I love cats. My mom loved cats and always had one or two of them around. She never bought a cat.. ever. She always adopted or more accurately they, as in the cats, adopted her… Wilbur, Sam, Cupcake, Gonzo, Boomer… so many cats over the years. But this card isn’t about cats but is instead made by a cat! Yup, a COPY cat!


Sharon Johnson (notimetostamp) came up with this wonderful idea to use the small SU! oval punch as a saucer for the cups. Here is her card that I just love. This card is also for the OCCC (Our Creative Corner Challenge) which is to make a card using at least one brad and one button as embellishments. I used Flourishes new “Coffee With Friends” set for the cups and their “Damask” background stamp. The Damask is stamped on Basic Grey’s “Two Scoops” designer paper. The ribbon is May Arts Scalloped Brown Satin.

Do you think these cups could pass as teacups? I have a whole collection of teacups that used to belong to my mom. She collected them (along with just about anything else you can think of! lol) One of her wishes was to someday take the ferry from Seattle to Victoria and have High Tea at the Empress Hotel. Oh and while on the trip she also wanted to visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Well fortunately before she passed away we were able to make that trip!

This is the view of the Empress as the ferry comes in to dock in Victoria, BC. (Photo courtesy of the Stewart Family, 2003)


Here we are at the Butchart Gardens just outside of Victoria. That’s our little group in the lower left hand corner of the photo.  (Picture was taken by my sister, Merle.)


The gardens were incredibly beautiful just like my mom. I’m so glad that she was able to get her wish and we made this trip. I miss her.


Stamps: Flourishes “Coffee With Friends”, “Damask”; SU! “So Many Sayings”
Papers: SU! Whisper White, Taken With Teal; Basic Grey DP “Two Scoops”
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa; SU! Chocolate Chip, Taken With Teal Markers; Copic BG02, BG05, BG10; Sakura White Gel Pen
Accessories: May Arts Scalloped Satin Brown Ribbon, Brads, Button, Hemp, SU! Small Oval Punch, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

21 Responses to “Here Kitty, Kitty and the OCCC”

  1. This is such a great card, and they are tea cups to me, thanks for sharing those beautiful photos.

  2. That’s a very pretty card! I love your stories about your mom too.

  3. Beautiful tea cup card!!! And thanks for sharing the memories and photos!

  4. My Mom and I went to Victoria and Butchart Gardens a few years ago… she had wanted to go there also… We loved it!!! Made me want to move up there (I live in the pudget sound area)
    AS SOON as I saw the picture of the gardens I knew where it was… once you have been there you don’t forget!
    I am very happy you have the memories to cherish!!!

  5. Oh, Susan, your tea cups and saucers are FABULOUS!!! I love them all stacked up high like that — very, very cool!!! Just a lovely card for your challenge!!! And your photos and memories of your trip with your Mom are wonderful to see and read — thanks so much for sharing them!!!

  6. Great idea with the tea cups and plates – your card looks so nice. Thanks for sharing the photos of that beautiful garden, it looks so beautiful.

  7. Beautiful! Love everything about your card and thanks for sharing about your family!

  8. What a neat idea! Love how your teacup card turned out. Beautiful story and pictures makes this extra special.

  9. Susan, I love this card and the colors you used! I am a cat lover as well…:) I am so glad you were able to make that trip w/your mom. I know you will always remember this and how happy it must have made her!


  10. So striking, I love these colors, thanks so much for playing with us.

  11. I was blown away upon the sight of this gorgeous card, and then the little story that goes with it touched my heart and soul! I’m so glad you Mom fulfilled her dream to visit those beautiful gardens! Funny how making a card can touch upon a treasured memory.
    Anyway, your card is fabulous! I adore the saucers and that gorgeous ribbon, but the thing that really caught my eye was that tiny heart-shaped button! The vivid colors, embossing and stamping make this card nothing short of spectacular! LOVE it!! TFS!

  12. Gorgeous! Love the colors and layout. And those saucers….simply perfect!

  13. Great card and I love Sharon’s idea! Love the cat story too — we are living examples of a cat choosing you! Our neighbour’s cat (next door neighbours at that!!) decided to move in with us! Was a bit awkward for a while, but we have all adjusted – especially the cat!

    As for your trip to Victoria – I must brag and say, I just love living in BC!! Victoria is lovely as are the gardens and all the rest you can see there. Next time you’re up this way, let me know — I’m just a ferry ride away 🙂

  14. My simpathy to you and your family on the loss of your Mom. The amount of time that passes, gives to small a relief on the emptiness we feel in our heart. May your memories of your Mother comfort you and the pictures of time spent together bring a sense of her presence to you.

  15. Fabulous card Susan! Love the colours and that little button is so cute!
    Wonderful pictures of Victoria! I’ve never been to those Gardens…will have to go next time I’m in Victoria! TFS~! So pretty!

  16. What a wonderfully pretty and neat card! And such great memories of your mom! That looks like a fabulous place to visit! Thanks so much for sharing about them, Susan! Have a fabulous day! Hugs to you!

  17. Now there’s a stack of cups! Oh, my, what a beautiful card. I love all the details such as the button and linen thread. Buchart and BC — one of my favorite vacation spots! I’m so glad your mom’s dream came true for her.

  18. What a beautiful card — love the idea of using the punch as the saucer! Beautiful photos too…I’ve never been to the Empress Hotel, but the Buchart Gardens look just like I remember them from when I was there (over 30 years ago!). Brings back some good memories for me. I’m glad that you were able to help your mom’s dream come true. 😉 tfs

  19. Your card is so beautiful, and so perfect!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos as well!!

  20. What a wonderful idea to use the oval! Your cups definitely look like teacups!!

    And what sweet memories of your trip. I have been to Victorian and Butchart Gardens (honeymoon!) and loved every minute of it. Thanks for sharing your pictures and bringing back memories for me too!

    BEAUTIFUL cards!

  21. I went here with my Mother as well. She had always planned to go when my Father retired. One day she said lets go now. I went with them and we had a wonderful time. She died a couple of years later. Never put off what you can do today, you don’t know if there will be a tomorrow.
    Kathleen, Australia

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