Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fluffy Black Cat


My husband said to me one fine spring evening: We have a smart cat.
To which I replied: We do, do we? He's smart because he sleeps all day and is fluffy and fat?
My husband said: No, I was being sarcastic. He thinks that no birds can see him. Look outside the window.
And I looked outside our picture window to see our big, fluffy, black cat sitting patiently under the bird feeder, looking up, as if his big, fluffy, black body was camouflaged in the newly cut grass.
Oh, there's always entertainment of some sort to be found at my house.


Today I have the pleasure of doing a Carbon Copied post (same stamp set, same challenge, same day) with the talented owner of an Australian on-line retailer Jay Gee's Nook, Judith. We are both featuring Heartsong 2 by Skipping Stones Design and participating in the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Feathered Friends. (Waving hi to the Girl Fridays!)



I love bird images, and was delighted when Judith chose Heartsong 2 to work with. I stamped one of the bird images and colored him in with pencils, after masking and performing a bit of splatter work for the Moxie Fab World's Splatter Technique Challenge. The panel was added to a splattered cardstock base, a sentiment stamped and then it was wrapped with May Arts natural burlap string, and I had to throw in a itty bitty yellow feather as well.

I invite you to visit Judith's Blog to see her take on the Carbon Copied post, as I know you won't be disappointed. Her cards range from beautiful and elegant, to quirky and clean and simple. Let me not forget to mention that Judith is one super nice and amazing person as well!

(Please add your name to the link list if you would like to participate in a Carbon Copied post with me!)


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In other news, May Arts has teamed up with Paper Crafter's Library to feature paper crafted ribbon projects.
I have a mini-tutorial up on Paper Crafter's Library
 Comment on both my Paper Crafter's Library Post and over at May Arts for your chance to win
four spools of ribbon. 

52 comments:

Jay Gee said...

Karen your card is fabulous as always :) Love your splatters and your gorgeous colouring. Thanks so much for the challenge, I had fun. Hugs Judith.

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Gorgeous Karen! I love the colors, and it definitely has your "signature look" :) Now I'm off to check what Judith made!

lostinpaper said...

Just stunning Karen! Love the spattered colour and your gorgeous bird. What a great challenge, it's wonderful to see how different both cards can be using the same stamp!

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

Karen, This card is fabulous! Love that little bird and the splatters are a perfect touch.

Jingle said...

I love this!!!

Isha said...

Gorgeous card Karen. Love all the splatters.

Laurel said...

Gorgeous! Love the misting!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I think you cat is very smart, what if the bird fell out right into the cat's open mouth? Beautiful shading on this card.

Jackie Rockwell said...

Love the splatter effect and the tiny feather is FANTASTIC!!! Beautiful card Karen!

Annette said...

you and your husband are too funny...your card is FABULOUS...love the splatter and the bird image is just perfect...great card

Jen W. said...

Gorgeous colouring, gorgeous splattering - gorgeous everything!

And your cat is hilarious! May a not-so-smart bird will happen along for him... :)

Kara Lynne said...

I'm in awe at that bird! So life like with your coloring and shading. That little feather is fun and I like how you paired it with the blue and white spatter technique.

gRiSeL™ said...

LOVE your card!!! Looks so simple, yet it's full of beauty! Love the splattered paint effect and that little feather by the twine bow is the perfect accent! (:

Lisa said...

CUTE card Karen! Love the speckles and the little feather. My Max LETS the birds know he's there...he chases them all out of the yard & off his fence ~LOL

Isabelle P. said...

Quelle carte magnifique Karen ! J'aime ce petit oiseau, et la petite plume !

Chunyuan said...

Gorgeous card, Karen. Love the coloring, spatter and the addition of feather.

Lynn said...

Truly, truly fabulous...I am in love...and the cat visual is hilarious :) Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

PS. Did you see you are a double winner today? Moxie Fab & PaperCrafts...woohoo!

Maria said...

Fantastic card! I love the feather and the splatter effect! Wonderful!
HUgs,

Maria B.

Trinh said...

This is beautiful! I love the coloring and splatters. We used to have a fluffy, fat cat and I used to envy his leisurely lifestyle.

Christina said...

Oh, this is an instant favorite! Totally fabulous coloring, misting, and the little yellow feather is the icing on the cake. So glad you could join us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Jenny said...

Your shading makes that bird almost jump off the page :0)
Love the paint splatters, great decoration for the background and the cute little yellow feather is a sweet embellishment piece :0)
Life would be dull with our pets wouldn't it!
Jenny x

Alice Wertz said...

cats are the best!!! =) your coloring is amazing, girl! gorgeous card! and your ribbon tie is sooooo cool! thanks for the tutorial! also wanted to day that i adore the dress shirt cuff gift card holder card that you made in the mag (sorry that i don't remember which issue). you are a genius, Karen!

Lynnda said...

Karen... !! I love that little birdie... its really pretty little bird!!!Love the colors... and that tie ribbon card...is so cool..very inspiring indeed... hugs..xoxo

Tenia Nelson said...

I just love this card!!!!!

Maureen Hayes said...

I am in love with this card! I have a thing for birds myself and this card is so simple and yet so elegant! I adore the blue background color and how it makes the kraft paper and the color of the bird itself POP off the card.

I thought the Father's Day card you created for the Paper Crafters Library tutorial was adorable and a good choice for Dad's who can be difficult to make cards for.

Thanks for sharing your talent with us all!

~Tammy~ said...

The feather, what a perfect touch!!! Love what you do with your birds!!!

Cute story!

howo34 said...

I love this tie it looks like the real deal...now Ive got to get a tie die! lol

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! I LOVE the splattering! LOVE that birdie--she is colored beautifully! LOVE the feather too:) YOU ROCK!

donna mikasa said...

Love your kitty story! And your card is fab--especially that feather. What a perfect touch!

Gayatri said...

I love the little feather on the twine. And all the splatter is beautiful, Karen! Thanks for playing with us @ CAS-ual Friday:)

rush said...

nice card. love the splatter. thank you for sharing. rush88888 at gmail dot com

Julie E said...

What colors and just perfect with the splatters. The feather is such a great touch too.

Kelly said...

yes, and our 68 pound Australian Shepherd really thinks she can catch a squirrel. I just love the hope and excitement in her eyes when she spies one and really believes she can catch one! LOVE this card. One of my favs of yours. I have splatter jealousy. It is so perfect on this one and the feather is a clever touch!

Chari Moss said...

Perfect splatters & I love the little feather in the bow, very nice touch! :)

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such a pretty card Karen. Love that bird image. The splatters look awesome!

Virginia L. said...

Each element is this card just ROCKS!!! Thanks for joining the fun with us at CAS-ual Fridays ;)

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

The bird is adorable! Love your splotches!!

Cheryl said...

Oh this is gorgeous! I love how you colored this birdie on kraft. The paint splatters are the perfect addition.

How funny! Our neighbor's barn cats always hang out under our bird feeders. I think they feel that the birds can't see them either.

paperella said...

Karen, this took my breath away! I have no words, everything is so beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

Debby said...

Fabulous colouring and that little feather just killed me! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays this week :)

Dana Nelson said...

I love this! The spatter is fabulous and the bird is so dimensional-looking! Great coloring!

Larissa Heskett said...

OMG!! I LOVE This!! The bird is too cute!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Karin Ã…kesdotter said...

This is sooo sweet and beautiful! LOVE your card!
Have a wonderful week-end, hugs Karin

VanessaB said...

amazing bird card. so beautiful! i love it!

Michele Gross said...

Just gotta love putty tats. Especially invisible putty tats! :D Love your card and I'm so excited to have you playing along with us. We miss you!!

jen said...

That bird is soooo lovely- love the little tiny feather accent too! And your ribbon tie is genius! :)

Katie Gehring said...

What a sweet little birdie- love how you layered in all the color from the bird to the fabulous misting!

Stephanie Washburn said...

There is not a thing about this card that I don't LOOOOOOOVVVVEEE! The colors are gorgeous, the little details are amazing (hello feather!), and the overall design is perfection. You're such a pro, girl- just perfect!

artfuldelight said...

That's funny about your cat!! LOL!! I love your bird images, fabulous card.

Wida said...

hello pretty little feather! so cute and so you!

Barb said...

another stunner! i love what you do with these bird images. you understand their shading so well. beautiful work Karen

Lisa Arana said...

adore the splatter and LOVE the little birdie.