Guest Designing for CropStop – Heartfelt Creations Daffodils-from-Orchids Card

Hooray! Today is the day I finally get to share with you the exciting secret I’ve been busting to tell you… I was invited to be a guest designer of a project for the CropStop blog! If you happen to be coming from there… WELCOME!!

I was totally surprised and nervous as all get-out for my first ever privilege of being a guest designer! I hope you like my first project… I happen to think it’s one of my best cards. I’d be tickled pink if you would pop over to the CropStop blog and leave some love! Here’s a TINY sneaky peak to pique your interest:

I know you’re going to want to see the details close up… you can click the link HERE to get to the CropStop Blog. Meanwhile, I’ll sit here and twiddle my thumbs while you go check it out!  When you’re done, please come on back here and I’ll share some extra details and tips with you, ok?!

Are you still here? I wish I knew how to embed music into my post, but since I dont, let me send you on your way by humming the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey for dramatic effect while you click on the link HERE to go check out the project…. duuuum, DuuuuuM, DUUUUUUMMMM, TaDUUUMMM!….

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So, what’d’ya think?! I hope you liked it as much as I did! Of course you know things always look better in real life… wish you could see it for real!

Here’s some of the extra details that I didn’t want to overwhelm the folks at the CropStop blog. I played around with different ways to color the flowers… The first ones I stamped with Versamark ink and then watercolored with Distress inks by putting the ink on some plastic and picking it up with a water brush.

Note: For those of you who don’t have a MISTI or other stamping device, I highly recommend using the red 11×17 Rubber Stamping Mat under your paper to help get a nice evenly stamped image.

Also, if you don’t have a palette made specifically for watercoloring, you can use any hard plastic, like an old cd, a cd cover, or the packaging from your stamps, like I did.

You can see I wasn’t worried about staying in the lines as the die would cut away the excess. I did want to go OVER the lines to get a little extra dark coloring where the Versamark stamped image was.

For the second set of flowers I colored directly with the markers.

And, for the final set of flowers, I stamped with a light gray ink instead of Versamark and colored directly with the markers again. I also colored the back sides of each flower.

These are the Heartfelt Creations Botanical ORCHID stamps. Emma Lou of Heartfelt Creations has a nice video showing how to use these to make the DAFFODILS HERE.

Here are the finished flowers in the order I made them:

If you want a softer color, the watercolor works, but for brighter colors, coloring direct on the page works better. You will loose some color with the wetting required to shape the flowers. (Note, I also tried this with Color Bursts, but they washed out too much. FYI, you would have to start out with a really dark color to allow for the loss of color in the wetting and shaping process.)

I used the Twist & Style Sizzix so kindly sent me a while back to make the stamens out of beads and wire stems. It makes quick work of wire twisting!!

Another thing I learned… The Beadalon 7 strand .015″ wire was a little too flimsy for the stems. The 26 gauge copper wire worked MUCH better. If I wanted them to stand up in a bouquet, I’d use an even heavier wire.

Here’s a close-up of the finished flowers. I took one of each different kind and put them in a bunch for variety and affixed them with Glubers.  Oh, and FYI, the butterfly got its fabulous shine from Stickles (Firefly and Tropical Tangerine).

For the card base I wanted to have it embossed with the Couture Creations Serenity Collection: Chiaro 5×7 embossing folder that I won from CropStop back in January AND I wanted a nice cutout shape. This led to another learning experience…

The die cut card was so delicate that the pass through the embossing machine ‘broke’ the paper apart in several places. It worked out much better to run the paper through the embossing folder first, THEN die cut it. In the process of die cutting it, it did flatten some of the embossing, leaving a much softer look and keeping the edges in tact.

Tip: Can’t find faux adhesive pearls to match your project? Use a Copic Marker to color plain ones!

You will find the list of all the supplies used on the CropStop Blog. You can click HERE to go back and check it out again. Thank you, CropStop, for the privilege of guest designing for your blog!

Well, as Paul Harvey used to say, “And now you know the REST OF THE STORY!”

I am also playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

You can also feel free to join in with the Cropstop March Challenge Linky Party #26: Anything Goes… It’s always fun to see the many lovely projects and you have the chance to win a nice prize or, perhaps, even be a guest designer!

Please stop back by Next Friday, March 24, for another guest designer post for the CropStop blog… this time a MUCH simpler pair of cards using some fun cut-and-fold dies… I’ll look forward to seeing you then!

This has been D.Ann reporting…. “Good day!” : )

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PTI 10th Anniversary Challenge: Packaging Inspiration – Gift Tag

The next Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary Challenge was Packaging Inspiration and I made this sweet little gift tag for a special gal:

A new monthly feature of the Papertrey Ink blog will be by Packaging Ambassador, Rebecca Luminarias. She shared a whole lot of inspiration in her post (HERE), and I chose elements from these pics to create my tag:

 

I loved her use of a doily and a tassel and the peach and gold combo!

Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh stamp and die sets
  • Papertrey Ink Orange Zest die ink
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Embossing powder – a special mix:
    • Recollections Detail embossing powder – ebony
    • Ranger Perfect Pearls – Gold
      • It makes a shiny golden black that shows up well on the gold paper
  • Ranger Inkssentials manila #5 size craft tag
  • Colorbok Shiny Gold Metallic Paper
  • Recollections Craft It paper diecuts
  • Recollections Spring Sherbet Delight Feather Clips
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ Runner and EZ Dots
  • Aleene’s Super Tacky 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:

I’ll be back soon with another post, so do check back!

~D.Ann

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Cat Lovers Hop – Final Day – You’re Special Crazy Cat Card + Blog Candy

I’m so glad you could stop by today for the final day of the Cat Lovers Hop!

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And what a hop it’s been! With over 130 talented entries already, who knows how many we’ll have before the day is done?!! I’ve had cat loving visitors from 15 countries stop by!

Who knew that National Chocolate day is October 28 and National Cat day is October 29?! (International Cat day is August 8). Isn’t it crazy how they seem to have a “day” for everything?!! I think EVERY day should be chocolate and cat days!!!

If you’ve been following my posts this week, then you know that I’ve been interviewing famous cats. I sent out many more requests, but not all of our beloved felines deigned to reply. The one I really missed was Tarder Sauce aka “Grumpy Cat” as I had a cat colored like her and some blog candy, too. What was I thinking?!! We all know her most popular MEMEs:

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But I’d rather not impute motives… who knows what she’s been going through at the time I wrote?  Maybe she’s even had way too many PAWparazzi chasing her lately. So I went ahead and used the image I colored in her honor and put together a fun card in fall colors:

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And the inside shows what the little PAWparazzo was up to…

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Didja notice my inspired ball of yarn exclamation point?! I’ll fess up as to why it’s inspired… I had masked off the rest of the sentiment while inking it up… then forgot to take off the mask. DUH! It left a smudge that needed covering. THAT’s when the ball of yarn exclamation point idea came up. Too bad the smaller ball wouldn’t cover up the smudge as it’d’ve made the perfect exclamation point! (Note to self… remember for next time!)

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There’s a better view of that fantastic metallic creative medium on the left and the Perlen ‘milk’.  I used a rounded flower tool to round the eyes before adding glossy accents. They look really cool IRL.

Supplies used:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz stamp sets:  Crazy Cats, Mini Cats & Dogs, and Crazy Talk
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits dies: Crazy Cats and Mini Cats & Dogs
  • Ranger Dylusions Raining Cats small stencil
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Imagine Crafts Creative Medium Metallic Copper
  • Copic Markers
    • Large Cat: B21; E00, 11, 31, 33, 74, 79; RV02; W1,3,5
    • Small Cat: YR02, 04, 21, 24; W1
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 005 black pen
  • Sharpie white paint pen
  • Viva Decor Perlen-pen
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Silly Winks sticky back foam
  • The Paper Studio – Spare Parts camera charm
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black and white
  • Misc. card base
  • Various adhesives
  • Dollar store medical tape (I use this to hold my dies in place, but I liked the look of it over the milk bottle, so cut it to fit before putting Glossy Accents over it)

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*****

Now it’s time for my final blog candy for this hop, open internationally:

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There is a Design Works 5×7 Cross Stitch kit, a set of 4 Grumpy Cat buttons (my favorite says “I’m on a button? I hate buttons!” lol!) and some kitty sticky note page markers.

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 PAWparazzo somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the word PAWparazzo 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 my PINTEREST account, @dannscrafting , come back here and leave comment with your Pinterest 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.

It’s been a fast and FURRYous week of activity! I hope you’ve enjoyed the hop, I certainly have! Thank you all SO VERY MUCH for stopping by and for all the kind, encouraging and entertaining comments you left – they are much appreciated!!

I have one more project, but if I don’t get it done today, I’ll save it for next hop! : )

See you ’round blog-land my fur-loving friends! Don’t forget to stop back in the afternoon on October 31 to see if you won any blog candy!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create – Remarkable Resist – You Make Life Beautiful Card

Welcome back for yet another session of My Favorite Things Camp Create.

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This time the focus is on Remarkable Resist. That’s great because it fits Marker Pop’s Challenge #101: Embossing.

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I took Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: Let’s Go Wild and went a little wild with coloring the background after heat embossing the lovely lace stamp:

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Hard to believe that’s only 4 Distress Ink Colors – They blend so well!! I love the bright, summery look! (SSS Monday challenge)

Supplies:

  • My Favorite Things BG Lace Background stamp & Simply Fabulous Sayings stamps
  • Coredinations cardstock: black & white
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mustard Seed; Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry & Spiced Marmalade
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tombow mono adhesive

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one for more information:

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Well, that gets me another badge and half way through the camp sessions!

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I’ll be back tomorrow to post the rest. I’d be happy if you’d stop back by!

~D.Ann

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Stamp-a-Faire 2016 – Masterpiece Inspirations – Monet ‘Note for You’ Card

Goood morning peeps! Can you tell I’m finally feeling a little better?!! What a nasty virus!! Hopefully, now I can get these last few cards posted. So brace yourselves for a deluge of posts today. : )

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The next session of Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire 2016 was Masterpiece Inspirations with the Team. There’s an interesting clip of part of the commencement speech Neil Gaiman gave to the Pennsylvania University of the Arts 2012 graduating class (here). Each of the designers did a fab and inspiring job of taking a masterpiece as inspiration for their projects!

I’ve always been fond of Monet’s works, especially his water lilies, which is probably why I also love the McKee Botanical Garden, as areas of it remind me of his pond:

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So, I chose to use Dawn McVey’s inspiration of Calude Monet’s Waterlilies as a springboard for my card.

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Here is what I came up with:

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I watercolored the background and, to add dimension and texture, I cut out the Garden Gild cover plate die and watercolored it, too. Then, like the true blonde that I am, I discovered my watercolored background was too small for the cover plate die cut. Argh! But with a little snipping, it was easily sized down and barely noticeable.

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Supplies:

  • Papertrey Ink Make it Market Mini: Garden Gild cover plate die
  • Papertrey Ink Floral Sketches stamp set
  • Canson cold press watercolor paper
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks: Dusty Concord, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections Neon Rose embossing powder
  • Recollections shimmer card
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one if you’d like more details as to how to play along:

I’ll be back soon! Thanks for stopping by and for all your encouraging comments!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create – Inlaid Made Easy – Amazing Flamingos Card

I’m back again as I continue posting my cards from My Favorite Things Camp Create.

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The next session was Inlaid Made Easy:

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I experimented with a watercolor sunset on the water scene – obviously I need more practice with that. (True story: for a while it looked like one flamingo ate something that didn’t agree with him. hahaha!) Then I die cut out the flamingos and the word Amazing. Then added them back in with foiled and glitter papers. At least it there weren’t too many fiddly little pieces to re-position.

Here’s the badge earned from this creative session:

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Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things LLD Flamingos & Doubly Amazing die-namics
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass
  • Recollections glitter paper, foiled paper and shimmer card
  • Copic marker RV19
  • Misc. adhesives

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any you’re interested in for more information:

I’ll be right back with the next card from the camp: Magnificent Masking. (I DID warn you there would be several posts today!)

~D.Ann

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Clear & Sheer Class – Day 2 – Vellum Techniques on Find Joy Cards

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One of the many cool techniques shown on day two of the Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class was dry embossing vellum and then coloring it from the back for a pretty, soft watercolor look. Well, classes are all about learning and trial-and-error and I sure had my share of that with this one! But, in the end, I learned a lot and had at least one card I’m very happy with – can you guess which one it was?

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The Cat’s Pajamas TCP Tuesday challenge is flowers and they’re having a Spring Blog Hop this month.

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So, I reached for an old scrap of parchment vellum and my TCP Patterned Petals stamp set, and set the printed acetate storage panel under my vellum and began to trace the outer edges of the flowers and leaves. You just need the outline of any flower. ( I think Alma from TCP is going to be surprised to see her stamps used this way!) As the parchment vellum was whiter than regular vellum my white pencil wasn’t showing up and I switched to yellow. Mistake #1. (Unless you WANT to have a yellow outline show up around your nice white edges.) I really didn’t think it would show through as much as it did… it wasn’t too noticeable until after I added the color and attached it to the card. sigh. Note to self: the instructors DO know what they’re talking about. : )

Here I’m doing it with the second card and heavy vellum and you can see the white lines clearly. You need to see them once you put your vellum on a rubber mat to trace with a stylus and dry emboss it.

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The class gave pointers on unusual shading tools to use, but I can’t tell you everything. : )

A tip not in the class… If your stylus isn’t moving smoothly across the paper, you can lay the tip in the palm of your hand and twist it gently. It will pick up the natural oils and glide more smoothly.

I still had places where I used too much pressure and broke through the vellum. Since it was a scrap, I had no way of knowing what weight it was, but I made sure to use heavier weight vellum for the second card. Yes, there was a second card, because as you can see at this point it’s looking pretty cool and after I’d added the color, I really wished I had just stopped here. I liked it MUCH better!

I added color on the back side using Copic markers. Like the instructor said, it looks like a ‘hot mess!’

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But then you turn it over and the colors are very soft and the white shading stays opaque.

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See where I pressed too hard while embossing and broke the vellum and the Copic marker bled through? I have a tip for you to fix that:

Tip: use a Copic Blender (0) to push most of the ink back through anywhere it bled onto the front of the vellum. Then lightly go over the area with a white pencil. When you look at the finished card, you can hardly tell there were any bleed-throughs.

I tried, with limited success, to cover up the yellow guidelines and at the same time give them more depth by outlining them with grey Copics.

I ran into another snag… I used some Adirondack embossing powder for the first time. I don’t know if it’s supposed to have those white spots through it, but I certainly didn’t want them! 20160427_195012aW

Copic Markers to the rescue again! Just traced over the letters until they’re all covered. Whew!

My final error on this card was when attaching the vellum, I sprayed the back with adhesive, but wasn’t careful enough laying it down and it puckered irreversibly. by now I already knew I was going back to make a nice and pretty plain white one, so I called it a day. It’s still ok… just not the ‘spectacular’ that I was going for.

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Materials used:

  • The Cat’s Pajamas: Patterned Petals Stamp set
  • Misc. parchment vellum
  • Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Essentials tool kit
  • Generic clay shaping tool kit
  • Crayola white and yellow colored pencils
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3; G29; R20, 24, 29, 32; Y17; YG67; YR04
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Ranger Adirondack Cranberry embossing powder
  • Recollections shimmer card
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Tree House Studio 9mm holographic flower sequin

Now, you would think that having all that experience, the second card would go off without a hitch, but it wasn’t until after I glued it down that I noticed I’d forgot my little stamen dots. So, instead of being embossed, they’re done with a white Gelly Roll pen.

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I think the plain white on vellum rather than parchment vellum looks MUCH classier – what do you think?

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Materials used:

  • The Cat’s Pajamas: Patterned Petals Stamp set
  • Worldwin Papers Translucent Vellum
  • Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Essentials tool kit
  • Generic clay shaping tool kit
  • Crayola white colored pencil
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder – Rose Quartz
  • Recollections shimmer card
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Sakura white Gelly Roll pen
  • Misc. clear sequins

I’m going to enter one or both of these cards (either linked from here or Instagram) into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

I’ll probably be back later today with the other two cards I did from Day 2. See you soon!

-D.Ann

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