Friday, February 22, 2019


This is the latest card that I sent to our Grandson last week.  It has a tale of two stories.
The first one revolves around our Daughter, Son in Law and Grandson No2 moving recently into a new home along with their 3 cats.  Cat No1 is a black cat (called Boo)and he had adopted daughter and co. when they had moved into the house prior to the one they have just left. All was well for a few yrs until they moved again into the last house and were very quickly adopted by Cat No2 (called Piggy)  who decided a preference for living with them rather than her then owners who lived across the way. They actually had 2 cats but you very rarely saw the other cat until they moved out and left said cat to fend for itself.  My daughter then took the 3rd cat (Jinks) in and semi harmony reigned with each cat claiming a portion of the last house as their own space. When they moved to their new home The Doc and I joked that a new home meant a new cat would claim them as his own. Daughter poo poo'd this idea and said it wasn't going to happen. Na Na. They had been in their new house 2 days when a red/white 'marmalade' cat appeared at the back door demanding to be let in asap!!   Cat No 4 has now claimed the garage as his own, has a cushion in there and has been nick named Kellogg. Hence the card below.

The digi  image is 'MD Kitty Cat Love' and I have coloured using my promarkers and a silver gel pen. That's Kellogg on the left along with Cat No1 Boo.  'Hugs' stamp is by Honey Bee Stamps.  Silver edge sticker from my stash.
Entering into the following challenges:
Colour Crazy # Anything goes.
Sweet Stampin # Love your pet.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #346. Use your snippets. (silver edging was all left over offcuts)
613 Avenue Create # 218 Anything goes + use a critter.
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #23 Anything goes with a critter.
Angie's Digital Stamps #28 Anything goes /twist of love.
CCC Dig Creations #100 Valentines day /love.
Creative With Stamps #35 Love.
Sparkles #113 Include an animal.
Tales From The Craft Room # Love.

Second tale revolves around what I had enclosed for my grandson.  I had seen a wonderful video by Jennifer McQuire  (05.02.2019 You Tube) on how to make Scratch-off Valentines. She also very kindly included a free download for the backing sheets. Looked simples so off I went and collected up all the necessary items needed . I had two types of vellum card stock but very quickly realised that one was too thick and the other too thin as when I tried to peel the scratch card element away it cracked the silver paint. Ok. Quick revision of my options and then I came up with  Mark II  which involved me making a stencil circle shape up and painting the silver paint straight to the card. Worked after a fashion but the paint leaked slightly around the edges and  didn't look very neat. (I ended up giving these ones to The Doc.)

 Time was running out  as I needed the card to be in the post for the Thursday and it was now Tuesday evening.  Gulp! I'm too far down the road now to give up so I finally came up with  Mark III.  I used two downloads for each scratchcard and painted the silver  to cover up the answer. Punched out the complete circle and then adhered this onto the second card (making sure I matched the correct jokes and answers up). 
These are the finished cards that I enclosed for out grandson who btw loved them. 

I have since worked out a Mark IV version on how to make these even easier to make so will be making some more cards up to enclose in further cards. Watch this space.!


White Rose said...

Hi Valery of i love your stories especially the first one,i had to have a giggle,lol. Oh i love your cat card and i think it goes wonderful with the stories,lol,hope you have a wonderful day my friend xx

dutchess said...

Great story about the cats Valery it is true..they really do pick there the card it’s so sweet....and such fun scratch cards you have been busy....hugs xxxx

KandA said...

Love your card Mrs A and the story of the cats. Cats really are clever when it comes down to creature comforts and always pick out the best home. As for your scratch cards.... wow, you certainly were busy xx

Chris said...

Fabulous card, what a lovely image :)! I enjoyed reading your cat story too...maybe your son and family better stay put this time, they'll end up overrun with cats...word has obviously got around!
The scratch off joke idea is brilliant, I admire your tenacity...if at first you don't your grandson was thrilled!

Michelle said...

Love your card and the story of the cats Valery Anne - so sweet. Your Grandson is going to love this card - Michelle x

Jackie T said...

Oh Mrs A I loved hearing about the cats and the card you made is gorgeous. What you made for your grandson is just amazing. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

terrie said...

The cat story is so funny...your daughter and my daughter would get along real fine cause they're both love cats (my daughter has 3 now)...what a wonderful thing you do by sending cards to your grandson...
thanks for sharing your stories with us....hugs

Sue said...

Hi Mrs A! giggled at your first story lol would love a cat but not sure how the 'boys' would react! fab scratch cards too..lots of huggles Sue x

Sheryl said...

This is so adorable. I love that image.
So glad you stopped by at 613 Avenue Create.
Hugs Sheryl xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

What a fun image, fab card

Jenny L said...

Hi Mrs A,
your cat card is o wonderful and coloured in prefectly too.
Oh my word you don't give up easily do you.
I think I would have stumbles at the 2nd attempt.
Such a very lovely idea for your Grandson and such brillant results.

I have joke for you.

A mother was visiting her Daughter and she asked the Daughter if she had a newspaper, the Daughter replied this is the 21st century Mother we don't waste money on newspapers, here's my ipad.
I can tell you that darn fly never knew what hit him.

My Daughter found that one on her phone.

Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Brenda in IN said...

The cat story and card are so sweet. Your daughter has a kind heart! I love what you made for your grandson. I bet he did enjoy them and it is something different for him. Great job, Valery.

Dawn Phillips said...

It's a good job your family love cats. Your card is so lovely too. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenge. Love Dawn x

Basslady said...

a very sweet card!

thank you so much for playing along with us at sparkles monthly!

hugs and kisses from germany,
Silvi xoxo

Mia said...

Beautiful and cute card, Valery. I love cats!!!!!!!

Margreet said...

Great stories around your fab cards. Awesome colouring of the cats! Love them!
xxx Margreet

Mac Mable said...

So enjoyed reading your post and how funny about the adopted cats and your daughter and her house moves...Adorable and super cute card x.
Love the scratch card ideas and well done you on persevering with them....looking forward to mark IV

Liz said...

I loved reading your post. So funny that the cats keep adopting themselves to your daughters' family. Your scratch cards sound intriguing, looking forward to finding out about Mark IV. xx

Anne said...

Aww lovely story and a perfect card, I love that image
I saw the Jennifer McGuire video on scratch off cards and wondered how it would work although I haven't tried it yet, I'll look forward to your next update. Fantastic idea for your Grandson too, what fun!
Anne x

Kathleen said...

Great stories and a really great card.
Glad that you discovered Mark IV.
Have a lovely weekend.

Kath x

Greta said...

I swear--you are the best grandma, Mrs A! I would never have managed to make the scratch offs, but how wonderful that you did! What a funny kitty story--lucky kitty cats to have found your daughter's family! That card is just precious--love it!

Fiona said...

What a gorgeous cat card I love your colouring - I have a ginger female and a black tom and another cat a bit of a mad cat lady here as I also foster cats for our local cat protection - so this card is right up my street. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.

Sandra H said...

Oooh such a cute story about the cats l just love that she gave them a home l too took in a stray but sadly after 10yrs she passed away l still have two sisters which are now 17yrs old love your card hope you have an enjoyable weekend take care xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

:D You made me smile with your stories about new cats/homes :) How sweet and fun!!!
Love the first card with the lovely couple and such stunning scratch-off Valentines!!! So fun and different! I will go the look at Jennifer's tutorial, thanks!
Big hugs!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What a fantastic story Valery Anne, maybe you daughter should stay put now though otherwise the cats might just take over. I love the gorgeous card and the great scratch cards too.

Sue xx

Aquarius said...

Two lovely stories - I bet the resident cat(s) tell the others what a good home it is and invite extra ones in. They might need an even bigger house next time!! Clever stuff with the 'scratch' cards and as usual you seem to have been very resourceful.

Lisa J said...

Lovely post and a lovely card. Thanks fro playing along with us this month. Lisa DT CCC Digi Creations

Jackie C said...

Awwwwwwww! What a stunner! So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create. Please come back again! The best of luck with your entry. Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

Jackie C said...

Back again! Just perfect for the Challenge! Great project! Fabulous that you have shared this with us here at Colour Crazy. Good luck and we hope you will come back again! Jackie DT Member xxx

K M Meena Herale said...

Lovely card,
Thank you for Joining us at Angie's Digital Stamps and waiting to see next time.

Meena DT

Di said...

Brilliant card and I did so chuckle about Faye and family being adopted by so many cats!Love their names as well. And well done you on making those scratch cards - I would give so much right now to be able to just make one card.

Sunshine here! The bedroom windows are flung open so I can enjoy the Spring air and also that blue sky is stunning today!


Di xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hehehe, your blog post had me chuckling! I love that you make these kitty cards for you grandson regularly, and I love the inspiration behind this one! Awesome job on the scratch-offs! You are braver than I am - I don't think I would have attempted them! Brilliant!

Mrs.B said...

S grrat post Mrs A. Great cat card but don't think your daughter should move house again. The scratch vards sound interesting, look forward to seeing the next batch.
Avril xx

* Shell B.* said...

Simply wonderful card and those scratch off cards are awesome, love the tale of the kitties!
Thanks for sharing your creation with us at 613 Ave Create...Good Luck!
DT Shell

Lori said...

Your kitty card is so sweet! Enjoyed reading the story about the cats - my sweet kitty adopted us, so I totally understand. The scratch off cards for your grandson are so cool!

Diane said...

Great fun story about the cats Valery, and what a lovely design. How fun I would of never thought about making scratch off cards. Very clever.

Hugs Diane

anncreatief said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for playing our challenge at CCC Digi Creations. Good luck!
Anneke DT

AlisonC said...

Wow what a collection of cats. They obviously give of some kind of signal inviting everyone in! I'm impressed by your tenacity in making these scratch offs. I've not seen them so I'll have to go and have a look. Oh, I love this cute cat image too. x

Jo Ann said...

Very cute and I love the coloring of your image. So glad you joined our February Challenge at 613 Avenue Create. We hope to see you link with us again next month. Have a blessed week!


Jo said...

Oh my, I love this.....kitty hugs are the best..... Love the story too lol!
Thanks for joining my challenge over at Tales From the Craft Room, hope to see you again.
hugs Jo x

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful creation Mrs A, love the kitties! I enjoyed reading your stories too! Thank you for sharing with us over at Colour Crazy! Hope to see you again!
~ GDT Sherry x

Helen F. said...

Love is in the air with these two sweet kitty kats, Mrs, A :-)
Thank you so much for joining in the fun this month at Creative With Stamps!!

Jackie C said...

What a stunner! So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create. Please come back again! The best of luck with your entry. Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

Margo said...

Love the kitties !
How fabulous that you have made scratch-cards ! That's so cool !
Thank you so much for sharing at Colour Crazy Craft Challenges
Margo DT

Paddington fan said...

What a sweet pair of cats! Thank you for joining our animal challenge over at Sparkles this month, I do hope you'll join us again very soon,
Love Jacky x
Sparkles DT