Tuesday, September 13, 2011
My twin sister is a veterinarian, I've probably mentioned that oodles of times. I should say she is a great veterinarian...her suturing is very meticulous which makes pet owners very happy and the animals themselves heal quickly. She's doctored quite a few cats in her career so far, possibly even sutured a few noses, but I'm pretty positive that she hasn't ever used coral thread to stitch a nose!
I studied the lovely blog of Amy, Skipping Stones Design's Sketch Artist for September to gather inspiration to create a shabby chic, vintage, multi-layered, highly distressed card for today's Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge #93 and Blog Hop. Skipping Stones Design is releasing the cutest of all cute cat stamps, Holiday Cats today! If you are following the hop, you should have arrived from the blog of the talented Amber.
My kitty was first stamped in distress ink and then misted to soften and fuzzy up her fur. I then distressed all the panels, stitched all the panels and adhered them all to the card base after adding some ribbon and twine. definitely more manpower than I've ever put into a card in a long time but definitely like trying new things too. Oh, and I stitched her nose too, with the help of my boys pushing down the reverse button on the good ol' Janome. Sometimes it was a bit hard to see with their eager hands, but they were having a grand time and I didn't have the heart to interrupt them.
Please enjoy the rest of the hop. Your next stop is the fun and awesome, JoAnn. Once you are done, why not create a project using the sketch and link it up to the Skipping Stones Design blog for your chance to win a free set? (The blog also has a list of all hop stops and further details...)
I'm late in posting a winner of Skipping Stones Design's Grunge Stamp Set from August. I had Chase, the younger boy, pick a number one through five, respectively for each Guest Design Post in August. He chose five, not sure why. Then I had Cole, the older boy, pick a number from one to 38, he chose 7, because he is seven. So, Erin T. you are the winner!
Edited to Add: the wonderfully talented Julie referred me to The Pink Elephant's Vintage Challenge. I don't delve into the world of vintage often, but I thought I'd give this challenge a go!
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream, Kraft) PTI
Patterned Paper: (Just Chillin' Girls Collection) Making Memories
Ink: (Vintage Photo Distress) Ranger
Fibers: (Pleated Ribbon, Natural Burlap String) May Arts, (Coral Thread)
Tools: (Nestabilities Die) Spellbinders