Monday, February 11, 2019

Nine Lives & Miscellaneous Valentines for Grandkids

 I was busy making Valentine cards for all my grandkids over the weekend. My first step was to find out what kind of images they would enjoy. For three of them, it was kitties, so that was a great excuse to ink up one of my Occasions sets that I haven't used until now, Nine Lives! Two of the kids who wanted cats are my oldest daughter's children, Wyatt and Pippa.

These are fairly recent pictures of Wyatt, 5, and Pippa, 2! They are lively, wonderful children and we loved being able to take care of them for a week at the end of October. Both of them love to sing and hike. Wyatt lives to see his friends at school and play with them. Pippa is small but fierce and fearless, even though she can't be without Deedee,  her much loved mini Hudson Bay blanket!

The next two Valentines feature an owl, a perennial favourite of Jack, the youngest son of my youngest daughter and an orange tabby cat from the Nine Lives stamp set that looks a little like one of Cedar's pet cats, Dandelion. Cedar is my middle daughter's youngest. Jack just turned 4 and Cedar will be 5 in May.

Besides owls, Jack loves to make everyone laugh and he loves music a lot! Cedar loves Disney characters and her pets, and being a fierce warrior princess like Merida!

The last two are for my oldest grandsons, Kesten and Parker! Kesten likes kangaroos and giraffes so I used the Animal Outing stamp set for his card while Parker is really into Reptiles and I had another opportunity to use the stamp set from January's Paper Pumpkin kit that had a chameleon stamp in it.
Kesten is my middle daughter's oldest son, while Parker is my first grandchild and my youngest daughter's oldest son.

Kesten has always been incredibly creative with Lego, and also loves outdoor sports and nature! Parker loves to learn everything he can about a topic and then he moves on to a new passion. Both boys have great imaginations. Kesten's is shown in his fantastical Lego creations, while Parker comes up with great fantasy games for himself and his brother and friends to play! (And his grandparents when they come to visit!)

They are a pretty sweet bunch of kids and I have to say that I'm suffering from withdrawal right now, and living for the day when my hubby, Ken, finishes working at the end of March so that we will be able to go for trips to visit them all!

I used the Gingham Gala  6" x 6" Designer Series Paper for all of the cards except for Kesten's and for a more jungle look for his, I used the Tropical Escape 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper. (I know, I know, neither giraffes nor kangaroos live in jungles, nor do they live on the same continent, but think of their habitat as a tropical zoo for the purposes of this card!!)

I wanted to mention how much fun it is to combine 2 or 3 of the cat images from the Nine Lives stamp set to create tabby cats or in one case, a calico cat! I used the Stamparatus to make the process much easier.

I used 2 different Happy Valentine's Day sentiments, one from the Forever Lovely stamp set and one from the January's Paper Pumpkin stamp set. I thought you would get a kick out of the insides of the last two cards I showed you - the kangaroo card and the chameleon card:

Basically all the cards have a similar inside design, with the leftover strip of Gingham Gala paper, from the front panel and an inside sentiment double mounted on top of it. The cat cards all say, You're the Cat's Meow, a sentiment from the Nine Lives stamp set, and I used the Pick a Pennant alphabet to create a sentiment - You're a Hoot! - for the Owl Card.

Hope you enjoyed a little grandchild update!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List
Cat Punch
Sweetheart Punch
Sweetheart Punch
Builder Owl Punch
Builder Owl Punch
Large Oval Punch
Large Oval Punch
Big Shot

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