Friday, June 26, 2020

A Boy & His Dog

It’s Friday and time for the Colour Crazy Challenge. This challenge is also an “Anything Goes” but if 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!!
I loved creating my DT card, which features a wonderful image and sentiments from a Jan's Digi's set named A Boy And His Dog. I created the cloudy sky with decorative chalks, a handmade stencil and a makeup sponge. After using a white gum eraser to remove any chalk smudges from the image, I colored the boy and his buddy with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. A patterned paper background that resembles denim plus leather-look tickets fit in beautifully with the vintage feeling of the scene. (Note- The digi set includes this image, plus a dog dish, bone, line of paw prints and seven sentiments for just $5.00!)
·   Digi image and paw print- Jan’s Digis  (A Boy And His Dog)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Cloud template cut from scrap paper, chalks and makeup sponge
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into:  
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes 
Incy Wincy Designs- Man’s Best Friend/Fur Babies/Pets
The Paper Shelter- #433 Going Digital
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 24 Anything Goes                         
Di’s Digi Stamps- Summer Fun                                                        
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- June                      

I stamped the Posie Ring with black pigment ink pad on a transparency sheet being careful not to smudge the image. These sheets of acetate are leftovers from days past when I used an overhead projector to make presentations. (Yep. I'm OLD!)  They are used to the heat of a copy machine, so can take the high temps of a heat gun without buckling.) Black embossing powder sets the pigment ink. Tombow glue is used to add the microfine glitter inside of the black embossed outline. I added a scrap of a swirly background paper behind the acetate because I like the way it sets off the pretty posies.
·   Posie Ring wood- mount Stamp- Embossing Arts (company is no longer in business)
·   Inside sentiment- Printworks wood- mount stamp (company is no longer in business)
·   Cardstock, ink, embossing powder, acetate and assorted microfine glitters from my stash
·   Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue- used to attach glitter
Entered into:  
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes                                      
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #444-445 Anything Goes                   
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #640 Flowers
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #6-2020
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #81

I have something really different for this month’s Christmas challenges: a hand-stitched gingerbread cookie made from a lightly stuffed grocery bag! I plan to use it as a tree ornament but it could also be a gift tag (the backside is blank to hold a greeting, name, date, etc.) Here are the steps in making it: 1) Use the pattern listed below, reducing its size to make a 5x5 inch ornament. (I also shortened the length of the arms and legs because I like gingerbread cookies to be "chubby"!) 2) Fold a 6 x 12-inch strip of a heavy-duty grocery bag in half and lightly trace the pattern onto it. 3) Stitch the ornament together, leaving an open area at the top of the head. 4) Add fiberfill through the top of the head, pushing it into the arms and legs with a BBQ skewer or a similar item until evenly dispersed and to the desired level of puffiness. 5) Stitch the open area closed and knot the floss. 6) Use pinking shears or decorative zigzag scissors to cut around the ornament. 7) Add the eyes, cheeks, and mouth. 8) Use a hot glue gun to attach the hanger (made from a loop of twine), small bow and buttons. 9) Add “frosting” squiggles of white applique as desired. I’m entering this card into several challenges including Scribbles Designs Challenge- #90 Flip a Coin (this was a fun challenge! I flipped the coin the required five times and got two tails (if you include buttons and ribbon as a layer my card has three layers and made a shaped card/project), a head (followed a tutorial- actually, I sorta revised/developed a tutorial), a tail (added twine), and finished with the flip of a tail (upcycled item= grocery bag.)
·   Pattern for Gingerbread shape found HERE
·   Heavy-duty grocery bag (can handle the stitching without tearing)
·   Polyester fiberfill and red embroidery floss, available from most craft/fabric stores
·   Pinking Shears, or decorative scissors with a  zigzag edge
·   Markers, buttons, and scraps of ribbon and twine from my stash
·   White liquid applique (White Nuvo drops or similar product should also work.)
Entered into:  
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #512 (Optional twist- Anything Goes)  
Rudolph Days Challenge- June [change link each month]     


  1. Wonderful card, love your colouring of the image.

  2. Hi Jan this is a stunning card. I love that image. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. This is a stunning card using one of my favourite images from Jan's collections.
    Your background is gorgeous as is your colouring of the image.
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx
    Jan’s Digi Stamps DT

  4. What a creative idea to use the transparency sheets! Love this look with the microfine glitters! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea and lovely card with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

  5. Great gingerbread as a Christmas decoration. Thanks for sharing with us at CCAYR - recyklace. We hope you will join us for future challenges. Martina - DT

  6. Kathy, Thank you for sharing and showcasing Boy and His Dog on your Handsome creation! We always love seeing how others use the images. I appreciate your support for Jan's Digi Blog Challenge and Digi Stamp shop! HAPPY CRAFTING!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  7. Oooo what a cute gingerbread man & thanks for joining us at June's Rudolph Days Challenge, luv Sam x

  8. a lovely card and a great gingerbread man, .thank you for sharing at Crafty Catz challenge and hope to see you again,

  9. I love your gorgeous gingerbread man. Thank you for taking part in this months Rudolph Days Challenge.

    Sue xx

  10. Your Christmas ornament is so darn cute. What a great idea.
    I have been trying over the last couple of years to add more "country farmhouse" looking ornaments to my tree. I think I may just give these a try!
    Thanks for taking part in the June Rudolph Days Challenge.

  11. This is just so pretty I do love this image, and your colours are perfect, thank you for joining us at TPS hugs Pops x

  12. I love how you made the little gingerbread man! Such a fun out come of Flip-the-Coin Challenge over at SCRIBBLES DESIGN. I´m so happy to see what you made and hope you join us again! Thank you for sharing your talent with us at SCRIBBLES DESIGN. Best of luck! Nick DT

  13. That gingerbread ornament is super cute! Thanks for sharing with us at CCAYR.

  14. Your gingerbread man is adorable!!!! Thank-you so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope to see your beautiful creations in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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