Die-Versions Seaside Sunset Thank You Card

It’s time for another card for the Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

 

This one is for one of the fab baristas at my local Starbucks who is going away…

Isn’t that a FUN die cut?!! It was easy to watercolor. Then I used the IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher to outline the circle and on the sentiment and corners. It dries raised as if it were embossed, but has a delightful translucent shimmering gold shine.

On the inside I used more of the Starbucks stickers and a couple of coffee cup clips with the gift card holder that they give you to hold the card in place.

Materials used:

  • Die-Versions Whispers “Seaside Sunset” & Sweet Spots “Oh Thank You” dies
  • Spellbinders Antique Frame Accents dies
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks: Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Pumice Stone, Spiced Marmalade
  • Imagine Crafts IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher Gold
  • Simply Defined “Stay Put” All Purposed Liquid Adhesive
  • Starbucks stickers
  • Pigma Micron green 005 Archival Ink pen
  • The Paper Studio Flea Market Fancy Gold Coffee Cup Paper Clips

I am playing along with the Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop click on it for more information on how you can join the fun.

Thanks again for stopping by!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create Day 4: Sensational Sliders – Hilarious ‘Ruff Day’ Card

Hello and welcome! Today’s project is from Day 4 of My Favorite Things Camp Create: Sensational Sliders.

I love interactive, touchy-feely cards! This one took a little extra measuring since I didn’t have the Blueprint plate used in the demo, but it was worth it! I left a 3/4″ edge around the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card, cutting two 4 inch sides and one 2 3/4 side with a semi-circle traced from a AA battery in the middle.

And when you pull the slider open:

I know it’s kind of yucky, but it still cracks me up! Here’s a behind-the-scenes look… After blending in the ink for the sidewalk, grass and sky (each masked off as I went), I spritzed a little water and then randomly flicked in some grass blades.

Here’s another reason why the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press has a slight advantage over the MISTI:

For the peepee I used the Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops that dry clear and, when dry, I ran a yellow Copic marker over it.

Now, here’s a test… Did you happen to notice the dog’s name? If you missed it, you can scroll back to the first picture…. Yep, a true Boca Ratonian! I know another one called Dee-Oh-Gee…. think about it… say it slow…! : )

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things: BB You Make My Tail Wag stamps
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Old Paper, Tumbled Glass
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink pen: Twisted Citron
  • Copic markers:
    • Doghouse: C1,3,5,7; R24, 29
    • Dog: E13, 23, 25, 31, 33, W1
    • Hydrant: C1, 3, Y17, 35
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops: Morning Dew
  • Pigma Micron 005 Archival ink pen: Black
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive

This earns the 4th Camp Create badge:

I’m entering these cards in the following hops and contests. Click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

There’s still one more day of this fun ‘camp,’ so I’ll be back soon!

~D.Ann

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Guest Designing for CropStop – Heartfelt Creations Daffodils-from-Orchids Card

Hooray! Today is the day I finally get to share with you the exciting secret I’ve been busting to tell you… I was invited to be a guest designer of a project for the CropStop blog! If you happen to be coming from there… WELCOME!!

I was totally surprised and nervous as all get-out for my first ever privilege of being a guest designer! I hope you like my first project… I happen to think it’s one of my best cards. I’d be tickled pink if you would pop over to the CropStop blog and leave some love! Here’s a TINY sneaky peak to pique your interest:

I know you’re going to want to see the details close up… you can click the link HERE to get to the CropStop Blog. Meanwhile, I’ll sit here and twiddle my thumbs while you go check it out!  When you’re done, please come on back here and I’ll share some extra details and tips with you, ok?!

Are you still here? I wish I knew how to embed music into my post, but since I dont, let me send you on your way by humming the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey for dramatic effect while you click on the link HERE to go check out the project…. duuuum, DuuuuuM, DUUUUUUMMMM, TaDUUUMMM!….

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So, what’d’ya think?! I hope you liked it as much as I did! Of course you know things always look better in real life… wish you could see it for real!

Here’s some of the extra details that I didn’t want to overwhelm the folks at the CropStop blog. I played around with different ways to color the flowers… The first ones I stamped with Versamark ink and then watercolored with Distress inks by putting the ink on some plastic and picking it up with a water brush.

Note: For those of you who don’t have a MISTI or other stamping device, I highly recommend using the red 11×17 Rubber Stamping Mat under your paper to help get a nice evenly stamped image.

Also, if you don’t have a palette made specifically for watercoloring, you can use any hard plastic, like an old cd, a cd cover, or the packaging from your stamps, like I did.

You can see I wasn’t worried about staying in the lines as the die would cut away the excess. I did want to go OVER the lines to get a little extra dark coloring where the Versamark stamped image was.

For the second set of flowers I colored directly with the markers.

And, for the final set of flowers, I stamped with a light gray ink instead of Versamark and colored directly with the markers again. I also colored the back sides of each flower.

These are the Heartfelt Creations Botanical ORCHID stamps. Emma Lou of Heartfelt Creations has a nice video showing how to use these to make the DAFFODILS HERE.

Here are the finished flowers in the order I made them:

If you want a softer color, the watercolor works, but for brighter colors, coloring direct on the page works better. You will loose some color with the wetting required to shape the flowers. (Note, I also tried this with Color Bursts, but they washed out too much. FYI, you would have to start out with a really dark color to allow for the loss of color in the wetting and shaping process.)

I used the Twist & Style Sizzix so kindly sent me a while back to make the stamens out of beads and wire stems. It makes quick work of wire twisting!!

Another thing I learned… The Beadalon 7 strand .015″ wire was a little too flimsy for the stems. The 26 gauge copper wire worked MUCH better. If I wanted them to stand up in a bouquet, I’d use an even heavier wire.

Here’s a close-up of the finished flowers. I took one of each different kind and put them in a bunch for variety and affixed them with Glubers.  Oh, and FYI, the butterfly got its fabulous shine from Stickles (Firefly and Tropical Tangerine).

For the card base I wanted to have it embossed with the Couture Creations Serenity Collection: Chiaro 5×7 embossing folder that I won from CropStop back in January AND I wanted a nice cutout shape. This led to another learning experience…

The die cut card was so delicate that the pass through the embossing machine ‘broke’ the paper apart in several places. It worked out much better to run the paper through the embossing folder first, THEN die cut it. In the process of die cutting it, it did flatten some of the embossing, leaving a much softer look and keeping the edges in tact.

Tip: Can’t find faux adhesive pearls to match your project? Use a Copic Marker to color plain ones!

You will find the list of all the supplies used on the CropStop Blog. You can click HERE to go back and check it out again. Thank you, CropStop, for the privilege of guest designing for your blog!

Well, as Paul Harvey used to say, “And now you know the REST OF THE STORY!”

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

You can also feel free to join in with the Cropstop March Challenge Linky Party #26: Anything Goes… It’s always fun to see the many lovely projects and you have the chance to win a nice prize or, perhaps, even be a guest designer!

Please stop back by Next Friday, March 24, for another guest designer post for the CropStop blog… this time a MUCH simpler pair of cards using some fun cut-and-fold dies… I’ll look forward to seeing you then!

This has been D.Ann reporting…. “Good day!” : )

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MFT Camp Create – Remarkable Resist – You Make Life Beautiful Card

Welcome back for yet another session of My Favorite Things Camp Create.

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This time the focus is on Remarkable Resist. That’s great because it fits Marker Pop’s Challenge #101: Embossing.

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I took Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: Let’s Go Wild and went a little wild with coloring the background after heat embossing the lovely lace stamp:

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Hard to believe that’s only 4 Distress Ink Colors – They blend so well!! I love the bright, summery look! (SSS Monday challenge)

Supplies:

  • My Favorite Things BG Lace Background stamp & Simply Fabulous Sayings stamps
  • Coredinations cardstock: black & white
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mustard Seed; Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry & Spiced Marmalade
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Tombow mono adhesive

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one for more information:

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Well, that gets me another badge and half way through the camp sessions!

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I’ll be back tomorrow to post the rest. I’d be happy if you’d stop back by!

~D.Ann

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Stamp-a-Faire 2016 – Masterpiece Inspirations – Monet ‘Note for You’ Card

Goood morning peeps! Can you tell I’m finally feeling a little better?!! What a nasty virus!! Hopefully, now I can get these last few cards posted. So brace yourselves for a deluge of posts today. : )

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The next session of Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire 2016 was Masterpiece Inspirations with the Team. There’s an interesting clip of part of the commencement speech Neil Gaiman gave to the Pennsylvania University of the Arts 2012 graduating class (here). Each of the designers did a fab and inspiring job of taking a masterpiece as inspiration for their projects!

I’ve always been fond of Monet’s works, especially his water lilies, which is probably why I also love the McKee Botanical Garden, as areas of it remind me of his pond:

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So, I chose to use Dawn McVey’s inspiration of Calude Monet’s Waterlilies as a springboard for my card.

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Here is what I came up with:

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I watercolored the background and, to add dimension and texture, I cut out the Garden Gild cover plate die and watercolored it, too. Then, like the true blonde that I am, I discovered my watercolored background was too small for the cover plate die cut. Argh! But with a little snipping, it was easily sized down and barely noticeable.

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Supplies:

  • Papertrey Ink Make it Market Mini: Garden Gild cover plate die
  • Papertrey Ink Floral Sketches stamp set
  • Canson cold press watercolor paper
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks: Dusty Concord, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections Neon Rose embossing powder
  • Recollections shimmer card
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one if you’d like more details as to how to play along:

I’ll be back soon! Thanks for stopping by and for all your encouraging comments!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create – Magnificent Masking – Hello, Sunshine Card

Here I am yet again with a card from the next session of My Favorite Things Camp Create

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This session was on Magnificent Masking.

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I masked this two ways… First I used Fineline masking fluid on the stamped images. Toucans are one of my favorite birds (tied with pelicans and hummingbirds). I met several when I lived in South America and they’re quite gregarious. I giggle with him sitting on a pineapple… the fruit of summer – liquid sunshine!

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Then, I used a stencil to mask off the concentric circles representing sun rays.

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Then I sponged two colors of distress inks over the masks.

Here’s the badge earned for this session:

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Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things BB Polynesian Paradise stamp set
  • My Favorite Things Concentric Circles stencil
  • Memento Tuxedo Black & Pear Tart dye inks
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade
  • Copic Markers: B29, 69; C3, 7; R29; Y13, 15, 17, 28; YG61, 63; YR04, 07
  • Recollections white and orange cardstock, shimmer card
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner permanent adhesive

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any you’re interested in for more information:

I’ll be right back with the final card from the camp: Background Bonanza.

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create – Inlaid Made Easy – Amazing Flamingos Card

I’m back again as I continue posting my cards from My Favorite Things Camp Create.

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The next session was Inlaid Made Easy:

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I experimented with a watercolor sunset on the water scene – obviously I need more practice with that. (True story: for a while it looked like one flamingo ate something that didn’t agree with him. hahaha!) Then I die cut out the flamingos and the word Amazing. Then added them back in with foiled and glitter papers. At least it there weren’t too many fiddly little pieces to re-position.

Here’s the badge earned from this creative session:

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Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things LLD Flamingos & Doubly Amazing die-namics
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass
  • Recollections glitter paper, foiled paper and shimmer card
  • Copic marker RV19
  • Misc. adhesives

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any you’re interested in for more information:

I’ll be right back with the next card from the camp: Magnificent Masking. (I DID warn you there would be several posts today!)

~D.Ann

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