CATchy MEWsic Card

Hello and thanks for your patience! I’ve been out sick again, but finally got back in the saddle with a really fun card I needed to make up for a friend. I used the current challenge prompts from A Blog Named Hero: Love is in the Air with a color palette:

   

Now that I’m on my computer, I see that third color is fuchsia… on my phone it looks red. I figured out it’s the phone… I took a screen shot from the pone and put it on my computer and it looks just like the one above. Crazy! Oh well, it’s close enough and still perfect for the theme. Next time I know to check the computer for truer colors!

From the minute I saw this Dancing Music Notes die, it was almost exactly what I’ve long had in mind for my Taking Note poem about the people in the symphony of our lives. I wanted the poem written across a flowing staff with pictures of people’s faces in the notes. I have tried and tried to fit it in, but it just looks too crowded…

I guess I’ll have to just print it out in a pretty font on the inside of the card… unless I can talk Hero Arts into making this into an 8×10 die and printing my poem on a stamp, too! lol! For this card I specifically wanted this lovely sentiment on the inside:

At least my other idea for this die worked… having cats playing across the music staff… so fun! My favorite is the white kitty in the lower right who’s resting with her paw linked through a musical rest symbol! To get the reverse image of the dangling kitty I stamped him off on a flat rubber stamp and stamped that onto paper. Since the impression was light, I traced over it with an ultra fine pen. I didn’t worry about the umbrella piece showing… It just looks like part of his paw. I may have gone a little overboard with the hearts, but to me they represent their fabulous musical purrs. The sentiments seemed a little lost after I added the hearts, so I outlined them with the black ultrafine marker. If I could have put my hands on a paw-print stamp, I’d’ve probably put one in each note, and then it would’ve been WAY too busy, so it’s a good thing I couldn’t find one handy.

Supplies used:

  • Hero Arts Dancing Music Notes Confetti Die
  • Hero Arts Raining Cats and Dogs stamps and dies
  • Hero Arts MMH04-18 & Cinco de Meow stamp sets (feel the MEWsic)
  • Die-Versions My Micro Font 1/4″ die (CAT-chy!)
  • CAS-ual Fridays Big Treble stamp set(inside)
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils (cats):  Cadmium Orange, Dark Cadmium Yellow, Warm Gray 1 & 3, Ivory, Pink Carmine, Rose Carmine, Light Red Violet
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks (blended background): Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door
  • Hero Arts inks: MMH 01-18 Passion Flower (sentiments) & MMH04-18 Fiesta Red (hearts)
  • Sakura Microperm 01 ultrafine pen
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & purple; card base: Parisian Nights
  • Simply Defined permanent adhesive runner and ‘Stay-Put’ glue

Thanks for stopping by to CATch this MEWsical little number! I hope it made you smile!!

~D.Ann

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Jumping into the Waves – Just Be Happy cards

Hello and welcome! I intend to make a splash with today’s fun cards that I’ve been sneak peeking on Instagram!

When I first saw the stamp of this girl jumping (by Visible Image), I knew I wanted to have her jumping into the wave (by The Ton). If I were younger, I’d join the jumping photo craze and get a picture of me jumping into a wave at the beach!! This, however, is as close as I’m going to get! Lol!

First, I started by trying out different color combinations for the wave with the inks I had on hand. Which combo do you like best? (Comments from Instagram peeps who have been watching the progress mostly favor the Hero Arts combo. For me, it’s Simon Says Stamp.)

The one done with Distress Oxide Ink gets some additional water effects by spritzing:

Next was to add the clouds. Then I cut out the clouds and wave out of acetate and use blending brushes to add the sky and sunrise/sunset. with so much blending to do, I chose to try comparing my different blending brushes. I tried the new-to-me Tim Holtz brushes. They worked good, but I didn’t get the evenness I’d’ve liked. Perhaps I just need more practice.

I’ve always wondered if plain xl paint brushes would work. The answer is: Yes, but not as well as blending brushes!!

So I finished off with my standby Clarity brushes. Love ’em!! Don’t know if the Ken Oliver brushes work as well… they look the same. And I have yet to see the new ones there’s so much buzz about… (Life Changing Brushes by Picket Fence Studios… Ya’ll can send me some if you want!)

Next, I added the jumping girl. I though black would be too stark, so chose dark blues/aquas. To give her a dripping wet look, I then embossed her with clear embossing powder.

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Because she’s in the water, people have said she’s a mermaid… almost looks like it, but when you look at the stamp, I’m pretty sure it’s a shoe, not a tail.

The inside of each card got her stamped in Versamark ink:

That left the sentiment. I love the carefree typography of the Just Be Happy sentiment — it goes great with this joyous jump!

Card 1 Supplies used:

  • The Ton Stamps: Wave; Golf Course A (layering clouds, Palm Tree (birds) & Pyrotechnics (sun rays)
  • Visible Image Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist stamp set (jumping girl and sentiment)
  • Wave inks: Simon Says Stamp: Audrey Blue; Scuba; High Dive
  • Other inks: Simon Says Stamp: Blue Jay, Cloudy Sky, Duckling, Hot Mama, Orange Slush Rosie Cheeks, Sunkist, Teeny Bikini
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • JoAnn Crafts clear embossing powder
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base
  • Recollections white cardstock.
  • Scotch adhesive runner

Card 2 Supplies used:

  • The Ton Stamps: Wave; Golf Course A (layering clouds, Palm Tree (birds) & Pyrotechnics (sun rays)
  • Visible Image Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist stamp set (jumping girl and sentiment)
  • Wave inks: Papertrey Ink dye inks: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Lovely Lady, Lilac Grace, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • JoAnn Crafts clear embossing powder
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base
  • Recollections white cardstock.
  • Scotch adhesive runner

Card 3 Supplies used:

  • The Ton Stamps: Wave; Golf Course A (layering clouds, Palm Tree (birds) & Pyrotechnics (sun rays)
  • Visible Image Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist stamp set (jumping girl and sentiment)
  • Wave inks: Hero Arts: Summer Sky, Aquatic, Pool
  • Hero Arts: Fiesta Red, Fiesta Yellow, MMH Rusty Orange, Passion Flower, Soft Pool and Simon Says Stamp Rosie Cheeks
    • Note I don’t know if I switched the inks in the picture or switched my Post-it notes in the cards, but these MAY be the inks for card #5. My senior moments seem to have rapidly expanded into senior days, weeks, months and years! Hahaha!
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • JoAnn Crafts clear embossing powder
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base
  • Recollections white cardstock.
  • Scotch adhesive runner

Card 4 Supplies used:

  • The Ton Stamps: Wave; Golf Course A (layering clouds, Palm Tree (birds) & Pyrotechnics (sun rays)
  • Visible Image Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist stamp set (jumping girl and sentiment)
  • Wave inks: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide: Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks: Broken China, Carved Pumpkin, Faded Jeans, Milled Lavender, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • JoAnn Crafts clear embossing powder
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base
  • Recollections white cardstock.
  • Scotch adhesive runner

Card 5 Supplies used:

  • The Ton Stamps: Wave; Golf Course A (layering clouds, Palm Tree (birds) & Pyrotechnics (sun rays)
  • Visible Image Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist stamp set (jumping girl and sentiment)
  • Wave inks: Lawn Fawn Merman, Mermaid, Peacock
  • Lawn Fawn: Bubble Gum, Carrot, Forget-me-not, Fresh Lavender, Lemonade, Sunflower & Tsukineko Memento Angel Pink dye ink
    • Note: I don’t know if I switched the inks in the picture or switched my Post-it notes in the cards, but these MAY be the inks for card #3. Yep, nearly constant senior moments… now I’m just waiting for the occasional junior moment to pop up. Lol
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • JoAnn Crafts clear embossing powder
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base
  • Recollections white cardstock.
  • Scotch adhesive runner

Which one is your favorite?

I’m entering this card in the following fun challenge… click on it for more information on how you can play along:

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all of your encouraging comments. I really enjoy reading them!

~D.Ann

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Serene Papertrey Ink Beach Scene Any Occasion Card

Good morning all! If you’re somewhere that’s cold you could use a vacation and if you can’t actually get away, I have a card you’ll want to stare at and imagine yourself there as you crank up the heat.

I had a goal this year of doing more of the Papertrey Ink challenges and finally got my act together to join the Laurie’s Fabulous Favorites Challenge today. She asked that we use one of our favorite Papertrey Ink sets. Tough decision as there are so many! However, living in Florida, I really love the Text and Texture: Ocean set paired with the Fence Line: Summer set for making realistic beach scenes like this one:

I have tried to paint the ocean myself, but just can’t capture it, so I love stamps that help me, like this one does!  This scene reminds me of beaches on both coasts of Florida! The Brilliance inks give a realistic twinkle to the sand and a metallic shine to the ‘rusty’ fence wire.

Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink Text and Texture: Ocean and Fence Line: Summer stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Labels 25 and Majestic Labels 25 dies
  • Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores cardstock
  • Recollections cream cardstock 110#
  • Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores dye ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink: Antique Linen, Old Paper, Tumbled Glass
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink: Vintage Photo
  • Tsukineko Brilliance pigment ink: Lightening Black & Pearlescent Beige
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks: Desert Sand, Tuxedo Black
  • Prima Planner Glue Pen
  • Simply Defined permanenet adhesive runner

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and perhaps it transported you briefly to a peaceful warm spot! See you soon!

~D.Ann

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Darling House Mouse Cards

Hello and welcome! Today I have a set of darling House Mouse cards to share with you.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been trying to keep up with #TheDailyMarker30Day coloring challenge this month. This time around I’ve tried to stretch my coloring skills, and ventured into doing some skies with Copic markers.

Previously, after finishing coloring the main image in Copics, I’ve used chalks for the sky because I would get streaks and unevenness trying to do a sky with Copic markers. I think I’m finally getting the hang of it! On this first card I was also pleased to get a bit of reflection of the walnut in the water, with a natural ripple look, too:

Love the sheen of these DCWV Shimmer Stack papers!! For the inside, I dry embossed the dye (you’ll see it better in the next cards) and used the cutout center as a decorative element:

On the second card, I added some rain to the sky. Here in Florida, it can be both rainy and sunny with a blue sky while raining, rain on one side of the street, but not the other, etc., so I didn’t feel like I needed clouds. I didn’t have a good terracotta color in my Copic collection, but I found that RV 34 and R22 mix together nicely for a close match.

Since part of the die impression reminds me of suns, I ran over the raised ‘suns’ with some yellow chalk and added this little guy celebrating, with my own sentiment:

For the final card, I decided to switch the ice cream color from pink to strawberry-flavored red to match the cardstock. The House Mouse stamps have names for most all of their critters. The bunnies are Hop-it and Itty Bit. I love that little Itty Bit fell asleep in a sugar coma before he got his face and paws cleaned off! : ) I also like that the frame die kind of reminds me of a waffle cone pattern! Since my hands were actually steady today, I took a chance on writing my own sentiment:

Here’s the inside:

        

Supplies used:

  • First card (Maxwell floating in a walnut)
    • Stampendous House Mouse Pop Stamp set HM01A: POPHM01-09
    • Tonic Studios Deco Oval Trellis die set
    • DCWV The Shimmer Stack cardstock
    • Recollections white cardstock 65# and 110#
    • Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink
    • Copic Markers: B02, 21; BG90; C3; E00, 02, 31, 33, 37, 51; W1; Y35; YG61, 63; YR02, 04
    • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Ripened Pumpkin
    • Prima Marketing Planner Glue Pen
    • Simply Defined adhesive runner and ‘Stay Put’ adhesive glue
  • Second card (sitting in a flower pot in the rain)
    • Stampendous House Mouse Pop Stamp set HM01A: POPHM01-02 & 07
    • Inside: Stampendous House Mouse Pop Stamp set HM01A: POPHM01-03
    • Tonic Studios Deco Oval Trellis die set
    • DCWV The Shimmer Stack cardstock
    • Recollections white cardstock 65# and 110#
    • Tsukineko Memento Gray Flannel & Tuxedo Black dye inks
    • Copic Markers: B02, 21; BG90; C1, 3; E00, 02, 51; G24, 82; R22; RV24; YG61, 63; Y35; YR02, 04
    • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
    • Sakura MicroPerm 01 Ultrafine pen
    • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Red Berry
    • Prima Marketing Planner Glue Pen
    • Simply Defined adhesive runner and ‘Stay Put’ adhesive glue
  • Third card (ice cream bunnies)
    • Stampendous House Mouse Ice Cream Lick
    • Tonic Studios Deco Oval Trellis die set
    • DCWV The Shimmer Stack cardstock
    • Recollections white cardstock 65# and 110#
    • Tsukineko Memento Gray Flannel & Tuxedo Black dye inks
    • Copic Markers: B21; C3; E02, 31, 33, 51; G24, 82; R24; RV02; YG17 61, 63
    • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
    • Sakura MicroPerm 01 Ultrafine pen
    • Prima Marketing Planner Glue Pen
    • Simply Defined adhesive runner and ‘Stay Put’ adhesive glue

I’m entering this card in the following fun challenges… click on any of them for more information on how you can play along:

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I’m glad you stopped by! Hope to see you again soon!!

~D.Ann

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My Monthly Hero Paraguayan Dancer Card

¡Hola! Hello! Mba’éichapa! (–that’s “hello” in Guarani – one of the two national languages of Paraguay.) Welcome to a post with an international flavor today! I chose to turn the darling dancing mouse in the My Monthly Hero April 2018 set into a traditional Paraguayan folk dancer doing the famous bottle dance:

When I lived in Paraguay, doing a missionary type work, I would often see women balancing amazing loads on their heads as they walk through the streets… laundry, a basket full of delicious chipas (a cheese bread made with cassava/manioc flour, shaped like a bagel) and more. These well-balanced women really know how to use their heads! In the bottle dance a girl or woman will start by balancing a bottle on her head while dancing. More and more will be added by her partners, one at a time, reaching up to 10 or more! After each, she continues to dance. Impressive!! Here is part of a page from my scrapbook, using a postcard picture:

I just drew a couple of these bottles on cardstock, fussy cut them and covered them with Texture Gems for my little mouse dancer. The texture gems added a little sparkle as centers to the flowers in the frame and sentiment, too.

  

I love that the leaves on flowers in the frame with this kit can be lifted up… just a little, or into a daffodil shape. I gave my mouse and bottles a little depth by cutting them out in black cardstock and having it peek out just a bit.

Materials Used:

  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero April 2018 (MH 0418C) stamps and dies (note: bottles were hand drawn)
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Fiesta Red ink
  • Copic Markers: C1,3; Gr05;R20, 22, 24, 29; Y08
  • Faber Castell Texture Gems: Silver
  • Core’dinations cardstock: White, Red, Black
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” glue

I’m entering this card in the following fun challenges… click on any of them for more information on how you can play along:

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Thanks for traveling with me today!

~D.Ann

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Set of Humorous Art Impressions ICU Step Cards

Greetings, crafty peeps! Unfortunately, it’s that time of the year when folks are getting sick and ending up in the hospital. I started this set a while back and kept needing to send off a card, so I couldn’t get the complete finished set in a picture. Here are most of them… almost finished… right before I sent off the second one:

They just make me smile!! Hope they do the same for the recipients!

First, I colored the couples up, wanting to be able to choose from a rainbow of ladies with different colored hair. Next time I want to add in some olive and dark skinned ladies, too.

Then I added some glossy accents to the eyes, lips & earrings, and to the purse and shoes for a patent leather look.

Next, I matched each lady up with a matching cardstock for the step card base and found some decorative paper to match for the background. Then I sewed the ‘curtain’ to a piece of cardstock and attached everything to the card, added the heartbeat cutout and sentiment and the front of the card was done:

Here’s a side view:

On the back, where the heart is (on this particular step card die), I added the sentiment: “Hope you’ll soon be fully re-covered!” and one of the left-over hearts from the heartbeat die cut. The envelope says: “Sending a little laughter… it’s the BEST medicine!”

So here are the rest of them – just variations on a theme:

Materials used:

  • Art Impressions Get Well stamp set
  • Sizzix Card, Hearts Step-Up die
  • SugarPea Designs Heart Beat SugarCut die
  • My Sentiments Exactly Back of Card stamp set
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder – black
  • Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Copic Markers: B05, 21,29; BG13,15; C3; E000,00,02; R24,29
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella clear
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L tape runner
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ Glue
  • Misc. Seafoam gauze material (Hobby Lobby), thread
    • Red card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – red, white
      • Basic Grey Blush-Admire paper
      • Copic Markers:  B05, 21; BG13,15; C1, 3; E02, 51; R24, 29
    • Yellow card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – red, white, yellow
      • K & Company Contemporary Papers
      • Copic Markers:  BG13,15; C1, 3; E00, 02, 23, 33, 51; R35; Y06, 08, 13
    • Green card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – green, red, white
      • Frances Meyer Diva Stripes paper
      • Copic Markers: B02; BG13,15; C1, 3; E02, 51; G02, 05, 09; R29
    • Blue card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – blue, red, white
      • Basic Grey Blush-Admire paper
      • Copic Markers: B02, 05, 24; BG13,15; C1, 3; E02, 51; R29
    • Purple card:
      • Spellbinders Conversation Bubble 1 die
      • Core’dinations cardstock – lilac, pale green, red, white
      • Recollections Blue Ditsy Floral paper
      • Copic Markers: B21; BG13,15; C1, 3; E00, 02, 71; R29
      • Sakura Micron pen 05 black
    • Pink card:
      • Spellbinders Conversation Bubble 1 die
      • Core’dinations cardstock – pale green, pink, red, white
      • DCWV Butterfly stack
      • Copic Markers: BG13,15; C3, 5, 7; E02, 11; RV02, 04, 17; V15, 17, 25
    • Orange card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – orange, red, white
      • Frances Meyer Diva Stripes paper
      • Copic Markers:  BG13,15; C1, 3, 5, 7; E00, 02, 51; R29; YR 02, 04, 07

I’m entering this card in the following fun challenges… click on any of them for more information on how you can play along:

Thanks for stopping by! I hope YOU stay healthy and no-one else ends up in the ICU!!

~D.Ann

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Relax! Tropical Sunset Card Using Gina K Stamps and Distress Inks

A sunny hello to you poor Northern peeps who have been freezing in the latest round of storms! We had visitors from Indiana who got sick and didn’t get to enjoy the beach as much as they’d hoped, so I made them a card so they could take the beach home and enjoy it with their heat cranked up!

I chose the sentiment Relax! That’s what sunrise and/or sunset at the beach does for me! I hope they find this pretty scene relaxing, too! Just a quick note on some of the details… The background was blended distress inks (including Barn Door for the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Add Some Red). I was worried they might get it wet, so I sprayed over it with Krylon’s Triple Thick Clear Glaze. It worked pretty good… there’s only a spot or two that reacted with the moisture before it sealed. I love the glossy photo finish it gives as I tried to catch above! The black ink was MFT Extreme Black, which went stood out nicely stamped over the Distress Inks.

The dolphin — I wish I’d’ve done him separately, cut him out and added him, as I ended up with a lot of ‘sunspots’ from the black powder adhering to the already embossed sun despite using an anti-static doo-dad and the dolphin started to melt into the sun. Learning experience. It’s still cool and can be ‘perfect’ next time! I do love the ‘wet’ look of the embossed dolphin!

The water — I figured it was best to emboss the sun and it’s reflection on the water first so I could just blend over it and wipe off. It worked, but don’t use a paper towel or baby wipe that’s too wet, or the water will react with your Distress Inks, too. Voice of experience! The waves around their feet are drwan in with a Pigma Micron pen. I think I’ll start off my note to them on the inside: ‘This card has a porpoise!’ Lol! Supplies:

  • Gina K. Designs Framescapes Tropical Skies stamp set
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • DCWV peach card
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink: Antique Linen
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • JoAnn Craft Essentials clear embossing powder
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks: Broken China, Stormy Sky, Victorian Velvet, Barn Door (Red) and Spiced Marmalade
  • MFT Extreme Black ink
  • Sakura Pigma Micron black 05 pen
  • Krylon Triple Thick Clear Glaze
  • Scotch adhesive tape runner

I am playing along with the following challenges – click on any one for more information on how you can join the fun!

Thanks for joining me! I hope YOU have a RELAXING day, too!

~D.Ann

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A Special Girl Feeding Her Beloved Giraffe – Baby Card

Have you recuperated from your safari yet? : ) I needed a baby card and wanted to use the darling Petite Pinafore dress die and decided to put the Wild Thing stamp on, but I added some Romaine lettuce leaves to have the girl feeding the giraffe! (If you’re wondering why, see my last post HERE to find out!) You don’t have to have hearts to know that love is in the air with this darling duo! (SSS Monday Challenge)

So darling! With The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge going I, I thought I’d experiment with ‘no line’ coloring. The SSS Barely Beige ink I stamped in was so light I could barely see to color it! I even stamped it twice. (if you look close you can see the lines from using too much pressure under the feet… they totally disappeared in the coloring, too!)

Once I outlined each part in its corresponding color, It gave me a little more freedom and I got a more natural look with the Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.

I added some of the cutout flowers to her shoes, then covered them in Glossy accents to give them a patent leather look.

I put the pretty white layer on the inside and left it plain for writing a message.

Supplies:

  • LDRS Creative (Little Darling Rubber Stamps) Build a Card Petite Penafore die
  • LDRS Creative Wild Thing and Celebrate stamp sets
    • Enabler alert: these stamps and dies are still in the clearance bin (as of 2/3/19) at an amazing price (30-90% off!) at LDRS Creative! Just sayin’! (and no, this is not a share sale link)
  • Core’dinations pink and white cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige dye ink
  • Tsukineko Memento Rose Bud dye ink
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils:Light Flesh; Pompeian Red, Ivory, Light Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Warm Grey1; Green Gold; Cream, Gold, Permanent Green; Earth Green Yellowish; May Green; Light Cobalt Turquoise
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Scotch adhesive 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:

Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your comments!

~D.Ann

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A Visit to Lion Country Safari

Jambo! (Welcome!)

Today the whim takes me to a different hobby… photography (and my love of critters). Since most of you are in the dead of winter right now, I thought you might enjoy a hot safari adventure to get your blood flowing… so let’s go on a trip through Lion Country Safari, just west of West Palm Beach, Florida. It’s a drive-thru 300 acre preserve with over 1000 animals, plus a walk-thru amusement park, too. (If you only have time for a quick laugh today, then scroll on down to the last few pics.)

It has changed a lot since we first went through in the early 70s. Back then the lions roamed freely with the cars and would lick the bugs off your headlights. It’s still a “cageless zoo” but you can only see the king of the jungle through the fence. They also used to let you hold the lion cubs to get you picture taken. One of my treasured pics! (It was up on the blog briefly during one of the Cat Lovers Hops a few years back.) It’s still an amazing place to be able to get as close as one currently can to some of these majestic creatures without having them in small, sad cages. So, grab a cuppa your favorite beverage and enjoy some pictures and facts about these amazing creatures!

The Greater Rheas (Rhea americana) in the first section were in an amorous mood. I love this one dancing on one leg!! (In the background are some Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis), the only species of pelicans that dive into water to catch their prey. It’s fun to watch them over at the beach! Most of the ones here are rescues with wing injuries and can no longer fly.) Rheas are the fourth largest of all birds growing up to 4 ft tall and 50 lbs. Males build the nest, incubate the eggs and raise the young! They are flightless, but can run up to 30 mph. Here’s a short video clip of some of their ‘moves’ (just click on the white arrow in the middle of the picture below):

The South American tapir (Tapirus terrestris) reminded me of my time down there. They weigh up to 650 lbs. The tapir’s closest relatives are the horse and the rhino.

Their short ‘double-barreled’ trunk cracks me up, so I just had to include this out-of-focus pic that shows it better:

This waterbuck ( Kobus ellipsiprymnus),  with his heart shaped nose and target-like pattern on his rump (not seen in this pic), seems unimpressed by the impala (Aepyceros melampus – one of the most agile of the antelope species) ladies grazing by.

A side view of the waterbuck’s horns:

Curving the opposite way are the scimitar-horned oryx’s (Oryx dammah) horns. Sadly, this beautiful animal is extinct in the wild since around 1990:

The greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) male has some amazing horns – they curl around 2.5 times and average 4′ long, but can grow to 6′! How do they move thru their densely wooded habitat without getting tangled up? By tilting their chins up so their horns lay flat against their back. They are the second largest antelope, weighing up to 690 lbs. Both males and females have a spinal crest, but only the males have horns and a beard.

I love the ‘got milk?’ mustaches and peach-colored ears of the female kudus!

The world’s largest living bird, the ostrich (Struthio camelus), grows up to 8′ tall and some 350 lbs. They are also flightless. The males are black, the females gray. This female has taken an interest in the SUV in front of us!

Don’t know if she was going for her reflection, a bug, or our handsome driver! Maybe she just wanted text her kids to get their heads out of the sand. I think she gets a kick out of people watching! Now we know why they require you to keep your windows shut!

A small herd of wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus – also known as gnu) compared to the herds of millions in the wild! They are a member of the antelope family.

The eland (Taurotragus oryx) is the largest of the African antelopes. Bulls can weigh up to 1 ton and be 6′ tall. Their straight screw-like horns can grow to 3′ long. A flap of skin called a dewlap hangs down the front of the neck and has a tuft of hair on the end of it.

The Asiatic water buffalo (Bubalus arnee) can weigh up to 1.5 tons and has a life expectancy of 25 years. This one gave me a raspberry for taking his picture on his way to take a bath! lol!  (See the cypress knees below his head?! They’re so interesting!)

About half way through the 4 mile drive are the park’s namesakes: the African lions (Panthera leo) that are now kept fenced off from the cars. (I couldn’t help but wonder what happens when the hurricanes come and blow down the fences…. every mammal for himself!!) Males can weigh up to 500 lbs, 4′ high at the shoulder and up to 8′ long – they are the largest of the African carnivores. Gestation is 100 days and they have 1-6 cubs per litter. A lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles away. They were snoozing on our fist trip through, but up and about the second time thru,I just didn’t get a good pic.

The blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) is one of the smallest members of the antelope family at 3′ tall. This native of India gets its name from the dark color of the mature male (buck). The ringed horns twist three or four times are about three feet long.

I found it interesting that the white lower coat makes them look extra slender at a glance… Wish I could find clothes like that!!

Ankole-Watusi (Bos taurus) is a breed of cattle with large horns that may span 10′!  Blood circulating through the horns is cooled, then returned to the body, which helps them to tolerate extreme temperatures. Newborn calves weigh 30-50 lbs, but grow up to weigh 900-1600 lbs. At night the herd sleeps together with the calves in the center and the adults facing outward with their horns as a protection against intruders – the ultimate in portable fences! This breed is often referred to as ‘cattle of the kings’ as those with largest and longest horns belonged to the African tribal kings. Here they come with a scimitar-horned oryx laying down in front of the pic and and Impala (Aepyceros melampus) standing behind him.

Looking out the window of the SUV, we were glad they were more interested in eating some grain that attacking the car… bet they could do some real damage if they wanted!!

Impressive! They are associated with several tribes, including the Tutsi. BTW… doing the Watusi dance has nothing to do with the cattle. The dance was named after the Watusi (now Tutsi) people of Africa, whose traditions included spectacular dances.💃

I’m thinking this next guy look more like a water buffalo than a watusi, but I’m not sure. He’s got an amazing personal towel rack, tho! 😂

The endangered southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simun) weighs up to 2.5 tons and lives up to 40 years. Unlike their cousins, the black rhino, they are reasonably docile. They get their name from the Afrikaans word “wyde” meaning wide or square lipped. They are actually stone gray in color. Rhino horns aren’t bony, but are made of keratin… a protein also found in human hair and fingernails.

Grant’s zebras (Equus bruchelli bohmi) are a member of the horse family. Not as fast as a race horse, but easily have more stamina. Zebra stripes are like fingerprints – they are unique to each individual. Which made me laugh, wondering: how much stripe-print dust do the zebra police use to find the guilty party?!! 🤣🤣

No, I don’t have a fascination with zebra butts.. I included this pic as I thought it was interesting: see the one on the left? He has tan stripes in between the black and white!

After driving through the park, you can take a picnic lunch into the Safari World amusement park or get something at their restaurant. There are lots of rides and water activities, but there are also lots more critters to see in this section of the park…

The sarus crane (Antigone antigone) is the tallest of the flying birds and can stand up to 5’11”:

The East African crowned crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps) looks very regal, indeed! I wonder if the queen’s guard got their uniform ideas from it?:

The beautiful flamingos (Phoenicopterus) get their color from their food source.

Hmmm… next card I make with flamingos, I’ll have to deside if I want a green or a blue background for them… I like them both!

Of course there are reptiles in the park. Since I move about the pace of a giant tortoise most of the time, I had fun watching this guy mosey along in his pretty shell. The great thing about these guys… it’s easy to get an action shot that isn’t blurry! Lol!

Swanderful reflection!

They have a couple of aviaries for feeding the Budgies and Lories. I love those AMAZING colors on this lory!! 

And they have several types of macaws, including one who loves to dance to music! This blue and gold macaw (Ara ararauna) sports more great colors I’d love to use on a card!!

My favorite part of the amusement park was the giraffe feeding pavilion. You get up eye-to-eye with these beautiful creatures! The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is the tallest land mammal with a height of up to 17′ and it’s long prehensile tongue can extend its reach by 15 inches.

And, for $3 they’ll give you a few romaine lettuce leaves to feed them. Yep, I want a perch like this in my Paradise dream home (sans fence, of course!)!!

Now here’s the question of the day: How DO mother giraffe’s know when they’ve liked that dirty spot off their kid’s neck?!! 😄

Lets close this trip with a Humor Gallery… These critters just had so much character and made me laugh, so I just HAD to share them with you!!

How DOES this East African crowned crane sit like that?!! I wish I had a mini keyboard to put under his feet!  😄 😄

“Did I get any grain on my cute little heart-shaped nose? Really?! Well, you’ve got spinach between your teeth!’:

‘I would smile wider, but my laugh lines might show!’ Forget Clark bars, this one’s a Snicker! (If you get it, we’re DEFINITELY showing our age! Hahaha!😉)

The singing kudu… what do you suppose he’s singing?!

“In the jungle, the might jungle, the lion sleeps toniiiiiight!

A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh….

Hush my darling, don’t fear my darling, the lion sleeps confined.

Hush my darling, don’t fear my darling — unless there’s a hurricane!

AyeEEEEEE!!! —

We-run-away! We-run-away We-run-away! We-run-away!”  — The Joke’ns 🤣🤣

I hope you enjoyed your trip! If you didn’t know it was in Florida, you might think you’d just been to Africa. One small tip: if you plan to visit. We regularly get coupons in the mail for $8 off per person…. if you know someone who lives down here, let them know if you’re planning on visiting so they can save their coupon for you! : )

I have a few craft projects waiting to be posted, so I hope to be back soon to share them with you. Meanwhile, stay warm y’all. Spring isn’t far away!!

~D.Ann

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Stamplorations Love Always Card with Salt Colored background

Hi there! Welcome back to another crafty whim! This time I’m experimenting with a ‘digi’ and watercoloring with salt. Because a printed ‘digi’ (digital image) from my printer often smears, I decided to do the background FIRST and then print on top of it. I really wanted to play with this nifty technique I’d seen on Betsy Veldman’s blog (HERE). She had a cool variation of the salt technique — where you sprinkle salt on your watercolor and let it dry for some interesting patterns. She COLORED her salt and sprinkled it around for some really cool effects! I especially liked her aqua border with flowers, so decided to try something similar. I guestimated where the orchid and lily would fall and tried to get the yellows and pinks more in those areas. Since I wasn’t going to do much until I was sure I could get similar results, I colored up 1/4-1/2 tsp of coarse salt.

The handiest colors I had on hand were distress inks and spray stains. It only took 2 drops of the ink, but about 6 of the spray stain to color up the salt. I didn’t have a purple, so mixed Mermaid Lagoon with Abandoned Coral until I got the color I wanted. By the time I sprinkled my salt down, the paper was dryer than I’d’ve liked, so I gently spritzed a bit of water across the top. Let dry and brushed off the salt:

Sherry Russ at Stamplorations kindly made available these lovely free digis over on their blog (HERE):

You know I rarely use digis, but I decided to give this lovely one a whirl. First, I had to size the digi. Another reminder of why I prefer stamps. Sure you can resize digis easier, but getting them exactly right is a bit of trial and error (for ME, at least!)

Not bad, but I thought it could use a little more. When Betsy was done with the salt, she went back and added some more watercolor. I was afraid to re-wet the surface as these were distress inks and would react with the water, so I chose to use some Copic markers to make the leaves and a few details stand out, then added a bit of sparkle…

In the end, it turned out nifty, but not near as cool as Betsy’s projects. Some day I will have to come back and revisit this, experimenting with different watercolors and inks.

Supplies used:

  • Stamplorations framed Love Always digi (Free HERE)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor cardstock
  • Yasutomo Metallic Watercolors
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink – fossilized amber
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain – abandoned coral & mermaid lagoon
  • Costco Kirkland Mediterranean Sea Salt
  • Copic markers: C3; G24, 82; RV17; V6; YG17, 61; YR2, 4
  • Spectrum Noir by Crafter’s Companion Sparkle pen – clear
  • Scotch adhesive runner
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base

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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Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your comments!

~D.Ann

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