Sunday, October 17, 2021

myasperations 10-17-21

I was excited when Di over at Pixie's Snippets invited me to be a Guest Designer for a Ruby's Memory Challenge. And I apologize that my post is a little late. Our state’s bumper crop of ragweed is causing havoc with my allergies. Migraine meds and a good night's sleep are finally providing me with some relief this AM. So… let’s roll!

I’m honored to also be able to provide the prize for the 7th Ruby’s Memory Challenge, which is dedicated to Ruby and the centre that originally rescued her. Ruby’s human family are friends of Di’s and all report that she provided love, laughter, and cuddles to all who knew her. I can just imagine Ruby now romping through the heavens, causing some enthusiastic mischief with our dogs who got there before her. Sweet Ruby, have fun with all the other beloved- and dearly missed- pets that are now your playmates!   
The prize I’m offering is two sets of dies that work beautifully together or alone: an Echo Park’s “Candy Cane Christmas” plus a Neat & Tangled “Medallion Flower Builder.”

For the chance to win both sets of dies, just create a card or other project using ”snippets” (at least one)  from your collection of craft supplies, and enter it into the challenge over at Pixie’s Playground by 11am UK time on Saturday 30th October. Make sure to read the rules at the playground including linking to the challenge in your blog post and letting Di know you want to be included in the draw by leaving a positive "yes please" to the prize in a comment on the challenge post itself. (You can review the rules at the Playground, HERE.)

Now here are the three cards I made with the dies… and some additional details. Enjoy!

The first card features a pair of holly leaves created with the Medallion Flower Builder Die Set plus items from my stash. I loved using two simple sentiment techniques on my card- the lovely scrapbook paper on the front with its “Merry and Bright” greeting plus the “Joy and Peace” sticker on the inside, topping a scrap of the green paper from the front of the card. Easy Peasy!
I'm entering this card into a few challenges including The Paper Shelter (my two colors are red and shades of green.) 
·   Holly- created with the Neat & Tangled Medallion Flower Builder Die Set

·   Cardstock in assorted colors, holiday scrapbook page and sticker from my stash.

Entered into:  
The Paper Shelter- #487 Two Colors  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #564 AG

The next card features a gold-centered poinsettia created with the Neat and Tangled die set and the Christmas Die from the Echo Park Set.  The inside sentiment is a scrapbook sticker, and the sparkly stars were made from scraps of glittery gold cardstock and stars fussy cut after using 20-year-old a set of nestled stars from my scrapbook supplies (I think I need to need to get some star dies!)  I also carried a bit of sparkle onto the front of the card by punching a gold circle from my scraps for the flower center and a used a teeny punch to "dot" the "i"! 
·   Poinsettia- created with the Neat & Tangled Medallion Flower Builder Die Set

·   Front Sentiment- “Christmas” from the Echo Park Candy Cane Christmas Die Set

·   Inside Sentiment- “Joy” Scrapbook Sticker

·   Cardstock in assorted colors, dotted paper, and templates from my stash.

Entered into:  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #513-514 Anything Goes                   
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- October                

My final card used both dies from Echo Park Set. Two candy canes were cut from both red and white card stock, adhered together, highlighted with a bit of white gel pen, and topped with a green bow. A scrap of green cardstock creates the base for the front sentiment. I used the Christmas die to cut the sentiment in white and positioned it on a green base, before gently penciling the word “Merry” above the die-cut sentiment. When I was happy with the size and position of the sentiment, I drew over it with the black Sharpie marker. After adhering the Christmas sentiment, I replace the “dot” on the “i” with a small puffy heart sticker. (I love these little gems and use them often to embellish my cards. I usually buy them at WalMart for just 99¢, but you can also find them at a few Etsy sites.) The inside sentiment is upcycled from a card and decorated with a single snowflake. (Note-if you follow my blog, you’ll know that I love to upcycle from cards, calendars, junk mail, and more. It helps my craft budget… and  our planet!)  
·   Candy Canes and “Christmas” sentiment- from Echo Park Candy Cane Christmas Die Set

·   Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen, and Sharpie black permanent fine-line marker

·   Puffy Heart Sticker-Sticko’s

·   Cheery Lynn Designs C146 Snowflakes

·   Scraps of cardstock in assorted colors, upcycled greeting cards, and green satin ribbon from my stash.

Entered into:  


  1. Oh Kathy - what a beautiful post! Thank you SO much for being our Guest Designer this time and also for your wonderful prize. LOVE your snippets cards of course.

    Take time for yourself honey and hope you feel better really soon.


    Di xx - and a 'woof' from Dudley in appreciation on Ruby's behalf! x

  2. Coming over from the Snippets challenge for a closer look at your beautiful cards. Thank you so much for being guest designer, and for your generous prize. I love the extra dimension you got from white gel pen on the candy canes, and your use of really old stash and upcycled card products. Like so many crafters, I also have a lot of old items that are begging to be used.

  3. Congrats on being GD over at the Snippets Playground. Very generous prize you’re offering. I love your trio of cards and thanks for sharing all the details. I’m all for a bit of recycling and stretching craft materials.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  4. hi Kathy your cards are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  5. Beautiful cards, Kathy! Love the accents on your candy canes...they look real enough to eat!! Thank you for the generous gift of these prizes. Some lucky winner is going to be thrilled.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  6. Your cards are wonderful Kathy, and I love the elegant simplicity of your clean and simple design. Thanks for sharing your crafty talent with us at The Paper Shelter!

  7. Kathy, your cards are absolutely beautiful - your candy canes look almost lickable!! Thanks for sharing them for the Ruby's Memory challenge and THANK YOU for such a generous prize and lovely words!

  8. Thank you for sharing your fun card with us at Scribbles Designs, we hope you can join us again soon ~ Janice, Inspiration Team

  9. Three festive holiday designs, thanks for sharing!

  10. A very cute winter scene you created and I love how you added the bold big sentiment with the candy sticks too. Thank you co much for playing along with us this month. Best of luck with your entry. Nick DT


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