Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Friday, February 12, 2016

Some Different Challenges

Hello, and Happy Friday!

Today I have cards for 3 different blog challenges that fit specific card needs I had.  The first is from The Paper Players, which I need to link up in the next few minutes!

Several weeks ago, Splitcoast had a color challenge of black/white & red.  I had a few ideas, but never put them together.  Then, this Paper Player theme challenge to use a dog or cat came along and I decided to put them together.

I am a Lay Dominican, and Dominicans (friars and sisters) are known for their black & white habits.  As a layperson, I don't wear a habit, but I received a pin which is black and white when I said my temporary profession.  Anyway, one of our chapter's longtime members recently moved to Texas.  He is an older man who told delightful stories at all of our monthly meetings.  Our group is just a bit different without him.  Why the dog?  One of the symbols for St. Dominic is a black dog, running with a torch in its mouth  (to set the world on fire with the Gospel.)  I wanted to do a torch, but it didn't work with this puppy.

I dry embossed the black & white card front with this cute paw print folder from Darice.  My image is from PaperSmooches "Cuddly Chums," stamped in black and colored with basic gray, smoky slate and real red markers, then popped up on a scallop circle.  The sentiment is from SU's "Just Sayin'" with the coordinating Word Bubble framelit.  Red candy dots finish it off.

Next, I have a Clean and Simple design using the palette from this week's ColourQ challenge.  I am also submitting it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday first time posting there!  I found it through someone else's blog.  You know how that goes.  Anyway, this week they are asking for a one layer card!  WooHoo! They are also featuring Paper Smooches this wek, which aren't used in this card, but in the one above.  I love that I found this challenge today!  I actually made several attempts before coming up with this card.  You see, I never finished my Christmas cards, so I am sending Valentines to some friends who didn't get Christmas greetings.  I tried to combine a Christmas image with the colors, but I kept making a mess with the gold embossing powder.  I finally decided less is more!   I used the thick SU whisper white for a single layer card.  Using the challenge colors and "Work of Art," I created a simple abstract background.  The sentiment is from "Trust God," embossed in gold and on a scallop oval.  I added gold cord behind it...which made it a real trick to adhere!  LOL I am going to make a dozen tonight, simplifying the gold detail and give them to a few friends at church this weekend.  Just wanted a different take on Valentine's Day!

Thanks for coming by...I'd love to read your comments below!

Inky {{{HUGS}}}


  1. Kim, both your cards are great! I love the embossing and cute pup on the first card, and even more so the story behind it. The second card is beautiful and elegant and I love the colors! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Paper Players!

  2. Cute cards Kim!! Thanks for joining us at ColourQ!

  3. Love your cards! My Aunt has passed, but was a Dominican nun. I did not know about the mascot- love this! Wonderful CAS card too- love the gold cord too!

  4. What a great little puppy card to tell your friend you miss him! Very sweet! And your God is Love card is just delightful too! So glad you could play with my challenge at the Paper Players this week!

  5. Kim, these are lovely! The miss you card is sweet and the God is Love one is absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Two wonderful cards, Kim! I hope your friend is liking Texas! I know this card brought a huge smile to his face!

  7. Welcome to our challenge Kim :)
    Gorgeous cards! The pup is so cute and I absolutely love your pretty, feminine card.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  8. Loved both of your cards but I am partial to the black and white one. Absolutely love the little dog!

  9. Sweet dog card- great use of color for your special friend. I had an Aunt in the Dominican order, I did not know that about their colors. Love the artsy 2nd card + love the sentiment!

  10. I love any card with a dog in it and yours is especially cute! And I love the thought you put into this card with the color combination and the are such a kind person. The second card is also beautiful. So soft and serene for a perfect sentiment.