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!


Bad Kitty said...

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

ike said...

How gorgeous that is - a masterpiece Kitty :-D

IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Pia S said...

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!

Becca Cruger said...

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!

Cazzy said...

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

Carol x

KandA said...

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

jimlynn said...

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

scrAPpamondo said...

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!

Liz said...

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

Lucy Patrick said...

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

Donna said...

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

Lisa said...

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 :)

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Andrea W said...

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

vinita jain said...

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

Mrs A. said...

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.

Dr Sonia S V said...

I love window cards and yours is so lovely
Dr Sonia
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brenda said...

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

B x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

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

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Kath said...

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

Wendy L said...

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

Nannieflash said...

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

Heather said...

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

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

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful card!!!Love the design!!!

Barbara Godden said...

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.

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is awesome Kitty.

Jacee said...

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

Anne said...

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

cotnob said...

Such a sweet card Kitty, a fabulous window scene.

Kuni said...

Beautiful and sweet card.

Taunya Butler said...

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!!

Monika Reeck said...

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

weim house said...

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!

Nancy said...

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)

jenn shurkus said...

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

Leanne said...

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

Beccy said...

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.

Gail said...

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

La Papera Gialla said...

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

marion said...

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

Leanne said...

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

Leanne said...

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

Pamela said...

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

Pam x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

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!

cheiron said...

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 :)

Rae Ann said...

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.

Desire Fourie said...

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.
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