Sunday, November 22, 2020

Thanksgiving and Christmas

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 “L” as in Layers. I used Beccy’s  Build a Wreath digi set, which includes four Bonus Wreaths that are pre-colored with a sentiment already centered inside. (I did make the berry wreath my own by adding a bit of shading and highlighting and adding a ribbon bow.)
·   Digi and front sentiment- Beccy’s Place Digital Stamp- Precolored (Build a Wreath)
·   Shading added with Spectrum Noir Classique grey markers and highlight with Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Inside  Sentiment- “Blessings” from Power Poppy Digi Set (Autumns Opulence)
·   Cardstock, background paper and red ribbon from my stash
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place- 8th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge    
Besties Challenge- November Anything Goes
Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration & Challenge- Thanksgiving 

I discovered a new challenge recently named Let’s Squash It! That requires the use of an embossing folder. Since I have accumulated several that I rarely use I was glad to see this challenge since it should inspire me to get more use from them! This is my first entry. It uses a Cuddlebug Snowflake embossing folder. The sentiments are from a Hero Arts Stamp and Cut set and a Bugaboo Stella's Sketch inspired the card layout.


·   Die and clear stamp- Hero Arts Stamp and Cut set (Peace)
·   Darice Embossing Folder- Snowflake
·   Cardstock, background paper, sheer ribbon, and snowflake charms from my stash
Entered into: 
Let’s Squash It! Challenge- Use a Christmas Themed Embossing Folder AND Stamps
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge #819                    
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Happy Holidays                         
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Blue Monochrome
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Embossing  
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti-Let There Be Peace                     
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Christmas
Double D’s Challenge- Nov- Winter Blues                                     
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #517 Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Stamps- Emboss it (wet or dry)                                       
Outlawz Challenge- Crash Your Stash- Charms

I regularly enter the Word Art Wednesday Challenge, which provides a free scripture sentiment for each challenge. I really like the current one so wanted to use it for a Thanksgiving card. The beautiful background paper is also a freebie. I found it… and dozens more after I won a gift card in a Spectrum Noir challenge and was shopping! Discovered that the Crafters Companion website has offered monthly paper/sentiment packs for over a decade… all available for free download. You can find them HERE
·   Front Sentiment- Word Art Wednesday Freebie (Psalm 69:30)   
·   Inside  Sentiments from Power Poppy Digi Set (Autumns Opulence)
·   Fall Background paper- Crafters Companion Free Download, Oct 2018
·   Cardstock and background papers from my stash
·   Wooden Leaf- Hobby Lobby
Entered into: 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #466-467 Anything Goes                   
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #661 Sentimental
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- November             
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #85 (Optional Twist- Gratitude


  1. Lovely cards Kathy. I like how you added some touches to the wreath to personalise it.

  2. Your wreath card is beautiful Kathy! The shadows and highlights you added has made the wreath look very dimensional, it's almost popping off the page! The big red bow is gorgeous and adds even more festive flair.
    I'm surprised you haven't used that embossing folder more often, it's a beautiful pattern and makes gorgeous Christmas cards. I love the addition of the snowflake charm, so pretty!
    Your Thanksgiving card is really lovely, the autumn colours are great! I also like the mix and match of different fonts. Well done!

  3. Such beautiful creations Kathy! Love your choice of color & design on that beautiful snowflake embossed card! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

    P.S. Thanks for also sharing with us over on Double D! Always thrilled to see your name pop up there! Good Luck on the Draw!

  4. Hi Kathy all your cards are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  5. All your cards are so pretty, Kathy! I hope you and your have a happy and SAFE Thanksgiving! Thanks for joining in on the Ching-Chou Kuik Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge. Julie, DT member

  6. Thanks for joining the fun at Let's Squash It! your card is lovely, Jo x

  7. Pretty cards. Thanks for joining the fun at Let's Squash It! Hugz

  8. AHHH! What would be my favorite card of all these beauties! I love them all! The Peace card that you made is just so completely classy! I also love the concept of the wreath -- how fun that it is all pre-colored and ready to rock and roll. That's perfect for this time of year!

  9. Your cards are lovely, I really like how you have used that snowflake charm, it's GENIUS!! Great take on the Mood Board, thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Double D Challenge. Hope we see you back again soon!!
    Judy~ DD DT
    {Judy's Happy Place} Stop by and see me!!!!

  10. Gorgeous projects! Love the cute snowflake charm.
    Thank you for joining Stella Say Sketch this round.
    Hugs from Africa!

  11. Love all your projects! Thanks for joining Catch the Bug's Stella Says Sketch challenge, good luck! Dawn Bugaboo DT

  12. thank you to sharing with us.
    Marie dt besties international

  13. Another great collection of cards.

    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

    Helen x

  14. Lovely cards, Kathy! Your sentiment gate fold card is beautiful and perfect for Thanksgiving. Thank you for the heads up for free papers and sentiments, too! Thanks for supporting the Path of Positivity 'Gratitude' challenge. x


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