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Wednesday’s Card: Front & Back Kitties

Front and Back Kitties

Front and Back Kitties

Hi All!

I cannot tell you how good it is to be back! I love being on vacation, but all these card ideas start building up in my head and it drives me crazy not to let them out. I hope you enjoyed the guest designers that were kind enough to help me out.

If you remember, I mentioned that my husband couldn’t come with my girls and me on vacation because he couldn’t get away from work. Well, I made this card and mailed it to him as a little surprise. The kitties are supposed to be me and my daughters.

Are these stamps just so adorable? I saw them at a CHA sneak peek in January, but it took me forever to finally find them and buy them. The set comes with a really cute puppy too. This card took a little longer to make because of all the pieces and cutting, but it was for someone special. 🙂

Here are a couple of photos from our trip. The first is Courtney and me, and the second is both of my girls. My older daughter has grown probably 6 inches in the last year!

Courtney and Me

Alaina and Courtney

It’s the end of August, and you know what that means – start thinking about the holiday photo card! I may use that second picture for the card – we shall see.

Enjoy and have a great week!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Peerless Watercolors used: Neutral Tint, Alice Blue, Heliotrope
Copic colors used: C1, C4, BG10

Art Impressions Front & Back
Art Impressions Front & Back
SSS Banner Greetings & Dies
SSS Banner Greetings & Dies
Simon Says Stamp Striped Greetings
SSS Striped Greetings
Simon Says Stamp Languages
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Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
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Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Copic Multiliner Pens, 4 pack
Copic Multiliner Pen
Stampin' Up! Basic Gray Cardstock
Basic Gray Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass Ink
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Memento Luxe Rose Bud Ink
Rose Bud Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Dazzling Diamonds
Dazzling Diamonds
Sanding Block
Sanding Block
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Stampin' Up! Pierce Mat
Pierce Mat
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
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Sizzix Impression Pad
Sizzix Impression Pad
Sizzix Rubber Pad
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Ranger Glossy Accents
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Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen


  1. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 8:49 am


    Welcome home, Darlene – so glad you’re back! Love this adorable card and I’ll bet your hubby did too!

  2. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Robin in WA

    Welcome back!!!! Glad you had a good time. Very cute card!! I learned something new today! I didn’t realize that the Peerless watercolors were permanent once they were dry. Interesting. I guess you’d have to plan for that though. Interesting. Thanks for another great video!!

  3. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 1:26 pm


    Hey Darlene! Glad you had a great vacation! What an AHHH-DORABLE card! Awww…kinda sad that your honey did not notice the backs of the kitties. I am SO glad that the ledge that you painted for the kitties to stand on was in perfect placement of the banner in the front. (Because of Copic bleed-through) WHEW!
    Thanks for sharing,

  4. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Teresa R.

    This card is so sweet! I love the little kitties peeking over the window. Thank you for sharing and welcome home.

  5. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 2:04 pm


    Welcome back- sounds like a great vacation. I loved loved loved this card. It was adorable.

  6. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Maria Rodriguez

    Oh Darlene, your daughters are so beautiful, and yes, they’ve grown so much from last Christmas when you shared your card with us. I’m so happy you are back home, I also love vacations but, there is no better bed than mine!!!!!
    Anywho, this card is so super cute, I found Art Impressions one day while browsing Pinterest and they have really awesome cards. Have you seen the videos for their water color stamps? This is right up my alley, the stamps are small and you buy them to build up landscapes, seascapes, etc.
    I love how this little kittens are peeking through the window, it’s a bit time consuming but fun too.
    Thank you for having this awesome ladies covering for you, it was truly a fantastic treat.
    Welcome home, my dear.

  7. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 2:26 pm


    So pretty and thoughtful and a lot of WORK- nicely done! Glad you had a nice vacation with the girls- looks like a good time with many happy memories. Be well.

  8. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Brenda Westhafer

    I too also glad your back, enjoy watching your videos and the kitty card is really cute!!

  9. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Laura Norris

    Super cute card! Only a guy wouldn’t notice the inside of that card !!
    Also- welcome back! Glad you had a nice vacation. Your guest hosts were great!

  10. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 4:21 pm


    So glad you’re back!! Love this card – it is ADORABLE! Isn’t it just like a man not to notice the inside of it! 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!!

  11. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Anita Holmes

    First, I want to say how much I have missed you…so ,,,,welcome back! As great as your guests were, they were not you ! I know you needed the vacation, who doesn’t….but I am glad it is over…LOL!
    Now to the card, I love it…it is so cute and you are just amazingly clever!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Now for the photo’s….you and your girls are just so beautiful, you match your voice! For sure use the one of your girls for your xmas card, it is perfect!

  12. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Evelyn B

    Yes, you have been missed but we all need some recoup time. This card is just great. I received the Holiday catalog – thanks so much for having it sent!

  13. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Diana W.

    Darlene – I love this card. Such a cute idea. And all the attention to detail. I love AI stamps. Welcome back. Looking forward to next Wednesday.

  14. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 8:24 pm


    WUV, WUV. WUV this adorable card . Welcome back. We missed you 🙂

  15. wrote on August 20th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Laura in CO

    And we cannot tell you just how GOOD it is to have YOU back! Welcome home, we indeed missed you!! Thanks for indulging us with those talented guest designers, so sweet of you to think of us and set that up. This is such an adorable card, so creative with the sentiment and the kitties representing you and your girls who are just beautiful! Ahhh, Wednesdays are good again, thank you Darlene!

  16. wrote on August 21st, 2014 at 5:44 am


    That card is so adorable. I checked out where to get it and sadly it is out of stock. I don’t think we can get it in Australia as I have searched. Perhaps one day. I just love it. Thank you for sharing. Also I loved your guest designer’s projects. I have tried some of them. I love that Jill Foster put a video and was surprised at how the card turned out. When she put the darker colour around her image I thought “oh no” but it came out beautifully.
    Glad you got to spend some special bonding time with your girls on your holiday. Its always something to look back on.
    Once again, thank you for sharing.

  17. wrote on August 21st, 2014 at 3:18 pm


    Hi Darlene….I love this cute little card!! those kitty stamps are on my list.. your girls are so beautiful! I enjoyed the guests last week but am so glad you are back 🙂

  18. wrote on August 22nd, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Kimberly E

    Love this card!!! What an adorable idea with the front and backs of the kitty’s!! Your detail is amazing as always. Glad you had a nice time and welcome back!!

  19. wrote on August 22nd, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Patty Beers

    Enjoyed your guests but it is great to have you back. Love your videos and your ideas, they are so inspirational and motivating.

  20. wrote on August 23rd, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Gloria Taylor

    Hi Darlene, so good to see another one of your videos. Missed you as well. This week’s card is absolutely adorable. I am going to purchase these stamps so I can create this card myself, thank you and can’t wait until week for your next project.

    PS: This card would be fun to share with the group of women I meet with every third Wednesday of the month.

  21. wrote on August 24th, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Laurkowa Kraina

    Hi Darlene, I’m glad to see back!

  22. wrote on August 26th, 2014 at 8:49 am


    Welcome back! You were missed but glad you got away for some fun with your girls. Love the photos!
    And what an adorable card….lots of work but so worth it. Very cute, Darlene!

  23. wrote on October 9th, 2014 at 5:59 am


    I watched your front and back kitty card demo and as my family love cats I would love that stamp set. Did it also have a matching punch? Any way where do I get the set from , hope you have this info.
    I also subscribed to you but never found the return e-mail I was to get, can you also help me on this.
    Love all your cards you are wonderful, thanks for sharing.

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