Crazy cats on a self-made background

Hi and Happy Saturday!
When browsing through the web I came across a fun challenge blog, Pile It On! There are many inspirational and great challenge sites out there, but this one takes them all to a new level: The task is to make a project (card, scrapbook layout, altered item, ...) using more than one challenge. How cool!

My take on the challenge is a card with fun stamped and die-cut elements:

I started with embossing small dots a piece of white cardstock (love *this* Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder!), and continued inking it with dark grey ('hickory smoke'), black ('black soot') and red ('fired brick') Distress inks.

I had a vision of making my stamped cat an alley cat, and for creating a proper background decoration I die-cut bricks from red cardstock. The die I used was a new Tim Holtz design, one of the three dies from his Sizzix Thinlits Mixed Media set #3.
After gluing down the bricks I stamped on them and brushed them gently with a dry brush and white gesso. Loved that grungy result!

The Crazy Cats by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous are adorable! The matching Sizzix die set is easy to use; especially if you are using a magnetic platform underneath to keep the dies securely in place while cutting.

The party hat and the balloons are from the Crazy Birds accessories stamp set. 

It was such a fun project to work with. I love playing with collages like this!

I'm happy to enter this card to the following challenges:

Pile It On, #114: Make your own background

Crafting By Designs, August: Anything goes

Creative Moments, #100: Anything goes

Inspiration Destination, #99: Anything goes

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog, #291: Anything goes

Sisters of Craft, August: Anything goes

The Crafty Addicts, #22: Anyghing goes/Use die-cuts

Craft Your Passion Challenge, #325: Anything goes

Through The Craft Room: Anything goes

Wishing you a nice weekend! Hope you have time to do something that makes you happy ♥.

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  2. This is great! I love it! Thank you so much for joining us at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog for our weekly anything goes challenge. I look forward to seeing you again.
    Best of luck in the draw!
    IDCB Owner

  3. Hi Elina: Love your card - the background is super! Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion Challenges! - Patti (CYP DT)

  4. Absolutely stunning!!! Thanks for joining our challenge at Inspiration Destination Good luck!!
    (DT member)

  5. definitely an inspired card. so many techniques are incorporated here. fab. thank you for sharing it with us at TTCRD and good luck, Theresa DT xx

  6. Fabulous project (DT)

  7. This is such a cool card! Sorry, I'm so late in visiting you. Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Cara DT x

  8. Love this ! Very original, and as we have 5 cats this definitely caught my eye !

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