Monday, June 22, 2009

Sneak Peek with a Twist (Animal Stories Kitty)

This card was made with a Sneak Peek stamp set, called Animal Stories. The set is a Sneak Peek because it will be in the new catalog, which will be unveiled July 1st...but I got to preorder the stamp set as a Demonstrator! There are 4 stamps in the set, a whale, a giraffe, an owl, and an elephant. So, you may be wondering how I got a kitty out of the set. Honestly, a kitty was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the picture of this stamp set. If I didn't have my sweetie, my kids, and my stamps to keep me entertained, I'd probably be a CCL (crazy cat lady).

It wasn't hard at all to make the kitty. I just stamped the owl, and then the tail of the whale, in Brocade Blue, and then used my handy-dandy Paper Snips to trim off the last swirl of the whale's tail to use as the cat's tail. I then colored in the nose with a Pretty in Pink marker, and made whiskers and colored in the eyes with a Basic Black marker.

You can actually draw little triangle shapes down the side of the inked up owl, with a darker colored marker, and then stamp, to get a stripey cat--it turns out way cute! Use different colored markers to make a tortoise-shell or calico cat. For those of you out there who just don't like to, or can't, cut the little strip of whale's tail out, you can still make a kitty by using the brush end of a coordinating marker and just drawing it on.

The tag on the card was also made from Sneak Peek product--it uses the Modern Label Punch. Believe me, you're going to see this punch everywhere, and you will HAVE to have it on July 1st. In fact, you might want to order it as soon as you can (Noon MST on July 1st) so you don't risk waiting for it on backorder, because I'm sure it is going to be a big hit with everyone! I took a VersaMarker and drew around the inside of the tag, to make it look a little more 3-D, and I even added a couple of score lines around where I put the brads. It gives the label a lot more depth...or at least it seems that way to me.

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) I used in the background is called Tall Tales, and the images on many of the sheets coordinate with the Animal Stories stamp set. The flowers on my card came from the flip side of the So Saffron sheet I used from the Tall Tales DSP package. I used those wonderful Paper Snips again, to trim them out. I stamped a greeting from another Sneak Peek stamp set, called Teeny Tiny Wishes, on the tag. I used Craft ink to stamp this in Ballet Blue, so that it would be opaque, and the color of the ink would remain true instead of soaking in and mixing with the card stock to take on a greenish tint.

Stampin' Supplies: Animal Stories stamp set*, Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set*, Melon Mambo (8-1/2"x11") Textured card stock*, Tall Tales DSP*, Modern Label Punch*, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Ballet Blue card stock and Craft Ink, Whisper White card stock, Brocade Blue ink pad, Basic Black marker, Pretty in Pink marker, 1/16" hole punch, Rich Regals Brads Asst. (Brocade Blue), VersaMarker, Paper Snips.


  1. Okay Kimberly. It is all your fault. I didn't want to get that set because I simply didn't see any reason to get an animal set, but that kitty is just too DARN CUTE!!!

  2. This is so stinkin' cute! I am so glad that I ordered it when I did cause I am sooo going to CASE this!! I didn't really like the owl that much and the way you made the kitties from it....TOO STINKIN CUTE!! I know that my ladies will love it too! TFS!! I am now seriously likin' this set. Isn't that how it goes. :)

  3. Thank you so much for letting me know about your cute kitty....I love when you can do more than what the stamp set was intended for. I really saw "nessie" as soon as I stamped the giraffe on my very first I think now I will always see "nessie" thanks for stopping by.~Donna

  4. Love what you have done with that owl! I never would have thought. :) I thought he was a bit funny lookin but wow have you made him cute!

  5. As a CCL I have to say ....Way to the kitty owl! And I love the suggestions for how to get different colorings to create tabbies, etc. Any chance you can make a card or a cheat sheet showing the various possibilities?

    Should I admit I also wear purple (as in when I am old I will wear purple) or would that fit the CCL tag just a little too well - LoL!

    Crazy Cat Lady here admitting it loud and proud - Hugs and blessings Kimberly from a sister demo - Jean Fitch


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