Hugs Card with Felt Bear

Hello and thanks for stopping by!

I needed a card for a family that is dear to my heart and worth their weight in gold. In fact, the last time we were at a gold mine, I got them a little gold to say how much I value their friendship. So I put together this card and gift set for them:

The ‘hu’ and ‘gs’ of the word hugs interlock to close the card. When you open it, there’s a bear inside and it says Big Hearts Deserve Big Hugs! Because I keep them close to my heart, the bear has the names of the family on his heart. Awww. With fall coming, as that felt bear gets ready to hibernate, he’s taking his treasures with him! I hand cut a little tail for the bear’s backside. Tip: I keep a bag for all felt scraps and thread pieces from art and sewing projects… they make great stuffing for small felt critters!

I love this pretty paper from DCWV! It’s foiled and most sheets go well with each other. Fall in Florida us when the flowers come back and these are in muted fall colors:

I fussy cut one of the butterflies and glued it to the h. here you can see the card opening

… and closed again. Such a clever die!

Supplies:

  • Concord & 9th Hugs Card die
  • Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs stamp set
  • Essentials by Ellen All Inside stamp & die and Bear Hugs die
  • Fiskars Friends Forever quotes stamp set
  • Spellbinders Gold Labels 4
  • 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
  • Pebbles inc., Classic Chalks Earthtone Shades
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • The Kunin Group Rainbow Classicfelt ecofi: Sandstone, Walnut Brown (and felt  and thread scraps to fill the bear)
  • Papertrey Ink felt: Raspberry Fizz
  • Artiste metallic floss – gold

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~D.Ann

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Kindness is the Way Coloring Class Cards

I’m excited to tell you about a wonderful coloring class and a gorgeous digital stamp set you can get for FREE! Yep, $0.00!! AND, if you’re reading this before August 16, 2018, you still have a few days to enter the coloring contest and win one of up to $200 in prizes! You can find the details on these two sites by the two ladies who are so generously sponsoring this little bit of KINDNESS:

I took the class and learned a lot. I tried coloring using two different sets of pencils…(and learned it’s a lot slower going than with markers, but maybe that’s because I’m more used to using markers. The first pencils I used: Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils (which I just colored, but was too chicken to use water to blend. maybe next time!):

See the fuchsia and pale yellow color combo? That was Inspired by Home  – the current Power Poppy Sparks Challenge… 

The color combo for those gerbera daisies inspired by one of my orchids that’s currently in bloom:

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I then had a go with a new set of Faber-Castell Polychromos that I received as a gift. Yes, you can see lines in the border shading… I was coloring on leather covered lap desk… come to find out that made the surface too soft and it was embossing, too! Oh well, it has a distressed, shabby-chic look!

And, since this week is the first Creative Confetti Challenge at  PowerPoppyYou’re a Gem! using birthstone colors, I did the background in light emerald and added this sentiment in emerald as the leaves go so well with the flowers:

Supplies:

  • Power Poppy Kindness is the Way digital stamp set (get yours HERE)
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs A Way With Words: Thanks die by Quietfire Design
  • Spellbinders Blooming Garden Especially Made For You die by Marissa Job
  • Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils: Apricot, Azalea, Beeswax, Bison, Blue Marine Brunette, Carrot, Cherry, Claret, Cobalt Blue, Coral, Currant, Fossil Gray, Grapefruit, Mango, Oregano, Papaya, Persimmon, Petunia, Pineapple, Pink Tulip, Rose Sky Blue, Soft Red, Sorrel, Tobacco, Watermelon, Wheat
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils: Brown Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Cinnamon, Cobalt Blue, Crimson, Dark Naples Ochre, Fuchsia, Green Gold, Leaf Green, Light Cobalt Turquoise, Light Green Light Magenta, Light Ochre, Middle Cadmium Red, Middle Phthalo, Naples Ochre Orange Glaze, Permanent Green Olive, Pink Madder Lake, Red Voilet, Rose Carmine
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, orange, blue, black and green
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

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

Feel free to leave a comment… I enjoy reading them!

~D.Ann

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Fringed & Parrot Tulips with a Jumbo Tulip Thank You Card

Hello! In case you couldn’t tell from the title, today we’re going to focus on tulips. While in Indiana this spring, I saw fringed tulips, parrot tulips and other hybrid tulips for the first time and fell in love! Here are just a few my cousin’s wife has in her garden:

Ah, the beauties of the great outdoors! They’re such a delight to behold and reminded me of the Quietfire stamp that I used for the inside of my card:

Some people, life flowers, give pleasure just by being!

Inspired by those beauties, I used my Polychromos to color up a frilly jumbo tulip by Stampendous for my card:

FYI, the third largest frame in Spellbinders 5×7 Matting Basics B perfectly fits the inner rectangle area inside the pierced dots of the Bella Rose Lattice die, allowing for the white corners. The sentiment is embossed on acetate which I adhered with ‘Stacey Tape.’  The embossing on the tulip is a custom mix…

 

I mixed Stampendous Pomegranite Opaque with Fran-Tage Opaque Shabby White. I love the mottled look and the flecks of shiny gold!

Since the Serendipity Floral Butterfly wouldn’t fit, I cut off one of its wings (and used the pieces on the inside). To highlight the tulips in the wings, I added Nuvo Crystal drops to them. To finish off, I made a matching envelope:

 

Supplies used:

  • Stampendous Jumbo Tulip and Jumbo Thank You stamps
  • Spellbinders Chantilly Paper Lace Collection by Becca Feeken
    • Bella Rose Lattice Layering Frame
    • Lunette Arched Borders
  • Spellbinders Card Creator 5×7 Matting Basics B
  • Serendipity Stamps Floral Butterfly die
  • Quietfire Design Garden Delights stamp set
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Stampendous Fran-tage Opaque Shabby White embossing powder
  • Stampendous Merlot kit – Pomegranite Opaque embossing powder
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils: Cadmium Yellow; Light Chrome Yellow; Delft Blue; Dark Red, Madder
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – gloss red berry
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Recollections cardstock: white, blue; silver glitter & shimmering red
  • Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink
  • SMS ‘Stacey Tape’
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

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

As always, I thank you for the comments you’ve been leaving… it’s always a tread to read them!

-D.Ann

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Morel Mushrooms and Power Poppy Thanks So Mush Card

Hello and welcome back!

I have been anxious to share this fun card and story with you and am happy I finally have the chance. One evening near the end of April, while in Indiana, we left my cousin’s home after supper and suddenly mom hollered, “stop the car!” Her eagle eyes had spotted some morel mushrooms alongside the road. These delectable delicacies are a favorite of ours, but have a short season and usually require hours tromping through the woods to find, so we rarely get to enjoy them anymore. We counted about 16 right there near the road.

We called my cousin to let her know where they were so she could get them, as they were on her property. Fortunately, her husband (who, I hear, doesn’t particularly care for mushrooms) answered the phone and said, ‘you guys go ahead and take them!’ (Actually, my cousin is such a sweetheart, I know she’d’ve said the same thing.)

As we got out of the car and started hunting, we kept finding more and more and, in a span of just a few short minutes, ended up with a mess of about 46! Best mushrooming EVER!! Thanks, cuz!!

The largest was over 4″! They fried up nicely and were absolutely DELICIOUS!!

 

Oh, I’m also going to show you a picture of some wild violets up there… in a minute you’ll see why…

Now, how do you thank such a generous sacrifice? Well, Power Poppy has a fabulous morel mushroom stamp that was just perfect:

They look so REAL!! And Becca Feeken’s fabulous Annabelle’s Trousseau die makes a lovely open lacework base for it! I may have to make a whole set of these in the near future!!

Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Wild Mushrooms stamp set
  • Spellbinders Annabelle’s Trousseau die from the Chantilly Paper Lace collection
  • Spellbinders Fancy Tags 3 (with ends snipped off)
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, purple, kraft
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Rich Cocoa
  • Copic Markers: B02; BV00, 02; C1; E31, 33, 51G02, 82; V17, 25; Y000, 02, 13; YG17
  • Foray Stylemark pen .5mm purple
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – jewel tones
  • Ranger Adirondack Dimensional Pearls: Eggplant
  • Misc. 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:

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I’m glad you stopped by today! Thanks for leaving your encouraging comments!

-D.Ann

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Muchas Gracias!

Hola! Today I’m going Latin with the latest My Monthly Hero stamps and dies by Hero Arts. Since there are three current challenges for flowers, I chose that lovely floral die cut and the dancing mouse with flowers in her hair.

When unpacking the stamps and dies I noticed the packaging cardstock was quite pretty and, since it measures 8.5″x 6.5″, cutting it in half gave me enough for a card

 

I’m going to take a moment to weigh in on the new Therm-o-Web/iCraft Purple tape. I’d heard so much positive buzz about it and I always have a tough time with everything else I’ve tried to hold my dies in place… I have to say: I HIGHLY recommend this tape! It’s the perfect weight and tack for this job!! No, I don’t get any commissions from anyone for saying that. I just thought you might like to know. : )

I wanted the flowers of the die cut frame to stand out against the pretty, but busy background, so I tried filling them in with Nuvo Crystal Drops. The first layer was too transparent. After the second layer, I colored them a little darker with Copic markers to make them pop.

  

Another one of the challenges called for sparkle and shine… I gave their outfits and the die cut flowers plenty of accents that sparkle and shine…and even their shoes shine! (I added them to the flamenco dancing mouse with Crystal drops and Stickles.)

These cute mice just make me smile!

Materials used:

  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero April 2018 (MH0418C) stampsv dies, and packaging
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero ink cube: Fiesta Red, Fiesta Yellow
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Copic markers: C1,3; G02; R20; RV04Y08, 13, 15;YR02, 04
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Ripened Pumpkin, Gloss Ebony Black, Silver Lining
  • Ranger Stickles: Frosted Lace and Tropical Tangering
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Core’dinations Cardstock: White, yellow and orange
  • Scotch permanent adhesive dots
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” glue

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

~D.Ann

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You Are So Positive – I Love That You Will Always Be My Friend! Card

Hello and welcome!

I have a lovely card to show you today! Veronica Zalis has put together a special blog hop: Stamping for Autism Awareness – you can read all about it HERE. I have several friends with precious autistic children and they all could use encouragement and support!

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge this week is A Trio of Something. I used three layers of blue and three layers of white cardstock to create this card and put a few trios of pearl dots on as accents.

Congrats to Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge on their 9th Anniversary, too!

Here is the inside of the card:

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders Chantilly Paper Lace collection: Bella Rose Lattice Layering Frame and Lunette Arched Borders dies
  • Justrite Papercraft/Spellbinders Just the Right Words stamp set
  • Quietfire Design Gentle Thoughts stamp set
  • Recollections Cardstock: white 65# & blue 110#
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Paris Dark
  • Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Midnight Blue
  • Scotch adhesive runner
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ liquid adhesive

I am playing along with the following hops and challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

Thank you so much for stopping by… have a lovely day!

~D.Ann

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MFT Creative Olympics Event 4 – Speed Cardmaking: Fabulous Watercolor Card

Well, we’ve come to the final event of My Favorite Things Creative Olympics: Event 4 – Speed Cardmaking.

  

This one was the most challenging for me as it usually takes me half a day or more to make a card. I read in Stephanie’s interview that she recommended having all the supplies ready. Based on how I did, I reckon that must be more than half my time battle. I usually color backgrounds like this with great care, but chose watercolor since you can pretty much slap color anywhere and it’ll look cool. lol! The most time consuming part of this was getting the little bits of the negative die cut back in place. Still I slid in in record time (for me, anyway) at 19:13! You can just barely see the gold shimmer in the outlines.

The inside says: That’s what you are… no time left for a pic. lol!

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things Floral Fantasy Background & Simply Fabulous Sayings stamps (inside)
  • My Favorite Things Absolutely Fabulous dies
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Recollections detail gold embossing powder
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Bundled Sage, Worn Lipstick & Wilted Violet
  • Coredinations white cardstock & Parisian nights pink card
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

 

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges – click on any of them for details on how you can join the fun:

I’m happy to have been able to participate in all the events in this fun Creative Olympics! Thanks for all of your kind comments and support! Until next time…

~D.Ann

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MFT Creative Olympics Event 3 – Crafty Biathlon: Thank You Emboss Resist Shaker Card

Hello and welcome back! The third event of My Favorite Things Creative Olympics is a Crafty Biathlon.

  

We were given lists in two categories (Technique and Card Type) and told to choose one from each. I chose to do a shaker card with the emboss resist technique.

I love using this pretty lace background with the emboss resist technique as it always turns out SO pretty! You probably can’t tell, but this shaker is clear on both sides. For added interest I stuck the plain white die cut one the inside of the card. I’m loving those pretty Ken Oliver Color Burst inks! Because they have pigment in them, you need to wipe the embossed area with a baby wipe when done blending the colors

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things BG Lace Background stamp
  • My Favorite Things Radial Stitched Circles & Thank You Circle Frame dies
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • JoAnn Craft Essentials clear embossing powder
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Water Reactive Inks: Fuchsia, Orchid, Tangerine and Turquoise
  • Core’dinations cardstock – white and blue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive & foam tape
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Misc. acetate and sequins (including Queen and Co. diamonds and posies)

 

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges – click on any of them for details on how you can join the fun:

Well, these crafty Olympics are almost over. We have just one event left. Stay tuned…

~D.Ann

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MFT Creative Olympics Event 1- Stamping Slalom: Kitties Hard at Work Card

Hello and welcome! Since the Olympics are in progress, My Favorite Things is hosting the Creative Olympics.

Medals and prizes will be awarded later this week. I’m probably one of the last entries as it took me a while to finish up…. let’s just say my plane arrived late. lol! But even with jet lag (aka migraine head), I managed to get in on the action. yay!

Event 1 is the Stamping Slalom at the Olympic Stadium (MFT blog)…. a test of creativity in combining images from three different stamp sets. I came up with this humorous card:

I just think it’s too funny that the lazy cat is watching TV (probably the Kitty Olympics) where her buddy is hard at work playing with a ball of yarn! lol! Now all I need is a great punch line for the inside. Got any ideas?

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things stamp sets: I Knead You; At the Office and Office Space
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Ranger Wendi Vecchi embossing powder – Watering Can
  • Hampton Arts embossing powder – yellow
  • Recollections Detail embossing powder – Ebony
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – London Fog
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 05 pen
  • Tombow Dual Brush markers: 025, 055, 673, 761, 985, 992, N65
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam adhesive squares

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges – click on any of them for details on how you can join the fun:

Stay tuned, Event 2 is coming up shortly!

~D.Ann

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Papertrey Ink Transformation Tuesday Challenge – Heartfelt Gratitude Card

Hello and welcome!

First, another disclaimer. I’ve done it again and I blame the migraines for both mix-ups. I started out making this for the Transformation Tuesday Challenge, but it ended yesterday. Fortunately, this time I found out BEFORE posting (the last one I had to change after posting) and the Retirement List Set Challenge is still going on and this card fits that one, too. I can’t wait until I can think straight again!!

Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 11th Anniversary with a fun series of challenges. Their Transformation Tuesday Challenge challenged us to turn a previous card into something new, perhaps going from simple to spectacular. I had a card on hand that I never sent out because I wasn’t happy with it. I made it back in March of 2015, just before I started blog. It was one of my first attempts at ink smooshing and I didn’t like how it turned out: the unevenness of the color, some blurry embossing and the sentiment was a little crooked.

So I decided to cut out the image and sentiment, add some more color, some contrasting edges a bunch of faux pearls for interest and pop up the sentiment.

Whaddya think?

Here’s the inside:

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Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Spiral Bouquet & Enclsed Heart stamp sets
  • Papertrey Ink Enclosed Heart die
  • Papertrey Ink Dye Inks: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink & Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Recollections Ebony Signature Detail Embossing Powder
  • Uniball Vision Micro pen
  • Unknown watercolor paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock – black
  • My minds eye vintage card pack
  • Recollections faux pearls
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

If you want to join the fun, check out this post for more information on the Retirement List Set Challenge and see what prize you might win!

I’m glad you could stop by today and hope you’ll leave a comment as I always enjoy the encouragement!

~D.Ann

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