Ice Cream Solves Everything Kitty Cone Cards and Key Chains with Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello, there! I’m so glad you could stop by as I have some cool summer fun to share with you today! Go grab some ice cream, this is a long one. Just sayin’!  For some reason I couldn’t get my brain to work on saying things succinctly. (Plus there are 4 cards this time.) So I won’t be offended if you just take a quick scroll through the pics. : )

First let me start with a story. A long time ago our family developed a code word for ice-cream. It seems someone in the family was always getting flowers when they were sick or needed cheering up and one day they finally admitted… ‘I sure would be cheered up a lot more if it was ICE CREAM instead of flowers!’ So, from then on whenever this person was sick we’d ask, ‘would FLOWERS cheer you up?’ and if they said ‘yes’, they got ice cream. Now the whole family uses FLOWERS as code for ICE CREAM. It really does make us feel better! Of course if you get BOTH… that’s just a win-win! : ) When I saw this ‘Ice Cream solves Everything’ sentiment I KNEW I had to make up a card for you-know-who! Who knows, maybe it’ll catch on and some day Mirriam-Webster will have a footnote under ‘flowers’ that says “n. – slang for ice cream in the early 21st century’ Hahahaha!

Of course now that I’ve told the story I see that I should have made a sliding sentiment that said FLOWERS solve everything on top and pulls out to say ICE CREAM! Per usual, I have 20/20 hindsight!! Next time!

The card was based on a sketch from the Inky Paws Challenge #77: 

Too bad I finished the card the day AFTER that challenge closed = I needed ice cream to ease the disappointment! Just look at these two darling kitties sharing a yummy ice cream cone!

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(card #1 above) I have always wanted to do one of these backgrounds where part is colored and part is b&w, so decided to try that. I find it daunting to try to randomly stamp a background, but I tried a couple on regular paper until I got one that I liked and put it in the MISTI and laid my stamp on top of each place I’d stamped, picked it up and restamped it. I was able to crank out 4 copies in relatively quick time.

I didn’t want to cover up too much of the background, so, to make the kitties licking their ice cram cone stand out, I cut out some black paper just a bit larger than they are and put it behind them (I had already put the foam underneath them to pop them up, so the black shadow is down on the card base, making it ever more shadow-y.) Glossy Accents and Liquid pearls help the ice cream look more realistic.

Since the current Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Sprinkles & Splatters, 20180813_SSm I really wanted the sprinkles to pop, so added Nuvo Drops to them and to the kitty noses, tongues (love those cute little lapping tongues!!) and paws. To get Mrs. Calico Kitty’s tail in reverse, I just traced the back side of the stamped image on a light box.

Making the kitty cone: I was in JoAnn Fabrics when they had their 75% off sale and found these cute beads… I thought looked like kittens (they say they’re mice so I added a more kitty-like nose and mouth with a Sakura Identi pen, which stayed on the ceramic (whereas the Sakura Pigma Micron whisker extensions I’d done wiped off the next day), and some pink to the inner ears with a Copic) They reminded me of the kitty cones on my card, so I went looking for something that would look like a waffle cone. I found a Utility Cotton Fabric called, amazingly, Waffle Weave! I drew a semi-circle on a piece of tagboard from a cereal box and cut it out, then cut the fabric slightly larger, and then glued it to the tagboard, folding the edged over and gluing them to the back side. Then I curled it into a cone and glued it together. Once dry, I colored in the debossed waffle squares with a Copic marker. Using a headpin, I made a loop at the top of the kitty and hot glued it in place and hot glued the kitty snuggled inside the ‘waffle cone’. I added some pearlescent seed beads to make the kitty cones hang lower than keys and added a couple of pawprint charms and they were good to go.

I recently told my friend that I remembered after my first day of school, mom would always take me to DQ and that gave me something to look forward to all day… Yep, ice cream solves the tedium of that interminable long first day of school! So I decided to make another card and keychain for my friend’s daughter for her first day of school this week. They had ice cream cones after her first day of school, too! A great tradition has started!! That fits perfectly with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for this week: Back to School.

Back to School is also the theme for the current MarkerPoP! Challenge #138  This time I used fancier beads on her keychain and another I made for someone else:

Aren’t those kitty cones just darling? I love that they match the stamps!!

The CURRENT Inky Paws Challenge (#78) is Summer/Beach.  

Since I had more backgrounds with my summer ice cream, I kept on doing cards with that same layout from the previous Inky Paws Challenge. As I’d used the new Finesse alcohol-proof dye ink by Spectrum Noir to stamp the backgrounds, I wanted to try using alcohol inks on them and decided to try Spectrum Noir basics and Copics. FYI, they both worked fine and the Finesse ink didn’t bleed at all.

The Spectrum Noir sheet was a bit darker than I wanted, so I decided to use vellum over most of it. To take a break from coloring, I left this kitty white.

(Card #2 above) Can’t quite place that tag die? I wanted a nice fishtail tag, but the only one I had (Spellbinders Decorative Swallowtail Tags) was too tall, so I snipped it down and ended up with a leftover decorative accent for another project…

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For the Copic background, I die cut it and an uncolored sheet together at the same time so they’d be cut exactly the same and made two cards with the partially colored technique…

(Card #4 & 3 above) These will make nice little gift sets!

On the inside and backs of each card, I used a light ink nearly matching the cardstock for a watermark stamp. It’s so light the camera can barely pick it up, but it can be seen IRL. That said, I will admit that the first one I got so enthusiastic in writing that I wrote over the stamped image forgetting it was there, so it is VERY light. lol! I think next time I’ll do it a smidge darker! The inside has a kitty with a giant 4 scoop cone and says “You make life sweet!” I hesitated to show you this but now it’s a funny story so here we go…

Yeah, I don’t blame you if you can’t see it! The back has two kitty cones and says: “This card was handmade by” leaving room for my signature logo. (I really need to get that made into a stamp some day!)

I saved the best for last… I’m hoping my coloring on this pair reminds you of two famous kitties… can you guess their names?!

Hint: >^.^< N—–   and >^.^< H—– (btw: I love how the light hits that cone making a white streak… Note to self: next time draw in a white line just like that!)

Supplies – Cards:

  • Newton’s Nook Design Cat Treats & Newton’s Summer Treats stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Matting Basics A dies (first card)
  • Spellbinders Decorative Swallowtail Tags (second and third cards)
  • Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles (third and fourth cards
  • My Sentiments Exactly Back of Card Set
  • Spectrum Noir Finesse Alcohol Ink Proof Dye Ink – Flagstone
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend Pencils (first card only): Agean Blue, Anthracite, Asphalt, Beeswax, Black Umber, Cantaloupe, Chrome Orange, Fossil Grey, Honeycomb, Hyacinth. Persimmon, Petunia, Plum Red, Primrose, Sky Blue, Sorrel, Tobacco, and Watermelon
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – Gloss: Crushed Grape, Ebony Black, Ripened Pumpkin (first card only)
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glow in the Dark Drops – Neon: Apple Sour, Banana Split, Shocking Pink (first card only)
  • Spectrum Noir Basics (second card only): Blush, Bright Orange, Canary, Cerulean, Emerald, Hydrangea, Ivory, Muted Brown, Natural Brown, Red
  • Copic Markers (fourth card only): B02, 24; C5, 7;  E00, 11, 23, 25, 74; G05; R29; RV02, 20; V15; Y13; YR07
  • Tsukineko Versarmark Ink
  • Stampendous Beach Set: Sky Embossing Powder (all except third card)
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder (third card only)
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls – Dark Chocolate
  • Core’dinations cardstock: Black, Blue & White
  • Scotch adhesive roller
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Misc. foam adhesive squares (first card); sequins & vellum (second card)

Supplies – Keychains:

  • Darice Ceramic Mice (JoAnn)
  • Joann Fabrics Utility Cotton Fabric: Waffle Weave
  • The Jewelry Shoppe Ball Point Headpins
  • Beadalon Satin Silver 7 Strand Stringing Wire & #2 crimp beads
  • Misc. iridescent seed beads (first two)
  • Various beads, including: Millifiore glass beads, Czech glass cathedral beads , Seabreeze glass donuts, and Hematite rondelles…
  • Copic Markers: E31 & RV34
  • Sakura Identi pen – red
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Misc. Cereal Box tagboard

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Thanks again for the kind comments you guys always leave… it’s always a tread to read them!

~D.Ann

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p.p.s Owning yet another oops… the back of one card managed to get into some of that Liquid Pearls Chocolate and Glossy Accents splattered and smeared across it. I just added a note around the stains: “It wouldn’t be realistic without a little chocolate stain and cat spit, would it?!!” : )

 

 

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Kindness is the Way Coloring Class Cards

I’m excited to tell you about a wonderful coloring class and a gorgeous digital stamp set you can get for FREE! Yep, $0.00!! AND, if you’re reading this before August 16, 2018, you still have a few days to enter the coloring contest and win one of up to $200 in prizes! You can find the details on these two sites by the two ladies who are so generously sponsoring this little bit of KINDNESS:

I took the class and learned a lot. I tried coloring using two different sets of pencils…(and learned it’s a lot slower going than with markers, but maybe that’s because I’m more used to using markers. The first pencils I used: Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils (which I just colored, but was too chicken to use water to blend. maybe next time!):

See the fuchsia and pale yellow color combo? That was Inspired by Home  – the current Power Poppy Sparks Challenge… 

The color combo for those gerbera daisies inspired by one of my orchids that’s currently in bloom:

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I then had a go with a new set of Faber-Castell Polychromos that I received as a gift. Yes, you can see lines in the border shading… I was coloring on leather covered lap desk… come to find out that made the surface too soft and it was embossing, too! Oh well, it has a distressed, shabby-chic look!

And, since this week is the first Creative Confetti Challenge at  PowerPoppyYou’re a Gem! using birthstone colors, I did the background in light emerald and added this sentiment in emerald as the leaves go so well with the flowers:

Supplies:

  • Power Poppy Kindness is the Way digital stamp set (get yours HERE)
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs A Way With Words: Thanks die by Quietfire Design
  • Spellbinders Blooming Garden Especially Made For You die by Marissa Job
  • Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils: Apricot, Azalea, Beeswax, Bison, Blue Marine Brunette, Carrot, Cherry, Claret, Cobalt Blue, Coral, Currant, Fossil Gray, Grapefruit, Mango, Oregano, Papaya, Persimmon, Petunia, Pineapple, Pink Tulip, Rose Sky Blue, Soft Red, Sorrel, Tobacco, Watermelon, Wheat
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils: Brown Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Cinnamon, Cobalt Blue, Crimson, Dark Naples Ochre, Fuchsia, Green Gold, Leaf Green, Light Cobalt Turquoise, Light Green Light Magenta, Light Ochre, Middle Cadmium Red, Middle Phthalo, Naples Ochre Orange Glaze, Permanent Green Olive, Pink Madder Lake, Red Voilet, Rose Carmine
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white, orange, blue, black and green
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Aleene’s Original 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:

Feel free to leave a comment… I enjoy reading them!

~D.Ann

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Scientific Cats Card

Welcome back to day 4 of the 2017 Cat Lovers Hop!

  

We’ve already passed the half way mark and have already had over 100 entries! Hip-Hip-Purr-ay!!

I have a cute card for you using stamps from hop sponsor Your Next Stamp:

Just look at those cute, playful kitties! I mixed them up with the Chemistry sentiment: You must be made of Copper and Tellurium… Here’s why: because you are….

I can hear you all going “Awwww!”  I think that Chemistry sentiment set is GENIUS!

The front of this card was made to go along with the current YNS Color Challenge:

I’ve got the orange, yellow and gray in there… I consider the blue-gray sky and tablecloth as neutrals. : )

 

Materials used:

  • Your Next Stamp: Scratch Pad, Perfect Chemistry & Heart Splatter stamps
  • Spellbinders Majesty dies
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Lawn Fawn Lobster dye ink
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend pencilss: Bamboo, Carrot, Chrome Orange, Coral, Dandelion, Ebony, Gravel, Papaya, Persimmmon, Petunia, Sky Blue
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks: Jewel Tones
  • Core’dinations 110# white cardstock
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

I am playing along in the following hops and challenges – click on any one of them for more information on how you can join in on the fun!

Before I leave… I wonder how many sponsors there are for this year’s Cat Lovers Hop? Hmmm… you might want to look it up! I know Janis hunted up a lot of them!

For those of you playing along Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post, it’s time for another hint: Did you know there is more than one way to spell kettchup?! Don’t fret… You will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. Have fun!

I sure am enjoying this year’s hop and I hope you are, too!

~D.Ann

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Stay Pawsitive Catastrophe Card

I’m back with another Art impressions card for the Cat Lovers Hop and for the Art Impressions Challenge 219: Stamp a Scene.

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Since this is a get well card, I just HAD to put Nermal in there… he was given to me when I was in the hospital with a note: ‘Hope you get back to Nermal again real soon!’ How cute was that?!!

Now you can better see this cute little scene of kitty hobbling off carrying his catnip tea the handiest way possible. It cracks me up! Since dad broke his foot the cast is now off, but he is frustrated that the boot didn’t come off this last visit, so this card should cheer him up. I fussy cut the cat and the cup and added a little bit of shadow to the scene.

Then there’s this little cutie-pie on the inside:

Since I didn’t want this to bleed through to the back, I used colored pencils instead of Copics. Glossy accents help the eyes and balloon to look more realistic.

I also like how that Coredinations Black Magic paper sands down to show the inner color! The Paw Print embossing folder goes great with that sentiment!

Materials used:

  • Art Impressions Catastrophy stamp set
  • Spellbinders Butterfly Circles and Heart Circles dies
  • Darice Paws embossing folder
  • Core’dinations Black Magic cardstock (and Sand-It tool)
  • Core’dinations cardstock: orange & white
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Copic markers: B5; BG13,15; C1,3,5; E23,25; RV02; YG61
  • Marvy LePlume II – black
  • Spectrum Noir Aqua Blend pencils: Bright Green, Carrot, Fossil Grey, Parakeet, Persimmon, Petunia, Red Barn & Strawberry
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – white
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Scotch tape runner

I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges – click on them for all the details.

Thank you for stopping by and for leaving your encouraging comments!

~D.Ann

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Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop: Docrafts Window Card

Welcome back to the second day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Today I have a sweet little window card for you:

It’s another one of those DoCrafts Xcut folders that cut and emboss all in one pass – genius! By sanding the raised portion, it gave some contrast color and feels like velvet.

For the inside I colored some cute little DoCrafts Papermania stickers that come with some glittery bling already on them. I will add a sentiment when I’m ready to send this because it’s suitable for almost any occasion.

I colored these with a mix of AquaBlend and Spectrum Noir Metallic pencils. The metallics don’t blend with water and I need to get more gamsol to mix them better, but the AquaBlends blended well with water.

Supplies used:

  • DoCrafts Xcut Elegant Lady cut & emboss folder
  • Spellbinders Divine Eloquence die
  • Core’dinations Gemstones Pink Diamond & plain white cardstock
  • Core’dinations Sand-It gadget
  • DoCrafts Papermania Colour In Stickers: Afternoon Tea
  • Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils: Bright Green Parakeet, Petunia, Pink Tulip, and Sunshine
  • Spectrum Noir Metallic Pencils: Gold, Mica, Pink, Purple, Silver, and Violet
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web Sticky Tape Runner – permanent adhesive

I really appreciate all the encouraging comments you’ve been leaving on my posts! I hope to be by soon to return the favor! I’m looking forward to posting some interesting non-card projects, so please plan on stopping back by. If you don’t want to miss any posts, feel free to subscribe! Thanks!!

~D.Ann

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Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop – CDD First Sip Card and EDIBLE stamping

Hello and welcome back deer peeps!

(** NOTE: if you are looking for the post with details on my Guest Designing for CropStop, click HERE**)

It’s that time again — time for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop! Woo-hoo!

 

You’ll want to click on the Bloghop logo above to go read about how you can join the fun and about all of the wonderful sponsors and prizes!

I’m starting off with an experiment. I wanted to try stamping on cookies…. yep! EDIBLE stamping!! I started my experiment with some inspiration from Craftin’ Desert Divas Monthly Mood Board:

   

I stopped by the store and picked up some yummy spring colored macaroons – those small, circular, light-as-a-feather French confections (not the divine coconut drops). Then I gathered some supplies:

  • Wilton gel food colors
  • Sunny Side Up Bakery gold luster dust
  • Wilton imitation almond extract
  • Wilton food safe brushes
  • Craftin’ Desert Divas Coffee Break and Peek-a-Boo Animals stamp sets

I tried spreading the gel food coloring mixed with a drop of almond extract real thin on aluminum foil and pressing the stamp into it, then onto the macaroon.

I wish I’d’ve had a food safe brayer. It was tough to get the right consistency and get good coverage. The black worked better – perhaps because I spread it thinner. (It worked even better after it had set out a while and gotten tacky.) Next came coloring. Any time I accidentally touched the black, the black color immediately bled into it. It was, indeed, a learning experience! The kids who ate these were way more pleased with them than I was!

A few more things I learned…

  • Don’t press too hard or the macaroons will crack. The surface isn’t flat, so you do have to ‘rock’ your stamp… try to do this only once to prevent a double image.
  • The gold luster dust makes for a TERRIFIC shine. put a little on the foil with a drop of almond extract, mix and pick up with your brush. When mixed with black on a stamped image, it makes a pretty  silvery-gold.
  • On the pink cookie, I tried wiping the gel around, then stamping, then filled in the teapot with gold dust. The wiped areas almost look like they were airbrushed.

 

I then went on to make a card with the same stamps (and color scheme), adding in the Simon Says Stamp challenges for multiple layers/dies/stamps.

Tip: If you have a Spellbinders die, like this one, that is too long for your card, you can find a place to cut it and shorten it like I did. Under the next layer, the cut lines are hardly noticeable:

I love how Flower Soft makes great pollen-y stamen centers for these sweet flowers!

Card Supplies used:

  • Craftin’ Desert Divas Coffee Break and Peek-a-Boo Animals stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, Divine Eloquence, and Cinch & Go flower dies
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 pink card
  • Core’dinations cardstock – pink yellow and green
  • Memento dye inks: Rich Cocoa & Rose Bud
  • Aqua Blend pencils (by Spectrum Noir): Carrot, Ginger, Parakeet, Petunia, Strawberry
  • Spectrum Noir Metallic pencil: Pink
  • Spectrum Aqua pen: Rose Pink
  • Flower Soft – Daffodil
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Recollections Faux Pearls

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’m happy you could stop by today! I’ll have several posts up over the next few days, including some FLOWER stamped macaroons that turned out MUCH better — so do plan on stopping back by. If you don’t want to miss any posts, please subscribe! Thanks!!

~D.Ann

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Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary Celebrating… 2008 – Smile Butterfly Card

For today’s card, I looked through Papertrey Ink’s 10th Anniversary post Celebrating the Past, Present and Future: 2008

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Since I didn’t have any of the sets featured, I chose this pretty card by Gretchen Clark as my inspiration:

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And here’s what I came up with:

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I may have gone a bit overboard with the pearl swirls, but once I started putting them on I had a hard time stopping. lol.

To color the butterflies in after stamping them, I used AquaBlend pencils and blended them with one of my favorite tools: a clear Sparkle Pen. It gave an amazing butterfly-like shine:

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That’s the best pic I could get — It looks much more amazing in person!

Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink Flower Fusion #8 stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink You Are a Masterpiece Make it Market stamps
  • Spellbinders Large Classic Ovals & Beaded Ovals dies
  • EK Success corner rounder punch – love this tool!
  • Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise cardstock
  • Core’dinations white, kraft and brown cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Terracotta Tile
  • Color Box pigment ink: Frost White
  • Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolor pencils
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel Tones
  • The Paper Studio Gemstones Self-Adhesive Pearls
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Rinner adhesive

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

Thank you for stopping by today!!

~D.Ann

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