Monday, September 28, 2020

Holiday Fun

I love fall colors, so creating this card made me happy, happy, happy! Printed the Power Poppy digi on Kraft cardstock and colored the blooms and leaves with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and a white colored pencil. The leaf on the inside is a real one that I plucked from a tree in our yard last fall. It’s been tucked away in an old phone book (remember them?!) until I pulled it out for this card. I carefully stuck it atop a strip of packing tape, gently pressing it into the tape, then used a pair of sharp scissors to trim the excess tape from the leaf. (This helped to keep the brittle points of the leaf veins from breaking off.) I am entering the card into the Power Poppy BINGO card (diagonal from the upper left: Use a Background Stamp-I printed the digi large enough to cover a large portion of the card’s background, Use the color blue, and Use Twine).  


·   Digi and Inside Sentiment- Power Poppy’s digi set (Autumns Opulence)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Aquarelle white colored pencil

·   Front Sentiment- “Thanks” Die-cute upcycled from a greeting card

·   Kraft and blue cardstock, patterned papers, and twine from my stash

·   Pressed and dried maple leaf- from our yard, Fall 2019

·   EK Success EKCB01 Cutter Bee Precision Scissors 

·   Black photo corners from Amazon (WXJ13 13 Sheets 13 Colors Photo Mounting Corners)

Entered into:  

Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- TicTacToe                                    
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #458-459 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #520 (Optional twist- Colors of Autumn)
Spectrum Noir Community Group (FB)- Sept- Autumn/Fall  

This month’s challenges at wecraftcards Forum are based on movie themes. I made it for the challenge at wecraftcards Forum named “The Incredibles.” The requirements noted, “The Incredibles are a normal looking family with hidden superpowers. So your challenge is to create a card that appears "normal" on the outside but has a surprise of some sort inside (i.e. explosion card, box card, twist card, pop up card, etc.)” I decided to make an explosion card, using a colorful Christmas paper placemat as the insert. (I often use wrapping paper of paper placements for explosion cards, because they are easier to fold than cardstock, and allow for nice sharp creases. If you’ve never made an explosion card, they are really easy and provide a nice “wow” factor for the recipient. The link in my supply list is one of the best-written tutorials I’ve seen. Give it a try!)  The card also features images from a yummy Power Poppy’s digi set! You can’t really see it in the photos, but the white “frosting” created with Liquid Pearls provides a bit of realistic texture and sheen. I’m entering this card into several challenges including Power Poppy’s Color Your Image which requires “ Any PP image on colored cardstock”  (I used the Gingerbread Family digi on kraft brown cardstock), The Paper Shelters Blast From the Past and Path or Positivity Challenge Family Ties (My mom was the head cook at our school and really liked to bake. So… the holidays meant pies for Thanksgiving and many dozens of cookies for Christmas. Cookie baking remains a favorite tradition, especially when shared with friends and neighbors), and Christmas Crafts All Year Round Use at Least 2 Things starting with S (Santa hat, Sweet Treats and Sentiments).

·   Digi Images- Power Poppy digi set (Gingerbread Family)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Explosion Card Insert- Instructions found HERE

·   Sentiments- Computer Generated

·   Kraft, white and green cardstock

·   Liquid Pearls- White Opal

·   Christmas gingerbread says border and paper placemat from my stash

Entered into:  

Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Color Your Image                       
Incy Wincy Designs- Let’s Celebrate
The Paper Shelter- #442 Blast From the Past
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #653 Folds
Christmas Crafts All Year Round- Use at Least 2 Things starting with S
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #83 (Optional Twist- Family Ties)

This card features a spooky black cat silhouette that I stumbled upon when web surfing. It’s from an assortment of Halloween window silhouettes created by set designer Dave Lowe who gives permission to use this, and many other great silhouettes, for free. (see details below) I printed the cat in greyscale onto copy paper, then adhered it to a scrap of black paper, and carefully cut it out with my Cutter Bee Scissors. The fence was made from woodgrain patterned paper, and the wonderful starry background paper is part of a bundle of freebies from Polkadoodles (grab it now as it was first posted on the 4th of July and I don’t know how long it will be free!) It is hard to see in the photo, but the cat's slanted eyes are cut from the black paper, allowing the yellow moon to shine through. I colored them green and added small black pupils and a dot of a white gel pen to add highlights and bring the feline's eyes to life! 


·   Black Cat Silhouette- See Dave Lowes free assortment HERE

·   EK Success EKCB01 Cutter Bee Precision Scissors 

·   Starry Background- Polkadoodles- Free digital download bundle (USA 4th July Celebration)

·   Front Sentiment-TlcCreations Freebie (You are Spooktacular)

·   Inside Sentiment- Birdscards Freebie (Happy Halloween)

·   Assorted cardstock and woodgrain patterned paper from my stash

Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Animal Antics
Double D’s Challenge- Don’t FENCE Me In                                   
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #39 Anything Goes        


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

  2. Hi there Kathy, thank you for entering your spooktacular card in Polkadoodles Anything Goes Week #39 challenge! You did an awesome job on the card, love the fence and the stary background but I especially like how you did the eyes on the cat, very cool.
    Sybil DT My blog link:

  3. Love the explosion card. Thank you for sharing your creation with us @ Incy Wincy Designs Funny / Celebration Challenge. Good luck!

  4. Hi Kathy,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    Your cards are very wonderful and fab designs.
    Your Rudolf one is so sweet and has such a cute Gingerbread man.
    What an amazing inside to the card also.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  5. Fabulously created cards and love that spooky cat! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  6. OH WOW ... that cat on the fence doesn't look happy at all! LOL Awesome creations Kathy! Well done! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Don’t Fence Me In’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  7. Such a fun holiday card with a fantastic fold design! Thank you so much for sharing with the Rudolph Days Challenge.
    Linda, DT

  8. Three great cards, Kathy, and your Christmas card is perfect for the CCAYR challenge! Thanks for sharing with us! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  9. Your Rudolph Days entry is fabulous! I have not seen this fancy fold before. IT is amazing. The detail on your card is so lovely.

    Thanks for taking part in the September Rudolph Days Challenge.

  10. Fabulous cards, Kathy. That is one crazy looking cat! Perfect for fence sitting and Halloween. Thanks for joining the Double D, "Don't Fence Me In" Challenge.

  11. Wonderful colouring. I love the layers you created too. Thank you for sharing your talent with us at CRAFTY CATZ. Best of luck! Nick

  12. wow,'ve been one busy little crafter. FABULOUS projects, as always. I'm so super grateful that you take the time to stop by and share your art with us. I can't really even tell you how much it means to me, but please know that I'm truly SO very grateful that you're willing to link up and play along. I wish you the best of luck in the random draw. Hope you're having an awesome week.
    Word Art Wednesday

  13. Kathy, your explosion card is fabulous! Thank you for providing the link - I'm going to try this at some point! Thank you so much for joining the Path of Positivity challenge with you project. We hope you will visit us again soon.
    Carole DT x


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