2019 Cat Lovers Hop Crafty Cat Card and The Gray Muse Enamel Pin Giveaway

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Hello and welcome to the 2019 Cat Lovers Hop celebrating our 5th year – MEOWZA!! Paws up to Janis, who puts loads of hard work into putting this hop together for us each year!!!

Unfortunately I won’t have as many posts as I’d planned for you this year (see previous post for deets), but I do have at least one card and a fabulous giveaway sponsored by Rubeena at The Gray Muse for you at the end of this post. In fact, I used her fun new Cats in the Craft Room stamp set to create a card for my dad who just got home from the hospital:

I wanted the front to rouse curiosity, so I cut out the cat that’s coloring and had him peeking into the ‘window’ with no sentiment

On the reverse side I found kitty on the craft mat in the same set that pretty nearly fits the head size and stamped it on the back for the face. The kitty in the CRAFTS box (that’s FTs, not Ps) in the set provided the paws… I just cut them out and folded them over the edge before gluing down the cat.

To give depth to the inside, I stamped the cat drawing 4 times and cut out each ‘page’, distressed the edges and then layered them exactly as the stamp, with the kitty on top. Then I drew thought bubbles to the stamped sentiments and wrote in my explanation of the scene below (now you know why I prefer using stamps!! lol!).

This card says everything I wanted to say! I’m SO happy that Rubeena has branched out into stamps! The Gray Muse is most famous for her fun enamel pins. Some are true-isms like this one: We rise by lifting others!

Supplies:

  • The Gray Muse Cats In the Craft Room stamp set
  • Spellbinders Gold Labels 4 dies
  • DCWV Mercury Glass Stack & Glitzy Glitter Stack
  • AC Cardsctock glitter card base
  • Core’dinations white card stock
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink Tuxedo Black
  • Tsukineko Versamagic chalk ink Red Magic
  • Marvy Le Plume II pen #1122
  • Kaiser Craft Neon Gel pens
  • The Paper Studio Gemstones
  • Sookwang Scor-tape
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

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Now, for the part you’ve been waiting for!

First, in case you want that terrific cat stamp set, some of her other lovely stamps or some of her fabulous enamel pins, The Gray Muse is offering an exclusive 10% discount to all hoppers and readers of my blog during the hop (Oct 21-26)… just use the code: SPONSOR10:

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In addition, Rubeena  has kindly offered to give away one of her recent kitten-in-the-craft room enamel pins to someone who comments on this post!
     

You can read about her Kitten & the Craft Box pin HERE and her Kitten & the Craft Mat pin HERE… they are based on her own cats! We can all relate to their shenanigans!!

What do you have to do to be entered to be the winner of one of above cute pins from The Gray Muse? Well, let’s show her some gratitude… First, go to her Facebook page HERE, like it and leave a message thanking Rubeena for her generosity! Then come back here and leave me a comment that you did so. Easy peasy. If you’re not on Facebook, or for a second entry, you can go to her Instagram Page HERE, follow it and comment on one of the two pins pictured above (just click on the picture to go directly to the post) and then come back here and leave me a comment that you did it. Maximum 2 entries per person. (BTW, while you’re there, I highly recommend signing up for her informative and entertaining newsletters. You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 27, 2019 to get your comments in. Sometime during the next week, 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 be sure to subscribe to my blog so as not to miss that post!!

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But wait! There’s more!! Rubeena went above and beyond and sent me several of her pins as samples and I’ll be giving them away. In addition, before the cat pins came out, I had already purchased the trophy pin for this years hop:

Here’s how these enamel pin giveaways will work: On Sunday, October 27, 2019, you can send me ONE e-mail (d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com)) with your entries (please mark your calendars as I may not be back here to remind you this year) as follows:

  1. You can nominate someone else’s card for the Carmaking Talent award pin (presented by me). Did someone enter an exceptionally beautiful or difficult card that caught your eye. Please let me know the name and entry number from the Main Hop Page. Please send only one nomination.

2.  You can nominate someone else’s funny/humorous card for the CUT-UP award (the interactive papercutter).Please let me know the name and entry number from the Main Hop Page. Please send only one nomination.

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3.  Would you like to be in the running to win one of the above enamel pins?

Please let me know the letters of the ones you’d like to win (in order of preference) and I’ll use Random.org to pick winners.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 27, 2019 to get your e-mail to me at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com). Sometime during the next week, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so be sure to subscribe to my blog so as not to miss that post!! Sorry I can’t be more specific on the date, but everything is up in the air as dad just got home from the hospital and starts chemo Monday. Thanks for understanding!

Thank you, Rubeena and The Gray Muse, for your generous support of this crafty Cat Lovers Hop!! Your goodies and discount make this event even more fun!!

Phew! I’m ready for a cat nap after this!! I look forward to seeing all of your crafty projects but I may not get around to commenting on them all as I have done it the past. Hopefully, next year I can be back with you all in full force! Have fun hopping!!

~D.Ann

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Wake Up Brave ‘Floating’ Masculine Card and Personal Update

Hello! It sure has been a long time!!

Many thanks to those of you who have written inquiring why I’ve been away so long and then sent encouraging notes!! My heart always swells with your kindness!!

For those of you unaware, it’s been a rough few months: It started with the 40 year concrete reformation on my building that required everything off my patio for a few months… no small feat as my patio is about 1/2 the size of my efficiency! That left me with just a path from the kitchen to my bed and hardly any room to turn around, let alone craft. Then we decided to evacuate with Dorian as having gone through Andrew and Wilma taught us we never want to risk Cat 4/5 storms if at all possible. I sure feel for the folks in the Bahamas!! One small wobble and that could have been us. To top it off there have been some major family and personal health issues. As you know, it’s hard enough for me to keep up when life is ‘normal’ let alone upside-down. Despite all of that, I DO have a few posts back-logged and will post them as I can.

Enough about me. I wanted return by sharing with you this masculine ‘floating’ see-through Wake Up Brave card I made for my father who has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (he starts chemo tomorrow):

Supplies used:

  • Altenew Dodec cover die
  • Spellbinders Labels 18 dies
  • DCWV Shimmer Stack cardstock
  • Sookwang Scor-tape
  • Metal token from Hobby Lobby
  • Acetate repurposed from packaging

May we all Wake Up Brave as we face each day!

I intend to be back in time for the Cat Lovers Hop (5th year!) coming up the 21st (if not before). See you there!!

Hugs to you all and thanks for your continued support!

~D.Ann

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CATchy MEWsic Card

Hello and thanks for your patience! I’ve been out sick again, but finally got back in the saddle with a really fun card I needed to make up for a friend. I used the current challenge prompts from A Blog Named Hero: Love is in the Air with a color palette:

   

Now that I’m on my computer, I see that third color is fuchsia… on my phone it looks red. I figured out it’s the phone… I took a screen shot from the pone and put it on my computer and it looks just like the one above. Crazy! Oh well, it’s close enough and still perfect for the theme. Next time I know to check the computer for truer colors!

From the minute I saw this Dancing Music Notes die, it was almost exactly what I’ve long had in mind for my Taking Note poem about the people in the symphony of our lives. I wanted the poem written across a flowing staff with pictures of people’s faces in the notes. I have tried and tried to fit it in, but it just looks too crowded…

I guess I’ll have to just print it out in a pretty font on the inside of the card… unless I can talk Hero Arts into making this into an 8×10 die and printing my poem on a stamp, too! lol! For this card I specifically wanted this lovely sentiment on the inside:

At least my other idea for this die worked… having cats playing across the music staff… so fun! My favorite is the white kitty in the lower right who’s resting with her paw linked through a musical rest symbol! To get the reverse image of the dangling kitty I stamped him off on a flat rubber stamp and stamped that onto paper. Since the impression was light, I traced over it with an ultra fine pen. I didn’t worry about the umbrella piece showing… It just looks like part of his paw. I may have gone a little overboard with the hearts, but to me they represent their fabulous musical purrs. The sentiments seemed a little lost after I added the hearts, so I outlined them with the black ultrafine marker. If I could have put my hands on a paw-print stamp, I’d’ve probably put one in each note, and then it would’ve been WAY too busy, so it’s a good thing I couldn’t find one handy.

Supplies used:

  • Hero Arts Dancing Music Notes Confetti Die
  • Hero Arts Raining Cats and Dogs stamps and dies
  • Hero Arts MMH04-18 & Cinco de Meow stamp sets (feel the MEWsic)
  • Die-Versions My Micro Font 1/4″ die (CAT-chy!)
  • CAS-ual Fridays Big Treble stamp set(inside)
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils (cats):  Cadmium Orange, Dark Cadmium Yellow, Warm Gray 1 & 3, Ivory, Pink Carmine, Rose Carmine, Light Red Violet
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks (blended background): Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door
  • Hero Arts inks: MMH 01-18 Passion Flower (sentiments) & MMH04-18 Fiesta Red (hearts)
  • Sakura Microperm 01 ultrafine pen
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & purple; card base: Parisian Nights
  • Simply Defined permanent adhesive runner and ‘Stay-Put’ glue

Thanks for stopping by to CATch this MEWsical little number! I hope it made you smile!!

~D.Ann

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Jumping into the Waves – Just Be Happy cards

Hello and welcome! I intend to make a splash with today’s fun cards that I’ve been sneak peeking on Instagram!

When I first saw the stamp of this girl jumping (by Visible Image), I knew I wanted to have her jumping into the wave (by The Ton). If I were younger, I’d join the jumping photo craze and get a picture of me jumping into a wave at the beach!! This, however, is as close as I’m going to get! Lol!

First, I started by trying out different color combinations for the wave with the inks I had on hand. Which combo do you like best? (Comments from Instagram peeps who have been watching the progress mostly favor the Hero Arts combo. For me, it’s Simon Says Stamp.)

The one done with Distress Oxide Ink gets some additional water effects by spritzing:

Next was to add the clouds. Then I cut out the clouds and wave out of acetate and use blending brushes to add the sky and sunrise/sunset. with so much blending to do, I chose to try comparing my different blending brushes. I tried the new-to-me Tim Holtz brushes. They worked good, but I didn’t get the evenness I’d’ve liked. Perhaps I just need more practice.

I’ve always wondered if plain xl paint brushes would work. The answer is: Yes, but not as well as blending brushes!!

So I finished off with my standby Clarity brushes. Love ’em!! Don’t know if the Ken Oliver brushes work as well… they look the same. And I have yet to see the new ones there’s so much buzz about… (Life Changing Brushes by Picket Fence Studios… Ya’ll can send me some if you want!)

Next, I added the jumping girl. I though black would be too stark, so chose dark blues/aquas. To give her a dripping wet look, I then embossed her with clear embossing powder.

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Because she’s in the water, people have said she’s a mermaid… almost looks like it, but when you look at the stamp, I’m pretty sure it’s a shoe, not a tail.

The inside of each card got her stamped in Versamark ink:

That left the sentiment. I love the carefree typography of the Just Be Happy sentiment — it goes great with this joyous jump!

Card 1 Supplies used:

  • The Ton Stamps: Wave; Golf Course A (layering clouds, Palm Tree (birds) & Pyrotechnics (sun rays)
  • Visible Image Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist stamp set (jumping girl and sentiment)
  • Wave inks: Simon Says Stamp: Audrey Blue; Scuba; High Dive
  • Other inks: Simon Says Stamp: Blue Jay, Cloudy Sky, Duckling, Hot Mama, Orange Slush Rosie Cheeks, Sunkist, Teeny Bikini
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • JoAnn Crafts clear embossing powder
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base
  • Recollections white cardstock.
  • Scotch adhesive runner

Card 2 Supplies used:

  • The Ton Stamps: Wave; Golf Course A (layering clouds, Palm Tree (birds) & Pyrotechnics (sun rays)
  • Visible Image Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist stamp set (jumping girl and sentiment)
  • Wave inks: Papertrey Ink dye inks: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Lovely Lady, Lilac Grace, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • JoAnn Crafts clear embossing powder
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base
  • Recollections white cardstock.
  • Scotch adhesive runner

Card 3 Supplies used:

  • The Ton Stamps: Wave; Golf Course A (layering clouds, Palm Tree (birds) & Pyrotechnics (sun rays)
  • Visible Image Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist stamp set (jumping girl and sentiment)
  • Wave inks: Hero Arts: Summer Sky, Aquatic, Pool
  • Hero Arts: Fiesta Red, Fiesta Yellow, MMH Rusty Orange, Passion Flower, Soft Pool and Simon Says Stamp Rosie Cheeks
    • Note I don’t know if I switched the inks in the picture or switched my Post-it notes in the cards, but these MAY be the inks for card #5. My senior moments seem to have rapidly expanded into senior days, weeks, months and years! Hahaha!
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • JoAnn Crafts clear embossing powder
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base
  • Recollections white cardstock.
  • Scotch adhesive runner

Card 4 Supplies used:

  • The Ton Stamps: Wave; Golf Course A (layering clouds, Palm Tree (birds) & Pyrotechnics (sun rays)
  • Visible Image Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist stamp set (jumping girl and sentiment)
  • Wave inks: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide: Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks: Broken China, Carved Pumpkin, Faded Jeans, Milled Lavender, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • JoAnn Crafts clear embossing powder
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base
  • Recollections white cardstock.
  • Scotch adhesive runner

Card 5 Supplies used:

  • The Ton Stamps: Wave; Golf Course A (layering clouds, Palm Tree (birds) & Pyrotechnics (sun rays)
  • Visible Image Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist stamp set (jumping girl and sentiment)
  • Wave inks: Lawn Fawn Merman, Mermaid, Peacock
  • Lawn Fawn: Bubble Gum, Carrot, Forget-me-not, Fresh Lavender, Lemonade, Sunflower & Tsukineko Memento Angel Pink dye ink
    • Note: I don’t know if I switched the inks in the picture or switched my Post-it notes in the cards, but these MAY be the inks for card #3. Yep, nearly constant senior moments… now I’m just waiting for the occasional junior moment to pop up. Lol
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • JoAnn Crafts clear embossing powder
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base
  • Recollections white cardstock.
  • Scotch adhesive runner

Which one is your favorite?

I’m entering this card in the following fun challenge… click on it for more information on how you can play along:

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all of your encouraging comments. I really enjoy reading them!

~D.Ann

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Darling House Mouse Cards

Hello and welcome! Today I have a set of darling House Mouse cards to share with you.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been trying to keep up with #TheDailyMarker30Day coloring challenge this month. This time around I’ve tried to stretch my coloring skills, and ventured into doing some skies with Copic markers.

Previously, after finishing coloring the main image in Copics, I’ve used chalks for the sky because I would get streaks and unevenness trying to do a sky with Copic markers. I think I’m finally getting the hang of it! On this first card I was also pleased to get a bit of reflection of the walnut in the water, with a natural ripple look, too:

Love the sheen of these DCWV Shimmer Stack papers!! For the inside, I dry embossed the dye (you’ll see it better in the next cards) and used the cutout center as a decorative element:

On the second card, I added some rain to the sky. Here in Florida, it can be both rainy and sunny with a blue sky while raining, rain on one side of the street, but not the other, etc., so I didn’t feel like I needed clouds. I didn’t have a good terracotta color in my Copic collection, but I found that RV 34 and R22 mix together nicely for a close match.

Since part of the die impression reminds me of suns, I ran over the raised ‘suns’ with some yellow chalk and added this little guy celebrating, with my own sentiment:

For the final card, I decided to switch the ice cream color from pink to strawberry-flavored red to match the cardstock. The House Mouse stamps have names for most all of their critters. The bunnies are Hop-it and Itty Bit. I love that little Itty Bit fell asleep in a sugar coma before he got his face and paws cleaned off! : ) I also like that the frame die kind of reminds me of a waffle cone pattern! Since my hands were actually steady today, I took a chance on writing my own sentiment:

Here’s the inside:

        

Supplies used:

  • First card (Maxwell floating in a walnut)
    • Stampendous House Mouse Pop Stamp set HM01A: POPHM01-09
    • Tonic Studios Deco Oval Trellis die set
    • DCWV The Shimmer Stack cardstock
    • Recollections white cardstock 65# and 110#
    • Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink
    • Copic Markers: B02, 21; BG90; C3; E00, 02, 31, 33, 37, 51; W1; Y35; YG61, 63; YR02, 04
    • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Ripened Pumpkin
    • Prima Marketing Planner Glue Pen
    • Simply Defined adhesive runner and ‘Stay Put’ adhesive glue
  • Second card (sitting in a flower pot in the rain)
    • Stampendous House Mouse Pop Stamp set HM01A: POPHM01-02 & 07
    • Inside: Stampendous House Mouse Pop Stamp set HM01A: POPHM01-03
    • Tonic Studios Deco Oval Trellis die set
    • DCWV The Shimmer Stack cardstock
    • Recollections white cardstock 65# and 110#
    • Tsukineko Memento Gray Flannel & Tuxedo Black dye inks
    • Copic Markers: B02, 21; BG90; C1, 3; E00, 02, 51; G24, 82; R22; RV24; YG61, 63; Y35; YR02, 04
    • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
    • Sakura MicroPerm 01 Ultrafine pen
    • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Red Berry
    • Prima Marketing Planner Glue Pen
    • Simply Defined adhesive runner and ‘Stay Put’ adhesive glue
  • Third card (ice cream bunnies)
    • Stampendous House Mouse Ice Cream Lick
    • Tonic Studios Deco Oval Trellis die set
    • DCWV The Shimmer Stack cardstock
    • Recollections white cardstock 65# and 110#
    • Tsukineko Memento Gray Flannel & Tuxedo Black dye inks
    • Copic Markers: B21; C3; E02, 31, 33, 51; G24, 82; R24; RV02; YG17 61, 63
    • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
    • Sakura MicroPerm 01 Ultrafine pen
    • Prima Marketing Planner Glue Pen
    • Simply Defined adhesive runner and ‘Stay Put’ adhesive glue

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

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I’m glad you stopped by! Hope to see you again soon!!

~D.Ann

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My Monthly Hero Paraguayan Dancer Card

¡Hola! Hello! Mba’éichapa! (–that’s “hello” in Guarani – one of the two national languages of Paraguay.) Welcome to a post with an international flavor today! I chose to turn the darling dancing mouse in the My Monthly Hero April 2018 set into a traditional Paraguayan folk dancer doing the famous bottle dance:

When I lived in Paraguay, doing a missionary type work, I would often see women balancing amazing loads on their heads as they walk through the streets… laundry, a basket full of delicious chipas (a cheese bread made with cassava/manioc flour, shaped like a bagel) and more. These well-balanced women really know how to use their heads! In the bottle dance a girl or woman will start by balancing a bottle on her head while dancing. More and more will be added by her partners, one at a time, reaching up to 10 or more! After each, she continues to dance. Impressive!! Here is part of a page from my scrapbook, using a postcard picture:

I just drew a couple of these bottles on cardstock, fussy cut them and covered them with Texture Gems for my little mouse dancer. The texture gems added a little sparkle as centers to the flowers in the frame and sentiment, too.

  

I love that the leaves on flowers in the frame with this kit can be lifted up… just a little, or into a daffodil shape. I gave my mouse and bottles a little depth by cutting them out in black cardstock and having it peek out just a bit.

Materials Used:

  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero April 2018 (MH 0418C) stamps and dies (note: bottles were hand drawn)
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Fiesta Red ink
  • Copic Markers: C1,3; Gr05;R20, 22, 24, 29; Y08
  • Faber Castell Texture Gems: Silver
  • Core’dinations cardstock: White, Red, Black
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” glue

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

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Thanks for traveling with me today!

~D.Ann

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Set of Humorous Art Impressions ICU Step Cards

Greetings, crafty peeps! Unfortunately, it’s that time of the year when folks are getting sick and ending up in the hospital. I started this set a while back and kept needing to send off a card, so I couldn’t get the complete finished set in a picture. Here are most of them… almost finished… right before I sent off the second one:

They just make me smile!! Hope they do the same for the recipients!

First, I colored the couples up, wanting to be able to choose from a rainbow of ladies with different colored hair. Next time I want to add in some olive and dark skinned ladies, too.

Then I added some glossy accents to the eyes, lips & earrings, and to the purse and shoes for a patent leather look.

Next, I matched each lady up with a matching cardstock for the step card base and found some decorative paper to match for the background. Then I sewed the ‘curtain’ to a piece of cardstock and attached everything to the card, added the heartbeat cutout and sentiment and the front of the card was done:

Here’s a side view:

On the back, where the heart is (on this particular step card die), I added the sentiment: “Hope you’ll soon be fully re-covered!” and one of the left-over hearts from the heartbeat die cut. The envelope says: “Sending a little laughter… it’s the BEST medicine!”

So here are the rest of them – just variations on a theme:

Materials used:

  • Art Impressions Get Well stamp set
  • Sizzix Card, Hearts Step-Up die
  • SugarPea Designs Heart Beat SugarCut die
  • My Sentiments Exactly Back of Card stamp set
  • 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
  • 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
    • Red card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – red, white
      • Basic Grey Blush-Admire paper
      • Copic Markers:  B05, 21; BG13,15; C1, 3; E02, 51; R24, 29
    • Yellow card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – red, white, yellow
      • K & Company Contemporary Papers
      • Copic Markers:  BG13,15; C1, 3; E00, 02, 23, 33, 51; R35; Y06, 08, 13
    • Green card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – green, red, white
      • Frances Meyer Diva Stripes paper
      • Copic Markers: B02; BG13,15; C1, 3; E02, 51; G02, 05, 09; R29
    • Blue card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – blue, red, white
      • Basic Grey Blush-Admire paper
      • Copic Markers: B02, 05, 24; BG13,15; C1, 3; E02, 51; R29
    • Purple card:
      • Spellbinders Conversation Bubble 1 die
      • Core’dinations cardstock – lilac, pale green, red, white
      • Recollections Blue Ditsy Floral paper
      • Copic Markers: B21; BG13,15; C1, 3; E00, 02, 71; R29
      • Sakura Micron pen 05 black
    • Pink card:
      • Spellbinders Conversation Bubble 1 die
      • Core’dinations cardstock – pale green, pink, red, white
      • DCWV Butterfly stack
      • Copic Markers: BG13,15; C3, 5, 7; E02, 11; RV02, 04, 17; V15, 17, 25
    • Orange card:
      • Core’dinations cardstock – orange, red, white
      • Frances Meyer Diva Stripes paper
      • Copic Markers:  BG13,15; C1, 3, 5, 7; E00, 02, 51; R29; YR 02, 04, 07

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

Thanks for stopping by! I hope YOU stay healthy and no-one else ends up in the ICU!!

~D.Ann

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Stamplorations Love Always Card with Salt Colored background

Hi there! Welcome back to another crafty whim! This time I’m experimenting with a ‘digi’ and watercoloring with salt. Because a printed ‘digi’ (digital image) from my printer often smears, I decided to do the background FIRST and then print on top of it. I really wanted to play with this nifty technique I’d seen on Betsy Veldman’s blog (HERE). She had a cool variation of the salt technique — where you sprinkle salt on your watercolor and let it dry for some interesting patterns. She COLORED her salt and sprinkled it around for some really cool effects! I especially liked her aqua border with flowers, so decided to try something similar. I guestimated where the orchid and lily would fall and tried to get the yellows and pinks more in those areas. Since I wasn’t going to do much until I was sure I could get similar results, I colored up 1/4-1/2 tsp of coarse salt.

The handiest colors I had on hand were distress inks and spray stains. It only took 2 drops of the ink, but about 6 of the spray stain to color up the salt. I didn’t have a purple, so mixed Mermaid Lagoon with Abandoned Coral until I got the color I wanted. By the time I sprinkled my salt down, the paper was dryer than I’d’ve liked, so I gently spritzed a bit of water across the top. Let dry and brushed off the salt:

Sherry Russ at Stamplorations kindly made available these lovely free digis over on their blog (HERE):

You know I rarely use digis, but I decided to give this lovely one a whirl. First, I had to size the digi. Another reminder of why I prefer stamps. Sure you can resize digis easier, but getting them exactly right is a bit of trial and error (for ME, at least!)

Not bad, but I thought it could use a little more. When Betsy was done with the salt, she went back and added some more watercolor. I was afraid to re-wet the surface as these were distress inks and would react with the water, so I chose to use some Copic markers to make the leaves and a few details stand out, then added a bit of sparkle…

In the end, it turned out nifty, but not near as cool as Betsy’s projects. Some day I will have to come back and revisit this, experimenting with different watercolors and inks.

Supplies used:

  • Stamplorations framed Love Always digi (Free HERE)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor cardstock
  • Yasutomo Metallic Watercolors
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink – fossilized amber
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain – abandoned coral & mermaid lagoon
  • Costco Kirkland Mediterranean Sea Salt
  • Copic markers: C3; G24, 82; RV17; V6; YG17, 61; YR2, 4
  • Spectrum Noir by Crafter’s Companion Sparkle pen – clear
  • Scotch adhesive runner
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights card base

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~D.Ann

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Neat & Tangled USPS Gift Wrap Ensemble

Good evening! I’m about tuckered out, but I want to get this post out, for the Neat & Tangled Throwdown challenge that is about to close, so here we go…

I really wanted to do something nice for my USPS postal carrier this year as she always trudges up to my apartment when there are packages rather than just leave them down at the mailboxes. She even asked about them one day as she saw they were art related and her teenage daughter is getting into arts & crafts. I know thy’re going to have a party when they get this as they LOVE chocolates!

I have been wanting to use the Neat & Tangled Truck die (thanks Miriam!!) but life has been so hectic, this was my first chance to pull it out. It’s darling and easy to put together the main truck. All the optional add-ons – especially those blinker lights – are a bit tiny for my big mits, tho. : ) I also wanted to wrap up a box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates extra elegantly. I’ve never used a die cut to wrap something before, but I thought the Neat & Tangled Doily Envelope die would make a gorgeous way to wrap it up… I was right! Check out the gift ensemble:

The card is a shaker. I framed it up with the edges of the Doily Envelope Die to tie the ensemble all together.

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The envelope is lined with the same embossed wrapping paper as I used to wrap the chocolates. The truck opens up and holds tiny presents… in this case, a single Ferrero Rocher Chocolate! (hmm… now that I look at it, I think I’ll add some tissue paper in there to cushion it.)

It was a fun set to make I know she’s going to get a kick out of it! I can’t wait to make more of those adorable trucks – probably in UPS brown next time!!

Supplies:

  • Neat & Tangled Truck and Doily Envelope dies & Sweet Treats sentiments stamps
  • DCWV glitter card and chalkboard stack (black and gray sheets)
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & black
  • Brother Sister Design Studio Embossed Foil Gift Wrap (wrapped chocolates and envelope liner)
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens 565 &845
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – White 10
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents (windows & headlights)
  • Blank Slate by Traditions open heart confetti (shaker)
  • Laura’s Loft Red Hot Love sequins (shaker)
  • Queen & Co Diamonds toppings (shaker)
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” adhesive and Simply Dimensional Foam Adhesive Sheets
  • Misc. glitter cardstock in red and orange; acetate; printed usps logo
  • Ferrero Rocher chocolates – both for the recipient and the crafter!! : )

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Ok, I’m off for a very late supper. Y’all have a lovely weekend!

~D.Ann

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Hello My Favorite Nuts Acorn Shaker with Gift Card

Hello, again! I’m glad you’ve returned! Today’s card is a shaker with a surprise:

Those of you who follow me, may recall THIS card with a similar concealed surprise. I just love that the Spellbinders Die-of-the-Month acorn can be turned into a gift card holder for these fun acorn-shaped gift cards from that coffee shop that ends in BUCK$!

And the Queen & Company Happy Harvest Fall Kit has those fab acorn shakers to match. This time the shaker is filled with fabulous mini ‘gems.’ Observation: The gorgeous glitter paper in that kit is made so well that the glitter won’t rub off, but that also means it’s not really the best for intricate dies, like the Hello Fall insert of this acorn die. It simply doesn’t want to cut clear through. I recommend using it for non-intricate cutting. The leaf also gets added dimension when you score the veins. The acorns get some realistic color with a dauber and some Distress inks.

What else is behind that acorn?….

This darling family! I love that the two squirrels/chipmunks in the acorn are hugging, with coffee in hand… something that has led to many a spill in this family! And the mugs have kitty paw prints on them and a stuffed kitty is lying on the floor… another signature of our family. The sentiment: ‘You are my favorite nuts’ – ever so apropos! By cutting them out of separate cardstock, I was able to color them with Copics and not have them bleed through to the back of the card. It also allowed me to fussy cut around the arms and put them through the cup handles.

By the way… didja notice that acorns, just like humans, come in all varieties?! : )

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders Small Die of the Month – October 2018
  • Queen & Co.  Happy Harvest Fall Kit (dies, foam, clear plastic, paper, glitter paper and beads)
  • Neat & Tangled My Favorite Nut stamps & dies; Puppy’s Favorite Things stamps
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, brown, kraft, yellow
  • Recollections card base
  • Tsukineko Memento Desert Sand dye ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain
  • Copic Markers: E13, 23, 25, 29, 31, 55, 71;Y38; YR02, 04, 07, 24; W1
  • Simply Defined Permanent adhesive runner & Stay-Put adhesive glue
  • Misc. ribbon and Starbucks gift card

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~D.Ann

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