Saturday, September 10, 2011


This week I got the itch to make some challenge cards, so here we go!
 This one I made using an image by Phindy, one of my favorite digi stamp artists. I pop dotted the sweet dog and kitty image to give the card some extra dimension. I wish my kitties and dogs were this hooked on each other, but for now, they deserve credit for being curious and indifferent to each other all at the same time, which is a lot better than things could be. Not infreuently, one of the cats will attempt to give a dog a friendly headbutt (so far, always dodged) or one of the dogs will do a play bow or one of those excited canine tap dances for one of the cats, but the cats always seem to find this terrifying (or just stupid) and disdainfully escape as soon as there's an opening. So, until their overtures of friendship become synchronized, I'd better be happy with the fact that they can share the couch without incident.
I am entering this card in the Phindy's Challenge (Stripes Somewhere) and the Really Reasonable Ribbons "I Got You Babe" challenge (aww...luv luv luv!)
Speaking of Really Reasonable Ribbons, I just recently signed up for their really cool monthly ribbon club. Not only do you get lots of cool ribbons, you get them for under $10 a month, delivered.

So...this one is being entered in the Whimsy Stamps Green Challenge, using mostly green. I slipped in some orange since I didn't think a green cat would look natural. :)

 This card features a digi stamp from A Day for Daisies, which is a company that's fairly new to me. I really love their squirrels and other cute little animals, like this snowy squirrel I used for their black, white, and just a drop of red Christmas challenge. I'm really pleased with how this one turned out. I might have to make more for the holidays. :)

 Now we move on to something a bit different...rubber stamps instead of digis! Here's one of my favorite, very distinctive companies. You can always recognize stamps by Outlines because of the incredible detail they always include. The current challenge not only requires one of their stamps, but also a photograph incorporated into a card. This one I made specifically for Darcy, who was here just a little over a week ago, to let her know that Toulouse and the rest of us miss her lots already.

 I adore greyhounds and for some reason they are not easy to find in stamp form, so I was psyched to find this little guy by Digi My World. Next on my wishlist is there Chinese Crested Dog set. If you're not sure which type I'm talking about, they are those adorable little dogs who resemble Andy Warhol. Anyway, their challenge this week is anything goes as long as it's a Digi My World image. Not a problem!

Now for one of my favorite kinds of challenge...the sketch kind! This little polar bear is a digi stamp from Stamp Fairy. I love these little polar bears especially (though I've got some of their bunnies and other little guys, too, in my ever growing collection.)

Wish me luck! I've got a couple more challlenges I'm hoping to complete this weekend provided today's nasty migrane doesn't invite its friends over. Thanks for taking a look at my cards this week!


Jen Leeflang said...

I love how you have made that cute squirrel just POP!. Thanks for joining us on the ADFD Challenge for this round - hope to see you again soon!
luv n huggz

Amy said...

These are great! I love the cat one, too cute! And you're right..:) we do kinda look alike! LOL

Gerda said...

Hi Hon

I love your sketch-card most. The papers are so cute and I love how you made the snowball sparkle. You can never have enough bling on a card, can you?

Thanks for playing with us at Stampfairy Challenge this week.

Hugs, Gerda

kksb said...

Oh my gosh!!! Your squirrel is fantastic. Beautiful card.

Sandy Hulsart said...

Love Darcy's card, what a cutie. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Outlines Monday Challenge blog.

Tracy said...

Jen's right. You really made that little squirrel pop on your card. So glad you played along with our ADFD challenge! :-)

hannelie said...

Hi, love your creation with our Italian greyhound! keep on playing, and that Chinese crested dog may become yours!
hannelie DMW DT

Annette said...

Love all the cards, but your polar bear card is adorable. Thanks so much for entering our sketch challenge this week at Stampfairy.

By the way, I have candy if you're interested in entering!


Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Goodness - you have been busy!!! Love them all! Thanks so much for playing at StampFairy.

Deanne :)

Lisa said...

wonderful job, thanks for joining us at Stamp Fairy this week

Jenny Gropp said...

Love all the cards... boy you got busy in the craft room! Of course I'm partial to the kitty card!!! Thanks for joining the Outlines Challenge!!

Carissa said...

Very sweet Christmas card. I love all of the sparkle. Thanks for playing along with StampFairy.

Anne said...

What an adorable bunch of cards and clearly from an animal lover:). Phindy does great animal images doesn't she! Your colouring is lovely, don't forget to enter our challenge twice as you used a Phindy image. Thank you for joining in with this week’s Phindy’s Place Challenge, do hope you’ll play again this Friday!
PS We have a greyhound, off to check out that image:)

Kecia said...

Wow! You've been busy. That cat is a cutie, and isn't great how portions of the split layering collage from Outlines can work in so many ways. Thanks for playing along in the Outlines Challenge.

Purple Card Lady said...

Wonderful creations! Your squirrle rocks! Thanks for joining us for ADFDs challenge.

Chris (catt871) said...

This is gorgeous!!! I love the sparkly snowball!!! Thanks for joining us at Stamp Fairy!!

Shirley said...

All of these are fabulous. Be sure to go back to the Phindy's Challenge and do a second entry since you used a Phindy's image.

Sharon Basel said...

Fabulous card! I love your creativity with the sketch, especially with the tree and those wonderful buttons. Thanks for joining us in the StampFairy challenge!

Payne Holler Cards said...

yikes you have been busy!!! these are all so cute and creative ...
thanks for entering our Phindy's Place challenge (-: