Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Stampin' Up! Nine Lives for Amy's Inkin' Krew Love Themed Blog Hop

January 2019...wow! You are in for 12 wonderful installments of the Inkin' Krew themed hops. This month Amy has given us "Love" as our theme. We can interpret that any way we want and we can use any products we want.

I have decided to use the Nine Lives stamp set from the new 2019 Occasions catalog.

If you follow my blog, you know we lost our beloved Martini (Tini) on December 22. She definitely left paw prints on our hearts. We are hoping the Lord will bring another polydactyl kitty into our lives who likes to be held and only scratches at the scratching posts! Tini never scratched at anything other than those. BUT she did not like to be held even though she was loving! They all have their own personalities, that's for sure.

There are several "Critter" challenges out there so I thought, "Why not play along in honor of Tini?"

My card base is Grapefruit Grove with a mat of Calypso Coral and panels of Grapefruit Grove Gingham DSP and Whisper White card stock. 

I die cut the edged strip, from a Whisper White scrap, with a die from the Delicate Lace Edgelits Dies and glued it to the back of the Calypso Coral mat. 

The kitty is a two-step stamp. Using Basic Gray ink, I stamped the outline of her after I had stamped the striped body. I tried stamping the outline first, then the body but my way seemed to get the best result. I punched the kitty out with the cat punch and mounted her with Dimensionals on the next-to-largest Stitched Frame circle die. I also used Dimensionals on the back of the circle to adhere it to the panels. Before I did that, I stamped the sentiment in Calypso Coral and the hearts in Grapefruit Grove inks on the Whisper White panel. 

I adhered the panels to the mat and wrapped a piece of Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon between the two panels to hide the seam and taped the ends to the back of the mat. Then I adhered the mat to the card base. Fini! I want to thank Janet Wakeland for her inspiration.

I have not decided what I'm going to do with the inside. This card could be for my son's birthday, January 17, and perhaps his present will be a real live kitty. That would ease his heartache! His true love does have four paws!

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Measurements and Partial List of Product Used:

Card Base: 4 1/4" x 11", scored and folded at 5 1/2"
Calypso Coral Mat: 3 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Gingham DSP: 1" x 5"
Whisper White sentiment panel: 1 3/4" x 5"
Scrap of Whisper White for cat
Scrap of Grapefruit Grove for circle
Lace Edge Whisper White Scrap: 1" x 5 1/4" long
Ribbon: 6 1/2"

Cat Punch


  1. Such a sweet card! Perfect colors and great layering! So sorry about your kitty. :(

  2. How lovely, Karen. I am so sorry about Tini. I like your color choice too.

    1. Thanks, Julie. I have fallen in love with Grapefruit Grove.

    2. I love this Karen😊 I love that grapefruit grove gingham. I'm sure Tini is looking down and loving it too. Great colors and design.

  3. Cute card. I'm a cat person so I can think of many uses for this! I'm sorry to hear about Toni...they're such a part of our families.

  4. Such a sweet card Karen. I like your colors, makes for a happy card.

  5. A new cat fur baby will help heal the Family's broken Hearts. XXX Mal

    1. Absolutely, and he came to live with us yesterday at 4 PM! His name is Lord Chesterfield a/k/a Chester. He settled right in!

  6. Your kitty card is so pretty!! Really love the colors and layout on this! Thank you for sharing your creation for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge this month! HUGS, *Vicki* (DT)

    1. Thanks so much, Vicki. I appreciate your visit and comment.

  7. So cute! I love this set, and your card is adorable. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players Critter Challenge!

    1. Thanks much, Laurie. It was my pleasure to play at PP.

  8. I am so sorry you lost your kitty, I guess I was in a fog that day! This is a cute way to commemorate him!! We had two kitty sisters and one hated to be held but loved to sit on my lap! They're both gone now too....I miss them both! It's nice that SU has come up with two cute pet sets! Thanks for playing with the Players and your sweet kitty card!

    1. Thank you, LeAnne. I have been busy loving on our new boy, Chester. Gene and I picked him up at the rescue center. He didn't fit all the qualifications, but he fit the most important one...he is lovingly sweet.

  9. So sorry to hear about Tini. I read a book years ago called "somewhere a cat is waiting" and have no doubt that Tini will be helping to find your next companion. I love the colors you used on your card - such a wonderful way to honor her. So glad you shared it with us at the Paper Players this week

    1. Thank you so much, Jaydee. There was a cat waiting yesterday. Tini definitely helped pick him out for us!


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