Sheldon Came Home 2 Years Ago Today!

Hi Everyone! Today Facebook reminded me that 2 years ago today my husband and I brought home a little kitten!  He was only 4 weeks old when we brought him home. My husband’s coworker found a litter of 3 kittens under his house and my husband, for some reason, thought it would be safe to send his kitty loving wife a picture of the little kittens. He was wrong! I was only allowed to have one of the kittens. I controlled myself only picked out one but I wanted to take all 3. It was hard to pick one because they were all the same, 3 little orange male kittens. Because we didn’t know if he had any diseases we had to keep him locked in our bathroom of our apartment to keep him separate from our other kitty, Baby Girl. This picture was taken after the first night with him and he kept us up all night with his little meows. 943087_4587086447021_1888573506_n

It’s amazing how time flies! Now he is 2 years old and weighs 12 pounds. To say the least he is a big boy! Much bigger than Baby Girl who is only 7 pounds. It took us a few days to come up with name for him but we named him Sheldon Cooper Gunn. The other choice was Bazinga. Any fans of Big Bang Theory know where we got these names. I do have days when I think to myself that we should have named Bazinga!

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When I am not feeling well he is my nurse kitty and will lay with me or come check on me. On this day I was home with a migraine and he came to check on me and I managed to get a picture.

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For some reason Sheldon doesn’t like to lay in the sun. He likes the dark much better. He actually avoids the sunlight in the sun room but he does love the pouf. It just doesn’t make any sense to me! Just to give you a sense of how big he is, the pouf measures about 25″x25″x25″. He easily takes up the whole thing!

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For our Christmas cards I managed to snap a picture of him in the Christmas collar that I got him. Let me tell you, I took about 30 pictures before I got one that he was sitting still and didn’t have my husbands hand in the shot. We also took pictures of Baby Girl but she behaves and sits still more than Sheldon. I didn’t try to get both of them in the same shot because that would have been impossible!

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He also likes to sit in my craft room with me while I am making cards. Now why he chose a small tight area to sit in instead of one of the empty cubes on either side, I will never know.

Well I think that is enough about Sheldon for now! I will do another post in the future about Baby Girl. Now it is time for me to go back to creating some cards.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post!

Newton’s Nook Design: Inky Paws Challenge #20

Hi Everyone! This week I am participating in the Newton’s Nook Design Inky Paw Challenge. This weeks challenge is to create a card based off the sketch that they provide. You have to use at least one of their stamp designs in your card. For my card I decided to make a birthday card using the Newton’s Birthday Bash Set. Below is the picture of the sketch to follow. Click here for more information on the Inky Paws Sketch Challenge.

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To start the card I cut a 2.5″ square from 110lb Michaels white card stock. I have a lot of scraps so I try to use those first. After picking out my image and greeting, I stamped them on the square using Memento Black ink because I used Copic Markers for coloring. Both of my cats are orange so I colored the kitty to be orange. To get the lighter orange on the chest, I used my colorless blender being careful not to apply to much. When using the colorless blender I recommend going over the area once then letting it dry before going over it again. Repeat this until you get desired color. The colorless blender is is also great if you accidentally go outside to the lines while coloring because you can push the color back. For the cheeks I used a white Signo Uniball pen and made three little dots.

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After coloring I cut the rest of the pieces that I needed to make the card. All of the paper is from my stash but I did find the pattern online and provided a link for it. I was shocked to find the paper because I bought it from a store before it went of business 2 years ago. The solid card stock is all from Michaels. I decided that I want the card to be a top folding card so I cut the card base to be 4.25″x11 and scored it at 5.5″. The main panel of card is the pattern paper which I cut to 4.0″x5.25″. For the banners I found some scraps that coordinate with the pattern paper. The twine is also from my stash but I have no idea where I got it. You can use any color twine that will go with your card.

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Now it’s time to assemble your card! First I adhered the banner pieces to pattern paper using my ATG gun. Next, I tied my twine in a bow around the pattern paper and made sure the bow was over the banners. I decided to leave the tails of the bow long instead of trimming them to be short. After that I adhered the square panel using the Scotch Foam Tape to give some dimension. The last step is to adhere the panel to the card base using the ATG gun.

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Your card is complete! I hope that you enjoyed today’s post! Don’t forget to visit Newton’s Nook Design Blog for more information about the Inky Paws Challenge.

Watercolor Birthday Card Featuring Newton’s Nook Designs Stamps

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Todays card is one that I have been wanting to make since I got this stamp set from Newton’s Nook Designs. I love cats, so I am always looking for cute cat stamps and Newton’s Nook is one of my favorite. They have so many cute sets featuring Newton the cat. I plan on buying many more stamp sets from them in the future. As always the list of materials is below with links. Let’s get started!

I started off by stamping the 2 images onto the smooth side of white watercolor paper. I recommend using Archival Ink from Ranger because this ink is waterproof and will not bleed while you are watercoloring your images. The watercolor paper that I used is from Michaels that came in a pad and then I cut it down. After I stamped my images, I adhered my panel to an Epicurean cutting board using low tack painters tape. The reason I do this is that it will help reduce the warping of the watercolor paper as we paint on it.

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Next I watercolored the image using Distress Ink from Tim Holtz. I chose to color my cat in orange because both of my cats are orange. I have a small collection of colors but now that they have released the mini ink pads I am working on increasing my collection. To use the Distress Ink, I smooched them onto my craft sheet. If you don’t have a craft sheet you can also use an acrylic block or a piece of acetate. Also, I used a water brush that holds water but if you don’t have one you can use a paint brush that will do detail work and a small container of water. I do recommend keeping a paper towel next to you to wipe off you brush when you switch between colors so that you won’t mix color together. You can let panel air dry in between colors or to speed up the process you can use a heat gun to dry the ink. I like to work quickly so I used my heat gun. This is also another reason to tape the watercolor paper to the cutting board. Below is a picture of everything colored in and the colors that I used.

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Next remove the panel from the cutting board carefully. If you tear off a little of that paper off the sides it will be fine because next we are going to die cut the panel to the desired size. I used a set of rectangular stitch border dies from Simon Says Stamps and my Big Shot. After I cut the panel to the size I wanted I also cut a thick white border using the same set of dies. The card stock was 110lb card stock from Michaels. I used the same die for the inside of the frame that I used to die cut the panel so that the panel will sit inside the frame. For the outside edge of the frame I used the largest die. The picture below shows the pieces cut out.

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Now to finish the card! First I stamped my sentiment on the bottom of the white frame. Then I stamped my sentiment and the feathers on the inside of the card base. I used black Memento ink for both of the sentiments and the feathers. The card base for this card is a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ yellow card stock from Michaels that I cut in half the long way and made the card a top folding card. After stamping, I adhered the white frame to the front of the card and then watercolor panel inside the white frame using my ATG gun.

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Your card is complete and ready to give a cat lover or anyone else! As always the list of supplies is listed below with links.

Mother’s Day Card featuring Taylored Expressions Window Die and Stamps

It’s never to early to start on card projects for your mom for Mother’s Day! What is great about this card is that you can change sentiment on the front to anything that you want. This card could be a thank you, get well or birthday card. The possibilities are endless. Today I am making a card featuring dies and stamps from Taylored Expressions. All of the products are listed below for you. The card stock that I used is from Michaels but you can use what you have in your stash to change up the colors.

First, I stamped my image onto 100 lb white card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and the Fiskars Stamp Press. The card stock that I used is scrap from other projects. I always clean my stamp immediately after I am finished using it with a baby wipe. I use inexpensive baby wipes from the grocery store. This will also give your stamped image enough time to dry. I have found that Memento ink does not take long to dry, but because I use Copic makers to color the image, I like to be on the safe side. In the picture below you can see the stamped image colored in and the Copic Sketch Markers that I used. DSC04436

After I finished coloring the image, I set it a side and got out my Sizzix Big Kick to cut out all of my die cut pieces. I wanted to add some texture to the card so for the Lattice background piece I used a piece of white textured card stock from Michaels that is discontinued. If you have a wood grain embossing folder you can emboss the paper first and then run it through with the die. You can see all the die cut pieces in the picture below. Unfortunately in the picture you cannot see the texture in the lattice background piece, but I promise that it is there!DSC04437

Next I did some heat embossing on the kraft tag. I stamped my sentiment with versamark ink on the craft tag and used white detail embossing powder. I have Michaels Recollection brand embossing powder but you can use any white detail embossing powder. I heat set it with my heat embossing tool and below is a picture of my sentiment.

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Now comes the fun part of putting it all together to create the card! First, I cut down the purple card stock to fit behind the lattice background piece. To attach the lattice I used Martha Stewart All Purpose Gel Adhesive in small drops. Then I trimmed down my vase image to have a small white border and adhered the window die cut on top of it. Next, adhere the window piece to the lattice using your ATG gun or other runner adhesive and use the 1/4″ foam square adhesive to attach the window shutters to both sides of the window. For the sentiment I used the Scotch foam tape to adhere it below the window. Now attach this to your A2 card base using your ATG gun or other runner adhesive.

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Your card is complete and ready to give your mom! Below is the list of supplies used and links where you can purchase them.

Enjoy!

Flip-it Birthday Card Featuring Denami Designs Birthday Chickie Stamps!

Birthday cards can be so much fun to make! Todays project features printed card stock from Doodlebug Designs, stamps from Denami Design and a set of dies from Sizzix. There are a lot of companies that I love using when I make cards and these 3 are definitely among my favorites! One thing that I like about these companies in particular is how well their products work together, which you will see here and in future posts. When I start a project I always start with stamping and coloring my images first. I stamped all of my images on 110 lb white card stock from Michaels. I have a lot of scraps so I always try to use those first and these stamps are perfect for that. DSC04456 After stamping and coloring my images, I die cut all of the pieces needed for the card. This includes the stamped images that I have colored in. The Sizzix die set has 3 main dies that need to be cut out to assemble the card. You can choose the other pieces that you wish to use for the card. For my stamped images I chose to use one of the scalloped circles, as you can see in the picture above. I used my Sizzix Big Kick machine, but you can also use the Big Shot or the Vagabond, to die cut all the pieces. DSC04458 In the above picture you see the 3 main pieces needed to assemble the card which are cut from the 3 main dies in the Sizzix die set. It is easy to tell which 3 dies are the main dies, it is the 3 largest dies. In the picture below you can see the 3 pieces assembled together to make your base card. DSC04463 Before I put on the smaller pieces, I realized that I wanted to add a little sparkle and shine to the card. To do do this I used my Zig Wink of Stella marker in clear. This product is a brush marker that has a hint of glitter in the ink. I love this marker because it adds enough glitter to sparkle but the glitter will not come off. I used this on the ice cream, balloons, icing and heart on the 4 stamped images below. It is hard to see in picture but it is there. I promise! To add shine, I added Ranger Glossy Accents on to the balloons. I love how the Wink of Stella glitter looks with Glossy Accents on top of it! Again I promise it is there in the pictures! DSC04460 Now comes the fun part of putting it all together! I do recommend folding the score lines that the die made for you before you add the stamped images. With the panel side of your card facing up (as shown 2 pictures above) adhere the present, balloon and party hat to the center of the semi circles using your Scotch ATG Gun or other adhesive. Now flip over your card and adhere the chickies to the center of the semi circles using the foam square adhesive. Now all that is left to stamp the “happy birthday” sentiment on the larger balloon panel and to add the Doodlebug sprinkles to the corners. Your card is now ready to be given to one lucky person! DSC04467 DSC04472 I hope that you enjoyed this project and I look forward to sharing another project with you! Below is a list of the materials used for this project and links to purchase them.

Simply Said Rubber Stamps Trip

Today I went to a store that is new to me but has been around for a while. I went to Simply Said Rubber Stamps located in Loveland, Ohio which is about half an hour from where I live. I have learned in the past to not go into a new store with high expectations. Well I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was the owner friendly and but also very helpful. She has a wide selection of products and brands that you can not find in the big craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby, which are the only stores that are close to where I live. I was excited when I saw both Lawn Fawn and Taylored Expressions. She also carries Inky Antics, Julie Nutting and Impression Obsessions. The selection of Julie Nutting doll stamps was excellent and she also had the new Prima Watercolor Pencils. There was a nice selection of both Copic markers and Tombow markers. There were brands that I had never heard of and products that I had never seen. Even though her shop is on the other side of town from me I will definitely be returning. Simply Said Rubber Stamps has earned another loyal customer in me!

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