Spellbinders You’re A Gem Gift Boxes

Hello, precious peeps!

I know you’ve seen these cool party favor boxes before, but this time I did something new – I put the sentiment inside the lid. I like the surprise of the recipients opening them and being doubly surprised! I did a batch of 24 for the party, but you get the idea with just these 4:

Supplies Used:

  • Spellbinders Contour You’re A Gem Steel Rule Die & Die D-lites You’re a Gem etched dies
  • Recollections Signature Brights glitter cardstock pad
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive (this tape is strong enough to hold the boxes together despite the glitter!)
  • Sookwang Scor Tape (for the gem die cuts on top)
  • Misc chocolates and mints… plus a few extra for the crafter! (Gone BEFORE Jan 1! LOL! It’s a good thing those peppermint brownie Ghirardelli chocolates only come out once a year!!) : )

I am playing along with the following challenges – click on any one for more information on how you can join the fun!

Thanks for stopping by today and for leaving your comments. I always read them all and appreciate your encouragement!

~D.Ann

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A Fun Diet Tip and a Free Digi!

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I’ve posted something! lol! Let’s hope this year is better for all of us! To help get it started off right, today’s post is going to be a bit different from my usual crafting posts. This past May I made some adjustments to my diet that helped me lose 40 pounds in four months. Then life’s circumstances kept me from sticking to it for the past three months. Fortunately, despite that, I’m only up 2 pounds. Now that life has calmed down some, I’m ready to knuckle down and lose the last bit of my excess baggage. Since I know many of you are trying to be good, too, I thought I’d share a fun diet tip with you. I know, using “diet” and “fun” in the same sentence is a major juxtaposition, but you’ll see what I mean soon enough.

Disclaimer: this post is in no way to be considered medical information and you should consult your doctor before following any dieting advice. (Although this is very true, you’re going to chuckle when you see what that advice is!)

If you’re like me, you might have grown up around folks who always kept a candy jar on hand ‘for company.’ I loved visiting family members that had those jars when I was a kid and now I keep one myself – only it somehow seems to run out of chocolates more often than I have company to share it! So I made up a sign to put on the candy jars.

Before I show it to you, I will preface this with a disclaimer… For those of you that know me as a Bible Study teacher, know that I work hard to make sure that what I teach is accurate and never taken out of context. This, however, is most definitely taken out of context and is totally just for fun, ok?! So here’s the sign (from above)…

Just in case you don’t have your Bible handy, here is what Colossians 2:21 says:

“Do not handle, nor taste, nor touch”

Hahahaha! A dainty reminder of a stern order. Of course, this was not originally intended to keep one away from chocolates, but it sure does make me smile! I did it in ombre red to subliminally indicate STOP.

If this makes you smile, too, and you want to use it but don’t have the gumption to letter your own sign, nor to use Paint Shop or another program to make up your own sign, I’ve created a free .jpg digi you are welcome to save and print out for your personal use. All I ask is that if you post it on your blog or on social media, please link back to this blog post, ok? Thanks! Come back here and leave me a comment if you do and I’ll try to visit your post. Have fun!

Right click on the image above to save it to your computer.

Supplies:

  • Spellbinders Wonderful Locket die
  • Core’dinations 65# white cardstock
  • printed digi (see above)

And, yes, I am going to enter this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes. : )

I hope I made you smile! Wishing us all the best as we try to maintain our resolve and reclaim our figures!

~D.Ann

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2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Life is BeauTEAful card

Hello and welcome! Time has flown by. I can’t believe it’s already time for the 2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Here is my first card, using fall colors:

The inside and envelope coordinate, too:

Oh, and FYI that sentiment is done by some precision cutting of two different stamps. : )

Materials used:

  • Hero Arts Tea Party Fancy Die
  • Hero Arts To Seize or Not to Seize & Kit-tea stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Floral Ovals dies
  • Your Next Stamp Coffee & Tea Border die
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge & Barn Door
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & black
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Sookwang Scor-tape double sided adhesive
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ adhesive glue

I am playing along with the following hops and challenges. Be sure to click on them for more information on how you can play along and enter for prizes:

Hopefully, I’ll see you back real soon with a couple of other caffeinated cards I’ve made, if I can get them typed up. : )

~D.Ann

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Clearly Besotted Fluffy Furball Stand Up Card

Good morning sweet kits! It may be the penultimate day of the Cat Lovers Hop, but we’re not winding down! It’s full steam ahead, tho’ some of us are just running on catnip and coffee by now!

If you’re not one of them (or, perhaps, even if you are), you may look as bright eyed and bushy tailed as these cute kits:

I stamped and fussy-cut them, then stacked them up, intertwining their tales. With Glossy Accents, their eyes almost look like googly eyes!

This stand-up card starts out flat, to fit in the envelope. The top flap lifts up and folds back down.

Here’s a view looking at the back:

There is a small tab on the ‘base’ that it rests against to hold it up for display.

Supplies:

  • Clearly Besotted: Fluffy Furball stamps
  • Sizzix Card, Playful Stand-Ups dies
  • Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise cardstock
  • Recollections cream & white cardstock
  • Graphic 45: Raining Cats and Dogs
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black & Desert Sand (env.) dye inks
  • Copic Markers: B21; E31, 51, 55, 57; W1
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Simply Defined permanent adhesive runner
  • Simply Defined Stay-Put Glue

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

You know cats are gonna win this one hands down! >^.^<

In my next post, I’ll have today’s giveaway put together… Skedaddle on to the next person on the hop for now (after leaving some love here (and on Instagram or Pinterest if you wish). Thank you, sweeties!! : )

~D.Ann

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Take Life One Cup At a Time -The Cat’s Pajamas Get Well Card

I’m closing out today with a sweet kitty get-well card for the Cat Lovers Hop.

This month’s TCP Tuesday Challenge (#351) theme is holiday. This is a stretch, but in Europe saying you’re on holiday means you’re on vacation. Well, where I worked, vacation days and sick days were all lumped together, solving the problem of people calling in sick when they just wanted a day off. Since taking a day off in bed IS a kind of forced holiday, I’m entering this in the challenge…. let’s celebrate getting better!  : )

Ah, yes, sit back and milk it, taking life one cup at a time!

Tip: Take a little Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink on your finger and run it over embossed details to highlight them.

Good ol’ Glossy Accents and a Sparkle Pen jazz things up a little.

And, if you don’t have the right color of faux pearls, take a Copic marker to white ones!

Supplies:

  • The Cats Pajamas Big Cups & You Sick Thing stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Isabella Frame dies
  • Recollections 110#  blue cardstock; 65# white
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Copic markers: C1, 3; G24; RV02, 04, 63; Y13
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Simply Defined Stay-Put glue & Permanent adhesive
  • Misc. ribbon, faux pearls and puffy heart

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

What? You were expecting something here before I sign off? Ok, I DO have another pic for ya….

Bwahahahaha… This is where I’ll take a picture of TOMORROW’s giveaway. You didn’t think I could have a giveaway on EVERY post, did you? The clearance bins were generous this year (plus I didn’t have a blogiversary party), but not THAT generous. Lol! : ) Now that I’ve got the bulk of them posted, there will still be another giveaway posted tomorrow and more on Saturday, so off you pop to play with your four-legged fur-babies and keep an eye out for upcoming posts! Meanwhile, you can comment on this post without having to come up with a specific word. : ) Likes on Instagram and re-pins on Pinterest are still appreciated! Thanks for all your support!!

~D.Ann

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You Make My Heart Smile – Altenew Friendship Card

Hello once again and welcome to another day of cards and fun giveaways for the Cat Lovers Hop!

Let’s start off with a simple window card:

The inside sentiment is probably too small to read in the picture, so here it is:

A bunch of smiles and a little note to tell you that I care, that’s what I’m sending out to you from my little heart over here. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I think of what you mean to me. It brightens my day and puts a smile on my face!

What a wonderful sentiment showing gratitude for friendship! Why, I’d send it to all of you, dear readers!

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: The gold top shine that you get with the Brilliance inks is, well, brilliant!!

Love the halftone heart as a background for an open heart window!

I’ve been making an effort to finish off my cards with something inside and out and on the envelope, too. Don’t always get it done, but this time I did. : )

Supplies:

  • Altenew: Halftone Hearts, Layered Letters AFG & Modern Cats stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Lace Hearts & Card Creator A2 Divine Eloquence dies
  • The Paper Studio orange card
  • Recollections white and peach cardstock
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Rocket Red Gold pigment ink
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink
  • Shuttle Art gel pens
  • The Ribbon Boutique paw print ribbon
  • 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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Since some kitties like to scarf down their food (now WHERE did that idiomatic expression come from?!!), how ’bout a kitty scarf giveaway?! Check out this little package (#5) of feline goodies I have to give away to one of you:

Furbulous! Cat scarf, pen, color in post cards, kitty tissues, cat eraser, washi tape, sticky notes, a magnetic bookmark, and even a glow-in-the-dark cat necklace! Fun!

What do you have to do to be eligible to win my prize package #5? If you’re interested, just leave me a comment using the word “scarf” 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 project. (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(@dannscraftingand re-pin any one of my cards or projects 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!!

Phew! Time for this cat to take a little nap… see you on the prowl later today!

~D.Ann

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Spellbinders Purrfect-ly Elegant Cats Anniversary Card

Hello and welcome to day two of the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop!

Today I have another fab giveaway for you, so be sure to read to the end. I thought this lovely pair of cats would make a sweet anniversary card for my feline-loving friends. Entwined tails are definitely a hallmark of ktty antics, perfect for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

The heart was originally gold, too (somehow I lost the pic), but it seemed overwhelming, so I broke it up by using a Copic marker to change it to red. I like that it kept its shine.

For the inside and the envelope, I just embossed the dies. In the picture you can see the embossing on the card a little better because I highlighted it a bit with some chalks. In real life, the tactile feel of the embossing adds elegance to the card.

Supplies:

  • Spellbinders Purrfect, Pawing Around & Bella Rose Lattice Layering Frame dies
  • DCWV chalkboard & shimmer stacks
  • Recollections 110# cream cardstock
  • Spellbinders Platinum Pack 3 poster board – gold
  • Copic marker R29
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Simply Defined Double Sided Adhesive & Stay-Put Glue
  • 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:

 

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Now for the special surprise you’ve been waiting for! The generous folks at Spellbinders have kindly allowed me to offer one of you a $25 gift card (store credit) to their online store! (Credit will not cover shipping costs, duties or taxes.) Thank you, Spellbinders!

What do you have to do to be eligible to win this prize? Let’s start by showing the kind folks at Spellbinders some gratitude… First, go to their Facebook page HERE, like it and leave them a message thanking them for sponsoring the generous giveaway for the Cat Lovers Hop on DAnnsCraftingWhims blog! Then come back here and leave me a comment that you did so. Easy peasy.

Bonus entry option: On Sunday, October 28, 2018 go back through all of my posts for the Cat Lovers Hop and find out how many different Spellbinders dies (just their dies, not poster board or stamps) I used on all of my projects for the 2018 Cat Lovers Hop (Starting with the first post HERE). Send me an e-mail with your answer (d.annscraftingwhims [at] gmail.com).

For a second bonus entry (up to three entries per person total), 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.

This giveaway is open worldwide. 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!!

Ok, that’s it for this post – best wishes to all… Now, on with the hop!

~D.Ann

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Morel Mushrooms and Power Poppy Thanks So Mush Card

Hello and welcome back!

I have been anxious to share this fun card and story with you and am happy I finally have the chance. One evening near the end of April, while in Indiana, we left my cousin’s home after supper and suddenly mom hollered, “stop the car!” Her eagle eyes had spotted some morel mushrooms alongside the road. These delectable delicacies are a favorite of ours, but have a short season and usually require hours tromping through the woods to find, so we rarely get to enjoy them anymore. We counted about 16 right there near the road.

We called my cousin to let her know where they were so she could get them, as they were on her property. Fortunately, her husband (who, I hear, doesn’t particularly care for mushrooms) answered the phone and said, ‘you guys go ahead and take them!’ (Actually, my cousin is such a sweetheart, I know she’d’ve said the same thing.)

As we got out of the car and started hunting, we kept finding more and more and, in a span of just a few short minutes, ended up with a mess of about 46! Best mushrooming EVER!! Thanks, cuz!!

The largest was over 4″! They fried up nicely and were absolutely DELICIOUS!!

 

Oh, I’m also going to show you a picture of some wild violets up there… in a minute you’ll see why…

Now, how do you thank such a generous sacrifice? Well, Power Poppy has a fabulous morel mushroom stamp that was just perfect:

They look so REAL!! And Becca Feeken’s fabulous Annabelle’s Trousseau die makes a lovely open lacework base for it! I may have to make a whole set of these in the near future!!

Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Wild Mushrooms stamp set
  • Spellbinders Annabelle’s Trousseau die from the Chantilly Paper Lace collection
  • Spellbinders Fancy Tags 3 (with ends snipped off)
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, purple, kraft
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Rich Cocoa
  • Copic Markers: B02; BV00, 02; C1; E31, 33, 51G02, 82; V17, 25; Y000, 02, 13; YG17
  • Foray Stylemark pen .5mm purple
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – jewel tones
  • Ranger Adirondack Dimensional Pearls: Eggplant
  • Misc. adhesives

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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I’m glad you stopped by today! Thanks for leaving your encouraging comments!

-D.Ann

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Muchas Gracias!

Hola! Today I’m going Latin with the latest My Monthly Hero stamps and dies by Hero Arts. Since there are three current challenges for flowers, I chose that lovely floral die cut and the dancing mouse with flowers in her hair.

When unpacking the stamps and dies I noticed the packaging cardstock was quite pretty and, since it measures 8.5″x 6.5″, cutting it in half gave me enough for a card

 

I’m going to take a moment to weigh in on the new Therm-o-Web/iCraft Purple tape. I’d heard so much positive buzz about it and I always have a tough time with everything else I’ve tried to hold my dies in place… I have to say: I HIGHLY recommend this tape! It’s the perfect weight and tack for this job!! No, I don’t get any commissions from anyone for saying that. I just thought you might like to know. : )

I wanted the flowers of the die cut frame to stand out against the pretty, but busy background, so I tried filling them in with Nuvo Crystal Drops. The first layer was too transparent. After the second layer, I colored them a little darker with Copic markers to make them pop.

  

Another one of the challenges called for sparkle and shine… I gave their outfits and the die cut flowers plenty of accents that sparkle and shine…and even their shoes shine! (I added them to the flamenco dancing mouse with Crystal drops and Stickles.)

These cute mice just make me smile!

Materials used:

  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero April 2018 (MH0418C) stampsv dies, and packaging
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero ink cube: Fiesta Red, Fiesta Yellow
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Copic markers: C1,3; G02; R20; RV04Y08, 13, 15;YR02, 04
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Ripened Pumpkin, Gloss Ebony Black, Silver Lining
  • Ranger Stickles: Frosted Lace and Tropical Tangering
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Core’dinations Cardstock: White, yellow and orange
  • Scotch permanent adhesive dots
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares
  • 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:

~D.Ann

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You Are So Positive – I Love That You Will Always Be My Friend! Card

Hello and welcome!

I have a lovely card to show you today! Veronica Zalis has put together a special blog hop: Stamping for Autism Awareness – you can read all about it HERE. I have several friends with precious autistic children and they all could use encouragement and support!

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge this week is A Trio of Something. I used three layers of blue and three layers of white cardstock to create this card and put a few trios of pearl dots on as accents.

Congrats to Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge on their 9th Anniversary, too!

Here is the inside of the card:

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders Chantilly Paper Lace collection: Bella Rose Lattice Layering Frame and Lunette Arched Borders dies
  • Justrite Papercraft/Spellbinders Just the Right Words stamp set
  • Quietfire Design Gentle Thoughts stamp set
  • Recollections Cardstock: white 65# & blue 110#
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Paris Dark
  • Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Midnight Blue
  • Scotch adhesive runner
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ liquid adhesive

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

Thank you so much for stopping by… have a lovely day!

~D.Ann

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