Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Purrfect Day (Paper Smooches stamp/die)

Hello, everyone! One of my crafty goals for 2015 is to make more men's and boys' cards.  I really struggle with them so I tend not to make as many.  Then every time there's a male birthday, I have to scramble to make a card.  So this year I want to get a few made ahead.

Here's my attempt at a masculine birthday card.  I made this inky background yesterday while I was playing around with my new Distress Inks!  I used Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, and Brushed Corduroy, using the same technique as yesterday's card.

I am using my new Paper Smooches Nine Lives stamps and dies.  I decided to play along in Paper Smooches SPARKS Picture Perfect challenge (see inspiration photo below).  It's the first time I've played over there, so I'm excited about it!  I coloured the kitty with my Prismacolor pencils.  The image and sentiment were stamped in Brilliance Coffee Bean.

At the top of my card I added some stencilling with embossing paste and glitter using a Dreamweaver Stencil called Bare Trees.  Dream It Up has a birthday challenge this month so I'm linking up there as well.  I followed the sketch over at Sketch Saturday (see below) so I added some ribbon and trim to fit the design.

I would like to support the following challenges:
Allsorts New and Cute (new Distress Inks, new stamps/dies) 2/3

Card Mania Make it Sparkle 3/3
Crafty Calendar What's New (new Distress Inks, new stamps/dies)  2/3
Cute Card Thursday What's New (new Distress Inks, new stamps/dies) UE
DL.ART January Linky AG UE 1/day

Dream It Up Birthday UE
Fashionable Stamping Something New (new Distress Inks, new stamps/dies) 2/3
Hiding in My Craftroom Super Scraps Saturday (scrap of white used to stamp and die cut; the twine bow is a scrap) 2/3
Loves Rubberstamps Stamp in any Colour except Black UE

Natalie and Amy's Something New (new Distress Inks, new stamps/dies) 2/3
Paper Smooches SPARKS Inspiration Photo

Papertake Weekly It's All New (new Distress Inks, new stamps/dies) 2/5
Penny Black and More Stencils, Masks, Embossing Folders 2/3
Pixie's Snippet Playground Snippet of white used to stamp and die cut; the twine bow is a scrap 2/3

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday It's a Guy Thing 1/5
Simon Says Stamp Monday Inky Background 2/5
Sketch Saturday Sketch #343
Sparkle N Sprinkle AG with Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking UE
STAMPlorations Stamps and Ink 2/3
The Paper Girls Let's Sparkle and Shine 2/3
Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5
Vintage Stamping with Flonzcraft New Year, New Stash (new Distress Inks, new stamps/dies) 2/3

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


Lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Kitty!! I love the trees!! The little kitten is so sweet!! And I just love the ribbons!! What a beautiful card!! I also struggle with masculine cards - you've done a fabulous job with this one!! Have a great day :)

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jimlynn said...

So beautiful! Love the use of the distress inks and that background you created is gorgeous! CUTE little kitty and love that trim too.

terrie said...

Kitty, I love the color of your background...great technique with the tree stencil it turned out adds so much to your card...
Well done all around..

scrAPpamondo said...

Cuuuteee!!! Love this masculine card, with this sweet kitten, the trees and the colours of eart!! Great!

cotnob said...

This is fabulous Kitty, your embossed trees look wonderful - a perfect male card.

Karen Letchworth said...

Super dooper cute! (I know dooper isn't a word....LOL) I always enjoy your cards, and I thank you for sharing with us.
God bless you,
Word Art Wednesday

Virginia Lu said...

Love the image and warm tones on your card! Truly awesome! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “It’s a Guy Thing” Challenge!

Georgie C said...

Such a warm and rich colour scheme, and the trees in the background really create some depth xx

Lucy Patrick said...

That's so cute Kitty and I know exactly what you mean, I never have any male cards just sitting around, always have to rush to make one for a man and never know what to put on it hehe! XOX Lucy

Bad Kitty said...

wonderful card as always.

May said...


Gail said...

Your layout and colors are lovely!

Patti said...

Hello friend : ) It is wonderful to see your darling little card! : ) I am sure anyone male or female would love this!!



DIANA L. said...

Super card. I love the trees and the kitty is so cute!
Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes January Linky Party. Have a blessed day

Michelle N. said...

Just adorable! Love that kitten, and all the super techniques you've used! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Diva's Anything Goes challenge!

Martina said...

love your creation <3

feel free to stop by my blog and enter my giveaway :)

xo, Martina

brenda said...

You've made a good start on your resolution Kitty, think it's one we could all make, certainly know I could/should.

Thanks so much for joining in at Allsorts this week.

B x

marion said...

ahhh this is so cute and good for you, to keep ahead of those cards, I know, they can be very tough to make but you did an excellent job, it would fit also to send to a girl as well, love this background and of course the lovely kitty cat, hugs to you and cuddles to Kiwi, Honeydew and Snowy, Marion

brenda said...

Ooops and Penny Black and More !!

B x

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Kitty :-) such a cute image and I love the background and colours, fabulous ! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Lols x x x

Di said...

Great card for a chap Kitty! Good for you getting ahead with a few as well!



aussie aNNie said...

Love the colour combo's, stunning creation and what a cute image used..x
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Debra Miller said...

Sweet card, love the background you created. Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Sketch Saturday this week. Hugs Deb

Wendy L said...

A lovely card, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week, xxx

Evie said...

Fabulous card. Thank you for joining us at Card Mania Challenges.

Nikki said...

Lovely card. That background is gorgeous. Very cute image. Thanks for playing along at Loves Rubberstamps.


Heléne Ericsson said...

Really cute! Thank you for sharing this project with us at Allsorts, good luck in the challenge and I hope to see you again!

KraftyKoolKat said...

So beautiful Kitty. Playing catch up again!!!

Cornelia W said...

What a sweet kitty and what a lovely card! Thanks so much for linking up with us at STAMPlorations!

Shirley said...

A gorgeous and fun card Kitty.
Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month at Penny Black and More an d good luck in our prize draw.

Blankina said...

Lovely ink colour choice , a great card, glad you could join Loves Rubberstamps this week,
Hugs Blankina

Shirley Chillman said...

Your cards always make me smile Kitty.

Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Shirley Chillman said...

With my other hat on Kitty still a beautiful make.

Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

soapHOUSEmama said...

This is such great, inky fun work!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!! - Ashli :)

Anne Temple said...

This is so sweet and I love the trees in the background. The kitty is so cute too. Thanks for sharing it with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

So super cute!!! Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Oh wow! Thank you for using our stencil in your creation for the Dreamweaver Challenge this month...we feel special when that happens!

susiestacey said...

Lovely card, l like the way you have used the stencil.
Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts 'Mask, stencils and embossing challenge and good luck x Susan x

LynB said...

Love how you used Dreamweaver Stencil Bare Trees for the background!! Card design is terrific!!!

Kim. said...

Beautiful card, love how you used the stencil.
Thanks for sharing with us this month at Natalie & Amy's challenge.
Kim x

Jo said...

Fab for-a-male card! Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month & good luck!
hugs Jo x

honey_bunny said...

Such a sweet card! Love the sepia colours you've chosen. <3 Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges this month and hope to see you again soon. xx