Friday, May 29, 2020

Grown with Love

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a great "short" week.  I love holiday weeks - they seem to fly by.  Today I used the Gardening Cat from the new Gardening release, the Stitched Squares dies and a sketch from Splitcoaststampers to create my card.
The sketch this week reminded me of a garden trellis.  When I lived in Oklahoma we had one with clematis on it that bloomed a beautiful purple.
I chose paper that had a leafy feel without being an actual leaf pattern and cut 10 squares using the fourth smallest die from the Stitched Squares set.  On a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch white panel I vey lightly drew a line down the center.
I placed the panel on grid paper aligning the center line, then laid out the squares set an angle.  I left 1/4 inch between the points.  After these were glued down it was very simple to add the extra squares, aligning them by eye.  I used scissors to clip off the extra and could use those points to fill in the small sections.

I went to work on the kitty next and cut all the pieces from various colors of cardstock.
Although hard to tell in the photo the watering can is a "galvanized metal" foil cardstock.  In person it contrasts nicely with the cat.
I assembled the basket.  All pieces were edged with just a little bit of gray ink to give some shading.
I wanted my sentiment to be a stitched strip.  I originally planned to fishtail each side so I used the largest of the Stitched Squares and heat embossed my sentiment near the bottom, centering it.
Then I used the same square to cut the top.  Because I was planning on cutting off the sides I  did not worry about that stitching.  Had I wanted the stitching on the sides all I needed to do was use a larger die (a Stitched Rectangle) and that would leave the side stitching intact.
As it turned out, on one side the stitching lined up perfectly so I left it and trimmed off the other end.  I was covering that end with flowers so it wouldn't show.
I glued the sentiment directly to the panel on the upper part of the card.  Using alot of foam tape I popped the cat up off the card.  I probably use more foam tape than most but I like it when the die cut has a solid feel underneath.
Finally I added a few extra flowers to the sentiment and near the cat's gardening boots.

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Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you have a fun and creative weekend!


Mary Marsh said...

Such a sweet card Jeanne- and the layout is impressive- I looked at that sketch and thought it was a bit complicated- you made it look so easy and I agree it does have a trellis effect.

Sukie said...

Awesome card! The background looks amazing, it looks like that fancy landscaping. Everything looks beautiful!

Pam MacKay said...

Wonderful background love the trellis look! And that kitty is so cute too!

Janja said...

This is wonderful!