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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Challenges:

The Male Room - Masculine Birthday

Also linking up here:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - PB Stamps // Colour Crazy Challenge - Coloring // Aud Sentiments Challenge - Add a Sentiment // CCEE Stampers - Music Theme // Cute Card Thursday - AG // Paper Shelter - AG // Simon Says Stamp - Funny // The Paper Funday - Cute Critters // Crafty Sentiment Designs - AG // Ike's World - Animals // Unicorn Challenge - AG // Double Trouble Challenges - Are You Kitten Me? // Get Creative Challenges  - AG // Crafty Calendar - AG // Di's Digis Designs - Add a Sentiment // 


34 comments:

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

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  2. 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
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  3. 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.

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

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

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  6. 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.

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    1. Ellibelle, I have sent you an email, since we have not emailed previously it may go to your junk mail, please check your email and you should receive email from momrey200431@msn.com

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    2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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  11. 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
    hugs
    lorraine x

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

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  13. 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

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

    groetjes, Ellen

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

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  16. 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

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  17. 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.
    Regards
    Danka
    TTCRD
    Twórcze pasje Danki {My Blog}

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  18. 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. TTCRD.blogspot.com
    I look forward to seeing many more of your challenges.
    With kind regards
    Sue TTCRD team
    Blogspot handmadecardsbysb:wordpress.com

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

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  20. 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

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  21. 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 :)

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

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  23. 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

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

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

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

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  27. Super cute card and image. Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog
    Best Wishes Lisa xx
    craftycard-designs.co.uk

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

    Helen x
    DT

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

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  30. 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

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  31. 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, :) )

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