Sweet & Sassy LOL Cats Humorous Thank You Card

Hello, again, peeps! I’m back once again with another card for the Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

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This time I played around with some masking from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps LOL Cats for this fun card in summer orange, titled: The Mystery of the Empty Cup:

This is extra funny considering that the question could be raised by either one of them… If the black cat is anything like me, I often raise my cup only to find it’s empty and I don’t recall drinking it. LOL! But as we look inside we know who the real culprit was (and why he didn’t go for the mouse)…

Materials used:

  • Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps: LOL Cats and Pick Me Up stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Filigree Delight dies
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Simon Says Stamp Sunkist Hybrid ink
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens: N15, N89, 723, 761, 873, 905, 933
  • Sakura Pigma Micron black 005 archival ink pen
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – white
  • Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Sugared Almond
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & orange
  •  Tombow Mono adhesive

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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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!!))

 

MFT Camp Create Day 2: Remarkable Resist – Sweet Lace Cards

Welcome! Today I have a sweet set of 4 cards I did with the technique from My Favorite Things’ Camp Create Day 2: Remarkable Resist.

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The backgrounds were heat embossed with that fabulous lace stamp. I love running your fingers over it afterward as it feels lacy! I did two in white and two in gold with glitter finish . Love that shine!

Then I did one of each with a rainbow of watercolor and one of each with red and blue, making purple in the middle. Which combo do you like best?

Here is the badge I earned for today’s lesson:

Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things Lace Background and Candy Jar Companions stamps
  • My Favorite Things Sentimental Flourish Frame Die-namics
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors 32, 31, 40, 52, 64, 139
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White & Black embossing powders
  • American Crafts Zing! Gold Embossing Powder Glitter Finish
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock: black & white
  • Colorbok Shiny Gold metallic paper
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme & Mono adhesive runners

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:

I hope to return soon with more projects from this fun ‘camp’, so please stand by!

~D.Ann

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Nail Polish Marbled Paper – Papertrey Ink Make-It-Monday #277

I’m back this evening with a really cool method of paper marbling… using NAIL POLISH! Yep, you read right… NAIL POLISH!

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In Papertrey Ink’s Make-It-Monday #277, Lizzie does a fine job of showing you how to do it in the video HERE, so I won’t waste your time with more, except for these three tips:

  1. Make sure to use gloves and protect around your working area.
  2. I found it easier to drip from the bottle with the help of the applicator rather than from the applicator, which took too long.
  3. Make sure to have plenty of paper towels or a dedicated craft mat to lay your wet marbled paper on to dry.

What beautiful DIY backgrounds! They’re shiny and yet pliable, not hardened to the point of breaking.

Adding a polish with glitter tended to spread the colors away from the glitter, for a different look.

These would make great cards to give a special gal along with a manicure kit!

For the ones on black card bases, I went back to old corner punches to decorate the inside and make room for writing a message. Unfortunately, the embossing is so light, I couldn’t get it to show in a picture.

Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink – Wonderful Words: Love die
  • Fiskars Framed in Love Border Corner Punch
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 cards and white & black cardstock
  • Tombow mono adhesive runner
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Sally Hansen Zesty Ginger Frost nail polish
  • Sinful Colors nail polish: Black on Black, Eva So Bright, Frenzy & Jade Kat

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

I hope to be back soon with a couple more cards. So check back, or subscribe so you won’t miss any, ok?! Thanks for stopping by today!

~D.Ann

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Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary Celebrating… 2010 – Thank You Card

I’m back and moving on to Papertrey Ink’s 10th anniversary with Celebrating the Past, Present and Future: 2010.

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I didn’t have any of the featured stamps, so I took my inspiration from Heather Nichols’ red and kraft card with ribbon:

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I added some black to make it bolder.

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I love these stamps with matching sentiments for the inside:

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Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink Big & Bold Wishes and Guide Lines stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares
  • Core’dinations cardstock – Kraft, Black, Red
  • Memento dye inks – Rhubarb Red & Tuxedo Black
  • Tsukineko Versamark ink
  • Inkadinkado black embossing powder
  • Misc. grosgrain ribbon
  • Scor-tape
  • Tombow Mono adhesive runner and Xtreme adhesive

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

I’ll be seeing you again real soon. Thanks for stopping by again!

~D.Ann

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Stamp-a-Faire 2016 – Pointillism Play – ‘You’re Awesome’ Card

Welcome back to yet another session of Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire 2016.

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This session’s theme was Pointillism Play, with an interesting video on Georges Seurat’s works, which you can see HERE.

At first, I was going to cut out my flower, but I really wasn’t happy with how it turned out. Then I decided to continue dotting around it until I came up with soft background that I was happy with, but it still lacked something. Then I added some texture with twine string and I like the result.

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Supplies:

  • Papertrey Ink Floral Sketches and We Go Together stamp sets
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Tropical Teal
  • Memento dye ink: Dandelion
  • Recollections white cardstock and shimmer card.
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Misc. twine

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

Hopefully, I’ll be back again real soon.

~D.Ann

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Stamp-a-Faire 2016 – Mastering Drips & Splatters – Jackson Pollock Inspired Card

Welcome back!

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Continuing with Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire 2016, the next lesson was on Mastering Drips & Splatters, Jackson Pollock style.

I decided to pull out my Americana Neons Fluorescent Acrylics for an extra pop-art look.20160725_151009

I added some neon washi and embossing for texture and raised the sentiment up. I ended up with something WAY out of my normal comfort zone:

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However, the coolest part about this car is seeing it with a black light! A long time ago I bought a bunch of little black light pens to give to kids when I make them fluorescent cards. You can find them cheap on Amazon… it’s well worth it for the exclamations when you turn out the lights!

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Supplies:

  • Papertrey Ink Big & Bold Wishes stamp set
  • Recollections black cardstock
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections Neon Rose embossing powder
  • Americana Neons Fluorescent Acrylics: Fiery Red, Scorching Yellow, Sizzling Pink, Thermal Green
  • DCWV Card
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Misc. washi tape

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 in a jiff!

~D.Ann

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MFT Camp Create – Wonderful Watercolor – Sunny Smiles Card

Well, I managed to get one post done. Let’s hope the rest roll smoothly.

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Day three at the MFT Camp Create summer camp crafting tent focused on Wonderful Watercolor. And Virginia’s View still has the All About Colors Challenge going on.

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This was my first time trying to do a fine watercolor with my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens… I still need MUCH more practice with watercolors, but here’s the finished product:

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I love Frangipanis! They’re so exotic and make me think of travelling to Hawaii and the Orient. Here in Florida, they’re mostly yellow and white. In South America we had more pink/orange/yellow, like these. I also fell in love with the bright and colorful toucans in South America. The ones I came across were quite gregarious and would follow you if you walked away. This stamp set just makes me smile with fond memories! : )

I am very thankful that I have a Tombow Mono Sand Eraser… a couple of times I had disasters where my colors bled terribly out into the background. After panicking, I blotted the area and, when dry, used the eraser — you can hardly tell where the spots are – and, no, it’s not where the sentiment is… that actually looks fine in real life… don’t know why it looks funky in the pic — crazy!

Badge #3 earned!

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Materials used:

  • My Favorite Things BB Polynesian Paradise stamp set
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Recollections Shimmer card
  • Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens: 010, 022, 025, 026, 031, 032, 050, 093, 095
  • Recollection Shimmer Card
  • Tombow adhesive dots,  Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive and Tombo Mono Sand Eraser

If you want to play along, with this or the other challenges I’m entering below, just click on the description for more information.

I’ll be right back with another post…

~D.Ann

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Simple Elegance B&W Congratulations Card

Welcome! I assume you’ve already see the first graduation card I made for my friend to choose from. If not, it’s just the previous post – you might want to check it out.

For a completely different look, I went with B&W elegance and reached for my JustRite stamps and dies – they make elegant cardmaking soooo easy!

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This was one of the easiest cards I’ve made recently… I may go back and do a whole batch of them to have on hand to wish anyone well on a special occasion!

Materials used:

  • JustRite Sculpted Leaves background stamp & Thank You Labels 20 stamp set
  • JustRite Vintage Labels 7 dies
  • Coredinations black and white cardstock
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections detail embossing powder – ebony
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder – linen white
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks
  • Tombow Mono permanent adhesive and adhesive dots
  • Recollections adhesive faux pearls

I’m playing along with the following challenges (click on the title for the details if you want to join in the fun):

Perhaps you’re wondering which card my friend chose?

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She liked them both so much, she took them both so she could have one on hand. : )

Which one is YOUR favorite?

Thanks for checking in today!

-D.Ann

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Stay Awake – Color Burst Card

Happy Monday! Here’s a little something to brighten up your day!

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Yowza! That oughtta wake ya right up! : ) I love spring for the riot of colors busting out all over and now I love Color Bursts for the same reason! Today I was tickled pink to receive a set of Color Burst brights that I’d won from Blitsy Crafts for playing their #BlitsyCraftMonthIGChallenge on Instagram a few days ago. Thanks Blitsy!! There’s still time to play if you’re interested – It runs til the end of March! You can find the details HERE. They’re giving away some fab prizes!

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On day 15 their prompt was Home, so I whipped up this little gift tag with Sugar Pea Designs  Home Sweet Home die & Heart Border die, drew in some curtains and posted it – easy-peasy! (BTW: Sugar Pea Designs is one of the Super Sponsors of the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop – Thanks!):

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Of course, I HAD to break the Color Bursts out to play with right away! I made an acetate cup as a stencil mask and sprinkled just a few drops of each color of the powder,  spritzed water on it and used my Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer sans marker to blow the watercolors outward. I had hoped for a nice cup shaped negative space, but the water got under my stencil and it didn’t turn out like I’d hoped. So I cut another cup out of paper, and pressed it into the Versamark pad, sprinkled it with WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter and heated it up for a shiny cup to cover my mistake – um, I mean OPPORTUNITY! The great thing about art is there are plenty of opportunities to fix things and make them better. : )

That fun sentiment from Lil’ Inker Designs (another of the Super Sponsors for the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop – Thanks!!) didn’t look right all by itself, so I took a Perfect Medium Pen and drew in some steam and embossed it, too.

I saw someone recently ask about warped watercolor paper and I wanted to share this tip:

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See how warped the paper is? That’s even after trying the trick of turning it over and heating the reverse side. But I find that using Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive – just around the edges and a short line in the middle will easily solve the problem. It does take a while to get used to snapping off to the side before lifting the applicator at the end, but it’s worth getting used to that one little detail!! (And, no, I don’t have any affiliation with Tombow!) You can then use regular adhesive for the next layers.

Well, I’ve taken up enough of your time! I really didn’t mean to blather on so much… must have had too much caffeine today! : )

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Materials used:

  • Canson cold press watercolor paper
  • Color Burst by Ken Oliver – Brights Assortment (THANKS Blitsy!)
  • Spellbinders Tea Cups dies
  • Lil’ Inker Designs Coffee Talk stamp set
  • Versamark Ink
  • WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter
  • Ranger Perfect Medium pens
  • Recollections Neon Opaque Embossing Powders – Pink, Orange & Purple
  • Art Minds sequins
  • Nicole Spangles flower sequins
  • Core’dinations cardstock – orange & purple
  • Recollections Shimmer card – pink
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive & mono adhesive
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

In case you haven’t already joined the fun, but are thinking about it, here are the hops and challenges I am playing along with… just click on the name for more information on each:

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Thanks for letting me talk your ears off today! Oh… that reminds me of something funny…

The Brazilian idiomatic expression for stalking waaayyy too much is: ‘falar pelos cotovelos’ which literally means ‘talk through the elbows’! Kkk!! : ) Aren’t languages FUN?!!

If this is your first time to my blog, you can find out what Kkk! means HERE. And there is blog candy HERE.

Hope to see you again tomorrow!

-D.Ann

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