Monday, September 7, 2015

Looking out the Window

Hello, everyone.  Before I get started, I would like to welcome my newest follower - Lynda Hall - thank you for joining me!

I'm back again today with another card!  I wanted to join Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge and the deadline is almost here. Her challenge almost stumped me this time - A for Archway, plus butterflies. But then I found these adorable die cuts sent to me a long time ago by my friend Marion (thank you, Marion, I am finally using these die cuts!).  I almost gave up on this card a few times!  It was very labour-intensive because I ended up doing a lot of cutting and inking.


This image is all one die-cut and I'm glad Marion sent so many because I used four of them for this card! They were white to begin with, except for a brown one, which I used for the birdhouse.  One die cut was used to ink up the leaves in green.  I cut another die cut so it was just the window frame and cat to layer on top to make it appear as if the cat was looking out the window. The final die-cut was for the cat.  I also needed a sky backdrop so I traced around the window in pencil and cut it out. I adhered all the layers together.  Lastly I added three tiny butterflies from a punch, which also started out as white.

Here are all the Distress Inks I used to give this scene some colour.
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough
  • Leaves: Peeled Paint
  • Cat: Pumice Stone
  • Bird: Antique Linen, Scattered Straw
  • Butterflies: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord

I adhered the window with foam tape to a piece of patterned paper (MME Market Street), which was die-cut with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, and mounted on white and then brown cardstock. I stamped the sentiment, which is a wood-mounted stamp from The Old Island Stamp Company, and added three tiny black gems (Want 2 Scrap).  The name of the die cut is Spring Window by Die-namites.


I would also like to join the following challenges: Allsorts Lots of Layers 2/3; Amusing Challenges Ode to Summer 1/2 (TOP 3)Beccy's Place September AG UE; Craft Your Passion AG 2/3; Crafting from the Heart AG 2/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper September UE; DRS Designs Hot Trends - The Hole Thing (window panes) UE; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Kitty Bee In the Sky 2/2; Let's Craft and Create Use Dies or Punches (used both) 1/3; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 3/3; Not Just Cards August AG UE; Pile it On Fur UE; Quirky Crafts Home Sweet Home 1/3; Scrapbook Blessings Club AG optional Favourite Technique (making my own background, this card with distress inks) UE; Simon Says Stamp Monday Stamp and Punch/Die Cut (I did all 3) 1/5; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Make it Colorful 4/5; The Outlawz Twisted Thursday Layered Card 2/2

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!


46 comments:

  1. love your card
    very nice
    sweet of Marion to send you dies.
    lots of hugs

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  2. How gorgeous that is - a masterpiece Kitty :-D

    Hugz
    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  3. Glad you didn't give up on this card, because I think it ended up looking so lovely. The window scene is so detailed and I love how you gave it dimension too. And the cat fits right in!

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  4. Well I'm glad you didn't give up because the end result was worth it! This is an adorable little scene. I can tell that a lot of work went into it!

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  5. Hi Kitty, I am glad you persisted because your card is lovely and perfect to enter the Quirky challenge too!

    Carol x

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  6. Mrs A really set us a challenge this time didn't she, but you nailed it with this super arched window. Fabulous card xx

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  7. Love this! Really a pretty scene with the kitty looking through the window.
    Lynn

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  8. How much work you made, Kitty! But the result you have had is really fabulous!! Your scene is wonderful, with this arch window, the kitty (that looks like Snowie! :D ), the leaves and the birdhouse!! Your colouring with the distress is stunning! Love the soft feel and the scene!

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  9. A lovely card, Kitty, you've created a lovely scene. xx

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  10. It was so worth the effort Kitty, I love it!! I love that window scene so much with the little cat looking out and the patterned paper looks like the "wallpaper" indoors, I love everything about it! I hope you're well, sorry for not dropping in much, time is so precious and I never seem to have enough of it now. XOX Lucy

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  11. This is absolutely stunning! I have no ideas for this challenge this month, trying to come up with one. Yours is just fabulous!

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  12. This is so sweet!! I love the window scene you've created!! It's so adorable, Kitty!! Love it my friend!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  13. Lovely card! I'm glad you didn't give up because it turned out wonderful. I love the kitty looking out the window.

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  14. I love that beautiful arch scene with lots of efforts! Love cute kitty and the sky background, so adorable!

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  15. 10/10 for perseverance Kitty. My what a perfectly splendid window archway you have created. I love all the die cutting. Thankyou for fluttering by my challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

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  16. I love window cards and yours is so lovely
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  17. A perfect card for the Butterfly challenge and equally so for Allsorts this week, many thanks for joining in Kitty.

    B x

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  18. ahhh Kitty, just so wonderful this!!
    thanks so much for popping over too :D
    Shaz in Oz.x #27

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

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  19. A fabulous card with great die cuts. I think Mrs A really challenged us all with this one!
    Kath x

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  20. Fab card, really sweet, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week, xxx

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  21. Beautiful card love your bps. Thanks for joining us at CHPPC, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

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  22. A fabulous card - a super design and lovely colour combo......your die-cut window with is full of gorgeous elements!!

    hugs
    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

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  23. Beautiful card!!!Love the design!!!

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  24. Gorgeous card, of course it has a cat on it. making a card with diecuts is not a quick card there is a lot of work involved.

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  25. This is awesome Kitty.
    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxxx

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  26. How lovely, gorgeous window scene, love the little kitty
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

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  27. This is lovely. Great use of your die-cut.
    Thanks for taking part in the Butterfly Challenge.
    Hugs Anne ,GD

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  28. Such a sweet card Kitty, a fabulous window scene.
    Pauline
    x

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  29. Beautiful and sweet card.
    Hugs
    Kuni

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  30. I am sighing in delight and awe of this beautiful card - such an amazing use of diecuts and you have just created a wonderful scene!! Makes one stop and be still and listed to what life is telling them!! Well, at least that is how it made me feel - just so well done!!

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  31. Marion is so kind send you so many lovely DIE CUT
    and the end result wooooww adorable Kitty
    I love the scene you made and the detail of the outside window
    great DIES card Kitty..
    hope I am finish soon my eyes now it is 5 watt hihi

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  32. Beautiful! Awesome design! Love the cat! Thank you for your kind words as always! :) The stamp was heartfelt creations. I fell off the "wagon" again! I didn't have a fushia or a humming bird to ink! we went for drive to get me an anniversary die! re: Medford store! re: dogs; 2 were ours; the black guy is my friend's! Thanks again! :) Hope you had a great weekend!

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  33. After seeing three kitty cards from you today, I have a better understanding of your name! lol
    I think this one is my favorite! Thanks for joining us again at Scrapbook Blessings Club! :o)

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  34. this is so sweet!! thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!!

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  35. Another awesome card you've created, and I know these cats are precious. My friend would love this card. Way to go! Thanks for entering our challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

    Leanne DT
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

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  36. Wow, I'm so impressed by all the work you put into this card KT, what a labour of love! The finished result was definitely worth all the cutting and inking. Great job.
    Cheers,
    Beccy

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  37. Hey Kitty, this is adorable. I love how this turned out. What a fabulous window scene. All that work was really worth it...you have a great card here! Hugs, Gail

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  38. This card is gorgeous!
    Thanks for the nice comment you left and thanks for entering our Not Just Cards Challenge and blog hop this month!
    Monica - DT

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  39. owww what a wonderfull card and so happy you could use the diecuts, the little cat makes me think of Snowy when she is really dirty :), so lovely. Happy to see this card, lots of hugs and love, xoxo, Marion

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  40. Pretty card. The details are stunning. Well done!
    Mahalo for playing in our Aloha Friday Challenge with Kitty Bee Designs

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  41. Pretty card. The details are stunning. Well done!
    Mahalo for playing in our Aloha Friday Challenge with Kitty Bee Designs

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  42. Such a sweet card, thank you for joining us at Crafting from the Heart.

    Pam x

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  43. This is so pretty! You shaded the cat so well. I've seen lots of nice die cut art that started out white and then was colored in. I'm not so good at doing that stuff myself but you rock it!

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  44. Such a cute kitty and adorable scene you've created here. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

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  45. So glad you didn't give up! The result is fabulous! Love all of the details and you created a lot of dimension with the layers.

    Thank you for joining us at Li’l Patch of Crafty Friends for our challenge.

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  46. This is a beautiful project with wonderful attention to detail and perfect for our 17th ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends DT Member}
    {Would love you to visit my blog and join my 1,100 Follower Give-Away. Thank you so much, if you have already entered, and good luck.}
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