Merry Cat: Inlaid Die Cut

Merry Cat

Make It Monday #138: Inlaid Die-cuts

I was determined to make it to this week’s Make It Monday Challenge over at Papertrey Ink!
So I have been making quite a bit of merry in my craft room this afternoon!

Here’s the first of the inlaid die cut cards showcasing one of my favorite cat dies from Memory Box!


For this card, I used the same technique as on my Skeleton Dance card.  Using the Sizzix snowflake embossing folder, I ran it through my Big Shot and then covered it with VersaMark Dazzle Stamp and clear embossing powder, heat-set and voila!

I cut the cat die into the embossed background and my hand-cut snow drift, then found a paper for the inlaid cat that complemented the scene! Papertrey Ink gave dogs center stage this holiday, and while I love those four-legged friends, I am at heart a crazy cat lady!  You may recognize the fabulous little Santa hat from Papertrey’s set “Come All Ye Faithful Additions”.  I was so excited that he fit my curious cat! I stamped, embossed with clear powder and fussy cut.


I then stamped the “Merriment” sentiment from the same Papertrey Ink set and die cut.  Those wonderful icicles?  Well, my mom bought me a Fiskars snowflake punch last year, and after playing around with it for another project, I realized it had multiple functions!  Don’t you love it when you can use one tool so many novel ways?  So I cut and adhered the icicle strip to the flag and along the back of the card!


The inside stamp is also Papertrey Ink, and there’s that snowflake in its entirety!


Don’t you love the glossy nature of the double heat-embossed paper?  Shiny and bright for the season!

Speaking of paper: I used a variety from my stash, mostly from Impress Stamps here in Seattle.  The card is heavy stock from Gina K.

This snowflake pattern also reminds me of those wonderful 19th century tin ceilings.

I am thinking he needs a bell around his neck, and some of my white Flower Soft on the ball of his Santa hat!  What do you think?  Any suggestions where to find a tiny bell?  Maybe a bell brad would work!


Prior to this challenge, I actually made an inlay die card for World Card Making Day/Thanksgiving, which you can see here!  I also have a Seattle Skyline inlay die card I have yet to upload (but will very soon!  Trying to catch up!)  that I made for a friend who recently relocated to Utah.

Slide on over to Papertrey Ink to see what others have fashioned for the challenge!  It’s merry indeed!

Thanks for stopping by!

CASE Study Challenge

Cinnamon & Cocoa Christmas

I have been wanting to play along with all the talented ladies at CASE Study and have a couple of entries for the current challenge.
This first one is a new creation.  I tried to capture the flight of a ballerina, the dance of a crisp snowflake with my mobile.


The mobile tag & sentiments are from Papertrey Ink; embossing folder is Sizzix, Moroccan Collection.  All papers are from my new shipment of Gina K.  I love these papers!  I used Cocoa, Ivory, and Kraft.  The snowflake stamp was a surprise included with my papers and I just love the grace of it! The ink is Versamark Cinnamon & Memento Cocoa.



I like the late-Victorian feeling of these shapes and colors.  It reminds of a lady in long brown, high-waisted gown bustling through the wintery streets with her rosy cheeks.  Like this:



Maybe there should be a Victorian dress-inspired challenge next?

Check out the inspiring work over at CASE Study!

Papertrey Ink Tag Challenge: Updated Photos!

Papertrey Ink Holiday Tags


In just under the wire, after a week of feeling under the weather, instead of merry & bright, here are some tags that just aren’t quite representing as in real life; I typically photograph in natural light, which helps, but it’s late & dark now on this autumn night.  My Christmas wish?  A digital camera that will render my work better than this phone!

At any rate, I attempted to rise to the occasion, making 5 tags in just a couple of hours to try out my new shipment of Papertrey Products!  Since I live in Seattle, I used my Seattle city skyline die for the background in each.  All stamping is from Papertrey Ink sets, as are the framed tags.  The wine/beer bottle tag is from My Favorite Things.  I will be back to revise this entry for photo quality and details, but for now, I must link this up before the clock ticks down!  Thanks for viewing!

Click on any image for larger viewing!  Despite new images that were taken with better lighting and higher resolution than initial uploads, they still aren’t representing as well.










You can check out my current Papertrey Ink creations here, as well!