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Friday, February 4, 2022

You're the Cat's Pajamas

 TGIF Peeps,

For some reason, since I retired a few months ago, Friday's seem to come much sooner than they did while I was working. Funny how that happens!

I hope you are having a good day, and if you are in the snow and ice zones, staying safe and warm.

When I saw the new Retro Rubber Challenge, I knew just what stamp I wanted to use for my card. This is one of my favorite Valentine's Day stamps. It is an old wooden block stamp from Uptown Rubber stamps, and the price tag is from a store in Las Vegas called Stamp Oasis. LV used to be part of my territory in the early 90s, so I probably got it sometime between 1991 and 1995. It is alway on the top in my "other holidays" drawer of wooden stamps. (The main holiday drawer is Christmas stamps.) I rarely go to my wooden stamps, but once in a while it happens, and I know just where to find this little cutie, LOL. (Don't you suspect she's off to bed to read her romance book?)

The image is colored with Copics and I used a Uniball Gold gel pen to color in the hearts in her pajamas. I used the oval and oval mat dies from the GKD Master Layouts 1 die set to cut it out. For the background, I used the SU plaid EF and using a brayer, added pink ink to one side of the folder, placed the paper in and ran it through my die cutting machine. I then used the scalloped die from the GKD ML 4 die set to cut that out. I found some Baker's twine with gold in my stash and added it under the popped up ovals and tied a bow to the side.

For the inside, I used a pretty old SU Valentine's Day set Called Meant To Be. I cut this panel out with the stitched die from the GKD ML 2 die set. 


So, while I was looking through my older SU Valentine's Day sets, I found a few more that I decided to pull out and use. I was looking for something for my mom's card. I found the Take It To Heart set and decided to make something fairly simple. This is made with Vanilla card stock and stamped in GKD Kraft ink, which is Copic friendly. The images are colored with pastel Copic shades.

I stamped the banner first, made a mask, then stamped the larger heart image. The panel and mat are cut with, you guessed it, the GKD ML 1 dies. Honestly, I use these ML die sets ALL THE TIME! It makes the layering so easy, and perfect. The mat is GKD Kraft card stock and the base is one of the light SU pink shades, Powder Pink. I used some pink and clear glass beads for embellishments.  This would work for the Retro Rubber challenge as well, but I just love that cat in her pajamas!

Have a great Friday afternoon, and weekend to come.

The Cat's Pajamas stamp from Uptown Rubber Stamps, SU sets Meant To Be and Take It to Heart
Gina K Designs card stocks, SU card stock, Gina K designs inks, Copics, Gina K Designs Master Layouts 1, 2 and 4 die sets, stash Baker's twine and glass beads, SU Dimensionals 


  1. Oh my goodness...that little kitty is just adorable. And I was sure I did NOT need that Gingham EF but after seeing what you did with it here, I may have to re-think it!!! Both cards are sweet for sure!

  2. Eee - love that kitty in pajamas, Colleen - so adorable! A keeper for sure! And what a brilliant job with the EF, I totally have to try adding color like this - so dramatic! Thanks so much for playing at Retro Rubber!

  3. Oh I love it! The pajama's are amazing, such a cute stamp. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

  4. Love all the layers and the cat is super cute! I am glad you still have her in your stash, you did a wonderful job on coloring the image and background really helps the image pop! Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber! Neva DT

  5. Colleen... you are right! Some of those wooden stamps are gems... love your little feline!


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