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Cats Cats and More Cats

Good Thursday morning.  I love placing a cat or two in my Christmas card scenes. I think they add another element of the homey feel of the holidays.  My husband and I are “the staff” that wait on four cats in our home so I have lots of inspiration.  LOL!  Several of you have written and asked if I would share some of my cat photos.  I thought it would be fun to include several of my cat cards along with the Caracciolo cat gang. 

You can click on each of the card photos and be taken to the original post.

 KC Impression Obsession Bare Christmas Tree 1 rightKC Memory Box Cheerful STockings 1 right

 

KC Memory Box Classic Staircase 1 right

KC Poppy STamps Madison Arched 1 rightKC Memory Box Gift Bag 2 right

You can click on each of the card photos and be taken to the original post.

Cassie is 11 years old and is the oldest, largest, most beautiful and sweetest cat in our house.  We rescued her from Pet Rescue by Judy at a Pet Smart event. Take my word for it.  If you really don’t want to take a kitten or puppy home with you don’t shop for pet food on Pet Rescue day.  LOL! Ask me how I know.

Cassie 8-17-08

Cassie 11 08

This is Cassie and Chloe.  Chloe is 8 years old, a Fluffy Siamese and literally the most temperamental cat I have ever had the opportunity to “serve”.  LOL! Cassie and Chloe are great friends as you will see in the next several pictures.

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Cassie and Chloe 11 08

 

Cassie and Chloe a 11 08

Cassie and Chloe cb 11 08

 

Cassie Chloe 4 27 13

Chloe 8-17-08Cassie Chloe 11 26 11

Chloe thinks she can ride daddy’s bike but she got totally tuckered out just jumping up to the seat.

Chloe on the bike 5 30 10

Everyone thinks our king sized Tempurpedic mattress is their place to sleep.

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Sophie and Chloe Jan 12 12 2

 

Sat Morning Bed 05 09

This is Sophie and Toby.  They are 5 years old but we still refer to them as the kittens.  My husband adopted them at Pet Rescue by Judy and brought them home to me to help soften the blow of losing Bailey, my 14 year old poodle. It was very hard to stay sad with kitten rodeos going on around the house.

Sophie Toby  Hug 12 08

They were trying to use my Stampin’ Up! markers but they got too sleepy and had to take a nap.

Sophie Helping Stamp 12 02 08

Sophie wanted to be with my constantly when she was a kitten.  Here she is riding on my shoulder while I was working in my stamp room.

Sophie 7-19-10

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Sophie thinks Mom is her perfect sleeping spot.

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The kittens tuckered out from a romp.

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Chow time!  No one can take time to look at the camera.  LOL!

The butts 9 09

This is Toby.  He is the cutest, meanest, most ornery and “entitled” cat I have ever had the opportunity to “serve”! When he is sleeping he is very very good.  When he is awake everybody needs to watch out!

Toby 2-18-12

Toby and Cassie look like twins but they are not related. Talk about book ends.

Toby Cassie 4 15 12

Twelve pound Chloe, the eternal optimist, trying to fit in a small Amazon box. 

Tubby Chloe in Box a 9 12

Cassie loves laying in baskets, boxes and even the bathroom sink.

Cassie's New Basket 2 Sept 10

Cassie in sink 7 22 13

Cassie and Chloe waitin’ to brush their teeth.

Waitin' to brush our Teeth

Waitin' for the Shower

Now you can see where I get all the “cat” inspiration and why they seem to fit so perfectly into my scenes. I would like to point out that we resued three mut cats and purchased one pure bred Siamese.  Funny....the pedigree doesn't make a bit of difference in how much we love them. Do yourself a favor.  Go rescue an animal and fill your home with love and save a life at the same time.

I hope you don’t mind that I did a more personal post.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

 

 

 


Snowy Deer Shaker Card

 

Good Wednesday morning.  I guess it is no secret that I love the Impression Obsession Deer Trio set since I have used it so often lately.  I thought they would be perfect cut in white and placed in a simple shaker card with the blue and white snowflake background. I loved adding the little touch of green and red embellishment to their necks and to the top of the frame.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 4 right

I used the frame as a template and lightly drew a circle with a pencil where the frame needed to be placed. I attached the deer with glossy accents to the card base inside the drawn circle. I added the evergreen and berry embellishments to the necks of the deer for a touch of holiday color.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 4 center

I really sort of cheated on this shaker card because the flower soft snow is not loose.  I wanted the appearance of a snow globe shaker without the hassle of putting the snow inside the shaker pouch.  I applied a light coating of glossy accents to the bottom of the circle around the deer’s feet and carefully applied flower soft to the glue and packed it down with my finger to make sure it was secured to the glue.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 4 close

I attached the self sticking pouch over the deer scene and then attached the frame over it with mounting tape.  I thought the pine sprigs and red bow at the top was the perfect way to add a small embellishment and another touch of color.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 4 left

I appreciate all of your supportive comments on my posts each day.  Thank you so much.  I hope you have a great day.

 

Impression Obsession Dies, Circle Shaker FramesImpression Obsession Dies, Deer TrioImpression Obsession Dies, Pine Sprig ClusterImpression Obsession Shake It Pouches, Large Circle, 10 pk Flower Soft, Polar White Tim Holtz Tonic Retractable Craft PickAccents, Glossy High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2 Glue Dots, 3/8ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone Folder Paper Trimmer, Tonic Guillotine 12

 

 

Paper:  Retired Stampin’ Up! Designer Paper, White, Olive, Red     Accessories:  Impression Obsession Circle Shaker Frames, Deer Trio 2, Pine Sprig Cluster, Circle Shake It Pouch, Polar White Flower Soft, Fiskars 1/8” Circle Punch, Ribbon, Glossy Accents, Mounting Tape, Paper PiercerMetal Adapter PlateATG, Big Shot, Teflon Bone Folder, Guillotine Paper Cutter 


Christmas Tree and Gift Bags

Good Tuesday morning.  I don’t’ know about you but I would never trust my husband not to peek if I put his presents under the tree in gift bags.  LOL!  But for the sake of creating a fun Christmas scene I did just that with the Memory Box Tall Shopping Bag, Gift Bag, Elizabeth Craft Designs 5 Part Pine, Poppystamps Grand Madison French Doors  and Impression Obsession Cat Set.  

KC Memory Box Gift Bag 2 right

I started creating the tree using two layers of each section and finishing with one on the top.  I wanted the tree to be a wider size to work with the gift and shopping bags. I cut thin strips of cardstock, ran through the crimper and attached to the tree for decorations.  I added a few punched circles for ornaments. I added holly, pine sprigs and punched circles to the tree top and finished by adding stickles for a touch of sparkle.

KC MEmory Box Gift Bag 2 center

I cut the window, attached a crimped piece of cardstock to the back and attached the window to the card base with mounting tape. I attached the tree with mounting tape for another level of dimension.  I decorated the top of the window with pine boughs and punched circles. I cut and assembled the gift bags, added holly, ornaments and stickles and attached to the scene. I had two cats left over from a project I made a couple of days ago and couldn’t resist adding them for one more holiday touch of home.

KC Memory Box gift Bag 2 left

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

 

Elizabeth Craft Designs Die, 5 Part PinePoppystamps Dies, Grand Madison French DoorsMemory Box Dies, Tall Shopping BagMemory Box Dies, Gift BagMemory Box Dies, Mini Holly Leaves  Impression Obsession Dies, Cat SetFiskars Paper Crimper, StraightMartha Stewart Craft Punch, BranchString by the Spool, Metallic GoldPanPastel Sofft Mini Applicators, 12 pk Ice Stickles, DiamondDistress Ink Pad, Vintage PhotoDistress Ink Pad, Antique LinenTim Holtz Tonic Retractable Craft PickAccents, Glossy High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2 Glue Dots, 3/8ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone Folder Paper Trimmer, Tonic Guillotine 12

Paper:  Memory Box Yuletide, Rose Red, White, Olive, White       Ink:  Vintage Photo, Antique Linen       Accessories:  Elizabeth Craft Designs 5 Part Pine, Poppystamps Grand Madison French Doors, Memory Box Tall Shopping Bag, Gift Bag, Mini Holly Leaves, Impression Obsession Cat Set, Crimper Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Metallic Gold Twine, Fiskars 1/8” Circle Punch, Sofft Mini Applicator, Stickles Diamond, Glossy Accents, Mounting Tape, Paper PiercerMetal Adapter PlateATG, Big Shot, Teflon Bone Folder, Guillotine Paper Cutter 


Snowy Winter Deer Scene

Good Monday morning.  I have a snowy winter deer scene to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Tree Die, Deer Trio 2 and the stamped Fir Tree and Small Fir Tree and embellished with Pine Sprig Cluster and birds from the Leafy Wreath.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 3 right 

I started by applying ink to the stamps, misting lightly and stamping the evergreen trees across the background. I was going to add a blue sky but really liked the starkness of the green and brown against the all white sky area. I cut two sections of ground snow using deckle scissors and attached them to the card base with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 3 center

I cut the trees and deer and sponged and blended the brown ink.  I painted white watercolor paint to the branches of the trees.  I attached the trees and deer to the scene with double and triple layers of mounting tape to add depth and dimension.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 3 deer

I added sprigs of pine and red berries to the neck of the fawn. I attached pine sprigs to the ground area and added snowy tips with a brush and white watercolor paint.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 3 fawn

I love making winter scenes and this is one of my favorite combing the die cut images with stamped images. 

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 3 left

I am happy you came by and I hope you have a great day.

 

Impression Obsession Cling Stamp Set: Fir TreeImpression Obsession Cling Stamp Set: Fir Tree, SmallImpression Obsession Dies, TreeImpression Obsession Dies, Pine Sprig ClusterImpression Obsession Dies, Leafy WreathStudio Artist Brushes  PanPastel Sofft Mini Applicators, 12 pkTim Holtz Tonic Retractable Craft PickMini Mister SetAccents, Glossy High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2 Glue Dots, 3/8ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone Folder Paper Trimmer, Tonic Guillotine 12

Stamps:  Impression Obsession Fir Tree , Small Fir Tree       Paper: White, Vanilla, Red, Olive     Ink:  Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Peeled Paint        Accessories:  Impression Obsession Tree Die, Pine Sprig Cluster, Leafy Wreath (birds), Brush, White Watercolor Paint, Sofft Mini Applicator, Mini Mister, Deckle Scissors, Glossy Accents, Mounting Tape, Paper PiercerMetal Adapter PlateATG, Big Shot, Teflon Bone Folder, Guillotine Paper Cutter 


Season’s Greetings

Good Sunday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge. The inspiration site this week was South House Designs and I totally fell in love with the 2013 Christmas Stocking Round-Up.  I’ve shown one of the precious vignettes below and there are several other color combinations.  I especially loved the toy puppy and was inspired to place a tiny Christmas decoration in each of my stockings.

2013 Christmas Stocking Round-Up | South House Designs

Here’s what I came up with.

KC Memory Box Cheerful STockings 1 right

I started by cutting and crimping two 3” x 1/2” strips of vanilla cardstock and one 3 3/4” x 3/4” to create the fireplace and mantle.  I measured in 1/4” on each end of the mantle piece and miter cut the corners. I cut a 3” x 2 3/4” piece of cherry cobbler cardstock, scored in the brick lines using my leaf tool and leaf pad and attached it to the card base. I attached the fireplace pieces over the brick piece with mounting tape.

KC Memory Box Cheerful Stockings 1 center

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I cut out one piece of fresh cut grass to represent the fire and covered it with yellow stickles to create the sparkle of fire. When the stickles was dry I cut two sections layered one over the top of the other and attached it to the lower section of the fireplace. I cut one section of the rounded fence and attached in front of the fire with glossy accents.

KC Memory Box Cheerful Stockings 1 fireplace

I punched several pieces of pine branches and created an evergreen arrangement on the center of the mantle.  I cut and attached a candle in the center of the arrangement and covered with red and yellow stickles. I punched and attached several 1/8” circles to the arrangement with glossy accents and covered them with red stickles to add sparkle. I cut out an oval frame in gold foil and attached over the gold embossed sentiment to create another homey holiday decoration for above the fireplace.

KC Memory Box Cheerful Stockings 1 Mantle

I cut two cats, colored them with antique linen and vintage photo ink using a mini applicator.  The tiny sponge tipped applicator were made for PanPastel but work perfectly to apply and blend inks as well. I had to place one cat on the mantle since cats love perching on high places.  Ask me how I know. Smile

KC Memory Box Cheerful Stockings 1 close cat

I cut all the stocking pieces and assembled using glossy accents.  I cut and assembled the train engine and snowman. I cut and sponged brown ink on the gingerbread boy and using a tiny brush painted his decorative features with white watercolor paint.  I almost needed a stronger pair of reading glasses to create these tiny toy pieces. LOL!

KC Memory Box Cheerful Stockings 1 stockings

I attached the toys and a few pieces of pine to each stocking and attached them to the fireplace with mounting tape for the final finishing touch. This piece took lots of time and was lots of work but I love how it turned out. It definitely invites you “home for Christmas”.

KC Memory Box Cheerful Stockings 1 left

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend and that you have a chance to get crafty.

Impression Obsession Clear Stamp Set: Christmas TreesMemory Box Dies, Cheerful StockingsMemory Box Dies, A Batch of GingerbreadMemory Box Dies, Train SetMemory Box Dies, Mini SnowmenMemory Box Dies, Rounded FenceMemory Box Dies, Bright Lanternsimage Martha Stewart Craft Punch, BranchFiskars Paper Crimper, StraightStickles, Christmas RedIce Stickles, YellowSizzix Accessory, Tool Kit by Susan Tierney-CockburnVersaMark Ink PadStudio Artist BrushesRanger Super Fine Embossing Powder, 1 oz. GoldPanPastel Sofft Mini Applicators, 12 pk Tim Holtz Tonic Retractable Craft PickAccents, Glossy High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2 Glue Dots, 3/8ATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderSizzix Big Shot Machine, Black & PinkMemory Box Die, Metal Adaptor PlateTeflon Bone Folder Paper Trimmer, Tonic Guillotine 12

 

 

Stamps:  Impression Obsession Christmas Trees (sentiment)     Paper:  Stampin’ Up! Season of Style, Cherry Cobbler, Gold Foil, Marigold Morning, Black, Vanilla, Olive, Kraft        Ink:  Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Antique Linen      Accessories:  Memory Box Cheerful Stockings, A Batch of Gingerbread, Train Set, Mini Snowmen, Rounded FenceBright Lanterns (candle), Impression Obsession Cat Set, My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Crimper, Fiskars 1/8” Circle Punch, Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit, Versa, Gold Embossing Powder, Sofft Mini Applicator, Yellow Stickles, Red Stickles, White Watercolor Paint, Brush, Glossy Accents, Mounting Tape, Glossy Accents, Glue Dots, Mounting Tape, Paper Piercer , Metal Adapter Plate , ATG , Big Shot , Teflon Bone Folder , Guillotine Paper Cutter