Friday, June 27, 2014

You Are Beautiful!!

Happy Friday!! I hope you have fun plans for the weekend!! It's my turn to post on the Die-Versions blog and I'd love for you to stop by and say hi HERE :)


For my card today, I'm showcasing my favorite die from the June "Life as a Diva" release, Whispers Hairdo. For the background, I used watercolor paper and Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Squeezed Lemonade. The edges were lightly distressed with a Zutter DIA.


Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste was used through a Crafter's Workshop Cosmic Swirls stencil. Several different Tim Holtz stamps were randomly stamped with Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks. The crinkle ribbon was inked with the same Distress Inks as the background. The button in the center of the ribbon is a Die-Versions Wee Petites Button Die.


I cut the Whispers Hairdo Die twice in black cardstock. One was covered with Doodlebug Designs Sugar Coating, the other offset for a shadow effect.


The "Life as a Diva" release is perfect with the new Craftin Desert Divas Be Inspired stamp set. You are Beautiful is from Be Inspired. The arrow is a Die-Versions Wee Petites This Way die.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
  2. DL.Art - June Linky
  3. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
  4. Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
  5. A Girl Who Crafts - Anything Goes
  6. Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
  7. Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
I am out of town for a few days so I probably won't be able to stop by your blogs for a few days. But I will be back to visit as soon as I can!! Have a great weekend :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CDD June Stamp Release Blog Hop - Day 2


Welcome to our fourth Craftin Desert Diva's stamp release blog hop!! I'm super excited to share with you in full the CDD June release stamps. There are four new stamps that are being released today in the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and are available now for purchase.

So without further ado here are the latest stamp sets:

Holly Day Punnies - Purchase HERE

Be Inspired - Purchase HERE

Bring on the Cake - Purchase HERE

Say It Big - Purchase HERE

How about a sale??!! Use the code JUNE for 20% off your ENTIRE order!! Sale ends July 7th.

Tara is giving away one stamp set each day & Too Cute by Jessica is giving away $25 gift card to her store (regular priced items).
PLUS, every purchase qualifies for this FREE Happy Birthday Bears pattern from TCBJ... 


Jessica has made this pattern just for this release freebie. This pattern is only available here!!

We'd love you to share your projects using the CDD stamps in our CDD Gallery

You should have arrived from our guest designer Lisa B. If not, you will want to start at the beginning at Craftin Desert Divas. A complete blog line up is located for you below in case you get lost along the way. Also, Tara has something new coming to the stamps next month. You are not going to want to miss it!!!

And now for my project....


I created a mixed media canvas, using stamps from Be Inspired. I started by adhering torn papers to the background using Claudine Hellmuth Gel Medium. I then dry brushed it with gesso and added pink acrylic paint in random spots, removing some with a baby wipe. Then I brushed white acrylic paint onto bubble wrap and stamped it in places. Several other stamps were used to add depth to the background. Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste was used with a Crafter's Workshop Art Is stencil to add the words to the top and bottom of the canvas.


Julie Nutting's Mindy Prima Doll stamp was stamped on watercolor paper and then colored with Prismacolor Watercolor pencils. She was then stamped with a text stamp (this is different for me...I usually stamp them on old book paper, but I wanted a little different look for this one :) Tulle was added for her skirt. She was popped up with foam tape and then outlined with a charcoal pencil to give her some definition. The flowers are mostly from The Paper Studio. Copper wire was twisted to add among the blooms and vellum was cut with Memory Box Floral Vines and Beach Sprigs and tucked in as well.


The wooden banners are from Jillybean Soup. I taped off the sentiment (my favorite!!) and stamped the lines on the banners. They were then embossed with gold embossing powder.


A Prima Junkyard Findings Small Typo Bulb was added to the bottom corner. The silver corner piece is from Recollections.


The butterflies are Memory Box dies and they were coated with Doodlebug Designs Sugar Coating. The banner is a Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Banner. Be Fearless is also from Be Inspired. The gems are Prima Say It In Crystals.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - I Ought to Use This More (my mixed media supplies, gesso, gel medium...)
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
  3. DL.Art - June Linky
  4. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
  5. Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
  6. Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
  7. Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
  8. 613 Avenue Crafts - Anything Goes w/Pink
  9. All Crafts Challenge - Anything But a Card
Next up on the Line Up is the amazing Karen.

Craftin Desert Diva's Shop
CDD Gallery - We'd love you to share your projects using the CDD stamps.

Hop Line-Up:

Craftin Desert Divas - http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/
Kathy - http://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com/
Lisa B. - http://www.our2angelsinheaven.blogspot.com/
Lisa F. - http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/ < YOU ARE HERE
Karen - http://craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com/
Migdalia - http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com/
Georgiana - http://carsonscricutcreations.blogspot.com/
Krystle - http://krystlescraftyniche.blogspot.com/
Mayra - http://mayrasdesigns.blogspot.com/
Emily - http://molliemugsblog.blogspot.com/
Jessi - http://www.mylifeinartsncrafts.co/
Jessica - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Too-Cute-by-Jessica/196421370434846?ref_type=bookmark

Decorate to Celebrate #78 - 4th of July!!

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a great week!! It's time for another fun challenge at Decorate to Celebrate!! For Challenge #78, we are asking you to create Fourth of July or Birthday Decorations!! Let's celebrate everything wonderful about fireworks, sparklers, freedom or birthdays with your table decorations, party banners, pennants, yard signs, cupcakes, party favors and more :)


I created a 3D star decoration for my project. The star was created with a Sizzix Bigz Star Bright die with papers from DCWV. The rosettes are Tim Holtz Paper Rosettes dies.


Happy July 4th was colored with TH Distress Markers in Salty Ocean and Fired Brick. The sentiment, as well as...


Let Freedom Ring are from Craftin Desert Divas Celebrate Freedom stamp set. Click HERE to purchase.

Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Decorate to Celebrate to see the amazing projects my design team sisters have created for today's challenge. Then link you your 4th of July or Birthday projects. I can't wait to see what you create :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

CDD June Stamp Release Day 4


Are you ready to get the sneak peeks started? I am!!!

Welcome to Day 4 of our June stamp release party!! Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at one of the four new stamp sets. Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day. The design team has some amazing creations to start this stamp release party.

Today we are showcasing the Say It Big stamp set!!

All of the new stamps are 4x6 and Made in the USA. Stamps will be available to order on Tuesday.

We hope you will stop by our store Craftin Desert Divas Shop and our Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group. We would love for you to join us and share your creations with us using Craftin Desert Diva's stamps. In this group we show previews first, have giveaways and much more!!

Here's my project I created:


Believe it or not, I went CAS!! Oh, it was sooo hard for me!! You know how much I love layers!! But I wanted to go simple for this one to highlight the sentiment. I got the inspiration for this card on Pinterest HERE. I taped off a section of paper and then painted on Twinkling H2O's in three colors. You can't tell in the photos, but it really shimmers. Once they dried, I placed a Crafter's Workshop Chicken Wire stencil over the top and sponged on Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. I used Twinkling H2O's for the second layer of the card, too.


The stamp is from Stampendious. Because I couldn't have that much blank white space, I added a Memory Box butterfly covered with Doodlebug Design Sugar Coating.


 "Celebrate" is from Say It Big.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - June Linky
  2. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Sneak Peek Giveaway!!!

All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the better chance you have for winning!! Just click on the DT's name to get to their blog.

Tara will announce today's winner tomorrow. The winner will be picked from a different blog every day, so be sure to visit and leave comments.

Thank you all so much for joining us today and I hope you will come back tomorrow for the blog hop!!

CIULIP #34 - Red, White & Blue

Happy Monday!! It's time for another Craft it Up & Link it Up challenge at Craftin Desert Divas!! The theme this week is Red, White & Blue. Our sponsors are: CDD - one stamp set; My Scrap Chick - $10 gift code; Snap Click Supply Co. - $10 gift code; Newton's Nook Design - $10.


For my card, I used papers from Bo Bunny's Anthem stack. The edges were distressed with a Zutter DIA. The flowers are from The Paper Stutio. The star was glittered so it sparkles...like the sentiment from Celebrate Freedom:

You can purchase it HERE!!

Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Craftin Desert Divas to see the amazing projects my design team sisters have created for today's challenge. Then Craft It Up & Link It Up!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

CDD Sneak Peeks Day 3 - Celebrate


Are you ready to get the sneak peeks started? I am!!!

Welcome to Day 3 of our June stamp release party!! Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at one of the four new stamp sets. Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day. The design team has some amazing creations to start this stamp release party.

Today we are showcasing the Bring On the Cake stamp set. You can never have enough Birthday sentiments and there are some fabulous ones on this set!!

All of the new stamps are 4x6 and Made in the USA. Stamps will be available to order on Tuesday.

We hope you will stop by our store Craftin Desert Divas Shop and our Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group. We would love for you to join us and share your creations with us using Craftin Desert Diva's stamps. In this group we show previews first, have giveaways and much more!!

Here's my project I created:


The background paper is from Prima's Delight stack. The edges have been distressed with a Zutter DIA. A Spellbinders Floral Oval was attached with foam tape for dimension. A Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large was cut out of corrugated cardboard and dry-brushed with white paint. Tulle was added for a bit of added texture.


Another Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large was added next. The shabby picture frame is from The Paper Studio Spare Parts.The image was cut from the paper. The flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts, and the ribbon is from May Arts. The button is a Die-Versions Button die.


Lil' Inker Stitched Flags were cut for the "Happy Birthday" sentiments. It was embossed with Stampin' Up Embossing Powder in Olive.


"Celebrate" was heat embossed with Zing Vanilla Embossing Powder. I then cut between the letters in order to bend the banner around the oval, and attached it with green brads. Dream Big is a Tim Holtz Remnant Rub.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
  2. DL.Art - June Linky
  3. Little Scrap Pieces - Show Off Saturday
  4. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
  5. A Girl Who Crafts - Anything Goes
  6. Creatalicious Challenge - Happy Birthday
  7. Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
  8. Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
  9. Tuesday Throwdown - Celebrations
  10. Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
  11. Love to Create Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Sneak Peek Giveaway!!!

All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the better chance you have for winning!! Just click on the DT's name to get to their blog.

Tara will announce today's winner tomorrow. The winner will be picked from a different blog every day, so be sure to visit and leave comments.

Thank you all so much for joining us today and I hope you will come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

CDD Sneak Peeks Day 2 - Kindness Matters


Are you ready to get the sneak peeks started? I am!!!

Welcome to Day 2 of our June stamp release party!! Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at one of the four new stamp sets. Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day. The design team has some amazing creations to start this stamp release party.

Today we are showcasing the Be Inspired stamp set. This is my absolute favorite set!! I love all of the sentiments!!

All of the new stamps are 4x6 and Made in the USA. Stamps will be available to order on Tuesday.

We hope you will stop by our store Craftin Desert Divas Shop and our Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group. We would love for you to join us and share your creations with us using Craftin Desert Diva's stamps. In this group we show previews first, have giveaways and much more!!

Here's my project I created:


The background paper is from My Mind's Eye. The edges have been distressed with a Zutter DIA. A strip of corrugated cardboard was dry-brushed with white paint and layered over a piece of vellum. Tulle was added on top for a bit of added texture. The shabby light post is from The Paper Studio Spare Parts.


The gorgeous flowers are from Prima. The butterflies are Memory Box dies and they were covered with Doodlebug Designs Sugar Coating. The ribbon is from May Arts. The button is a Die-Versions Button die.


In keeping with the whole shabby theme of the card, I embossed the sentiment, "Kindness Matters" with Ranger Antiquities Embossing Powder in Verdigris.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
  2. DL.Art - June Linky
  3. Little Scrap Pieces - Show Off Saturday
  4. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Sneak Peek Giveaway!!!

All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the better chance you have for winning!! Just click on the DT's name to get to their blog.

Tara will announce today's winner tomorrow. The winner will be picked from a different blog every day, so be sure to visit and leave comments.

Thank you all so much for joining us today and I hope you will come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Winner and New Stamp Sneak Peeks!!

Happy Friday!! I hope you have fun plans for the first weekend of summer!! Wow, this year is flying by!! I have a winner to announce from my guest design spot at My Craft Spot, but first, I want to let you know about a couple of things :)


First, sneak peeks started today for the Craftin Desert Divas June Stamp Release!! You are going to love the new stamps!! They are amazing!! Head on over to Craftin Desert Divas to see today's projects!! Be sure to stop by here tomorrow - I'll have a sneak to share with you using my absolute favorite stamp set :)


How would you like to guest design with us??!! Now's your chance!! See the above with all the information you need to apply!!

And now for the WINNER of the My Craft Spot stamps!! Thank you all who stopped by!! I used random.org to choose and the winner is.........


Congrats, M!! I'll pass your info along to Kimberly!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you will come back tomorrow!! Have a great day :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

It's All Perspective

For my GIVEAWAY, click HERE!!

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! I was able to spend a very happy Father's Day with my amazing Dad :) I even had a chance to sneak into my craft room and play along with Tim's June 2014 Tag Challenge!! I really enjoy playing along with the challenges when I can. I have been lucky enough to have won twice, including last month :)


For this tag, I pretty much followed Tim's instructions HERE. I used his Schoolhouse stencil for the watercolor background. The edges were inked with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. It's All Perspective is from Tim's Good Thoughts stamp set. The other two sentiments are TH's Idea-Ology Remnant Rub-On's Words. The butterflies are from Tim's Papillion stamp set. I fussy cut the butterflies and colored them with Distress Inks and a waterbrush. I was so bummed to walk into my Hobby Lobby last week and find the new French Flight Framelits with the butterfly dies like Tim used for his tag. I bought them, but decided to still use my fussy cut ones.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 - June
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
  3. DL.Art - June Linky
  4. Little Scrap Pieces - Show Off Saturday
  5. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a great week :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Enjoy The Little Things In Life & GIVEAWAY!!

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!! You aren't superstitious, are you??!! I am so excited and honored to be a guest designer for My Craft Spot today!! I adore all of Kimberly's stamps and dies and am constantly awed and inspired by her amazing design team!! They are so creative and talented!! Have you seen her latest release?? All must-haves!! I am so grateful to Kimberly for this opportunity :)


I am sharing with you today my shabby little garden, using one of my favorite My Craft Spot stamp sets, Simply Sentiments. The paper for this card is from Prima's Lady Bird stack. The edges were distressed with a Zutter DIA.


The flowers are a mixture of Prima and The Paper Studio. Vines were cut with vellum and tucked among the blooms. The birdhouse is a Prima Shabby Chic Treasure and I attached it to the fence with floral wire that has been twisted. The birds were fussy cut from the paper. Sugar Coating was added to the butterflies to make them sparkle. They were attached with foam tape for dimension.


I thought Enjoy the Little Things In Life was perfect for this card...flowers, butterflies, birds...little things that make life grand :) The sentiment is from Kimberly's Simply Sentiments set:


Aren't all of the sentiments awesome??!! You can purchase it HERE. I also used the Tiny Doilies Metal Dies:


You can purchase them HERE.

I love this stamp set so much, I created another card to share with you :)


I used Bo Bunny's Primrose Collection for this card. The flowers are again a mixture of Prima and The Paper Studio.


Spellbinders Opulent Ovals were used, and the top layer was inked with Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters Distress Ink. The butterflies were fussy cut from the paper.


This is my favorite sentiment because it is so true...faith does make things possible!!


I am entering these in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - June Linky
  2. Little Scrap Pieces - Show Off Saturday
  3. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes 
  4. Fussy & Fancy - Things With Wings 
  5. Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes 
  6. Crafty Girls Challenge #20 - Anything Goes 
  7. Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog - Anything Goes 
  8. Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes 
  9. Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
  10. Amusing Studios - Dies
  11. Pile It On #23 - Use Patterned Paper 
  12. Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes w/Sentiment
** GIVEAWAY **

Kimberly has generously offered a free set of stamps for me to give away!! Woohoo!! How awesome is that!! All you have to do is:
  1. Head on over to My Craft Spot to see all of the wonderful products Kimberly has to offer
  2. Pick your favorite stamp set
  3. Come back here and leave me a comment with your choice. I will pick a winner on Friday, June 20th!!
http://craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.com/p/shop.html

Thank you for stopping by!! Have a great day :)

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