‘You’ve Got this in the Bag’ Spellbinders Gift Purse and Verve Card

Surprise! Betcha thought I wouldn’t be back today. Me neither, but my morning plans fell through and, after so much caffeine from the green tea yesterday I was up late last night fiddling around with another project, so here I am posting it.

Let’s talk about that cute Spellbinders purse first. That little purse, like any truly good women’s purse, holds a lot more than you’d think! Yes, the three Starbucks Via and two Ghirardelli chocolates all fit inside and let it latch closed just fine!

Speaking of the latch, I thought I’d gussy mine up and put a mini teacup charm on top of it. Fortunately, I just happened to have put it high enough for the latch to still work. (Note to self: remember to leave room for the latch to bend and fit in place if putting a decorative piece on top next time!)

I just love these beautiful papers from K & Company! I cut out some of the butterflies, wrapped their wings around a small paint brush handle for dimension and added some shimmer to them.

For the card, I used the sweet free digis from Verve Stamps – Thank you, Julee! (Click the pic or HERE to get them.) For those of you dinosaurs like me, digis are digital images you can print from your computer – like what we used to call ‘clip-art’ in the previous century!


I followed Verve’s Mojo Monday challenge sketch, too.

The double meaning of the sentiment with this gift set makes me giggle! I love how the shimmer on the blue butterfly makes it look like the real life Morpho Adonis butterfly.

The inside says: ‘May your burdens be light and your coffee strong.’ Hmmm… from this angle, that coffee with the lines reminds me of a kitty… maybe next time Julee will do up a coffee kitty digi for us… (hint-hint, Julee!!)

I used some vellum leaves for the ‘steam’ and added some shimmering bling to the sun.

Supplies used:

  • Verve Rise & Shine digi set
  • Verve Love Everlasting stamp set
  • Verve Beautiful Flowers die set
  • Spellbinders Purse contour die, Exquisite Labels Eleven dies
  • JustRite Spellbinders Vintage Labels 7 dies
  • EK Success: K & Company Susan Winget Floral designer paper pad
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 pink card and white & pink cardstock
  • The Paper Studio printed vellum
  • Memento dye inks: Pear Tart and London Fog
  • Copic markers: R20; Y17, 28, 32; YG61; YR26
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web Easy Tear Tape 1/4″
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Bead Landing Pemberly teacup charm
    • Viva Decor Perlen Pen – Ice White (to fill charm hole in saucer)
    • E6000 adhesive
  • 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…

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your kind comments!!



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pps: Stopped by and gave yesterday’s card to my favorite barista, who was quite pleased. Enabler’s note: Target cartwheel 25% off Fraps is good through Sunday 4/2/17!

Thanks, Angie! You’re paw-some!


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)

2016 Cat Lovers Hop

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! : )


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!


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!:


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.


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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  • ***** Edited to add: giveaway now closed*****

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


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!



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pps… a quick look at the Cat Stash


Simple Elegance B&W Congratulations Card

Welcome! I assume you’ve already see the first graduation card I made for my friend to choose from. If not, it’s just the previous post – you might want to check it out.

For a completely different look, I went with B&W elegance and reached for my JustRite stamps and dies – they make elegant cardmaking soooo easy!


This was one of the easiest cards I’ve made recently… I may go back and do a whole batch of them to have on hand to wish anyone well on a special occasion!

Materials used:

  • JustRite Sculpted Leaves background stamp & Thank You Labels 20 stamp set
  • JustRite Vintage Labels 7 dies
  • Coredinations black and white cardstock
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections detail embossing powder – ebony
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder – linen white
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks
  • Tombow Mono permanent adhesive and adhesive dots
  • Recollections adhesive faux pearls

I’m playing along with the following challenges (click on the title for the details if you want to join in the fun):

Perhaps you’re wondering which card my friend chose?

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She liked them both so much, she took them both so she could have one on hand. : )

Which one is YOUR favorite?

Thanks for checking in today!



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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:


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…


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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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!


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


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!



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