Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Holiday Cards

It's time for another challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog where challenges are always Anything Goes and prizes are awarded from one or more sponsors.  Stop by the blog to check it out!
For this challenge, my DT card features a wonderful wheelbarrow image from Fred She Said. Although the digi features flowers, I envisioned using it on a Christmas card and got to work. Decorative chalks, a makeup sponge, and templates cut from paper scraps helped me create a cloudy sky and snowdrifts and behind the wheelbarrow. Then markers, gel pens, and an ultra-fine point brown marker added life to the wheelbarrow (I especially like how the alcohol markers and blender pen helped “age” the wheelbarrow’s tray and an ultra-fine point brown marker provided the wood grain texture to the handles. After punching a pile of pine boughs, I cut a slit along the top of the wheelbarrow tray and a few across the flowers, then tucked the pine boughs into these slits, taping them on the underside. Additional pine boughs were attached with dabs of glue, as needed, to fill in any noticeable gaps. Patterned papers, black photo corners, a few bows, and sentiments finish off the card. When finished, I felt that my attempt to use the digi for a Christmas card was a success!  
·   Digi- Fred She Said Designs (Wheelbarrow)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers, Sharpie Ultra Fine point brown marker, Sakura Gelly Roll white & silver gel pens
·   Cloud template cut from scrap paper, decorative chalks, and a makeup sponge
·   Cardstock, plaid background paper and strips of red ribbon from my stash
·   Paper Studio Watercolor Tree Scrapbook paper- Hobby Lobby
·   Black photo corners available from several web sources (WXJ13 13 Sheets 13 Colors Photo Mounting Corners)
·   Sentiments- Simply Cards & Papercrafts Magazine (Register for access to hundreds of free digis, sentiments, and more!)
·   Martha Stewart Pine Branch Punch
Entered into: 
Double D’s Challenge- Nov- Pine Trees/Pine Cones 
CCC Digi Creations- #120 Christmas is on the Way
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays 
Spectrum Noir Community Group (FB)- Nov- Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Studios- Christmas/Winter 
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #145 Anything Goes
Jan’s Digi Stamps- November 2020 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #464-465 Anything Goes                    

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. My entry for Day 4 (the letter “c”) is for “Delicious”!  I love coffee, and during the holidays I enjoy pairing Lattes with spicy gingerbread. SO nummy!! A card on Pinterest was the inspiration for my card and a coffee cup from a Beccy’s Place back-to-school digi set worked perfectly as the “O” in Joy! Assorted items from my stamping and scrapping stash finished things off. (I had fun creating a little “charm/tag” for the inside from a scrap of the gingerbread paper used for the letter “J.”)
·   Coffee Cup Digi- Beccy’s Place digi set (First Day Jitters)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment- “Sweet Thoughts” Cuddly Buddly Crafts (Sweet Kitchen Sentiments)
·   Inside Sentiment- TLC Creations Freebie (Beginning to Look a Latte Like Christmas)
·   Alphabet templates, cardstock, assorted background papers and ribbon from my stash
·   Red photo corners available from several web sources (WXJ13 13 Sheets 13 Colors Photo Mounting Corners)
Entered into:  
        Since I’m a DT for Beccy’s Place (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Remembrance/Thinking of You 
Createful Heart Designs- Oct Challenge #25
Dragonfly Dreams- Christmas/Winter
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #132
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #45 Anything Goes
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #176 Anything Goes

I’m busy making packets of all occasion cards to use as holiday gifts for friends at my office and church so I’m not yet finished making Halloween cards. This one was really fun to make as it features an adorable penguin from Scribbles Design. I love that his name is Brrr- and both front and back images are available. (I did replace the clock that he holds with a pumpkin that is a freebie at Scribbles. So fun!) The wonderful eerie forest background and sentiments are also all freebies. So… this card holds lots of treats with nary a trick in sight!
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Incy Wincy Designs Color Challenge (My card includes two of the colors-Navy and Gold), plus the Day of the Month Challenge named “Make Your Own Head Day.” The blog notes, “The day is celebrated on November 28th each year and is very popular in elementary schools and art classes… Just use your brain and make anything you want!! But it has to be a card or other papercraft item.” I decided that I wanted to make a window card so that we can see the front and back of dapper Brrr. I also created a Halloween card by replacing the clock he’s holding with a pumpkin. I’ve heard that called “extending” an image. I call it being creative!) 
·   Penguin Digi Front & Back- Scribbles Designs (Brrr Clock) and  (Brrr Clock Back)
·   Pumpkin Digi- Scribbles Designs Freebie (Pumpkin)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Background Scene- DDDoodles Freebie (Eerie Forest)
·   Circle sentiments are freebies from (options change occasionally so they may no longer be available)
·   Inside Sentiment- TLC Creations Freebie (FaBOOlous Halloween)
·   Window die-cut A2 card, cardstock, acetate, and misc. supplies from my stash
Entered into: 
Incy Wincy Designs- Color Challenge (Use 2 or More Colors-Navy, Gold, Burgundy, Pine)
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #93 Feature a Creature
Day of the Month Challenge- #21 Make Your Own Head Day
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #526
Let’s Craft and Create- Ch #165-Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes 
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge


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

  2. This is just incredible Kathy! I love how you've altered the image to suit a Christmas card. Your colour details are fantastic and I love your foliage!

  3. Great cards, all of them! It sure was a lot of punching for you on your first card! But it was worth it!

  4. This is really great!! I love all the cards you made

    Thank you for your inspiration!! Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  5. Cute cards. The coffee one is awesome using the cup as a letter.

  6. Wow, what an awesome card Kathy, you've done an amazing job with the wheelbarrow! I love the idea of filling it with pine boughs for Christmas. Love what you did with the markers and fine line pens... great effects!
    I love your coffee card, and totally agree that it's a cup of JOY! The sentiment is very cute and I like how you've placed the cup in the "O" position.
    You final card is very cute, that's one sweet little penguin. I love the idea of putting card packs together Kathy, what a wonderful way to share some hand-made love. Beautiful!

  7. This is an amazing 3D wheel barrel filled with pine boughs. How festive is this? Great technique to make that wheel barrel look old and very used. Thanks for joining us in the Challenge at Double D this week.
    Barbara DT

  8. LOVE this wheelbarrow full of pine branches! GREAT job! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Pine Trees/Pine Cones’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  9. Beautiful creative sets of cards; Thanks for sharing with #45 Polkadoodles challenge this week, hugs Nelly dt x

  10. Thank you for sharing your creation with us @ Incy Wincy Designs Choose Two Or More Of These Colours Challenge. Good luck!

  11. Love that wheel barrow card! Amazing!

  12. Fab selection of cards thanks for sharing with us at CRAFTY CATZ

  13. Hi Kathy, I'm back to thank you for sharing your fantastic Christmas card with us at Digi Doodle Studios!

  14. Kathy, Love your combination of punches and stamped image. Thank you for sharing your beautifully composed creation with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. HAPPY CRAFTING! Join us each month for a NEW challenge. Have a safe and healthy Holiday Season.
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  15. Wow these are great! I really love the Christmas wheel barrow. Absolutely stunning! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Owner and Coordinator

  16. Love your card - great idea with the word joy!

    Thanks for joining us at the Createful Heart Design Challenge.

    Helen x

  17. All great cards and patterned paper. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge this month.

  18. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at Jan's Digis, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge. Hope to see you next time.

  19. Oh wow this is beautiful – your design is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenge.
    Amelia (Double "D" Challenge Design Team)

  20. Great card(s), I love that idea. Thank you for sharing at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge. Hope to see you again!
    Merja DT

  21. Such a beautiful card, thanks for joining us at the Dragonfly Dreams Challenge.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  22. Another set of fabulous cards, I love Brrr and the folds in the card. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Scribbles Designs, we hope to see you back again.

  23. I love that you addressed the back of the penguin so you can see him through the window! That's an awesome touch! Thanks for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!

  24. What a fun combination - a Halloween penguin! Definitely two awesome heads on this card! Thank you so much for playing along at the DotMCC challenge!

  25. Beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at Let's Craft and Create. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  26. Fabulous projects! Thanks for sharing with us at Digi Doodle Studios!

  27. What a wonderful creation! It goes perfectly with our theme for this month “Anything Goes”. I love your coloring too. Thanks for joining us at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
    Artist & Owner

  28. Oh my goodness this is too cute! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Owner and Coordinator


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