Saturday, July 11, 2020


I wanted to make one more card to enter in the current Double D Challenge named Stitches. So I dug through my stamps and digis and found this wonderful digi from Beccy’s Place. I’ve been on a run of making slimline cards since finding an old box of size 10 (business) envelopes in my garage so printed the digi off to fit the full length of a long envelope. Ribbon and lace from my sewing stash and a few items from my scrapbook stash helped pull the card together. If you look closely, you'll see that I drew stitches along the edges of the white and cream-colored paper. (They aren't very straight, but then my stitching isn't the best when I sew either. Home economics class was a challenge for me... and my first, and only, attempt at cross-stitching was... um... humorous! It was a depiction of Mount Rushmore and I miscounted a few stitches that I didn't notice until I was finished. To this day, George Washington looks like he has a broken nose. I don't remember reading about that in any of the history books!) 
I didn’t add a sentiment to the inside as this card will be sent to my SIL. She’s a seamstress so will enjoy the theme. And since I haven’t talked with her for a while, I want lots of space to write a note. (I cannot wait until life returns to normal so that we can head back home to South Dakota to visit family. Phone, face-timing and Zooming is no longer enough!)
·   Digi- Beccy’s Place Digital Set (Dress Form with Flowers (retired)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment and sewing rulers- family label from my scrapbook stash
·   Assorted background paper, foam tape squares, lace and ribbon from my stash
Entered into:  
Double D’s Challenge- Stitches 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #446-447 Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- July Challenge #7-2020

Last month I won three digis in Ching-Chou Kuik’s Blog Challenge, and I decided to use one for the new challenge that requires the use of dies and/or punches. I love the digi’s bold black & white image that I sized to fill most of the card front. (Being able to change sizes of digis is one of the many reasons that I really like using them!) You can’t see it very well in the pics, but I added a little shading to the image with a grey marker, a few highlights with a white gel pen, and also used a Stardust glitter pen on the turtle doves and inside sentiment. Sparkly hearts, made with red glitter paper and two of my oldest punches add a few pops of color to the card. (I’ve used one of them so many times that I’ve worn the silver label from the top and had to draw it back on with a permanent marker to help with identification!)
I added a WM picture of the inside sentiment so you can see that it includes a trio of little hearts. I found it hard to punch, or even fussy-cut, hearts that small from glitter paper, so I opted to cover them with one large sparkly red heart. I'm entering this into several challenges including Incy Wincy Designs Curvy/Curves (the hearts and many of the doodles and designs inside of the digi image are very curvy!)
·   Digi- Ching-Chou Kuik’s’ Digital Stamps (Love Garden)
·   Shading added with Spectrum Noir grey alcohol markers
·   Highlights and sparkle added with Sakura Gelly Roll white Stardust Glitter gel pens
·   Inside  sentiment- Eureka Digital Stamp (Happy Valentine’s Day)
·   Assorted papers and heart punches from my stash
Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Curvy/Curves
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 28 Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Ching-Chou Kuik's FB Challenge- [FB] Die-cuts or Punches or Both

A few weeks ago I tried to make a Zig-Zag card and it didn’t work out very well. I salvaged one of the sections that I’d cut from black patterned paper… and it provided a nice backdrop for the Christmas colors on this card. Yay! This sweet image, and the two sentiments- were all provided at no charge for participants in the Outlawz July Progressive Challenge. You can’t see it in the photo, but I added a little Stickles to the spice drops to make it look like they are sprinkled with sugar. So fun! 
I'm entering this scared into several challenges including  the current Power Poppy Creative Confetti that requires a slimline card. (Since this fits into a business envelope, I think it will qualify.    

·   Digi and both sentiments- Twinkle Lane Design Digital Set (Gingerbread Treat)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white and silver gel pens
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
·   Stickles- Star Dust (adding a touch of realism to the spice drops)
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Progressive Freebie- Gingerbread Treat from Twinkle Lane Designs  
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Change It Up  
The Paper Shelter- #435 Holiday Time
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #642 Not Square
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #514 (Optional twist- Christmas)


  1. Love the stitched card your SIL will love it, I always love getting handmade things
    Mrs H's Crafty Corner

  2. Thank Kathy! Yes, it's challenge 382. I spotted it right away when I looked at the blog, then found you'd also seen that. X

  3. Great cards Kathy!

  4. All are fabulous cards and the dress form card for your sister is perfect for out 'stitches' challenge! Thank you for joining us at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  5. Fantastic card, Kathy! I love the dress form and tape measure embellishment. All of your cards are beautiful. Thanks for joining the Double D, "Stitching" Challenge.

  6. Each card is fantastic, I do favor the Christmas card, beautiful, hugs, Lori m

  7. YAY! Another awesome stitched card and I'm lovin' all the 'slimline' cards I've been seeing in blogland! Great job! 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!

  8. Super cards Kathy. Thanks for playing in the Outlawz Progressive Freebie challenge!

  9. Wonderful doodled stitching and sew themed card with those lovely curves - love it. So glad you shared with us at Incy Wincy 'Curves' challenge, CarolG

  10. Three lovely cards. I like your Valentines card and you certainly nailed the curves! Thank you for joining in the Curves Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs.

  11. Your cards are all so amazing Kathy and so well designed. Thankyou for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

  12. Fabulous image for our Holiday theme, love your colour choice. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  13. Yes, I absolutely fits my slimline challenge at Creative Confetti. I love this interesting cut of the card. Something that I will remember for my future creations. Thanks for joining in the fun.

  14. What creativity! Love the unique cut of your card and your image and all of the design behind it ties together! Poor cookie dude is missing a piece of his head though. LOL! He's a cutie as is your entire card!

  15. These are all fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at Polkadoodles! Good luck,

  16. Fabulous again!
    Thank you for sharing with us at the Paper Shelter
    Iza DT

  17. I think your sister-in-law will love the card you created for her Kathy, it's fabulous! I like the different papers you used in the background as well as the measuring tapes and the blackboard-style sentiment. It reminds me of an old haberdashery that used to be in my town when I was growing up.
    I love the addition of the sparkly red hearts on your second card, the pop of colour and shine is awesome! I'm impressed that your punch still works after so many used Kathy, mine tend to jam up after a few years, never to punch again.
    I shouldn't poke fun, but you have a little typo in your last paragraph that made me smile. For a second I was wondering why you were nervous about such a fabulous card! Heh heh. It's so cute Kathy and you did an awesome job with the colouring. I love the addition of the dimensional paint on the icing around the gingerbread man.

    1. Thanks, Beccy. And when I went looking for my type, it made me smile, too, because it reminds me that spellcheck likes to occasionally have fun! I decided to leave it and provide a smile for other visitors!

  18. Beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps. We hope to see you again.
    ~ DT Sherry xx


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