Sunday, February 1, 2015

Kliban Cat in the Clouds


 "Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly"
                                                                            --------------Arnold Edinborough

Hi, Friends.....

I am here today to share a Thinking of You card I made for a friend who is feeling under the weather.  She loves cats, so I pulled out a fanciful Kliban cat stamp I hadn't used for a long time.


I die cut some Add a Little Dazzle white craft metal to make more clouds for this sweet sky scene.  This piece of MAMBI paper already had some adorable clouds on it, but I wanted even more for better dimension.  (Why do I almost type dementia whenever I am trying to type that word????)  The dies are from Lil' Inker Rainbows & Clouds.  Don't they go perfectly with the ones on the patterned paper?



 After cutting out the clouds, one flipped over and I loved the look of the silver reverse with the white.  So I kept one of them turned over for a gleaming silver cloud.  I hadn't planned on doing that, or I would have cut a silver one on purpose so the smooth edges were on the correct side.  Even so, I really love how it looks....upside down and all.  You can see the detail below.
 

 I stamped my goofy flying cat with Memento - Tuxedo Black onto a snippet of thick cardstock.  I watercolored his scarf with waterbrush and Crayola watercolor pencils, and then fussy cut him out.  


My sentiment is on a snippet of cardstock with a stamp from The Alley Way Stamps - Speak Easy set.  Love how well this casual font works with this enthusiastic and determined cat.  I had previously snipped the sentiment stamp into two segments for this card, but I put it in one long wavy line this time.  I like the effect.  Do you?

I put the kitty and the sentiment panel up on foam for a 3D look.  LOVE how this card turned out.  I hope it will bring a smile to my friend's heart. 

Have a lovely rest of the weekend and I'll see you later.

<3
Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Up in the Clouds...
2. Add a Little Dazzle Dazzling Diva Challenge #60 - Flowers or Anything Goes
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
4. Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - January 2015
5. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Snippets Playground Week #162 - Use snippets

20 comments:

Sue D said...

So cute. I like this cat and the use of metal.

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Sue!! The metal is a lot of fun.

<3
Janis

Liz said...

I'm sure your friend will love this. Such a fun card and I love the metal clouds and flying cat. xx

Janis said...

Thanks, Liz!!! The flying cat is kind of silly but I love the Kliban cats!!! :)

<3
Janis

Lee-Anne said...

Fabulous use of the metal...love those clouds! So happy you could join us at the Dazzling Diva challenge!

Suzanne C said...

Fantastic fun clouds and card! The cat is too cute and that shiny clouds is sweet! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Di said...

Oh Janis - this is wonderful - a flying cat! Not wonder you've settled into the Snippets Playground so well - everyone who plays needs to be a bit (ahem) prone to silliness and fun :) Clever the way you used the reverse of the silver cloud, it just makes things pop!

I don't think I'm following you as yet - just need to fix that. And I do love your funnies at the top of your posts :)

Hugs

Di xx

Stampsnob. said...

Cute card Love the clouds and 'S" Cat >>>>>>>>>>Lis

Teresa Kline said...

hi Janis! I luv the clouds, so awesome, super cute card! I am thrilled you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

add a little glimmer to your life....sparkle & shine! *~*

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Lee-Anne!!! Your kind comment mean a lot to me!!!

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Suzanne!!! I appreciate your visit so much!!!

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Di...you sweetie!!! Your comments are always super-sweet and encouraging!!! I LOVE your Snippets Playground!!! Just sooooooo much fun and everyone is so friendly. Thank you for becoming a follower. I will have one of my special ginormous new-follower smiles for you on my next post.

<3
Janis

Janis said...

SUPER-CAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!!! LOL.... Thanks so much for your fun comment!!!

<3
Janis

Janis said...

Oh, thank you, Teresa!! Your visit and kind words are so sweet!!!

<3
Janis

Davi said...

How fun is this one Janice!! I love the cool clouds and flying Kliban!!

Janis said...

Thank you, Davi!! Your comment brought a smile to my face!!!

<3
Janis

Karenladd said...

Oh my gosh Janis!! Those metal die cut clouds are wonderful!!!! This card is going to make your friend swoon with delight! The funny thing is that I own only ONE Kliban cat stamp, and it's this very same one. I even remember when I bought it about 20 years ago in San Francisco at a little shop that sold only cat-themed items. You did this stamp proud !

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Karen.

That is funny abt you having this same stamp. I can't remember for sure, but I think this particular stamp also came from a cat-themed shop in Seattle......prob around 20 years ago, too. It actually belongs to my daughter (but all stamps in the house eventually migrate into my stash....) and I think an aunt who used to live there gave it to her. She used to buy a lot of fun gifts for us at the cat shop. :)

I'm not surprised you found your stamp in SF. If I recall correctly, Kliban lived there for quite a number of years before his death. I'd have to look that up, though.

<3
Janis

Karenladd said...

I think that I originally bought that Kliban cat stamp for my daughter too, but it's mine now!! Haha! I also have a Kliban cat cartoon book that I got around the same time. Yes, B. Kliban did live in SF for some time, and in northern California after that. Too bad I didn't buy more Kliban cat stamps at the time because apparently they are collectors items among rubber stamp aficionados (and cat lovers!).

Janis said...

Oh, that is funny how you got the stamp for your daughter, too!! Hahaha.. I can imagine that these Kliban stamps are collectors items now. I adore his quirky cat drawings!!!

For a wedding gift from family friends who knew I loved cats, we received a Kliban comforter with his classic striped cat in red sneakers all over it. Fun. We still have it (33 years later) but it's not currently in use. I pick up Kliban cat mugs at thrift stores when I see them, but they get snagged up pretty fast so I don't see them often.

<3
Janis