Playful Pets

We share our home with two rescue cats, one is very playful, the other is quite lazy.  Monty likes to sit in a shady spot and watch the world go by, occasionally coming over for a quick head rub.  Leia, on the other hand, goes everywhere at break-neck speed and is a prolific hunter.  During one of her recent outings, she came back with her eye closed and we could see what looked like a thick hair protruding from her eye but couldn’t get it out, so off we went to the out-of-hours emergency vet.  Now, Leia does not travel well! During the 25-minute journey in her crate, she had a wee, a poo, was sick and then had copious amounts of drool hanging down each side of her face.   We presented her, in the socially distanced handover in the vet’s car park, with a description of the emergency and an embarrassed apology for the state of the cat/crate!  I’m sure they’ve seen it all before….

Anyway, 45 mins later, a rather quiet Leia was given back to us together with this massive grass seed that the vet had taken out of her eye.  OUCH!

Thankfully, Leia is now fully recovered and back to zooming everywhere at high speed again.

I wanted a cat-themed card for my friend who runs a cat rescue charity (link below) so I used Pampered Pets, a new set in the Stampin’ Up! Annual catalogue that comes with matching dies and a suite of other coordinating goodies.  I used the Playful Pets DSP for my project along with the Tailored Tag punch, cutting a bunch of different papers together with some stamped images, stamped on Basic Grey card using the Nine Lives stamps (retired).

I next set them out on my backing piece and then glued them in place.

I stamped one of the cat images and coloured him with alcohol markers before cutting out with the matching die.  I attached him to a tag piece that I’d stamped with my greeting and then put dimensionals on the back.

To decorate the liner and envelope, I cut the paw prints from a scrap of card and used it as a stencil.

To bring the card together, I mounted the decorated panel onto a black mat layer and then onto a Real Red card base.  I glued a length of the red trim around the front of the card and then put my kitty and greeting in place.   

If you’re interested in finding out more about the work of The Cat Welfare Group, here’s a link to their new website.

http://www.thecatwelfaregroup.com

 

 

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A Couple of Kitty Cards

I love cats so when the Nine Lives stamp set appeared in the spring/summer catalogue, I had to have it. I like that you can use just the outline kitty or stamp different fur pattern effects on top.  There’s a coordinating punch too which has been out for a while that saves some fussy cutting!

At a recent Stampin’ Up! team event, I watched a demonstration on mirror stamping.  This technique does what it says on the tin in that it allows you to create a mirror image of the stamp.  It works best using line images rather than solid ones and needs a Stamparatus or other stamp positioning tool and a silicone mat.

I thought the outline cat stamp would be suitable for this technique so to begin with, I mounted the stamp in the Stamparatus and stamped the image onto the silicone mat.

Carefully place the card face down onto the mat and close the Stamparatus plate to use the stamp to transfer the ink from the silicone mat onto the card using firm pressure over the image.  Next turn the card over and stamp the image as normal and you should have the image and its mirrored counterpart next to each other!

The left image is the normal stamp, the right is the mirror image stamp

It took me a few practices to get the pressure right so that I didn’t smudge the image or only partially transfer it.

I had hoped the cats would look like they were friends but they don’t look overly friendly.  Anyone who shares their home with cats will know that they have their own agenda and will do exactly as they please! It seems that stamped cats are exactly the same!! I added some hearts from the same set and a couple of linen thread bows in a desperate attempt to make it into an anniversary card.

For my second card, I wanted to use the punch to make a ‘fun pun’ card.  After punching a cat silhouette from basic grey, smoky slate, basic black and silver foil card,  I cut a square card front, marked the half way points and placed a cat in each quarter.  I used a black marker to write the French numbers un…deux…trois  and then CAT rather than quatre for a bit of fun!  Some paw prints and a dashed line finished the front which was mounted on a Basic Grey card base.  Très jolie!

 

 

 

 

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