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 2 – Freestyle: Cool Friend Card

Welcome back for Event 2 of My Favorite Things Creative Olympics – Freestyle Card

  

This event is taking place at the Olympic Village (MFT Challenge and Inspiration Blog) and the only requirement is that the card be winter themed. I don’t have a lot of winter stamps because winter in Florida is everyone else’s spring. However, I DO have the gorgeous snowflakes from MFT, and Markerpop recently sent me the adorable Polar Pals, so I was able to put this card together:

Isn’t he just adorable?!! I want to show you a close-up so you can see that cool iridescent sparkle in the embossing powder:

You might also note that his pom-pom is flocked. To avoid cutting the whiskers, I used a Copic to match my blended background. We seem to be on a trend here… first lazy cats, now a sea lion lyin’ around…. can you tell I’ve been stuck in bed most of the past 3 months?! Not very Olympian. lol!

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things stamp sets: Simply Snowflakes & Polar Pals
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Judikins iridescent sparkle embossing powder
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – tuxedo black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China & Stormy Sky
  • Copic markers: B02;R20,22; W1,3,5
  • Stampendous Fun Flock – Cantaloupe Orange
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Core’dinations cardstock – white
  • American Crafts glitter card
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L square foam 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:

Event 3 is coming up next – don’t miss it!

~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 Stripes Challenge – Sending Sunshine Card

Hello again!

I’m back tonight with my final card for Papertrey Ink’s 11th Anniversary. This time it’s for their Stripes Challenge.

I cut the hexagon plate in 3 colors and filled it back in with stripes of each color. Then I added my sentiment, but it got lost in the stripes. lol! So I made a backing for the sentiment that covered up a lot of the stripes, but you can still see them almost spreading out like mottled sun rays from the sentiment. Not too shabby a save!

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink dies: Hexagon Cover Plate & Big Basics – Sunshine
  • Papertrey Ink Cardstock: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest & Canyon Clay
  • Ken Oliver Stick-It adhesive
  • SMS “Stay Put’ liquid adhesive

If you want more information on this Stripes Challenge, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’m hoping to finish up my entries for the winter Olympics and post them… stay tuned! : )

~D.Ann

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Papertrey Ink Color Challenge – Hello Tulips Card

Good evening and welcome!

Papertrey Ink’s 11th Anniversary Party continues and this time they have a Color Challenge. I chose this color scheme:

Since I just picked up some tulips today at the grocery store for a buck, I had tulips on my mind. This is the card I made:

Love those tulips! I also cut down the quatrefoil background to make that interestingly patterned fence. The background is stencil blended ink, I just taped off the borders.

To jazz up the sentiment and the butterfly, they each got a coat of Wink of Stella.

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Tulip Time stamps and dies; Quatrefoil Cover Plate, Swoosh die
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz & Aqua Mist
  • Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst Ink: Chartreuse
  • Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink: Pear Tart
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella – clear
  • Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst cardstock
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Scrapbook adhesives by 3L foam adhesive squares & tape runner
  • SMS ‘Stay Put’ glue

If you want to join the fun and see what prizes are available at the Color Challenge, click HERE for more info.

I’m glad you could stop by today. Please feel free to leave a comment – I’m always encouraged when I read them!

~D.Ann

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pps: Some more orchids have started blooming!

Papertrey Ink 11th Anniversary Floral Challenge – Hello Card

Hello my patient peeps! These constant headaches are still cramping my style, but at least I was able to make a card again. Yay!

It’s Papertrey Ink’s 11th Anniversary (congrats!!)  and their Day 1 Challenge was to use one of their designer’s sketches.

Edited to add… hahaha… the joke is on me… blame it on 10 weeks of daily migraines, but the 11th Anniversay Sketch challenge already closed. No matter, the Day 4 Floral Challenge is open and this fits. Hooray!

 

I chose Dawn McVey’s sketch and decided to use her take on it as inspiration, too.

This was my first time using stencil brushes and I really LOVE ’em! SO much easier than using a blending tool!! When my head gets better, I’ll tell you all about them.

After coloring and fussy cutting the flowers and leaves, I cut into them so I could curl up the edges more easily and then popped them up with Scotch adhesive dots. The only ‘extra pieces I cut out and added where the two center petals on each flower to bring them out further than the Flower Soft stamens.

I also used Nuvo Crystal Drops on top of my die cut ‘hello’ to give it a shiny, puffy-sticker look. Note to self: next tim,e do this on a craft sheet first so if your tremor takes it out of the lines, you can cut it off!

I also stamped a couple of the smaller flowers on the inside.

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink In Bloom Stamp set, Swoosh dies, Quatrefoil cover plate die cut (for stencil, with an Spellbinders Grand Oval die cut overlay)
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks: Tuxedo Black, New Sprout, Rhubarb Stalk
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade
  • Copic Markers: G99; R22,24,29; Y 13,15; YG61;63
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Ebony Black
  • Core’dinations cardstock: White & Black & Parisian Nights card
  • Scotch adhesive runner and adhesive dots (medium)
  • 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:

There are many more challenges in PTI’s 11th Anniversary celebration. We’ll see in how many my head allows me to participate. You may want to check out their blog for more info as there are great prizes up for grabs!

Thank you for stopping by today… I always enjoy reading your sweet comments!

~D.Ann

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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!!

Double Sided, Multi-Colored, Multi-Window Uchi’s Design Animated Cat Card

Hello, hello! Here we are on the penultimate day of the Cat Lovers Hop.

As the saying goes: ‘Time sky raisins when you’re having fun!’ What?! Since there are so many new hoppers, I HAVE to re-share with you my favorite cat meme and you’ll understand:

Three years in a row and it still makes me laugh!

I have my last interactive card to show you today and it’s a doozy… In fact, it can only REALLY be appreciated in a video. so here’s one from Instagram. (Roll your mouse over the picture and click the white arrow to play it):

 

It’s so mesmerizing, I could play with it for hours!

I just LOVE animated cards and am tickled that my first attempt turned out as well as it did! I have a bonus tutorial for you. I used Uchi’s Animation Die Cut to make that flower! So another way to stretch your dies, should you have it (or be able to talk some sweet friend or relative into getting it for you!). So you’re going to turn this grid into that flower:

First you have to trim down the grid leaving the same width at the top and bottom. You don’t want this too thick because that’s how much your flower will stick up off your card.

Next you gently fold the grid around a pen and glue the ends together. Use the barrel of the pen to smooth out the curves of the ‘petals.’

Then you run a bead of glue along the bottom seam and start rolling it over on itself, molding it into a circle.

Here’s what it looks like all rolled up. (Hmph… I see I didn’t worry too much about curving the petals since I was just demo-ing for you… they are rather pointy. Oh well…)

Then you gently separate the petals and pull them out to the sides and put a brad in the center and tah-dah… a cute little flower!

You can also see from these close-ups, the advantage of using the Animation Die versus just buying the sheets… You can color it to match your stamp… even using multiple colors!

I waited to color the grids to match until AFTER I could set the stamped pull tab in the middle of the card and see where the colors needed to be on the grids, but BEFORE I closed it up… that way I could do it over scratch paper and not worry about getting any ink on my stamped slider.

Note: I tried putting just a solid color (black or other) as a grid over the colored stamped images and they also worked as animated images. It’s just cooler when the colors match!

Did you notice that the same pull tab animates both sides (simultaneously)! That was not without some engineering obstacles… for example the first time I stamped my images – after I had already figured out and made the front and back — oops! I did them in reverse and had to re-stamp them (which was much easier than lining up my grids again!).

By the way – don’t let this semi-complicated card intimidate you. You can make these very simple with just one animated image and they’re just as entertaining!

Her are the still pictures of the card. Here’s the front. ( I added that cute kitty sticker going for the dragonfly – doesn’t it look like he’s just about to pounce!):

And here’s the back. I like the optical illusion of the background paper mixed with these animations! Wish I knew the manufacturer, I’d get more!

Materials used:

  • Uchi’s Design Animation Stamp sets: Loving Cat; Growing Garden; Butterflies
  • Uchi’s Design Animation Grid Die (Thank you , Uchi’s for this prize when you released it on Instagram!!)
  • Spellbinders dies: Classic Circles, Gold Circles One and Exquisite Circles
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Ink – Watermelon
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 025, 195, 373, 856, 933
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Core’dinations cardstock: Black, Red & White & 110# white
  • Basic Grey Hey Girl cardstock
  • Craft Smith Flutterbloom (optical illusion paper)
  • Therm-O-Web I-Craft Easy Tear Tape double sided adhesive 1/2″ & 1/4″
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky glue
  • Avery Ultra Tabs
  • Misc. Brad

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

How about another delicate hint for my Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post. Don’t forget: some words may be in there backwards! Although I can’t cater to your every whim, have no fear, you will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. At least you’re now two words closer! Have fun!

I’m so glad to have had all of you visit and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your delightful comments! Thank you for taking the time!!

~D.Ann

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Laurel Burch Indigo Cats Card – Never Underestimate the Power of a Purr!

Gooood morning my purring peeps and all of your two-legged servants! It’s time to start another day of the Cat Lovers Hop!

 

Today I’m starting out by using the stamp set I already happen to have that Cat Lovers Hop sonsor Stampendous has generously supplied as one of the prizes for this hop (along with the dies!) over at HerPeacefulGarden. Go HERE to read about how you can enter to win! Thank you Stampendous!!

Yep — Never underestimate the power of a purr!

I just love those fun Indigo Cats and the great stencils that come with the stamp set! I had some faint overlap and went back and emphasized it between the two cats as it kind of indicates their purrs resonating, dont’cha think?!

Materials used:

  • Stampendous Laurel Burch Indigo Cats stamps and stencil
  • Stampendous Cat Sayings stamps
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink Tuxedo Black
  • Copic markers: B02,05,24,29; R29; RV02,04,19; V15; Y17,35; YG17,61; YR04
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks: Candied Apple, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Salty Ocean
  • Core’dinatoins cardstock: green, blue, white
  • Scotch adhesive runner

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

For those of you playing along with the seemingly complicated Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post, I’ll give you another hint: Don’t forget to look for words within words! Oh my word, I just gave you three! Don’t fret… You will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!

~D.Ann

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Scientific Cats Card

Welcome back to day 4 of the 2017 Cat Lovers Hop!

  

We’ve already passed the half way mark and have already had over 100 entries! Hip-Hip-Purr-ay!!

I have a cute card for you using stamps from hop sponsor Your Next Stamp:

Just look at those cute, playful kitties! I mixed them up with the Chemistry sentiment: You must be made of Copper and Tellurium… Here’s why: because you are….

I can hear you all going “Awwww!”  I think that Chemistry sentiment set is GENIUS!

The front of this card was made to go along with the current YNS Color Challenge:

I’ve got the orange, yellow and gray in there… I consider the blue-gray sky and tablecloth as neutrals. : )

 

Materials used:

  • Your Next Stamp: Scratch Pad, Perfect Chemistry & Heart Splatter stamps
  • Spellbinders Majesty dies
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Lawn Fawn Lobster dye ink
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend pencilss: Bamboo, Carrot, Chrome Orange, Coral, Dandelion, Ebony, Gravel, Papaya, Persimmmon, Petunia, Sky Blue
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks: Jewel Tones
  • Core’dinations 110# white cardstock
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

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

Before I leave… I wonder how many sponsors there are for this year’s Cat Lovers Hop? Hmmm… you might want to look it up! I know Janis hunted up a lot of them!

For those of you playing along Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post, it’s time for another hint: Did you know there is more than one way to spell kettchup?! Don’t fret… You will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!

I sure am enjoying this year’s hop and I hope you are, too!

~D.Ann

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