Geometrics Fancy Cats Cards

The time has come for my final post of the Cat Lovers Hop. Wahhh! But, Wahoo-kachoo! We just passed our peak number of 149 entries from last year!!

  

It has been a week of the highest quality with the 4c’s … Cats, Coffee, Crafting & Chocolate. We make clarity, cut, color and carat jealous! Lol! (BTW: If you want some better chuckles, be sure to read to the very end!)

I’m closing with this pair of elegant and fun cards:

(Special thanks to my aunt for making that gorgeous cross-stitched kitty and orchid!)

I love how well that embossing folder goes with the geometric ‘ball’, don’t you?!

And on the inside are these cute bookmarks:

Since I cut the cats as a pair, it was easy to mix & match the pieces for a second card:

For the bookmark on this one, I cut a second one out of the god cardstock, but put the paper in reverse and glued them together so both the front and back are gold.

Which do YOU prefer? I kind of lean toward the black background.

   

Materials used:

  • Penny Black dies: Fancy Cat, Geometrics & Bookmark Tab
  • Penny Black Nine Lives Stamp set (sentiment)
  • We R Memory Keepers Sequence embossing folder
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black, white & green
  • Colorbok Shiny Gold Metallc Paper
  • The Paper Company Black Glimmer paper
  • Recollections Glitter Paper: Snow
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powders: black & linen white
  • Copic marker: RV02
  • Sakura Pigma Micron archival ink black 005
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – Bubble Gum Blush
  • Sookwang Scor-tape double-sided adhesive

I am entering these cards in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

Okay, it’s time for the final hint for my Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post.  Although you can only count it once, this archaic four-letter-word, meaning ‘a dainty or choice food, a delicacy’ can be found 6 times in the puzzle. Still having trouble? No worries, you will still get entries for the Bonus questions, whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!

Also: if any of you early birds have found some words you missed with the clues the past few posts and want to change your answer to #1, for the early bird may get the worm, but the late cat gets both. Lol! This morning I received the first correct answer to #1 and #3. Many of you mamaged to get #2 already. If anyone wants to change their answers, you still have time to resubmit a revised answer. : ) You have until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Sunday, October 29, 2017 to finish up and submit your final answers via e-mail. Don’t forget to check back on Monday, October 30, 2017 – hopefully, before noon PACIFIC time for my winners and answers post.

Note: If Potential Tropical Cyclone 18 (likely to be named Tropical Storm Philippe) continues as predicted, we will have winds and up to 8″ of rain tonight and tomorrow. This usually wouldn’t be a problem, but coming on the heels of Irma, who knows what the power lines here will do. (friends just a couple of miles from me were out of electric a whole week (which sounds like nothing compared to the Keys and Caribbean).) Anyway, if my post happens to be late, you’ll know why. Best way not to miss it: subscribe to follow my blog!

It’s been a wonderful hop and my mind is already spinning with ideas for next year’s hop. (No hard puzzles, I promise!) Hopefully I’ll see you all back here way before then. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the funnies below!

Warm, furry hugs,

~D.Ann

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Well, you saw that I started out as a crazy cat kid and then went on to be a wild cat teen… here I am today:

Actually – that’s our hop host Janis with her clowder of 18… I just Photoshopped my Bitmoji avatar in the picture. Lol!

I thought I’d close with a few fun things I recently found while surfing the net:

How do we know the earth is round?
If you haven’t been following Elaine Chong’s imaginary pet Black Coffe (Interviewed HERE) and his friend Sugar (the mouse) Here’s a recent post I found entertaining: fishing with bookworms:  (click the link to see it:)
Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet (full film) 12 min of cat lovers fun! (click the link to watch it)
Since last year’s interview, Newton’s Nook’s Hobbes (Interviewed HERE) continues status quo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BX_f_cqASym/?taken-by=newtonsnook
And here are Newton’s thoughts on it all:
Okay, as Tigger would say: TTFN!!
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MarkerPOP! Guest Designer – Altenew

Hello and welcome! I’m pleased to be one of the guest designers for the new MarkerPOP! Challenge (#124) post today! Here’s a hint of what the challenge will be:

And here’s my card:

I took the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp and masked off areas of the Spellbinders Divine Eloquence die, then colored it in with Copic Markers and Tonic Nuvo Cerystal Drops.

Do POP right on over to the MarkerPOP! blog to share in the fun!

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence Card Creator die
  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copic Markers: G5,9,15; R22,24,29,35 YG61
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss: Red Berry, White, and Woodland Green
  • Tsukineko VersaMark ink
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder
  • Core’dinations white cardstock and Parisian Nights A2 red card
  • Tombow Mono permanent Adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Tacky Glue

I am also entering this card in the Altenew July 2017 Inspiration challenge (HERE) which is almost the same colors:

And in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes. (HERE) Be sure to check them both out, too!

I’m glad you could stop by today. I may be laid up for a while now, but I’ll be back as soon as I can… I have lots of interesting things on the back burner waiting to be shared with you! If you’re not subscribed to my blog, you may want to sign up now. (hint- hint!)

TTFN,

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create Bonus: Divine Dry Embossing – Amazing Card

Welcome to my final project for My Favorite Things Camp Create. This is the Bonus Gather ‘Round the Campfire session: Divine Dry Embossing, and here is its badge:

  

I thought it needed a little something rather than plain white, so I took some colored pencils to the embossed part. TIP: since the pencils pressed some of the embossing down, I went back over the back side on a mouse pad when I was done to re-raise it.

And a little sentiment for the inside:

To blend the pencil and add some bling, I added a brush of Wink of Stella over it.

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things Doubly Amazing & LL Hip Clips Die-namics
  • My Favorite Things Lace Background stamp
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend pencils: Hyacinth & Pink Tulip
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella: clear
  • Tsukineko VersaMark Ink
  • Memento dye ink: Angel Pink
  • Pebbles Inc. Pearlescent Chalks: jewel tones
  • Core’dinations cardstock: pink & white
  • Tombow Mono permanent adhesive

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

Thanks for joining me for this fun creative camp! I look forward to seeing you again!

~D.Ann

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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 1

Hello and welcome! I am tickled pink that one of my favorite watercoloring bloggers, Debbie Hughes of Limedoodle Designs, gave me the opportunity to attend the Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class in which she’s one of the teachers! Thank you, Debbie!!

Lesson 1, taught by the talented Jennifer Rzasa, was on watercoloring with re-inkers. I don’t craft enough to have needed many re-inkers for my dye inks (other than Memento Tuxedo Black), but I did have two from Stampin Up! – a burgundy and mustard… would they go well together? They seem to have done ok:

I used a regular Distress ink cube on my craft mat to get the green and it mixed fine with the re-inker for a nice variety of color on the leaves, too. It was fun watching the inks spread out quickly on the pre-wet petals! When I was satisfied with the color, I took the nearly dry brush and flecked a few lines on the petals and leaves.

Jenn recommended using hot pressed watercolor paper, since it’s smoother. I’ve never used hot pressed paper before, so I made a quick stop at nearby Jerry’s Artarama. They had the pads she recommended online for about $12. In store they were $44! I asked the clerk to double check the price and then showed him their online price. “Oh, on-line. That’s different,” he replied. You betcha!!! So I toodled over to Hobby Lobby and got a different brand with my 40% off coupon it came close and I didn’t have to wait on or pay for shipping. It’s probably not as white as she said the Arches brand which became the bane of my project when I went to mount it on my card as the heavy 200# card I have is bright white and I didn’t like the look of the cream against it…

To solve this problem, I ran a couple of brush width’s of water along the edge of my #200 cardstock and then touched the brush to a drop of burgundy re-inker and quickly had DIY card color that matched my project and made for  a better contrast for the gold frame, too.

Supplies used:

  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Stampendous Glamour Detail Gold embossing powder
  • Stampin’ Up! dye ink re-inkers: Bravo Burgundy & More Mustard
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn
  • Canson L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed Watercolor paper 140#
  • Simply Defined 5×7 Bright White card base 200#
  • Misc gold glitter paper
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape and Crafty Power Tape

I am entering this card in the Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Student Gallery.

Over the next few days I hope to get through the rest of the lessons, so after a long dry spell, brace yourselves for a flurry of posts. : )

~D.Ann

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‘You’ve Got this in the Bag’ Spellbinders Gift Purse and Verve Card

Surprise! Betcha thought I wouldn’t be back today. Me neither, but my morning plans fell through and, after so much caffeine from the green tea yesterday I was up late last night fiddling around with another project, so here I am posting it.

Let’s talk about that cute Spellbinders purse first. That little purse, like any truly good women’s purse, holds a lot more than you’d think! Yes, the three Starbucks Via and two Ghirardelli chocolates all fit inside and let it latch closed just fine!

Speaking of the latch, I thought I’d gussy mine up and put a mini teacup charm on top of it. Fortunately, I just happened to have put it high enough for the latch to still work. (Note to self: remember to leave room for the latch to bend and fit in place if putting a decorative piece on top next time!)

I just love these beautiful papers from K & Company! I cut out some of the butterflies, wrapped their wings around a small paint brush handle for dimension and added some shimmer to them.

For the card, I used the sweet free digis from Verve Stamps – Thank you, Julee! (Click the pic or HERE to get them.) For those of you dinosaurs like me, digis are digital images you can print from your computer – like what we used to call ‘clip-art’ in the previous century!

  

I followed Verve’s Mojo Monday challenge sketch, too.

The double meaning of the sentiment with this gift set makes me giggle! I love how the shimmer on the blue butterfly makes it look like the real life Morpho Adonis butterfly.

The inside says: ‘May your burdens be light and your coffee strong.’ Hmmm… from this angle, that coffee with the lines reminds me of a kitty… maybe next time Julee will do up a coffee kitty digi for us… (hint-hint, Julee!!)

I used some vellum leaves for the ‘steam’ and added some shimmering bling to the sun.

Supplies used:

  • Verve Rise & Shine digi set
  • Verve Love Everlasting stamp set
  • Verve Beautiful Flowers die set
  • Spellbinders Purse contour die, Exquisite Labels Eleven dies
  • JustRite Spellbinders Vintage Labels 7 dies
  • EK Success: K & Company Susan Winget Floral designer paper pad
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 pink card and white & pink cardstock
  • The Paper Studio printed vellum
  • Memento dye inks: Pear Tart and London Fog
  • Copic markers: R20; Y17, 28, 32; YG61; YR26
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web Easy Tear Tape 1/4″
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Bead Landing Pemberly teacup charm
    • Viva Decor Perlen Pen – Ice White (to fill charm hole in saucer)
    • E6000 adhesive
  • Misc. ribbon

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 so much for stopping by and for all your kind comments!!

~D.Ann

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pps: Stopped by and gave yesterday’s card to my favorite barista, who was quite pleased. Enabler’s note: Target cartwheel 25% off Fraps is good through Sunday 4/2/17!

Thanks, Angie! You’re paw-some!

 

Simple Elegance B&W Congratulations Card

Welcome! I assume you’ve already see the first graduation card I made for my friend to choose from. If not, it’s just the previous post – you might want to check it out.

For a completely different look, I went with B&W elegance and reached for my JustRite stamps and dies – they make elegant cardmaking soooo easy!

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This was one of the easiest cards I’ve made recently… I may go back and do a whole batch of them to have on hand to wish anyone well on a special occasion!

Materials used:

  • JustRite Sculpted Leaves background stamp & Thank You Labels 20 stamp set
  • JustRite Vintage Labels 7 dies
  • Coredinations black and white cardstock
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections detail embossing powder – ebony
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder – linen white
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks
  • Tombow Mono permanent adhesive and adhesive dots
  • Recollections adhesive faux pearls

I’m playing along with the following challenges (click on the title for the details if you want to join in the fun):

Perhaps you’re wondering which card my friend chose?

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She liked them both so much, she took them both so she could have one on hand. : )

Which one is YOUR favorite?

Thanks for checking in today!

-D.Ann

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Rosy Congratulations Card

Hello again!

One of my friends requested a card to wish a young lady well on her graduation, so I made two cards for her to choose from and thought you might like to see them. The first was a pretty rosy card done with Anna Griffin paper, dies and stamps:

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I’m pretty sure those stamps are the first ones I got when I got back into papercrafting. I love the timeless elegance of Anna Griffin’s designs! I recently received a gift card to HSN and was tickled pink to finally get a set of her dies… Just look at the gorgeous detail of that die on the shimmery gold vellum:

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I didn’t want my friend to have to pay extra postage for a raised element (our post office is really strict), so rather than use faux pearls, I snipped a couple of the flowers from the decorative trim and colored them with my Tombow marker to ‘anchor’ the sentiment.

After the next post, I’ll tell you which of the two my friend chose…. stay tuned! : )

Materials used:

  • Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Ornate Frames Dies
  • All Night Media Anna Griffin Rose stamps
  • Whispers Stamp Pad Caddy: “Congratulations” stamp
  • Anna Griffin 012 paper
  • The Paper Company Color Translucent New Gold
  • Neenah Astorparch cardstock
  • Coredinations pink cardstock
  • Tombow Dual Brush pen 098
  • Art Performance Dual Brush pen green
  • Versamark ink
  • Stampendous PEARLustre Rose Quartz embossing powder
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
  • Celebrate It Aria Vintage Blush Rose Antique Lace
  • Hobby Lobby Decorative trim
  • Misc ribbon and various adhesives

I’m playing along today in the following challenges (click on the title for the details if you want to join in the fun):

Check back in a few minutes for the next post.

-D.Ann

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