Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fluttering by

I hope you have all recovered from the new release.  I also hope you have some of those wonderful new products in your eager hands!  I can sense lots of crafting going on!  I'm here to remind you that the April Monthly Challenge is still going on until the end of the month.  What a perfect excuse to use some of those brand new goodies!  Who needs to wash the dishes anyways??

The colors from this month's challenge are just so soft and lovely!  Let me share my newest project with you.

Today's project features the Butterfly Garden digi stamp.  She's the sweetest little butterfly and I adore the flowers that come with it.  I printed the flower base and the butterfly out on Bristol Smooth paper so that I could you use my Zig Clean Color real brush markers.  I just love these markers!  I probably say that about all of my coloring!  Oh well, I just love them all. Each have their own special qualities.

Everything was colored with only six markers and a waterbrush.  I love how you don't need a lot of colors to get beautiful results.  I just put down a little color and pulled it out with the water brush. Easy peasy!!!  The sentiment also comes with this digi and I printed it on Bristol as well.  I grabbed the same yellow marker I used on the card to color the sentiment.  Then I colored another piece of the Bristol with the purple marker to make perfectly matching layers.  I did spray the sentiment layer with some shimmer spray for that little extra.

The flower layer was cut out with the largest die from the Fancy Frames die set.  Attached that to a blue cardstock layer and onto the white card base.  For the butterfly I added foam tape to the back and adhered it.  The sentiment layers were glued directly down.  Now, do you see the little butterfly and dragonfly?  Those little lovelies come from the Window Pane dies set!  I cut them out from Bristol paper and colored them with just the barest bit of color from the Zig markers spread out with water. While they were still wet I bent them just a little.  Once they were dry they stayed bent adding to the dimension of the card.  I added a little Wink of Stella because you know they need to sparkle!

Have a lovely day!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Alpaca friend

Hiya gang!  Today I'm bringing you a project featuring the Adventurous Alpaca digital stamp.  This guy made an appearance on my blog a while ago but I just had to bring him back!

I colored him up with Copic markers.  I attempted to give him some texture in his fur by adding extra curls.  He is a such a happy guy!  I was also going for a more masculine feel and think it worked pretty well.  The background was sponged with three different distress inks using a new Hero Arts stencil  I love it!

He's standing on a hill I cut out of vellum.  I sponged ink onto the vellum and splattered it with water to get some more texture.  He needed something else to ground him so I colored on the back of the vellum to give him a bit of a shadow.

The word is cut out from black cardstock.  I went over it with a Spectrum Noir glitter pen.  Gotta love that sparkle!  I forgot to mention that I started out with kraft colored cardstock for both the stenciled layer and the Alpaca.  I attached them all to a gray cardstock layer and onto a white card base.  All done! 

I do hope you head over to Jess's Etsy store and check out her goodies.

See you soon!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Friends Like You

Are you super excited to get your hands on the new release from Craftin Desert Divas???  I know I am!  I'll do my best to contain my excitement so I can share my next project with you!

This new Treat Bag die is just so much fun!  I love how you can customize it to have handles, no handles, ribbons and so on.  Possibilities are just about endless!  

This time I colored up the Friends Like You digi stamp using my Polychromos.  I also printed it out on kraft cardstock instead of white.  I wanted to give it a more earthy/masculine feel and I love it.  I cut the colored piece out using the layering die that comes in the set.  I just love all of the mini scalloped edges.  I adhered it to a turquoise piece of cardstock and popped it up with foam tape.

The purple tag is cut out using another die included in the Treat Bag die set.  The tags in this set all have the stitching detail!!   I embossed a sentiment from the Short & Sweet Tags set with white embossing powder.  I also used foam tape on the back of the tag.  As a finishing touch I added some sequins from Moonlit Kisses.

Make sure you hop on over to the New Release section of the Craftin Desert Diva's store and pick yourself out some goodies!

Have an awesome day!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Just For You

Hi gang!  I'm so excited that it is almost time for the new release from Craftin Desert Divas.  The sneak peeks are just about killing me!!  I love everything I have seen so far.  Then again, when don't I?  I *might* have a slight problem.  Like not enough time to use all my pretty things!  I'm sure you all can understand what I mean.

You are seriously going to love this new die that is coming out for this release.  A TREAT BAG!!! Yes, I know I'm shouting...but YAY!  It's oh so cute and you are going to want it.  Let me get to sharing my project with you.

This die has a lovely mini scalloped edge, stitch detailing and lots of fabulous extras.  Tags, handle openings, layering pieces.  It's just about perfect I tell ya!

I colored up the adorable Just for You digi stamp with copic markers and added a few highlights with a white gel pen.  I picked out the colors for the balloons from the sweet Doodlebug paper I used to make the bag.  I then cut it out using one of the dies from the Treat Bag set.  I inked up the edges with a bright pink ink.  I adhered it to the turquoise paper (also from Doodlebug) and popped it up with foam tape. 

For the treat bag itself I sponged all of the edges with the same bright pink ink to give it some more pizzazz.  I also had to add some of the lovely Shimmer sequins.  The Treat Bag dies fit perfectly on a 6x6 piece of paper with a little leftover.  You will need two pieces of 6x6 to complete the bag.  If you're like me, you've got heaps of 6x6 pads laying around (hoarding).  Here's a fun and easy way to put those gorgeous papers to use!

The Treat Bag dies will be available this week in the New Release section of the store.

Glad you could stop by!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Happy Spring

Hi there gang!  Welcome to the spring of ever present rain!  Well, at least that's what it seems like around here.  I hope some of you are enjoying sunshine.  I now that this will bring beautiful May flowers but enough with the gray skies already!  So in attempt to brighten up my day, I bring you some more cuteness from Craftin Desert Divas.

CDD has several of these super cute lambs in the digital stamp section.  They are all so cute that I had a really hard time deciding which one to choose.  I combined two different digital stamps to create the scene on my card.  Lamb with Flowers and Butterfly Garden.

I colored the lamb, flowers and grass with Copic markers.  I cut the main panel out using one of the dies from the Fancy Frames set.  Layered it on pink cardstock and on to a taupe colored base.  I added some sequins from the Citrus Bliss collection.  The Happy Spring sentiment comes with the Lamb with Flowers digital stamp.  I printed it out on white cardstock, mounted it on the same taupe cardstock as the base and popped it up with foam tape.  Ta Da!!  This makes me look forward to the beautiful flowers that will be coming soon.

Since it's a new month, there is a new social media challenge on the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook page.  The colors are so very pretty for this month!

You've got loads of time to color something up to participate!  Check out the CDD store today!

Have a fabulous day!