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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~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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Synchronized Swimming Purr-maids in a Shell-Shaped Card With Spinner Tutorial

Hello from the sunny see-side! Well, yes, I AM by the SEA (which many people use interchangeably with the ocean). But here in my blog, you get to sit by my side and SEE what I’ve been working on. (I can hear you audibly groaning!) Enough of the bad puns… let’s get to today’s project, SHELL we?!

I wanted to do a pair of mermaids swimming in a shell for the current Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #78: Summer/Beach

Since this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Distress It,  I chose to use Distress Oxides to make a blended seashell card base.

I got my color inspiration from the Lion’s Paw shell (Lyropecten nodosus) that I have. It starts from a light orange and goes to mauve. I decided to got to red instead…

I LOVE the easy blending of the oxide inks!! And the ridge design of this die is so very similar to real shells, it makes for a beautiful card front! This week’s Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge is Sprinkles and Splatters,  so I spritzed the oxide inks hoping for a wet water look as the inks react with the water… fair, but I’ll Make them stand out more in a little bit…

 

Meanwhile, how about a tutorial for the spinner on the inside of the card? The included circle dies (probably meant for a ‘pearl’ make making a spinner super easy! You could use the small circles from any basic circle set the same way…

  1. Cut the smaller circle in the middle of the bottom inside shell (110#). It is helpful to have your circle for the spinner already cut so you can choose where to put the center hole. Cut 4 additional (110#) small circles. The edges have an embossed ring around them… follow the embossing line and cut to make them slightly smaller than the opening in the card.
  2. Cut a piece of 3mm foam with the inner shell die. (note: It would probably be better to already have your double sided adhesive on both sides the foam… I got ahead of myself and had to cut the adhesive to fit afterward.) Cut a circle out of it in the center using the larger circle die. cut about 1/8″ around the circle you just cut… the goal is to have the hole in the foam slightly larger than the larger circle. If you don’t want the edge of the foam showing, now would be a good time to run a sharpie that matches your card along the edges of the foam.
  3. Cut two copies of the larger circle out of 110# cardstock.
  4. Adhere the foam to the bottom shell INSIDE. (Note, you only have to color a small bit of the edges of this that will be seen. I wasted a lot of ink coloring the whole thing. I thought of that with the second one and just ran a marker around it before closing it up.)
  5. Adhere the stack of smaller circles to one of the larger circles. Make sure this will fit in the ‘hole’ in the middle of the foam with some wiggle room and that the smaller circles fit it the small hole of the cardstock with some wiggle room.
  6. Here is the secret ingredient: BABY POWDER! I like to put a little dash of baby powder on the edges of the stack of small circles to make sure there’s no adhesive that might cause them to stick to the card and not spin. Having done that and sealed up the card I found it wasn’t spinning smoothly, so I went back in and added a pinch of baby powder into the ‘hole’ with my tweezers and that solved the problem. So I recommend you just save that trouble and put a little UNDER the larger circle in the foam side ‘hole’ just so there’s a little extra in there.to keep it smooth, not enough to fall out and dust the recipient, making them sneeze and reactivate the oxide inks if you didn’t seal them! LoL!! : )
  7. Now, hold the stack of small circles so they’re poking through the hole you see in the cardstock. The larger circle will keep them from going all the way through. Take the other large circle and adhere the small circles to it on the other side of the shell (what will be the inside of the card. This will keep it from falling back down. Adhere the shell to the foam.

  • Adhere your already decorated large spinner circle to the circle that’s in the middle of the shell making sure no adhesive sticks to the shell card itself. I used a scalloped circle to make it easier to have something to catch with your finger.

I’ve been wanting to try Finnabair’s Art Alchemy Opal Magic paints on both light and dark paper to compare them, so I grabbed the Blue-Violet for the purr-maids’ tails and tops and the results were delightful! On the black cardstock this gorgeous shimmery paint is more purple with hints of blue and on white cardstock it’s more blue with hints of purple (how does it know?! LoL!)… Truly magical!!

To finish, I used the seashells stencil with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide… it was interesting to see that it blended a little with the background colors, becoming more green at the bottom and more blue at the top. I love that Distress Oxide inks can layer without becoming mud!

I had been worrying that, since they stay reactive to water, if the card were to get wet in transit or the recipient were to spill water on it, it would move the ink wherever it got wet.  I just watched the video on Jennifer McGuire’s new blog post (HERE) where she used Design Master Clear Finish Matte spray to seal her AMAZING Distress Oxide project and it looked fine… soooo, I rooted through my supplies and found Plaid’s FolkArt Cearcote Acrylic Sealer, Matte Finish and decided to give it a try.

 

BTW – I don’t know if you can read the stamp on the back, but it cheekily says: “If it was a Hallmark, it wouldn’t look this good!” : )

The before pics are on the left and the after are on the right. It seems to have made the colors a little more vivid. It didn’t seem to reactivate the inks (phew) and they do have a slightly shiny matte photo finish.

Note: I posted that question on Tim Holtz’ Facebook page and he just replied. He suggested using Distress Micro Glaze. I will have to try that next time and compare. Thanks, Tim!

 

Now, to finish off the water droplet look I wanted on the front. I have a hard time being random when adding water droplets, so it was perfect to have the spritzed discolored areas to follow as a guide for some truly random glossy accents droplets.

I close with a video of the spinner in action. (just click in the middle of the picture below or on the arrow in the middle to start it)

Supplies:

  • Newton’s Nook Designs:
    • Purr-maid Newton stamp set
    • Paradise Palms stamp set (sentiment)
    • Seashells Stencil
  • Honeybee Stamps Seashell Card Honey Cuts die
  • Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles – Small
  • My Sentiments Exactly Back of Card Set (that ‘Hallmark’ sentiment)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks: Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, and Peacock Feathers
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Judikins Extreme Peacock embossing powder
  • WoW! Metallic Silver Sparkle embossing powder
  • Spectrum Noir Metallic markers: Pewter, Pink Quartz, Silver Ingot
  • Prima Art Alchemy Opal Magic Acrylic Paint – Blue-Violet
  • Recollections 110# cardstock & 65# white and black cardstock
  • Worldwide Papers Caribbean Colors – Ocean cardstock
  • The Fine Touch gold poster board (the outer shell pattern)
  • Foamies 3mm foam sheet
  • Simply Defined Double Sided adhesive 2.5″
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Plaid FolkArt Clearcote Acrylic Sealer Matte Finish
  • The secret ingredient: baby powder

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The Greatest of these is Love Layers of Floral Bookmarks & Swirly Heart Card

Hello, crafty peeps! Today I’d like to show you some sweet bookmarks and a card I recently made. This week my folks are attending a school for volunteer Bible Teachers. They’ve been volunteering full-time for the past 45 and 31 years, respectively. I was able to do it for 23 years before I became disabled. It’s a work that brings much joy!  I made them a little gift set of a heart shaped card and a bookmark for each of them to use during their week-long school:

and the back sides:I was pleased that the A Jillian Vance Design stamp and Swirling Heart die match the Spellbinders Layers of Flowers die perfectly — and they all fit on the Spellbinders Filigree Bookmark Tag, too! My folks liked them so much, they asked for a set to give to their classmates, choosing these colors:

One tip – because I used double sided tape on the cardstock for the Layers of Flowers and cut them on a Precision Base Plate, they tended to slip and slide. The solution, which you may know -and I may have, too, but forgot, was to turn the die so that just a corner hit the rollers first:

Since I used double sided tape, I had the leftover pieces of the die cuts and decided to see what they’d look like on another bookmark. I had a piece of watercolor resist that I wasn’t happy with, so I decided to use it as the background since most of it would be covered by the leftover die cuts.

I had used Tombow dueal brush pens and some Inkadinkado Stamps on it, but the note of which ones was no longer with the piece. I guess I should paperclip Post-It notes for added insurance!

I clipped a die cut to the cardstock and put the pieces back in their respective spots, then pulled away the die cut template and cut the cardstock and put it on the bookmark:

To give it a little umph, I hit the solid die cut remnants with a Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen by Spectrum Noir. Here you can see the shimmer better:

Not bad, but it was tedious work! At least I know it’s an option if I want to have 0 waste. Here’s one last look at the front and back of the bookmarks:

Supplies:

  • A Jullian Vance Love Scripture Bookmark stamp set & Swirly Heart die
  • Spellbinders Vintage Elegance Filigree Bookmark Tag die by Becca Feeken
  • Spellbinders Thoughtful Expressions Layers of Flowers dies by Marissa Job
  • Core’dinations cardstock: red, green, blue, black
  • Recollections Chipboard (the base of the guys’s bookmarks)
  • The Fine Touch gold poster board (the base of the gals’ bookmarks & the card)
  • Hero Arts India Ink Black dye ink
  • Spectrum Noir Colorista pencils
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens, Inkadinkado stamps & watercolor paper
  • Simply Defined Stacey Tape 2.5″
  • Brother p-Touch with clear tape (for the year)

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~D.Ann

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You Are So Positive – I Love That You Will Always Be My Friend! Card

Hello and welcome!

I have a lovely card to show you today! Veronica Zalis has put together a special blog hop: Stamping for Autism Awareness – you can read all about it HERE. I have several friends with precious autistic children and they all could use encouragement and support!

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge this week is A Trio of Something. I used three layers of blue and three layers of white cardstock to create this card and put a few trios of pearl dots on as accents.

Congrats to Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge on their 9th Anniversary, too!

Here is the inside of the card:

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders Chantilly Paper Lace collection: Bella Rose Lattice Layering Frame and Lunette Arched Borders dies
  • Justrite Papercraft/Spellbinders Just the Right Words stamp set
  • Quietfire Design Gentle Thoughts stamp set
  • Recollections Cardstock: white 65# & blue 110#
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Paris Dark
  • Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Midnight Blue
  • Scotch adhesive runner
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ liquid adhesive

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~D.Ann

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Fab You – The Ton Mixed Media Card with Tyvek

Hello and welcome craft loving peeps!

Today the whim has taken me to a mixed media experiment to share with you. For a long time I’ve wanted to experiment with Tyvek and a while back I finally took the time to play with it. Wanna know how it went? I started with a Tyvek envelope I’d saved from the mail.

I blended some of the new Color Burst Water Reactive inks on it in a pretty spring palette.

I placed the colored side down between two sheets of parchment paper and ironed on the reverse side (no steam). The magic of working with Tyvek is when you add heat — as it heats up, it shrinks and forms cool bubbles on the reverse side:

The white sheet is the original size. The other side has a concave pattern. Some people like using that side, but I prefer the pebbly look.

You do have to be careful not to get it too hot as the Tyvek will burn away…

… and so will the ink. It wasn’t hard to reapply color to those areas with the stencil brushes and what didn’t get covered later was covered with other media.

I cut around the bubbles to make two square-ish ‘boxes for the centerpiece of my cards and then started adding other forms of media. I took some plain art stones and rolled them around on the ink pads. You can do it with stencil brushes, but I found it easier to just use my finger…

I also took some Color Bursts in matching colors, plus some liquid metals and mixed them with some Moonstone Glimmer paste to make some customized glimmery colors:

For the edges I pressed some Angelina fibers in similar Spring colors and stuck them down with double sided tape. Wherever the fibers didn’t cover the tape, I added glimmer paste to cover the area. To finish off, I added a few bits of yarn

Now it was time to finish the card. I chose to add a classy lady and “fab you” inside the ‘box’. Doesn’t she look like she’s wandering through a spring art gallery gala?!

And for the inside: “You’re the cat’s meow”

Some day I’ll finish the card I made with the other half of the Tyvek sheet and show you the results.

Materials used:

  • The Ton: Born Classy & Purrincess stamp sets
  • The Ton: Fabulous and Thank You word dies
  • Recollections Ballerina 110# pink cardstock & 65# black & white cardstock
  • Copic Markers: E00, 02, 11, 31, 51; YR21, 24
  • Misc. used Tyvek envelope (by DuPont)
  • Reynolds Parchment paper
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Water Reactive Inks: Chartreuse, Fuchsia, Lime Green, Orchid, Tangerine, Turquoise
  • Ken Oliver Color Bursts: Chartreuse, Fuchsia, Lime Green, Orchid, Tangerine, Turquoise
  • Ken Oliver Liquid Metals: Metallic Amethyst, Metallic Jade, Metallic Rose
  • Ken Oliver Mineral Burst Platinum
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Glimmer Paste: Moonstone
  • Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients Art Stones – white
  • Embellishment Village Crimped cut Angelina: Aurora Crystalina, Cobalt Sparkle, Cotton Candy, Lemon Sparkle, Sugar Plum, Watermelon
  • Sookwang Scor-tape
  • Tombow Foam Tape
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” liquid adhesive
  • Feza Jazz metallic ladder yarn
  • Red Heart Boutique Treasure Mosaic
  • Sensations Cello Eyelash yarn Jewel Tone
  • Yarn Bee First Love Lovely

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~D.Ann

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MFT Creative Olympics Event 2 – Freestyle: Cool Friend Card

Welcome back for Event 2 of My Favorite Things Creative Olympics – Freestyle Card

  

This event is taking place at the Olympic Village (MFT Challenge and Inspiration Blog) and the only requirement is that the card be winter themed. I don’t have a lot of winter stamps because winter in Florida is everyone else’s spring. However, I DO have the gorgeous snowflakes from MFT, and Markerpop recently sent me the adorable Polar Pals, so I was able to put this card together:

Isn’t he just adorable?!! I want to show you a close-up so you can see that cool iridescent sparkle in the embossing powder:

You might also note that his pom-pom is flocked. To avoid cutting the whiskers, I used a Copic to match my blended background. We seem to be on a trend here… first lazy cats, now a sea lion lyin’ around…. can you tell I’ve been stuck in bed most of the past 3 months?! Not very Olympian. lol!

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things stamp sets: Simply Snowflakes & Polar Pals
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Judikins iridescent sparkle embossing powder
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – tuxedo black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China & Stormy Sky
  • Copic markers: B02;R20,22; W1,3,5
  • Stampendous Fun Flock – Cantaloupe Orange
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Core’dinations cardstock – white
  • American Crafts glitter card
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L square foam adhesive

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~D.Ann

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Spellbinders & Sizzix Gift Sets – Ladies Purses & Shoes, Gents Bags & Shoes, and Lifesavers

Good morning, dear peeps! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend! This new treatment is giving me a few hours a day of relief from the constant migraines, that’s better than nothing. Hooray!

Nope. Not the Olympics yet…. coming soon! I’ve been working for some time on this current project and am excited to finally be able to show it to you. Every year there is a special meeting for our full-time local Bible teachers and this year I put together some sweet gift sets to let them know how much we love them. Here’s the spread:

Squee! Aren’t they the CUTEST?!! CVS recently had 90% off their candy, so I got chocolates and the lifesavers for a song.

To make the centerpiece, I took a foam half-circle for floral arrangements, poked holes in one end of the lifesaver rolls and folded the tip of a straw to fit up inside, then poked them into the foam base. I added a bow and an inflatable ring from the Dollar store and a little sign (in Portuguese) recognizing that they’re truly life savers!

For the gents, I put together these bags and shoes:

That orange-y leather look is common in Brazil and the embossed football paper and embossed dots gave it the perfect leather look.

They actually hold more than this, but the ladie’s purses only held this much, so to be fair, that’s what’s inside. The chocolates are heavy, so to help the bags stay closed, I added the leather straps and edges from Tim Holtz’ Vintage Valise Sizzix set to Elieen Hull’s Bag/Suitcase. The paper straps go completely around and slide through the front tabs.

The scripture on the shoes is Isaiah 52:7:  How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the one bringing good news, The one proclaiming peace, The one bringing good news of something better, The one proclaiming salvation, The one saying to Zion: “Your God has become King!”

I love that there are some brads on the ends to add a little class. Aren’t those Spellbinders Gent’s Shoes super handsome?!! I wish I hadn’t glued down the tips of the tongues… next time I won’t so I can flip them up a bit!!

Let’s move on to the ladies’ purses. I didn’t have enough cardstock do do them matching and these gals love color, so this variety pack was perfect.

 

I just love pairing those sweet Spellbinders Couture Purses by Stacey Caron with Becca Feeken’s cute Ladies Shoes! When putting buttons on, just remember to put them far enough down for the latch mechanism to work.

I wanted each of these teachers to know that we take note of them, so I included a little note in each purse/bag saying “We all want to be like our God in Hebrews 6:10 (“For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones.”) and, although we might not say it as much as we like: Than you for your fine work in our congregation!”

Materials used:

Gent’s bags & shoes:

  • Sizzix Scoreboards Bag, Suitcase die by Eileen Hull
  • Sizzix Vintage Valise die by Tim Holtz Alterations
  • Spellbinders Wedding Collection: Gents Shoe dies
  • Hero Arts dye ink: Mulled Wine (to distress and give the paper a more ‘worn leather’ look)
  • Bazzil Basics Paper Terra Cotta 2/ 12×12 sheet
  • The Paper Company Franchise Football  – note: I got 4 Pairs of gents shoes from one 12×12 sheet
  • Prism Embroidery Craft thread – FYI, one 10 yard skein did all 10 shoes with some left over However, I wasn’t able to get a double strand through my needle so it might take more if you use it as shown in Becca’s instruction video.
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Misc. brads and chocolates (note… I highly recommend having extra chocolates on hand to fuel the crafter!! lol!)

Ladies’ purses and shoes:

  • Spellbinders Couture Purse Rouge Royale die by Stacey Caron
  • Spellbinders Wedding Collection: Ladies  Shoedies by Becca Feeken
  • DCWV Blossoms  Butterflies Stack – I was able to get one purse and a pair of shoes out of one 12″ x 12″ sheet even taking into account patterns.
  • Jessee James Dress It Up Vintage Pearls buttons
  • Recollections faux pearls
  • Aileene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • The corners of the note inside of the ladies’ purses were cut and embossed with a Fiskars Joy of Spring 4 in 1 Corner Emboss punch

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~D.Ann

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Sizzix Bird Crazy & Crazy Cat Anniversary Card

Hello! I’m happy you’re here!

Today’s crafting whim is back to papercrafting with this sweet anniversary card:

Aren’t they just the cutest couple?!!  I got the idea to make this sweet lady cat all dolled up from a post by Christi over at Art-Without-Anxiety — she put her cat in a Hero Arts Dress a while ago and it was DARLING! (ENABLER ALERT: In addition to great ideas, Christi has AMAZING giveaways on her blog — Art Without Anxiety! Click HERE to go to her blog and follow her. Check the end of this post to see  the fabulous box chocked full of crafty goodies she sent me, including the dress I used on my cat in this card!!… THANK YOU, Christi!!)

I popped up the beak and eyes (and made them shine with Glossy Accents) and added in some tulle (on her hat) and pearls for some 3d effects (like her ring and earring).

I like how the white pen adds some extra detail. The wing was scored and popped up, too. I like the lace embossing folder (new to me!) and lace edges for the background. The embossing stands out just a smidge more when you run Versamark over it.

I got excited about sending this card and filled out the inside before I remembered to take a picture. LOL!… here’s the inside lower right corner stamped with the mini versions, which are in reverse…

I think it’s sweet how he’s giving her a quick peck on the cheek!

Materials used:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Crazy Cats,Crazy Talk, Mini Bird Crazy and Mini Crazy Cats stamp sets
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Bird Crazy and Crazy Cats die sets
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Lace Texture Fades Embossing Folder (new to me)
  • Hero Arts MMH April 2017 Dress (new to me)
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks – Tuxedo Black & London Fog
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder – tanzanite
  • Copic Markers: C1, 5; BG13, 15; R22; RV02, Y13, 15; YG61; YR02, 04; V4,9,15,25
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – white 08
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Core’dinatoins Cardstock: green, purple, white
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Scotch adhesive runner & adhesive dots
  • Misc. Lace, faux pearls, tulle and vellum.

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~D.Ann

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You’re A Gem Gift Boxes

Hello and welcome!

I thought you’d like to see these gem shaped gift boxes that recently put together for a special Bible class that was held this month for some of our Portuguese speaking Bible teachers.

Aren’t they precious?!! The Spellbinders contour You’re a Gem steel rule die cuts through the glitter cardstock like butter!

On the tops I added the My Favorite Things “You’re a Gem” sentiment and cool gem.

Inside each one is a little commemorative card with a sweet saying about how precious these teachers are (with Haggai 2:7 quoted) and their class information.

There is also a mint with a sticker that says, ‘You’re worth a mint’ on it. And, since they’ll probably need an afternoon pick-me-up, there are a pair of chocolates with a riddle printed on a sticker on the back…

Why was chocolate created?

(Note: this riddle also works for coffee)

Psalm 115:17

They sent me back this picture from their lunchroom:

It seems they were all tickled pink with their little gifts! Next party I have, I think I’ll make a treasure chest full of these!

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders Contour You’re a Gem Steel Rule Die
  • Spellbinders Decorative Labels 34 & Labels 16 dies
  • My Favorite Things Bling It On stamp set & Diamonds dies
  • Recollecions Signature glitter pad
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Pebbles, Inc. Chalks: Basic Brights
  • Nicole Bling It 3mm Adhesive Rhinestones
  • Avery Silver Foil Mailing Labels
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Simply Defined ‘Stacey Tape’ permanent adhesive
  • Tissue paper, mints, Ghirardelli chocolates

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~D.Ann

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Stamp-a-Faire 2017 – Faux Leather Bookmarks

Hello dear peeps! Hard to believe a month has slipped by since I was last able to post. I do have another big project I’ve done, but it will be posted later. For now, Papertrey Ink‘s annual Stamp-a-Faire event is going on and, although I couldn’t participate in every challenge this year, I did pick a couple I found particularly interesting. Since it is Papertrey Ink’s 10th Anniversary, their theme this year focused on the traditional gifts of the first 10 wedding anniversaries… adapted for paper crafting. My first project is from the 3rd anniversary tradition: Leather. I made this pair of faux leather bookmarks for a studious couple – who celebrated their 3rd anniversary 50 years ago:

Hard to believe they’re made out of paper! If you’ve never tried this technique, I encourage you to try it. It’s easy and even feels like leather! Here’s the back:

Ashley gives a terrific tutorial HERE, so I won’t repeat how to do this easy technique that gives such terrific results. I will give one reminder that I obviously needed:

Although it looks and feels like leather, remember this is PAPER and isn’t as strong as leather!

I pulled my tassels a little too tight on the feminine version and ripped right through the paper, so I had to re-die cut the end, which just made it a bit shorter… which is kind of cute since the wife IS shorter than the husband! I also covered hers with a thin layer of school glue hoping to seal it and make it a little bit stiffer. It left a shiny look that I didn’t want for the masculine bookmark and didn’t make it all that much stiffer anyway, so I didn’t do it on the other one.

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink We Go Together stamps
  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh & Simply Jane dies
  • Avery Elle bookmark die
  • Core’dinations cardstock kraft & black
  • Glycerine
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Gathered Twigs
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Staples school glue
  • Misc. ribbon

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Brace yourselves, I’ve been fiddling around on these projects since last Friday and will have several posts in a row again. See you again in a few minutes!

~D.Ann

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