Friday, October 8, 2021

myasperations 10-8-21

It’s Friday and time for the Colour Crazy Challenge which is “Anything Goes” but adds a requirement; the creation needs to include coloring in “any colouring medium you like, onto any project you like, and in any colours you like.” I’ve never outgrown my love for coloring… which is why making cards is stress therapy for me!! 
This week's sponsor is Rachel Vass Designs and my DT card features a family of bears and two sentiments from a  set named Bear-illiant. I printed the bear images onto kraft brown paper, added a bit of color with Spectrum Noir Classique Markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. The sentiments are also from the digi set (except that I added hand-sketched punctuation to turn the front sentiment into a question and added a bit of excitement on the inside of the card with an exclamation point.) I made this for my nephew and his wife, who just adopted a new little cub! She joins two sisters who love dressing up. So… the big sisters, and even the new little cutie, are all dressed up as princesses! Even their momma gets a little bling with rhinestone earrings. So fun!

·   Digi and sentiments- Rachel Vass Designs Digital Set (Bear-illiant)

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

·   Sparkly Crown Stickers- from JoAnne’s Fabrics and Hobby Lobby

·   Black and Red Heart patterned papers- Hobby Lobby

·   Heart stickers, scraps of ribbon, cord and tulle, and other items from my stash.
Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #486 Layer It Up
2craftycrittercrazies challenge- Oct 2021                                       

One of my favorite challenges, in which I’ve participated since starting my blog in 2017, is Double D’s. Blog owners, Diane and Darlene always pick interesting themes with wonderful inspiration photo boards. The current one features Owls and/or Pumpkins. I decided to make a rocker card using a sweet digi from All Dressed Up named Little Pumpkin! Bright fall colors and the interactive card style give it a festive feeling. After all, October is my favorite color! And this digi allowed me with lots of freedom to add patterns on her hat, dress, scarf, and even boots! I’m entering it into several challenges including the Lift Challenge (creating a round card with cardstock as the rocker base, topped with a half-circle of vellum. I’ve always liked making rocker cards, and love using vellum… so I loved learning this new technique! Although the back of it is not very professional. I'll need to work on that!) and Outlawz Sunday Challenge (the card has little sunflowers at the base of a few of the pumpkins.)

·   Digi- All Dressed Up (Little Pumpkin)

·   Rocker Card Instructions, (3 versions) found HERE

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

·   Sentiments- Power Poppy Digital Set (Autumns Opulence)

·   Patterned papers, vellum, cardstock, and other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #167 Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs- Halloween and/or Be Thankful
Double D’s Challenge- Owls or Pumpkins           
Lift Challenge- Round Card with Half Vellum    
All Dressed Up FB Challenge- Autumn and/or Halloween         
Digi Doodle Studios- #43 Fall and/or Halloween Cards
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Friday  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Send sunflowers! by Amy Lowell
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

A weekly challenge that is near and dear to my heart is offered every Monday at the wecraftcards forum. I met the members back in 2012 when I joined a Papercrafts Magazine Forum. I soon discovered that winning prizes was fun but getting to know the wonderful people was the greatest treat. When the sponsor closed the Forum later that year, one of the members offered to sponsor a site so that we could keep meeting. Almost 10 years later a small number of us continue to meet regularly to share stamping techniques, support and encourage each other, and even provide small prizes. They are such a great group of people, and I still continue to learn from them. This card is an example. It features a technique that was totally new to me- creating a “specimen” mounted between two small pieces of acetate. I used one of the instructional video links provided by the challenge host, plus items drawn totally from my stash to create this card:  an upcycled scrap of an October calendar page; two snippets of patterned papers (brown/rust leaves and vintage invoice); two word stickers; black and fall leaf Washi tape; small pieces of acetate; and a realistic butterfly 3-D sticker that I picked up at the local dollar store a while ago. (I separated the two-piece layered sticker, then adhered the two images back-to-back to create the front/back image for the specimen card. Easy-Peasy!)
I am entering my card into two additional favorite challenges-Pixies’ Snippets (I was able to use several bits and pieces of patterned paper and acetate, too!) and The Butterfly Challenges (my card includes a butterfly and one of the current themes: two patterned papers.)

·   Butterfly stickers- from our local Dollar Tree

·   Specimen Card Instructions- there are many examples on Pinterest, my favorite is HERE.

·   3-D butterfly stickers from local Dollar Tree store

·   Word stickers, acetate, upcycled calendar page, cardstock, washi tape and patterned paper from my stash

Entered into:  
Pixie's Snippets-Week #413
Butterfly Challenge- #162 T is for Tower Flap Card    
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #511-512 Anything Goes                   
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- October                 
Cute As A Button- August: CH #73 Anything Goes + (Option) Things with Wings


  1. Hi Kathy this is a gorgeous card. I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. I’m skipping over from the Snippets Playground to say how much I love your butterfly snippets card.

    Still some hot chocolate available up in the Playground Treehouse if you climb the rope ladder.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  3. Hi Kathy, I did link your entry on our Liftchallenge blog for you. So now everybody can find your card!
    Great wobble/rockercard with the autumn scene. Maybe next time, for the back of your card, you could stick the same forms to make it look better ;-)
    Thank you so much for joining us at the Liftchallange!

  4. A lovely autumnal rocker card with lots to look at! Your other cards are great too. Thank you for joining us at the Liftchallenge, we appreciate it!

  5. Such great cards here, Kathy! Once again, I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Shelter Challenge. I hope to see you again soon. Julie, DT member

  6. adorably cute little pumpkin girl! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  7. Always a pleasure to come and see all your cards especially the one for the butterfly challenge. I have had those butterflies in the past and find them very useful for adding a bit of 3D onto an otherwise flat card. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me. hugs Mrs A.

  8. Very nice cards Kathy! Love the little pumpkin girl ... great coloring/design! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Owls and/or Pumpkins’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

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

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous! And your colouring fantastic! Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us at at All Dressed Up Stamps Challenge. Hugs Neva

  11. Hello Kathy! Those bears are so sweet, and make for a perfect new baby card! Thanks fir sharing with us at the Critter Crazy challenge, and good luck! 😊

    ~Marie B - DT

  12. Lot's of lovely autumn colors on your blog. The rocking girl with the pumpkins is so sweet but I also like your bears very much. Thank you for joining us at DCL.

  13. Amazing card. Well done Thanks for joining us at Patterned Paper Challenge

    DT Patterned Paper Challenge

  14. Wonderful cards Kathy and of course I really love your snippets card. Also adore the bears - but then you knew I would!


    Di xx

  15. Another sweet pumpkin card. I love your coloring, and that rocker card shape is GENIUS!! So happy you could play along with us once again over at Double D. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

  16. Cute card. Thanks for sharing it with us at Critter Crazies challenge Janet DT

  17. Lovely project Kathy. Thank you so much for joining us at Cute as a Button Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Wendy Batchen DT for

  18. Fabulous creations! Thanks for joining us for our Fall and/or Halloween Challenge at Digi Doodle


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