Saturday, May 21, 2016

Scholarly Cat Birthday Card

Hi, Friends.....

Sorry for the long absence from my blog.  I'm still not 100% recovered from being sick for a couple of weeks with some nasty bug that is going around plus we have had some challenging family drama and other just regular things....and my son celebrated a birthday!

He's a remarkable young man....very bookish and scholarly.....and never without Othello, his black feline companion, in his bookshelf-lined room.  I am quite proud of my son and so thankful for him.  So I wanted to make him a extra special birthday card.  

I recently won a Stampendous gift card and found this Cattus Librum stamp, the PERFECT stamp to use for his card, which I heat embossed in black with clear powder on some parchment looking paper.  I also used some delicious vintage papers from the new Graphic 45 Communique collection I won recently. (THANKS, Stampendous and G45!!!)  (Hey, for once I used some G45 products before I had them long enough to say I was hoarding them!  I really am trying to follow my "Hoard no more" rule this year.)

 I even decorated the inside of the card!!  Something I hardly ever do.

Other supplies used for this card include:
Darice - Crackle embossing folder
Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy
Sizzix - Fancy Labels Dies
Versafine Ink- Onyx Black
Bits and pieces from some other Graphic 45 collections

I love how this card turned out and my son really liked it, too.  :)

Thank you for stopping in today.  I'm glad finally to be feeling up to begin making cards and blogging again.  It's going to take awhile to be back to full strength, but this is a start!!  :)


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  SUYP Cats Only Challenge #6 - Furry Friends
2.  Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #120 - Man's Best Friend My son's best friend is his cat, Othello!  :)
3.  Ike's World Challenge #63 - Embossing
4.  Wow! Embossing Powder May Challenge - Anything Goes with Heat Embossing or Wow! Product
5.  Penny Black at All Sorts May Challenge - Anything Goes (must stamp focal, no digis)
6.  Critters and Creatures Linky Party #4 - Anything Goes with Critter Focal
7.  Twofers Challenge #20 - Animals
8.  DL.Art May Linky Challenge - Anything Goes
9.  Word Art Wednesday Challenge #230-231- Anything Goes Family Friendly 


  1. Great embossing and papers!
    Thank you for sharing with IKE'S WORLD Challenges!
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  2. Love your card and the inside looks fab too. Hope your health keeps improving - being sick can take a while to get over.

  3. So glad to have you back and hear that you are feeling better :-)
    That stamp is amazing - totally luv that kitty.
    Your card is stunning and the inside is so beautiful too. The layout and colour scheme are perfect :-)
    Thank you for coming to play at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES and for also purring along to SUYP Cats Challenges with your lovely card :-D I hope your son really enjoyed his card.

    IKE xx

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  4. Glad to see you back and hope you continue to get better. This is a wonderful card made with an absolutely gorgeous stamp! Thanks for joining us at Twofers

  5. A fabulous image and layout Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges good luck Ginny DT for
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  6. Oh WOW Janis, this is beautiful. No wonder your son liked it! How could you not?
    Glad you are starting to feel better.

  7. Easy to see why he likes the card
    Happy to hear you are feeling better Lis

  8. It's stunning and I am no cat person ut this I adore. Thanks for joining us at Ike's world Challenges. Sall

  9. Oh, what a wonderful card for James...and for anyone who loves cats, books, vintage designs....or all of the above! I love all three so of course this card has me oohing and aahing over that Graphic 45 paper and the scholarly kitty. This is a card that calls out to be tucked up oh a bookshelf and kept for years. What a great card to get you back in the swing of things and one that your son certainly loved and will treasure.

  10. Aaaah simply delightful and the image reminds me of Bagpuss a little, thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month, Luv Sam x

  11. Great to see you but sorry to hear you have been so unwell. Love that stamp what a great purrfectly themed Birthday card. Thank you for joining us at Twofers. XOXO Zoe

  12. Hope your health and life continue to improve. A super masculine card. Thanks for playing along with us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz DT

  13. Hope you continue to feel better!! I love the card you made for your son, it is EXTRA outstanding! Of course he would love it, so many wonderful details!!

  14. Wow! Congrats on your win and what a beautiful card you've created! <3

  15. I am glad to hear you are on the mend. Othello looks at home on the bookshelf. Your son will treasure the thoughtful and beautiful card you designed for his birthday. I love the studious cat image and the beautiful papers you used. You have won a lot of great goodies. Thank you for joining the DL.ART Thankful Thursday May Linky Challenge". Katie DL.ART DT Member

  16. A really lovely card and it's lovely to see you at Penny Black and More challenge Janis, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  17. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  18. Wonderful those incredible images. Hope you are feeling better real soon.


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