Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Birds or Animals Challenge

Sue is the hostess this week at Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and her challenge is called Animals or Birds! Here's what she has to say about her challenge!
Napoleon once said that the English are a nation of shopkeepers.What he should have said is that we are a nation of animal lovers. 
Nearly everyone I know has got a cat or dog, a pet rabbit or bird, and I know that my Stampotique teamies have their pets too. So this week we're celebrating the fur and feathers and I challenge you to create something with either animals or birds. So put your best paw forward and bring it on. 
Have fun!
If you'd like the chance to win $30 worth of Stampotique stamps, you should play along. Visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!

Here's my card, which uses Stampotique's Cat Family (Janet Klein) stamp, which I love a bunch because we're a family of three cat lovers.

Cat Family was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, edged with a black marker, then set aside while I worked on a background for the family.

Since Madame le Chat is wearing a beret, they had to be in Paris, so I decided to use some french text and a very old Tour Eiffel sticker by Jolee's Boutique. True confession time, the french text came from a text that apparently was stolen borrowed from my home town library. I don't recall reading Le Cid in high school french class, so maybe one of my sibs was the thief! In any case, I found the book buried in a box that was rescued when our basement was flooded due to Hurricane Irene. It was one of the dry books, though the spine was damaged and pages had come loose. I kept the book because I figured I'd eventually use it in crafting. I was right and I've digressed. Je suis choquée.

The french text, along with some old patterned paper from 7 Gypsies, was torn, edged with Potting Soil Archival ink, then sponged with watered Broken China Distress paint, and heat set. The edges were sponged again with Potting Soil ink and the papers were adhered to an off white card front. 

Bronze Metallic cardstock by Recollections was die-cut using a Nestabilities Decorative Labels Eight die by Spellbinders. The same cardstock used on the card front was die-cut with a Nestabilities Labels Eight die, sponged with watered Broken China Distress paint, heat set, and adhered to the card front.

Musical notation patterned paper from another 6x6 pad by 7 Gypsies was painted with watered Mowed Lawn Distress paint and adhered to the bottom of the card. Bronze Metallic cardstock was die-cut with an Ironworks Accents border die by Spellbinders. This was adhered over the painted music cardstock. The Bronze Metallic die-cuts were brushed with Renaissance Treasure Gold by Paper Artsy, which was buffed to enhance the shine.

Vellum was die-cut with Clouds dies by Memory Box and the Talk Bubbles die by Simon Says Stamp. Old-almost-gone Doodlebug rub-ons were used to add the sentiment. The clouds were adhered to die-cu. The Eiffel Tower was positioned as shown and the Cat Family was adhered to the card front, which was edged with a bit of the Renaissance Treasure Gold.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
I {Heart} Sketches with a twist Challenge #78: Recycled (my purloined textbook)
Jellypark Friends Challenges: Pets or Animals


  1. What a gorgeous card Kathi, I love all the little elements and they come together beautifully. Thank you so much, you rocked my challenge xx

  2. Kathi, this is absolutely delightful! Love the Cat Family and their haughty French air!

  3. Wonderful card, I just love your Paris kitties!

  4. Lovely card Kathi!... I didn't know you have 3 cats? Ooh, that's a lot, you're very courageous! :D So perfect stamp indeed, I know you love it as you used it already in the past and so well!
    And thanks for the 'Bonjour' in French, tonight I would either tell you 'Bonsoir'! Lol. Bises, Coco

  5. Too stinkin' cute, Kathi! Love the fun cats, your crazy scene, coloring & die cuts! And all of your papers really work perfectly together! (Even if the French text was "borrowed" from the library.) ;^)
    Hugs, Penny

  6. C'est tres jolie Kathi, stunning card loving all the embellishments :-) xxx

  7. What a lovely card, great die cuts. Thanks for sharing with us over at Jellypark Friends. Mel :o)

  8. Fabulous, love the whole idea!!