Graphic 45 & Spellbinders ‘Great Hexpectations’ Green Tea Gift Set

Good morning and welcome to the penultimate day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Today I have a sweet little green tea gift set to share with you:

I love those amazing Graphic 45 papers and that cute little Great Hexpectations hexagonal gift box! It could be cut out of sturdier tag board, but cardstock holds the shape just fine. You have the option of sealing the final flaps, or leaving it so the ‘lid’ can be opened and shut.

After all the fussy-cutting, the card was easy-peasy – I only added a little distressing to the edge and a little pop of Copic coloring.

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Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders Great Hexpectations contour die
  • Spellbinders Cinch and Go flowers die
  • Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Collection: Bon Apetit
  • Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Collection:
    • April Flourish
    • April Cut Apart
    • June Cut Apart
  • Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Collection: Check it Out
  • Copic Markers: R20, 22; YG 61
  • Memento dye ink: Teal Zeal
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Glass Beads: apatite
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Mono permanent adhesive
  • Misc. foam squares

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

 

Thanks for stopping by!

~D.Ann

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Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary Celebrating… 2009 – Fully “Re-coverd” Get Well Card

Good morning! I have a sweet card to start off today. Papertrey Ink’s 10th Anniversary continues with Celebrating the Past, Present and Future: 2009.

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I have one of the sets they released in 2009: On My Chair – it has some sweet and punny sayings AND it has a kitty!! Graphic 45 papers lend themselves greatly to creating a lovely ‘home’ theme, so I made this sweet shabby-chic get well card:

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Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink On My Couch stamp set and dies
  • Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags 1 dies
  • Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Paper Collection
  • Core’dinations 110# white cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Aqua Mist, Lovely Lady, Tropical Teal
  • Memento dye ink: Tuxedo black
  • Copic Marker B13
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
  • Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores Grosgrain ribbon
  • Recollections Faux Pearls
  • Misc. lace ribbon
  • Foamies 3mm foam sheet
  • Scor tape
  • Aleene’s Super Tacky Glue
  • Tonic Studios Tim Holtz paper distresser – One of my favorite tools for distressing edges!

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 may be back later today… meanwhile, I hope you have a lovely day!

~D.Ann

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Cat Lovers Hop Day 1 – Pink & Main Graphic 45 Cat’s Meow Hexagon Card + Sam Has Eyebrows interview + Blog Candy!

Meow! (That’s ‘Hello’ in Cat.) Welcome regular peeps and visitors!  It’s finally here…The much anticipated second annual Cat Lovers Hop! Meow! (That’s ‘Yay!’ in Cat)

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You can read all the details about the hop  HERE. There are lots of terrific prizes to be had for participants worldwide, so come join the fun!! And, a special heads-up… at the end of this post you might even find a little blog candy!

For this year’s hop, I thought it would be fun to briefly interview some famous cats – those of Internet fame and from within our crafting circle, too. I actually had some of these famous felines reply to my interview request, so I hope you will enjoy the added kitty fun! I specifically kept them brief so as not to detain you too long… and, well, you know how cat’s attention spans are! >^.^<

Today’s interview is with Sam, the famous cat with natural ‘eyebrows’… He looks permanently purrplexed to me! : )

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You can check out his website here: http://www.samhaseyebrows.nyc/ – he even has a store you can visit. Perhaps you’re already one of Sam’s 211k Instagram followers, so I asked Sam a few questions that purrrtain to our craft interests:

  • What crafts have you tried your paws at or would like to try?
    • I tried finger painting once- it started on posters and ended all over the wood floors. 
  • What is your favorite thing to do with paper?
    • Crumple it up and chase it! 
  • Do people often send you cards or hand-made crafts? Can you tell us some of your favorites?
    • No, but a lot of fans post their art on Instagram for me to see! My favorite one is a painting on a tree that was done by a group of kids in China. 

Thanks so much, Sam, for taking a few minutes from your busy schedule to chat briefly with us and for dressing up so handsomely for this interview! Have a furrociously fun day!

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Now you can go take off that uncomfortable tie and take a nap!                                        p.s. Bow ties are cool – just sayin’! : )

In honor of Sam’s visit to the blog today, I included a likeness of him on my first card for the hop. Sam, you are, indeed, the cat’s meow!:

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Unfortunately, I found that sweet stamp at a garage sale and it has no identifying markings on it. Sorry! Pink & Main also has a challenge going on right now with the theme of fall – Gotta love those beautiful fall colors in the Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs papers and the copper embossing and dots! (Thanks, G45 for sponsoring the Cat Lovers Hop!) I thought the two doilies on that die looked a bit like a rug, don’t you?

I’ve also started doing a little bit of decoration on the inside of my cards.

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Supplies used:

  • Pink & Main Nested & Scalloped Hexagon dies
  • Pink & Main Grandma’s Lace stamp set
  • Misc. Cat stamp (I’ve been told it’s from All Night Media)
  • Justrite Vintage Labels 7 die
  • Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs papers and ephemera
  • Core’dinations cream paper
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Hampton Art Copper embossing powder
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tonic Studios Copper Penny Nuvo Crystal Drops
  • Copic marker R20, YR21
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 005 black pen
  • Sanford Uniball Gel Impact pen – gold
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

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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For those of you intrepid readers who are still with me, how ’bout some blog candy?!!

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I have this Doreamon sticky note set. (Doreamon is a blue robotic cat from 22nd century a Japanese manja series. Yes, I had to look it up as I have no idea where I got it from.) There are also some Simply Stamps foam cat stamps (unused) made by Plaid. They are large, so I put a ruler in the pic for you to see the size (ruler not included!). For those of you with allergy concerns, this is a pet-free/smoke free home. Pet free is not by choice, let me tell you!!

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 EYEBROWS somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the word EYEBROWS 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 Sam’s AND my Instagram accounts (@samhaseyebrows 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 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.

Akkk! What’s with these lines? Where did they come from?!! How do I get rid of them?!!! They’re taunting me like a ball of string that’s been flattened out into lines. lol!

Well, it’s time for me to say Meow! (That’s ‘Goodbye‘ in Cat…. the CAT dictionary is pretty thin. lol.) Thanks so much for stopping by today! I look forward to seeing you at least once a day this week… sometimes twice (that’s the advantage of having a year to prepare!). There will be more interviews, so please come back soon!

~D.Ann

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pps… a quick look at the Cat Stash

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I Love Hanging Out With You + Blog Candy

Welcome back to another day of the Winter Coffee Lovers Hop! They say today is National Hot Cocoa Day… What DON’T they have a day for? Incredible! I guess Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts didn’t hear of it because there were no free offers like on National Coffee Day. lol!

I’m bringing back Newton the cat, who really loves his cocoa.. (And, unlike his breathing feline friends, he can safely have it.)

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How do you like my Flour Sack Towel with those lovely cups? More on that in a bit. Meanwhile, let’s look inside this card, since I rarely decorate the insides…

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Those Graphic 45 papers make great household decor, don’t you think? I love that these two stamp sets of Newton match perfectly for front and back pairing! Did you notice the picture of young Newton on the wall? >^.^< The scenery out the window is a picture I cut out of Florida Design’s Art Galleries Magazine. “That Day in the Glade” by Henry Von Genk III. It looks like a true winter’s day in South Florida.

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Materials used:

  • Newton’s Nook Naughty Newton and Newton Loves Coffee stamp sets
  • Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Collection paper, banners, tags
  • Spellbinders Tranquil Moments and Labels 11 dies
  • Copic Markers: C5, 7; E11, 23, 33; R24; YR02, 24; W5
  • Tombow Xtreme and Mono Permanent Adhesives, Adhesive dots
  • DCWV card

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges:

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Since you’ve been so patient with my many posts of late, I figured today was a good day to offer my kind commenting readers some blog candy. Did you like my Flour Sack Towel with cups on it? Well, I have a brand new one to give away:

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If you’d like to have a chance at winning this cute kitchen towel, pay close attention: Leave ONE comment on this post telling me: Which hot beverages do you put in your cups? Coffee? Tea? Cocoa?  before 8 am EASTERN time, Sunday, December 20, 2015. If you don’t tell me what hot beverages you put in your cups in your comment, I’ll assume you’re not interested in the blog candy. If you are (or become) a follower of this blog, you may make a SECOND comment telling me so for an additional entry. On December 20, 2015 I will use Mr. Random org to draw a winner from the comments that qualify and announce it here on the blog some time before noon EASTERN time. The winner will have 72 hours to contact me with their snail-mail address or another winner will be chosen.

Thank you again for all your kind support!

-D.Ann

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You’re Purrfect – Cat Lovers Hop Day 4

Welcome back to day 4 of the Cat Lovers Hop! I can’t believe it’s flying by so quickly!

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Today I have a purrfect inside-out Thank You card with these cute kitties from Art Impressions and some pieces from Graphic 45, two of our generous sponsors:

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(Sorry, some day I will learn to resize my images for optimal uploading without losing resolution. sigh) And here’s the inside :

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Art Impressions these cute little kitties so that they can be put together front and back. I cut under their paws before putting them together so they would stack better.

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Can you tell they’re from the same litter? They remind me of the two hanging out on the Cat Town mug below:

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Materials used:

  • Art Impressions Cat & Dog Mini stamp and die sets
  • Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Collection Card Stock Die Cuts
  • My Mind’s Eye Follow Your Heart Be Happy Honey Pink paper
  • Copic Markers: C1,3; E02; YR02,04,21,24, R20,22,24
  • Wink of Luna green & gold (eyes)
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections detail embossing powder – gold
  • Craft Smith card
  • Misc. adhesives, buttons

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges:

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For today’s funnies, I thought I’d give a nod to those who are both SciFi & Cat Lovers:

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Anyone remember Data’s genius ‘Ode to Spot’?

Felis Catus -is your taxonomic nomenclature

An endothermic quadruped, carniverous by nature?

Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses

Contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.

I find myself intrigued by your sub-vocal oscillations –

A singular development of cat communications

That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection

For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection.

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents –

You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.

And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion,

It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.

Oh, Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display

Denote a fairly well developed cognitive array.

And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend…

I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend!

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For those of you who prefer more recent SciFi kitty refs:

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DrWhoWithCats did a great job of photoshopping T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats into River Song’s hand! Although I’m fonder of the older cover – probably because they’re a cool stack of cats in hats:

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Ok, I’ve rambled on so much that most of you now wish you had a time machine to go back and recapture the 5 minutes of your life that you just lost with this nonsense! I’ll probably be back later today with a second card.

Live long and pawspurr!

Allons-y!

-D.Ann

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pps… If you need a regular kitty fix and haven’t found this yet, www.facebook.com/thedailykitties/ almost always has something that makes me giggle.

 

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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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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