Lil Inker Designs Pawesome Kitty With Frap Interactive Thank You Card for Barista

This was supposed to be my grand finale card for tomorrow, but I was afraid I might not have time to post it, so it’s going up today. : ) Yes, there’s only just over a day left of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I’ve been showing my cards from the hop to my barista who is a sweetheart and always goes above and beyond with my green tea fraps, so I thought I’d make her a special little interactive thank you card:

I just LOVE this adorable Lil’ Inker Designs Kitty Hugger! (And that cool Starbucks holographic Miami Gift Card!)  The frap is just sitting there unattached and can be removed to read the Thank You note on the back. The kitty stands up by cutting a second one and gluing the heads together. (The arms and tail of the back one were removed so they wouldn’t be seen (making a scary mutant cat) and the parts that would be visible were colored in.)

I had a learning curve with coloring it tho… I was happy with how natural looking the paw pads I added turned out – until I folded them over and THEN remembered Copics bleed through. Akk! Usually it’s not a problem as I’ll be attaching what I color to something else, covering the back side. Well, just don’t think too much about how a kitty could be hugging something AND have his paw pads showing or you’ll get a brain cramp from the contortions. Lol!

There was a serendipitous moment, too… when my cutting pads are very well used, they tend to impress the markings on the back of what I’m cutting. Not usually a problem, but when I folded the arm over, I found that it added some cool fur-like texture!!

If you look closely at the pic above, you can see the ‘shelf’ I built on his left foot. I just added two pieces of cardstock straight across the ‘ankle’ and that gives the frap a shelf to rest on which, along with the bent paw, holds it in place until ready to be removed.

I wish you could see the frap in real life… It’s amazing! I colored the green tea part first, then added the Nuvo Fresh Snowfall Glitter accents and it looks nice and frosty! The whipped cream was done with a Viva Decor Perlen Pen and the straw was attached. Once dry, I die cut a piece of clear plastic from the packaging of one of my dies, lined it with Scor-tape and put it on top for a true plastic cup look.

The kitty does stand alone, but he can also sit on the gift card… one cool Miami cat!       That gives me an idea: he could be used later as a bookmark, too!

Since they were 25% off today (with Target’s Cartwheel app), I went over to get a frap, and hopefully get a pic of my barista with her gift,  but she was off today, so I just came home with a yummy pick-me-up for myself. (Nonfat milk and raspberry syrup instead of classic – yum!) I always get mine without whipped cream, but the card just looks cuter with it, don’tcha think?!

Supplies used:

  • Lil’ Inker Designs Kitty Hugger stamp and die set
  • Lil Inker Designs Coffee Talk stamp and die sets
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3, 5; E02; R20; RV02; YG61, 63
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter Accents: Fresh Snowfall
  • Viva Decor Perlen Pen – Ice White
  • Sookwang 2.5″ Scor-tape adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Blue
  • Coredinations white and red cardstock
  • Misc. plastic 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…

It’s been a fun week. Thanks to everyone who was kind enough to stop by and leave some bloggie love!! I really appreciate you all!!

~D.Ann

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Edited to add: Went the next day and my sweet barista was pleased with her little gift!

Thank you, Angie!

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Stay Awake – Color Burst Card

Happy Monday! Here’s a little something to brighten up your day!

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Yowza! That oughtta wake ya right up! : ) I love spring for the riot of colors busting out all over and now I love Color Bursts for the same reason! Today I was tickled pink to receive a set of Color Burst brights that I’d won from Blitsy Crafts for playing their #BlitsyCraftMonthIGChallenge on Instagram a few days ago. Thanks Blitsy!! There’s still time to play if you’re interested – It runs til the end of March! You can find the details HERE. They’re giving away some fab prizes!

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On day 15 their prompt was Home, so I whipped up this little gift tag with Sugar Pea Designs  Home Sweet Home die & Heart Border die, drew in some curtains and posted it – easy-peasy! (BTW: Sugar Pea Designs is one of the Super Sponsors of the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop – Thanks!):

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Of course, I HAD to break the Color Bursts out to play with right away! I made an acetate cup as a stencil mask and sprinkled just a few drops of each color of the powder,  spritzed water on it and used my Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer sans marker to blow the watercolors outward. I had hoped for a nice cup shaped negative space, but the water got under my stencil and it didn’t turn out like I’d hoped. So I cut another cup out of paper, and pressed it into the Versamark pad, sprinkled it with WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter and heated it up for a shiny cup to cover my mistake – um, I mean OPPORTUNITY! The great thing about art is there are plenty of opportunities to fix things and make them better. : )

That fun sentiment from Lil’ Inker Designs (another of the Super Sponsors for the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop – Thanks!!) didn’t look right all by itself, so I took a Perfect Medium Pen and drew in some steam and embossed it, too.

I saw someone recently ask about warped watercolor paper and I wanted to share this tip:

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See how warped the paper is? That’s even after trying the trick of turning it over and heating the reverse side. But I find that using Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive – just around the edges and a short line in the middle will easily solve the problem. It does take a while to get used to snapping off to the side before lifting the applicator at the end, but it’s worth getting used to that one little detail!! (And, no, I don’t have any affiliation with Tombow!) You can then use regular adhesive for the next layers.

Well, I’ve taken up enough of your time! I really didn’t mean to blather on so much… must have had too much caffeine today! : )

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Materials used:

  • Canson cold press watercolor paper
  • Color Burst by Ken Oliver – Brights Assortment (THANKS Blitsy!)
  • Spellbinders Tea Cups dies
  • Lil’ Inker Designs Coffee Talk stamp set
  • Versamark Ink
  • WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter
  • Ranger Perfect Medium pens
  • Recollections Neon Opaque Embossing Powders – Pink, Orange & Purple
  • Art Minds sequins
  • Nicole Spangles flower sequins
  • Core’dinations cardstock – orange & purple
  • Recollections Shimmer card – pink
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive & mono adhesive
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

In case you haven’t already joined the fun, but are thinking about it, here are the hops and challenges I am playing along with… just click on the name for more information on each:

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Thanks for letting me talk your ears off today! Oh… that reminds me of something funny…

The Brazilian idiomatic expression for stalking waaayyy too much is: ‘falar pelos cotovelos’ which literally means ‘talk through the elbows’! Kkk!! : ) Aren’t languages FUN?!!

If this is your first time to my blog, you can find out what Kkk! means HERE. And there is blog candy HERE.

Hope to see you again tomorrow!

-D.Ann

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The Smallest Things Can Make Your Day: Green Tea Frap, Sunrise & Sundials

Goood morning sweet coffee, tea and cocoa loving fiends… I mean friends! : ) Since some of you are experiencing nasty winter weather, I thought I’d send you a bit of balmy Florida 74 degree sunshine to warm you up and brighten your morning. Now you know why I still consider a Frappuccino a winter card!
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At our southeast Florida beach, you will mostly find small white and cream colored shells… tellins, arks, clams, broken cockles, and occasionally coral bits and cat’s paws. Not the plethora you find over at Sanibel, but just a few hither, thither and yon. Today, instead of drinking my green tea Frappuccino (In case you’re wondering why it’s brown, it’s made with raspberry syrup, YUM!) while comfortably sitting in my car with the windows down and enjoying the sunrise, like usual, I actually got my feet in the sand now that it’s cooled down enough to walk on it without scorching them. I just went down to the went down to the tide line for a couple of minutes to take this picture of the card on some coral rocks with the ocean and sunrise in the background and I happened to look down and found my first sundial ever in decades (not saying how many!) of beach combing! What a pleasant surprise!!
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Ahhh…. a green tea frap, a glorious sunrise and a rare shell… Yep, sometimes it’s truly small things in life that can make your day a whole lot better!!
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The sundial is in the left corner, closest to the purple and beside the amazing neon yellow little shell. What gorgeous creations!
I CASE’d this CAS card from Unity Stamp Company’s quick tip video by Angeline Choo, which you can see at this link that you can copy and past because if I link it, it puts the video in my post and blocks half my post. Some day I’ll get this!Meanwhile, here’s the link:(www.facebook.com/unitystampco/videos/1093341690700443/?theater)
In case you were wondering, the acronyms are for: Clean And Simple (CAS)and CASE, which means Copy And Share Everything, including credit for the person whose card you copied.
I knew it was going to be a frappy day when I finished coloring my card and pulled off the new-to-me 3M Micropore tape that was a gift to me for DIY washi tape. I thought I’d use it to mask the inking and get some inked tape to boot. It didn’t take the distress ink too well and it ripped the top layer of the cardstock. YIKES!
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Fortunately there are fixes for minor disasters such as this, like covering it up with just a pinch of lace!  I daresay that at a first glance you didn’t notice the tear, although now if you go back and enlarge it, you can still see it’s still there, but at least anchored at the top under the lace. I’m sure my friend who often brings me my favorite frap for a treat won’t mind the little imperfection. Life goes on.
Materials used:
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Lil’ Inker Designs Coffee Talk stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and Rose Bud dye inks
  • Inkadinkado Stamping Mask paper
  • 3M Micropore tape
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Tombow mono permanent adhesive
  • Misc. lace

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

Edited to add: Thank you, Lil’ Inker Designs for featuring this card in your You Made It Monday blog feature! (HERE)

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Wishing you a warm (at least in your cup!) and sunny day!

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Thank you for the honor of being featured in Lil’ Inkers Designs You Made it Monday! ****

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-D.Ann

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