Sunday, 11 May 2008

Sunday Stampers - Week 16 - Cool For Cats

Good Morning Stampers,

I hope you all enjoyed last week's theme and hasn't it been a quick week? It hardly seems like yesterday since I was humming Two Little Boys and now I am catterwauling along to Cool For Cats!!

Yes, it is time for a new challenge and this week (I bet you have already guessed this) the theme is Cats. :O)) It is a good job that there isn't a sound option on this blog otherwise you would all be able to hear me singing "oooooo eeeeeee oooooo" along to this Squeeze song LOL

Without further ado, here is my effort for this week!



I decided to make a tag for the challenge this week and began by using a plain cream tag which I got from here. These tags are so lush, smooth surface which is perfect for Distress Inks and just the right size at approx 3" x 6".

I inked up my latest favourite stamp from Lost Coast Designs (which I bought from here) and stamped it straight onto the tag. I then made a mask of the image and popped this over the one on the tag. Next, using Cut & Dry foam, I blended a selection of Distress Inks onto the tag. The colours I used were Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord and Aged Mahogany. I was trying to achieve the look of a Tequila Sunrise cocktail seeing as kitty is sitting in a cocktail glass. Not sure I got this look but I like the colours!!

Next, I lifted the mask off the kitty and painted him in, using a mixture of Dried Marigold and Walnut Stain Distress Inks and a waterbrush. I used Weathered Wood to just add a hint of colour to the glass, again using a waterbrush. I decided that the tag looked a bit bare so I used my second favest stamp, another from Lost Coast Designs, and inked up the chequered border with Dusty Concord and then Aged Mahogany and then before I stamped, I spritzed water onto it so I had a softer look. I popped the mask back over the kitty so the image wasn't spoiled & I stamped the chequer a few times and then used another fave stamp (can you see a theme here?) which is a Paper Bag Studios Spiral Bound image, stamping this in black StaZon and then highlighting with my Ranger White Pen.

Finally, I added little white stars to the kittens hat, 3D'd another hat onto the tag, added the words using alphabet stamps and edged the whole thing with black ink.

I hope that you all have loads of fun with this theme! You will have all probably guessed that I love cats and I loved making this tag so much I may have to make another :O))

Please remember to add a post here once you have made your entry, including a link to the place you are showing your work of art.

Thanks, Hels x

37 comments:

craftyscot said...

this is great Hels and I love the colours. Yes, I am singing along as well :0)
thanks for the challenge, will have to see if I have a cat stamp (runs off to look)
Shazza
x

Ann said...

Oh I love your 'kitty' - gorgeous Hels.....must see if I can find a cat stamp as I didn't have a boy for last weeks challenge!! Cool for Cats, love the song too LOL!!! XXX

Craftyideas said...

Love your tag Hels its gorgeous. Love Rachelp xxx

Angie C said...

What a beautiful tag Hels :-) Sorry I don't have any cat stamps :-(

Sue said...

Lovely tag Hels, and a great song too :o)

Andrea said...

Love what you have done Hels and can not believe that yesterday I did a tag both sides of cats and one of my sides is almost identical to yours, same stamp to except I have left my image white and used different colours, but I do have a chequered background, great minds and all that, oops not copied you honest xx

Andrea said...

I have put my effort on my blog now xx

Anne said...

It's fab Hels :-D
I've posted weeks 16, 14 and 13 now on my PB
http://s80.photobucket.com/albums/j173/little_lion_2006/Sunday%20Stampers/ p/word luvcrafts

Luv Little Lion xx

Rachel Bland said...

Here's my kitty
http://creativeflight.blogspot.com/2008/05/cats.html

Mandy C said...

hi ~ just wondering, if we have to use ALL stamping or can we use images as well as long as there is stamping on the piece?? thanx

Heather Robinson said...

How wonderful to have found your blog and challenge site! Here's mine for this week:

http://creativesolace.blogspot.com/2008/05/sunday-stampers-cool-for-cats.html

Linda Elbourne said...

Fabulous work again Hels - i love this more than I love that bird feeding station that IS NOT rotten in your garden XXX

Hels said...

Thanks for joinin in everyone - loving your works of art...and thanks for visiting to the new ladies...I have sent you an email Mandy but if you not get it, you can use stmaping, inking and other media too on your creation...as long as stamping is the main part :O))

Christa said...

I love cats too and will definitely play with this challenge. Love your tag! Maybe you also like to take part in my new challengeblog for labels, called So Salsa:

http://sosalsa3.blogspot.com

Thanks so much!

Anne said...

Great challenge. Here's my effort x

http://cardmakingtranquility.blogspot.com/2008/05/sunday-stampers-cool-for-cats.html

Joy said...

OOh I love cats too and have a few stamps to choose from I love your tag Hels xx

Craftyideas said...

Have made a cat tag and here is the link.

http://rachelpcraftyideas.blogspot.com/

Hels said...

Cor, even more heavenly creations..thanks for joinin in every one xx

Christa said...

OK, here's my first entry on your challengeblog. So great I found it!

http://dusktilldawn3.blogspot.com

Thanks for looking and leaving me a comment!

TinaB said...

Love it!!!! Fab colours xx

I have put last Sundays on my blog!
http://tinascraftyplace.blogspot.com/

Hels said...

Thanks for joinin in Christa and Tina...love the works of art you have made xx

Sue said...

Fab theme, Hels. Love your tag!!. xx
Mine is on my blog:

http://yorkiepudsblog.blogspot.com/2008/05/cat.html

hilmof said...

Thanks for a great challenge Hels

Here's mine

http://hilmof.blogspot.com/2008/05/this-is-my-entry-for-sunday-stamper.html

Thanks for looking

** Shaz ** said...

Great challenge Hels and some fantastic Cats about have done mine now xxx

Rainbow Lady said...

Here is my entry for this week Hels. Thanks for looking
Love Cynthia x

http://rainbowladyscraftyblog.blogspot.com/2008/05/my-green-eyed-cat.html

Ang C said...

Hi Hels

Love your tag


I've made a skinny for this weeks challenge

http://angelclog.blogspot.com/2008/05/sunday-stampers-cool-for-cats.html

TinaB said...

Love this Hels xxx Your stamp is so cute!

Mines on xx
http://tinascraftyplace.blogspot.com/

Hels said...

Thanks for joinin in girls..loving all your creations....fab!! Hels x

Heidi said...

Great subject for a challenge, mine is at http://craftinginasmallspace.blogspot.com/

Hels said...

Thanks for joinin in Heidi - lovely F P x

Lesley said...

My tag is on my blog, thanks for the challenge Helen xx

http://themessycrafter.blogspot.com/

emi(rubita) said...

I love your 'kitty'
Your cat is very splendid, and I like the stamp very much.

Here is my entry

http://stamp-room-r.blogspot.com/2008/05/ink-on-my-fingers-crazy-amigo-challenge.html

Hels said...

Thanks for joinin in Lesley and Emi...wow, love your creations xx

Joy said...

Have blogged mine now hels xxx

Alie Helder said...

http://aliehelder.web-log.nl/fam_helder/
Here you can find my card

craftyscot said...

finally I have been able to take part and my card is on my blog
http://craftyscot.blogspot.com/
thanks for another fab challenge Hels, looking forward to tomorrow's

Debbie said...

better late then never....I hope you like my take on "Cool Cats. Thanks


http://creationsbydebbiejean.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20Stampers%20Challenge

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