Hero Arts – We Gato Feel the Mewsic! Card

Hello and welcome to the party today! These two Latin cats (Gatos in Spanish) are ‘feline’ might fine as they play their MEWsic! I wonder if they’re playing the Mexican CAT Dance?!

Here’ a short video to show the wobble feature in action:

This is the first time I successfully got a ‘furry’ look by using Copic Various Ink and a dish towel. Seems my fuzzy rag was the wrong texture and was leaching ALL the color.

 

To give the flowers some depth, I pinched the side petals of the middle flowers upward.

I put YELLOW drops in the centers and was surprised the next day to see they had leeches some of the from the inks on the blanket pattern underneath (first pic).

    

Well, it looked kind of nifty, so I took some Copic markers and made them match the blanket colors.

Materials used:

  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero April 2018 (MH0418C) stamps and dies
  • Hero Arts Cinco de Meow stamp set
  • Hero Arts Blanket Pattern Bold Prints background stamp
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero ink cubes: Fiesta Red, Fiesta Yellow, Fiesta Teal
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Copic Markers
    • Orange cat: G02, 05; R20; RV17; Y17, 38; YR02, 04, 07
    • Gray cat: C1,3,5; R20; RV17
    • guitar: E23, 33, 55, 57
  • Copic Various ink – colorless blender & old towel
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, yellow and green
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Dandelion Yellow
    • Copic Markers: R29, 24; YR07; G19, 29; BG18; B29
  • Scotch permanent adhesive dots
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” glue
  • Action Wobble Springs — they have the cutest packaging:

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 shakin’ it up with us today!

~D.Ann

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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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Sizzix Bird Crazy & Crazy Cat Anniversary Card

Hello! I’m happy you’re here!

Today’s crafting whim is back to papercrafting with this sweet anniversary card:

Aren’t they just the cutest couple?!!¬† I got the idea to make this sweet lady cat all dolled up from a post by Christi over at Art-Without-Anxiety — she put her cat in a Hero Arts Dress a while ago and it was DARLING! (ENABLER ALERT: In addition to great ideas, Christi has AMAZING giveaways on her blog — Art Without Anxiety! Click HERE to go to her blog and follow her. Check the end of this post to see¬† the fabulous box chocked full of crafty goodies she sent me, including the dress I used on my cat in this card!!… THANK YOU, Christi!!)

I popped up the beak and eyes (and made them shine with Glossy Accents) and added in some tulle (on her hat) and pearls for some 3d effects (like her ring and earring).

I like how the white pen adds some extra detail. The wing was scored and popped up, too. I like the lace embossing folder (new to me!) and lace edges for the background. The embossing stands out just a smidge more when you run Versamark over it.

I got excited about sending this card and filled out the inside before I remembered to take a picture. LOL!… here’s the inside lower right corner stamped with the mini versions, which are in reverse…

I think it’s sweet how he’s giving her a quick peck on the cheek!

Materials used:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Crazy Cats,Crazy Talk, Mini Bird Crazy and Mini Crazy Cats stamp sets
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Bird Crazy and Crazy Cats die sets
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Lace Texture Fades Embossing Folder (new to me)
  • Hero Arts MMH April 2017 Dress (new to me)
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks – Tuxedo Black & London Fog
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder ‚Äď tanzanite
  • Copic Markers: C1, 5; BG13, 15; R22; RV02, Y13, 15; YG61; YR02, 04; V4,9,15,25
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen ‚Äď white 08
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Core’dinatoins Cardstock: green, purple, white
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Scotch adhesive runner & adhesive dots
  • Misc. Lace, faux pearls, tulle and vellum.

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

~D.Ann

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Don’t forget you might want to click HERE to go to her Christi’s blog and follow her. You’ll get some great crafting ideas and be able to watch for a chance to enter one of her fab giveaways. Just sayin’! : )

Hero Arts Bengal Tiger card

Good afternoon, crafty cat lovers! The Cat Lovers Hop is still going strong and I’ve seen some pretty amazing projects this year!

This afternoon, we’re going to visit some of our larger cat family friends…

Before I get into the card, I just want to let you take a closer look at that box. It reminds me so much of paradise! It’s made out of metal and all the animals are raised/embossed.

I may try embossing from the back of my card next time and see how it looks!

This card is also inspired by the A Blog Called Hero Calling All Critters Challenge

Now, on to the card. I just love this scene! The colors were blended with some water, so I assume that counts for watercolor in the a2z Scrapbooking October 2017 Challenge:

Materials Used:

  • Hero Arts June 2017 kit
    • Note: this is one of their kits they are bringing back in 2018 if you missed it
  • Color Layering Bengal Tiger stamps and dies
  • Hero Arts Thorn Tree & Grasses dies
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade & Wild Honey (tigers)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks: Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Frayed Burlap, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves & Spiced Marmalade (background)
  • Copic markers: R20; ¬†RV04; Y17, YG61,63; YR31; W1,3 (tongue & grass)
  • Core’dinations white, orange and black cardstock
  • Furry animal print from Monika Reeck during the first hop (Thanks, Monika!)
  • Tombow Mono Adhesive
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

I am playing along in the following hops and challenges ‚Äď click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

Before I leave… I’m starting to get a few guesses on my¬†Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post. I think it’s time for a little bit of a hint to help since you can’t figure out the answer to #2 without knowing the answer to #1 (although I bet you can guess the last three words quite easily… wink-wink).¬† Here is your first hint: The answer to¬† #1 is more than the # of cats Janis has (see her Day 1 post), but less than the number of days in this month so far. That should narrow it down a little without giving it away.¬† Oh, I’m ornery, I know. Don’t fret… You will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!

I sure have enjoyed hearing from all you visitors!! Thanks for all your kind words!

~D.Ann

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Oh, and speaking of larger cats…

Doesn’t that just remind you of Isaiah 11:6-9?! I can’t wait to see that prophecy fulfilled!

 

Just. Can’t. Even.? – A Little Coffee Makes Everything Better Card

Welcome back to my second post for the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop.

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I thought I’d¬†start by sharing with you something cool that came my way recently.¬†Knowing I love tea and tea parties, my cousins¬†surprised¬†me this fabulously¬†beautiful and unique Burton + Burton teapot/cup for one, and¬†a terrific loose-leaf brewer/strainer with a bunch of wonderful Teavana teas, including a DIVINE chocolate decadence oolong. What a bunch of sweeties they are!! The teapot came from an amazing tea house called Batar, near Seymour, Indiana. Check out their website to see their amazing edible cookie gift boxes and other fun stuff. Worth stopping by if you’re travelling through!! (They serve regular tea-bag teas, but their food was delish and the shopping delightful for any tea/coffee lover!!)

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Now, on to today’s card. I have a fun shaker tag on it with a concealed gift card for a coffee drinking friend:

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I think most gals with CFS feel¬†that chick most days – talk about hitting the wall! lol! If I were making this for me, I’d’ve put ‘chocolate’ instead of coffee. : )

Among other things that inspired this card were the Bellarific Friday {Mojo}Bella Card Sketch (#19) and color inspiration photo:

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A quick note on how the leaves were made:¬†I love how the¬†Color Burst pigment powders do just what their name says… you sprinkle just a little on your paper, then spritz with water and the colors really do burst on the scene!

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Now, I could’ve added more color and spritzed again, but I wanted that just for some natural variation in the fall leaves. I then cut them out and colored the rest in with Copics and distressed them, folding in the veins. In real life, they look pretty realistic!

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Oh, one other quick note… I had a brand new Hero Arts ombre pad that came unglued from the base. A while back another manufacturer’s petal point ink pad did the same and they told me just to glue it back on. I wrote Hero Arts asking the best way to glue theirs back on and they quickly wrote back saying that they stand by their product and would replace it for me. It was in the mail the very next day. THAT is customer service, folks!! This pad has worked fine ever since. Now I love Hero Arts all the more!

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts – A Little stamp set
  • Stamping Bella – the chicks who “couldn’t even” stamp set
  • CAS-ual Fridays – Scallop Tag and Acorn Fri-dies
  • Hero Arts ombre Butter Bar to Orange Soda dye ink pad
  • Color Box Cocoa pigment ink (for COFFEE)
  • Ranger clear embossing powder (over the cocoa ink)
  • Memento Rich cocoa ink (bird and sentiment)
  • Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts: ¬†Sepia, Burnt Orange, Yellow Ochre
  • Copic Markers:
    • Bird & wall: C1, 3, 5; Y13, 15, 17; YR04, 07; R29, 89; W1, 3
    • Leaves: E29, YR02, 04, 07; R29, 39
  • Pebbles, Inc. Basic Brights Chalks
  • Dreamweaver Picasso tool (for clouds)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Leaf Glitter – Brownstone
  • Core-dinations cardstock – white & orange
  • Tombow: Xtreme permanent adhesive and foam tape
  • Misc. seed beads
  • Starbucks gift card

I‚Äôm playing along with the following hops and challenges ‚Äď just click on any one for more information:

Thanks for stopping by today and for all of your kind comments!

~D.Ann

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Hello – Hero Arts Floral Card

Happy Friday! You say goodbye and I say hello! Hello! HELLO!! Ok, enough of the Beetles song stuck in my head. Here’s the card I have for you today:

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Jessica over at AllTheSparkle is celebrating her 2k Instagram followers and has a challenge going using these colors:

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I’ve been playing with a watercolor lifting¬†technique that I saw over on Jennifer Mcguire’s blog. (You can get the details here.) First I scribbled my Tombow markers over watercolor paper and blended with water, then clear embossed my Hero Arts background stamp.

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Then lift the color with a wet paper towel.

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The part under the embossing stays dark and the rest lightens. I thought I’d try to save that lifted ink and tried just laying a damp dryer sheet or a damp paper towel over the image and pressing down, but it really needed rubbing to lift off the ink, so my little idea of getting some extra mileage out of it didn’t work. I suppose if you did enough of the same color, you could saturate the paper towel enough to re-use it in another project. That wasn’t happening today, though. I’ll have another post on this, soon, comparing the technique with other mediums.

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Materials used:

  • Hero Arts Antique Brocade and Asian Frames stamp sets
  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh die
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens:195, ¬†243, 673, 676, 685, 703, 723
  • Versamark ink
  • JoAnn Craft Essentials clear embossing powder
  • Recollections Ebony Detail embossing powder
  • Hampton Arts green embossing powder
  • Core’dinations cream & green cardstock
  • Neenah Astroparche cardstock
  • Nicole Spangles flower sequins
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Ranger Inkssentials glossy accents
  • Misc ribbon

I’m playing along with the following challenges if you’d like to check them out:

I hope to be back soon with more cards as they get finished up. Thanks for stopping by!

-D.Ann

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