Craft Fantastic Jewelry Make-n-Take

Hello! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We had our annual family get-together. Since I had won several jewelry making kits from Craft Fantastic, after lunch I did a make-n-take with the 25+ gals. What fun we had! It was easy and everyone was tickled pink to go home with a nice necklace, bracelet, ring or magnet that they’d made themselves. Here are just a few of the finished products:

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Thank you Craft Fantastic… You were the highlight of our get together this year! I highly recommend their quality product and it makes a terrific group activity!

D.Ann

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Hugs Card with Felt Bear

Hello and thanks for stopping by!

I needed a card for a family that is dear to my heart and worth their weight in gold. In fact, the last time we were at a gold mine, I got them a little gold to say how much I value their friendship. So I put together this card and gift set for them:

The ‘hu’ and ‘gs’ of the word hugs interlock to close the card. When you open it, there’s a bear inside and it says Big Hearts Deserve Big Hugs! Because I keep them close to my heart, the bear has the names of the family on his heart. Awww. With fall coming, as that felt bear gets ready to hibernate, he’s taking his treasures with him! I hand cut a little tail for the bear’s backside. Tip: I keep a bag for all felt scraps and thread pieces from art and sewing projects… they make great stuffing for small felt critters!

I love this pretty paper from DCWV! It’s foiled and most sheets go well with each other. Fall in Florida us when the flowers come back and these are in muted fall colors:

I fussy cut one of the butterflies and glued it to the h. here you can see the card opening

… and closed again. Such a clever die!

Supplies:

  • Concord & 9th Hugs Card die
  • Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs stamp set
  • Essentials by Ellen All Inside stamp & die and Bear Hugs die
  • Fiskars Friends Forever quotes stamp set
  • Spellbinders Gold Labels 4
  • DCWV The Butterfly Garden stack cardstock
  • Hero Arts ombre ink pads: ombre dolphin ; pink to red;
  • Tsukineko Memento Rich Coocoa dye ink
  • Copic Markers C1 E 13, 33, 71; R20
  • Pebbles inc., Classic Chalks Earthtone Shades
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • The Kunin Group Rainbow Classicfelt ecofi: Sandstone, Walnut Brown (and felt  and thread scraps to fill the bear)
  • Papertrey Ink felt: Raspberry Fizz
  • Artiste metallic floss – gold

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~D.Ann

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Ice Cream Solves Everything Kitty Cone Cards and Key Chains with Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello, there! I’m so glad you could stop by as I have some cool summer fun to share with you today! Go grab some ice cream, this is a long one. Just sayin’!  For some reason I couldn’t get my brain to work on saying things succinctly. (Plus there are 4 cards this time.) So I won’t be offended if you just take a quick scroll through the pics. : )

First let me start with a story. A long time ago our family developed a code word for ice-cream. It seems someone in the family was always getting flowers when they were sick or needed cheering up and one day they finally admitted… ‘I sure would be cheered up a lot more if it was ICE CREAM instead of flowers!’ So, from then on whenever this person was sick we’d ask, ‘would FLOWERS cheer you up?’ and if they said ‘yes’, they got ice cream. Now the whole family uses FLOWERS as code for ICE CREAM. It really does make us feel better! Of course if you get BOTH… that’s just a win-win! : ) When I saw this ‘Ice Cream solves Everything’ sentiment I KNEW I had to make up a card for you-know-who! Who knows, maybe it’ll catch on and some day Mirriam-Webster will have a footnote under ‘flowers’ that says “n. – slang for ice cream in the early 21st century’ Hahahaha!

Of course now that I’ve told the story I see that I should have made a sliding sentiment that said FLOWERS solve everything on top and pulls out to say ICE CREAM! Per usual, I have 20/20 hindsight!! Next time!

The card was based on a sketch from the Inky Paws Challenge #77: 

Too bad I finished the card the day AFTER that challenge closed = I needed ice cream to ease the disappointment! Just look at these two darling kitties sharing a yummy ice cream cone!

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(card #1 above) I have always wanted to do one of these backgrounds where part is colored and part is b&w, so decided to try that. I find it daunting to try to randomly stamp a background, but I tried a couple on regular paper until I got one that I liked and put it in the MISTI and laid my stamp on top of each place I’d stamped, picked it up and restamped it. I was able to crank out 4 copies in relatively quick time.

I didn’t want to cover up too much of the background, so, to make the kitties licking their ice cram cone stand out, I cut out some black paper just a bit larger than they are and put it behind them (I had already put the foam underneath them to pop them up, so the black shadow is down on the card base, making it ever more shadow-y.) Glossy Accents and Liquid pearls help the ice cream look more realistic.

Since the current Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Sprinkles & Splatters, 20180813_SSm I really wanted the sprinkles to pop, so added Nuvo Drops to them and to the kitty noses, tongues (love those cute little lapping tongues!!) and paws. To get Mrs. Calico Kitty’s tail in reverse, I just traced the back side of the stamped image on a light box.

Making the kitty cone: I was in JoAnn Fabrics when they had their 75% off sale and found these cute beads… I thought looked like kittens (they say they’re mice so I added a more kitty-like nose and mouth with a Sakura Identi pen, which stayed on the ceramic (whereas the Sakura Pigma Micron whisker extensions I’d done wiped off the next day), and some pink to the inner ears with a Copic) They reminded me of the kitty cones on my card, so I went looking for something that would look like a waffle cone. I found a Utility Cotton Fabric called, amazingly, Waffle Weave! I drew a semi-circle on a piece of tagboard from a cereal box and cut it out, then cut the fabric slightly larger, and then glued it to the tagboard, folding the edged over and gluing them to the back side. Then I curled it into a cone and glued it together. Once dry, I colored in the debossed waffle squares with a Copic marker. Using a headpin, I made a loop at the top of the kitty and hot glued it in place and hot glued the kitty snuggled inside the ‘waffle cone’. I added some pearlescent seed beads to make the kitty cones hang lower than keys and added a couple of pawprint charms and they were good to go.

I recently told my friend that I remembered after my first day of school, mom would always take me to DQ and that gave me something to look forward to all day… Yep, ice cream solves the tedium of that interminable long first day of school! So I decided to make another card and keychain for my friend’s daughter for her first day of school this week. They had ice cream cones after her first day of school, too! A great tradition has started!! That fits perfectly with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for this week: Back to School.

Back to School is also the theme for the current MarkerPoP! Challenge #138  This time I used fancier beads on her keychain and another I made for someone else:

Aren’t those kitty cones just darling? I love that they match the stamps!!

The CURRENT Inky Paws Challenge (#78) is Summer/Beach.  

Since I had more backgrounds with my summer ice cream, I kept on doing cards with that same layout from the previous Inky Paws Challenge. As I’d used the new Finesse alcohol-proof dye ink by Spectrum Noir to stamp the backgrounds, I wanted to try using alcohol inks on them and decided to try Spectrum Noir basics and Copics. FYI, they both worked fine and the Finesse ink didn’t bleed at all.

The Spectrum Noir sheet was a bit darker than I wanted, so I decided to use vellum over most of it. To take a break from coloring, I left this kitty white.

(Card #2 above) Can’t quite place that tag die? I wanted a nice fishtail tag, but the only one I had (Spellbinders Decorative Swallowtail Tags) was too tall, so I snipped it down and ended up with a leftover decorative accent for another project…

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For the Copic background, I die cut it and an uncolored sheet together at the same time so they’d be cut exactly the same and made two cards with the partially colored technique…

(Card #4 & 3 above) These will make nice little gift sets!

On the inside and backs of each card, I used a light ink nearly matching the cardstock for a watermark stamp. It’s so light the camera can barely pick it up, but it can be seen IRL. That said, I will admit that the first one I got so enthusiastic in writing that I wrote over the stamped image forgetting it was there, so it is VERY light. lol! I think next time I’ll do it a smidge darker! The inside has a kitty with a giant 4 scoop cone and says “You make life sweet!” I hesitated to show you this but now it’s a funny story so here we go…

Yeah, I don’t blame you if you can’t see it! The back has two kitty cones and says: “This card was handmade by” leaving room for my signature logo. (I really need to get that made into a stamp some day!)

I saved the best for last… I’m hoping my coloring on this pair reminds you of two famous kitties… can you guess their names?!

Hint: >^.^< N—–   and >^.^< H—– (btw: I love how the light hits that cone making a white streak… Note to self: next time draw in a white line just like that!)

Supplies – Cards:

  • Newton’s Nook Design Cat Treats & Newton’s Summer Treats stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Matting Basics A dies (first card)
  • Spellbinders Decorative Swallowtail Tags (second and third cards)
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles (third and fourth cards
  • My Sentiments Exactly Back of Card Set
  • Spectrum Noir Finesse Alcohol Ink Proof Dye Ink – Flagstone
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend Pencils (first card only): Agean Blue, Anthracite, Asphalt, Beeswax, Black Umber, Cantaloupe, Chrome Orange, Fossil Grey, Honeycomb, Hyacinth. Persimmon, Petunia, Plum Red, Primrose, Sky Blue, Sorrel, Tobacco, and Watermelon
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – Gloss: Crushed Grape, Ebony Black, Ripened Pumpkin (first card only)
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glow in the Dark Drops – Neon: Apple Sour, Banana Split, Shocking Pink (first card only)
  • Spectrum Noir Basics (second card only): Blush, Bright Orange, Canary, Cerulean, Emerald, Hydrangea, Ivory, Muted Brown, Natural Brown, Red
  • Copic Markers (fourth card only): B02, 24; C5, 7;  E00, 11, 23, 25, 74; G05; R29; RV02, 20; V15; Y13; YR07
  • Tsukineko Versarmark Ink
  • Stampendous Beach Set: Sky Embossing Powder (all except third card)
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder (third card only)
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls – Dark Chocolate
  • Core’dinations cardstock: Black, Blue & White
  • Scotch adhesive roller
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Misc. foam adhesive squares (first card); sequins & vellum (second card)

Supplies – Keychains:

  • Darice Ceramic Mice (JoAnn)
  • Joann Fabrics Utility Cotton Fabric: Waffle Weave
  • The Jewelry Shoppe Ball Point Headpins
  • Beadalon Satin Silver 7 Strand Stringing Wire & #2 crimp beads
  • Misc. iridescent seed beads (first two)
  • Various beads, including: Millifiore glass beads, Czech glass cathedral beads , Seabreeze glass donuts, and Hematite rondelles…
  • Copic Markers: E31 & RV34
  • Sakura Identi pen – red
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Misc. Cereal Box tagboard

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~D.Ann

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p.p.s Owning yet another oops… the back of one card managed to get into some of that Liquid Pearls Chocolate and Glossy Accents splattered and smeared across it. I just added a note around the stains: “It wouldn’t be realistic without a little chocolate stain and cat spit, would it?!!” : )

 

 

Synchronized Swimming Purr-maids in a Shell-Shaped Card With Spinner Tutorial

Hello from the sunny see-side! Well, yes, I AM by the SEA (which many people use interchangeably with the ocean). But here in my blog, you get to sit by my side and SEE what I’ve been working on. (I can hear you audibly groaning!) Enough of the bad puns… let’s get to today’s project, SHELL we?!

I wanted to do a pair of mermaids swimming in a shell for the current Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #78: Summer/Beach

Since this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Distress It,  I chose to use Distress Oxides to make a blended seashell card base.

I got my color inspiration from the Lion’s Paw shell (Lyropecten nodosus) that I have. It starts from a light orange and goes to mauve. I decided to got to red instead…

I LOVE the easy blending of the oxide inks!! And the ridge design of this die is so very similar to real shells, it makes for a beautiful card front! This week’s Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge is Sprinkles and Splatters,  so I spritzed the oxide inks hoping for a wet water look as the inks react with the water… fair, but I’ll Make them stand out more in a little bit…

 

Meanwhile, how about a tutorial for the spinner on the inside of the card? The included circle dies (probably meant for a ‘pearl’ make making a spinner super easy! You could use the small circles from any basic circle set the same way…

  1. Cut the smaller circle in the middle of the bottom inside shell (110#). It is helpful to have your circle for the spinner already cut so you can choose where to put the center hole. Cut 4 additional (110#) small circles. The edges have an embossed ring around them… follow the embossing line and cut to make them slightly smaller than the opening in the card.
  2. Cut a piece of 3mm foam with the inner shell die. (note: It would probably be better to already have your double sided adhesive on both sides the foam… I got ahead of myself and had to cut the adhesive to fit afterward.) Cut a circle out of it in the center using the larger circle die. cut about 1/8″ around the circle you just cut… the goal is to have the hole in the foam slightly larger than the larger circle. If you don’t want the edge of the foam showing, now would be a good time to run a sharpie that matches your card along the edges of the foam.
  3. Cut two copies of the larger circle out of 110# cardstock.
  4. Adhere the foam to the bottom shell INSIDE. (Note, you only have to color a small bit of the edges of this that will be seen. I wasted a lot of ink coloring the whole thing. I thought of that with the second one and just ran a marker around it before closing it up.)
  5. Adhere the stack of smaller circles to one of the larger circles. Make sure this will fit in the ‘hole’ in the middle of the foam with some wiggle room and that the smaller circles fit it the small hole of the cardstock with some wiggle room.
  6. Here is the secret ingredient: BABY POWDER! I like to put a little dash of baby powder on the edges of the stack of small circles to make sure there’s no adhesive that might cause them to stick to the card and not spin. Having done that and sealed up the card I found it wasn’t spinning smoothly, so I went back in and added a pinch of baby powder into the ‘hole’ with my tweezers and that solved the problem. So I recommend you just save that trouble and put a little UNDER the larger circle in the foam side ‘hole’ just so there’s a little extra in there.to keep it smooth, not enough to fall out and dust the recipient, making them sneeze and reactivate the oxide inks if you didn’t seal them! LoL!! : )
  7. Now, hold the stack of small circles so they’re poking through the hole you see in the cardstock. The larger circle will keep them from going all the way through. Take the other large circle and adhere the small circles to it on the other side of the shell (what will be the inside of the card. This will keep it from falling back down. Adhere the shell to the foam.

  • Adhere your already decorated large spinner circle to the circle that’s in the middle of the shell making sure no adhesive sticks to the shell card itself. I used a scalloped circle to make it easier to have something to catch with your finger.

I’ve been wanting to try Finnabair’s Art Alchemy Opal Magic paints on both light and dark paper to compare them, so I grabbed the Blue-Violet for the purr-maids’ tails and tops and the results were delightful! On the black cardstock this gorgeous shimmery paint is more purple with hints of blue and on white cardstock it’s more blue with hints of purple (how does it know?! LoL!)… Truly magical!!

To finish, I used the seashells stencil with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide… it was interesting to see that it blended a little with the background colors, becoming more green at the bottom and more blue at the top. I love that Distress Oxide inks can layer without becoming mud!

I had been worrying that, since they stay reactive to water, if the card were to get wet in transit or the recipient were to spill water on it, it would move the ink wherever it got wet.  I just watched the video on Jennifer McGuire’s new blog post (HERE) where she used Design Master Clear Finish Matte spray to seal her AMAZING Distress Oxide project and it looked fine… soooo, I rooted through my supplies and found Plaid’s FolkArt Cearcote Acrylic Sealer, Matte Finish and decided to give it a try.

 

BTW – I don’t know if you can read the stamp on the back, but it cheekily says: “If it was a Hallmark, it wouldn’t look this good!” : )

The before pics are on the left and the after are on the right. It seems to have made the colors a little more vivid. It didn’t seem to reactivate the inks (phew) and they do have a slightly shiny matte photo finish.

Note: I posted that question on Tim Holtz’ Facebook page and he just replied. He suggested using Distress Micro Glaze. I will have to try that next time and compare. Thanks, Tim!

 

Now, to finish off the water droplet look I wanted on the front. I have a hard time being random when adding water droplets, so it was perfect to have the spritzed discolored areas to follow as a guide for some truly random glossy accents droplets.

I close with a video of the spinner in action. (just click in the middle of the picture below or on the arrow in the middle to start it)

Supplies:

  • Newton’s Nook Designs:
    • Purr-maid Newton stamp set
    • Paradise Palms stamp set (sentiment)
    • Seashells Stencil
  • Honeybee Stamps Seashell Card Honey Cuts die
  • Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles – Small
  • My Sentiments Exactly Back of Card Set (that ‘Hallmark’ sentiment)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks: Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, and Peacock Feathers
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Judikins Extreme Peacock embossing powder
  • WoW! Metallic Silver Sparkle embossing powder
  • Spectrum Noir Metallic markers: Pewter, Pink Quartz, Silver Ingot
  • Prima Art Alchemy Opal Magic Acrylic Paint – Blue-Violet
  • Recollections 110# cardstock & 65# white and black cardstock
  • Worldwide Papers Caribbean Colors – Ocean cardstock
  • The Fine Touch gold poster board (the outer shell pattern)
  • Foamies 3mm foam sheet
  • Simply Defined Double Sided adhesive 2.5″
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Plaid FolkArt Clearcote Acrylic Sealer Matte Finish
  • The secret ingredient: baby powder

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~D.Ann

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Kindness is the Way Coloring Class Cards

I’m excited to tell you about a wonderful coloring class and a gorgeous digital stamp set you can get for FREE! Yep, $0.00!! AND, if you’re reading this before August 16, 2018, you still have a few days to enter the coloring contest and win one of up to $200 in prizes! You can find the details on these two sites by the two ladies who are so generously sponsoring this little bit of KINDNESS:

I took the class and learned a lot. I tried coloring using two different sets of pencils…(and learned it’s a lot slower going than with markers, but maybe that’s because I’m more used to using markers. The first pencils I used: Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils (which I just colored, but was too chicken to use water to blend. maybe next time!):

See the fuchsia and pale yellow color combo? That was Inspired by Home  – the current Power Poppy Sparks Challenge… 

The color combo for those gerbera daisies inspired by one of my orchids that’s currently in bloom:

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I then had a go with a new set of Faber-Castell Polychromos that I received as a gift. Yes, you can see lines in the border shading… I was coloring on leather covered lap desk… come to find out that made the surface too soft and it was embossing, too! Oh well, it has a distressed, shabby-chic look!

And, since this week is the first Creative Confetti Challenge at  PowerPoppyYou’re a Gem! using birthstone colors, I did the background in light emerald and added this sentiment in emerald as the leaves go so well with the flowers:

Supplies:

  • Power Poppy Kindness is the Way digital stamp set (get yours HERE)
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs A Way With Words: Thanks die by Quietfire Design
  • Spellbinders Blooming Garden Especially Made For You die by Marissa Job
  • Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils: Apricot, Azalea, Beeswax, Bison, Blue Marine Brunette, Carrot, Cherry, Claret, Cobalt Blue, Coral, Currant, Fossil Gray, Grapefruit, Mango, Oregano, Papaya, Persimmon, Petunia, Pineapple, Pink Tulip, Rose Sky Blue, Soft Red, Sorrel, Tobacco, Watermelon, Wheat
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils: Brown Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Cinnamon, Cobalt Blue, Crimson, Dark Naples Ochre, Fuchsia, Green Gold, Leaf Green, Light Cobalt Turquoise, Light Green Light Magenta, Light Ochre, Middle Cadmium Red, Middle Phthalo, Naples Ochre Orange Glaze, Permanent Green Olive, Pink Madder Lake, Red Voilet, Rose Carmine
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, orange, blue, black and green
  • Scotch tape runner
  • 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:

Feel free to leave a comment… I enjoy reading them!

~D.Ann

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Let’s Be Purr-Maids 3D Collapsible Tunnel Card

Hi, all! I’m excited to show you today’s project!! I have a friend who loves cats and she likes mermaids, too… in fact she and her husband like watching some of the Austrailian mermaid shows. So this card was just purr-fect for her. The timing was also perfect as the current Inky Paws Challenge #78 is: Summer/Beach Theme.

Here we go….

I know, right?!! CATs as mermaids… everyone has dreams! I love the ombre blues leading back to that fabulous wave. (which, together with the sun and birds fits the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Make Your Own Background.) All the layers made it easy to stack in a tropical coconut drink,, sand dollar, starfish and a crab in a fishing net to give the scene added depth. I even stuck a cat’s paw shell on the front, along with a baby scallop shell.

The current Emerald Creek Dare is The Great Outdoors #27-40, and this fits perfectly since in Florida the Great outdoors is definitely at the beach! For the mermaids’ tails, I used Rita Barakat ‘s new Magical Mysteries – Mermaid Fin embossing powder by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies in Canada. (Watch THIS page for them… coming soon! (Not wanting to wait, I got mine from Rita’s shop.))  I did the tail diving into the water first and was disappointed that a lot of it came out clear (but it was still nifty)….  Seems I hadn’t mixed it up well enough and the second one looks just fin… I mean fine! : )

Look carefully at the angle of the tail in back diving into that fabulous wave…  now turn the card around to the back for the surprise….

There she is coming out the other side! : )  By the way… my friend AND her husband loved it! In her thank-you note she said: A. immediately put it on display in our family room, which is high honor from a guy who won’t let anything extra sit out to clutter the room!

The other cool thing is that this card is collapsible and can fold down flat for shipping:

Supplies:

  • Newton’s Nook Designs stamp sets:
    • Purr-maid Newton (kitty mermaids, seahorse and purr-maids sentiment)
    • Aloha Newton (tropical coconut drink)
    • Paradise Palms (sun & birds)
    • Tranquil Tides (starfish, sand dollar, crab, bubbles and Seas the Day sentiment)
  • Newton’s Nook Designs Hibiscus Die Set
  • Emerald Creek Magical Mysteries – Mermaid Fin embossing powder by Rita Barakat (coming soon HERE)
  • Spellbinders 3D Vignettes by Becca Feeken Grand Cabinet 3D Card dies
  • Spellbinders Palm Trees & Belly Band 2 dies
  • The Ton Wave stamp set
  • My Sentiments Exactly Back of Card Set
  • Recollections 110# cardstock Ocean & Blue Skies packs
  • Recollections  65# cardstock: white, green, tan & gray
  • Colorbox The Paper Company mulberry paper
  • Hero Arts dye inks: Aquatic, India Black, Pool, Soft Granite
  • Hero Arts pigment ink: Unicorn
  • Hero Arts embossing powders: White Puff & Sand
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Ranger Inkssentials embossing pen
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide – wild honey
  • WoW! Pearl Gold Sparkle & Vintage Peacock embossing powders
  • Judikins Extreme Peacock mbossing powder
  • Spectrum Noir Metallic markers: Burnished Copper, Gold Nugget, Gold Plate
  • Copic Markers E23, 71, 97, G02, 82 YG17
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 01 black
  • Ranger Stickles: glam pink, pink taffeta
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Misc. foam adhesive and seashells from Sanibel Island, FL

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I always enjoy reading your comments… thanks for taking the time to leave ’em!

~D.Ann

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The Greatest of these is Love Layers of Floral Bookmarks & Swirly Heart Card

Hello, crafty peeps! Today I’d like to show you some sweet bookmarks and a card I recently made. This week my folks are attending a school for volunteer Bible Teachers. They’ve been volunteering full-time for the past 45 and 31 years, respectively. I was able to do it for 23 years before I became disabled. It’s a work that brings much joy!  I made them a little gift set of a heart shaped card and a bookmark for each of them to use during their week-long school:

and the back sides:I was pleased that the A Jillian Vance Design stamp and Swirling Heart die match the Spellbinders Layers of Flowers die perfectly — and they all fit on the Spellbinders Filigree Bookmark Tag, too! My folks liked them so much, they asked for a set to give to their classmates, choosing these colors:

One tip – because I used double sided tape on the cardstock for the Layers of Flowers and cut them on a Precision Base Plate, they tended to slip and slide. The solution, which you may know -and I may have, too, but forgot, was to turn the die so that just a corner hit the rollers first:

Since I used double sided tape, I had the leftover pieces of the die cuts and decided to see what they’d look like on another bookmark. I had a piece of watercolor resist that I wasn’t happy with, so I decided to use it as the background since most of it would be covered by the leftover die cuts.

I had used Tombow dueal brush pens and some Inkadinkado Stamps on it, but the note of which ones was no longer with the piece. I guess I should paperclip Post-It notes for added insurance!

I clipped a die cut to the cardstock and put the pieces back in their respective spots, then pulled away the die cut template and cut the cardstock and put it on the bookmark:

To give it a little umph, I hit the solid die cut remnants with a Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen by Spectrum Noir. Here you can see the shimmer better:

Not bad, but it was tedious work! At least I know it’s an option if I want to have 0 waste. Here’s one last look at the front and back of the bookmarks:

Supplies:

  • A Jullian Vance Love Scripture Bookmark stamp set & Swirly Heart die
  • Spellbinders Vintage Elegance Filigree Bookmark Tag die by Becca Feeken
  • Spellbinders Thoughtful Expressions Layers of Flowers dies by Marissa Job
  • Core’dinations cardstock: red, green, blue, black
  • Recollections Chipboard (the base of the guys’s bookmarks)
  • The Fine Touch gold poster board (the base of the gals’ bookmarks & the card)
  • Hero Arts India Ink Black dye ink
  • Spectrum Noir Colorista pencils
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens, Inkadinkado stamps & watercolor paper
  • Simply Defined Stacey Tape 2.5″
  • Brother p-Touch with clear tape (for the year)

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~D.Ann

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Painting Dory and Strawberries plus Flower Pics

Thanks for joining me today! I’m hoping to start catching up on some back-logged posts I’ve been wanting to share with you. Today’s comes from a visit to my aunt’s home in N. FL back in the Spring. She has some amazing plants, so I thought I’d share a few…

The Panda Plant aka Pussy Ears (Kalanchoe tomentosa) has these darling furry velvet ‘ears’ that you just want to pet!

She also has this nifty Rabbit’s Foot Fern (Davallia fejeensis) where the rhizomes (creeping rootstalks) look like fuzzy rabbit’s feet.

A pretty cactus bloom.

She was given this by family in Ohio and told it was a Jerusalem plant, tho I can’t find anything like it on the net. It’s nifty how the inside reminds me of a poppy ‘fruit’. Let me know if you know what it is!

I finish with her lovely irises… I couldn’t pick a favorite, so you get to see all three…

The strawberries and leaves on her welcome sign had faded away, so I went to Michaels and got some paints and refreshed them for her.

She wanted me to sign and date it and we all got a laugh when she caught that I put ‘o8 instead of ’18… yep, I’m running a few years behind! lol!

I was honored and a little bit nervous when she entrusted me with her next project…

She was tired of her plain white fish and wanted him to be colorful. Her BFF had a picture of her son’s royal blue tang and those were the colors she wanted used…

Ahh… Dory! Also known as regal tang and surgeonfish (Paracanthurus hepatus).

So, I used the picture as a starting point and then took a little artistic license for some extra pops of color and sprayed on a lacquer to seal her up for easy cleaning and give her some shine….

My aunt seemed pleased with how it turned out and if she ever gets bored with those colors, we now know it’s not too hard to change it up.

Thanks for stopping by here today. I look forward to seeing you again as soon as I can find another little break to catch up again. Have a lovely day!

~D.Ann

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Fringed & Parrot Tulips with a Jumbo Tulip Thank You Card

Hello! In case you couldn’t tell from the title, today we’re going to focus on tulips. While in Indiana this spring, I saw fringed tulips, parrot tulips and other hybrid tulips for the first time and fell in love! Here are just a few my cousin’s wife has in her garden:

Ah, the beauties of the great outdoors! They’re such a delight to behold and reminded me of the Quietfire stamp that I used for the inside of my card:

Some people, life flowers, give pleasure just by being!

Inspired by those beauties, I used my Polychromos to color up a frilly jumbo tulip by Stampendous for my card:

FYI, the third largest frame in Spellbinders 5×7 Matting Basics B perfectly fits the inner rectangle area inside the pierced dots of the Bella Rose Lattice die, allowing for the white corners. The sentiment is embossed on acetate which I adhered with ‘Stacey Tape.’  The embossing on the tulip is a custom mix…

 

I mixed Stampendous Pomegranite Opaque with Fran-Tage Opaque Shabby White. I love the mottled look and the flecks of shiny gold!

Since the Serendipity Floral Butterfly wouldn’t fit, I cut off one of its wings (and used the pieces on the inside). To highlight the tulips in the wings, I added Nuvo Crystal drops to them. To finish off, I made a matching envelope:

 

Supplies used:

  • Stampendous Jumbo Tulip and Jumbo Thank You stamps
  • Spellbinders Chantilly Paper Lace Collection by Becca Feeken
    • Bella Rose Lattice Layering Frame
    • Lunette Arched Borders
  • Spellbinders Card Creator 5×7 Matting Basics B
  • Serendipity Stamps Floral Butterfly die
  • Quietfire Design Garden Delights stamp set
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Stampendous Fran-tage Opaque Shabby White embossing powder
  • Stampendous Merlot kit – Pomegranite Opaque embossing powder
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils: Cadmium Yellow; Light Chrome Yellow; Delft Blue; Dark Red, Madder
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – gloss red berry
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Recollections cardstock: white, blue; silver glitter & shimmering red
  • Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink
  • SMS ‘Stacey Tape’
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

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-D.Ann

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Morel Mushrooms and Power Poppy Thanks So Mush Card

Hello and welcome back!

I have been anxious to share this fun card and story with you and am happy I finally have the chance. One evening near the end of April, while in Indiana, we left my cousin’s home after supper and suddenly mom hollered, “stop the car!” Her eagle eyes had spotted some morel mushrooms alongside the road. These delectable delicacies are a favorite of ours, but have a short season and usually require hours tromping through the woods to find, so we rarely get to enjoy them anymore. We counted about 16 right there near the road.

We called my cousin to let her know where they were so she could get them, as they were on her property. Fortunately, her husband (who, I hear, doesn’t particularly care for mushrooms) answered the phone and said, ‘you guys go ahead and take them!’ (Actually, my cousin is such a sweetheart, I know she’d’ve said the same thing.)

As we got out of the car and started hunting, we kept finding more and more and, in a span of just a few short minutes, ended up with a mess of about 46! Best mushrooming EVER!! Thanks, cuz!!

The largest was over 4″! They fried up nicely and were absolutely DELICIOUS!!

 

Oh, I’m also going to show you a picture of some wild violets up there… in a minute you’ll see why…

Now, how do you thank such a generous sacrifice? Well, Power Poppy has a fabulous morel mushroom stamp that was just perfect:

They look so REAL!! And Becca Feeken’s fabulous Annabelle’s Trousseau die makes a lovely open lacework base for it! I may have to make a whole set of these in the near future!!

Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Wild Mushrooms stamp set
  • Spellbinders Annabelle’s Trousseau die from the Chantilly Paper Lace collection
  • Spellbinders Fancy Tags 3 (with ends snipped off)
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, purple, kraft
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Rich Cocoa
  • Copic Markers: B02; BV00, 02; C1; E31, 33, 51G02, 82; V17, 25; Y000, 02, 13; YG17
  • Foray Stylemark pen .5mm purple
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – jewel tones
  • Ranger Adirondack Dimensional Pearls: Eggplant
  • Misc. adhesives

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