Wednesday, June 24, 2020


Hello friends! Today starts a new challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and I'm hosting this one. I call it Cattywampus and here's the skinny...

'Cattywampus is a funny sounding southern slag term I hear a lot around the house. According to the On Line Slang Dictionary it has several meanings including "appearing off center, diagonal from, crooked or not level, appearing askew, tilted or lopsided". Taking inspiration from any one of these definitions, include something cattywampus in your vintage or shabby chic project. Be sure to tell us what that cattywampus thing is; we might miss it!'

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

Can you guess what's cattywampus about my cat card? Well, I think it's pretty obvious the stacked postage frame is slightly crooked. It was actually an afterthought having found it sitting in a pile of castoffs that hadn't been discarded from my last playtime. I stamped and heat embossed it with the scribble from Grunged stamp set and white powder. I inked it with Distress oxide and ink and adhered it around a Gloss paper panel on which I had outlined bubbles with a ball point pen using the Bubble stencil.  I took a Q tip dipped in alcohol and traced over the lines, blending each of the bubbles. I'm sure it's not a mystery this was one of the ideas I tried on for size for our last Positively Pensive challenge.

The panel and frame are layered over a panel of metallic Kraft stock. I scored it with my score board and lightly sanded. It's edged with Chipped Sapphire ink. The score lines helped me to line up my frame and panel, but it turns out the card I cut the postage from was not square, so it also appears even more cattywampus relative to the scored lines.

I stamped portions of a snarky comment from the Snarky Cat set in archival ink within the bubbles. And I used another of the quotes from the same set on a scrap at the bottom for the cat to stand on. The cat looks like he might be slightly askew.

The cat is stamped using Distress Crayons and  Distress regular and Archival inks. I added little dots to his eyes to give him a different personality. I fussy cut, edged with Chipped Sapphire ink and popped him up with waste cardboard.

I tucked in some Wildflower Stems die cuts. The pink one is colored with crayons and ink and the green one is from my stash.  The Mirrored Stars are colored with white gesso and ink and then lightly touched with crayon, both Chipped Sapphire.

I hope you will take some time to pop over to the blog and check out all the amazing cattywampus projects my talented teammates made to tempt you to play along in our challenge. I can't wait to see what crazy things you will come up with! Happy crafting! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:

These products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Snarky Cat
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set - Grunged
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Wildflower Stems #1 by Tim Holtz
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic Confections Kraft Stock
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Archival Mini Ink Pad -  Black Soot, Faded Jeans, Picked Raspberry
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Chipped Sapphire
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Shaded Lilac
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons -  Picked Raspberry, Chipped Sapphire
Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Dabber
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze - Weathered Wood
Ranger Embossing Powder - White
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - White Gesso
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stencil - Bubbles
Ranger Inkssentials Gloss Paper


  1. What an absolutely brilliant theme! And an absolutely brilliant card! Love that you have the word bubbles that he's worried about appearing over his head, and the cattywampus corrugated framing is so cool. Katy-cornered or catty-cornered is another version of "on the diagonal" which seems to catch a lot of people out, but I'm delighted to be introduced to cattywampus.
    Alison x

  2. I love this! So clever to put the ideas in the bubbles and so cool that you smudged the ink with the alcohol. I totally thought your cool cat was your cattywampus as he looks tilty!

  3. Made me LAUGH! I love that you used a CAT for your cattawampus card!

  4. Oh it's a question of where to start with the accolades for this card Sara Emily - the bubbles and background work beautifully with your wonderful cat (of course - a cat!) and those inky flowers and blue stars are the perfect embellishments. And then there's the textured layers underneath at their odd angles. Thank you for introducing us all to 'cattywampus' xx

  5. Such a fun card! Love the colours and kitty cat - fabulous 😀. I hope you've had a lovely week! Happy weekend! Hugs, Jo x

  6. The Cattywampus theme is so much fun and I love that your Snarky Cat is so cattywampus himself, as is everything about this fun card. He looks like he got caught doing something but doesn't quite realize he may be at fault! Love it!

  7. These stamps are so funny. It is hard to work with something so popular and make it look new but your colours are light, fresh and unusual. I especially love his pink nose. take care and thanks for continuing to share so much. xox

  8. Love this wonderful card, Sara Emily! Makes me smile!


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