Before and After Caffeine Ellen Hutson & Art Impressions Mix It Up Challenge

Sneaking this one in under the wire. This month’s Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge is to use something from her line and from Art Impressions. I came up with a fun little interactive card:

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Here’s a quick video of how it works:

And now the stills:

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Without caffeine… yep! That’s how I look!!

The inside:

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Can you guess what the inside says? (Of course if you watched the video, you already know. If you don’t, you probably need caffeine!!)

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Yep! After caffeine I DO feel younger and can do crazy things faster! lol!

Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders Imperial Square die
  • Essentials By Ellen Envelope Sliders dies
  • Art Impressions Zoo Crew Feline & Mini Cat Spinner stamp sets
  • Poppystamps You Melt My Heart (snowflake stamp)
  • Memento London Fog dye ink
  • Copic Markers C1, 3; R20; RV02; Y28
  • Core’dinations cardstock – white & wine
  • Coredinations Gemstones cardstock – emerald
  • Coats Metallic decorative thread
  • Misc. adhesives

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun!

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I think I need to go get some more caffeine to do some more crazy things! See you soon!

~D.Ann

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Art Impressions Stay Balanced with Chocolate – Speedy Recovery Watercolor Cat Card

Welcome sweet peeps! I WAS going to use this cat stamp for the final card of the Cat Lovers Hop – That’s how I feel already, so I know tomorrow, I WILL be flat on my back, for sure! However, I needed a card for a cat-loving/chocolate-loving friend who got home from the hospital yesterday. (Hence my absence.) This one came together quite quickly with the help of the Art Impressions Watercolor stamps.

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Here’s the inside sentiment, which may be the best part of the card:

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I am very determined to lead a balanced life! lol!! I think she’ll love this with a little box of chocolates, don’t you?!

You’ve heard of cats having shiny coats? I gave this cat one with those metallic watercolors:

 

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I’m still getting used to the AI watercolor stamps. I know watercolor is supposed to be soft and a little blurry, but once I add water, they loose too much definition. Finding the right balance of water is tough for me. I like that they don’t require a lot of water and so dry quickly with little warping of the paper. My fix for now is to re-stamp over the blurry areas to add a little definition.

Tips for adhering 140# watercolor paper to a card without warping.

  • Use 110# paper (or heavier) for the card base
  • Use Tombow Xtreme adhesive. It takes a bit to get used to flicking off to the side before lifting up (and to remember to do it!), but it is super strong!! I’ve had it straighten out warped watercolor paper once adhered to the card base.

Yes, those are real mini m&m’s – what a waste of chocolate!! I looked for mini bonbon stickers or buttons, but couldn’t find any and the ones I tried to make with drops didn’t look right, so this was the next best thing. I GUESS I can sacrifice 4 mini chocolates for a good cause! (You have no idea what a good friend you are!!!) Hahaha!

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Supplies used:

  • Art Impressions Zoo Crew Feline stamp set
  • Art Impressions Watercolor stamp sets: Flower, Foliage, and Chest of Flowers
  • Art Impressions sentiment stamps
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers – Floral set: Blossom, Bud Green, Heather, Leaf Green, Marigold, Orchid, Rose Pink
  • Yasutomo metallic watercolors
  • Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Canson cold press 140# watercolor paper
  • Core’dinations 110# cardstock – white. 65# cardstock – gray
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
  • Mini M&Ms 4 for card…. rest for cardmaker!! : )

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:

Oh, before I go, I’d like to introduce those of you who haven’t seen them to the Simon’s Cat videos. I didn’t get an interview, but they are still worthy of mention… They are short and ever-so-sweet! No matter how many times I see them, they make me laugh!! I recommend just scrolling down the video list on his YouTube channel and starting at the beginning. Here’s one every cat owned crafter can relate to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV3SWjrt2rE

I can’t believe tomorrow is already the last day! I do have at least one more fun post planned for you, so don’t forget to stop back by!!

~D.Ann

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