Spellbinders Elegant 3D Vignettes – Happily Ever After Ombre Card

Greetings!

Today I’m tickled pink to show you a fabulously designed tunnel card that folds up, but first I want to tell you a story…  Just about a year ago I got this Flight Of The Butterflies Vintage card kit: Butterfly Echo by Hunkydory Crafts:

 

It’s a gorgeous foiled tunnel card with each progressive layer showing more of the image. You know I love 3d and interactive cards…

The coolest part of it is that it folds flat for easy mailing!

The shape of it reminded me of some of my Spellbinders dies, so I’ve had it sitting on my desk to remind me to try to see if I could make something similar. However, the past year’s health issues haven’t allowed much creativity.

Fast forward a year to the recent release by the ever-so-creative Becca Feeken of her Spellbinders Elegant 3D Vignettes … she has more than surpassed my idea with her beautiful designs. Here is the Grand Cabinet put together:

Isn’t it just gorgeous?!! I love the look of a lovely garden arch with flowers!  And,    yes, it folds down flat, too, for easy mailing (if you don’t add 3d flower, that is. : )

Those flowers from the Happily Ever After set are SO sweet!

They have kind of heart shaped petals and can be layered in a variety of combinations. I didn’t take the time to shape each petal, just pushed down in the center.

Becca has an easy-to-follow instruction video on putting the tunnel card together and since I can’t improve on it, I’ll like to it HERE in case you’re interested. I can’t find where, but I think she recommended using 80# cardstock. FYI – I used #110 because that’s all I had with ombre pink colors. The slots were a but snug, but they worked.

On the back… I know those tabs on the sides were supposed to be tucked inside, but I was worried they might show and I wanted the back to be white. Note to self: they would NOT have shown through… Next time trust the designer… Becca thought of everything when she designed this!!

I wanted a card to write on rather than just writing on the back of the ‘cabinet’ so I cut another Filigree Veil and used it as a holder for the inserts that I’d cut out of the first three layers of the front of the card. They fit perfectly inside the veil and can be pulled out so you can write on both sides should you so desire. It also perfectly hides a gift card!

Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders Elegant 3D Vignettes dies: Grand Cabinet 3d Card, Layered Happily Ever After and Filigree Veil (all the way in the back as a background)
  • Recollections #110 cardstock Ballerina, pale pink and white
  • Elmer’s School Glue
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Glass Microbeads: tourmaline
  • Pebbles, Inc. Chalks

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

Thank you for stopping by today. Hopefully, in the near future, I’ll have more projects for you with this fun die set! I always enjoy reading your encouraging comments!

~D.Ann

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Papertrey Ink Dies Only Love You Card & Color Burst Ink Blending

Good afternoon, everyone and welcome!

Today I’m making another card for Papertrey Ink’s 11th Anniversary – this time for their Use Only Dies – No Stamps! Challenge. Since I just received a gift of the new Ken Oliver Color Burst ink pads (THANK YOU, Sweetie!), I couldn’t wait to try some more color blending with the Clarity Stencil brushes for some great spring backgrounds:

The colors are just gorgeous! It took me less than 40 minutes to do all 4 backgrounds, so about 10 minutes each. Some day I’ll do them with a blending tool and see how long it takes to compare. I’m slow and had to take some breaks for arthritis & FM pain, so it will probably take you less time.  You can see the stencil brushes lost a few bristles. I’m hoping it was just because it was the first time they were being used and not because I got them on clearance!

I wasn’t worried about getting perfect blends as I plan to use cover plates for some and spritz the others, so imperfections won’t be noticed. Yes, these dye-pigment combination inks react to water….

The top two were spritzed with a fine mist and dome larger drops .. I love the look!

Now I wish I’d’ve grabbed the spritzer with Perfect Pearls in it for a shiny finish! Next time!!

So I chose one of the un-spritzed backgrounds and used it for this sweet anniversary or friendship card. Part of my haul from the current amazing Hobby Lobby clearance sale were these lovely pearls by Prima. I love using them for flight trails, as it’s pretty easy just to cut the parts you need to make it go any way you want! Unfortunately, they were too light a pink — easily fixed by using a Copic marker. Note… unlike coloring a single faux pearl, these have a line of adhesive between each one to keep the shape, and the Copics will color that a little, too, if you happen to have an unsteady hand like mine. It is barely noticeable tho.

The white butterfly print on the vellum didn’t stand out enough for my liking, so I fussy cut another one and colored the back side with a Copic marker. I may have gone a little overboard on the butterfly trails, but I kept seeing places that looked like they needed something more. lol!

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink dies: Quatrefoil Cover Plate; Enclosed Heart; Big Basics Thinking of You (just the ‘You’)
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Water Reactive Inks: Chartreuse, Fuchsia, Lime Green, Orchid, and Turquoise
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Recollections Ballerina 110# cardstock
  • The Paper Company Translucents vellum – Butterfly
  • Prima Say it in Pearls SIIP Swirls and Fimo Lt Pink
  • Copic marker: RV17
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • SMS ‘Stay Put’ glue

If you want to join the fun and see what prizes are available at the Use Only Dies Challenge, click HERE for more info.

I’m also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Work-it-Wednesday Challenge January 2018: Love For more information click HERE.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today and for leaving an encouraging comment! Until next time…

~D.Ann

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Sizzix Bird Crazy & Crazy Cat Anniversary Card

Hello! I’m happy you’re here!

Today’s crafting whim is back to papercrafting with this sweet anniversary card:

Aren’t they just the cutest couple?!!  I got the idea to make this sweet lady cat all dolled up from a post by Christi over at Art-Without-Anxiety — she put her cat in a Hero Arts Dress a while ago and it was DARLING! (ENABLER ALERT: In addition to great ideas, Christi has AMAZING giveaways on her blog — Art Without Anxiety! Click HERE to go to her blog and follow her. Check the end of this post to see  the fabulous box chocked full of crafty goodies she sent me, including the dress I used on my cat in this card!!… THANK YOU, Christi!!)

I popped up the beak and eyes (and made them shine with Glossy Accents) and added in some tulle (on her hat) and pearls for some 3d effects (like her ring and earring).

I like how the white pen adds some extra detail. The wing was scored and popped up, too. I like the lace embossing folder (new to me!) and lace edges for the background. The embossing stands out just a smidge more when you run Versamark over it.

I got excited about sending this card and filled out the inside before I remembered to take a picture. LOL!… here’s the inside lower right corner stamped with the mini versions, which are in reverse…

I think it’s sweet how he’s giving her a quick peck on the cheek!

Materials used:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Crazy Cats,Crazy Talk, Mini Bird Crazy and Mini Crazy Cats stamp sets
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Bird Crazy and Crazy Cats die sets
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Lace Texture Fades Embossing Folder (new to me)
  • Hero Arts MMH April 2017 Dress (new to me)
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks – Tuxedo Black & London Fog
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder – tanzanite
  • Copic Markers: C1, 5; BG13, 15; R22; RV02, Y13, 15; YG61; YR02, 04; V4,9,15,25
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – white 08
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Core’dinatoins Cardstock: green, purple, white
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Scotch adhesive runner & adhesive dots
  • Misc. Lace, faux pearls, tulle and vellum.

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

~D.Ann

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Don’t forget you might want to click HERE to go to her Christi’s blog and follow her. You’ll get some great crafting ideas and be able to watch for a chance to enter one of her fab giveaways. Just sayin’! : )

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!

~D.Ann

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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,

~D.Ann

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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!!

Newton’s Nook Kissing Kitties Slider Card Lights Up with Chibitronics

Hooray! The day has finally arrived for the annual Cat Lovers Hop! I’ve been excitedly bouncing around like Tigger the past couple of days! I know we all look forward to this annual hop and I think it’s appropriate to start off with a special thanks to Janis over at HerPeacefulGarden for all the hard work she puts into this special event! Let’s give her a big round of aPAWs!! Be sure to check out her link up page (HERE) for all the details and for the aMEOWzing list of sponsors she lined up!

If you’ve been watching on Instagram you know I have a lot of fun stuff in store for you… Thankfully, I’ve had a year to prepare! On my blog, there will be cards, calendars, home decor, jewelry, a guest designer, sci-fi cats, games, giggles and more – all featuring those dear, precious critters we all love… cats! I’m working on a giveaway, too, so you’ll want to stay tuned for that.

I’m going to start off with my first ever light-up card. It’s a slider with an adorable pair of kissing kitties anniversary card made with stamps from hop sponsor Newton’s Nook:

When you pull on the heart tab, the romantic kitty slides over to plant a smooch on his sweetie – at which point the heart lights up and the words oh-la-la! are revealed!

Here’s a video of it in action (roll your mouse over the picture and click the white arrow):

Confession: I cannot believe that I engineered the placement of wiring for the light and the slider on the inside just so, but I was so excited to try it, I turned it over and sealed it up, found out it worked and THEN reached for my camera. DUM-DUM want GUM-GUM?! lol! Guess you’ll have to wait a while until I do another one to see the inner workings. Sorry!

Wondering where I got that aMEWsing beret? It came from the Newton Dreams of Paris set… I just fussy cut it off that kitty (who’s not looking in the right direction for this kiss), snipped the lines on both sides of his ear and it tucked perfectly around.

Here’s a better pic of the card with the heart lit up from the smooch:

It just makes MY heart go pitter-patter! … I’ve done it so many times, I hope I haven’t used up the battery before my recipients get to play with it!

Materials used:

  • Newton’s Nook stamp sets: Newton’s Antics, Newton’s CCuddles, Newton Dreams of Paris
  • Spellbinders Exquisite Labels Eleven dies
  • Lawn Fawn Slide On Over Lawn Cuts dies
  • The Cat’s Pajamas Heart Trio die
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks: Rose Bud & Tuxedo Black
  • Copic Markers: B21,24; R32; RV02,04; YR02,21,24
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Sakura Pigma Micron pen 005 brown
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Faber Castell Texture Gems: Gold
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Carnation Pink
  • Recollections 110# cardstock: Ballerina pinks and white
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape
  • Chibitronics lighting kit
  • Misc. Vellum

I’m entering this card in the following hops and challenges – Want to play along? Click on any one for more details:

Thanks for stopping by!

I will be back later on today with more feline fun.

~D.Ann

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I close with this apropaw meme:

MarkerPOP! Guest Designer – Altenew

Hello and welcome! I’m pleased to be one of the guest designers for the new MarkerPOP! Challenge (#124) post today! Here’s a hint of what the challenge will be:

And here’s my card:

I took the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp and masked off areas of the Spellbinders Divine Eloquence die, then colored it in with Copic Markers and Tonic Nuvo Cerystal Drops.

Do POP right on over to the MarkerPOP! blog to share in the fun!

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence Card Creator die
  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copic Markers: G5,9,15; R22,24,29,35 YG61
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss: Red Berry, White, and Woodland Green
  • Tsukineko VersaMark ink
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder
  • Core’dinations white cardstock and Parisian Nights A2 red card
  • Tombow Mono permanent Adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Tacky Glue

I am also entering this card in the Altenew July 2017 Inspiration challenge (HERE) which is almost the same colors:

And in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes. (HERE) Be sure to check them both out, too!

I’m glad you could stop by today. I may be laid up for a while now, but I’ll be back as soon as I can… I have lots of interesting things on the back burner waiting to be shared with you! If you’re not subscribed to my blog, you may want to sign up now. (hint- hint!)

TTFN,

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create Day 5: Glitzy Glitter

Welcome back to the final day of My Favorite Things Camp Create: Glitzy Glitter.

This was a very easy card to make, so I’ll spare you any extra details… besides… just like any final day… we’re all ready to go home! : ) This time we’re going out with a BLING! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist! lol!) Love ‘petting’ those glittered birds.. they’re almost fuzzy!

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things Amazing stamp set
  • My Favorite Things LLD Flamingos & Doubly Amazing Die-namics
  • My Favorite Things Herringbone Bricks Stencil
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink: Peacock Feathers
  • Pigma Micron 005 Archival ink pen: Black
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Essential Colors glitter set: Crystal Fine, Kunzite, Onyx, Tourmaline
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • Aleene’s Clear Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Mono permanent adhesive

Now I have the final badge of the set:

  

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

There’s still s’more to come with the Camp Create Bonus: Gather ‘Round the Campfire, so grab some marshmallows and I’ll see you soon!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create Day 2: Remarkable Resist – Sweet Lace Cards

Welcome! Today I have a sweet set of 4 cards I did with the technique from My Favorite Things’ Camp Create Day 2: Remarkable Resist.

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The backgrounds were heat embossed with that fabulous lace stamp. I love running your fingers over it afterward as it feels lacy! I did two in white and two in gold with glitter finish . Love that shine!

Then I did one of each with a rainbow of watercolor and one of each with red and blue, making purple in the middle. Which combo do you like best?

Here is the badge I earned for today’s lesson:

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things Lace Background and Candy Jar Companions stamps
  • My Favorite Things Sentimental Flourish Frame Die-namics
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors 32, 31, 40, 52, 64, 139
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White & Black embossing powders
  • American Crafts Zing! Gold Embossing Powder Glitter Finish
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black & white
  • Colorbok Shiny Gold metallic paper
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme & Mono adhesive runners

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

I hope to return soon with more projects from this fun ‘camp’, so please stand by!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create Day 1: Wonderful Watercolor – Rainbow Galaxy Background

Hello and welcome! It’s that time of year again… Another summer at My Favorite Things’ Camp Create!

Day one of camp showed a marvelous watercolor rainbow galaxy background that I just HAD to try! While I was at it, I decided to do two in case one didn’t turn out. I was really quite worried I’d get mud by adding the black, but they both turned out ok! In spite of the sparkle, it’s not a girly card and would do for a guy, too.

You can find the easy to follow instructions on how to do the watercolor background HERE. I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors since I don’t have the Prima watercolors she used. I love the vibrant colors!

You may be wondering how I got the longer die-cut rectangles for the inside writing space:

You take your cutting plate and put the edge before the final edge of the die. After cutting, line up the two sides and again place the edge before the final edge of the die as shown in the right-hand part of the picture. Depending on how the pattern goes, you can get it half-again longer (like the left hand side of the picture above) or more.

I really wanted this galaxy to tinkle and added lots of sparkly accents that you can see in the materials list below. It’s got oodles of 3d texture. The sparkle is kind of hard to capture on camera – even this quick video doesn’t do it justice:

For completing this, I’ve earned my first Camp Create Badge:

           Note: if you collect all 5 badges, you can be entered for a nice prize… just sayin’! : )

Materials Used:

  • My Favorite Things: Friends Like Us stamp set
  • My Favorite Things: Doubly Amazing and Pop-Up Bday (cut off) Die-namics
  • Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles and Romantic Rectangles 2
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors 20, 31, 32, 40, 52, 64, 139
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black & white
  • My Studio White Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Titanium Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Ranger Stickles: Black Diamond, Glisten, Icicle
  • Imagine Crafts IrRESISTible Pico embellishers: copper
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter Accents: Fresh Snowfall
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

I hope to be back soon with another project from this fun skills camp!

Thanks for stopping by!

~D.Ann

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