It's time for the mid-challenge inspiration on the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog and we're celebrating Joyous Occasions. This time my occasion is a little more off-beat, but definitely joyous! Can you think of anything more fun than getting a NEW PET? (Preferable a kitty, or two, or three, but maybe that's just me.) I've used the adorable Can I Keep Them, currently available exclusively HERE at AuroraWings.com and geared it more for a child, using cute paper from an old Heidi Grace stack that reminded me of a child's drawing or book illustration.
Here's a close-up of Can I Keep Them. I've colored with Copics with a little bit of fur detail from my Prismacolor pencils. I still remember picking out my first kitty for my 4th birthday and having the hardest time with all those cuties running around. I finally decided on a little boy I named Twinkle. I was soooo excited and happy!
The kitties at her feet are Kitten Smitten Shape Sprinkles stickers from Doodlebug. The colors and expressions seemed to match the image kitties and to be honest, I could only find that scrap of grass on my desk and the dies were nowhere to be found (at least for now) and they helped fill up some space in front of the MS fence I'd punched. Anyway, the more kitties the merrier, in my book, but the harder to choose, for sure.
Since I'd printed Can I Keep Them so big, I used Spellbinders Grand Oval for the upright scene, but did not have paper large enough to cut the base of the easel with the ovals, as well. Instead I used Grand Circles but had to trim a bit for the edges not to show from the front. The fence goes all the way around the oval matting and is attached to the back.
The sentiment is a sticker from Echo Park's Meow Pack. It's popped on foam to hold the easel upright. The first line is hard to read because it's so light, but says "I just want you to know". This could be referring to the chosen kitty, and in fact, my Twinkle was indeed a Siamese, like the one there, but it could also work as a birthday card for a kitty loving little girl. You could easily add a "Happy Birthday" Sentiment under the little paper clip sun (also Doodlebug) at the top of the oval, if you wish.
Finally the entire card does fold pretty flat as the only popped elements are the mat on the oval and the sentiment on the base. Both the fence and the sweet girl can be pushed to either side to flatten further for mailing. (I've fashioned a strip of cardstock into an open rectangle to put behind her head to keep her in line with the fence where she is attached at the bottom. So there ya go. Took a bit of unexpected engineering but I'm pleased with the outcome.
Please be sure to check out the Joyous Occasions my fabulous Stella DT sisters are celebrating on the AWCB.
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I'm adding this to the DL.Art June Linky Challenge, Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #84 AG, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG/AG, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #15 AG w/Critter, Jo's Scrap Shack FFC#236 AG (3/3), A Bit More Time to Craft #69 AG (U), World Wide Open DT Challenge May 15 AG 2/3), Classic DT Open June #26 AG, Simply Papercraft #58 AG, Crafting With Friends #68 AG (3/3), KBD #119 AG/optional Congrats, QKR Stampede #298 AG, A Perfect Time to Craft Open #06 AG, CCK Inspiration and Challenge June Cats or Dogs, Crafty Animals June #15 AG/w animals, Crafty Girls Creations June #48 AG (1/3), Colour Crazy Challenge #21 AG/w coloring (2/3), Creative with Stamps #27 Cute Animals, Die Cut Divas June Animals or Pets, Fabrika Fantasy June #21 Animals, Creative Crafters #4 AG, 613 Avenue Create #210 AG, Simon Says Monday All Things Bright and Beautiful, Dare 2B Artzy Bright Colors and SUYP (cats only) challenge #30 Furrything Goes.