Stamp-a-Faire 2017 – Faux Leather Bookmarks

Hello dear peeps! Hard to believe a month has slipped by since I was last able to post. I do have another big project I’ve done, but it will be posted later. For now, Papertrey Ink‘s annual Stamp-a-Faire event is going on and, although I couldn’t participate in every challenge this year, I did pick a couple I found particularly interesting. Since it is Papertrey Ink’s 10th Anniversary, their theme this year focused on the traditional gifts of the first 10 wedding anniversaries… adapted for paper crafting. My first project is from the 3rd anniversary tradition: Leather. I made this pair of faux leather bookmarks for a studious couple – who celebrated their 3rd anniversary 50 years ago:

Hard to believe they’re made out of paper! If you’ve never tried this technique, I encourage you to try it. It’s easy and even feels like leather! Here’s the back:

Ashley gives a terrific tutorial HERE, so I won’t repeat how to do this easy technique that gives such terrific results. I will give one reminder that I obviously needed:

Although it looks and feels like leather, remember this is PAPER and isn’t as strong as leather!

I pulled my tassels a little too tight on the feminine version and ripped right through the paper, so I had to re-die cut the end, which just made it a bit shorter… which is kind of cute since the wife IS shorter than the husband! I also covered hers with a thin layer of school glue hoping to seal it and make it a little bit stiffer. It left a shiny look that I didn’t want for the masculine bookmark and didn’t make it all that much stiffer anyway, so I didn’t do it on the other one.

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink We Go Together stamps
  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh & Simply Jane dies
  • Avery Elle bookmark die
  • Core’dinations cardstock kraft & black
  • Glycerine
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Gathered Twigs
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Staples school glue
  • Misc. ribbon

I’m joining in the following challenges, click on any one to find out how you can join the fun:

Brace yourselves, I’ve been fiddling around on these projects since last Friday and will have several posts in a row again. See you again in a few minutes!

~D.Ann

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Lil Inker Designs Pawesome Kitty With Frap Interactive Thank You Card for Barista

This was supposed to be my grand finale card for tomorrow, but I was afraid I might not have time to post it, so it’s going up today. : ) Yes, there’s only just over a day left of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I’ve been showing my cards from the hop to my barista who is a sweetheart and always goes above and beyond with my green tea fraps, so I thought I’d make her a special little interactive thank you card:

I just LOVE this adorable Lil’ Inker Designs Kitty Hugger! (And that cool Starbucks holographic Miami Gift Card!)  The frap is just sitting there unattached and can be removed to read the Thank You note on the back. The kitty stands up by cutting a second one and gluing the heads together. (The arms and tail of the back one were removed so they wouldn’t be seen (making a scary mutant cat) and the parts that would be visible were colored in.)

I had a learning curve with coloring it tho… I was happy with how natural looking the paw pads I added turned out – until I folded them over and THEN remembered Copics bleed through. Akk! Usually it’s not a problem as I’ll be attaching what I color to something else, covering the back side. Well, just don’t think too much about how a kitty could be hugging something AND have his paw pads showing or you’ll get a brain cramp from the contortions. Lol!

There was a serendipitous moment, too… when my cutting pads are very well used, they tend to impress the markings on the back of what I’m cutting. Not usually a problem, but when I folded the arm over, I found that it added some cool fur-like texture!!

If you look closely at the pic above, you can see the ‘shelf’ I built on his left foot. I just added two pieces of cardstock straight across the ‘ankle’ and that gives the frap a shelf to rest on which, along with the bent paw, holds it in place until ready to be removed.

I wish you could see the frap in real life… It’s amazing! I colored the green tea part first, then added the Nuvo Fresh Snowfall Glitter accents and it looks nice and frosty! The whipped cream was done with a Viva Decor Perlen Pen and the straw was attached. Once dry, I die cut a piece of clear plastic from the packaging of one of my dies, lined it with Scor-tape and put it on top for a true plastic cup look.

The kitty does stand alone, but he can also sit on the gift card… one cool Miami cat!       That gives me an idea: he could be used later as a bookmark, too!

Since they were 25% off today (with Target’s Cartwheel app), I went over to get a frap, and hopefully get a pic of my barista with her gift,  but she was off today, so I just came home with a yummy pick-me-up for myself. (Nonfat milk and raspberry syrup instead of classic – yum!) I always get mine without whipped cream, but the card just looks cuter with it, don’tcha think?!

Supplies used:

  • Lil’ Inker Designs Kitty Hugger stamp and die set
  • Lil Inker Designs Coffee Talk stamp and die sets
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3, 5; E02; R20; RV02; YG61, 63
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter Accents: Fresh Snowfall
  • Viva Decor Perlen Pen – Ice White
  • Sookwang 2.5″ Scor-tape adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Blue
  • Coredinations white and red cardstock
  • Misc. plastic packaging

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

It’s been a fun week. Thanks to everyone who was kind enough to stop by and leave some bloggie love!! I really appreciate you all!!

~D.Ann

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Edited to add: Went the next day and my sweet barista was pleased with her little gift!

Thank you, Angie!

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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

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 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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Cat Lovers Mama Elephant Thank You Page Hugger Bookmark Card + Lil BUB Interview + Blog Candy

Hello there, friends and visitors! Welcome to Day 5 of the Cat Lovers Hop!

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If you haven’t checked it out yet, do make a little time to check out all the fab projects and amazing talent – just click HERE. There are nearly a hundred entries already!

For today’s interview, I am delighted to have the darling lil BUB with us today:

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This is her orchid impression. I think it’s a new family of orKITTYae… the FELINEopsis! Not to be confused with the CATTleyas. : )

For those of you who aren’t already one of her 1.4 million followers on Instagram, you can check out her story on her website by clicking HERE. She is a “perma-kitten”, which means she will stay kitten sized and maintain kitten-like features her entire life. (Personally, I’m a “perma-kid” which means I will stay a kid on the inside my entire life!) She is a published author, a talk show host, the star of an award winning documentary, created Lil BUB’s Big FUND for the ASPCA (the first national fund for special needs pets), and has helped raise over $300,000 for animals in need. A portion of every sale from her STORE full of BUB cuteness goes to this fund.

That’s one busy little kitty! We’re honored that she took the time from her busy schedule and chose to reply to one of the questions I sent her.

  • What is your favorite thing to do with paper?
    • Sleep on it.

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A true kitty, indeed!

Some of you may have the popular Weather Bug app on your phones. Did you know there’s a Weather BUB app?!! And it’s FREE! You can find it HERE.

In honor of lil BUB’s appearance today, I made this card with a removable Page Hugger bookmark on it:

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It’s not often I do a CAS card, but I really wanted the bookmark to be the star of the show.

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And, on the inside:

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Supplies used:

  • Mama Elephant Page Huggers stamps and dies
  • Mama Elephant stamps: Sunday Sentiments and Hello Friend Wishes
  • Memento dye inks: Tuxedo Black and London Fog
  • Copic Markers: E00, 31, 33, R32, RV04, W3, 5
  • Sakura Pigma Micron black 005 pen
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Apple Green
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black and white
  • Misc. card base and adhesives

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:

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Who’s ready for another blog candy giveaway?!!

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Up for grabs today is this Plaid Bucilla 4.25″ x 5″ cross stitch kit, an I love my cat key chain and some kitty sticky note page markers. Today it’s for continental USA peeps only, as the key chain is heavy.

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 “PERMA-KITTEN” somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the words “PERMA-KITTEN” 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 BUB’s AND my Instagram accounts (@iamlilbub 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.

Well, my desk is getting full of scraps of paper from the craftnado that has hit this week. I might just follow lil BUB’s lead and lay my head down on the paper pile for a quick cat-nap.

Before I go, I want to thank you all for visiting and for your sweet and encouraging comments! They mean a lot to me!! I’ll be back as soon as I can.

~D.Ann

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pps: Enabler alert… perhaps you’ve seen these cute Post-It note holders at Office Depot or Staples… You can find them MUCH cheaper on Amazon…. just sayin’!:

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As Tigger would say: TTFN!

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Bookmark & MISTI

Hello and welcome! Today is the first day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

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In last Winter’s hop there were over 600 projects linked up. This time there are over 50 Super Sponsors offering some terrific prizes, so come join the fun!

I’m starting out with a crazy bookmark:

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You may remember THIS POST, where I did some watercolor painting with Glimmer Mists and made some mosaic tiles from eggshells…

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When I was done, I took a manila tag and sopped up the leftover ink and had a pretty SPRING GREEN background waiting to be stamped and embellished. I then took my favorite tool – the MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) and went to work.

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I love the MISTI because you can lay out your stamps and embellishments exactly where you want them, then close the lid and it picks up the stamp so you can ink it and put it right back down and stamp exactly where you wanted it.

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Another reason I love the MISTI is when you don’t get a clean impression the first time ’round – you just re-stamp until you’re satisfied. I can’t tell you how many projects got this far before I had my MISTI and I’d try my best to align the stamp, but it would be off, giving me a double impression and making me have to start over. That was SO frustrating! But NO more!!

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It’s also great for mass-producing cards and getting perfect images on every one. (If you don’t have one yet, you might want to check out SoSuzyStamps – she’s even giving away a Mini Misti on her blog! (She’s also one of our Super Sponsors, thanks!))

Here’s a close-up of this crazy cat and you can see a bit of the shimmer on the tag. So is the feather her super cape? Did she down ALL those cups of coffee and then try to catch the family bird? That feather between her toes IS rather suspicious! I love that adorable stack of cups from STAMPlorations- Another of our Super Sponsors – thanks! That much coffee would also explain why her eyes are bugging out. lol!

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The coffee ‘beans’ were a thick application of Liquid Pearls. Before they were dry I just ran a fingernail down the center.

Materials used:

  • STAMPlorations COFFEE HAPPY stamp set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Cats stamp set
  • Sizzix Framelits Tim Holtz Crazy Cats dies
  • Darice embossing stencil Cat (paw print)
  • MISTI stamping tool
  • Ranger Inkssentials Craft Tags – Manila #5 size
  • Neenah Astroparche cardstock
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Crushed Shells, Fairway, Forest Green, Gold, and Mustard Seed
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology tissue tape – butterflies
  • Copic Markers: E13, 23, 33, 74, 79; R32; RV04; Y13; YG17
  • Pigma Micron pen 01 black
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls – dark chocolate
  • Art-C molding paste – black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Gathered Twigs
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna – Gold & Green
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella – clear
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Misc. feathers and ribbon

Goodness… the list is longer than the tag itself! Haha! Or, ask the Brazilians say: ‘kkk!’ Which is an onomatopoeia for a little snicker sound… try it! Kkk!!

Onomatopoeia – ˌä-nə-ˌmä-tə-ˈpē-ə – the formation of a word from the vocal imitation of the sound associated with it. Like buzz or hiss.

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges, in case you’d like to join the fun, just click on the name for the link:

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I’m so glad you could stop by today. I hope to be able to get at lease one post a day during this hop if my health permits, so I hope to see you back real soon!

Have a wonderful day!!

-D.Ann

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Just a Little Something Candy Box and Bookmark Party Favors

I’ve been away… pictures coming soon! Meanwhile, when I returned this week, I was asked to get together some party favors for a Bible class. They wanted to give the students chocolates and something handmade. I had recently seen Heather Nichols’ bookmark (HERE) on the Papertrey Ink blog (HERE)…

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That made me think a bookmark would make a nice gift for the students. I recently got a lovely Tattered Lace Floral Panel that I thought would make a pretty bookmark and be simple to put together. I love how the flower center and some of the leaves pop up for a bit of 3-d texture. Unfortunately, it didn’t fit my Papertrey Ink bookmark dies, so I just cut a frame to fit around it and printed the class info on the back.

I used Papertrey Ink’s Vintage Favor It Box die and Just a Little Something stamps to make little boxes to hold the Ghirardelli chocolates. Yep, chocolate is certain to be Just a Little Something to Make You Smile, don’t you think?!!

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The bookmarks fit right inside the box for a sweet presentation…

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Here they are all ready to go…

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I’m entering this project in Papertrey Ink’s Create Along With Us Release Week Challenge. If you’d like to join the fun, you can find the details HERE.

I’m also entering this in Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: Anything Goes, which you can find HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today! Come back soon to see some great flower and wildlife pictures from the trip!

– D.Ann

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