Stay Pawsitive Catastrophe Card

I’m back with another Art impressions card for the Cat Lovers Hop and for the Art Impressions Challenge 219: Stamp a Scene.

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Since this is a get well card, I just HAD to put Nermal in there… he was given to me when I was in the hospital with a note: ‘Hope you get back to Nermal again real soon!’ How cute was that?!!

Now you can better see this cute little scene of kitty hobbling off carrying his catnip tea the handiest way possible. It cracks me up! Since dad broke his foot the cast is now off, but he is frustrated that the boot didn’t come off this last visit, so this card should cheer him up. I fussy cut the cat and the cup and added a little bit of shadow to the scene.

Then there’s this little cutie-pie on the inside:

Since I didn’t want this to bleed through to the back, I used colored pencils instead of Copics. Glossy accents help the eyes and balloon to look more realistic.

I also like how that Coredinations Black Magic paper sands down to show the inner color! The Paw Print embossing folder goes great with that sentiment!

Materials used:

  • Art Impressions Catastrophy stamp set
  • Spellbinders Butterfly Circles and Heart Circles dies
  • Darice Paws embossing folder
  • Core’dinations Black Magic cardstock (and Sand-It tool)
  • Core’dinations cardstock: orange & white
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Copic markers: B5; BG13,15; C1,3,5; E23,25; RV02; YG61
  • Marvy LePlume II – black
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend pencils: Bright Green, Carrot, Fossil Grey, Parakeet, Persimmon, Petunia, Red Barn & Strawberry
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – white
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Scotch tape runner

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges – click on them for all the details.

Thank you for stopping by and for leaving your encouraging comments!

~D.Ann

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Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop: Clear & Simple Prickley Pear Tea Time Card

Welcome back to day 3 of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I have a very simple layered card today:

Note: that’s not a defect in the embossing powder! lol! For variety, I did strips of silver and copper for the tea kettle background. Also, the green in the picture below is closer to the true color.. which goes WAY better with the purple than what the camera shows above!

Supplies used:

  • Clear & Simple Stamps Tea Kettle stamp set
  • Prickley Pear Tea Time stamp
  • Clear & Simple Stamps Heart Doily die
  • EK Success Corner Rounder punch
  • Core’dinations cardstock
  • Memento Lulu Lavender dye ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Hampton Arts Metallic Copper and Silver embossing powders
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web 1/8″ Easy-Tear tape adhesive
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web Sticky Tape Runner – permanent adhesive
  • Misc. ribbon

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

I appreciate all my visitors, especially those who leave such kind comments… Thank you!

I’ll see you again real soon.

~D.Ann

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Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop: Docrafts Window Card

Welcome back to the second day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Today I have a sweet little window card for you:

It’s another one of those DoCrafts Xcut folders that cut and emboss all in one pass – genius! By sanding the raised portion, it gave some contrast color and feels like velvet.

For the inside I colored some cute little DoCrafts Papermania stickers that come with some glittery bling already on them. I will add a sentiment when I’m ready to send this because it’s suitable for almost any occasion.

I colored these with a mix of AquaBlend and Spectrum Noir Metallic pencils. The metallics don’t blend with water and I need to get more gamsol to mix them better, but the AquaBlends blended well with water.

Supplies used:

  • DoCrafts Xcut Elegant Lady cut & emboss folder
  • Spellbinders Divine Eloquence die
  • Core’dinations Gemstones Pink Diamond & plain white cardstock
  • Core’dinations Sand-It gadget
  • DoCrafts Papermania Colour In Stickers: Afternoon Tea
  • Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils: Bright Green Parakeet, Petunia, Pink Tulip, and Sunshine
  • Spectrum Noir Metallic Pencils: Gold, Mica, Pink, Purple, Silver, and Violet
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web Sticky Tape Runner – permanent adhesive

I really appreciate all the encouraging comments you’ve been leaving on my posts! I hope to be by soon to return the favor! I’m looking forward to posting some interesting non-card projects, so please plan on stopping back by. If you don’t want to miss any posts, feel free to subscribe! Thanks!!

~D.Ann

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Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop – CDD First Sip Card and EDIBLE stamping

Hello and welcome back deer peeps!

(** NOTE: if you are looking for the post with details on my Guest Designing for CropStop, click HERE**)

It’s that time again — time for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop! Woo-hoo!

 

You’ll want to click on the Bloghop logo above to go read about how you can join the fun and about all of the wonderful sponsors and prizes!

I’m starting off with an experiment. I wanted to try stamping on cookies…. yep! EDIBLE stamping!! I started my experiment with some inspiration from Craftin’ Desert Divas Monthly Mood Board:

   

I stopped by the store and picked up some yummy spring colored macaroons – those small, circular, light-as-a-feather French confections (not the divine coconut drops). Then I gathered some supplies:

  • Wilton gel food colors
  • Sunny Side Up Bakery gold luster dust
  • Wilton imitation almond extract
  • Wilton food safe brushes
  • Craftin’ Desert Divas Coffee Break and Peek-a-Boo Animals stamp sets

I tried spreading the gel food coloring mixed with a drop of almond extract real thin on aluminum foil and pressing the stamp into it, then onto the macaroon.

I wish I’d’ve had a food safe brayer. It was tough to get the right consistency and get good coverage. The black worked better – perhaps because I spread it thinner. (It worked even better after it had set out a while and gotten tacky.) Next came coloring. Any time I accidentally touched the black, the black color immediately bled into it. It was, indeed, a learning experience! The kids who ate these were way more pleased with them than I was!

A few more things I learned…

  • Don’t press too hard or the macaroons will crack. The surface isn’t flat, so you do have to ‘rock’ your stamp… try to do this only once to prevent a double image.
  • The gold luster dust makes for a TERRIFIC shine. put a little on the foil with a drop of almond extract, mix and pick up with your brush. When mixed with black on a stamped image, it makes a pretty  silvery-gold.
  • On the pink cookie, I tried wiping the gel around, then stamping, then filled in the teapot with gold dust. The wiped areas almost look like they were airbrushed.

 

I then went on to make a card with the same stamps (and color scheme), adding in the Simon Says Stamp challenges for multiple layers/dies/stamps.

Tip: If you have a Spellbinders die, like this one, that is too long for your card, you can find a place to cut it and shorten it like I did. Under the next layer, the cut lines are hardly noticeable:

I love how Flower Soft makes great pollen-y stamen centers for these sweet flowers!

Card Supplies used:

  • Craftin’ Desert Divas Coffee Break and Peek-a-Boo Animals stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, Divine Eloquence, and Cinch & Go flower dies
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 pink card
  • Core’dinations cardstock – pink yellow and green
  • Memento dye inks: Rich Cocoa & Rose Bud
  • Aqua Blend pencils (by Spectrum Noir): Carrot, Ginger, Parakeet, Petunia, Strawberry
  • Spectrum Noir Metallic pencil: Pink
  • Spectrum Aqua pen: Rose Pink
  • Flower Soft – Daffodil
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Recollections Faux Pearls

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

I’m happy you could stop by today! I’ll have several posts up over the next few days, including some FLOWER stamped macaroons that turned out MUCH better — so do plan on stopping back by. If you don’t want to miss any posts, please subscribe! Thanks!!

~D.Ann

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PTI 10th Anniversary Challenge: Transformation – Golden Framed Dewy Periwinkle Photo

The final challenge of Papertrey Ink’s 10th Anniversary celebration was called Transformation. The challenge was to create a new project based on a card you were not happy with. That was easy… That white, pink and green frame I just did really didn’t turn out as great as I’d imagined it. I thought the colors would pull out the colors in the picture, but was highly disappointed.

So, I decided to re-try this time with a solid gold background…

Wow! NOW the picture POPS!! MUCH better, don’t you think?!!

I love making cards out of pictures I’ve taken… I need to do that more often! They make great ‘any occasion’ cards to have on hand!!

Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil cover plate die
  • Colorbok Shiny Gold Metallic Paper
  • Sookwang 6″ Scor-tape adhesive (this also worked MUCH better for piecing in the pieces)
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 white card

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun… you’ll want to hurry and join this one if you can – you might win your PTI wishlist of up to $300! Wouldn’t that be fabulous?!

Thanks again for visiting… don’t forget to stop back by on Friday for a cool surprise!

~D.Ann

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Nail Polish Marbled Paper – Papertrey Ink Make-It-Monday #277

I’m back this evening with a really cool method of paper marbling… using NAIL POLISH! Yep, you read right… NAIL POLISH!

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In Papertrey Ink’s Make-It-Monday #277, Lizzie does a fine job of showing you how to do it in the video HERE, so I won’t waste your time with more, except for these three tips:

  1. Make sure to use gloves and protect around your working area.
  2. I found it easier to drip from the bottle with the help of the applicator rather than from the applicator, which took too long.
  3. Make sure to have plenty of paper towels or a dedicated craft mat to lay your wet marbled paper on to dry.

What beautiful DIY backgrounds! They’re shiny and yet pliable, not hardened to the point of breaking.

Adding a polish with glitter tended to spread the colors away from the glitter, for a different look.

These would make great cards to give a special gal along with a manicure kit!

For the ones on black card bases, I went back to old corner punches to decorate the inside and make room for writing a message. Unfortunately, the embossing is so light, I couldn’t get it to show in a picture.

Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink – Wonderful Words: Love die
  • Fiskars Framed in Love Border Corner Punch
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 cards and white & black cardstock
  • Tombow mono adhesive runner
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Sally Hansen Zesty Ginger Frost nail polish
  • Sinful Colors nail polish: Black on Black, Eva So Bright, Frenzy & Jade Kat

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

I hope to be back soon with a couple more cards. So check back, or subscribe so you won’t miss any, ok?! Thanks for stopping by today!

~D.Ann

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Winnie & Walter – Floral Challenge with Lydia

Good morning – at least for a few more minutes! Had to sleep in after all the work yesterday finishing up everything. : ) My cold is getting better, so I’m hoping to be back to ‘normal’ soon.  (Yes, I know that’s debatable. hahaha) Let’s hope three times is it for this year!!

I have a clean & simple monochromatic card for Winnie & Walter’s Floral Challenge with Lydia to share with you…

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Materials used:

  • Winnie & Walter download squiggle edge from their 1st Bday Bash Digital Elements (that you can find HERE)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Camellia stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Lovely Lady
  • Washi tape (I think it was Recollections)
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & pink
  • Tombow mono adhesive

If you want more information on playing along with this Winnie & Walter challenge, you can find it HERE, but hurry – it ends tomorrow!

I’m glad you could stop by today. I hope to finish up a couple of other cards that are in the works and post them this afternoon. See you soon!

-D.Ann

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Winnie & Walter – Smile

Surprise! I DID get another card finished for the Winnie & Walter 2nd Anniversary Bash finished! Smile!!

Winnie & Walter’s Color Challenge with Heather P is to include the Winnie & Walter colors: coral, lime/chartreuse and aqua/light turquoise

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And Mayuri’s Winnie & Walter challenge was Inlaid Die Cutting. Together with Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: Inspired by a Song – Your Smiling Face by James Taylor, this is the result:

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Materials used:

  • Winnie & Walter balloons download 1st Bday Bash Digital Elements (Here)
  • Simon Says Stamp Smile Circle die
  • Core’dinations cardstock white, lime and aqua
  • Recollections Shimmer card – coral
  • Tombow mono adhesive

If you want to play along with any of these challenges that I’m joining, just click on the descriptions below:

Ok, this on IS the last post for today! : ) G’nite!

-D.Ann

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I Like Big Cups… and Up-cycling them!

Good evening! I have just finished another card and wanted to get it in just in case I’m too busy tomorrow morning.

This one was inspired by several things. Last month at the Crafting Desert Divas’ release hop they gave away an adorable coffee mouse digi stamp from Too Cute by Jessica which goes perfectly with the Coffee Lovers blog hop. Their current challenge is ‘favorite color combo.’ (You can find more info HERE.)

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Right now my favorite color combo for this card is redish-mauve, tan, brown and cream – which also happen to be a majority of the colors in the current Unruly PaperArts challenge: Coffee and Cream. (You can find the details HERE.)

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I also wanted to up-cycle the glasses on the fun LARGE CUPS that I get my venti green tea frappuccinos in:

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Yes, it’s brown instead of bright green as I have them add raspberry syrup and green and red = brown! After I was done, I washed the cup and cut out the glasses.

The cute mouse made a perfect candidate for wearing the Starbucks ‘sunglasses’ – something we wear even in fall and winter in Florida – and even my barista knows I like big cups as he’ll sometimes throw my venti into a treinta cup rather than throw away the excess.

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I did alter the digi a bit by coloring the nose and feet to make them mauve so they matched better. Then I hand drew dashes and dots around it to frame it. I love how easy Cordinations paper makes embossed images stand out when you sand them! I see that folder as my Venti Green Tea Frappuccinos and my Venti Pumpkin Spiced Lattes! : ) Good thing I’ve learned to make them myself, or I’d go broke!!

Materials used:

  • Too Cute by Jessica – Coffee Mouse digi stamp
  • Sizzix/Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder: On the Go
  • DCWV card
  • Coredinations The Chocolate Box cardstock: Amaretto
  • Neenah Astroparche cardstock: Natural
  • Recollections cardstock – maroon
  • Copic Marker – R89
  • Pigma Micron pen – red
  • Papertrey Ink button – Canyon Clay
  • Faber-Castell Gelato – red
  • Misc. balsa wood doo-dads (they were on long sticks and I cut them off), twine, and adhesives.

This card will be playing along with the following hops and challenges. You can click on the highlighted links to find out more info. on each of them:

Hopefully I will have my blog candy together by the next post – stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by to visit, leaving those encouraging comments and for following my blog if you like what you see – you’re all very much appreciated!

-D.Ann

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