Wednesday, August 25, 2021

myasperations 8-25-21

I made this fun card for recent a challenge at wecraftcard, where the instructions were to create a card that represents a County Fair.  I thought of rides on the Midway, and then started looking for inspiration. This wonderful digi from Sheepski named “Taking Pics” along with a few free photos from the web, plus sentiments and a camera digi from Jan’s finishes. Can’t you almost hear the carousel music and smell the Kettle Corn? Yummy!
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Scribbles Designs-Fantasy (as a child I found Fairs and Carnivals with the rides, bright lights and wonderful assortment of treats almost magical. And the Wave Swinger - like the one in the camera lens of this great digi- made me feel like I was flying. So fun!)
Also, you can't tell from the photo, but I colored most of the camera with a Sharpie Permanent Silver Marker. It gives a rich-looking brushed metal finish to the camera.  
·   Digi- Sheepski Designs (Taking Pics)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers, Sakura Gelly Roll white & silver gel pens
Sharpie Metallic Silver Bullet Tip Permanent Marker

·   Sentiments and small camera embellishment on inside of card- Jans Digis (Camera Life)
·   Background photo- Cropped and recolored from  
Drew County Fair Poster-Print & Share
·   Small star punch, cardstock, and misc. items from my stash.
Entered into:  
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- State Fair
Scribbles Designs Challenge#102 Fantasy
SheepSki Designs (FB) August 2021- Anything Goes
        Since I’m a DT for Sheepski Designs, I’m entering just for fun!
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Challenge- Week #34 Anything Goes                     
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #505-506 Anything Goes                   

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 a Progressive Challenge each month. The August digi set with the sentiments and adorable little calf makes me smile! (The set is now available for just $3.25 HERE. And f you enter a card into this month’s challenge using any digis and sentiments from the set, you’ll get next month's digi set for free! But hurry, the challenge ends on the 31st.) I printed the calf onto a beautiful wooden background digi paper, added a bit of shading and coloring plus a sprinkling of mini-flower sequins to create this sweet card!
An added note, A few months ago I was introduced to a company named Free Pretty Things For You (FPTFY), which offers a treasure trove of patterned papers, and many of them are free! After I registered as a member, I was excited to nab this set of papers that featured wooden backgrounds and pretty pumpkins. I used a free program to layer the png calf digi onto the jpg background (the png digi remained transparent, allowing the wood to show through.) So fun!

·   Digi and sentiment- Imagine That Digi Set (Pretty Calf)    

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Rustic Wooden background- FPTFY (Sunflower Pumpkin Wooden Background)

·   Pioneer Black Photo corners- available from several sources

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

·   Buttercup Liquid Pearls (flower centers)

·   Free program can be found HERE (add watermarks, layer digis, and more!)

·   Circle template and cardstock from my stash.
Entered into:  
2craftycrittercrazies challenge- Aug 2021                                      
        Since I’m a DT for Sheepski (sponsor), I’m entering just for fun!
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #164 Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- August                   

I also enjoy participating in the Progressive Challenge at Outlawz each month. The August digi, named “Beep Beep,” makes a fun Christmas card when layered atop a section of an upcycled map. With a bit of fussy-cutting, foam tape, and a strip of acetate, I added depth, texture, and realism to the card. (This card is for one of my brothers who now lives in South Carolina. Am figuring that he’ll enjoy the fact that I used a scrap of a South Dakota map as the background since he is sure to recognize names of some of the towns, especially the one you can glimpse through the back window!)
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Christmas Craft Creations challenge- Non-traditional Colors (I opted for lime green, pale blue, navy blue, kraft brown, and teal. I did have to sneak in a few pops of red and green on the hearts, gifts and inside sentiment, because I didn't have them in non-trad  colors!)  
·   Digi- Twinkle Lane Designs (Beep Beep! New Car Digi)

·   Colored with Spectrum Noir Classique markers, Sakura Gelly Roll white & silver gel pens

·   Front Sentiment and gifts on front seat- EchoPark- A Cozy Christmas Element Sticker

·   Inside Sentiment- LoveSVG (All Hearts Come Home)

·   Puffy Heart Stickers- Sticko’s from WalMart (113 assorted puffy hearts for just 99 cents!)

·   Upcycled map, snowflake stickers, cardstock and all other items from my stash.
Entered into:  
Outlawz Challenges- Progressive Freebie- August Twinkle Lane-New Car
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday  
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #556 AG
Christmas Craft Creations challenge- August Non-traditional Colors  


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

  2. Wow Kathy, LOOOOVE your coloring of my Calf and how you printed right onto that awesome wood grain!! So so cute with the lil yellow flowers around the sentiment too. I totally ❤ this 🐄 card!!!
    Thanks for playing at IMAGINE THAT DIGISTAMP!
    happy Crafting,

  3. Nice spotlight technique on the cow and great textures.
    Thanks for joining our Color It challenge at The Paper Shelter.
    DT Nicola

  4. A lovely Christmas card. Thank you for joining in at Christmas Craft Creations. Lynne dT

  5. Just beautiful Kathy. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at The Paper Shelter. We would love to see you again ... Anet DT

  6. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 556 - I hope to see you again soon. x

  7. Love it! The image looks amazing on woodgrain.

    Thanks for joining us at Imagine That Digistamp.

    Helen x

  8. Great trio of cards Kathy. Love all the thought that went into your first card. Yes, the magic of the carnivals and fairs is certainly something to reflect back on!

    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.
    Strategic Content Developer and Blog Coordinator for The Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog!
    Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles--My Personal Blog!
    Owner & Co-coordinator for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!
    Path of Positivity – My other challenge blog!

  9. Gorgeous!!! 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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