Saturday, February 4, 2023

Just For You My Friend

Hi friends!  When I saw the new challenge over at Time Out Challenges, I knew right away that I wanted to play along.  The inspiration photo is SO lovely AND it's hosted and sponsored by the wonderfully talented Gina from Gina K. Designs.  Just look at this awesome photo that inspired my card.  How could I possibly say no to this FUN challenge?
I used a piece of basic black cardstock.  The second layer is a piece of green corrugated cardstock, and the third layer is a piece of white watercolor paper that I inked with several beautiful colors of oxide ink to create my rainbow inspired background.  All those lovely colors in the inspiration photo were rubbed onto the watercolor paper.  Next, I used the Autumn Silhouettes Stamp Set from Stamp Simply for the image.  I used the Jesus Stamp Set for both of the sweet sentiments.
I added a Tim Holtz miniature rusty paperclip as the finishing touch.  I really kept things very simple.  When I saw Amy Tsuruta's FUN challenge at Woodblock Wednesday asking us to pull out our woodblock stamps, I knew I wanted to join in on that as well. I used an old Stampin' Up woodblock stamp (Limited Edition) on my matching envelope.  I forgot to write 1 of 1 but I'll do that before I mail the card.  I like having a matching envelope for my cards, so this was really fun.  My poor old woodblock stamps seem to get ignored so I really enjoyed this challenge. 
I don't normally have the time to create many cards just for fun that aren't for a DT assignment, but I've sure had fun doing so this week.  Being inspired to create fun cards is always a joy.  I'll be heading off to Minnesota next week (where it's currently 20 degrees BELOW ZERO - YIKES).  I've got all my DT cards scheduled for while I'm away.  I'll be visiting my dear friend, Mary, who is in Stage 4 cancer.  Our time together is going to be very special and I'm looking forward to it very much.  I hope that you're finding time to create some pretty cards and play along in some fun challenges.  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week.  I always appreciate your visits, comments and encouragement.  I'm grateful for you all.

I'm playing along here in these challenges that inspired my card:

Time Out Challenge Blog - Challenge #231 - Photo Inspiration - I was totally inspired by the gorgeous colors in this inspiration photo.  It was a blessing to create my card for this FUN challenge.  Guest Designer, Karen, also inspired me with her lovely card as did the fabulous Gina K.

Paper Funday Challenge Blog - Challenge #50 - Anything Goes/Option: Lots of Layers - This is my entry 6/6 and I've had SO much fun playing along in this challenge this month.  I don't often find the time to play along in many challenges, but it worked out well for me this month and I'm so grateful.  I've really enjoyed it.  Most of my cards include many layers.  This one has three layers - basic black cardstock, green corrugated cardboard, and white watercolor paper.

Inspiration Station Challenge Blog - Challenge #46 - Inspiration Photo - In this little photo, I was drawn to the setting sun background so I tried to capture that.  I also noticed the silhouettes of the willows and branches at the bottom right of the photo and that prompted me to incorporate my silhouette willows/branches.  I think they're pretty and inspiring for sure.

Woodblock Wednesday by Amy Tsuruta - I used an OLD Stampin' Up (Limited Edition) woodblock stamp on my envelope.  I need to write 1 of 1 on it before I mail it.  I'm SO excited about this fun challenge that encourages me/us to pull out those neglected woodblock stamps.

Happy crafting, everyone.


  1. Love this Karen - you have created a stunning background for the delightful silhouette image - an absolutely gorgeous card

  2. so fun Karen. Your card is beautiful, love the matching envy. Thanks for joining me at Woodblock Wednesday!

  3. I always love this type of craft work. The color variations for background interest is wonderful. Love the card. Will pray for your friend and you.

    Hugs and Blessings

  4. Your rainbow blending is lovely, a perfect background for the images, just love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing with us at the Paper Funday Challenge.

  5. Beautiful take on the challenge! Thanks for your kind words on my blog!

  6. this is a nice card Karen your background is really nice how very creative.
    Hugs and Blessing My Dear Friend

  7. pretty blending of the colors, the silhouette looks great against it! I sure hope you have a great visit with your friend and it can lift her spirits.

  8. Stunning card Karen, what fabulous colours and shading.

  9. Absolutely gorgeous. I love silhouette images and Gina K. does them so well. Thanks for sharing your lovely project with us at The Paper Funday Challenge.
    Donna xx

  10. Your card is beautiful, Karen. I love the corrugated layer beneth the rainbow layer. Such a nice touch. The silhouette image looks beautiful atop the blended rainbow, and I love the sentiment. Thanks so much for playing with us at Time Out.

  11. Such a beautiful card Karen.. Love the rainbow colored ink blending and all the layers and the way you have added paper pin... simply Awesome.. Thank you so much for joining in with Time out. Hugsxx Deepti

  12. What a gorgeous rainbow! Thanks for playing along with us at Time Out!

  13. I'm popping back in to say Thanks for playing along with us at the Inspiration Station Challenge and we look forward to seeing more from you soon.
    Donna xx
    Beautiful Blossoms Challenge
    Paper Funday Challenge

  14. Beautiful - love your blended background.

    Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Station Challenge.

    Helen x


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