Wednesday, May 12, 2010

caardvarks Challenge cards (& some etsy digi shoppin')

A quick post, sorry. Charles & I have big bad colds.
"UGH" about sums it up. LOL ;o)

Today, a couple of colourful Caardvarks Core-dinations cards with
cute characters & SRM sentiment stickers.

(Say that five times fast.) hehehe

Caardvarks Core-dinations SRM stickers kimprints tada paper kitty thank you card

These critter kids are digital images that I purchased from
two different artists on etsy...

The Kitty Cats Digital image above is by Kimprints (her store is here on etsy)
I embossed her on white cardstock painted with Matte Medium.
The kitty was coloured to match Mouse:

(She's getting so big! Must be the super kitty vitamins we gave her to
try & counteract any deficiency from the worms...) :-)

Fur texture on the cartoon "Mouse" cat
was made by scratching the paper with a paper piercing tool.

To jazz up her kitty costume, I doodled on flowers & coloured her in Copic markers...
pierced holes around the face & hem & stitched it with gray embroidery thread.

The patterned paper is digital as well, from TADA (on etsy here.)

For textured-distressed digital paper,

I covered the printed paper in Mod Podge tissue paper:
  1. Print the digital paper pattern & Heat set with a heat gun
  2. Brayer the Mod Podge on (to minimize colour bleed.)
  3. Then add white tissue paper over the wet Mod Podge.
(I also cut one of the flowers & some leaves out of the digital paper.)

Caardvarks Core-dinations SRM stickers HYCJ tada paper Monkey Kid   bday card mel stampz

Monkey Kid is drawn by HYCJ on etsy (the store is here.)

& this is more patterned digital paper from TADA (TracyAnnDigitalArt)

The card bases are made with Core-dinations cardstock
from their Ebony & Ivory collection pack.

The SRM sticker sentiments can be found here.

Hope your day is a colourful one!


Dawn said...

both are just as cute as can be!!!

you two get better NOW! ya hear?!!

Margie said...

Hope you feel better soon! Your cards are lovely and little Mouse is just gorgeous. Give her a tickle from me - so cute. Margie xx

Liz said...

I love following your blog to see what you come up with next ! You are such a great talent and your work amazes and inspires me. NOW...what I really want to know is how you got Mouse to sit so still for his gorgeous portrait !! My girls run under the bed when the camera comes out !

Alice said...

i love love love both cards!! so beautiful and amazing details as always!! LOVE how you added the detail to the cat girl image! fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely brilliant! I love the stiching around the kitty-girl's face. It adds significant definition and dimension. The Monkey-boy is SO cute.

Rufus said...

These are both so stinkin' cute! Sure hope that both of you are feeling better real soon. Colds are miserable! Mouse is cute.

neli said...

Beautifull card!

Maryellen said...

Wow, Mouse is getting big! She's
so cute!!! I love the cards you made, the colors and images are
just wonderful. Thanks Mel!!! :D

Ruth said...

Hi Mel.Hope you both feel better really soon! Both of the cards are so cute, I just love visiting your blog and get engrossed in all your lovely details. Ruth x

g said...

i LOVE LOVE the mod-podged-tissue-papered paper and the colored core stock-both are so super cool & i can't wait to try it! Mouse is adorable (in real life & as digi kitty)! both cards are awesome.
hope you both get to feeling better soon {{GIANT HUGS}}

Dotty Jo said...

Hi Mel, I found that great little girl and her kitty a while back and have to say that she is one of my all time fav digitals! Totally love both cards... so cute, and great to see Mouse looking so sweet and perky! Jo x

Whimcees said...


Wonderful cards - both of them! I love these images, especially of the little girl with the cat!

I hope you are feeling better soon! Wishing you a good weekend!

Barbara Diane

For You By Me, Liz said...

YEAH for Mouse. He is so sweet. I am a human to 8 fur babies, and I can only imagine how sweet this little guy is and how much he loves you. Thanks for sharing his pics...Liz

Betty Benton said...

Hope you're both feeling better soon! Thanks for keeping us updated with Mouse's growth -- doesn't seem to have any ill effects!!

Anonymous said...

I could get lost in you blog mel, it is delightful, cute cards, love the kitty on the top one, I'm gonna catch up here today!

Marfa (Crafting Marfa) said...

Mel, as usual, your cards are adorable. Every time I see them I'm inspired to create. I love, love, love your blog!

Margaret McDonald said...

perfect post.

baby cribs said...

This is another adorable card from you! I like it so much! The stitches are so clean!

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful cards, but Mouse is the star! Anesha

Beth Norman said...

OMG these are adorable! Love how the pink jumped right out. You do circular card like no other.

nenaKoss said...

your blog it`s so pretty!!!! it`s wonderfull!!! i liked!. i dont speak english well, sorry. my blog is:

Linda Beeson said...

Oh wow! What details, everywhere! Amazing! I had to read every word to catch all of the goodness you included here. LOVE that embossed design on the second one.

Donna said...

missing your posts are you ok ?

heidib said...

really adorable work you're doing! you are inspiring me to collage!! thanks for adding beauty to the world with your art ;0)

Robin Norgren, M.A, R-YT, Spiritual Director said...

These are so darn cute! I want to pop in and say "hello" from a fellow flyer!-Robin

StampingBetty said...

super cute!

Elaine L. said...

Hi, Mel!
I just stopped by to check out your blog...haven't visited in a while. I just linked you to my latest blog entry for Mo's Challenge this week. I do have a blog now:
I love your latest work! So sorry to hear about your migraines...they're awful!
I also wanted to mention that I had a little tiger named "Mouse"! She was the love of my life for 15 years. I still miss her!

Created By You said...

where are you Mel? I miss you!!

Unknown said...

I am glad that you are feeling better. I am sure your inspirations are coming back. I adore your blog and followed it all the way. Hilde