Take Life One Cup At a Time -The Cat’s Pajamas Get Well Card

I’m closing out today with a sweet kitty get-well card for the Cat Lovers Hop.

This month’s TCP Tuesday Challenge (#351) theme is holiday. This is a stretch, but in Europe saying you’re on holiday means you’re on vacation. Well, where I worked, vacation days and sick days were all lumped together, solving the problem of people calling in sick when they just wanted a day off. Since taking a day off in bed IS a kind of forced holiday, I’m entering this in the challenge…. let’s celebrate getting better!  : )

Ah, yes, sit back and milk it, taking life one cup at a time!

Tip: Take a little Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink on your finger and run it over embossed details to highlight them.

Good ol’ Glossy Accents and a Sparkle Pen jazz things up a little.

And, if you don’t have the right color of faux pearls, take a Copic marker to white ones!

Supplies:

  • The Cats Pajamas Big Cups & You Sick Thing stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Isabella Frame dies
  • Recollections 110#  blue cardstock; 65# white
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Brutus Monroe Alabaster pigment ink
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen – clear
  • Copic markers: C1, 3; G24; RV02, 04, 63; Y13
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Simply Defined Stay-Put glue & Permanent adhesive
  • Misc. ribbon, faux pearls and puffy heart

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

What? You were expecting something here before I sign off? Ok, I DO have another pic for ya….

Bwahahahaha… This is where I’ll take a picture of TOMORROW’s giveaway. You didn’t think I could have a giveaway on EVERY post, did you? The clearance bins were generous this year (plus I didn’t have a blogiversary party), but not THAT generous. Lol! : ) Now that I’ve got the bulk of them posted, there will still be another giveaway posted tomorrow and more on Saturday, so off you pop to play with your four-legged fur-babies and keep an eye out for upcoming posts! Meanwhile, you can comment on this post without having to come up with a specific word. : ) Likes on Instagram and re-pins on Pinterest are still appreciated! Thanks for all your support!!

~D.Ann

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Newton’s Nook Kissing Kitties Slider Card Lights Up with Chibitronics

Hooray! The day has finally arrived for the annual Cat Lovers Hop! I’ve been excitedly bouncing around like Tigger the past couple of days! I know we all look forward to this annual hop and I think it’s appropriate to start off with a special thanks to Janis over at HerPeacefulGarden for all the hard work she puts into this special event! Let’s give her a big round of aPAWs!! Be sure to check out her link up page (HERE) for all the details and for the aMEOWzing list of sponsors she lined up!

If you’ve been watching on Instagram you know I have a lot of fun stuff in store for you… Thankfully, I’ve had a year to prepare! On my blog, there will be cards, calendars, home decor, jewelry, a guest designer, sci-fi cats, games, giggles and more – all featuring those dear, precious critters we all love… cats! I’m working on a giveaway, too, so you’ll want to stay tuned for that.

I’m going to start off with my first ever light-up card. It’s a slider with an adorable pair of kissing kitties anniversary card made with stamps from hop sponsor Newton’s Nook:

When you pull on the heart tab, the romantic kitty slides over to plant a smooch on his sweetie – at which point the heart lights up and the words oh-la-la! are revealed!

Here’s a video of it in action (roll your mouse over the picture and click the white arrow):

Confession: I cannot believe that I engineered the placement of wiring for the light and the slider on the inside just so, but I was so excited to try it, I turned it over and sealed it up, found out it worked and THEN reached for my camera. DUM-DUM want GUM-GUM?! lol! Guess you’ll have to wait a while until I do another one to see the inner workings. Sorry!

Wondering where I got that aMEWsing beret? It came from the Newton Dreams of Paris set… I just fussy cut it off that kitty (who’s not looking in the right direction for this kiss), snipped the lines on both sides of his ear and it tucked perfectly around.

Here’s a better pic of the card with the heart lit up from the smooch:

It just makes MY heart go pitter-patter! … I’ve done it so many times, I hope I haven’t used up the battery before my recipients get to play with it!

Materials used:

  • Newton’s Nook stamp sets: Newton’s Antics, Newton’s CCuddles, Newton Dreams of Paris
  • Spellbinders Exquisite Labels Eleven dies
  • Lawn Fawn Slide On Over Lawn Cuts dies
  • The Cat’s Pajamas Heart Trio die
  • Tsukineko Memento dye inks: Rose Bud & Tuxedo Black
  • Copic Markers: B21,24; R32; RV02,04; YR02,21,24
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Sakura Pigma Micron pen 005 brown
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Faber Castell Texture Gems: Gold
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Gloss Carnation Pink
  • Recollections 110# cardstock: Ballerina pinks and white
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape
  • Chibitronics lighting kit
  • Misc. Vellum

I’m entering this card in the following hops and challenges – Want to play along? Click on any one for more details:

Thanks for stopping by!

I will be back later on today with more feline fun.

~D.Ann

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Cat Lovers & Cat’s Pajamas Hops – Fall Willow Swing Card + Black Coffee Interview + Blog Candy

Whether you’re new or visiting for the first time, Welcome! I’m excited to show you today’s post for the Cat Lovers Hop, which also happens to be for The Cat’s Pajamas Winter Hop, too! If you manage to hang in til the end of the post, there might be blog candy, too!

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Before I begin, I have a question for you:

Have you had your Black Coffee and Sugar fix for today?

No, I’m not confused. I know the Coffee Lovers Hop is over. : ) For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, allow me to introduce you to Elaine Chong‘s virtual pet, Black Coffee, and her little friend, Sugar:

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Elaine and Black Coffee have a great sense of humor as you’ll notice if you scroll through their Instagram account HERE. I thought we’d briefly interview them both today. Let’s start with a couple of quick questions for Black Coffee:

  • What crafts have you tried your paws at or would like to try?
    • I have tried painting, knitting, cooking and I am really good at bathing the worms!
      • It cracks me every time I see you doing that last one… Our readers can see your skills at it HERE. I think that pond is going to be in today’s card!
  • What is your favorite thing to do with paper?
    • I like to make marks on them, tear them apart and sometimes eat them when they look yummy!

And, now, a couple of questions for Elaine:

  • Do you have any real cats?
    • Not at the moment but when I was a kid, my family used to have quite a number of them and they were one of my major playmates.
    • By the way, our first cat was a black cat
  • Do you sell your drawings? Where can we find them?
    • Currently I am not selling my drawings.
  • Have you ever thought about publishing a Black Coffee book?
    • Yes, I have been thinking of publishing a Black Coffee book and hopefully next year.
      • I think that would be a delight!

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Thank you both for taking the time to join us for the Cat Lovers Hop (and Sugar, too!)!!

In honor of Black Coffee’s visit today and her love of ‘bathing the worms’ in a pond, I made this card of a weeping willow tree dressed in autumn yello and a fun pair of furry friends on a swing at sunset (It HAS to be sunset… my cats were always sleeping at sunrise. lol!):

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The top section is on acetate… Here’s what the reverse looks like inside:

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Hmmm… Maybe Black Coffee will end up with a canine friend like Sprinkle the cat has!

Note: when embossing on acetate, heat your heat gun up well before bringing it over to the acetate and move quickly so as not to warp the acetate too much!

The background was done with Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts. I tried something new and used them as straight watercolors. I know, it’s hard not to go for the thrill of watching those powders BURST to life on a page, but this effect turns out beautifully in a different way. It’s amazing how little powder is needed!

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Once I painted the background, I added some of the Liquid Metals on top for an amazing shimmer effect… it almost looks light sunlight glistening on the water!:

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I put the sentiment as if it were carved on the tree – as some sweethearts are wont to do. It’s hidden when the top is closed over it.

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See the CAT tails?!! Another nod to the hop and to Black Coffee’s favorite pond! I love weeping willow trees — not to be confused with pussy willow trees, that I also love!

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You can even take Pussy Willow buds and made some cute cats! : )

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Materials used:

  • The Cat’s Pajamas: Just Let it Happen stamp set
  • Scrapbooking Made Simple Simply Defined dies:
    • Serenity, Stillness and Reflect
    • Be Inspired, Serene
  • Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst – Alizarin Crimson, Indigo, Yellow Ochre
  • Ken Oliver Crafts Liquid Metals – Copper, Iron Oxide, Pewter, Platinum, Yellow Gold
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Ranger Perfect Medium pen
  • Inkadinkado Black embossing powder
  • Hampton Arts Copper embossing powder
  • Faber-Castell Texture Gems Gel Liner – Gold
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – Gloss Carnation Pink and Gloss White
  • Scrapbooking Made Simple “Stacey Tape” double sided adhesive 2.5″ wide
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper 140#
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black, brown, yellow, blue
  • Misc. Acetate and Washi tape (to connect the two pieced at the top)

I am entering this card in the following hops and challenges – click on any one for the details on how you can join the fun:

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  • ***** Edited to add: giveaway now closed*****

Thanks for hanging in there for the extra long post! Now, about today’s blog candy – Today it’s for continental USA peeps only. Sorry, International peeps, but it includes a small frame that just won’t ship well. There will be another post with something available to anyone, anywhere, so stay tuned!

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This package includes some miscellaneous ephemera from Graphic 45’s Raining Cats and Dogs set, a little set of Kitty sticky notes, and a Design Works 2″x3″ Cross Stitch kit to make that cute kitty with balloons and includes the frame. Woot-woot!

If you would like to be in the running to win this blog candy, pay close attention to the rules: Continental USA addresses only: Leave ONE comment on this post before 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 30, 2016, using the phrase “BATHING THE WORMS” somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the words “BATHING THE WORMS” 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 an ADDITIONAL entry by becoming a follower of Elaine‘s AND my Instagram accounts (@innertreasureart and @d.ann.c). If you do follow both of our Instagram accounts, come back here and leave comment with your Instagram user name. Duplicate comments will be deleted. There you have it… you may have up to three chances to win. FYI: This particular giveaway is only open to peeps in the continental USA.

On October 31, 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. 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.

Ok, it’s time for me to go take a little catnap!

I might pop back in later today with some cool felt cat coasters to show you. Hope to see you soon!

~D.Ann

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Clear & Sheer Class – Day 2 – Vellum Techniques on Find Joy Cards

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One of the many cool techniques shown on day two of the Online Card Classes Clear & Sheer class was dry embossing vellum and then coloring it from the back for a pretty, soft watercolor look. Well, classes are all about learning and trial-and-error and I sure had my share of that with this one! But, in the end, I learned a lot and had at least one card I’m very happy with – can you guess which one it was?

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The Cat’s Pajamas TCP Tuesday challenge is flowers and they’re having a Spring Blog Hop this month.

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So, I reached for an old scrap of parchment vellum and my TCP Patterned Petals stamp set, and set the printed acetate storage panel under my vellum and began to trace the outer edges of the flowers and leaves. You just need the outline of any flower. ( I think Alma from TCP is going to be surprised to see her stamps used this way!) As the parchment vellum was whiter than regular vellum my white pencil wasn’t showing up and I switched to yellow. Mistake #1. (Unless you WANT to have a yellow outline show up around your nice white edges.) I really didn’t think it would show through as much as it did… it wasn’t too noticeable until after I added the color and attached it to the card. sigh. Note to self: the instructors DO know what they’re talking about. : )

Here I’m doing it with the second card and heavy vellum and you can see the white lines clearly. You need to see them once you put your vellum on a rubber mat to trace with a stylus and dry emboss it.

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The class gave pointers on unusual shading tools to use, but I can’t tell you everything. : )

A tip not in the class… If your stylus isn’t moving smoothly across the paper, you can lay the tip in the palm of your hand and twist it gently. It will pick up the natural oils and glide more smoothly.

I still had places where I used too much pressure and broke through the vellum. Since it was a scrap, I had no way of knowing what weight it was, but I made sure to use heavier weight vellum for the second card. Yes, there was a second card, because as you can see at this point it’s looking pretty cool and after I’d added the color, I really wished I had just stopped here. I liked it MUCH better!

I added color on the back side using Copic markers. Like the instructor said, it looks like a ‘hot mess!’

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But then you turn it over and the colors are very soft and the white shading stays opaque.

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See where I pressed too hard while embossing and broke the vellum and the Copic marker bled through? I have a tip for you to fix that:

Tip: use a Copic Blender (0) to push most of the ink back through anywhere it bled onto the front of the vellum. Then lightly go over the area with a white pencil. When you look at the finished card, you can hardly tell there were any bleed-throughs.

I tried, with limited success, to cover up the yellow guidelines and at the same time give them more depth by outlining them with grey Copics.

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Copic Markers to the rescue again! Just traced over the letters until they’re all covered. Whew!

My final error on this card was when attaching the vellum, I sprayed the back with adhesive, but wasn’t careful enough laying it down and it puckered irreversibly. by now I already knew I was going back to make a nice and pretty plain white one, so I called it a day. It’s still ok… just not the ‘spectacular’ that I was going for.

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Materials used:

  • The Cat’s Pajamas: Patterned Petals Stamp set
  • Misc. parchment vellum
  • Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Essentials tool kit
  • Generic clay shaping tool kit
  • Crayola white and yellow colored pencils
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3; G29; R20, 24, 29, 32; Y17; YG67; YR04
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Ranger Adirondack Cranberry embossing powder
  • Recollections shimmer card
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Tree House Studio 9mm holographic flower sequin

Now, you would think that having all that experience, the second card would go off without a hitch, but it wasn’t until after I glued it down that I noticed I’d forgot my little stamen dots. So, instead of being embossed, they’re done with a white Gelly Roll pen.

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I think the plain white on vellum rather than parchment vellum looks MUCH classier – what do you think?

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Materials used:

  • The Cat’s Pajamas: Patterned Petals Stamp set
  • Worldwin Papers Translucent Vellum
  • Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Essentials tool kit
  • Generic clay shaping tool kit
  • Crayola white colored pencil
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Stampendous PEARLustre embossing powder – Rose Quartz
  • Recollections shimmer card
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Sakura white Gelly Roll pen
  • Misc. clear sequins

I’m going to enter one or both of these cards (either linked from here or Instagram) into the following galleries, hops and challenges – You can click on each one for more information:

I’ll probably be back later today with the other two cards I did from Day 2. See you soon!

-D.Ann

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We’re Like Tea Bags Card and Peppermint Spoons Experiment

Hello again! It’s time for a fun tea card for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and the results of my experiment in making peppermint spoons:

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A couple of weeks ago I saw a post about making your own peppermint spoons and since they ran out at Tuesday Morning, I decided to try it. You can read the instructions in original post on Jennifer’s blog HERE. She made hers in the oven, but I wanted to try them in the microwave. I also wanted just the bowl of the spoon as I usually use these for tea parties (see my post HERE, if you haven’t read about those yet) and the cups are small. So I smashed up a bunch of peppermint candies and filled my Wilton Silicone Candy Spoon Mold, putting some Celebrate It! Popsicle Sticks in some and leaving two 100% candy.

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It took less than 20 seconds for the first one to start bubbling, and they each started

bubbling at different times, while the full one on the end never bubbled at all.

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I kept adding more crushed candy a few seconds at a time, but the end results weren’t terrific. The one that never bubbled came out the best. The one next to it bubbled so much it lost its color and the bowls of the spoons ran on up the handles and wouldn’t look nice:

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Now, my microwave is small, so it may not have the even distribution that a larger, more expensive model has, but I still recommend following the original instructions and making these in the oven! Now it’s time for me to take a break with my Chocolate Macadamia Nut tea and peppermint spoon dipped in chocolate and dunked in sprinkles!

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One additional note for lovers of mint chocolate… My aunt told me about making brownies with a layer of Andes Creme de Menthe Chocolates – it sounded wonderful! Target had some brownie bites on sale and Andes chocolates were on sale, too, soooooo… If you put 1/2 a mint on a brownie bite and put it in the microwave 10-15 seconds… YUM!

Well, this IS supposed to be a CARD making post, so I’d best get to it, eh?! That fun wintry sea background was made by dry embossing soft aluminum.

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I embossed the reverse side, then flipped it over and lightly sanded the raised areas to bring out the silvery white of the waves in the wintry sea.

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I felt they needed a little bit more ‘foam’, so I added some Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the crests of the waves and even splashes some onto our intrepid penguins and their vessel. If you click on the picture you should be able to enlarge it and see the splashes.

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I love that sentiment that we are all like tea bags: You don’t know how strong you are until you’ve been in a little hot water!

I can almost hear the penguins now:

Kowalski: Sir, How long do we stand here like this?

Skipper: Until we reach maximum coolness.

[beat]

Skipper: There it is!

Smile and wave, boys!

Materials used:

  • AMACO Paragona ArtEmboss Colored Foils Cerulean Blue soft aluminum embossing sheets
  • Stampendous/Dreamweaver Waves stencil LJ838
  • The Cat’s Pajamas: Ship Happens stamp set
  • Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles 2 dies
  • Memento Rose Bud dye ink
  • Copic Markers: C01; RV05, 04, 17, 34, YR07
  • EK Success Writer Metallic Silver
  • Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel
  • Tombow Xtreme and Mono Permanent Adhesives, Adhesive dots
  • Core’dinations cardstock red and kraft

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges:

I hope you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon – you’re always welcome here!

-D.Ann

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Tea Party Card & Tips

Hello and welcome to The Cat’s Pajamas Winter Blog Hop and the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Yes, you read right, it’s the COFFEE Loving Cardmakers who are organizing this hop, but this time with extra attention to the Tea and Cocoa drinkers, too. I fit into all categories. : )

So, I’m starting off with a tea party card. It’s a winter card because, here in South Florida, I only feel like having tea parties in the winter as the rest of the year it’s so hot I usually only want cold drinks. I see we might dip into the 60s next week with mid 70’s for highs. Finally! Yay! It’s also a winter card because several of my orchids bloom in winter, like this lovely lady:

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Have you ever been able to enjoy the experience of a high tea, low tea or afternoon tea at a tea house? They’re becoming more and more popular and are quite a delightful indulgence!

On a more budget friendly scale, I love hosting tea parties for my friends and their kids and there’s always some kind of shenanigans going on, like on this card. : )

Speaking of tea parties — Who doesn’t love to play dress up and eat fancy food? Here are some of the yummy goodies at tea parties I’ve had recently (as always, you should be able to click the picture to enlarge it):

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I usually have lots of hats, boas, scarves and clunky necklaces on hand for everyone to dress up…

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Sometimes there are extra little handmade gifts like the Kanzashi pins on the flowers and hats – everyone was allowed to choose one to take home.

I usually start with a blooming tea for show. So far, these have been much more fun to watch than to drink as I haven’t been wild about the flavor of the ones I’ve tried so far.

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Once the show’s over, we quickly move on to the tiny sandwiches and quiches. Usually there are cucumber sandwiches, shrimp and cream cheese, and tiny quiches. Sometimes there are also chicken salad on croissants, bacon wrapped scallops and guacamole on Parmesan chips. I usually serve a fruit tisane with lunch.

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The highlight of the party is always dessert! There are usually chocolate cups filled with cheesecake, strawberries dipped in Nutella, scones with lemon curd, and stroopwafles which can sit on top of your tea cup, melting the yummy honey or caramel inside. Sometimes there might be divinity, persimmon loaf, chocolates and other incredible goodies. A great dessert tea that most everyone loves is the chocolate macadamia nut tea. It’s fabulous by itself, but we recently tried it with mint spoons and it was incredible! I had trouble finding more mint spoons, so have been investigating making my own. More on that in a later post. (HERE.)

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I usually print out a couple of pages of tea facts on filly stationery to put in the little gift packages for the guests.

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Since I don’t know how to link a document for download yet, I’ll put them at the end of the post and you can copy them for your own party if you like. Have fun!

Now, getting back to the card…

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Inside:

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I hope you have a joyful day!!

Materials used:

  • The Cat’s Pajamas stamps:
    • K-0707 Coffee, Tea or Meow
    • S-5852 First
    • W-5833 Patterned Petals (sentiment)
  • Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Tranquil Moments
  • Spellbinders Create-a-Flower: Orchid
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3, 5; E02, 23, 25, 33; R20; RV34; V04, 06, 12; Y17, 28; YG61, 63
  • Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen Gold
  • Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna green
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Craft Smith Flutterbloom paper pad
  • WorldWin Purple Swirls Floral Vellum
  • Queen & Co. Pearls
  • DCWV card
  • Misc. cardstock, adhesive

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges:

I hope you’ve had fun partying with me. I have more fun cards (and shorter posts!) coming up on the hop, but for now, I’m off to see the other entries and thank our generous sponsors. Enjoy the hop!

-D.Ann

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Bonus: Fun tea facts and uses

Please note: All of the information below was gathered from various sources and is provided for informational purposes only. None of it is intended for medicinal purposes nor is it guaranteed by dannscraftingwhims.

With a little bit of know how you can brew a superb cup of tea.

Bring fresh cold water to a full boil for Black teas, Herbals, Tisanes and some Oolongs. Use water that is just below boiling for Whites, Greens and Darjeelings. Using a teaspoon, (which is the perfect tool for measuring tea), measure one level teaspoon of loose tea for each cup. Pour the prepared water over the tea. Steep according to the brewing instructions below, or to your own personal taste. Enjoy!

                    Water Temp / Steep Time

  • White tea 180F (pre-boil) 3-5 minutes
  • Green Tea 180F (pre-boil) 1-2 minutes
  • Oolong Tea 180-212F 2-5 minutes
  • Black Tea 212F 3-5 minutes
  • Herbals& Tisanes 212F 5-7 minutes
  • Rooibos 212F 5-10 minutes

** Most Green and White teas taste better after steeping for only 1 to 2 minutes and can usually be infused multiple times. Over-steeping can cause the tea to taste bitter.

** Darjeelings, with their delicate, fruity aroma can quickly become bitter and should usually not be infused for more than 3 minutes. Fifteen seconds more or less can make a huge difference in taste. Also, keep water just under a boil.

**When preparing Oolongs “washing” the leaves is common in Asian cultures–the thought is that the first washing preps the leaves for the first brewing. Hot water is very quickly swirled over the leaves and then poured off before adding more water to steep the tea.

Preparing a good cup of loose-leaved tea is neither difficult nor time consuming. The human palate is much more sensitive to moderately warm beverages than to very hot ones. Therefore, please have the patience to let the tea cool until you can comfortably touch the cup.

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Helpful uses for tea and tea bags

1. Clean carpets: Clean up musty, dirty carpets by sprinkling dry, used green tea leaves on the carpet. Let them work their magic for about 10 minutes and then vacuum them up. Delicate Persian and Oriental rugs can also benefit from a sprinkling of tea leaves. In this case, sprinkle nearly dry, used whole tea leaves on the rugs, and gently sweep them away.

2. Shine wood floors: The tannins in black tea can help shine and color hardwood flooring. Follow your regular floor cleaning routine by carefully rubbing some brewed tea into the floor (don’t use too much water on hardwood flooring) and letting it air dry.

3. Polish furniture: Brewed tea also can help clean and shine wood furniture. The tannins in tea will re-color light spots and scratches in wood surfaces. Dip a soft cloth in a small amount of strongly-brewed tea, and use it to wipe down scratched tables, chairs, and more. Woodworker Jim McNamara suggested using “regular orange pekoe (Lipton’s) or other dark tea” in Woodworker’s Gazette.

4. Clean mirrors and windows: Tea can remove stubborn, greasy fingerprints from glass, and make it sparkle. Simply rub a damp teabag on the glass or fill a spray bottle with brewed tea.

5. Clean toilet stains: Rumor has it that used tea leaves can magically remove stubborn stains in the bottom of the toilet bowl. Just leave them in the toilet for several hours, then flush the toilet and brush the bowl.

6. Eliminate odors: The herbs and flowers in used herbal tea bags may have run out of flavor, but they often still have a good scent. Dry out herbal tea bags and add to potpourri or scented sachets. Likewise, you can freshen up the car without a chemical-laden commercial air freshener. Put lavender tea or other soothing herbal tea in a bag under the seat to fight odors. Rinse your hands with tea after eating or preparing fish (or other stinky foods) to eliminate odors. Instead of baking soda (or maybe in addition), try used tea bags in the fridge to absorb odors. Likewise, used tea leaves can help deodorize litter boxes when mixed into the litter. Dry, green tea leaves are recommended.

7. Soothe sunburn:  Tea can soothe sunburns and other minor burns. Dr. Oz suggests sponging sunburned skin with “cooled chamomile tea” for its anti-inflammatory effect. Don’t try this if skin is broken. For full-body sunburn, soak in a tea bath.

8. Soothe tired eyes: Warm, wet tea bags can reduce puffiness and soothe pain around tired eyes — and tea bags on your eyes look a little less ridiculous than cucumber slices. You can also use warm, wet teabags as a compress to soothe the pain of a sty.

9. Dental use:  After a tooth extraction or when an older child loses a tooth, try putting a cold, wet tea bag in the mouth where the tooth was lost and bite down on it. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “The tannic acid in tea helps healing blood clots to form (blood clots function similarly to a scab on an open wound). It can reduce bleeding and soothe pain.” Similarly, toothaches and other mouth pain can be soothed with a rinse of antiseptic peppermint tea mixed with a little salt

10. Shine dry hair: Brewed tea makes a good conditioner for dry hair. Rinse with (unsweetened) tea and leave to dry for a while and then rinse again with water.

 

What’s Mew? – Up-cycled Coffee Cup Sleeves & Coffee Filter Flowers

Hello, again. What’s mew with you? >^.^<

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The Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop continues, and today I have a fun card using up-cycled coffee cup sleeves and coffee filter flowers in fall colors.

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I like the background the Panera coffee sleeve provides for the fussy-cut cat from The Cat’s Pajamas. The coffee cup was cut from a Dunkin’ Donuts sleeve.

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Coloring those coffee filter flowers new technique for me to try, but it turned out to be quite easy. In case you’d like to try, here’s how I did it:

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I die cut my The Cat’s Pajamas posies and leaves first… It might have been easier to die the whole filter first, but I never do anything the easy way. ha.

Then I smooshed my Distress ink pads onto a craft mat and spritzed them with water

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Next I dragged my die- cut pieces through the ink until they were saturated to my liking.

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When I ran out of ink, I’d just spritz more water on the darker ones and drag them along, leaving a trail of ink for a lighter one to use.

Separate and lay flat to dry.For the greens, this results in an ombre look – varying tones of greens.

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To Make the flower, I gathered 4 of the flowers, rotating the leaves slightly and made a slit in the middle, inserting a brad. Then I lifted up each layer and squished it around the brad. You can see the three sages below.

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Materials used:

  • The Cat’s Pajamas dies: 5 Petal Posies, Lacy Posies, and  Leaf Scrolls
  • The Cat’s Pajamas stamp set: What’s Mew?
  • DCWV card
  • Coffee filters
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Barn Door, Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey (flowers) Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Old Paper, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters (leaves)
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections detail embossing powder: ebony
  • Uniball gel impact pen – gold
  • Zig chalk writer – pink
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

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I am entering this card in the following hops and challenges:

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If you missed my post with blog candy, you can find it HERE. There will be another one coming soon, so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by today. I always appreciate your kind comments!

-D.Ann

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Pastel Flowers Speak – the details

This post is to give additional information to those of you who are interested in how to make the embossed tissue paper flowers from yesterday’s post.

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Here are the details…

Fold pastel yellow and pastel orange tissue paper into 9 layers. Die cut with The Cat’s Pajamas Five Petal Posies die.

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Keep all the layers together and emboss each set  using The Cat’s Pajamas Lacy Posies die.

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Note: Due to the static of the rubber embossing mat, I found it easiest to lay the tissue paper onto the rubber embossing mat and lay the die on top, then place the other plates around it.

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Carefully separate the individual layers of embossed tissue paper flowers.

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Choose one orange and one yellow embossed tissue paper flower. Place a 3/8 inch Tombow Adhesive Dot in the center of the bottom flower. While holding the dot with one finger, carefully peel away the plastic from the top side of the dot with your other hand. I just left my thumbnail stuck on the glue dot while I continued to the next step.

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Carefully line up the second flower and place it on top of the glue dot and gently remove your finger/thumb. You will not be able to move the flower without ripping it once it has touched the glue dot. (Trust me! haha!) I tried to line mine up so the bottom petals fell in between the top ones.

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I found these glue dots are thin enough to be able to fold without a problem. Fold the flower in half (no need to crease it).

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And fold it in half again (still no need to crease it).

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Fold down a small bit of the bottom point. This is what you will attach to the flower  base on the card.

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You will need three of these for each flower. So repeat the above process 8 more times.

For the base card:

Cut a 10″x7″ piece of pastel orange cardstock and fold it in half to make a 5″x7″ card. Cut a 4.5″ x 6.5″ piece of pastel yellow cardstock. Die cut The Cat’s Pajamas Five Petal Posies three times in the yellow cardstock, running off the page a little. Die cut three times in pastel green cardstock. Emboss the green posies using The Cat’s Pajamas Lacy Posies die. Place the green cardstock in the die cut holes of the yellow cardstock panel. Tape the back side to hold in place. Use Tombow Xtreme adhesive to attach yellow cardstock and green flowers to orange card. Fold pastel green tissue paper into 8 or 9 layers. Die cut with Five Petal Posies die, then emboss with Lacy Posies die. (Note: Again, due to the static of the rubber embossing mat, I found it easiest to lay the tissue paper onto the rubber embossing mat and lay the die on top, then place the sandwich around it.) Carefully pull off 3 of the embossed tissue flowers. Run glue dots over the green cardstock flowers and attach the tissue flowers on top. Run an anti-static bag over the area to be heat embossed with the sentiment. Stamp sentiment in Versamark ink and sprinkle Hampton Art light green embossing powder over sentiment. Heat emboss. Fill in the word SPEAK with marker.

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To assemble the flowers:

Place three glue dots in the middle of each flower base on the card. With the folded edge toward the center of the flower, place the base of the folded, embossed tissue paper flower on a glue dot and press firmly.

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Once all three flowers are attached, fluff the tissue paper as desired.

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The bases of the folded, embossed tissue paper could also be wired together to make a flower that you could attach to a gift bag, pencil, or anything. Or you could make a bouquet. The possibilities are endless! Have fun!

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Again, here is a list of the supplies used:

The Cat’s Pajamas  Lacy Posies and Five Petal Posies dies

The Cat’s Pajamas Patterned Petals stamp set

Versamark ink

Hampton Art light green embossing powder

Copic YR02 marker

Tombow Adhesive Dots (3/8 inch)

Tombow Mono Dots adhesive

Tombow Xtreme adhesive

Misc. cardstock and tissue paper

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Enjoy the rest of your week!

-D.Ann

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Pastel Flowers Speak

Welcome back! Today’s whim was to finish a card that will fit challenges on two blogs, Power Poppy and The Cat’s Pajamas.

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PowerPoppy’s Power & Spark Challenge is for a pop of pastel.

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I don’t have any Power Poppy stamps yet, but they’re not required for the challenges and I’m hoping to score some of Marcella’s gorgeous flower stamps, starting with Orchids Rock… check ’em out here! Aren’t they lovely?!

So I decided to use The Cat’s Pajamas’ fab Lacy Posies and Five Petal Posies dies to make some embossed pastel tissue paper flowers using TCPTUES288 Color Challenge colors:

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By embossing the tissue paper with the Lacy Posies die, the flowers have some lovely added dimension! If the other pictures I took turn out, when I get a chance, I’ll put together a step-by-step on how the flowers were done. (UPDATE: You can see the details here: https://dannscraftingwhims.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/pastel-flowers-speak-the-details/ )

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Supplies:

The Cat’s Pajamas  Lacy Posies and Five Petal Posies dies

The Cat’s Pajamas Patterned Petals stamp set

Versamark ink

Hampton Art light green embossing powder

Copic YR02 marker

Tombow Adhesive Dots (3/8 inch)

Tombow Mono Dots adhesive

Tombow Xtreme adhesive

Misc. cardstock and tissue paper

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If you want to join the fun on either of these challenges, here are the links:

Power Poppy: http://powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2015/04/its-pop-of-pastel-challenge.html

The Cat’s Pajamas: http://thecatspajamasrs.com/TCP/tcp-tuesday-tcptues288-color-challenge/

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Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a lovely week!

-D.Ann

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Felt Flower – The Cat’s Pajamas TCP Tuesday (TCPTUES287)

This morning I finally finished up a project that I had started earlier this week for The Cat’s Pajamas TCP Tuesday challenge (TCPTUES287):

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I had hoped to make a felt pin out of TCP’s new Lacy Petal Posies die set, but my old Cuttlebug just doesn’t have the umph to cut through the detailed part in felt. It DID, however, do a fab job of embossing it! (click on the photos to see it better!) Now the whim changed from a pin to a card, instead. So I cut out some coordinating plain posy pieces and layered them together. I cut the leaf scroll apart and added a touch of Wink of Stella on the plain leaves and in the middle of the flower, which perked it up. The fine twinkle it adds goes well with the sparkle already on the card:

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I think I’ll leave it blank so I can use it for any occasion.

Supplies:

The Cat’s Pajamas Cut Ups: Lacy Petal Posies die set

The Cat’s Pajamas Cut Ups: 5 Petal Posies die set

The Cat’s Pajamas Cut Ups: Leaf Scroll die

The Kunin Group Rainbow Classicfelt Royal Blue

New Image Group Soft Felt Sky Blue

Kuretake ZIG Wink of Stella

Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots

Tombow Xtreme Adhesive

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Treasures by Shabby Chic  notecard

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Thanks for checking in today!

-D.Ann