Art Impressions Cat Twist Ties Cuddle Cats Group Hug Gate Fold Card and Construction Tips

Yes, another cat card! This one was supposed to have made the Cat Lovers Hop, but the company I’d ordered the stamp set from goofed and sent me the wrong set and the correct one didn’t arrive until after the hop was done. (FYI, it wasn’t Art Impressions, this was before they had this set up on their site) I still needed to make up the card I had planned, so here we are. : )

This stamp set is SO us, I just HAD to get it to make first and foremost for the other special folks in my favorite group hug pack! And, you know me… I’m a sucker for interactive cards…. This one is a doozy!!

This is a gate-fold card, where the two sides fold together and meet or overlap slightly in the middle. Only on this one, they’re tied together by the interlocking cats. If you push in slightly on the edges, you can slide them apart…

See… the orange tiger kitty is sliding away from the group.

Since the current Art Impressions challenge #245 is Washi Tape, I framed the outside with washi tape and lined the inside with a couple of layers of it, too. For those of you who don’t know what washi tape is a thin decorative adhesive tape; much thinner than masking tape… You can see the underlying patterned paper on the front of the card under the orange, and the row of hearts from the washi tape under the pink washi tape on the inside:

For the inside, I fussy cut the cuddly group and put them together exactly behind the ones in the opening so they’re still hugging on the inside when it’s opened and it says: “Does somebody need a cuddle?” Awww!

There was one part of the directions for this set that wasn’t quite clear. I’m going to jot down some tips and pointers both for my pea-sized brain to refer back to as I’m likely to forget next time I put one of these together, and FYI, too.

Tip #1 You want the stamp to hit the edges of the paper. I used a MISTI and put the paper in the corner to stamp it, which means there was a tiny space between the edge of the stamp and the edge of the paper, so it didn’t cut out completely. (also: Don’t ink up the corners in the stamps below the cats… they’re just there to help you place the cats properly… place the corner of the stamp on the corresponding corner of your card.

No big deal… it’s just 4 tiny snips with a scissors, but you COULD avoid it. Just sayin’.

The instructions say to ‘score a 9 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ panel of cardstock at 2 3/4″ and 7:”. Fold like a gatefold card with the left panel on top.’ Well, perhaps you’re smarter than I am, but I wasn’t sure which is the left panel or if it made a difference, so I did it both ways:

As you can see, the longer panel (2 3/4″) puts the finished product in the center of the card. (not to say that an off-center card isn’t cool, too):

Tip #2:  I clearly marked on my package that the wider 2 3/4″ panel is the left panel to TRY to help me remember next time. (We’ll see if it works! lol!) 

Tip #3: don’t crease your scoring until you have the cats stamped and cut out… that gives you a little wiggle room to adjust the folds, if needed.

Tip #4: you can cut off a bit more of the bottom edge if you want some of the foot from the cat in the back showing:

Since the cute stitched edging didn’t show up on my patterned paper, I decided to outline it with a lace heart. None of the heart dies I had on hand were the exact shape of this heart opening, but the Spellbinders Lace Hearts can be cut down and made to fit with a little finagling.

Supplies used:

  • Art Impressions Cat Twist Ties stamps and dies
  • Spellbinders Lace Hearts dies
  • Altenew Halftone Hearts stamps
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks: Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Angel Pink, Rose Bud
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Authentique Devoted pad: “Frisky” & “Affection” papers & Devoted Details stickers
  • Copic Markers: C1,3,5,7; E71; YR02, 24
  • Recollections Washi Tapes… various
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

I am playing along with the following challenges, click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

Next, I hope to finally finish a post I’m working on with some jewelry inspiration for you. You know me… no promises on when I’ll actually finish it, so just stay tuned! : )

Crafty hugs,

~D.Ann

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2018 Cat Lovers Hop Review and Blog Candy Giveaway Winners

I want thank you all so much for all the love and kind comments you left on my blog and social media sites!! You all seemed to enjoy the 15 cat projects I was able to put together during the past year and I’m so pleased! So far, on Instagram, the video of this card has the most likes:  and I was pleased that it won top pick at the Art Impressions challenge! I was also tickled that Marabu reposted my marbling projects from this post!

It was wonderful to peruse the record 243 projects that were entered in this year’s hop! Why, there were crafters from ages 4 to, well, we won’t say (wink-wink), from at least 12 countries (including Australia, Canada, Croatia, England, Greece, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, the UK, and, of course, the USA) with many fabulous projects — and not all were cards! I bookmarked several cool techniques (thanks, ladies!!) and ideas, and my wishlist grew quite a bit, too! I hope you got to hop around and leave these talented folks some love. Now that everyone has commented on our hostess’ daily posts, it’s quite entertaining to go back and read all the kitty stories in the comments, too!!

For those of you wondering, here’s the answer to the number of different Spellbinders die sets that I used (as asked in THIS post), in the order that they appeared:

  1. Teardrop Circle
  2. Large Classic Circles
  3. Small Classic Scalloped Circles
  4. Spellbinders Conversation Bubble 1
  5. Purrfect
  6. Pawing Around
  7. Bella Rose Lattice Layering Frame
  8. Labels 40 Decorative Accents
  9. Lounge Around
  10. French Frills
  11. 5×7 Elegant Labels 4
  12. Conversation Bubble 3
  13. Sing It Loud 1
  14. Lace Hearts
  15. Card Creator A2 Divine Eloquence
  16. Isabella Frame
  17. Small Die of the Month Oct. 2018
  18. Small Classic Circles (note: For those of you who said 19… Large Classic Circles was already used!)

Whew! 18!! Who knew?! I must say, the largest percentage of my dies are Spellbinders. Now, if you weren’t one of the 2 people who got it right, don’t despair… I only said you had to e-mail me your answer, I didn’t say you had to get it right. lol! So all of you who emailed me got your bonus entries. : )

Well, I know you all are prancing around like a cat who’s heard the can-opener, waiting for your treats!!  I wish I had something for every single one of you, but that’s just not possible. Let’s hope the Clearance Bin Fairies continue to be extra generous with kitty themed goodies and that Janis at Her Peaceful Garden is kind enough to host the hop again next year so we can have some more fun prizes!

Aaaannnddd now…..

blankie

Is it me???!!!!!

Hold on to your tails, it’s the time you’ve all been waiting for! First I’ll list all the winners that were chosen using Random.org, then tell you all what to do to claim your prizes…

And the winners are:

  1.  Susan Renshaw wins the Cat die from Cheapo Dies featured HERE! Thank you Cheapo Dies!!
  2.  beccab33324 wins a $25 gift code (store credit) from Spellbinders to their online store! (Credit will not cover shipping costs, duties or taxes.) that was offered HERE! Thank you Spellbinders!!
  3. Verna Angerhofer wins my prize package #1 as seen HERE!
  4. Viki Banaszak wins my prize package #2 as seen HERE!
  5. Vivian Foo wins the Essentials by Ellen Leading Ladies Cat Lady by Brandi Kincaid stamp set from Ellen Hutson that was featured HERE! Thank you, Ellen Hutson!!
  6. Denise Bryant wins my prize package #3 as seen HERE!
  7. Roberta Stevenson wins my prize package #4 as seen HERE!
  8. ionabunny wins my prize package #5 as seen HERE!
  9. Ike IkesArt wins my prize package #6 as seen HERE!
  10. Janis in ID wins my January/February 2018 issue of Catser magazine as seen HERE!
  11. Suzanne Harkinson wins my March/April 2018 issue of Catser magazine as seen HERE!
  12. Sue D wins my May/June 2018 issue of Catser magazine as seen HERE!
  13. Donna Mundinger wins my September/October 2018 issue of Catser magazine as seen HERE!
  14. BONUS: I found my July/August issue of Catster magazine and drew another name…. Nana Connie wins it!
  15. Karen Ladd wins my 250 Instagram Followers giveaway as seen HERE!

To claim your prizes: You have 48 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 2:00pm EASTERN Standard time on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.) For those of you who won sponsored prizes, I will pass your information on to the sponsors as soon as I receive it.

Updated 10/31/18: All prizes have been claimed!

For those of you that didn’t win… as you dejectedly take to your couches,  couchunderstands

perhaps with a warm beverage, I’ll sing you this comforting song to console you…

softkitty

Again, please know that I appreciate ALL of you and your kind support! Looking forward to seeing your all again and to another Cat Lovers Hop next year (wink-wink Janis!)!

Have a PAWsome day!

Until next time…

– D.Ann

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pps: For those of you who weren’t with us for the Cat Lovers Hop in previous years, I close with this comic that always makes me giggle…

skyraisins

 

T-I-double g-Rrr… Wobble Tigger Easel Card! Hoo-hoo!

Welcome to my final post for the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop! Yes, your inboxes will finally get a break from this cat card blitz. >^.^< Wohoo! We’ve surpassed our previous record and have over 200 entries in the hop already this year and there’s still half a day to go!!

This card sums up my feelings about the Cat Lovers Hop pretty well!

For a change, I’m going to start with the back of the card:

Knowing me, I’ll probably write a few funny lines back here like, “I wonder where I put the car keys?” or “I wonder where I left my glasses?” : )

When you open it up, it becomes a stand-up card easel-y (I just HAD to put the pun in!) using that pretty easel base by Anna Griffin, :

To get the leaves filled out with some depth and texture, I die cut the ornate frame and then embossed it into some green cardstock, too. I fussy cut along the outside, cutting straight across the top where the easel die would be attached. Then I affixed the die-cut piece over it and colored it up with chalks.

To hold the card in place, I put some felt cobblestones on the path. Tah-dah!

I was going to color Tigger, but thought it might be easier to just cut out the parts I would need in the corresponding colors and emboss the background for his stripes. It involved a little bit of fussy cutting but looks grrreat (oops! wrong tiger!).

Here he is bobbing around in all his glory on that tail that’s made out of springs… Bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!:

Supplies:

  • Character World: Disney, Winnie the Pooh: Tigger die
  • Anna Griffin Ornate Frames & Easy Easel dies
  • Mama Elephant Hooray die
  • Technique Tuesday DIY Say It Hugs
  • Recollections 100# cream cardstock,
  • Core’dinations 65# black, green, pink, orange & yellow cardstock
  • Spellbinders Platinum Pack 3 poster board – gold
  • Simon Says Stamp Action Wobble mini spring
  • Anna Griffin Pretty Prose vellum sticker quotes
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Creatology embossed felt – cobblestone copper canyon
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky glue

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

Well, that brings the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop to a close – for me, anyway…. this cat’s tuckered out! Don’t forget to get your comments in for all of the giveaways before 11:59pm Sunday, October 27, 2018. For those of you counting the Spellbinders dies used, this completes my projects (Hint: there were non used on this card. lol!) I had someone ask if it was dies or sets, so I’ll clarify: It’s the number of different SETS. You can tell them apart by their names! Please be sure to look at my actual blog posts and not your email versions as I had to update a couple. Sorry.

TTFN (for those who don’t know, that’s Ta-Ta For Now from Tigger (and me))

~D.Ann

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Floral Cat Spinner Card

Good morning and welcome to the final day of the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop! With over 175 entries already, there has been loads of amazing crafty inspiration and feline fun!

I have a fun spinner card to show you:

I love how that die looks like a ball of yarn! The little hearts at the bottom almost look like cat heads, too. It was a little daunting figuring out how to put this together as I needed to hide the spinning mechanism beneath the kitty, but I used some circle dies and foam (and baby powder to help it spin a little more freely), and got it to work. There is a small solid circle of foam underneath the white circle on the back side of kitty, glued to kitty. The pink circle on kitty is a donut, with the hole smaller than the white circle, but larger than the foam circle, allowing free movement. The pink circle was glued to the foam ring on the card, the inside of which is larger than the white circle on the kitty, allowing free movement. Totally confused? Me, too, but it works. : )

After stamping this sweet decorative cat, I colored her up using gel pens and added some glossy accents on her eyes and paws.

The inside die cut says You Make Every Day Perfect… I just cut the first e off of Perfect and cut and extra u from You and made it Purfect. I used some chalks and a sparkle pen to make the sentiment stand out a little more. (Those really are two different shades of pink cardstock, the camera doesn’t show it very well.)

I love the sweet sentiment stamped on the back!! I’m going to be using it a lot to thank the many good friends that I have!

Here is a video of the card in action (You may need to click on the email to go to the actual blog post, then click in the middle of the picture on the white arrow):

 

Supplies:

  • Woodware Craft Collection: Decorative Cat and Good Friend stamp sets
  • Tonic Studios Perfect Day Indulgence Semi Die set
  • Spellbinders Large Classic Circles and Small Classic Circles dies
  • Recollections 110# pink cardstock
  • Core’dinations 65# cardstock – pink and kraft
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black
  • Shuttle Art Gel Pens
  • Pebbles, Inc Iridescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Foamies 3mm Foam Sheet
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Baby powder

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

Edited to add: Thank you, Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, for the honor of playing and winning!

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*****      Giveaway now closed      *****

To celebrate the final day of the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop and reaching 250 followers  on Instagram (actually, 248 as of this posting, but close enough!), I have a pawsome final giveaway:

A Darice Paw Print Background embossing folder, little kitty sticky note flags and a kitty charm for your cell phone.

What do you have to do to be eligible to win this prize? If you’re interested, follow me on Instagram (@d.ann.c), like and comment on the post featuring this giveaway, tagging ONE friend who you think might also like to follow me.

Bonus entry option #1: just leave me a comment on this blog post using the word “PAW” somewhere in your comment.

For a second bonus entry (for a total of 3 possible entries, like and comment on the Instagram (@d.ann.c) post featuring this card. (It doesn’t have to be a long comment, just a heart will do.) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you did it and your Instagram name.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 28, 2018 to get your comments in. Sometime after noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop (chosen using Random.org). Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so, if you’re not subscribed, be sure to check back later that afternoon for that post!!

I will be back with one final card for the hop later today. See you then!

~D.Ann

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Nosy Kitty Goes Nuts Over Secret Acorn! Fun Gift Card Holder

I had so much fun with this next card!!! It’d fit the Coffee Lovers Hop, but right now we’re doing the CAT Lovers Hop!

I just adore the look on the face of this Nosy Kitty stamp by Stampendous! What is he staring so intently at inside that acorn? See how his eyes glisten?!! He’s going nuts waiting  to tear into it, for sure! I love that fab Small Die of the Month Acorn by Spellbinders! It was serendipitous to find the acorn shaped gift cards at Starbucks… the perfect match! I had already snipped off the word Fall even though I ended up putting fall leaves around it. I had done a different background, but didn’t like it, so wanted to cover it up. lol!.

So, I set about making an acorn window/pocket to hold the gift card. My original thought was to make it see-through to the cute pair inside, but I have to admit, by this point I was like a kitten after gorging on milk… barely holding my eyes open. (insert cute viral video of kitten falling asleep here. Lol! >^.^<) I thought the better of chasing my tail all night and kept it fairly simple. Maybe some other time!

On the inside I stamped this cute couple of chipmunks inside the acorn (it must be HUGE). I didn’t want to color them with Copics as they’d bleed through to the back, and they looked too plain uncolored, so I got out my Polychromos and colored them up. This will make a great Thank You card for a couple of coffee loving friends!

To finish off the project, I stamped the cat and a chipmunk with an acorn on the envelope:

Supplies:

  • Spellbinders Small Die of the Month – October 2018
  • Stampendous Nosy Cat stamp
  • Neat & Tangled My Favorite Nut and Purrrfect stamp sets (inside & envelope)
  • Core’dinations white and kraft cardstock
  • Colorbok Shiny Rust Foil Cardstock
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Rich Cocoa & Tuxedo Black
  • Copic markers (cat): C7; E55, 71; G24; R20, 22; Y32; YG17, 61; YR02, 24, 31
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils (inside of card) Brown Ochre, Burnt Carmine, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Dark Cadmium Yellow, Deep Red, Green Gold, May Green, Olive Green, Orange Glaze, Pink Madder Lake, Raw Umber, Van Dyck Brown
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Nicole Maple Leaves
  • The Paper Studio paw gemstones
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Misc: Starbucks gift card, ribbon, envelope

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

 

*****      Giveaway now closed      *****

Today’s giveaway is really 4! I received a free sub to Catster Magazine and have 4 individual copies to give away! Most are missing a small square where the address label was and one has some pages that were folded by accident, but they’re still a fun read. Here are the magazine covers:

  1. January/February 2018 issue:

2. March/April 2018 issue:

3.  May/June 2018 issue:

4.  September/October 2018 issue:

What do you have to do to be eligible to win ONE of these magazines? If you’re interested, just leave me a comment using the word “Catster” somewhere in your comment. If you have a preference for a particular issue, please let me know. Sorry, international peeps, this one needs to be US residents only as they’re a bit heavy.

Bonus entry option #1: Be a follower of my blog and leave me another comment.

For a second bonus entry, follow me on Instagram (@d.ann.c), like and comment on the post featuring this project. (It doesn’t have to be a long comment, just a heart will do.) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you did it and your Instagram name.

Bonus entry option #3 (for a total of 4 possible entries): Follow me on Pinterest(@dannscraftingand re-pin any one of my cards or projects that you like. (If you don’t like them, you don’t have to pin any. lol!) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know your Pinterest name.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 28, 2018 to get your comments in. Sometime after noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop (chosen using Random.org). Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so, if you’re not subscribed, be sure to check back later that afternoon for that post!!

 

~D.Ann

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Clearly Besotted Fluffy Furball Stand Up Card

Good morning sweet kits! It may be the penultimate day of the Cat Lovers Hop, but we’re not winding down! It’s full steam ahead, tho’ some of us are just running on catnip and coffee by now!

If you’re not one of them (or, perhaps, even if you are), you may look as bright eyed and bushy tailed as these cute kits:

I stamped and fussy-cut them, then stacked them up, intertwining their tales. With Glossy Accents, their eyes almost look like googly eyes!

This stand-up card starts out flat, to fit in the envelope. The top flap lifts up and folds back down.

Here’s a view looking at the back:

There is a small tab on the ‘base’ that it rests against to hold it up for display.

Supplies:

  • Clearly Besotted: Fluffy Furball stamps
  • Sizzix Card, Playful Stand-Ups dies
  • Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise cardstock
  • Recollections cream & white cardstock
  • Graphic 45: Raining Cats and Dogs
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black & Desert Sand (env.) dye inks
  • Copic Markers: B21; E31, 51, 55, 57; W1
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Simply Defined permanent adhesive runner
  • Simply Defined Stay-Put Glue

’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

You know cats are gonna win this one hands down! >^.^<

In my next post, I’ll have today’s giveaway put together… Skedaddle on to the next person on the hop for now (after leaving some love here (and on Instagram or Pinterest if you wish). Thank you, sweeties!! : )

~D.Ann

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Take Life One Cup At a Time -The Cat’s Pajamas Get Well Card

I’m closing out today with a sweet kitty get-well card for the Cat Lovers Hop.

This month’s TCP Tuesday Challenge (#351) theme is holiday. This is a stretch, but in Europe saying you’re on holiday means you’re on vacation. Well, where I worked, vacation days and sick days were all lumped together, solving the problem of people calling in sick when they just wanted a day off. Since taking a day off in bed IS a kind of forced holiday, I’m entering this in the challenge…. let’s celebrate getting better!  : )

Ah, yes, sit back and milk it, taking life one cup at a time!

Tip: Take a little Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink on your finger and run it over embossed details to highlight them.

Good ol’ Glossy Accents and a Sparkle Pen jazz things up a little.

And, if you don’t have the right color of faux pearls, take a Copic marker to white ones!

Supplies:

  • The Cats Pajamas Big Cups & You Sick Thing stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Isabella Frame dies
  • Recollections 110#  blue cardstock; 65# white
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Copic markers: C1, 3; G24; RV02, 04, 63; Y13
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Simply Defined Stay-Put glue & Permanent adhesive
  • Misc. ribbon, faux pearls and puffy heart

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

What? You were expecting something here before I sign off? Ok, I DO have another pic for ya….

Bwahahahaha… This is where I’ll take a picture of TOMORROW’s giveaway. You didn’t think I could have a giveaway on EVERY post, did you? The clearance bins were generous this year (plus I didn’t have a blogiversary party), but not THAT generous. Lol! : ) Now that I’ve got the bulk of them posted, there will still be another giveaway posted tomorrow and more on Saturday, so off you pop to play with your four-legged fur-babies and keep an eye out for upcoming posts! Meanwhile, you can comment on this post without having to come up with a specific word. : ) Likes on Instagram and re-pins on Pinterest are still appreciated! Thanks for all your support!!

~D.Ann

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Dreamerland Wondering How You Are Doing Kitty Card

Hello again, sweet kitty loving peeps! (and everyone else, which is probably about 1% of you. lol!)

The Cat Lovers Hop continues and, of course, I have yet another kitty card!

Isn’t she just the sweetest? So, is Kitty wondering how the girl is doing or is she writing to someone wondering how they are doing?

One small detail: To give our gal some depth, after stamping and diecutting, I popped just her head up with a foam dot. The girl got folded at the knees and just her feet and head got foam dots. Also, the first pile of stamped books I fussy cut so they’d appear farther back than the diecut pile with the edge.

Supplies:

  • Dreamerland Crafts: Just a Note to Say & Wondering How You are Doing stamp & die sets
  • Tonic Studios: Ornate Frame dies
  • Recollections 110# ivory cardstock
  • Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa & Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic Markers: B21, 24; BG13, 45, 72; BV04; C1, 3; E00, 11, 23, 31, 33, 37, 51, 55, G02, 25; R22, 24, 29, 89; RV17, 19; V04, 06, 12, 15, 17; Y17, 28, 32; YG63, YR04, 07, 31
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Shuttle Art Gel Pens
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents (window panes)
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – Copper Penny (window latches)
  • Simply Defined Stay-Put glue
  • Misc. Foam Dots

 

*****      Giveaway now closed      *****

Lets have another giveaway! Check out this little package (#6) of feline goodies that I have to for one of you:

A cat scarf, pen, color in post cards, kitty tissues, cat eraser, washi tape, sticky notes, a magnetic bookmark, and even a glow-in-the-dark cat necklace! Furbulous fun, eh?!!

What do you have to do to be eligible to win my prize package #6? If you’re interested, just leave me a comment using the word “hairball” somewhere in your comment.

Bonus entry option #1: Be a follower of my blog and leave me another comment.

For a second bonus entry, follow me on Instagram (@d.ann.c), like and comment on the post featuring this project. (It doesn’t have to be a long comment, just a heart will do.) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you did it and your Instagram name.

Bonus entry option #3 (for a total of 4 possible entries): Follow me on Pinterest(@dannscraftingand re-pin any one of my cards or projects that you like. (If you don’t like them, you don’t have to pin any. lol!) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know your Pinterest name.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 28, 2018 to get your comments in. Sometime after noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop (chosen using Random.org). Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so, if you’re not subscribed, be sure to check back later that afternoon for that post!!

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~D.Ann

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You Make My Heart Smile – Altenew Friendship Card

Hello once again and welcome to another day of cards and fun giveaways for the Cat Lovers Hop!

Let’s start off with a simple window card:

The inside sentiment is probably too small to read in the picture, so here it is:

A bunch of smiles and a little note to tell you that I care, that’s what I’m sending out to you from my little heart over here. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I think of what you mean to me. It brightens my day and puts a smile on my face!

What a wonderful sentiment showing gratitude for friendship! Why, I’d send it to all of you, dear readers!

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: The gold top shine that you get with the Brilliance inks is, well, brilliant!!

Love the halftone heart as a background for an open heart window!

I’ve been making an effort to finish off my cards with something inside and out and on the envelope, too. Don’t always get it done, but this time I did. : )

Supplies:

  • Altenew: Halftone Hearts, Layered Letters AFG & Modern Cats stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Lace Hearts & Card Creator A2 Divine Eloquence dies
  • The Paper Studio orange card
  • Recollections white and peach cardstock
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Rocket Red Gold pigment ink
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink
  • Shuttle Art gel pens
  • The Ribbon Boutique paw print ribbon
  • Simply Defined Stay-Put glue

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

 

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Since some kitties like to scarf down their food (now WHERE did that idiomatic expression come from?!!), how ’bout a kitty scarf giveaway?! Check out this little package (#5) of feline goodies I have to give away to one of you:

Furbulous! Cat scarf, pen, color in post cards, kitty tissues, cat eraser, washi tape, sticky notes, a magnetic bookmark, and even a glow-in-the-dark cat necklace! Fun!

What do you have to do to be eligible to win my prize package #5? If you’re interested, just leave me a comment using the word “scarf” somewhere in your comment.

Bonus entry option #1: Be a follower of my blog and leave me another comment.

For a second bonus entry, follow me on Instagram (@d.ann.c), like and comment on the post featuring this project. (It doesn’t have to be a long comment, just a heart will do.) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you did it and your Instagram name.

Bonus entry option #3 (for a total of 4 possible entries): Follow me on Pinterest(@dannscraftingand re-pin any one of my cards or projects that you like. (If you don’t like them, you don’t have to pin any. lol!) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know your Pinterest name.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 28, 2018 to get your comments in. Sometime after noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop (chosen using Random.org). Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so, if you’re not subscribed, be sure to check back later that afternoon for that post!!

Phew! Time for this cat to take a little nap… see you on the prowl later today!

~D.Ann

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The Aristocats – Everybody Wants to Be A Cat Pivot Pop-Up Card

What is it that everybody wants to be? If you remember the tune from the 1970 Disney movie, The Aristocats (Yes, I know a lot of you hoppers weren’t even born back then, but surely you’ve seen this cute film!), you know that it fits purr-fectly with the Cat Lovers Hop!

I will admit that I got stumped after I made the inside and had stamped Roquefort the mouse on the front looking in at Berloiz on the phonograph, I could’t think of what to put on the front of the card. I had thought of putting something about losing something since the song inside continues, “because a cat’s the only cat who knows where it’s at!’ (Oh, yeah!) But I couldn’t really think of anything that really worked. Then I was looking for some musical note stamps and remembered the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero from April and the Cinco de Meow stamp sets and used “Gato feel the Mewsic!” Which is a fun play on the Spanish word for cat (gato) which can sound similar to ‘got to.’ Still, I’d love to hear if you have any good ideas for a cover sentiment as I’m sure I’ll be making this card again! Please let me know!!

I happen to like several features about this card. First: the cover cardstock. I don’t know how long JoAnn’s new line called Park Lane has had this 110# marbled cardstock, but it’s fabulous (they have other patterns, too)! The core and back side are white which is perfect for the inside of cards and 110# feels like a ‘real’ card. I’m hooked!!

TIP: When using the pivot pop-up, don’t forget to leave the card area smooth in the two spots where the corners will be brushing against it as they go up and down. (as in it catches just slightly on the edge of the frame… I should have left the inside frame off.)

Also, things can hang over the ‘mountain’ edges of the pop up panels if you don’t glue them down…  and don’t go beyond the edges of the card when folded down.

I also love that Berloiz on the phonograph disappears as you open the card and it pivots for the pop up panels! where scat cat and his gang, along with the kittens are feeling the beat as O’Malley is mesmerized by Duchess’ sapphire eyes. I will definitely be making an anniversary card with them and his famous quote: ‘Why, your eyes are like sapphires sparkling so bright. They make the morning radiant and light!’ : )

I had thought to made the background a night sky using the paper I marbled with Marabu Easy Marble (see THIS post if you missed it), but then I decided to put in the window and that didn’t work. (Although I did ponder a bit over whether I could have something like a shooting star on the front of the card swing down into the window when you open it. But I already had smoke coming out of my head trying to make the window just right for the phonograph stamp. Lol!) So now it’s just some wild wallpaper… typical of Scat cat and his gang! By the way… did you see notice how the gold shines?!!

Of course, the card wouldn’t be complete without Napoleon asserting his rank! I printed the adapted quote on label paper, then die-cut it. Peel & stick is so easy… Hmmm… I think I should use label paper more often! : )

Here’s a video of the card in action. If you get this post as an e-mail, you will need to click on the post title to see it online, then scroll down and find this picture again and click in the middle of it (there should be a white arrow):

Supplies:

  • Character World Disney Aristocats: The Finest in Paris, Scat Cat & His Gang of Alley Cats dies and Aristocats A6 stamp set
  • Karen Burniston Twist Panel Pop-Up die set
  • Spellbinders Conversation Bubble 3 and Sing It Loud 1 dies
    • Note… for those of you counting Spellbinders dies… I had to go back and edit the post on the Art Impressions Kitten Vanity PopCard… that was Conversation Bubble 1… Just sayin’ : )
  • Die-Versions My Micro Font 1/4″
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero MH0418C and Cinco de Meow stamps
  • Sweet Stamp Shop I Made It stamps
  • Park Lane 110# white core marbled cardstock
  • Core’dinations 65# cardstock: white, cream, blue, purple and black
  • Avery label sheet
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black & Desert Sand (envelope) dye inks
  • Tombow dual brush pens: N15, N65, N89, 195, 533, 703, 723, 761, 815, 856, 933, 942, 951, 977, 985
  • Shuttle Art Gel Pens
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Marabu Easy Marble paints: aqua green, gold, rose pink and turquoise
  • Simply Defined Permanent Plus Adhesive and Stay Put glue
  • Misc. acetate from die packaging

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

 

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Ok, let’s pause for one last giveaway with something to keep your paws warm in it. Check out this little package (#4) of feline goodies I have to give away to one of you:

Pawsitively purrfect! Cat knee-highs, a color in cat card, a magnetic bookmark, sticky notes, washi tape, cat eraser, kitty tissues, and even an adjustable cat ring! Pawsome!

What do you have to do to be eligible to win my prize package #4? If you’re interested, just leave me a comment using the word “pawsitive” somewhere in your comment.

Bonus entry option #1: Be a follower of my blog and leave me another comment.

For a second bonus entry, follow me on Instagram (@d.ann.c), like and comment on the post featuring this project. (It doesn’t have to be a long comment, just a heart will do.) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you did it and your Instagram name.

Bonus entry option #3 (for a total of 4 possible entries): Follow me on Pinterest(@dannscraftingand re-pin any one of my cards or projects that you like. (If you don’t like them, you don’t have to pin any. lol!) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know your Pinterest name.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 28, 2018 to get your comments in. Sometime after noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop (chosen using Random.org). Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so, if you’re not subscribed, be sure to check back later that afternoon for that post!!

Phew! Time for a cat-nap… see you on the prowl tomorrow!

~D.Ann

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