Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Purrfect Friend

As I watch the snow fall here in Colorado, I'm thinking of how much fun snow days were. I was lucky to grow up in a neighborhood with tons of kids. And even luckier that my best friend lived right next door to me - our parents even connected our backyards for us.  I don't even remember a life before her! She is an amazing person, and loves cats as much as I do.  Unfortunately,  she has recently gotten a fairly serious health diagnosis - not life threatening, thank goodness, but painful none the less.  I have been sending her the plastic boxes from my old Stampin' Up! sets because she loves them and uses them to store her own bunch of little trinket obsessions. Since I now live halfway across the country from her we don't talk that often, but we message each other daily - actually we message each other a ton of times daily.  I am very grateful to still have her in my life as I have watched time steal away too many good friendships. I made this card to put into the next shipment of goodies:
What I Used to Make my Card:
Stampendous Set, Cat Sayings #SSC1222
Newton's Nook Newton's Antics Stamps
Newton's Nook Newton's Antics Dies
Ranger Archival Ink Pad in Jet Black
Spellbinders Labels Seventeen
Authentique Remembrance 6x6 pad, REM006 (retired but available)
Scraps of Green Paper (from the Remembrance pad above)
Corner Rounder Punch
Pop Dots

I can't recall what I used to color the cats with as I found this duo in my already colored pile, but, I would guess I used my Zig Clean Color markers judging by how they look.  I put the kitties on a scrap of green to anchor them - without the paper, they floated around and looked like they need to be grounded.  After I grounded the cats, I stamped the sentiment on another scrap of green in the same color that the cats sat on.  That is one of the many reasons I love working with coordinated paper - you can always find the exact color you need! I die cut the sentiment with Spellbinders and set it aside.
The Dimension

I trimmed a piece of the purple background paper and then rounded the corners with a corner rounder.  I glued the paper onto the card base, then pop dotted the cats and the sentiment.  That's when I realized I had put the whole thing together upside down - yup, that is what happens at 11:30 at night.  So, I cut the card apart and mounted the panel, with pop dots, onto another card base, this time right side up.  If I had a nickle for every project I've messed up on I could buy the entire Ranger company.  But, I try to look at those mistakes as opportunities to try to figure out how to solve them.  And this mistake was easy to fix and one I have done a million times. 

I really enjoyed making this card and I hope it brings a smile to her face.  I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and I appreciate your stopping by.  Fondly, Christi

I am humbly entering my Purrfect Friend Card in the following challenges:
ModSquad - Anything but Christmas
ScrappyLand - #57, Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - #264/265, Anything Goes
Lost Coast Portal (Jan) - #32, Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge (Jan) - Anything Goes w Patterned Paper


  1. you know how i am in tuned with your love of 4 legged furry babies. i love this card. your friend is very lucky to have you as a friend. i know how i feel about you!

  2. I love your story of friendship, its very special to have a friend like that. I bet she will love your card, its gorgeous. Thanks for linking up to the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity :)

  3. You are so fortunate to have such a wonderful relationship with your friend. Those are priceless. Your card is adorable, I love how you have colored those cute kitties, and that patterned paper is perfect. Great take in the challenge, thanks so much for playing along with us this week over at the Mod Squad.
    Judy - Challenge Host

  4. This is adorable, Christi!
    Thanks so much for stopping by to share your art with us. It's such a blessing to have you join us. Please stop by again soon.
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. Oh I do the card blank wrong way round trick lots of times! Cute finished project though. Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.
    Happy crafting! Catherine X DT

  6. Thanks for joining lost coast design challenge anything goes. Luv your story - makes me want to send her a card to cheer her up..!!!

  7. Aww, so cute and cuddly, such a happy card. Thank you for joining Lost Coast Anything goes -challenge, Happy New Year 2017!

  8. Adorable image and wonderful palette. Thanks for playing in the Lost Coast Designs' "Anything Goes" challenge!


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