Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Rainy Days

It's Wednesday! So time for another challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog where challenges are always Anything Goes and prizes are awarded from one or more sponsors.  Stop by the blog to check it out!
The sponsor this week is Lemon Shortbread and my DT card features the sweet image “Rainy Days Girl.’” I knew I wanted to create a reflection in the water so copied an extra image, cropped off all but the boots, and flipped them in reverse. After coloring the image and the extra set of boots, I fussy cut the extra boots and set them aside. Decorative chalks, a makeup sponge, and a cloud template cut from a paper scrap helped me create a cloudy sky behind the umbrella girl. When finished, I used an Exacto knife to trim around the bottom of her boots, then positioned and adhered the reversed boots to the bottom of the page. Next, I positioned a scrap of vellum over the reversed boots, sliding it up under the girl’s boots. I colored the vellum, adding ripples with several shades of blue markers and a white gel pen. The final touch of realism was to add highlights to all the beautiful raindrops falling from the sky and bouncing off her umbrella and on the water puddles with a white gel pen. So fun!
·   Digi- Lemon Shortbread (Rainy Days Girl)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sentiments “Let’s Celebrate Today” and “Just Thinking of You”- Buddly Crafts (Sentiments 1)
·   Butterfly- Bugaboo Digital Image (Frame it HAPPINESS)
·   Cloud template cut from scrap paper, decorative chalks and a makeup sponge
·   Assorted cardstock and scrap of vellum from my stash
Entered into:  
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Bright and Cheerful
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #446-447 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #513
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays

I wanted to create a card for the Power Poppy Challenge “Rock the Mojo” which required that I find a source of inspiration and let it “help my mojo to bubble up to the surface to create!” I looked through my photo files and found one that inspired me, it even features a Power Poppy digi set. I was thrilled when I just discovered that it was created by one of my favorite Power Poppy DT's, Julie Koerber! I also wanted to make a card for the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge- Red, White and a touch of green and knew that this sweet digi from Di’s Digi’s was the perfect fit! (After I was finished I decided I might have added more than a touch of green… but I do like the way it turned out!)
·   Inspiration Photo using a Power Poppy Digi set can be found HERE.
·   Digi- Di’s Digital Stamps (Candy Cane Bear)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Inside sentiment- Birdscards Freebie (Wishing You a Magical Christmas)
·   Snowflakes- Cheery Lynn Designs Die (C146 Snowflakes- available at several shops on the web)
·   Assorted background paper, doily and black enamel dots from my stash
Entered into:  
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Rock the Mojo
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge- Red, White and a touch of green
   Since I’m a DT for Sheepski, I’m entering this challenge just for fun!
Di’s Digi Stamps- Christmas in July
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #135 Christmas in July (Week 1)
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Christmas In July
Besties Challenge- July Anything Goes

My final card for this posting went together pretty quickly. I had found this free sentiment from Tlc Creations some time ago, and decided that it was time to put it to use. Decided that I wanted to paper piece a sock monkey. After a little research, plus memories of the sock monkey that my mom made for me about 6 decades ago, I came up with a sketch that served as my template. When looking for paper I could use, I was excited to discover that I had a grey paper that resembled the mottled texture of a real sock monkey! I wanted to be able to easily mail this card to my youngest sister (who also had a beloved sock monkey) I punched circles from black cardstock to make “buttons” for the eyes, using a mini-punch to add the holes. I then sewed these on with thin white string. His nose and eye stitches were added with a black marker, and red yarn finishes adds texture and realism to the fun toy.
·   Paper Pieced Sock Monkey- developed with scraps from my stash
·   Inside  sentiment- TlcCreations Freebie (Only My Sock Monkey)
·   White string and red yarn from my dear mom’s stash
·   Mini paper punch and Fine-line Sharpie black marker from my stash
Entered into:  
Double D’s Challenge- Stitches
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #641 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- July Challenge #7-2020


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

  2. Fantastic technique used for your Rainy Days card Kathy! Again!!! Beautiful card with wonderful happy colours. I love the sentiment, because for me, rain isn't about gloom. I LOVE rain - it's my favourite kind of day! Love your cloudy background.

  3. Wow!! Such a clever design, Kathy! Her boots reflection is perfect!

  4. all lovely cards and layouts, , thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz challenge and hope to see you again

  5. All are beautiful cards but that sock monkey and his sentiment made me smile! I never had one but I sure made a few way back when, I am sure your sister will cherish it! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D.
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  6. All of these creations are so fun! Loving the Christmas one, it's gorgeous!

    Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends for our Christmas in July! Good luck!


  7. Very cute cards! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  8. LOVE your adorable stitched card but was really intrigued by your first mirror reflection rainy day card ... BEAUTIFUL! Never tried anything like that ... thanks for inspiration! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Stitches’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  9. Hey Kathy! While I love all of your cards and am honored that you were inspired by one of my creations, I laughed out loud at the sock monkey card. OH MY GOSH, how cute is that? And that sentiment? Perfect! I might have to CASE that one! I am still giggling. Love the digi bear you colored up for your CASE of my card - he's too stinking cute as well! This post features keepers all the way around!

    1. Julie, I thought that might be one of your cards... but couldn't see the WM. So happy to learn that it your creativity was my inspiration. But it's not surprising. Your cards are always amazing!

  10. Great cards! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge. Good luck!

  11. Gorgeous cards, wow!
    Thank you for sharing at my Besties International Challenge
    Good luck with your entry!
    Iza DT


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