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Animal Talk for Friday Mashup & Stampin' Royalty

Hi Everyone.  Happy Monday.

I played along with Friday Mashup (sketch and technique challenge) and used the colors from the Stampin' Royalty color challenge to create the card I'm sharing with you tonight.

Animal Royalty was one of the sets that I didn't even notice in the 2012-2013 SU catalog, but for some inexplicable reason, I saw it in the new catty and fell in love with it.  I knew it would be fabulous for making cards for the next Operation Write Home card drive, too!

Here's the challenges:

Isn't that a great color scheme?  I love Pool Party and I love Starfruit.  Pumpkin?  Not so much!  But, and you have heard this before, that's a really good reason to do a color challenge!   I loved the sketch from Friday Mashup - but loved the idea of a technique challenge even more.   The technique - brickwall.   If you haven't seen this technique before, pop along to the Friday Mashup page and they have a great link for you.

As y'all know, I'm an animal lover and am especially drawn to cats.   (Who are kept indoors for their own sake and the sake of the birds, chipmunks, etc. that frequent our garden!)  Bailey is our big Norwegian Forest Cat and I decided to use him as the inspiration for coloring the cat.  

My first step was to work on the "brickwall technique".  I used a piece of Summer Starfruit for this piece.    I wanted to create some texture on my bricks, so I ran my piece of card stock through my Big Shot with my Honeycomb Textured Impressions embossing folder.    I then inked up my new Dictionary background stamp with Summer Starfruit ink and stamped over the embossed area.  I then set about creating the "bricks". 

As there is so much detail on the bottom of the card, I decided to keep the rest of it fairly simple.   I stamped the focal image onto Whisper White card stock and colored the cat with a copic marker.  I stamped the sentiment onto Pool Party and made that into a banner sentiment.   All that was required after that, was to build the card.   It was fairly quick and easy and I think turned into a really fun card.

here's my card for the challenges:

Animal Talk

Don't forget to pop along to both of the challenge sites and check out the great design team and submission cards.  Guaranteed you will find lots of inspiration!

On a personal note:

Thanks to Colleen for the link to this site that lists deer resistant plants, just for you Nancy!  Now... we have lived with deer for the past 18 years and have learned the hard way what is generally deer resistant and what is not.  Forget Hostas they love them.  Forget Tulips they love them.  They hate daffodils!   They also don't like Lilac.  :-) In our last garden we really did take a fair amount of tries before we figured out what "those" deer wanted.   

Now... many of you will find this funny.    Hibiscus appear on almost every list of "deer resistant" plants, including Colleen's great link.  They were certainly deer resistant in our last house!   Geraniums also appear on almost all of the "deer resistant" lists, too.   In fact, we have NEVER had a deer eat our Pelargoniums.  For those of you who saw my post last night, you know what happened to our luscious Hibsicus plant!  Munched.  Totally.   Leaves and flower buds were demolished, but at least they left the stems and a couple of leaves!!!   The pelargonium leaves were left untouched, but not the flowers.   In fact, when we were at the nursery, I chose plants that I knew to be deer resistant.   Well, what do you know... I didn't know what THESE deer wanted.   It seems these guys are going to be different to our last lot, so all we can do is hope the Deer Off works and it will be trial and error again for a little while with the planting troughs.

All of the other plantings that we are putting in around the house are native, grown in Minnesota and meant to be in Minnesota and are non-introduced and non-invasive.   We have chosen plants that are beneficial to all forms of wildlife including butterflies, bees, birds, chipmunks and yes, even deer!    But, for the patio, I really wanted something pretty and, more importantly, flowering NOW.  You know, that whole instant gratification thing! :-)   Also, I have a fondness for Pelargoniums as they are native to South Africa and they have wonderful memories for me.  The remaining flowers lasted through the night... let's see what happens tonight.  I'll let you know how that goes :-) 

One of the things I love about our new house is that it faces SE/NW.   This keeps it cool and out of the beating summer sun that comes into the house in summer.   Our last house was incredibly hot because it was East/West facing.  In summer the sun comes up over the wetland and streams into our bedroom window.  I find myself waking up to the sunrise in the morning and I love the natural rythmic start to the day.   It does mean waking up very early, but I love it.   On Friday I was rewarded with the most amazing sunrise.     I managed to catch the deep intensity of the pinks and lilac and then watched as the sun started to peek above the horizon, causing the skies to get lighter and the sun to get larger as it came up over the wetland trees.    Isn't this awesome?

Fridaysunrise (1 of 1)

Fridaysunrisea (1 of 1)

Fridaysunriseb (1 of 1)
What a wonderful world we live in!  What a great start to my morning!

This guy visits pretty regularly.   I had only ever seen one of these before - outside the US embassy in Toronto and was very surprised to find that they were here

Black squirrel (1 of 1)

This female hairy woodpecker made me laugh.   I loved the way she was hanging on to the tree :-)

Hairywoodpecker (1 of 1)

She and her mate LOVE the sugar water we put out for the hummingbirds.   So much so that we renamed them SugarPeckers!

As always, thank you for visiting my neck of the stamping blogosphere and thank you for sharing great ideas and resources.  They are helpful not only to me, but to others who read my blog, too.  So, Colleen, thanks for the link to the great deer resistant website. 

I'll be back with another challenge card tomorrow.   In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:

  • Card stock:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit
  • Stamps:  Animal Talk.  Dictionary Background stamp
  • Tools:  Big Shot, Honeycomb Embossing folder