Neat & Tangled USPS Gift Wrap Ensemble

Good evening! I’m about tuckered out, but I want to get this post out, for the Neat & Tangled Throwdown challenge that is about to close, so here we go…

I really wanted to do something nice for my USPS postal carrier this year as she always trudges up to my apartment when there are packages rather than just leave them down at the mailboxes. She even asked about them one day as she saw they were art related and her teenage daughter is getting into arts & crafts. I know thy’re going to have a party when they get this as they LOVE chocolates!

I have been wanting to use the Neat & Tangled Truck die (thanks Miriam!!) but life has been so hectic, this was my first chance to pull it out. It’s darling and easy to put together the main truck. All the optional add-ons – especially those blinker lights – are a bit tiny for my big mits, tho. : ) I also wanted to wrap up a box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates extra elegantly. I’ve never used a die cut to wrap something before, but I thought the Neat & Tangled Doily Envelope die would make a gorgeous way to wrap it up… I was right! Check out the gift ensemble:

The card is a shaker. I framed it up with the edges of the Doily Envelope Die to tie the ensemble all together.

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The envelope is lined with the same embossed wrapping paper as I used to wrap the chocolates. The truck opens up and holds tiny presents… in this case, a single Ferrero Rocher Chocolate! (hmm… now that I look at it, I think I’ll add some tissue paper in there to cushion it.)

It was a fun set to make I know she’s going to get a kick out of it! I can’t wait to make more of those adorable trucks – probably in UPS brown next time!!

Supplies:

  • Neat & Tangled Truck and Doily Envelope dies & Sweet Treats sentiments stamps
  • DCWV glitter card and chalkboard stack (black and gray sheets)
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & black
  • Brother Sister Design Studio Embossed Foil Gift Wrap (wrapped chocolates and envelope liner)
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens 565 &845
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – White 10
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents (windows & headlights)
  • Blank Slate by Traditions open heart confetti (shaker)
  • Laura’s Loft Red Hot Love sequins (shaker)
  • Queen & Co Diamonds toppings (shaker)
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” adhesive and Simply Dimensional Foam Adhesive Sheets
  • Misc. glitter cardstock in red and orange; acetate; printed usps logo
  • Ferrero Rocher chocolates – both for the recipient and the crafter!! : )

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Ok, I’m off for a very late supper. Y’all have a lovely weekend!

~D.Ann

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Decoupaged Napkin Cards

Why, hello there! I’m glad you’ve stopped back by! Today I have some fun cards to share with you. Seeing one of Janis’s projects over at HerPeacefulGarden reminded me that I had done some decoupage cards with napkins a few years ago that I never got around to posting. We’d gone to my cousin’s husband’s family’s house and she showed us all how to apply those pretty napkins like you get at Tuesday Morning to heavy cardstock or tagboard with some lightly watered down glue spread thinly over it. You pull the napkin apart, select the part you want to see, and carefully lay it down, pressing with a brayer, rolling pin or something else, to keep bubbles from forming. Once dry, apply it to a card base and you’re done! Here are the two I made that day:

SO pretty and SO easy! Now I always watch for clearance napkins for cardmaking, but I have a hard time covering them up as they are so pretty. : )

She had a neat sentiment for the insides:

  

“This is more than a card. It’s  HUG with a fold in the middle.’ I love it!

Later, at home I took a set of tea napkins I had and decoupaged them, but when dry, I die cut the napkin base and layered it on a card:

That was a couple of years ago (so don’t feel too bad, Janis!) and it still looks just a if I’d made it yesterday! You can see the inside has just a little bit of chalk around the edge to make it special, too. It’s a lovely any occasion card in cool winter colors.

Materials used (blue tea cup card):

  • PPD Paula Scoletta Teacups Morocco Napkins
  • Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles
  • Coredinations 110# white cardstock and 65# blue cardstock
  • Colorbok Metallic Paper: Shiny Gold
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones

I am playing along with the following hops and challenges. Be sure to click on them for more information on how you can play along and enter for prizes:

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your comments!

~D.Ann

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Hello Pumpkin Spice Season Zen Cup and Shaker Card

Hello crafty peeps and Hello Pumpkin Spice Season! Ahhh…. PSL (Pumpkin Spice Lattes)… my favorite treat of the year! So much so, that I got a great Black Friday deal on a coffee maker and a bunch of decaf pumpkin spice pods so I can have it year round without having to pay mega BUCK$ at that place that ends in ‘BUCKS’ (in just 6 cups I will have recuperated my investment). But we’re not here to talk economics. The Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop continues…

I received a Happy Harvest Fall Kit from Queen & Company (THANKS!). It includes the stamps, dies, and pre-cut adhesive foam and clear shaker covers, fall papers and cook shaker beads and gems:

I did a little bit of surgery to the stamps with a scissors to get the sentiment I wanted, added the fabulous Zen cup from Stamplorations and a card base and, violá:

To get the dimension on the pumpkins, I added some score lines and then hit them with a bit of darker ink on my finger (too lazy to go get a dauber. lol!). The unused inner piece of adhesive foam was perfect to cut up and use for popping up the sentiment. (I’m thinking I should have popped up the cup, too. 20/20 hindsight!) I ran yellow and orange markers along the edges of the foam that would show so they weren’t stark white.

There is something satisfying about hearing a shaker… It must take us back to our childhood and the comforting sound of a rattle

Supplies used:

  • Queen & Company Happy Harvest Fall Kit (stamps, dies, foam, clear plastic, papers and beads)
  • Stamplorations Zen Coffee Cup Layering Dies – CUTplorations
  • DCWV card base
  • Tsukineko Memento Potter’s Clay dye ink
  • Core’dinations orange cardstock
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ adhesive glue
  • Misc yellow and orange pens

I am playing along with the following hops and challenges. Be sure to click on them for more information on how you can play along and enter for prizes:

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your encouraging comments! I read and appreciate them all!! Happy hopping!

~D.Ann

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2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Life is BeauTEAful card

Hello and welcome! Time has flown by. I can’t believe it’s already time for the 2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Here is my first card, using fall colors:

The inside and envelope coordinate, too:

Oh, and FYI that sentiment is done by some precision cutting of two different stamps. : )

Materials used:

  • Hero Arts Tea Party Fancy Die
  • Hero Arts To Seize or Not to Seize & Kit-tea stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Floral Ovals dies
  • Your Next Stamp Coffee & Tea Border die
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge & Barn Door
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & black
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Sookwang Scor-tape double sided adhesive
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ adhesive glue

I am playing along with the following hops and challenges. Be sure to click on them for more information on how you can play along and enter for prizes:

Hopefully, I’ll see you back real soon with a couple of other caffeinated cards I’ve made, if I can get them typed up. : )

~D.Ann

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T-I-double g-Rrr… Wobble Tigger Easel Card! Hoo-hoo!

Welcome to my final post for the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop! Yes, your inboxes will finally get a break from this cat card blitz. >^.^< Wohoo! We’ve surpassed our previous record and have over 200 entries in the hop already this year and there’s still half a day to go!!

This card sums up my feelings about the Cat Lovers Hop pretty well!

For a change, I’m going to start with the back of the card:

Knowing me, I’ll probably write a few funny lines back here like, “I wonder where I put the car keys?” or “I wonder where I left my glasses?” : )

When you open it up, it becomes a stand-up card easel-y (I just HAD to put the pun in!) using that pretty easel base by Anna Griffin, :

To get the leaves filled out with some depth and texture, I die cut the ornate frame and then embossed it into some green cardstock, too. I fussy cut along the outside, cutting straight across the top where the easel die would be attached. Then I affixed the die-cut piece over it and colored it up with chalks.

To hold the card in place, I put some felt cobblestones on the path. Tah-dah!

I was going to color Tigger, but thought it might be easier to just cut out the parts I would need in the corresponding colors and emboss the background for his stripes. It involved a little bit of fussy cutting but looks grrreat (oops! wrong tiger!).

Here he is bobbing around in all his glory on that tail that’s made out of springs… Bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!:

Supplies:

  • Character World: Disney, Winnie the Pooh: Tigger die
  • Anna Griffin Ornate Frames & Easy Easel dies
  • Mama Elephant Hooray die
  • Technique Tuesday DIY Say It Hugs
  • Recollections 100# cream cardstock,
  • Core’dinations 65# black, green, pink, orange & yellow cardstock
  • Spellbinders Platinum Pack 3 poster board – gold
  • Simon Says Stamp Action Wobble mini spring
  • Anna Griffin Pretty Prose vellum sticker quotes
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Creatology embossed felt – cobblestone copper canyon
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky glue

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Well, that brings the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop to a close – for me, anyway…. this cat’s tuckered out! Don’t forget to get your comments in for all of the giveaways before 11:59pm Sunday, October 27, 2018. For those of you counting the Spellbinders dies used, this completes my projects (Hint: there were non used on this card. lol!) I had someone ask if it was dies or sets, so I’ll clarify: It’s the number of different SETS. You can tell them apart by their names! Please be sure to look at my actual blog posts and not your email versions as I had to update a couple. Sorry.

TTFN (for those who don’t know, that’s Ta-Ta For Now from Tigger (and me))

~D.Ann

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Clearly Besotted Fluffy Furball Stand Up Card

Good morning sweet kits! It may be the penultimate day of the Cat Lovers Hop, but we’re not winding down! It’s full steam ahead, tho’ some of us are just running on catnip and coffee by now!

If you’re not one of them (or, perhaps, even if you are), you may look as bright eyed and bushy tailed as these cute kits:

I stamped and fussy-cut them, then stacked them up, intertwining their tales. With Glossy Accents, their eyes almost look like googly eyes!

This stand-up card starts out flat, to fit in the envelope. The top flap lifts up and folds back down.

Here’s a view looking at the back:

There is a small tab on the ‘base’ that it rests against to hold it up for display.

Supplies:

  • Clearly Besotted: Fluffy Furball stamps
  • Sizzix Card, Playful Stand-Ups dies
  • Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise cardstock
  • Recollections cream & white cardstock
  • Graphic 45: Raining Cats and Dogs
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black & Desert Sand (env.) dye inks
  • Copic Markers: B21; E31, 51, 55, 57; W1
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Simply Defined permanent adhesive runner
  • Simply Defined Stay-Put Glue

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

You know cats are gonna win this one hands down! >^.^<

In my next post, I’ll have today’s giveaway put together… Skedaddle on to the next person on the hop for now (after leaving some love here (and on Instagram or Pinterest if you wish). Thank you, sweeties!! : )

~D.Ann

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The Aristocats – Everybody Wants to Be A Cat Pivot Pop-Up Card

What is it that everybody wants to be? If you remember the tune from the 1970 Disney movie, The Aristocats (Yes, I know a lot of you hoppers weren’t even born back then, but surely you’ve seen this cute film!), you know that it fits purr-fectly with the Cat Lovers Hop!

I will admit that I got stumped after I made the inside and had stamped Roquefort the mouse on the front looking in at Berloiz on the phonograph, I could’t think of what to put on the front of the card. I had thought of putting something about losing something since the song inside continues, “because a cat’s the only cat who knows where it’s at!’ (Oh, yeah!) But I couldn’t really think of anything that really worked. Then I was looking for some musical note stamps and remembered the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero from April and the Cinco de Meow stamp sets and used “Gato feel the Mewsic!” Which is a fun play on the Spanish word for cat (gato) which can sound similar to ‘got to.’ Still, I’d love to hear if you have any good ideas for a cover sentiment as I’m sure I’ll be making this card again! Please let me know!!

I happen to like several features about this card. First: the cover cardstock. I don’t know how long JoAnn’s new line called Park Lane has had this 110# marbled cardstock, but it’s fabulous (they have other patterns, too)! The core and back side are white which is perfect for the inside of cards and 110# feels like a ‘real’ card. I’m hooked!!

TIP: When using the pivot pop-up, don’t forget to leave the card area smooth in the two spots where the corners will be brushing against it as they go up and down. (as in it catches just slightly on the edge of the frame… I should have left the inside frame off.)

Also, things can hang over the ‘mountain’ edges of the pop up panels if you don’t glue them down…  and don’t go beyond the edges of the card when folded down.

I also love that Berloiz on the phonograph disappears as you open the card and it pivots for the pop up panels! where scat cat and his gang, along with the kittens are feeling the beat as O’Malley is mesmerized by Duchess’ sapphire eyes. I will definitely be making an anniversary card with them and his famous quote: ‘Why, your eyes are like sapphires sparkling so bright. They make the morning radiant and light!’ : )

I had thought to made the background a night sky using the paper I marbled with Marabu Easy Marble (see THIS post if you missed it), but then I decided to put in the window and that didn’t work. (Although I did ponder a bit over whether I could have something like a shooting star on the front of the card swing down into the window when you open it. But I already had smoke coming out of my head trying to make the window just right for the phonograph stamp. Lol!) So now it’s just some wild wallpaper… typical of Scat cat and his gang! By the way… did you see notice how the gold shines?!!

Of course, the card wouldn’t be complete without Napoleon asserting his rank! I printed the adapted quote on label paper, then die-cut it. Peel & stick is so easy… Hmmm… I think I should use label paper more often! : )

Here’s a video of the card in action. If you get this post as an e-mail, you will need to click on the post title to see it online, then scroll down and find this picture again and click in the middle of it (there should be a white arrow):

Supplies:

  • Character World Disney Aristocats: The Finest in Paris, Scat Cat & His Gang of Alley Cats dies and Aristocats A6 stamp set
  • Karen Burniston Twist Panel Pop-Up die set
  • Spellbinders Conversation Bubble 3 and Sing It Loud 1 dies
    • Note… for those of you counting Spellbinders dies… I had to go back and edit the post on the Art Impressions Kitten Vanity PopCard… that was Conversation Bubble 1… Just sayin’ : )
  • Die-Versions My Micro Font 1/4″
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero MH0418C and Cinco de Meow stamps
  • Sweet Stamp Shop I Made It stamps
  • Park Lane 110# white core marbled cardstock
  • Core’dinations 65# cardstock: white, cream, blue, purple and black
  • Avery label sheet
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black & Desert Sand (envelope) dye inks
  • Tombow dual brush pens: N15, N65, N89, 195, 533, 703, 723, 761, 815, 856, 933, 942, 951, 977, 985
  • Shuttle Art Gel Pens
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Marabu Easy Marble paints: aqua green, gold, rose pink and turquoise
  • Simply Defined Permanent Plus Adhesive and Stay Put glue
  • Misc. acetate from die packaging

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Ok, let’s pause for one last giveaway with something to keep your paws warm in it. Check out this little package (#4) of feline goodies I have to give away to one of you:

Pawsitively purrfect! Cat knee-highs, a color in cat card, a magnetic bookmark, sticky notes, washi tape, cat eraser, kitty tissues, and even an adjustable cat ring! Pawsome!

What do you have to do to be eligible to win my prize package #4? If you’re interested, just leave me a comment using the word “pawsitive” somewhere in your comment.

Bonus entry option #1: Be a follower of my blog and leave me another comment.

For a second bonus entry, follow me on Instagram (@d.ann.c), like and comment on the post featuring this project. (It doesn’t have to be a long comment, just a heart will do.) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you did it and your Instagram name.

Bonus entry option #3 (for a total of 4 possible entries): Follow me on Pinterest(@dannscraftingand re-pin any one of my cards or projects that you like. (If you don’t like them, you don’t have to pin any. lol!) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know your Pinterest name.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 28, 2018 to get your comments in. Sometime after noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop (chosen using Random.org). Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so, if you’re not subscribed, be sure to check back later that afternoon for that post!!

Phew! Time for a cat-nap… see you on the prowl tomorrow!

~D.Ann

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2018 Cat Lovers Hop – Day 1 – Cat On a Fence Card

While I’ve been away chasing my tail, time has zipped by faster than a mouse running from a barn cat (waaayyy faster than running from a house cat!) and we’ve come ’round to my favorite time of year again…. The 4th annual Cat Lovers Hop has begun!

This year our fabulous hop hostess, Janis of HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com, has gathered a clowder of generous sponsors and prizes will be given among those who enter projects and those who comment on projects entered, so there are plenty of opportunities to win and to enjoy loads of feline crafting inspiration If you didn’t start at the beginning, you’ll want to click HERE to get all the details. (And don’t forget, to be a winner in her hop, you must also be signed in HERE.) The hop Guidelines & FAQs page is HERE.

To add to the fun, I am pleased to announce that there will be several blog candy giveaways on my blog during this year’s hop, starting with this very post! If you’re not already a subscriber, you will want to sign up so you don’t miss any posts and chances to win some fun crafty goodies.

My first card is this sweet Cat on the Fence from Cheapo Dies. They may be inexpensive, but they’re good quality dies… I have several of their dies and they’ve all cut well so far! You will want to stay tuned until the end as there will be a Cheapo Dies giveaway and discount code!! This die is made to cut completely out, but I covered both sides with some circle dies to frame it up and hold it in place for a see-through window.

I cut it out two additional times, One in white and one to back it. I used part of the one I cut out of the card for the envelope. I also cut the cat out again for the inside against the ‘sunset’.

Supplies:

  • Cheap-O Dies: Cat on the Fence
  • Spellbinders Tear Drop Circle, Large Classic Circles, Small Classic Scalloped Circles dies
  • Little B: Meow & Woof (just the paw print) dies
  • Recollections Elegance card pack – gold
  • Recollections white, brown & black cardstock
  • Copic Markers B39; C7, 13; E55, 71; R35, Y17; YG17, 63, 67
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Simply Defined Stay-Put glue

 

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Now, for the news you’ve all been waiting for… the blog candy giveaway!

Cheapo Dies has kindly offered to give one commenter on this post (open worldwide) THIS darling cat die:

They are also generously offering a special discount code to all who are participating in this hop or reading this post: You can use the code  CAT for 10% of your  orders from Oct. 22, 2018 (that’s today!) until Nov. 7, 2018. Thank you, Cheapo Dies!!! There are at least half a dozen cat dies, all under $5 and oodles of other fun dies…. click HERE to check them out!

What do you have to do to be entered to win the above cute cat die from Cheapo Dies? Well, let’s show them some gratitude… First, go to their Facebook page HERE, like it and leave them a message thanking them for their generosity! Then come back here and leave me a comment that you did so. Easy peasy. One entry per person. This giveaway is open worldwide. You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 28, 2018 to get your comments in. Sometime after noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop (chosen using Random.org). Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so, if you’re not subscribed, be sure to check back later that afternoon for that post!!

Well, we’re off to a roaring start! Let the fur fly (and craft scraps, too!) as you get busy cranking out those Cat Themed projects. I can’t wait to see what you create! I’ll be back later today with another kitty project to aMEWs you. Meanwhile, big, furry hugs & purrs to you all!

If you’re continuing on the hop, the next entry is the talented ionabunny HERE

~D.Ann

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Supplies:

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

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~D.Ann

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supplies:

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

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Thanks again for the kind comments you guys always leave… it’s always a tread to read them!

~D.Ann

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