Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Welcome July!

It’s the 1st of the month so time for another challenge at QKR Stampede. Stop by the challenge, which is always “Anything Goes” and several prizes are awarded. Maybe you’ll be inspired to enter a card or two yourself? My new DT card features two Eureka digital stamps named Cowboy Balloon Holder and Horse Balloon held together by a strand of raffia. I colored and fussy-cut the images, then adhered them onto a white slimline card base (that fits into an A10/business envelope.) The front sentiment is computer-generated, and the inside sentiment, a QKR digital sentiment named Kick Up, is a perfect fit for the card's theme. The final touch was to add a scrap of red bandana fabric from my beloved Mom’s scrap stash behind the sentiments.  (Mom was a card maker AND a quilter. So… she had even more “schtuff” than I do. I sure miss crafting with her.)
·   Cowboy Image- Eureka Stamps- (Cowboy Balloon Holder Digital Stamp)
·   Horse Image- Eureka Stamps- (Horse Balloon Digital Stamp)
·   Front Sentiment- Computer Generated
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen and silver gel pen
·   Assorted background papers, scraps of twice and bandana fabric from my stash
Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Man’s Best Friend/Fur Babies/Pets
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #512 (Optional twist- Anything Goes) 
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays         
I love this wonderful digi from Sheepski Designed named “Christmas Eve with Santa” so much that I made TWO cards with it!
The first, my DT card for Sheepski Designs is used as the title intends, as a Christmas card. This month's theme is Christmas in July. Stop on by the challenge blog. I'm sure you'll find lots of inspiration and might even win a few digi's if you enter a creation of your own!  
For my card, I first cut a rectangle of the stary sky paper slightly smaller than the front of an A2 sized card to create a base for the scene. I then colored and fussy-cut the Sheepski digi and laid it atop the scene, lightly sketching around the moon. Removing the colored image, I used a makeup sponge to very lightly dab white pigment ink onto the background, creating a “moonglow” effect.  I added a few “craters” to the moon by pressing a few fingers into a light grey dye ink pad and gently pressing grey fingerprints against the moon until I created a crater shape. I repeated this process, making craters of different sizes, until I thought I had enough. (When finished, a few of the craters were too dark so I dabbed a bit of white pigment ink onto them with my fingers- and pinky- avoiding Santa and his team.) Before attaching the image to the front of the card, I made a "snowbank" upon which they could sit, tearing and gluing paper strips to the bottom of the scenic base, to create their snowy perch. After attaching the image, I attached the scene to the card front, adding black photo corners and a little red rhinestone on Rudolph’s nosetip. The inside sentiment is a freebie I found from a site that is new to me named Gingershouse. It is packed with free sentiments. Most are either funny, snarky, or touching!  
·   Digi- Sheepski Designs (Christmas Eve with Santa)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sparkly star Stickers- Hobby Lobby
·   Night sky background paper- Hobby Lobby
·   Stampin’ Up- Gray ink pad and White Pigment ink craft pad
·   Inside sentiment- Gingershouse Freebie (May you never be too old…)
Entered into:  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Songs and Rhymes- Christmas in July
Bugaboo Stamps- June Color Challenge  
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #496 Anything Goes

And here is the second card. A recent challenge at Outlawz featured the saying on the inside of this card. I decided that it would be a good fit with this sweet image. This time I used a pre-made die-cut window card from my stash and created the window casing and wallpaper with a grey marker and grey fine line pen. I colored and fussy-cut the image, this time trimming the moon from the digi. I  made an “ottoman” from a paper scrap for the two cuties to sit upon. A single silver star decorates the front of the card, and a sprinkling of them light up the inside sentiment, which is computer generated. I’ll be sending this card to my sister, who lived two states away… and has health issues. So I haven’t been able to see her for what seems like EVER. We connect through social media… but that’s not the same as in person. I know that she’ll like this card, especially because the spotted pup resembles a Brittany Spaniel that blessed our lives for nearly 15 years. (We miss him, too!)
·   Digi- Sheepski Designs (Christmas Eve with Santa)
·   Window diecut cards- The Paper Cut store (this design is no longer available)
·   Inside Sentiments- Computer Generated
·   Sunset scene on the front of the card is upcycled from an old calendar
·   Night sky background paper (inside)- Hobby Lobby
·   Sparkly star Stickers- Hobby Lobby
·   Background paper from my stash
Entered into:  
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #123
SheepSki Designs FB- #43 Anything Goes (Twist- For Someone Special
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- June                      
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #81  

I found these wonderful Zebra Swallowtail butterflies on my favorite vintage freebie site, and planned to use them for the last Butterfly Challenge that focused on the letter Z. However, I didn't get it posted in time so... am entering it into the current Butterfly Challenge's "A is Accordion Fold."  I attempted to make a ZigZag card with instructions from Pinterest… but it was a major failure. So… I ended up with a made a half a ZigZag card. Maybe I’ll dub it a “Zag Card”?! My card includes two of the color options (apricot and apple blossom/light pink) plus two patterned papers (floral and textured sage) plus a nice flutter of butterflies in assorted sized.
·   Digi- Graphics Fairy Freebie (Butterfly)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (grey and red), and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment- “Hello Friend” from Beccy’s Place Digital Set  (True Beauty)
·   Other Sentiments- Computer Generated
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into:  
Butterfly Challenge#144 A is for Accordion Fold   
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #171 Things that Fly
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #446-447 Anything Goes                    


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

  2. Sweet darling card. I love the fun image and just can imagine the smile on their faces. So sweet. Thanks for sharing over at Catch the bug

  3. These cards are all just gorgeous, so glad you shared with us at CraftyCatz this week.x

  4. Awwww what wonderful cards Kathy!
    Andrea x

  5. Hey Kathy, it is me again. Love the cool fold and those awesome butterflies in your last card. Thanks again for linking up to our latest challenge over at Pattie's Creations.

    Your other two cards are great as well and I appreciate you adding one to The Path of Positivity. Oh and you're going to love Ginger's Place, she has so many incredible sentiments! Have fun going through the backlog.

    ☺Lisa D.
    DT Member for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles--My Personal Blog!

  6. Great & fun card :) Thank you for sharing at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge.
    Merja DT

  7. Such a beautiful Butterfly card! Your craftsmanship is amazing, I hope this goes in a frame! Thank you for entering in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge. Ginny M, DT

  8. Your zig zag fold might not have gone quite as you had envised but it is still a perfect zig zag..I love that pretty paper that you have used and the beautiful swallow tail butterfly. Your fussy cutting is so good. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me. Hugs Mrs A.

  9. Lovely cards. Thank you for joining in the Success Challenge at Path of Positivity.


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