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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DIY Stamped Floral Blouse with Altenew Stamps and Brutus Monroe Ink

Hello, crafty friends! I have a fun stamping project to show you today, but not stamping on paper. I decided to try something NEW. I found a sweet, plain poly-cotton lace top and wanted to gussy it up for my mom. So I pulled out my Altenew floral stamps and looked at their January 2019 Inspiration  Challenge for, well, inspiration as to where to start with colors:

Those colors are right up mom’s alley, so I gathered up the Altenew stamp sets I thought would work (four of which were brand NEW! (New AletNEW for the SSS Mon. & Weds. Something NEW challenges! LoL!)) and started laying out the stamps to get a idea of how I wanted to place them, and decided a cascade from the right shoulder down to the left waist would look nice…

 

I placed a thick rubber stamping pad inside the shirt to protect the backside from any bleed-though (there wasn’t any) and to help get a good impression from the stamps. I used the top of the MISTI stamping tool to pick up as many of the stamps as I could and moved the others away. Then loaded up the stamps with ink, flipped the lid the opposite way from usual and held my breath…

This was my first time using the NEW Brutus Monroe Surface Inks that I had purchased for this project and a couple of other ideas I have in my pile of whims. They’re supposed to be permanent once heat set. I sure hope so!!!

The impressions were light, but there. As the fabric stuck to the stamps and lifted, I was afraid to re-stamp them and have them slightly off.

I continued until I had the design I wanted complete…

Now the hard part… I used paint brushes and picked up the ink off the inkpads to paint the flowers. Painting on cloth with ink is VERY different than painting on paper! Some results I was quite pleased with the depth I was able to achieve…

Others, turned out a hot mess…

Fortunately, I was able to stamp over it with a darker color and got a more natural look…

At this point, I ironed the entire piece. First I used paper towels to protect from bleeding, but nothing came off, so I took them off and ironed again. I’ll come back and edit this post if mom has any trouble with the ink bleeding when she washes it.

To jazz up the butterfly and hummingbird, I put down some Fabri-tac fabric glue and covered it with crystal glitter that picks up the colors beneath…

I really didn’t feel like masking when I stamped them out and that left too much white space. I had thought to use rhinestones, but they were too heavy. Instead, I used the smallest of the halftone circles to fill in between the flowers. From a distance it just looks like part of the greenery.

Supplies:

  • Altenew stamp sets: Adore You*; Beautiful Day; Bejeweled; Camelia Build-a-Flower*; Dahlia Blossoms*; Halftone Circles; Lotus; Peony Bouquet & Wishing You* (all sets with an asterisk are NEW)
  • Brutus Monroe Surface Inks: Cabbage, Jack-o-Lantern, Jurassic, Lapis, Marsalla, Oz, Rouge, Terracotta, Sage, Sea, Speckled Egg, Stargazer, Wagon and Zest
  • Beacon Fabri-Tac fabric glue
  • Stampendous Fran-tage Crystal Micro Glitter

I am playing along with the following challenges – click on any one for more information on how you can join the fun!

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you like this project as much as my mom did!! (But, then, she’d’ve liked it just plain, too… After all, she’s my mom! lol!) Have a lovely, crafty day!

~D.Ann

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9/12/19 Thank you , Altenew for featuring me on your Instagram post: Caught by Altenew (HERE)!

You Make My Heart Smile – Altenew Friendship Card

Hello once again and welcome to another day of cards and fun giveaways for the Cat Lovers Hop!

Let’s start off with a simple window card:

The inside sentiment is probably too small to read in the picture, so here it is:

A bunch of smiles and a little note to tell you that I care, that’s what I’m sending out to you from my little heart over here. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I think of what you mean to me. It brightens my day and puts a smile on my face!

What a wonderful sentiment showing gratitude for friendship! Why, I’d send it to all of you, dear readers!

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: The gold top shine that you get with the Brilliance inks is, well, brilliant!!

Love the halftone heart as a background for an open heart window!

I’ve been making an effort to finish off my cards with something inside and out and on the envelope, too. Don’t always get it done, but this time I did. : )

Supplies:

  • Altenew: Halftone Hearts, Layered Letters AFG & Modern Cats stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Lace Hearts & Card Creator A2 Divine Eloquence dies
  • The Paper Studio orange card
  • Recollections white and peach cardstock
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Rocket Red Gold pigment ink
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink
  • Shuttle Art gel pens
  • The Ribbon Boutique paw print ribbon
  • Simply Defined Stay-Put glue

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

 

*****      Giveaway now closed      *****

Since some kitties like to scarf down their food (now WHERE did that idiomatic expression come from?!!), how ’bout a kitty scarf giveaway?! Check out this little package (#5) of feline goodies I have to give away to one of you:

Furbulous! Cat scarf, pen, color in post cards, kitty tissues, cat eraser, washi tape, sticky notes, a magnetic bookmark, and even a glow-in-the-dark cat necklace! Fun!

What do you have to do to be eligible to win my prize package #5? If you’re interested, just leave me a comment using the word “scarf” somewhere in your comment.

Bonus entry option #1: Be a follower of my blog and leave me another comment.

For a second bonus entry, follow me on Instagram (@d.ann.c), like and comment on the post featuring this project. (It doesn’t have to be a long comment, just a heart will do.) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you did it and your Instagram name.

Bonus entry option #3 (for a total of 4 possible entries): Follow me on Pinterest(@dannscraftingand re-pin any one of my cards or projects that you like. (If you don’t like them, you don’t have to pin any. lol!) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know your Pinterest name.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 28, 2018 to get your comments in. Sometime after noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29, 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, if you’re not subscribed, be sure to check back later that afternoon for that post!!

Phew! Time for this cat to take a little nap… see you on the prowl later today!

~D.Ann

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MarkerPOP! Guest Designer – Altenew

Hello and welcome! I’m pleased to be one of the guest designers for the new MarkerPOP! Challenge (#124) post today! Here’s a hint of what the challenge will be:

And here’s my card:

I took the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp and masked off areas of the Spellbinders Divine Eloquence die, then colored it in with Copic Markers and Tonic Nuvo Cerystal Drops.

Do POP right on over to the MarkerPOP! blog to share in the fun!

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence Card Creator die
  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copic Markers: G5,9,15; R22,24,29,35 YG61
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss: Red Berry, White, and Woodland Green
  • Tsukineko VersaMark ink
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder
  • Core’dinations white cardstock and Parisian Nights A2 red card
  • Tombow Mono permanent Adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Tacky Glue

I am also entering this card in the Altenew July 2017 Inspiration challenge (HERE) which is almost the same colors:

And in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes. (HERE) Be sure to check them both out, too!

I’m glad you could stop by today. I may be laid up for a while now, but I’ll be back as soon as I can… I have lots of interesting things on the back burner waiting to be shared with you! If you’re not subscribed to my blog, you may want to sign up now. (hint- hint!)

TTFN,

~D.Ann

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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 6

Well, it’s time for my card from the final lesson of  Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media Class.

  

Lesson 6 showed another way to use re-inkers to watercolor. I liked this technique a lot! It’s fun to watch the colors spread out to wherever the water is on the paper. Although I only had 2 re-inkers, it worked just as well smooshing my ink pads onto a craft mat and picking up the ink. I added a lot of ‘raindrops’ — you regular readers know I love to take pictures of flowers that have raindrops on them. : )

Materials used:

  • Altenew Peony Bouquet & Beautiful Day (sentimen) stamp sets
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder: Linen White
  • Stampin’ Up! dye ink re-inkers: Bravo Burgundy & More Mustard
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Coral Berry
  • Tsukineko Memento  dye inks: Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion, Sweet Plum & Teal Zeal
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Morning Dew
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
  • Simply Defined 5×7 Bright White card base 200#
  • Misc. teal cardstock
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

I am entering this in the following galleries and challenges:

Well, it was a fun and informative class. I’ve learned some useful tips and have a few techniques I think I will use again and again. As you’ve seen, the the class focuses on using dye inks (on pads, from re-inkers, or in shimmer sprays) to watercolor. Click on any of the highlighted links above for more info.

Edited to add: Thank you Altenew, for the honor!

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Thank you all for stopping by! If I’m not back before, have a lovely weekend!

~D.Ann

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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 5

Hello, again! Lesson 5 of  Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media Class was on using dye inks for watercoloring.

   

The images were stamped and then the butterfly was covered with a masking fluid. Once dry, the background could be ‘smooshed’ on, dried, and the masking rubbed off.

 

This was only my second ever try with masking fluid. I don’t know if it was because of the type of fluid I used this time or the watercolor paper, but the paper wanted to pull up with the fluid…

   Argh!

But the nice thing about papercraft is most things are fixable… a Micron pen easily re-drew the lines, but when I watercolored the wing, the colors showed the lifted spots. Solution: Cover the areas with shiny metallics and dimensional liquids…

As the saying goes, ‘it’ll never be noticed on a galloping horse (or fluttering butterfly).’ lol

Materials used:

  • Altenew Bejeweled stamp and die sets
  • Altenew Coral Berry Crisp Dye Ink
  • Memento dye inks: Dandelion, Elderberry, Rhubarb Stalk, Sweet Plum, Teal Zeal and Tuxedo Black
  • Imagine Crafts IrRESISTible Pico embellishers: gold & copper
  • Nuvo Glitter Accents: Fresh Snowfall
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops: Morning Dew & Copper Penny
  • Prima Christine Adolph Watercolor Resist Pen
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 pink card base
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

I am entering this in the following galleries and challenges:

Hopefully, I’ll be back soon with the final lesson.

~D.Ann

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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 4

Welcome back to another card from  Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media Class.

   

Lesson 4 was quick and easy watercoloring with ink sprays. Once again, I had trouble with my stamped image in dye ink bleeding, but I dabbed it up and re-wet and had a light grey background that didn’t seem to bother the vibrancy of the mica sprays.

Love that shimmer and how the three colors blended! I did the body and the tips of the wings after drying the blended areas. Then I used Nuvo drops to add the embossed frame some dots, hearts and a doodle to finish it off.

Materials used:

  • Altenew Bejeweled stamp and die sets
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Coral Reef, Stormy Night & Sunflower
  • Tonic Studios Gloss Nuvo Crystal Drops: Apple Green; Caribbean Ocean & Carnation Pink
  • Canson L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed Watercolor paper 140#
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 pink card base
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

I am entering this card in the Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Student Gallery.

There’s a lot on my plate tomorrow, but I’ll be back soon with the last two cards from this fun class.

~D.Ann

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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 3

Well, after a roaring start, I wasn’t able to keep up the pace. : ) But I’m glad to be back today with a card I made for Lesson 3 of Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media Class, taught by the ever cheerful and talented Laura Bassen (aka Laurafadora). She used the Altenew crisp dye ink pads to paint her cute card blending a light and dark shade of each color.

I liked my last card (the 3d lotus) so much, I thought I’d do the same layout but all on one layer this time, using the same color scheme from the May 2017 Inspiration Challenge in my foreground:

I also decided that since this would involve some masking and using the MISTI stamping tool, I should take advantage of the set up time and do 3 additional cards. The MISTI makes it easy to set up a production line:

I also wanted to try stamping in the darker color of what I’d be painting for a no-line look. Then I thought while I was at it, I would compare papers. Here they are, all ready to go…

Upper L: Distress Watercolor Cardstock; Upper R: Strathmore mixed media 90#;       Lower l: Canson cold press Watercolor; Lower L: Canson L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed

Here’s how they turned out:

I learned why it’s easier to watercolor when you heat emboss the outline… the water and color stays in the lines! : ) I was surprised that the lines, although dry, absorbed the water from the fill-in and bled out, blurring the images. I can only imagine if I’d’ve used black to stamp the outlines! The Mixed Media paper was the worst at this although it said for wet media.

I selected the best one (Ranger Watercolor Cardstock) and decided to add some sunshine by watercoloring the white space in all yellow to make the flowers pop (and to see if it helped hide the bleeding). I think it turned out ok. I’ll set the others aside and try to do something with them later on.

Supplies used:

  • Altenew Lotus tamp and die sets
  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set (sentiment)
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder: Linen White
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Coral Berry & Frosty Pink
  • Tsukineko Memento  dye inks: Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion & Pear Tart
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink: Pearlescent Beige (for the pistil)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
  • Here were the other three contenders, :
    • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper 140#
    • Canson L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed Watercolor paper 140#
    • Strathmore Mixed media 90#
  • Core’dinations pink cardstock
  • Simply Defined 5×7 Bright White card base 200#
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive (great for watercolor – no warping!)

I am entering this in the following galleries and challenges:

Well, I’m halfway through the class and having a blast. I’ll be back when I can with the next card.

~D.Ann

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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 2

Welcome back for my card from the second less of Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media Class! This lesson, taught by the amazingly talented Debby Hughes of Lime Doodle Design, was on using shimmer sprays. Since the set she used is still on my wishlist, I started out with the Lotus set and colors used in the May 2017 Inspiration Challenge:

I don’t have the Altenew shimmer sprays, but did have another brand, but only the light pink and greens matched the inspiration colors. So, I grabbed my Altenew Coral Berry which is just like the hot pink and, by mixing it on my craft mat with the glimmer mist, the entire flower came out all shiny!

The aqua ‘pond’ background is made EXTRA shiny by adding a mix of Distress Mica Spray and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist.

Tips: I love the tip Debbie gave to add aqua to the pink and yellow to the greens for some extra shading and depth!

Also, if you don’t want your white foam tape to show up under black paper, run a Sharpie Marker along the edges BEFORE adhering. (The voice of experience says that trying to do it afterward can lead to some oopsies!)

If you’re like me and don’t tape your watercolor paper down and it warps, Tombow Xtreme adhesive holds it flat/

Materials used:

  • Altenew Lotus tamp and die sets
  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set (sentiment)
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Stampendous Glamour Detail Gold embossing powder
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Coral Berry
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Bubble Light Green; Dazzling Diamonds, Forest Green, Lime Light, S.W.A.K., and Sunflower
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray: Brushed Pewter
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper 140#
  • Simply Defined 5×7 Bright White card base 200#
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue

I am entering this in the following galleries and challenges:

So far, there have been some excellent tips from each lesson (including one on die-cutting that I needed!). Although they are geared toward Altenew products, you can easily adapt them to similar products you may have on hand. I’m looking forward to working on the rest of the classes!

Hopefully I’ll see you again tomorrow!

~D.Ann

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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 1

Hello and welcome! I am tickled pink that one of my favorite watercoloring bloggers, Debbie Hughes of Limedoodle Designs, gave me the opportunity to attend the Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class in which she’s one of the teachers! Thank you, Debbie!!

Lesson 1, taught by the talented Jennifer Rzasa, was on watercoloring with re-inkers. I don’t craft enough to have needed many re-inkers for my dye inks (other than Memento Tuxedo Black), but I did have two from Stampin Up! – a burgundy and mustard… would they go well together? They seem to have done ok:

I used a regular Distress ink cube on my craft mat to get the green and it mixed fine with the re-inker for a nice variety of color on the leaves, too. It was fun watching the inks spread out quickly on the pre-wet petals! When I was satisfied with the color, I took the nearly dry brush and flecked a few lines on the petals and leaves.

Jenn recommended using hot pressed watercolor paper, since it’s smoother. I’ve never used hot pressed paper before, so I made a quick stop at nearby Jerry’s Artarama. They had the pads she recommended online for about $12. In store they were $44! I asked the clerk to double check the price and then showed him their online price. “Oh, on-line. That’s different,” he replied. You betcha!!! So I toodled over to Hobby Lobby and got a different brand with my 40% off coupon it came close and I didn’t have to wait on or pay for shipping. It’s probably not as white as she said the Arches brand which became the bane of my project when I went to mount it on my card as the heavy 200# card I have is bright white and I didn’t like the look of the cream against it…

To solve this problem, I ran a couple of brush width’s of water along the edge of my #200 cardstock and then touched the brush to a drop of burgundy re-inker and quickly had DIY card color that matched my project and made for  a better contrast for the gold frame, too.

Supplies used:

  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Stampendous Glamour Detail Gold embossing powder
  • Stampin’ Up! dye ink re-inkers: Bravo Burgundy & More Mustard
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn
  • Canson L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed Watercolor paper 140#
  • Simply Defined 5×7 Bright White card base 200#
  • Misc gold glitter paper
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape and Crafty Power Tape

I am entering this card in the Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Student Gallery.

Over the next few days I hope to get through the rest of the lessons, so after a long dry spell, brace yourselves for a flurry of posts. : )

~D.Ann

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