Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop Card feat Craftin Desert Divas Coffee Date Digital Stamp


Hello everyone! I am back with a card I made for the Craftin Desert Divas' blog. This week is the Coffee Lovers blog hop and Craftin Desert Divas is a sponsor. For the whole duration of the hop, they will be offering a super cute digital stamp as a freebie! Look at how sweet it is!



If you want to have a look at my project using that adorable freebie you can visit this post. And visit the Craftin Desert Divas blog to find out how to get their free digital stamp!
For this card I used another CDD digi, the super sweet Coffee Date stamp: I printed it on some Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored it using my Spectrum Noir markers. For the color palette I was inspired by the June Mood Board over at the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group. If you aren't familiar with the CCD monthly challenge, I suggest you check it out, as every month you can play along for a chance to win great prizes! 
Moving back to the card, once I was done with the coloring I cut the image down to a square which measures about 3 1/4 by 3 1/4". To add some interest and frame the image I sponged the edges of the square with some Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac and a Ranger mini ink blender. I then cut a strip around my sentiment, which measures about 3 7/8" by 5/8". The sentiment comes with the Coffee Date digital stamp, and for some added interest I sponged the edges of the sentiment banner with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. I cut another strip (4" by 7/8") and a square (3 3/8" by 3 3/8") from some heavyweight white cardstock and I used my Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio to lightly add some color to their edges. For my card base I cut a piece of white cardstock to a standard US A2 size card, and I created my background with Distress Ink in Spun Sugar. I then used some white glue to adhere everything together and assemble my card. As a final piece of embellishment I added some Clear Glitter Nuvo Drops here and there. And I must say that I really love the way this card turned out! This Coffee Date digi is just so sweet, and the soft colors of the card really match the feel of the image! 
And that's it for today's post! I really hope you guys liked this card, and I will be back very soon with another fun project! In the meanwhile I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!

Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop - Card feat Craftin Desert Divas Coffee Love Digital Stamp


Hello everyone! I am back with another card for the Coffee Lovers summer blog hop, featuring the Coffee Love digital stamp by Craftin Desert Divas. Craftin Desert Divas is actually a sponsor for the blog hop, and they are offering this adorable digital stamp as a freebie! Isn't that great? Visit the CDD blog to find out how to get this freebie! And if I were you I would also check out all their coffee themed digital stamps, because they are super cute and you can get them for $0.99 only!!! I think it is an awesome deal!
But let's take a look at today's card. I printed my image on some Windsor and Newton drawing paper, and I colored it in with my Prismacolor pencils. I really enjoyed coloring these little cuties and playing around trying to find a good color combination for all the elements in the image!
For my card base I used the largest die from the CDD Inside Scalloped Square set. The background was cut from some Canson XL watercolor cardstock, and the frame was cut from one of the papers in the Crafters Companion Astrobrights collection. To create some interest on my background and to guide the viewer's eye towards my focal point I created some splatters using Distress Ink in Ground Espresso. Finally, fI used the sentiment that comes in the Hug in a Mug digital stamp set, also by Craftin Desert Divas. I printed it on the same drawing paper I used for my focal point, and I did some partial die cutting with the CDD Flag Banner Dies, to produce a stitching detail all around. I then framed it using some lilac cardstock to match the color scheme I chose for the image.
And that's it for this post! I really hope you enjoyed it and you liked my card! Stay tuned for more fun projects, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!

Craftin Desert Divas June Release - Card feat Western Bandits Set


Hello everyone! My last post for this weekend, featuring the Western Bandits stamp set from the new Craftin Desert Divas release.
The card actually includes images from the both the Western Bandits and the Wild West sets: I really love mixing images from different stamp sets, and these two are practically made to work together! The lizard, that sentiment and the little bunny belong to the Western Bandit set, wherais the cacti and the little snake are part of the Wild West stamp set.
I colored my images using my Spectrum Noir markers, and I created my background using Distress Inks. For the background panel I used Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy, and for the frame with the banditI used Tea Dye and Stormy Sky. I also lightly sponged some Antique Linen on the images of the bandit and the cacti to give them a little bit a more cohesive look with the rest of the card. 
For my card base I used a sheet of Studio Light patterned paper with a nice woodgrain detail because I I thought it would add even more to the western feel of the card. I sponged it with some Distress Ink in Antique Linen to tie it with the rest of the card. 
I then attached all the images in place, and I moved on to my sentiment. For the "Hold up" sentiment I used some Neenah Solar White cardstock, which I sponged with Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy, and then tore and rolled up with my hands.  For the "It's your birthday" part of the sentiment I used a strip of the same woodgrain patterned paper and I inked it with my Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I also cut a rectangle around my sentiment and I used my spectrum noir markers and a brown Prismacolor pencil to give it the look of wood plank. When I was satisfied with the overall look of the banners I adhered them to my cart front. 
And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked my card and you enjoyed this week full of fun projects with stamps from the new Craftin Desert Divas release! I surely had loads of fun creating all these cards! 
I will be back real soon with another nice project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!

Craftin Desert Divas June Release - CAS Card feat Coffee Wizards


Hello everyone! Today I am back with another fun card I created using the new Craftin Desert Divas Coffee Wizards stamp set  I really think this images are super fun, and the sentiments in this set make it even more awesome! How can anyone resist it?
For today's card I wanted to go for a more clear and simple look, so I tried to limit both the number of elements and of colors on the card.
For my background I took a sheet of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock, and I did some ink smoothing with Distress Inks in Ground Espresso and Vintage Photo. I then trimmed about half an inch from the left side of my background panel, and I created a border using some brown cardstock and some aqua glitter paper.
I colored the image of the goat wizard using my Spectrum Noir markers, trying to stick as much as possible to aquas and neutrals. To tie the image in with the background even more, I coated all the elements that I had colored in aqua with my Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen. I cut the image using my Silhouette Portrait and I adhered it to my background using some foam squares for a bit of dimension. I created a banner for the super fun Espresso Patronum sentiment using the using one of the dies from the Craftin Desert Divas Flag Banner Dies. I then sponged the banner with Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio to create a color that was a similar as possible to the glitter cardstock that I used for the background. I used some foam tape to support the center of the banner, and I glued it to my card base. 
And that's it for today's card! Quite quick to put together, but I think the glitter paper and the color combination make it really stand out! And this stamp set it is really really awesome! I love it! If you want to check out one more project I made with images from the set, you can visit this post
With this card I would also like to participate in the Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop. In case you didn't know, Craftin Desert Divas is a sponsor for the blog hop, and they are offering a free digital stamp for the whole duration of the hop. You can find out more on the Craftin Desert Divas blog. And stay tuned for another fun card with stamps from the CDD June release! In the meantime I wish you all a wonderful day! Ciaooo!

Craftin Desert Divas June Release - Scene Card feat Wild West stamps



Howdy crafters! I am back on the blog to show you one more project I made using the Wild West set, part of the Craftin Desert Divas June release, and now available for purchase in the Craftin Desert Divas store.
Scene cards are really fun to make, and together with interactive cards they are my favorite kind of projects. And the images on this set a really perfect to create super fun scenes! So let's have a look at how I created this fun card.
For my hillsides I cut some Bristol smooth cardstock and I inked it with Distress Ink in Rusty Hinges. The new CDD Southwest Border dies would actually be perfect to create this scene, but because at that time I didn't have them, I cut my own hills simply using my scissors. For the sky I used another piece of Bristol smooth cardstock, which I inked with Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass. To create a fun and interesting look on my background I spritzed everything with water and I blotted it dry with a paper towel. I cut all the elements using the Crazy Stitched Rectangle frames to add a fun stitched detail all around my scene, and I glued everything to my A2 card base. I then colored all the images I had chosen to build my scene: the sweet little fox, the horse, the cow, the saloon and the cacti, using my Spectrum Noir. I played with the arrangement of the different elements until I found something that I thought looked appealing, and at that point I glued everything in place using some liquid glue. I created a fishtail banner for my sentiment, I adhered it to my scene, and mounted everything on a standard A2 sized card base. 
And that's it for this project! I really hope you liked my card, and if you are looking for more inspiration on how to use this set, you can check out this blog post in which I share a super fun shaker with a entirely different feel! Stay tuned for more fun projects this weekend, and in the meantime I wish you all a fantastic day! Ciaooo!

Craftin Desert Diva June release - Card feat Coffee Trolls Stamps


Hello everyone! The Craftin Desert Divas release is finally out, and today I wanted to show you one more project featuring the super adorable Coffee Trolls.
I wanted to convey a magical feel to the card, so I used Distress Inks and an ink blender to create a soft but colorful background. I used Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio on a piece of Canson XL watercolor cardstock, which I then cut using the largest die in the Crazy Stitched Frame dies. The die also produces a fun stitched detail all around the rectangular panel which makes the background look even more special. And for even more fun I spritzed the background with water and I dried the excess with a paper towel.
Next up I colored my images using Spectrum Noir Markers, trying to match the colors of the background. I also coated their Trolls' hair with my Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen for an added touch of magic :), and added some details using a white gel pen. For this project I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut  the images before coloring them.
I then went ahead and glued the images to my front panel, which in turn I adhered to a white piece of cardstock cut at a standard A2 size. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set, and I think it is really sweet combined with those cute little trolls! As a finishing touch I added some droplets here and there using my Nuvo Drops in clear glitter.
And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked this card, personally I am quite happy with how it turned out! Those trolls are super sweet, and I think I managed to achieve exactly the look I was going for in this card!
I would also like to enter this project in the Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop. If you didn't know, Craftin Desert Divas is one of the sponsors, and they are offering a free digital stamp for the duration of the hop! You can find out more on the Craftin Desert Divas blog
And if you are looking for more inspiration for this adorable stamp set, you can check out this post: I made a fun pop up box and I am offering a FREE template, in case you want to give it a try! 
And that's all! I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!

FFC #194 feat The Paper Shelter - Watercoloring with White Nights watercolors



Hello everyone! Friday has finally come, which also means that it is time for another challenge over at the Jo's Scrap Shack blog! This week's sponsor is The Paper Shelter, and by taking part to the challenge you have the chance to win a $15 voucher for their store.



This week's challenge has the optional twist of using the colors orange, red, and aqua. For my card I used the Pineapple digital stamp, and because it has such a romantic look I thought it would be fun to color it with my White Nights watercolors. If you haven't heard about these watercolors and are curious about them, you can check my first impressions post and video.
I printed my digi on some Windsor and Newton watercolor paper cardstock; I recently got a Canon Pixma printer for quite reasonable price and I am super happy with it! Before I used to print my digital images at a local store, but having a printer at home is quite convenient. And the great thing about this printer is that it can handle very heavy weight cardstock, and you have the option of printing with both dye and pigment inks, which work respectively with alcohol and water based media! It was exactly what I was looking for! 
Anyways, after having painted my image with watercolors, I came in with my Prismacolor pencils to add a little bit of depth and detail in certain areas, and this little touch really made the whole painting look much more three-dimensional!
I then used the MFT Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frame Die-Namics to cut down the watercolored piece, as well as some orange card stock from the Crafters' Companion Astrobrights collection. For my card base I used some vanilla cardstock, to which I adhered both the frame and the central panel. The sentiment comes from the Create a Smile Stamps Clear Botanical Love set, and I stamped it using Memento Ink in London fog.
And that's it for this post!I really hope you liked my card and I hope I will see your creations over at the Jo's Scrap Shack blog! Just make sure to follow the challenge rules included below in order to be eligible to win!

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the link in Jo's blog post

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. Three entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries no backlinks accepted. The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements will not be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins, or any random wins by Jo. All random wins will be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until June 2nd by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of June 2nd.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!