You’re A Gem Gift Boxes

Hello and welcome!

I thought you’d like to see these gem shaped gift boxes that recently put together for a special Bible class that was held this month for some of our Portuguese speaking Bible teachers.

Aren’t they precious?!! The Spellbinders contour You’re a Gem steel rule die cuts through the glitter cardstock like butter!

On the tops I added the My Favorite Things “You’re a Gem” sentiment and cool gem.

Inside each one is a little commemorative card with a sweet saying about how precious these teachers are (with Haggai 2:7 quoted) and their class information.

There is also a mint with a sticker that says, ‘You’re worth a mint’ on it. And, since they’ll probably need an afternoon pick-me-up, there are a pair of chocolates with a riddle printed on a sticker on the back…

Why was chocolate created?

(Note: this riddle also works for coffee)

Psalm 115:17

They sent me back this picture from their lunchroom:

It seems they were all tickled pink with their little gifts! Next party I have, I think I’ll make a treasure chest full of these!

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders Contour You’re a Gem Steel Rule Die
  • Spellbinders Decorative Labels 34 & Labels 16 dies
  • My Favorite Things Bling It On stamp set & Diamonds dies
  • Recollecions Signature glitter pad
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Pebbles, Inc. Chalks: Basic Brights
  • Nicole Bling It 3mm Adhesive Rhinestones
  • Avery Silver Foil Mailing Labels
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Simply Defined ‘Stacey Tape’ permanent adhesive
  • Tissue paper, mints, Ghirardelli chocolates

I’m joining in the following challenges, click on any one to find out how you can join the fun:

I’m glad you stopped by! I’ll be right back with one final card from this set.

~D.Ann

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Upcycled Starbucks MFT Walking on Sunshine Friendship Card

Hello again! I just couldn’t wait until tomorrow to post this card, so I’m back already. ; ) The Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is in full swing.

During the spring hop, I saw some cute cards done using the spring coffee cups from Starbucks, but my stores didn’t have them yet. When they finally came in, I snagged a yellow one which I thought was bright and sunny for summer. And when the recent sticker collecting promotion ended, I asked my local manager for some of those fab watercolor-look leftover frap stickers and he kindly obliged.

 

I took some inspiration from MFT’s Sketch Challenge, added a couple of travelling birds from South America (SSS Monday Challenge) and out comes a fun up-cycled summer card. Another serendipitous moment came when I was looking through my stash for some red embossing powder to match the card and came up empty. Brain fog kept me from remembering to just stamp in red and use clear embossing powder. I tried  a neon pink, but it didn’t look right. Then I went over it with a Copic marker… I love the burning after glow the neon left. Unfortunately the camera just doesn’t catch it as well as the eye does in real life. You’ll just have to come over to see it!

 

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things BB Polynesian Paradise stamp set
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 card & white cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic Markers: B24,29; BV02; C3,5,7;R29,35; Y13,15,17,35; YR04
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops Navy Blue
  • Pigma Micron 005 green archival ink pen
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Recollections Opaque Neon embossing powder: Neon Pink
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent Adhesive
  • Starbucks cup and stickers
  • Laura’s Loft glitter pearl stickers

I am 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! Now off you pop to keep on hoppin’!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create Bonus: Divine Dry Embossing – Amazing Card

Welcome to my final project for My Favorite Things Camp Create. This is the Bonus Gather ‘Round the Campfire session: Divine Dry Embossing, and here is its badge:

  

I thought it needed a little something rather than plain white, so I took some colored pencils to the embossed part. TIP: since the pencils pressed some of the embossing down, I went back over the back side on a mouse pad when I was done to re-raise it.

And a little sentiment for the inside:

To blend the pencil and add some bling, I added a brush of Wink of Stella over it.

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things Doubly Amazing & LL Hip Clips Die-namics
  • My Favorite Things Lace Background stamp
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend pencils: Hyacinth & Pink Tulip
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella: clear
  • Tsukineko VersaMark Ink
  • Memento dye ink: Angel Pink
  • Pebbles Inc. Pearlescent Chalks: jewel tones
  • Core’dinations cardstock: pink & white
  • Tombow Mono permanent adhesive

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

Thanks for joining me for this fun creative camp! I look forward to seeing you again!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create Day 5: Glitzy Glitter

Welcome back to the final day of My Favorite Things Camp Create: Glitzy Glitter.

This was a very easy card to make, so I’ll spare you any extra details… besides… just like any final day… we’re all ready to go home! : ) This time we’re going out with a BLING! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist! lol!) Love ‘petting’ those glittered birds.. they’re almost fuzzy!

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things Amazing stamp set
  • My Favorite Things LLD Flamingos & Doubly Amazing Die-namics
  • My Favorite Things Herringbone Bricks Stencil
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink: Peacock Feathers
  • Pigma Micron 005 Archival ink pen: Black
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Essential Colors glitter set: Crystal Fine, Kunzite, Onyx, Tourmaline
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • Aleene’s Clear Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Mono permanent adhesive

Now I have the final badge of the set:

  

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

There’s still s’more to come with the Camp Create Bonus: Gather ‘Round the Campfire, so grab some marshmallows and I’ll see you soon!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create Day 4: Sensational Sliders – Hilarious ‘Ruff Day’ Card

Hello and welcome! Today’s project is from Day 4 of My Favorite Things Camp Create: Sensational Sliders.

I love interactive, touchy-feely cards! This one took a little extra measuring since I didn’t have the Blueprint plate used in the demo, but it was worth it! I left a 3/4″ edge around the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card, cutting two 4 inch sides and one 2 3/4 side with a semi-circle traced from a AA battery in the middle.

And when you pull the slider open:

I know it’s kind of yucky, but it still cracks me up! Here’s a behind-the-scenes look… After blending in the ink for the sidewalk, grass and sky (each masked off as I went), I spritzed a little water and then randomly flicked in some grass blades.

Here’s another reason why the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press has a slight advantage over the MISTI:

For the peepee I used the Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops that dry clear and, when dry, I ran a yellow Copic marker over it.

Now, here’s a test… Did you happen to notice the dog’s name? If you missed it, you can scroll back to the first picture…. Yep, a true Boca Ratonian! I know another one called Dee-Oh-Gee…. think about it… say it slow…! : )

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things: BB You Make My Tail Wag stamps
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Old Paper, Tumbled Glass
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink pen: Twisted Citron
  • Copic markers:
    • Doghouse: C1,3,5,7; R24, 29
    • Dog: E13, 23, 25, 31, 33, W1
    • Hydrant: C1, 3, Y17, 35
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Morning Dew
  • Pigma Micron 005 Archival ink pen: Black
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive

This earns the 4th Camp Create badge:

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

There’s still one more day of this fun ‘camp,’ so I’ll be back soon!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create Day 3: Spectacular Shakers – Sweet Candy Jar Cards

Hello and welcome back to see my cards for day 3 of My Favorite Things Camp Create: Spectacular Shakers:

For a long time I’ve been wanting to do these candy jar shakers, so I made a batch of them. I got the lid slightly lopsided, which made me giggle as it reminded me of the candy jar my aunt always put in my room when I stayed with her. Mom’s rule was not go meddling, so I never peeked in the dresser drawers or anything. But I knew that candy jar was there for me, so I’d sneak a piece now and then and sometimes, to be quiet, the lid didn’t always get back on straight. : )

As you can tell from this pic, I didn’t get the ‘crystal’ filling all the way to the back of the card and the pieces can get up in there and, since it’s tight, they can get stuck. I should have thought to put adhesive over the dried ‘crystal’ filling. Next time…

I also did a couple with jelly beans. You can see I had the same trouble, this time with the bottom, too, so it doesn’t look nearly as full as many went down into the bottom. sigh. Live and learn!

I like how those embossed lines add texture and make a ‘table’ for the jar and candies.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how they went together…

I intend to get some real mints and jelly beans to go with these cards for a fun gift!

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things Candy Jars Die-namics and Candy Jar Additions Stamps
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, yellow
  • Core’dinations 110# cardstock (for base)
  • Misc. Acetate
  • Silly Winks Sticky Back 2mm Foam Sheets
  • Memento Dye Inks: Dandelion, Pear Tart, Summer Sky
  • Tsukineko VersaMagic Chalk Ink: Red Magic
  • Papertrey Ink Dye Inks: Lilac Garden, Lovely Lady, Summer Sunrise
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter Accents: Fresh Snowfall
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Hampton Arts red embossing powder
  • Recollections Neon Opaque embossing powder: Neon Pink
  • Scotch quick-dry tacky adhesive
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive

This earns the third badge from Camp Create:

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I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

There’s still more to come from this fun ‘camp,’ so be sure to check back!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create Day 2: Remarkable Resist – Sweet Lace Cards

Welcome! Today I have a sweet set of 4 cards I did with the technique from My Favorite Things’ Camp Create Day 2: Remarkable Resist.

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The backgrounds were heat embossed with that fabulous lace stamp. I love running your fingers over it afterward as it feels lacy! I did two in white and two in gold with glitter finish . Love that shine!

Then I did one of each with a rainbow of watercolor and one of each with red and blue, making purple in the middle. Which combo do you like best?

Here is the badge I earned for today’s lesson:

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things Lace Background and Candy Jar Companions stamps
  • My Favorite Things Sentimental Flourish Frame Die-namics
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors 32, 31, 40, 52, 64, 139
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White & Black embossing powders
  • American Crafts Zing! Gold Embossing Powder Glitter Finish
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black & white
  • Colorbok Shiny Gold metallic paper
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme & Mono adhesive runners

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

I hope to return soon with more projects from this fun ‘camp’, so please stand by!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create Day 1: Wonderful Watercolor – Rainbow Galaxy Background

Hello and welcome! It’s that time of year again… Another summer at My Favorite Things’ Camp Create!

Day one of camp showed a marvelous watercolor rainbow galaxy background that I just HAD to try! While I was at it, I decided to do two in case one didn’t turn out. I was really quite worried I’d get mud by adding the black, but they both turned out ok! In spite of the sparkle, it’s not a girly card and would do for a guy, too.

You can find the easy to follow instructions on how to do the watercolor background HERE. I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors since I don’t have the Prima watercolors she used. I love the vibrant colors!

You may be wondering how I got the longer die-cut rectangles for the inside writing space:

You take your cutting plate and put the edge before the final edge of the die. After cutting, line up the two sides and again place the edge before the final edge of the die as shown in the right-hand part of the picture. Depending on how the pattern goes, you can get it half-again longer (like the left hand side of the picture above) or more.

I really wanted this galaxy to tinkle and added lots of sparkly accents that you can see in the materials list below. It’s got oodles of 3d texture. The sparkle is kind of hard to capture on camera – even this quick video doesn’t do it justice:

For completing this, I’ve earned my first Camp Create Badge:

           Note: if you collect all 5 badges, you can be entered for a nice prize… just sayin’! : )

Materials Used:

  • My Favorite Things: Friends Like Us stamp set
  • My Favorite Things: Doubly Amazing and Pop-Up Bday (cut off) Die-namics
  • Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles and Romantic Rectangles 2
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors 20, 31, 32, 40, 52, 64, 139
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black & white
  • My Studio White Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Titanium Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Ranger Stickles: Black Diamond, Glisten, Icicle
  • Imagine Crafts IrRESISTible Pico embellishers: copper
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter Accents: Fresh Snowfall
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

I hope to be back soon with another project from this fun skills camp!

Thanks for stopping by!

~D.Ann

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MFT Thankful for Wonderful You Kitty Card & We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Review

Hello my crafty friends! I have a sweet card for you today and a review of the hottest new stamping tool on the market: We R Memory Keepers Precision Press.

The card was inspired by My Favorite Things Color Challenge #57

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and My Favorite Things Thankful for YOU – Spread Your Thankfulness post. In fact many of the current challenges focus on Thanks – like Simon Says Stamp’s Monday and Wednesday Challenges and MarkerPop!’s Challenge #108

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I happen to need a Thank You card for a dear friend who is always doing kind things for me… she recently dropped of lunch and flowers with some crafting supplies and chocolates to boot! Her sweetness inspired this card:

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That background was stamped using my new We R Memory Keepers Precision Press.(Thank you, MarkerPop!!) I’ve had my MISTI stamping tool (the Original size) for just over a year and a half now and I love it! Except… there are times I wish it was bigger. If I’d’ve stamped this with the MISTI, I’d’ve had to move the stamp several times because the closed, raised borders get in the way. However, with the Precision Press, I only had to move my paper.

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When my Precision Press arrived, my first thought was, “Oh, no! I hate those type of wrappers!” But as I looked at the back, I was pleasantly surprised to see they’d made an easy pull-tab to save you from getting out the heavy-duty scissors. Yay!

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The Precision Press had some minor chips off the edges of the plastic, which makes me want to be sure to be extra careful not to drop it as I can tell it might shatter easily.

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Of course, the plastic on my MISTI is beginning to show cracks in it after only a year and a half, but it doesn’t affect its functionality.

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I made up this comparison chart for those of you who might be considering either of these fine tools:

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You’ll notice I mention the hard surface as opposed to the cushion. I think you get a crisper image with a cushion. You can tell in this close-up that I pushed harder on some of my impressions on the background than others:

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Some have asked whether the Precision Press can handle the thicker, cling-mount rubber stamps. Yes, the lid expands/lifts up as you can see here:

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I was a little concerned about whether it would get a good impression, so I inked up this MFT background stamp and stamped it with both the Precision Press and the MISTI:

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They both did a fine job! The MISTI has saved me countless do-overs allowing me to stamp over as many times as I want in the exact same spot to get the best ink coverage. My only wish was to be able to do more on larger paper. The Precision Press fills that need at a lower price (and it’s smaller and lighter weight, too). I will probably still use my MISTI for simple stamping of clear stamps because of the cushion and the Precision Press for backgrounds like I did today and for stamping on larger pages.

Enabler alert: We R Memory Keepers is having a giveaway of the Precision Press on their blog this week… hurry over to check it out! If you want to get one,  MarkerPop! has them on backorder for $32.29 right now. (No, I don’t get a cut for telling you that.)

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Supplies used:

  • My Favorite Things stamp sets: Candy Jar Companions, Friends Like Us, I Knead You, and Simply Fabulous Sayings
  • Memento dye inks: Angel Pink & London Fog
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Hampton Art Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3; RV04; W1
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Misc foam adhesive squares

I’m entering this card in the following hops and challenges… click on any one of them for more info on how you can join the fun!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a lovely week!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create – Stunning Shadow Stamping – Heartfelt Thanks Card

Well, we’ve down to the final session of this year’s Camp Create classes from My Favorite Things.

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If you missed my posts from the first week of camp, they start HERE. And my posts from the second week of camp start HERE. Back up half a dozen posts to start the final week of camp. It’s pretty cool to have 16 new cards and as many fabulous tips, tricks and ideas under one’s belt for free all from the comfort of home. Thank you MFT!

This final session was one of my favorites. I LOVE the beautiful card created in the demo. I don’t have any solid MFT flower stamps, so I pulled out the only solid stamps I have… hearts and heart shaped balloons, and turned them into a border of flowers.

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I can’t wait to pull out my solid flower stamps and try this… LOVE the look! I was highly disappointed to find that my brand new Teresa Collins Posh White pigment ink from Color Box, which demo’d so well at CHA, didn’t dry white at all, just turned the paper darker with its wetness. Have you tried that ink or heard of anyone having problems with it? I must try it on black and see if there’s any difference. Since I was tired I just pulled out my Memories Unicorn pigment ink and it did fine for this technique.

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Supplies:

  • My Favorite Things Heart Balloons stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink cardstock and dye inks: Hibiscus Burst & Raspberry Fizz
  • Coredinations white cardstock
  • Memories Unicorn pigment ink
  • Tombow mono adhesive
  • Misc. sequins and glue

I am participating in the following challenges – click on any one for more information:

That earns me the final badge from this final session of Camp Create, so now I have all 15 badges plus the campfire badge. Looking forward to next year’s camp!

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Thanks for stopping by and for all the kind comments you’ve been leaving!

Well, th-th-th-that’s all for now, folks! See you around the next time the whim takes me crafting!

~D.Ann

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