Saturday, December 2, 2017

Craftin Desert Divas Yeti Fur Coffee!

Hi! I have a third project using the Yeti Fun stamp set from Craftin Desert Divas! This set is so adorable! I'm in love with the cute images!

You all know that I love to create my own backgrounds...and I also love polka dots! I used round ink blender tools from Ranger and started with white pigment ink all over a piece of kraft cardstock. Then I grabbed some Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, and Twisted Citron - and pushed the ink over top of the white ink. So easy to make your own dotted background!

I stamped the sentiment and embossed it with black powder and added the two smallest rectangles from the Inside Out Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die set. I added the Copic colored image with foam squares and boom! All done! I just love this one!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Concord & 9th #FeatureFriday - Dahlia Turnabout

Hello! I can't believe it's already my last guest design post for Concord & 9th! This month has FLOWN by! Today I'm using the Dahlia Turnabout. This is my absolute FAVORITE from the November release. I've always been a fan of the turnabout stamps and I love that this one is smaller! I made a bunch of projects again, so let's get started!

Let's start with one of my favorites, shall we? This card is such a happy accident! This is the first time that a turnabout stamp has come with a matching die and I love it! I was messing around with the die trying different techniques - what it looked like cutting once or all four times, etc. I was stacking up all of my scrap pieces in a pile and my husband walked by and commented how cool my new card was! Little did he know he was looking at my garbage pile! But lo and behold...he was right! So I stacked up all of my pieces and added a happy die cut from the Bits & Pieces stamp set!

I love how it looks like one of those layering dies that are all the rage right now!

For this card I stamped the dahlia image four times and white heat embossed the image. Then I watercolored over the top with Gansai Tambi colors. I added about 5 layers of color because I wanted the image to really pop. I heat embossed the greeting and added some Nuvo drops!

This was actually the first time I stamped this image and again it was just me messing around and practicing! I loved the color combo so much that I made it into a card! The sentiment is from Bits & Pieces stamp set and added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I loved my other watercolored card so much that I did another version! I love the little pops of black!

Tis the season for stretching stamps to be Christmas stamps!! My original plan was to do a trio of dahlias, but I thought the card wouldn't be balanced if I did a third dahlia image. Instead, I pulled out the large merry and bright sentiment from the Ornamental stamps and added it where I had planned to stamp another dahlia!

This one is a little different - instead of stamping the image I used the coordinating die cut all four times and used the piece as a stencil! I added some of my favorite Distress Inks to create a gradient of color. I love how it turned out! I stamped the sentiment in a coordinating color and added some clear shimmer Nuvo drops.

I made a shaker card with the Bits & Pieces bundle last week and I loved how the red beads looked with gold glitter paper! I wanted to try it again - but with a twist! Instead of creating a shaker card I spread a puddle of glue onto a piece of cardstock and added enough beads to cover the glue. I LOVE the texture! It's like a peek-a-boo card with an insane amount of texture!

I just love love LOVE it!!

While I was glueing things down I thought I would make a non holiday version! And of course I had to include a rainbow - so why not a rainbow of sequins!!?!? I put down lines of glue and added colorful sequins to fit behind the turnabout die cut.

If you look close you can see that some of those red beads got stuck in my card! Ah! They are so tiny I didn't even realize! Oh well...they kind of look like they were added on purpose! :)

Thank you for joining me these past 4 weeks! I can't believe it's over! But believe that I will be using these products again!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Snow Angel Yeti Ornament

Hello! Today I have something a little bit different - a Christmas tree ornament! I saw these ornaments that are meant to hold photos at my craft store and I thought how awesome the Yeti Fun images from Craftin Desert Divas would fit into them!

Look how awesome this ornament looks on my tree! Haha! I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock and I blended on some blue Distress Inks for the sky background - Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. I flicked on some water mixed with Perfect Pearls to mimic snowfall. I free hand cut some snow banks and used Hickory Smoke Distress Ink to darken the edges of the snow.

I colored a pink Yeti and added her to the snow banks. I kept everything flat because I wanted to add something special - some Styrofoam snow puffs! - and I didn't want them to get stuck behind my images.

It would be so easy to make a whole set of these to use for yourself or to give as a gift! Thanks for joining me! I have one more project coming in just a few days!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Craftin Desert Divas Yeti Fun Embossed Background

Hello, everyone! Today I have my second project using the new Yeti Fun stamp set from Craftin Desert Divas!

My favorite image from the stamp set is the little penguin making snow angels! I just think he's so cute! It's a small image, so I did what I always do with small images - make a background! I stamped with Versamark all over my card and embossed with Hero Arts gold embossing powder. I cut a strip of black cardstock and trimmed it to a banner end and embossed the sentiment with white powder. I added the cute yeti with the fox image at the top and covered the whole banner with soooo much Spectrum Noir clear shimmer glitter!

I mean...look at the shimmer! It's really eye catching in real life!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Craftin Desert Divas Guest Designing - Yeti Fun

Hello! I am so excited that I have been asked to guest design for Craftin Desert Divas for their November release! This company is relatively new to me - but I'm blown away by their products! I'm going to be bringing you a few projects using the Yeti Fun stamps...and you guys...these are adorable stamps! Be sure to head over to the Craftin Desert Divas web site to check out the whole release!

To start this card I cut a piece of watercolor cardstock and taped it down on a board. I used a few colors of Distress Inks - Abandoned Coral, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, and Dusty Concord - and used a piece of acetate to smoosh the ink onto my cardstock. Instead of using regular water, I used some water mixed with Perfect Pearls to add a subtle sheen to the watercoloring. I wanted the background to look like a nighttime sky, so I added some flicks of white acrylic paint for stars.

Once my background was dry I used white embossing powder to add my sentiment to the background. I stamped the image from the Yeti Fun stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic markers - (yellow - Y13 and Y17, Pink R81 and R85, Black N4 and N6, and orange YR04). I cut out the image and added it to my card with foam squares.

I die cut a piece of eggshell colored cardstock with the Craftin Desert Divas Inside Scalloped Rectangle Dies. I love the double stitching details! It added the perfect finishing touch to the card!

I will be bringing you more projects using this stamp set in the near future! See you soon!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Concord & 9th #FeatureFriday - Bits & Pieces

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving! Today is Friday, so that means it's time to feature another stamp and die set from Concord & 9th and today is the Bits & Pieces bundle! I have to tell you...I've been waiting for this one! It's so versatile! I made 9 cards for today and I still have the stamps on my desk! Since I have so many cards to share I won't be giving step by step instructions, just a general overview. If you have questions leave me a comment and I will answer them for you!

As I said before - I love the versatility of these stamps! Looking at the stamp set it just looks like a bunch of little images...but when you start putting them together magic happens!! I paired the large circle and the leaf/petal image together to make flowers!

I added some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I can't keep my hands off of them! You'll see! The sentiment is from another Concord & 9th stamp set released this month - the Dahlia Turnabout.

I'm a sucker for geometric shapes! I grabbed all three circle images - the solid, dotted, and striped - and stamped them randomly around my card in 5 shades of ink - a yellow, pink, mint green, a warm gray, and purple. When I was done stamping I didn't think the lighter colors stood out enough, so I used a black pen to draw in an outline. I'm terrible at freehand drawing, but the loose style of outline went well with the design!

I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock and added quite a bit of Wink of Stella shimmer along with sparkling clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.

Since we are talking about geometric about this one! I wanted to use all of the pieces to build up a rainbow patterned card. I started with the yellow stripe and worked out in both directions keeping my stamping in rainbow order. I added some of the overlay images in a gray ink and again outlined the shapes with a black pen. I used the sentiment from the stamp set and added some black Nuvo drops.

My original idea for this card was to make a cake with flowers on top. In the end...I don't think it looks like a cake, but it's one of my favorites that I made! I stamped the flowers first using a bit of masking and then used coordinating inks to stamp the stripes below. I'm in love with the hello sentiment, so I used it again on this card!

Let's shift gears a bit! I wanted to show how you can use this stamp & die set to make a Christmas card! This is my absolute FAVORITE that I made! I started by using the hexagon die to cut my piece of paper. I thought the white paper was too plain, so I grabbed my Ornamental stamps from the last release and used a few of the images along with gray ink to fill up the paper. There were empty spaces, so I used Jennifer McGuire's trick and used my stylus to fill in some dots.

Then I made my shaker card! I used gold glitter paper for the background and filled up the hexagons with red seed beads from American Crafts. I used the merry die from last month's release and cut the top from gold glitter paper and also cut 4 gray pieces to use to stack up my die cut. I really love this one!

Since we are already talking about Christmas cards I will share my other 2 with you! I used the solid hexagon stamp in 2 shades of red, 2 shades of green, and gold embossing to create this background. I just stamped the first one in the middle and worked outward in a spiral. My only concern was not putting the same color directly next to each other.

I stamped the sentiment from last month's Ornamental stamp set and embossed with glittered embossing powder. I added some sparkling clear confetti from Pretty Pink Posh and this one is done!

One more Christmas card! This one is so easy! I used silver and gold embossing powder for the stripes and just die cut the merry from red and green glittered papers!

I again used some gray papers to stack up the die to give it some dimension. This card is so glittery! - perfect for Christmas!

I wanted to show how you can use the same design from the last card, but tone it down so it's not so Christmasy! I used the same gold embossing powder, but I stamped the other stripes in regular gray ink. Then I stamped and die cut some flowers and leaves and added them to the card front.

The die cut is from the Bits & Pieces die set. I love the script! I stacked up 5 die cuts and added Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents for shine.

On to the last card! This is another one of my favorites because I love how ingenious Concord & 9th stamps are! They've included a stamp that builds to make a background and then you add flowers and other doo dads to create a whole card! I'm in love!! I used black ink for the stripes, gray for the fill in branches, and then I used 2 colors of inks for my flowers.

It's amazing how quickly this card came together! I stacked up some gold and black die cuts for the sentiment and covered it in Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents. I partially stamped a sentiment from the stamp set and cut them out and popped them up with foam tape. In the end, I wanted a bit more sparkle, so I added more gold glitter paper underneath!

And that's all 9 cards! I had so much fun with this stamp and die bundle! The possibilities are amazing! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Noah's Ark Themed Card Set

Hi, everyone! I have a family member who LOVES Noah's Ark, so I wanted to create a special Christmas gift for her! I thought I would make a Noah's Ark themed card set with many different colors and sentiments so she can use them all through the year! 

I made a whole rainbow of cards! All the way from pink to purple and everything in between! I used a bunch of different sentiments from a bunch of different companies. I'll show you all of them individually! I stamped each sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink and added black Nuvo drops to each card.

On of the first sentiments I grabbed is from the Right At Home set called His Love. I love this all occasion sentiment!

The "thinking of you" and "you make me so happy" sentiments are both from an older Studio Calico stamp set that I use all the time! I'm in love with the font!

I knew I wanted to add a birthday sentiment and the font on this one is amazing! This one is from Simon Says Stamp's Birthday Bits stamp set.

I have been using the Simon Says Stamp Kind Flowers stamp set every chance I get! How gorgeous is that script!

Thanks for stopping by!