Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bloom Where You're Planted

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!! I've been out of town for a few days so I'm hoping this posts when it is supposed to :) It's my turn to post on the Craftin Desert Divas blog and I have a card to share with you using the new Blooming For You stamp set.


The papers are from Prima's Natures Garden stack. The edges were distressed with a DIA. The strip of butterflies down the side is Tim Holtz Tissue Tape.


The stamp is a Tim Holtz Spring Sprung. It was stamped with Wendy Vecchi Fern Green Archival Ink and then stamped again without reinking for s ghosting effect. The butterflies are a punch and they were covered with Doodlebug Designs Sugar Coating. The crinkle ribbon is from my sweet friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces. The button is a Die-Versions Wee Petites Button die.


The frame is from The Paper Studio Spare Parts. Bloom Where You're Planted is from the Blooming for You stamp set. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder to match the frame.


You can purchase this stamp set, as well as all of the stamps at the Craftin Desert Divas Shop. And we would love to see your projects using any of the stamp sets in our Craftin Desert Divas Gallery.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
  2. DL.Art - July Linky
  3. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
 Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a great day :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

CDD July Stamp Release Blog Hop!!


Welcome to our fifth Craftin Desert Diva's stamp release blog hop!! I'm super excited to share with you in full the CDD July release stamps. There are five 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:

Gotta Wear Shades - purchase HERE

Lil Bit Buggie - purchase HERE

School Zone - purchase HERE

All Star Sports - purchase HERE

Blooming For You - purchase HERE

We have a few specials starting today!!
  • Every purchase receives a FREE Too Cute by Jessica SVG pattern made especially for this release
  • With a minimum 2 stamp purchase you will receive a FREE mini stamp
  • Use code: JULY to save 20% off your ENTIRE purchase
The mini stamp & sale will end Aug. 1, 2014.

Here is the free pattern with purchase:


Here is the free mini stamp with any 2 stamp purchase:


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).

Here is the project I created...


For my project, I created a mixed media canvas. I can't remember the name of the papers I used...it was a mixed-media pack I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby a while ago. I used gesso and acrylic paint on the background. Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste was used through a Crafter's Workshop Reverse Chicken Wire stencil. I used several stamps on the background, including a Tim Holtz Cracks stamp and the flowers that are on the new CDD Blooming For You set. The chandelier is from The Paper Studio Spare Parts and it's draped with tulle. The butterfly is from Memory Box and covered with Doodlebug Designs Sugar Coating. The flowers are a mixture of Prima and The Paper Studio. Memory Box Floral Vines were cut in velum and tucked among the blooms, along with twine.


The doll is a Julie Nutting's Priscilla with Top Hat. I used a Tim Holtz script stamp on her and colored her with Prismacolor Pencils. Tulle was added for her skirt. She was outlined in charcoal.


Take Time to Smell the Flowers and the butterfly are from the the CDD Blooming for You stamp set.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - July Linky
  2. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Next up on the Line Up is the amazing, sweet and talented Shelly. Be sure to hop with us tomorrow!! Winners will be picked from a different blog each day,so the more you comment the more chances you have to win.

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

Blogs on the hop:

Fri 7/25
Tara - www.craftindesertdivas.com
Kathy - https://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com
Sukie - http://scrappindhilly.blogspot.com
Georgiana - http://www.carsonscricutcreations.blogspot.com/
Lisa - http://indymermaid.blogspot.com < YOU ARE HERE
Shelly - http://mypaperlove.blogspot.com/
Michelle - http://michellescricutfun.blogspot.com/
Michelle P - http://mumoftwoblog.blogspot.com
Karen - http://craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com/
Marina - https://www.facebook.com/creativecandy4u
Jessica - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Too-Cute-by-Jessica

Sat 7/26
Tara - www.craftindesertdivas.com
Kathy - https://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com
Ilda - http://www.ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com/
Mayra - http://mayrasdesigns.blogspot.com/
Migdalia - http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com
Emily - http://molliemugsblog.blogspot.com
Melissa - http://iliketocreate.blogspot.com/
Jenny - http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com/
Lori - http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com
Jessi - http://www.mylifeinartsncrafts.co
Jessica - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Too-Cute-by-Jessica

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CDD Sneak Peeks Day 5 - If Friends Were Flowers


Today starts the July stamp release at Craftin Desert Divas. We have some exciting news to share with you!! Tara has added some adorable Trina Clark images to go with her sentiments. These images will also come with a SVG cut file that is FREE to you!!

There are a few specials during this release we want to share with you:
  • Every purchase receives a FREE Too Cute by Jessica SVG pattern made especially for this release.
  • Any 2 Stamp purchase will receive a FREE mini stamp. Both stamp & pattern will be revealed during the hop.
  • There will also be a sale 20% off your ENTIRE purchase using code:JULY starting on Friday. The free mini stamp & sale will end Aug.1,2014.
Welcome to Day 5 of Craftin Desert Divas July stamp release party!! Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at one of the five new stamp sets. Then, on Friday and Saturday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day. There are some amazing creations being shared today during this stamp release.

Today we are showcasing the Blooming For You stamp set.

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

We hope you will stop by the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and the 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 base of the card is a Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy die. The adorable bear is a new Trina Clark image available on the CDD Blooming For You stamp set...isn't she sweet?! She was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and cut out with a Spellbinders Labels 8 die.


The flowers are Spellbinders D-Lites Blooms One, Three and Four dies. The sentiment is from the CDD Blooming For You stamp set.


I actually masked off the sentiment and stamped the I'd Pick You! on the inside.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - July 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 more sneak peeks!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CDD Sneak Peeks Day 4 - Fore!!

This is my 2nd post of the day. For my Decorate to Celebrate Swim Party post, click HERE.


Today starts the July stamp release at Craftin Desert Divas. We have some exciting news to share with you!! Tara has added some adorable Trina Clark images to go with her sentiments. These images will also come with a SVG cut file that is FREE to you!!

There are a few specials during this release we want to share with you:
  • Every purchase receives a FREE Too Cute by Jessica SVG pattern made especially for this release.
  • Any 2 Stamp purchase will receive a FREE mini stamp. Both stamp & pattern will be revealed during the hop.
  • There will also be a sale 20% off your ENTIRE purchase using code:JULY starting on Friday. The free mini stamp & sale will end Aug.1,2014.
Welcome to Day 4 of Craftin Desert Divas July stamp release party!! Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at one of the five new stamp sets. Then, on Friday and Saturday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day. There are some amazing creations being shared today during this stamp release.

Today we are showcasing the All-Star Sports stamp set.

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

We hope you will stop by the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and the 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:


For my project today, I have a golf-themed card to share with you. These adorable golf carts are Memory Box dies, as are the flags. The tree is a Die-Versions Sweet Petites Tiny Tree die.


The banner is a Spellbinders die. Fore! is from the new CDD All Star Sports stamp set.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - July 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 more sneak peeks!!

Decorate to Celebrate #80 - Swim Party or Birthday

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!! Pshew, it's been a busy one here...lots of blog posts :) I have another one a little later today so I hope you will stop back by. It's time for another fun challenge at Decorate to Celebrate!! The theme for this week is a Swim Party or Birthday. We want to see all of your projects celebrating swimsuits, water and summer fun or birthdays :)


For my project, I created a beach themed mini album. All of the papers are from Fancy Pants Down By The Shore paper stack. The surfboards are Spellbinders Surf's Up dies.


The awesome sentiment is from Paper Wings Productions Sea Melange stamp set.


It's actually been a while since I created this so I'm not sure I remember everything I used. The flip flops are also from Spellbinders Surf's Up die set. This Very Moment is a TH Remanent Rub. The banner was made from Spellbinders Pennant Banner dies. The scalloped circle is a My Craft Spot Tiny Doily Dies. The stamp is a My Craft Spot Stamping All Around Summer stamp set.


I have all kinds of pull-out tags for photos but I won't bombard you with tons of pictures :) The sailboat is a Marianne die.


Another My Craft Spot Tiny Doily die set was used, with another stamp from the MCS Stamping All Around Summer set.


The banners on the top are Tim Holtz Ribbon Flags dies.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

  1. DL.Art - July Linky
  2. 2 Creative Chicks - Mini Books
Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Decorate to Celebrate to see the amazing projects my talented design team sisters have created for today's challenge, then link up your Swim Party or Birthday decorations. I can't wait to see what you create :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CDD Sneak Peeks Day 3 - Bookworm


Today starts the July stamp release at Craftin Desert Divas. We have some exciting news to share with you!! Tara has added some adorable Trina Clark images to go with her sentiments. These images will also come with a SVG cut file that is FREE to you!!

There are a few specials during this release we want to share with you:
  • Every purchase receives a FREE Too Cute by Jessica SVG pattern made especially for this release.
  • Any 2 Stamp purchase will receive a FREE mini stamp. Both stamp & pattern will be revealed during the hop.
  • There will also be a sale 20% off your ENTIRE purchase using code:JULY starting on Friday. The free mini stamp & sale will end Aug.1,2014.
Welcome to Day 3 of Craftin Desert Divas July stamp release party!! Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at one of the five new stamp sets. Then, on Friday and Saturday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day. There are some amazing creations being shared today during this stamp release.

Today we are showcasing the School Zone stamp set.

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

We hope you will stop by the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and the 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:


I created a book mark for a bookworm :) The background was created with a Tim Holtz stencil. Versamark was tapped over the stencil and then white embossing powder was heat embossed. TH Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Squeezed Lemonade were inked over the embossed background, and Gathered Twigs was used along the sides.


The tag is a Taylored Expressions Banner die. It was inked with Salty Ocean and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Back 2 School is from the new CDD School Zone stamp set, as is...


Bookworm. The tag is a Lil Inker Stitched Banner die and it was inked with Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Gathered Twigs. It was attached with a TH Tiny Attacher.


The adorable worm and apple is a Trina Clark image, also on the new CDD School Zone stamp set. They were colored with Prismacolor pencils. Glossy Accents was added to the glasses.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. DL.Art - July 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.

Due to Tara's blog designer having issues, all winners will be announced after it is resolved. 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!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

CDD Sneak Peeks Day 2 - Fluttering By...

This is my third post today
For the CDD CIULIP post, click HERE
For the Getting to Know You Blog Hop, click HERE


Today starts the July stamp release at Craftin Desert Divas. We have some exciting news to share with you!! Tara has added some adorable Trina Clark images to go with her sentiments. These images will also come with a SVG cut file that is FREE to you!!

There are a few specials during this release we want to share with you:
  • Every purchase receives a FREE Too Cute by Jessica SVG pattern made especially for this release.
  • Any 2 Stamp purchase will receive a FREE mini stamp. Both stamp & pattern will be revealed during the hop.
  • There will also be a sale 20% off your ENTIRE purchase using code:JULY starting on Friday. The free mini stamp & sale will end Aug.1,2014.
Welcome to Day 2 of Craftin Desert Divas July stamp release party!! Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at one of the five new stamp sets. Then, on Friday and Saturday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day. There are some amazing creations being shared today during this stamp release.

Today we are showcasing the Lil Bit Buggy stamp set.

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

We hope you will stop by the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and the 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 base of the card is heavyweight cardstock from Canvas Corp. It was cut with a Spellbinders Radiant Rectangle die. A piece of plastic from a die clamshell was added to the back to make it see-through.


Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint was stamped over a Cuttlebug Embossing folder and then the paper was embossed with one of the Radiant Rectangle dies. Two Spellbinders Circles were added, one embossed and the other inked with Peeled Paint. The butterflies are Memory Box dies and they were covered with Doodlebug Sugar Coating.


The tag is a Spellbinders Framed Tags One, inked with Peeled Paint. Fluttering by to say... is from Lil Bit Buggy stamp set.


I am entering this in the following challenges:

  1. DL.Art - July 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 more sneak peeks!!

Getting to Know Me Blog Hop

This is my second post of three today
For the CDD CIULIP post, click HERE
For the CDD Sneak Peek Day 2, scroll up

I was tagged by the amazing Dr. Sonia of Cards, Crafts and Kids Projects to be part of this Blog Hop (with a difference) where we share a little about our work and our creative process. First of all, I can't tell you how honored I am to be tagged by Sonia. Not only is she a doctor and the mother of a sweet and talented crafter, Prisha, but she is a phenomenally gifted and amazing artist!! She is such an inspiration!! She tagged me in THIS post and if you aren't familiar with her work, I encourage you to visit her now – I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Her projects are innovative and her attention to detail is beyond compare. She is not only creative and amazing, but she is so generous to share her tips and tricks with detailed tutorials. She is simply the perfect blogger and I'm thankful to know her!! Thank you so much for tagging me, Sonia!!  Please visit her blog HERE.


First of all, a little background on me. I started seriously crafting about ten years ago. I made the  tough decision to leave a very stressful job to pursue a career path I had wanted to take for a long time so it was a bit of an uncertain time for me.


I have always loved crafts but never had the time to indulge. Then I watched some of the crafting shows that HGTV and DIY used to air and my crafting passion was ignited. I saw Tim Holtz on the Carol Duval show and fell in love with his crafty style!!


I soon became immersed in the world of crafting. I purchased a Cricut in 2010 and started making cards for friends and family. I saw a challenge online for Cricut cards and decided to start a blog and enter. So in March of 2011, A Mermaid's Crafts was born :)


What Am I Working On Right Now

I am working on several design team projects that I can't share yet, but will be able to in the near future :) I also have four upcoming blog hops and a guest design position that I'm really excited about.


Why do I create what I do?

I create because it is a release for me. It's what makes me happy, keeps me grounded, allows my creative spirit to flow. I can get lost in time working in my craft room.


I hope that what I create inspires others.


How does your creating process work?

Most of my current inspiration comes from my design teams and the projects I have to design for them. When I am struggling for ideas, I like to visit my favorite blogs and Pinterest for inspiration. If I'm really at a loss on what to create, I like to take a couple of days off where I don't even go in the craft room. I use nature and art and the real world to start my creative juices flowing again.


What is my Signature style?

My signature style is that I don't really have a signature style :) I try to dabble in a little bit of everything – mixed media, shabby chic, die cuts, stamping, stencils… I will try anything. What's that old saying..."Jack of all trades, master of none." ;) I have just started to get into coloring with Primsacolor pencils and am enjoying that. Here's a small sampling of different styles I've tried:

Mixed Media


Shabby Chic


Stamping


Stencling


Inking


Die Cutting




Cricut




How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don't think that my work differs from others, really. I just try to create projects that make me happy and hope that others like it as well.


I have tagged three friends who will share their post with you this coming Monday. The hardest thing about this is narrowing my list to three, because I love all of my friends/followers. I decided on these three because not only are they three of my oldest friends who have been with me from the very beginning of my blogging journey, they are three amazing crafters, but even more amazing friends. I am so lucky to know them and am so thankful for them!! I hope you will visit each one, let them know I sent you. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.


I don't have enough adjectives to describe Karen. Everyone needs someone they can turn to when they have a crafty question, when they need help deciding between patterned paper or cardstock, crinkle ribbon or organza...Karen is that person for me and so much more. I also turn to her when I have questions about life and God and his meaning for us. She is simply my rock. When I am down, she lifts me up. When I confused, she is my confidant. I am so blessed to have her in my life. I sometimes think my reasons for becoming involved in the blogging world were so that we could cross paths. And wow, is she talented!! Amazingly so!! She has a true gift for making projects that touch your heart. Please visit here HERE.



My co-hostess at Decorate to Celebrate, Rhonda is one of the sweetest people in blogland!! There aren't many people who can look at a cereal box or a paper plate or a pringles can and turn it into a work of art. Rhonda can!! Her projects constantly blow me away with her creativity. And not only that, she is the queen of mini-books!! If you have been lucky enough to win one of her books from a DTC challenge, you know what I'm talking about. The details and designs of her minis are incomparable. And she generously makes and mails the minis at her own cost. Please stop by her blog HERE.


Diana of DL.Art

Diana is one of my oldest and dearest friends in blogland!! She is a true artist in every sense of the word. Everything she creates is unique and beautiful and truly inspirational!! But not only is she a gifted crafter, she is the most generous blogger I know. She offers several linky parties a month and has numerous giveaways throughout the year, all at her own expense. She and I have discussions before over the circle of life, of which I am a firm believer. Never take more than you give. Diana is so far over on the positive side of this...she gives way more than she takes. Please visit her blog HERE.


If you've come this far, thank you so much for sticking around!! I hope you will visit Sonia, Karen, Rhonda and Diana!! And thank you again Sonia for tagging me!!

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