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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Winnie & Walter – Floral Challenge with Lydia

Good morning – at least for a few more minutes! Had to sleep in after all the work yesterday finishing up everything. : ) My cold is getting better, so I’m hoping to be back to ‘normal’ soon.  (Yes, I know that’s debatable. hahaha) Let’s hope three times is it for this year!!

I have a clean & simple monochromatic card for Winnie & Walter’s Floral Challenge with Lydia to share with you…

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Materials used:

  • Winnie & Walter download squiggle edge from their 1st Bday Bash Digital Elements (that you can find HERE)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Camellia stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Lovely Lady
  • Washi tape (I think it was Recollections)
  • Core’dinations cardstock: white & pink
  • Tombow mono adhesive

If you want more information on playing along with this Winnie & Walter challenge, you can find it HERE, but hurry – it ends tomorrow!

I’m glad you could stop by today. I hope to finish up a couple of other cards that are in the works and post them this afternoon. See you soon!

-D.Ann

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Winnie & Walter – Rainbow Challenge with Vanessa

Hello again! I’m back with another card for Winnie & Walter’s 2nd Anniversary Bash. Congrats to them!!

Vanessa’s Winnie & Walter challenge is to create any kind of rainbow. Kind of reminds me of the Muppets song – Rainbow Connection! Here’s what I came up with:

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Materials used:

  • Winnie & Walter download: The Gossip Column: Geometric Generation Digital Elements (HERE)
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens #055, 195, 565, 685, 856, 933
  • Elizabeth Craft/Quietfire Designs Get Well Soon die
  • Tombow mono adhesive
  • Core’dinations cardstock white & black
  • Recollections Shimmer green card
  • Misc silver embossed card

If you want more information on playing along with this Winnie & Walter challenge, you can find it HERE.

I’m also playing along with these two challenges:

Thanks for stopping by! See you again real soon.

-D.Ann

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Winnie & Walter – Image Inspiration with Taheerah

Hello and welcome back friends and visitors! Today I’m finally getting to posting that batch of cards I’ve been working on for Winnie & Walter’s 2nd Anniversary Bash. Congrats to them!! There are 10 challenges, so brace yourselves for a slew of posts, tho I’ll try to combine where I can and I’ll try to keep them brief.

This first card is for Winnie & Walter’s Image Inspiration with Taheerah challenge. Here is the image she provided:

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I took the green and black diamond carpet, pink flowers and silver accents from this and came up with this card:

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Materials used:

  • Winnie & Walter download: The Gossip Column: Geometric Generation Digital Elements (HERE)
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens #243, 761, N15
  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh die
  • Tombow mono adhesive
  • Misc card & cardstock

If you want more information on playing along with this Winnie & Walter challenge, you can find it HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! See you again real soon.

-D.Ann

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Hello – Hero Arts Floral Card

Happy Friday! You say goodbye and I say hello! Hello! HELLO!! Ok, enough of the Beetles song stuck in my head. Here’s the card I have for you today:

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Jessica over at AllTheSparkle is celebrating her 2k Instagram followers and has a challenge going using these colors:

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I’ve been playing with a watercolor lifting technique that I saw over on Jennifer Mcguire’s blog. (You can get the details here.) First I scribbled my Tombow markers over watercolor paper and blended with water, then clear embossed my Hero Arts background stamp.

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Then lift the color with a wet paper towel.

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The part under the embossing stays dark and the rest lightens. I thought I’d try to save that lifted ink and tried just laying a damp dryer sheet or a damp paper towel over the image and pressing down, but it really needed rubbing to lift off the ink, so my little idea of getting some extra mileage out of it didn’t work. I suppose if you did enough of the same color, you could saturate the paper towel enough to re-use it in another project. That wasn’t happening today, though. I’ll have another post on this, soon, comparing the technique with other mediums.

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Materials used:

  • Hero Arts Antique Brocade and Asian Frames stamp sets
  • Papertrey Ink Swoosh die
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens:195,  243, 673, 676, 685, 703, 723
  • Versamark ink
  • JoAnn Craft Essentials clear embossing powder
  • Recollections Ebony Detail embossing powder
  • Hampton Arts green embossing powder
  • Core’dinations cream & green cardstock
  • Neenah Astroparche cardstock
  • Nicole Spangles flower sequins
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Ranger Inkssentials glossy accents
  • Misc ribbon

I’m playing along with the following challenges if you’d like to check them out:

I hope to be back soon with more cards as they get finished up. Thanks for stopping by!

-D.Ann

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Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge – Be Happy Card

Hello, crafty peeps!

Today is Papertrey Ink’s February 2016 Blog Hop Challenge with this inspiration photo:

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And here is the card I created:

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Can’t you just hear Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry, Be Happy song?! : )

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Pretty Petals & Make It Market: You Are a Masterpiece Stamp Sets
  • Spellbinders Butterfly Circles Dies
  • Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst dye ink
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink: Lightening Black
  • Versamark Ink
  • JoAnn Craft Essentials clear embossing powder
  • Copic markers: YG 63, R20 & R32
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen: white
  • DCWV card
  • Neenah Astroparche cardstock
  • Nicole Spangles sequins
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Misc. Burlap and toothpicks

Today, I’m playing along with the following challenges:

I have several cards that I need to finish up and post, but am battling my third cold this year and it’s a doozy, so we’ll see when I manage to get them posted. Hope to see you soon!

-D.Ann

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Watercolor Orchid Card with Eggshell Mosaic Tiles

Hello again, sweet peeps! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I have a card that is one of my favorites to share with you today:

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I love orchids and this terrific stamp by Marcella Hawley at Power Poppy captures the Paphiopedilum orchid (also called the Lady’s Slipper orchid) quite well. I think I like them because they’re so different from the typical orchids you buy in the store. And those cute, dumpy, wide ‘chins’ they have (the lady’s slipper) – I often see the coolest faces in them!

Pareidolia  the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness.

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This Paphiopedilum orchid is in my Shutterfly photo album of flower pictures that I took last spring. I used it as a model for coloring my card. It was at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden near Charlotte, NC.  Someone asked if those are aphids on his side petals. Nope, they’re part of the petal!

This card was inspired by several challenges going on right now. I chose the green palette to go with Marker Pop’s Challenge #88: Greens. Power Poppy’s Power & Spark Challenge is Switch Up Your Shades, which asked us to use a coloring medium we don’t normally use, and Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge is to Shake It Up, so I decided to see if I could watercolor this using Glimmer Mists… shaking them up and spritzing some onto my craft mat and picking it up with a brush. (I heat embossed the image in clear, first.)

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Look at that incredible glimmery shimmer!

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After it was done, I felt it needed a little more color on some of the clear embossed areas, and some shading, so I added some Copic Markers.

Now for the most interesting part (to me anyway). When I’m perusing the craft blogs, I often bookmark cool projects that I see and want to try some day. This year I have a goal of actually TRYING some of these. So it was that I was browsing my Mixed Media folder of bookmarks and came across Gabrielle Pollacco’s blog post on how to make your own eggshell mosaic.You can find it HERE.) It’s a great way to up-cycle those eggshells after making an omelette and any cereal or cracker boxes, too.

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Gabrielle explains the process in much better detail, but here’s the short version: You can cut 1″ squares of the cereal box and prime them with gesso. Then, after removing the inner membrane, you can cover the squares with glue and press a piece of eggshell down on the square.

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Once dry, you can add color with alcohol inks and while they’re still damp, you can add some Perfect Pearls for shine. For my card, I then cut a square into four using Tim Holtz micro serrated shears by Tonic Studios. They cut just fine with hardly any chipping of the eggshells. I didn’t sand my edges, just trimmed off the extra eggshell with my Tim Holtz shears and then ran a copic marker over them to cover the white edges.

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Materials used:

  • Power Poppy Orchids Rock stamp set
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Crushed Shells, Fairway, Forest Green, Gold, and Mustard Seed
  • Copic Markers: YG61, 63 and 99
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent chalks
  • Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks: Lettuce & Stream
  • Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold
  • Perfect Medium
  • Core’dinations 110# white cardstock
  • Recollections Craft It gold card
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Tombow Xtreme permanentadhesive
  • Red Heart Stellar Super Bulky yarn – NOVA
  • Misc eggshells & cereal box

I’m playing along in the following challenges in case you’d like to join the fun:

I hope you enjoyed today’s project as much as I did! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

-D.Ann

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ADORNit ArtPlay Watercolor Experiment

Sheeee’s baaack! It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted anything since last year! Time flies!! : ) In between health issues, I’ve been busy trying to organize my crafting supplies and my place so I can work more efficiently. I may post some of the improvements later on. For now, I have a fun experiment to share with you.

The folks ADORNit were kind enough to send over some samples from their ArtPlay coloring books for me to play with.

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Although I usually use Tombow or Copic markers to color, these are printed on watercolor paper, so I decided to experiment. Knowing that Tim Holtz’ Distress Inks by Ranger are bright and happy, I decided to start with them on my favorite of the bunch: Choose Happy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to control the inks very well and they bled into each other leaving me decidedly UNhappy.

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The great thing about art is that boo-boo’s are just opportunities to create something better so I fiddled around with various other mediums until I came up with a solution I liked…

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Yep, a heavy dose of fabulously glittery Stickles can make a huge difference!

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Next, I decided to try some Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on one of the samples:

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Those holographic sequins are so hard to photograph! Adding some gold and white gel pen here and there and giving it some sparkling Wink of Stella helped this one, too…

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Finally, I reached for something that gave me more control… Faber-Castell’s Aquarelle colored pencils. Once colored, I just went over them with a water brush to smooth the color out:

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Still a little color bleeding, but not near as much!

Which one do YOU like best?

Materials used:

  • Choose Happy
    • ADORNit ArtPlay sample
    • Spellbinders Les Papillions 2 die
    • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Weathered Wood, Wilted Violet
    • Copic Markers: BG15, 18, 45; BV00, 02; C1, 3; R20; RV04, 34; Y13, 15; YG17, 61, 63; YR02, 04, 07, 24
    • Ranger Perfect Pearls: Dark chocolate
    • Ranger Stickles: Aqua, Frosted Lace, Glam Pink, Patina, Tropical Tangerine
    • Ranger Distress Stickles: Dusty Concord
    • Recollections Adhesive Faux Pearls
    • Sanford Uniball Gel Impact pen 1mm gold
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna Green
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Clear
    • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
    • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
    • Core’dinations cardstock – pink
    • DCWV card
  • Laura Ingals Wilder quote
    • ADORNit ArtPlay sample
    • Spellbinders Labels 23 die
    • Kuretake Ganzai Tambi watercolors: 31, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 51, 53, 61, 64, 139
    • Sanford Uniball Gel Impact pen 1mm gold
    • Sakura Gelly Roll pen white
    • Copic Markers BV08, R29
    • Nicole Spanales flower sequins
    • Art Minds flower cup sequins
    • JoAnn Advantus sequins
    • Recollections adhesive faux pearls
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna Gold
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Clear
    • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
    • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
    • Coredinations cardstock – lavender
    • Misc ribbon
    • DCWV card
  • Bee You tiful
    • ADORNit ArtPlay sample
    • Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A & B
    • Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle color pencils: 104, 109, 118, 126, 147, 151, 166, 187, 199
    • Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Clear
    • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
    • Coredinations cardstock – red
    • DCWV card

Tip: You’ll notice I used Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive on all of these… since watercolor paper tends to warp, I find that the Xtreme adhesive is the only one strong enough to hold it down flat onto the cardstock.

If you’d like to play with some of these ArtPlay watercolor cards, check out ADORNit’s site: http://www.adornit.com/

If you’d like to see samples from other artists, check out #adornitcoloring on Instagram

Thanks again for your patience these past few weeks. I hope to be back soon!

-D.Ann

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The Smallest Things Can Make Your Day: Green Tea Frap, Sunrise & Sundials

Goood morning sweet coffee, tea and cocoa loving fiends… I mean friends! : ) Since some of you are experiencing nasty winter weather, I thought I’d send you a bit of balmy Florida 74 degree sunshine to warm you up and brighten your morning. Now you know why I still consider a Frappuccino a winter card!
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At our southeast Florida beach, you will mostly find small white and cream colored shells… tellins, arks, clams, broken cockles, and occasionally coral bits and cat’s paws. Not the plethora you find over at Sanibel, but just a few hither, thither and yon. Today, instead of drinking my green tea Frappuccino (In case you’re wondering why it’s brown, it’s made with raspberry syrup, YUM!) while comfortably sitting in my car with the windows down and enjoying the sunrise, like usual, I actually got my feet in the sand now that it’s cooled down enough to walk on it without scorching them. I just went down to the went down to the tide line for a couple of minutes to take this picture of the card on some coral rocks with the ocean and sunrise in the background and I happened to look down and found my first sundial ever in decades (not saying how many!) of beach combing! What a pleasant surprise!!
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Ahhh…. a green tea frap, a glorious sunrise and a rare shell… Yep, sometimes it’s truly small things in life that can make your day a whole lot better!!
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The sundial is in the left corner, closest to the purple and beside the amazing neon yellow little shell. What gorgeous creations!
I CASE’d this CAS card from Unity Stamp Company’s quick tip video by Angeline Choo, which you can see at this link that you can copy and past because if I link it, it puts the video in my post and blocks half my post. Some day I’ll get this!Meanwhile, here’s the link:(www.facebook.com/unitystampco/videos/1093341690700443/?theater)
In case you were wondering, the acronyms are for: Clean And Simple (CAS)and CASE, which means Copy And Share Everything, including credit for the person whose card you copied.
I knew it was going to be a frappy day when I finished coloring my card and pulled off the new-to-me 3M Micropore tape that was a gift to me for DIY washi tape. I thought I’d use it to mask the inking and get some inked tape to boot. It didn’t take the distress ink too well and it ripped the top layer of the cardstock. YIKES!
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Fortunately there are fixes for minor disasters such as this, like covering it up with just a pinch of lace!  I daresay that at a first glance you didn’t notice the tear, although now if you go back and enlarge it, you can still see it’s still there, but at least anchored at the top under the lace. I’m sure my friend who often brings me my favorite frap for a treat won’t mind the little imperfection. Life goes on.
Materials used:
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Lil’ Inker Designs Coffee Talk stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and Rose Bud dye inks
  • Inkadinkado Stamping Mask paper
  • 3M Micropore tape
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Tombow mono permanent adhesive
  • Misc. lace

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

Edited to add: Thank you, Lil’ Inker Designs for featuring this card in your You Made It Monday blog feature! (HERE)

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Wishing you a warm (at least in your cup!) and sunny day!

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Thank you for the honor of being featured in Lil’ Inkers Designs You Made it Monday! ****

Featured On You Made It Monday Badge

-D.Ann

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