Chocolate Keeps You Safe! Fun Fat Cat Card

Hello again! I’m back with a humorous card for the Cat Lovers Hop.

A few months back our whole family went on a diet and each successfully shed scores of pounds. However, my folks recently hit a plateau. To congratulate them on their accomplishment, and encourage them to keep up the good work with some humor, I send them this fun card:

I think these two cats are safe, don’t you?!! I love how shiny the Brilliance ink is when stamping with it! To help it stand out, I just lightly colored the kitties with some chalks:

The Liquid Pearls make the chocolate look almost edible (if slightly melted)… Gotta love those fun Technique Tuesday Sassy sentiments! : )

Of course, I was so excited to send it to them, I was already writing in it when I remembered to take a pic… just ignore my scribbling (thx)!

I love that stamped sentiment: Did you ever notice there are no recipes for leftover chocolate?! So true! (and you notice the chocolate is gone except for the wrapper and a couple of crumbs)

On the back, there’s a little pocket for a gift card for them to get some new ‘skinny’ clothes:


  • Penny Black: 9 Lives stamp set
  • Technique Tuesday: Sassy Bday & Sassy Hangry
  • Spellbinders: Labels 40 Decorative Accents dies
  • Justrite dies: Filigree Corners
  • Recollections white cardstock
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black & Rich Cocoa dye inks
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Coffee Bean & Pearlescent Rust pigment inks
  • Art Performance markers
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls: Dark Chocolate
  • Ranger Stickles: Joyful
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Carnation Pink
  • 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:

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Purr-prize! It’s time for another giveaway for all you kitty loving blog hoppers along with my faithful blog followers! This time I have a little package (#1) of fab feline goodies:

Meowza! Kitty footies, color in postcards, washi tape, cat eraser, sticky notes, a magnetic bookmark, kitty tissues, and even an adjustable cat ring! Purrfect!

What do you have to do to be eligible to win my prize package #1? If you’re interested, just leave me a comment using the words “kitty cat” together somewhere in your comment.

Bonus entry option #1: Be a follower of my blog and leave me another comment.

For a second bonus entry follow me on Instagram (@d.ann.c), like and comment on the post featuring this card. (It doesn’t have to be a long comment, just a heart will do.) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know that you did it and your Instagram name.

Bonus entry option #3 (for a total of 4 possible entries): Follow me on Pinterest (@dannscrafting) and re-pin any one of my cards that you like. (If you don’t like them, you don’t have to pin any. lol!) Come back here and leave a comment letting me know your Pinterest name.

You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 28, 2018 to get your comments in. Sometime after noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop (chosen using Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so, if you’re not subscribed, be sure to check back later that afternoon for that post!!

There’s more fun coming… be sure and mosey back here soon!



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You Are So Positive – I Love That You Will Always Be My Friend! Card

Hello and welcome!

I have a lovely card to show you today! Veronica Zalis has put together a special blog hop: Stamping for Autism Awareness – you can read all about it HERE. I have several friends with precious autistic children and they all could use encouragement and support!

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge this week is A Trio of Something. I used three layers of blue and three layers of white cardstock to create this card and put a few trios of pearl dots on as accents.

Congrats to Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge on their 9th Anniversary, too!

Here is the inside of the card:

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders Chantilly Paper Lace collection: Bella Rose Lattice Layering Frame and Lunette Arched Borders dies
  • Justrite Papercraft/Spellbinders Just the Right Words stamp set
  • Quietfire Design Gentle Thoughts stamp set
  • Recollections Cardstock: white 65# & blue 110#
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Paris Dark
  • Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Midnight Blue
  • Scotch adhesive runner
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ liquid adhesive

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:

Thank you so much for stopping by… have a lovely day!



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Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge – Lacy Anniversary Card

Hello and welcome! Today I have a lovely bespoke anniversary card to share with you. I was asked to use luscious layers of lace, pearls, sparkle and frills on the card. I also used this month’s Papertrey Ink Blog Hop inspiration photo:


I chose the pinks/cream/tans with just a touch of green and turquoise colors and the stars and rounded arch of the fans for this anniversary party card.


From sparkling cardstock  and ribbon to rhinestones, there’s plenty of bling on this lacy party card!


She was thoroughly delighted with the outcome and chose this lovely sentiment for the inside:


Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink: Simply Jane die collection
  • Spellbinders: Elegant Labels Four
  • Justrite Dies/Spellbinders Heirloom Flourish One
  • Quietfire Design: Always Be My Friend stamp collection
  • DCWV Luxury Stack & Shimmer Stack cardstock
  • Simply Defined Distinctions 200# card base
  • Recollections: Spohia cardstock, Mixed Media Paper Word & Botique Fleur mulberry paper mini rose
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder – Rose Quartz
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive and E600
  • Misc. laces, faux pearls, ribbon and flowers(mostly Recollections & Offray)

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!

I’ll be back in just a few minutes with a much different anniversary card that will make you go ‘Awww!’, so do check back (or scroll up)! : )



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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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You Are In My Prayers Purple & Gold Card

Welcome back! Today I am posting a card I made for a friend who recently lost a loved one. Sympathy cards are the hardest, I think.

I noodled around with ideas from several current hops and challenges and came up with this lovely card that will fit some of them nicely and I think it is a nice sympathy card:


I had a hard time getting a good picture of it that shows it off well. Here it is in natural light:


I am SO happy that JustRite Stampers has re-opened! I have many of their lovely stamps and look forward to seeing what they come up with next! Their current challenge is Back to Nature (which you can find HERE), so I chose a floral background and a flower bunch.

Winnie and Walter is celebrating World Card Making Day with various challenges, including Use Gold/Metallic with Lydia. You can read about it HERE. I wish I had some of their lovely stamps, but don’t – yet. I did emboss the background and flowers with gold and used Metallic Gold Gelatos on the sentiment. There is also metallic glitter in the ribbon.

The Damsel of Distressed is hosting The Hop to Stop featuring the color purple to raise awareness of those who suffer from domestic violence. You can find the details HERE. After embossing with gold, I took Grape, Metallic Grape and Lavender Gelatos and spread them over the embossed background.


Then I took a baby wipe and spread the color around and it absorbed into the white cardstock. So easy and such lush colors in real life. I also used PEARLustre Tanzanite (purple) embossing powder on the sentiment and frame and various shades of violet and purple Copic markers to color the flowers.


Materials used:

  • JustRite Papercraft Floral Flourishes Background stamp
  • JustRite Papercraft Fashion Vintage Labels Six (frame)
  • JustRite Papercraft Circle of Love Vintage Labels Three (flowers)
  • JustRite Papercraft Be Strong (sentiment)
  • Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large die
  • Copic Markers: C15; BV 00, 02, 04, 08; E37; G02, 05, 09; V 04, 06, 09, 12, 15, 17; YG 63
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos: Metallic Grape, Grape, Lavender, Metallic Gold
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections Detail Embossing Powder – Gold
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder – Tanzanite
  • DCWV card
  • Misc. white cardstock, ribbon and adhesives

This card is being entered in the following hops and challenges:




Thank you for stopping by today! Have a lovely weekend!!



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