Sunday, September 17, 2017

Coffee is a hug

Hello my fellow crafters!  I know I have been absent for quite a while but I'm happy to say I'm back! I was selected to be on the Kennedy Grace Creations design team.  I can't wait to share their gorgeous stamps and sequins.  In the meantime, I wanted to create a coffee themed card so I could participate in the Fall Coffee Lovers blog hop!  Woot!!
Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year so I seem to own lots (and lots) of fall themed stamps.  I really can't resist.  Let's not even talk about Simon Says Stamp and Stamptember!  Oy!  My checkbook is crying!  On to my card.

Since this fall hop is also coinciding with The Daily Marker 30 day challenge, I happened to have this lovely little coffee cup from Unity Stamps already stamped and colored.  I originally stamped it on Bristol smooth cardstock with a dark brown ink.  I then colored it using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush.  I cut it out using a die from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles and adhered it to a piece of Cajun Craze paper from Stampin Up!

The white layer is a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I put several leaves from the Autumn Flowers set by Clearly Besotted onto a block.  I carefully inked them up with several different colors of Distress Oxide inks.  I used Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves and Fossilized Amber.  Before I stamped them on the paper I very lightly misted them with water. Stamped down in place and held it there for a moment or two.  I repeated that step until I had it how I wanted.   For added interest, I ran it through my Cuttlebug with a coffee bean embossing folder.  I then used the Lawn Fawn Stiched Rectangle die to cut it out.  I did go around the edge with the lightest of touch with the Vintage Photo.  This layer was adhered onto a piece of Crumb Cake from Stampin Up which I also sponged with Vintage photo.

The bottom layer was also cut out using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die out of Rich Razzleberry from Stampin up!  This was adhered to the Crumb Cake card base which you don't see.

I dug through my many coffee sets and came up with this sentiment from Altenew.  It comes from the Coffee Love set.  One of my very favorites!  I reached for several of the Distress Oxides to ink it up and stamp it onto watercolor paper.  I wanted my browns to match so for the layer under the sentiment I sponged Vintage Photo onto watercolor paper.  I added some gold drops before adhering it to the sentiment.  Before I put the sentiment on the leaf layer, I added some flicks of gold.  Can never have too much sparkle!  

I added foam tape to most of the coffee cup layer and adhered it in place.  Ta-da!!  I had intended for this to be a quick card but it didn't work out that way.  I do really love how it turned out though!  And here's another photo from the side so you can see the embossed coffee beans.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thanks a bushel

How's everyone doing today?  I'm trying to get over the post vacation hump!  It's hard to get back into the swing of things with work and kids and the like.  Slowly things are resuming there normal schedule and I'm getting back into my craft room.

I have finally had the chance to finish the last sections of the Create with Markers Mega class!  I have been working my way through section by section.  Mindy at My Creative Scoop breaks everything down into differenct sections.  It makes it a lot easier when you don't always have a lot of time to devote in one sitting.

The last portion deals with wood/leaves/greenery.  I should have printed out the digital stamp a little bit larger but I made it work anyways.  I think it would have been easier to squeeze in some more wood grain texture but there is always next time.

I turned the completed piece into a very simple card.  After I spend all that time coloring an image I really want to keep it as the focus.  This sentiment is from the Thanks a Bushel set by Lawn Fawn.  It was the perfect sentiment!  I stamped it onto dark brown cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I cut the main piece down a little bit, adhered it to a green layer and then onto the brown card base.  It is the same dark brown that I used on the sentiments.  I gathered up a couple diffrent sequins to coordinate and called it done!

If you haven't checked out Mindy's classes yet, you can follow this link to all her current offerings. She recently added an amazing hair and skin class!  It is on my wish list but it will have to wait.  I just signed up to take her Creating Backgrounds with Markers class.  I can't wait!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Balloon coloring

Hiya my crafting friends!  I'm back today to share a card that I made out of a practice piece I colored in Mindy Baxter's Copic Create with Markers Mega class.  Check it out here.  I have been having a great time with the class.  I had to take a short break due to a family vacation but I plan to be back at it again shortly.  I think I'm down to the last couple of sections (trees, grass, etc.).  Then I hope to take her Creating with Backrgrounds class!  I love learning more and more about using my Copic markers. I am always looking to improve my skills.  I highly recommend you check her classes out. She even has a free class to try out!

The section I just completed was on coloring transparent items.  In particular, balloons.  In the past I have just colored balloons that overlapped as a solid color with no transparency.  NO MORE!  Check out my results...

I am amazed at how simple she makes it seem!  I was able to follow her instructions to achieve beautiful results the very first time I colored the image.  I just love how it turned out.  I can see myself coloring a lot more balloons in my future.

The gray layer is Going Gray cardstock from Stampin Up.  The blue layer is Pacific Point also from Stampin Up.  I used the Roses all over background stamp from MFT Stamps and embossed it with white embossing powder.  The aqua layer is Cool Caribbean from Stampin Up.  The balloon layer was cut using a die from the Fancy Frames set from Craftin Desert Divas.  I did add a little glossy accents for a little extra highlight.  The sequins are from my stash (most likely from Pretty Pink Posh). The birthday die and stamp are from Lawn Fawn.

I appreciate you stopping by!  Remember to check out Mindy's full line of classes here.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop 4

I didn't realize I have to have separate blog posts in order to do the link up.  So I'll have three posts that are just the pictures.  Please see my original Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop post for full details.


Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop 3

I didn't realize I have to have separate blog posts in order to do the link up.  So I'll have three posts that are just the pictures.  Please see my original Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop post for full details.


Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop 2

I didn't realize I have to have separate blog posts in order to do the link up.  So I'll have three posts that are just the pictures.  Please see my original Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop post for full details.


Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop

Hiya everyone!  I am so excited that the next Coffee Lovers Blog hop has arrived.  I've got a busy scheduled coming up this week so I knew I needed to make something today.  I realized I had several images that I had colored for the spring hop but never had the time to make them into cards. This was just the perfect opportunity!  Without further ado, here are my entries!

For this card I used the gorgeous Spring to Go stamp from Unity Stamps.  I need to collect all of their coffee cup stamps.  I really want the one with the cat on it!  I tried to be very light handed when I colored the image in using Zig Clean Color markers and a water brush.  The patterned papers are both from Doodlebug.

This is a digital stamp from Jessica Lynn Original stamp company.  This was actually a freebie that I fell in love with from the Spring blog hop.  In fact, I loved it so much, I colored it up three times.  For this version I used Albrect Durer watercolor pencils.  The stitched frame is from Mama Elephant and the sequins are from my stash.  They might be from Pretty Pink Posh.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Coffee Talk set.

Take number two on the Jessica Lynn Original digital stamp.  This one I colored up using Mission Gold watercolors.  It was my first time using them and it's not perfect but I love it anyways!  The sentiment is from Altenew's Coffee Love set.  I also created the background using other stamps from the same Altenew set.

Third and final take on the Jessica Lynn Original stamp. I'm not going to lie.  This version is my favorite!  I colored it with Zig Clean Color markers.  This one is considerably more bold than the image I colored from Unity Stamps.  I couldn't find anything in my paper stash to match the vibrant colors.  I dug out some matching colors of distress inks and painted some stripes on watercolor paper. Splattered it with water to give it texture and presto!  Did I mention I love this card?  This sentiment is also from Altenew's Coffee Love.  It's hard to see but I cut the stripe layer out using a Wonky stitched rectangle from MFT Stamps.  The stiched scalloped edge is from Pretty Pink Posh if I am remembering correctly.

Whew!   A lot of pictures in this post and you can tell I had lots of fun making them.  Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Turtley awesome

Hi guys!  I can't wait to get a break from the sweltering heat we have been experiencing lately! It does however make for an excellent excuse to stay inside and hide in my craft room!  I am still working my way through the Create with Markers Copic class I am taking from Mindy Baxter at My Creative Scoop.  She has several different classes (including a freebie!) and she just added a new one for hair and skin!  I have got to take that one next or maybe the background class...I just want to take them all.  Anyways, click here to check out the selection.

I colored up a fluffy cat but I haven't had a chance to make it into a card yet BUT I did finish up the turtle image.  He is just fabulous!  I think I'm a little obsessed with him.  The details Mindy shows you how to add are just amazing.  I can't get over how wonderful he looks.  Take a look and see for yourself!

The entire card is colored with Copic markers.  Well, the sentiment is stamped but everything else has been colored.  I can't believe that I made it.  The turtle is a digital stamp that is included with the class.  All the other details were freehand drawn in following Mindy's awesome instructions.  People, I can't even hardly draw stick figures.  I still came out with an amazing scene.

I can't tell you how excited I am to continue on with the class.  I'm tackling trees and greenery next. Stayed tuned for more sharing!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tweet on you

Hiya gang!  I have a quick blog post for you today.  Life has been a bit hectic with year end stuff for my kids and just plain ol stuff!  So I didn't want to wait any longer to share this with you all.

Isn't this digital stamp just the cutest??  It is from Craftin Desert Divas and was released quite a while ago but I just finally got a chance to use it!  Totally perfect for all those upcoming summer weddings.

The stamp is called "Tweet Wedded Bliss" and can be purchased at the Craftin Desert Divas website. I used a die from their Fancy Frames set along with some of the Sweet Sixteen sequins.  I printed the stamp out on Bristol Smooth paper and got busy with my Zig Clean Color real brush markers.  I think I'm getting better at making softer colors!  It is probably hard to see in the picture but I added Wink of Stella to his bow tie and her flower crown.  Hope you like it!

~See you soon...


P.S.  If you are looking for a link to the Create with Markers mega class, here it is!

Monday, May 29, 2017

All smiles

Happy three day weekend everyone!  I appreciate the fact that with an extra day off I can spend more time in the craft room!  I also figured this would be a really good time to type up today's quick blog post.  Last week I shared some images on Instagram of some work I am doing in the Copic Marker mega class from Mindy Baxter/My Creative Scoop. You can check out this awesome class here.  I am learning so many things including how to cover/go with your mistakes.  Like extra marker blobs or bleeding outside the lines...or dropping your marker on your work!  Mindy has given me the freedom to NOT throw away projects and I love it.

In the past, my Copic projects have been on Neenah Solar White.  Now I am a convert to Copic Xpress it and Cryogen white cardstock.  I still love my Neenah for many things but I was getting frustrated with the bleeding.  Sometimes I could control it and sometimes I couldn't.  To be honest, it could be user error but I am happy with the new papers I am using.  So if you are getting frustrated with your current paper, I suggest giving the two I have listed a try!  You might just love them.  On to my project!

The girl is a digital stamp included in the class and I printed her out onto the Cryogen white paper.  In the class, Mindy shows you how to color an ombre dress and I just had to try it out.  She had a different color scheme but I just found some colors I wanted to use and jumped right in.  I would list my colors used but I can't find my piece of paper with all of the colors.  Dang it!  I think my craft desk needs a little bit of cleaning.  If I find it I'll come back and add the information.  I know that they are from the V and BV color families.  I then used some of the same colors from the dress along with B000 and B0000 to create the little dots all over the background.

The purple gingham paper is from a Doodlebug paper pad, the dark gray cardstock is from MFT Stamps and the light gray is from Stampin Up.  I used a Tim Holtz stencil and Going Gray ink from Stampin Up to create the pattern on the gray cardstock.  I added an assortment of sparkling sequins from my stash and the sentiment is from a Mama Elephant set.  There you have it!

I highly encourage you to check out Mindy's Class.  I have learned lots and look forward to learning more.  My next section to work on is animal fur!  Have a fantastic day!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Zany zebra

Hi there!  We've made it to Wednesday which means we've got half of the week behind us already! Yay!  I'm here to help make the day even better by sharing my latest Craftin Desert Diva's project with you.

I'm sure you have learned by now that I'm not afraid to color my critters any color I choose.  I know they aren't naturally occuring but I just can't seem to help myself.  They practically beg me to color them in whatever zany combination I can come up with.  So today's project is no different.  I *really* intended to use black and white for this zebra know.  A super happy, pink and gray Zebra!  I don't regret it one bit.

I actually had the current mood board/social media challenge picture up from Craftin Desert Diva's and I really wanted to use these awesome, bright colors.

Aren't they just super fun??  You've even got several days to enter the challenge.  Give yourself a treat and take time to color up a stamp or two and enter them in the challenge.  Don't forget to use #CDDMONTHLY!

I guess I should get to sharing my card with you,  Here it is!

The patterned paper piece on the left is something I created using a really cool stencil and 3 different colors of distress inks.  I inked the pink and the orange first.  Then I moved the stencil just a little and went over it very lightly with a gray distress ink.  I was attempting to give a bit of a shadow.  I'm not sure I totally succeeded but I still love it!

I used Copic markers to color in the Zebra Note digital stamp.  The sentiment comes from the Tiny Sentiments set and was a perfect fit!  I cut a scalloped circle out of watercolor paper using a die from the Stitched in Circles die set.  I used the same pink and orange distress inks to add the splatters to the watercolor paper as well as adding in some black.  I very lightly sponged around the edges with both the pink and gray distress inks to give it a little pop.The orange circle is also cut it with a die from the Stitched in Circles die set.  The orange paper is from the Gingham & Linen Doodlebug paper pad.

I adhered the zebra down with foam tape and layered up the circles.  I used a dark gray cardstock for the base.  The little pink stripe you can see in the center is also from the Gingham & Linen Doodlebug paper pad. I cut another strip of the gray cardstock and went over it with Wink of Stella to make it sparkle.  I then adhered the stenciled paper on top and added the circles.  I stood back and took a good look.  I decided it was missing something on the right side so I dug through my collection of sequins.  I pulled sequins from the Citrus Bliss mix and the Comet mix.  It seemed like the perfect finishing touch.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today.  I do hope you will go check out the challenge at the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook page!

Until next time!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Flying by

If you are like me, you are happy to have made it to the middle of week!  It's all down hill from here,right?  I find a little crafting always makes me stop and enjoy myself.  Even if it's only for 15 minutes!  Today I have brought back the adorable elephant from Happy Hello.  I did mention previously how much I love this little guy/gal!

I love using Zig Clean Color markers but I always seem to end up with really bright/deep colors. Sometimes that is exactly what I'm looking for but now and then I need something soft.  To that end, I have been practicing much softer coloring.  I think I managed to pull it off with today's card.

I really had to hold myself back and just lay down the barest hint of color.  Then I just used my waterbrush to pull the color out.  I'm certainly happy with the way it turned out!  I used the Inside Scalloped Circle die to cut the image out and add some detail.  I put it back together and adhered it to a light gray circle and glued it all to a gray card base.  The flowers are also from the Inside Scalloped Circle die set.  I cut them out of Bristol paper and used  a few of the Zig Clean Color markers to add color which I spread out with the waterbrush.  Easy peasy flowers that are a perfect match for my card!

This turned out to be a pretty quick card to complete.  I bet you could even make a set in assorted colors to give out as gifts!  I hope you take the time to check out these goodies at the Craftin Desert Divas store!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Many wishes

Welcome back to my blog!  Today I have a Craftin Desert Divas project to share with you. I'm using the May Mood Board/Social media colors as my inspiration for my card.  They are so bright and cheerful.  I can't help but smile when I use them!

We're really just at the beginning of May so you have LOTS of time to whip up a project to participate in the challenge.  Check out the CDD Gallery FB Group for further details.  Don't forget to use #cddmonthly!

Now I know peacocks don't really come in these colors but isn't it super fun?!  I created the background on watercolor paper using Kuretake Gansai watercolors.  After the colors splotches were dry, I splattered it with all the different colors from the splotches as well as adding gold and black. Once it was completely dry I cut it using one of the dies from Fancy Frames dies.  I hand cut a pink layer and a turquoise layer.  The green layer was cut out using another of the Fancy frame dies. Then I adhered all of that to a black layer and finally the white card base.  This card is heavy!

The word I cut out of black glitter paper using a die from Wishful Thoughts.  I also cut it out three more times using white paper.  I wanted it to stand out from the card but I don't have much luck using the fun foam with dies.  It always seems to end up a little bigger than the die...maybe because it gets squished?  Anywho, I glued all the layers together and adhered it to the card.  The oh so small wishes word comes from the Autumn Wishes set.  I just stamped the one word from a larger sentiment.  It happened to be the right size.  I stamped it in Versafine black and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

The two thin strips are two different shades of gray.  I used the same die from Fancy Frames so that the ends would match up perfectly and have the stitching detail.  Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that I colored the peacock using Copic markers.  I put a little bit of foam tape behind the parts of the peacock that weren't touching the gray strips.  That finishes up my project!  I do hope you like it!  It was a lot of fun to create.  I do love using my watercolors for backgrounds.

Hope to see you back soon!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Floral fun

I am really, REALLY excited to bring you today's post.  I signed up to take Mindy Baxter's Mother's Day coloring class.  This class is only available for purchase through May 14th but it is available for a lifetime after purchase!  It uses a gorgeous digital stamp (purchased separately) from Power Poppy.  I was thrilled to get to combine two things that I have wanted to do.  Take an in depth Copic class AND try out Power Poppy stamps.  A total win-win for me!

I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I had taking this class.  It's like Mindy is right there in your home giving you one-on-one instructions!  She goes into a lot of detail and it's super easy to pause and catch up to whatever portion she is working on at that moment.  Not to mention you can "rewind" and watch things as many times as you need.  Awesome!  I felt her instructions were very clear and well thought out.  I mean, they must have been or there is no way I could have created such a gorgeous card!  Seriously!!  So without further delay, here is the result of taking Mindy's Mother's day class.

It is just so amazing!  I keep getting it out because I can't believe that I made that!  Yes, I am squealing here and doing a happy dance.  And it's even a no line coloring image!  And it looks fabulous!  Mindy made it so incredibly easy to create this gorgeous piece of art.  I can hardly bear to part with it but I think my Mother-in-law will be thrilled!

To create the card itself, I added just a little bit of extras.  I added a few sparkle flat sequins and a couple of clear Nuvo drops.  I used the same pink Copic marker to color the mat layer and went over it with a Spectrum Noir glitter marker because everything needs sparkle.  As the final step I adhered it all to a dark gray card base.  Done!  I couldn't bring myself to stamp a sentiment so I embossed one in silver on the inside.

If I haven't convinced you yet to run over and sign up for Mindy's class then I better share one more thing with you.  Mindy's classes aren't just for Copic markers.  You can certainly use any kind of alcohol markers.  I also wanted to show you how the same techniques she shows you can be applied using different mediums.  I brought out my Zig Clean Color markers and got busy!  Take a look.

Isn't it just as stunning as the one I did with Copics??  I am just tickled with how great this one turned out as well.  I encourage you to go check out Mindy's full line of classes which can be found right here.  I must also mention Mindy's awesome website My Creative Scoop.  She has so much to offer and a lot of it is free.  Yes, FREE!

These classes are going to become very addicting, I can just tell.  In fact, I'm off to continue working on her Create with Markers mega class.  I hope to be back soon with more lovely projects to share!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Elephant Hello

Hiya!  I do hope your May is off to a great start!  I'm here today to share a new project I created featuring goodies from Craftin Desert Divas.  There is a new monthly challenge over on the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook page but I still can't seem to get past last months lovely colors! They were just so darn soft and pretty.  So, you have been warned!

This elephant digi is just TOO cute for words!  I was so excited when Tara released it in the store.  I had to color it up right away using one of my favorite mediums...Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. As per the usual, this was printed out on Bristol smooth paper.  I have yet to get my laser printer to cooperate with using heavy watercolor paper.  I like using the Zigs on regular watercolor paper as well.  Please share if you have any tips for laser printing on 140lb watercolor paper!

My card is so super simple but I think it lets the digi take front and center.  It's too cute not to make it the star!  I only used six markers and a waterbrush to blend all the colors out.  That's it.  Super duper easy.  I mounted it on a pink layer and then onto a taupe card base.  The Hello sentiment is from Simply Said stamped in black with touch of Wink of Stella on top.  I cut a small blue layer, added foam tape and adhered it to the card.  I called it done!  

Seriously, you should rush over to the store right now and get the Happy Hello digital stamp!  At .99 cents, CDD digis are an awesome value!

I'll be seeing you soon!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Pretty as a Princess

Happy May everyone!  I'm here today to share some news that is pretty darn exciting for me.  I have been chosen as one of the members of My Creative Scoop Creative team!!    You can see all of the fabulous members of the design team here.  I am SO jazzed!  I have always wanted to take one of Mindy's classes and now I am finally getting a chance.  I get to work on improving my coloring skills while sharing my progress with you all.

Another equally exciting piece of news is that Mindy is launching her very own line of digital stamps! Her store is launching today.  You are going to love her release.  Head on over right now! My Creative Scoop Digi shop.  To help with her launch I have a lovely card to share with you featuring her brand new Tiana digi stamp!  She is such a fun stamp to color.

Would you believe that this is my very first time using such a dark skin tone?  I've already picked up a few hints from Mindy's Create with Markers mega class.  You can check out all of her classes here.

I printed Tiana out onto Copic X-Press paper.  I generally use Neenah Solar White but Mindy highly recommends the X-Press It paper.  It worked out beautifully!  I colored everything using Copic markers.

Skin V17, E27, 25 & 23
Hair W9, E49, 47, 44
Dress and Crown YG0000, 00,03, 05, 07, 09, 21, W00
Flower RV13, RV11, G28, G24
Lips R56, 59

I do hope you take a peek at Mindy's Etsy store as well as all of her great classes!  Thanks for stopping by.


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!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Perfect Blend

Can you believe that we are almost at the end of March??  How has the month flown by so fast??  I know my crafty time has been super busy lately.  The Daily Marker 30 day challenge has been going strong and I've managed to participate most days.  Right now we are also in the middle of the Spring Coffee Lovers blog hop!  It's one of my favorite times of the year.

Anywho, let's get on to my project.  Craftin Desert Diva's has released several coffee themed digital stamps that would be perfect to play along with the Coffee Lovers blog hop.  You really don't even need a blog.  Just someplace where you have your picture online that you can link up to.

If you click here, it'll take your right to the coffee category in the Craftin Desert Divas store.

Oh yeah, I was supposed to share my project with you.  I got sidetracked!

This image is so super sweet!  I mean, a coffee and donut holding hands???   CUTENESS!!  I might be biased becuase I wouldn't mind having some donuts with my coffee.  Just sayin.  

I colored the stamp with Copic markers.  I also added Wink of Stella to the steam, the gray part of the coffee cup and the spoon. I think I even managed some on the teeny sprinkes!  Let me tell you folks, this card is heavy!  Including the card base, there are SIX layers of paper.  Yes, six.  I got a little carried away.  Both of the patterned papers are from Doodlebug.  The brown cardstock was from my stash and the think aqua layer was just colored with Copic markers to match the donut paper.  

The pink layer and the brown layer were cut out using two of the dies from the Fancy Frames set. The donut layer was cut out using one of the dies from the new release, Window Pane Die.  I found that the Fancy Frames die fit just perfectly inside the "pane" area of the die.  You'd never even know it wasn't a solid piece!  I layered everything up on a white card base and popped up the colored image with foam tape.  

I used the sentiment that is included with the digital stamp.  I cut it out using the speech bubble from the Mix It Up dies set.  The white paper was too much of a contrast so I colored it with Copics to match.  There you have it!  I hope you check out some of the great coffee digital stamps in the CDD store!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Craftin it old school

Hi everyone!  I'm back to share another Jess Crafts Digital project with you.  The release of this stamp is perfect timing if you are planning on participating in the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog hop!

I titled my project "old school" because I went back to some oldie but goodie techniques.  You know what I'm talking about.  The hobby of stamping has come a really long way but many of the techniques are just tried and true!  I really wanted the digital stamp to take front and center on my card so I kept it simple.  I grabbed a couple different coffee stamps and random stamped on the blue cardstock with blue and brown inks.  I did go over the beans with my Wink of Stella marker for some shimmer.  With the same blue ink I stamped the stripes.  I then ran it through with a coffee bean embossing folder.  I think I bought this folder after the last Coffee Lovers blog hop because I saw so many people using it!  I attached that strip to a piece of brown cardstock.  I then mounted those two pieces onto a white card base.

I colored this adorable Caffeinated Raccoon with Copic markers in tones similiar to the cardstock and inks I had already used.  I mounted it on a tan piece of cardstock, added some foam tape to the back and just eyeballed the center of the card.  Voila!  This cutie is available right now in Jess's Etsy store: Caffeinated Raccoon.

See you real soon!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Love you latte!

Hi gang!  Stopping by really quick to share a project for the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!  I look forward to this because I love seeing everyone's projects featuring coffee/tea/cocoa!  Me, I'm a coffee gal but I enjoy tea and cocoa too.  My project features an adorable digital stamp from Craftin Desert Divas that is being released just for the blog hop!

This bunny is so very cute!  Tara from Craftin Desert Diva's is going to be offering Bunny Latte as a freebie during the blog hop (March 24th-31st).  Be sure to snag it here: Bunny Latte

The image is colored with Copic markers and the little sentiment tag comes from the Doodlebug Cream & Sugar paper pad.   Other supplies used are listed below.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Feed me Seymour!

I'm probably totally dating myself with today's title but I don't mind at all!  It just seems to fit with my project today.😊  Have you checked out the new Craftin Desert Divas release that went live yesterday??  Have you done a little shopping??  There are so many wonderful new stamps and dies available.  If you haven't, hurry on over to the CDD store right now!  Both of the Design Teams have done a fabulous job of bringing you lots of creative inspiration too.

When I got my hands on the new Fox Villain digi stamp, I had an idea pop right into my head.  I knew just what I wanted to do.  The hard part is taking the idea out of my head and making it actually work on the card!

I'm not going to lie.  This card was a labor a love but I feel like I successfully translated my idea to paper!  I used the new Building Dies, Fox Villain digi and Unicorn Hero digi.  I had to make a prototype of the card to make sure I had everything sized just right and would all fit.  The grass and road I just free hand drew in with my copic markers.  I also took BG0000 and BG000 and created a sky with a few cloud details.

For the building, I used a couple of blue markers to color a white piece of paper and then die cut it out.  The fox and unicorn I had to size down a bit.  These too were colored with Copics.  For the pet plant (aka Seymour) I realized the plant stalk wasn't going to be long enough.  No problem.  I just cut it apart right at the leaves.  I held the top part in place and the bottom where I wanted it to be.  I used a Copic safe black marker and extended the stalk.  I colored it in to match the other two pieces.  I used another set of smaller leaves to cover the section where I joined them together.  It's like magic!

After that it was just a matter of putting all of the pieces in place.  I did pop up the pot on the plant and Unicorn Hero with foam tape to add just a little more detail.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Life is a ball

Well hello there.  Yep, I'm back with another project to share!  I did mention I was going to be keeping super busy for the next week or so.  I'm here to share some more inspiration featuring the awesome colors on this months Social Media/Mood board challenge!  Have you had a chance to participate yet?  You should!

My card today was colored with Inktense pencils and a watercolor brush.  Yep, that is another handmade plaid background.  I hope you aren't getting tired of them yet!  It features the adorable Have a Ball digi stamp.  After coloring the stamp, I went back with a fine tip black marker and traced around the entire image.  I love how it helps to make it pop!

I cut it out using the fabulous Inside Scalloped Circle dies.  I adhered the outer circle directly to the background but popped the kitty up on some foam tape.  Just to give it a little extra dimension.  The actual sentiment is included with the digi but I decided to hand write it because I wanted to emboss it. I wrote it with marker on vellum, let it dry for a bit and then went over it with a Versamark marker. I sprinkled on clear embossing powder and applied my heat tool.  I wrapped the vellum around the panel so I could hide the glue.

As a final touch I added Spectrum Noir glitter marker to the ball.  You know how I am with sparkle! Oh, and don't forget the gorgeous Shimmer sequins I added!

I'll see you again soon!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sending Sunshine

Hello again my friends!  I am SO very excited about this next project I get to share with you.  I get to participate in the new releases this week!!  Woohoo!  It's not a normal part of my digi DT gig but she offered the chance to participate and I snagged it.  Yep, I did a little happy dance.  So without any further delay, here is my project to share!

My project features the new Building dies that will be available with the next release.  Guys, these are fantastic.  There are so many little details that you can mix and match!  Not to mention all of the great stitched details!!  I used the ink smooshing tecnique to color all of the pieces that I used.  I just couldn't be happeir with the way they turned out!

The sun die is from The Sky is the Limit dies, the tag is from Pocket Pieces Hi dies, the grass is from Outdoor Landscape 2 dies and the sentiment came from Summer Lovin and Simply Christmas.  I hope you like my project!  These dies will be available soon at Craftin Desert Divas.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Zooming by

Hi gang!  I'm back with another project.  This time I'm sharing the newest release from Jess Crafts Digitals!  Jess has been coming out with some of the cutest digi sets lately.  Seriously, check out her Etsy page here.

Today Jess is releasing Space Invaders-Alien and Astronaut!  It includes four really fun sentiments too!   I knew that these digi stamps needed to have a galaxy background of their very own.  How I love to make them with distress inks!  I get to make a mess that turns into something wonderful.  Not to mention adding all of those splatters.  Makes my crafting soul happy!  I used Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and of course, Black Soot.  I created the first set of splatters with water mixed with Perfect Pearls.  The shimmer really makes me think of stars!  And the second set of splatters was made with diluted white paint.

While I set that aside to dry, I got to work on coloring the stamps.  I brought out my trusty Zig Clean Color real brush markers again.  I just love how easy they are to work with on Bristol paper.  The first time I actually colored them with Copics but just couldn't get the look I wanted.  I'm pretty sure it was user error though, not the Copics.  My Zigs never seem to disappoint.

I used the some of the same markers to color strips of paper to match and hand cut the little banners to go behind the sentiment.  I thought they definitely needed to be flying over a planet or a moon so I just created my own!  It was also colored with the Zig Clean Color markers.  I added Spectrum Noir Glitter marker to the craters in the moon, the alien, the astronauts mask and the rockets.  I did use foam tape to pop up the alien and the astronaut.  And there you have it!

Head over to Jess Crafts Digitals Etsy page to snag this awesome set for $1.  It's a special price for a limited time only.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Best Buddies

Hi everyone!  I know I haven't posted for a while but I'm back and this month is going to be a busy one! So I'm just going to dive right in with my project for today.

I'm so in love with this digi stamp and it's called My Best Buddy.  The cute armadillo with his snail pal riding on his back!  Oh the cuteness!  Picking this stamp was easy but now I needed a color theme.  Have you seen this month's challenge inspiration in the CDD Gallery Facebook group yet?  It's fabulous and just perfect for making some spring cards.  Here it is if you haven't seen it.


You have plenty of time to get started and make something fun!  You have a chance to win one of three prizes.  I promise you will have fun.

Back to my project.  Color scheme chosen.  Hmm, now what medium do I want to use??  I saw my tin of Inktense pencils were gathering dust.  A sure sign I needed to put them to use!  I colored the critters and grounded them with a little ground and sky.  I also went around the entire image with a black fine tip marker to make it pop out.  I cut it out using the brand new Inside Scalloped Circle dies. 

I'm still on a plaid kick so I dedided I would make my own plaid.  The twist this time was that I used my Inktense pencils!  They were already out on my table just begging to be used some more.  I drew the lines with the pencils and went over it with my water brush.  I just love how it turned out.  You can bet I'll be making more plaids with my Inktense pencils in the future!

I adhered the outer circle directly to the background but used foam tape to pop up the inside of the circle.  I think it gives a bit more interest.  I used the sentiment that comes with the My Best Buddy digital stamp.  I printed it out on kraft cardstock and used a die from the Flag Banners die set.  I swear I use the Flag Banners die set all the time!  I adhered a strip of watercolor paper down and then added the sentiment strip.  All done!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!