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

 

 

Images © 2020 Stampin’ Up!

Flower Shadow Box

At the end of last month, my in-laws celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.  I had seen these box frame projects on Pinterest and wanted to make one in reds and purples since traditionally 40 years is a ruby anniversary.

To begin, I downloaded a flower file and cut it out on my Cricut.  It was a bit large to fit under the glass but a good practice.  After scaling it down to fit, I then cut out 25 flower templates in a mix of red, pink and purple card.

Flower templates cut from Stampin’ Up! card in Real Red, Lovely Lipstick, Melon Mambo, Cherry Cobbler, Blackberry Bliss and Rich Razzleberry

Using my bone folder, I gently curved the first 3 petals and then, using my tweezers, started rolling up the petals.  Once rolled, I released the tension slightly until the flower was the right size and then glued the base on with my hot glue gun.

The next stage was to cover the back of the shadow box with white card and then glue the flowers in place.

I used Cricut’s Design Space to make my vinyl decal, which was stuck onto the front of the glass, and then assembled the box frame.

 

Rainbow Leaves     

There are lots of rainbows around at the moment, not the meteorological kind but ones created to celebrate the work of the NHS during the pandemic.  This made me think of doing a rainbow-themed card for my blog this week.  I used the leaf cluster from Rooted in Nature as my feature image whilst the large sentiment from the same set was the focal point.

To begin, I stamped the sentiment just left of centre.

Next, I stamped the leaf image seven times, changing between the rainbow colours each time.

Since I had decided to use a Pacific Point card base, I decorated the liner and envelope with the leaves stamped in the same colour.

To complete the card, the front panel was mounted on a black layer before being adhered to the card base.

 

 

 

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This Little Piggy

It was Valentine’s Day on Friday and whilst we don’t buy big presents or go out and get fleeced for a distinctly average meal, I do enjoy making a card for Mr L.  He generally gets his crafting on and asks for access to my craft room to make me a card too – which I LOVE! I don’t get many handmade cards.  I’ve just got the This Little Piggy set and thought it would be perfect to use for my card using the mirror stamping technique.  I wrote a blog post last March on how to do this technique, it’s linked at the end if you’d like a refresh.

To begin, I mirror stamped my pigs.

Next, I coloured them in using some alcohol markers and also drew in some more grass in the gap in the middle to unite the two images.

I then stamped the pig on the front and back of a post-it note and cut around them to create two masks. Note: The ink stamped on the adhesive on the back of the note stayed wet for a long time so I repeatedly pressed the adhesive part on scrap paper.

Using the bunch of hearts from Forever Lovely, I second generation stamped using Rococo Rose and Lovely Lipstick inks.  I also stamped the trio of smaller hearts from the same set and then removed the masks.

I wanted a fun, pig-based sentiment for my card so I hand lettered one.

Lastly, I mounted the piece on Lovely Lipstick and Basic Black mat layers and then onto a Real Red cardbase.  I finished by adding some epoxy heart droplets over some of the stamped hearts for some dimension and a couple of pink hearts to frame the sentiment.

 

 

Here’s the link to the mirror stamping technique:

https://craftyasl.co.uk/birthday/a-couple-of-kitty-cards/

 

 

Images © 2020 Stampin’ Up!

Teabag Folded Christmas Tree

Mr L’s parents are going on a cruise over Christmas and New Year.  Since they won’t be at home, they won’t have a Christmas tree so I decided to make them a card with a dimensional tree on it so they have a little Christmas tree in their cabin over the festive season.  Whilst surfing around on YouTube, I watched a great video by Jan Brown (link at the end) on how to make a tree using a teabag folding technique.  I’ve never done any teabag folding so I decided to CASE Jan’s card and give teabag folding a go.

I started by cutting out 5 squares of patterned paper (I used Stampin’ Up! First Frost DSP) comprising squares of 1½”, 2”, 2½”, 3” and 3½”.  Since the DSP is only 6” square, I had to use two sheets so went with 2 different patterns.

The next step was to fold each piece in half once, and then on each diagonal.  The first folds go down to make valley folds and the diagonal folds push up into mountain folds.

The side folds were pushed inwards to make a triangular shape.

Next, I folded the points of the front triangle downwards, lining up the top edge of the triangle with the centreline.

Once all the pieces were folded, the pieces were glued together by inserting the point of the triangle into the next size down to form the tree shape.  I mounted the tree onto a Real Red card base, embellished with some heat embossed snowflakes and a wavy sentiment.  A ribbon bow finished off the top of the tree.

The side view shows the dimension of the tree.

Here’s the link to Jan’s blog.

Teabag Christmas Card & Ornament Video

 

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