Ice Cream Solves Everything Kitty Cone Cards and Key Chains with Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello, there! I’m so glad you could stop by as I have some cool summer fun to share with you today! Go grab some ice cream, this is a long one. Just sayin’!  For some reason I couldn’t get my brain to work on saying things succinctly. (Plus there are 4 cards this time.) So I won’t be offended if you just take a quick scroll through the pics. : )

First let me start with a story. A long time ago our family developed a code word for ice-cream. It seems someone in the family was always getting flowers when they were sick or needed cheering up and one day they finally admitted… ‘I sure would be cheered up a lot more if it was ICE CREAM instead of flowers!’ So, from then on whenever this person was sick we’d ask, ‘would FLOWERS cheer you up?’ and if they said ‘yes’, they got ice cream. Now the whole family uses FLOWERS as code for ICE CREAM. It really does make us feel better! Of course if you get BOTH… that’s just a win-win! : ) When I saw this ‘Ice Cream solves Everything’ sentiment I KNEW I had to make up a card for you-know-who! Who knows, maybe it’ll catch on and some day Mirriam-Webster will have a footnote under ‘flowers’ that says “n. – slang for ice cream in the early 21st century’ Hahahaha!

Of course now that I’ve told the story I see that I should have made a sliding sentiment that said FLOWERS solve everything on top and pulls out to say ICE CREAM! Per usual, I have 20/20 hindsight!! Next time!

The card was based on a sketch from the Inky Paws Challenge #77: 

Too bad I finished the card the day AFTER that challenge closed = I needed ice cream to ease the disappointment! Just look at these two darling kitties sharing a yummy ice cream cone!

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(card #1 above) I have always wanted to do one of these backgrounds where part is colored and part is b&w, so decided to try that. I find it daunting to try to randomly stamp a background, but I tried a couple on regular paper until I got one that I liked and put it in the MISTI and laid my stamp on top of each place I’d stamped, picked it up and restamped it. I was able to crank out 4 copies in relatively quick time.

I didn’t want to cover up too much of the background, so, to make the kitties licking their ice cram cone stand out, I cut out some black paper just a bit larger than they are and put it behind them (I had already put the foam underneath them to pop them up, so the black shadow is down on the card base, making it ever more shadow-y.) Glossy Accents and Liquid pearls help the ice cream look more realistic.

Since the current Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Sprinkles & Splatters, 20180813_SSm I really wanted the sprinkles to pop, so added Nuvo Drops to them and to the kitty noses, tongues (love those cute little lapping tongues!!) and paws. To get Mrs. Calico Kitty’s tail in reverse, I just traced the back side of the stamped image on a light box.

Making the kitty cone: I was in JoAnn Fabrics when they had their 75% off sale and found these cute beads… I thought looked like kittens (they say they’re mice so I added a more kitty-like nose and mouth with a Sakura Identi pen, which stayed on the ceramic (whereas the Sakura Pigma Micron whisker extensions I’d done wiped off the next day), and some pink to the inner ears with a Copic) They reminded me of the kitty cones on my card, so I went looking for something that would look like a waffle cone. I found a Utility Cotton Fabric called, amazingly, Waffle Weave! I drew a semi-circle on a piece of tagboard from a cereal box and cut it out, then cut the fabric slightly larger, and then glued it to the tagboard, folding the edged over and gluing them to the back side. Then I curled it into a cone and glued it together. Once dry, I colored in the debossed waffle squares with a Copic marker. Using a headpin, I made a loop at the top of the kitty and hot glued it in place and hot glued the kitty snuggled inside the ‘waffle cone’. I added some pearlescent seed beads to make the kitty cones hang lower than keys and added a couple of pawprint charms and they were good to go.

I recently told my friend that I remembered after my first day of school, mom would always take me to DQ and that gave me something to look forward to all day… Yep, ice cream solves the tedium of that interminable long first day of school! So I decided to make another card and keychain for my friend’s daughter for her first day of school this week. They had ice cream cones after her first day of school, too! A great tradition has started!! That fits perfectly with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for this week: Back to School.

Back to School is also the theme for the current MarkerPoP! Challenge #138  This time I used fancier beads on her keychain and another I made for someone else:

Aren’t those kitty cones just darling? I love that they match the stamps!!

The CURRENT Inky Paws Challenge (#78) is Summer/Beach.  

Since I had more backgrounds with my summer ice cream, I kept on doing cards with that same layout from the previous Inky Paws Challenge. As I’d used the new Finesse alcohol-proof dye ink by Spectrum Noir to stamp the backgrounds, I wanted to try using alcohol inks on them and decided to try Spectrum Noir basics and Copics. FYI, they both worked fine and the Finesse ink didn’t bleed at all.

The Spectrum Noir sheet was a bit darker than I wanted, so I decided to use vellum over most of it. To take a break from coloring, I left this kitty white.

(Card #2 above) Can’t quite place that tag die? I wanted a nice fishtail tag, but the only one I had (Spellbinders Decorative Swallowtail Tags) was too tall, so I snipped it down and ended up with a leftover decorative accent for another project…

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For the Copic background, I die cut it and an uncolored sheet together at the same time so they’d be cut exactly the same and made two cards with the partially colored technique…

(Card #4 & 3 above) These will make nice little gift sets!

On the inside and backs of each card, I used a light ink nearly matching the cardstock for a watermark stamp. It’s so light the camera can barely pick it up, but it can be seen IRL. That said, I will admit that the first one I got so enthusiastic in writing that I wrote over the stamped image forgetting it was there, so it is VERY light. lol! I think next time I’ll do it a smidge darker! The inside has a kitty with a giant 4 scoop cone and says “You make life sweet!” I hesitated to show you this but now it’s a funny story so here we go…

Yeah, I don’t blame you if you can’t see it! The back has two kitty cones and says: “This card was handmade by” leaving room for my signature logo. (I really need to get that made into a stamp some day!)

I saved the best for last… I’m hoping my coloring on this pair reminds you of two famous kitties… can you guess their names?!

Hint: >^.^< N—–   and >^.^< H—– (btw: I love how the light hits that cone making a white streak… Note to self: next time draw in a white line just like that!)

Supplies – Cards:

  • Newton’s Nook Design Cat Treats & Newton’s Summer Treats stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Matting Basics A dies (first card)
  • Spellbinders Decorative Swallowtail Tags (second and third cards)
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles (third and fourth cards
  • My Sentiments Exactly Back of Card Set
  • Spectrum Noir Finesse Alcohol Ink Proof Dye Ink – Flagstone
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend Pencils (first card only): Agean Blue, Anthracite, Asphalt, Beeswax, Black Umber, Cantaloupe, Chrome Orange, Fossil Grey, Honeycomb, Hyacinth. Persimmon, Petunia, Plum Red, Primrose, Sky Blue, Sorrel, Tobacco, and Watermelon
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – Gloss: Crushed Grape, Ebony Black, Ripened Pumpkin (first card only)
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glow in the Dark Drops – Neon: Apple Sour, Banana Split, Shocking Pink (first card only)
  • Spectrum Noir Basics (second card only): Blush, Bright Orange, Canary, Cerulean, Emerald, Hydrangea, Ivory, Muted Brown, Natural Brown, Red
  • Copic Markers (fourth card only): B02, 24; C5, 7;  E00, 11, 23, 25, 74; G05; R29; RV02, 20; V15; Y13; YR07
  • Tsukineko Versarmark Ink
  • Stampendous Beach Set: Sky Embossing Powder (all except third card)
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder (third card only)
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls – Dark Chocolate
  • Core’dinations cardstock: Black, Blue & White
  • Scotch adhesive roller
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Misc. foam adhesive squares (first card); sequins & vellum (second card)

Supplies – Keychains:

  • Darice Ceramic Mice (JoAnn)
  • Joann Fabrics Utility Cotton Fabric: Waffle Weave
  • The Jewelry Shoppe Ball Point Headpins
  • Beadalon Satin Silver 7 Strand Stringing Wire & #2 crimp beads
  • Misc. iridescent seed beads (first two)
  • Various beads, including: Millifiore glass beads, Czech glass cathedral beads , Seabreeze glass donuts, and Hematite rondelles…
  • Copic Markers: E31 & RV34
  • Sakura Identi pen – red
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Misc. Cereal Box tagboard

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

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

~D.Ann

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p.p.s Owning yet another oops… the back of one card managed to get into some of that Liquid Pearls Chocolate and Glossy Accents splattered and smeared across it. I just added a note around the stains: “It wouldn’t be realistic without a little chocolate stain and cat spit, would it?!!” : )

 

 

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Twisted Wire Floral Necklace

Hello! It’s good to see you all again! My migraines have decreased considerably and I’m catching up on a bazillion things that got put on hold the past three months. I had a request for a twisted wire necklace by a lady at the pharmacy who fell in love with this one when I wore it a few months ago::

That one was made with rose colored copper wire and twisting it hurt my hands. However, I found some nice purple colored 24 gauge Artistic Wire on clearance at Tuesday Morning and decided to try it. It’s MUCH easier to work with. Only problem is it’s a smidge thicker, so doesn’t go through some of the beads as well. I reamed out some and found substitutes for others. Here’s the finished project:

I also changed up the upper part as I found the plain wire chafed a bit and the clasp was unhandy. So I added seed beads and put on a magnetic clasp.

Note: when working with lucite flowers, it helps it sit better if you put a seed bead underneath. And, if you’re putting a bicone at the end of a stem, a seed bead on each side will help it sit better, too.

All in all, it is a fun project, although it takes me several hours to put together.

Even though mine isn’t as evenly twisted as this new one, I still like the color combo.

I like this one too… It’s a little more spring-y with the green leaves, don’t’cha think? I hope she likes it!

Thanks for taking the time to swing by today! I have a few fun back-logged posts I hope to crank out for you in the near future. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~D.Ann

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Men’s Beaded Tie Chains

Hello and welcome!

I’m pleased to present today’s crafting whim… beaded tie chains. In our family they’re called: ‘jibby-dabby dibby-dabbies’… Even when I lived at home, dad could never remember what they’re called and was always losing them… “Hon, have you seen my jibby-dabby dibby dabby?” And mom usually knew were to find it! So the name stuck. Dad likes to use tie chains, but they’re so boring. Either gold or silver and that’s pretty much it. S,o I decided to do some makeovers for him.

It’s easy to remove the chain from an inexpensive tie chain and then attach a string of beads to the base. I used Beadalon 7 strand .18″ satin silver wire with #1 crimp beads and  I chose some semiprecious ‘manly’ natural stone beads for him…

Hildy and Jo hematite beads are classy and go with most anything.

He has started wearing more purple, so I put together this set of Bead Gallery Amethyst Serpentine Jasper beads.

And here’s one I made a while back from Bead Gallery peacock and camouflage jasper stones.

  

 

Of course, he mixes them up with colors I never would have thought of… and they’re not too bad. : )

Well, there you have it… an idea to jazz up your guy’s tie chains.

Thanks for stopping by today!

~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

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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Duck Tape Feathers and Beads Necklace

Hello, sweet friends! I figured I’d switch things up a bit and share a fun and simple-yet-trendy jewelry project with you today.

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It’s not often I make a piece of jewelry with a dress in mind, but I happened to find this sweet sundress and was in Hobby Lobby the same day and saw they had Duck brand Duct Tape on clearance. I remembered a recent blog post by Jennifer Priest showing how to make the feathers and thought the color combo would be perfect for a unique jewelry piece to match the sundress. Jennifer shows you quite well how to make them if you’re interested. (click HERE for the details) I will note that just clipping the feathers didn’t leave enough dimension for me, as they don’t really stay ‘feathered’, so I cut away a few pieces here and there.

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It’s a great piece for the summer heat as the feathers truly are feather weight, and the natural stone beads are feel cool on your neck.

Materials used:

  • Cousin Jewelry Basics beads & findings
  • Additional beads by: Nicole, Bead gallery, Jesse James & co, and misc.
  • Duck Tape
  • JLP Products Fashion Burlap Duct Tape

Wondering what to do with the left over Duck Tape? You can find dozens of projects on duckbrand.com

I hope to be back soon to show you a neat new technique I learned at the Scrapbook Expo in Orlando.

Thanks for stopping by today!

-D.Ann

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Na’vi Inspired Choker and Jewelry

I have a surprise for you today… It’s not often I post jewelry, but a friend took me to Cirque de Solie’s Toruk and I whipped up some Na’vi inspired jewelry to wear to the event and I thought you might like to see it:

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I had some burl wood earrings, so I just added feathers. A quick bit of macrame work and a few natural looking beads made a great Na’vi inspired choker. Some time ago I’d made the natural jasper, garnet and agate necklace and I made a pair of natural looking bracelets out of two antique buttons sewn to hairbands.

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The show was amazing as Cirque productions always are. Not as much acrobatics as normal because this was more like a play mixed with some acrobatics, but the special effects were AMAZING. You really believed the stage was flooded with water at one point. The costumes were out of this world!

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It’s going to take me a couple of days of rest to recuperate from the outing, but it was quite enjoyable!

I’m going to put these in Carolyn Dube’s AColorfulJourney.com Let’s Play (Still not hardware craft, but it was crafty play!) HERE

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

-D.Ann

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