Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Summer Fun

I love this sweet image from a Jan’s Digi’s set named, appropriately, A Boy and His Dog. It makes me think of my dear nephews who were all three mutt magnets. They always had a dog or two hanging close by! For this card, I used a simple spotlight technique with a heart-shaped scrapbook template to showcase the little guy and his best buddy.  The paw print on the inside is also from the digi set and the sentiments are both freebies (which are, sadly, no longer available.)
·   Digi image and paw print- Jans Digis  (A Boy And His Dog)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment is a freebie from Imagine That! Jenn and Friends digi set (retired)
·   Spotlight technique-can be found HERE
·   Heart Template from my scrapbook stash
·   Inside sentiment- “Mate Comrade Buddy” a freebie from TLC Creations Freebie (no longer available)
·   Assorted background papers and black photo corners from my stash
Entered into: 
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs- Man’s Best Friend/Fur Babies/Pets
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Shape Up!
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Summer Fun                                        
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #639 Summer!
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday- Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Di’s Digi Stamps- Summer Fun                                                        

One of this month's challenges at SketchNScrap featured a flamingo and a tag. When I saw it I remembered that I had picked up a few packets of clear acetate tags at an end-of-summer sale at JoAnne’s last year. It was fun to put this cute bird to work! Paired with a geometric patterned paper that looks like pineapple, a sweet little scrapbook tag that says "Just add H20", and a few tropical flowers fussy-cut from patterned paper that I’ve had in my stash nearly two decades (yep… I do have paper!) the card is a gem. The clear tag looks great adhered to a scrap of cloud stationery, adding a touch of realism to the card. I also love the sentiment on the inside of the card. And… it’s a freebie! I'm entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz- Festive Fridays (because I think that tropical flowers add a festive touch to just about anything!)                                                
·   Assorted patterned papers, piece of string and Flamingo tag from my stash
·   Flowers fussy-cut from patterned paper
·   Front sentiment- small tag from my scrapbook stash
·   Inside  sentiment- A freebie from Scrapbook and Cards Magazine (You’re pretty much my most favorite)
Entered into:  
Sketch N Scrap-Card Sketch #171
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- With Flowers of Unusual tones
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #444-445 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- A Splash of Pink               
Cute As A Button- #57 Anything Goes + (Option) Tag! You're It
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Challenge #6-2020

My final card for this post was fun to create. I adore this new digi from All Dressed Up named, appropriately “Relax.” I found this retro flowered paper in my stash and the sentiment from Beccy’s Place that both seem like the perfect fit for this image. I’m entering this card into several challenges including the current Path Of Positivity Challenge labeled “Success.” (I really enjoy this challenge because it encourages us to focus on the positive things in life. This month the theme, Success, makes me think of a staff member at the agency where I work. Her name is Sheli and she inspires me more than she knows! So… I made this card for her. Sheli’s life is a picture of success… but more importantly, she embodies HOPE to all who know her. Sheli is a substance abuse counselor who kicked a Methamphetamine addiction 15 years ago, which in itself is such a feat as Meth is a very tough addiction to beat.) She is never prideful about this, instead, she encourages other addicts that they can do the same. She has also lost 45 pounds over the last year plus successfully lives to keep her life “in balance.” During these last three months of social isolation, when stress and anxiety crowded in, Sheli is one of the people that reminded me of the importance for self-care (which is not easy for me!) So, I’ll be sending her this card… with a thank you message. (And I added a beautiful bluish tint to the hair color because this month that is the color that Sheli is sporting. She looks great in it… but over the last few years she has also rocked teal and fuchsia!)  
·   Digi- All Dressed Up (Relax)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Inside Sentiment “It’s the simple things…”- Beccy’s Place (A Drover’s Life)
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into:  
All Dressed Up- Anything Goes- #106 Anything Goes (June)    
All Dressed Up FB Challenge- Use Layers                                      
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #134 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #511  
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #25 Anything Goes                      
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- June                      
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #81 (Optional Twist- SUCCESS)


  1. Fun card, I like that you just coloured part of the image - great effect. CarolG

  2. Great cards Jackie. Love the first one with the coloured part inside.

  3. Both of your cards are really cute but that flamingo card...love it! How cool that it is an acetate tag and the papers you used are perfect. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Sketch N Scrap!

  4. Hi Kathy your cards are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  5. Gorgeous 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

  6. Great cards and love the flamingo on the tag! Thanks so much for joining us at Sketch N Scrap! ~Deanna :)

  7. Such a wonderful quote with your image! Great colors and that background is so much fun with this zen digi! Thanks for sharing with us at Path of Positivity. ~Katrina

  8. Adorable cards! I love that paper that looks like a pineapple and so glad you were able to use that flamingo tag on your card, it's adorable! Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!

  9. Lovely cards! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!Hugs, JoyJoyfully StampsLil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator
    Joyfully Stamps

  10. Kathy, Thank you for showcasing "Boy and His Dog" on your Fabulous card and sharing it with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. I always enjoy seeing how my images are used. Thank you and Good Luck! HAPPY CRAFTING!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  11. Lovely and sweet card, love the image you chose and your colouring is admirable.… Also thanks for using an All Dressed Up image for our current challenge of ANYTHING GOES using an ALL DRESSED UP IMAGE. Good luck in the final draw.

    [aNNie Design Team Member for All Dressed Up Challenges] ❣️

  12. Your card and story are both a such beautiful message of hope. I bet that Sheli is going to love her card, so much! Thank you so much for joining the Polkadoodles Craft Challenge :)

  13. You've got a great bunch of cards here, Kathy! The image you used from Jan's digis is one of my favorites but then, as you know, I'm a dog lover through and through. I also love the All Dressed Up freebie. I sure wish I could sit and relax like that! Thanks so much for joining us at JDS Challenges. I hope to see you again. Julie, DT member

  14. Wonderful cards with great patterned paper. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge this month.

  15. Great card and paper Kathy! Glad you joined us over at All Dressed Up and hope you will be back soon!
    Carolyn DT

  16. Great job with the Sketch N Scrap card sketch, love that you used the flamingo on your tag! Thanks for joining us and playing along at Sketch N Scrap!

  17. Super cute card :) and I love what you did with the sketch :) Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap :)
    Tina - DT

  18. Beautiful cards. You've done a gorgeous job colouring this little gal and I especially like the way you've done her hair.
    Thank you for joining us at the All Dressed Up Challenge Blog, good luck in the draw and I hope you'll join us again soon.
    Marilyn S

  19. Beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at Cute As A Button. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  20. What lovely cards! Great spotlight technique on the first one!

    Thank you for playing along with us at Polkadoodles & good luck for this challenge!!

    HandmadeByTasha DT


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