celine-curiosity-smThe children are away, and now it’s the cats’ turn to play! I’d sure say so. Celine sent in this cute kitty card and I think something is going to be derailed here shortly. =^..^=

She said she used a combination of watercolors, acrylics and Prismacolors to color this scene.  She also said that her stamp positioner got a real work-out, too.

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celine-fish-story-smPoor Mr. Wilkerson caught nothing more than a tiny snack for his faithful cat. I just love Celine’s sense of humor. I hope Mr. Wilkerson and kitty have a plan B for dinner!

Here’s what Celine did to create this card…
I stamped and masked Mr. Wilkerson first, then added the background images.  The speech balloon and sentiment were created in PhotoShop, and I drew the fishing pole by hand.  The scene was colored with Prismacolors.

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celine-playtime-smCeline said this scene reminds her of her kids, who all love to play on the beach.  She used my favorite technique of stamp-color-cut-paste on a background of torn paper, and torn sandpaper. I thought the torn paper was so clever – it really does look like the white spray of a wave hitting the sand. I also liked her choice of embellishments – little seashells of course.

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celine-penelope-smCeline said, “When I saw Penelope and Percy flying, I knew I wanted to transform the helicopter and create an underwater scene.  I stamped the image, cut it apart and rearranged the pieces, then drew mock-ups of where the bubbles would go.  Eventually I figured out a way to print the bubbles directly onto the watercolored background.  Seaweed was stamped onto the background and colored using Tombow markers.  The school of fish was stamped separately onto scrapbook paper that I had coated with a thin layer of gesso.  Orange details were added with markers, and each fish was cut out and glued to the card.    Penelope and Percy were stamped separately, colored with Prismacolors and glued into place.  Finally, the fish eyes were painted white to make them stand out.”

Cute cute cute! I love her clever idea of transforming the stamp!

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celine-cat-thoughts-smMarmie kitty  reminded Celine of her beloved cat, Kalamazoo, who believed she was the center of the universe. Much like the cat depicted here, she was not a deep thinker, lived to be served, and enjoyed a long nap more than just about anything else.

She stamped the various elements onto different colors and textures of paper, then colored with Prismacolors where needed.  The window is actually a stamp with a bunch of kitties in the window that she cut off so that she could add snow falling outside. The thought balloon is a standard shape in PhotoShop Elements that was sized to fit the cat, then cut out and stamped.  The flooring is scrapbooking paper.  Images were cut out and arranged to fit on a standard 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 card and then glued down.  Celine added a cardstock border in sage to finish the piece.

Seeing her card brought back some lovely memories. When I drew this image originally my kitty Marmie was the inspiration. I found this photo of her…
marmie-fireplace
Thank you Celine.

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celine-flowercolor-smI thought this was SO clever! Celine sent this in and I love how she used the box of fairy dust to sprinkle color onto the flowers. It got me thinking, how could I do this for other cards, what else could I start out with black and white and then add a color to?

She stamped the images using Staz-On ink and then used her watercolors. She masked everything and sponged the background using my trusty Nerf ball and Color Box pigment inks.  Twinkling H2Os were used for the fairy’s wings. And to finish it off,  she added the swirly dots to indicate the path of the fairy dust.

Just wonderful!

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celine-house-smIsn’t this the cutest little thank you card. Celine sent this in. I love the curling words following behind little Crumbs in his paper airplane.

Here’s what Celine wrote
“Crumbs the mouse was the inspiration for this card. I knew I wanted to depict him zipping away with a greeting of some sort trailing behind him. My first inclination was to position him buzzing through the treetops, but changed my mind when I put him next to Callie the dog. After settling on those two images, the rest fell into place easily.

I used a speckled cardstock (Paper Cut’s “Milkweed”) for the base. I used Photoshop to draw the steps, door, and siding for the house, and Inkscape to create the spiral “Thank You!” sentiment. These were printed directly onto the cardstock.

I used Prismacolors to color the house, door, and steps and then stamped Crumbs and Callie onto bright white cardstock, colored and cut them out. I stamped “Kitties in the Window” directly onto the cardstock, and colored them with Prisma Colors. I stamped the kitties again onto brown cardstock and cut out just the window frame. I glued everything down, and highlighted the sentiment with yellow to make it stand out a bit more. I drew the grass in by hand, then added shadows and more color with Prismacolors.”

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celine-groundhog-smCeline created a fun holiday card – no, not Christmas but Groundhogs Day! Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Will he?! I guess we all just have to wait and see.

To make the card she stamped Granny Gertz onto the mustard colored cardstock so as not to lose her flying hair pins. Then stamped her again on white cardstock, colored with watercolors, cut her out and attached the image to the card with glue dots.

Celine created the “Happy Groundhog Day” badge in Inkscape and drew the little groundhog  in the center with his shadow. It was then cut out and layered it on top of a piece of red cardstock.  Scrapbooking paper with a floral motif was layered on top of a solid brown stripe, cut and glued down.

Granny’s comment was printed, cut out and added to the card along with the badge.

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