Girlie or Gaudy Thank You Card?

There is a fine line between Girlie and Gaudy and I think I may have crossed it today.

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I wanted to use the left over negative die cuts from THIS shaker card. I cut two of the Vintage Filigree Layers dies in both pink and white and snipped them into pieced to make it fit around the labels die. Things were rolling along just fine, tho I WAS getting a little pearl happy, but then I looked at the two upper corners and they looked so BARE. I figured they needed some white lace to offset the white at the bottom. Once on, I wasn’t thrilled and just kept adding.

Note to self: REMEMBER – Less is more!! lol!

A dear friend stopped by and dropped off some fresh cut flowers and some amazing chicken dumpling soup from Whole Foods. Since I knew she was coming and would like something over-the-top, I hurried to finish it and gave it to her. She was thrilled. Whew! Now I see that I forgot my standard bit of chalking around the edge. Sigh. (Wait – didn’t I just say less is more?!!)

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Materials used.

  • Spellbinders dies: A2 Curved Borders; Labels 4; Shapeabilities Inspire Celebration Two, Tea Cups
  • JustRite Spellbinders die: Vintage Filigree Layers
  • Core’dinations Cardstock – white
  • Recollections card and Floral Bunches paper
  • Recollections: Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses, lace on a roll, rhinestone stickers, faux pearls
  • Copic marker RV04
  • The Paper Studio – Gemstones pearl, small, flourish
  • Offray Elegant loop flower with pearls
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Misc. flower pearls

In case you haven’t already joined the fun, but are thinking about it, there are a few days left on the hops and challenges I am participating in… just click on the highlighted names below to get more information on each:

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I hope your crafty day is going better than mine! See you soon.

-D.Ann

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Stay Awake – Color Burst Card

Happy Monday! Here’s a little something to brighten up your day!

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Yowza! That oughtta wake ya right up! : ) I love spring for the riot of colors busting out all over and now I love Color Bursts for the same reason! Today I was tickled pink to receive a set of Color Burst brights that I’d won from Blitsy Crafts for playing their #BlitsyCraftMonthIGChallenge on Instagram a few days ago. Thanks Blitsy!! There’s still time to play if you’re interested – It runs til the end of March! You can find the details HERE. They’re giving away some fab prizes!

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On day 15 their prompt was Home, so I whipped up this little gift tag with Sugar Pea Designs  Home Sweet Home die & Heart Border die, drew in some curtains and posted it – easy-peasy! (BTW: Sugar Pea Designs is one of the Super Sponsors of the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop – Thanks!):

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Of course, I HAD to break the Color Bursts out to play with right away! I made an acetate cup as a stencil mask and sprinkled just a few drops of each color of the powder,  spritzed water on it and used my Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer sans marker to blow the watercolors outward. I had hoped for a nice cup shaped negative space, but the water got under my stencil and it didn’t turn out like I’d hoped. So I cut another cup out of paper, and pressed it into the Versamark pad, sprinkled it with WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter and heated it up for a shiny cup to cover my mistake – um, I mean OPPORTUNITY! The great thing about art is there are plenty of opportunities to fix things and make them better. : )

That fun sentiment from Lil’ Inker Designs (another of the Super Sponsors for the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop – Thanks!!) didn’t look right all by itself, so I took a Perfect Medium Pen and drew in some steam and embossed it, too.

I saw someone recently ask about warped watercolor paper and I wanted to share this tip:

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See how warped the paper is? That’s even after trying the trick of turning it over and heating the reverse side. But I find that using Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive – just around the edges and a short line in the middle will easily solve the problem. It does take a while to get used to snapping off to the side before lifting the applicator at the end, but it’s worth getting used to that one little detail!! (And, no, I don’t have any affiliation with Tombow!) You can then use regular adhesive for the next layers.

Well, I’ve taken up enough of your time! I really didn’t mean to blather on so much… must have had too much caffeine today! : )

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Materials used:

  • Canson cold press watercolor paper
  • Color Burst by Ken Oliver – Brights Assortment (THANKS Blitsy!)
  • Spellbinders Tea Cups dies
  • Lil’ Inker Designs Coffee Talk stamp set
  • Versamark Ink
  • WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter
  • Ranger Perfect Medium pens
  • Recollections Neon Opaque Embossing Powders – Pink, Orange & Purple
  • Art Minds sequins
  • Nicole Spangles flower sequins
  • Core’dinations cardstock – orange & purple
  • Recollections Shimmer card – pink
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive & mono adhesive
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

In case you haven’t already joined the fun, but are thinking about it, here are the hops and challenges I am playing along with… just click on the name for more information on each:

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Thanks for letting me talk your ears off today! Oh… that reminds me of something funny…

The Brazilian idiomatic expression for stalking waaayyy too much is: ‘falar pelos cotovelos’ which literally means ‘talk through the elbows’! Kkk!! : ) Aren’t languages FUN?!!

If this is your first time to my blog, you can find out what Kkk! means HERE. And there is blog candy HERE.

Hope to see you again tomorrow!

-D.Ann

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You Are My Friend Card & 1st Blogiversary Blog Candy

Welcome back sweet visitors and regulars!

I’ve been so out of it lately! I forgot my one year blog anniversary aka blogiversary was March 18. Seems like ages ago! Who knew that I’d have 1991 visitors from 58 countries leaving 1380 kind comments on my 129 posts?! Of course it’s fitting that this anniversary falls during the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop… for it was these lovely ladies who encouraged me to start my blog last year and I’d say a large majority of my visitors are from these hops. So I’ll have a small little ‘thank-you’ giveaway for you sweeties at the end of this post.

I’m pleased that this lovely shaker card  serendipitously came together for today’s post:

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I love the girly feminine look and I threw in some coffee grounds in the shaker, so it smells heavenly, too… Hmmm… maybe next time I’ll only use coffee grounds and write ‘in case of emergency, just add water.’ Lol!

Here’s a different angle so you can see the raised banner sentiment…

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Materials used:

  • Spellbinders dies: Elegant Labels 4; Labels 4; Tea Cups
  • JustRite Spellbinders dies: Vintage Labels 7
  • Spellbinders Celebra’tions Cup for Two stamp set
  • Quietfire Design Stamp: You Are My Friend stamp
  • Core’dinations Cardstock – white
  • Recollections Floral Bunches paper
  • Recollections Shimmer card – pink
  • Memento Dye Ink: Rose Bud
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent chalks
  • Neat & Tangled – Lucy’s Little Things Chocolate Truffle sequin mix
  • Martha Stewart Crafts copper microbeads
  • Recollections: Boutique Fleur mulberry paper mini roses, lace on a roll, crochet embellishments, rhinestone stickers, faux pearls
  • Copic marker RV29
  • The Paper Studio – Gemstones pearl, small, flourish
  • Offray Elegant loop flower with pearls
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Tombow foam tape
  • Misc. coffee grounds, acetate, seed beads.

In case you haven’t already joined the fun, but are thinking about it, here are the hops and challenges I am participating in… just click on the name to get more information on each:

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***********    giveaway now closed    ***************

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today! Oh – wait! The blog candy!! Silly me – Brain fog moment! I have a lot of those… like the time I bought this Sizzix/Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder: On the Go – I had already ordered one 3 days before. Sigh. At least I had a nice use for it… Blog candy!

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I also found another lovely Studio Shop/Susan Winget Flour Sack towel for one of you:

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Would you like to have a chance at winning either of these (each one is a separate prize)? Pay close attention: Leave ONE comment on this post before 8 am EASTERN time, Sunday, March 27, 2016, telling me: Do you prefer your coffee or tea hot or cold?  If you don’t answer the question in your comment, I’ll assume you’re not interested in the blog candy (and won’t be offended!). You can also tell me if you have a preference for just a specific one of the two prizes, otherwise you will be a random draw for each. If you are (or become) a follower of this blog, you may make a SECOND comment telling me so for an additional entry. For non-followers, ONE ENTRY/COMMENT per person. Duplicate comments will be deleted.

For those of you with allergy concerns, this is a pet-free/smoke free home.

On March 27, 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. The way my days are going recently, I might run a little late, so be patient. That’s another advantage of becoming a follower… You’ll know when I post! : ) You already know it’s a pet peeve of mine when someone doesn’t post their winners ’til days or weeks after they say they will, so I always try my best to stick to what I say. The winner will have 72 hours to contact me with their snail-mail address or another winner will be chosen.

Thanks so much for your kind comments of encouragement and support over the past year! I look forward to sharing another year of crafty fun with you!

-D.Ann

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