Seriously Thankful Anniversary Card

Hello, again! I’m back with another anniversary card (if you missed the first one, you’re going to want to scroll back one post!!), a super sweet one this time:

20161226_082632

Awww! I love the little fox curled in his mom’s tail!! I love how that Spellbinders die both embosses and de-bosses!

I added some sparkle to their fur coats and the butterfly…

20161226_082938

Do you know why I especially love that ‘seriously’ die from DCAM? The dot on the ‘i’ is attached! Thank you DCAM!! I usually lose the dots from other die sets when they’re separate, plus they’re so futzy to glue down.

20161226_082712

Yes, as you can tell from the inside, this was for my folks’ anniversary party. We usually go out for a steak dinner, but since we’ve all been sick and are still recuperating, I picked up some of their favorite breakfast items from Cracker Barrel and IHOP and surprised them with a cozy brunch instead.

20161226_082632

Supplies used:

  • Die Cuts & More (DCAM) ‘seriously’ word die
  • Spellbinders Imperial Square Die
  • Lawn Fawn stamps: Jump for Joy and Mom + Me
  • DCWV shimmer stack red cardstock
  • Core’dinateion white cardstock
  • Memento Rhubarb Stalk dye ink
  • Tsukiniko Brilliance Pearlescent Rust pigment ink
  • Copic Markers: E31; Y28 YG 61, 63; YR 02, 04, 07
  • Black Sharpie
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen
  • Misc. adhesives

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

I’ll be back in just a few minutes with a much different anniversary card that will make you go ‘Awww!’, so do check back! : )

~D.Ann

.

p.s. any ads on this page are placed by WordPress and are not endorsed by me.

 

closing out the year with a bang and two posts in one day!

Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge – Lacy Anniversary Card

Hello and welcome! Today I have a lovely bespoke anniversary card to share with you. I was asked to use luscious layers of lace, pearls, sparkle and frills on the card. I also used this month’s Papertrey Ink Blog Hop inspiration photo:

20161226_pti

I chose the pinks/cream/tans with just a touch of green and turquoise colors and the stars and rounded arch of the fans for this anniversary party card.

20161226_081307_wm

From sparkling cardstock  and ribbon to rhinestones, there’s plenty of bling on this lacy party card!

20161226_081627_wm

She was thoroughly delighted with the outcome and chose this lovely sentiment for the inside:

20161226_081707_wm

Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink: Simply Jane die collection
  • Spellbinders: Elegant Labels Four
  • Justrite Dies/Spellbinders Heirloom Flourish One
  • Quietfire Design: Always Be My Friend stamp collection
  • DCWV Luxury Stack & Shimmer Stack cardstock
  • Simply Defined Distinctions 200# card base
  • Recollections: Spohia cardstock, Mixed Media Paper Word & Botique Fleur mulberry paper mini rose
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder – Rose Quartz
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive and E600
  • Misc. laces, faux pearls, ribbon and flowers(mostly Recollections & Offray)

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

I’ll be back in just a few minutes with a much different anniversary card that will make you go ‘Awww!’, so do check back (or scroll up)! : )

~D.Ann

.

p.s. any ads on this page are placed by WordPress and are not endorsed by me.

Cat Lovers & Cat’s Pajamas Hops – Fall Willow Swing Card + Black Coffee Interview + Blog Candy

Whether you’re new or visiting for the first time, Welcome! I’m excited to show you today’s post for the Cat Lovers Hop, which also happens to be for The Cat’s Pajamas Winter Hop, too! If you manage to hang in til the end of the post, there might be blog candy, too!

2016 Cat Lovers Hop 20161025_tcp

Before I begin, I have a question for you:

Have you had your Black Coffee and Sugar fix for today?

No, I’m not confused. I know the Coffee Lovers Hop is over. : ) For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, allow me to introduce you to Elaine Chong‘s virtual pet, Black Coffee, and her little friend, Sugar:

20161017_innertreasureart1

Elaine and Black Coffee have a great sense of humor as you’ll notice if you scroll through their Instagram account HERE. I thought we’d briefly interview them both today. Let’s start with a couple of quick questions for Black Coffee:

  • What crafts have you tried your paws at or would like to try?
    • I have tried painting, knitting, cooking and I am really good at bathing the worms!
      • It cracks me every time I see you doing that last one… Our readers can see your skills at it HERE. I think that pond is going to be in today’s card!
  • What is your favorite thing to do with paper?
    • I like to make marks on them, tear them apart and sometimes eat them when they look yummy!

And, now, a couple of questions for Elaine:

  • Do you have any real cats?
    • Not at the moment but when I was a kid, my family used to have quite a number of them and they were one of my major playmates.
    • By the way, our first cat was a black cat
  • Do you sell your drawings? Where can we find them?
    • Currently I am not selling my drawings.
  • Have you ever thought about publishing a Black Coffee book?
    • Yes, I have been thinking of publishing a Black Coffee book and hopefully next year.
      • I think that would be a delight!

20161017_innertreasureart2

Thank you both for taking the time to join us for the Cat Lovers Hop (and Sugar, too!)!!

In honor of Black Coffee’s visit today and her love of ‘bathing the worms’ in a pond, I made this card of a weeping willow tree dressed in autumn yello and a fun pair of furry friends on a swing at sunset (It HAS to be sunset… my cats were always sleeping at sunrise. lol!):

20161025_112254

The top section is on acetate… Here’s what the reverse looks like inside:

20161025_112343

Hmmm… Maybe Black Coffee will end up with a canine friend like Sprinkle the cat has!

Note: when embossing on acetate, heat your heat gun up well before bringing it over to the acetate and move quickly so as not to warp the acetate too much!

The background was done with Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts. I tried something new and used them as straight watercolors. I know, it’s hard not to go for the thrill of watching those powders BURST to life on a page, but this effect turns out beautifully in a different way. It’s amazing how little powder is needed!

20161025_112106  20161025_112140

Once I painted the background, I added some of the Liquid Metals on top for an amazing shimmer effect… it almost looks light sunlight glistening on the water!:

20161025_112445

I put the sentiment as if it were carved on the tree – as some sweethearts are wont to do. It’s hidden when the top is closed over it.

20161025_112418

See the CAT tails?!! Another nod to the hop and to Black Coffee’s favorite pond! I love weeping willow trees — not to be confused with pussy willow trees, that I also love!

20161025_112515

You can even take Pussy Willow buds and made some cute cats! : )

20161025_112254

Materials used:

  • The Cat’s Pajamas: Just Let it Happen stamp set
  • Scrapbooking Made Simple Simply Defined dies:
    • Serenity, Stillness and Reflect
    • Be Inspired, Serene
  • Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst – Alizarin Crimson, Indigo, Yellow Ochre
  • Ken Oliver Crafts Liquid Metals – Copper, Iron Oxide, Pewter, Platinum, Yellow Gold
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Ranger Perfect Medium pen
  • Inkadinkado Black embossing powder
  • Hampton Arts Copper embossing powder
  • Faber-Castell Texture Gems Gel Liner – Gold
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – Gloss Carnation Pink and Gloss White
  • Scrapbooking Made Simple “Stacey Tape” double sided adhesive 2.5″ wide
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper 140#
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black, brown, yellow, blue
  • Misc. Acetate and Washi tape (to connect the two pieced at the top)

I am entering this card in the following hops and challenges – click on any one for the details on how you can join the fun:

*****      *****      *****      *****      *****      *****      *****      *****      *****      *****      *****

  • ***** Edited to add: giveaway now closed*****

Thanks for hanging in there for the extra long post! Now, about today’s blog candy – Today it’s for continental USA peeps only. Sorry, International peeps, but it includes a small frame that just won’t ship well. There will be another post with something available to anyone, anywhere, so stay tuned!

20161025_125855

This package includes some miscellaneous ephemera from Graphic 45’s Raining Cats and Dogs set, a little set of Kitty sticky notes, and a Design Works 2″x3″ Cross Stitch kit to make that cute kitty with balloons and includes the frame. Woot-woot!

If you would like to be in the running to win this blog candy, pay close attention to the rules: Continental USA addresses only: Leave ONE comment on this post before 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 30, 2016, using the phrase “BATHING THE WORMS” somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the words “BATHING THE WORMS” in your comment, I’ll assume you’re not interested in the blog candy (and won’t be offended!).  Also, if you are (or become) a follower of this blog, you may make a SECOND comment telling me so for an additional entry. You may also receive an ADDITIONAL entry by becoming a follower of Elaine‘s AND my Instagram accounts (@innertreasureart and @d.ann.c). If you do follow both of our Instagram accounts, come back here and leave comment with your Instagram user name. Duplicate comments will be deleted. There you have it… you may have up to three chances to win. FYI: This particular giveaway is only open to peeps in the continental USA.

On October 31, 2016, I will use Mr. Random org to draw a winner from the comments that qualify and will try to announce it here on the blog some time before noon EASTERN time. Please come back and check to see if you’re the winner. The winner will have 72 hours to contact me with their snail-mail address or another winner will be chosen.

Ok, it’s time for me to go take a little catnap!

I might pop back in later today with some cool felt cat coasters to show you. Hope to see you soon!

~D.Ann

.

p.s. any ads on this page are placed by WordPress and are not endorsed by me.

Happy Anniversary to a Hot CUPle Card

It’s hard to believe that today is the final day of the Winter Coffee Lovers Hop! There have been over 560 amazing creations so far with lots of fun and exciting ideas to pick up. Today I have a fun card for a winter anniversary coming up soon.

20151218_074611W

A while ago I was looking for some free fonts for a project and came across these cute cup fonts at fonts.com. I don’t know if they’re still free. I had just colored the cups blue, but it was too blah, so I decided to make her lips red… hard to do over black, so I fussy cut a pair… then decided while I was at it to plant a smooch on him. : ) They still needed a little something so I added glossy accents on the eyes and coffee and just a pinch of flocking on his eyebrows and mustache. Oohhh! Now the steam turned hot and the card was done!

20151218_074629W

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Divine Eloquence and Labels 8 dies
  • Couple Cup of Coffee digi from Little Shop by Monika & Friends
  • Coffee Mugs fonts from fonts.com
  • Copic Markers B24, 29, 69; C1; R29, 32
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
  • Hampton Arts Sprinkle Flocking – black
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • DCWV card
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L adhesive sheet & EZ Runner adhesive
  • Misc glitter cardstock

I am participating in the following hops and challenges:

I’m glad you could stop by today. Do come back soon!

-D.Ann

.

p.s. Any ads you may see are placed by WordPress and are not endorsed by me.

The Princess Bird Anniversary Card

Yes, today is the day I reveal the card I’ve been working on and sharing on Instagram this past week.

It’s an anniversary card for a couple who are always quoting the Princess Bride. Fans of the movie will recognize many of the references, but there’s one they might not. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up (wink wink): He’s always calls her ‘Barbie’, hence Barbie-cup instead of Buttercup. I think they’ll get a kick out of it!

With no further ado… Presenting: The Princess BIRD Anniversary card….

20151008_093931aW

But wait! There’s more!

20151008_094341aW

20151008_094125aW

And a better view of the two sides on the inside:

20151008_094138aW   20151008_094143aW

You should be able to click on any picture to see it larger if you want to. I love how the Darice Wood Grain Background embossing folder makes that mulberry paper look woody!

A little bit of the coloring details:

20151003_201037aW

20151005_212338aW

20151006_210759aW

20151007_132324aW

To keep the watercolors from bleeding through at the edges, I put waxed paper in between. A nice video on doing the trees and hills can be found on Sandy Allnock’s YouTube channel (HERE).

20151008_094035aW

I ended up jazzing up their wings a bit with a gold gel pen… I always love a little bling! : )

Jenn Shurkus recently did a great Periscope video on coloring leaves (you can find more details HERE)… unfortunately these were SO small, it was tough to do, but they turned out ok.

20151008_094208aW

After popping up this guys eyes, I added Wiggly Eyes… Makes his expression just like the average kid’s eyes when there’s kissing. Lol!

If I ever figure out how to get the little video of how the card opens over here from Instagram, I’ll add it in later.

Materials used:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits Bird Crazy dies
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Branches & Stem dies and Lilac Flower dies (leaves)
  • Darice Wood Grain Background embossing folder
  • Copic Markers:
    • B21
    • BG 15, 18, 45
    • E 00, 37, 74
    • G 02, 05
    • R 22, 24
    • Y 13, 15, 17
    • YG 61
    • YR 02, 04, 07, 21, 24
  • Kuretake Ganzai Tambi watercolors: #53, 61
  • Uniball Gel Impact pen – Gold
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen – Black
  • Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Colorbok The Paper Company Mulberry paper
  • DCWV Once Upon a Time Stack paper
  • Darice Past-on Eyes 5mm & 7mm
  • Misc white cardstock and adhesives

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges:

2015_SSS_Monday

Thanks for stopping by today. Stay away from the Fire Swamps and the R.O.U.S.s!

Bye-bye, guys! Have fun stormin’ the castle!!

-D.Ann

.

p.s. Any ads you may see are placed by WordPress and are not endorsed by me.