Sunday, January 14, 2018

Foxy Birthday!

Hi everyone, stopping in for another birthday card that features the new Birthday Surprise digital stamp set. This time I chose the cupcake fox and colored him with my zig markers. I used the new Party Border dies for the balloons. I cut the balloon order twice, once from white cardstock that I inked with distress oxides for a sky/cloud look. Then I cut it from patterned paper, cut the balloons off and glued them to the white inked cardstock. I used the Happy die set to cut happy out of white cardstock for the shadow and the same patterned paper for the "happy".  I then die cut a tab from the Fancy Frame die set and stamped the birthday sentiment on it. I inked the card base and added an embossed piece of cardstock for the mat. Then I used some foam tape to pop the balloons and put on the finishing touches with some sequins. I hope you enjoy this fun little birthday card!


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy Birthday... January Release!

Hello and Happy New 2018! I am so excited for what this year holds and all the craftiness it brings. I am starting the year off with a birthday card using the new digital stamp set, Birthday Surprise, from Craftin Desert Divas. I love these fun characters and I can't wait create more with them. I started by making my background using watercolor paints and some rock/table salt (I used both kinds). Here's what it looked like while drying.

When dried I brushed the salt off and die cut it using the Fancy Frame set. While it was drying I colored my stamped images with Zig Clean Color markers. I added some metallic gel pen details to them and clear nuvo drops for added dimension. I had the fun idea of adding some Sweet Pea sequins on top of the nuvo drops for some fun dimension on the balloons.

From there, I die cut some yellow patterned paper from CTMH. It is double sided and I cut the rectangle from the Inside Scalloped  Rectangle dies and then flipped it over and die cut the new Happy sentiment. I stamped the birthday sentiment from the Sending Sentiments stamp set. Lastly I die cut the banner using the new Party Borders die set from blue glitter cardstock. Once that was done I assembled the card. I am really happy with how it turned out and I hope you are too! 

Here's to a Happy New Year filled with joy and creating! 


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January 2018 Mood Board Challenge

Happy New Year! I have been busy dealing with sickness, kids, and creating that I will be sharing with you soon. To get started, let's kick it off with the mood board challenge at Craftin Desert Divas. You can find the challenge by joining the facebook page: Craftin Desert Divas Gallery and looking under the events tab there. We have tried to make it easier for everyone to find. If you do play along with us PLEASE be sure to use the #CDDMonthly so we can find your projects :) This month we have some gorgeous inspiration to draw from.

I started my card by using the Winter Village digital stamp set. I set my scene up in Photoshop but you could use word or any other program that allows images. I sized everything and then printed. I also printed it on regular printer paper and fussy cut it out to use as a mask. I used zig two way glue so that it would hold but still come of when I was done inking the background. I used Distressed Oxide inks in the following colors: Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Iced Spruce, Lucky Clover, and Broken China. I colored it using my Zig realclean markers then I die cut it out using the Fancy Frames die cut set.  Here's the fun part, my 4 year old helped with the Skyfall sequins. I took a phone call and left the sequins and glue out and this is what I came back to. I fell in love with it so I kept it :) Sometimes accidents turn into happy mistakes. I finished it off with some Nuvo Glitter Accent. While I let that dry, I used some Nuvo Embossing Mousse in Aquamarine on the edges of the card base. I finally used some foam tape and attached the card front to base and this is how it turned out!! I am in love with it and wish you could see all the sparkle and shine it has in real life. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Alcohol Ink Background

Hello everyone, Digital DT member Laura here to share with you a fun "candy cane" striped background done with alcohol inks and some blending solution on the Craftin Desert Divas Blog. I had so much fun playing with this technique and I made several that you will see in the future but I chose this one to share with you today. I paired it with the Snow Cup Cutie digital stamp from Craftin Desert Divas.

I started with some YUPO paper, which is a plastic coated type cardstock that works perfectly for this technique. I am traveling and didn't have my blender tools with me so I had to improvise and used some quilt batting that my Mother had. It actually worked extremely well! I cut a rectangle of it and dropped a red dot of Alcohol ink, then a white, then a red in a line ( I used Santa Fe Red and White Pinata brand alcohol inks). I had pictures of this but they disappeared into thin air. I then squirted some blending solution (I used Adirondack brand by Tim Holtz) in a line across all 3 dots then I swiped downward on the YUPO to make my stripes. I was very happy with the candy cane stripes that appeared! I let it dry overnight and then cut it down to size. I printed off the digital Snow Cup Cutie stamp and colored with my Zig Real Clean markers. Next I cut it out and added it to my background for a fun and festive winter card! 

There are so many fun techniques you can do with alchohol inks, I hope I have inspired you to try this one!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

December Mood Board Challenge

I love this month's mood board inspiration at Craftin Desert Divas. It is so peaceful, elegant, and calming. I took all of that and wrapped it into this digital candle set card. I started by printing off my image and coloring it with zig markers. I used my Dove Blender to blend them out. I used nuvo gold drops and some glitter on the candles for added effect. I added some distress ink and cut a mat from red cardstock which I embossed with the cuttlebug. I cut some circle frames and added distress oxide ink to them. I put it all together with my ATG tape runner. I added some Berry Christmas sequins to finish it off. I hope I have inspired you to join us in the challenge. Be sure to use #cddmonthly if you do and share with us in the Facebook group: Craftin Desert Divas Gallery.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A hot chocolate kind of day

Well today I am running late. This was supposed to be posted by 3 for the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop featuring Hot Cocoa day. I am just now posting it but it also fits into The Color Throwdown Challenge I love these sweet colors!  I used Lori Whitlock's Christmas Kisses gift card holder and Newton's Nook stamps (Cup of Cocoa) for the stamped images. What a fun treat for a special friend! #ctd473

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cup of Cheer

Hello! It's starting to get cold again and the perfect weather for some hot cocoa. I used the stamp set Cup of Cocoa from Newton's Nook to create this card. I used the Sorted Shapes 1 stencil from Craftin Desert Divas for the hexagon shape done in Lucky Clover distress oxide ink. I colored my mugs with zig markers. I added the frame around the outside with the Inside scalloped rectangle dies from Craftin Desert Divas. For the final touches I added some wink of stella to the hearts and whipped cream, and some snowflake chunky glitter from the dollar section of Target. I really like how festive this turned out :)