Saturday, August 10, 2013

Finally, some good news!

Life has a balance and some fun crafting stuff has offset the recent drama with my house money pit.

I'm excited to announce that I'm a guest designer over at Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenges this month, which is a dream come true since I love Kraftin' Kimmie's stamps! I joined their designers (who I think are freakin' awesome) and participated in this week's challenge.

Here's what Kimmie had to say:
Welcome back for another totally fun challenge here at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!! We've got a great challenge for you again this week!! Come along and play with us!

This week our hostess is KERRY!! Her challenge for you this week is SLIPPERY WHEN WET!! So pull out those mermaids, those beachy stamps, summer papers and embellishments....then create a card (with a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp) and share it with us here! Get creative! Have some krafty fun and join us this week because we'd LOVE to see your KKS designs. We hope you can play along for your chance to WIN some Kraftin' Kimmie rubbah!!!

We've been working on some special stuff at Krafty Headquarters!!! Do you sometimes feel like you're floundering?? Do you feel like you've lost your krafty mojo? Or does it just take you too long to create need some help?! Well, we've got something up our pretty little sleeves and we'll be sharing it with you next week!!! Tee hee!! PLUS next week we'll be starting our AUGUST STAMP PREVIEWS!!! Lots of new goodies!! Spoooooky goodies!!!

Now go ahead and check out the wonderful creations by our Krafty Girls featuring this week's challenge!! If you join us and play along, you could WIN a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp!!!

Happy kraftin'!
Being me, I had a bit of a different approach in that I did not make anything beach related. So, without further ado, here it is!

My card features the girl bathing the cat stamp from the Feathers and Fur set. The look on that cat's face cracks me up. One of our cats is like that about water. Duchess, my familiar and my avatar  online, loves water. As a kitten, she'd jump into the kitchen sink whenever I ran water, so she had many baths. The only problem is that she HATED the blow dryer. Having a soaking wet, long-haired cat tearing through your house at super-sonic speeds did not thrill me. Nor did having scratches and cuts from fingertips to elbow, so the baths stopped. However,  Duchess still likes to sit in the sink, play with water trickling from the faucet, and recently learned how to turn off the faucet! Fortunately, she has not figured out how to turn it on. 

But I digress. So shocking. The little scene was colored with Copic markers, which I'll list below. I added clear Wink of Stella glitter pen accents to all the bubbles and to the Tiny Bubbles die cut. When the glitter ink was dry, I added clear Gelly Glaze pen to add some shine. I also added the Glaze pen to the bar of soap, the cat's pink nose, her eyes, and the girl's eyes. That sounds kind of painful, but I assure you that I was gentle.

The patterned paper is all from Stella Rose: Hazel 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye. Those pads are old, but beloved, and are still available at AC Moore, which pleases me.

I designed the card based on this sketch from the Crafting Musketeers.


Instead of the strip along the left, I used a Fishtale Flags Die-namics die. I would have sworn that I had pawprint brads, but they must be "someplace safe". So I used some hoarded Rain Drops by Cloud 9. I downloaded a Slippery When Wet road sign from the 'net, converted it to black and white, lightened it, and reduced it using Photo Elements. I cut it out and added it to the card to serve as a sentiment. Now if I had a brain and hadn't procrastinated, I would have added Glossy Accents to the negative space in the Tiny Bubbles die cut. Oh well. Next time!

Thanks for visiting today!

Copic markers used:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, R20, BV00
Hair: E53, E55, E57, E59
Shirt: R20, R21, R22
Capris: BG70, BG72, Custom less-than BG75
Cat: C00, C1, C2, C3, C4, R20
Bathtub: R11, R20, R21
Bubbles: R000, R00, BG000, BG10
Soap: BG000, BG10
Brush: E55, E57, E40, E41, E43
Ground: E40, E41

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:


  1. Congrats!!! How simply fabulous!
    Love your card, so cute!

  2. Happy days, Kathi! Congratulations on your well-deserved GDT! :^)
    Oh, yes, cats can be so slippery when wet. Little monsters. We did so many show baths when we were foolishly showing cats around the country. Lots of fun--NOT! ;^)
    Hey, love your cute card! That image is fabulous--love the coloring, too! You chose such great DP--love the take on the sketch! And your bubbles are so cute! :^)
    Hope you are having a great weekend!
    Hugs, Penny

  3. Congrats on your guest designer spot!!! I love, love this cute card! Your take on the sketch is fabulous and I just love this image!! Thanks for joining us at SOUS;-)

  4. oooh i love this image!! super cute! and congrats on GDT member for the month!! Thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers!! Nicole DT xx

  5. Congrats on the well-deserved guest DT spot :)
    Loving this card - the bubbles are just brilliant, as is using the road signage! The image is cute and beautifully coloured and I love those soft papers too.

  6. Great card , thank you for joining us at the Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog, Fran (DT ) xx

  7. OH how cute, you did a fabulous job! THanks for joining SOUS!

  8. Ohhh, love how you made the bubbles coming out of the water, brilliant idea! I don't bathe either cat. Once heard someone say bathing a cat was like trying to sprinkle holy water on the devil. Yep, pretty close!

  9. Such a true to life image:) Adorable card! Thanks for joining us at SOUS!!!

  10. Great creation .Thanks for joining the Kaboodle Doodles Challenge and good luck