Lil Inker Designs Pawesome Kitty With Frap Interactive Thank You Card for Barista

This was supposed to be my grand finale card for tomorrow, but I was afraid I might not have time to post it, so it’s going up today. : ) Yes, there’s only just over a day left of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I’ve been showing my cards from the hop to my barista who is a sweetheart and always goes above and beyond with my green tea fraps, so I thought I’d make her a special little interactive thank you card:

I just LOVE this adorable Lil’ Inker Designs Kitty Hugger! (And that cool Starbucks holographic Miami Gift Card!)  The frap is just sitting there unattached and can be removed to read the Thank You note on the back. The kitty stands up by cutting a second one and gluing the heads together. (The arms and tail of the back one were removed so they wouldn’t be seen (making a scary mutant cat) and the parts that would be visible were colored in.)

I had a learning curve with coloring it tho… I was happy with how natural looking the paw pads I added turned out – until I folded them over and THEN remembered Copics bleed through. Akk! Usually it’s not a problem as I’ll be attaching what I color to something else, covering the back side. Well, just don’t think too much about how a kitty could be hugging something AND have his paw pads showing or you’ll get a brain cramp from the contortions. Lol!

There was a serendipitous moment, too… when my cutting pads are very well used, they tend to impress the markings on the back of what I’m cutting. Not usually a problem, but when I folded the arm over, I found that it added some cool fur-like texture!!

If you look closely at the pic above, you can see the ‘shelf’ I built on his left foot. I just added two pieces of cardstock straight across the ‘ankle’ and that gives the frap a shelf to rest on which, along with the bent paw, holds it in place until ready to be removed.

I wish you could see the frap in real life… It’s amazing! I colored the green tea part first, then added the Nuvo Fresh Snowfall Glitter accents and it looks nice and frosty! The whipped cream was done with a Viva Decor Perlen Pen and the straw was attached. Once dry, I die cut a piece of clear plastic from the packaging of one of my dies, lined it with Scor-tape and put it on top for a true plastic cup look.

The kitty does stand alone, but he can also sit on the gift card… one cool Miami cat!       That gives me an idea: he could be used later as a bookmark, too!

Since they were 25% off today (with Target’s Cartwheel app), I went over to get a frap, and hopefully get a pic of my barista with her gift,  but she was off today, so I just came home with a yummy pick-me-up for myself. (Nonfat milk and raspberry syrup instead of classic – yum!) I always get mine without whipped cream, but the card just looks cuter with it, don’tcha think?!

Supplies used:

  • Lil’ Inker Designs Kitty Hugger stamp and die set
  • Lil Inker Designs Coffee Talk stamp and die sets
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3, 5; E02; R20; RV02; YG61, 63
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter Accents: Fresh Snowfall
  • Viva Decor Perlen Pen – Ice White
  • Sookwang 2.5″ Scor-tape adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Blue
  • Coredinations white and red cardstock
  • Misc. plastic packaging

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

It’s been a fun week. Thanks to everyone who was kind enough to stop by and leave some bloggie love!! I really appreciate you all!!

~D.Ann

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Edited to add: Went the next day and my sweet barista was pleased with her little gift!

Thank you, Angie!

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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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Friends Are Marshmallows in the Cocoa of Life Card

Hello, again! I’m back with another fun cocoa card:

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I love that sweet sentiment: Friends are marshmallows in the cocoa of life!

The layers were inspired by Kraftin’ Kimmie’s December Layout (you KNOW they didn’t come from plain Jane me!) and the colors came from Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: Ice Inspiration:

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Did you know how easy it is to DIY your own glitter cardstock colors if you don’t have the right one? I just took a Copic marker to some gold glitter cardstock and instantly had the olive color I needed:

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I also added some bling to the girls’ hair ornaments and mugs with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. Oh, and I couldn’t resist adding chocolate mustaches from the cocoa!  : )

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I even added a little decoration on the inside:

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Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders dies: Opulent Ovals, Gold Labels One, Snowflake View
  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps: Cocoa Friends & Beary Big Hugs (mug)
  • Memento dye inks: Tuxedo Black and London Fog (inside)
  • Copic Markers:
    • Auburn Hair: E04, 25, 37; R39
    • Blonde Hair: E11, 31; Y24, 32
    • Rest: C1, 3, 5; E000, 00, 02, 13, 25, 74; G99; R20; RV19, 34; YG63 W1, 3, 5
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – Clear
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Core’dinations cardstock: White, Gray
  • DCWV Glitzy Glitter cardstock stack fuchsia, gold and silver
  • Misc. Adhesive

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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A special thanks to all you dear sweet marshmallows in my life!! : )

~D.Ann

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Cat Lovers Hop – Final Day – You’re Special Crazy Cat Card + Blog Candy

I’m so glad you could stop by today for the final day of the Cat Lovers Hop!

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And what a hop it’s been! With over 130 talented entries already, who knows how many we’ll have before the day is done?!! I’ve had cat loving visitors from 15 countries stop by!

Who knew that National Chocolate day is October 28 and National Cat day is October 29?! (International Cat day is August 8). Isn’t it crazy how they seem to have a “day” for everything?!! I think EVERY day should be chocolate and cat days!!!

If you’ve been following my posts this week, then you know that I’ve been interviewing famous cats. I sent out many more requests, but not all of our beloved felines deigned to reply. The one I really missed was Tarder Sauce aka “Grumpy Cat” as I had a cat colored like her and some blog candy, too. What was I thinking?!! We all know her most popular MEMEs:

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But I’d rather not impute motives… who knows what she’s been going through at the time I wrote?  Maybe she’s even had way too many PAWparazzi chasing her lately. So I went ahead and used the image I colored in her honor and put together a fun card in fall colors:

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And the inside shows what the little PAWparazzo was up to…

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Didja notice my inspired ball of yarn exclamation point?! I’ll fess up as to why it’s inspired… I had masked off the rest of the sentiment while inking it up… then forgot to take off the mask. DUH! It left a smudge that needed covering. THAT’s when the ball of yarn exclamation point idea came up. Too bad the smaller ball wouldn’t cover up the smudge as it’d’ve made the perfect exclamation point! (Note to self… remember for next time!)

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There’s a better view of that fantastic metallic creative medium on the left and the Perlen ‘milk’.  I used a rounded flower tool to round the eyes before adding glossy accents. They look really cool IRL.

Supplies used:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz stamp sets:  Crazy Cats, Mini Cats & Dogs, and Crazy Talk
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits dies: Crazy Cats and Mini Cats & Dogs
  • Ranger Dylusions Raining Cats small stencil
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Imagine Crafts Creative Medium Metallic Copper
  • Copic Markers
    • Large Cat: B21; E00, 11, 31, 33, 74, 79; RV02; W1,3,5
    • Small Cat: YR02, 04, 21, 24; W1
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 005 black pen
  • Sharpie white paint pen
  • Viva Decor Perlen-pen
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Silly Winks sticky back foam
  • The Paper Studio – Spare Parts camera charm
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black and white
  • Misc. card base
  • Various adhesives
  • Dollar store medical tape (I use this to hold my dies in place, but I liked the look of it over the milk bottle, so cut it to fit before putting Glossy Accents over it)

I’m entering this card in the following hops and challenges – you can click on any one of them for more information in case you’d care to join the fun:

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Now it’s time for my final blog candy for this hop, open internationally:

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There is a Design Works 5×7 Cross Stitch kit, a set of 4 Grumpy Cat buttons (my favorite says “I’m on a button? I hate buttons!” lol!) and some kitty sticky note page markers.

If you would like to be in the running to win this blog candy, pay close attention to the rules: Leave ONE comment on this post before 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 30, 2016, using the word PAWparazzo somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the word PAWparazzo 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 my PINTEREST account, @dannscrafting , come back here and leave comment with your Pinterest 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 open to International peeps, too.

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.

It’s been a fast and FURRYous week of activity! I hope you’ve enjoyed the hop, I certainly have! Thank you all SO VERY MUCH for stopping by and for all the kind, encouraging and entertaining comments you left – they are much appreciated!!

I have one more project, but if I don’t get it done today, I’ll save it for next hop! : )

See you ’round blog-land my fur-loving friends! Don’t forget to stop back in the afternoon on October 31 to see if you won any blog candy!

~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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The Hop to Stop 2016 and Cat Lovers Hop – Worry is like a Rocking Chair Card

Good evening and welcome! This next card is inspired by Becca’s Hop to Stop 2016 – Raising Awareness for Domestic Violence. Purple is the awareness color.

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I have a dear friend who has suffered much and is in need of some encouragement and help to keep from fretting about things, so I made this card for her to go with an orchid.

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and on the inside:

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In case the writing is too small, it says: “it gives you something to do, but gets you nowhere!” How true! Under the calm and peaceful kitty, I cited a Scripture that provides the perfect antidote to worry: Philippians 4:6, 7. In my experience it works every time!

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Filigree Delight dies
  • Die-Versions “Piano” Sweet Petites die and “Grandmother’s Chair” Whispers die
  • Hanko Designs Jumping Cat and Sleepy Cat stamps
  • Core’dinations cardstock – purples and white
  • DCWV Violet Leaf Stack cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L adhesives

I am entering this card in the following hops and challenges. If you’d like to join the fun, click on any one of them for more information:

I’ll be back tomorrow with another delightful interview and another cat card… peaceful dreams!

~D.Ann

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Meoooow! – Cat Lovers Hop – Day 1

Meow! Which, in cat, is as ambiguous as Aloha in Hawaiian.

Hello, again! Good morning, and welcome to the first Cat Lovers Hop put on by Janice and her four-legged friends over at Her Peaceful Garden.

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You can read all the details about the hop – like how to play and who the fab sponsors are – HERE. Be sure to read all the way to the end of this post for an additional surprise!

My first card happens to feature a couple of the sponsors’ kitty products –

Naughty Newton from Newton’s Nook and Graphic 45’s Raining Cats and Dogs:

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(click on photo to enlarge)

Every cat owner who had (past tense!) mini-blinds knows they don’t last long with cats around! >^.^< Naughty Newton is no exception – he’s all wrapped up in ’em trying to get at whatever it is he sees in that window!! There are even a couple of Graphic 45 cats framed as pictures on the wall in Newton’s house. : )

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Newton is right at home in this house full of kitties… If you’ll notice in the background by the carved wooden kitty there are even cat-tails and pussy willows!

Materials used:

  • Newton’s Nook stamp sets: Naughty Newton & Boo Crew
  • Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Four-Legged Friend paper
  • Spellbinders dies:
    • Window two
    • Fancy Framed Tags one
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3, 5; E79; YR 21, 24
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Coredinations cardstock
  • Craft Smith card
  • Recollections faux pearls
    • I love how you can use Copic markers to make your pearls match any project!
  • Piccolo Flower Curls
  • Offray ribbon
  • Misc. wire, beads, twine, metal frames, cardstock, adhesives.

 

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Now, for more fun… What’s a hop without a few extra little giveaways? I have a small cat lovers BLOG CANDY package up for grabs!

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A ‘Life’s better with a Cat magnet, a foot of paw print ribbon and a couple of kitty embellishments for your next cat card.

If you’d like to have a chance at winning this little package, pay close attention: Leave ONE comment on this post telling me: What is your favorite type of cat?  before 11:59 p.m. PACIFIC time, Sunday, November 1, 2015. If you don’t tell me your favorite type of cat, I’ll assume you’re not interested in the blog candy. If you are (or become) a follower of this blog, you can make a SECOND comment telling me so for an additional entry. On November 2, 2015 I will use Mr. Random org to draw a winner from the comments that qualify and TRY to announce it here on the blog. I will be in an area with spotty internet, so if there is no announcement on November 2nd, I will announce the winner on November 10, 2015. The winner will have 72 hours to contact me with their snail-mail address or another winner will be chosen.

I’m joining the fun at these hops and challenges:

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I can’t believe I didn’t look at Newton’s Nook’s current challenge to make this fit, but I’ve been wanting to make this card for a long time. Perhaps I can play along next time. Anyway, if YOU want to join the fun over at Newton’s Nook, here’s the link:  http://www.newtonsnookblog.com/2015/10/inky-paws-challenge-26-color-challenge.html

Before I leave, I thought I’d add some fun little kitty comics as I always love to see what ones Janis has on her blog. Here are today’s – so apropos:

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Thanks for stopping by today. I look forward to seeing you here all week for more fun kitty cards!

**** Edited to add: Thank you for the honor of being spotted by Newton’s Nook! ****

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-D.Ann

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