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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

CDD October Mood Board - Trolls Like Coffee Too!


Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a card I made for the Craftin Desert Divas October Mood Board Challenge. This troll set is so adorable! I had a great time coloring up this scene and let the images remain the focus in this CAS layout.

Want to join in?  You know you do! Don't forget to add your creations using CDD products to the challenge album and share them using the hashtag #cddmonthly for your chance to win prizes in the CDD store!


I'm entering this in City Crafty #383 What a Fun-ghi

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Coffee Trolls, Timber (leaves), Harvest Happiness (pumpkin), and Harvest Wishes (sentiment), and Fancy Frame Dies

CDD October Release Day 1 - Angel Kisses and Holiday Jolly

I'm so excited that the sets I'm featuring in this post are available to buy right this very minute at the Craftin Desert Divas online shop! Christmas is just around the corner, people! (insert hysterical laughing)

First up, I've used Angel Kisses, the Fall Border Dies, and Distress Oxides to create a whimsical holiday scene. Yellow seems to be the It color for the design team right now. So loving it!


If you take a closer look at my background, you'll see there's lots and lots of visual depth. I create that by sponging with Distress Oxides, spattering with water, dabbing away the excess water then sponging again. Lastly I spattered Copic Opaque white for closer stars. Oh, the shooting star? That's me forgetting the panel was still wet. LOL.


The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Angel Kisses and Fall Border Dies, Distress Oxides, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Opaque White


For my next card I've used Holly Jolly, coloring the images based on the colors in the Doodlebug Design Hello Sunshine 6x6 Paper pad. So fun and unexpected for the holidays. I especially love pink Santa! This is as the world should be. :)


I used the Fall Border Dies and Fancy Frame Dies to create and frame the scene. Notice I inset the polka dot snow panel to reduce the thickness of the card a bit for mailing. Neat trick.

I'm entering this in Jingle Belles Pink Christmas for the Cure

The Details: Craftin' Desert Divas Holly Jolly, Fall Border Dies, Fancy Frame Dies, Doodlebug Design Hello Sunshine 6x6 Paper, Uni-ball Impact Bold Point Gel Pen, Versamark, Ranger Detail Fine White Embossing Powder, Memento Tuxedo Black

Now I hope you've been inspired to visit the rest of the DT to see what they've made and to stop by the shop.  Happy crafting!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

CDD October Sneak - Holiday Hugs and Holly Jolly

We're on Day 4 of the CDD October sneaks and still have so much goodness to share with you!  

I have two cards for you today.  The first uses the new stamp set Holly Jolly and Snowflake Flurries Stencil, the other Holiday Hugs. These products will be available for purchase this Friday, October 13, at the Craftin Desert Divas online shop!



My first card is ever so pink and girlie! Just look at the wee girl cuddling her wee snowman--ack! I love this style of anime image, don't you? Oh! Notice the fluffy snow banks?  I used the Garden Border die for them!



For my second card, I created peekaboo windows using one of the Fancy Frame small rectangle dies on my Distress Ink/Oxide background. Then I stamped the images and colored them. The blue hair! That's one of my favorite things about coloring trolls or other magical characters--you can make them look however you want.


The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Holiday Hugs and Fancy Frame dies, Distress Oxides, Copics, Copic Opaque White, Versafine, Ranger White Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CDD October Sneak - Angel Kisses


Today is your first full view of Angel Kisses, one of the new sets available for purchase this Friday, October 13, at the Craftin Desert Divas online shop!

Now I'm not normally an angel girl but these had me at "hark!"  They're so adorable, aren't they! And just wait until you see the other angels in the set. Cuteness overload for sure.

Steps I took (note not necessarily the most logical order because that's how I roll!):
  1. Mask & stamp the angels then color them using Copics.
  2. Add flooring to ground them. I just eyeballed the perspective of the planks and flicked away.
  3. Mask the spotlight then sponged yellow, concentrating overhead, on their hair, the side of the wings and the floor around them. This really pulled the whole card together.
  4. Diecut the focal panel using the Fancy Frame Dies.
  5. Added some Wink of Stella to the wings and halos.  NOTE: I waited to do this after coloring so I wouldn't muck up my Copic with glitter.
  6. Stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black. NOTE: I do this last, after sponging, after diecutting, etc, so that my sentiment remains crisp and ink doesn't transfer to my cutting plates (ask me how I know).
  7. Impressed the base of the card with the largest of the Fancy Frame Dies and adhered the card front.

So sparkly and flippity cute!  I know exactly who is getting this card for the holidays. One down, many to go!  LOL.

I'm entering this in Addicted to Stamps and More #263 Holiday

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Angel Kisses and Fancy Frame Dies, Copics, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Clear and Gold Wink of Stella, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Big Hugs, My Candy Corn Friend


I love candy corn. Love. That weird waxy vanilla taste and each little segment that you have to nip off section by section. Yum yum yum. I chose to use those colors, bats, and large words on this take on the current The Heart Desires Challenge 17. Oh, also stripes! Big, bold, stripes!  You'll also notice I'm using the Hero Arts Killer Messages sentiment which turns out to be perfect for a fun Halloween card.


I'm entering this in CAS on Friday #118 Fall/Halloween, Paper Players #365 Colors, Cardz 4 Guyz #180 Boo Halloween or Autumn Thank You, Naughty or Nice #44 Something Spooky


The Details:  Neat and Tangled Big Hugs and Graduated Stripes Cover Plate dies, Lawn Fawn Sentiment Banner, Hero Arts Killer Messages, SugarPea Designs Spooky Border (bats), Ranger Watercolor Cardstock and Multi Medium Matte, Distress Inks Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Gathered Twigs

Monday, October 9, 2017

Coffee Bean Leaves


I didn't get a chance to use this coffee set for the last Coffee Lovers Hop but had to make this card that's been "percolating" in my head. LOL.

I'm entering this in Mod Squad Color Me Fall, Curtain Call Iced Coffee, Color Throwdown #463



The Details:  SugarPea Designs The Perfect Blend, MFT Stay Cool, Gina Marie Designs Stitched Scalloped Rectangle and Round dies, Pebbles Jen Hadfield Warm & Cozy 6x6 Paper, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Distress Ink Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs and Carved Pumpkin, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Neat & Tangled Sunset Shimmer sequins

Saturday, October 7, 2017

CDD Zombody Told Me . . .


Hi everyone!  I'm over on the Craftin Desert Divas blog with my first post as a DT member. Woo hoo!  Would love for you to check it out!

The Details:  ZombodyHarvest Border DiesDistress Oxides, Copics and Copic Opaque White, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine, Ranger Red Embossing Powder

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hello, My Pretty!


Still working on some Halloween and Autumn cards--love!  This one I'll send to one of my girlfriends.  Nice and snarky, just like I like it.

I'm entering this in Naughty or Nice #44 Something Spooky

The Details:  Mama Elephant Tri Window Cover Die, Pebbles Midnight Haunting 6x6 Paper

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

THD Challenge 17


Time for a new The Heart Desires Challenge!  We hope you'll join in for some spooky, bright and colorful fun with Challenge 17.

I used a variety of designer papers to create this cute little house with an absolutely vicious--not!--pirate pup guarding the candy. I only occasionally use a bit of designer paper on my cards so this was a challenge in itself to mix together so many different ones. Very fun!


The Details:  Avery Elle Happy Home Dies, Hero Arts Luggage Tag Alphabet, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall and Knock on Wood 6x6 Paper, Neat and Tangled Yo Ho Ho, Ranger Glossy Accents and Multi Medium Matte, Versafine Onyx Black, Pretty Pink Posh Halloween Friends (Spider), Pebbles Midnight Haunting 6x6 paper, Copics

Monday, October 2, 2017

Autumn Smores



I'm over on The Heart Desires blog today with another card celebrating Autumn!

The Details: Lawn Fawn Beary Happy Holidays, Jump for Joy, Leafy Tree Backdrop (leaves) and Knock on Wood 6x6 Paper, MFT Toasty Greetings, Gina Maria Tree Frame Die, Distress Oxide Twisted Citron, Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves and Peeled Paint, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Abandoned Coral and Mustard Seed, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Memento Tuxedo Black

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Cards in Envy Blowing in the Wind


We're kicking off October at Cards in Envy with a leaf-themed challenge.  How very perfect for October!  Come play along, why don't you?!

I made a fall-themed wedding card for a couple marrying this month.  I incorporated leaves and Autumnal colors as well as the three kitties they have.  Adorable!

I'm entering this in Addicted to Stamps and More #261 Anything Goes, Mod Squad Fall Colors, Fab n Funky #364 Fall Colors, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Bicycle Built for You, Grassy Hillside dies, Portrait tree die, Simple Road Border die, Stitched Cloud Landscape die, Distress Ink Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon, VersaFine Vintage Sepia

Saturday, September 30, 2017

CDD Twinkle Toes


Happy news!  I've joined the Craftin' Desert Divas design team so you're going to be seeing lots more of me rocking CDD cuteness.  Woo hoo! 

Each month we have a mood board challenge on Facebook to inspire you. How was I inspired? Pretty obvious methinks. Yellow, geometric patterns, black/white, mod vase (or on my card a base). The October mood board will start tomorrow so be sure to check it out and join in the fun!

Before I forget! One of my favorite parts about this card is using the hill die from the Fall Borders set to add ribbon impressions to the background. 


The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Twinkle ToesFall Borders Die, and Fancy Frames DiesDoodlebug Designs Hello Sunshine 6x6 Paper and Official Stripe Washi

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happy Birthday, Tonya!


Happy birthday to my dear friend, Tonya. If you didn't know already, she's the owner of The Heart Desires Store and just an all around fabulous person. Love you, girl! We've having a birthday hop in her honor. You should have arrived from Kimberly's blog where you'll find the full list of participants and are on your way to Kate's. Happy hopping!

For my card I created a magical little scene using Tonya's favorite color--PINK! And my favorite part of the card is the way the brick transitions into dream clouds. So cool! I also love the manga style image. There's just something about those giant eyes.

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Play Time, MFT Brick and Mini Cloud Edges stencils, Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and Broken China, Copics, Versafine Onyx Black, Gina Maria Designs Nested Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Die

Friday, September 22, 2017

Is That a Flying Mouse?


I snagged one of the NT-Simon Stamptember sets as soon as I saw it because it's so darn cute! I went really simple in this plaid-framed scene with a bit of masking on the stacked diving board, Copic flicked grass, sponged clouds and a big 'ol pile of leaves overlaid by the embossed sentiment.

I'm entering this in The Male Room #69 Masking, Cardz 4 Guyz #178 Nature, Make My Monday #55 Autumn Colors

The Details: Neat and Tangled Hello Pumpkin, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 Paper, Copics, MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Stampendous Detail Fine Black Embossing Powder, Distress Oxide Broken China

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Peace Yeti


I think the new ME holiday Yeti release is brilliant. So clever and cute!  For my first Yeti card of the season (oh, yes, there will be more . . . someday), I stamped the Yeti with Versafine on watercolor paper then did the watercolor wash, staying outside the lines. Mostly. I spattered the card front too. Next I colored in the yeti with Copics, not remembering that Copics make Versafine bleed. This happened on his face and by one of the hearts. He's a dirty little Yeti which is a-okay. Finally I stamped and colored the banner. Actually fussy cut that out but I assure you I will be buying the die in the near future!

I'm entering this in CASology 267 Big, Jingle Belles Tic Tac Toe, Watercooler Wednesday 137 Anything Goes


The Details:  Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti, and Sentiments from a Yeti; Distress Oxide Broken China, Memento Tuxedo Black and Danube Blue, Copics, Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, Tumbled Glass, and Mermaid Lagoon, Canson 90lb watercolor paper

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

THD 16 Mid-Challenge Reminder


Halfway through The Heart Desires Challenge 16 and still time to play along with us!

For my card I used a bunch of dies from different companies to create a pretty wreath. I don't have patience to create a wreath like this in real life and yet I'll work with paper to fake it--LOL!


I'm entering this in Mod Squad Leaves, Paper Players 362 CAS Harvest

The Details: Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Leaves dies and Fall Perfectly Plaid 6x6 PaperSugarPea Designs Birthday Journal Card DiesConcord & 9th Take a Bough dies, Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Circle Frames, MFT More Essential Sentiments, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Stamplorations Typografia Christmas Hop!



I love the new Christmas Typografia sets from Stamplorations, don't you? Now's your chance to buy them for a discount or even win some!  Be sure to read more about it on the main Stamplorations post and check out the other inspiration projects from the DT. I assure you they're amazing!


The Details:  Stamplorations Typografia Build a Snowman, Typografia Most Wonderful Time, Warm Hands,Warm Hearts and Be Jolly die; Distress Inks, Cobalt Brushos, Brilliance Pearlescent Blue, Versafine, Ranger Detail Fine White Embossing Powder and watercolor cardstock, Copics, Recollections Silver Embossing Powder

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Timber!


Squeee! I love how this turned out! The trees are a combo of wet on wet watercoloring, smooshing (ground) and spattering. I layered those and left them curved from the water so they have even greater dimension. The cool thing is that they lie flat but spring right back up so great for mailing. I framed them with a circle in white so the scene really pops. I used Copics to color the rest of the card. This card is a great example of why I have a stupid amount of Copics--so I always have the perfect colors!  LOL.

I'm entering this in Make My Monday #55 Autumn Colors, HLS September Watercolor Challenge, HLS Anything Goes with Dies Challenge, SIP #117 Watercolor

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Timber, Shake It Up and Fall Borders dies, Distress Ink Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs, Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, Copics, Canson 90lb watercolor paper

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Everything


Even though I knew it was coming, it seems like the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop snuck up on me. Hi! Miss me? Why, yes! LOL.

I've made a few cards for the hop, including this little number using a new character, Lili C, to the Love Cynthia lineup.  Isn't she adorable? I paired her with a variety of pumpkin images and fall paper in an homage to everything pumpkin spice. I may hate the texture of pumpkin pie but I love me some pumpkin spice!
The Details:  Love Cynthia Lili C #1 and Coffee Addict, Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 3, Thoughtful Greetings and Giving Thanks (pumpkin), Lawn Fawn Forest Feast (pie), Pebbles Midnight Haunting 6x6 Paper, PTI Kraft cardstock, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Scor-Tape, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die, Copics

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cards in Envy Easy as 1, 2, 3


My card for the current Cards in Envy Challenge is indeed easy as 1,2,3. I wanted super easy and reproducible. This card totally fits the bill.  Stenciled leaves, simple diecut and an embossed sentiment. Boom!

I'm entering this in AAA #99 CAS Autumn Colors, Less Is More #346 Take Flight


The Details:  Waffle Flower Feeling Gratitude, Neat and Tangled Maple Thanks die used as stencil, Gina Marie Designs Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die, Versamark, mystery embossing powder, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed, Distress Oxide Candy Apple

Long Time No Tea


Another fall-inspired card using some of the elegant florals from the Midnight Haunting pad. And a two-fer for using NBUS with the MFT stamps and dies. Woo hoo!

I'm entering this in the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop, Fusion Teacup Flowers

The Details: MFT Cup of Tea and Tea Party dies, Pebbles Midnight Haunting 6x6 Paper, Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral and Spiced Marmalade, Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Recollections Mirror Board, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Fine White Embossing Powder, Versafine

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Shh . . . Coffee Time


I have another fun card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop using Stamplorations--working on the Stamplorations cards for the hop launch yesterday made me go through my stash and find stamps I had forgotten about.  Becca's line is one of my favs because of her love of the snark! Isn't that sentiment and image perfect for a funny Halloween card? And so true!

I'm also entering this in the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #93 Lost and Found and the Stamplorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge

The Details: Stamplorations Dark Coffee - Big Grins and Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Die, Pebbles Midnight Haunting 6x6 Paper, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks, Carta Bella Witch Hats stencil, Sugarpea Designs Spooky Border die (bats)