Saturday, November 18, 2017

CDD November Release Recap Day 1

I can't believe a week of inspiration has gone by and now you're able to get all of these goodies in the Craftin Desert Divas shop. Yay!  Do you have a favorite?  Earlier I had said mine was the Holiday Sweaters set but then I made the Yeti Fun card. How am I supposed to choose??????!!!!!!!

I paired the adorable bear and kitten from Holiday Sweaters with the Christmas Eve Digi. I had forgotten how nice it is to be able to resize digis to exactly the size you want!  The Fancy Frames Die anchors the scene perfectly--notice how the bear and tree stick outside the edges--just an interesting visual for the card.

My yeti card makes my heart happy!  I love the plaid behind the mountains (notice I diecut two of the mountains from the Scene Builder Dies, just along the edge) and the plaid peeking out behind the Sending Die which I underlay with a dark version as shadow. It's really hard to see in the picture but I colored the mountains and Fall Border Die trees and houses with just a touch of purple used on the yeti. In real life, it helps create a bit more depth to the white on white.

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Holiday Sweaters, Fancy FramesChristmas Eve DigiSending DieScene Builder DiesFall Border Die, Doodlebug Designs Sugar Coating Glitter, Copics, VersaFine Onyx Black, Ranger Glossy Accents and Multi Medium Matte, Sakura Pinpoint Quickie Glue Pen, Uniball Pigment Pen, Gmund Savanna Limba Woodgrain cardstock, Lawn Fawn Chill Perfectly Plaid 6x6 Paper

Friday, November 17, 2017

CDD November Release Day 5

Ack, this new CDD Arctic Pals set is adorable! You'll find the images are simple enough and large enough for easy coloring with whatever medium you choose. For instance, someday I hope to watercolor these images.  Woo hoo!

I created a simple background for that cute bear by embossing the card base and layering on a Fall Borders die and Outdoor Landscape 1 die. I love the contrast of the smooth hills against that dimension snow background. The sentiment is from Holiday Sweaters, another new set.

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Furry Friends and Addicted to Stamps and More #268 Holiday

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Arctic Pals, Holiday Sweaters (sentiment), Outdoor Landscape 1 die, and Fall Borders die, Sizzix embossing folder, Copics, Versafine Onyx Black

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This is Why Snow is Fun

I finally got my hands on the Mama Elephant So Many Snowmen set thanks to Doodle Bugs. Woo hoo!

There are sooo many possibilities with this set. This one I kept simple as I'm planning to bring it along as a make n take for our December crafty gathering. Fun times coming our way!

I'm entering this in Mod Squad Merry and Bright, Addicted to Stamps and More #268 Holiday

The Details:  Mama Elephant So Many Snowmen, Stamplorations Let It Snow die, Copics, Copic Opaque White, Basis Blue Cardstock, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die, Doodlebug Sugar Coating Lily White Glitter, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Glossy Accents (glasses), Zig Glue Pen

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CDD November Release Day 2

We are on Day 2 of the Craftin Desert Divas Release Lead Up!  You'll be able to get all the new products this Friday--woo hoo!

My first card showcases the new Holiday Sweaters set (my personal favorite of the release, not just because I'm a knitter!) as well as the currently available Sending Die, Sending Sentiments, Stitched in Circles Die and Outdoor Landscapes 2 die. I love the adorable uni and playing off of her colors with the golden yellows and rainbow stripes.  Did you notice the fence die behind her? Such a cool accent.

The Details:  Craftin' Desert Divas Holiday Sweaters, Sending Die, Sending Sentiments, Stitched in Circles Die, Outdoor Landscapes 2 die, Distress Ink Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade, Echo Park Perfect Princess 6x6 Paper, Recollections Washi, Sizzix Snow Embossing Folder

My second card showcases the new Sorted Shapes 1 stencil. I masked part of the stencil to create the trees and used another part of the stencil to add snow. Love the versatility! It worked so well to create a scene with the Outdoor Landscape 1 hill and Oh What Fun girl and bunny.

I'm entering this in Moving Along with the Times #58 Trees and Merry Monday #265 Outdoor Activities.

The Details:  Craftin' Desert Divas Sorted Shapes 1 Stencil, Fancy Frames Dies, Outdoor Landscape 1, Oh What Fun, Holiday Sweaters (sentiment), Distress Oxides, Scor Tape, Doodlebug Glitter, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Marvy Uchida Snow Pen

Monday, November 13, 2017

CDD November Release Day 1

Today kicks off the sneaks for the November Craftin Desert Divas release which will be available to buy this Friday, November 17.  In the meantime, we'll be sharing all sorts of projects with you to get your crafty mojo going!

My first card uses the upcoming Yeti Fun Stamps and Scenery Dies. These coordinate so well together!  I stacked the mountains, coating the edges with Stickles (so blingy!). I curved the sentiment and stamped it in my fav sentiment ink Versafine. I did that before adhering the yeti with foam tape.  Lastly I added a few sequins.  Notice the cupped ones that don't have a hole in the middle?  These are especially reflective, despite what my camera says!

The Details: CDD Yeti Fun, Scenery Dies, Outdoor Landscape Dies, Oh What Fun (sentiment), XX sequins, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Stickles

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Best is Yeti

A goodbye card for a coworker who is moving back to Chicago after deciding Seattle isn't the place for her.  I wonder why? Could it be the rain? The unexpected November snow?  The stand-offish people? Did I say the rain already?  LOL.

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Snow White, Naughty or Nice #45 Walking in a Winter Wonderland

The Details:  MFT Beast Friends, Hot Off the Press Snowflake stencil, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Memory Box Cityscape Nightline Border, Pretty Pink Posh Window Frames die, Hero Arts Forest Scene Stencil, Copics, Distress Ink Pine Needles, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black

Monday, November 6, 2017

CDD November Mood Board - Banner

For this project I was inspired by the CDD November Mood Board Social Media Challenge (use #CDDMonthly when you post to join in) to create a Fall banner for our fireplace. What's really fun is that from year to year I can expand on it with additional images, etc. Fun!

I used the Fancy Frames Dies to create the base for each banner section using really sturdy cardstock. I then cut designer paper using the same die set and adhered those to the bases. Next I started coloring images from Harvest Happiness, Timber, and Harvest Wishes. So cute!  Note the holes were created using a WRMK Crop-A-Dile.

In some cases, I added Fall Harvest Sequins for a bit of bling.

On other panels I used diecuts from Stitched In Circles Dies and Party Dies for added interest.

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Harvest Happiness, Timber, Harvest Wishes, Stitched In Circles Dies, Party Dies, Fancy Frames Dies, and Fall Harvest Sequins, Sakura Quickie Glue Roller Pen, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, 1/8" Scor Tape, Carta Bella Hello Fall 6x6 Designer Paper, Neenah 110lb Kraft Cardstock, Copics, Ranger White Enamel Accents

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cards in Envy Typography

Our first Cards in Envy Challenge for November is fab! We ask that the emphasis of your card be on the sentiment. Easy!

I masked off my card front, spritzed lightly with water, then sprinkled on Brushos. I spritzed very lightly again and waited for the panel to dry old school.  I've found that if I use an embossing tool to dry it, the effects just aren't as nice.

I then removed the mask and die cut the panel. Next came the sentiment which I stamped multiple times with the MISTI so it would be really bold. So a very easy card that looks anything but!

The Details:  Brutus Monroe Turkey Day, Brushos, Versafine Onyx Black, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die

Saturday, November 4, 2017

CDD Lumberjack Sentiments

Hello, friends!  I'm here with you today with a focus on sentiment backgrounds. I find that during the holidays, I tend to use more designer paper so I immediately thought of using the sentiment backgrounds found in one of my favorite pads and to challenge myself even more by making it a masculine card. What was I thinking?  Oh, that's right. I was thinking cute, cute, cute with the CDD Timber set. Isn't the lumberjack image adorable?

I started out using boring boy brown tones but I need pops of colors so recolored the image. I did use the head from the previous one--can you see how his head is a bit popped up? I popped up the squirrel too. I added a strip of tree paper for a bit of color too.

As a near final step, I cut out the snow bank using another sentiment paper and a die from Outdoor Landscape 1 to ground those cute images. Love my result unisex Christmas card--LOL. I hope you'll be inspired to try to background sentiment ideas and show us in the Gallery!

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Timber, Outdoor Landscape 1 die, Pebbles Holly Jolly 6x6 Paper, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Marvy Snow Pen, Copics


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

City Skater

I caved and bought my first Papertrey Ink Kit. How could I not?  Love everything about it!  For this card, I used various papers and dies from the kit to create a make 'n' take for an upcoming crafty day. Love how it turned out. Traditional but cool too.

I'm entering this in Merry Monday #263 Inspiration Photo, Naughty or Nice #45 Winter Scene

The Details:  PTI October 2017 Kit, Lawn Fawn Twine, mystery washi

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


You all know I love my Waffle Flower and how could I resist (1) Merman and (2) Christmas. Punny Christmas at that!

I used a die to create a stencil and sponged Distress Oxide on the background.  I next stamped the Merman and colored him up with Copics.  I didn't bother to mask the background as it's light enough that the blue just adds a bit of shadow to his torso which doesn't bother me at all.  Next I stamped the sentiment, cut out the panel, and mounted it onto the card base which I had lightly sponged the edges with the same Distress Oxide. Easy peasy!

I'm entering this in CASology #273 List, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

The Details:  Waffle Flower The Season, Versafine Onyx Black, Copics, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Clear Wink of Stella, Memory Box die used to create stencil

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Peaceful Bear

The simplicity of this card really speaks to me. The leftover Brushos background jazzes it up so, don't you think? Maybe I can use more of the leftover Brushos in other cards this season.  Let's see!

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Anthing Goes, Jingles Belles Not a Creature Was Stirring and Allsorts 439 Christmas Creatures.

The Details:  Avery Elle Merriest and Winter Woodland Wonders, Hero Arts August 2017 Kit Window Cut Die, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Wink of Stella Clear, Brushos Ultra Marine, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Watercolor Cardstock

Friday, October 27, 2017

Merriest Hello

I almost threw away the heads and then I found the diecut Hello panel. Rescue time!  A brushed Distress Ink and Oxide background spattered with water with a holiday plaid inset. I wonder whatever happened with the center of the O. Perhaps I'll find it as the clutter is reduced!

I'm entering this in Daring Cardmakers Blended Backgrounds, Simon Says Anything Goes, Watercooler Wednesday #142 All About Christmas

The Details:  Avery Elle Merriest, Neat and Tangled Say Yes to Donuts, MFT Big Hello Die, Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and Candied Apple, Distress Ink Candied Apple, Lawn Fawn Christmas Plaid 6x6 Paper, Versamark, Recollections Christmas Stamps (snowflakes), Ranger Detail Fine White Embossing Powder and Multi Medium Matte, Copics

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Holiday Baking Girl

I had to, just had to, use this baking girl image for a holiday card. I am not adept at decorating cookies but I have a friend who is brilliant at it. Yum! My favorite part of my coloring is her eyes--so pleased with how filled with life they are.

I'm entering this in Watercooler Wednesday #142 All About Christmas, Mod Squad Add Snow, Fab 'n' Funky #368 Christmas, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

The Details:  CDD Oh What Fun, Party Dies, Fancy Frames Dies, and Snowflake Flurries Stencil, Doodlebug Designs Milk and Cookies 6x6 Paper, Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers, Impress Sequins, Ranger Multi Matte Medium, Copics, Lawn Fawn sentiment

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Warmest Bear Wishes

I'm working on simple Christmas cards for upcoming crafty get-togethers. Lately I've been into cute coloring but that doesn't necessarily translate well in a group setting so I'm trying to tone it down.  Trying.  LOL.

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes and Jingle Belles Pink Christmas for the Cure

The Details:  Lil Inker Seasons Greetings, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Ladybug, Gold Wink of Stella, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Gina Marie Scalloped Rectangle Die, Gina K Designs Blizzard 6x6 Paper

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

CDD October Mood Board Zombie Treat Bags

Boy, do I have a treat for you today for the Crafting Desert Divas October Mood Board! Yeah, I went there. Bwahaha! I got together with some crafty girlfriends and decided to take along treat bags for them and their littles. The Craftin Desert Divas Zombody set was perfect for what I had in mind. Halloween but not too scary. Plus zombies, which I love.

It was a great opportunity to play with skin and hair. I stamped each image onto a Stitched in Circle diecut. I worked up the lot to see what combos I liked for future reference then zombified them by adding gray, purple, green and sickly yellow tones. Gross and yet ever so cute!

I made the treat bags themselves while I was watching television. Yes, that easy. I also stuffed the tissue and candy in there which was a mistake.  Shouldn't have had candy next to me while watching TV. Straight to my butt. I know you know what I'm talking about.

I'm entering this in Tuesday Throwdown #366 Spooktacular

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Zombody, Treat Bag Dies, Stitched in Circle Dies, Copics, Distress Ink Candied Apple, Scor Tape, AMuse Chevron Cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

Holiday Cheer Deer

I love this little scene--that plaid!!!  Using new and old bits and bobs. Slowly, oh so slowly, reducing the mess on my desk. Woo hoo!

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, Craftin Desert Divas Fall Borders, Recollections Christmas Stamps, Hero Arts Holiday Cheer (sentiment), Carta Bella Plaid stencil, Distress Inks, Distress Oxide Broken China, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Yvonne Creations tree die

Monday, October 23, 2017

Holiday Friends

The last of the current batch of images from the Recollections set (squirrel and fox) which I paired up with other bits cluttering up my craft desk. I so love that little girl disguised as a deer. Cuteness abounds!

I'm entering this in Merry Monday #262 Gifts

The Details:  Neat and Tangled Lumberjack Love, Recollections Christmas Stamps, MFT Toasty Greetings (sentiment), Simon Says Stitched Whirl Cover Plate, Pretty Pink Posh Doodlebug Designs Milk & Chocolate 6x6 paper, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Copics

Sunday, October 22, 2017

CDD Mini Release - Balloon Parade

Over at Craftin Desert Divas, we're having a special mini release for a new Holiday Border Die set, featured yesterday, and the new Balloon Parade stamps that are the focus for today.

The moment I saw Balloon Parade, I immediately thought of pairing it with March On. And with the grass from Outdoor Landscape Dies 2.  Honestly tho, the latter is because I was tired of coloring so used the grass as grounding.  Lazy sod! LOL. I'm using this for a baby card I need for the office but I could have paired it with a different background and had it be for a general celebration too. Love that versatility!

Notice the clouds?  I used the cloud die from Scene Builders as a mask. Such a soft and pretty effect.

I'm showing a different angle for the Jingle Berries Sequins and to show the gold of the tuba. That's using Y15, 26 and 28. I love adding the Y15 at the very end to brighten up the gold tones. Love!

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Balloon Parade, March On, Outdoor Landscape Dies 2, Flag Banner Dies, Scene Builders Dies and Jingle Berries Sequins, Doodlebug Designs Milk and Cookies and Hello Sunshine 6x6 Paper, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sweet Holiday Wishes

This gumball idea turned out so cute!  I knew I wanted to use designer paper with it and thanks to Freshly Made Sketches for a layout. The red and white striped paper is fab--old timey sweet shop idea. Tee hee!

I'm entering this in Freshly Made Sketches #309 and Addicted to Stamps and More #264 CAS

The Details:  Lawn Fawn and Merry Messages, Penny Black Sweet Die, MFT Dot Cover Plate, Doodlebug Designs Milk and Cookies 6x6 Paper, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Copics


I love how this card turned out.  It makes me laugh.  Doesn't it look like the deer is listening to music on headphones? LOL.

Really simple card with quick coloring and sponged trees. Using up those bits and bobs!

The Details: Recollections Christmas Stamps, Yvonne Creations Tree Dies, SugarPea Designs Woodgrain Journal Card, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Doodlebug Designs Home for the Holidays 6x6 Paper, Distress Inks

Friday, October 20, 2017

Bear Hug Slider

This make 'n' take is from my friend, Lenae, who always rocks the interactive. So cute!  I never finished this last year because I hated the bear color I had chosen--sort of sickly yellow. Darker browns covered that up nicely!

I may make more of these slider cards. Such a cute way to reveal the sentiment.

I'm entering this in Curtain Call Cuddle

The Details:  PTI Slider Die, Gina Marie Scalloped Rectangle Die, Copics, Sizzix Snow Embossing Folder, WPlus 9 Holiday Hugs

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Whimsical Bear Greetings

Another make 'n' take from ages ago that I'm just now finishing up.  Thanks again to Kimberly!  This turned out so cute.  Love the whimsy.

I'm entering this in Watercooler Wednesday #141 Masculine Anything Goes

The Details:  Pretty Pink Posh Sentiment and Border die, Impress Bear, Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa, Memento Tuxedo Black

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sending Joy

Another crafty day card.  I hope my friends are sitting down when they see this. Generally when I don't finish a project and it comes home to be finished, it gathers way more dust before I get around to finishing it.  LOL.

I wanted the snow flurries to be in yellow but didn't notice the stencil still had blue on it from a previous card so green it is!

I'm entering this in Jingle Belles Pink Christmas for the Cure, Sparkles Christmas Challenge #81 Christmas for Kids 

The Details:  Penny Black Gift Giving, Lawn Fawn Merry Messages, Craftin Desert Divas Snow Flurries Stencil, Zigs, Versafine Onyx Black, Gina Marie Scalloped Oval Die, Distress Oxide Broken China and Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

We All Need a Bear Hug

Got together with some of the gals from our crafty group this weekend and had a blast . . . as usual! But, so not usual, I actually focused enough to make a few projects. Go, me!

This card was so simple to make thanks to Kimberly doing everything except the coloring for this make 'n' take she brought along Saturday. She's inspired me to take a closer look at my Zigs--these are not colors (the bear, eg) that I would have chosen but I love the results.  Thanks, girl!

I'm entering this in Curtain Call Cuddle, Jingle Belles Pink Christmas for the Cure, Penny Black and More Close to Nature

The Details:  Penny Black Christmas Hug, Zigs, Versafine Onyx Black

Monday, October 16, 2017

Cards in Envy Let's Play Dress Up

Grrrr-reetings, friends!  It's time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge!  This time we'd like you to play dress up. Super fun!

For my card, I masked the 3 background monsters then colored them up. Next I stencilled the web background in a variety of Distress Inks and Oxides, adding the Wilted Violet Oxide to give it a bit more bam. As you can see I hadn't bothered to mask which is really apparent on the mummy but that's okay--he's more mummy-like covered in cobwebs. Shiver. The vamp is mounted on foam tape so he's popping out at you. I added the web designer paper to frame the front panel--love how that looks.

I'm entering this in Cardz 4 Guyz #180 Halloween or Autumn Thank You and Addicted to Stamps and More #263 Holiday

The Details:  SugarPea Designs Monster Mash, Echo Park Cobweb Stencil, Pebbles Midnight Haunting 6x6 paper, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade and Worn Lipstick, Distress Oxide Wilted Violet, Copics, Papertrey Ink Banner die, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Clarity Brush Applicator

Sunday, October 15, 2017

CDD October Release Day 2 - Holiday Hugs

Oh, I'm so bummed. Today is the second day of the full CDD October release and my last release card to show you. Boo. I've so enjoyed working with these sets and hope you've been inspired to check them out!

This time I'm featuring the Holiday Hugs set stamped on an Stitched In Circles Die and framed by an Inside Scalloped Rectangle Die. The sentiment tags are from the Treat Bag Die.

Killer cute, right? I love this set--so adorable!  I really like the effect of the image centerpiece against that embossed background.  t really pops!

I'm entering this in Just Add Ink #381 Just Choose Two (Embossing Paste, Coloring, or Sequins)   

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Holiday Hugs, Stitched In Circles, Treat Bag Die (tag), Inside Scalloped Rectangle Die, and Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Cuttlebug Forest Embossing Folder, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte