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Aug 14, 2021

Cute Music Themed Birthday Card with some Sparkle, and my Fur Babies

Hello and welcome!

I'm back today with a  card for the new Allsorts challenge theme. As a reminder it's another one that runs for two weeks to cover some of the summer, so you have plenty of time to join us! After this challenge we'll be back to our normal weekly schedule.

Our theme is a nice and easy one - Add Some Sparkle! Our prize is a £15 voucher from Wowvow. Hope you can join us for your chance to win!

I've been having a complete loss of "mojo" and spent a couple of hours in the craft room, just wasted the time and paper/inks and had nothing to show for. Then I decided to check out some challenges, in particular the weekly MFT sketch challenge caught my attention and found just the inspiration I needed with this week's sketch.

I started out by inking up the bottom part with some painter's tape in place for a crisp edge. I like to use Frog tape. I used Hickory Smoke Distress ink. 

The cute cat image is from the Penny Black set Jazzy Cats, stamped onto Bristol Vellum using Versafine Onyx ink then colored using my Zig Clean Color markers with a Zig Detailer brush. This I fussy cut  to adhere to the triangular cut designer paper snippet. I use my Cutterbee scissors for all fussy cutting. 

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The musical notes are from an old Whiff of Joy stamp kit ( as most of you know, this company is sadly no longer in business), I like this stamp as an alternative option. The sentiment is from Penny Black set Happy Critters

I have some sort of "watercolor glitter" in a small bottle from an old Hero Arts stamp kits (sorry I don't know which kit it came from), and I used my Zig Detailer brush to apply this glitter all over the Tuba. 

You can see the sparkle really well on the photo below. The sequins were part of a different Hero Arts stamp kit. 

I thought this sketch was fun to "bring inside the card", so I added another triangle, colored and fussy cut another cat from this set and then added a strip of the same music sheet designer paper inside, but I left plenty of room to write a message.

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As part of the Double Trouble Challenges they are having an extra prize drawing if you include pictures with you and your pets. So here are photos with my two pets.

I take pictures of my cats all the time but I'm rarely in them. These are 2 I had taken a little while ago. On the left side is Fussy and on the right side is Thomas. We adopted them from two different shelters in the Fall of 2010. Thomas was the first one adopted and of course he is the head of the house LOL. 

Fussy (on the left) is a bit of a feral cat, she was found in a forested area as we were told by the animal shelter. It took her a really long time to get comfortable around us and mostly only be seen when it was time to eat. She is no longer hiding from us but still runs away when visitors are here. When it is time to eat, she usually patiently waits her turn, until Thomas is done eating. I do feed them at the same time but she just likes to wait until he is done. It's hard to tell in the photos, but she is mostly fur and very light compared to Thomas.

Thomas, the orange Tabby had been found wandering the streets completely flea infested and was picked up by the animal control before we adopted him. We needed to give him a few dawn baths to get rid of the fleas (He was too young to be treated with flea medicine.) When he was about 10 months old he had an accident and part of his tail had to be amputated. He recovered well and doesn't seem to care that his tail is a bit shorter. Thomas makes up his own rules and he gets away with anything! 

I just love these stinkers so much!! Below is a photo of them in October 2010 on the day we brought Fussy home.  They both were just a few weeks old. Thomas a little bit younger than Fussy, even though we adopted him first.  

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Mervi said...

So cute! love the sketch and how you did it, great card;-))m

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh what a fabulous use of the sketch and a beautiful card - love your musical cats and how you have sparkled up the tuba Ellie.
Stay safe

Linby said...

I love your use of sparkle on the first card, it looks great. But the star for me is that cute cat sat on the triangle - just so creative.

Michele Morin said...

Love your cool Jazzy Cats!

MortiCraft said...

Great fun card! Thanks for playing along with The Male Room. X

brenda said...

Both lovely cards Ellie but the design on the second is rather special. B x

Suzanne Reynolds said...

What an adorable card, inside and out. Love the kitty musicians and layout of your card. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble; however, I need you to delete it from Cleo's Special Random Draw for "Mew and Your Paw-some Pet" link and put it in the link below it for Challenge 90. I see you have some fur-babies and you might be interested in also linking, according to specifications for the Special Random Draw. Check it out at the end of the Design Team projects.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

How cute!!! I don't know what's the best, the inside or outside! :D LOVE this card!

Joanne said...

I love the addition of another cute little cat inside the card as well!

Rainey's Craft Room said...

What a great stamp and beautiful card, love the sparkly tuba and fun design.

Wendy L said...

Fab makes Ellie and I can see the sparkle, lovely, xxx

coldwaters2 said...

Fabulous card Ellie I love the images you have used and they work so well with the sketch the added sparkle is so lovely I love it
lorraine x

Amy Johnson said...

Oh I love these musical cards! All the musicians in my family would love them too.

Cardsbykatefletcher said...

I love this card, particularly thr little mouse peering over the top at the cat! Thank you so much for joining in at Paper Fundays Challenge. Kate x

Ellen said...

Great card and use of the sketch! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn Challenge.

groetjes, Ellen

Handmade in Israel said...

So sweet. A bit of sparkle is always a good thing!

Suzanne Reynolds said...

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Cardsbymaaike said...

Such cute stamps, I have two cats and well, they wouldn't like a mice in their toys ;-) ) Thank you for playing at the Male Room Challenges

Twórcze pasje Danki said...

Wow, sweet card.
Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Twórcze pasje Danki {My Blog}

Sueb said...

Hi Ellibelle,
Such a lovely card.
I would like to thank you for sharing your card crafting skills with us at the ATG challenge for Through the Craft Room Door.
I look forward to seeing many more of your challenges.
With kind regards
Sue TTCRD team

Kim Carberry said...

Aww! That is cute. I love the little mouse. Adorable x

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Ellibelle, Fussy reminds me of a pair of cats my son had for 15 years... and her personality reminds me of our adopted desert cat wherein she runs and hides when anyone comes to the front door. And Thomas is very handsome and looks like he supports his head of household title. Cleo thanks you for sharing your fur-babies with us at Double Trouble.

Liz said...

Fabulous card and I love how you’ve decorated the inside too. Thank you for joining in my Crafty Calendar Challenge this month. Good luck!
Liz xx

Alyson Mayo said...

I LOVE that image... my brother is a brass player and that image is just too cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

Tracy said...

What a fabulous card Ellie, I love the design and the inside. Your cats are gorgeous.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) said...

Such a beautiful card. I love the jazzy cats stamps. Your cats are both beautiful and they both sound like real characters. Love the photo of them both as kittens. #MMBC

papercraftingprincess said...

Penny Black has some of my favorite cats! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble.

OlgaB said...

I'm a sucker for music themed projects! Love the image!
Thank you for joining Creative Moments!
Hugs from Africa!

Sue from Oregon said...

You really rocked that design challenge...Awesome design and out of the box thinking! Thanks for sharing your cute little PB kitty with us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge. ♥ Sue Kment

Vivi Casale said...

very pretty card with cute image.
Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create.

Lisa Bird said...

Super cute card and image. Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog
Best Wishes Lisa xx

Helen said...

A great card - thanks for sharing it with us at the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog.

Helen x

Cass said...

Such a cute card. Love the musical cats.
Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! What a wonderful take on the sketch with a fabulous subject and images. Love it. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at QKR Stampede Good Luck and looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
Faith A DT

Sari / Granne said...

Awesome cards that just sing, love how you have used the sketch to create a scene and the sparkling instrument. Thank you so much for joining The Male Room Challenge #153 - Our 8th Birthday ( Please don’t forget to add our challenge graphic to your blog post to be eligible for votes, :) )

Mia said...

I love your card, Eliane! Thank you for joining IKE's challenge this month. Kisses, Mia

creationsnz said...

Hi Ellibelle, fabulous work as always - love those images and your cats are beautiful. CarolG