Cat Lovers Hop – Final Day – You’re Special Crazy Cat Card + Blog Candy

I’m so glad you could stop by today for the final day of the Cat Lovers Hop!

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And what a hop it’s been! With over 130 talented entries already, who knows how many we’ll have before the day is done?!! I’ve had cat loving visitors from 15 countries stop by!

Who knew that National Chocolate day is October 28 and National Cat day is October 29?! (International Cat day is August 8). Isn’t it crazy how they seem to have a “day” for everything?!! I think EVERY day should be chocolate and cat days!!!

If you’ve been following my posts this week, then you know that I’ve been interviewing famous cats. I sent out many more requests, but not all of our beloved felines deigned to reply. The one I really missed was Tarder Sauce aka “Grumpy Cat” as I had a cat colored like her and some blog candy, too. What was I thinking?!! We all know her most popular MEMEs:

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But I’d rather not impute motives… who knows what she’s been going through at the time I wrote?  Maybe she’s even had way too many PAWparazzi chasing her lately. So I went ahead and used the image I colored in her honor and put together a fun card in fall colors:

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And the inside shows what the little PAWparazzo was up to…

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Didja notice my inspired ball of yarn exclamation point?! I’ll fess up as to why it’s inspired… I had masked off the rest of the sentiment while inking it up… then forgot to take off the mask. DUH! It left a smudge that needed covering. THAT’s when the ball of yarn exclamation point idea came up. Too bad the smaller ball wouldn’t cover up the smudge as it’d’ve made the perfect exclamation point! (Note to self… remember for next time!)

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There’s a better view of that fantastic metallic creative medium on the left and the Perlen ‘milk’.  I used a rounded flower tool to round the eyes before adding glossy accents. They look really cool IRL.

Supplies used:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz stamp sets:  Crazy Cats, Mini Cats & Dogs, and Crazy Talk
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits dies: Crazy Cats and Mini Cats & Dogs
  • Ranger Dylusions Raining Cats small stencil
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Imagine Crafts Creative Medium Metallic Copper
  • Copic Markers
    • Large Cat: B21; E00, 11, 31, 33, 74, 79; RV02; W1,3,5
    • Small Cat: YR02, 04, 21, 24; W1
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 005 black pen
  • Sharpie white paint pen
  • Viva Decor Perlen-pen
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Silly Winks sticky back foam
  • The Paper Studio – Spare Parts camera charm
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black and white
  • Misc. card base
  • Various adhesives
  • Dollar store medical tape (I use this to hold my dies in place, but I liked the look of it over the milk bottle, so cut it to fit before putting Glossy Accents over it)

I’m entering this card in the following hops and challenges – you can click on any one of them for more information in case you’d care to join the fun:

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Now it’s time for my final blog candy for this hop, open internationally:

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There is a Design Works 5×7 Cross Stitch kit, a set of 4 Grumpy Cat buttons (my favorite says “I’m on a button? I hate buttons!” lol!) and some kitty sticky note page markers.

If you would like to be in the running to win this blog candy, pay close attention to the rules: Leave ONE comment on this post before 11:59 pm Pacific, Sunday Oct. 30, 2016, using the word PAWparazzo somewhere in your comment. If you don’t have the word PAWparazzo 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 my PINTEREST account, @dannscrafting , come back here and leave comment with your Pinterest 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 open to International peeps, too.

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.

It’s been a fast and FURRYous week of activity! I hope you’ve enjoyed the hop, I certainly have! Thank you all SO VERY MUCH for stopping by and for all the kind, encouraging and entertaining comments you left – they are much appreciated!!

I have one more project, but if I don’t get it done today, I’ll save it for next hop! : )

See you ’round blog-land my fur-loving friends! Don’t forget to stop back in the afternoon on October 31 to see if you won any blog candy!

~D.Ann

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Close Encounters of the Crazy Cat Kind

Hello! Today I have a fun card… The Crazy Cats encounter coffee for the first time!

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Hahaha! Those CRRAAAZY cats!! I just love these cute and cuddly critters! To make it a spring card I sponged a  stencil on the background in a tone-on-ton spring color. Didja notice the milk mustache and drips?That’s Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops in white… Love how it stays liquid looking! Of course the milk jar and eyes are done with glossy accents. Here’s a chart for the Copic Markers I used in case you’re interested…

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Materials used:

  • Hero Arts Swirl stencil
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Cats stamp set
  • Sizzix Framelits Tim Holtz Crazy Cats dies
  • Impression Obsession Coffee Packaging stamp
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers
  • Memento Dye Inks: Rich Cocoa & Tuxedo Black
  • Copic Markers: BG15; C1,3,5,7; E00,02,11,31,33; G02; R22; RV02,04,17; W1,3,5; Y13,15; YG61,63; YR02,04,21,24,28
  • Sakura Pigma Micron pens 005, 01 – black
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pen – white
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & kraft
  • WoldWin Clear Vellum 48#
  • Recollections card – aqua
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – White
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Misc. adhesive foam squares

Want to join the fun? Just click on the name for more information on the hops and challenges I’m playing along with today:

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Thanks again for stopping by! And for all of you who have been leaving such nice comments lately – your kindness is greatly appreciated!!

-D.Ann

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Thinking of You Fish Bowl – Cat Lovers Hop Finale + Blog Candy

Here we go… the grand finale of the Cat Lovers Hop! It has been a fun week of all things feline!

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Jamis, at Her Peaceful Garden, organized this fun hop and she and her four-legged friends deserve a huge round of applause, as do all of the fab sponsors!! Raise your paw if you agree!

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(By the way, this paw belongs to Charlie, my friend’s Main Coon cat. If you want to see the rest of him, you can check out the post HERE)

I have a fun Thinking of You card for today:

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Here it is open. I really love that adorable kitty by Stampendous! And I think it’s funny that he’s looking at the fish and ‘thinking of you.’ lol! I debated stamping Thinking of You again on the inside to match up, but decided that would leave me with little room to write a message, so left it as is.

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This was my first attempt at coloring on acetate with Copic markers. It was a learning experience! Since the ink sits on top of the acetate, they do not blend. You can, however, get some neat texture with a little practice.

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Unfortunately my first attempt was too dark and you couldn’t see the cat very well through the fish bowl. Back to the drawing board!

The other thing you have to remember when using Copics on acetate is that the colors come out MUCH lighter than the do on paper. It took me several tries to get them dark enough to be seen.

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This time I put Glossy Accets over it for water and it turned out MUCH better. Of course had I wanted NO bubbles, there would have been oodles of ’em. There were still a few and they look terrific.

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I put glossy accents on the cat’s eyes, too for a little more realism. You can’t hardly tell in the pictures, but once I added the Distress Inks, I sprinkled some water over the card, so there are water spots as if someone’s naughty little paw has been splashing around in the water!

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Materials used:

  • Stampendous stamps: Feline Curious, Sushi Bowl Party, & Jumbo Thinking of You
  • Staz-on solvent ink – Jet Black
  • Judikins Permanent & Fabric Ink Cleaner
  • Copic Markers:
    • Fish bowl: B29; BV08; E37; G19; R29, 89; V06; Y17; YR07
    • Cat: C1; E000, 00, 02; R20, 22, 32; YR02, 21, 24
  • Wink of Luna Gold (Cat’s eyes)
  • White Gelly Roll (adds dimension to white ‘fur’)
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections Clear Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Broken China
  • Misc. cardstock, acetate, adhesives

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

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the Cat Lovers Hop and my cards this week! Hopefully we can talk Janis into organizing this again next year! >^.^<

Oh, wait… I said we’d go out with a bang, didn’t I… Perhaps I’d’ve been better off saying we’ll go out with a ‘pop’…

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Now, don’t everyone run out and buy Rice Krispies to try this! lol! And if your dog DID try this, just remember…

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Well, hello there! Are you still sticking around?! I reckon you – like your four legged furry friends – think you deserve a treat, eh?! I DO have another small blog candy package up for grabs:

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A ‘Meow!’ Cat magnet, a foot of paw print ribbon (yes, I DO see the irony in that!) and a couple of kitty embellishments for your next cat card.

If you’d like to have a chance at winning this little package, pay close attention: Leave ONE comment on this post telling me: What’s the most cats you’ve had at one time? (I think Janis will win in quantity, but the drawing will be random!). You must leave your comment before 11:59 p.m. PACIFIC time, Sunday, November 1, 2015. If you don’t tell me the highest number of cats you’ve ever had, I’ll assume you’re not interested in the blog candy. If you are (or become) a follower of this blog, you can make a SECOND comment telling me so for an additional entry. On November 2, 2015 I will use Mr. Random org to draw a winner from the comments that qualify and TRY to announce it here on the blog. I will be in an area with spotty internet, so if there is no announcement on November 2nd, I will announce the winner on November 10, 2015. The winner will have 72 hours to contact me with their snail-mail address or another winner will be chosen.

Well, it’s been a fun week I hope you enjoyed your visits here and hope to see you again! I’ll sign off now as Tigger would:

TTFN (which, for those who have forgotten, stands for Ta-Ta For Now!)

-D.Ann

akkk… now I’ve got the Tigger song running through my head… ‘their heads are made out of rubber, their tales are made out of springs’….  I guess we DID have a ‘bouncy, bouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun’ week hopping around, didn’t we?!! >^.^<

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One last one….

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pps… don’t forget Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday:

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The Princess Bird Anniversary Card

Yes, today is the day I reveal the card I’ve been working on and sharing on Instagram this past week.

It’s an anniversary card for a couple who are always quoting the Princess Bride. Fans of the movie will recognize many of the references, but there’s one they might not. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up (wink wink): He’s always calls her ‘Barbie’, hence Barbie-cup instead of Buttercup. I think they’ll get a kick out of it!

With no further ado… Presenting: The Princess BIRD Anniversary card….

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But wait! There’s more!

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And a better view of the two sides on the inside:

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You should be able to click on any picture to see it larger if you want to. I love how the Darice Wood Grain Background embossing folder makes that mulberry paper look woody!

A little bit of the coloring details:

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To keep the watercolors from bleeding through at the edges, I put waxed paper in between. A nice video on doing the trees and hills can be found on Sandy Allnock’s YouTube channel (HERE).

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I ended up jazzing up their wings a bit with a gold gel pen… I always love a little bling! : )

Jenn Shurkus recently did a great Periscope video on coloring leaves (you can find more details HERE)… unfortunately these were SO small, it was tough to do, but they turned out ok.

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After popping up this guys eyes, I added Wiggly Eyes… Makes his expression just like the average kid’s eyes when there’s kissing. Lol!

If I ever figure out how to get the little video of how the card opens over here from Instagram, I’ll add it in later.

Materials used:

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits Bird Crazy dies
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Branches & Stem dies and Lilac Flower dies (leaves)
  • Darice Wood Grain Background embossing folder
  • Copic Markers:
    • B21
    • BG 15, 18, 45
    • E 00, 37, 74
    • G 02, 05
    • R 22, 24
    • Y 13, 15, 17
    • YG 61
    • YR 02, 04, 07, 21, 24
  • Kuretake Ganzai Tambi watercolors: #53, 61
  • Uniball Gel Impact pen – Gold
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen – Black
  • Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Colorbok The Paper Company Mulberry paper
  • DCWV Once Upon a Time Stack paper
  • Darice Past-on Eyes 5mm & 7mm
  • Misc white cardstock and adhesives

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

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Thanks for stopping by today. Stay away from the Fire Swamps and the R.O.U.S.s!

Bye-bye, guys! Have fun stormin’ the castle!!

-D.Ann

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Classy All-Occasion Cards

Today I’d like to show you a couple of cards that look classy, but were quick and easy to get together:

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This technique is SO easy: just heat emboss the stamped image – I was tickled to pull out a stamp that I hadn’t used yet. Next, spread some red, yellow and orange Gelatos over the embossed area and wipe with a baby wipe to mix the colors on the paper.

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Then cut out  with a pretty Spellbinders die that embosses and de-bosses at the same time. I love using the handy Bow-it-All to make easy and pretty bows. Really Reasonable Ribbon has some great tutorial videos (HERE) showing how to use it (you could easily make your own apparatus to do this).

Ignoring the crooked ribbon on the second card, which do you like better, the black or the gold embossing? I’m still undecided, but leaning toward the gold.

Materials used:

  • Tim Holtz stamp: Flutter
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections detail embossing powders: gold & ebony
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos: Red, oranges and yellows
  • Spellbinders Gold labels 4
  • DCWV Bella Armoire cards
  • Misc. ribbon and adhesives

These cards were inspired by several challenges that I’ll be entering:

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Thanks for stopping by – I always appreciate you visitors and followers and your kind comments!

-D.Ann

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STAMPtember – Sending Hugs

I’m back again and have oodles to post, but it may take a while to get it all together, so be patient and check back – or, better still, subscribe so as not to miss any posts!

First up – I was excited to get an e-mail from Simon Says Stamp right before I left that I would be receiving some of their new STAMPtember product. Sure enough, among several ‘happy mail’ packages waiting for me upon my return was one from Simon Says Stamp. Of course they had no way of knowing that Christmas is not a holiday that I celebrate, but there were stamps on the set they sent me (SSS101546) that I was able to use in a different way. Since the next week or so will be extra busy and I don’t know if I’ll get to do much crafting, I tinkered with them today as I wanted Simon Says Stamp to know I’m grateful for their generosity.

I took the graphics and make some fun geometric designs and used the stained-glass watercolor technique on them:

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After heat embossing the designs and painting them with Distress Inks, I ran a wash of metallic watercolors over the background – I love the sparkling shine it gives!

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(You can even see where I overlapped the design a bit.)

Materials used:

  • Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember release SS101546 stamp set
  • Simon Says Stamp die SSD111432 Sending
  • Technique Tuesday die DISI Hug
  • Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections detail embossing powder – gold
  • Hampton Art red embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Bard Door, Dusty Concord, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade
  • Yasutomo metallic watercolors (Hobby Lobby)
  • DCWV glitter cards
  • Misc. black cardstock and ribbon
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z runner

I am going to enter both of these cards into the following challenges:

Well, that didn’t work, so the second card is going to be re-posted in the next post. Some day I’ll learn! : )

 

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Thank your for stopping by today, and for your kind and encouraging comments, which are always appreciated!

-D.Ann

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You Are Simply Wonderful Watercolor Cards

No, I am not wonder woman today! I happen to have worked up a 10 minute card for the Unity Stamps release party last week. I liked it so much I made a few more over the weekend, but haven’t been able to post them. Since I’m on a posting roll, I thought I’d go ahead and put them up… here’s what they look like:

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This was inspired by a video from Lawn Fawn. on how to get a stained glass look with watercolor. (You can see it HERE.)

I started by embossing on Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper.

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Then I smooshed my Distress Inks onto an acrylic block, spritzed water on the block and painted the image with a paintbrush.

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Since Distress Inks react with water, I covered my butterfly with post-it notes as I only wanted to let the lower colors run and tone down their hue to make the butterfly the star of the show.

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I spritzed downward and let the water run into the sink.

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Once dry, I mixed my own embossing powder – a shiny golden black – like I’d seen in a quick-tip video from Unity Stamps. (You can see it HERE.) I mixed some gold Perfect Pearls with my detail embossing powder.

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Stamp the sentiment in Versamark Ink, sprinkle the powder on, tap off, and apply heat.

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An easy-peasy cool look!

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Materials used:

  • Unity KOM 1/15 Magic of Beginnings /You Are Simply Wonderful
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mustard Seed/Peacock Feathers/Picked Raspberry/Spiced Marmalade
  • Tombow: Xtreme adhesive and #685 dual brush pen
  • Recollections Detail embossing powders – ebony/gold
  • Ranger perfect pearls Gold
  • Wink of Stella clear
  • Aileene’s Super Tacky Glue
  • DCWV cards
  • Misc. cardstock, pearl flower beads, and rhinestones

Unity Stamp Co’s Friends With Flair link-up is today. If you want to join in, you can find the details here: http://theunitystampco.blogspot.com/2015/08/friends-with-flair_21.html

Thanks for putting up with my mega-post day! I’m off to rest a bit!!

– D.Ann

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Shining Friends Card

It’s taken a few days to finish, but I’m finally back with another of those amazing starry universe backgrounds I made. This time with some Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps…

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To recap how the starry universe background was made…

I referred to this video’s galaxy background technique and used the following Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paints on black cardstock:

Antique Linen
Chipped Sapphire
Peacock Feathers
Picked Raspberry
Spun Sugar
Weathered Wood

Dylusions ink spray white linen

After I had it done to my liking, I saw this blog post and thought it looked SO much better with the gold, which gave more of a nebula look. So I added some Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Yellow Gold & Titanium.
Next I stamped Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Gaia in Versamark ink on white tissue paper, covered with Recollections Ebony Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. I then colored just Gaia, using the following Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 673 Orchid, 676 Royal Purple, 685 Deep Magenta, 850 Flesh, 942 Tan, N65 Cool Gray 5, N89 Warm Gray 1
Since I didn’t get the expected result of the tissue paper blending into the background last time, I fussy cut around her right at the edge of the embossing. This time, however, I used Royal Coat Clear Decoupage Finish to attach her, and I learned something…. I should have used this last week! This time the tissue paper DID disappear into the background. So much so, that her eyes and face looked rather weird with the stars shining through them! Argh! Murphy’s Law!! (Now, if I’d’ve made her blonde… they always say we blondes are spacy! lol!) To try to salvage her, I tried coloring over her with Prisamcolor colored pencils as best I could. She’s still a little blotchy, but passable, I think.
The sentiment, from Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Hello, Friend! set, was stamped with Versamark Ink, covered with Recollections Gold Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. The Gold showed up MUCH better than the silver I used last time. I recently snagged some Recollections Signature Mica and Ice Flakes on clearance at Michael’s, so I decided she needed to be catching a special star and used glossy accents to attach a couple of flakes just above her hands. I love how it shines extra bright! (If you enlarge the photo, you can see it.)
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The panel was attached to a deep magenta card using Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.
This week’s Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge #274 is: Decorate the Inside, so I opened the card up and added the full Gaia stamp and a sentiment from Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Rain or Shine! set. I decided to leave Gaia uncolored and just color the sentiment with Pebbles Inc. Chalks, Basic Brights…
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I always like cards that are decorated inside, but rarely think to do it.
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I’m glad you stopped by today… My world IS brighter because of you! : )
-D.Ann
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Again, If you want to join the fun, Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Challenge # 274 is here: http://kraftinkimmiestamps.blogspot.com/2015/04/challenge-274-decorate-inside.html
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And, because of the Amazing starry universe, I’m entering this in Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: A is for… which you can enter here: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=2577
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The Cat’s Pajamas Spring Blog Hop

Good friends are like stars… You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there!

 

This fab sentiment from The Cat’s Pajamas Space Cadet stamp set just needed a starry universe as a background for it and ‘the cat from outer space’:

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How was it done? I referred to this video’s galaxy background technique and used the following Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paints on black cardstock:

Antique Linen
Chipped Sapphire
Peacock Feathers
Picked Raspberry
Spun Sugar
Weathered Wood

Dylusions ink spray white linen

After I had it done to my liking, I saw this blog post and thought it looked SO much better with the gold which gave more of a nebula look, so I added some Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Yellow Gold & Titanium. I made 4 of these backgrounds in total, so we’ll see how the others turn out in future posts.
I tried embossing the sentiment in gold, silver, and a shiny purple on black cardstock and thought the silver would show up the best. It fades into the background more than I’d like, but if you look at it at the right angle, you can read what it says. I just didn’t want to cover the pretty universe with a solid label for the sentiment. I re-stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card with black ink where it stands out just fine. (I guess good sentiments are also like stars… you may not always see them, but you know they’re there somewhere! lol!)
I stamped Sprinkle, the cat, in his space ship onto tissue paper with Versamark ink and used Recollections Ebony Detail Embossing Powder and heat set it. The spaceship was colored with Dri-Mark Metallic pens in Gold and Silver and the cat’s eyes were colored with Zebra Zazzle fluorescent highlighters (liquid pigment ink) in green and pink for his nose. I then used Liquitex clear Gloss Gel Medium to adhere the tissue paper to the universe background. I expected the tissue paper to blend more with the background than it did, but I think it still looks nifty. It was a learning experience! The finished piece was then mounted on a teal card.
Of course, if anyone wants to question how a cat’s going to survive in outer space with his spaceship open, I would have to ask why they didn’t question the cat being alone in a spaceship in the first place!! : )
I’m glad you could stop by today!
-D.Ann

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This post is going into The Cat’s Pajamas Spring Blog Hop
You can join by using the link on the right side of the home page.

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I’m also entering this into SSS’s Wednesday Challenge