Friday, February 14, 2014

We wish you a Meowy Christmas......

Well it looks like the little bit of melting snow we had yesterday is coming back to us in the way of snow today. Not much snow, just flurries, is coming down but we really don’t need any more. We are obviously going to get the tail end of the storm that hit the east coast. Our barometer has gone back over an inch. We saw photos of New York City – ouch! According to what Joe read on the weather network yesterday, the only state in U.S.A. that did not get snow this winter was Florida. Incredible! The only good thing about his terrible winter is that the Great Lakes are going to benefit big time. They have been going down each year and it reduces how much the lake ships can carry but they are expecting that this summer they will all pretty much be back to normal levels. It’s been so cold here that even Lake Superior is over half frozen over and it seldom ever freezes at all.

This week’s challenge at Stamping Bella was to make a card following her sketch, and using one of her stamps of course. I checked out www.alwaysplayingwithpaper.blogspot.ca and their weekly challenge is to make a Christmas card (standard rule) but to use an animal; then I checked out this blog challenge: http://abcchristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk and wants a Christmas card with brown in it. So, to enter all of them this is what I came up with.

 
I chose this Stamping Bella stamp and coloured it with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I sponged Old Paper Distress Ink around the edges. Her sketch had a rectangle instead of a square but this stamp just didn’t suit a rectangle so I had to change it. The green fancy square is from Spellbinder die set. One cat is brown so that is for one challenge and the background paper is light brown with gold swirls through it. It didn’t photograph very well but it is very pretty in real life. The green strip is from the same paper as the fancy square and I ran it through the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder and hit the top of the embossed areas with gold ink. Then I did the same with the embossed bit on the fancy square, which are not showing up well in the photo either. I added some gold lines from a peel-and-stick sheet to the edges of the green strip (left over bits, they don’t go all the way across which would be wasteful). The sketch also called for three embellishments down the right side, starting at the top. I punched out three snowflakes from the same green paper and die cut three from gold glitter paper (it wouldn’t punch so I had to use a Spellbinder snowflake die for it). Then I staggered them on top of each other glued them on and added a gold gem.

The inside of the card was stamped with a sentiment that came with this stamp and it says: We wish you a meowy Christmas and a Happy New Year. All three of my daughters have cats (I don’t like cats in the house so I don’t have one) but my daughter’s best friend really loves cats. She was thrilled when she received a blind cat from a shelter for Christmas. She was at our house so much as a teenager I started telling people I had 3 ½ daughters…I had to share her with her mother so I only had her half the time! She still calls me Mom2. This card is for her!
 
Time to watch the Canadian Olympic hockey team play now! Go Canada!!!

Cheers

Violet

 

 

8 comments:

Notes by Nina said...

Lovey card, the background paper is so elegant and the image is cute. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Susan Carol said...

Beautiful card, I love how you've framed those cute cats with that lovely fancy square edging. Thank you for your comment on my blog. How wonderful that you are well and what a testimony your trust in God must have been to everyone. Blessings.

Bonnie said...

These kitties are such fun, Violet! Love that background paper! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

Lori said...

Awww..Violet, these kitties are adorable :) Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday xoxoxo

Margaret Moody said...

Such a wonderful card, Violet! I love the image of the singing cats and the mouse! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

Bettina L. said...

Such a lovely christmas card. Love the design with the embossed background and cute winter cats. Thanks for playing at ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at ABC Christmas Challenge xx

Carissa said...

Wonderful card. Love the background and the image is super cute. Thanks for playing along at the ABC Christmas Challenge.
Carissa

Michelle B. said...

Aw, so completely adorable! Love the touches of gold too. So glad you joined us at ABC Christmas Challenge!

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