It’s Always Tea Time Dozing Dormouse Card

Popping in quickly to share another quick little card to pair with a tea gift… this cutie-patootie dozing dormouse:


Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders dies: Decorative Labels One and Scalloped Labels One
  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps: Dormouse
  • Copic markers: BG13, 15, 18, 45; C1, 3, 5; R20, 22, 24, 29, 35; Y32
  • Core’dinations cardstock: red and white
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ Runner permanent adhesive
  • Misc. PVC glue

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!


Today is the last day of the Winter Coffee Lovers Hop… We’ll see if I get another card in before the day is done…

Have a lovely day!



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Friends Are Marshmallows in the Cocoa of Life Card

Hello, again! I’m back with another fun cocoa card:


I love that sweet sentiment: Friends are marshmallows in the cocoa of life!

The layers were inspired by Kraftin’ Kimmie’s December Layout (you KNOW they didn’t come from plain Jane me!) and the colors came from Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: Ice Inspiration:

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Did you know how easy it is to DIY your own glitter cardstock colors if you don’t have the right one? I just took a Copic marker to some gold glitter cardstock and instantly had the olive color I needed:


I also added some bling to the girls’ hair ornaments and mugs with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. Oh, and I couldn’t resist adding chocolate mustaches from the cocoa!  : )


I even added a little decoration on the inside:



Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders dies: Opulent Ovals, Gold Labels One, Snowflake View
  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps: Cocoa Friends & Beary Big Hugs (mug)
  • Memento dye inks: Tuxedo Black and London Fog (inside)
  • Copic Markers:
    • Auburn Hair: E04, 25, 37; R39
    • Blonde Hair: E11, 31; Y24, 32
    • Rest: C1, 3, 5; E000, 00, 02, 13, 25, 74; G99; R20; RV19, 34; YG63 W1, 3, 5
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – Clear
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Core’dinations cardstock: White, Gray
  • DCWV Glitzy Glitter cardstock stack fuchsia, gold and silver
  • Misc. Adhesive

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!


A special thanks to all you dear sweet marshmallows in my life!! : )



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Cocoa Bear Snowflake Card

Good, warm, cocoa morning! I have an extra fun post for National Cocoa Day. (Yes, there’s a day for that! Are you kidding?! There’s a day for EVERYTHING!!).


I’ll get to those cute little marshmallow cocoa mugs in a moment. I love how this Spellbinders die looks like a snowflake! To add to the look, I used fine blue-gray sparkly paper. I cut out the center with a scissors to make a window. I glued it to a solid backing and then to the top of the inside. Easy- peasy!


Isn’t that bear a cutie with his donut and cocoa?! (you can BEARly see his rosy little cheeks in the pic, but they’re there. : ) I love the sentiment inside:


Aww! If you look close, you can see that I used the die to emboss the inside, keeping the card CAS Clean And Simple yet elegant looking.

Now, about those marshmallow mugs… They’re soooo easy! If you haven’t seen them elsewhere or already tried them, here’s what you need:


All you need are some candy canes, jumbo and mini marshmallows, Nutella (or chocolate frosting) and shortbread cookies. (I’d get them a little bigger next time as these were a bit small.)


Cut the ends off the candy canes. I found a fine toothed, serrated knife worked best.

Poke them into the side of a jumbo marshmallow (I did use my meat thermometer to poke a hole, but it really wasn’t necessary). Spread some Nutella on top and place the mini marshmallows on top. Set it on a shortbread cookie. They make great decorations and can be put into a hot chocolate for a yummy flavor enhancer!

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Supplies used for the card:

  • Spellbinders Victorian Medallion One die
  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps – Beary Big Hugs set
  • Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink
  • Copic Markers E13, 23, 31, 33, 74; R20, 24, 29, 90; RV02; W1
  • DCWV Glitzy Glitter cardstock stack
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Misc. adhesive.

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!




Now I’m off to have another cuppa hot cocoa with another marshmallow cocoa cup dunked inside! Edible decorations don’t last long around here for some reason! : )

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your encouraging comments!



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So Many of My Smiles Begin With You – Cat Lovers Hop Day 2

Welcome back for day two of the Cat Lovers Hop! There are lots of adorable and lovely projects already linked up – well worth PURRusing!! Perhaps you’ll be inspired to work up a project and join the fun!


It’s amazing how quickly cats can cause disaster, isn’t it?! But sometimes they’re just laugh-worthy, too…


This cute Krafty Kat-astrophe stamp reminds me a little of that silly old Ray Stephens song ‘Stuck on You’ – which also has a cat in it! (If you haven’t heard it and have ever had a super glue catastrophe, you’ll get a giggle out of it. Since I don’t know how to put sound on a post yet, here’s a link where you can listen to it:

I used this month’s Kraftin’ Kimmie challenge sketch:


This was my first try at doing a spotted inky background. It’s funny how hard it is to do random on purpose! lol!

I love how Glossy Accents adds realism to the eyes, Scotch tape, and spilt coffee!


Some more kitty fun from around the house. Becca’s card on the hop yesterday reminded me of this mug that a friend gave me a while back. >^.^<


Materials used:

  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Krafy Kat-astrophe & Hello, Friend
  • Spellbinders Exquisite Circles
  • Basic Grey Koshi paper pad
  • Copic Markers:
    • B21,24,29; BG15,18,45; BV00,02,31,37; C1,3,5,7; E00,02,31,37; G02,05; R20,22,29; V04,06,09,12; Y15,17; YG61; YR02,07,21,24
  • Versamark ink
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder – Tanzanite
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
  • Recollections faux pearls and rhinestones
  • Advantus Sequins Purple, Holographic silver & Pink/Purple, flower cups
  • Nicole Spangles Flower Sequins
  • Misc. cardstock and adhesives.

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges, check them out – you may want to play along, too!:




Before we part, here are a couple more smiles for your day:



“The striped ones will make you look thinner.” lol!

Thanks for stopping by today. I look forward to seeing you here all week for more fun crafty cat cards and cat-astrophes! >^.^<



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You Lift Me Up + Blog candy

Welcome to the final day of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Are you ready for the BIG finale?!

20160612_121205aWHas she got BIG dreams, or what?! : )

Once again, I like the double entendre of both the recipient and the coffee lifting her up!



Materials used:

  • Spellbinders dies: Window Two and Flower Box
  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps: I {HEART} Coffee! and Rain or Shine! (sentiment)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic markers C1, C3, E000, E00, E02, E11, E31, E33, E37, E74, G09, R20, R24, Y15, Y17, YG17, YG61, YG63, YG67, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR21, YR24
  • Tsukineko Zig Wink of Stella, clear
  • Gelly Roll pen – white
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Tombow Permanent Adhesive, adhesive dots and foam tabs
  • Misc cardstock

I’m entering this card in the following blog hops and challenges:







If you’d like to play along with any of these, just click on the colored text to go find out what you need to do. Have fun crafting!

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Oh, and don’t forget… I have a small blog candy package I’ll be giving away to one of you great peeps that have been leaving comments. You ALL get a hearty “THANK YOU” for your encouraging comments! The  giveaway details can be found on the June 8th post (HERE). Winner will be announced on Sunday, June 14, 2015

I’m please you came to visit!

– D.Ann


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Shining Friends Card

It’s taken a few days to finish, but I’m finally back with another of those amazing starry universe backgrounds I made. This time with some Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps…

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To recap how the starry universe background was made…

I referred to this video’s galaxy background technique and used the following Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paints on black cardstock:

Antique Linen
Chipped Sapphire
Peacock Feathers
Picked Raspberry
Spun Sugar
Weathered Wood

Dylusions ink spray white linen

After I had it done to my liking, I saw this blog post and thought it looked SO much better with the gold, which gave more of a nebula look. So I added some Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Yellow Gold & Titanium.
Next I stamped Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Gaia in Versamark ink on white tissue paper, covered with Recollections Ebony Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. I then colored just Gaia, using the following Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 673 Orchid, 676 Royal Purple, 685 Deep Magenta, 850 Flesh, 942 Tan, N65 Cool Gray 5, N89 Warm Gray 1
Since I didn’t get the expected result of the tissue paper blending into the background last time, I fussy cut around her right at the edge of the embossing. This time, however, I used Royal Coat Clear Decoupage Finish to attach her, and I learned something…. I should have used this last week! This time the tissue paper DID disappear into the background. So much so, that her eyes and face looked rather weird with the stars shining through them! Argh! Murphy’s Law!! (Now, if I’d’ve made her blonde… they always say we blondes are spacy! lol!) To try to salvage her, I tried coloring over her with Prisamcolor colored pencils as best I could. She’s still a little blotchy, but passable, I think.
The sentiment, from Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Hello, Friend! set, was stamped with Versamark Ink, covered with Recollections Gold Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. The Gold showed up MUCH better than the silver I used last time. I recently snagged some Recollections Signature Mica and Ice Flakes on clearance at Michael’s, so I decided she needed to be catching a special star and used glossy accents to attach a couple of flakes just above her hands. I love how it shines extra bright! (If you enlarge the photo, you can see it.)
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The panel was attached to a deep magenta card using Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.
This week’s Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge #274 is: Decorate the Inside, so I opened the card up and added the full Gaia stamp and a sentiment from Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Rain or Shine! set. I decided to leave Gaia uncolored and just color the sentiment with Pebbles Inc. Chalks, Basic Brights…
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I always like cards that are decorated inside, but rarely think to do it.
I’m glad you stopped by today… My world IS brighter because of you! : )
Again, If you want to join the fun, Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Challenge # 274 is here:
And, because of the Amazing starry universe, I’m entering this in Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: A is for… which you can enter here:
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