About dannscraftingwhims

I am a beginning crafter who likes to try a bit of everything... wherever the whim takes me.

Doctor Who Inspired Food, Fun and Snacks

Hello, hello! I know I usually focus on papercrafts, with a few other crafts here and there, but today the whim is taking me off to share with you some food ‘crafts’. Now, I’m not fond of scrolling through my Instagram feed and being subjected to pictures of what someone is having for lunch, so if you’re not a foodie, or a Dr. Who fan, I don’t mind if you skip this entry.

A while back I snagged a free Kindle copy of Dining with the Doctor. Besides fun recipe ideas, the author has a great sense of humor! A friend of mine who is a total Whovian just finished a round of chemo for a brain tumor, so to celebrate and cheer her up, I made several plates of Doctor Who inspired food, fun, and snacks to take over to her. If you’re a Dr. Who fan, you will recognize many of the references. Allons-y!

So I started off with a plate of fish fingers and custard (actually, honey mustard sauce) a a bow tie napkin because, well, ‘bow ties are cool!’ There’s Emilia Pond’s apple with the happy face, and a real felt fez filled with loose-leaf teas and a TARDIS infuser. Geronimo!

This one wasn’t from the Dining with the Doctor book. Cassandra is a flat bread pizza with plenty of cheese, black olive eyes and roasted bell pepper lips with and aluminum foil frame to stretch her out. Moisturize me!

Ahh… the Slitheen! My green pear turned yellow before I got to this, but you get the idea. I used date pieces for the eyes. Another item not found in the book: my take on the famous Indiana 15 bean soup my aunt makes. On the lid I called it ‘Slitheen soup’ and said ‘you’ll know why in the morning!’ lol! ALTHOUGH… this soup doesn’t seem to give off much gas. Perhaps because of how it’s made.

15 Bean Slitheen Soup:

Start with a bag of 15 bean soup dried beans (ours are actually from Indiana), plus 1/2 – 2/3 cup each of dried lima beans and dried pinto beans (just because those are family favorites). Bring a pot of 8 cups of water to boil, dump in the beans and let sit over night. Drain and repeat in the morning.

In another pot, bring to boil, then simmer 4 cups of water, 1 cube of vegetable bullion, one 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, 1 clove of garlic minced, 1 onion sliced, 1/2 lb of baby carrots and 4 or 5 stalks of  celery chopped. When the veggies are tender, let cool, then put in the blender and blend until smooth.

After the second soaking of the beans, rinse and add them to the blended veggie mixture. If the mixture doesn’t cover the beans, add water to cover. Cut up 1/2 pound or less ham into small chunks and add. Bring to a boil, and let simmer about an hour. Just before serving, add the flavor packet included in the soup bean bag.

A Vashta Nerada detection kit with a fried chicken leg… Count the shadows!!

This one is a no-brainer. Strax and the others just happen look like potato heads! Add some walnut eyes, almond nose and roasted bell pepper mouth and they’re ready to be obliterated! Sontar-Ha!

Hello, Sweetie! River Song’s trademark hair looks great as angel hair pasta! There is no hallucinogenic lipstick on those roasted bell pepper lips, tho!

Pretzel buns with meatballs make nice little Dalek spaceships…. Exterminate!

Love you Oodles! Hummus, roasted bell peppers, string cheese and boiled eggs make a great Ood appetizer plate… just make sure the eyes don’t turn red!

Here we have the Doctor’s favorite disarming charm, the Master’s drums constantly beating, Souflle girl/Clara’s password… Run You Crazy Boy and Remember Me!

And, we finish off with dessert… Some fake Jammie Dodgers (Pepperidge Farms Apricot Raspberry thumbprint cookies), Cybermen (strawberries dipped in chocolate, decorated and sprayed in silver), the crack in the universe caused by the exploding TARDIS in a piece of pumpkin pie, and an exploding jello TARDIS.

Yeah, that was a clever cover-up… the jello wouldn’t come out of the mold and broke apart. To salvage it, I printed a copy of Van Gogh’s exploding TARDIS, covered it with plastic wrap and put the ‘ruined’ jello TARDIS on top.

My friend had a blast uncovering each plate and had several meals and snacks on hand afterward. I hope you enjoyed this little whimsical diversion, too!

Before I go, let me share with you a fruit that has an out-of-this-world quality to it that some of you may not have seen before…

What a GORGEOUS color!! This is what’s commonly called Dragon Fruit (Pitahaya)… It’s easy to see why!

It comes from a cactus…. here’s a picture of it a few weeks ago in my friend Mary’s garden:

When mature, you just wash it and slice it in half and scoop out the sweet, light flavored flesh inside. If you’ve ever had a kiwi, the edible part is a similar consistency, but the flesh of  the dragon fruit is much thicker and prettier.

I hope you enjoyed today’s break in the routine. I hope to be back next week at the latest for the winter Coffee Lovers Hop. See you soon!

Thanks for dropping by,



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Ellen Hutson Otterly Awesome Wobble Cuddle Party Anniversary Card

Surprise! I’m back again!! What a truly crazy month. I was finally able to get this anniversary card together with one of my favorite Essentials by Ellen Stamp sets: Otterly Awesome for Ellen Hutson’s 11th Anniversary Blog Hop.

Aren’t they just the CUTEST?!! I really like that 3d embossed background for them, too!

Here they are in action… just click on the arrow or picture below to play the short video:

A close-up view of the cute otters. rather than fussy cut around their whiskers, I just used a Copic marker as close to the background color as I could find. As mom is fond of saying, ‘it’ll never be noticed on a galloping horse’ – or wobbling cuddly otters, either!! They are, indeed, an otterly adorable couple!!

Materials used:

  • Essentials by Ellen Otterly Adorable stamp set
  • Spellbinders 3d embossing folder: Shell Beauty
  • Core ‘dinations Gemstones – turquoise
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black & white
  • Recollections 110# paper – Ballerina pink
  • Core’dinations sanding block
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks: Tuxedo Black & Rich Cocoa
  • Copic Markers: BG15; E04, 11, 13, 23, 31, 33, 51; R32, 39; RV02; YR31
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Tombow foam tape & black sharpie marker
  • Action Wobble Spring
  • Scotch adhesive runner
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ adhesive

I am playing along with the following hops and challenges… click on any one for more information on how you can join the fun:

I have some other fun things cooking… I hope to have some more posts for you soon, so stay tuned.

Thank you for stopping by today!



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2017 Cat Lovers Hop Blog Candy Giveaway Winners and Puzzle Answers

Well, the tuna can is opening and I see you’re all gathering around to see if you’re going to like what comes out! lol!

It was another fabulous hop and I am already counting the days until next year’s hop!!

Let’s start out with the answers to the puzzles (and hints):

*** Congrats to the one smart cat who got every answer correct!! ***

#1.  The instructions were to “find all the words that contain the letters C-A-T in order. Words can run up, down, across, backwards and vertically, but always in a straight line. Now, not including the words CAT or CATS, how many different words did you find that have ‘CAT’ in them? (With no exact duplicates.)”

Earlier in the week I mistakenly hinted there were 24 words with CAT in them (just like there were 24 hop sponsors). Sorry! Too many rough drafts and I lost one of the words. lol! Therefore, I accepted both 24 and 25 as correct answers to #1 (plus one word is archaic, anyway, as you’re about to find out, not to mention an old English word that only one person found (it wasn’t me!)).

Here is the correct list of 25 words that contain the letters C-A-T in order:


Oh, and one smarty pants found an Italian word – PACATA, which means calm, but we’re sticking to English words only. And another well read individual wondered about CATEL (an olde English word from Chaucer, meaning property)… I would have allowed it, if it would have gotten her the right answer for #1. I vaguely remember trudging through Chaucer, but a quick search found this good quote using CATEL:

For loss of catel may recovered be,
But loss of tyme shendeth us,” quod he.


Let us not shamefully lose any more time then… Onward!… to the hints!

Yes, CATSUP is another way to spell ketchup in English!

I’m sure you caught my hint that a bunch of cows (CATTLE) and a type of orchid CATTLEYA have several letters in common – and they ARE smack dab in the middle of the puzzle. : )   ( I really want to find a Cattleya that looks like a cow now!)

Another hint was not to forget to look for words within words and you might have caught that complicated gave you 3 words (COMPLICATE, COMPLICATED AND CATE- if you hadn’t used it elsewhere as I did below in vindiCATE).

Speaking of CATE, although you can only use it once… CATE, which means ‘a dainty or choice food, a delicacy’ is in there 6 times. If you’re like me, you’ve added a new word to your vocabulary of archaic words.

Perhaps you got the hint that words like DELICATE and CATER were backwards.

You couldn’t’ve missed the hint that 7 words crossed the T in the exact middle of the puzzle. (CATASTROPHE, SCAT, SCATHE, SCATHED, CATATONIC, CATTLE & CATTLEYA)

I  highlighted the words in the puzzle in case you’re interested in finding them all, although I know a few of you who would rather never see this puzzle again. lol!

Now I need to go and PACATA-ly eat a few chocolate CATES!


#2. Instructions: “Take the leftover/unused letters and unscramble them to fill in the blanks:   __  __  __  __  __    the    __  __  __       __  __  __  __  __  __       __  __  __ !”

The clue to #2 was:  “I bet you can guess the last three words quite easily… wink-wink” And I sneakily hid another clue in one of my last Instagram posts for the hop: the first word of #2 is the same as one of the words you found in #1

The leftover letters were CVE SH OO APHC TR LATC

and they spelled out…


Most of you got that right – even if you didn’t get # 1 right… amazing!

#3. And the bonus words with the letters C-A-T in reverse order in them were:


Since I am one lazy cat who is quite ready for a nap, I’ll let you go back and find those on your own if you missed any.

Speaking of tacos….. here is Sam (interviewed for last year’s hop HERE), doing his impression of a TACO:

In honor of #NationalTacoDay, here’s Sam doing his best impression. #iknowguacisextra #🌮

A post shared by Sam (@samhaseyebrows) on

Of a total of 8 possible entries per person, the average from all who replied was 6, so you all did quite well! A big round of apPAWse to each of you!!

Now, I’m sure your tails are impatiently flipping back and forth and you’re going bananas waiting to pounce on the next announcement:

I grouped the entries into USA (39 total) and international (5 total), assigned numbers to each correct answer and bonus entry, in the order they were received, and then asked Random.org to draw a random number for each group.

For the USA prize     the winner is:


For the International prize    the winner is:


And, a surprise third prize (yet to be determined) goes to the one person who got all the answers – and who just happens to have been our hardworking hostess who put in MANY long hours behind the scenes to bring us this fun event… Congrats to:


Congrats,   MICHELE, FIT KITTY and JANIS!! You each have 72 hours to claim your new CATEL by contacting me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 11am EASTERN time on Thursday, November 2, 2017.)

Thank you all for your kind comments and support! I wish I had gifts for you all!  Next year I may make a category for the funniest comment as several of you gave me some good chuckles, too… thanks! Let’s hope for better kitty themed results while I’m perusing the clearance bins this year for next years prize(s)!! That helps me stay in budget and still occasionally add in some extra fun for my loyal followers.

Upcoming events: In January I have some posts planned on craft storage… something I have to work on in my studio apartment! In March, there will likely be another Coffee Lovers Hop and my 3rd blog anniversary falls then. Since I wasn’t well enough to celebrate this year, I hope to do something special come March. I also feel that my whims are going to take me into some other cool crafts very soon. Plus, I have some cool travel and nature posts from the past year or so that I haven’t been able to post yet. So, do come back often and, if you don’t want to miss anything, feel free to subscribe to my blog, follow me on Instagram, or follow me on Pinterest. Thank you.

Until we meet again for a week of crafty fur therapy, y’all take care!

– D.Ann


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If you’re still here reading, I guess I must’ve trained you to look for one final treat, eh?!

There! Now, off you go to clean up the craftermath from the hop!



Geometrics Fancy Cats Cards

The time has come for my final post of the Cat Lovers Hop. Wahhh! But, Wahoo-kachoo! We just passed our peak number of 149 entries from last year!!


It has been a week of the highest quality with the 4c’s … Cats, Coffee, Crafting & Chocolate. We make clarity, cut, color and carat jealous! Lol! (BTW: If you want some better chuckles, be sure to read to the very end!)

I’m closing with this pair of elegant and fun cards:

(Special thanks to my aunt for making that gorgeous cross-stitched kitty and orchid!)

I love how well that embossing folder goes with the geometric ‘ball’, don’t you?!

And on the inside are these cute bookmarks:

Since I cut the cats as a pair, it was easy to mix & match the pieces for a second card:

For the bookmark on this one, I cut a second one out of the god cardstock, but put the paper in reverse and glued them together so both the front and back are gold.

Which do YOU prefer? I kind of lean toward the black background.


Materials used:

  • Penny Black dies: Fancy Cat, Geometrics & Bookmark Tab
  • Penny Black Nine Lives Stamp set (sentiment)
  • We R Memory Keepers Sequence embossing folder
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black, white & green
  • Colorbok Shiny Gold Metallc Paper
  • The Paper Company Black Glimmer paper
  • Recollections Glitter Paper: Snow
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powders: black & linen white
  • Copic marker: RV02
  • Sakura Pigma Micron archival ink black 005
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – Bubble Gum Blush
  • Sookwang Scor-tape double-sided adhesive

I am entering these cards in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

Okay, it’s time for the final hint for my Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post.  Although you can only count it once, this archaic four-letter-word, meaning ‘a dainty or choice food, a delicacy’ can be found 6 times in the puzzle. Still having trouble? No worries, you will still get entries for the Bonus questions, whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!

Also: if any of you early birds have found some words you missed with the clues the past few posts and want to change your answer to #1, for the early bird may get the worm, but the late cat gets both. Lol! This morning I received the first correct answer to #1 and #3. Many of you mamaged to get #2 already. If anyone wants to change their answers, you still have time to resubmit a revised answer. : ) You have until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Sunday, October 29, 2017 to finish up and submit your final answers via e-mail. Don’t forget to check back on Monday, October 30, 2017 – hopefully, before noon PACIFIC time for my winners and answers post.

Note: If Potential Tropical Cyclone 18 (likely to be named Tropical Storm Philippe) continues as predicted, we will have winds and up to 8″ of rain tonight and tomorrow. This usually wouldn’t be a problem, but coming on the heels of Irma, who knows what the power lines here will do. (friends just a couple of miles from me were out of electric a whole week (which sounds like nothing compared to the Keys and Caribbean).) Anyway, if my post happens to be late, you’ll know why. Best way not to miss it: subscribe to follow my blog!

It’s been a wonderful hop and my mind is already spinning with ideas for next year’s hop. (No hard puzzles, I promise!) Hopefully I’ll see you all back here way before then. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the funnies below!

Warm, furry hugs,



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Well, you saw that I started out as a crazy cat kid and then went on to be a wild cat teen… here I am today:

Actually – that’s our hop host Janis with her clowder of 18… I just Photoshopped my Bitmoji avatar in the picture. Lol!

I thought I’d close with a few fun things I recently found while surfing the net:

How do we know the earth is round?
If you haven’t been following Elaine Chong’s imaginary pet Black Coffe (Interviewed HERE) and his friend Sugar (the mouse) Here’s a recent post I found entertaining: fishing with bookworms:  (click the link to see it:)
Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet (full film) 12 min of cat lovers fun! (click the link to watch it)
Since last year’s interview, Newton’s Nook’s Hobbes (Interviewed HERE) continues status quo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BX_f_cqASym/?taken-by=newtonsnook
And here are Newton’s thoughts on it all:
Okay, as Tigger would say: TTFN!!

Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Calendar

Welcome back for the final day of the Cat Lovers Hop! I can’t believe it’s almost over!

I have another 2018 calendar for you. (I can’t believe 2017 is almost over, either!) This one features Graphic 45’s fabulous Raining Cats and Dogs collection

I know I said pigment inks are the best for these ‘boards’ however, I will say I had an extra tough time getting this shiny gold ink to dry (Teresa Collins Glitz Gold by Color Box). I also realize I didn’t get a picture of the shine, and now it’s gone on to its new home. I let it sit overnight, and thought it was dry, but I was still getting smudge marks when I touched it and had to use a heat setting tool on it. Just FYI.

I took my flower shaping tools and, after fussy cutting the flowers, umbrella cat head, and arm with the puppy (a LOT of fussy cutting, but worth it!), I put them all on some soft foam and gave them some dimension by rolling the tools across the back side of the images.Then I adhered them to the page – sometimes with foam backing to keep them popped up – for some added dimension.

I prefer mixing the colors of the microbeads for a more natural look, don’t you?

Materials used:

  • Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs paper collection: Precious Pets and Tags & Pockets (Enabler alert: G45 has just released the Deluxe Collectors Edition!)
  • Spellbinders Grand Labels One
  • Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Essentials tools
  • Kaiser Craft Bracket Album
  • Docrafts 2018 calendar tabs
  • Color Box Teresa Collins Glitz Gold pigment ink
  • Pebbles,  Inc. Pearlescent Chalks: Jewel Tones
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Glass Microbeads: Fire Opal, Florentine Gold, Garnet & Yellow Barite
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue & Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • Misc. ribbon

I’m entering this in the Cat Lovers Hop… click HERE for more information as to how you can join the fun.

Don’t forget that the special discount bundle at Frantic Stamper from THIS post is only good through November 1st, so, if you wanted to snag that fab deal, don’t delay!

Time is running out (that seems to be a theme in this post!) for my Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post, too. Another hint: There are 7 words that run through the T in the exact middle of the word search grid. Still having trouble? You’ll get one final clue later today. No worries, you will still get entries for the Bonus questions, whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and leave your kind comments!!



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Double Sided, Multi-Colored, Multi-Window Uchi’s Design Animated Cat Card

Hello, hello! Here we are on the penultimate day of the Cat Lovers Hop.

As the saying goes: ‘Time sky raisins when you’re having fun!’ What?! Since there are so many new hoppers, I HAVE to re-share with you my favorite cat meme and you’ll understand:

Three years in a row and it still makes me laugh!

I have my last interactive card to show you today and it’s a doozy… In fact, it can only REALLY be appreciated in a video. so here’s one from Instagram. (Roll your mouse over the picture and click the white arrow to play it):


It’s so mesmerizing, I could play with it for hours!

I just LOVE animated cards and am tickled that my first attempt turned out as well as it did! I have a bonus tutorial for you. I used Uchi’s Animation Die Cut to make that flower! So another way to stretch your dies, should you have it (or be able to talk some sweet friend or relative into getting it for you!). So you’re going to turn this grid into that flower:

First you have to trim down the grid leaving the same width at the top and bottom. You don’t want this too thick because that’s how much your flower will stick up off your card.

Next you gently fold the grid around a pen and glue the ends together. Use the barrel of the pen to smooth out the curves of the ‘petals.’

Then you run a bead of glue along the bottom seam and start rolling it over on itself, molding it into a circle.

Here’s what it looks like all rolled up. (Hmph… I see I didn’t worry too much about curving the petals since I was just demo-ing for you… they are rather pointy. Oh well…)

Then you gently separate the petals and pull them out to the sides and put a brad in the center and tah-dah… a cute little flower!

You can also see from these close-ups, the advantage of using the Animation Die versus just buying the sheets… You can color it to match your stamp… even using multiple colors!

I waited to color the grids to match until AFTER I could set the stamped pull tab in the middle of the card and see where the colors needed to be on the grids, but BEFORE I closed it up… that way I could do it over scratch paper and not worry about getting any ink on my stamped slider.

Note: I tried putting just a solid color (black or other) as a grid over the colored stamped images and they also worked as animated images. It’s just cooler when the colors match!

Did you notice that the same pull tab animates both sides (simultaneously)! That was not without some engineering obstacles… for example the first time I stamped my images – after I had already figured out and made the front and back — oops! I did them in reverse and had to re-stamp them (which was much easier than lining up my grids again!).

By the way – don’t let this semi-complicated card intimidate you. You can make these very simple with just one animated image and they’re just as entertaining!

Her are the still pictures of the card. Here’s the front. ( I added that cute kitty sticker going for the dragonfly – doesn’t it look like he’s just about to pounce!):

And here’s the back. I like the optical illusion of the background paper mixed with these animations! Wish I knew the manufacturer, I’d get more!

Materials used:

  • Uchi’s Design Animation Stamp sets: Loving Cat; Growing Garden; Butterflies
  • Uchi’s Design Animation Grid Die (Thank you , Uchi’s for this prize when you released it on Instagram!!)
  • Spellbinders dies: Classic Circles, Gold Circles One and Exquisite Circles
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Ink – Watermelon
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 025, 195, 373, 856, 933
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Core’dinations cardstock: Black, Red & White & 110# white
  • Basic Grey Hey Girl cardstock
  • Unknown optical illusion paper
  • Therm-O-Web I-Craft Easy Tear Tape double sided adhesive 1/2″ & 1/4″
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky glue
  • Avery Ultra Tabs
  • Misc. Brad

I am playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

How about another delicate hint for my Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post. Don’t forget: some words may be in there backwards! Although I can’t cater to your every whim, have no fear, you will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. At least you’re now two words closer! Have fun!

I’m so glad to have had all of you visit and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your delightful comments! Thank you for taking the time!!



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Laurel Burch Indigo Cats Card – Never Underestimate the Power of a Purr!

Gooood morning my purring peeps and all of your two-legged servants! It’s time to start another day of the Cat Lovers Hop!


Today I’m starting out by using the stamp set I already happen to have that Cat Lovers Hop sonsor Stampendous has generously supplied as one of the prizes for this hop (along with the dies!) over at HerPeacefulGarden. Go HERE to read about how you can enter to win! Thank you Stampendous!!

Yep — Never underestimate the power of a purr!

I just love those fun Indigo Cats and the great stencils that come with the stamp set! I had some faint overlap and went back and emphasized it between the two cats as it kind of indicates their purrs resonating, dont’cha think?!

Materials used:

  • Stampendous Laurel Burch Indigo Cats stamps and stencil
  • Stampendous Cat Sayings stamps
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink Tuxedo Black
  • Copic markers: B02,05,24,29; R29; RV02,04,19; V15; Y17,35; YG17,61; YR04
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks: Candied Apple, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Salty Ocean
  • Core’dinatoins cardstock: green, blue, white
  • Scotch adhesive runner

I am playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

For those of you playing along with the seemingly complicated Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post, I’ll give you another hint: Don’t forget to look for words within words! Oh my word, I just gave you three! Don’t fret… You will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!



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A Furry Little Heartfelt Floral Calendar & Card

Hello again my furry little friends and their two legged subjects! The Cat Lovers Hop continues!


This time I have a sweet gift set of a hanging 2018 calendar and a matching card:

Here’s a close-up of the calendar… I cut up a Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses die cut and used the pieces to frame the pretty Furry Little Story Paper. The roses are made of vellum embossed in blue and then colored ON THE BACK with a Copic marker.

Note: when using ink to cover the bracket album, it is best to use pigment ink!  (Instead of an album, I used each ‘page’ as a sturdy calendar backing.)

Materials used – calendar:

  • Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose stamps and Botanical Wings dies
  • Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses dies
  • Spellbinders Grand Labels One
  • Kaiser Craft Bracket Album
  • Scrapberry’s A Furry Little Story paper pack
  • Foray Transluscent Inkjet Vellum 30#
  • Docrafts 2018 calendar tabs
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Stampendous Beach embossing powders – Sky Blue
  • Copic marker – R39
  • Tsukineko Brilliance pigment ink Pearlescent Poppy
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks: Jewel Tones
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Microbeads: White Gold
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue & Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • Misc. Ribbon

I am entering this calendar in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

  • 2017 Cat Lovers Hop
  • CropStop Linky Party #33 – anything goes (Aleene’s,Heartfelt, Martha Stewart, Pebbles, Spellbinders,Tombow, Tsukineko)
    • Cat Hoppers: Don’t forget Cropstop will add more prizes if she reaches 100 entries… Just sayin! Don’t forget to list the products you used from brands that she carries over at cropstop.com

The matching card uses several papers from that same Scrapberry’s collection:

Materials used – card:

  • Scrapberry’s A Furry Little Story paper pack
  • Core’dinations cardstock: blue & wine
  • Tombow Mono adhesive
  • Misc. cat button

I’m entering this card via Instagram in the Cat Lovers Hop… click HERE for more information as to how you can join the fun.

For those of you playing along Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post, I’m sure you’re right smack in the middle of the puzzle. It’s time for another hint: Do you know what a bunch of cows and a type of orchid have in common?! Don’t fret… You will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun! Oh, and it may hearten you to know that even the puzzle creator had to wrestle with this… I was just making up my ‘solutions’ post and found I lost a word in my answer key somewhere along the way in the many revisions. So, when tallying the answers to #1, I will give credit to both the answer I hinted at in the last two posts and the correct answer. A toast to imperfection! Our kitties understand – as long as we feed them on time!!



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Scientific Cats Card

Welcome back to day 4 of the 2017 Cat Lovers Hop!


We’ve already passed the half way mark and have already had over 100 entries! Hip-Hip-Purr-ay!!

I have a cute card for you using stamps from hop sponsor Your Next Stamp:

Just look at those cute, playful kitties! I mixed them up with the Chemistry sentiment: You must be made of Copper and Tellurium… Here’s why: because you are….

I can hear you all going “Awwww!”  I think that Chemistry sentiment set is GENIUS!

The front of this card was made to go along with the current YNS Color Challenge:

I’ve got the orange, yellow and gray in there… I consider the blue-gray sky and tablecloth as neutrals. : )


Materials used:

  • Your Next Stamp: Scratch Pad, Perfect Chemistry & Heart Splatter stamps
  • Spellbinders Majesty dies
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Lawn Fawn Lobster dye ink
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend pencilss: Bamboo, Carrot, Chrome Orange, Coral, Dandelion, Ebony, Gravel, Papaya, Persimmmon, Petunia, Sky Blue
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks: Jewel Tones
  • Core’dinations 110# white cardstock
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

I am playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

Before I leave… I wonder how many sponsors there are for this year’s Cat Lovers Hop? Hmmm… you might want to look it up! I know Janis hunted up a lot of them!

For those of you playing along Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post, it’s time for another hint: Did you know there is more than one way to spell kettchup?! Don’t fret… You will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!

I sure am enjoying this year’s hop and I hope you are, too!



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Hero Arts Bengal Tiger card

Good afternoon, crafty cat lovers! The Cat Lovers Hop is still going strong and I’ve seen some pretty amazing projects this year!

This afternoon, we’re going to visit some of our larger cat family friends…

Before I get into the card, I just want to let you take a closer look at that box. It reminds me so much of paradise! It’s made out of metal and all the animals are raised/embossed.

I may try embossing from the back of my card next time and see how it looks!

This card is also inspired by the A Blog Called Hero Calling All Critters Challenge

Now, on to the card. I just love this scene! The colors were blended with some water, so I assume that counts for watercolor in the a2z Scrapbooking October 2017 Challenge:

Materials Used:

  • Hero Arts June 2017 kit
    • Note: this is one of their kits they are bringing back in 2018 if you missed it
  • Color Layering Bengal Tiger stamps and dies
  • Hero Arts Thorn Tree & Grasses dies
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade & Wild Honey (tigers)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks: Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Frayed Burlap, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves & Spiced Marmalade (background)
  • Copic markers: R20;  RV04; Y17, YG61,63; YR31; W1,3 (tongue & grass)
  • Core’dinations white, orange and black cardstock
  • Furry animal print from Monika Reeck during the first hop (Thanks, Monika!)
  • Tombow Mono Adhesive
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

I am playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

Before I leave… I’m starting to get a few guesses on my Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post. I think it’s time for a little bit of a hint to help since you can’t figure out the answer to #2 without knowing the answer to #1 (although I bet you can guess the last three words quite easily… wink-wink).  Here is your first hint: The answer to  #1 is more than the # of cats Janis has (see her Day 1 post), but less than the number of days in this month so far. That should narrow it down a little without giving it away.  Oh, I’m ornery, I know. Don’t fret… You will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!

I sure have enjoyed hearing from all you visitors!! Thanks for all your kind words!



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Oh, and speaking of larger cats…

Doesn’t that just remind you of Isaiah 11:6-9?! I can’t wait to see that prophecy fulfilled!