Friday, 26 October 2018

Card 2 for Cat Lovers Hop 2018

So far so good!

The stamp set I'm giving away (giveaway now closed)  is not just good for cardmaking, it works just as well for scrapbook layouts, travellers notebooks, planners, BuJos etc etc!

Click HERE to see yesterday's post

Click on the cat graphic below to go to main Blog Hop Page

 

So I briefly mentioned Ink Road Stamps since I'm giving away a set they make.  They're a really fun company with plenty of unique funny and snarky (💖💖💖) sentiments!  Click on the link above to check them out.




In a slightly unrelated turn of events, they ran a naming contest of their newest embellies (half pearls) in their Facebook group.  I thought the suggested name would be the winner...not the actual PERSON making the suggestion, but hey I'm not complaining!

Did you know pink is the only shade of a colour (red) that has its own name?  If I am going to be named after red, I can definitely see Red Hot Mama being a hit.  Any takers? 😂



Aaaaanyway...today's card uses an Ink Road stamp set called Meow Mix (Don't you just hear Dr Evil singing the jingle every time??).   Meow Mix is one of those mix and match cat faces type stamp sets.

Well a certain Small Crafty Dude was naughty and after confiscating all his tech (and there's an awful lot) I decided to put him to work given my looming deadlines and had him stamp cats.

Well this is what you get when you ask a disgruntled SCD* to do something.

After hissing some death threats, eventually I got at least 3 useable cats.  I did have to add white pupils on the middle one.  SCD* said "argh those eyes are soooo creepy!  They're gazing into your soul and plotting ways to kill you"  OK I didn't think they were QUITE that terrifying, but whatevs.

I used the packaging technique when experimenting with the Distress Oxides the other day and got these backgrounds.  One has some resist spray used with a stencil, but the resist doesn't seem to work all that well with the stencils and definitely not with oxide ink unless you use droplets.  I need to look into it more.


Aparently the man himself (Tim Holtz) says if you aren't happy with your background, you aren't done yet and need to add more.  Even the queen of the more-is-more-is-more philosophy was dubious, but I persisted and he's kinda right!

I use the background I liked better with some older dies from Taylored Expressions and a Stampendous sentiment.  Simples, right?

 

But wait!  There's more!  This morning I woke up at about 4am and had the most genius idea.  What if I spliced "Meow Mix" with another Ink Road stamp set called "As you Wish"???  It's a Princess Bride themed set and well...everything seems like a good idea at that hour, right?



Only one way to find out so I got up and started by masking the sentiment and adding in the "Mew" from another set...(by Paper Smooches)

Now for the Westley cat...if I use the sunnies and touch them up with black and white pens...and cut the sides off...along with a very serious expression.







Princess Buttercup was much easier!

I know I didn't really centre the "mew" very well, but I cut it out with a die by Shimelle.  These will definitely go on a card, but not until I get some of Shimelle's newest collection called "Head in the Clouds" which has castles and dragons and all the good stuff!
 





OK!  Time for tea (another present from my very dear friend Joy) and bed ... for a half hour before it's time to get up!  😏

Now for the Giveaway (closed)!   





PS...you remember yesterday I said a certain grey cat might have
a " 'nip" habit?
Even SCD says he always looks stoned in every photo.
Kinda like this one! 😹😹😹


*acronyms in left sidebar ⇐

Love and catty creativity!

44 comments:

  1. Haha, oh my gosh, your gray kitty does look like he's gotten into the catnip all right! Love the Distress Oxide backgrounds and may have to break down and get some of those Oxides of my own,sigh. Your kitty mix-and-match designs are adorable and I love the glasses!

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    1. We're not sure where he stashes it. but we can tell every time he's been "using"! I was so disappointed there where not going to work in the small size - will be cranky if they resolve that issue! I definitely need more practice with them, though.

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  2. Love your background, those kitties are so adorable and have done all the above.

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    1. Thanks so much for your words, visit and entry! It means a lot!

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  3. Fantastic background and what an amazing idea for those Mix and Match cat stamps :-) PURR-fect x

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    1. Thank you! Things in threes seem to word well for the dimensions of a standard card with that size of image and I certainly wasn't going to use any of the possessed looking cats a certain small person created!

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  4. Love your projects! They're too funny and very gorgeous! Your colouring is great!!!
    1. Follow this blog through Google Followers (Arianna Barbara)
    2. Liked your Facebook page (Arianna Barbara)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know your details and entering. I appreciate the love!

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    2. Thanks again for your kindness!!!

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  5. Ok, first... your SCD did a great job, even if it was punishment. : ) and I love your gorgeous background. Now on to my favorite part! I can see it now... Oh, Farm Cat... Bring me that chew toy. As Mew Wish! Can't wait to see this card!! It will surely get anyone out of the Pits of Dispair!! Watch out for ROUS's!!! I MUST CASE your idea some day! (did you see my Princess BIRD post? a couple of years ago? I think you'd like it! https://dannscraftingwhims.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/the-princess-bird-anniversary-card/ )

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    1. Oh this made me laugh! I actually did buy a dog chew toy for a certain bitey grey cat! I so want to watch PB now Cary Elwes is so easy on the eyes and how young does Fred Savage look? lolol...except the boys have rigged up the TV and Netflix through some impossibly complicated system and I'm the only one awake as usual! I will definitely check out your post! I would LOVE to see your project if you case it!

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  6. That's hilarious... nip habit, got to say, do agree your kitty does have a certain 'look' about him!! Your card is just stunning! Love those kitty faces - you did well! They are so cool though.. and the background papers - gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! He's completely crazy! You should have seen him after the vet had to give him an injection of an opioid once. He wasn't sedated like they said he might be, but he was completely off his face!

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  7. I giggled all the way through your post. Seriously, you're a hoot! I love the idea of the mix and match cat face and the "out takes" from SCD*. I've yet to master Distress Oxides but I suppose listening to "God Tim" is the way to go since yours turned out really cool. Love the kitty princess, too and the way you've masked the sentiment. Look forward to that one, too. I did the stuff you asked on the previous days comment. Thanks for the chance to win! xxD Goliath is on my lap and says he'd like some of that "nip", please.

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    1. I'm very happy to oblige! I feel so out of my depth with those oxides, but I only played with them the one time I guess lol I LOVE Goliath's name! We have a Fitzwilliam (with the habit) and Ophelia so it's a literary theme for ours. F will get his dealer in touch with G for you! ;-P

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  8. OMG, your kitty is just beautiful ... stoned or not! lol
    And I love your card ... not looking very evil to me, either.
    Love the glasses.

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    1. Thank you! We all wear glasses...(at least Small One is supposed to but doesn't!) Glasses seem to look so good on cats. I guess they're intelligent beings and glasses just emphasize it? IDK. The next card also features a cat with glasses!

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  9. Your post made me smile. Love the kitty faces.

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    1. Thank you! All the love for the faces here and on socials got the small dude his tech back so he is grateful!!

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  10. I think it may be time for Catnips Anonymous. That photo of him is just too precious. Love the card, Alexandra, and the background is marvelous! Great cat faces. :-D

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    1. I think you may be right! He's not COMPLETELY silly, but definitely not the cleverest of cats (he often has scrapes on his belly from getting into a Winnie the Pooh situation) but he's sweet and craves people contact!

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  11. Oh dear, off to nip hab with the kitty! Hahaha! Your little helper did a great job. I think the card turned out great and I love the glasses.

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    1. He says he can quit anytime he wants lolol The helper got his tech back on friday after school thanks to you lovely ladies! He wanted to game with his friends and being an only child I tend to let him. Thank you so much!

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  12. Fantastic background - and I love those stamps! Why do ideas always come at 4am?

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    1. Or the shower or toilet or whatever. Thank goodness for waterproof phones. I take mine into the shower and can note down ideas!

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  13. Fab background, Alex and lovely framed kitty heads! I love the 'build-your-own' cat stamp set! Have done all the above. Thanks for following me! x

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    1. I love your work too! I will have a better look now that I've finished these projects. My next challenge is breathing down my neck, I'm not sure I could work any other way!

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    1. Thank you so much! Even the initially reluctant helper got into it after a while!

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  15. Fun and modern card, love how it looks! Your cat is fun too :D

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    1. Thank you! Fitzy is hilarious. Last night we discovered cats get the hiccups. All the weird stuff happens with him!

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  16. I love your salute to The Princess Bride! This card is fun and colorful! I became a blog follower today too!

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    1. Thanks for your entries and the blog love. I need to think a bit more on how to make the Princess Bride pieces work on a card since they're only heads.

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  17. LOL reading your post is like talking to you - we are hanging out on a Saturday, drinking coffee and complaining (lol) - I LOVE Ink Road Stamps, so much that I already have this one, but I just loved your post SO much I had to comment and follow you everywhere anyway. XO Christi

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    1. Thank you SO MUCH! That's just what I hoped and if you're ever in this part of the work, definitely get in touch for coffee and crafting! I really appreciate the blog love despite you having the stamp set. It means a lot. xx

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  18. oh wow!
    that is so wonderful card!
    hugs

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    1. Thank you! In the end my helper enjoyed it too, but he would never admit it!

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  19. Great blog post and creative cat card. I follow your blog and follow on IG as waterlily57
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the adorable kitties and love your Distress Oxide backgrounds! I love playing with my Distress Oxides too - it's fun to take a day and make a bunch of backgrounds! Thank you for the awesome giveaway! I follow your blog, FB, and IG so please count me in! Yay! I would be so happy if you hopped over and followed my blog too:
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  21. I definitely think your background turned out beautiful in the end! Distress Oxides are the greatest! I followed all your sites etc.. caholmes67@gmail.com

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  22. Cool background! Love your card!

    Thanks so much for being a part of the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop!!!
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  23. My internet is finally working again, for the moment! It has been down or spotty for the last several days.

    What a fun post, Alex. Congrats on having the embellies named after YOU! Wow.....you are famous!!! Love the cats your helper made for you...would have enjoyed seeing even more of the rejects...Ha! Your card is just wonderful. Looking forward to seeing that Princess Bride project when it gets done. :) I am probably too late for the giveaway on this post, but I think I did get some entries in on your first post...before my internet abandoned ship!! Thank you for adding to the fun.

    Thank you for being a part of the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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