Monday, February 8, 2021

Sparkles, Bugs and Kisses

One of my staff members is an empty-nester, and really misses her children who are both attending college on the other side of the nation. I know that she misses them dearly so I gave her an assortment of cards to let them know she is thinking of them. Her daughter loves all things Disney. So… this card was made just for her! The silhouette Tinkerbelle was created with a stencil from a Pumpkin Carving kit I’ve had for over a decade and a scrap of black cardstock. The sunset photo background is of a nearby lake. I used my Paint program to layer floral silhouette images from a Beccy's Place digi set across the top of the photo.  I printed the A2 sized card from onto white copy paper with colored ink, then sponged additional shades of blue and grey ink around the edges. I then used white kraft ink, handmade circle stencils, and a bokeh technique tutorial from Pinterest to add a magical feeling to the background. The final magic was added by liberally adding small dots of Stickles around Tinkerbelle. Because… well… fairies love sparkles!
I’m entering this card into several challenges including 2craftycrittercrazies Challenge (I am not sure if a fairy is a critter… but am thinking they might be, just like a butterfly is a critter!) and 
Stamping Sensations- Colour My World ( I love this beautiful color palette that we can often enjoy both morning and evening over a nearby lake. How amazing is that?!) 

·   Digi- Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Fallow Fields)
·   Pumpkin Carving Stencil- Tinkerbelle Silhouette
·   Stampin' Up White Craft Ink Pad
·   Sunset photo (taken by a friend)
·   Circle Dies created with scrap paper and assorted punches
·   Bokeh Technique Tutorial can be found HERE
·   Front Sentiment “Have a Magical Day”- Craftin Desert Diva (company out of business)
·   Inside Sentiment- “You are a gift to this world-Shine” TLC Creations (digi is no longer available)
·   Stickles- Star Dust
·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge-3 Colors (Twist-Make Your Own Background)   
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations- Colour My World
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #151 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #477-478 Anything Goes                   
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week #6 Anything Goes                        
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #536  
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- Feb 2021                                      
        Since I’m a Contributor for Beccy’s Place (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!
Beccy’s Place Challenge- February  
        Since I’m a Contributor for Beccy’s Place, I’m entering just for fun!

I wanted to create a card for the current Snippets challenge and decided to use some of the paper strips I’ve been collecting for some time. Woven together, and taped together on the underside, to make a wonderful backdrop for this sweet ladybug and friend digi.
I’m entering this card into several challenges including The Butterfly Challenge- I used two of the colors: Hansa Yellow (color of sand) and Hazel (light golden brown) and one theme: Butterfly.
·   Digi- Bugaboo Stamps (Ladybug Hello)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Mini Flower Sequins- Simon Says Stamp (Sequins Tiny Flowers Vanilla01)

·   Assorted paper strips, cardstock and other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Pixie's Snippets-Week #396 Ruby’s Memory
Butterfly Challenge- #151 H is for Herringbone Card 
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #672 Anything Goes
Bugaboo Stamps- Anything Goes  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Oh Lovely Ladybug 
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Anything Goes   
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
For some odd reason, I usually have chocolate kiss wrappers available. Ha! I remembered making an iris fold chocolate kiss card a while ago, but I couldn’t find the pattern in my files. So, I started flattening and folding the foil scraps until I had enough to line the inside of a kiss shape I’d sketched and cut from a piece of cardstock. I randomly overlapped the folded foil strips and taped them in place, tucking a little Hershey’s kiss tag into one of the folds on the point. The silver embossed sentiment on the inside adds an extra bit of shine. 
PS 45 years ago a really cute guy I was dating at college gave me a 1# Hersheys kiss for Valentine's Day. I loved it and kinda liked him. Long story short- we just celebrated our 43rd Anniversary!  And the package of Kisses on the counter that he brought home from grocery shopping yesterday shows that he knows at least two ways to my heart- chocolate AND doing the shopping!  I do love my guy. 
·   Inside sentiment- “Happy Valentine’s Day” Stampendous Wood Mount (retired)
·   Silver foil for iris folding- from a chocolate binge!
·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Sports and/or Mainly Red
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Love Is In the Air
The Paper Shelter- #455 For the One I Love
Double D’s Challenge- Valentine Love                 
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday  
CCC Digi Creations- #122 Valentines Day/Love
Day of the Month Challenge- #24 Valentines Day
Pattie's Creations Challenge- #179 Love, Love, Love


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

  2. Super work as always Kathy. Love the gold kisses. CarolG

  3. Greetings Kathy, wow your designs are just stunning.

    Hugs diane

  4. WOW, this card look absolutely magical! I love the way you created the background so very creative! I always wanted to know how to do bokeh effect, I have to learn that! Thank you for sharing your talent with us at CRAFTY CATZ. Best of luck with your entry! Nick

  5. BEAUTIFUL creation
    Thank you to share with us at the paper shelter
    Iza Dt

  6. Beautiful cards Kathy but I just love that Hershey's Kiss ... very clever! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Valentine LOVE’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  7. You’ve been really clever using your paper scraps for the ladybug card. Cool effect! Thanks for joining our challenge at Catch the Bug.

  8. WOW!! You've done a brilliant job creating the "magic" Kathy, that fairy card is so amazing. Sponging the white ink for the bokeh effect is really what takes the background to another level... you're so clever!
    Your second card is so cute, what a sweet little lady bug, and of course, your colouring is wonderful. I love the woven background you created, that's a fabulous way to use up all your scraps and it adds lots of lovely colour and texture too.
    I love your last card and the sweet story of the Hershey's kisses too. Happy 43rd anniversary to you both!

  9. Love the weaving you have done using up your scraps of paper. That is such a sweet image. Thankyou for coming and playing in the butterfly garden with me. Hugs Mrs A.

  10. Lovely collection of cards! 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. Gorgeous collection of goodies. Awesome designs here and fantastic colours and image. Many thanks for your entry at Polkadoodles Challenge this time, very impressive make. Look forward to see you enter our next challenge if you can.
    aNNie DT Member{My Blog}

  12. Wow, what a great selection of cards! I especially love the effect on your fairy card, so magical!

  13. Beautiful card and great design also! Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenge.
    Amelia (Double "D" Challenge Design Team)

  14. Beautiful card!Thanks for playing our challenge at CCC Digi Creations. Stay safe and Good luck!
    Anneke DT

  15. Cute card. Thank for sharing it with us at the Polkadoodles challenge Janet DT

  16. Yowser! Such a bunch of gorgeous cards, Kathy! I do really like the Tinkerbell one with the Bokeh background. Thanks so much for joining us at Lil Patch of Craft Friends! Julie, DT Member

  17. Wonderful cards Kathy - as always! I love how you used the snippets to make a woven background - super use of little strips!


    Di xx

  18. Super creation and lovely the Fairy one on that pretty vibrant background. Many thanks for joining in with our 'Colour my World' theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x


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