With a Friend In the Garden – Art Impressions Cat Card

Well, the Cat Lovers Hop is purring right along and today finds us reaching the half-way point already!

My first card for today happens to use the prize set that Art Impressions is offering some fortunate hopper over on HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com: With a Friend. You can see the details over on the main hop page HERE.

Isn’t that scene just DARLING?!! It goes well with the current Art Impressions challenge: Stamp a Scene!

I embossed the stamp on the sweet Spellbinders shaped card base, then, to make the scene stand out, I stamped it again onto white cardstock and watercolored the image. When done, I popped it up with a couple of foam sheets and ran a black Sharpie across the edges BEFORE taping it down to the base.

It looks really cool in real life popped up like that! The sweet words say: “In the Garden with a friend is the best Place to be.” Awww! I’m sure they would’ve said ‘snoozing with a friend’ if they’d’ve had room! : )

Materials used:

  • Art Impressions: With a Friend Window stamp
  • Spellbinders Decorative Labels One
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder – Black
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Marvy Uchida Le Plume II pens – 2,5,8,12,15,37,75,77,87,90,97
  • Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Carnation Pink & Gloss Dandelion Yellos
  • Core’dinations 110# paper: White and Ballerina pink
  • Fibre Creaft Creative Hands Peel & Stick foam sheets
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

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

~D.Ann

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Heartfelt Creations Coffee and You Card – 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Hop

Hello dear peeps!

It seems like life has come at me so fast this year that I can’t hardly get a break to craft as much as I’d like. First, an update for those of you following me on Instagram: I got back safely Friday after evacuating for hurricane Irma. Fortunately, other than some traffic lights out in the area, low stock at the grocery store and some limbs down on the property, all was well at my place. Several of my friends nearby still don’t have electric… and we’re on the East coast of FL! So, so sorry for the folks in Naples and the Keys!! Unfortunately, whenever there is a hurricane, condo rules require everything to come in off the patio so nothing becomes a flying missile. My patio is about half the size of my studio apartment, so it’s a tight fit. I’ve been working at getting it all put back so I can get to my crafting supplies… Priorities!! : ) And I just reconnected my hard drive, so I’m up and running to post now, too! (One lady at a hotel in TN saw us packing our hard drives into the car and said: ‘You can tell who’s travelling from Florida – Most folks don’t go on vacation with their electronics!’) That’s the update, now on to the good stuff:

So, here I am starting late for the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop. There are already over 400 entries already! That’s a lot of caffeine fueled crafting!!

Living in Florida, fall leaves are one of the things I miss, so I keep a few on hand to remind me of their gorgeousness.

I love the 3d look of this Heartfelt Creations Coffee Mug stamp and die! I wish you could run your finger along those beads… they really are 3d! How?…

First I added some shading on the under side of each bead to make them pop out even more. Then I used the flower shaping stylus to emboss them from the reverse side. How did I see where to press since the cardstock was too thick to see the stamped image?…

I stamped and cut another on scrap copy paper. The ink showed through enough to see the outline of the beads. The die cuts so precisely, laying it down (face down) over the back of the card is a perfect match. Since Copic markers DO bleed through, I lined the reverse of the inside and the back of the card with matching cardstock, making for a nice, sturdy card.

I added a few drops of ‘coffee’ for fun. (I’d’ve added a lipstick smooch, but didn’t have a color that would look good with this… something you don’t think about when drinking out of a mug in real life! lol!) To finish, I stamped the inside and attached them at the handle, making sure only the inside bends backward. It’s a lefty card. Next time, I think I’ll try attaching them at the top. The sweet cups at the top say: The perfect blend.

Materials used:

  • Heartfelt Creations Coffee Talk Collection
    • Coffee Mug stamp & die sets
    • All Stacked Up stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink cardstock: Canyon Clay, Canyon Clay Gingham, Terracotta Tile, Terracotta Tile Bitty Dot
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Canyon Clay & Orange Zest
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Rich Cocoa
  • Copic markers: E27, YR24
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend pencils: Apricot, Beeswax, Brunette, Carrot, Ginger, Hickory, Sorrel, Wheat
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Scholastic Glue Stick
  • Aleene’s Super Tacky glue
  • Tombow mono sand eraser
  • Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges… click on any one for details on how you can join the fun:

Since I’m still sick (that nasty upper respiratory infection that gave mom bronchitis) and am still unpacking (and hope not to be re-packing for Maria!! Please!!!), this may be the only card I get to post for the CLH this time. Ya’ll TRY to have fun without me, ok?! lol!

I always appreciate your kind and encouraging comments. Thanks in advance!

~D.Ann

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Stamp-a-Faire 2017 – Metallic Embossed Friendship Card

Hello and welcome back! This is my final project for Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire 2017 event… Yana showed another faux iron technique using metallic embossed die cuts HERE. Here’s my ‘metal’ piece:

and the card:

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink SAF 2014 Regency die
  • Papertrey Ink We Go Together stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores cardstock and gingham cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores dye ink
  • Papertrey Ink Hawaiian shores ribbon: Top Notch Twill & Extra Fine Polka Dot Satin
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Hampton Arts Metallic Silver embossing powder
  • JoAnn Craft Essentials clear embossing powder
  • Queen & Co Toppings: Posies (Aren’t they just too cute?!!)
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue

I’m joining in the following challenges, click on any one to find out how you can join the fun:

Thank you for stopping by today! I’ll look forward to seeing you again soon!

~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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Newton’s Nook Find Your Paradise Tropical Kitty Card

Hello, and welcome back!

It’s hard to believe the Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Hop is more than half over!

  

Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge is Stencil It and Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #49 is a sketch challenge:

Here’s what I came up with:

Yep, when I imagine paradise, I’m definitely going to want a hammock!! Of course, I’ll want a jaguar or bobcat to cuddle with, too! >^.^< Can’t wait until they’re peaceful critters again!

I like how the embossing of the Art Deco diamond die kind of looks like sun rays! The shimmering cardstock looked more of a golden-orange-yellow on its own, but I still like the cool accent.

A couple of small details:

     

I love the shine of that BoBunny embossing paste on the fun Ocean Spray stencil! And the Flower Soft on the anthers of the Hibiscus stamens adds a little dimension. Did you notice kitty’s claws have snagged that cup, but are loosing their grip? At least it’s not going to spill on him!

Materials used:

  • Newton’s Nook Designs: Aloha Newton, Newton Loves Coffee, and Paradise Palms
  • Spellbinders dies: Art Deco Ritz Decorative Elements & Card Creator A2 Valiant Honor
  • Die Cuts and More (DCAM): Ocean Spray stencil
  • Memento dye inks: Bamboo Leaves & Tuxedo Black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers
  • Copic Markers: C3; E11,23,25,33,51,74; G24,99; R20,22,24,29,32; RV02,17; Y13,15,28; YG61,67; YR02,04,24,31; W1
  • BoBunny Caribbean glitter paste
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Morning Dew
  • Flower Soft: Daffodil
  • Simply Defined 80# Heavyweight Cardstock
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • DCWV Shimmer Stack
  • 3m aluminum oxide 150 grit sandpaper
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” All Purposed Liquid Adhesive
  • Therm-o-Web Zots Medium clear adhesive dots
  • Misc. ribbon

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.

This will probably be my last post for the Coffee Lovers Hop as I’ve caught up with my pre-made cards for this hop and probably won’t be able to make up any more. Y’all TRY to have fun without me. Wink-wink, I KNOW you will! Craft til you drop is the real theme of the hop! Thanks again for stopping by and for all your sweet comments!

~D.Ann

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One last bit of humor before I go:

Color Burst & Mama Elephant Hello Friend Summer Cats Card

Hello again, sweet peeps! Thanks for stopping back by to see this card for the Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

  

I pulled out my Color Bursts and, for the first time, added Liquid Metals. I was not disappointed!

Of course, one of the kitty’s ice creams is COFFEE flavored! >^.^<

Just look at that shimmer from the Liquid Metals!!

Inside:

Materials used:

  • Mama Elephant: Hello Friend Wishes, Little Cat Agenda, and Sunday Sentiments stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Labels 24 dies
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Inkadinkado black emobssing powder
  • Ken Oliver Crafts Color Bursts: Tangerine & Yellow Ochre
  • Ken Oliver Crafts Liquid Metals: Metallic Coral & Yellow Gold
  • Aqua Blend Pencils by Spectrum Noir: Black Umber, Fossil Grey, Hyacinth, Kiwi, Sorrel
  • Canson L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed Watercolor paper 140#
  • Simply Defined 80# Heavyweight Cardstock
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” All Purposed Liquid Adhesive

I am playing along with the Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop click on it for more information on how you can join the fun.

Thanks again for stopping by!

~D.Ann

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FabScraps Tea Card and Teapot Shaped Gift Set

I’m glad you could stop by to see this sweet little gift set for the Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  We’re already zooming up toward 200 entries – and it’s still day one!

I was so pleased that my order of the FabScraps For the Love of Tea paper pack arrived in time for this hop! The lovely flowers remind me of my Aunt’s garden in summertime!!

The sentiments on the paper are so FUN! Add some pearls and lace and you’ve got a sweet shabby chic gift set in minutes.

The pack comes with two teapot gift ‘boxes’ ready to fold… I think I’m going to save the other one to use as a template to make my own from other papers.

The inside box easily holds 6 individually wrapped tea bags or a few chocolates…

Materials used:

  • FabScraps For the Love of Tea paper pack
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Pumice Stone
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 pink card
  • Hobby Lobby Decorative Trim – pink
  • Celebrate It Basic Basic string of pearls
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” All Purposed Liquid Adhesive
  • This & That foam dots
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L adhesive strips runner

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

Thank you so much for stopping by, and for the lovely comments you’ve been leaving! Happy hopping!

~D.Ann

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Upcycled Starbucks MFT Walking on Sunshine Friendship Card

Hello again! I just couldn’t wait until tomorrow to post this card, so I’m back already. ; ) The Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is in full swing.

During the spring hop, I saw some cute cards done using the spring coffee cups from Starbucks, but my stores didn’t have them yet. When they finally came in, I snagged a yellow one which I thought was bright and sunny for summer. And when the recent sticker collecting promotion ended, I asked my local manager for some of those fab watercolor-look leftover frap stickers and he kindly obliged.

 

I took some inspiration from MFT’s Sketch Challenge, added a couple of travelling birds from South America (SSS Monday Challenge) and out comes a fun up-cycled summer card. Another serendipitous moment came when I was looking through my stash for some red embossing powder to match the card and came up empty. Brain fog kept me from remembering to just stamp in red and use clear embossing powder. I tried  a neon pink, but it didn’t look right. Then I went over it with a Copic marker… I love the burning after glow the neon left. Unfortunately the camera just doesn’t catch it as well as the eye does in real life. You’ll just have to come over to see it!

 

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things BB Polynesian Paradise stamp set
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 card & white cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic Markers: B24,29; BV02; C3,5,7;R29,35; Y13,15,17,35; YR04
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops Navy Blue
  • Pigma Micron 005 green archival ink pen
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Recollections Opaque Neon embossing powder: Neon Pink
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent Adhesive
  • Starbucks cup and stickers
  • Laura’s Loft glitter pearl stickers

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

Thank you so much for stopping by! Now off you pop to keep on hoppin’!

~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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You Are My Friend Card & 1st Blogiversary Blog Candy

Welcome back sweet visitors and regulars!

I’ve been so out of it lately! I forgot my one year blog anniversary aka blogiversary was March 18. Seems like ages ago! Who knew that I’d have 1991 visitors from 58 countries leaving 1380 kind comments on my 129 posts?! Of course it’s fitting that this anniversary falls during the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop… for it was these lovely ladies who encouraged me to start my blog last year and I’d say a large majority of my visitors are from these hops. So I’ll have a small little ‘thank-you’ giveaway for you sweeties at the end of this post.

I’m pleased that this lovely shaker card  serendipitously came together for today’s post:

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I love the girly feminine look and I threw in some coffee grounds in the shaker, so it smells heavenly, too… Hmmm… maybe next time I’ll only use coffee grounds and write ‘in case of emergency, just add water.’ Lol!

Here’s a different angle so you can see the raised banner sentiment…

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Materials used:

  • Spellbinders dies: Elegant Labels 4; Labels 4; Tea Cups
  • JustRite Spellbinders dies: Vintage Labels 7
  • Spellbinders Celebra’tions Cup for Two stamp set
  • Quietfire Design Stamp: You Are My Friend stamp
  • Core’dinations Cardstock – white
  • Recollections Floral Bunches paper
  • Recollections Shimmer card – pink
  • Memento Dye Ink: Rose Bud
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent chalks
  • Neat & Tangled – Lucy’s Little Things Chocolate Truffle sequin mix
  • Martha Stewart Crafts copper microbeads
  • Recollections: Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses, lace on a roll, crochet embellishments, rhinestone stickers, faux pearls
  • Copic marker RV29
  • The Paper Studio – Gemstones pearl, small, flourish
  • Offray Elegant loop flower with pearls
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Tombow foam tape
  • Misc. coffee grounds, acetate, seed beads.

In case you haven’t already joined the fun, but are thinking about it, here are the hops and challenges I am participating in… just click on the name to get more information on each:

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***********    giveaway now closed    ***************

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today! Oh – wait! The blog candy!! Silly me – Brain fog moment! I have a lot of those… like the time I bought this Sizzix/Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder: On the Go – I had already ordered one 3 days before. Sigh. At least I had a nice use for it… Blog candy!

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I also found another lovely Studio Shop/Susan Winget Flour Sack towel for one of you:

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Would you like to have a chance at winning either of these (each one is a separate prize)? Pay close attention: Leave ONE comment on this post before 8 am EASTERN time, Sunday, March 27, 2016, telling me: Do you prefer your coffee or tea hot or cold?  If you don’t answer the question in your comment, I’ll assume you’re not interested in the blog candy (and won’t be offended!). You can also tell me if you have a preference for just a specific one of the two prizes, otherwise you will be a random draw for each. If you are (or become) a follower of this blog, you may make a SECOND comment telling me so for an additional entry. For non-followers, ONE ENTRY/COMMENT per person. Duplicate comments will be deleted.

For those of you with allergy concerns, this is a pet-free/smoke free home.

On March 27, 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. The way my days are going recently, I might run a little late, so be patient. That’s another advantage of becoming a follower… You’ll know when I post! : ) You already know it’s a pet peeve of mine when someone doesn’t post their winners ’til days or weeks after they say they will, so I always try my best to stick to what I say. The winner will have 72 hours to contact me with their snail-mail address or another winner will be chosen.

Thanks so much for your kind comments of encouragement and support over the past year! I look forward to sharing another year of crafty fun with you!

-D.Ann

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