Bear’s Paw Succulent and Hugs, Thinking of You, Paw-some Friend Cards

Hello all! I’ve found another old post in my ‘drafts’ folder and have finally gotten it polished off for you… These were some sweet gift sets I made up last year when I found some ADORABLE Bear’s Paw succulents and put them in some cute cactus shot glasses from Dollar Tree and paired them with some stuffed bears and a handmade card to make some sweet and encouraging gift sets for some beary pawsome friends. First up a set for a special couple needing encouragement:

Awww! That sweet Pink & Main bouquet on the front of the card is colored with some fabulous shimmery Shuttle Art Gel Pens and a hand-drawn edge.

The inside has some cute Pink & Main stamps to match the gift, too…

I’m just head-over-paws in love with those darling bear’s paw succulents (Cotyledon tomentosa)! Aren’t they just TOO cute?!!

Of course, this post was done in March last year (I TOLD you I was backlogged!). Today I stopped by mom and dad’s and saw how much they have grown in such a short time:

This set went to a single friend, so there’s just one bear inside…

 

Supplies used:

  • Pink & Main stamp sets: Fur Ever, Grandma’s Lace, Mini Faces Set 1, and Thinking of You Always
  • Shuttle Art Gel Pens

And, I had this darling interlocking ‘hugs’ card for another friend:

Supplies used:

  • Concord & 9th Hugs Card die
  • Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs stamp set
  • Essentials by Ellen All Inside stamp & die and Bear Hugs die
  • DCWV The Butterfly Garden stack cardstock
  • Hero Arts ombre ink pads: ombre dolphin ; pink to red;
  • Tsukineko Memento Rich Coocoa dye ink
  • Copic Markers C1 E 13, 33, 71; R20

I hope you enjoyed these Pawsitively darling little treats!

~D.Ann

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pps: UPDATE: Dad finished his radiation treatments Friday. YAY!! Doc said it’ll probably take a couple of weeks for the side effects to resolve. She’ll see him in 5 weeks and then order tests – likely a PET scan – to be done at 8-10 weeks. Meanwhile he’s to exercise, eat well, exercise and stay healthy so his body can clear out all the irradiated cells. We’re looking forward t a good report!

Hope you’re all staying healthy and sane in these crazy times.😉

 

 

 

Nature Day Trips – Florida – Butterfly World

Since spring is just starting and most of you are going stir crazy from being stuck in place due to the coronavirus COVID-19, I thought I’d start pulling out some of my nature pics that have been in my drafts folder for a while so you can go on some germ-free, socially distanced virtual trips and, perhaps find some places you’d like to visit once they re-open and we can all travel again.

Perhaps you noticed a new tab on my home page: Gardens & Parks. I put it there to keep track of what and where I have posted, but it can be a good travel resource for any of you who are planning a trip. I will keep it updated as I post new places. Some day, I may split this little hobby off into a separate blog, but most of you don’t seem to mind my crazy hodgepodge mix of crafts and hobbies.

Do you like butterflies? Lepidoptera is the order of insects that includes butterflies and moths. You’re a lepidopterist if you study or collect butterflies and moths. And if you’re one of the many folks who are afraid of them, you have lepidopterophobia and should probably skip down to the second half of this post! Fair warning, this post is quite lengthy and picture heavy, so grab your favorite cuppa, sit back and enjoy!

We recently had family visit and were pleased to get to take them to one of our favorite local attractions: Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, FL. It is the largest butterfly house in the world with 3 acres of butterfly and bird aviaries, botanical gardens and a working butterfly farm and research center. You can also see more pics in my two previous posts (as always, you can click on any colored text you find in my posts to be taken to see the page or website):

There are some 50 species and over 20,000 individual butterflies just waiting to enchant us with their beautiful colors and designs. Here are some of this trips highlights…

There are oodles of the Heliconius genus (aka Longwings), including many hybrids found only at Butterfly World:

Zebra longwing (Heliconius charithonia) – You’ll see her caterpillar later on:

Piano key (Heliconius melpomene) butterflies. There is always classical music playing softly in the background, adding to the relaxing atmosphere of the park, but I always smile when I see a piano key butterfly just when a piano solo comes on! Don’tcha just wanna ‘tickle the ivories’ on her back wings?!!

There seems to be an endless variety of patterns and colors!

Here’s a G-rated pic of a pair of piano key longwings mating:

White crescent swallowtail (Eurytides thymbraeus):

If you enlarge this picture of a mist encrusted swallowtail, you can tell that the red ‘stay on path’ sign is reflected in the droplets on her eye and antennae:

If you look closely at this paper kite aka tree nymph (Idea leuconoe), you might make out the blurry Florida state bird that happened to be sitting on her wing (a joke as mosquitoes are huge and thick over by the everglades)… I wonder how she’s gonna scratch that itch?!!:

Sometimes, no matter how good your camera, you just have to rely on someone else to take the picture!:

The blue morpho below is missing part of a wing, giving us a peek of her beauty. Don’t fret, butterflies have been observed going about their daily activity with up to 70% of their wing surfaces missing. I once read an encouraging article that used that fact to illustrate how, similarly, many people display a resolute spirit — not giving up despite suffering from severe physical or emotional problems. How? The article sited 2 Corinthians 4:16 and Philippians 4:13 if you want to look them up. I also found a beautiful 6 minute video that talks about this about 2 minutes in… you can see it by clicking HERE (Learn Endurance from Creation is the video’s name.)

Among the most dazzling butterflies are the blue morphos (Morpho peleides) with their metallic looking iridescent wings that span 5-8 inches. Their color comes, not from pigment, but from the structural patterns on the scales of her wings. If you want to see a fascinating 5 minute video explaining this, you can click HERE on to see the video I found that’s titled “The Wonders of Creation Reveal God’s Glory – Light and Color“… about 2 minutes in, it shows how the iridescent color is created.

Not all morphos are blue… these white morpho (Morpho polyphemus) seem particularly attracted to something on this cattleya orchid’s pot. This was clearly taken before coronavirus and social distancing became everyday words in our vocabularies!:

Another real stunner is the male Cairn’s Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion) butterfly, with a wingspan of about 6 inches, in vibrant colors and a heavy fur coat:

I’m going to sneak in a picture of this leafwing that I took at home a while back. His camouflage is pretty amazing!

The yellow-edged giant owl butterflies (Caligo atreus – of the family Nymphalidae) have huge eye spots that remind people of owl eyes. But this was the first time I noticed how the tip of her wings also looks like a snake’s head.  Plenty of protective camouflage!  This is the largest butterfly species in the Americas, with a wingspan of up to 8″

You know my love fore water drop pictures…here you can see how some water droplets magnify the scales on this beautiful malachites’ wings (Siproeta stelenes), while others reflect the surrounding foliage:

To see a video from Butterfly World’s Instagram page with even more butterfly varieties, click HERE.

Let’s move on to the butterfly buffets aka flowers… here’s a view inside the tropical rain forest atrium:

I think the red flowers in the background above are Allamanda blanchetii. Queen’s wreath (Petrea volubilis), aka purple wreath, is our southern version of wisteria with its drooping lavender cluster of flowers (called a raceme). Since its leaves are stiff and feel like sandpaper, it is also called sandpaper vine. I love the flower within a flower look!

Love this tropical rhododendron… it’s like pure sunshine packed into a flower:

A bloom of the aptly named Chinese lantern tree (Abutilon pictum) aka flowering maple or red-veined Indian mallow from the Malvaceae family:

The lipstick tree (Bixa orellana) aka annatto is next. According to the sign, ‘The dye bixen obtained from the seeds is used all over the world as a red dye for coloring rice, cheeses, soft drinks, oil, butter, margarine and soups. It is also used as a dye for textiles and as a condiment. It is the original Amerindian war paint. It has also been used as a sunscreen and insect repellent. The red covering on Gouda and other cheeses is made from bixen. It also has many medicinal uses.’ When I was in the Amazon jungle in Colombia, back in the early 80s, the local indigenous tribes showed us how they used the seeds both as lipstick and to color their grass skirts. One plant can produce up to 600 pounds of seeds! Most of the seeds are gone from the open pods in this picture, but if you look close, you might see a couple that are left.

Jaboticaba (Plinia cauliflora), a native to Brazil, is part of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) and its edible grape-like fruits grow right on the trunks of the tree. This fruit was one of my favorite treats when I lived in Paraguay!

The vine maze is packed with many varieties of passion flowers. I love how they look like dancing ladies!! And, of course a cool drink made from the passion fruit is quite refreshing!

The information sign says: ‘Passionflower plants, flowers and fruits are used for many purposes such as perfumes, pharmaceuticals and fruit juices. Butterfly world uses passionflowers to raise beautiful heliconius butterflies, which eat them as caterpillar food plants. Early Spanish and Portuguese missionaries believed each part of the passiflora represent a different aspect of the passion of Jesus Christ, hence the name passion vine… passionflower plants are used by the caterpillars of zebra longwing, julia and gulf fritillary butterflies.’

Passiflora ‘Royale’:

Passiflora ‘Inspiration” by Roland Fischer Passifloraceae:

Tiny Passiflora boenderi (named in honor of Ron Boender, the founder of Butterfly World) … the leaves have a row of egg-mimicking dots. See the Zebra longwing (Heliconius charithonia) caterpillar?

The tiny passion fruit of the Passiflora boenderi — as someone who saw this pic said, “it’s really thumb-thing!”

Mysore trumpet vine (Thunbergia mysorensis) aka Indian clock vine, dolls shoes or ladies’ slipper vine (not to be confused with ladies slipper orchids!) from the  Acanthaceae family. I love how it looks right before it opens (second bloom from the top on the right)!

A bumblebee happily foraging for food on a giant milkweed (Calotropis gigantea) (EVERYTHING’s bigger in the tropics!). Oh! There’s another really interesting two minute video you might want to see about how bumblebees manage to control their flight in the video I found HERE: Was It Designed? The Bumblebee’s Flight Control

There are two aviaries with plenty of colorful birds like this Lady Gouldian finch:

Even if you haven’t taken the time to watch any of the other videos I’ve linked in this post, you’ll want to make time for this less-than-two-minute impressive video I found on why bird colors never fade and how researchers are trying to mimic this for paints and fabrics that never fade. You can see it by clicking HERE: Was It Designed? Bird Colors That Never Fade

Budgies (Budgerigar) are among the smallest of the true parrot species. In case you didn’t know, all budgies are parakeets, but not all parakeets are budgies.

The pair in the video below happens to be courting (for you young whippersnappers reading this, that’s the old-fashioned way of saying ‘dating’). Click in the middle of the video below ( or HERE) to see the couple doing their love dance (Do the budgie hop! Hop! Hop! Hop!)

I hope you enjoyed your virtual vacation today! I have several more ‘trips’ stored in my drafts folder and a few more cards and crafts. As I find the time and energy, I’ll post them for you. Stay positive. Stay safe, socially distant, disinfected and healthy!

-D.Ann

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Humorous Pop Out of Bed Card

Spritz, spritz, wipe, wipe… This post has been thoroughly sanitized with bleach and I know you’re staying 6 feet away, so we’re all safe. : ) I know we all need some humor to keep us sane in these stressful times, so I thought I’d share this cad I made last year to cheer up my dad as he started feeling the effects of the chemo….

Hahahaha! Both he and mom got a kick out of it.

Gotta love that exhausted rooster!

Googly eyes on the ‘toast’ and a nice enamel toaster add to the fun:

I love putting something funny in a delicate and delightful frame….

Supplies:

  • Art Impressions Fainted Chicken
  • Spellbinders Romancing the Swirl Ringlet Round die by Becca Feeken
  • Spellbinders Toast with Jam and Bread stamp and die set by Debi Adams

I hope you got a chuckle out of this sweet card! Since we don’t sleep in toasters and half of us are supposed to be staying in… no need to pop out of bed, ok?!

Take care!

~D.Ann

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Update on dad: Thanks to all of you who have been e-mailing your well-wishes while he has been getting chemo for pancreatic cancer these past 4 months! They did the preliminary set-up MRI and CTs at UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Thursday. They hope to be up and running with the new MRIdian Linac machine by April 8, and afterward they will schedule his 5 days of radiation… barring further interference from the coronavirus. They’ve changed it so that only the patient can go into the hospital and all have to have their temperatures taken and maintain social distancing except the medical personnel treating him, so we feel fairly confident as they’re not near where the sick patients are. We were going to stay down in Miami during his treatments, as traffic is usually too thick and too exhausting for any of us to handle driving back and forth 5 days in a row. But with over 2000 of Florida’s 4000 COVID-19 cases here in South Florida, they’ve shut down all but essential business (and his treatments are essential) so traffic is MUCH lighter, cutting the drive down to an hour. I’ll probably go stay at their place and we’ll drive back and forth each day… that’ll be better anyway, since mom and I also have weak immune systems. Eight weeks after the radiation they will reassess his progress. Thank you again for your kind concern!!

 

DIY Upcycled Jewelry Box and Handmade Necklaces

Hello! I have a few minutes and needed a distraction from the many things still going on that are keeping me from doing much crafting of late, so I found myself digging through the older posts that have been pining away in my ‘drafts’ folder for ages. I think you’ll find this one interesting:

Occasionally I get requests from family for crafty solutions. Recently, mom asked me to cover a box that came with makeup in it and had a magnetic closure. She was using it for her jewelry and was tired of looking at the advertising. I hunted around my stash (aka hoard) for some paper that went with her bedroom decor and came across this cool DCWV adhesive fabric paper that I’d won from Christi’s Art Without Anxiety blog ages ago. (Thanks again, Christi!!) Fabric would give a nice, luxurious texture to the box and already adhesive backed is a huge plus!!

What I didn’t know is that what felt like heavy fabric was really the thick backing for the adhesive. The fabric was actually thin, almost like Washi tape. Since I needed to cover up the advertising, I just laid down some of the solid colors first. It took two layers to cover it well enough, but since it was adhesive, it went quickly.

I even pulled the decorative ribbon off of the paper packaging and used it… nothing goes to waste around here! I got those strings of pearl flowers over a decade ago at a garage sale. I think you’re getting the picture that I am S-L-O-W to use up my supplies.

The bottom of the box had a nice square of rose-gold foiling, but there was propaganda inside the square. so I just covered the inside right up to the foiling. The cloth paper also gives it some grip so it doesn’t slip around on mom’s dresser as much.

The inside of the box was already finished with a nice plain peach paper, so I just lined the bottom with a piece of Kunin eco-fi Classicfelt that I won from them ages ago – Thanks Kunin!!! (It amazes me that this felt is made from recycled plastic bottles… you’d never know it to feel it!!).

Materials used:

  • DCWV Adhesive Fabric Paper (Blue stack) (Christi from Art Without Anxiety 18 months ago)
  • Kunin Group eco-fi Rainbow Classicfelt – Walnut Brown (2016)
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Misc strand of pearl flowers
  • Ellen Tracy makeup box with magnetic closure

Now… What to put inside this sweet little box? Well, she had a lovely long strand of black pearls her sister had given her, but they were too long, so I re-strung them and took the extras and made a matching necklace and earrings for her… 

And she had recently admired this pink necklace I’d made, so it went in the box, too…

She was tickled pink! I hope you’ve liked seeing it, too. Thanks for stopping by today!

Until the next time I can root through those dust drafts from last year for another post,

– D.Ann

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pps… As far as our current trials go, no real updates since I last reported. Dad meets again with the radiation oncologist at UM Sylvester next week. We’re hoping that means they’re progressing and about ready to schedule him. Thanks, again, for all your well wishes!! Stay safe and wash those hands!! : )

Handmade Souvenirs and Highlights from the 2019 Love Never Fails International Convention In Miami

Hello, dear crafty peeps! As all eyes turn toward Miami for the Super Bowl today, I thought I’d finally post a little about the souvenirs I made and the program of the Love Never Fails international convention that we attended at the Marlins Stadium in Miami, FL last July.

Marlins Stadium in Miami has an amazing retractable roof… we were thankful, in the sweltering summer heat, to have the roof closed and the a/c on! 

The international convention was one of 24 held around the world last year, plus hundreds of regional conventions with the same program, with millions in attendance. At the Miami English convention, we had a peak attendance of 28,000, with 5000 international delegates from 49 countries. The program was held simultaneously in English and Chinese Mandarin. (you can see the section for their sessions behind the stage and off to the right where the orange sign is. (You can also see the Miami skyline out the windows.)

The mayor of the city of Miami visited the convention site on Sunday and commented: “I love the fact that the message is ‘Love Never Fails’! It is a very positive message.” He added: “I think [the convention] is nothing but good for any major city in the United States or around the world.”

Several months ahead of time I started making small souvenirs for some of the visiting delegates to remember their special trip. I have enjoyed attending these special international conventions in other countries in the past. I still have mementos from them and wanted to extend the same hospitality to our visitors. I have quite a collection of shells from our beaches and from trips to Sanibel, so I selected some of the larger scallops and drilled holes in them….

It wasn’t as hard as I thought… I only broke one. You just need to make sure you have something thick enough – like several layers of cardboard – to keep from ruining your countertop once the drill goes through the shell.

Next, I decoupaged a convention logo on the inside of each shell, put in a ring and strung them on silk necklaces with a small shell and a ‘made with love’ heart on the dangling chain.

I also made up some small bottles with shells and sand and a note that the recipient was the proud owner of ‘beachfront property.’

I also made a bunch of bracelets with a beach vibe….

(I especially love the large sea turtle with her babies!) Most of the charms were from Bead Gallery (Michaels), with a few by Hildi & Jo (JoAnn)

Last, I made a few abalone shell (Bead Gallery/Michaels — gotta love those 70% off sales!) key fobs  – both feminine and masculine versions. I didn’t get pics of all of them, but you get the idea…

I decided the best way to hand them out would be to put them in small coin envelopes with a small welcoming note and a contact e-mail. It has been great to receive so many thank-you notes and keep in contact with these new friends!

That’s the end of the crafty portion of this post.  For those of you interested in what the program was like, here are a few of the highlights…

I’d say it was like a 3 day training course/spiritual retreat on learning to imitate God in showing love in every aspect of our lives. Each day there were Bible-based discourses, videos, practical demonstrations, interviews and experiences. There were also music videos to start each session and video presentations with dramatizations of Bible accounts, including several from the life of David and the main feature film about king Josiah. And, in addition to singing our regular songs, there was a brand song introduced at the end. There is nothing like hearing 28,000 voices joined in unison – I still get goose bumps listening to the recording! After the program finished on Sunday, no one wanted to leave… half an hour later we were sill in our seats clapping and waving as the camera panned the audience. When they finally turned off the camera there were instantly 28,000 saying “Awww!” in unison… so they replayed the new song (Titled “Unfailing Love”) and we all sang it again as a grand finale!

A couple of highlights from my notes: In thinking of how David treated Shimeai, who threw stones at him (2 Samuel 16:5-13; 19:15-23)… when people throw hurtful words, like stones, at us, apply Proverbs 19:11… slow down and try to understand and make allowances… are they having a bad day? Maybe their background or upbringing makes it hard for them to be kind. Whatever the reason, we can make the choice to imitate our God and do the kind and loving thing and overlook it. Ephesians 5:2 says to ‘go on walking in love’ indicating it should become a way of life for us…. so start now!

One speaker talked about the creatures discovered living in the Mariana Trench – the deepest natural trench in the world…. nearly 7 miles deep.If Mt. Everest were dropped in the Mariana Trench, its peak would still be more than a mile under water! We saw pictures of some of the amazing creatures living down there under the immense pressure of so much water where no light gets through. Then, based on the principle in Matthew 6:26: If God cares for the critters in the Mariana Trench, how much more so will he care for us when facing dark days under pressure?! Likewise, after considering the amazing starry heavens, we came to the same conclusion as Isaiah 40:16, 29… no matter how dark our situation may seem the God who lights the stars can light our way; and no matter how tired we are, the creator of these unfathomable powerhouses can strengthen us!

A ‘hum-dinger’ of an illustration: Vultures fly over the Death Valley desert in search of dead things. But hummingbirds also fly over Death Valley in search of fresh flowers. Each will find exactly what it is looking for… What kind of bird am I? Do I look for the good in others? If so, will find it!

A special feature during the week of the international conventions is the evening of local entertainment put on for the visiting guests. This was held up at the former West Palm Beach Auditorium which is now the Christian Convention Center. The choir, dancers, live orchestra, costumes, stage, lighting and sound, choreography, original songs… everything was done by volunteers from the local congregations. It was an incredible show! There were native dances by the local congregations such as Tagalog, Hatian Creole and Portuguese. Plus they did a tribute to many of the visiting countries, too.

Afterward, all were served a meal with a good variety of local cuisine. All-in-all, it was an unforgettable experience!! Thanks for ‘attending’ this special event with me! Goodness, I didn’t mean for it to be longer than the half-time show. lol!

Personal update: Dad will continue chemo until the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer center, which is now a NCI-designated cancer center finishes installing new state-of-the-art MRI guided high-dose radiology equipment (eta – the end of March) and then he’ll get radiation. I was surprised to learn the challenges of traditional radiation in targeting ‘mobile’ tumors, such as those located in the pancreas as well as adapting to constant changes in anatomy (such as stomach and bowel and even from taking a breath). Having the ability to visualize the tissues simultaneously during treatment with the MRIdian Linac allows precise aiming and minimizes the exposure of adjacent, normal tissues to high doses of radiation thus decreasing side effects. A five day treatment will be so much easier for him than the five to six weeks usually required for more conventional forms of radiation! And, other than the possibility of ulcers, there should be minimal side effects. As for me, I’m going through a lot of tests (most haven’t been done since my original diagnosis 12 years ago) in an effort to have plenty of support for my long-term disability appeal. (They abruptly cut me off the end of November, but didn’t let me know until Dec. 23, after I called wondering where my check was. Argh!) So, I’m even more exhausted than usual and have much less energy for crafting and posting. I will try to get caught up on the few projects sitting in the lonely ‘drafts’ folder as I can. Thank you all for your continued encouragement and frequent e-mails!

Hugs,

~D.Ann

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2019 – The Year In Review

Phew! Another year and another decade have slipped by! Here’s hoping the upcoming year and beyond are WAY better!

Despite only being able to do 20 posts last year, I was tickled pink to have 3766 visitors and 82 followers from 78 countries visit and leave scores of comments. Thank you all!!!

Despite my limited activity, I did have a couple of special honors last year:

  • On September 12, 2019, I was pleased to be featured in the ‘Caught by Altenew‘ Instagram post for this project (Blog post HERE; Instagram post HERE):

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Here are the top nine from the 1150+ likes on my 34 posts on Instagram:

Looks like cards with beaches, cats and mice rule!

For the year ahead, I have some posts in draft that I wasn’t able to finish and I HOPE to get to do more crafting and posting this year. My health problems continue, plus now I’m battling the insurance company to reinstate my disability.  Dad is still doing chemo and his pancreatic cancer markers have fallen considerably, so that is good! My 5 year blogiversary is coming up this year, too. Thank you all for sticking with me and giving me so much encouragement as I continue to craft wherever the whim takes me!

Hugs,

~D.Ann

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Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop: Your Friendship Warms My Heart card

Hello, hello!

Due to all that’s been going on this year, I was sad to miss the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop for the first time in over 5 years. Now, the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop is in full swing and things are still crazy, but at least I can get to crafting once in a while.

As I was recovering from a procedure on my legs, I had to take short daily walks. Since it’s still blazing hot here in Florida, I chose to do my walking in stores… DANGEROUS!! Lol!! I came across some wonderful royal purple ultra soft and snuggly pjs, robe, blankie and shoes – all on sale – that I would have loved to have if I lived where it gets cold. The few winter things I have haven’t been used in the past few years as it doesn’t even get cold for a few days like it used to down here. (I see a bunch of you sticking your tongues out at me right now!) But I immediately thought of a dear friend up North who is very sensitive to the cold, so I decided to send them to her along with a Ghirardelli chocolates, cocoa and brownie treats and Laura Childs’ latest tea shop mystery to snuggle up and enjoy on a couple of cold winter days.

Hence the need for a darling little cocoa card and this one fit the bill perfectly. Some day I’ll tackle using Copics in creams for fur, but I didn’t have the time, so stuck with standard brown…

Supplies:

  • Lil’ Inker Designs Cocoa Bear
  • Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Divine Eloquence
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3; E11, 33, 79; R20, 22; RV17; V04, 09
  • Pebbles Inc Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Gelly Roll Glaze pen
  • Park Lane Paperie 110# cardstock for base
  • Core’dinations 65# cardstock purple and white
  • Scrapbooking made simple adhesives

Unfortunately, this will be my only entry in the Coffee Lovers Hop this time. Perhaps next spring I’ll be back to crafting more. Enjoy the rest of the hop!

-D.Ann

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2019 Cat Lovers Hop Winners

Well, the fun is over already. Sorry, I totally missed out on the last few days of the 2019 Cat Lovers hop!

What a great hop this year with 288 amazing and inspiring projects, including papercrafts, jewelry, sewing, needlepoint and more!!  There were many laughs, a few tears, pawesomely fun games, many purrizes and loads of ca(t)maraderie!

BTW, my BFF’s Maine coon cat, Charlie (of THIS post), sends his greetings!

Now, on to what you are really here for… Here are the winners of the prizes mentioned in my blog post HERE.

First, one of the kitten-in-the-craft room enamel pins from The Gray Muse goes to Beverly Sizemore! Beverly, please scroll down for instructions on how to claim your prize.

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Next are the nominations for the Cardmaking Talent enamel pin (provided by me). If you want to see a few highlights of the talent in this hop, click on any one of them to see their beautiful cards:

  1. Day 3 hostess’ post Janis
  2. #21 Andrea W
  3. #37 Susan Renshaw
  4. #53 Carole J
  5. #65 Leigh
  6. #83 Michele Henderson
  7. #128 Karen Ladd
  8. #230 Leigh
  9. #240 Jane Willis

Mr. Random.org chose Carole J! Carole, please scroll down for instructions on how to claim your prize.

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Here are nominations for the funny/humorous CUT-UP award (the interactive paper cutter enamel pin). If you want a good chuckle, click on any one of them to see their fun projects:

  1. #7 Jane Willis
  2. #46 Alex/PinkCraftyMama
  3. #51 Get Well Kitty from Grammy’s Attic
  4. #173 mandysea
  5. #232 Vivian Foo
  6. #262 Becca Yahrling

Mr Random.org chose Alex/Pink Crafty Mama! Alex, please scroll down for instructions on how to claim your prize.

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Finally, we have the rest of the enamel pins that The Gray Muse sent chosen randomly from your e-mails.

Below are the winners:

  • a. Arianna Barbara
  • b. Karen Ladd
  • c. Janis Woolbright
  • d. Suzanne Harkinson
  • e. Roberta Stevenson
  • f. Denise Bryant

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Congrats to all the winners! Ladies, to claim your prizes: You have 48 hours to contact me with your snail-mail info at d.annscraftingwhims (at) gmail (dot com) or I will draw a different winner. (That’s by 3:15pm EASTERN Standard time on Sunday, November 3, 2019.) I will mail out your prizes as soon as possible. (Except for Bevery… I will pass your information on to Rubeena of the Gray Museas I receive it.)

For those of you that didn’t win… as you dejectedly take to your couches…couchunderstands

…perhaps with a warm beverage… I’ll sing you this comforting song to console you…

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Again, please know that I appreciate ALL of you and your kind support! Looking forward to seeing your all again at the 2020 Cat Lovers Hop, if not before!!

Have a PAWsome day!

– D.Ann

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pps: For those of you who weren’t with us for the Cat Lovers Hop in previous years, I close with this comic that always makes me giggle…

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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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