I have the honor of being chosen for the design team for Simon Says Stamp. You can visit their blog for lots of inspiration as well as great giveaways.
My first assignment was to create using the Cat and Dog are Best of Friends clear stamp set. I was amazed at the quality of these clear stamps. I have purchased many sets that don't seem to take ink very well. These are wonderful right out of the package. They stamp very cleanly and are deeply etched so you get no over stamp. They are a pleasure to use.
I have to say how easy it was to come up with all these delightful cards. I particularly love the cat with the yarn. Isn't she cute? I used Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to antique the first card. The double lace at the bottom was created using a Martha Stewart punch (thank you Jenny for that idea) I love the combination of the plaid and the dotted paper from Cosmo Cricket.
This next card uses paper from Heidi Grace, you can't see the lovely shimmer to the flower patterned paper. Again, I used a Martha Stewart punch for the lace on the bottom, really duplicates the floral design, doesn't it? The flowers are from a Prima Bucket of Blooms. This is the coolest pail of blooms, a huge assortment of shapes and sizes. I colored them with my Copic airbrush to match the DP.
For my third card, I decided to create a scene using a bunch of stamps from the set. I stamped the cat and dog first, masked them and added the dog house behind them. As always, I colored the scene with my Copics. I added some color around the scene with my airbrush. I like the addition of the corner adornment in the lower right. I just cut two squares of paper, cut them on the diagonal and then cut out the centers. Not as easy as owning a photo corner punch, but cheaper, lol.
Ok, I think this is the favorite of my creations. I love this little dog, his is so happy. Part of my goodies from Simon Says included a package of tags. I repeatedly stamped the dog bone then distressed it with Brushed Corduroy. Then I used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder for some texture. I cut the corners to mimic the top of the tag. Lots of bling and extra embellishments on this card.
And this is the last card I came up with. I love this saying "Friends come in all shapes & sizes". How true! I popped up the yarn and the ball and added lots of bling.
I hope you enjoyed my Cat & Dog cards and will check out the wonderful stamps at Simon Says.