Pretty Kitty Thanks
Besides paper crafts and Stampin’ Up!, my creative outlets include music. I was a piano major in college, and I minored in voice and harpichord. Yeah – there’s a degree in unemployment for you! Harpsichord? We had to choose a “secondary keyboard instrument” and I just didn’t think I’d do well as an organ minor, because, to be perfectly honest, I’m a klutz. When I was seven years old, Dad & Mom sent me to ballet lessons to try to banish the klutziness, but it didn’t work. All that did was cause stomach aches on dance lesson days. My dance instructor referred to me as “Fat little Elizabeth,” which is totally unfair. I may not have had a svelt dancer’s body, but I was not fat as a kid. Still, the thought of having to move both feet and both hands at the same time kind of intimidated me. I was sure I’d fall off the bench. So studying the harpsichord seemed safer to me. And I enjoyed it immensely.
Back to the singing and piano part…I accompany and sing with a local choir, and one of my mom’s sisters is also a member. I have to add here that I’m positive I got any musical talent I have from Mom’s side of the family. Mom has a beautiful soprano voice, and all four of her sisters also sing (but they’re altos, as am I). My cousin is the most amazing pianist/accompanist, and she was my piano teacher from the time I was four years old until I graduated from college. She’s the reason I majored in accompanying, and I’ve never regretted it. It’s paid the bills more times than I can count.
When I got to our choir rehearsal Monday, Aunt Gail came over to my car with a basket. Her granddaughter Anna had gone through some of her old toys and thought Amelia would like some of them. Would she ever! The basket was filled with muffin tins, cookie cutters, and lots of other kids’ baking items. (And a CD player with Disney movie songs which Amelia played with all day.)
Amelia loves to pretend to cook in her kitchen, but even more, she loves to help in my kitchen, making real food. So when she saw horse, dog, and cat cookie cutters, I knew we had to bake some cookies. We’re headed out to Mimi’s house tomorrow to bake.
We created a thank you card for Anna today – and by “we,” I mean, “me.” I gave Amelia the choice between Bella and Friends and Pretty Kitty, and she chose the cat. And she chose the image she wanted. The idea was for me to stamp and her to color, but she was so busy playing with her new toys, she asked me to color it. So here’s the card.
I used Stampin’ Blends to color the kitten. Since I was using the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack for one of the layers, I colored the cat with the Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends (and a little Pink Pirouette for the ears, and Rich Razzleberry for the bow).
One of the colors in the paper is Sweet Sugarplum, so that’s the layer under the DSP. The card base is Perfect Plum. I needed a ribbon to break up the flowers, but I didn’t have any sugarplum. Hmmmm – Fresh Fig! Purrrrrfect, don’t you think? It coordinates with Sweet Sugarplum and Perfect Plum. Lots of plumeria here.
You can order the Stampin’ Blends beginning November 1. You’re going to love them, I know. They are so easy to use, and you don’t have to think about what other colors work to blend with them. While you can order them separately, you can also order combo packs with light and dark colors in the same hue. And, of course, they coordinate with Stampin’ Up! colors, because that’s the magic of Stampin’ Up! I love having all my cardstock, ink, designer series paper, and embellishments coordinate – and I don’t have to run all over town to find things. It’s all in the catalog, and I can order 24/7 without leaving home.
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