Guest Designing for CropStop – Heartfelt Creations Daffodils-from-Orchids Card

Hooray! Today is the day I finally get to share with you the exciting secret I’ve been busting to tell you… I was invited to be a guest designer of a project for the CropStop blog! If you happen to be coming from there… WELCOME!!

I was totally surprised and nervous as all get-out for my first ever privilege of being a guest designer! I hope you like my first project… I happen to think it’s one of my best cards. I’d be tickled pink if you would pop over to the CropStop blog and leave some love! Here’s a TINY sneaky peak to pique your interest:

I know you’re going to want to see the details close up… you can click the link HERE to get to the CropStop Blog. Meanwhile, I’ll sit here and twiddle my thumbs while you go check it out!  When you’re done, please come on back here and I’ll share some extra details and tips with you, ok?!

Are you still here? I wish I knew how to embed music into my post, but since I dont, let me send you on your way by humming the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey for dramatic effect while you click on the link HERE to go check out the project…. duuuum, DuuuuuM, DUUUUUUMMMM, TaDUUUMMM!….

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So, what’d’ya think?! I hope you liked it as much as I did! Of course you know things always look better in real life… wish you could see it for real!

Here’s some of the extra details that I didn’t want to overwhelm the folks at the CropStop blog. I played around with different ways to color the flowers… The first ones I stamped with Versamark ink and then watercolored with Distress inks by putting the ink on some plastic and picking it up with a water brush.

Note: For those of you who don’t have a MISTI or other stamping device, I highly recommend using the red 11×17 Rubber Stamping Mat under your paper to help get a nice evenly stamped image.

Also, if you don’t have a palette made specifically for watercoloring, you can use any hard plastic, like an old cd, a cd cover, or the packaging from your stamps, like I did.

You can see I wasn’t worried about staying in the lines as the die would cut away the excess. I did want to go OVER the lines to get a little extra dark coloring where the Versamark stamped image was.

For the second set of flowers I colored directly with the markers.

And, for the final set of flowers, I stamped with a light gray ink instead of Versamark and colored directly with the markers again. I also colored the back sides of each flower.

These are the Heartfelt Creations Botanical ORCHID stamps. Emma Lou of Heartfelt Creations has a nice video showing how to use these to make the DAFFODILS HERE.

Here are the finished flowers in the order I made them:

If you want a softer color, the watercolor works, but for brighter colors, coloring direct on the page works better. You will loose some color with the wetting required to shape the flowers. (Note, I also tried this with Color Bursts, but they washed out too much. FYI, you would have to start out with a really dark color to allow for the loss of color in the wetting and shaping process.)

I used the Twist & Style Sizzix so kindly sent me a while back to make the stamens out of beads and wire stems. It makes quick work of wire twisting!!

Another thing I learned… The Beadalon 7 strand .015″ wire was a little too flimsy for the stems. The 26 gauge copper wire worked MUCH better. If I wanted them to stand up in a bouquet, I’d use an even heavier wire.

Here’s a close-up of the finished flowers. I took one of each different kind and put them in a bunch for variety and affixed them with Glubers.  Oh, and FYI, the butterfly got its fabulous shine from Stickles (Firefly and Tropical Tangerine).

For the card base I wanted to have it embossed with the Couture Creations Serenity Collection: Chiaro 5×7 embossing folder that I won from CropStop back in January AND I wanted a nice cutout shape. This led to another learning experience…

The die cut card was so delicate that the pass through the embossing machine ‘broke’ the paper apart in several places. It worked out much better to run the paper through the embossing folder first, THEN die cut it. In the process of die cutting it, it did flatten some of the embossing, leaving a much softer look and keeping the edges in tact.

Tip: Can’t find faux adhesive pearls to match your project? Use a Copic Marker to color plain ones!

You will find the list of all the supplies used on the CropStop Blog. You can click HERE to go back and check it out again. Thank you, CropStop, for the privilege of guest designing for your blog!

Well, as Paul Harvey used to say, “And now you know the REST OF THE STORY!”

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

You can also feel free to join in with the Cropstop March Challenge Linky Party #26: Anything Goes… It’s always fun to see the many lovely projects and you have the chance to win a nice prize or, perhaps, even be a guest designer!

Please stop back by Next Friday, March 24, for another guest designer post for the CropStop blog… this time a MUCH simpler pair of cards using some fun cut-and-fold dies… I’ll look forward to seeing you then!

This has been D.Ann reporting…. “Good day!” : )

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Thinking of You Fish Bowl – Cat Lovers Hop Finale + Blog Candy

Here we go… the grand finale of the Cat Lovers Hop! It has been a fun week of all things feline!

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Jamis, at Her Peaceful Garden, organized this fun hop and she and her four-legged friends deserve a huge round of applause, as do all of the fab sponsors!! Raise your paw if you agree!

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(By the way, this paw belongs to Charlie, my friend’s Main Coon cat. If you want to see the rest of him, you can check out the post HERE)

I have a fun Thinking of You card for today:

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Here it is open. I really love that adorable kitty by Stampendous! And I think it’s funny that he’s looking at the fish and ‘thinking of you.’ lol! I debated stamping Thinking of You again on the inside to match up, but decided that would leave me with little room to write a message, so left it as is.

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This was my first attempt at coloring on acetate with Copic markers. It was a learning experience! Since the ink sits on top of the acetate, they do not blend. You can, however, get some neat texture with a little practice.

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Unfortunately my first attempt was too dark and you couldn’t see the cat very well through the fish bowl. Back to the drawing board!

The other thing you have to remember when using Copics on acetate is that the colors come out MUCH lighter than the do on paper. It took me several tries to get them dark enough to be seen.

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This time I put Glossy Accets over it for water and it turned out MUCH better. Of course had I wanted NO bubbles, there would have been oodles of ’em. There were still a few and they look terrific.

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I put glossy accents on the cat’s eyes, too for a little more realism. You can’t hardly tell in the pictures, but once I added the Distress Inks, I sprinkled some water over the card, so there are water spots as if someone’s naughty little paw has been splashing around in the water!

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Materials used:

  • Stampendous stamps: Feline Curious, Sushi Bowl Party, & Jumbo Thinking of You
  • Staz-on solvent ink – Jet Black
  • Judikins Permanent & Fabric Ink Cleaner
  • Copic Markers:
    • Fish bowl: B29; BV08; E37; G19; R29, 89; V06; Y17; YR07
    • Cat: C1; E000, 00, 02; R20, 22, 32; YR02, 21, 24
  • Wink of Luna Gold (Cat’s eyes)
  • White Gelly Roll (adds dimension to white ‘fur’)
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections Clear Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Broken China
  • Misc. cardstock, acetate, adhesives

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

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the Cat Lovers Hop and my cards this week! Hopefully we can talk Janis into organizing this again next year! >^.^<

Oh, wait… I said we’d go out with a bang, didn’t I… Perhaps I’d’ve been better off saying we’ll go out with a ‘pop’…

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Now, don’t everyone run out and buy Rice Krispies to try this! lol! And if your dog DID try this, just remember…

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Well, hello there! Are you still sticking around?! I reckon you – like your four legged furry friends – think you deserve a treat, eh?! I DO have another small blog candy package up for grabs:

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A ‘Meow!’ Cat magnet, a foot of paw print ribbon (yes, I DO see the irony in that!) 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’s the most cats you’ve had at one time? (I think Janis will win in quantity, but the drawing will be random!). You must leave your comment before 11:59 p.m. PACIFIC time, Sunday, November 1, 2015. If you don’t tell me the highest number of cats you’ve ever had, 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.

Well, it’s been a fun week I hope you enjoyed your visits here and hope to see you again! I’ll sign off now as Tigger would:

TTFN (which, for those who have forgotten, stands for Ta-Ta For Now!)

-D.Ann

akkk… now I’ve got the Tigger song running through my head… ‘their heads are made out of rubber, their tales are made out of springs’….  I guess we DID have a ‘bouncy, bouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun’ week hopping around, didn’t we?!! >^.^<

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One last one….

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pps… don’t forget Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday:

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The Princess Bird Anniversary Card

Yes, today is the day I reveal the card I’ve been working on and sharing on Instagram this past week.

It’s an anniversary card for a couple who are always quoting the Princess Bride. Fans of the movie will recognize many of the references, but there’s one they might not. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up (wink wink): He’s always calls her ‘Barbie’, hence Barbie-cup instead of Buttercup. I think they’ll get a kick out of it!

With no further ado… Presenting: The Princess BIRD Anniversary card….

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But wait! There’s more!

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And a better view of the two sides on the inside:

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You should be able to click on any picture to see it larger if you want to. I love how the Darice Wood Grain Background embossing folder makes that mulberry paper look woody!

A little bit of the coloring details:

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To keep the watercolors from bleeding through at the edges, I put waxed paper in between. A nice video on doing the trees and hills can be found on Sandy Allnock’s YouTube channel (HERE).

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I ended up jazzing up their wings a bit with a gold gel pen… I always love a little bling! : )

Jenn Shurkus recently did a great Periscope video on coloring leaves (you can find more details HERE)… unfortunately these were SO small, it was tough to do, but they turned out ok.

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After popping up this guys eyes, I added Wiggly Eyes… Makes his expression just like the average kid’s eyes when there’s kissing. Lol!

If I ever figure out how to get the little video of how the card opens over here from Instagram, I’ll add it in later.

Materials used:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits Bird Crazy dies
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Branches & Stem dies and Lilac Flower dies (leaves)
  • Darice Wood Grain Background embossing folder
  • Copic Markers:
    • B21
    • BG 15, 18, 45
    • E 00, 37, 74
    • G 02, 05
    • R 22, 24
    • Y 13, 15, 17
    • YG 61
    • YR 02, 04, 07, 21, 24
  • Kuretake Ganzai Tambi watercolors: #53, 61
  • Uniball Gel Impact pen – Gold
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen – Black
  • Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Colorbok The Paper Company Mulberry paper
  • DCWV Once Upon a Time Stack paper
  • Darice Past-on Eyes 5mm & 7mm
  • Misc white cardstock and adhesives

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

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Thanks for stopping by today. Stay away from the Fire Swamps and the R.O.U.S.s!

Bye-bye, guys! Have fun stormin’ the castle!!

-D.Ann

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