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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Extra Trading Cards laying around?

What to do with extra trading cards!! Well, use them in a card layout.  Here are four of mine from the last stamp escape here at Bass Lake (we do every year at the end of April/1st of May...Look at the Web site for The Cat's Meow Stamps.Com)


This card is done all red and white!  The window is a polished stone technique (alcohol and inks on a cotton ball). and the window is a die cut from Memory Box.  The Poinsettias are dies from Spellbinder, formed and stacked.  The white branch is a Martha Stewart punch and the white scroll/leaves are from Cheery Lynn.

Cherry blossom die

This card starts with inking the embossing folder with pale pink. Then die cutting this beautiful cherry blossom branches and flowers.  The large sheer ribbon adds a touch of elegance!

Saturday, July 27, 2013


New floral for a SCS challenge.  The stamp is from Flourishes.  So pretty! love nice big florals like this, they are so fun to color.  The oriental poppies have three colors in them but it is impossible to see in this photo unfortunately.  Used Copic Markers to color these beauties.

Class for Aug. 10th

Here is our class for August 10th  Come join me at the Cat's Meow in Oakhurst.

Friday, July 26, 2013


 This card uses the Step Card Die by Cheery Lynn as well as Felicity Doily w/ Angel Wings, Sophia's Heart, and Ankara Lace Border Dies.
The plain round dies are from Spellbinders.
This stamp is by Hero Arts.  I popped up parts of the bells, double popped the front one. The "dingers" are also cut out and popped.
I used Christmas Red Stickles, red rhinestones, a Cuttlebug embossing folder and colored with Copic Markers.  The base of the card is a silver gray. I used gold and silver metallic card stock for the die cut shapes.
P.S. I absolutely LOVE this Step Card die!!
Here is another view of this  Step-card.
Thank you Cheery Lynn!! This card won the silver/gold challenge!!

CTD252, A.R.T.#7 Challenge

Hello! Here is my color challenge card and diamond challenge card as well!  The stamp is by Flourishes.  I used Cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinders dies, ribbon and rhinestones.  I used Copic Markers to color my image.

Thanks for coming to see this project.  Comments welcome!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A.R.T. #7 Challenge, Wee "Little Dragon"

Here is a real cutie pie! This little dragon is by Wee Stamps at Whimsy Stamps.  I Love him, reminds me of when I was a kid...I had imaginary friends who were dragons.
I used lots of dies with this one, mostly Spellbinder but also one from Cheery Lynn Designs.
The square mat turned to diamond shape was spritzed with Smooch sprays.  I used Copic Markers to color.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Hi everyone! Here is a card done with and for Our Daily Bread.  All 3 stamps are by Our Daily Bread.  I also used Spellbinder, Heartfelt and Cheery Lynn Dies on this piece.   I used the Cuttlebug embossing folder on the white layer in back. 
Yay! This card won the challenge at Our Daily Bread!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


This little mermaid is from a Penny Black clear set.  She is so adorable, of course, all Mo Manning little girls are adorable!
This card was done for a sketch challenge for A.R.T. and for SCS color challenge.
I used Copic Markers to color her then added glitter to her tail.  The Rhinestones came shaped like that.  The starfish are real.
Word stamp is from Memory Box.  I also used a net looking embossing folder from Life Style Crafts.

Sunday, July 21, 2013


It goes against my nature to leave projects unfinished so this challenge really was a challenge for me. But I thought the best way for me to do this challenge was in a collage where the unfinished part would not really stand out too much and yet I would be fulfilling the requirements!  I know, sounds like cheating but it wasn't.
I used glazes by Golden, stamp by Stampington & Co., Linderella baubles of Dichroic glass, puzzle pieces, Gala Glitz by Art Glitter, Roxs by Judi-Kins, embossing powder by Stampendous, Fiber, netting (from a bag of avocados), Black Memento ink, spray shimmer inks, white acrylic paint, Adirondack Ink, Mod Podge and tacky glue.

Saturday, July 20, 2013


I just love this little girl and loooove dots!  So when this challenge came up I was all over it!!
The stamp is an Elizabeth Bell Stamp from Whimsy Stamps. The black dot paper is BoBunny, the white dot paper is from We are Memory Makers.  I used an embossing folder on the pink panel and sanded lightly.  Colored her with Copics.

Cheery Lynn Design #89 Beautiful Borders

Isn't she cute.  Stamp by Penny Black.  Corners, border pieces, butterfly and doily dies are by Cheery Lynn Designs.  This card is for their challenge.
The squarish dies are Spellbinders.  The border punch on top is Tonic.

Thursday, July 18, 2013


With all the new embossing folders by a wide variety of manufacturers and Decorative dies, especially the frame die sets, it is so easy to make a multi-layered card.  I absolutely LOVE dies and embossing folders.  I can hardly even make a card without using one or both and sometimes multiple sets as in this sample.
I used some paper flowers and layered them, glittered the ends and pearled them.  Used my Copic Markers to color some clear stick pins and added glitter to my purple thistle.
The die sets used on this card are from Spellbinders.


ok, this is just funny! 
love this old couple having the time of their lives.
This card was for a SCS challenge for ...yup, chevrons!
It was really fun to do and i could not think of anything but Bingo to go with it!
i did the Bingo on the computer and the stamp is by Diamonds (i don't think they are around anymore).

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Wow, this little mermaid was so fun to color and I happen to have all this great water paper by Best Creations too!  I used Copic Markers in a dot application for her tail to look like scales then glittered it.  The pearls holding her "top" on I did with a white pen and shimmer glaze.
The Mermaid stamp is by Penny Black and the words are by Flourish stamps.

WooHoo! This card won the color challenge at Color Throwdown!

Monday, July 15, 2013

A.R.T. Card Challenge #5 Masculine Birthday/SCS foil tape challenge

Well, this is different for me.  I really love the whole Steampunk look though and this was definitely fun to do.  I did it today for a SCS challenge and for an A.R.T. Card challenge as well.  I covered the card with die cut pieces that I like and a few metal pieces then covered it with aluminum tape and used some metal working tools to create the detail.  Painted it black then rubbed it off. added some copper 3-D paint with my finger.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Thinking of You

I did this card for a Featured Stamper challenge with SCS.  It was a lot of fun CASing the Featured Stamper and trying to do her card with at least two changes.  I like the colors on this card and the papers.
Have some fun and make one too!!

Thursday, July 11, 2013


This little girl has some time out in the corner...oh, I so remember those days! she is done with Copic Markers.  I used Manon's Wedding Garland, Daisy Lace Frame, Mini Fanciful Flourish dies from Cheery Lynn Designs, Oval nesting dies by Spellbinder. Stamp by Mo Manning.
Hand stitched lines in wall. Machine stitched around Daisy Lace Frame.
I used a variety of paper flowers and pink candy dots for centers.


This cute image is from StampaBella-Uptown Girls. I did this card for two challenges. One Birthday with stitches for SCS and one is a color challenge for Color Throwdown.
She's done in Copic Markers and I used a White Sharpie on her dots. Used glitter glue above the candle, on the frosting as candy dots and a little in her hair.  This image was super fun to do>

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Christmas Owl

This cute little owl is by Art Impressions.  I stamped the hat on decorative paper and cut it out then glued it to the image. The card was done as a sketch challenge and a color challenge.  It just happened to work together that way...yay! Two for the price of one.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Color Throwdown CTD249

This is a stamp from Penny Black (1995) but it was just perfect for the 4th of July. The paper is from Kaiser Craft. The little red chipboard button is from BoBunny.

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Here's one with the inspiration coming from a wallet by Jennifer Sanchez at  All stamps and inks are by Hero Arts.  The inks are the new Neon Brights.  I popped up two circles for interest.


Hi everyone, hope your 4th of July was fantastic!
Today I have a Christmas card done for the Cheery Lynn Challenge.  I used a Magnolia stamp and made it snow on her with glitter glue and liquid pearl.  The dies I used were: Holly Corners, French Lattice, and Felicity Doily from Cheery Lynn and the circle die from Spellbinders. I used a snowflake embossing folder by Sizzix on the background panel as well. The striped paper and ivory paper (lattice) is from BoBunny and the red plaid paper used for cutting out the doily is from Best Creations.  All is glued to a white card (4 3/4 X 6").
I used red rhinestones for the berries on the holly corner.
Winner of the Christmas in July challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs

Thursday, July 4, 2013

America the Beautiful

yup, This is America the beautiful!  Wonderful corners by Heartfelt Creation.
Our family likes to take road trip vacations because there is so much to see here in the states.  In fact, most every state is quite different and there is something amazing in each.  

California Poppies

I made this card for a SCS challenge.  We were to do our State flower for the 4th. What a fun idea. Everyone does their state flower and we all get to see.
First I went on-line to get this Thermal map of California and printed it to card stock. I stamped Penny Black's Poppies on white card stock and colored them with Copics then cut them out.  The California is printed on my computer then colored on the outline with orange and die cut with Spellbinders.
The two large poppies are actually popped up but you can't really see it in this picture.

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July and stay safe!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

4th of July

This little girl is enjoying a fireworks show on the 4th of July! Stamp is by Stampavie, dies are by Cheery Lynn and Spellbinders.  I used Copic Markers to color her. My "fireworks" are full of glitter glue, stars and sparkly red button. I used emobbing folders on all three colors. Stars on the blue then sanded. the chevron on the red and white.  I had a red, white and blue ribbon.