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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Cat Lovers & Cat’s Pajamas Hops – Fall Willow Swing Card + Black Coffee Interview + Blog Candy

Whether you’re new or visiting for the first time, Welcome! I’m excited to show you today’s post for the Cat Lovers Hop, which also happens to be for The Cat’s Pajamas Winter Hop, too! If you manage to hang in til the end of the post, there might be blog candy, too!

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Before I begin, I have a question for you:

Have you had your Black Coffee and Sugar fix for today?

No, I’m not confused. I know the Coffee Lovers Hop is over. : ) For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, allow me to introduce you to Elaine Chong‘s virtual pet, Black Coffee, and her little friend, Sugar:

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Elaine and Black Coffee have a great sense of humor as you’ll notice if you scroll through their Instagram account HERE. I thought we’d briefly interview them both today. Let’s start with a couple of quick questions for Black Coffee:

  • What crafts have you tried your paws at or would like to try?
    • I have tried painting, knitting, cooking and I am really good at bathing the worms!
      • It cracks me every time I see you doing that last one… Our readers can see your skills at it HERE. I think that pond is going to be in today’s card!
  • What is your favorite thing to do with paper?
    • I like to make marks on them, tear them apart and sometimes eat them when they look yummy!

And, now, a couple of questions for Elaine:

  • Do you have any real cats?
    • Not at the moment but when I was a kid, my family used to have quite a number of them and they were one of my major playmates.
    • By the way, our first cat was a black cat
  • Do you sell your drawings? Where can we find them?
    • Currently I am not selling my drawings.
  • Have you ever thought about publishing a Black Coffee book?
    • Yes, I have been thinking of publishing a Black Coffee book and hopefully next year.
      • I think that would be a delight!

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Thank you both for taking the time to join us for the Cat Lovers Hop (and Sugar, too!)!!

In honor of Black Coffee’s visit today and her love of ‘bathing the worms’ in a pond, I made this card of a weeping willow tree dressed in autumn yello and a fun pair of furry friends on a swing at sunset (It HAS to be sunset… my cats were always sleeping at sunrise. lol!):

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The top section is on acetate… Here’s what the reverse looks like inside:

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Hmmm… Maybe Black Coffee will end up with a canine friend like Sprinkle the cat has!

Note: when embossing on acetate, heat your heat gun up well before bringing it over to the acetate and move quickly so as not to warp the acetate too much!

The background was done with Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts. I tried something new and used them as straight watercolors. I know, it’s hard not to go for the thrill of watching those powders BURST to life on a page, but this effect turns out beautifully in a different way. It’s amazing how little powder is needed!

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Once I painted the background, I added some of the Liquid Metals on top for an amazing shimmer effect… it almost looks light sunlight glistening on the water!:

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I put the sentiment as if it were carved on the tree – as some sweethearts are wont to do. It’s hidden when the top is closed over it.

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See the CAT tails?!! Another nod to the hop and to Black Coffee’s favorite pond! I love weeping willow trees — not to be confused with pussy willow trees, that I also love!

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You can even take Pussy Willow buds and made some cute cats! : )

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Materials used:

  • The Cat’s Pajamas: Just Let it Happen stamp set
  • Scrapbooking Made Simple Simply Defined dies:
    • Serenity, Stillness and Reflect
    • Be Inspired, Serene
  • Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst – Alizarin Crimson, Indigo, Yellow Ochre
  • Ken Oliver Crafts Liquid Metals – Copper, Iron Oxide, Pewter, Platinum, Yellow Gold
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Ranger Perfect Medium pen
  • Inkadinkado Black embossing powder
  • Hampton Arts Copper embossing powder
  • Faber-Castell Texture Gems Gel Liner – Gold
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – Gloss Carnation Pink and Gloss White
  • Scrapbooking Made Simple “Stacey Tape” double sided adhesive 2.5″ wide
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper 140#
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black, brown, yellow, blue
  • Misc. Acetate and Washi tape (to connect the two pieced at the top)

I am entering this card in the following hops and challenges – click on any one for the details on how you can join the fun:

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  • ***** Edited to add: giveaway now closed*****

Thanks for hanging in there for the extra long post! Now, about today’s blog candy – Today it’s for continental USA peeps only. Sorry, International peeps, but it includes a small frame that just won’t ship well. There will be another post with something available to anyone, anywhere, so stay tuned!

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This package includes some miscellaneous ephemera from Graphic 45’s Raining Cats and Dogs set, a little set of Kitty sticky notes, and a Design Works 2″x3″ Cross Stitch kit to make that cute kitty with balloons and includes the frame. Woot-woot!

If you would like to be in the running to win this blog candy, pay close attention to the rules: Continental USA addresses only: Leave ONE comment on this post before 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 30, 2016, using the phrase “BATHING THE WORMS” somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the words “BATHING THE WORMS” in your comment, I’ll assume you’re not interested in the blog candy (and won’t be offended!).  Also, if you are (or become) a follower of this blog, you may make a SECOND comment telling me so for an additional entry. You may also receive an ADDITIONAL entry by becoming a follower of Elaine‘s AND my Instagram accounts (@innertreasureart and @d.ann.c). If you do follow both of our Instagram accounts, come back here and leave comment with your Instagram user name. Duplicate comments will be deleted. There you have it… you may have up to three chances to win. FYI: This particular giveaway is only open to peeps in the continental USA.

On October 31, 2016, I will use Mr. Random org to draw a winner from the comments that qualify and will try to announce it here on the blog some time before noon EASTERN time. Please come back and check to see if you’re the winner. The winner will have 72 hours to contact me with their snail-mail address or another winner will be chosen.

Ok, it’s time for me to go take a little catnap!

I might pop back in later today with some cool felt cat coasters to show you. Hope to see you soon!

~D.Ann

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Clear & Sheer Class – Day 4 – More Techniques: Embossed Acetate Card

Welcome back! If you’ve been following my recent posts, you know I’ve been having fun with Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class this week.

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This card was made from Day 4 – More Techniques. One of the videos showed how to emboss clear acetate and use die cuts for your sentiment and writing space on the inside of the card. I upped it a notch by adding a vellum intricate die cut to the front, with a bit hanging over the edge. Believe it or not, it was almost harder to photograph this card than it was to make it!

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What is it about acetate and vellum cards that makes them so intriguing?!! Just holding this card in my hand makes me smile! The acetate came with the stripes on it and I wanted to see if the embossing showed up any different in the colored area versus the clear. Not really.

Here’s the inside of the card with room to write your note on the back of the butterfly…

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And the back has a space for your ‘made by’ signature.

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I used some glossy accents for the antennae and put a dollop of pollen on the tips. : ) I also highlighted the edges of the vellum butterfly with Stickles to make them stand out a bit more.

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As you can tell, there were plenty of cool ideas in this class to get you jump started – and I didn’t even use half of the techniques covered. I look forward to playing around with acetate and vellum more in the future!

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Materials used:

  • We R Memory Keepers: Clearly Bold Neon Teal Strips acetate
  • Cuttlebug: Organic Flourish Border embossing folder
  • Spellbinders: Wonderful Wings dies
  • Stamp of Approval: Beautiful World Collection
    • SugarPea Designs: Enchanted Garden stamp set (butterfly)
    • CAS-ual Fridays:  All About YOU stamp set and YOU die
  • Tsukineko Brilliance pigment ink – Rocket Red Gold
  • Ranger Stickles Tropical Tangerine
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • American Crafts glitter cardstock: carrot
  • Recollections white cardstock
  • Simply Defined 2.5″ wide double sided adhesive (“Stacey Tape”) by Scrapbooking Made Simple
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive

I’m going to enter this card into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

I hope to be back soon with a really amazing interactive card also from this class… if I can get it to work… Please stop by again to see how it turned out!

-D.Ann

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