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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Colorful Cats Happy Birthday

My wonderful cousin has a birthday coming up and she has been so instrumental in my life that she is one person I make sure I send a card to. Last year she was here in Colorado visiting and you can see the card I made for her here.  This year she'll be spending Christmas with us and I am so excited! But, on with the card:


She is also a cat lover so I know she will adore the cute cats I made using the Newton Nook's Newton's Antics stamps and coordinating dies. I just cannot stop playing with these adorable kitties!

How I Made this Card:
Purple Square (5 1/4 x 5 1/4) Card Base
Newton's Nook Designs Newton's Antics Stamps & Die Set
Fabric that isn't really Fabric (see my explanation here)
Purple Glitter Paper
Derwent Inktense Water Color Pencils
Tombow Blender Pen from SU!
Silhouette Cameo 
Cut File
Various Shades of Purple & Pink Cardstock
Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink
Purple Ribbon
Distress Ink in Dusty Concord
Spellbinders Petite Labels One, S3-205

I found the "fabric". already dyed, in my stash.  I have no idea what I used to dye it with and it's very picky about the things it lets dye it.  So I cut it down to work with the purple square card, glued it on and set it under the floor tile I keep on my desk for embossing and holding things together.  While I let that sit, I stamped and die cut the cats from the Newton's Antics set and colored them in with the Derwent pencils & the blender pen.  Set them aside as well.  

I then decided I needed a bit of bling, so I cut out the Happy Birthday using my
Silhouette Cameo and glitter cardstock (ok, confession time - I scraped away the little dot for the i, so I improvised with some loose glitter and glue - shhhhhh) and the shadow out of regular card.  I glued the 2 pieces together.  I used a sentiment also included with the Newton's Antics set, stamped that in Dusty Concord and die cut it out, along with the next largest die, using Spellbinders Petite Labels One set.  

After playing around with the placement of things, I decided I needed a ribbon.
Now I don't typically play with ribbons - I have a hell of a time making my own bows and most of the time the ribbon does exactly what I don't want it to do. But, I threw caution to the wind and went for it.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well it came out! It was a keeper.  So now I had all my elements cut, made, colored and stamped so I put the card together.  You can't really tell that that "fabric" is on the card in the pictures, but, in real life you can.  The card is already in the envelope and ready to mail since I am leaving tomorrow afternoon for about a week.  I am a terrific procrastinator, so the fact that I got this card done AND in the envelope means I get some chocolate ice cream tonight.  Well, maybe after I start packing!

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial.  Thank you so much for popping by & I hope to see you soon - fondly, Christi Also, if you'd be so find as to consider following me - I am about 15 followers shy from meeting my goal of 100 new followers in 2015 :)

I am SO thrilled that the Cat Blog Hop decided to remain open for the weekend - that way I get to link up my card! In addition, I would like to enter my Colorful Cats Birthday Card in the following challenges:
Her Peaceful Garden - Cat Blog Hop
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Use Dies and/or Punches
The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - K is for Kitties!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Throwback (use a previous challenge, I used Stamp & Punch/Die Cut

40 comments:

  1. Awwww, I love these sweet little Newton stamps too...and they look adorable in lavender and purple! I too have a love/hate relationship with ribbon (mostly hate though..ha!) because it never cooperates when I try to make a nice bow. There are some crafters who make the most fabulously gorgeous big bows, but those crafters are not related to me in any way...so sad. You did a great job on this one though, and it pretties up your card nicely. Your cousin is going to just love getting your card in the mail...great job!

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    1. Thank you Karen - it's always nice to know I am not alone!! I've been coloring in these stamps since I got them - I am good to go on cat cards for the rest of the year LOL xx Christi

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  2. That Newton stamps are very cute, Love your purple creation and gorgeous ribbon! Happy fun hopping!

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  3. You've explained really well! It is an adorable card... love the little kitties!

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    1. Thank you Mandy - I try to explain so anyone can do what I did :)

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  4. Ohhhh super cute and my FAVOURITE colour!! Thanks for joining the sisterhood of snarky stampers for our K is for Kitties challenge!!

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    1. Thank you SO much for your kind comments :)

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  5. Newton really is a cute kitty! I'm sure your cousin will adore this cute card. Great color!

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  6. Hello, Christi! So happy to see you were able to join the Cat Lovers Hop! I know you love kitties too! I am a big fan of Newton's Nook too - these kitties are so adorable! I love the way you coloured them! Beautiful monochromatic colour! Your cousin will be thrilled when she receives this!

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    1. Thank you for taking time out of your break to come and comment :) And you know kitties absolutely RULE ;)

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  7. What a sweet card!! The kitties are adorable!! I love the sparkly sentiment!! What a fabulous card!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  8. Such a sweet card. Those purple kitties are too cute! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

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    1. Thank you SO much for your kind comments :)

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  9. What fun purple kitties. I just love this Newton's set.

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    1. Oh Lisa - I want ALL the sets - I am totally addicted!

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  10. Oooh - more Newtons... how adorable they are. Such a pretty card :-)

    Hugz
    IKE x

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  11. Great card, love those sweet kittens! Thank you so much for joining our 'Diecuts and punches' challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week, good luck in the prize draw and I do hope we'll see you again soon, love Jacky x

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  12. Purple Newtons - how fabulous!! Wish I could think outside the box like that more often!

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    1. Oh my dear friend, I've seen your creations and they are fabulous! Thank you SO much for your kind comments :)

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  13. hello Christi! super sweet card, luv the adorable cats! I am thrilled you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

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  14. Aw, how very cute! Love the colour too. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

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  15. Purple calico cats! Where's the real-life version? ;) This is such a sweet card. Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

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    1. He he he - haven't gotten mine purple yet, but they are getting brave around the alcohol inks, so who knows?? :)

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  16. I am absolutely thrilled that you were able to join in the hop, Christi!!! Your purple Newton kitties are just adorable. This is a lovely card that your cousin will just love!!
    Thanks so much for joining us by linking up at the Cat Lovers Hop!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    Tuesday is the last day to comment for great prizes on the Cat Lovers Hop at HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com!!!!

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    1. Me, too, Janis!! I loved hopping (although I couldn't comment on them all) and I have a whole list of new cat goodies to buy :) Lovely hop you hosted :)

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  17. Such a sweet and pretty cat card - I love the colours you've used.

    This is just perfect for our challenge this week. Thank you for sharing and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I am new to coloring and I never think I do a good enough job :)

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  18. Very cute, Thanks for joining us at Sisterhood of Snarky Sisters.

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  19. Thanks for sharing your sweet kitties with us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

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