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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I Know That Was You Tiger Card

Surprise! Betcha thought this was the winners post from the Cat Lovers Hop blog candy… That will be just a bit later today, I promise. : )

On the hop I saw an adorable card by 2amscrapper (HERE) she used the adorable Juggling Tiger digi by Gerda Steiner Designs. It was this month’s free digi in the Progressive Freebie Group over at the Outlawz site… You have to sign up, but it’s free. If you use the current month’s digi, you get the next month’s digi for free, and so it goes. I’m not much of a digi user, but maybe I’ll catch the bug. Guess I’m squeaking in on the last day!

Meanwhile I had this beautiful sentiment that Suzanne from Quietfire Designs sent me from her World Cardmaking Day celebration. (Thanks, Suzanne!!) I knew would go perfectly with this cute tiger (Thanks, Gerda!!):

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Supplies used:

  • Gerta Steiner Designs: Juggling Tiger digi
  • Quietfire Designs: Sometimes I Just Look Up stamp
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder
  • Copic Markers: E000, 02, 04; RV04; YR02, 04, 24; C1, 5, 7
  • Sizzix Little Sizzles Earth Tones cardstock
  • Misc. card base, adhesives and trim from Michael’s $1 bin

I’m entering this card in the following challenges. Click on any one to find out how you can join the fun:

I’ll be back in a while with the winners post… It may take a little longer than expected, so thanks in advance for your patience. : )

~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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The Princess Bird Anniversary Card

Yes, today is the day I reveal the card I’ve been working on and sharing on Instagram this past week.

It’s an anniversary card for a couple who are always quoting the Princess Bride. Fans of the movie will recognize many of the references, but there’s one they might not. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up (wink wink): He’s always calls her ‘Barbie’, hence Barbie-cup instead of Buttercup. I think they’ll get a kick out of it!

With no further ado… Presenting: The Princess BIRD Anniversary card….

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But wait! There’s more!

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And a better view of the two sides on the inside:

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You should be able to click on any picture to see it larger if you want to. I love how the Darice Wood Grain Background embossing folder makes that mulberry paper look woody!

A little bit of the coloring details:

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To keep the watercolors from bleeding through at the edges, I put waxed paper in between. A nice video on doing the trees and hills can be found on Sandy Allnock’s YouTube channel (HERE).

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I ended up jazzing up their wings a bit with a gold gel pen… I always love a little bling! : )

Jenn Shurkus recently did a great Periscope video on coloring leaves (you can find more details HERE)… unfortunately these were SO small, it was tough to do, but they turned out ok.

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After popping up this guys eyes, I added Wiggly Eyes… Makes his expression just like the average kid’s eyes when there’s kissing. Lol!

If I ever figure out how to get the little video of how the card opens over here from Instagram, I’ll add it in later.

Materials used:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits Bird Crazy dies
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Branches & Stem dies and Lilac Flower dies (leaves)
  • Darice Wood Grain Background embossing folder
  • Copic Markers:
    • B21
    • BG 15, 18, 45
    • E 00, 37, 74
    • G 02, 05
    • R 22, 24
    • Y 13, 15, 17
    • YG 61
    • YR 02, 04, 07, 21, 24
  • Kuretake Ganzai Tambi watercolors: #53, 61
  • Uniball Gel Impact pen – Gold
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen – Black
  • Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Colorbok The Paper Company Mulberry paper
  • DCWV Once Upon a Time Stack paper
  • Darice Past-on Eyes 5mm & 7mm
  • Misc white cardstock and adhesives

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

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Thanks for stopping by today. Stay away from the Fire Swamps and the R.O.U.S.s!

Bye-bye, guys! Have fun stormin’ the castle!!

-D.Ann

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