Sunday, November 29, 2020

Christmas & Coffee

This card was created for a wonderful 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 “Q” as in Quirky Quacker! I love this spunky goose, and the inside sentiment, also from the digi set, so perfectly reflects his body language! I’m entering this card into several other challenges including Sketch N Scrap’s Sketch #181, which provided an excellent base upon which to build this card!
·   Digi-Beccy’s Place Digital Set (Grumpy Goose)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment- Computer Generated
·   Inside sentiment- “It’s All Fun and Games…” Beccy’s Place Digital Set (Grumpy Goose)
·   Cardstock and assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place- 8th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge    
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #518 Anything Goes
Sketch N Scrap-Card Sketch #181             
I won this Happy Christmas die a while ago and love the way it looks in gold and glittery red paper on a B&W patterned background. I also love to upcycle items on my cards. In this case, the wonderful background, with its B&W squares, is actually cut from the cover of a pad of scrapbook paper and the inside sentiment is from an old Christmas card. I’m entering this card into several challenges including the Day of the Month Challenge- #21 Make Your Own Head Day (an actual holiday where schools challenge students to “Just use your brain and make anything you want!” Before I throw away just about anything, including packaging, I always look for ways I could use them. This card has two examples of this upcycling.)
·   Die-“Happy Christmas” (My Favorite Things)

·   Inside Sentiment- Upcycled from old Christmas card

·   Metallic red and gold cardstock from my stash

·   Background paper- Upcycled cover from a 12x12 paper pad

·   Gold photo corners available from several web sources (WXJ13 13 Sheets 13 Colors Photo Mounting Corners)

Entered into: 
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #662 Silver or Gold
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #466-467 Anything Goes                   
Day of the Month Challenge- #21 Make Your Own Head Day
Dragonfly Dreams- Christmas/Winter
Let’s Craft and Create- Ch #165-Anything Goes 

I made this card for the current challenge at wecraftcards. It is named “Elf” and is to reflect the movie character’s love of hot chocolate by creating a card with any sort of hot beverage rings, spills, or both on it. I remembered winning a collage stencil a few years ago that has coffee rings and dug it out to use for the first time! Yay!  The cute cup image is a digi from Verve Stamps that I purchased during the 2017 Coffee Lovers Fall Blog Hop. And the sentiment is from a wonderful web shop that sells brads of all types, plus offers freebies sentiments about coffee, cats, and more. I thought that the sentiment tag needed some coffee beans, so sketched a few onto a scrap of vellum outlined them with an ultra-fine black Sharpie marker and colored them with markers- on the underside of the vellum. To add the beautiful sheen of real coffee beans, I added a layer of transparent tape to the top and bottom of the beans, then fussy-cut them. After adhering them to the card, I added a few highlights with a white gel pen, being careful not to touch the ink until it had time to dry.   

·   Digi- Verve Stamps “Coffee Please Digi Set” (Company is no longer in business)
·   Shaded with Spectrum Noir Classique markers
·   Front Sentiment- Eyelet Outlet Blogspot Freebie (Dark Matter)
·   Coffee Ring stencil- TCW 6x6 Mini Butterfly Collage
·   Cardstock, background paper, brown inkpad and ink sponge from my stash
·   Coffee beans- hand made with a vellum scrap
·   Upcycled calendar page
Entered into:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Food and/or Drink                    
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- November             
STAMPlorations- Nov Stencil: Anything Goes    
NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff!)-  Challenge #20                 


  1. Quirky Quacker! Love it, love it!! Great idea for the letter "Q" Kathy, it's generally a hard one but you've nailed it for sure. You did a wonderful job using the sketch as inspiration, and of course, I love the way you've finished the inside too.
    Your upcycled card is so elegant, love the gold and red glitter combo, and that black and white background was a great save! Many people are finding ways to use up scraps, recycle and upcycle... it's really great to see.
    The last card is your post is fabulous Kathy, and so creative! I have seen this stencil before, but the resulting pattern is so convincing that I always forget it's not an actual coffee stain. Love the coffee beans you added too, great drawings.

  2. Hi Kathy all your cards are gorgeous. I love them all. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. Your christmas card looks very noble. Thank you for sharing with us at DotMCC. Gundi

  4. How very cute!! Thanks so much for joining us at Sketch N Scrap! ~Deanna :)

  5. Such a fun card and great take on our sketch! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Sketch N Scrap!

  6. Fun Christmas card Kathy. I like the Q for Quirky Quacker. Q is one of the more difficult letters so great thinking outside the box.

  7. Fabulous coffee card Kathy. Great sentiment and love the added stamping. Thanks for sharing at STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge.

  8. Lovely cards! You did a great job with our sketch, love it! Thanks for joining us at Sketch N Scrap!

  9. You Quirky Quacker is adorable! Great job with the sketch, thanks so much for joining us at Sketch N Scrap! **Stacy

  10. Cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Let's Craft and Create.
    Janis, Design Team Member

  11. Beautiful cards, loving them all. Love that stencils too. Love seeing your project entered at STAMPLorations November Stencil Challenge. Hope to see you again in this month's challenge and have a wonderful season Kathy :)
    Hugs and smiles,
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  12. Such a beautiful card, thanks for joining us at the Dragonfly Dreams Challenge.
    Hugs Ilonka DT


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