Sunday, March 29, 2009

What's New Pussycat?

This is the card I made for my second spot in Paola's (Sama) What Music/Song Are You? swap over on SCS. I was listening to an Internet radio station while I was *trying* (unsuccessfully) to catch up on swap threads and saw that she had just one more spot to fill before she left for a much-needed two-week vacation to Mexico. Remember, she is The Temptress and I cannot tell her no. Plus, her surrogate hostess, Jeanette (ForestRanger) was also issuing pleas to fill the spot, so of course, I took it. After all, I couldn't have Paola wondering for two weeks if her swap was full. LOL!

At that moment, Tom Jones was belting out What's New Pussycat? and for some reason, SU's Cool Cat popped into my mind. I hadn't used it for a loooong time and figured it would be easy enough to pull something together, right? Wrong. My card-making mojo was tapped, so off I went to Mike's for inspiration. I tend to shy away from brighter colors, but I really liked the shades of blue and green in this patterned paper -- they reminded me of Kelly (MiamiKel4) because she loves bright colors and uses them so well in her cards. It was almost as if she were saying, "Go for it, Sus!" So I bought it, in honor of Kelly, because she's so bright and sunny!

I stamped Cool Cat in Tempting Turquoise on WW (yes, Kelly, I *actually* own Bold Brights Stampin' Spots), added some sparkly Sakura dots to her collar, and gave her eyes, ears, and nose some color with Prisma pencils. Then I cut her out and popped her up on dimensionals. (I'm happy to say that no whiskers nor tails were lost!) I prefer using something other than Whisper White for card bases, but nothing else really worked without taking away from the DP. The Caribbean blue CS that I used for the base mat & Nesties came from my daughter's old cheerleading scrapbook stash. I added white dots to all the mats with a Sakura pen for some definition.

The sentiment was computer generated on WW, but I was at a loss for embellishments. I tried brads, dew drops, ribbon - nothing felt *sassy* enough. Then I saw those tassels I bought for no other reason than that they were on clearance. Sassy! (SEE? Eventually, all of that stuff we buy for no reason *will* find a purpose!)

So what do you think? I'm satisfied -- but not thrilled -- with the results. I hope that Paola and the recipients will be happy with them -- that's all that matters to me!

Finally! My last March swap commitment will be postal tomorrow (Priority, of course) then I can breathe. I enjoy swapping but I totally over-committed myself for March. I'm anxious to start learning new techniques to use in my card-making and to get working on those scrapbooks for my daughter. She's only 25, you know; maybe I'll get them done before she's 30.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Creating!


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karen said...

very cute card!
i love the colors!

Catherine said...

This is sooooo cute! I love the colors, and the layout, and the stamp, and the tassle, and the song! I guess I love it all!!!
Great job!

Gael said...

This is cute! I love the color combo and dp!!

~Paola~ said...

totally awesome...and great color combos also!

Mary(OhioMary) said...

I love the colors Susan and my word the cutting out of that kitty x 6 must have given your hand troubles that is some detailed cutting.

Lorie said...

I LOVE it!! Very creative, and I love the tassel!

MiamiKel said...

Oh Sus! I love how expressive you are on your blog and how the stories just intertwine so well with your GORGEOUS card making! I am Sooo hoping one of these lands my way - it's my favorite colors and I love how you used them together, this L/O, the cool cat (mine hasn't seen ink yet!) are just DARLING - just as you are! Love this truly! A CASE card indeed!