Sunday 29 August 2021

Dragon & Cupcake


Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez
 has a Progressive Freebie challenge on Facebook. If you use any of her images and submit a card by the end of that month then you get a free image the following month. 

This card has been made with Dragon & Cupcake which I thought would be a great image for a birthday card for a male.

I used a kraft card blank and added some patterned paper which has been re-used / recycled from a Nespresso boutique paper carry bag. I loved the wonky stripe and the colours and it was too nice to throw away. This has a fairly large 'Nespresso' word on the bag which is concealed underneath the brown mat layer. Quite often you can easily cover these things up and still be left with a good area of the design to work with. I would always suggest to people to look at everyday items and packaging as there are so many things you can use in your crafting. If it saves a small proportion of items going to landfill we are doing our part :)

The image has been coloured using Promarkers and Arteza pencils. The background has little dots of Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers and Promarkers in blues and greens. The glitter markers are water soluble so I use a water brush and scribble a small amount of ink on a palette. A little goes a long way when using them in this way. It adds a small amount of twinkle thus making it more suited to a male oriented card.

The sentiment is an old Craftwork Cards one. I coloured the white wording with a marker to match with the colour scheme.

Card Details -

Size - 5” x 7” 

Digital Image - Dragon & Cupcake (Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez)

Paper - Recycled from a Nespresso paper bag

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Arteza Expert Pencils, Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers (Crafter’s Companion)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. I love the Dragon with his little birthday cupcake-great P.paper well worth recycling
    Carol x

  2. Great recycling tip. I love seeing this in a card. Your coloring is fantastic and that image is adorable. Thanks for joining the challenge at the Love To Craft Challenge Blog. Dorlene DT LTCCB

  3. Adorable image and great card. Thanks for playing with us at Creative Moments.

  4. Super cute with that gorgeous image!
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Gem of a Challenge! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  5. What a cute card!
    Thanks for playing with us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Craft Challenge.
    I hope to see you next time!
    Hugs, Myriam
    DT Polkadoodles

  6. Your dragon is so cute! I really like your use of the bag as backing paper. I've just made 12 ATCs using recycled items - I was only supposed to make 2 for the swap!
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  7. Cute card. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge this month. Good luck!

  8. What a great card, the image is so cute, and your coloring is amazing and so happy you played our challenge this week at Krafty Chicks Challenge.

    Leanne DT/KCC
    Krafty Chicks Challenge

  9. Ah what a sweet little dragon. Great colouring as always. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  10. cute card and lovely image thanks for sharing at pfp

  11. Super cute card Mandy. Love the dragon!
    Thanks so much for joining in at my Crafty Wednesday August challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  12. What a fun card Mandy. The image is so cute and your colouring is perfect. Great job with the recycling too. Thanks for sharing with us at Passion for Markers this week. Hugs, Denise x

  13. Super cute card. Thank you for joining with us at Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge. Good luck with your entry
    Maritza DT

  14. Super cute card! Thanks for joining us over at PFM this week and a new challenge is soon up for you to enjoy!
    Love n hugs

  15. Beautifull card! Thanks for playing at The Male Room Challange.

  16. A really cute card. Love the dragon. Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Paper Shelter. Good luck with your entry. Patsy DT

  17. A great card - thanks for sharing it with us at Penny's Challenge.

    Helen x

  18. Lovely cute dragon, great card for a young male
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  19. So cute! Thank you for joining The Paper Shelter challenge. Hope to see you again!

    Merja DT

  20. What a sweet card Mandy. Someone's fire is a bit more powerful than he thought! ;)

    Thanks so much for entering your creation into our latest challenge over at the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. Good luck in the draw.

    ☺Lisa D.
    Strategic Content Developer and Blog Coordinator for The Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog!
    Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles--My Personal Blog!
    Owner & Co-coordinator for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!
    Path of Positivity – My other challenge blog!

  21. Cute, cute, cute!! I'm not sure if he is lighting the candle or trying to blow it out, though. : ) Awesome job recycling the packaging; one would never know and it looks fabulous! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  22. Me again!

    Thanks for joining us at The Male Room Challenge too.

    Helen x

  23. So cute!

    Thanks for joining us at International Art and Soul!

  24. Beautiful card, thanks for playing at TMR challange


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