So what's new on my card: the Designer Paper is a digital download I did from a few days ago, the cat is my new stamp from Lili of the Valley (LOTV), the flowers are from my new Cuttlebug flower die set, the bottom punched border is my new Martha Stewart Floral Lace edge punch and the embossed purple cardstock is my new Cuttlebug Caramello embossing folder. Sometimes it takes a while before we get the "latest" craft items here in Australia - so some of the items might not seem very new to you if you are in the USA - but they are to me.
I rarely use purples to make a card which is odd because it's my favourite colour, yet I only have about 6 purple ribbons compared to about 100 pink or brown ones. Anyway, I think I'll use purples more often from now on - they look so pretty and are a very nice change from pink.
Isn't this cat stamp just so adorable?!! Being a cat-lover, I had to have this cat (along with several other designs) as soon as Lili of the Valley (UK) released them. I coloured the image with Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils and I added Kindyglitz Crystalina to the cat's cheeks, flowers and around the edges of the envelope. I wrote the 'for you' on the little card with my Zig black pen. I lightly chalked around the image with my Kaisercolour chalks.
The Designer Paper (floral background and purple gingham) is a from a digital set called "Noah's Too" by NitWit Collections. I said I would never use digital papers - I'm eating my words since I thought I would give them a chance and try them and oh my gosh - I am such a convert! They are BIG files to download, but I can print them on my printer using the "Standard" setting which doesn't use too much ink and they just look fantastic. I love the idea of being able to resize the image, or change the colours - and even with only my Canon Scanner program - I don't have Photoshop.
For the flowers: I attached the different coloured elements of the flowers to white cardstock to give them some stability as the Designer paper was printed on just ordinary printing paper which is thin so I needed some extra thickness to keep all the bits together and so I could bend the petals up a bit without ripping the paper! The button is sewed on with Anchor stranded cotton using the full 6 threads. Two of the flowers were mounted with glue dots, and the top LH one is on a 2mm mount so it would be slightly higher then the one next to it.
The ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.
I am also entering this card in 3 Challenges:
Alice in Wonderland Challenge - Chapter 8 (OAC8) - the Challenge being "flowers".
The Pink Elephant Challenge #62 - which is 1 image, 2 dies and 3 of my favourite embellies: the 2 dies being the Labels Nesties and the Cuttlebug Flower dies, and 3 of my fav embellies are the flower buttons.
Colour Create Challenge #42 - which is Lilac, Grey & White + the extra challenge of Gingham (my cat is coloured grey in case you are wondering where my grey is). I had to think very hard about how to incorporate the "extra" challenge of Gingham, but that's why it's called a Challenge isn't it?!
Thanks for stopping in to have a peek at my card!