01 August 2016

Hey You Crazy Cat!

Hi All! Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop featuring Close To My Heart's August Stamp of the Month: Purr-fect Halloween.

If you just hopped over from the wonderfully creative Shelly Nemitz's blog, Just One Pretty Piece, you are in the right place. I'll have a list of participants at the end of the post.

Let me start by fessing up that I'm not much of a cat person, and I'm really not ready to go the Halloween route yet. So I thought this stamp set would be tough to work with for me. Until I saw the "You're one crazy cat" sentiment. SOLD! I have a few verbal go-tos, ticks, if you will: "dude" (I'm a child of the 80s), "just sayin'" (no idea where I picked it up, but can't seem to put it down) and "you crazy cat" (which, oddly, is often said to our dog). So I decided to create a couple of cards for those crazy cats I call my kids. Let's take a look:

For each card, I stamped the cat image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on White Daisy cardstock. I chose eyes that conveyed "girl" and "boy" to me and stamped those in Memento as well. I then taped both to my work surface and watercolored them. You'll notice the tails. I decided to pay a little tribute to my daughter's summer hair color with a little blue and purple. As for my son, he's been going back and forth on adding a little green to his hair all summer. I added a little blue to the eyes and color to the girl's cheeks and let everything dry. After that, I added a little ground for the cats to sit on an stamped the sentiment using pigment inks in two brand-spankin'-new colors: Raspberry and Willow. I heat embossed the sentiments with clear embossing powder for some extra texture and shine, and added a little shimmer pen to the tails because...well...it's shimmer pen. And I can. So why wouldn't I?

These are 4-bar cards (3 1/2 x 5 inches) that I created from White Daisy cardstock and mounted to slightly larger pieces of Raspberry and Willow cardstocks. For the front, I added the watercolored pieces to  slightly larger pieces of Raspberry and Willow paper from the new Adventure Fundamentals paper packs and then popped the whole panel up on the front of the note card using foam tape.

I used matching pigment inks to create the sentiment on the inside using the new This & That stamp set by Close to My Heart.

Here's a look at the cards and the sentiments in side:

And here's one more look at the two together:

Only one more week until those crazy cats get back from camp! I miss them and so does the craziest cat, our dog, Toni!

Hope you enjoyed this little notes. Be sure to hop on over to Tweetscraps and see what the amazingly talented Morgan Vogt has for your inspiration.

Here's a list of hop participants if you get lost along the way:

Kim {that's ME}

Have a wonderfully creative week!


  1. These are fantastic, and what wonderful cards for your children! Once again, thank you for explaining your entire technique. I always learn so much from your blog.

  2. Stop it! Who would have thought to give their tails the "crazy cat" personality? You are so creative! I love the sentiments you chose on the inside too!

  3. Omgosh, these are adorable, Kim! Love that you found a different way to use this set, and love your nod to your kids with the coloring! The fun tails just totally make this design! SO fab!

  4. Aww, I love the color-dipped tails. Hmm, I wonder if my cats would look good like that... :) And as usual, your coloring is just fantastic.