Monday, April 26, 2021

myasperations 4-26-21

I was thrilled last year when Kris Breach, artist/owner of Imagine That Digistamps started offering monthly challenges again! I served on Kris’ DT before she took some time off and I always enjoyed working with her… and creating with her wonderful artwork.  She now offers Progressive Challenge each month. The April digi set really warms my heart as it makes me think of my mom. She loved cute animals and this little bunny would have made her smile. Her name was Rose, and since this digi set includes a rose, a rose sentiment, and a Happy Mother’s Day sentiment I knew that I just had to make a Mom’s Day Card in her honor. The scrap of velvet ribbon and vintage lace are from my Mom’s craft stash, which I inherited when she passed away 15 years ago.  I miss her, especially when I’m in my craft room as we were stamping buddies for almost a decade.
PS- The April Progressive Challenge set includes one outline digi and one colored, plus five sentiments for just $2.99. And if you enter a card into this month’s challenge, you’ll get next month's digi set for free! But hurry, the challenge ends on the 31st. Check here for details! 
I’m entering this card into several challenges including TIME OUT Challenge- Pets (we had several bunnies as pets during my childhood, but they were never allowed on the table, much less in a teacup!)
·   Digi and Sentiments- Imagine That Digi Stamp Set (Teacup Bunny)  
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Blue Striped paper- Freebie from thecraftblog (Springtime Printable Paper Assortment)
·   Velvet ribbon, lace, rosebud paper and other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Imagine That Blog Progressive Challenge- April (Teacup Bunny)             
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #156 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #487-488 Anything Goes                   
TIME OUT Challenge- #186 Pets                                                                      
Jan’s Digi Stamps- April 2021 Anything Goes    

I recently stumbled upon a wonderful website that provides dozens of templates for paper projects that range from creative to ingenious. I saved many of them to my laptop for later use… but chose to use one of them to make a card for the current Butterfly Challenge. The template comes precolored, so with just a little fussy-cutting and folding you can create a butterfly with wings that actually flutter! I plan to add a tag that gives instructions to push/pull the levers- or move them gently up and down- to move the wings. Since May is a week away, I decided to make this into another Mother’s Day Card with a computer-generated sentiment on the inside.
(I also provided a photo of the pdf- after adding a watermark-to help me offer a few things I learned when putting the butterfly together. Fold the wings along the dotted lines, slide the “lever” on the left wing into the slit along the left side of the butterfly’s body then bring it up into the slit along the left edge of the heart shape. Repeat this process for the right wing and the remaining slits. Attach the butterfly heart to the front of a card with foam tape allowing room for the levers to move freely.)   
My card features two of the required colors for the current Butterfly Challenge (Misty Moss and Maroon) and two themes (metal work that surrounds the gem and through which the ribbon for his body is threaded and butterfly.)
·   Colored Butterfly Digi- Freebie from The Toymaker (Heart Butterfly)
·   Additional coloring added with Spectrum Noir Classique markers
·   Inside Sentiment- Computer Generated
·   Pioneer black Photo corners- available from several sources
·   Cardstock, patterned paper, green gem brad and black ribbon from my stash.
Entered into:  The Toymaker Heart Butterfly
Butterfly Challenge- #156 M is for Mini Miura Fold                     
Incy Wincy Designs Colours Of Spring
Polkadoodles Challenge- Week #17 Anything Goes                      
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- April                       

I wanted to make a card to enter in this month's Rudolph Challenge especially because I love the prize that Mo is offering this month (a die that I've wanted for like EVER!!) I also wanted to make a card for the wecraftcards forum Monday Challenge that required a fun-fold card
so I decided to make a tri-fold Christmas card.  This pair of cute digis from Knitty Kitty (SantaPaws and one of his crew) plus a meowy fun sentiment are sure to bring a smile to my cat lovin’ brothers face next Christmas! (Plus, I can now enter the current Path Of Positivity Challenge that has the optional twist "Share a Laugh.") 
·   Digis- Knitty Kitty Digis (Build a Snow Scene Quartet 2)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Tri-fold Card Video- Tutorial HERE
·   Front Sentiment- Eureka Digital Stamp (Meowy Christmas) Also available in unmounted or cling-mounted
·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into:  Knitty Kitty Digis SantaPaws,
Rudolph Days Challenge- April   
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Fun Fold (Tri-Fold)
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #90 (Optional Twist- Share a Laugh)
Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge- Furry Thing Goes #65
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #538 Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Stamps- Animals Acting like Humans
CCC Digi Creations- #124 Include an Animal
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday  
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge


  1. Hi Kathy all your cards are gorgeous I love them all. Have a great day. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. lovely project and love how your butterfly works! ...thanks for sharing with Polkadoodles this week, Nelly DT x

  3. A beautiful collection of cards Kathy especially the Christmas card. Thanks for joining the fun at Rudolph Days this month.

    Sue xx

  4. Brilliant template for the butterfly. Thanks for sharing the link to download it. A great interactive card. Thankyou for coming and paying in the butterfly garden. Hugs Mrs A.

  5. This is as cute as it gets, just love your sweet bunny in the tea cup. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Time Out!

  6. Love your bunny in the tea cup. I enjoy their images also. Thanks for joining us on Polkadoodles Crafting. Pam, DT

  7. Super cards. The kitty card is amazing. Such a great design :-)
    Thank you for purring along to play at SUYP Cats Challenges.
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  8. Such a clever lady, I like all your cards here and how you make a story with them. So glad you shared it with us at Incy Wincy, CarolG

  9. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge! DT Candace

  10. A great card - thanks for sharing it us at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

    Helen x

  11. Me again!

    Thanks for joining us at Imagine That Digistamp too.

    Helen x

  12. Love all the cards especially the butterfly one!
    Your Rudolph Days Challenge card is amazing. That fold is so fancy and I love it!

    Great card, Kathy and good luck on your chance to win! I will eventually have this die again as a prize and I picked a couple of them on sale...

    Thanks for taking part in the Rudolph Days Challenge.

  13. Oooo what a great fun fold card and i'm loving the Santa kitty too, thanks for joining us April's Rudolph Days Challenge, Luv Sam x

  14. Before I get on to the challenge card, I gotta say your folded cards are spectacular, especially the butterfly, the colours are gorgeous!! Just love the little rabbit, she is so adorable and you really brought her to life with your colouring. So incredible to be able to include those craft embellishments from your Mum's stash, makes this card extra special and must have been fun and hard to make at the same time. How wonderful to have those memories of you two crafting and stamping together. Your card is so beautiful and we are so honoured you shared it with us at TIME OUT!

  15. Such a cute image. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Polkadoodles challenge Janet DT

  16. Great set of cards Kathy. I like the kitties in odd places on the tri-fold card. Thank you for entering the Share A Smile/Laugh challenge at Path of Positivity.

  17. Beautiful cards here! You totally rock the folds and detailing, these cards are so well made and very stylish! Thank you for joining us at Time Out!

  18. I like your interactive butterfly card Kathy. Thank you for entering the Colours of Spring and/or Embossing Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs.

  19. So sweet!!! Thanks so much for participating in our IMAGINE THAT! PROGRESSIVE challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafting day!! Stay safe and healthy!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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