Friday, August 29, 2014

Merry Christmas

Happy Friday, everyone!! How can this be the last weekend in August?? Sheesh, Christmas will be here before we know it...so I have a Christmas tag to share with you today. It's my turn to post on the Die-Versions blog HERE and I'm using one of the gorgeous dies from the latest Christmas in July release.


The papers for this tag are from My Mind's Eye Victorian Christmas stack. The edges were distressed and then inked with Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink. The Whispers Delicate Deer die was cut first in cardboard so it would have some dimension, then black cardstock and brown cardstock.


The Merry Christmas Sweet Wordlet was covered with Sparkle N Sprinkle Fire Engine Red glitter. It was also cut in black for a shadow effect. The trees on the bottom are from the Whispers Mountain Village Border. They were covered with SNS Victorian Christmas glitter.

It's going to be super-busy on my blog next week!! I'm so excited to be guest designing for the newest My Craft Spot release and you aren't going to want to miss it!! The new stamps and dies are amazing!!


Each day you will get a sneak peek at one of 5 new stamp sets, plus 4 sets of metal dies!! There will be lots of fun Halloween and Fall projects and ideas to share with you. You won't want to miss it!!

You will have a chance to win some blog candy each day of the party!!

Come join the blog hop on the last day of the party (Saturday) with fun prizes and great project ideas at each stop along the hop.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a fabulous weekend :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thank You Teacher

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a fabulous week!! I have a thank you card for a teacher to share with you today :)


The papers are from Prima's School memories paper stack. The edges were inked with Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink. The beautiful crinkle ribbon is from my sweet friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces. The button is a Spellbinders die.


Teacher was cut from a TH Wordplay die. I cut it first in cardboard and then the patterned paper. Every other letter was popped up with foam tape.


Three layers of Tiny Doily Dies from My Craft Spot were used for the sentiment. Thank You is also from My Craft Spot, the Simply Sentiments stamp set.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. My Craft Spot - Back to School
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
  3. DL.Art - August Linky 
  4. Little Scrap Pieces - Show it Off Saturday
Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Scrapy Land Challenge Blog!!

Happy Monday, everyone!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend :) I have some exciting news to share...there is a new challenge blog blog in town!! The Scrapy Land Challenge Blog will have bi-weekly challenges officially starting on Sept 3rd.


The challenges will be on the first and third Wednesday of each month and the winner of each challenge will receive a gift certificate to shop at Scrapy Land!! Woohoo!! Who doesn't love to shop for new crafty supplies :)

The theme of the first challenge is Anything Goes, using one or more dies of the brands that Scrapy Land carries. (There are over 40 brands for you to choose from!!)

There is a new design team to go along with this new Challenge Blog and I am very happy to say that I'm part of this fantastic group of ladies!! They are all very talented and have a wide range of styles that will definitely inspire!!

Head on over to the Scrapy Land Challenge Blog to meet these talented women and say hi. We would love for you to like Scrapy Land on Facebook, too!!

Mark your calendars for Sept 3rd and start thinking about your submissions now!!

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Craftin Desert Divas August Stamp Release Blog Hop


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

**All stamps with images have a FREE SVG (digital cut file)**
This makes it so easy, you just cut out the image and then stamp on it. The SVG cut file will be in the CDD Gallery for you to download or after purchase just send Tara an email at craftindesertdivas@gmail.com to claim your SVG cut for the stamp set you purchased.

So without further ado here are the latest stamp sets:



Capture The Good Times


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.
  • Tara will add it to your order.
  • Use code: AUGUST to save 20% off your ENTIRE purchase.
  • The mini stamp & sale will end Aug. 31, 2014.
Here is the free pattern with purchase:


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

Approx 3 x 2

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).

And now for my project....


I created a mixed media canvas for my project today. I loved the July Tim Holtz tag so I wanted a look similar to that. Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste was applied through a TH Bubbles Stencil for some texture. The fish are a from a punch I've had forever. They were covered with Glossy Accents.


Sea Sallie, the beautiful mermaid is a Prima Julie Nutting Doll stamp. Her hair and skin were colored with Prismacolor Pencils. A Rubber Stampede Crackle-Background stamp was used on her tail. It was then covered with Glossy Accents, as was the TH Seahorse die. The sea grasses are from the TH Spring Greenery die. The starfish and shells are from my stash. They were covered with Ranger Antiquities Verdigris Embossing Powder. Cork paper was used for the bottom of the ocean.


The sentiment is from the awesome Capture The Good Times stamp set. It was heat embossed with Veridgris and the edges were inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
  2. DL.Art - August Linky
Next up on the line-up is one of our Guest Designers, the amazing Debbie. 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:

Sat. 8/23
CDD - www.craftindesertdivas.com
Lisa - http://indymermaid.blogspot.com/ < YOU ARE HERE
Debbie - http://debspaperpalooza.blogspot.com/
Sukie - http://scrappindhilly.blogspot.com/
Georgiana - http://carsonscricutcreations.blogspot.com/
Michelle P. - http://mumoftwoblog.blogspot.com/
Michelle B. - http://michellescricutfun.blogspot.com/
Karen - http://craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com/
Mayra - http://mayrasdesigns.blogspot.com/
Melissa - http://iliketocreate.blogspot.com/
Jessica - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Too-Cute-by-Jessica/196421370434846

Sun. 8/24
CDD - www.craftindesertdivas.com
Kathy - http://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com/
Roberta - www.txscrappermom.blogspot.com
Millie - http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com/
Lori - http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com/
Emily - http://molliemugsblog.blogspot.com/
Shelly - http://mypaperlove.blogspot.com/
Jenny - http://crazyaboutcricut.blogspot.com/
Marina - https://www.facebook.com/creativecandy4u
Jessica - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Too-Cute-by-Jessica/196421370434846

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wish

This is my second post of the day. For my Die-Versions post, click HERE.


I have one more Spellbinders A Gilded Life project to share with you. For this necklace, I used the Spellbinders A Gilded Life Crown Bezel. Spellbinders A Gilded Life Crown Circle dies were used to cut the paper for the background and then a smaller piece of Spellbinders Media Mixage Iridescent Translucents. A Spellbinders Standard Circles Small die was used for the inside circle. Wish is from JustRite Stamps Grateful Hearts Vintage Labels 2 stamp set. Gems were added and then the bezel was filled in with Glossy Accents. Once it dried, more gems were added to the outside.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Spellbinders A Gilded Life Contest
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
  3. DL.Art - August Linky
 Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Die-Versions Holiday Icon Ornaments

Happy Friday, everyone!! It's my turn to post on the Die-Versions blog HERE. I'm featuring dies from the latest Christmas in July release.


I love the Holiday Icon Ornaments dies from this release. Like their name, they make perfect ornaments for the Christmas tree. So I created a few different ornaments to share with you.


First I cut them in cardboard so they would have some weight and then cut two more layers in double sided sticky tape for each side. If you joined us for our hop last week, you saw the amazing projects that were created by combining Die-Versions dies with Sparkle N Sprinkle Glitters and Embossing Powders. I use the awesome SNS glitter for the ornaments. To get the two different colors on some of the ornaments, I just removed the sticky tape covering the icon, coated it with glitter, and then removed the outside border and added a different color.


I also created 3 dimensional ornaments by cutting four layers of the dies, scoring them in half and attaching them together.


On a couple of the images like the reindeer, one of the layers had to be cut with the designer paper up so that it would align with they were glued together (if that makes sense!!).

Thanks so much for stopping by!! :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CDD August Stamp Release Sneak Peeks - Day 3


Today is Day 3 of the August stamp release at Craftin Desert Divas. We have four new stamp sets in this release. Day 4 sneak peeks are going to be a larger 5x7 stamp set!! These images and sentiments will also come with a matching 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 minimum 2 Stamp purchase will receive a FREE mini stamp.
  • Both stamp & pattern will be revealed during the hop.
  • Also there will be a sale 20% off your ENTIRE purchase using code: August, starting on Saturday. The free mini stamp & sale will end Aug. 31, 2014.
Welcome to Day 3 of Craftin Desert Divas August stamp release!! Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at one of the four new stamp sets. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day. There are some amazing creations being shared today during this stamp release. We also have some special guest designers who will be joining us.

Today we are showcasing the Capture the Good Times stamp set.

We have (3) 4x6 and (1) 5x7 stamp sets.
Made in the USA.
Stamps will be available to order on Saturday.

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 first show previews, have giveaways and much more!

Here is my sneak peek project ....


For my project, I made a camera-themed canvas, using stamps from the awesome new CDD Capture the Good Times stamp set and lots of Tim Holtz products. The background canvas was covered with paper from TH. The four panels were covered with a mixture of Tea Dye, Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. TH stencils were used as well.


Life is Like a Camera was stamped on a Spellbinders Snapshot die. It was heat embossed with black and white embossing powder and covered with Glossy Accents.


Focus On What's Important was also heat embossed.


Capture the Good Times was stamped on a Spellbinders Postage Stamp die and heat embossed.


Develop from the negatives was also heat embossed. The two cameras are also from the CDD Capture the Good Times stamp set.


And the final sentiment was also heat embossed. I just love this phrase and wanted to create something to tie all of the sentiments together :)

I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
  2. DL.Art - August Linky

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!!

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, August 20, 2014

Hope

This is my second post of the day. For the Decorate to Celebrate post, click HERE.


Today I have a home decor project to share with you. I started with a piece of pink vellum and adhered tulle and sequin ribbon. I then cut two Spellbinders A Gilded Life Rose Medallion Dies in pink vellum and one in Spellbinders Media Mixage Iridescent Translucents in pearl and attached it to the candle.



The pendant is a Spellbinders A Gilded Life Love Wings and I just snipped off the top ring. I used a technique on the background that I saw on a blog and thought it looked awesome, but now I can't remember where I saw it. So I would love to give credit to whoever came up with the idea. I stamped it with Versamark and then heat embossed it with Stampendous Vintage Embossing Powder. I used a Spellbinders A Gilded Life Heart Die to cut another piece of Media Mixage Iridescent Translucents. Hope is from JustRite Stamps Grateful Hearts Vintage Labels 2, and it was heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The heart was then applied to the pendant with Glossy Accents, which were also added to the wings and crown. Sugar Coating was added to the wings and crown while the Glossy Accents was still wet.


I am entering this in the following challenges:


  1. Spellbinders A Gilded Life Contest
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
  3. DL.Art - August Linky
Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Decorate to Celebrate #82 - Grandparents or Birthday

Happy Wednesday!! It's time for another fun challenge at Decorate to Celebrate!! For Challenge #82, we are asking you to create decorations for Grandparents Day or Birthdays!! Let's celebrate everything wonderful about Grandma, Grandpa or Birthdays with your table decorations, party banners, pennants, yard signs, cupcakes, party favors and more :)


For my Grandparents Day gift, I created a picture holder sign. The papers are from Heartfelt Creations. The large letters are Die-Versions Downhill Font dies. The smaller letters are Die-Versions A Little Mint Font dies.


Glossy Accents was added to the bird and flowers and then glitter was sprinkled on the flowers. The butterfly dies are from Memory Box.

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 up your Grandparents Day or Birthday project!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Love

Happy Tuesday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!! Another month that is just flying by.  I have a card to share with  you today using several Spellbinders products.


The base of the card is Neenah Solar White cardstock and the next layer is pink vellum. The edges were distressed with a Zutter DIA. The next layer was created with a Spellbinders A Gilded Life Rose Medallion Die. I cut several of the dies and adhered them to a cardstock that had been covered with a double-sided sheet of adhesive. I then adhered the Rose Medallion dies, staggering the design each line. Since the background was sticky and there were spaces in between, I covered the sheet with Doodlebug Sugar Coating so that it glitters. I then lightly brushed Spun Sugar Distress Ink over the top. The button on top of the ribbon is a Spellbinders Pagemaps Whimsy die.


A Spellbinders Gold Labels Four was cut with Neenah cardstock and adhered with foam tape for dimension. Another Gold Labels Four was cut in pink vellum and attached on top, followed by white tulle that was also cut with the Gold Labels Four.


For the focal point, I used a Spellbinders A Gilded Life Large Heart Bezel. I sanded it quite a bit to remove most of the color and then covered it with white acrylic paint. Once the paint dried, I added crackle medium. Once that dried, I covered it with Raw Sienna and Burnt Umber acrylic paint, wiping most of it off, leaving it in the cracks to accentuate them. For the inside of the bezel, I used a Spellbinders A Gilded Life Heart Die to cut a piece of Spellbinders Media Mixage Iridescent Translucents in pearl. Love is from JustRite Stamps Grateful Hearts Vintage Labels 2 stamp set. It was heat embossed with silver embossing powder. The bezels come with a clear plastic top, so I added some iridescent sequins inside and adhered the cover with Glossy Accents. Gems were added to the top.


The butterfly is a Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourish die. It was covered with Sugar Coating.


The flowers are Spellbinders Rose Creations dies. A touch of Spun Sugar Distress Ink was added to the edges, as well as some Sugar Coating. The leaves were cut in pink vellum and inked with Spun Sugar.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Spellbinders A Gilded Life Contest
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
  3. DL.Art - August Linky 
  4. Little Scrap Pieces - Show it Off Saturday 
  5. PDE Linky Party #17 - Metal Dies or Punches
I have a couple more projects for the Spellbinders A Gilded Life Contest that I will post in the next couple of days. Thanks so much for stopping by!! :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Star Student!!

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! It's time for another Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party!! Our theme this week is Back to School. We want to see your projects celebrating the start of a new school year :)


For this card, I distressed the edges with a Zutter DIA. Both of the torn edges are Spellbinders dies, as are the tag, stars and sentiment tag. The crinkle ribbon is from my sweet friend Karen of Little Scrap Pieces.


You Can Pass The Test is from CDD's School Zone stamp set. It was stamped with ColorBox Balloons 6-Color Ink from our sponsor, ClearSnap.


The adorable image is the freebie stamp from July's release. He was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. The wings of the bee were colored with a Wink of Stella pen. The tag was inked with a ColorBox Art Dauber from our sponsor, ClearSnap. Star Student is also from CDD's School Zone stamp set.


I am entering this in the following challenges:

1) DL.Art - August Linky

The sponsors for this challenge are:

CDD - one stamp set

 My Scrap Chick: $10 Discount Code
Clearsnap: Prize Pack

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 :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Die-Versions/Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop


Welcome to the Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop!!

The joint blog hop with Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle begins today (7am EST) and goes until Aug. 17th (5pm EST), so there will be plenty of time to check out all the great projects created by both teams. The theme is Christmas, so you'll get lots of great inspiration for your upcoming Holiday cards.

Die-Versions manufactures low profile dies made right here in the United States and Sparkle N Sprinkle manufactures rubber stamps, glitters, embossing powders, and flocking, also made in the US. This is like a match made in heaven - low profile dies combined with lots of bling!! Doesn't get much better than that.

One winner will receive a Grand Prize consisting of a $50 gift certificate from Die-Versions and a $50 gift certificate from Sparkle N Sprinkle, for a total of $100. The winner will be announced on Aug 17th on both the DV Blog and the SNS Blog as well as their Facebook pages.

In order to be eligible for the Grand Prize, please:
  • Leave a comment on each Designer's blog
  • Follow both companies on Facebook (DV Facebook page; SNS Facebook page) if you haven't already so you can keep up to date on all the latest goings on. (I'm sure that all of the Designers would love for you to Follow them too, but that isn't a requirement to win this prize.)
You should have arrived here from the Die-Versions Blog. If not, you will want to start there and end at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog. If you get lost along the way, you can go to either the DV Blog or the SNS Blog to see the complete list of participants.

We'd love it if you'd like to leave a comment at either the DV Blog or the SNS Blog telling us which projects were your favorites. :-)

I created two projects for today's hop!!


For the first card, I used the new Whispers Merry Christmas Script die. It was covered with Sparkle N Sprinkle Winter Berry Embossing Powder. Sparkle N Sprinkle's glitters and embossing powders are the best I've ever used!! I absolutely love the coverage and the colors!!


The trees in the background are a SNS Pine Forest stamp. It was heat embossed with SNS Frosted Juniper Embossing Powder and then outlined in SNS Winter White Embossing Powder for snow. The brads were glittered with SNS Silver Dreams Glitter. The button in the center of the bow is a Die-Versions Wee Petites Button Die. It was covered with SNS Victorian Christmas Glitter.


For my second card, I created a winter scene using the Die-Versions Shapes Build An Owl die. The clouds were sponged with Stormy Sky Distress Ink. Peace on Earth is a Die-Versions Sweet Wordlet die. It was cut twice, once in black for a shadow and then the second cut was covered with SNS Fire Engine Red Glitter. I used the SNS Pine Forest stamp again - I just love it!! It was heat embossed with SNS Frosted Juniper EP. It's tough to see in the pictures, but I used Ranger Perfect Medium and covered the snow on the bottom of the card with SNS Cloud Nine Microfine Velvet Glitter.
 

The adorable owl isn't just a decoration...he's also an ornament!! He was velcroed to the front of the card for easy removal. His tree was covered with SNS Victorian Christmas Glitter. The star on top was covered with SNS Silver Dreams Glitter. His eyes were covered with Glossy Accents.


Your next stop on the blog hop is the sweet and talented Patti. We hope you enjoy this blog hop and it gives you lots of inspiration!! Don't forget to leave each of us a comment and follow both Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle on Facebook.

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