Oct 23, 2011

"Cats"

Cats!
Welcome to Fashionable Stamping's latest challenge..."Coffee and Cream and a Hint of Dark Chocolate"
If you are visiting my blog for the first time, or dropping by for another look, welcome! And I hope you enjoy my card.

When we were asked to come up with some ideas for challenges, I was just on my way out to have coffee with friends...
and I was looking forward to a very decadent afternoon, so "coffee and cream" sounded right to me!
The vision for this card just evolved over a couple of days, and then it was stuck in my head.
 Wow, isn't it crazy how once an idea gets inside your head, you just can't get rid of it?..that is exactly what happened this time.

I had a Joanna Sheen stamp of a cat, and thought.."cream"...lol, because we all know that
cats love cream!
The "coffee" was the fun part, mixing a strong brew and using a toothbrush to flick it onto cream card, dripping it and sponging it.
(the smell was fantastic, and I can still smell it on the card!)
yuuummm!

So, putting it all together! I masked the tea party stamp and put the big cats behind it.  And that's pretty much it!
 The kittens stamp only had 5 kittens...and I needed more to go right across the front of the card ~ so I just stamped another lot, cut a couple out and added one to each end of the stamped image.  They have been raised on foam mount to give a floating effect, and to take away from the flatness of the masking.
The big cats were water coloured with Vintage DI to add more depth to the card.
This is exactly what was in my head to start with!

Only 3 stamps used on this card...The Tea Party (CI-269) and Kittens (CI-222) from Crafty Individuals and the Maine Coon Cat (JNM537) from Joanna Sheen.
Only 2 inks were used...Sepia Archival Ink and Vintage DI.
Ranger gold embossing powder and ribbon and pearls from my stash complete the list!
Enjoy!

I am entering this card in the following challenges
~ Bling It On Challenges - No patterned papers
~ Moving Along With The Times - Vintage 
~ Designed 2 Delight - Cute Critters
~ One Stop Craft Challenge - No designer paper

17 comments:

Claire said...

Gorgeous card Dot, I love the coffee background I adore that JS cat stamp. A fab interpretation of the theme
Claire xx

Brenda Brown said...

Wow Dot, you should feel like the cat that got the cream after creating this beautiful card. I love the link with the cats, your fabulous stamping and gorgeous tones of the theme colours. Purrfect if you ask me!
Happy Sunday.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Fliss said...

This is fabulous Dot. I so love the cat in the background and the little row in front is adorable. Would never have guessed you used so little to make it either (unlike me!).
Have a lovely day.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Sue C said...

Fabulous card Dot ! Love how you've used coffee, the aroma must be gorgous ! Sue C x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous creation, just love the layers!

Thank you for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Hi Dot
I like the source of your inspiration for the theme. A beautiful colour combination and I eagerly wait to see the entries we will receive.
Love the different tones of coffee and cream you used. Funny how you and I opted to use animals, with you cats and myself using a dog.
Wishes
Lynne

Terry said...

I so love how you invited the kittens to your tea party! What a fabulous and clever way to create a background along with the cat images! You really lived up to the theme! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Yvonne Garner said...

Dot, your card just rocks! I love that you used coffee on it, too. Just love all the cats and kittens and your placement of them. Your embellishments really set everything off. Bravo! Yvonne

Mrs.B said...

That big cat certainly looks as if he got all the cream! Fabulous card, and I love the way the images all tie in together.
Playing with coffee on the cardstock must have been great fun.
Avril xx

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous card, love the Tea Party stamp and the row of cats. yvonne x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Dot, that's a wonderful card, love all the kitten on it.

Joan said...

lovely card, those kittens are so cute !

Ellie said...

The more I lok at the card, the more images I discover! Beautiful!

Cazro said...

A super card, I love colouring with espresso coffee too. Caz

sparklingblackrose said...

This is gorgeous, fantastically creative :-) Thank you for joining us at One Stop Craft Challenge this week, hope to see you again soon! Elaine DT -xxx- p.s I have candy! www.sparklingblackrose-craftmylife.blogspot.com

promosyon said...

Gorgeous collection you have. This images are such a great, favorite of kids and there are no doubt about it. Thanks for joining at Hooked on Crafts, I hope you enjoyed lot.

Patsi said...

Fantastic! Thanks for joining us at Bling It On xx