Friday, November 21, 2008

coworker cards

Marty, a guy I work with, is leaving for another job. Even though he drives me crazy at times, I will miss him. He has shown me kindness at times when I needed an ally at work. Marty may appreciate the fact that this is an "Alice" card. We were talking about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland recently. I had commented that something was "Curiouser and Curiouser", and he understood the reference.

Below is the inside of the card. I hope that Marty understands that the butterfly has changed from the hookah-smokin' caterpillar (as I call him, thanks to Jefferson Airplane) on the front of the card.

Inside, I wrote, "Marty, Change is good. However, I will miss you. Good luck with your new job."

Supplies used:
Stamps: "Alice" stamps by Rubberstamp Ave, butterfly by PFY
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin' Up Mellow Moss and Creamy Caramel
Ink: Palette Noir, Prismacolor pencils, Prismacolor Cold Stone marker
Other: Petite Oval Nestabilities

The card below is a thank you card for Manfred, another co-worker. He and I worked on a small project, which took more time than it should have since there were a few problems that we didn't foresee. Manfred kept me in the loop pretty well, and I want him to know I appreciated his work. He will also be covering for me when I take time off for Thanksgiving.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Inkadinkado (Dollar bin at Joann)
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Only Orange, Brilliant Blue
Ink: Palette Noir, Prismacolor pencils, Prismacolor Cold Stone marker
Other: Stampin' Up oval punch and Word Window punch; Long Rectangle Nestabilities (modified)

Thursday, November 20, 2008


This week's The Cat's Pajamas's card challenge is hosted by Toni, who challenged us to make a card using any TCP stamps that includes a cake.

I had a creative block, so I stayed with a tried-and-true layout. I chose to use Neopolitan ice cream colors.

Here is my card:

The oval layer is raised up with adhesive foam dots.

Supplies used:
Stamps: TCP sets: Smells Like Cake, You Say It's Your Birthday
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin' UP: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip; gingham paper by Making Memories
Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Brown, Prismacolor Pencils, Prismacolor Cold Stone Marker
Other: Ribbon from Oriental Trading Company; Brads from Making Memories, Petite Ovals Nestabilities, Stampin' Dimensionals from Stampin' Up.

Monday, November 17, 2008

TCP gift cards

My new stamps from The Cat's Pajamas arrived on Saturday. I wanted to play with them, so I made some more Christmas gift cards. The cards measure 2.5 x 2.5 inches and 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

These are from the set Deck the Hall.

These are from the set Candyland Christmas.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fluffles gift cards

I love Fluffles stamps! What are Fluffles stamps, you ask? Fluffles the Cat is a collection of stamps made by Stampendous. This little kitty has attitude and he gets himself into trouble without meaning to. Just like a cat!

I stamped and colored some Fluffles images to make gift cards/tags for Christmas. I plan to make more, but this is what I have so far.

The 'Holiday wishes' one above and the one with the tree below were made with the Fluffles the Cat clear set. The others are wood-mounted stamps that I had to have. Click on the pictures to have a closer look.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


This week's challenge for The Cat's Pajamas rubber stamps is hosted by Katie, who has challenged us to use Pacific Blue, Sky Blue, Chocolate and Caramel colors to make a card.

I like these colors. They are similar to ones I used on a Poochie card a few challenges back. I didn't have Stampin' Up's "Pacific Point" colored cardstock when I made that card. I planned to use the same ribbon for today's card that I had used in the Poochie card, since the colors are such a nice match, but my card changed direction as I worked on it. (The ribbon I didn't use is in the picture of today's card.)

The trim on Kitty's coat is flocked. I have wanted to use flocking with this stamp, and instead of using the standard white, it was fun to use tan. I put glitter in the center of the flocked flower on her hat, and put the same glitter on the swirls to add a bit more bling.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Skating Kitty and swirl from "Kitty Christmas" set from The Cat's Pajamas; sentiment from Rubber Cottage
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar white; Stampin' Up: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze
Ink: Palette Noir, Versamark, Prismacolor Pencils, Cold Stone Prismacolor marker, SU Soft Sky, SU Chocolate Chip
Other: stitched ribbon from Oriental Trading Company, clear embossing powder for upper background swirls, D'vine swirl Cuttlebug embosssing folder, Stickles glitter glue (color: Waterfall), circle Nestabilities, tan flocking.

MiniKat asked what I do with the cards I make. When I make some of them, I have a person and an occasion in mind, for example, if it is my sister's birthday, I make a card for her using colors and a theme that I think she might like. For challenge cards, I usually don't have a recipient in mind, I let the card sit out for awhile, then I add the card to my stash of cards. Some of those cards in the stash do get given to someone at a later date.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


We took Da Boyz to see TED (The Evil Doctor) for their annual exam and shots yesterday.

Dr Kethler told us both cats appear to be doing well. Tigger is still too fat (18.6 pounds), and Pooh has lost some weight (16.4 pounds). Tigger's K/D food is high in calories, so it has been hard to get him to lose weight. Pooh has trimmed down, because he does not eat as fast as Tigger, so Tigger eats some of Pooh's share every meal.

Dr Kethler told me that she thinks that Pooh is a beautiful cat, and she likes his face. I do too! Sometimes I just look at him and I feel blessed. I love his gorgeous feline shape. He is certainly the handsome one! I wish I could get a good picture of him. He usually poses in places where there is not adequate light. I had to use the flash to take this picture this morning.

Tigger hates going to the vet, and after his exam, Ed took him out in the waiting area while Pooh was examined, since the waiting area seems to be less scary than the exam room. Our friend Kay was there with one of her cats (emergency ear problem) so Ed had a nice time catching up with Kay. Tigger's harness got twisted around, and while Ed was trying to readjust it, Tigger bit him. The only time we get bit is at the vet! Tigger was in a hissy mood last night, but today he and Pooh ate breakfast together with no harsh words directed at each other.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


This week's TCP Tuesday challenge an inspiration challenge hosted by Jen. We were to be inspired by this image:

Poor, poor poochie! I wonder if my cats are thankful that I resist the urge to dress them, and dress dolls instead. (Look at older posts to see another picture of my doll Tommy, and his sister Katie.)

This challenge was fun. It was a good excuse to get out my new set, Arrgh, Piratey. I was inspired by the pirate theme, the stripes, the braids, and I used the color of the dog for my card base.

I used Gold Stickles glitter glue on the coins, and a silver marker on the swords to add a bit of bling. The boy was stamped twice, in black and again in red, so that I could paper-piece his shirt to make the stripes red. I used SplitCoastStampers' sketch challenge SC200 for the layout of the card. The stripes were made of thin strips of paper, and the 'braid' is made of yarn and hemp.

The part that took the longest time to do was the sentiment. I had picked out the sentiment, laid it down carefully on top of the stamps' carrier sheet, and shortly afterwards it disappeared. I was almost in tears after looking for it for an hour. When DH came home, he helped me look. I finally calmed down enough to look other places, and I found found it stuck to a laminated piece of cardstock that I had apparently laid down on the stamp before I picked it up and put away.

Supplies used:
Stamps: All from The Cat's Pajamas: Arrgh! Piratey clear set, but all stamps are available in rubber: Skull & Swords, Pirate Booty, Errol, Swashbucklin' Day, Small Compass (background on red layer)
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Classic Cream and Solar White, Stampin' UP Real Red and Basic Black
Ink: Palette Noir and L'Amour Red, Stampin Up Real Red , Prismacolor pencils, Cold stone prismacolor marker, silver marker
Other: Gold Stickles, black yarn, hemp twine