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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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 3

Well, after a roaring start, I wasn’t able to keep up the pace. : ) But I’m glad to be back today with a card I made for Lesson 3 of Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media Class, taught by the ever cheerful and talented Laura Bassen (aka Laurafadora). She used the Altenew crisp dye ink pads to paint her cute card blending a light and dark shade of each color.

I liked my last card (the 3d lotus) so much, I thought I’d do the same layout but all on one layer this time, using the same color scheme from the May 2017 Inspiration Challenge in my foreground:

I also decided that since this would involve some masking and using the MISTI stamping tool, I should take advantage of the set up time and do 3 additional cards. The MISTI makes it easy to set up a production line:

I also wanted to try stamping in the darker color of what I’d be painting for a no-line look. Then I thought while I was at it, I would compare papers. Here they are, all ready to go…

Upper L: Distress Watercolor Cardstock; Upper R: Strathmore mixed media 90#;       Lower l: Canson cold press Watercolor; Lower L: Canson L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed

Here’s how they turned out:

I learned why it’s easier to watercolor when you heat emboss the outline… the water and color stays in the lines! : ) I was surprised that the lines, although dry, absorbed the water from the fill-in and bled out, blurring the images. I can only imagine if I’d’ve used black to stamp the outlines! The Mixed Media paper was the worst at this although it said for wet media.

I selected the best one (Ranger Watercolor Cardstock) and decided to add some sunshine by watercoloring the white space in all yellow to make the flowers pop (and to see if it helped hide the bleeding). I think it turned out ok. I’ll set the others aside and try to do something with them later on.

Supplies used:

  • Altenew Lotus tamp and die sets
  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set (sentiment)
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Inkadinkado embossing powder: Linen White
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Coral Berry & Frosty Pink
  • Tsukineko Memento  dye inks: Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion & Pear Tart
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink: Pearlescent Beige (for the pistil)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
  • Here were the other three contenders, :
    • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper 140#
    • Canson L’Aquarelle Hot Pressed Watercolor paper 140#
    • Strathmore Mixed media 90#
  • Core’dinations pink cardstock
  • Simply Defined 5×7 Bright White card base 200#
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive (great for watercolor – no warping!)

I am entering this in the following galleries and challenges:

Well, I’m halfway through the class and having a blast. I’ll be back when I can with the next card.

~D.Ann

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Altenew Creative Watercolor Media Class – Lesson 2

Welcome back for my card from the second less of Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media Class! This lesson, taught by the amazingly talented Debby Hughes of Lime Doodle Design, was on using shimmer sprays. Since the set she used is still on my wishlist, I started out with the Lotus set and colors used in the May 2017 Inspiration Challenge:

I don’t have the Altenew shimmer sprays, but did have another brand, but only the light pink and greens matched the inspiration colors. So, I grabbed my Altenew Coral Berry which is just like the hot pink and, by mixing it on my craft mat with the glimmer mist, the entire flower came out all shiny!

The aqua ‘pond’ background is made EXTRA shiny by adding a mix of Distress Mica Spray and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist.

Tips: I love the tip Debbie gave to add aqua to the pink and yellow to the greens for some extra shading and depth!

Also, if you don’t want your white foam tape to show up under black paper, run a Sharpie Marker along the edges BEFORE adhering. (The voice of experience says that trying to do it afterward can lead to some oopsies!)

If you’re like me and don’t tape your watercolor paper down and it warps, Tombow Xtreme adhesive holds it flat/

Materials used:

  • Altenew Lotus tamp and die sets
  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set (sentiment)
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Stampendous Glamour Detail Gold embossing powder
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink: Coral Berry
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Bubble Light Green; Dazzling Diamonds, Forest Green, Lime Light, S.W.A.K., and Sunflower
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray: Brushed Pewter
  • Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper 140#
  • Simply Defined 5×7 Bright White card base 200#
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue

I am entering this in the following galleries and challenges:

So far, there have been some excellent tips from each lesson (including one on die-cutting that I needed!). Although they are geared toward Altenew products, you can easily adapt them to similar products you may have on hand. I’m looking forward to working on the rest of the classes!

Hopefully I’ll see you again tomorrow!

~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… 2013 – Hugs Card

Ok, this is my last one for today. Dunno if I’ll be able to finish up to 2016 tomorrow or not as there’s a lot on my plate. We’ll see. This Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary card is for Celebrating the Past, Present and Future: 2013.

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This time I drew my inspiration from this card by Nichole Heady:

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Here’s my adaptation:

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I love this pretty set and its lovely sentiments! Here’s the inside:

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Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink Big Hugs stamps and dies
  • Papertrey Ink cardstock: Lovely Lady
  • DCWV Hello Darlin’ stack cardstock (love that pink & gold!)
  • Papertrey Ink dye ink: Hibiscus Burst
  • Floamies 3mm sheet foam
  • Misc. twine
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

I’m playing along with the following challenge… click on it for more information on how you can join the fun

Hopefully, I’ll see you tomorrow with the final 3 of this series. Thank you so much for stopping by!

~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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Florida 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Hop Greeting Card

Welcome to the first day of the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Hop!

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For most of you, winter = snow. Here in Florida, it just means more people as y’all come down here on vacation to get away from that cold white stuff and to stick your toes in the warm sand! 😄

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When I first saw this cute Florida scene from Sweet Stamp Shop, I immediately noticed the building that looked like a coffee cup. I’m sure if a coffee lover had a building like that they’d paint it with a green circle and swizzle stick, don’tcha think? A true coffee house!

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I gave the waves some dimensional whitecaps with a Texture Gems pen and added lots of sparked to the mermaid’s tail with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I used Wink of Stella for a little less flashy sparkle in her hair and on the boat. I like the Texture Gems dimensional golden coconuts, too (tho they’re blurry in this close-up).

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I also drug it through the sun before the ink was dry to get the effect of sun rays or solar flares/prominences.

Simon Says Stamp’s current Work-it-Wednesday challenge is to use dies for DieCember(TM). To get the lovely open scrollwork edges, I just cut the Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles die twice and glued them together at the top.

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It opens with just a shadow of palm trees inside and plenty of space for a message.

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Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles dies
  • Sweet Stamp Shop: Sunshine State & Hello Florida stamp sets
  • Recollections Big Bloom cardstock pack & white cardstock
  • Memento dye inks: London Fog, Pear Tart
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens: N55, 65, 89; 055, 090, 158, 177, 195, 296, 373, 443, 451, 533, 565, 603, 673, 725, 761, 850, 856, 905, 933, 942, 985
  • Zig Wink of Stella
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle – Clear
  • Faber-Castell Texture Gems – White & Gold
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ Runner permanent adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue

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

I’m looking forward to seeing you again as the hop continues. Hopefully I’ll get a small bit of blog candy together for you, so do check back!

I’m off now to see what’s out there already… it’s always a treat to see so many talented entries.

Thanks for stopping by!

~D.Ann

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Art Impressions Stay Balanced with Chocolate – Speedy Recovery Watercolor Cat Card

Welcome sweet peeps! I WAS going to use this cat stamp for the final card of the Cat Lovers Hop – That’s how I feel already, so I know tomorrow, I WILL be flat on my back, for sure! However, I needed a card for a cat-loving/chocolate-loving friend who got home from the hospital yesterday. (Hence my absence.) This one came together quite quickly with the help of the Art Impressions Watercolor stamps.

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Here’s the inside sentiment, which may be the best part of the card:

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I am very determined to lead a balanced life! lol!! I think she’ll love this with a little box of chocolates, don’t you?!

You’ve heard of cats having shiny coats? I gave this cat one with those metallic watercolors:

 

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I’m still getting used to the AI watercolor stamps. I know watercolor is supposed to be soft and a little blurry, but once I add water, they loose too much definition. Finding the right balance of water is tough for me. I like that they don’t require a lot of water and so dry quickly with little warping of the paper. My fix for now is to re-stamp over the blurry areas to add a little definition.

Tips for adhering 140# watercolor paper to a card without warping.

  • Use 110# paper (or heavier) for the card base
  • Use Tombow Xtreme adhesive. It takes a bit to get used to flicking off to the side before lifting up (and to remember to do it!), but it is super strong!! I’ve had it straighten out warped watercolor paper once adhered to the card base.

Yes, those are real mini m&m’s – what a waste of chocolate!! I looked for mini bonbon stickers or buttons, but couldn’t find any and the ones I tried to make with drops didn’t look right, so this was the next best thing. I GUESS I can sacrifice 4 mini chocolates for a good cause! (You have no idea what a good friend you are!!!) Hahaha!

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Supplies used:

  • Art Impressions Zoo Crew Feline stamp set
  • Art Impressions Watercolor stamp sets: Flower, Foliage, and Chest of Flowers
  • Art Impressions sentiment stamps
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers – Floral set: Blossom, Bud Green, Heather, Leaf Green, Marigold, Orchid, Rose Pink
  • Yasutomo metallic watercolors
  • Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Canson cold press 140# watercolor paper
  • Core’dinations 110# cardstock – white. 65# cardstock – gray
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
  • Mini M&Ms 4 for card…. rest for cardmaker!! : )

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:

Oh, before I go, I’d like to introduce those of you who haven’t seen them to the Simon’s Cat videos. I didn’t get an interview, but they are still worthy of mention… They are short and ever-so-sweet! No matter how many times I see them, they make me laugh!! I recommend just scrolling down the video list on his YouTube channel and starting at the beginning. Here’s one every cat owned crafter can relate to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV3SWjrt2rE

I can’t believe tomorrow is already the last day! I do have at least one more fun post planned for you, so don’t forget to stop back by!!

~D.Ann

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