Nosy Kitty Goes Nuts Over Secret Acorn! Fun Gift Card Holder

I had so much fun with this next card!!! It’d fit the Coffee Lovers Hop, but right now we’re doing the CAT Lovers Hop!

I just adore the look on the face of this Nosy Kitty stamp by Stampendous! What is he staring so intently at inside that acorn? See how his eyes glisten?!! He’s going nuts waiting  to tear into it, for sure! I love that fab Small Die of the Month Acorn by Spellbinders! It was serendipitous to find the acorn shaped gift cards at Starbucks… the perfect match! I had already snipped off the word Fall even though I ended up putting fall leaves around it. I had done a different background, but didn’t like it, so wanted to cover it up. lol!.

So, I set about making an acorn window/pocket to hold the gift card. My original thought was to make it see-through to the cute pair inside, but I have to admit, by this point I was like a kitten after gorging on milk… barely holding my eyes open. (insert cute viral video of kitten falling asleep here. Lol! >^.^<) I thought the better of chasing my tail all night and kept it fairly simple. Maybe some other time!

On the inside I stamped this cute couple of chipmunks inside the acorn (it must be HUGE). I didn’t want to color them with Copics as they’d bleed through to the back, and they looked too plain uncolored, so I got out my Polychromos and colored them up. This will make a great Thank You card for a couple of coffee loving friends!

To finish off the project, I stamped the cat and a chipmunk with an acorn on the envelope:

Supplies:

  • Spellbinders Small Die of the Month – October 2018
  • Stampendous Nosy Cat stamp
  • Neat & Tangled My Favorite Nut and Purrrfect stamp sets (inside & envelope)
  • Core’dinations white and kraft cardstock
  • Colorbok Shiny Rust Foil Cardstock
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Rich Cocoa & Tuxedo Black
  • Copic markers (cat): C7; E55, 71; G24; R20, 22; Y32; YG17, 61; YR02, 24, 31
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils (inside of card) Brown Ochre, Burnt Carmine, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Dark Cadmium Yellow, Deep Red, Green Gold, May Green, Olive Green, Orange Glaze, Pink Madder Lake, Raw Umber, Van Dyck Brown
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Nicole Maple Leaves
  • The Paper Studio paw gemstones
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Misc: Starbucks gift card, ribbon, envelope

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*****      Giveaway now closed      *****

Today’s giveaway is really 4! I received a free sub to Catster Magazine and have 4 individual copies to give away! Most are missing a small square where the address label was and one has some pages that were folded by accident, but they’re still a fun read. Here are the magazine covers:

  1. January/February 2018 issue:

2. March/April 2018 issue:

3.  May/June 2018 issue:

4.  September/October 2018 issue:

What do you have to do to be eligible to win ONE of these magazines? If you’re interested, just leave me a comment using the word “Catster” somewhere in your comment. If you have a preference for a particular issue, please let me know. Sorry, international peeps, this one needs to be US residents only as they’re a bit heavy.

Bonus entry option #1: Be a follower of my blog and leave me another comment.

For a second bonus entry, follow me on Instagram (@d.ann.c), like and comment on the post featuring this project. (It doesn’t have to be a long comment, just a heart will do.) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you did it and your Instagram name.

Bonus entry option #3 (for a total of 4 possible entries): Follow me on Pinterest(@dannscraftingand re-pin any one of my cards or projects that you like. (If you don’t like them, you don’t have to pin any. lol!) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know your Pinterest name.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 28, 2018 to get your comments in. Sometime after noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29, 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, if you’re not subscribed, be sure to check back later that afternoon for that post!!

 

~D.Ann

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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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Spellbinders & Sizzix Gift Sets – Ladies Purses & Shoes, Gents Bags & Shoes, and Lifesavers

Good morning, dear peeps! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend! This new treatment is giving me a few hours a day of relief from the constant migraines, that’s better than nothing. Hooray!

Nope. Not the Olympics yet…. coming soon! I’ve been working for some time on this current project and am excited to finally be able to show it to you. Every year there is a special meeting for our full-time local Bible teachers and this year I put together some sweet gift sets to let them know how much we love them. Here’s the spread:

Squee! Aren’t they the CUTEST?!! CVS recently had 90% off their candy, so I got chocolates and the lifesavers for a song.

To make the centerpiece, I took a foam half-circle for floral arrangements, poked holes in one end of the lifesaver rolls and folded the tip of a straw to fit up inside, then poked them into the foam base. I added a bow and an inflatable ring from the Dollar store and a little sign (in Portuguese) recognizing that they’re truly life savers!

For the gents, I put together these bags and shoes:

That orange-y leather look is common in Brazil and the embossed football paper and embossed dots gave it the perfect leather look.

They actually hold more than this, but the ladie’s purses only held this much, so to be fair, that’s what’s inside. The chocolates are heavy, so to help the bags stay closed, I added the leather straps and edges from Tim Holtz’ Vintage Valise Sizzix set to Elieen Hull’s Bag/Suitcase. The paper straps go completely around and slide through the front tabs.

The scripture on the shoes is Isaiah 52:7:  How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the one bringing good news, The one proclaiming peace, The one bringing good news of something better, The one proclaiming salvation, The one saying to Zion: “Your God has become King!”

I love that there are some brads on the ends to add a little class. Aren’t those Spellbinders Gent’s Shoes super handsome?!! I wish I hadn’t glued down the tips of the tongues… next time I won’t so I can flip them up a bit!!

Let’s move on to the ladies’ purses. I didn’t have enough cardstock do do them matching and these gals love color, so this variety pack was perfect.

 

I just love pairing those sweet Spellbinders Couture Purses by Stacey Caron with Becca Feeken’s cute Ladies Shoes! When putting buttons on, just remember to put them far enough down for the latch mechanism to work.

I wanted each of these teachers to know that we take note of them, so I included a little note in each purse/bag saying “We all want to be like our God in Hebrews 6:10 (“For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones.”) and, although we might not say it as much as we like: Than you for your fine work in our congregation!”

Materials used:

Gent’s bags & shoes:

  • Sizzix Scoreboards Bag, Suitcase die by Eileen Hull
  • Sizzix Vintage Valise die by Tim Holtz Alterations
  • Spellbinders Wedding Collection: Gents Shoe dies
  • Hero Arts dye ink: Mulled Wine (to distress and give the paper a more ‘worn leather’ look)
  • Bazzil Basics Paper Terra Cotta 2/ 12×12 sheet
  • The Paper Company Franchise Football  – note: I got 4 Pairs of gents shoes from one 12×12 sheet
  • Prism Embroidery Craft thread – FYI, one 10 yard skein did all 10 shoes with some left over However, I wasn’t able to get a double strand through my needle so it might take more if you use it as shown in Becca’s instruction video.
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Misc. brads and chocolates (note… I highly recommend having extra chocolates on hand to fuel the crafter!! lol!)

Ladies’ purses and shoes:

  • Spellbinders Couture Purse Rouge Royale die by Stacey Caron
  • Spellbinders Wedding Collection: Ladies  Shoedies by Becca Feeken
  • DCWV Blossoms  Butterflies Stack – I was able to get one purse and a pair of shoes out of one 12″ x 12″ sheet even taking into account patterns.
  • Jessee James Dress It Up Vintage Pearls buttons
  • Recollections faux pearls
  • Aileene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • The corners of the note inside of the ladies’ purses were cut and embossed with a Fiskars Joy of Spring 4 in 1 Corner Emboss punch

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~D.Ann

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You’re A Gem Gift Boxes

Hello and welcome!

I thought you’d like to see these gem shaped gift boxes that recently put together for a special Bible class that was held this month for some of our Portuguese speaking Bible teachers.

Aren’t they precious?!! The Spellbinders contour You’re a Gem steel rule die cuts through the glitter cardstock like butter!

On the tops I added the My Favorite Things “You’re a Gem” sentiment and cool gem.

Inside each one is a little commemorative card with a sweet saying about how precious these teachers are (with Haggai 2:7 quoted) and their class information.

There is also a mint with a sticker that says, ‘You’re worth a mint’ on it. And, since they’ll probably need an afternoon pick-me-up, there are a pair of chocolates with a riddle printed on a sticker on the back…

Why was chocolate created?

(Note: this riddle also works for coffee)

Psalm 115:17

They sent me back this picture from their lunchroom:

It seems they were all tickled pink with their little gifts! Next party I have, I think I’ll make a treasure chest full of these!

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders Contour You’re a Gem Steel Rule Die
  • Spellbinders Decorative Labels 34 & Labels 16 dies
  • My Favorite Things Bling It On stamp set & Diamonds dies
  • Recollecions Signature glitter pad
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Pebbles, Inc. Chalks: Basic Brights
  • Nicole Bling It 3mm Adhesive Rhinestones
  • Avery Silver Foil Mailing Labels
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Simply Defined ‘Stacey Tape’ permanent adhesive
  • Tissue paper, mints, Ghirardelli chocolates

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~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

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~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!

 

Graphic 45 & Spellbinders ‘Great Hexpectations’ Green Tea Gift Set

Good morning and welcome to the penultimate day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Today I have a sweet little green tea gift set to share with you:

I love those amazing Graphic 45 papers and that cute little Great Hexpectations hexagonal gift box! It could be cut out of sturdier tag board, but cardstock holds the shape just fine. You have the option of sealing the final flaps, or leaving it so the ‘lid’ can be opened and shut.

After all the fussy-cutting, the card was easy-peasy – I only added a little distressing to the edge and a little pop of Copic coloring.

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Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders Great Hexpectations contour die
  • Spellbinders Cinch and Go flowers die
  • Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Collection: Bon Apetit
  • Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Collection:
    • April Flourish
    • April Cut Apart
    • June Cut Apart
  • Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Collection: Check it Out
  • Copic Markers: R20, 22; YG 61
  • Memento dye ink: Teal Zeal
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Glass Beads: apatite
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Mono permanent adhesive
  • Misc. foam squares

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~D.Ann

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