Saturday, April 9, 2022


Hey there friends!  Welcome back to my blog!  I have a Guest Design Team post for you today, where I am joining in with the fabulous designers from The Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge.  The sponsor of this month's challenge is EUREKA STAMPS, and for the first 2 weeks, they are looking to see some furry friends. 

Eureka has many great digi stamps to choose from, and I chose this one called COOL CAT WITH SHADES.

I had this awesome idea to use this sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin? stamp set with this cat...and every time I said it in my head, it came out like Joey's famous line on FRIENDS. 😆 I also had the *bright* idea to make a big ole' ball of yarn out of some twine I had in my stash that I won years ago from The Twinery.  I did a search, and they don't seem to be in operation ATM. 

 Anyway, I started out by winding the twine all the way around the die cut circle, but that made it WAY TOO BULKY on the back.  Then I decided to wrap each individual strand and tape the ends on the back, which definitely made it less bulky back there, but boy did that take a while!  After dry fitting my alcohol marker colored kitty next to the yarn ball, I realized I really needed to beef up his right side, so I cut 8 more of the outline shape I had created for the image using my Silhouette and Accent Opaque 100lb white cardstockUsing the yarn ball as a template, I marked the backs of each cut out and used the Spellbinders circle die to cut the left side off.  Once I glued them all together, I did some minor trimming with my Tim Holtz scissors and glued them to the back of the kitty.  He still needed a bit more bolstering, so I added 2 layers of thicker foam adhesive from the $$ store.  

Underneath the yarn ball, I adhered a piece of knit patterned paper from the MFT Keep Me in Stitches 6x6 paper pad...I thought it fit in well with my yarn ball. 😀 I glued the yarn ball down to the card base with Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue and applied pressure with my hands until I was sure it was stuck.  Then I added my cool cat by adding Bearly Art Glue under his left side and to the foam adhesive for a little wiggle room.
I had lots of space at the top of the card for my sentiment, so I decided to use a combination of die cut letters and stamping.  I die cut 3 of each letter of "meow" from Lawn Fawn's Henry's ABC's (LOVE this alphabet set!), adhered them all together for dimension and colored them with V17, V15, and V12 in Copics.  I was holding my breath as I stamped the "YOU DOIN?" using VersaFine Clair Nocturne and a stamping block, as the dimension of the yarn ball was *kinda* in the way.  I took my time, and it came out great (whew!).  MEOW is adhered to the card base with Bearly Art Glue as well.  As a final touch, I added some highlights to the cool cat's nose and sunglasses with a white gel pen.  I totally think he is wearing Ray-Bans!


Love to Craft #67:  ATG (6/8)
Mix it Up #58:  ATG (6/8)
Crafty Animals #60:  ATG w/animals
Critter Crazy #61:  ATG w/a featured critter (1/5)
Unicorn Challenge #75:  Include an animal
SheepSki Designs #61:  Let's Be Cute (2/3)
Alphabet Challenge:  "A" for Animal Antics
CD Sunday Plus #82:  ATG using digital products (2/3)
Dream Valley #267:  ATG (2/3)
Digi Choosday #14:  ATG (2/2)
Colour Crazy #14:  ATG w/ coloring (2/2)
Crafty Catz #590:  ATG (2/3)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I encourage you to head on over to the Twisted Thursday challenge to share your Furry Friends with us.  Many thanks to Angela and the rest of the DT for having me!  I'll be back on the 21st with another post as their Guest Designer.  Until next time,

💗 Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! 💗

~ Marie


  1. Wow, great yarn ball detail and such a labor of love! Great card Marie, Thanks for playing along at The Paper Funday Challenge and we look forward to more of your lovely projects.
    The Paper Funday Challenge
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  2. I love your card so much, thanks for sharing it with us at The Colour it, Create it, Show it off Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  3. I love your card so much, thanks for sharing it with us at LeAn's World 101 Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  4. Wow, that's a cat with attitude. You can just tell. Thanks for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge. Love Dawn x

  5. This is a great card and I love your dedication to attaching the yarn! That's the sort of thing I would do when making something.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  6. Another fab card, Marie! Great colour choices, fun image and your patience attaching all those twine strands make for a brilliant embellishment...
    Thanks again for playing along with my challenge this week at Passion for Markers! Lisa x

  7. I like your design with that big ball of wool. A great card. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  8. Fantastic card, love the kitty image. Thanks for joining 613 Avenue Create. Anesha

  9. That is one cool cat, and looks great with that ball of yarn you so patiently made! Fantastic card, thank you for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge!

  10. Gorgeous card! The cat is super cool! Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start!

  11. So cute and fun and love the ball of wool, how clever..
    Thank you so much for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create..hope you will play along again..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  12. Another fun card Marie. I love your cool kitty cat and your colouring is perfect. The ball of 'wool' looks awesome, such a clever idea. Thanks for sharing with us at Passion for Markers this week. Hugs, Denise x

  13. What a fab make! Nice colours, too!

    Thanks for playing along with our Challenge at Critter Crazy and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
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  14. So Cute! Thanks so much for playing along with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  15. What a fab card thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz hugs Sue x

  16. Fabulous card .. love the yarn ball
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday Craft Challenge
    Good Luck
    Rose DT

  17. Your card brought a smile to my face!

    The time it took definitely paid off - I love it!

    Thanks for joining us again.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  18. Super cute card! Thank you for joining with us at Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge. Good luck with your entry
    Maritza DT

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  20. Fun card. Thanks for joining us at The Unicorn Challenge Blog for our "include an Animal" challenge.

  21. Love the colour combination. Great focal point.
    Thank you so much for your participation in CRAFTS GALORE ENCORE challenge. ❤️DT Koyel

  22. Very cute card!
    Thanks for taking part in the Mirtillamente Challenge!
    °Eve / mlj°° owner & designer //Mirtillamente

  23. Great card and congratulations on your patience with the twine too!!

    Thanks for joining us at the Cute as a Button Challenge.

    Helen x

  24. Gorgeous idea with the yarn! You're so creative!

    Thank you for sharing with us over at Cute As A Button. We hope to see you again.
    ~ DT Dagmara

  25. Wow Marie - awesome card, your cat is so cool!! Love your yarn ball too - sounds like lots of work!
    Thanks so much for joining us for our Anything Goes plus the option of using a beautiful butterfly Challenge #182 at Let's Craft and Create for April 2022.
    We hope to see you again soon,
    Lou DT xo
    JemLou Productions



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