Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Recycling at Its Best!

     For any of you who are regular followers of my blog, or even for those who are visiting for the first time but have seen the feline photos I have, it must be obvious that I'm a cat lover.  I use that to preface what I'm going to say next.

     Someone in my neighborhood has an orange tabby cat who must weight 50 pounds, can raid garbage cans better than a raccoon or a bear in a national park, and for some reason he has decided that my particular can has the best 'recycle-ables' around!   There is no keeping him out if he decides to get in, and he doesn't clean up his messes!  Grrrrrrr  This card is done in his honor.  :-D



     The image is from QKR Stampede, where the challenge theme is "Animal Antics." I colored it with Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs, then die cut it with a Wonky Squares die from Spellbinders.  The chevron and the striped papers are from DCWV, "Linen Closet" stack again.  Told you it was a favorite of mine. :-D  

     I used a stippling brush and three different Tim Holtz distress ink pads on the card base and the image.  Ever since I saw someone using a stippling brush at one of my monthly craft get-togethers, I find that I like the effect even better than sponging.  I'm hooked!  I added the three hand-punched flowers with centers hand-colored as the only embellishments.  This is a masculine card so I prefer lots of layers to lots of flowery or glittery embellies.

     Challenges:
613 Avenue Create -- Anything goes w/ flowers
Cards for Men -- Humorous
CDAC 1, 2, 3 -- 1 sentiment, 2 dp, 3 embellies (flowers)
Created with Love -- Funny cards
Digi Darla's -- Laughter is the Best Medicine
Pile It On -- Handmade flowers (punched and colored)
That Craft Place -- Animals

     BTW, if you do a card for the 1,2,3 Challenge over at CDAC this quarter (see link above), you'll get a set called "Watermelon Ants" from Doodle Pantry after the challenge closes just for playing in that challenge.  The challenge runs for an entire quarter (April through June) but since I'm on the Doodle Pantry Creative Team, I just wanted to give you a heads up.  :-D  

     Halfway point in the week, and it's supposed to be a gorgeous day, nearly 80 degrees F!  How's that for making those of you still buried under the snow pea-green with envy?  lol  Well, if it makes you feel better, they are saying rain for tomorrow.   Glad you stopped by and if I'm not here, I'm playing in the garden.  Pour yourself a cuppa whatever, and enjoy a browse around.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

37 comments:

Lin said...

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers for our humour challenge Connie. Thanks also for bearing with us with the link moderating thing. Sadly it became necessary because of the large number of people who appeared to not have bothered to read our challenge requirements.

I love your little story about the fat tabby. Sounds like you need a large dog deterrent!

Great Card.

Good luck!

Lin xx

Doreen said...

Gorgeous,love the image and fab design.xxx

Scrappin Chris said...

Adorable card. Such a fun images. Thanks for joining our April Fools Day challenge at Created With Love Challenges

~~Chris

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

This is toooo funny!!! Just love the preface to the card lol. That would probably look a lot like him. Fabulous card.

Magpies Delights Crafty Home said...

Very cute & funny card x Thanks for joining me and the rest of the DT over at That Craft Place Challenge Blog and hope to see you again soon, Hugs, Caroline.

Nonni said...

Really fun card and I love the colors!!

jimlynn said...

Connie, I really like the looks of that background using the brush and distress inks! FABULOUS card too!!!! That cat is so cute and I need him around to take out my garbage!
A 50 pound cat!!!!!!!!!! YIKES!!! That's a LOT of kitty!!!
Lynn

*Vicki* said...

LOL!!! This kitty is so cute!! :) Yes, I could tell you were a cat lover...I'm a doxie lover and I should add a photo of Mocca to my blog. :)

Love your sweet image and fantastic coloring my friend!! Have a great day! HUGS

Linda Simpson said...

A fabulous male card and loving the cat too. Nooooooooooo I would never have guessed you love kitties:)

Hugs
Linda ;)

Amanda R said...

So thankful we don't have that problem but love how you are able to laugh about it! Cute card, the expression on his face is priceless!

Josephine said...
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Josephine said...

This is so sweet! Love the cat's expression.

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!

Suze Bain said...

What a great little image, that's one cheeky cat! Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers. Xx

Elaine said...

Great card and I love your story about the tabby cat. The image is perfect for him. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

Maria Rud said...

Such an adorable card! Love this cat!
Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges for our April Fools Day challenge.

Hugs,
Maria

Judy said...

Hey Connie,

Oh my that is so cute! Love the image, and your colors...just adorable.

xo

Creative Genie said...

Connie, your card is just the cutest! And your coloring is spot on, too. Really love that image. Thank you so much for playing the CDAC PROGRESSIVE CHALLENGES.

Christine - CDAC DT

Donna Ellis said...

The stippling looks great, Miss Connie, and love the shading on your trash can! LOL The sketch is what really draws my eyes, with the different textures in the 2 brown panels. I'm sorry that 50-lb tabby is knocking over your trash - sheesh - you are sure it is a kitty? Maybe you need to set a trap next to your cans, and then call animal control? hugs, de

Cheryl First said...

LOL! That is a funny cat card.....and a head-strong neighborhood kitty!

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

Too funny, too cute, and this gave me the laugh I needed today.

Lynnel Lynch said...

So dang cute..... I love orange kitties.
Hey, thanks for the heads up about the free digi for entering in CDAC challenge "East 1-2-3".
I love that ants picnic digi.
Lynnel
CDAC DT Member

Lady Bug Stampers said...

NanaConnie, I love your card and the explanation. We have racoons in ours and I got bungy cords to keep them out and it works. Great Job and thanks for the heads up with doodle pantry love there images. Thanks for sharing with us at Created with Love Challenges.
Linda K.

Shelly Schmidt said...

First- I love the image and how perfectly it fits with your story about the garage rummaging feline in your neighborhood! Second- I love the look of the stippling- so pretty- I love the flowers and the fun layout. Thanks for the heads up about the fun doodle pantry images- how fun!!!

Shannon White said...

OMGoodness is this Ever Adorable Miss Connie!! Love your Adorably Fun image and it goes so perfectly with your preface too! lo Super layout & Dp's too! l sure Hope he finds a trash can he likes better real soon, cause I'm know it's no fun picking up after him, lol

Big Hugs
Shannon

Davi said...

What a fab card NC!! Really like the different dps and layers. I love the image and such a perfect story to go with it :) Ive had a few of those around my neighborhood too!!

Davi said...

What a fab card NC!! Really like the different dps and layers. I love the image and such a perfect story to go with it :) Ive had a few of those around my neighborhood too!!

jane stillman said...

Such a fun card, love the design. Thank you for joining us over at Glitter n Sparkle this week, good luck

Michelle B. said...

Made me laugh! Love the shapes and layers and the image and sentiment are FAB! So glad you joined us for our April Fool's challenge at Cards for Men!

Sassy Raggedy said...

Hi Connie, I love this card. The design is awesome. All the shapes are wonderful...Great job...joann sassy raggedy

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Shea said...

OK, this card is CUTE! I'm sure what you're seeing every morning isn't, but this card sure is. LOVE that image! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Digi Darla's!

In paper heaven said...

Super cute card. Love the image and your coloring. Thank you for joining the CDAC Easy as 123 Challenge.
Loretta CDAC-DT

craftin-dawn said...

I am a fellow cat lover....love this image and if it was a Black and white kitty at 50lbs it would Soooo be my baby girl named Squirt...She is a sigh and so talkative!!! Anyway, back to your card I love it! great coloring! Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges for our April Fools Day Challenge!
DawnD

StampArt Design by Kathryne said...

Great image! Wonderful layout and your colourings are fantastic! xx Kathy

Rosy Newlun said...

Hi Nana Connie!
I love your kitty story, except that you have to clean up after him. This image is so adorable and so is your card!!!

Patricia St Martin said...

Connie, Just a fabulous card and so cute. Thanks for playing with us at Cards for Men. Love seeing your creation. Good luck on the challenge.
Hugs, Patricia

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Sweet card!! Thanks for participating in our QKR STAMPEDE challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!

~DEANNE~

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Too funny. Even us cat lovers have our limits with those meandering neighbourhood cats! Love the dedication card. It was definitely perfect for the DD humour challenge from a couple weeks ago. BTW--Thank you so much for always telling us where your sketches come from. I keep folders filled with them and I always prefer knowing the originating author.

Hugs,
Lisa