Chocolate Keeps You Safe! Fun Fat Cat Card

Hello again! I’m back with a humorous card for the Cat Lovers Hop.

A few months back our whole family went on a diet and each successfully shed scores of pounds. However, my folks recently hit a plateau. To congratulate them on their accomplishment, and encourage them to keep up the good work with some humor, I send them this fun card:

I think these two cats are safe, don’t you?!! I love how shiny the Brilliance ink is when stamping with it! To help it stand out, I just lightly colored the kitties with some chalks:

The Liquid Pearls make the chocolate look almost edible (if slightly melted)… Gotta love those fun Technique Tuesday Sassy sentiments! : )

Of course, I was so excited to send it to them, I was already writing in it when I remembered to take a pic… just ignore my scribbling (thx)!

I love that stamped sentiment: Did you ever notice there are no recipes for leftover chocolate?! So true! (and you notice the chocolate is gone except for the wrapper and a couple of crumbs)

On the back, there’s a little pocket for a gift card for them to get some new ‘skinny’ clothes:

Supplies:

  • Penny Black: 9 Lives stamp set
  • Technique Tuesday: Sassy Bday & Sassy Hangry
  • Spellbinders: Labels 40 Decorative Accents dies
  • Justrite dies: Filigree Corners
  • Recollections white cardstock
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black & Rich Cocoa dye inks
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Coffee Bean & Pearlescent Rust pigment inks
  • Art Performance markers
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls: Dark Chocolate
  • Ranger Stickles: Joyful
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Carnation Pink
  • 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:

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Purr-prize! It’s time for another giveaway for all you kitty loving blog hoppers along with my faithful blog followers! This time I have a little package (#1) of fab feline goodies:

Meowza! Kitty footies, color in postcards, washi tape, cat eraser, sticky notes, a magnetic bookmark, kitty tissues, and even an adjustable cat ring! Purrfect!

What do you have to do to be eligible to win my prize package #1? If you’re interested, just leave me a comment using the words “kitty cat” together 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 card. (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 (@dannscrafting) and re-pin any one of my cards 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!!

There’s more fun coming… be sure and mosey back here 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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Need Help! Please Send Coffee + Blog candy

Good morning!

Are you sitting there with your favorite warm or iced beverage in hand? For those of you who have been following this week, you know I’ve been having fun making coffee themed cards with some watercolor in them. In case you’re here for the first time, here are the fun blog hops and challenges going on:

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Today’s card was also inspired by the Mojo Monday challenge 400 sketch #mojo400 (click HERE for more info.)

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In keeping with the summer coffee lovers theme, I thought… what if a coffee lover were stranded on a desert island? This would probably be the result:

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Tee-hee-hee … makes me giggle!  : )

I water colored the background, Stamped the sentiment and glued the die cut “coffee.” The sandy beach is sandpaper and the rest I drew, colored with Copics and fussy cut.

Materials used:

  • Strathmore watercolor paper, cold press
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors Nos. 51, 61, 64
  • Verve Chocolate stamp set
    • Verve is a sponsor of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop : )
  • Memento dye ink – rich cocoa
  • Copic markers B21 BG15 C3 C5 C7 E3 E37 G99 YG63 YG67 W5
  • 3M 60 grit sandpaper
  • Tombow Xtreme  and mono-dots adhesives

I’m entering this card in the following blog hops and challenges:

If you’d like to join the fun at any of the above, just click on the colored text to go find out what you need to do. Happy crafting!

I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by today!

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If you’ve been here before, you know I have a small blog candy package to give away:

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I figure any coffee loving cardmaker will love these adorable ‘Brewchitecture’ napkins by Jill Seale. One pack is “coffee” the other is “café presse.” And, since we are cardmakers, there’s also a new, small Studio g stamp set: ” delight in little things.”

If you would like to have a chance to win this package, all you have to do is leave a comment on any of my blog hop posts that have “Blog candy” in the title from June 5 – 12, 2015. Of course, I appreciate those who sign up to follow the blog, but it’s not a requirement. If you do sign up to follow, I will give you an extra entry. To sign up, you’ll need to go to the home page and click the box that says “follow” in the right-hand column under the photos. If you’re already a follower, make a second comment telling me so. Otherwise, one comment per post, please.  From all the comments left on my blog posts from June 5 – 12 that have “Blog candy” in the title, I will announce a winner, selected at random, on June 14, 2015. (This date is revised from my original post.) The winner will have 72 hours to respond, or I will draw another winner.

Bye-bye! Have fun stormin’ the blog hops today!!

-D.Ann

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