Monday, June 28, 2010

One Stop Craft Saturday Challenge #86 ~ Pink and Brown

Thanks for stopping by! Today I have my latest creation as a One Stop Craft Challenge Design Team Member. The challenge this week is a color challenge - use pink and brown. I blended in a few of my other favorite challenges to create two cards. I always am stretched creatively by the sketches on the Midnight Madness Challenge blog. I admit that I often use the CAS version of the sketch just because I start to get the shakes even trying to come up with something as amazing as Priscilla and her DT crank out. I'm always trying to grow as a crafter and fears are meant to be conquered. This week I made two cards - one CAS and one fancier. I used the same image on both cards to show you how you can take a perfectly wonderful CAS card and add a feature or two to fancy things up. Hopefully you can pull an idea or two to add to your own creations.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch #59
Here are the 2 sketches I used, the one on the left is the CAS (clean and simple) version and you can see how Priscilla fancied up the sketch on the right.

Color Inspiration
One Stop Craft Challenge #86 ~ Pink and Brown (Wink Wink Ink is our sponsor this week and where I got the cute kitty I used for my cards.)

Cute Card Thursday #118 ~ Reuse, Renew, Recycle
My flower is made from a catalog, tossed in my recycle pile. I used my scalloped circle punch and went through punching out circles from the various images. I have a stash of various colors to use in future products. Here, I layered various pink and white 'flowers' to create a large one. I did a bit of crumpling and added the rhinestone embellishment for the center. I like the typography peeking through on some of the petals and urge you to peek at your junk mail with new eyes.
Use 3 different methods of cutting. For my fancy card, I used a punch, paper trimmer, and scissors (detail on the kitty ears).
365 Cards Day 104 ~ Life’s a Party (use the word party on card)
Rosie D’s Challenge #74 ~ Summer Birthdays
This is for my dear friend Barb, who's a fellow kitty 'freak' (although she only has 5 in her herd).
Pile it On #25 ~ Fold it, Bake it, Do Something With it (do something interesting with paper)
Hopefully my use of recycled paper for my flower counts.
Real Life Inspiration
This is Lily, one of my youngest babies in the cat herd. She and her sister, Dahlia, were abandoned as babies, so I don't know her full story. She's our blue eyed baby (Dahlia is black) and I believe a seal point Siamese. The recipient of my card has THREE Siamese babies.

My Creations
Image Detail
You can see the coloring is pretty much identical on both images. A few things I did to 'fancy' it up were to add Diamond Glaze to the eyes and curl the ears up. I used glitter markers and white gel highlights on both images.
The main difference between the CAS and fancy cards is the embellishments. I used the same number of layers for both card (another trick to add more oomph to your cards. I added texture and dimension with the paper flower, real wood flourish, bling and 3D sticker. I personalized the letter kitty is holding with my friend's name. I also fancied up the inside of the card.
Thanks again for stopping by and I hope I've given you a few ideas to take your CAS card to another level with just a few added embellishments and features.

Ins and Outs ~ CAS Version
Stamps: Wink Wink Ink Digital Cat
Paper: Neenah Classic Solar White, DCWV Nursery and Natural Stacks
Ink: Laser Printer; Copics (E25, 29, 30, 31, 50; RV000; B00; BG0000); Spicas (Pitch Black, Pink, Baby Blue); Uniball White Gel Pen; Gelly Roll Clear Star
Accessories: Cat File Clip, Nesties
Ins and Outs ~ Fancy Version
Stamps: Wink Wink Ink Digital Cat
Paper: Neenah Classic Solar White, DCWV Nursery and Natural Stacks
Ink: Laser Printer; Copics (E25, 29, 30, 31, 50; RV000; B00; BG0000); Spicas (Pitch Black, Pink, Baby Blue, Chocolate); UniballGelly Roll Clear Star
Accessories: Cat File Clip, Nesties, Kaiser Wood Flourishes, Me & My Big Ideas Banner It Birthday Stickers, Misc Gems, Diamond Glaze, Scrap Ribbon, Fiskars Scalloped Circle Punch, Recycled Magazine


  1. Hey lovely.. This is sssoooo fab.. Love the cat..(I have 3 lol)

  2. Oh, both of your cards from The Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge came out beautifully. I LOVE how you did one CAS version and the other a more intricate version. Isn't it wonderful to have a choice? Your cat is colored to purr-fection!! I LOVE your recycle flower a LOT!! Amazing what you can do with trash, huh? Your details are stunning. I LOVE the CAS version as it draws all the attention to the wonderful image. They are both priceless.

    Thanks SO MUCH for playing with us this week and hope you can come out to play again next week.


  3. Adorable cat and great card! Love the coloring and those clear blue eyes!

    Thanks for joining Midnight Madness challenge, I hope to see you again next week!


  4. Oh my gosh Cat this is adorable. And I really love that picture of your true life inspiration. I just think this is awesome. So much to see and delight in. Great job with the sketch. Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :O}
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  5. Cat, you have created adorable cards! They fit your real life inspiration perfectly. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Midnight Madnesss!

  6. I love the fancy card ... all those yummy embellies! Thanks for sharing your design with us this week at PIO!

  7. Lovely image and creation!
    Thanks for joining in my birthday challenge at
    Rosie D's, good luck;-))m

  8. Awesome card that image is beautiful gorgeous colouring I love it.
    Lorraine x

  9. Omg!! your card is beautiful love all the detail!!

  10. Fab entry, thanks for joining Rosie-D’s challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  11. Your cards are so lovely!!! I absolutely adore the siamese kitties and you've colored them so wonderfully!! Great job - I'm sure the recipients will love them! Thanks so much for joining us at PIO!

  12. Your coloring is jaw dropping, great colors too!! Thanks for joining us this week at the PIO Challenge!!


  13. what fabulous recycling! thanks for joining in with us at CCT.
    hugs, annie x

  14. Thanks for joining us at Rosie-D's this week :)

  15. Love your card! I had a kitty like that growing up too! Thanks for joining us at Pile It On.


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