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
  • Unknown 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!!

~D.Ann

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Hero Arts Bengal Tiger card

Good afternoon, crafty cat lovers! The Cat Lovers Hop is still going strong and I’ve seen some pretty amazing projects this year!

This afternoon, we’re going to visit some of our larger cat family friends…

Before I get into the card, I just want to let you take a closer look at that box. It reminds me so much of paradise! It’s made out of metal and all the animals are raised/embossed.

I may try embossing from the back of my card next time and see how it looks!

This card is also inspired by the A Blog Called Hero Calling All Critters Challenge

Now, on to the card. I just love this scene! The colors were blended with some water, so I assume that counts for watercolor in the a2z Scrapbooking October 2017 Challenge:

Materials Used:

  • Hero Arts June 2017 kit
    • Note: this is one of their kits they are bringing back in 2018 if you missed it
  • Color Layering Bengal Tiger stamps and dies
  • Hero Arts Thorn Tree & Grasses dies
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink: Tuxedo Black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade & Wild Honey (tigers)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks: Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Frayed Burlap, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves & Spiced Marmalade (background)
  • Copic markers: R20;  RV04; Y17, YG61,63; YR31; W1,3 (tongue & grass)
  • Core’dinations white, orange and black cardstock
  • Furry animal print from Monika Reeck during the first hop (Thanks, Monika!)
  • Tombow Mono Adhesive
  • Aleene’s 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’m starting to get a few guesses on my Blog Candy Giveaway games from THIS post. I think it’s time for a little bit of a hint to help since you can’t figure out the answer to #2 without knowing the answer to #1 (although I bet you can guess the last three words quite easily… wink-wink).  Here is your first hint: The answer to  #1 is more than the # of cats Janis has (see her Day 1 post), but less than the number of days in this month so far. That should narrow it down a little without giving it away.  Oh, I’m ornery, I know. 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 have enjoyed hearing from all you visitors!! Thanks for all your kind words!

~D.Ann

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Oh, and speaking of larger cats…

Doesn’t that just remind you of Isaiah 11:6-9?! I can’t wait to see that prophecy fulfilled!

 

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

I’m joining in the following challenges, click on any one to find out how you can join the fun:

I’m glad you stopped by! I’ll be right back with one final card from this set.

~D.Ann

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Stamp-a-Faire 2017 – Faux Iron Thanks Card

The next cool technique from Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire event is turning paper into a cool faux rusted iron embellishment. Betsy Veldman has a great tutorial for this HERE. Here’s how my project turned out:

Hard to believe that’s paper, right?! It could easily be an aged metal piece, don’t’cha think?!

But, no – it started out as a lowly piece of white cardstock with a bit of texture paste!

I lined the back of the inside to give more writing space as I don’t want to write too far out to the edge that shows through to the front…

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh stamp and die
  • Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles dies
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & black
  • Papertrey Ink cardstock: Canyon Clay
  • Art-C white molding paste
    • Side note: my molding paste had hardened, but adding water made it liquid again, so you might want to try that before tossing any!
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Terracotta Tile & Ocean Tides
  • Lawn Fawn dye ink: Walnut
  • Ranger Perfect Medium
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls: Heirloom Gold, Pewter, Green Patina
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Hampton Arts Metallic Copper embossing powder
  • Simply Defined ‘Stay Put’ liquid adhesive
  • Misc. Twine

I’m joining in the following challenges, click on any one to find out how you can join the fun:

I’m glad you stopped by! I’ll be right back with one final card from this set.

~D.Ann

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Stamp-a-Faire 2017 – Faux Embossed Leather – Hugs Card

Ok, so faux leather is cool (see previous post), but faux embossed leather is even better, right?!! You can find the instructions for this on Nichole Heady’s post on Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire event. Here’s how mine turned out:

I like the inside sentiment:

A close-up of the ’embossing’ which is actually a couple of layers of die cuts covered with peach tissue paper and then inked:

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Big Hugs & Garden Gild dies
  • Papertrey Ink Canyon Clay Cardstock
  • Core’dinations cardstock: kraft, light brown & chocolate
  • Misc. peach tissue paper
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Rich Cocoa
  • Tsukineko Brilliance ink: Coffee Bean
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs & Walnut Stain
  • Papertrey Ink Dye Ink – Canyon Clay
  • Staples School Glue

I’m joining in the following challenges, click on any one to find out how you can join the fun:

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back soon with another cool technique!

~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

I’m joining in the following challenges, click on any one to find out how you can join the fun:

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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CASology Anniversary Balloon Blog Hop – Friends Share Happiness Card

Welcome! I have a sweet little card to share with you for CASology’s 5th Anniversary Balloon Blog Hop. Congrats gals!! There are lots of fun projects on the hop and prizes too… you’ll want to go check it out! Just sayin’!

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I love these sweet Flora Waycott cats! They make for a great CAS (Clean and Simple) card:

Materials used:

  • Waffle Flower: Flora Cat Play
  • Core’dinations Parisian nights A2 card and cardstock: black & white
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink
  • Copic marker R89
  • Recollections faux pearls
  • Scholastic glue stick

I’m playing along with the following challenges. Click on any of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

Thanks again for stopping by! Have a terrific day!

~D.Ann

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MarkerPOP! Guest Designer – Altenew

Hello and welcome! I’m pleased to be one of the guest designers for the new MarkerPOP! Challenge (#124) post today! Here’s a hint of what the challenge will be:

And here’s my card:

I took the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp and masked off areas of the Spellbinders Divine Eloquence die, then colored it in with Copic Markers and Tonic Nuvo Cerystal Drops.

Do POP right on over to the MarkerPOP! blog to share in the fun!

Materials used:

  • Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence Card Creator die
  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copic Markers: G5,9,15; R22,24,29,35 YG61
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss: Red Berry, White, and Woodland Green
  • Tsukineko VersaMark ink
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder
  • Core’dinations white cardstock and Parisian Nights A2 red card
  • Tombow Mono permanent Adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Tacky Glue

I am also entering this card in the Altenew July 2017 Inspiration challenge (HERE) which is almost the same colors:

And in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes. (HERE) Be sure to check them both out, too!

I’m glad you could stop by today. I may be laid up for a while now, but I’ll be back as soon as I can… I have lots of interesting things on the back burner waiting to be shared with you! If you’re not subscribed to my blog, you may want to sign up now. (hint- hint!)

TTFN,

~D.Ann

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FabScraps Tea Card and Teapot Shaped Gift Set

I’m glad you could stop by to see this sweet little gift set for the Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  We’re already zooming up toward 200 entries – and it’s still day one!

I was so pleased that my order of the FabScraps For the Love of Tea paper pack arrived in time for this hop! The lovely flowers remind me of my Aunt’s garden in summertime!!

The sentiments on the paper are so FUN! Add some pearls and lace and you’ve got a sweet shabby chic gift set in minutes.

The pack comes with two teapot gift ‘boxes’ ready to fold… I think I’m going to save the other one to use as a template to make my own from other papers.

The inside box easily holds 6 individually wrapped tea bags or a few chocolates…

Materials used:

  • FabScraps For the Love of Tea paper pack
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Pumice Stone
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 pink card
  • Hobby Lobby Decorative Trim – pink
  • Celebrate It Basic Basic string of pearls
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” All Purposed Liquid Adhesive
  • This & That foam dots
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L adhesive strips runner

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

Thank you so much for stopping by, and for the lovely comments you’ve been leaving! Happy hopping!

~D.Ann

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Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Get Well Card

It’s that time of year again! The Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop kicks off today. Yay!

 

The worst part of summer? Summer colds!! What could cheer one up more than an hot cuppa coffee or tea,a yummy short stack and some sunny summer flowers in bed?!!

I thing that Breakfast in Bed tray die from SugarPea Designs is genius! Their current challenge is Mix It Up:

I faded the red to pink and used lots of circles – plus the roses on the ‘bedspread’ reminded me of those roses. Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge is to use patterned paper: I had started off with some chevron paper from Fancy Pants Design as I was going to make a quilt to cover the bed. (More on that in a minute). For the paper-pieced items on the tray I had to place a couple of pieces together with scotch tape and then die-cut. You don’t notice the seam unless you look close.

Unfortunately, the quilt didn’t look right… the tray kind of got lost on it. Well, when you think about it – who has dishes that match their bedspread?!! lol! So I chose a muted floral pattern for my bedspread. The wood paneled walls are made from the packaging of the Fancy Pants ephemera and buttons sets… They outta make that pattern into cardstock, I love it!! The pillow and tissues are made from a real Puffs tissue.

Materials used:

  • SugarPea Designs: Breakfast in Bed stamps & SugarCut dies
  • Fancy Pants Designs: As You Wish collection: Button pack (button & packaging), Ephemera pack (packaging), This & That paper (inside tray, dishes, teapot & tissue box) and Well Traveled paper (outside of tray)
  • The Paper Studio: Eloise Floral paper (bedspread)
  • Core’dinations white cardstock (flowers & pancakes)
  • Foray 30# translucent Inkjet Vellum (flower vase)
  • Memento Rose Bud dye ink
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 059, 195, 296, 933, 942, 977
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder: Rose Quartz
  • Tsukineko Radiant Neon Amplify: white (whipped topping)
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Morning Dew (syrup and coffee/tea)
  • Offray Stylish Accents: Elegant Loop Flower w/ Pearl (‘throw pillow’)
  • Recollections: Lace on a Roll (around pillow & on button)
  • Tombow Xtreme and Mono permanent adhesives
  • Misc: Foam dot, Lace, Puffs tissue, Scotch tape

I am participating in the following hops and challenges. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun!

I’d hoped to do a belated blogiversary giveaway sometime soon, but haven’t been well enough and now I have meet with the surgeon on Monday. So, perhaps in a few weeks when I’m better we’ll have a party! You might want to be subscribed to my blog so you don’t miss it! (hint-hint) Meanwhile, I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun card for the Coffee Lovers Hop. Hope to see you then! Happy hopping!!

~D.Ann

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pps:  For those of you interested, I looked up the forecast for the next few days:

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(Note: Coffee cups are copyright Verve Stamps LLC and you can get the free printable HERE. This chart is in no way actually sponsored by The Weather Channel. (But I daresay it’s more accurate!!))