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September Challenge: Cute Creatures!

September Challenge

Hi All,

Note: This is the first of THREE posts today, so be sure to check the others!

It’s the first of the month, so that means a new challenge. September’s challenge will be cute creatures! Dogs, cats, bears, pigs, bugs, otters, dolphins, whatever you like. And, as I mentioned last week, I’ve implemented card uploads directly into LiveLoveCards! So, you don’t need a blog or any other photo-sharing account to enter. Just upload a photo directly from your computer to the challenge page. I uploaded my card so you can see how it looks.

The last day to submit your entry is Friday, September 30th, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Saturday, October 1st.

SimonSaysStamp Gift Voucher
The giveaway will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

ALSO! Don’t forget that I will pick out the honorable mentions and feature them in a special post on October 1st. These are entries that are extra creative, different, or just plain special for some reason.

Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry must include a cute creature of some kind.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
  • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
  • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced and your card must have been made in the current month.

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

For my cute creature card, I used a front-and-back cat from the My Favorite Things Cool Cat set:

Window Cat

The window opens to the inside, where I have a hidden sentiment behind the cat’s head:

Window Cat

The kids have been asking for a cat. Over the weekend Courtney and I went to the pet store to drop the dogs off for grooming and pickup some worms for the lizard. Lo and behold, the pet store was hosting a kitten adoption… I lose all self-control at those things. If I touch a pet I need to bring it home. Fortunately for my husband, you have to submit an application before getting a kitten. He blocked the kitten adoption because he says we are “already at our pet limit”.

Creating a kitten card will have to suffice for now. Here are a couple of close-ups:

Window Cat

Window Cat

This window die is really nice because there are a lot of dry embossed lines in it. Enjoy the video. I look forward to seeing your work!

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Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic markers used: cat (Y21, YR24, E99), fish bowl (B02, B000, C1, 0, E55, YR04), table (C4, C1)

MFT Cool Cat
MFT Cool Cat
EH|SSS
Penny Black Brick Wall
Penny Black Brick Wall
Hearth & Home Dies
Hearth & Home Dies
Altenew You Are
Altenew You Are
EH|SSS
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
BLSY|EH
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
EH|SSS
Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
SSS Fog Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Fog Cardstock
Fog Cardstock
Fiskars Trimmer
Fiskars Trimmer
S.COM|JA
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
EH|SSS

September Challenge Entries
Sesame Street Characters
Sesame Street Characters
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Purr-fect
Purr-fect
September photo challenge
Squirrel with Nuts
Squirrel with Nuts
Snow Bunnies.JPG
Snow Bunnies.JPG
Lawn Fawn bunnies know how to celebrate winter!
Crazy Dog Forgot Your Birthday!
Crazy Dog Forgot Your Birthday!
HappyTuesdayCards
HappyTuesdayCards
Super easy card using MFT Warm and Fuzzy Friends.
Cat in a window:  Never give up
Cat in a window: Never give up
September challenge launch card!
Etch-A-Sketch Card with From the Herd
Etch-A-Sketch Card with From the Herd
Remember the Etch-A-Sketch? I used stitched rectangle dies, round the corners and the Stampin Up "From the Herd" stamp set on vellum. These guys are hilarious!
Bird Crazy Birthday Card
Bird Crazy Birthday Card
I love Tim Holtz's Bird Crazy and Crazy Things stamp sets!
SEliot Hello There
SEliot Hello There
Love this hen! And it gave me a chance to play with my new Spectrum Noir pens. Hope you like it!
cat at the window.jpg
cat at the window.jpg
Birthday pups.jpg
Birthday pups.jpg
Wienier Dog Birthday.jpg
Wienier Dog Birthday.jpg
Happy Camper (Melanie)
Happy Camper (Melanie)
Inspired by a sketch challenge. Details at my blog: http://stitchesandsmudges.blogspot.com/
Having a RRRuff day? (Melanie) Inspired by a sketch.
Having a RRRuff day? (Melanie) Inspired by a sketch.
More information and photos at: http://stitchesandsmudges.blogspot.com/
Fox for Autumn.JPG   lovinpaper
Fox for Autumn.JPG lovinpaper
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Underwater Fun Birthday.jpg
Underwater Fun Birthday.jpg
Art Impressions Dog Stack card created by
Art Impressions Dog Stack card created by
Girl with Pups
Girl with Pups
Thank you card for my daughterโ€ฆfeaturing, my daughter and our two dogs. ๐Ÿ™‚
Big Birthday Bear Hug
Big Birthday Bear Hug
Birthday card for my hubby.
Hello Foxy
Hello Foxy
Imaginisce - Twitterpated Collection - Foxy Has to be one of my favorite stamps ever! Stamped in Black then clear embossed. Colored with copics then fussy cut.
Cutie Pie.jpg
Cutie Pie.jpg
Pachyderm in Hat.
House Mouse.jpg
House Mouse.jpg
Relax card using house mouse stamp
farm.JPG
farm.JPG
Card with Lunar Animals stamp set and MFT farm fence die
Box.JPG
Box.JPG
Card using Lunar animals stamp set and Sweet & Tangled box die
Bucky Beaver Get Well.jpg
Bucky Beaver Get Well.jpg
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Minnie Mouse Welcomes Paige
Minnie Mouse Welcomes Paige
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Cats
Cats
Wedding card for my brother who owns two cats!
Cute snowman
Cute snowman
Cricut Doodlecharms snowman on Hero Arts Tiny Star background
Birthday-Cow.jpg
Birthday-Cow.jpg
by Annie A.
Fox and friends using Sketch      by lovinpaper
Fox and friends using Sketch by lovinpaper
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Quack, quack
Quack, quack
September photo challenge
Kitties
Kitties
Sherry W. - card design by Sandy Allnock
Happy Meow-lloween
Happy Meow-lloween
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IMG_1187.JPG
IMG_1187.JPG
House Mouse - In a Nut shell...Charlene Thompson
I love you cuties
I love you cuties
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Pop up card for my mom
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Autumn Greetings
Autumn Greetings
Used a retired stamp set from Hero Arts (Li'l Hoot).
Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween
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Best Fishes Kid\'s birthday card
Best Fishes Kid\'s birthday card
This is the Best Fishes stamp set using the bead gel (added a bit of blue to the gel) and a stencil for the background.
Best Fishes Shaker card
Best Fishes Shaker card
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Birthday Cake Mouse
Birthday Cake Mouse
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SELiot That Bites!
SELiot That Bites!
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SEliot Crazy Bird!
SEliot Crazy Bird!
Love these stamps!
Smile
Smile
Card for a friend who needed a smile.
Chubby Chums at Play
Chubby Chums at Play
Teacup mouse.jpg
Teacup mouse.jpg
Crazy Big Number
Crazy Big Number
Versafine Black ink, embossed with clear powder, water colored bird using Gansai Tambi paints. Inside says "But, it's an awfully BIG NUMBER!"
Crazy Dogs
Crazy Dogs
Chirp chirp
Chirp chirp
I love you this much
I love you this much
I used SSS heart BG stamp with clear embossing powder. Colored Joey with copics and fussy cut, and adhered with dimensionals. The hearts in the pouch are colored with copics and crystal effects on top. The sentiment was stamped on vellum with versamark, then embossed.
shaker card.jpg
shaker card.jpg
My September "Cute Creatures" Challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚
bonbon2015 001.jpg
bonbon2015 001.jpg
Cindy Beach
Cindy Beach
with Stylized Autumn
Happy Birdday
Happy Birdday
Please see my blog post for more details: https://andreaspaperantics.blogspot.com/2016/09/happy-birdday.html. I'll be sending this to Darlene for a Meals on Wheels recipient! ๐Ÿ™‚
Party Cat
Party Cat
I made this for our cats to give my mom (their "grandma" LOL) for her birthday next week. Please see my blog post for more details: https://andreaspaperantics.blogspot.com/2016/09/party-cat.html. ๐Ÿ™‚
Owl Hello
Owl Hello
This card will go to Send a Smile 4 Kids. Just love the funky owl! ๐Ÿ™‚
Pop up birthday card.
Pop up birthday card.
A Good Day to Be Happy
A Good Day to Be Happy
Birthday Card
Loads of Birthday Wishes
Loads of Birthday Wishes
MFT Lucky Dog stamp and die set used.
Crazy Dog BD
Crazy Dog BD
by Pam Spicer September Challenge
Happy Purr-thday!
Happy Purr-thday!
Tickled pink.  Like no udder. Thank you
Tickled pink. Like no udder. Thank you
Birthday bunny.JPG
Birthday bunny.JPG
Infinity Card finally done!
Infinity Card finally done!
Finally got to try Darlene's panda infinity cards...I made 6!
Thankful for a friend like you.
Thankful for a friend like you.
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image.jpeg
image.jpeg
Scratch off Cards
image.jpeg
image.jpeg
Cool Cat card
Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty
Stampin' Up's! Pretty Kitty colored with Copics.
Playful Puppy Birthday
Playful Puppy Birthday
Stampin' Up's! Bella and Friends colored with Copics.
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
Maria Rodriguez.
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image.jpeg

Comments

  1. wrote on September 1st, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Connie

    Being a cat person, I really loved this card. It’s definitely on my to-do list! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us today!

  2. wrote on September 1st, 2016 at 9:43 am

    tesoro72@aol.com

    Thank you for supplying uploading photo storage for the challenges. but if I want to upload a card from my blog, can I still insert the URL for the image, or no?

    • wrote on September 2nd, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Darlene DeVries

      You’ll need to upload your image, but you can include a link to your blog in the description.

  3. wrote on September 1st, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Brenda L.

    Super cute encouragement card Darlene! I love the way your cat and fish bowl turned out. Hugs, Brenda

  4. wrote on September 1st, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Sherry W.

    Very cute card.

  5. wrote on September 1st, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Barb H.

    I love love love this card! You make me want to order this set!

    How do you decide when to buy matching dies for a stamp set and when to to just get the stamp set and fussy cut when needed?

    • wrote on September 1st, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Andrea

      I’m not Darlene, but I thought I’d chime in about your question. For me, I started out ALWAYS buying the coordinating dies. But I finally smartened up, and now I take a close look at the stamp images. If they look pretty easy to fussy cut, I’ll just save some money & skip the dies. If they’re really intricate, or there’s some special feature with the dies, I’ll get the dies. For instance, the “All Inside” set by Essentials by Ellen has a die that cuts the bear’s arms, just enough so you can slip something in so it looks like he’s holding it. Probably would work with fussy cutting, but sooo much easier with the die! Sorry for the long answer. HTH! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ Andrea

      • wrote on September 2nd, 2016 at 11:42 am

        Darlene DeVries

        lol Andrea – just saw you response – I used the same example! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • wrote on September 2nd, 2016 at 1:01 pm

          Andrea

          Great minds think alike! ๐Ÿ˜€ ~ Andrea

    • wrote on September 2nd, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Darlene DeVries

      I will usually buy the dies if they add something special, like the All Inside dies that cut the bear’s arms open, or dies that add dry embossing like this ice cream cone. I’ll also buy them if I think I can use them without the stamps.

  6. wrote on September 1st, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Almadirpaul

    Love your kitten story.
    Thanks for making it easier to upload photos. Works really well.

  7. wrote on September 1st, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Andrea

    Thank you, Darlene, for adding the ability to upload images directly to here. I think it will be MUCH easier, especially for commenting!

    I love this card! We have 3 cats, and our youngest, Barney, was lying on my footrest, against my leg, while I watched your video. Kind of the perfect scenario. LOL The trick with cutting around the whiskers is kind of a “duh” moment. It seems so obvious–when someone else points it out–like, “why did I never think of that before???”

    I also like your cat story. We had 6 cats and 2 dogs at one time. The dogs went to live with my brother finally after he got married, and we’ve had our cat population dwindle through death. Three is a very nice number, though! Sorry you’re at your pet limit. But maybe something will come along. Never give up! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ Andrea

  8. wrote on September 1st, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    ben9903

    I love these forward and backward images, and making animals look like they are peering through a window! This is adorable! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. wrote on September 1st, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Carol Mac

    Sweet card, Darlene! I don’t have any “critter” stamps or dies, and need to get some! I say that every time I see you make one of these cards, now I am going to SSS to see what I can find! I have the window die too and I like the fact that you left it open (no glass so to speak). I also have two 4-year old black cats, Fred and Gracie (brother and sister) and they love this card too!

    • wrote on September 2nd, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Darlene DeVries

      I originally wanted to put acetate in the middle, but it wouldn’t work out with his paws over the edge. If I put his face on the inside of the card, it would look like half his head was outside the window and half was inside. If I put his face on the underside of the acetate facing the inside, I wouldn’t be able to get his paws over the edge. In the end, I went empty!

  10. wrote on September 1st, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Laura Norris

    This card is just soooo cute! I love those front and back stamps- so creative! Great job Darlene.

  11. wrote on September 2nd, 2016 at 5:22 am

    swimbikerunat60

    Oh Darlene, I adore this sweet card, all of the images on this set are so cute, this particular kitten is adorable. Love the stamps with a front and back, they create the cutest little scenes.
    As always, fabulous video, thank you.
    Hugs.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  12. wrote on September 2nd, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Elyse

    Just precious!

  13. wrote on September 2nd, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    jpklehm

    This is such a cute card, Darlene…well done! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Pam K.

  14. wrote on September 2nd, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Diana

    My kids gave me the “Crazy Cat Lady” action figure, so of course, cat cards are my favorite. Love this one.

  15. wrote on September 2nd, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    blondie37

    Oh Darlene
    Love these Pussies . Now to start saving for these. I am a CAT person too and cannot resist Kitty sets
    Front and back pussies : What a cute idea
    Raewyn

  16. wrote on September 6th, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Barb H.

    The new upload photo technology isn’t working well for me. I was finally able to upload one card picture which wasn’t one I really wanted to enter. The two I want to enter both error out saying they were already submitted followed by an error saying it failed.

    • wrote on September 6th, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Barb H.

      I just figured out the problem. I can’t upload photos directly from my IPAD to the Live Love Cards site. I need to send the photos through my email to myself so I can save them on my computer and then upload from there.

      • wrote on September 6th, 2016 at 9:45 pm

        kmdagrace47

        Thanks Barb H. I had the same problem trying to upload from my I-phone!!!

      • wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 10:09 am

        Darlene DeVries

        Yes, sorry about that. Uploading from mobile devices is a problem right now. I’m working on a resolution.

        • wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 10:06 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          It’s fixed! You can now upload from your device. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. wrote on September 7th, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Sharon Farrah

    Love, love this card!

  18. wrote on September 17th, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Hannah Means

    What an adorable stamp! You coloring is outstanding!

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