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!!
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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
  • Unknown 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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With a Friend In the Garden – Art Impressions Cat Card

Well, the Cat Lovers Hop is purring right along and today finds us reaching the half-way point already!

My first card for today happens to use the prize set that Art Impressions is offering some fortunate hopper over on HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com: With a Friend. You can see the details over on the main hop page HERE.

Isn’t that scene just DARLING?!! It goes well with the current Art Impressions challenge: Stamp a Scene!

I embossed the stamp on the sweet Spellbinders shaped card base, then, to make the scene stand out, I stamped it again onto white cardstock and watercolored the image. When done, I popped it up with a couple of foam sheets and ran a black Sharpie across the edges BEFORE taping it down to the base.

It looks really cool in real life popped up like that! The sweet words say: “In the Garden with a friend is the best Place to be.” Awww! I’m sure they would’ve said ‘snoozing with a friend’ if they’d’ve had room! : )

Materials used:

  • Art Impressions: With a Friend Window stamp
  • Spellbinders Decorative Labels One
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder – Black
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Marvy Uchida Le Plume II pens – 2,5,8,12,15,37,75,77,87,90,97
  • Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Carnation Pink & Gloss Dandelion Yellos
  • Core’dinations 110# paper: White and Ballerina pink
  • Fibre Creaft Creative Hands Peel & Stick foam sheets
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges – click on them for all the details.

~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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Sizzix Stephanie Barnard Flip-Its Friendship Card with Tim Holtz Crazy Cats

Hello, again! I’ve been playing just a little with some paper crafts during my recuperation. Today I have a cute little friendship Flip-Its card for you:

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Of course, it’s cuter in action, so here’s a link to a quick video (HERE):

And some close-ups

 

  

These Flip-It’s cards are SO FUN and so EASY to make!!

Materials used:

  • Sizzix Tripple Playful Flip-Its dies by Stephanie Barnard
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Cats & Crazy Talk
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Crazy Cats Dies
  • Sizzix Little Sizzles paper pack – earth tones
  • Core’dinations cardstock – purple and white
  • Copic Markers B21; C1,3,5,7; R20; W1,3,5; Y13; YG63; YR21,24
  • Pigma Micron Archival Ink pens: 005 green & 05 Brown
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen 533
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Faber Castell Textuer Gems pearl
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web sticky dot runner & sticky tape runner adhesives

I’m entering this in the Stephanie Barnard Flip-Its Sizzix Maker Challenge. Click on it for more information on how you can join the fun!

I’m also joining the fun at the CropStop July Linky Party #30 (Coredinations, Pigma, Ranger, Sizzix).

Thank you for 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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