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Friday, August 17, 2018

Special Kind of Nut ~ Craftin Desert Divas August Release Blog Hop

August 17, 2018 1 Comments

Hello Crafty Friends! I'm so glad you are visiting me today!

As you can see this blog post is part of the Craftin Desert Divas August Release Blog Hop.

If you arrived from Jackie's Blog then you are in the right place. If you just happened to stop by and would like to to start this hop from the beginning then head on over to the CDD Blog.

I am so excited about this new release! Crisp leaves, fall friends and more make this release absolutely darling!

My card today features this cute little squirrel from the CDD Favorite Nut Stamps. I colored my images with Copic markers and fussy-cut them out.

I created a background scene with the new CDD Hill Scene 2 Stencil using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink and die-cut my panel with CDD Fancy Frames Dies. Added to the cloud background is the a few trees on a grassy hill that we die-cut with CDD Fall Border Dies. I inked the ground with Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Inks and colored the trees with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I added the border to my background panel and put my Fancy Frames dies over it to give it the same stitched edge as my panel.

To complete this fall scene I used CDD Blooming Tree Stencil on my card base.  Distress Oxide Inks used were: Gather Twigs, Mowed Lawn, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade.

I added foam tape to my stitched frame and pop dots to my stamped images to give some dimension to my card. Some twine and sequins were the perfect touch.

You can find all of the August Release in the Craftin Desert Divas Shop. Be sure to check it out!

This is Day 1 of the Blog Hop. Be sure to check out the Craftin Desert Divas Blog for Day 2 tomorrow.

Now it is time to head on over to Mercedes Blog.

Here is the whole line up for today:

Craftin Desert Divas
Saundra <-- You are here

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fall In Love ~ Gerda Steiner Designs

August 14, 2018 0 Comments
Hell Crafty Friends!

Today I am featuring a card that I made with Gerda Steiner Designs Stamps and Dies.

These cute little owls just had me! Look at his surprised face! They are such a sweet couple and they were begging me to color them up! These images are from the Fall In Love Stamps.

Let me tell you a little about my card.

I started by coloring my images, owls, leaves and trees, with Copic markers. Once I was happy with the coloring I die cut my images with the Coordinating Dies.

Next to create a background for these images.

I kept in pretty simple and decided to use some ink blending with Distress Oxide Ink.

I thought the MFT Cloud Stencil and Spun Sugar Distress Oxide provided a soft back drop for my images.  For the ground I used MFT Drifts & Hills Stencil with some Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Inks.  I spritzed the background with some water and picked it up with a paper towel. Once everything was dried I die cut my panel with CDD Crazy Stitched Frames Dies.

I mounted my panel on some SSS Fog Cardstock and added my images with some thing foam squares. A little white pen details and this sweet little card was complete.

I hope you enjoyed my card featuring Gerda Steiner Designs.

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See you soon!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

You're My Favorite Nut ~ CDD August Sneak Peek

August 12, 2018 0 Comments

Hello and Welcome to my blog!

Throughout the week the Craftin Desert Divas design team will be sharing projects featuring products from the August 2018 release that will be available later this week.

Today I am sharing a project created with the new Favorite Nut Stamps. Along with these new stamps I am sharing a look at a new stencil, as well.

This little squirrel image is so cute. He looks like we all feel after eating our Thanksgiving dinner, doesn't he?

To create this scene I started with creating a mask using CDD Torn Paper Dies and some masking paper. I used the negative part of the masking paper and added it to my white cardstock. 

The new stencil is going to be a must-have! It has 2 sides the can be used for creating a cloud background and 2 sides to create the ground. As a bonus, the inside has some area where you will be able to added some details to a path or stone wall. It would be a great stencil if you love mixed media.   Just wait until you see it later this week.

So I used the stencil to create the clouds with some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink and I created the ground with some Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Ink.

Still keeping my stencil mask in place I used CDD Blooming Treen Stencil to create my fall tree with Distress Oxide Ink in Gathered Twigs, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber. To add a little depth to the tree I used some Copic markers. 

Once I was finished with all of my stenciling I removed my mask. I popped my little image up with some foam tape and stamped my sentiment.

You are going to love all of the images from the new Favorite Nut stamps!

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All of the new stamps, dies, and stencils will be available for purchase on Friday, August 17, in the Craftin Desert Divas Shop.

I will be back on Friday to share another card using this cute set. Hope to see you soon!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

You + Me = Best Friends

August 04, 2018 0 Comments
Hello! Welcome to my blog!

Today I am sharing this cute little friend card. 

For this card I used Craftin Desert Divas Best Friends stamps. She is so cute and the best part is she is FREE! See the details below.

I colored this little cutie up with Copic markers and added her to panel that I die-cut with CDD Crazy Stitched Frames. I use some Distress Oxide Inks to create a coffee background for her to float in. I spritzed the background with some Perfect Pearls to give some shimmer.

I used a sentiment from the Best Friends stamps and one from the Sending Love stamps (No longer available). I thought they paired well together.

Of course, no card is complete unless there is some SEQUINS! CDD has wide variety and I pulled some from several sets to get a mix that matched my card.

Head on over to Craftin Desert Divas to get your craft on!

Hurry! This offer is only good for this weekend!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

You Are Amazing! - with Craftin Desert Divas

July 24, 2018 1 Comments

Hello and welcome to my blog.

Today I am sharing a card I created with Craftin Desert Divas products.

Copic coloring can be a little intimidating so I thought I would share an easy way to use your alcohol markers with no shading required.

To create this card I used the following items:

Fog cardstock
Versa Mark Ink Pad
White Embossing Powder
Powder Bag
Heat Gun
Copic Markers
Stamping Positioner: I own the Misti and Tonic Studios Stamp Platform
Foam Tape Liquid Adhesive

Let's get started!

I started by stamping and heat embossing my flowers from the Botanical Layers Stamps. When heat embossing you need a sticky ink so that your embossing powder will stick to it. The best ink for this is Versa Mark Ink.

Before stamping use your powder tool or powder bag over the area to keep the embossing powder from sticking to areas you don’t want it.

You want to heat up your heat gun for a few moments before taking to the vellum. Move your heat gun around and don’t stay in the same spot for too long. If you have heated your gun long enough it will only take a few seconds for the embossing powder to melt.

Once the vellum is cooled, tun it over and color the other side. You want to color the side that hasn’t been embossed so that you don’t color your embossed lines and it gives the vellum a stained glass look. A great thing about  coloring on vellum is you don’t have to do any blending. As you can see in the picture above I only used 2 Copic markers.

Once the flowers were colored I fussy-cut them with my scissors.

My flowers needed leaves so I colored another piece of vellum with a green Copic markers and die-cut some leaves using the dies from the Inside Scalloped Circle Dies.

Now it’s time to arrange everything onto the panel and see how it looks.

For my panel I used the You Stamps and heat embossed the medallion onto Fog cardstock as well as, the You sentiment. Momento London Fog ink was used to stamp the supporting sentiment.

Since I was happy with this placement I took a picture with my phone so that I could reference it as I glued all the elements down.

I was very careful applying my Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive onto the vellum pieces. Applying a small dot of glue in the centers of the flowers, on the stamen, and a tiny bit on some of the edges was the perfect amount and seemed to be enough to adhere the flowers. The leaves were tucked in under the flowers and the Sentiment was popped up with foam tape.

For a finishing touch, I added a few sequins.

I hope you found this helpful and gets you creating with your favorite Craftin Desert Divas products.

Thank you for spending a bit of your time with me today.

Be sure to check out the Craftin Desert Divas Blog for weekly inspiration!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Birthday Treat Bags

July 18, 2018 0 Comments

Hello and welcome to my blog!

Today I have a fun little project to share featuring Craftin Desert Divas new Birthday Treat Bag Add On SVG.

This SVG is sized perfectly to coordinate with CDD Treat Bag Dies. You will need to have an electronic die cutting machine to be able to cut these SVGs out.

In the video below, I show how I put these cute little critters together.

I hope you enjoy the video. If you. have any questions please comment below.

Here are few more pictures.

I embellished my bags with some baker's twine and added some tags that are included with the CDD Treat Bag Dies. The sentiment is from CDD Simply Said Stamps.

Further embellishments include: 

Ranger Distress Ink

Thank you for visiting today and I hope to see you soon!