Monday, February 15, 2021

Mid-month Fun!

This year we celebrated Valentine's Day in a deep freeze! Yep... the day arrived at 25 degrees below zero with wind chills of -45 degrees. And those temps didn't want to go away. When I woke this AM it was 59 degrees in our house. Brrr. Took nearly four hours to get the temp to 62, and now at bedtime, it is finally 66. Needless to say, wool socks, long-johns, sweaters, and a warm blankie helped take the edge off.  Oh... and lots of hot coffee! Amen! 

time for the mid-month challenge at QKR Stampede, which is always “Anything Goes” and several prizes are awarded. Maybe you’ll be inspired to enter a card or two yourself? My DT card features an adorable checkered cow (I love the look on her face and those google eyes are perfect on her!) I’m entering this card into several challenges including two based on photo inspirations, each features sweet little hearts that I tried to mimic on the front and inside of my card.

·   Digi- Eureka Digital Stamp (Checkered Cow) Also available in unmounted or cling-mounted
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Sentiments- Computer Generated
·   Cowhide background paper-Imagine That Digital Stamp Set Lil Cowpokes (retired)
·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
CCC Digi Creations- #122 Valentines Day/Love 
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #179 Love, Love, Love
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #9 Heartfelt 
Cupcake Inspirations- Challenge #512                        
TIME OUT Challenge- #181 Photo Inspiration               
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #139  
Incy Wincy Designs- Animals and/or Add Buttons

The temp here in Wisconsin has been super Brrrrr…y this last week (wind chills of 30-45  below zero!)  so I’ve spent lots of time in my warm craft room, cleaning and organizing. I am donating lots of items to the mental health and treatment/recovery agency where I work so also did a lot of sorting. In the process, I found some things I haven’t used in a loooong time. I also used a stamping technique that I haven’t used in a loooong time! Not sure what it is called, but it involves bold stamp images and zero coloring as the markers are applied directly to the stamps. A rainbow ink pad was used to add vibrant color to the vase and sentiment. (Part of the reason the colors are so intense is that the images are stamped onto glossy paper.) I added a few puffy butterfly stickers as I am entering this card into The Butterfly Challenge.

·   Wood Mount Stamps- Lilac Bunch and vase (Rubber Stampede) Company no longer in business
·   Butterfly Puffy Stickers- don’t remember where I found them, but you can buy them HERE

·   Royal Satin Kaleidacolor Rainbow Ink Pad, large Marvy Markers (purple and green), brown cord, unmounted “Happy Birthday” stamp (might be SU) and other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Butterfly Challenge- #151 H is for Herringbone Card                   
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #151 Anything Goes
Createful Heart Designs- Challenge #29 (Feb)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #477-478 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday  
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

I love this sweet digi set from Bugaboo, especially when paired with stars and sparkles… oh, and rainbows on his mane and tail! So fun! The starry background paper is from a freebie 4th of July bundle from Polkadoodles. (But you better grab it quickly, because I don’t know how long it will be available.) I’m entering this card into several challenges including Simon Says Monday’s Add Some Texture (my card features star embossed vellum and Stickles.) 
·   Unicorn and Cloud with Start- Bugaboo Stamps (Unicorn Set)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Stickles- Star Dust (on Unicorn’s mane and tail)
·   Starry Background- Polkadoodles- Free digital download (USA 4th July Celebration)
·   Front Sentiment- “Have a Magical Day” Craftin Desert Diva (company out of business)
·   Inside Sentiment- “A little birthday...” TLC Creations (digi is no longer available)
·   Patterned vellum and assorted cardstock from my stash.
Entered into:  
Bugaboo Stamps- All About the Kids      
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Add Some Texture
The Paper Shelter- #456 Decorate It!
Jan’s Digi Stamps- February 2021 Anything Goes    Turner Syndrome Foundation
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- February


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

  2. Wow, what a lovely designs Kathy.

    Hugs diane

  3. Brilliant vase of vibrant flowers. The vase has come out super bright. I always find I have to colour the stamp repeatedly to get a decent print but must admit nrber tried it on glossy stock card. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me this week. Hugs Mrs A.

  4. great set of cards and your card for Time Out is so funny. Love the check and those eyes! Super you followed this through to the centre. Thanks for joining Time Out x

  5. Cute Unicorn, beautiful colouring lovely papers and design, a sweet and pretty card. Thank you for sharing at catch the Bug this week.

  6. Well that is definitely nippy! ;)

    Your cow card is so sweet and that image is so unique. Thanks so much for entering your creation into our latest challenge over at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. Good luck in the draw.

    ☺Lisa D.
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  7. Wonderful collection of cards. That cow is especially cute with it's checkerboard pattern. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

  8. What a cold snap it has been, huh? I finally got my dog to the dog park today. It was a balmy 11 degrees, so off we went! Love all your cards, especially, of course, the cow card ;) Thanks so much for joining us at Lil Patch of Craft Friends! Julie, DT Member

  9. What a beautiful collection of cards, Kathy! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Jan’s Digi Stamps. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Designer for Jan’s Digi Stamps {My Blog}

  10. What a fun cow card! Love the black and white checks. Thank you for playing along with us at Cupcake Inspirations!
    Sandy - DT

  11. That cow card is so clever - love the way you 3d'd it! Thanks for entering our challenge at Patties Creations this time - Vic, DT


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