Thursday, October 1, 2020

It’s October!

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?

In August I made a beautiful Monarch butterfly bookmark… and liked it so much that I made a different version, this time using digi named “Butterfly Pattern.” I printed the digi onto white cardstock and colored it with alcohol markers and a white gel pen. Before fussy-cutting the image, I carefully attached squares of a clear Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheet to both the front and back, carefully pressing out any bubbles. When finished, I colored and fussy-cut the butterfly. I also scored and folded his body, then fussy-cut it, making sure not to accidentally cut off an antenna. I cut a strip of white cardstock slightly smaller than the width of the butterfly, and securely attached the flaps to each side of his folded wings, then adhered his body atop the wings with a hot glue gun. When finished, the sentiment was trimmed and added to the bookmark. I love the way the butterfly wings lay atop the pages of a closed book. So beautiful!
Note- My inspiration for this bookmark was a free template I received after joining Krista Leigh Smith’s Newsletter. Krista is the artist that created the classic Saturated Canary line of stamps. You can sign up for her newsletter and snag some of her amazing creations, too.)
·   Digi- Eureka Stamps (Butterfly Pattern) Also available in unmounted or cling mounted
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers  and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Bookmark Sentiment- Eureka Digi Stamp (Warm Today) Also available in unmounted or cling mounted
·   Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheet
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into:  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #458-459 Anything Goes
Since it’s the first of the month, I’m also sharing my DT card for the October Sheepski Designs Challenge. This month’s theme is “Autumn/Halloweens” and I had fun making a fun card using a digi named “Ball Gown” and spooky background scene that is a freebie! (details in the supplies list.)  When coloring beauty in the ball gown I used a white gel pen to create touches of moonlight on her hair and in the folds of her gown. To add a pop of color to the card front, I cut an oval from a scrap of a purple plastic document sheet* and adhered it to the card front, then used foam tape to attach the fleeing beauty. The final touch of magic was to use Glossy Accents to attach some pretty deep purple and aqua/teal sequins that I purchased in late July. They are luscious! 
*(These wonderful items come in a pack of assorted colors and can be found in the office supply section of most stores. I really like using them on my cards because they're cheaper than colored vellum and are more translucent.  You can write on them with a fine-line permanent marker and white gel pen. The plastic is also easy to fussy-cut with a nice, sharp pair of scissors.)
PS Stop by the Sheepski blog to learn more about the monthly challenges. Maybe you’ll be inspired to enter a card or two yourself and have a chance to win some wonderful digis created by artist Andrea Norris!
·    Digi- Sheepski (Ball Gown)

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

·    Background Scene- DDDoodles Freebie (Eerie Forest)

·    Inside Sentiment-TlcCreations Freebie (You are Spooktacular)

·    Assorted cardstock and background papers from my stash

·    A purple plastic file folder from my stash

·    Sequins from Simon Says Stamps (Darice PEARLESCENT Sequins 5mm Item # 30054285)

·    Glossy Accents

Entered into: 
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #654 Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #39 Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs- Funny or Let’s Celebrate

I wanted to make another card for the Simon Says Monday Challenge, “Add A Photo.” So I dug through my collection of old calendars and found a few seasonal photos that were a perfect fit with this scripture sentiment. I made an A10 slim-line card that would display a long stretch of the photos. Snowy patterned paper, a wooden embellie, a sticker and a leaf stamp help finish off the card. 
·   Front Sentiment- We Are 3 Harvest Sentiment set can be found HERE.
·   Inside Sentiment- Computer Generated
·   Snowflake background paper, sticker and upcycled calendar pages from my stash
·   Wood Mount Stamp- Embossing Arts (Leaf) Company is no longer in business
·   Assorted ink pads from my stash
·   Wooden leaf accessory- Hobby Lobby
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps- Photo Inspiration
The Paper Shelter- #443 Colors of Autumn and Fall


  1. Hi Kathy your makes are stunning. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Wow Ball Gown looks amazing, I would have never thought of doing this, love your creativity!!
    Andrea x

  3. Love the details created by the white pen on the girl's hair and gown. Thank you for sharing your creation with us @ Incy Wincy Designs Funny / Celebration Challenge. Good luck!

  4. Great Card. Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles Challenge xx

  5. Love the card you made for our challenge, but I'm totally in love with those bookmarks! what a fantastic idea! Thank you for joining in with us at The Paper Shelter this week. Sammy-x


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