Make You Jump!

I am loving all the word inspiration that Cas-ology is throwing our way lately.  So much fun!  This week’s word was Jump.  So I hopped to it inspiration-wise, but after sketching and prepping my designs, the cards had to wait until today to be executed.

And of course, when it came down to it, they took me longer than planned, and found me dithering quite a bit–I am moderately happy, though, with this first cheeky card that resulted.

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I wanted very badly for Catman’s cape to look a bit more authentic with an insignia and more fluidity, but I was struggling with paper choices and getting it just right; none of my die letters or stamps looked right–but as I write this, I just realized I didn’t try my sparkly Thickers.  Hmmm….I will have to try that out and update if it’s a success.

Well, anyway, I finally settled on the stripe, which ended up altering the entire color scheme from a primary, bright palate to a muted one–hence, Catman’s Robin turned into a bluebird!

So, now he kind of looks like he’s wearing a cut-up pillow case or sheet.  And, who knows, since he’s Catman, maybe he is.  He’s the superhero of the house, keeping the kittens in line, listening to his wise bird friends outside.  You know, being a super-cat on the inside!

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So here is the cool thing about the cape, though.  I used the Curious Cat die from Memory Box to cut both my cat, his white paws/chest, and his cape.  Double-timing tools!   I fussy-cut the body into a flowing cape that would fit him perfectly.

Then, using PTI’s Stitching dies, I die cut the holes so they would be nice and neat and laced through the twine.

Now let’s talk about these kittens!!

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Could they be any cuter?  Memory Box again.  They are brand-new.  And so adorable.  The minute I saw them, I knew I HAD to have them.  I have tried to give them and Catman additional movement by lifting their heads and tails a bit.

Now, folks, there is one little snafu on this card.  Can you find it?  If not, good.  If so, well, concentrate on those darn kittens instead!!  I didn’t have time to execute the background a THIRD time.  At least nothing is misspelled.

There were quite a few supplies used to make this little scene.  I have already named a few.  The rest are as follows:  PTI’s Birthday Style Balloon die; Memory Box swirl stamp; Lawn Fawn Milo’s alphabet, and little bird from A Birdie Told Me set; papers from Basic Grey Persimmon pack, Bazzill & Neenah Solar White; Fruit Punch Stickles; Brilliance black ink.

Okay, one last look!

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Next UP!

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I played on my Thick and Thin card a bit for this one.  Mama Elephant provided the In-Line die letters.  I was very much trying to keep this CAS with pops of color.

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Do you remember the song by House of Pain?  1992?  My freshman year of college–and it was THE song playing at all the dance places and bars.  What a memory: backwards-cap wearing jocks jumping around like fools with plastic cups of beer in hand, sloshing (them and the beer) all around the dance floor.  Funny what the mind hangs onto, isn’t it?!  Now that I have dated myself, let’s turn to the inside of the card!

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And the back is finished off with some fun wide washi!

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And that’s all for me!  With a hop, skip and a jump, I am outta here!  A little something called work is calling on this dreary Seattle evening, and Monday morning already feels more blue than last week… I know it will be just as busy if not more.  But all work, and no play makes Jill a very dull girl, right?

Hope you had a great weekend and head over to CAS-ology to see what kind of leaping those lizards are up to!



A Brighter Day

A Paper Smooches Creation

Hello everyone!  I am excited to share this hot-off-the-presses card which is being submitted to the current February guest designer call over at Paper Smooches.  If you love their products and would like to partake, the challenge ends on Wednesday 1/24.  Previously designed cards using Paper Smooches products are welcome.

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Since I just received a new set from them, We Totally Click, along with some of their wonderful dies, I have been working on a few different ideas for submissions over the last few days.  And here is the first!

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This card was built in stages, and layers, as there was room for error with the stamping and Distress inking, and there is nothing worse than ruining a nearly perfect card with an ink or cutting error!!  I took a lot of planning time with this one!  Just one note–I attempted to capture the colors as faithfully as possible, and am using Picasa now to help my images look a little more presentable; however, in person, the blues are a bit darker.  I need to drag out my old photography books on lighting, perhaps… 🙂

Step One

I stamped the little lamp onto the sunburst paper (from Crate Paper’s DIY Shop) with my absolute most favorite rich black ink, Brilliance Black, embossed it with clear powder, and then using a ruler, cut the lighted area.  I used Copics Y21 & Y26 to color the light bulb’s face.  I next fussy cut my lamp, cutting off the cord, which would be restamped later.  I also paper-pieced the inside of the lamp using Solar White.

The only aspect I am reconsidering is the area behind the lamp, which I might paper-piece with a Distress-inked section, so it doesn’t look like the light is coming from behind the lamp, which wouldn’t really be logical now would it?  Then again, a smiling light bulb, and an unplugged cord aren’t exactly realistic either….  What do you think: paper-piece or leave it?  Suggestions are always welcome!!

Step Two

I was initially planning to mask the lamp and light burst to create my darkened room; however, the Distress Inking can be tricky, so I decided to do this on a precut panel of Neenah Solar White.  I started with Stormy Sky, moved in with Faded Jeans, and darkened with Chipped Sapphire.

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If you want an awesome tutorial on creating skies with the Distress Ink see the video below by Karin of Peppermint Patties Papercraft:

Step Three

I wanted my little lamp to be sitting on a desk, so what is more perfect for a desk than wood veneer???  I absolutely love this wood veneer that is making a big scene right now!  I purchased my from Simon Says Stamp.

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Step Four

It was now time for assembly!  I assembled my Distress inked panel and lamp first.  I then stamped the cord onto the inked panel.  Once these were together, I slipped the wood veneer panel in and stamped with the sentiment.  All were adhered to Gina K’s Heavy Base Kraft Cardstock.  The back was finished off with a strip of yellow striped washi and I added the thick baker’s twine to play off the cord– remember those old cords from the early 20th century that were striped fabric?

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The inside is very clean and simple– I decided not to stamp a sentiment, as none of the fonts felt like a right match for the font on the front.

And that’s it!

As I mentioned previously, I hadn’t been feeling too bright or bubbly the first two weeks of January.  But circumstances seem to be turning around here in my corner of the world, and having so many people visit my site, leave wonderful comments, and just spread positivity has really been such a bright spot.  Taking top 3 over at CASE Study and getting a shout out from the wonderfully talented Anita (you need to check out here latest beauty here) didn’t hurt either :).  I was so humbled and honored in both situations!  So everyone, this card is really for you!!

I look forward to connecting with you more throughout the year; I hope to be a source of inspiration and support in your endeavors!

I plan to be back later with a post that isn’t card related, but rather a scent-sational & eye candy post that will hopefully help with any mid-winter blues you may be experiencing (unless, of course, you live south of the Equator!!).