Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Day Three.........the cat is outta the bag! The Pink Cat, that is!

I am SO hoping that you have enjoyed the sneak peeks for the new Pink Cat Studio release. I have been waiting in anticipation each day to visit the Designers Blogs to see the beautiful cards and projects that they have created and I have to say WOW! What a talented group of women. I think that with day three embarking on us, the cat is surely out of the bag. Have you seen sweet Kiki in all of her costumes and themes?

Balloon Kitty was a very unusual colour theme for me. It's interesting because when I was stamping with my best girls a couple of weeks ago, they were asking me where the ideas come from, or what process do I go through to "build" cards. It just happened to be that on that particular day, I was colouring a whole bunch of images. In that case, I match my cardstock and designer paper to the image that I have coloured. In the case of Balloon Kiki, I started out with the Designer Paper from the DCWV Pet Stack and then coloured my image to match and used Celery and Cameo Coral Cardstock to compliment the colours in the DP. This is certainly not one of my favourite colour combinations, but definitely and "out of the box" card for me. I used some of that "fuzzy" ribbon that I ordered from the SU winter mini catalogue. I must say that when I first received the ribbon, I wasn't very fussy for it, but after using it on a few projects, I can't get enough of it! It's hard to see in the Picture, but I added a little Crystal effects and glitter to the green balloon to give it some pizzaz!

I have to tell you that I think that this little card has to be my favourite of all the cards I created for the sneak peeks. To me, it has a bit of a vintagy feel, with all the sponging and sweet Lily and Billy put me in mind of the "Campbell's Soup" looking Cherubic characters that you used to see in Vintage type cards.
It's funny because my dear Grandma (missing you G.G.! as you watch over us) was a bit of a packrat and I beleive that the last valentine that she send to my son, who was 10 at the time, was a gorgeous vintage valentine that she had held onto over the years. She SO loved her cards, both giving and receiving them. For Christmas, for the four years that I was stamping before she passed, I would make her a big stack of cards to send out to friends and family. In terms of keeping cards, she had every card that anyone had sent her over the years.
In her last months, she went through all her cards and saved her favourites in a box (and it was a BIG BOX) that she insisted that had to go with her when she passed. As I said my final goodbye to her, the last thing I did was place a special card in her hand, because she loved her cards so much and I loved her more. Gosh, it's funny what can come to mind when a picture triggers a memory...........this paragraph was unexpected, so thanks for listening and sharing my memory.
For this Card, I started with a base of red, based on the images that I had coloured, and then added this sweet musical note paper from October Afternoon. I sponged in quite a bit of creamy caramel ink around the image and the DP to give it that vintagey look. Colouring with copics allowed me to get the rich reds that I was looking for. I used the scallop square punch and mounted it on a diagonal underneath the main image to simulate the look of a heart. I mounted the sentiment onto a brown button........made me think of one of those chocolate wafers.....mmmm. Some wide and yummy Chocolate Satin Ribbon completes the look that I wanted.
I am so excited to be a part of the Pink Cat team! Just wait and see what Melissa has in store for you next release....................soooooooooooo exciting!!!!!!
Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll be back tomorrow with a new Riley image!


  1. Two stunning creations Vicki, I just love your Kiki card with you gorgeous colouring, fabulous papers and colour choice. Your Lily and Billy card is also fabulous and just love the top note die with the music note background, such yummy colours and beautiful colouring. Will be back tomorrow for sure as I can't wait to see the new Riley!
    Big Hugs,
    Nikki x

  2. vicki these are great cards! You rock with those copics!! =)

  3. Both are gorgeous!
    Love the designs and your coloring

  4. OHHHHHHHHHHH Such sweetness.......

  5. Vicki, these are incredible! How do you do it?!!! I am blown away every time I visit your blog. The Kiki card is fantastic! I love the colors and the coloring! Wow and the Billy and Lily card is so warm and chocolaty, I want to eat it up! I love all the distressing and the way you made Lily looking at Billy! What a great idea.

    Thanks for sharing the touching story about your grandmother. That is incredible and what a wonderful thing you did to honor her! It made me tear up!

    Lots of smiles,

  6. Another great day of samples! Even though you were outside your color comfort zone your cat one turned out awesome. I love the DCWV Pet Pack!!!
    Love love love your Grandma story too. Reminds me of my Granny!
    Big hugs for you, I know how much you miss your Grandma.
    Miss you,

  7. I LOVE the colors you used for Kiki, so cool! And the vintage-y look works so great for L&B, it's beautiful!

  8. I have so much enjoyed looking at your creations with these new images!! your creations totally rock anyway!! :) I appreciate your showing them!!

  9. Wow, Vicki! Your cards ROCK! Love the CB embossing to the background of your first card and I love the layout!! Beautiful job coloring Kiki and I actually love the color combo! It's different and it's pretty.

    Oh, your second card is so gorgeous! I love all the cards you made and this one is no exception. I love the vintage look too. Beautiful job coloring Lily and Billy!

    I love the story about your grandma. When it's time for me to go, I'd like to get buried with all my stamps, designer paper, and card stock but that'll be impossible. LOL!


  10. OMG girl these are so cute. Love all of them. You have been super busy!

  11. These cards are gorgeous again Vicki. Love the vintage style in the Billy and Lily card and love how you coloured Kiki. Thank you for sharing your story about your Grandmother. I think it's so wonderful that someone would save all the cards she ever received and want to them even after she is gone. I think older people often appreciate those little things much more then most young people do, I love that appreciation of small but important things.


  12. These are both just GORGEOUS, Vicki!! I was thinking the same thing as you when I saw your Lily and Billy card - it has such a wonderful vintage feel to it!!

  13. So gorgeous Vicki! These new releases are killing me!! Lily & Billy are just too cute!!

  14. Awesome job on your cards Vicki!! Thank you so much for all of your hard work on your cards! I'm so happy to have you on my team!

  15. Fabulous cards.. Love the colour combination.

    SBL Picture colouring

  16. Hi Vicki I am not sure how I ended up not leaving you a comment yesterday!

    I love your Sneak Peaks for Yesterday.

    Your Lily and Billy Card has such enticing unique coloring, and the eyes are pretty cute to.

    Your Kiki Card is perfect all the details and colors!

    Love Em Vicki!!!


  17. Your first card is justtoo cute for words. The second one is just adorable and pretty too!

  18. Oh, Vicki! These are both splendiferous!!! I especially {heart} the Billy and Lily one! Funny to read about your creative process...I have to start with my paper and color to my paper.


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