Monday, November 29, 2021

myasperations 11-29-21

I wanted to make another windmill card for the current Butterfly Challenge because I enjoyed making the last one!  The challenge  sponsor, Mrs. A,, provided such easy-to-follow instructions for two different versions of the windmill card.) I only have a few pieces of this gorgeous floral paper left, but knew it would look lovely on this card. After attaching the windmill squares, I fussy cut a few blooms with leaves and a bit of ribbon to add to the card front.  My card features three of the colors in the current Butterfly Challenge (wine, wisteria, and wheat) and all three themes (Windmill card, words/sentiment, and a butterfly.)

·   Windmill Style Card Instructions, Version I from HERE

·   Stampin’ UP! Elegant Butterfly Punch (retired)

·   Punched Butterfly is detailed with a Sharpie black permanent fine-line marker and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen

·   Front Sentiment “Hello Sweet Friend” from Beccy's Place Digital Set (Keeping It Simple)

·   Inside Sentiment- Unknown Source (I removed rubber stamp from wood years ago)

·   Patterned paper, cardstock, and other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Butterfly Challenge- #164 W is for Windmill Card   
Polkadoodles Challenge- Week #47 Anything Goes                      
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- November             
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #519-520 Anything Goes                    

The sponsor for the November Outlawz Progressive Challenge is Sheepski Designs, and the digi is named “Claudia’s Plant.” I wanted to try to color the plant realistically, so checked the Andrea Etsy shop and found a colored image from a designer named Claudia. She had colored pretty stripes on the stems, and because of the name of the digi, I thought the plant might actually belong to her. So googled “plant with heart-shaped leaves and striped stems” and was greeted by beautiful photos of a plant named Alocasia Zebrina. I colored the plant accordingly, added a few lovely sentiments, and made the pot by paper-piecing a little scrap of natural bark paper I’ve had in my stash forever. I love the wonderful knothole pattern on it.    

·   Digi- Sheepski Designs (Claudia’s Plant)

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

·   Front Sentiment is from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles (appears to no longer be available)

·   Inside sentiment- Eureka Digital Stamp (Loving Ways) Also available in unmounted or cling-mounted

·   Patterned paper, cardstock, a scrap of natural bark mulberry, and other items from my stash.

Entered into:  
Outlawz Challenges- Progressive Freebie- November Sheepski Designs
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #96 (Optional Twist- Be Grateful)

My final card for this posting is for one of my favorite annual events, Beccy’s Place Holiday Cards Challenge. The yummy digi and both sentiments are from one of Beccy Muir’s newest digi sets. It was so much fun to color. To add some depth to the card, I printed off an extra copy of the holly and jingle bell, colored, fussy-cut, and adhered them to the mug with foam tape.  A strip of real twine covers the cord drawn on the mug.
Now I’m going to make myself a nice mug of hot chocolate with a splash of Peppermint Schnapps. (The temps are dropping below freezing tonight so that sounds like a good plan!)

·   Digi and Sentiment from Beccy’s Place Digi Set (Christmas Cheers)

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

·   Pioneer Clear Photo corners- available from several sources

·   Gold photo corners available from several web sources (WXJ13 Photo Mounting Corners)

·   Patterned paper, cardstock, twine, and NOEL tag from my stash.

Entered into:  
Beccy’s Place 9th Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge- Day 15 -"M" is for  
The Paper Shelter- #493 A Christmas Card
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #570 AG
Outlawz Challenge- Twisted Thursday Anything Goes (Optional Twist- Christmas)
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Christmas


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

  2. You have saved you best windmill card till last. I absolutely love this card.The papers are so pretty. That punch is one of my favouirte go to ones to use. I also have the smaller version as well. Pretty hefty to use and don't drop one on your toes. Thankyou for coming and playing in the butterfly garden for this last edition of the year. The butterflies will be back in January 2022. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Fantastic colouring Kathy, and such a beautiful festive image. I love all the texture you've added to your card. Thanks for sharing this with us at The Paper Shelter!

  4. Great cards Kathy! Wonderful choice of paper for the windmill card, the floral pattern is lovely. Beautiful butterfly too.
    The plant on your second card is fabulous, you did a great job with the colouring... I particularly like the pot. The sentiment inside the card is lovely and I'm sure whoever receives it will be touched by the beautiful words.
    Love your last card, the dimensional touches really make it pop! The black and white background brings out the vividness of the other colours. Love it!

  5. Gorgeous card and the sentiment is perfect for our challenge! That bark paper is very handsome and rich with texture, and your coloring gorgeous! So happy you shared with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

  6. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 570 - I hope to see you again soon. x

  7. Great cards. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Polkadoodles challenge Janet DT


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