Monday, April 23, 2012

Simply Catty

I've been wanting to make catnip toys for...ever, and even bought a small bag of catnip some months ago. We don't own cats but have friends who do, so I made this gift set consisting of two catnip-filled toys & a matching card:

The patterned material is from the Daffadilly Collection by Fabric Central; I used StazOn to stamp the images and colored them with Sharpies before sewing the swatches together on my machine. I did go over all the black with my Copic microliner. I stuffed the bags with cotton stuffing and a bit of catnip.

Both of these Cat stamps are by Inkadinkadoo, but from different sets. Mom sent me the large cat stamp (you may remember it from the Feline Thankful blog hop back in September 2011), and I won the inchie set via the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

Even though the Cat Head Square is popped-up on the card with foam tape, I did use masking to stamp the square & large cat onto the card base. The tag/sentiment is from the same inchie set, but stamped onto Shrinky Dink plastic and shrunk in my toaster oven. I sewed the charm onto the square piece with black thread.

The border is machine-sewed; I just eye-balled it. The yellow lace is from a $1 spool I grabbed in line at Jo-Ann's last weekend!

Many thanks to the following Challenge Blogs for the Inspiration:
CAS-ual Fridays #49: Sketch (right)
Crafts 4 Eternity #68: Something New (new lace, newly-inked inchie stamps, new-to-me technique)
Less is More Week 64: How Charming

Check out this great video of big cats reacting to Catnip:

Thank you for visiting!


  1. Wonderful set, love the stamps, they look so great stamped on material too. Thanks for showing the video, real fun to watch....just like watching your own cat at home lol. Hugs lin

  2. Beautiful projects! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.

  3. What a great idea!
    This is a fab card and the little catnip toys are super!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  4. Gorgeous projects - what a snazzy cat!

  5. Oh, I love it! I'm definitely a cat person and this is a perfect gift for all cat lovers.

  6. Great work!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  7. How complete is this gift set. Very cute.

    Monica xxx

  8. So striking
    Fabulous card
    Thank you very much
    "Less is More"

  9. AWESOME projects! The colors are so vibrant and striking! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  10. Very striking! Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  11. Great card and wonderful idea to do the catnip toys! Thanks for the video clip - loved it and sent the link to a friend who's another lover of big cats :)

  12. Great card CG, the colours are striking and look wonderful with the cat images in black. Great little gifts for a cat lover.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us at Crafting When We Can Challenges. :-) xx


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