Saturday, January 15, 2022

Brand New Challenge - Paper Dragonfly!


Hi, Friends....

I am very excited to introduce to you a brand-new challenge blog:  Paper Dragonfly.  I happened upon it when I was browsing Paper Playful.  It is all about dragonflies and run by a gal named you know it is going to be a great challenge blog!!  Purr..purr!  lol...

Side Note: Do any of the rest of you visit Paper Playful?  I certainly appreciate the kind ladies that give of their time to keep us informed and up-to-date on the current challenges.  Be sure to comment on their posts every so often to give them a thank you!!
Now....I have to be honest. I am not really into dragonflies.  I am not into bugs or crawlies of any sort.  You might say that dragonflies are not crawlies....and that is correct, but they ARE bugs!!  😨  But even I have to admit that dragonflies are quite intriguing with their beautiful iridescence and the way they zoom around.  Best thing about them, though, is that they are mighty predators of things like mosquitoes!  So I have a respect and grudging admiration for their place in my yard and garden.....same as I do for yellow jackets!  Ha! 

That said....I have a lovely dragonfly die lying unused in my stash that was part of a prize given to me by Mrs. A over at the Butterfly Challenge.  (THANKS, Mrs.A!!)  When I saw this new challenge, I thought that I definitely needed to use it. 

The Paper Dragonfly Challenge #1 theme is Winter Dragonfly.  Well, anyone with even half the winter we usually get here knows that dragonflies don't fly around in the snow!!!!  SO WHAT!  lol....  Cards do not have to reflect reality.  So I put the biologist part of me in a different part of the house and got to work with a winter-themed dragonfly card.  I made two of them and the one that I am showing you first is actually the second one....because I think I like it a tiny bit better than the first one.  But I ended up loving them both.  

This one ended up looking slightly Valentine-ish with the die cut row of hearts.  I used the debossed side of a snowflake embossing folder and a single die-cut snowflake along with my dragonfly cut from some wildly sparkly iridescent cardstock!! 

Now here is the second one............
Same colors, but even more shimmer with three dragonflies.  I sanded the snowflake embossing just slightly to add a tiny bit of contrast....but you can't see it.  lol....  I also added some sparkly gel pen to the centers of the embossed snowflakes.  I used gray card bases for a soft winter snowy sky look.  Which do you like better?

Supplies used include:
Tonic Studios - Rococo Delicate Dragonfly die
Darice - Snowflakes embossing folder
Inspired by Stamping - Graceful Hydrangea stamp set (retired)
Simon Says Stamp - Studio Katia "Fresh Bunch" stamp set (retired)
Versafine Ink in Smokey Gray

Hope you liked my cards.  And I really, really hope you will join us over at the Paper Dragonfly Challenge - Winter Dragonfly.  Let's support this new challenge as much as we can!!  ❤

Stay safe and warm....and watch out for dragonflies flying around in the snow!!  😉


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Paper Dragonfly Challenge #1 - Winter Dragonfly
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526
DL.ART January Linky Party
Ally's Angels challenge #54 - AG
Double Trouble Challenge #100 - Warm & Cozy Layer Up (I used Thing 1: Layers)
6. All Sorts Week #659 - Add a Heart
NBUS Challenge #34 - Use NBUS (my dragonfly was NBUS)


  1. Pretty card! And thanks for the info on the new challenge!

  2. These are beautiful. I never would have thought of winter dragonflies.

  3. Love both cards - the glitter paper is a great touch. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

  4. What a unique challenge! Gorgeous winter dragonfly cards! I love the sparkly dragonflies and the pretty pink papers! Lovely cards!!!

  5. A really pretty and feminine creation, many thanks for sharing at Allsorts 'Add a Heart' theme this week.

    B x

  6. I like both cards equally Janis! Both so pretty and feminine with lots of interesting elements to look at.

    Thanks for sharing at Allsorts this week.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  7. Fabulous cards!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  8. Very pretty cards, Janis! When I had my girl cats they both used to bring me dragonflies caught in the garden, Jo x

  9. Hi Janis, thank you so much for your wonderful post about my new challenge blog! Both of your cards are so beautiful, I love your iridescent dragonflies combined with the pretty snowflakes, you rose to my Winter Dragonfly challenge beautifully! Thank you for playing and I’m so happy to visit your blog covered in kitties…cats abd dragonflies, my 2 favorite things <3
    Have a wonderful crafty day!

  10. Beautiful card, Janis! Thanks so much for the heads up about the new challenge blog! xx

  11. How pretty, love all the sparkle and the shiny dragonfly. Thanks for sharing the new challenge and for playing along with us at Double Trouble!

  12. Oooh, I am loving that iridescent dragonfly! Just can't decide which is my favorite card design though.I do like the trio of sparklies but I also like the glittery tag with the snowflake die. Thanks for pointing me toward the new dragonfly challenge because I have a lot of dragon papers and two dragonfly punches. Who knows...maybe I even have a dragonfly die hidden somewhere in my stash. Like you though, dragonfly bodies give me the willies, and I much prefer them in paper form.

  13. So pretty - especially the glittery pink card. Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge.

  14. Delightful card, Janis! Thanks for the info on a new challenge. I manage one of the daily lists over on Challenges for Days and I'm going to see about adding it to the Friday list so that more people will see it. :-D

    1. That's great, nice of you! I don't frequent Challenges for Days, but I sure do appreciate the work you and so many others do on the different challenge lists. So helpful!! THANK YOU!

  15. I like dragonflies they are closer to being a butterfly, and even bees in crafting is fun... but don't let some of these creatures land on me. Can't choose cards, one as beautiful as the other. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble "Layer It Up".


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