Heartfelt Creations Coffee and You Card – 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Hop

Hello dear peeps!

It seems like life has come at me so fast this year that I can’t hardly get a break to craft as much as I’d like. First, an update for those of you following me on Instagram: I got back safely Friday after evacuating for hurricane Irma. Fortunately, other than some traffic lights out in the area, low stock at the grocery store and some limbs down on the property, all was well at my place. Several of my friends nearby still don’t have electric… and we’re on the East coast of FL! So, so sorry for the folks in Naples and the Keys!! Unfortunately, whenever there is a hurricane, condo rules require everything to come in off the patio so nothing becomes a flying missile. My patio is about half the size of my studio apartment, so it’s a tight fit. I’ve been working at getting it all put back so I can get to my crafting supplies… Priorities!! : ) And I just reconnected my hard drive, so I’m up and running to post now, too! (One lady at a hotel in TN saw us packing our hard drives into the car and said: ‘You can tell who’s travelling from Florida – Most folks don’t go on vacation with their electronics!’) That’s the update, now on to the good stuff:

So, here I am starting late for the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop. There are already over 400 entries already! That’s a lot of caffeine fueled crafting!!

Living in Florida, fall leaves are one of the things I miss, so I keep a few on hand to remind me of their gorgeousness.

I love the 3d look of this Heartfelt Creations Coffee Mug stamp and die! I wish you could run your finger along those beads… they really are 3d! How?…

First I added some shading on the under side of each bead to make them pop out even more. Then I used the flower shaping stylus to emboss them from the reverse side. How did I see where to press since the cardstock was too thick to see the stamped image?…

I stamped and cut another on scrap copy paper. The ink showed through enough to see the outline of the beads. The die cuts so precisely, laying it down (face down) over the back of the card is a perfect match. Since Copic markers DO bleed through, I lined the reverse of the inside and the back of the card with matching cardstock, making for a nice, sturdy card.

I added a few drops of ‘coffee’ for fun. (I’d’ve added a lipstick smooch, but didn’t have a color that would look good with this… something you don’t think about when drinking out of a mug in real life! lol!) To finish, I stamped the inside and attached them at the handle, making sure only the inside bends backward. It’s a lefty card. Next time, I think I’ll try attaching them at the top. The sweet cups at the top say: The perfect blend.

Materials used:

  • Heartfelt Creations Coffee Talk Collection
    • Coffee Mug stamp & die sets
    • All Stacked Up stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink cardstock: Canyon Clay, Canyon Clay Gingham, Terracotta Tile, Terracotta Tile Bitty Dot
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Canyon Clay & Orange Zest
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Rich Cocoa
  • Copic markers: E27, YR24
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend pencils: Apricot, Beeswax, Brunette, Carrot, Ginger, Hickory, Sorrel, Wheat
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Scholastic Glue Stick
  • Aleene’s Super Tacky glue
  • Tombow mono sand eraser
  • Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

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

Since I’m still sick (that nasty upper respiratory infection that gave mom bronchitis) and am still unpacking (and hope not to be re-packing for Maria!! Please!!!), this may be the only card I get to post for the CLH this time. Ya’ll TRY to have fun without me, ok?! lol!

I always appreciate your kind and encouraging comments. Thanks in advance!

~D.Ann

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Stamp-a-Faire 2017 – Metallic Embossed Friendship Card

Hello and welcome back! This is my final project for Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire 2017 event… Yana showed another faux iron technique using metallic embossed die cuts HERE. Here’s my ‘metal’ piece:

and the card:

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink SAF 2014 Regency die
  • Papertrey Ink We Go Together stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores cardstock and gingham cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores dye ink
  • Papertrey Ink Hawaiian shores ribbon: Top Notch Twill & Extra Fine Polka Dot Satin
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Hampton Arts Metallic Silver embossing powder
  • JoAnn Craft Essentials clear embossing powder
  • Queen & Co Toppings: Posies (Aren’t they just too cute?!!)
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue

I’m joining in the following challenges, click on any one to find out how you can join the fun:

Thank you for stopping by today! I’ll look forward to seeing you again soon!

~D.Ann

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Stamp-a-Faire 2017 – Faux Embossed Leather – Hugs Card

Ok, so faux leather is cool (see previous post), but faux embossed leather is even better, right?!! You can find the instructions for this on Nichole Heady’s post on Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire event. Here’s how mine turned out:

I like the inside sentiment:

A close-up of the ’embossing’ which is actually a couple of layers of die cuts covered with peach tissue paper and then inked:

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Big Hugs & Garden Gild dies
  • Papertrey Ink Canyon Clay Cardstock
  • Core’dinations cardstock: kraft, light brown & chocolate
  • Misc. peach tissue paper
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Rich Cocoa
  • Tsukineko Brilliance ink: Coffee Bean
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs & Walnut Stain
  • Papertrey Ink Dye Ink – Canyon Clay
  • Staples School Glue

I’m joining in the following challenges, click on any one to find out how you can join the fun:

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back soon with another cool technique!

~D.Ann

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Another Art Impressions Humorous ICU Step Card

Hello and welcome back! I had my post-op follow up yesterday and all is proceeding well. I made another fun card for the surgeon and his staff…

This time I had a little more time to play around with the curtain to get it in shape. I think I like this version better than the one I showed you a few days ago. Even though it folds up uneven, it will probably be displayed open, so I made it come up even with the rest of the card – when open and looking straight on.

I gave the lady more blue hair as that’s the norm down in South Florida – as are both of their shapes. lol! And, of course, there’s lots of bling, glitter and gloss!

I love making him look embarrassed with red cheek and ears and his eyes bugging out!

Materials used:

  • Art Impressions Get Well stamp set
  • Sizzix Card, Hearts Step-Up die
  • SugarPea Designs Heart Beat SugarCut die
  • DCWV The Luxury Stack shimmer paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock: red, blue & white
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder – black
  • Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Copic Markers: B05, 21,29; BG13,15; C3; E000,00,02; R24,29
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Red Berry
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella clear
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L tape runner
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ Glue
  • Misc. Seafoam gauze material (Hobby Lobby), thread

I’m entering this card in the following challenges… click on any of them for more information on how you can play along:

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I appreciate you stopping by today!

~D.Ann

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Art Impressions Humorous ICU Step Card

Hello, dear peeps!

I’m glad to be back home recuperating from my surgery. Thank you all for your kind wishes and notes!

I wanted to share with you the fun step card I made for the very caring nursing staff at the hospital:

Hahaha! Ahhh, those breezy hospital gowns!

(Oops, I see I took this pic before I took out the temporary gathering stitches on the curtain. Ha! I was rushing to get it done before I left for surgery, and the card’s gone on to its new home now.)

The current Art Impressions challenge (#212) is: Bling, Glitter or Glossy. Take a closer look at her glossy patent leather bag and shoes and glittery coat, eyeshadow and hair, and bling earrings:

She certainly makes a bold statement & fits Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: Red, White and/or Blue. 

To make the step card easily, I used the Sizzix Hearts Step-Up die, but folded the first two hearts back down and used the third to help hold the curtain. Easy-peasy! I was in a bit of a quandary about the curtain… With the card open, it looks taller, but folds up it’s even with the left side. I could have made it a smidge shorter when it folds up so that it sits even when opened… what you think???

Materials used:

  • Art Impressions Get Well stamp set
  • Sizzix Card, Hearts Step-Up die
  • Spellbinders Conversation Speech Bubble One Dies
  • SugarPea Designs Heart Beat SugarCut die
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Petite Paper Pack
  • Core’dinations cardstock: red, blue & white
  • Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Copic Markers: B21,29; BG13,15; C1,3; E00,02; R21,25
  • Pebbles, Inc. Chalk
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss White & Morning Dew
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella clear
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L tape runner
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ Glue
  • Misc. Seafoam gauze material (Hobby Lobby), thread

I’m entering this card in the following challenges… click on any of them for more information on how you can play along:

Thank you for stopping by today. I’ll be back as soon as I’m back on my feet!

~D.Ann

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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 Day 4: Sensational Sliders – Hilarious ‘Ruff Day’ Card

Hello and welcome! Today’s project is from Day 4 of My Favorite Things Camp Create: Sensational Sliders.

I love interactive, touchy-feely cards! This one took a little extra measuring since I didn’t have the Blueprint plate used in the demo, but it was worth it! I left a 3/4″ edge around the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card, cutting two 4 inch sides and one 2 3/4 side with a semi-circle traced from a AA battery in the middle.

And when you pull the slider open:

I know it’s kind of yucky, but it still cracks me up! Here’s a behind-the-scenes look… After blending in the ink for the sidewalk, grass and sky (each masked off as I went), I spritzed a little water and then randomly flicked in some grass blades.

Here’s another reason why the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press has a slight advantage over the MISTI:

For the peepee I used the Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops that dry clear and, when dry, I ran a yellow Copic marker over it.

Now, here’s a test… Did you happen to notice the dog’s name? If you missed it, you can scroll back to the first picture…. Yep, a true Boca Ratonian! I know another one called Dee-Oh-Gee…. think about it… say it slow…! : )

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things: BB You Make My Tail Wag stamps
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Old Paper, Tumbled Glass
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink pen: Twisted Citron
  • Copic markers:
    • Doghouse: C1,3,5,7; R24, 29
    • Dog: E13, 23, 25, 31, 33, W1
    • Hydrant: C1, 3, Y17, 35
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Morning Dew
  • Pigma Micron 005 Archival ink pen: Black
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive

This earns the 4th Camp Create badge:

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:

There’s still one more day of this fun ‘camp,’ so I’ll be back soon!

~D.Ann

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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 6

Well, it’s time for my card from the final lesson of  Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media Class.

  

Lesson 6 showed another way to use re-inkers to watercolor. I liked this technique a lot! It’s fun to watch the colors spread out to wherever the water is on the paper. Although I only had 2 re-inkers, it worked just as well smooshing my ink pads onto a craft mat and picking up the ink. I added a lot of ‘raindrops’ — you regular readers know I love to take pictures of flowers that have raindrops on them. : )

Materials used:

  • Altenew Peony Bouquet & Beautiful Day (sentimen) stamp sets
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder: Linen White
  • Stampin’ Up! dye ink re-inkers: Bravo Burgundy & More Mustard
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Coral Berry
  • Tsukineko Memento  dye inks: Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion, Sweet Plum & Teal Zeal
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Morning Dew
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
  • Simply Defined 5×7 Bright White card base 200#
  • Misc. teal cardstock
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

I am entering this in the following galleries and challenges:

Well, it was a fun and informative class. I’ve learned some useful tips and have a few techniques I think I will use again and again. As you’ve seen, the the class focuses on using dye inks (on pads, from re-inkers, or in shimmer sprays) to watercolor. Click on any of the highlighted links above for more info.

Edited to add: Thank you Altenew, for the honor!

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Thank you all for stopping by! If I’m not back before, have a lovely weekend!

~D.Ann

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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 3

Well, after a roaring start, I wasn’t able to keep up the pace. : ) But I’m glad to be back today with a card I made for Lesson 3 of Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media Class, taught by the ever cheerful and talented Laura Bassen (aka Laurafadora). She used the Altenew crisp dye ink pads to paint her cute card blending a light and dark shade of each color.

I liked my last card (the 3d lotus) so much, I thought I’d do the same layout but all on one layer this time, using the same color scheme from the May 2017 Inspiration Challenge in my foreground:

I also decided that since this would involve some masking and using the MISTI stamping tool, I should take advantage of the set up time and do 3 additional cards. The MISTI makes it easy to set up a production line:

I also wanted to try stamping in the darker color of what I’d be painting for a no-line look. Then I thought while I was at it, I would compare papers. Here they are, all ready to go…

Upper L: Distress Watercolor Cardstock; Upper R: Strathmore mixed media 90#;       Lower l: Canson cold press Watercolor; Lower L: Canson L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed

Here’s how they turned out:

I learned why it’s easier to watercolor when you heat emboss the outline… the water and color stays in the lines! : ) I was surprised that the lines, although dry, absorbed the water from the fill-in and bled out, blurring the images. I can only imagine if I’d’ve used black to stamp the outlines! The Mixed Media paper was the worst at this although it said for wet media.

I selected the best one (Ranger Watercolor Cardstock) and decided to add some sunshine by watercoloring the white space in all yellow to make the flowers pop (and to see if it helped hide the bleeding). I think it turned out ok. I’ll set the others aside and try to do something with them later on.

Supplies used:

  • Altenew Lotus tamp and die sets
  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set (sentiment)
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder: Linen White
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Coral Berry & Frosty Pink
  • Tsukineko Memento  dye inks: Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion & Pear Tart
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink: Pearlescent Beige (for the pistil)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
  • Here were the other three contenders, :
    • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper 140#
    • Canson L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed Watercolor paper 140#
    • Strathmore Mixed media 90#
  • Core’dinations pink cardstock
  • Simply Defined 5×7 Bright White card base 200#
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive (great for watercolor – no warping!)

I am entering this in the following galleries and challenges:

Well, I’m halfway through the class and having a blast. I’ll be back when I can with the next card.

~D.Ann

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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 2

Welcome back for my card from the second less of Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media Class! This lesson, taught by the amazingly talented Debby Hughes of Lime Doodle Design, was on using shimmer sprays. Since the set she used is still on my wishlist, I started out with the Lotus set and colors used in the May 2017 Inspiration Challenge:

I don’t have the Altenew shimmer sprays, but did have another brand, but only the light pink and greens matched the inspiration colors. So, I grabbed my Altenew Coral Berry which is just like the hot pink and, by mixing it on my craft mat with the glimmer mist, the entire flower came out all shiny!

The aqua ‘pond’ background is made EXTRA shiny by adding a mix of Distress Mica Spray and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist.

Tips: I love the tip Debbie gave to add aqua to the pink and yellow to the greens for some extra shading and depth!

Also, if you don’t want your white foam tape to show up under black paper, run a Sharpie Marker along the edges BEFORE adhering. (The voice of experience says that trying to do it afterward can lead to some oopsies!)

If you’re like me and don’t tape your watercolor paper down and it warps, Tombow Xtreme adhesive holds it flat/

Materials used:

  • Altenew Lotus tamp and die sets
  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set (sentiment)
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Stampendous Glamour Detail Gold embossing powder
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Coral Berry
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Bubble Light Green; Dazzling Diamonds, Forest Green, Lime Light, S.W.A.K., and Sunflower
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray: Brushed Pewter
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper 140#
  • Simply Defined 5×7 Bright White card base 200#
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue

I am entering this in the following galleries and challenges:

So far, there have been some excellent tips from each lesson (including one on die-cutting that I needed!). Although they are geared toward Altenew products, you can easily adapt them to similar products you may have on hand. I’m looking forward to working on the rest of the classes!

Hopefully I’ll see you again tomorrow!

~D.Ann

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