Graphic 45 & Spellbinders ‘Great Hexpectations’ Green Tea Gift Set

Good morning and welcome to the penultimate day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Today I have a sweet little green tea gift set to share with you:

I love those amazing Graphic 45 papers and that cute little Great Hexpectations hexagonal gift box! It could be cut out of sturdier tag board, but cardstock holds the shape just fine. You have the option of sealing the final flaps, or leaving it so the ‘lid’ can be opened and shut.

After all the fussy-cutting, the card was easy-peasy – I only added a little distressing to the edge and a little pop of Copic coloring.

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Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders Great Hexpectations contour die
  • Spellbinders Cinch and Go flowers die
  • Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Collection: Bon Apetit
  • Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Collection:
    • April Flourish
    • April Cut Apart
    • June Cut Apart
  • Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Collection: Check it Out
  • Copic Markers: R20, 22; YG 61
  • Memento dye ink: Teal Zeal
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Glass Beads: apatite
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Mono permanent adhesive
  • Misc. foam squares

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~D.Ann

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Alice in Wonderland Card and Bookmark With Felt Mad Hatter’s Hat

Welcome back for yet another project for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I have an amazing gift set to show you today, and I’ll warn you in advance that this will be a long post. If you only want to see the card, I won’t hold it against you if you scroll down to the end. : )

For those of you who are staying, here’s the Alice in Wonderland Card and Bookmark I made for a friend who loves the story that includes one of the most famous tea parties in literature:

And, yes, that’s a picture of the real Alice – Alice Liddell – who was the inspiration for Charles Dodson’s books (You might know Dodson by his pen name: Lewis Carroll).

In case you’re wondering, the smaller book is Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and the larger one is More Annotated Alice.

Let’s start with the Mad Hatter’s hat that I made from felt. Since I cut it freehand, rather than draw you a template, I took a picture on a grid so you could freehand your own.

            

There’s some extra felt for the top part to make it end up fatter than the bottom. Place a dot of Fabri-tac on the felt and start winding the felt around a headpin with a sequin on it (to keep it from pulling through the felt). You will want to leave enough room for the full width of the felt when you get there. Once finished, use a dab of glue to hold the end. Glue the smaller circle on top and trim to fit. Glue the larger circle on the bottom.

You will want to put your ‘sash’ of ribbon on first, before rolling the sides up and securing with a dot of glue. (Ask me how I know! Lol!!) Then shape the top of the headpin into a charm loop. There are plenty of tutorials on how to do this on the net.

I cut off some rounded head pins for the hatpins, printed out the chit to tuck under the band ,and put some small feathers in the opposite side to finish it off.

Materials used for the bookmark:

That rabbit is just a little something I found in a bin at Michaels, but what’s cool about him is that, in true Alice in Wonderland fashion, he will grow up to 5x his size if you put him in water and shrink back when dry. I just pierced his ears to add the jump rings and glued on the clock with E6000.

The ‘drink me’ potion is just a couple of drops of water and glitter in a green flask.

Some other things I altered for this bookmark…

The glass cat charm needed a grin and, since the glass accents are dimensional, I pulled out my Pebeo Cerne Relief and drew one in. Once dry, I gave him some pearly whites with a Viva Decor Perlen Pen.

 

the bookmark itself was textured silver.

I wanted a mossy ‘grouting’ and bright cobblestone look, but the alcohol ink kept bleeding onto the green patina I was using, so I ended up going with the bright textured interior.

Supplies used for the bookmark:

  • The Jewelry Shoppe findings: Textured Bookmark
    • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Wild Plum mixed with:
    • Ranger Vintaj Glaze gloss metal sealer
  • Kunin Felt Eco-fi Classicfelt – Red
    • Interesting fact: This felt is made with a polyester fiber made from recycled plastic bottles.
    • Beacon Fabri-tac Permanent Adhesive
    • Cousin Jewelry Basics antique gold headpins (1 flat, 5 round heads)
    • Neat & Tangled Lucy’s Little Things Chocolate Truffle Mix – sequin
    • Misc. Feathers
  • Celebrate-It Grow Your Own Rabbit
    • Bead Landing Found Objects clock charm
    • E6000 adhesive
    • Advantus Corp Metal Chain – Victorian antique brass
    • Fundamental Findings 8mm jump rings
  • Bead & Art of Lighthouse Point, FL  glass cat bead
    • Pebeo Cerne Relief – Black
    • Viva Decor Perlen Pen – Ice White
  • Bead Landing Found Objects bottles (green)
    • Stampendous Gold Halo Mix Glitter & water
    • Coats & Clark Metallic Decorative Thread
    • Tagboard from a Bead Landing Charm
    • Pigma Micron 08 pen – black
    • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Currant mixed with:
    • Ranger Vintaj Glaze gloss metal sealer (for the top of the cork)
  • Bead Landing Pemberly: cup and saucer charms, cameo charm
  • Bead Landing Charmalong Teapot charm
    • Plaid Liquid Leaf – Classic Gold
  • Bead Landing Charmalaong crown charm
    • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Currant mixed with:
    • Ranger Vintaj Glaze gloss metal sealer
  • Bead Landing Charmalaong key charm
  • Beads:
    • Nicole’s Bead Shop 7mm silver flower bead
      • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Currant mixed with:
      • Ranger Vintaj Glaze gloss metal sealer
    • Darice 4mm gladd beads
    • Bead Shop 4mm glass beads
    • Nicole Craft Cat’s eye beads
    • Bead Gallery copper plated butterflies bead, cloisonne bead, glass bead, pink cat’s eye bead, blue aventurine bead, antiqued silver plated rondelles, Czech faceted glass bead, pink glass butterfly, 8mm pink ceramic flower round, 3x4mm faceted rounds, goldstone bead, 8mm carved rose bamboo coral bead and 4mm bamboo coral beads
    • Cousin 4mm  Rose Gold stardust bead
  • Beadalon #1 copper crimp beads
  • Darice 26 gauge copper wire

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For the card, I used the color scheme from MarkerPOP’s Challenge #117: Desert Pastels:

What a sweet little Gorjuss stamp set and I really like that Graceful Borders die set!

Supplies used for the card:

  • Santoro Gorjuss Sweet Tea
  • Spellbinders Shells Duality dies
  • Spellbinders Graceful Borders: Graceful Eyelets & Graceful Frame Maker
  • Core’dinations cardstock
  • Memento dye inks: Tuxedo black & Rhubarb Stalk
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3, 5, 7; E000, 00, 02 04, 51; R20; RV02;V12; W1, 3, 5; YG61
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web: Sticky Dot Runner & Sticky Tape Runner – permanent adhesives

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Thank you for hanging in there through this extra long post! I hope you liked the gift set as much as my friend did!

I hope to see you again real soon!

~D.Ann

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Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop: Clear & Simple Prickley Pear Tea Time Card

Welcome back to day 3 of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I have a very simple layered card today:

Note: that’s not a defect in the embossing powder! lol! For variety, I did strips of silver and copper for the tea kettle background. Also, the green in the picture below is closer to the true color.. which goes WAY better with the purple than what the camera shows above!

Supplies used:

  • Clear & Simple Stamps Tea Kettle stamp set
  • Prickley Pear Tea Time stamp
  • Clear & Simple Stamps Heart Doily die
  • EK Success Corner Rounder punch
  • Core’dinations cardstock
  • Memento Lulu Lavender dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Hampton Arts Metallic Copper and Silver embossing powders
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web 1/8″ Easy-Tear tape adhesive
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web Sticky Tape Runner – permanent adhesive
  • Misc. ribbon

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I appreciate all my visitors, especially those who leave such kind comments… Thank you!

I’ll see you again real soon.

~D.Ann

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Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop: Docrafts Window Card

Welcome back to the second day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Today I have a sweet little window card for you:

It’s another one of those DoCrafts Xcut folders that cut and emboss all in one pass – genius! By sanding the raised portion, it gave some contrast color and feels like velvet.

For the inside I colored some cute little DoCrafts Papermania stickers that come with some glittery bling already on them. I will add a sentiment when I’m ready to send this because it’s suitable for almost any occasion.

I colored these with a mix of AquaBlend and Spectrum Noir Metallic pencils. The metallics don’t blend with water and I need to get more gamsol to mix them better, but the AquaBlends blended well with water.

Supplies used:

  • DoCrafts Xcut Elegant Lady cut & emboss folder
  • Spellbinders Divine Eloquence die
  • Core’dinations Gemstones Pink Diamond & plain white cardstock
  • Core’dinations Sand-It gadget
  • DoCrafts Papermania Colour In Stickers: Afternoon Tea
  • Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils: Bright Green Parakeet, Petunia, Pink Tulip, and Sunshine
  • Spectrum Noir Metallic Pencils: Gold, Mica, Pink, Purple, Silver, and Violet
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web Sticky Tape Runner – permanent adhesive

I really appreciate all the encouraging comments you’ve been leaving on my posts! I hope to be by soon to return the favor! I’m looking forward to posting some interesting non-card projects, so please plan on stopping back by. If you don’t want to miss any posts, feel free to subscribe! Thanks!!

~D.Ann

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Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop: Altenew Card & EDIBLE stamping on macaroons!

I’m excited to be back again as I think you’re going to enjoy this post!

(** NOTE: if you are looking for the post with details on my Guest Designing for CropStop, click HERE**)

Once again, the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop is on.

This time, I took my color inspiration from Altenew’s March 2017 Inspiration Challenge:

Let’s start with the exciting EDIBLE stamping! Once again, I gathered my supplies:

  • Store bought macaroons (yes, I’m too lazy to make my own! lol!)
  • Wilton gel food colors
  • Sunny Side Up Bakery gold luster dust
  • Wilton imitation almond extract
  • Wilton food safe brushes
  • Altenew Peony Bouquet and Oriental Orchid stamp sets

By now my head was too into the project to remember to take pictures along the way, sorry! One tip: I found it MUCH better to spread the gels thin onto aluminum foil and let them sit a while until sticky before pressing the stamp into them and then onto the macaroons. I think the thin and open designs worked better than the smaller, thicker lines and more closed designs on my previous project.

If you haven’t read my previous post, you might want to check out some of the tips (you’ll find it if you click HERE) I tried refrigerating them after stamping the outline, but touching the outline colors, especially the black, they still wanted to bleed. I found it best to thin out the gels with a drop of almond extract and keep the brush almost dry. The results were, in general, MUCH better this time:

This time I mixed the gold luster dust with some drops of almond extract and painted around the smaller orchids and highlighted the petals of the peonies for some fab shine!

 

Moving on to the card:

This fun DoCrafts, Xcut embossing folder makes a great window opening for the Altenew Dancing in the Rain window. Once embossed (it cuts and embossed in ONE pass! Woo-hoo!), I ran some Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens over the raised parts to add color. Layering one of the cutout butterflies on the window frame and having the 3d frame layered over the window stamp gives it so much extra dimension, don’t’cha think?!

The butterflies and one of the hearts are drenched in the  FABULOUS new Nuvo Glitter Accents in Fresh Snowfall by Tonic… it dries almost instantly for some great shine and dimension!

I mixed up the sentiments from Altenew’s Dancing in the Rain and Goals stamp sets for this fun sentiment for a rainy day. To make the view even drearier, I ran over the scene with a Spectrum Noir Metallic silver pencil.

Yep, as you sip your coffee and snack on some delightfully decorated macaroons on the rainy April Shower days that will soon be upon us, you can close the card and think of the May flowers that will be following close behind!

Supplies used for card:

  • Altenew Dancing in the Rain and Goals stamp sets
  • DoCrafts Xcut Cottage Window cut & emboss folder
  • DCWV yellow card
  • Core’dinations red cardstock (to back the cutouts)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Spectrum Noir Illusrator Basics: Bright Orange, Canary, Emerald and Flame Red
  • Spectrum Noir Metallic Pencil: Silver
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter Accents: Fresh Snowfall
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web Sticky Tape Runner – permanent adhesive

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I’m so happy you could stop back by today! I always look forward to hearing your thoughts on my projects. I’ll have several posts up over the next few days, including some more non-card posts (not edible, tho, sorry!), so do plan on stopping back by. If you don’t want to miss any posts, feel free to subscribe! Thanks!!

~D.Ann

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Guest Designing for CropStop – Cards from Spellbinders Cut, Fold & Tuck dies

Good Morning! I am happy to announce that I’m guest designing for the CropStop blog again today. If you’re coming here from the CropStop Blog – Welcome! (You’ll probably want to skip down in this post to after the *** break.) Some comments from last week mentioned how difficult DIY flowers were. Well, this wee’s cards are MUCH easier. Although they may look complicated, Spellbinders Cut, Fold & Tuck dies do most of the work for you. Here’s a TINY sneak peek at what you’ll see over at the CropStop Blog. I know you’ll want to go see it full sized over there!

Please take a moment to go ahead over to the CropStop blog, check out both of the projects and leave some love, ok?! When you’re done, come on back here for the extra little details I always include. Click HERE to go there… I’ll patiently twiddle my thumbs while you’re away…

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I thought you’d like to see how I dealt with an ‘oops’… For the first card, I embossed some chalkboard cardstock, but it cracked in some places. Hence the diagonal cut to eliminate the damaged areas.

The Sand-It gadget brought out even more of the white core which made the embossing look ‘chalked’ onto the background. Then I used the Octagon strip like a lace corset to ‘hold’ the two pieces together. The Octagon Strips & Accents Cut, Fold & Tuck dies work great with double sided paper. Sometimes, for prints, you just have to plan a little bit to get the part you want to show (like the hearts). I  even used it on the lined envelope to make it match. (See the big pics over on the CropStop Blog, or smaller pics at the end of this post.)

For the triangle shaped card, I used Spellbinders Star Dreams. Since I didn’t have black & gold double-sided cardstock, I made my own by cutting the black and then cutting the gold and gluing them together. FYI: I tried this previously putting them together first with Scor-tape, but found it was too thick to cut through all the layers, in spite of using a metal cutting plate.

Side note: the diamonds that fall out are worth saving for making boxes for another project:

I also cut two extra solid triangles to make the back so it would stand alone.

By making them meet in the middle, it makes a nice stand and folds flat for shipping.

 

  

So, there you have the few extra little details. Thanks so much for visiting both blogs today!  You will find the list of all the supplies used on the CropStop Blog. You can click HERE to go back and check it out again.

Thank you, CropStop, for the privilege of guest designing for your blog twice this month!

Before I go, let me remind you that today is also the first day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop, and, as soon as it goes live, I hope to post some cards and EDIBLE stamping for you, so be sure to check back!

~D.Ann

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PTI 10th Anniversary Challenge: Transformation – Golden Framed Dewy Periwinkle Photo

The final challenge of Papertrey Ink’s 10th Anniversary celebration was called Transformation. The challenge was to create a new project based on a card you were not happy with. That was easy… That white, pink and green frame I just did really didn’t turn out as great as I’d imagined it. I thought the colors would pull out the colors in the picture, but was highly disappointed.

So, I decided to re-try this time with a solid gold background…

Wow! NOW the picture POPS!! MUCH better, don’t you think?!!

I love making cards out of pictures I’ve taken… I need to do that more often! They make great ‘any occasion’ cards to have on hand!!

Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil cover plate die
  • Colorbok Shiny Gold Metallic Paper
  • Sookwang 6″ Scor-tape adhesive (this also worked MUCH better for piecing in the pieces)
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 white card

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun… you’ll want to hurry and join this one if you can – you might win your PTI wishlist of up to $300! Wouldn’t that be fabulous?!

Thanks again for visiting… don’t forget to stop back by on Friday for a cool surprise!

~D.Ann

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