Geometrics Fancy Cats Cards

The time has come for my final post of the Cat Lovers Hop. Wahhh! But, Wahoo-kachoo! We just passed our peak number of 149 entries from last year!!

  

It has been a week of the highest quality with the 4c’s … Cats, Coffee, Crafting & Chocolate. We make clarity, cut, color and carat jealous! Lol! (BTW: If you want some better chuckles, be sure to read to the very end!)

I’m closing with this pair of elegant and fun cards:

(Special thanks to my aunt for making that gorgeous cross-stitched kitty and orchid!)

I love how well that embossing folder goes with the geometric ‘ball’, don’t you?!

And on the inside are these cute bookmarks:

Since I cut the cats as a pair, it was easy to mix & match the pieces for a second card:

For the bookmark on this one, I cut a second one out of the god cardstock, but put the paper in reverse and glued them together so both the front and back are gold.

Which do YOU prefer? I kind of lean toward the black background.

   

Materials used:

  • Penny Black dies: Fancy Cat, Geometrics & Bookmark Tab
  • Penny Black Nine Lives Stamp set (sentiment)
  • We R Memory Keepers Sequence embossing folder
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black, white & green
  • Colorbok Shiny Gold Metallc Paper
  • The Paper Company Black Glimmer paper
  • Recollections Glitter Paper: Snow
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powders: black & linen white
  • Copic marker: RV02
  • Sakura Pigma Micron archival ink black 005
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – Bubble Gum Blush
  • Sookwang Scor-tape double-sided adhesive

I am entering these cards in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

Okay, it’s time for the final hint for my Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post.  Although you can only count it once, this archaic four-letter-word, meaning ‘a dainty or choice food, a delicacy’ can be found 6 times in the puzzle. Still having trouble? No worries, you will still get entries for the Bonus questions, whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!

Also: if any of you early birds have found some words you missed with the clues the past few posts and want to change your answer to #1, for the early bird may get the worm, but the late cat gets both. Lol! This morning I received the first correct answer to #1 and #3. Many of you mamaged to get #2 already. If anyone wants to change their answers, you still have time to resubmit a revised answer. : ) You have until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Sunday, October 29, 2017 to finish up and submit your final answers via e-mail. Don’t forget to check back on Monday, October 30, 2017 – hopefully, before noon PACIFIC time for my winners and answers post.

Note: If Potential Tropical Cyclone 18 (likely to be named Tropical Storm Philippe) continues as predicted, we will have winds and up to 8″ of rain tonight and tomorrow. This usually wouldn’t be a problem, but coming on the heels of Irma, who knows what the power lines here will do. (friends just a couple of miles from me were out of electric a whole week (which sounds like nothing compared to the Keys and Caribbean).) Anyway, if my post happens to be late, you’ll know why. Best way not to miss it: subscribe to follow my blog!

It’s been a wonderful hop and my mind is already spinning with ideas for next year’s hop. (No hard puzzles, I promise!) Hopefully I’ll see you all back here way before then. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the funnies below!

Warm, furry hugs,

~D.Ann

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Well, you saw that I started out as a crazy cat kid and then went on to be a wild cat teen… here I am today:

Actually – that’s our hop host Janis with her clowder of 18… I just Photoshopped my Bitmoji avatar in the picture. Lol!

I thought I’d close with a few fun things I recently found while surfing the net:

How do we know the earth is round?
If you haven’t been following Elaine Chong’s imaginary pet Black Coffe (Interviewed HERE) and his friend Sugar (the mouse) Here’s a recent post I found entertaining: fishing with bookworms:  (click the link to see it:)
Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet (full film) 12 min of cat lovers fun! (click the link to watch it)
Since last year’s interview, Newton’s Nook’s Hobbes (Interviewed HERE) continues status quo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BX_f_cqASym/?taken-by=newtonsnook
And here are Newton’s thoughts on it all:
Okay, as Tigger would say: TTFN!!
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Double Sided, Multi-Colored, Multi-Window Uchi’s Design Animated Cat Card

Hello, hello! Here we are on the penultimate day of the Cat Lovers Hop.

As the saying goes: ‘Time sky raisins when you’re having fun!’ What?! Since there are so many new hoppers, I HAVE to re-share with you my favorite cat meme and you’ll understand:

Three years in a row and it still makes me laugh!

I have my last interactive card to show you today and it’s a doozy… In fact, it can only REALLY be appreciated in a video. so here’s one from Instagram. (Roll your mouse over the picture and click the white arrow to play it):

 

It’s so mesmerizing, I could play with it for hours!

I just LOVE animated cards and am tickled that my first attempt turned out as well as it did! I have a bonus tutorial for you. I used Uchi’s Animation Die Cut to make that flower! So another way to stretch your dies, should you have it (or be able to talk some sweet friend or relative into getting it for you!). So you’re going to turn this grid into that flower:

First you have to trim down the grid leaving the same width at the top and bottom. You don’t want this too thick because that’s how much your flower will stick up off your card.

Next you gently fold the grid around a pen and glue the ends together. Use the barrel of the pen to smooth out the curves of the ‘petals.’

Then you run a bead of glue along the bottom seam and start rolling it over on itself, molding it into a circle.

Here’s what it looks like all rolled up. (Hmph… I see I didn’t worry too much about curving the petals since I was just demo-ing for you… they are rather pointy. Oh well…)

Then you gently separate the petals and pull them out to the sides and put a brad in the center and tah-dah… a cute little flower!

You can also see from these close-ups, the advantage of using the Animation Die versus just buying the sheets… You can color it to match your stamp… even using multiple colors!

I waited to color the grids to match until AFTER I could set the stamped pull tab in the middle of the card and see where the colors needed to be on the grids, but BEFORE I closed it up… that way I could do it over scratch paper and not worry about getting any ink on my stamped slider.

Note: I tried putting just a solid color (black or other) as a grid over the colored stamped images and they also worked as animated images. It’s just cooler when the colors match!

Did you notice that the same pull tab animates both sides (simultaneously)! That was not without some engineering obstacles… for example the first time I stamped my images – after I had already figured out and made the front and back — oops! I did them in reverse and had to re-stamp them (which was much easier than lining up my grids again!).

By the way – don’t let this semi-complicated card intimidate you. You can make these very simple with just one animated image and they’re just as entertaining!

Her are the still pictures of the card. Here’s the front. ( I added that cute kitty sticker going for the dragonfly – doesn’t it look like he’s just about to pounce!):

And here’s the back. I like the optical illusion of the background paper mixed with these animations! Wish I knew the manufacturer, I’d get more!

Materials used:

  • Uchi’s Design Animation Stamp sets: Loving Cat; Growing Garden; Butterflies
  • Uchi’s Design Animation Grid Die (Thank you , Uchi’s for this prize when you released it on Instagram!!)
  • Spellbinders dies: Classic Circles, Gold Circles One and Exquisite Circles
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Ink – Watermelon
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 025, 195, 373, 856, 933
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Core’dinations cardstock: Black, Red & White & 110# white
  • Basic Grey Hey Girl cardstock
  • Unknown optical illusion paper
  • Therm-O-Web I-Craft Easy Tear Tape double sided adhesive 1/2″ & 1/4″
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky glue
  • Avery Ultra Tabs
  • Misc. Brad

I am playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

How about another delicate hint for my Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post. Don’t forget: some words may be in there backwards! Although I can’t cater to your every whim, have no fear, you will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. At least you’re now two words closer! Have fun!

I’m so glad to have had all of you visit and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your delightful comments! Thank you for taking the time!!

~D.Ann

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Laurel Burch Indigo Cats Card – Never Underestimate the Power of a Purr!

Gooood morning my purring peeps and all of your two-legged servants! It’s time to start another day of the Cat Lovers Hop!

 

Today I’m starting out by using the stamp set I already happen to have that Cat Lovers Hop sonsor Stampendous has generously supplied as one of the prizes for this hop (along with the dies!) over at HerPeacefulGarden. Go HERE to read about how you can enter to win! Thank you Stampendous!!

Yep — Never underestimate the power of a purr!

I just love those fun Indigo Cats and the great stencils that come with the stamp set! I had some faint overlap and went back and emphasized it between the two cats as it kind of indicates their purrs resonating, dont’cha think?!

Materials used:

  • Stampendous Laurel Burch Indigo Cats stamps and stencil
  • Stampendous Cat Sayings stamps
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink Tuxedo Black
  • Copic markers: B02,05,24,29; R29; RV02,04,19; V15; Y17,35; YG17,61; YR04
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks: Candied Apple, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Salty Ocean
  • Core’dinatoins cardstock: green, blue, white
  • Scotch adhesive runner

I am playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

For those of you playing along with the seemingly complicated Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post, I’ll give you another hint: Don’t forget to look for words within words! Oh my word, I just gave you three! Don’t fret… You will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!

~D.Ann

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A Furry Little Heartfelt Floral Calendar & Card

Hello again my furry little friends and their two legged subjects! The Cat Lovers Hop continues!

 

This time I have a sweet gift set of a hanging 2018 calendar and a matching card:

Here’s a close-up of the calendar… I cut up a Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses die cut and used the pieces to frame the pretty Furry Little Story Paper. The roses are made of vellum embossed in blue and then colored ON THE BACK with a Copic marker.

Note: when using ink to cover the bracket album, it is best to use pigment ink!  (Instead of an album, I used each ‘page’ as a sturdy calendar backing.)

Materials used – calendar:

  • Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose stamps and Botanical Wings dies
  • Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses dies
  • Spellbinders Grand Labels One
  • Kaiser Craft Bracket Album
  • Scrapberry’s A Furry Little Story paper pack
  • Foray Transluscent Inkjet Vellum 30#
  • Docrafts 2018 calendar tabs
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Stampendous Beach embossing powders – Sky Blue
  • Copic marker – R39
  • Tsukineko Brilliance pigment ink Pearlescent Poppy
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks: Jewel Tones
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Microbeads: White Gold
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue & Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • Misc. Ribbon

I am entering this calendar in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

  • 2017 Cat Lovers Hop
  • CropStop Linky Party #33 – anything goes (Aleene’s,Heartfelt, Martha Stewart, Pebbles, Spellbinders,Tombow, Tsukineko)
    • Cat Hoppers: Don’t forget Cropstop will add more prizes if she reaches 100 entries… Just sayin! Don’t forget to list the products you used from brands that she carries over at cropstop.com

The matching card uses several papers from that same Scrapberry’s collection:

Materials used – card:

  • Scrapberry’s A Furry Little Story paper pack
  • Core’dinations cardstock: blue & wine
  • Tombow Mono adhesive
  • Misc. cat button

I’m entering this card via Instagram in the Cat Lovers Hop… click HERE for more information as to how you can join the fun.

For those of you playing along Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post, I’m sure you’re right smack in the middle of the puzzle. It’s time for another hint: Do you know what a bunch of cows and a type of orchid have in common?! Don’t fret… You will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun! Oh, and it may hearten you to know that even the puzzle creator had to wrestle with this… I was just making up my ‘solutions’ post and found I lost a word in my answer key somewhere along the way in the many revisions. So, when tallying the answers to #1, I will give credit to both the answer I hinted at in the last two posts and the correct answer. A toast to imperfection! Our kitties understand – as long as we feed them on time!!

~D.Ann

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Scientific Cats Card

Welcome back to day 4 of the 2017 Cat Lovers Hop!

  

We’ve already passed the half way mark and have already had over 100 entries! Hip-Hip-Purr-ay!!

I have a cute card for you using stamps from hop sponsor Your Next Stamp:

Just look at those cute, playful kitties! I mixed them up with the Chemistry sentiment: You must be made of Copper and Tellurium… Here’s why: because you are….

I can hear you all going “Awwww!”  I think that Chemistry sentiment set is GENIUS!

The front of this card was made to go along with the current YNS Color Challenge:

I’ve got the orange, yellow and gray in there… I consider the blue-gray sky and tablecloth as neutrals. : )

 

Materials used:

  • Your Next Stamp: Scratch Pad, Perfect Chemistry & Heart Splatter stamps
  • Spellbinders Majesty dies
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Lawn Fawn Lobster dye ink
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend pencilss: Bamboo, Carrot, Chrome Orange, Coral, Dandelion, Ebony, Gravel, Papaya, Persimmmon, Petunia, Sky Blue
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks: Jewel Tones
  • Core’dinations 110# white cardstock
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

I am playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

Before I leave… I wonder how many sponsors there are for this year’s Cat Lovers Hop? Hmmm… you might want to look it up! I know Janis hunted up a lot of them!

For those of you playing along Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post, it’s time for another hint: Did you know there is more than one way to spell kettchup?! Don’t fret… You will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!

I sure am enjoying this year’s hop and I hope you are, too!

~D.Ann

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Star Trek Cats in a Galaxy Far, Far Away — Sci-Fi Mash-Up Card

Hello, again, dear cat loving peeps! The Cat Lovers Hop continues…

Wasn’t that just the coolest post by Mary from Wire and Wings?!! (HERE if you missed it.) We’ve been friends for decades. In fact, my dad was the minister who performed her wedding. It was quite a co-incidence that I had this card in the making at the same time she had that fabulous Cats in Space necklace in the making. You’re about to see why.

This is another geeky post for us sci-fi loving cat lovers. I didn’t know how large a group that encompasses until I happened to Google “Star Trek Cats” and also its sci-fi counterpart. I lost a few hours of my life watching hilarious videos (and some very well done ones, too). I’m not going to link to any here, lest you go there and get caught up and never return to finish this post! Brace yourselves for a feline fun sci-fi mash-up:

Aren’t those Star Trek Cat pins just the cutest?! I knew I had to get them for my friend, along with the R2D2 mints. (Enabler alert… you can find the pins on Amazon.)

Background picture credit: I got the Cat’s Paw Nebula picture from NASA’s site. You can read about it HERE.

To continue the sci-fi mash-up silliness, here’s what I wrote on the inside:

It wasn’t until I’d done the galaxy background and added the pins that I noticed the perfect placement with the center of the fabulous Time Warp stamp gave the hysterical look of a true GASEOUS ANOMALY … Is Mewster Spock giving the LL&P sign, or is he about to cover his nose?! LOL! I love the glimmery shine that the Distress Mica Spray gives to the background!!

To make the card thick enough to hide the pin backs, I layered 3 layers of Crafty Foam Tape around the galaxy piece. Since I only had white foam tape, I just ran over the edges with a black sharpie. I left the backs in the box so they wouldn’t get trapped inside the card. (I mention that because I almost left them on and would have been terribly irritated.) The tips of the pins are sitting on Crafty Foam tape so they don’t poke through.

For the front of this card, I used the Neat & Tangled Little Tangles Challenge 85 Sketch:

 

After doing the galaxy background, I had to find a white bright enough to stand out against the whites in the background. After trying all my white embossing powders, Brutus Monroe won. The A Long Time Ago sentiments didn’t have all the letters I wanted for the end line, so I had to try to hand letter it with an embossing pen… not too easy with my tremor, but it came close enough, I think. A black Pigma Micron Pen helped sharpen the letters a little.

Materials used:

  • Neat & Tangled: Time Warp and A Long Time Ago stamp sets
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Ranger Embossing Antiquities – Frosted Crystal
  • Ranger Inkssentials Embossing Pen – Black
  • Brutus Monroe Embossing Powder – Alabaster
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Black Soot, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Grapes & Twisted Citron
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray – Brushed Pewter
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic paint – Titanium
  • My Studio Acrylic paint – White
  • Kemper Splatter Brush Tool
  • Zig Wink of Luna pen – Gold
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen – clear
  • Core’dinations cardstock: golden yellow, black, blue, white
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape and EZ Runner

I am playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

By the way: I’m a cardmaker, not a doctor! LOL!

~D.Ann

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Oh My Whiskers Peeking Cats Card

Oh, my whiskers!

  

Here’s a pawsome trio for the Cat Lovers Hop

These Peeking Cats are so stinkin’ cute!! And I just love the Oh my whiskers! sentiment! If you happen to like them as much as I do, be sure and read to the end as there’s a special announcement! (Ok, I know you’re going to skip the rest of the pics and go straight to the end of this post now. lol!)

Now, here’s a question for you… I couldn’t decide if I liked just adding the whiskers to the top of the ‘i’ or if I should add them to the bottom too. I leaned toward just the top, but after I was done, I put them on the bottom too… Which one do you prefer?

After coloring the eyes, I filled them in with Glossy Accents… they look almost real in person!

Materials used:

  • Frantic Stamper Peeking Cats dies
  • Frantic Stamper Cat Sentiments stamps
  • My Minds Eye Meow 6×6 pad
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black & white
  • Tsukineko Versamark link
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder
  • Copic markers: R32, RV02, Y17, YG61,63
  • Sakura Pigma Micron archival ink pens, black 05 & green 03
  • Kuretake Wink of Luna – gold
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Recollections faux pearls (colored with Copics to match the MME Meow cardstock)

Now, for what you’ve been waiting for….

Special announcement: Fran at the Frantic Stamper (HERE) has kindly gone to the trouble to offer you Cat Lovers Hoppers a special discount if you but the both the stamp and die I used together:

This will give you a 25% ($3.75) discount on the stamp. She only has 12 of the stamp in stock right now….. and no more coming for at least a month, so you will want to hurry and get your order in!  This offer is only good while supplies last, and the offer ends on November 12017. Check out her other sales while you’re there! She carries hard-to-find brands in addition to her own. Have fun!!

Thank you Fran!!! (And thanks for the honor of putting this card on your product pages!)

I’m playing along with the Cat Lovers Hop… click HERE for more information as to how you can join the fun.

~D.Ann

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CASology Anniversary Balloon Blog Hop – Friends Share Happiness Card

Welcome! I have a sweet little card to share with you for CASology’s 5th Anniversary Balloon Blog Hop. Congrats gals!! There are lots of fun projects on the hop and prizes too… you’ll want to go check it out! Just sayin’!

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I love these sweet Flora Waycott cats! They make for a great CAS (Clean and Simple) card:

Materials used:

  • Waffle Flower: Flora Cat Play
  • Core’dinations Parisian nights A2 card and cardstock: black & white
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink
  • Copic marker R89
  • Recollections faux pearls
  • Scholastic glue stick

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

Thanks again for stopping by! Have a terrific day!

~D.Ann

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Neat & Tangled Furrever Friends – Puppy & Cats Group Hug Card

Hello and welcome!

I’m popping in quickly with a sweet and simple one-layer card I made with the new Neat & Tangled Puppy’s Favorite Things…

Awww! Group Hug!!

Materials used:

  • Neat & Tangled Puppy’s Favorite Things, Purrfect, & Falling Hearts stamps
  • Tsukinedo Versamagic chalk ink: Red Magic
  • Memento dye inks: Rich Cocoa & Tuxedo Black
  • Copic Markers: C3,5; E13,23,25,31,37,74,79; R20,35
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – white
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white and red and Parisian Nights A2 card
  • Scotch adhesive tape runner

I am playing along with the Neat & Tangled Little Tangles Challenge #82: Masking. Click on it to find out how you can play along!

I’m glad you stopped by! Have a wonderful day!

~D.Ann

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Sizzix Stephanie Barnard Flip-Its Friendship Card with Tim Holtz Crazy Cats

Hello, again! I’ve been playing just a little with some paper crafts during my recuperation. Today I have a cute little friendship Flip-Its card for you:

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Of course, it’s cuter in action, so here’s a link to a quick video (HERE):

And some close-ups

 

  

These Flip-It’s cards are SO FUN and so EASY to make!!

Materials used:

  • Sizzix Tripple Playful Flip-Its dies by Stephanie Barnard
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Cats & Crazy Talk
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Crazy Cats Dies
  • Sizzix Little Sizzles paper pack – earth tones
  • Core’dinations cardstock – purple and white
  • Copic Markers B21; C1,3,5,7; R20; W1,3,5; Y13; YG63; YR21,24
  • Pigma Micron Archival Ink pens: 005 green & 05 Brown
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen 533
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Faber Castell Textuer Gems pearl
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web sticky dot runner & sticky tape runner adhesives

I’m entering this in the Stephanie Barnard Flip-Its Sizzix Maker Challenge. Click on it for more information on how you can join the fun!

I’m also joining the fun at the CropStop July Linky Party #30 (Coredinations, Pigma, Ranger, Sizzix).

Thank you for stopping by today!

~D.Ann

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