Showing posts with label cats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cats. Show all posts

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pinterest Inspired Illustrations

I'm excited to say that I was just chosen to be one of the Dirty Dozen over at Splitcoaststampers! I joined SCS in 2006 so it was a long wait - but I finally made it into the Dirt Pile!
So, today I played along with the SCS  Inspiration Challenge  - where our inspiration was an Illustrations Pinterest Board.
I was so inspired - I made two cards from two different illustrations.
Here is the illustration that inspired my first card - isn't this a sweet nighttime scene?!
and here is my inspired card:
 First I stamped the Spooky Tree Background stamp from Waltzingmouse on a white panel using True Black Ink from PTI. I stamped the foliage and daisies along the bottom with Archival Jet Black Ink. I made a mask by punching a piece of Eclipse tape with a circle punch and placed it where I wanted the moon to be. I sponged the whole panel with Smokey Shadow Distress Ink and then sponged the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. I placed my Tim Holtz Speckles Stencil over the panel and inked over it with a Dew Drop Brilliance Midnight White ink pad to make my starry sky. I removed the circle mask and layered my die cut kitty from Poppy Stamps onto the tree branch with a foam dot. 

Here is the illustration that inspired my 2nd card
and here is my inspired card:
First I stamped the skyline by inking the stamp with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and then just pouncing Ground Espresso Distress ink on a few spots to give a two tone look. I spritzed the stamp with water and stamped it on my white cardstock panel.
Then I sponged a little bit in the center with Distress Spun Sugar to represent the pink of the sunrise (or sunset) on the buildings. I stamped the Runway girl over the skyline and the sentiment in the corner using Ground Espresso Ink.
Next I sponged the whole panel with Distress Weathered Wood Ink. I sprayed some water into my palm and then flicked water onto the panel with my fingers to give the illusion of looking through the apartment window (like the illustration). I drew the lines with my black fine point Micron pen and layered the die cut kitty with foam tape.
I'm also linking my skyline card to:
Seize the Birthday - Toppings - Splatter (water splatter)

Cat in the Full Moon 
Stamps: Spooky Tree backgrounder - Waltzingmouse, Daisys Cornish Heritage Farms, Foliage - Art Impressions
Paper: White, True Black, Smoky Shadow - PTI
Paper Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Ink: True Black - PTI, Archival Black, Ranger Distress Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Brilliance Midnight White Dew Drop
Accessories: Speckles Stencil - Tim Holtz, Cozy Kitties die - Poppy Stamps, foam dot, Eclipse tape 

New York Sky Line
Stamps: Hand Written Sentiments, Runway, City Scapes - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper: White, True Black - PTI
Paper Size: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
Ink: Ranger Distress Grand Espresso, Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood, Spun Sugar
Accessories: Black 01 Micron Pen - Sakura, Water, foam dots, Cozy Kitties Die - Poppy Stamps.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Vintage Journey Destination Inspiration

All Aboard at Terminal 3! Greetings fellow travelers!  I  am the  A Vintage Journey Creative Guide this week for our Destination Inspiration journey! We always travel light for these journies - and for each Monday in September our trunks contain these 4 essential items:
1. Product - Distress Ink
2. Technique - Wrinkle Free Distress: Compendium of Curiosities Vol 1 Pg 33
3. Color - Wild Honey
4. Substrate - Anything 3D
Well - 3D is right up my train track - I LOVE making 3D items -  here is what I created with my Essential Items!
I made my house using the Sizzix Where Women Cook Box House die along with window and door dies from Where Women Cook Windows and Movers and Shapers Mini Openings Set.
Did you notice my gray kitties looking out of the front door above and the window below?
This cute little house is actually a box that opens on the bottom so you could put a little gift inside!
You will find a tutorial and lots more photos in my Destination Inspiration post over at A Vintage Journey.  I would love if you could drop by there!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Which Way to Cake?

I got out some new stamps for my project today. This fun road arrow sign was made using a Retro Style die and Retro Style Birthday stamps - both from PTI.
The white landscape was made using Stitched Landscape dies  and the black cat is Sitting Cat die - all from Poppy Stamps.
Inside - using the same Retro Style Dies and stamps from Retro Style Birthday and Retro Style Graduation  -  all PTI.
I'm linking my card to the following challenges:
Just Us Girls - Inspiration photo (I was inspired by the colors)
Addicted to Cas - Code Word - Animal
Seize the Birthday - anything goes
Happy Little Stampers - Die cuts and Punches

Stamps:  Retro Style Birthday, Retro Style Graduation - PTI
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening - PTI
Accessories:  Sitting Cat Die, Stitched Landscape Die - Poppy Stamps; Retro Style Dies - PTI, foam dots

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Home Without a Cat

I haven't had time lately to participate in many of the blog challenges I usually make cards for - I've been working on some Design Team Projects, and also just felt the need to sit and read a book in the evening! (I'm currently on book 5 of the Outlander series and CAN'T put them down!).  But today I was able to make a card that fit 4 challenges -  AND it's still CAS!  Woot! Woot!!
I recently bought several really cool stencils from Stencil Girl - and I've used two of them on this card -  Window Ledger and Cats. First I used Archival Watering Can Ink on the Window stencil  over white card stock.  Next I stenciled the cat with Archival Orange Blossom Ink.  Then I sponged over the whole thing with Ranger Distress Broken China.  Distress Inks react with water and Archival Inks don't - so when I flicked water onto the panel -  splatter formed on the blue background but not the widow frame or cat.
The sentiment is a sticker from EK Success that I've had for ages - so glad to finally use it and it worked perfectly with this stencil
Here are the challenges I'm linking this card to:
Words 2 Scrap By -  Paved with Paw Prints
Addicted to CAS - Code Word Stencil
CAS ology - Cue Card - Splatter
Virginia's View Challenge - Clean and Simple.

Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Archival Orange Blossom and Watering Can, Ranger Distress Broken China
Accessories:  Stencils Window Ledger and Cats - Stencil Girl, Sticker - The Cat's Meow EK Success

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Finishing Up!

Today I'm sharing 6 more of the cards I made for the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges over on Split Coast last week -  then I'm moving on!!
 To use Chevrons and  use 3 basic colors and a splash of bright
 A shaped card (using a Silhouette chair cut file)
 Wet embossing over dry embossing - this sentiment says "Every now and then life needs to be turned upside down to get back to the right way up"
 Olympic rings, gold silver bronze & London Theme
 Show something you love about your home and pets
 Use Washi Tape (I used fabric tape)

Love and Prayers
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - chevron from Off Beat Backgrounds, Love and Prayers from Say It Loud
Paper: White, Berry Sorget - PTI, basic Grey - SU
Ink: Memento Desert Sand, London Fog, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: jewels - Adornit, butterfly punches - Martha Stewart, glue dots

A Special Chair
Stamps: On My Couch Additions & My Punny Valentine - PTI
Paper: rustic cream - PTI, Kraft Core Red - Coredinations
Ink: Ranger Distress Barn Door, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: ribbon banners - Spellbinders, sander - Ranger, Silhouette Machine, chair box Templete - Silhouette 

Embossed Tag
Stamps: sentiment from The Right Words - by Dylusions
Paper: tag - Staples, dark chocolate - PTI, coaster (for gears)
Ink: Archival Coffee, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, versamark ink
Accessories: scor tape, glue dots, satin ribbons - May Arts, brads - Bazzill, Ranger Distress Powder - shabby shutters, Movers & shapers mini gears dies - Tim Holtz Alterations, Steam Punk texture fade embossing folder Tim Holtz Sizzix, gold embossing powder - Ranger Distress 

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Sentiments #2 #200-04
Paper: white, True Black - PTI, Silver, Gold & Bronze Metallic papers - Unknown, DP - Webster's Pages
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: 1 1'2" and 1" punches, glue pen 

Love in the Window
Stamps: LaBlanche - Contented Cat
Paper: white, true black - PTI, LaBlanche white stamping paper, DP - Webster's Pages
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Scattered straw, pumice stone, peeled paint, shabby shutters, spiced marmelade, Barn Door, tattered rose
Accessories: Cut-n-Dry pen nibs - Ranger 

 Baby Girl Thank You
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Join Us
Paper: white - PTI
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Tattered Rose
Accessories: fabric tape - e2Daily from Taylored Expressions

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Got Cats???

You probably know that I'm on the Design Team for Rubbernecker Stamps - and owner Dave has just come out with a wonderful little cat set - called Cat Set #597 - and it contains 12 cat stamps in different poses and 6 cat related sentiments.  Although the Cat Set is posted in the Halloween stamp section of the store-  the sentiments are not related to Halloween - so this is a great set to be used year round!

I made this card using this week's Sketch over at Split Coast Stampers.

For this card I used the mother cat with her two little baby kittens stamp.

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of red card stock because it didn't look good on white (!) but it did make it a little hard to read in the pic!!  The sentiment says "Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want."

I used papers from my Pet Stack by Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) - of course I then proceeded to cover up all the cat theme images with my panels - but there are fish and cat faces and cat paws in there!  Can you see them?!

And of course - mummy cat has bling on her neck and baby kitties have bling on their tails - because they know how to ask for what they want!!

This card has way more panels than I usually use so it was a good challenge for me to get them all on!

My next cat card was made for two challenges on Split Coast - The CAS challenge to paper piece - and the Try a New Technique challenge to paper piece chipboard.
So this turned out to be kind of modern artsy (!) - My original thought was that paper piecing these butterfly wings and using them with the cat would sort of make a Bat Cat and it would be a Halloween card -  but the wings really didn't look 'bat-like' and then I thought of adding the crown and this fun sentiment  and this became the Butterfly Cat Princess - who isn't talkin' ???!!!

And last but not least -  I have to show you a card using one of the cats on a Halloween card - they can all be Halloween kitties!  

The tree stamp is from another new Halloween set called Birds in Trees. Look how perfectly perched that cat is!!

It Never Does Any Harm:
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Halloween Cat Set #597
Paper: white, dark chocolate - PTI, Ruby Red - SU, DP The Pet Stack DCWV
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Ranger Distress Worn Lipstick
Accessories: foam tape, circle & Pinking circle Nestabilities, tiny twinkles - Taylored Expressions, glue pen, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop   

 If Cats Could Talk:
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Halloween Cat Set #597
Paper: white, Textstyle Bitty Star Basics, and Bitty Dot Basics - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: square Nestabilities, Tim Holtz Harlequin Elements Grunge Board, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, glue pen 

Cat on the Fence: 
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Halloween Birds in tree #589, Halloween Cat Set #597
Paper: Orange Zest, True Black, Harvest Gold, Enchanted Evening -PTI, Bazzill Black Tie
Ink: Ranger Distress Spiced Marmalade, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Circle punch -SU, Picket Fence Die - Sizzix, Foam Tape, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Not A Creature was Stirring........

OK - so can you tell what this is on my card????!!! Here's a clue - I made it for the Moxie Fab World challenge - to incorporate a critter into your card. So - this is my kittie Scout - sitting happily under/inside the Christmas tree!

And here's the story - we had just put up our tree - no ornaments on yet - and I walked out into the kitchen - and when I walked back into the livingroom- there she was - a headless kitty sitting under the tree (actually with her head in the branches of course!) - it just CRACKED ME UP!! I grabbed my camera and took the shot - I was so glad she stayed there long enough!

So I thought I'd make the picture into a card for the challenge.... The sentiment is computer generated - I thought it was kind of 'tongue in cheek' funny for the pic! I added a lacey punched edge, some gems as ornaments, a button with punched ferns behind it over a ribbon - and good to go!

And while I'm sharing pet stuff - thought I'd show you what I made for the dogs in the family that will be coming over for Christmas Day. I made some dog biscuits in the shape of a moose and some shaped like bones.

Not sure if you can see the moose in the package - his antlers are at the top left - and there are two bones behind him. (I forgot to take a pic before I sealed them all up!) I slipped them into cellophane bags and wrapped a piece of twill around it that I had stamped with 'woof' and a dog paw print. I got the dog biscuit recipe from

I think they will be happy crunching on these!

Stamps: Paw print - Art Impressions Clear Stamps, Woof - Pet tootie sentiments- Cornish Heritage Farms
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Black - SU, White - PTI
Ink: Dark Chocolate - PTI
Accessories: Edge punch - Martha Stewart, adhesive gems - K&Co, vintage button - PTI, fern punch - Martha Stewart, pure poppy satin ribbon - PTI, printed picture, computer generated sentiment, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, putty twill - Martha Stewart

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Give Your Dog a Bone

My sister and her husband just adopted a rescue dog so I had a little cookout at our house to welcome Mini into the family. In honor of the occasion we are serving red hot dogs. (have you ever had those?! they are bright red, have natural casings and a little bit of spice)

They already have Gus (another rescue dog) and my son has two bassett hounds - so they will all be at the party along with my two nieces and their spouses and a close girlfriend who is moving to FL in a few months. We have two cats in our house - they will be hiding upstairs while we are all celebrating! (they are a little anti social when company comes!)

I wanted to make some kind of treat for all the pooches so I googled 'dog cookie recipes' and I found a whole slew of them! I finally settled on a Milk Bone Biscuit since it was pretty basic and looked healthy. I had picked up this fun dog bone cookie cutter somewhere in my travels many years ago - just because I knew I would want it someday LOL!!!

So here I am cutting the dough -

And here are the 'cookies' 50 minutes later!
I decorated these cellophane lined brown bags using heart Spellbinder dies and dog poem stickers. The paper is from Die Cuts with a View The Pets Stack - they are shiny hearts with paws in the center of some of them - very cute and shiny IRL!

So then I wanted to make a treat for the humans attending the party too! Some of us own cats and some of us own dogs so I made boxes for each. The boxes are one of Lauren's Timeless Templates called Rounded Wrap up by Papertrey Ink. I needed something that would be cute but quick to make 6 of and these fit the bill. The papers are from the same DCWV The Pets Stack. The boxes themselves are Spring Rain card stock by PTI.
I made sugar cookies using the same dog bone cookie cutter for the human's boxes.

The dog boxes have a cut out dog label (My Favorite Things Friends Fur Life set) that I stamped with the names of the receivers. The dog tag stamp in the circle that says I Love my Dog is by Inkadinkadoo. The little bone stamp along the top of the box is by Uptown Designs.

For the cat owner boxes I stamped a fish (Brown & Co Stationers) for the tag. The fish skeleton stamping along the top of the box is by Stampendous. The ribbon on both is double stitched Enchanted Evening by Papertrey Ink. I had some cute little chipboard cat shaped sentiments by Daisy Hill that I put on each box.

I know that the sugar cookies are delicious since I HAD to test them to be sure they were ok before serving them (right?) - but the dog biscuits have not been dog tested yet - I'll let you know what they think after the cookout!
Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have enjoyed seeing my little pet crafts! I'll have some pics of our little party to share soon!