Monday, August 10, 2020

A Trio of Cards

A short time ago I found a website with fun, and free, sentiments. Several made me laugh out loud. I wanted to create a few cards using this one about not having a beach body… so looked through my digis for an image that would work with the sentiment. I found TWO from Bugaboo. This first one features two images with Gus. The inside one is actually cut from a digi that features both Gus and Stella. I used an upcycled calendar page on my card… which is one of my favorite techniques. I left the inside panel of the card blank for adding a note. (BTW- I didn't forget to color Gus's nose on the beach photo. He slathered his nose with white zinc oxide before heading out into the sun. He really is a smart ol' geezer!) 
I am entering this card into several challenged including Outlaws Color Challenge (my card includes all of the colors red from the top of the color wheel, plus blue and green from the bottom half.)
·   Front Digi- Bugaboo (Gus Tidbits Consciousness)
·   Front Sentiment- Gingershouse Freebie  (Attention summer beach body)
·   Inside Digi- Bugaboo (Stella and Gus Socks and Sandals)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Inside Sentiment- Computer Generated
·   Assorted cardstock and upcycled calendar page from my stash
Entered into:  
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #125
Bugaboo Stamps- End of Summer
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge- Color Wheel 
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 32 Anything Goes                         
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #139 Anything Goes
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #173 Beach/Under the Sea
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- August                   

Earlier this year I won a challenge sponsored by a company that was new to me, named Doortjes Design Digi's Shop. I fell in love with the artist’s wonderful, and very realistic, animal drawings. This one named, appropriately Squirrel (or Eekhoorn in Dutch!), was fun to color. I created a card to fit into the current challenge at wecraftcards, which has a TicTacToe theme called “Knock Three Times.” I used the colors in the final column- orange, dark red and brown, in my card. An upcycled calendar page provided a few of these colors plus offered an excellent background for this sweet tree dweller. The sentiments are both from an assortment provided via a newsletter I used to receive a few years ago.
·   Digi- Doorje Digis (Squirrel)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sentiments- RG Ave Fall Greetings, Newsletter Freebie (no longer available)
·   Assorted cardstock, upcycled calendar page and a scrap of vellum from my stash
Entered into:  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #450-451 Anything Goes                    
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #646 Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Fall Colors         
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- August 2020 #41                        
        Since I’m a DT for this months sponsor, Sheepski Designs, I’m entering  just for fun!

I created my final card this posting for the August Progressive Challenge at Outlawz. I wanted to do something special with the free digi from The Paper Shelter so decided to feature it on the front of a mug shaped card. (I used a template from my files, originally found HERE. The size of the mug-including handle on the template is about 4 inches square. I extended the length to 5 inches, which allows more space to decorate, while still fitting it into an A2 envelope.)   
·   Mug Template- Freebie from Scrapbook&Cards magazine found HERE
·   Digi- The Paper Shelter (It’s Tea Time)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment on tag- Cuddly Buddly Crafts (Sweet Kitchen Sentiments)
·   Inside Sentiment- A freebie from (Happy Birthday-grunge)
·   Assorted background papers, scrap of ribbon and mug template from my stash
Entered into:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Happy Birthday                         
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Birthday
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                
Jan’s Digi Stamps- August Anything Goes
Let’s Craft and Create- Ch #162-Anything Goes + (Option) Lots Of Layers
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- Aug Challenge #8-2020
Outlawz Challenges- Progressive Freebie- TPS Tea Time            


  1. Hi Kathy your cards are gorgeous. I love them all. You are always so creative. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Gorgeous. I love the beach body sentiment
    Claire Mrs H's Crafty Corner

  3. Hey Kathy! Great shaped card; love the design! Did you know the challenge theme at Cut It Up is shaped cards? We'd love it if you shared there! ;)

  4. Oh my have been a busy girl. Great cards! Thank you for joining us this week at Polkadoodles.

  5. Fabulous cards, Kathy! I love how you use old calendar pages for your backgrounds, you must have a few years worth!
    The Gus card made me chuckle and the mug shaped card is great! Thanks for joining us over at The Outlawz for our colour and progressive freebie challenges! Can't wait to see what next month's image brings!
    DT for The Outlawz

  6. All your creations are wonderful! Love the squirrel card and so glad you're playing along at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies with us.

  7. Very cute set of cards! Gus cracks me up! 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. Brilliant card featuring Gus! Fabulous inside and out! Love the sentiment too.
    The rest of the cards shared in this post are lovely too.
    Thank you for playing along at Catch the Bug this week

  9. This looks beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. Hope to see you again next time.
    DT Ine

  10. Such fun card! Love the sentiment to the top card! Thank you for joining us at LPCF - Good luck

  11. You are so talented!. Thank you for play with us at Polkadoodles Craft of a challenge blog. Good luck with your entry.

  12. Great card (s)- love your pretty coloring and fabulous cards! Thanks for joining us at Jan's Digital images challenge for August!

  13. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing with us at Let’s Craft and Create Challenge, hope to see you again :)

  14. Looks like you are ready for the Tea Party! Than you for sharing your wonderland creation with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Join us each month for a NEW challenge where anything goes.
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp shop)


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