Patient Puss

Like me, my sister is a big fan of cats so, when it came to making a card for her birthday, it called for another outing for Mooch (Lavinia stamps). I’d recently bought a gel press plate for making backgrounds using mixed media so this was a first outing for that – and for me using it!

To begin, I brayered some Distress Oxide inks in Weathered Wood and Duck Egg onto the gel plate, spritzed with a little water, then pressed my card onto the plate.  This would colour the moon.  Next, I applied a selection of pink and purple Oxides onto the gel plate, added an acetate circle to mask the area for the moon, spritzed with water again and then pressed the card onto the plate.

I wanted the cat to be highlighted by the moon so decided to have him sitting on a wall, made using a brickwork stencil, and then stamped Mooch on top.

The final stage was framing the scene which I did with Dandelion and Thistle silhouette stamps, also from Lavinia.  I then used the Feather Leaf stencil to add a little texture to the sky area.  To finish, I added some glitter around the moon and some stars and added some black Nuvo drops onto the silhouettes for subtle reflection from the moon.

To finish the card, I used an 8” x 8” card base and added a black mat to both my topper and the decorative layer beneath.  This was just a piece of white card that I blended the same purple and pink Oxide inks onto and then added the Feather Leaf stencil to coordinate with the topper.

The other thing I made for my sister was a cat themed cake.  I saw this idea on Facebook ages ago and though I know just the person I can make that for.  It made everyone laugh and nobody refused a slice, despite the subject matter!

A Fist Full of Kitties

A couple of months ago, Mr. L and I volunteered to foster some kittens for a local charity, The Cat Welfare Group.  The charity was inundated after collecting 28 kittens from one location and were asking for fosterers, so we decided to give it a try.  Six weeks ago, these we picked up these little bundles, who were about 5 weeks old. 

The little fluff balls are Scooby, Scrappy, Fred, Daphne and Dill.  Dill’s an interloper.  He was the only survivor from his litter so he was put in with the Scooby Gang for company.

Kittens are major time wasters!  Aside from feeding them 3 times a day, we played with them loads, cuddled them when they were tired and also became a cat bed when required!

It’s been a great privilege watching them grow up, learning new skills and seeing their personalities develop.  I’d made them each a blanket to take with them so that they had something with a familiar scent to help them transition into their new homes.  I’d wanted to have a go at making a cat head quilt for a while so this was a perfect excuse.

Once they were old enough, they had their first round of vaccinations, were microchipped and had a flea and worming treatment and then they were ready to go to their forever homes.  Obviously having 5 kittens to play with…. I mean look after… I’ve not had a lot of time for crafting but I did manage to make a cute cat envelope to hold all the kitten’s documents and information sheet.

So, we’ve done our bit now and they’ve all gone off to their forever homes.  Scrappy, Fred and Daphne have all settled in well and are making themselves at home.  However, Scooby and Dill captured our hearts and so will be staying with us – #fosterfail.  We just need to break the news to Monty and Leia, our resident moggies!

Clockwise from top left corner are Scrappy, Scooby, Daphne, Fred and Dill

Messy Eaters!

Do you have a messy eater in your family? I can ask this as I am one myself! This is largely borne by our slovenly ways of eating our tea from lap trays in front of the TV rather than sitting at the table.  To resolve this problem, instead of making us eat at the table, I made myself a bib.  I got my pattern from the website shown at the end however, since Craftsy ceased a few months ago, it’s no longer available.  The shape is fairly simple though so it’d be easy to draught yourself.  This is my original.

I made this one for my sister (we’re a family of messy eaters, apart from my Mum!) for a funny birthday gift – she had asked for one so I was confident she wouldn’t be offended.  Like me, she is a big cat fan so cat-themed fabric had to be used.   After washing and drying the fabrics to pre-shrink them, I started by cutting out a front, some quilt wadding (extra absorbency!) and a backing (cut out the opposite was to the front).

After attaching the wadding to the back piece, I sewed the front and back together, leaving a gap at the bottom.  I graded the seam allowance and snipped the curves before turning the right way out through the gap and pressing the edges.

Next, I top stitched all around the edge of the bib before marking up quilting lines.  This step is entirely optional but I think it looks nice.  I use a heat erasable pen called Pilot Frixion (from Amazon, of course!) to draw my lines.  After sewing the quilting lines, I ran the iron over the bib and all the pen marks disappeared, like magic!

The last job was to attach some Velcro for fastening, although snaps or press studs would work equally well.

And here’s the finished article!

To make it look a bit nicer as a gift, I folded it and wrapped with a ribbon and a fun tag. Have I given you a top Christmas gift idea??!