Friday, 4 May 2012

Karen Loves Cats



My friend Karen and I have a huge thing in common - we are both crazy about cats. We buy each other cat-themed gifts, and our two cats are from the same mom and dad. Any time I make a cat card, I know Karen will love it.

I was inspired for this card`s look by Oozak`s second challenge - the colors of Spring.

Here`s how I made this card. First, a square base card out of Stardream metallic cardstock at 5.75 inches.
The I stamped Penny`s Black`s Tulip Jungle on X-Press It Cardstock with Memento Black. I colored it with a multitude of Copics:
R81, 83, 85
YR000, 00, 01, 02
V000, 01, 04, 06
Y000, 00, 21, 23
YG00, 01, 03, 05, 06
C00, 1, 3, 5

The image was cut and embossed with A Spellbinder rectangle, and sponged with Distress Scattered Straw.
A second rectangle was cut from an unknown green metallic vellum. My Favorite Things die cut a cute border, and it`s topped off with a double bow.

Barbie Doll is Retiring



One of my dear friends, Barb, is retiring. I call her Barbie Doll cause she's just so cute and smiley, and her outfits are always so well put together. I was invited to Barb's corporate party yesterday and we had such a nice time. It's important for me that Barb is retiring because the two us, along with our friend Linda, are peas in a pod when it comes to paper arts. Now the three of us have all the time in the world to create!

Here's the card I made for the celebration. It begins with my usual Stardream Metallic base cut to 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches. Then a panel of green metallic vellum is sandwiched with a patterned paper by K & Company. The image is Stampin Up's Apothocary Art, stamped in Distress Peeled Paint. The sentiment is SU's Loving Thoughts. I then colored the flowers with Copics R20, 22, 24 and G40. A little sponging with Distress Barn Door sets it off from the vellum. Both the vellum and the image were cut with Sissix Framelits Labels 125598. A pretty bow tops it off.

Inside is one of my favorite thoughts for retirement. It's an anonymous quote that goes like this, "A beautiful day to play, free to be just me!"