2018 Cat Lovers Hop – Day 1 – Cat On a Fence Card

While I’ve been away chasing my tail, time has zipped by faster than a mouse running from a barn cat (waaayyy faster than running from a house cat!) and we’ve come ’round to my favorite time of year again…. The 4th annual Cat Lovers Hop has begun!

This year our fabulous hop hostess, Janis of HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com, has gathered a clowder of generous sponsors and prizes will be given among those who enter projects and those who comment on projects entered, so there are plenty of opportunities to win and to enjoy loads of feline crafting inspiration If you didn’t start at the beginning, you’ll want to click HERE to get all the details. (And don’t forget, to be a winner in her hop, you must also be signed in HERE.) The hop Guidelines & FAQs page is HERE.

To add to the fun, I am pleased to announce that there will be several blog candy giveaways on my blog during this year’s hop, starting with this very post! If you’re not already a subscriber, you will want to sign up so you don’t miss any posts and chances to win some fun crafty goodies.

My first card is this sweet Cat on the Fence from Cheapo Dies. They may be inexpensive, but they’re good quality dies… I have several of their dies and they’ve all cut well so far! You will want to stay tuned until the end as there will be a Cheapo Dies giveaway and discount code!! This die is made to cut completely out, but I covered both sides with some circle dies to frame it up and hold it in place for a see-through window.

I cut it out two additional times, One in white and one to back it. I used part of the one I cut out of the card for the envelope. I also cut the cat out again for the inside against the ‘sunset’.


  • Cheap-O Dies: Cat on the Fence
  • Spellbinders Tear Drop Circle, Large Classic Circles, Small Classic Scalloped Circles dies
  • Little B: Meow & Woof (just the paw print) dies
  • Recollections Elegance card pack – gold
  • Recollections white, brown & black cardstock
  • Copic Markers B39; C7, 13; E55, 71; R35, Y17; YG17, 63, 67
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Simply Defined Stay-Put glue


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Now, for the news you’ve all been waiting for… the blog candy giveaway!

Cheapo Dies has kindly offered to give one commenter on this post (open worldwide) THIS darling cat die:

They are also generously offering a special discount code to all who are participating in this hop or reading this post: You can use the code  CAT for 10% of your  orders from Oct. 22, 2018 (that’s today!) until Nov. 7, 2018. Thank you, Cheapo Dies!!! There are at least half a dozen cat dies, all under $5 and oodles of other fun dies…. click HERE to check them out!

What do you have to do to be entered to win the above cute cat die from Cheapo Dies? Well, let’s show them some gratitude… First, go to their Facebook page HERE, like it and leave them a message thanking them for their generosity! Then come back here and leave me a comment that you did so. Easy peasy. One entry per person. This giveaway is open worldwide. You will have until Midnight, Eastern Standard Time, October 28, 2018 to get your comments in. Sometime after noon Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29, I will publish a post listing all winners from giveaways on my blog from this hop (chosen using Random.org). Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes so, if you’re not subscribed, be sure to check back later that afternoon for that post!!

Well, we’re off to a roaring start! Let the fur fly (and craft scraps, too!) as you get busy cranking out those Cat Themed projects. I can’t wait to see what you create! I’ll be back later today with another kitty project to aMEWs you. Meanwhile, big, furry hugs & purrs to you all!

If you’re continuing on the hop, the next entry is the talented ionabunny HERE



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Double Sided, Multi-Colored, Multi-Window Uchi’s Design Animated Cat Card

Hello, hello! Here we are on the penultimate day of the Cat Lovers Hop.

As the saying goes: ‘Time sky raisins when you’re having fun!’ What?! Since there are so many new hoppers, I HAVE to re-share with you my favorite cat meme and you’ll understand:

Three years in a row and it still makes me laugh!

I have my last interactive card to show you today and it’s a doozy… In fact, it can only REALLY be appreciated in a video. so here’s one from Instagram. (Roll your mouse over the picture and click the white arrow to play it):


It’s so mesmerizing, I could play with it for hours!

I just LOVE animated cards and am tickled that my first attempt turned out as well as it did! I have a bonus tutorial for you. I used Uchi’s Animation Die Cut to make that flower! So another way to stretch your dies, should you have it (or be able to talk some sweet friend or relative into getting it for you!). So you’re going to turn this grid into that flower:

First you have to trim down the grid leaving the same width at the top and bottom. You don’t want this too thick because that’s how much your flower will stick up off your card.

Next you gently fold the grid around a pen and glue the ends together. Use the barrel of the pen to smooth out the curves of the ‘petals.’

Then you run a bead of glue along the bottom seam and start rolling it over on itself, molding it into a circle.

Here’s what it looks like all rolled up. (Hmph… I see I didn’t worry too much about curving the petals since I was just demo-ing for you… they are rather pointy. Oh well…)

Then you gently separate the petals and pull them out to the sides and put a brad in the center and tah-dah… a cute little flower!

You can also see from these close-ups, the advantage of using the Animation Die versus just buying the sheets… You can color it to match your stamp… even using multiple colors!

I waited to color the grids to match until AFTER I could set the stamped pull tab in the middle of the card and see where the colors needed to be on the grids, but BEFORE I closed it up… that way I could do it over scratch paper and not worry about getting any ink on my stamped slider.

Note: I tried putting just a solid color (black or other) as a grid over the colored stamped images and they also worked as animated images. It’s just cooler when the colors match!

Did you notice that the same pull tab animates both sides (simultaneously)! That was not without some engineering obstacles… for example the first time I stamped my images – after I had already figured out and made the front and back — oops! I did them in reverse and had to re-stamp them (which was much easier than lining up my grids again!).

By the way – don’t let this semi-complicated card intimidate you. You can make these very simple with just one animated image and they’re just as entertaining!

Her are the still pictures of the card. Here’s the front. ( I added that cute kitty sticker going for the dragonfly – doesn’t it look like he’s just about to pounce!):

And here’s the back. I like the optical illusion of the background paper mixed with these animations! Wish I knew the manufacturer, I’d get more!

Materials used:

  • Uchi’s Design Animation Stamp sets: Loving Cat; Growing Garden; Butterflies
  • Uchi’s Design Animation Grid Die (Thank you , Uchi’s for this prize when you released it on Instagram!!)
  • Spellbinders dies: Classic Circles, Gold Circles One and Exquisite Circles
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Ink – Watermelon
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 025, 195, 373, 856, 933
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Core’dinations cardstock: Black, Red & White & 110# white
  • Basic Grey Hey Girl cardstock
  • Craft Smith Flutterbloom (optical illusion paper)
  • Therm-O-Web I-Craft Easy Tear Tape double sided adhesive 1/2″ & 1/4″
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky glue
  • Avery Ultra Tabs
  • Misc. Brad

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!

How about another delicate hint for my Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post. Don’t forget: some words may be in there backwards! Although I can’t cater to your every whim, have no fear, you will still get entries for the Bonus questions whether or not you get the answers to #1 and #2 correct. At least you’re now two words closer! Have fun!

I’m so glad to have had all of you visit and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your delightful comments! Thank you for taking the time!!



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Upcycled Coffee Cups Hello Hot Stuff Take a Coffee Break Gift Card Holder & Blog Candy!

Good Evening! I have a fun card made with up-cycled coffee cups to share with you:20161214_180629_wm

We recently traveled to support some friends and family going through difficult times and I gathered a collection of coffee cups and sleeves. (We were in the boonies where Starbucks doesn’t exist.)

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I used the foam cup as the gift card holder,  added ‘Hello’ to the Hot Stuff sleeve and cut out its chevron, too. The McDonad’s cup required carefully rolling off the inner from the outer paper. If you just cut it and try to lay it flat, it will get fold marks on the design. (Guess how I know! Ha!).


I had thought to use it as a background, but the more I looked at those swirls, the more I thought of some of my flower making dies, so I cut around the swirls to make them into flowers.

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I used Copic markers on the inside to make them match the gold and red colors on the outside. Then I rolled them up and glued the ends. Once dry, I glued them onto the center of those pretty Technique Tuesday flowers. Once again, I used Copic Markers on the gold glitter paper to made the red glitter paper.


They’re too stiff to curl down the edges for a more natural flowery look, but the outer edges are pretty cute!


I used a Starbucks sleeve to decorate the back of the card:


You may be asking… Where can I find that interesting tag die? You can’t! But you can make it yourself… I placed the circle die where I wanted it, then pressed hard against the back with my fingernail, tracing the die ridge up to where I wanted the other die and then did the same with it.


That gave me an embossed impression that I could easily follow with a scissors and cut.

I then cut a hole in the top to let the Starbucks stirrer through and just stuck it in the pocket with the gift card.


Supplies Used:

  • Technique Tuesday Garden Flowers dies
  • Technique Tuesday stamps: Coffee Break Seal & Pansy (Hello)
  • Spellbinders Petite Labels One and Classic Circles
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • WOW! Pearl Gold embossing glitter
  • Stampendous PERLustre Rose Quartz embossing powder
  • Copic Markers: R29, Y28
  • Core’dinations cardstock – wine
  • DCWV Glitzy Glitter cardstock stack – gold
  • Various adhesives and take out coffee cups, stirrer and sleeves. Misc. card base.

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



*****Updated to add: This giveaway is now closed *****

Drumroll…. The moment you’ve been waiting for…. while posting cards for the Winter Coffee Lovers Hop, WordPress reminded me that I have made 200 posts. I think that calls for a celebration! I have two very small blog candy offerings for you:


The Technique Tuesday Coffee Break Seal stamp like the one I used on my project or the Taylored Expressions Thanks die. Both are brand new and come from a pet-free, smoke-free house.

If you would like to be in the running to win one of these, pay close attention to the rules: Leave ONE comment on this post before 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday December 18, 2016, using the phrase Coffee Break somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the word Coffee Break 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 one  ADDITIONAL entry EACH by being a follower of my Pintereest account, @dannscrafting , or my Instagram account, @d.ann.c. Come back here and leave another comment with your Pinterest user name and another with your Instagram user name. Duplicate comments will be deleted. There you have it… you may have up to four chances to win. If you have a preference for one prize or the other, please let me know in your comment.

FYI: This particular giveaway IS open to International peeps, too.

On December 19, 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 PACIFIC 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.



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I leave you with a not-the-best-picture from our trip of a cool phenomenon called ‘glory’… it’s the circular rainbow that happens when the sun is directly behind you and the sun is directly in front of you.


Glories are often associated with another optical effect:  Brocken Spectre… where the shadow on a cloud appears enormous.

I just think it’s awesome that rainbows seen from above are complete rings!