Thursday, 22 February 2018

NATURE with Team Lou at the Southern Girls Challenge

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge

Our generous sponsors for this challenge are

Krafters Cart

Sasayaki Glitter


Today I have used the Image 6 Cute Cactus digital stamp by Sasayaki Glitter,
one of our generous sponsors this fortnight to make two cards.

I printed the image on X-Press It blending card, heat set then coloured with Copic markers.
I die cut the image panel and a series of panels to layer together.  I scored the top of the "back" panel, burnished the fold then adhered it to the front panel to create ornate top folding cards.

The Cute Cactus really is cute and I thought that filling the cards with "hugs" would be a fun twist, combining the sharp thorns of the cactus with words of comfort.  I layered black under the red to give a bit more dimension and contrast.

Copic markers - flower pot - E11-13-15-17
Copic markers - cactus - YG01-03-25-67
Copic markers - flowers - RV13-14
Copic markers - butterfly - B21-24-26 + Y18 
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - white
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - black
Kaisercraft - weave cardstock - Scarlet
Sizzix Big Shot
Spellbinders - Nestabilities - Labels Forty-One
Spellbinders - Labels 41 Decorative Elements
Kaisercraft - Decorative Dies - Comfort Pack (hugs sentiment)
Helmar Acid Free Professional Glue - to adhere the top fold
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the sentiment


Sending a big Thank You to Krafters Cart and Sasayaki Glitter for sponsoring our

I hope I have inspired you to get creative and look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery.  
Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge - Challenge #62 - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra Challenge - February Anything Goes
Colour It!  Create It!  Show It Off! - February 2018 Challenge – Valentine’s Day / Love
my cards are filled with love and hugs, finished off with a little red heart
Crafting By Designs - Challenge Theme - Friendship
Crafty Catz - Challenge #404 - Anything Goes option Use Some Pretty Ribbon
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog – Challenge #77 - Love Is In The Air
my cards are filled with love and hugs, finished off with a little red heart
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Challenge 142 - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Craft Challenges - Wk 08 – Anything Goes
Love To Scrap Challenge Blog - LTSCB #106 – I Love You
my cards are filled with love and hugs, finished off with a little red heart
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - PIP Challenge 1807 – Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Penny’s Challenge 368 – Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge - Week 7 – 16th Feb – Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #283 – Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Challenge #134 – Anything Goes option Winter
SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog - Challenge #11 – Red / Hearts / Romance / Love
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD Anything Goes Challenge for 20th Feb


  1. I love your coloring on the image, Tracy! The little bee buzzing around is so adorable. Thanks so much for playing in our "Anything Goes" challenge at QKR Stampede. You'll never know how much we love regular players. :-D
    NanaConnie DT

  2. Beautiful cards ! Thank you for joining us at Color it Create it Show it off and in our week 8 Anything Goes challenge at Digi Choosday ! Creative regards, Gina

  3. Great job with these shaped cards - I really like your coloring. Thanks for entering the QKR Stampede challenge this week. Dorothy S, DT member

  4. Very beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles
    We look forward to seeing you again next time.
    Anna DT

  5. Gorgeous make, thanks for joining us for the Polkadoodles Blog Challenge.
    Angie DT

  6. Great image..beautifully colored. Thank you for sharing with us at Polkadoodles Challenge blog. Anjie xx

  7. Beautiful!!Thanks for join us at
    ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
    Hope to see you again and good luck.
    Gr.Kaija Dt-member

  8. I adore these, thank you for sharing it with us at Digi Choosday crafty hugs Julia x

  9. Such fun shaped cards. Thank you for joining us for our Week 7 'Anything Goes' Challenge at Polkadoodles. Hugs Lisa xxx

  10. Beautiful card .. love the layout and great image .
    Thank you so much for joining us at Digi Choosday Challenge Wk8
    Good Luck Rose DT

  11. What an adorable set of cards, Tracy. Love the shape and papers. They show off the image beautifully. Well done, my friend. A set of these cards would make a wonderful small gift.
    Have a great day.

  12. These are really creatively designed cards! Love the images and the colors you used! Very happy you shared them with us at PIP Challenges this week!

  13. A wonderful card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "love is in the air” challenge over at Crafty Friends & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    (DT Stempel-Magie)

  14. oh gracious -
    I am not sure how I hopped her - but I am so glad I did,
    I love so many things about this card :
    I love that the card itself is a shape,
    The die cut of the base &
    who would love that image with great colouring.

    Not sure how I ended up here, but so glad I did - I will be back!!

  15. Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Color it Create it Show it off. ~DT Dana

  16. beautiful Tracy

    Thanks for join us at
    {ScrapbookStampSociety DT Member}
    Hope to see you again and goodluck

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  17. this reminds me of a movie with John Wayne bringing a cactus flower to a lady but gosh i can't remember the rest...your card truely made me smile and i love the sentiment inside, the inventive idea and shape!
    thank you so much for sharing at Love to Scrap!


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