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Friday, October 29, 2010

Freddy is a Fraidy Cat!

Well...  There is no love lost between my mom's cat, Freddy, and I...  You see, I am a cat-lover!  The fact that Freddy is not the kindest of cats, and definitely does not return my affection, leaves me feeling a little perplexed!!  I mean, anyone with a cat will tell you that I will spend more time talking to their cat than the average visitor!!

Anyway, Freddy is like the 'extra' child in my mom's life...  Since I am the 'baby' of the family, I perhaps have certain feelings about him...  Cuz she seriously spoils the heck out of this cat!!  There's a pretty funny story about Freddy in his humble beginnings...  He was a stray who found his way onto the back porch of my mom's home...  And then into her heart...  But when she first brought him in, she named him...  SUSIE!!  We all thought HE was a SHE...  No wonder he had a little resentment!  But on his first trip to the vet, we certainly learned otherwise, and Susie came home as Freddy.

So I have created this layout especially for my wonderful mom...  And especially for the beloved Fraidy-Cat (that I often call him).  My plan was to add some pictures to it before I uploaded it here, but, alas, I did not get the photos printed yet...  So she will see it here first -- And maybe she'll decide to dress him up for Halloween and take pictures and add them herself...  After all, this is meant to be a Halloween layout that I created for the Papercutz Challenge #64 as well as the Paper Playtime Halloween Challenge.  Additionally, Made By Momo is having a sort of 'open call' for Halloween projects...  So, if you've got one, you may want to add yours to her blog as well!!  If you have a moment, please hop on over to these blogs to check out all of the great projects or enter your own projects!!
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To create this layout, I started with 2 12x12 pages from Creative Memories Black & White Tone-On-Tone Paper.  I cuttlebugged 4 strips of 1x12 CM 'Apple' Cardstock with the 'Texture' folder (this takes patience as you have to run it through 3 times to texture the entire strip) to create the border strips across the top and bottom.  I used 2 4x6 'Apple' Cardstock pieces for the base of the cat die cuts (from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge) and added a paper 'ribbon' strip to the edge of each (cuttlebugged with the Polka Dots folder).  My letters are cut at 2" using the font found on the Robotz Cricut Cartridge (base font and shadow font - CM Orange & Gold Cardstock), and, yes, I used my Gypsy to weld the shadow (this makes it easier to lay it out once it's cut).  I did not weld the base font as I wanted to ink the edges of the letters and distress the tops a bit.  Due to my Cuttlebug Addiction, I did run all of the base font letters through with the Polka Dots folder too...  I really do get such a kick out of those embossing folders...  If you have any questions, please be sure to leave me a message, and I'll be happy to get back to you. :)
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I hope you enjoy my two-page Halloween layout...  I'd love to read your comments, so please take a moment to let me know you were here...  And, of course, I love having new followers too!!  :)
If you'd like to see what else I've been creating, please click HERE...  Thanks again for stopping by!!


Chris said...

You are SO talented, Girlfriend!

Norma said...

Love the layout!!! Super cute:) I/m now your newest follower and I can't wait for your next project. I hope you can stop by and visit:)

Janis Lewis said...

This turned out so cute! Thanks for playing with us at Paper Playtime. :) Janis

kathlee said...

I have a "fraidy cat of my own and just love him!! Adorable LO!

thekolbes said...

Love it and your cat is just so darned adorable. Thanks so much for sharing
krazykcrafters at msn dot com said...

Very cute LO!! Thanks for sharing your work!!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Juliana T said...

love the cats on this layout!

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