Sunday, November 8, 2020

Special Events!

I’ve spent the last few days stamping up a storm of entries for a few special event challenges. So… will be adding several posts over the next few days. Have noticed that I’m getting a little too “talkative” in my posts again, so will try to keep these shorter!  (Ha! My husband would laugh over that statement!)
My first card is in honor of STAMPlorations 7th Birthday Celebration. I’ve been so busy making holiday cards, that I almost forgot that this challenge ends tonight! So will try to get one or maybe two posted before I call it a night.
My first card features an adorable digi image, a purrrfect birthday sentiment, and cute pawprint paper on a gatefold card. I love how it turned out! And added note- the inside sentiment is a freebie that I found on the simplycardsmag website which offers hundreds of free digis, sentiments, templates and more! And anything you download is saved on the website for later access. Easy Peasy!
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Power Poppy’s Let There Be Peace (holding a purring cat provides an amazing level of warmth and peace to the soul!)
·   Digi- Cute As A Button (Right Way to Wear Fur)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment “Happy Purr-thday” from an Imagine That digi set (Kitty Lapping Milk)
·   Inside Sentiment- a Freebie from simplycardsmag website
·   Cardstock from my stash
·   Paw Print paper- Hobby Lobby
Entered into: 
STAMPlorations- Belated 7th Birthday Celebration       
Cute As A Button- NOVEMBER: CH #62 Anything Goes
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti-Let There Be Peace                        
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Thinking of You
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #464-465 Anything Goes                   
Jan’s Digi Stamps- November 2020 Anything Goes
STAMPlorations- Nov Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge: Stamps and Contrast
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- November             
Spectrum Noir Community Group (FB)- Nov- Anything Goes  

The second card is my second entry into the 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.) Beccy is one of the most generous challenge sponsors that I know… and if you’ve never joined in the fun, you are missing the opportunity to win some amazing prizes. The first year I participated I think I won $50-$60 worth of Beccy’s wonderful digis. It was so exciting! 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 2 (the letter “B”) is a BOO card that features several digis and sentiments from one of Beccy’s retired sets that I picked up a few weeks ago for just $4.oo!  (Originally released in 2013, the set named Candy Corn was recently offered at a Throwback Thursday events where Beccy offers select retired digital sets at an incredibly low price for just 48 hours. No rainchecks.  No repeats. That is where I nabbed this sweet set. (Sign up for the newsletter to get notified of these sale opportunities by going to Beccy’s Blog and scrolling down the left side of the screen until you find the link just below the Blog Archive listing.)
Note- I seldom use pre-colored digis, but due to limited time in my schedule to “play” this month, I decided to try that out here. It helped the card to go together quickly. I did add a bit of shading and highlighting to the trio before I fussy cut them and positioned them inside of the letters I made with the help of scrapbook templates. Swweeeet!   
·   Pre-colored Digis and Sentiments- Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Candy Corn) Retired set
·   Shaded with Spectrum Noir Classique grey markers and highlighted with a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Inside Sentiment- “Happy Halloween” from Hero Arts Spooky Halloween Labels Digital Set, #DK110 (no longer available)
·   Weathered wood patterned paper- Hobby Lobby
·   Other assorted background papers from my stash
·   Alphabet templates from my scrapbooking stash
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place- 8th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge- B is for BOO   
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #132 
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #526 (Optional twist- Party) 
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Di’s Digi Stamps- Use a Digi Image                                                 
Createful Heart Designs- Oct Challenge #25 
My final post if for another of my favorite challenge, seasonal coffee themed hops hosted by Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog. This year's fall & winter hop has oodles of sponsors offering some nice prizes. For my card, I decided to use a freebie that I found years ago. I had fun coloring the coffee monster, named Gustav, with shades of green and love that he comes with many sentiment options. (I made one into a Talk Bubble, and will provide instructions below!)
I found the fun swirly circle paper in my stash that I wanted to use as my base, but it was so busy that Gustav didn’t stand out as much as I’d planned… even when colored almost neon green?! So, I used a technique that I developed just for this purpose- I slipped a piece of colored plastic document folders between Gustav and the busy background. (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 finished the card with a Talk Bubble and goggle eyes that brought the little guy to life. So fun!
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CREATING TALK BUBBLES IN WORD DOCS- After you have selected the sentiment you wish to use, paste it into a Word document. Then, on the Toolbar select Insert, then Shapes and scroll down to Call Outs. Click to select the talk bubble of choice, then hover over your document and click to drop the shape onto the page. (I usually drop it onto a blank part of the page then move it into place when ready. Also, don’t panic if the shape is filled with color, we’ll take care of that next.)  Click on the shape, and a Shape Format option will show up on the toolbar. Click on it and several options will appear. Click Shape Outline and select Black. Click on Shape Fill and select No Fill. Boom! You have a Talk Bubble! Click it, then slide it over to the sentiment. If you need to change the shape or size, just click on it and you can then grab and pull the corners until it is the perfect fit!
·   Digi and Sentiment- Freebies from Useless Trinkets Cuties (Gustav and Beans)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Patterned paper, scrap of blue plastic file folder and googly eyes from my stash
·   Swirly circles background paper from my scrapbook stash
Entered into: 
Coffee Loving Cardmakers- 2020 Fall & Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #145 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #659 Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #44 Anything Goes                      
Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes    
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #176 Anything Goes  
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- Nov 2020 #44     


  1. All cool cards Kathy, specially love the monster one. CarolG

  2. Terrific cards! Thanks for the tutorial on creating speech bubbles. I'll be sure to try it out.
    The girl in the first card resembles a childhood friend so much. It brought back memories of her.

  3. Hi Kathy these cards are fantastic. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  4. Okay lady - your peaceful card is a bit of a stretch but, because I like you, I'll allow it! LOL! Holding a purring cat is indeed peaceful! :-) Fab coloring - as always - you do such a good job with people and hair. That is DEFINITELY not a strength of mine! Love ALL your creations - so creative!

    1. Ha! I thought it was a bit of a stretch, too. But like you also admitted... cats are peaceful when sleeping. Not so much when pushing items from tables, etc.! Thanks for your compliments. Your creations are always among my favs at PP!

  5. Hi Kathy, I'm popping over from Beccy's Month of Holiday Cards - having a look what others are entering to help inspire me. I like how well the pre-coloured images fit with your overall design. The inside is finished beautifully too.

    1. How fun, Suze. As a Contributor (DT) for Beccy, I am so glad you are joining us! And back when I joined my first event in 2017 I also looked at others cards for inspiration. And, of course, Beccy's work ALWAYS inspires me. If you haven't spent time looking through her tutorials and freebies... do it soon! She offers so many great free images PLUS her tutorials are among the best written on the web! Have fun and good luck!

    2. PS I just checked your profile and am a regular at a few of the challenges you host. Thanks for the time and energy you put in behind the scenes to make them happen!

  6. All great cards...but especially like the first one! Great image!

  7. Fantastic cards Kathy, well done! I agree with you about the adorable image on the first one, what a lovely design. LOVE your Halloween card! Adding those few extra touches to the coloured images really gives them a boost. The scary corn looks so cute tucked into the letters.
    Who could resist the big googly eyes on that last guy?! How fabulous! I love the matching sentiment too... and I know just how he feels! Well done Kathy.

  8. What a cute card! 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

  9. I came over to have a closer look at that monster card! He's so me, I need my coffeee as well. Fun card! Thanks for joining our challenge at Catch the Bug.

  10. Such fun cards! I love them all! 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

  11. Great cards. I especially like the one with the cat design. Gorgeous image and fun paper too.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with us at CRAFTY CATZ. Best of luck! Nick

  12. What a pretty card. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper.

    DT Stacey

  13. Monster and coffee cup is so adorable!


  14. Great cards..Thanks for joining us at Di’s Digi Challenge:)
    Wendy. DT

  15. Three fabulous cards! Thanks for joining at STAMPlorations Theme & Photo Prompt challenge!

  16. Fantastic cards!!!!! Thanks for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.

  17. Cute - even if he is a monster! Nice colouring.
    Thank you for joining us at Pattie's Creations
    Design Challenge.

  18. Love your collection of cards- great image and coloring on the 1st card! Thanks so much for joining in the challenge at Jan's Digital images!!!


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