To A Special Friend Card

To A Special Friend

What Did I Create This Week?

Happy WOYWW to you, dear friends! Can you believe how January is flying by?

This week, as rain and snowstorms are striking so much of the country, I thought I’d share the antidote to a winter day: a dash of bright, cheery color and a note to a special friend!

I spent a rainy day digging through my craft room searching for colorful items, old and new, for my card. Here are a few fun items I found:

  • Colorful papers from my older stacks of DCWV paper pads!
  • Pretty water color images from scraps of old sticker sheets.
  • Scraps of old cardstock (seriously – do I ever throw anything out?)
  • Pretty new navy grosgrain ribbon just begging to be used!
  • A jar filled with tiny yellow buttons.
  • A new, never-before-used Close To My Heart stamp set.
  • A pretty coordinating Close To My Heart ink pad.

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And then I went to see what inspiring challenges I could find!

One site I found that’s particularly guaranteed to life your spirits on a dreary day is The Monday Mood Board!

On this delightful challenge site, hostess and curator Tracy showcases items from our everyday lives that she finds pretty and inspiring and groups them into a mood board. Then, she challenges us to create something crafty and share how the mood board inspired us!

Monday Mood Board

Here’s how I interpreted Tracy’s challenge and incorporated the Mood Board items into my card:

  • The pillows inspired the use of the cascading squares!
  • The lantern and pillow colors are infused throughout the card!
  • The woman in the photo inspired the theme – To A Special Friend.

For more creative inspiration, check out the Creative Art Challenges at the end of this post!

Now it’s your turn to share your fabulous creations with us! We’d love to see your creations at one of our weekly parties!

Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by to see what’s on my work desk this week!

What Are The Crafty Cats Up To This Week?

Magellan - Gazing Kitten

Did you know that cats are SO curious and SO ingenious, they’ve created an entire day where they ask their pet parents every question they’ve ever wondered – and their pet parents must answer them?

That’s right – January 22 is National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day – and this year, not only did my ever-inquisitive kitten Magellan participate in the event – he was one of several cats featured on the Guidepost website!

Be sure to visit Magellan’s National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day post to see what burning question he and his feline friends asked that day – and, if you have a cat of your own who would like to participate – please feel free to join us!

Creative Art Challenges

Are you ready to jump-start your creativity? Here’s this week’s list of Creative Art Challenges to inspire you (organized alphabetically by Theme or Anything Goes!)

Theme Challenges

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Be Creative – Anything Goes Challenges

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65 Responses to “To A Special Friend Card”

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  1. Jeanne Kupsh says:

    Look at you go on the challenges!! Good luck – it’s a lovely card! I’ve been mixing up the old and new myself. Such fun!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #5

  2. A lovely sunny card to see on a very wet and windy morning here in Wales.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #33

  3. Nikka Geers says:

    It is so nice using old stash, and still come out with a fresh new card. Great job. Thanks for sharing with us at Heart 2 Heart.

  4. Our cat, Cindy, asks me the same question every morning, “Why are you leaving me???!” She’d much rather we stayed home and hung out with her. I think we’d rather do that too, but that doesn’t pay the bills!

  5. Your friend card is so bright and happy! I’m loving it and the wee yellow buttons.

  6. Chris says:

    Pretty image, beautiful fresh colours and a lovely design.
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Moments.

  7. karin says:

    it’s a beautiful flower card
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


  8. Michelle N. says:

    You may not throw anything away thank goodness-or else you would have never come up with this fantastic card! Thanks for joining Aloha Friday’s Scraps challenge!

  9. Wendy Batchen says:

    Such a lovely bright card and I love the layout. Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination and good luck. Wendy DT x

  10. Alexandra says:

    Lovely colours for your mood board and love your special card for a friend. It turned out really lovely. 🙂

  11. Merlina says:

    Beautiful card..
    Thanks for joining us at Sisters of Craft, and good luck.


  12. Jennifer Bradley says:

    Such a happy,sunny card reminds us of better things to come. Thanks for joining our challenge at Whoopsi Daisy and hope you will join us again soon. Jennifer DT member xx

  13. Michelle says:

    A very lovely card. I like the bright colours.
    Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
    xxx Michelle (DT)

  14. Shirley-Anne says:

    A pretty card Love the design , papers and images . bright and cheery .Thanks for sharing on Kraftyhands January challenge .

  15. Ellie says:

    A really nice card, Joy. Loving the colors and image! Your cat is just gorgeous too, love those white paws! I have a similar looking one but without the white paws.

    So happy you played along in my Monday Morning challenge!!

  16. Cindy says:

    Great card 🙂 Love the colors and the design 🙂 Very pretty. Thank you for joining us this week at TTCRD.
    Cindy- DT TTCRD

  17. Tracy says:

    Thank you so much for featuring my Monday Mood Board Challenge!! I love this bright and cheery card- I could use it on a dreary cold day like this.

  18. Kamila says:

    Such a wonderful card! I just love the colours you used! Thank you for joining us at Sister Act card challenge!

  19. Very pretty card!!!! Thank you for joining us for this months challenge on Seemacrafts. Hugs, Donalda DTM

  20. Bonnie says:

    Great card! Thanks so much for participating in our Party Time Tuesday Anything Goes Challenge.

  21. Hazel says:

    Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ challenge 64 – hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  22. Nikki says:

    Love the colour combo… you did a fabulous job. Thanks for joining us for our “Cool Blue” challenge at Digi Choosday’s Challenge… xo Nikki

  23. Nikki says:

    Super lovely job….. great layering…. thanks for joining us for our challenge at The Paper Shelter…. xo Nikki

  24. Ger says:

    A very pretty mix of spring colours! Lovely card. Thankyou for joining us this month at Craft for the Craic

  25. Judy says:

    What a lovely creation you are sharing at Kraftyhands. Good luck with the Challenge. Don’t you just love our theme this time! Judy DT

  26. Gail L says:

    A very pretty bouquet! I love the colors of this, so bright and cheerful! Thanks for joining our Lots of Layers challenge at The Paper Shelter this week! Hugs, Gail

  27. Brandi R says:

    Great card, I really like it! Thanks for playing along with H2H!

    Brandi R.
    H2H DT member

  28. This is a wonderful creation with great attention to detail and perfect for our ‘BINGO’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  29. Back with another DT hat on:
    This is so perfect for our ‘FAVOURITES’ theme. Just love the little buttons. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
    {Fresh Brewed Designs DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  30. Charlene says:

    This is such a gorgeous spring type of card with all of those wonderful bright colours. And your butterfly’s look ready to fly off the paper. Thanks for playing in our Bingo challenge at Digistamps4Joy! Good luck and we hope to see you again.
    ♥ Charlene DS4J DT

  31. Andree says:

    A wonderfully colourful card. It’s sure to lift anyone’s spirits.
    Thank you for joining in with the Scribble & Scrap challenge and good luck x

  32. What a lovely card, the springtime colours are gorgeous! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley!

    love Mags B x

    PS we are asking people to link to no more than 9 Challenges besides ours – but since the rule is new we’re informing everyone first, so we’ll include your gorgeous card for this Challenge! X

  33. caryn says:

    This is fabulous – love the layout of the design.
    Thanks for joining in at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Caryn xxx

  34. Lillian A says:

    Nice, cheery and uplifting card. Thanks for joining us at Love To Scrap.

  35. Regan says:

    Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge!
    DT Coordinator

  36. Louise says:

    Lovely card thanks for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy. Louise x

  37. Pauline says:

    This is a fabulous card, such a pretty image.
    Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator’s Crafts.
    I have candy on my blog if you would like to take a look –

  38. Lilian says:

    What a lovely card!
    Thank you for joining us at Decorate to Celebrate!

  39. Kelly says:

    Great rendition of the challenge and layout. I have that patterned paper.. several sheets and never knew what to do with it. Thanks for inspiring! Creative Blessings! Kelly #56

    • Create With Joy
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      So glad you like the card Kelly – I love seeing what other people do with stuff I own – when you use your paper, be sure to share it with us at Inspire Me Monday and leave me a note so I can see what you’ve created! 🙂

  40. Tracy says:

    So sweet! I love the tiny buttons you added. Glad you could play along with my Monday Mood Board!

  41. Shelly says:

    What a cheery card!!

    Thank you for joining us at Craftin Desert Divas!!

  42. Tanvi says:

    Such an adorable card. TFS at Craft Your Passion. Good Luck.

  43. Lovely card! It is a touch of spring! Thanks for sharing it at The Pink Elephant Anything Goes Challenge!

  44. Lee-Anne says:

    Sweet card…love the butterflies! So happy you could join us at the Dazzling Divas challenge!

  45. Tertia says:

    Such a nice and bright card. Love it!
    Thanks for joining us at Sweet 7 Designs

  46. I really love the fabulous colors you have used on this card.

    Thanks for joining us in our Cool Blue challenge at Digi Choosday Crafting Vicky (DT)

  47. Kate says:

    Such a lovely card! I love the look of the flowers in the “Polaroid” – especially with the buttons along the bottom. Fabulous job!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Craftin Desert Divas!

    Small Bits of Paper

  48. Tracy Penney says:

    I just love the bright, cheery, spring feel to this card. Definitely a great card for those of us facing lots of snow. Thanks for playing along with our Winter Blues challenge at Little Red Wagon.

  49. Bettina says:

    This is a fabolous card. Thanks for playing at Scrappers Delight and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at Scrappers Delight xx

  50. That really is a cheerful card! I’m partial to the gold and blue because those are the colors of our local university and its football team. Let’s go, Mountaineers! I like how you incorporate your cats into your post. Thanks for inspiring us at Heart 2 Heart!

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