optional twist- Outdoors) 
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #5-2020


  1. You have made some beautiful cardss Kathy.

  2. Beautiful X fold card with the monarch butterfly. Our garden is rife with butterflies at the moment though not seen a monarch yet. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me this week. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Hi Kathy your cards are gorgeous. I love them all. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  4. Wonderful cards, love that last one.

  5. Brilliant idea to colour the horse black it makes a lovely silhouette. Your design is beautiful and very very unusual with that eye catching border! Thank you for entering our challenge at Crafty Catz this week.

  6. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies. Hope to see you again next time.

  7. Wow! Your beautiful butterfly shows off so well in this X-fold card. Great job! Thank you for sharing with the Sisterhood of Crafters.

  8. What a beautiful and unique butterfly card Kathy! 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!

  9. Such lovely cards! Thanks for the tip about coloring to make a silhouette image. I never thought of that.

  10. Beautiful batch of cards! Your butterfly card is perfect for our challenge this month! Wonderful design, too!
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Cute As A Button. We hope to see you again.
    ~ DT Saphron

  11. I love all of your cards, the ant is adorable! Thanks for joining Catch the Bug's bingo challenge, good luck! Dawn Bugaboo DT

  12. Beautiful card!Thank you for sharing with us over at Cute As A Button. We hope to see you again.
    ~ DT Judy


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