Thursday, November 19, 2020

A Trio of Holiday Cards

After spending some time in my craft room, it’s time for me to do some catch-up posting for this year’s annual event at Beccy’s Place named the Month of Holiday Cards Challenge (not just Christmas cards, you can make cards for ANY holiday.) This is my third year of participating, and I’m honored to now be a member of Beccy’s DT (called a Contributor) and am blessed to have a large collection of Beccy’s amazing artwork! The 8th annual Challenge goes on all month, with drawings for daily challenges, for posting comments, and even random entry numbers!  Stop in HERE to learn more.  Most of the challenges follow an A-Z theme… with a few other topics thrown in to cover all 31 days of November.
This card is for the letter “H” as in Happy New Year. For the base, I used a large CHEERS card that I picked up at a local Goodwill (4 in the package for $1… how could I say no?!) The cocktail digis are from a wonderful set named “Girl’s Night Out.”  After coloring and fussy-cutting three of the drinks, I layered them atop a circle cut from a yellow plastic document folder. (These wonderful items come in a pack of assorted colors and can be found in the office supply section of most stores and from some dollar 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 or white gel pen. The plastic is also easy to fussy-cut with a nice, sharp pair of scissors. And then can be adhered to a card with small strips of double-stick tape. I also used a few scraps of red behind the sentiments on the front and inside of the card.) I wondered if I could also make the drinks look like translucent liquids by adding black dots to the pastel coloring. Was a little afraid to try in case I ruined my pretty pastel coloring? So... I first sketched the dots with a pencil. Then, when they looked right, I went over the dots with the tip of a grey marker. I love the results so much that I turned my attention to teh cocktail on the inside of the card, too. I used a pencil to lightly sketched a bottom strawberry on the skewer, then added grey and red marker details to turn that drink translucent, too. So fun! 
·   Front and Inside Digis- Beccy’s Place Digital Stamp (Girls Night Out)  
·   Front Sentiment- Computer Generated
·   Inside Sentiment- Desert Diva Sentiment (Celebrate)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sparkly Heart Stickers- Hobby Lobby
·   Cardstock, scraps of plastic file folders from my stash
·   CHEERS card base- Notecards from my stash
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place- 8th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge -H is for Happy New Year’s 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Happy Holidays                         
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Jan’s Digi Stamps- November 2020 Anything Goes

This card is for the letter I, as in “Iridescent.” It features a new technique that I tried a few months ago to make a tree ornament. It is made with glue, glitter and a used dryer sheet. I loved the results, so used one of the leftover scraps to create the ornament on this card. The sentiments are both from Beccy’s Place digi sets. (The tutorial I used is listed in the supply section. Note- I used regular glue vs. spray adhesive on my ornament. For deets, stop by my Sept 20 blog HERE.)  
·   Wood Mount Stamp- Embossing Arts (Three Trees) Company is no longer in business
·   Colored with Stampin’ Up Forest Green ink pad
·   Dryer Sheet Glitter tutorial found HERE
·   Front Sentiment- Beccy’s Place Digital Set (Gingerbread Wishes)
·   Inside Sentiment- Beccy’s Place Digi Set  (Jolly Holiday)
·   Assorted background paper, metallic cardstock, silver cord  and ribbon from my stash
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place- 8th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge -I is for Iridescent Ornament
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #133 
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #146 Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #515 Anything Goes (Optional Twist- Add glitter)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- November             
Do-Al[l] Kreatives #47 Twister-Sister (Glitter/Sparkle and Christmas Greetings)

My last card for this posting is for the letter J… and it beautifully highlights the reason for the season- Jesus! I love this digi and inside sentiment from one of Beccy’s digi sets named “Lamb of God.” The card front is an upcycled notecard that features an assortment of sentiments that describe Jesus. After coloring and fussy-cutting the precious infant King, I added a simple halo with a circle of vellum.  Scraps of rich burgundy colored mulberry paper add texture to the card. I’m entering this card into several challenges including the Path Of Positivity Challenge (Our project is to depict thankfulness or gratitude. I am so very thankful that, in spite of COVID, social unrest, riots, and other struggles, I can rest in God’s promise of “hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11)

·   Digi and Inside Sentiment- Beccy’s Place Digital Stamp (Lamb of God)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Assorted cardstock, upcycled note card, vellum and mulberry paper from my stash
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place- 8th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge - J is for Jesus
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #466-467 Anything Goes                   
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Christmas
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #661 Sentimental
The Paper Shelter- #450 Use a Digi
Di’s Digi Stamps- Use a Digi Image                                                 
Cute As A Button- NOVEMBER: CH #62 Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Studios- Christmas/Winter  
Spectrum Noir Community Group (FB)- Nov- Anything Goes  
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #85 (Optional Twist- Gratitude)
        Since I’m a DT for Sheepski (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!


  1. Three lovely cards Kathy. I like some of the tips in the first card. You have some lovely papers that you have used too.

  2. A beautiful collection of lovely cards! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Jan’s Digi Stamps. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Designer for Jan’s Digi Stamps {My Blog}

  3. Fabulous collection of cards!! I love the last one! The image is so sweet and the recycled background is fabulous!! And you are so right, even in the midst of all that is going on, Jesus is our hope! Thanks for playing with Di's Digi Designs.

  4. I'm so impressed with the way you made the drinks "translucent" Kathy, what an awesome idea! I especially like the strawberry... you're so clever! Love your second card, that bauble is gorgeous and coordinates beautifully with the patterned paper. Love the dryer sheet technique you used. Your last card for the post is gorgeous, I really like the "halo" around baby Jesus' head. Love the mulberry paper too.

  5. Great christmas card.
    Thanks for joining us at the DAK Challenge.
    Greetings Andrea

  6. Lovely project Kathy. Thank you so much for joining us at Cute as a Button Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Wendy Batchen DT for

  7. Beautiful Christmas card Kathy. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at The Paper Shelter. We would love to see you again ... Anet DT

  8. Beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at Cute As A Button. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  9. Beautiful creation. Love the sparkling bulb!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Do-Al(l) Kreatives and good luck. Hope you will join us next month again.

    Crafty greetings

    *Owner* Creative Crafting Uncles
    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  10. All beautiful cards with patterned papers. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge this month.

  11. Wow.. this is very nice! Love the Christmas Ornatment.

    Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
    Kleido’s BastelStüble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *List Manager* Challenges for Days
    *GDT* Scrapping4Fun Challenges

  12. Lovely Nativity card and that background works so well. Thank you for sharing at Path of Positivity. Pippa DT

  13. Fab card and thanks for sharing with us at DDS

  14. Kathy, Such a diverse but sensational collection of cards. Thank you for sharing them with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Beautiful work. Have a safe and healthy Holiday Season.
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)


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