Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Happy Gotcha Day - Clint Catwood!


After losing Archie 3 years ago and then Boscat so suddenly last January, I really didn't know if my heart would mend fully..

It was SO silent in the apartment that we only waited 5 weeks after the passing of Boscat before we got another cat.

We chose 'Pantera' who promptly got renamed Clint Catwood - aka Clint.

Clint is approx 3 and he has Feline FIV - which really isn't that dramatic, we just have to keep an eye on him if he gets sick, as he doesn't have a good immune system.

We really lucked out with him, he is the most gentle creature we have ever met, he loves to be picked up and carried and held. Snuggling is the thing that he loves the most and he has this weird meow bark that he does to demand snuggles. The strangest thing is that he loves to lay on us for hours, I have had a lot of cats and this has never happened before and I have to say, I'm rather enjoying it!

Clint has turned Hubby and I into even bigger softies than we were before!

It's not easily to lose a beloved pet and it can be hard to welcome a new one, but we have had a super smooth ride with Clint, it was like he just wanted to be with us!

Hope you like my little collage of photos of our beautiful boy.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Kitty Cat Thanks..


As tomorrow is the 1st anniversary of us owning Clint I wanted to share a card I made for our amazing Vet.

They are amazing, they were wonderful when we had to put our beloved Boscat to sleep. When we got Clint, they gave us great advice to help us understand what having an FIV positive cat would mean.

Late last year Clint got an infection and it was our first time dealing with illness in him and the first time after the loss of Boscat, so to say we were a teeny bit antsy is an understatement.

Fortunately they understood and guided us through it all and Clint is fine now (he did get another infection earlier this year, but we are learning how to deal with this now).

So I made them a card to say thanks and to apologise for our slightly manic behaviour!

I used the awesome Picket Fence Stamps 'I love your face' set - which I had discovered when Cheiron made us a 'Congrats' card for the arrival of Clint, using the same set. How cute is the cat in his bandana?!

The sentiment is by Hero Arts and I created the fun stenciled background using a Tim Holtz gradient diamond stencil (mini version).

I love how the card came out and they loved it too.

If you are looking for a vet and you are in the East Village area of Manhattan, I would highly recommend Urban Vets Animal Hospital - they are kind, caring and super friendly.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Retro Rubber Challenge #128.. Love is in the air!


Hello from London and welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have a colour challenge for you - that fits the Valentine mood..

The minute I saw this challenge I knew that my Pink Fresh Studio 'Heart Bouquet' set (now retired) was going to get an airing. When I bought this set in 2017, it got SO much use..but then I moved on, I'm such a magpie!

I stamped and coloured the lady and the bouquet, I coloured it using Copics and Sakura glitter pens. I was a bit stumped for a background and didn't feel like masking to use a stencil. So I broke out my ruler and drew my own background!

I left it sentiment free, because I thought it could be used for several occasions and that perhaps one of my male friends, might like it for their lady :)

Show us how you romance the colour combo and pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends Feb 21st.

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, which is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Monday, February 10, 2020

Pun Cards: Let's Taco about...


Happy Monday!

Hope you had a good weekend?

I am in London this week working and I am going to be doing some fun stuff with my family and friends too.

In January when I was last in London, I finally delivered the huge pun card project that I was working on for most of last year. Polly (my Husband's bestie) was delighted and was so happy it made me really happy too.

There were so many of them, that I still have a few to share and I'm going to do that, as they are so fun.

Today's card was made using Lawn Fawn's 'Year Nine' set. I love this set, it makes me laugh so hard!

I kept it super simple (as you do when you are making 55 cards), I stamped, coloured and die-cut the Taco, the candle and the little party hat. I stamped the sentiment from the set onto red paper and cut them out.

Could we just pause for a moment and talk about how good my Taco colouring is?! I am pretty happy with it.

The background paper is by Avery Elle and came in the grabbag I bought from them last year.

I love the fact that the Taco has a face - Lawn Fawn are great at including little faces, thus bringing random objects to life.


Sunday, February 9, 2020

Unicorns and Rainbows...


Hello from London!

Last weekend, I decided I would have a fun playtime with x3 sets by Ellen Hutson and Julie Ebersole.

I LOVE how Julie draws Unicorn, they have a really feminine feel to them.

I used these x3 sets - Over it, Unicorns 'n Rainbows and Pure Magic.

First I stamped, coloured and cut all the unicorns I wanted to use, then I used them to decide where my sentiments would go. I should mention that right now I am obsessed with Sakura Gelly Roll glitter pens, they are much shimmer.

For two of the cards I added clouds / rainbow behind the unicorn and I stamped and coloured these, before adding my unicorns, that I mounted with foam tape.

I love how simple these cards are and how much they POP on the hot pink card blanks.