Stamp-a-Faire 2017 – Faux Leather Bookmarks

Hello dear peeps! Hard to believe a month has slipped by since I was last able to post. I do have another big project I’ve done, but it will be posted later. For now, Papertrey Ink‘s annual Stamp-a-Faire event is going on and, although I couldn’t participate in every challenge this year, I did pick a couple I found particularly interesting. Since it is Papertrey Ink’s 10th Anniversary, their theme this year focused on the traditional gifts of the first 10 wedding anniversaries… adapted for paper crafting. My first project is from the 3rd anniversary tradition: Leather. I made this pair of faux leather bookmarks for a studious couple – who celebrated their 3rd anniversary 50 years ago:

Hard to believe they’re made out of paper! If you’ve never tried this technique, I encourage you to try it. It’s easy and even feels like leather! Here’s the back:

Ashley gives a terrific tutorial HERE, so I won’t repeat how to do this easy technique that gives such terrific results. I will give one reminder that I obviously needed:

Although it looks and feels like leather, remember this is PAPER and isn’t as strong as leather!

I pulled my tassels a little too tight on the feminine version and ripped right through the paper, so I had to re-die cut the end, which just made it a bit shorter… which is kind of cute since the wife IS shorter than the husband! I also covered hers with a thin layer of school glue hoping to seal it and make it a little bit stiffer. It left a shiny look that I didn’t want for the masculine bookmark and didn’t make it all that much stiffer anyway, so I didn’t do it on the other one.

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink We Go Together stamps
  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh & Simply Jane dies
  • Avery Elle bookmark die
  • Core’dinations cardstock kraft & black
  • Glycerine
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Gathered Twigs
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Staples school glue
  • Misc. ribbon

I’m joining in the following challenges, click on any one to find out how you can join the fun:

Brace yourselves, I’ve been fiddling around on these projects since last Friday and will have several posts in a row again. See you again in a few minutes!

~D.Ann

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Cat Lovers Mama Elephant Thank You Page Hugger Bookmark Card + Lil BUB Interview + Blog Candy

Hello there, friends and visitors! Welcome to Day 5 of the Cat Lovers Hop!

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If you haven’t checked it out yet, do make a little time to check out all the fab projects and amazing talent – just click HERE. There are nearly a hundred entries already!

For today’s interview, I am delighted to have the darling lil BUB with us today:

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This is her orchid impression. I think it’s a new family of orKITTYae… the FELINEopsis! Not to be confused with the CATTleyas. : )

For those of you who aren’t already one of her 1.4 million followers on Instagram, you can check out her story on her website by clicking HERE. She is a “perma-kitten”, which means she will stay kitten sized and maintain kitten-like features her entire life. (Personally, I’m a “perma-kid” which means I will stay a kid on the inside my entire life!) She is a published author, a talk show host, the star of an award winning documentary, created Lil BUB’s Big FUND for the ASPCA (the first national fund for special needs pets), and has helped raise over $300,000 for animals in need. A portion of every sale from her STORE full of BUB cuteness goes to this fund.

That’s one busy little kitty! We’re honored that she took the time from her busy schedule and chose to reply to one of the questions I sent her.

  • What is your favorite thing to do with paper?
    • Sleep on it.

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A true kitty, indeed!

Some of you may have the popular Weather Bug app on your phones. Did you know there’s a Weather BUB app?!! And it’s FREE! You can find it HERE.

In honor of lil BUB’s appearance today, I made this card with a removable Page Hugger bookmark on it:

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It’s not often I do a CAS card, but I really wanted the bookmark to be the star of the show.

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And, on the inside:

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Supplies used:

  • Mama Elephant Page Huggers stamps and dies
  • Mama Elephant stamps: Sunday Sentiments and Hello Friend Wishes
  • Memento dye inks: Tuxedo Black and London Fog
  • Copic Markers: E00, 31, 33, R32, RV04, W3, 5
  • Sakura Pigma Micron black 005 pen
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Apple Green
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black and white
  • Misc. card base and adhesives

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*****

Who’s ready for another blog candy giveaway?!!

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Up for grabs today is this Plaid Bucilla 4.25″ x 5″ cross stitch kit, an I love my cat key chain and some kitty sticky note page markers. Today it’s for continental USA peeps only, as the key chain is heavy.

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 “PERMA-KITTEN” somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the words “PERMA-KITTEN” 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 BUB’s AND my Instagram accounts (@iamlilbub 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.

Well, my desk is getting full of scraps of paper from the craftnado that has hit this week. I might just follow lil BUB’s lead and lay my head down on the paper pile for a quick cat-nap.

Before I go, I want to thank you all for visiting and for your sweet and encouraging comments! They mean a lot to me!! I’ll be back as soon as I can.

~D.Ann

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pps: Enabler alert… perhaps you’ve seen these cute Post-It note holders at Office Depot or Staples… You can find them MUCH cheaper on Amazon…. just sayin’!:

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As Tigger would say: TTFN!