Spooky Cats with Hats in a Wood Crate

I had so much fun making the Halloween card yesterday that I decided to make another one today (those cats are just too darn cute).  Speaking of cats – what could be better than a bunch of cats in a wood crate wearing witch hats?  Besides a bunch of chocolate not much else I say.  What do you think?

I have to confess that I punched out an entire 12×12 piece of designer series paper that was a print of the black and orange cats so who knows how many more of my projects those little critters will work their way into.

To create the wood crate I made one cut through the Big Shot instead of the two that are required to make the “box”.  I cut off the side panel with the handle leaving approximately 1/4″ (same as the tab on the opposite side) and cut notches to match the tab on the opposite side.  Fold piece on all score lines.  I then applied liquid glue to the two tabs and attached the tabs to what would have been the bottom of the crate if you were making the “box”.  The end result will be a pocket with a solid back and the wood crate slats on the front.

I tucked the cats inside the crate pocket (I cut the tail off the black cat on the left to allow me to get all three cats in the crate).  They are attached only by a dimensional behind their head.  The hats are attached to their ears with a glue dot and a dimensional is behind the hats.

The background of the card was created by 4″x1″ strips of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper mounted on Basic Black card stock, leaving about 1/16″ spacing between each strip.

For the tag, I used the Pretty Label punch, but I cut off the bottom hump (I had already attached pumpkins and didn’t want to cover up any part of the cats with the tag).

I put Black Rhinestones on the hat bands as well as on the dot over the “i” in “Trick”.

Below are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails:

If you have any questions regarding any other design elements of this card, do not hesitate to contact me.


Saturday, October 7, is World Card Making Day (the first Saturday in October).

History of World Card Making Day
Cards have played an important role in social circles for hundreds of years, playing a role as a thoughtful gift all the way to a necessary part of proper etiquette.  A small piece of paper bearing ones name and often a decoration of some kind, the calling card (also known as a visiting card) was presented to the servants of a household that it might be delivered to the masters of the house to announce visitors.

It was this era of propriety that also developed the concept of a dance card, a card specifically carried by women to fill out with the names of the men they intended to dance with that evening.  After all, with so many interested parties it just made sense to keep track of them so that you could, in earnest, indicate that your dance card was full and thus politely decline an interested suitor.

Calling cards, dance cards, business cards, greeting cards, RSVP Cards, there are a million and more types of cards and could there be anything more exciting than learning to make your own?  World Card Making Day encourages you to do just that.

(Taken from daysoftheyear.com)

How to celebrate World Card Making Day
The best way to celebrate World Card Making Day is, of course, to learn how to make your own cards!  The only limit to your cards is your imagination, so let your creativity fly and send your friends and family personalized cards on World Card Making Day!

Join me to celebrate World Card Making Day
I will host an open house at my home on Saturday, October 7, (times to be announced) featuring products from the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  It will be a come and go, but RSVPs will be required so that I can be sure to have adequate supplies prepared.  Please email me at lrtolson@tx.rr.com to let me know if you are interested in attending this event.  I hope to see you soon!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.


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