Hello Stampin' friends! Do you like cats? If so, I have a really cute card to share with you today!! I made this last week for a fellow cat lover friend using the stamp set, Pretty Kitty. You can find this stamp in Stampin' Up's annual catalog on page 49. My daughter is actually the big cat lover in our family. If I were to choose, I would probably pick a small dog over a cat. But I love my cat, Sammie, who I inherited from my mom. She is definitely a one person cat though - me! When my daughter was a child, there was a house at the end of our alley (in Texas, most houses have the garage at the back of the house and an alley for coming and going) that every few months would have the "free kitten" sign in the yard. She and I tried to adopt one of those cats several times - even once, bringing the kitten home with us - but Sonny would not have any part of a cat so we walked back and returned the kitten. Finally when she was in middle school and I was working at the public library, someone brought in a mother cat and her litter that had been abandoned. It was close to Christmas and the public buildings would be shut down. They were going to put the kittens and the mama cat to sleep if no one would take them. I called Sonny and got the "ok" and brought a kitten home to Ashley for her birthday. She named him Mr. Claus. She loved that cat - not me so much. We had him for several years. Eventually, of course, I ended up taking care of him when she went to college until he got sick and we had to put him to sleep. No more cats in our life until about 8 years later when someone abandoned a kitten in the parking lot of the hospital in Washington where she was doing her residency. Since it was a military hospital, we figured someone got transferred and left the kitten behind. Ashley named him Taco. He was a great cat!! Much more lovable than Mr. Claus!! He made the cross country trip from Washington to D.C. laying on a pillow on the console between us happy as a lark. Unfortunately, he got sick after 2-3 years and died unexpectedly when he was being sedated to give him fluids. That was the worst! She went several years before she'd even think of getting another cat but finally, she and I made a trip to the pound and found Bogart. He is the BEST cat ever!! Everyone loves him - even Sonny!!
So - now that you have read all that, I guess you would like to see the card!
This card took a little longer to make than the average card. I stamped the kittens on neutral card stock (Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Smoky Grey) and cut them out with my paper snips. The "crate" is from the Wood Textures DSP. I used dimensionals on the "crate" and just fit my cats in using Glue Dots. I used markers to color their bows and put a little pink on the ears. The push pin holding the sign is from Painters Palette. I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlets for the zig zag ends of the sign.
Here's a funny picture for you. I was doing some spring cleaning Saturday and when Sonny moved the chest in our room so he could vacuum behind it, we found the hiding place for all Sammie's toys:
I think spring will be here soon - at least I am hoping! These are some pictures I took in the last couple of weeks.
|Sunset through the trees.|
|Flowering spring trees!|
|Another beautiful sign of spring!|