Saturday, June 13, 2020

Final Virtual Weekend Entries

This post features my last five entries into the Whimsy Stamps Virtual Weekend challenges. Usually this event is held at a retreat, but due to COVID they moved it to FB. I’m hoping they do that again in the future because it was fun to pick up so many wonderful freebies and watch some excellent tutorials.

My first card features a critter that appears to be really popular right now… a sloth. Of course, Whimsy’s version is cute and cuddly. Plus I love that it comes with a sentiment. I created a cloudy sky background with decorative chalks, a makeup sponge, and a stencil cut from scrap paper. After coloring and fussy-cutting the sloth, I adhered it to the chalked sky and added the sentiment on a banner. To add a bit more texture and color, I draped die-cut vines across two corners.  I’m entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz Festive Fridays (I’m getting really tired of working from home. Most days I feel pretty “sloth-y” and feel there is reason to celebrate just because I am out of bed… and wearing pants!) and Outlawz Saturday Challenge, Pets are People, too (I had to research whether sloths are considered pets, and learned that yes, they are classified as “exotic pets.” They are pretty spendy though and need lots of special care. So I guess they are like some people. Heh heh!)
·    Digi and Sentiment- Whimsy Digital stamp set (Sloth)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen 
·    Cloud template cut from scrap paper, chalks and makeup sponge
·    Fancy Foliage Dies- Spellbinders Our Daily Bread Designs
·    Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into:  
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Pets Are People, Too    
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- June 2020 #39                                    
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

My next card features a cute little penguin riding the wind on party balloons. I entered it into the Designer Inspiration Challenge, mainly because I learned how to use my alcohol markers to color penguins during this event from several of the designers!  The cloud background is made with stationary I’ve had in my stash for many years. After coloring and fussy-cutting the penguin, I trimmed off the balloons and replaced them with translucent ones made with scraps of plastic document sheets. (These wonderful items come in a pack of assorted colors and can be found in the office supply section of most stores. I really like using them on my cards because they're cheaper than colored vellum and are more translucent.  You can write on them with a fine-line permanent marker, which I used to trace the balloons on the digi. The plastic is easy to cut with a nice, sharp pair of scissors.) The sentiment is part of the Whimsy Sloth digi set.
·    Digi- Whimsy Stamps (Penguin Flies)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Front Sentiment “Hope You’re Hanging In There” from Whimsy Digital stamp set (Sloth)
·    Assorted cardstock, cloud stationary and scraps of plastic document folders in assorted colors from my stash
Entered into:  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #442-443 Anything Goes                   
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #510 
Besties Challenge- June Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Studios Blog- Challenge #28 Anything Goes

With Father’s Day coming soon, I decided to use this wonderful Whimsy digi named "Sheltering Love" to make this card for the Whimsy Challenge TicTacToe game. My card follows the middle row (Embossing- gold snowflakes, blue papers, and Father’s Day theme.) The wonderful “Father” sentiment on the front of the card is from my dear mom’s treasure box. She collected small antique items like buttons, ribbon, lace and old greeting cards. When we used to stamp together, she loved coloring bears, bunnies and other furry critters, so I know that she would have loved seeing one of her antique card sentiments on this card. I wanted to enter the card into the Snippets Challenge, so I pulled out my blue and brown folders of paper scraps and cut strips of select ones to weave into a background. Some of the leftover strips and the section of the weave that had been trimmed from the front were used to decorate the inside of the card.
·    Digi- Whimsy Stamps (Sheltering Love)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Inside  sentiment- Tiddly Inks (Fathers Love)
·    Assorted cardstock, patterned paper, and an antique sentiment from my stash
Entered into:  
Pixie's Snippets-Week #379                                                                              
Simon Says Monday Challenge- It’s A Man Thing                                 
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Masculine
Bugaboo Stamps- The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Double D’s Challenge- Use Your Scraps                                    
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #638 Masculine

When I saw this Whimsy Virtual Weekend freebie with a farm theme, I dug through my file of old calendar pages and found the perfect one, a scene from Wisconsin’s dairyland! I colored and fussy cut the digi then attached it to the farm scene background atop a sheet of vellum. I used the barn from the digi on the inside of the card, along with a free Father’s Day digi. (I did replace the bees wings on the digi with vellum for a little fun.) I also added a little fun and texture to the card front with mini-flower sequins and tiny bees (which I’d cropped from the free sentiment, reduced in size, colored and fussy-cut. Tedious… but they do add a nice bzzzzy feeling to the card!) And the fact that I added several of them allows me to enter the card into the Day of the Month Challenge- “Repeat Day.”
·    Digi- Whimsy Stamps (Polka Dot Pals Jayden Farm Break)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Front  sentiment- Desert Diva (Hello)
·    Inside  sentiment- Mudmaven Freebie (Happy Father’s Day)
·    Mini Flower Sequins- Simon Says Stamp (Sequins Tiny Flowers Vanilla01)
Entered into:  
Day of the Month Challenge- Repeat Day
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #121
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #6-2020

My final card for the Virtual weekend is an entry into the sketch/color swatch challenge. I flipped the sketch on its side so that the cute Whimsey image named “Penguin Skier” could have some room to navigate! Three snowflakes decorate the corner, a center strip of the sketch is a snow scene upcycled from an old calendar and the sentiment if a freebie from Papercrafts magazine several years ago. I used several colors on the color palette, especially blue, fuchsia, and a bit of golden yellow.  I’m entering this card into several challenges including the NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff!) since this is the first time I’ve used the snowflake die. However, it was pre-loved by a stamper friend who served with me on a Design Team until she recently had to move into a memory care unit. Her grandson and his wife set up a website named “The Crafters Estate” [subtitled- a crafters dream estate sale]  to liquidate her large collection of well over 1000 stamps and dies… at 70-90% off! I purchased several items last month and they are the sweetest couple. (They own a photography business in Nebraska so are friendly, gracious and also, apparently, very tech savy. If you visit the impressive site you’ll see this!)  I just checked back and there appear to be just a few hundred items remaining, so you might want to check out  The Crafters Estate soon to add some gems to your collection AND to help the family of a fellow stamper! If you visit, go down to the “all products” link and look for the red “SALE” logo to find the items that are still available. I’m betting there are several that will want to come and live at your house!)
·    Digi- Whimsy Stamps (Penguin Skier)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Front Sentiment- Freebie from Papercrafts magazine (You’re pretty much...)
·    Assorted background papers, upcycled calendar page, clear glitter, and pink rhinestones  from my stash
·    Snowflakes- Cheery Lynn Designs Die (C146 Snowflakes)
Entered into:  
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- All Boxed Up!
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 24 Anything Goes                                  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- June                                
NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff!)- Challenge# 15 


  1. Wow, there are some wonderful creations here! Thanks for sharing your cute penguin card at Crafty Catz this week.

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

  3. Great collection of cards Kathy! Fabulous Coloring! Thank you for sharing your collection with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. HAPPY CRAFTING!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  4. All are fabulous and fun cards!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT

  5. Awesome cards and great use of scraps Kathy! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Use your Scraps’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  6. Kathy - awesome card and great idea for muting the background so your focal stand out! Your coloring is superb! Thanks for joining us at Jan's Digistamps Challenges! Hope you are a winner!

  7. oh so cute projects!!! thank you for sharing at Besties International Challenge blog =)

  8. Beautiful! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at 2CCC with this lovely creation. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Designer for 2CCC {My Blog}

  9. Honestly, Kathy, you have to separate these brilliant makes into more posts! It's just too much awesomeness to take in all at once! Each one is so well done and perfect for the briefs! I've enjoyed every make down to the darling Christmas one you entered in NBUS and that one is colored beautifully in jewel tones! Thank you for sharing the link to the sale and thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Take care! Hugs, Darnell

  10. An abundance of cuteness here Kathy! What a wonderful card using your scraps. I'm so glad you linked up to the Double D "Use Your Scraps" challenge. Best of luck to you!

  11. Gosh! What a wonderful set of cards, I'm here about the sloth though and I think he is such fun a beautiful card, love the sky and the sentiment. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies this week. Good Luck and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
    Faith A DT

    Faith A My blog

  12. These are all great cards. The virtual retreat was fun. Thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday. Hugz Andrea.x

  13. So cute!!! A lovely girly card. Thank you for sharing with us at DotMCC. Gundi

  14. Great creations.
    Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug.
    xxx Margreet DT

  15. Fantastic penguin, Kathy, and your balloons are so perfectly transparent! Let me put on my DT hat and say a huge thanks to you for playing in our challenge at Digi Doodle Studios. Good luck in the draw. Also, great Father's Day card with the girl and the vellum. I'll have to change DT hats to thank you for playing at Jan's Digi Stamps with that one. :-D
    NanaConnie DT

  16. Oh goodness -- if I had to pick a favorite Kathy, I would be at a loss! They are ALL darling and well designed! I love your creative energy!

  17. Very beautiful cards!
    Thank you for joining our challenge over at Digi Doodle Studios!
    Hope to see you again!
    DT Fikreta😺

  18. Lovely Penguin Image - Thank you for Joining us at DDS Challenge - Good luck

  19. Beautiful cards! Thank you so much for joining the DDS Anything Goes June Challenge! -DT Meghan


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