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Cat-astrophe Cards

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

Happy Saturday Friends!

I hope you are all doing well!  Sorry my post is late…I had some technical glitches…But, I am back to share my take on the Facebook Challenge word “Pets”.   When I saw the word I just knew I wanted to use the super cute Cat-astrophe stamp set from MFT.  These little cat images just make be giggle.  Keep reading to find out how you can giggle along with me!!  But, I have been struggling with a bit of creator’s block lately and even though I knew what stamp set I wanted to use, I still had difficulties deciding what I wanted to do.  I really enjoyed the slimline look from our blog hop earlier this month, so I kept with that size for my card base and I had the papers all pulled out.  But I just couldn’t seem to put an idea together….

Recently I did an exercise for my personal blog (yet to be posted…but stay-tuned!) on creative block and paper stash busting and that’s when it dawned on me….do the technique for this card!  Card Cat-astrophe averted!  lol!

I began working with the patterned paper….ripping them into odd shapes.  “WHAT!?  WHY!?” You say! Stay with me…..I ripped them into odd strips and shapes and began adhering them onto a slimline card panel with some clear drying glue.  It was awesome.  I was embracing my inner kindergartener again!  lol!  You will think it looks like a hot mess, but trust the process! When it is finished you will be pleasantly surprised!  Once I had the base covered with the paper I painted a thin coat of glue overtop to ensure all the strips were glued down and to give it a bit of a gloss look.  I recommend using a craft mat or glass media mat to do this to save your work surface from getting sticky!

While everything was drying I stamped the cat images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, cut them out with my Brother Scan’N Cut (which by the way kicks ass and then some!!!) and did some quick Copic colouring.  I pulled out a few smaller stitched circle and square dies as well as some ribbon that I thought would coordinate well.

Once the “decoupaged” panel was dry I trimmed each of the sides down by 1/4″.  I even quickly pulled out my sewing machine and did a decorative stitch around the edge to create some interest and then adhered it to the card base with some Scor-tape.  I popped the stamped images onto the stitched die cut squares/circles.  I then adhered these along with some ribbon onto the card.

It’s a pretty simple technique, but I really enjoyed how they came out.  I thought about adding a sentiment strip on the outside, but opted to stamp it on the inside instead with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.

Here is the video of the process and some photos of the finished project!


I had so much fun with today’s project that I decided to do a giveaway!  I have an extra MFT Cat-astrophe stamp set ready for one lucky crafter!  Here is what you need to do…

  1.  Head over to my YouTube video linked above and leave a comment; and
  2. If you haven’t already, subscribe and hit that notification bell!

It is that easy!

Remember to share your creations over at the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page.

I will announce the winner in the YouTube comments on January 31, 2021.

Thanks for spending time with me today!








Tuesday with Tara {take 279} Christmas Bird

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

It’s Christmas week!  I can hardly believe we’re in the final days of our Christmas 2020 countdown.  Everything is so different this year, and I keep reminding myself it’s okay to have a slower pace (especially since there are no big gatherings to prepare for!) and just enjoy the season.  I was so late getting started on making Christmas cards this year that I almost feel I should keep going so I have them ready for next year, ha!   I have also been late in purchasing new wintery stamps & dies to create with, but these lovely holiday greens dies by Tim Holtz arrived just in time (and you can bet I’ll be using some of them for creations throughout the year!).

Today’s card combines a few cuts of holiday greens with one of the feathered friend’s dies, all decked out in red.  I’ve used some of the cut out letters from Sending Christmas Joy, by MFT along with a scripty ‘Christmas’ die cut.  (I’ve used an older Tim Holtz one, but any scripty word would work!). I love taking sentiment dies (and stamps) and mixing up the fonts together to change the feel of them.  It’s also a great way to change the way they fit on your cards, as this design would not have fit on an A2 card if I had used the bold ‘Christmas’ letters that were part of the original die!

I finished off my card by adding a bit of detail to the background to break up the solid red… by adding more red.  LOL. I grabbed a variety of small Christmas sentiment stamps from my stash (there’s some OLD wooden ones here, most from 10+ years ago) and stamped them randomly in red across the lower part of the card.  I didn’t want anything too bold to compete with my images, and this was a fun way to add a bit of texture to the card.  I also added some white Nuvo dots as berries to the branches, some of which picked up the red ink from my background and added bits of pink.  I often forget that this happens when they are applied on water reactive inks (like Distress) but in this case it’s a happy accident that just adds variety!

Thanks for stopping by- I hope the coming days are filled with joy & peace!

Inky hugs,


Iconic Christmas Blog Hop

Friday, December 4th, 2020

Happy Blog Hop Day!  Thanks for joining us for a fun, inspiration filled hop featuring Christmas Icons!  You’ll see trees, ornaments, candy canes, stockings, snowflakes, holly & more as you visit each blog and see projects created by our design team members!

Be sure to leave comments letting us know what you think at each stop along the way- your name will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to spend in the SNS online store!  Speaking of the store, if you shop this weekend you’ll find an Iconic Christmas sale with 25% off selected stamps & dies!

The team is highlighting a fun Iconic Christmas die set by Concord & 9th for this hop, but since mine hasn’t arrived I’ve chosen to use some cute snowflake dies by Memory Box for my card.

I’m using my plaid background stamp again, stamped simply in black on some book print for some fun texture.  I added a bit of Distress Ink along the torn bottom edge, as well as through a wonky dot stencil, also by MFT.

These snowflake dies have some sweet stitching details on them, but the same card design would be fabulous with some added glitter instead… my photos didn’t capture it, but the sentiment is embossed with Rustic Wilderness Distress Embossing Glaze on a pearly white card stock.  It really has some nice shimmer!

The finishing touch is a simple bow, tied with ribbon I dyed with Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray Stain. (I did warn you that this was going to be my color of the season, didn’t I?)

Now that you’ve checked out my card, I hope you’re ready to see what the rest of the girls have been making!   Next up on the hop is Chala.

Here’s the full line up:

Tara/ SNS blog






Happy Hopping!

Inky hugs,