Thursday, November 18, 2021

myasperations 11-18-21

I am posting my fifth card for this year's Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge at Beccy's Place! During the month of November, Beccy provides a daily theme (most based on the letters of the alphabet) and invites participants to create cards for ANY holiday and use images from any company. And… she offers several prizes on a daily and weekly basis. So there are lots of reasons to get involved (plus you'll get a jump start on holiday card making!)
For this card that includes embossing for the letter “E”, I’m highlighting the handsome Finn. Decided to make his scarf a paper-pieced beauty using two of the patterns from an 8x8 digi paper pack from Digi Doodles. I love the brown/blue color combo, so carried that over into my background layered with patterns and textures. I especially like how the elegant vellum embossed snowflakes add a bit of translucency to the card.  A flurry of die-cut snowflakes, sentiments, and photo corners finish it off! Tada!  

·   Digi- Beccy’s Place Digital Stamp Set (Finn’s Scarf)

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

·   Front Sentiment- “Christmas Kisses” from a Lili Of The Valley Digital Set (Christmas Wishes)

·   Inside Sentiment-“... and a warm hug”- Computer Generated

·   Paper Pieced Brown and Blue Snowflake paper (on scarf and background paper) from HERE

·   Background-Large Snowflake patterned paper- Echo Park

·   Cuddlebug Embossing Folder- Snowflake

·   Cheery Lynn Designs C146 Snowflakes

·   Cardstock and other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Beccy’s Place 9th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge- Day 5: E is for… Embossing
        Since I’m a Contributor for Beccy’s Place, I’m entering just for fun!
Scribbles Designs Challenge- #105 Warm Winter Clothing
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Make Your Own Background
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- November             
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #517-518 Anything Goes                   

I love this sweet little Antoni the Coffee Gnomie from Digi Doodles and just had to feature him in a card for the 2021 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I printed Antoni on Kraft paper in hopes it might give him a vintage feeling (I think it worked, especially on his soft white beard!) He’s perched upon a festive wreath, and a red dotted Swiss bow adds a shout of bright color. The bow inspired me to add the puffy heart to the sentiments… because I do love those little stickers!  I’m entering this card into several challenges including Outlawz TicTacToe (matching the top row with ribbon+hot beverage+foilage.)    

·   Digi- Digi Doodle Studios (Antoni Coffee Gnomie)

·   Front Sentiment- “Sweet Holiday Wishes” from Beccy’s Place Digital Stamp Set (Christmas Cheers)

·   Wreath- from a 12x12 Echo Park Sticker sheet named A Cozy Christmas

·   Front Sentiment- Beccy’s Place Digital Stamp Set (Christmas Wishes)

·   Inside Sentiment- TlcCreations Freebie (Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas)

·   Sheer Red Dotted Swiss Ribbon- JoAnne’s

·   Puffy Heart Sticker-Sticko’s

·   All other items from my stash.
Entered into: 2021 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop                  
Outlawz Challenges- Tuesday Color Challenge- TicTacToe Board     
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #568 AG
Digi Doodle Studios FB Challenge- November Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Studios- #44 Christmas and Winter

I’m working on making up packets of assorted cards that I like to give as Christmas gifts and realized that I’m short on Halloween ones. So… this cutie from The Paper Shelter saves the day! I used both the digi and the matching background (I love how each digi comes with a background, especially when I can layer them digitally using my free Paint program (find a link in my supplies list.) I traced his ghost costume onto white vellum, fussy-cut, and attached it over the top of the digi to create a bit of layered texture to the card. And, because I cut out the eye holes, his eyes pop out a bit from the digi. I also printed off an extra copy of his balloon and candy-holder, fussy-cut, and attached them with foam tape to add some depth, plus added a piece of dark ribbon to the balloon for realism! The trimmed the sentiment into two sections so that I could use half on the front and the rest on the inside, then fussy-cut a few extra bats to add a bit more spooky-ness to the card. (I really think that bats are terrifying, mainly because I had an almost face-to-nose confrontation with one back when I was in college. Their eyes really are red!)

·   Digi- The Paper Shelter Digital Set (Spoooky!)

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

·   Sentiment (Divided)- Scribbles Designs (Cute Frightening)

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

·   Pioneer Black Photo corners- available from several sources

·   All other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
The Paper Shelter- #492 Say Something
Jan’s Digi Stamps- November 2021 Anything Goes    


  1. All great cards Kathy. Love the colouring of that scarf in the first card.

  2. Spook-tacular Kathy! Thank you for sharing your ghostly creation with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Hope to see you again Next month for a NEW challenge. Happy Crafting!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  3. I love the papers and cardstock you chose, blue and brown is an awesome colour combination Kathy. And the little touches of white add a beautiful contrast. Your colouring is fabulous and you always do a great job finishing the inside of the card too.
    Antoni is a very handsome gnomie, and yes, I agree that he has a lovely vintage vibe. Great idea to print him onto the kraft card. The wreath looks lovely too.
    Fabulous Halloween card to finish the post Kathy, what a cute ghost. I like that you've fussy cut several of the details to add a little more dimension.

  4. Great cards, Kathy! I really like your coffee gnome! Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Shelter. Julie, DT member

  5. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us for our Christmas/Winter Challenge at Digi Doodle Studios!


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