Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Three Reasons to Celebrate

This second card is my third 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.) The first year I participated I think I won $50-$60 worth of Beccy’s wonderful digis. It was so exciting! Now I am honored to be a member of Beccy’s DT (called a Contributor!) and am blessed with 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 3 (the letter “c”) is Cups and features a wonderful image from Beccy’s Tea Time digi set. (I actually found a few sheets of images I’d printed of on patterned paper when I created a card with this digi back on 11-24-18 for Beccy’s 6th Month of Holiday Card Challenge!) Note- I have to tell you that I usually enjoy tedious projects, especially those that involve fussy-cutting. But my first attempt at making this card was a bit like putting a complicated puzzle together… which is something I’ve never enjoyed! So I developed a few tricks- including photos instructions- to simplify the process. You can find them HERE at my 2018 post. (You might also enjoy seeing that card as it has a lovely Victorian feeling that is quite different from this version.)
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Christmas Crafts All Year Round-Family and Friends (our holiday gatherings have always  included lots of hot coffee, hot chocolate, and hot buttered rum… which meant we washed lots of cups) and the Stamping Sensations challenge- Garlands, Wreaths and Christmas Flowers (the card background features a Christmas tree, plus sparkly sprigs of holly and evergreen grace the cups.)  
·   Image- Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Tea Time)
·   Shaded with Spectrum Noir Classique grey markers and highlighted with a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment- (made into a small tag) Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Here Comes Christmas)
·   Inside Sentiment- “Be Jolly”  was a freebie from LoveSVG. [I signed up for their newsletter and get notices of freebies on a regular basis. Not sure if this is still available, but you can search HERE)
·   Sparkly Foilage Stickers- Hobby Lobby
·   Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place-8th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge    
        Since I’m a DT for Beccy’s Place (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!
Incy Wincy Designs- Color Challenge (Use Two or More of the Colors)                 
        Since I’m a DT for Beccy’s Place (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Songs and Rhymes- I’d Like to be a Teabag
Double D’s Challenge- Nov- Pine Trees/Pine Cones                                      
Coffee Loving Cardmakers- 2020 Fall & Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #515 Anything Goes
CCC Digi Creations- #120 Christmas is on the Way
Christmas Crafts All Year Round- Family & Friends
Stamping Sensations- Garlands, Wreaths and Christmas Flowers

Earlier this month I paper-pieced pumpkins with orange and green dotted papers and really liked how they looked when shaded and highlighted. So… I found my leftover scraps and made a few cute little dotted pumpkins. This is one of them. The vine behind the pumpkin is from a retired Stampin’ Up wood-mount set, and the sentiments are all freebies I received when joining a newsletter a few years ago. Such a pretty little card, don’t you think?
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Bugaboo Stamps- Stella Says Sketch Challenge #817 (I love the corner diagonal and used that as my inspiration, but did move the main image a little toward a corner of the card vs the center.)
·   Vine Image- Stampin’ Up wood-mount set (Decorative Grapes) Retired
·   Shaded with Spectrum Noir Classique grey markers and highlighted with a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sentiments- RG Ave Fall & Autumn Greetings, Newsletter Freebie (no longer available)
·   Cardstock and scraps of patterned paper from my stash
Entered into: 
Pixie's Snippets-Week #390                                                                    
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge #817                    
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #145 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #464-465 Anything Goes                   

The challenge at wecraftcards Forum named “The Longest Yard” requires that we choose the colors from any NFL football team use them to create a card of any theme (not just sports.) Even though I've from Wisconsin, I chose purple and gold. Not because they are the colors of the Minnesota Vikings (the Green Bay Packers nemesis!)  but because they are the colors of the high school from which I graduated. Several family members still live there so I’ll be sending this card to one of them in the future! I used a cute digi from Bugaboo and a free sentiment from Desert Diva (one of my favorite sites for free sentiments!) Note- the card base is from a set of notecards I picked up at a local thrift store last year. Eight cards for $1. Pretty good deal... and I can use them for more than just Graduation. Any time I want to congratulate someone I have the base to build upon. YAY!
I’m entering this card into several challenges including STAMPlorations Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge: Stamps and Contrast (the little graduate is a digi stamp and the B&W stripes and complementary colors of purple and gold both provide contrast.)
·   Front Digi- Bugaboo Stamps (Boy Graduate)
·   Inside Digi- Grad Cap reduced in size- Beccy’s Place digi set (First Day Jitters)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Inside Sentiment- Desert Diva Freebie (ConGRADulations)
·   Assorted cardstock scraps from my stash
·   YAY card base- Notecards from my stash
Entered into: 
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- The Longest Yard
Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes    
STAMPlorations- Nov Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge: Stamps and Contrast   
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #526 (Optional twist-Party) 
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #659 Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge


  1. Lovely cards. What a great way to use the cup image. Anesha x

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

  3. Wow what a great group of cards, I love them all, but I am leaning toward the stacked cups
    Thank you for your inspiration!! Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  4. Lovely collection of cards! I love your stack of coffee cups... you must be very caffeinated lol? 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

  5. Great cards. I like the stacked cups. Great colors.

  6. Wonderful cards Kathy! What a lot of work you've done to create the stack of beautiful Christmas cups, I love all the dimension. Thank you for sharing the link back to you instructions, I can see they would be very useful!
    Your pumpkin card is adorable! I love the colour combination and the way you've inked the different parts of the pumpkin.
    The last card you created is super cute! I'm sure any graduate would love to receive such a fabulous card. Well done!

  7. OMgosh they are all fabulous, but your stacked cups are so adorable, love them.

  8. Many thanks for sharing your pretty card with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  9. Love your cards and so glad you have shared with us at CraftyCatz.xx

  10. LOVE those stacked cups ... awesome card! 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!

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

  12. I LOVE all your cards!, the texture on the pumpkin is too cool! Thanks for joining Catch the Bug's anything goes challenge! Good luck, Dawn Bugaboo DT

  13. Love your stack of cups, fabulous card.
    Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with us at CCAYR...[ Christmas Crafts All Year Round]

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  14. Love the stacked cups. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

  15. Love your stack of cups here, the color combo is very pretty :)

  16. All of your cards are fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Catch The Bug/Stella Says Sketch. Bonnie DT

  17. Wonderful cards Kathy - and your paper piecing is just brilliant (and a great way to use up snippets!).


    Di xx

  18. Super paper-pieced pumpkin card!!!
    Thanks for playing at Bugaboo Stamps' Stella Says Sketch; good luck in the draw.
    Jen L
    Bugaboo Stamps DT

  19. Such a pretty card! Lovely paper piecing and great detailing. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenge.
    Amelia (Double "D" Challenge Design Team)

  20. Snap Kathy, I have just posted a card with a stack of teacups on it though a different digi make and I coloured mine. . I love your pumpkin card. Hugs Mrs A.

  21. Thank you for joining Stamping Sensations with this entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  22. Love your graduation card! Thanks for playing with us at STAMPlorations Theme & Photo Prompt challenge!


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