You Have Survived 100% of Your Worst Days Card

When dad got home from the hospital yesterday, I had a special card waiting for him….

I like the sentiment so much, I made one for myself to hang on my inspiration board!

I especially like the part inside that says, ‘I puffy heart love you’ as I always sign my name with a puffy heart!

Materials used:

  • Tonic Studios Topnote Trellis dies
  • CAS-ual Fridays stamps: Doing Great & Puffy Heart Love
  • Park Lane Paperie 110# paper – jewels and pastels
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Stampendous Beach – Sky Blue embossing powder
  • Recollections Encrusted Jewels – Detail Peacock embossing powder
  • Misc. adhesives

Thank you all so much for stopping by and for your well-wishes for dad!

~D.Ann

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Thanks, Health Heroes Card

Just dropping in today with a quick card. With dad back in the hospital for emergency surgery and an unidentified infection, it has been heart rending not to be able to visit him! The past few days have been particularly rough with severe pain and today he sounded so down, I make a quick card for him and also one for the nurses on his floor caring for him, I was hoping to stop and pick up some flowers for him and a bag of chocolates for the sweet nurses. I called first to see where to take them and was surprised that the operator said they wouldn’t allow anything in, not even a card! How frustrating!! Later, I went to their website and found they have a way to send messages to the staff, so at least I got to thank them. It’s the thought that counts – and they are greatly appreciated!

Here’s the card I’d made for the nurses:

Materials used:

  • Waffle Flower Free Printables to Thank Health Heroes (HERE)
    • Thanks, Waffle Flower! I’m not much of a Digi person, but that made it fast and easy to get this card together!!
  • Sizzix Scallop Hearts dies
  • Hero Arts Window on Love Confetti Die
  • Park Lane Paperie cardstock
  • Pebbles, Inc.Pearlescent Chalks – jewel tones
  • Misc adhesive

~D.Ann

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An Adventure with Dried Morel Mushrooms and a Thanks So Mush Card

Ahhh… Morel mushrooms (genus Morchella)! I inherited my love of them from both sides of the family. If you haven’t had a chance to try them, you don’t know what you’re missing!! Part of the fun was hunting for them and there’s nothing that compares to a fresh batch of them fried! Not being able to go to our old stomping grounds in Southern Indiana was disappointing in more ways than one… I greatly missed seeing family, spring flowers and the chance to find some of these delicacies. I remember tromping through the woods and coming back with buckets full when I was little. (You saw my post about some of our finds in previous years HERE.) When some of my cousins posted and sent pics of their finds this year (one was as big as my cousins’ hand!), I said I was extra jealous. Imagine my surprise and delight when a few days later a care package arrived with a mess of dried morel mushrooms!!

This was going to be an adventure… We’d never tried them dried before. After doing some research on-line, we found out it was easy to rehydrate them… just cover them in water, wine or broth at room temperature, so as not to make them tough and soak them 15-20 minutes or more. We chose to use some beef ‘Better Than Bouillon’ broth. Stir them a couple of times so any leftover debris in the crevices can come out. When they’ve plumped out and are soft and pliable, no longer brittle, drain them in a colander. (You can run the broth through a coffee filter to remove any sediment and use it as a delicious base for soups, sauces, etc.)

Now you continue just as with fresh picked mushrooms… We like them rolled in a pan of flour (we didn’t add salt since they were soaked in bouillon) and then fried in oil (with a tablespoon or so of butter added both for flavor and to keep down the smoke).

The little ones quickly became crunchy chips, and the larger ones were the next best thing to eating them freshly picked and fried. Sooooo good!!! Nom-nom-nom!! We were extatic!! What a wonderful reminder of home!!  Thanks cuz!!

I sent them this card with “Thanks so mush!” written inside:

Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Wild Mushrooms stamp set
  • Spellbinders Annabelle’s Trousseau die from the Chantilly Paper Lace collection
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, purple, kraft
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Rich Cocoa
  • Copic Markers: B02; C1; E31, 33, 51G02, 82; Y000, 02, 13; YG17, V04, 06
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – jewel tones
  • Misc. adhesives

Thank you all so mush for stopping by today!

-D.Ann

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Special Delivery… Little Stinker Tag for Baby Gift

Hello, sweet peeps! I hope you are all staying well in these crazy times!

I was finally able to finish up another post that was sitting in my drafts from last year for you… this cute little tag for a baby gift:

It goes just perf with those cute little stinker baby socks from Hobby Lobby! Doesn’t that sweet little baby boy blue bunny from the Dollar Tree look just darling wearing them?!

By carefully cutting apart the stamp, I was able to get it to say “your little stinker” instead of HB “you little stinker.” I folded it above the tail and kept the top part of the die off the edge of the second cutting plate when I die cut it…. That left room for the fold to hold it together and to punch a small hole to use it as a tag. I colored and cut out the paws and glued them over the sign once I’d stamped the “Special Delivery” sentiment, covering where it overlapped the paws and adding dimension, too.

Materials used:

  • Neat & Tangled Little Stinker stamp and die sets
  • Neat & Tangled Sweet Treats Sentiments
  • 150# white cardstock
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copic Markers: B21, C3,5,7; R10; RV 24, 63
  • Gelly Roll pen white 08

Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your day! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

~D.Ann

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Bear’s Paw Succulent and Hugs, Thinking of You, Paw-some Friend Cards

Hello all! I’ve found another old post in my ‘drafts’ folder and have finally gotten it polished off for you… These were some sweet gift sets I made up last year when I found some ADORABLE Bear’s Paw succulents and put them in some cute cactus shot glasses from Dollar Tree and paired them with some stuffed bears and a handmade card to make some sweet and encouraging gift sets for some beary pawsome friends. First up a set for a special couple needing encouragement:

Awww! That sweet Pink & Main bouquet on the front of the card is colored with some fabulous shimmery Shuttle Art Gel Pens and a hand-drawn edge.

The inside has some cute Pink & Main stamps to match the gift, too…

I’m just head-over-paws in love with those darling bear’s paw succulents (Cotyledon tomentosa)! Aren’t they just TOO cute?!!

Of course, this post was done in March last year (I TOLD you I was backlogged!). Today I stopped by mom and dad’s and saw how much they have grown in such a short time:

This set went to a single friend, so there’s just one bear inside…

 

Supplies used:

  • Pink & Main stamp sets: Fur Ever, Grandma’s Lace, Mini Faces Set 1, and Thinking of You Always
  • Shuttle Art Gel Pens

And, I had this darling interlocking ‘hugs’ card for another friend:

Supplies used:

  • Concord & 9th Hugs Card die
  • Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs stamp set
  • Essentials by Ellen All Inside stamp & die and Bear Hugs die
  • DCWV The Butterfly Garden stack cardstock
  • Hero Arts ombre ink pads: ombre dolphin ; pink to red;
  • Tsukineko Memento Rich Coocoa dye ink
  • Copic Markers C1 E 13, 33, 71; R20

I hope you enjoyed these Pawsitively darling little treats!

~D.Ann

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pps: UPDATE: Dad finished his radiation treatments Friday. YAY!! Doc said it’ll probably take a couple of weeks for the side effects to resolve. She’ll see him in 5 weeks and then order tests – likely a PET scan – to be done at 8-10 weeks. Meanwhile he’s to exercise, eat well, exercise and stay healthy so his body can clear out all the irradiated cells. We’re looking forward t a good report!

Hope you’re all staying healthy and sane in these crazy times.😉

 

 

 

Humorous Pop Out of Bed Card

Spritz, spritz, wipe, wipe… This post has been thoroughly sanitized with bleach and I know you’re staying 6 feet away, so we’re all safe. : ) I know we all need some humor to keep us sane in these stressful times, so I thought I’d share this cad I made last year to cheer up my dad as he started feeling the effects of the chemo….

Hahahaha! Both he and mom got a kick out of it.

Gotta love that exhausted rooster!

Googly eyes on the ‘toast’ and a nice enamel toaster add to the fun:

I love putting something funny in a delicate and delightful frame….

Supplies:

  • Art Impressions Fainted Chicken
  • Spellbinders Romancing the Swirl Ringlet Round die by Becca Feeken
  • Spellbinders Toast with Jam and Bread stamp and die set by Debi Adams

I hope you got a chuckle out of this sweet card! Since we don’t sleep in toasters and half of us are supposed to be staying in… no need to pop out of bed, ok?!

Take care!

~D.Ann

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Update on dad: Thanks to all of you who have been e-mailing your well-wishes while he has been getting chemo for pancreatic cancer these past 4 months! They did the preliminary set-up MRI and CTs at UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Thursday. They hope to be up and running with the new MRIdian Linac machine by April 8, and afterward they will schedule his 5 days of radiation… barring further interference from the coronavirus. They’ve changed it so that only the patient can go into the hospital and all have to have their temperatures taken and maintain social distancing except the medical personnel treating him, so we feel fairly confident as they’re not near where the sick patients are. We were going to stay down in Miami during his treatments, as traffic is usually too thick and too exhausting for any of us to handle driving back and forth 5 days in a row. But with over 2000 of Florida’s 4000 COVID-19 cases here in South Florida, they’ve shut down all but essential business (and his treatments are essential) so traffic is MUCH lighter, cutting the drive down to an hour. I’ll probably go stay at their place and we’ll drive back and forth each day… that’ll be better anyway, since mom and I also have weak immune systems. Eight weeks after the radiation they will reassess his progress. Thank you again for your kind concern!!

 

DIY Upcycled Jewelry Box and Handmade Necklaces

Hello! I have a few minutes and needed a distraction from the many things still going on that are keeping me from doing much crafting of late, so I found myself digging through the older posts that have been pining away in my ‘drafts’ folder for ages. I think you’ll find this one interesting:

Occasionally I get requests from family for crafty solutions. Recently, mom asked me to cover a box that came with makeup in it and had a magnetic closure. She was using it for her jewelry and was tired of looking at the advertising. I hunted around my stash (aka hoard) for some paper that went with her bedroom decor and came across this cool DCWV adhesive fabric paper that I’d won from Christi’s Art Without Anxiety blog ages ago. (Thanks again, Christi!!) Fabric would give a nice, luxurious texture to the box and already adhesive backed is a huge plus!!

What I didn’t know is that what felt like heavy fabric was really the thick backing for the adhesive. The fabric was actually thin, almost like Washi tape. Since I needed to cover up the advertising, I just laid down some of the solid colors first. It took two layers to cover it well enough, but since it was adhesive, it went quickly.

I even pulled the decorative ribbon off of the paper packaging and used it… nothing goes to waste around here! I got those strings of pearl flowers over a decade ago at a garage sale. I think you’re getting the picture that I am S-L-O-W to use up my supplies.

The bottom of the box had a nice square of rose-gold foiling, but there was propaganda inside the square. so I just covered the inside right up to the foiling. The cloth paper also gives it some grip so it doesn’t slip around on mom’s dresser as much.

The inside of the box was already finished with a nice plain peach paper, so I just lined the bottom with a piece of Kunin eco-fi Classicfelt that I won from them ages ago – Thanks Kunin!!! (It amazes me that this felt is made from recycled plastic bottles… you’d never know it to feel it!!).

Materials used:

  • DCWV Adhesive Fabric Paper (Blue stack) (Christi from Art Without Anxiety 18 months ago)
  • Kunin Group eco-fi Rainbow Classicfelt – Walnut Brown (2016)
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Misc strand of pearl flowers
  • Ellen Tracy makeup box with magnetic closure

Now… What to put inside this sweet little box? Well, she had a lovely long strand of black pearls her sister had given her, but they were too long, so I re-strung them and took the extras and made a matching necklace and earrings for her… 

And she had recently admired this pink necklace I’d made, so it went in the box, too…

She was tickled pink! I hope you’ve liked seeing it, too. Thanks for stopping by today!

Until the next time I can root through those dust drafts from last year for another post,

– D.Ann

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pps… As far as our current trials go, no real updates since I last reported. Dad meets again with the radiation oncologist at UM Sylvester next week. We’re hoping that means they’re progressing and about ready to schedule him. Thanks, again, for all your well wishes!! Stay safe and wash those hands!! : )

2019 – The Year In Review

Phew! Another year and another decade have slipped by! Here’s hoping the upcoming year and beyond are WAY better!

Despite only being able to do 20 posts last year, I was tickled pink to have 3766 visitors and 82 followers from 78 countries visit and leave scores of comments. Thank you all!!!

Despite my limited activity, I did have a couple of special honors last year:

  • On September 12, 2019, I was pleased to be featured in the ‘Caught by Altenew‘ Instagram post for this project (Blog post HERE; Instagram post HERE):

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Here are the top nine from the 1150+ likes on my 34 posts on Instagram:

Looks like cards with beaches, cats and mice rule!

For the year ahead, I have some posts in draft that I wasn’t able to finish and I HOPE to get to do more crafting and posting this year. My health problems continue, plus now I’m battling the insurance company to reinstate my disability.  Dad is still doing chemo and his pancreatic cancer markers have fallen considerably, so that is good! My 5 year blogiversary is coming up this year, too. Thank you all for sticking with me and giving me so much encouragement as I continue to craft wherever the whim takes me!

Hugs,

~D.Ann

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Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop: Your Friendship Warms My Heart card

Hello, hello!

Due to all that’s been going on this year, I was sad to miss the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop for the first time in over 5 years. Now, the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop is in full swing and things are still crazy, but at least I can get to crafting once in a while.

As I was recovering from a procedure on my legs, I had to take short daily walks. Since it’s still blazing hot here in Florida, I chose to do my walking in stores… DANGEROUS!! Lol!! I came across some wonderful royal purple ultra soft and snuggly pjs, robe, blankie and shoes – all on sale – that I would have loved to have if I lived where it gets cold. The few winter things I have haven’t been used in the past few years as it doesn’t even get cold for a few days like it used to down here. (I see a bunch of you sticking your tongues out at me right now!) But I immediately thought of a dear friend up North who is very sensitive to the cold, so I decided to send them to her along with a Ghirardelli chocolates, cocoa and brownie treats and Laura Childs’ latest tea shop mystery to snuggle up and enjoy on a couple of cold winter days.

Hence the need for a darling little cocoa card and this one fit the bill perfectly. Some day I’ll tackle using Copics in creams for fur, but I didn’t have the time, so stuck with standard brown…

Supplies:

  • Lil’ Inker Designs Cocoa Bear
  • Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Divine Eloquence
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3; E11, 33, 79; R20, 22; RV17; V04, 09
  • Pebbles Inc Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Gelly Roll Glaze pen
  • Park Lane Paperie 110# cardstock for base
  • Core’dinations 65# cardstock purple and white
  • Scrapbooking made simple adhesives

Unfortunately, this will be my only entry in the Coffee Lovers Hop this time. Perhaps next spring I’ll be back to crafting more. Enjoy the rest of the hop!

-D.Ann

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2019 Cat Lovers Hop Crafty Cat Card and The Gray Muse Enamel Pin Giveaway

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Hello and welcome to the 2019 Cat Lovers Hop celebrating our 5th year – MEOWZA!! Paws up to Janis, who puts loads of hard work into putting this hop together for us each year!!!

Unfortunately I won’t have as many posts as I’d planned for you this year (see previous post for deets), but I do have at least one card and a fabulous giveaway sponsored by Rubeena at The Gray Muse for you at the end of this post. In fact, I used her fun new Cats in the Craft Room stamp set to create a card for my dad who just got home from the hospital:

I wanted the front to rouse curiosity, so I cut out the cat that’s coloring and had him peeking into the ‘window’ with no sentiment

On the reverse side I found kitty on the craft mat in the same set that pretty nearly fits the head size and stamped it on the back for the face. The kitty in the CRAFTS box (that’s FTs, not Ps) in the set provided the paws… I just cut them out and folded them over the edge before gluing down the cat.

To give depth to the inside, I stamped the cat drawing 4 times and cut out each ‘page’, distressed the edges and then layered them exactly as the stamp, with the kitty on top. Then I drew thought bubbles to the stamped sentiments and wrote in my explanation of the scene below (now you know why I prefer using stamps!! lol!).

This card says everything I wanted to say! I’m SO happy that Rubeena has branched out into stamps! The Gray Muse is most famous for her fun enamel pins. Some are true-isms like this one: We rise by lifting others!

Supplies:

  • The Gray Muse Cats In the Craft Room stamp set
  • Spellbinders Gold Labels 4 dies
  • DCWV Mercury Glass Stack & Glitzy Glitter Stack
  • AC Cardsctock glitter card base
  • Core’dinations white card stock
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink Tuxedo Black
  • Tsukineko Versamagic chalk ink Red Magic
  • Marvy Le Plume II pen #1122
  • Kaiser Craft Neon Gel pens
  • The Paper Studio Gemstones
  • Sookwang Scor-tape
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

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Now, for the part you’ve been waiting for!

First, in case you want that terrific cat stamp set, some of her other lovely stamps or some of her fabulous enamel pins, The Gray Muse is offering an exclusive 10% discount to all hoppers and readers of my blog during the hop (Oct 21-26)… just use the code: SPONSOR10:

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In addition, Rubeena  has kindly offered to give away one of her recent kitten-in-the-craft room enamel pins to someone who comments on this post!
     

You can read about her Kitten & the Craft Box pin HERE and her Kitten & the Craft Mat pin HERE… they are based on her own cats! We can all relate to their shenanigans!!

What do you have to do to be entered to be the winner of one of above cute pins from The Gray Muse? Well, let’s show her some gratitude… First, go to her Facebook page HERE, like it and leave a message thanking Rubeena for her generosity! Then come back here and leave me a comment that you did so. Easy peasy. If you’re not on Facebook, or for a second entry, you can go to her Instagram Page HERE, follow it and comment on one of the two pins pictured above (just click on the picture to go directly to the post) and then come back here and leave me a comment that you did it. Maximum 2 entries per person. (BTW, while you’re there, I highly recommend signing up for her informative and entertaining newsletters. You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 27, 2019 to get your comments in. Sometime during the next week, 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 be sure to subscribe to my blog so as not to miss that post!!

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But wait! There’s more!! Rubeena went above and beyond and sent me several of her pins as samples and I’ll be giving them away. In addition, before the cat pins came out, I had already purchased the trophy pin for this years hop:

Here’s how these enamel pin giveaways will work: On Sunday, October 27, 2019, you can send me ONE e-mail (d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com)) with your entries (please mark your calendars as I may not be back here to remind you this year) as follows:

  1. You can nominate someone else’s card for the Carmaking Talent award pin (presented by me). Did someone enter an exceptionally beautiful or difficult card that caught your eye. Please let me know the name and entry number from the Main Hop Page. Please send only one nomination.

2.  You can nominate someone else’s funny/humorous card for the CUT-UP award (the interactive papercutter).Please let me know the name and entry number from the Main Hop Page. Please send only one nomination.

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3.  Would you like to be in the running to win one of the above enamel pins?

Please let me know the letters of the ones you’d like to win (in order of preference) and I’ll use Random.org to pick winners.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 27, 2019 to get your e-mail to me at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com). Sometime during the next week, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so be sure to subscribe to my blog so as not to miss that post!! Sorry I can’t be more specific on the date, but everything is up in the air as dad just got home from the hospital and starts chemo Monday. Thanks for understanding!

Thank you, Rubeena and The Gray Muse, for your generous support of this crafty Cat Lovers Hop!! Your goodies and discount make this event even more fun!!

Phew! I’m ready for a cat nap after this!! I look forward to seeing all of your crafty projects but I may not get around to commenting on them all as I have done it the past. Hopefully, next year I can be back with you all in full force! Have fun hopping!!

~D.Ann

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