Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Snowman Catching Snowflakes

Hello again!  I'm back to share another card today as I won't be around much tomorrow.  It's another winter holiday card!  This cute snowman is QKR Stampede - Catching Snowflakes from Stamp On It.  Mine is the digital version, which I die-cut with a cross-stitched circle, layered on a lacey circle, and coloured with markers.  I also added details to his scarf with a white paint marker.  This snowman is very happy that it's snowing!


My card design was inspired by Cheerful Sketches September Challenge sketch:


The white panel is embossed with Darice Snowflake Background and I assembled patterned paper scraps according to the sketch.  The sentiment was self-made using Microsoft Word, and I finished the card by adhering three red snowflake sequins.  You can see the red colour of the sequins better in the photo below:  


I would also like to join the following 9 challenges for a total of 10:
ABC Christmas Sept 14 S for Snow UE
Allsorts 695AG Spots and/or Stripes (both) 2/3
Crafty Catz 607 AG Optional Make it Cute 3/3
We Love Stamping September AG Stamping (digital stamps accepted) 3/3
Word Art Wednesday 561-562 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk2 5/5

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joy-filled day!

Retro Kitty Countdown 9

Hello, everybody!  This month is flying so quickly!  It's hard to believe that October starts on Saturday!  Where did September go?  Today I'm sharing another card in my series of retro Christmas countdown cards.  I explained what they are for on this post.  My goal is to finish 25 of them by the end of November, and I still have 11 to go.  Yikes!  I'll really have to buckle down in October and November if I'm going to get them finished!

This adorable image is the September freebie for the Gecko Galz Monthly Christmas Challenge.  For fun I decided to add a little fussy-cut white kitty (The Digital Chick) at the bottom right.  For some sparkle, I added Frosted Lace Stickles to the snowman's ear muffs and the girl's hat and cuffs.  The red snowflake-patterned paper is from Free Pretty Things for You.  The countdown number 9 is from Digital Scrapbook and I adhered a self-made sentiment (Microsoft Word).  To finish off the card I adhered some holly leaves and berry sequins.

I would also like to join the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Sept 14 S for Snow UE
Crafty Catz 607 AG Optional Make it Cute 2/3
Pammie's Inky Pinkies 2239 AG 1/3 C10
The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up 92 AG w Fur, Fluff, Feathers, or Fins 3/10
Word Art Wednesday 561-562 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk2 4/5

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a peaceful and carefree day!

Monday, September 26, 2022

Sending Snowflakes and Smiles

Hi, everyone!  Today I'm sharing another winter holiday card, and again I used some of the scraps on my desk for the background!


I stamped, coloured, and fussy-cut the snowman from Your Next Stamp Freezy the Snowman.  The background for this card came together easily because these scraps happened to be lying side by side on my desk and I thought they looked great together!  The two border dies are from Your Next Stamp (Ric Rac Border and Snowflake Border), and I stamped a sentiment (Your Next Stamp Frosty Friends) using Your Next Stamp Holly Berry Red ink. 

I was inspired by the following 10 challenges:
ABC Christmas Sept 14 S for Snow UE
Allsorts 695AG Spots and/or Stripes 1/3
Crafty Catz 607 AG Optional Make it Cute 1/3
DL.ART September Linky AG UE
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 190 AG 2/3
QKR Stampede 452 AG 2/3
Rudolph Day September AG Christmas 1E C10
We Love Stamping September AG Stamping 2/3
Word Art Wednesday 561-562 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk2 3/5
Your Next Stamp 188 Scraps 2/3

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a carefree day!

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Butterfly Thinking of You

Hello, everyone!  Thank you for your prayers and positive thoughts for Nova Scotia!  We are okay!  Some parts of Nova Scotia, as well as other provinces in Atlantic Canada, sustained significant damage, but we experienced only a small amount of damage to our property.  We feel very blessed.  We were without electricity for only 10 hours, and we lost our telephone and internet service for about 28 hours.  We are relieved it is over but continue praying for others who are still impacted by Hurricane Fiona.  

Today I'm sharing my card for Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge 173, which is Spin the Butterfly Wheel with W for Window Card.  This is a new card style for me, and it was fun!


I followed Mrs. A's instructions in her Window Card tutorial.  The colours I chose are Wheat, Watermelon, and Wild Blue Yonder, along with the theme of Wood.  The wooden butterfly was part of a prize I won in a previous challenge of Mrs. A's (thank you!).  I added a die-cut butterfly (free with magazine) behind the wooden butterfly.  The patterned paper is from MME Sky's the Limit, and I stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts. 



I was also inspired by the following 9 challenges, for a total of 10:
DL.ART September Linky AG UE
Double Trouble 121 Punch it Out (Thing1 Dies, Thing3 Wood Butterfly, Thing2 Use Your Stuff Challenge) 2/4

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 190 AG 1/3
Pammie's Inky Pinkies 2238 AG 3/3 C10
Penny's Paper-Crafty 530 AG 2/3
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Sept.22-Oct.5 Always AG UE
Through the Craft Room Door Sept. 13 AG 4/4
Use Your Stuff 467 Wood or Woodgrain
Word Art Wednesday 561-562 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk2 2/5

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a peaceful day!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Kitties, Hot Chocolate, and Gingerbread Mini Slimline

Hello, everyone!  Before I share my card, I would like to request your prayers for Nova Scotia.  

We are in the path of Hurricane Fiona starting Friday afternoon and into Saturday.  To monitor the storm warning for our area, here is a link:

https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ns3#1216066671400039137202209200508wo3x4xcwhx

All prayers and positive thoughts are appreciated. We may lose electricity and internet so I may not be around blogland over the weekend. When possible, I will post on my blog that we are okay.

In the meantime, I would like to share a fun card featuring stamps and dies from Your Next Stamp.  My card features three of my favourite crafty subjects:  kitties, hot chocolate, and gingerbread!  This is a mini slimline card measuring 6" x 3.5" and it's the first time I've made a card of this size.  

I did a lot of colouring here, and it was fun!  I also used up a bunch of scraps!  I have a big pile of scraps on my desk and I pulled out bits and pieces to put together my card (scroll down for photo of scraps below).


I coloured the images with markers and then fussy-cut.  I knew I could make a little scene with my scraps. The blue patterned paper was already a good size but I had to trim the white scrap both lengthwise and width to fit this card size. 

Scraps left over from previous cards

After I adhered the patterned paper and the white snowy landscape, I adhered the gingerbread house and kitties (the kitties are popped up on foam tape).  The cup held by the kitty on the right is plain so I adhered the leftover tiny gingerbread man.  

Along the bottom edge of the card I adhered the sparkly red ricrac border and added the gingerbread man and holly to the left to fill in the empty space.  In the sky I adhered three punched white snowflakes and the candy, to which I adhered a tiny red punched heart.  Now that I look at the candy, it appears to be flying through the sky like a bird, oh well.  I'm so happy to use up some scraps, but I have lots more in the pile for the next card! 

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Purrfect Together, Your Next Stamp Fhiona’s Gingerbread House (retired, I think)
Die:  Your Next Stamp Ric Rac Border Die

I was inspired by the following 10 challenges:
ABC Christmas Sept 14 S for Snow UE
Caffeinated Christmas 9 Coffee plus Candy or Cookie UE
DL.ART September Linky AG UE
Pammie's Inky Pinkies 2238 AG 2/3 C10
Simon Says Stamp Monday Sparkle and Shine 1/5
Snippets Playground 437 AG w Snippets (as pictured) 1E C10
Through the Craft Room Door Sept. 13 AG 3/4
We Love Stamping September AG Stamping 1/3
Word Art Wednesday 561-562 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk2 1/5
Your Next Stamp 188 Scraps 1/3

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a day filled with joy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Happy Anniversary Fall Wreath

Hello, everybody!  Today I'm sharing an anniversary card for my brother and his wife.  I made a fall-themed card for their anniversary a few years ago and they really liked it so I decided to go with that theme again.

I created the wreath using Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves and Small Stitched Leaves.  I die-cut the smaller leaves in sets of five colours and arranged them in a circle shape.  I stamped a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Happy on a white panel and embossed with a wood-grain design.  To finish the card, I adhered a number of gems.

I would like to join the following 10 challenges:
Double Trouble 121 Punch it Out (Thing1 Dies, Thing3 Woodgrain, Thing2 Use Your Stuff Challenge)
Lawn Fawnatics 133 Awesome Autumn 1/4 (sorry I do not have an anniversary sentiment from Lawn Fawn so I hope the Simon sentiment is okay)

Use Your Stuff 467 Wood or Woodgrain
Word Art Wednesday 561-562 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk1 3/5

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a peaceful day!

Monday, September 19, 2022

May Your Holidays be Sweet

Hi, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a coffee-themed holiday card, and of course I had to include my favourite holiday icon, a gingerbread man!  

The coffee go-cup and gingerbread man are both from Pattie's Creations.  The go-cup, called Pumpkin Latte Mug, is a freebie this month (I digitally removed the pumpkin so I could add my gingerbread man; I hope Pattie doesn't mind).  The gingerbread man has retired but there is a similar one called Ginger Bread Cookie.  By the way, I noticed Pattie is having a 30% sale, and the coupon code is BOOP789.  I'm not sure when the sale ends, so if you want something, don't delay!

I coloured the sweet gingerbread man and cup lid with markers, and I paper-pieced the go-cup with patterned paper (Striped Elephants on Etsy).  Behind the cup is a die-cut stitched circle and stitched scalloped circle (both from Gina Marie Designs).  I stamped a sentiment from Cardz TV, embossed the kraft cardstock with Die'sire Embossalicious Let it Snow, and adhered three punched snowflakes (Recollections).  For a festive touch, I adhered a sparkly red bow (Designed by Alason) to the cup.

My card sketch was inspired by Build Your Stash Holiday Cards FB Challenge 26:  

I was also inspired by these 7 challenges, for a total of 8:
ABC Christmas Sept 14 S for Snow UE
Caffeinated Christmas 9 Coffee plus Candy or Cookie UE

Let's Squash It 24 Use Any Embossing Folder and Fill 2/3 of your Card 1/3 C8

The Paper Funday AG with Optional Thinking of You 6/6
Word Art Wednesday 561-562 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk1 2/5

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a peaceful and carefree day.