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Save the Date Card

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Sorry there haven’t been any updates in a while. Andrew and I have some good news, though: We are engaged! We will be married in June. We are registered on Amazon. ūüôā

For our save the date cards, we wanted to include our cats, since they are very much a part of the family. We love our kitties. We adopted Peach first, from PAWS last May. She is a very vocal cat, around 10 or 11 years old. Just a few weeks after that, we adopted Koopa and Goomba together from Andrew’s friend, who couldn’t bring the cats with her in a move. They are said to be brothers, about six years old; Koopa is very protective of Goomba. Goomba loves cuddling almost as much as treats; Koopa loves to eat but also enjoys playing with his rattling mousey toy. They are named after Super Mario characters.

Cats on the Couch

The first step in making our cards was to photograph our cats! From left to right, we have Goomba, Koopa, and Peach. Andrew was inspired by pictures like these on Pinterest. The cats were not terribly cooperative, and we knew we wouldn’t be able to get them all to sit still for one picture, so we took pictures of the cats individually and I combined them in Photoshop. Besides, we have only one little chalkboard! We took about 160 photos of the cats, propping up the chalkboard with cans and baiting the kitties with treats. You can view some of our favorite individual kitty shots in this Facebook album.

Butterfly Save the Date Cards

The front of the card nearly the same as the Embossed & Sanded Butterfly¬†Card¬†Andrew wrote about in September. The butterflies are held onto the card with brads. I am always nervous mailing cards that have brads in them, since these little bumps can cause the cards or envelopes to become damaged in the post office’s machinery. But they seemed to make it just fine through the mail. To make the cards stand out a bit more and give it a little more of a fancy flair, we sprayed some shiny metallic mist on the gray and blue panels. We decided that gold spray looked better with the gray and silver looked better with the blue.

Save the Date Card Inside

Inside is the cat photo and another of Andrew and me, held in place with little clear adhesive photo corners. When people received the card, they told me what a great picture was inside! I was usually disappointed to know that they were talking about the one of Andrew and me, and not the one of our kitties that we worked so hard on.

Kitties in Birthday Presents

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Andrew and I really like to make cards with cats on them. I think it’s because we both like kitty cats. Here are a few cards we made which are based heavily on the Kitty Cat in Stocking¬†Cards we made for Christmas.

Kitty Cats in Presents Cards

Kitty cats wearing party hats are sticking their heads out of gift boxes. The pompoms on the tops of the hats were made with a daisy flower paper punch. We actually made ten of these cards, using various combinations of paper colors.

Pinwheels and Animals on Sticks

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Andrew’s mom asked us to help her decorate for a baby shower she was hosting. We’ve never decorated for a baby shower before, but we didn’t let that stop us! We spent a half hour on Pinterest looking for inspiration before creating several decorations for this party. Our specialty is in paper crafts, so all of our decorations were made from paper.

Baby Shower Sign of Paper Onesies

The first thing we felt we had to do was make a banner for the baby girl. We learned that her name would be Rory, which is kinda short, so we made the banner say “BABY RORY”. Each onesie is made from two sheets of construction paper: a brown layer and a pink layer with a letter-shaped hole in it. This was very simple but looks fantastic.

The idea is that it’s supposed to be little onesies hanging on a clothesline, so it only makes sense to hang them from the yarn with clothespins! I borrowed eighteen clothespins from my mom to use on the banner, but then Andrew’s mom said we might want to give the banner to the expectant mother, so we’d need to go out and buy clothespins that we could give her. While we were shopping at Michaels, Andrew’s mom found the cutest little clothespins, not even an inch long. They were perfect for the banner!

Onesie Baby Shower Banner

I love my die-cutter for making it a cinch to cut out letters. Results are disastrous when you try to cut letters out by hand. For a banner like this, it’s much easier to cut the letter out from the front layer and let the background color come through. The alternative would be to cut the letter out separately and glue it on, trying to keep it centered. Plus, there’s a bonus from cutting out the letters like this, which I’ll explain further down in the post.

Monkey, Tiger, and Pinwheel

In addition to the banner, we created pinwheels and little animals on sticks. They couldn’t have turned out cuter.

Animals on Sticks

In the picture above, we have the animals on sticks! The design was inspired by something I saw in the Silhouette Studio store. I think what makes these so cute is the big heads, the simple faces, and the passive and restful poses.¬†What I really like about these animals is that they’re made with two colors of paper, one of which is always white. I want to point out that the orange animal is a tiger and the yellow one is a kitty.

Each animal has practically the same design, with the main difference being the ears and facial features. The monkey has a tail, but besides that, they all have the same body. The penguin’s design is most different. After I made the first eight, Andrew insisted there be a penguin. It is made of three colors because it has an orange beak and orange webbed feet.

Which is your favorite? Mine is the puppy with the adorable face.

Monogrammed Pinwheels

In addition to the animals on sticks, I made pinwheels, because pinwheels are fun. I bought some double-sided prints at Jo-Ann. I have to say, I was disappointed by how few options they had for double-sided prints; I might have had more variety in the pinwheels if I could have found more prints.

Pinwheels are amazingly easy to make. You take a square of paper and cut in from each of the four corners, about two-thirds of the way to the center. Then, you take a flap from each of the corners and tack them through the middle into the dowel. (Silhouette Studio comes with a pinwheel design, which made these no trouble to make.)

Monogrammed Pinwheel

I monogrammed the pinwheels with Baby Rory’s initial. I glued a nickel-sized circle of white paper to the tack holding the pinwheel onto the dowel and glued the lower-case R onto that circle. These pinwheels don’t spin freely when you blow onto them, but you can still turn them with your hand. The center, however, doesn’t turn because the tack doesn’t turn, so the initial is always correctly face-up.

The dowels we bought from Jo-Ann were very affordable, but they were also a bit rough. Andrew and I had to sand them a bit to make them smoother for people to handle, especially because we knew that little kids might be at the party.

Letters on Streamers

A neat bonus resulting from how we cut out the letters from the onesies banner was that we had extra letters after finishing the banner. I saved these because I knew we’d be able to reuse them in another sign or banner. So we hung them up on one of the streamers we had hanging up. It was great that we were able to make another nice, personalized banner from what would otherwise be wasted paper.

Pinwheels in a Basket

I’m thrilled with how the decorations for this party turned out. It took us over a full day to make the decorations, but I think they were adorable touches for the party. I didn’t hang around for the baby shower, but Andrew’s mom reported that the guests oohed and aahed at our decorations. One of the mothers at the party enjoyed the decorations so much that she requested our services for her daughter’s birthday party the following weekend. We made her a banner which I’ll write up in a future post.

The pinwheels and animals on sticks made for good accents to put all over the party. Andrew’s mom stuck some pinwheels in one of the gift baskets for the expectant¬†mother, which was fun and tied things together nicely. I’m glad to know that Andrew and I can successfully decorate for parties. I’m hoping to get to write about decorating more often in this blog.

Kitty Cat in Stocking Card

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Andrew and I had a tough time deciding what design to use for this year’s Christmas cards. We considered having a reindeer on the card but we couldn’t come up with a design we were satisfied with. Andrew and I both like cats, though, so we began toying with designs including kitties. One idea was a kitty sitting with a Santa hat on its head, batting at a Christmas ornament or a mistletoe. Eventually, though, we went with a cat, with a Santa hat on its head, peeking out from a stocking.

Kitty Cat in Stocking Card

I drew the sketch below to get a basic idea of what I was looking for. This turned out to be pretty spot-on and I didn’t really need to make any major changes to it, though the stocking needed a few adjustments.

Cat in Stocking Sketch

I scanned this image and recreated it in Silhouette Studio, making changes to my liking. I tilted the stocking to make it look like it were hanging. Therefore, the kitty would have its head tilted in the opposite direction to “correct” for the tilt of the stocking. I also decided it was cute to have the¬†Santa¬†hat hang down over the kitty’s eye just slightly.

Cat in Stocking Silhouette

I rendered the mouth and pupils in Silhouette even though I wouldn’t have it cut those out. Those would be drawn on with ink.

Cat in Stocking Card

I created the above prototype to see if we really liked it and to see if there were any changes we wanted to make before buying the paper to make the card in bulk.

I spent at least 20 minutes in the paper aisle at Jo-Ann debating what colors of cardstock to get.¬†For the kitties, I bought three colors: two shades of brown and a shade of gray darker than what I used in the prototype. I decided that the gray in the prototype was too light and there wasn’t enough contrast with the whites. I liked the sparkly yellow background but I also went with a sparkly white background because it looked great and would look very snowy (despite having less contrast‚ÄĒbut it still stood out enough for me). For the base, I went with a more pearlized cardstock and got it in green, yellow, and red.

Die Cut Stockings

This is the first Christmas card we’ve made using our Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine. It sure cut down on cutting time (puns not intended). Above you can see 24 efficiently cut-out stockings. We cut out two sheets of stockings, aiming to make about 48 cards.

48 Kitty Cat Faces

It took us a few hours to get the heads finished! There were a lot of small details to take care of. We ran out of eyeballs because we kept messing up the pupils, so we were left with one cat left with zero eyes to glue on. So we drew little curves to look like the kitty’s eyes are happily closed. The cats were pretty much all based on the same design, but each one has something unique about it.

The prototype had a little pink triangle inside the ear. However, we decided that was just one step too many and eventually decided not to glue them on, even though we cut out dozens of little pink ears. It just wasn’t a necessary detail.

Cats in Stockings Stacks

Above are stacks of kitties in stockings! At this point they still needed the white balls glued onto the ends of their Santa hats. Even though the prototype cat was a prototype, we used it (with a new background) and gave it as a Christmas card to Andrew’s parents.

We glued these onto backgrounds which we embossed using Andrew’s Sizzix Big Kick. We tried numerous backgrounds before we settled on what we liked. (Even though we tried several embossing patterns that we were less fond of, we didn’t waste them and included them in cards we sent for variety’s sake.)¬†The white cards got the daisy backgrounds because they looked very snowflakey. The yellow backgrounds got polka dot patterns.

Finished Cat in Stocking Cards

It was a thrill to complete each card. We had some extra kitties for some reason, so a few special people got two kitties! One of these people is my cousin Kevin, who has two cats, so we wrote their names on the stocking. We wrote cat names onto the stockings for a few other people with cats.

Cats in Stockings Cards

These cards took a lot of work and time due to the number of small things we had to glue onto each card. But it was worth it. I love how the cards turned out. It’s great that each one is unique in some way, whether it comes down to color combinations or a slightly different face. I think the cards are adorable!

Kitty and Balloons

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My cousin has a very cute baby. Her first birthday party was a picnic at the park this summer, and I wanted to make her a very cute card.

A cat hanging from balloons on the front of the birthday card

For the card, I wanted to have a happy animal holding some balloons. I decided that cats are always cute, so I chose a kitty cat holding so many balloons that he’s being pulled up into the clouds! First, to get an idea of what I wanted to do, I made a sketch with my drawing tablet:

A sketch of the cat

It turned out pretty cute. I imported my sketch into Silhouette Studio, the software for my die-cutting machine. I then traced the kitty, making shapes for his head, body, limbs, and tail. Making each of these a distinct shape allowed me to more easily shift and rotate them before combining them. Also, I scaled up the size of the kitty’s head, because cute baby things have big heads.

Cat vector graphic from Silhouette Studio

Yes! Very cute. The head is a separate shape from the rest of the body because it might otherwise look like he has no neck. The whiskers are done with simple cuts across the face. This worked but it wound up not standing out as much as I was hoping it would. Getting the shape of the eyes was easy‚ÄĒthey are each the intersection of two circles, like the center piece of a Venn diagram.

I finally added the background. The clouds are just a bunch of perfect circles combined together. The handwriting on the card is my own: I wrote in cursive on the drawing tablet and then had Silhoutte Studio create shapes from it. I glued dental floss onto the card for balloons’ strings, giving the card a nice minty scent.

Inside of card with lots of balloons

Finally, dozens more balloons inside the card! I loved that I was able to tie the front and the inside of the card together thematically. I should keep this sort of thing in mind with future cards.