An Unconventional Safari feat Craftin Desert Divas Stamps and Dies


Hello everyone! Today I am on the Craftin Desert Divas blog with a fun card I made using the newly released Get Wild stamp set. I decided to combine images from this cute set with the Safari Zebra digital stamp, which was one of the freebies during the August release event, and is now available for purchase on the CDD shop. I love the style of this digi, and as soon as I saw it, I thought it would be fun to create an unconventional safari themed card...In this card it is in fact the zebra who observes the behavior of humans as they roam around the jungle! I personally think that this zebra is perfect for this purpose, and I find the result really fun! So let's have a look at how I created this card!
To start off I colored all the images with my Spectrum Noir markers, trying to stick to neutral tones, and I cut them out with my Silhouette Portrait.
I then created my front panel: for the frame I used the largest from the Inside Scalloped Rectangle Dies to cut some Bristol Smooth cardstock. I inked up the frame using Distress Ink in Shabby Shutters, and I sponged the edges with some Distress Ink in Peeled Paint to add some depth. I then cut some heavyweight white cardstock to the same size as my frame, and I created a circular window using the second largest die from the Inside Scalloped Circles set. I added some color to the window panel with Distress Oxide in Antique Linen, and I have to say that I really love the effect I got. The soft, chalky look of the Oxides is really unique and worked perfectly in this card!
I then moved on to creating my jungle. I used several dies to cut all the elements I needed from some Bristol Smooth Cardstock, and I colored them with my Distress Inks. For the foremost grass layer I used one of the dies from the Outdoor Landscape 2 set, and I did some ink blending with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint. For the taller grass layer in the back I used one of the dies in the Outdoor Landscape die set and used Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Inks. For the tree trunks I used again one of the dies from the Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies, and I inked them with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Inks. The leaves are cut using one of the dies from the Island Die set, and are inked up with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint. For the sky I used Broken China and Stormy Sky. All the CDD supplies I used are listed and linked at the end of this post for easy reference.
For my card base I cut some white cardstock to a standard A2 size, and I thought it would be fun to add some black cardstock as well, to tie in my card base with the zebra. The black panel is cut at 4 1/8" by 5 3/8" and I adhered it to my card base with some liquid glue.
For my sentiment banner I thought I would also add some black and white elements to guide the viewer's eye toward the zebra, which I wanted to be the star of this card. I used two dies from the Flag Banner dies to create two banners, a white one and a black one, and I layered them together. The sentiment itself comes from the Get Wild set and I think it works really well for this card. :)
At this point I could go ahead and assemble everything: I composed my jungle and glued all the elements behind my window panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I adhered the front panel to the card base using some white glue. For the scalloped frame and the banner I used one layer of 3M foam tape, and because I really wanted the zebra to stand out, I adhered it using two layers of foam tape.
And here is a close up picture of the card, so that you can see all the details and the fun dimension :)


And that's it for today's card! I really hope you liked it, and I hope I inspired you to have some fun with these great stamps and dies and to create your own jungle scene! You can find the list of supplies with links to the CDD shop at the end of this post, and I will be back soon with another fun project! Have a great day!


List of supplies*

Safari Zebra Digi Stamp
Get Wild Stamp Set
Inside Scalloped Rectangle Dies
Spectrum Noir Markers
Sizzix Big Shot Express machine
Silhouette Portrait
Distress Oxide Ink - Antique Linen
Distress Ink Mini Pads - Shabby Shutters
Distress Ink Mini Pads - Peeled Paint
Distress Mini Ink Pads - Forest Moss
Distress Mini Ink Pads - Broken China
Distress Mini Ink Pads - Stormy Sky
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool and Foams
Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Uhu white glue
Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Core'dinations Smooth Black Cardstock, 8.5"X11"
Scotch 3M foam tape


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Just Bee-Cause Card for the Friday Funday Challenge #202 feat Digital Stamps by Louby Loo


Hello everyone! Today I am back with a card I made for the weekly challenge hosted by the Jo's Scrap Shack blog. The sponsor for the current challenge is Digital Delights by Louby Loo, and I got the chance to play with the sweet Pencil Bee digital stamp. If you want to join the challenge for your chance to win credit for the DDLL, you will find all the info at the end of this post!  But for now let's have a look at how I created this card :)
I printed my image on some Canson XL watercolor cardstock and used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color it in. I really enjoy using these markers, as they allow me to color in images really quickly, and by blending them out with water I get nice shadows and highlights with one marker only! Once I was done coloring my image, I fussy cut it using my Cutterbee scissors. 
For the card design I followed the sketch that is the optional twist for this week's challenge:
I took some yellow cardstock, I cut it at 4 by 5 1/5 inches, and I used a circular die from the Tonic Studios set to cut a window in the upper half of my front panel. 
To back my window and to create the two stripes on the sides of my card I used patterned paper from the Doodlebug Spring Things 6x6" paper pad. 
I used Tombow Mono Multi glue to adhere everything in place, and I tucked the bee behind the window for an extra fun effect. The sentiment belongs to the Bee Happy Birdbrain digi set by From the Hearth Stamps, which is a freebie in their store. As a finishing touch I added some Nuvo Drops in Ebony Black in the spots suggested by the sketch.
And that's it for today's card! This was a really quick one to make -  after a few quite intricate cards (like this one over here, for example - talk about intricate!) I have to say that it felt really refreshing to make something pretty in a short amount of time! :) And I really hope you like it too!
You can find the list of all the supplies I used at the end of this post, together with the challenge guidelines, in case you decide to play along this week's Friday Funday Challenge. Stay tuned for another super fun project tomorrow here on my blog, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!


List of supplies:

Digital Delights by Louby Loo Pencil Bee digi stamp
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Pentel Waterbrush 
Tonic Studios Tape Runner 
Doodlebug Spring Things 6x6" paper pad
Generic yellow cardstock
Canson XL watercolor cardstock 
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot express
Canon Pixma TS5050
EK Success Cutterbee Scissors
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Nuvo Drops Ebony black


Challenge Guidelines

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 August 25th by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of August 25th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!



June 2017 Craftin Desert Divas Crafty Haul

Hi guys! I finally got around to edit and upload my crafty haul from June 2017 - I know, I am kinda late in the game, but given that it seems many of you liked my previous haul video, I thought I would keep sharing my crafty hauls, and this one was next in line :)
I got all the goodies in this haul from the Craftin Desert Divas store, and this time I mostly focused on dies, cause I really like adding die cut details or create scene cards!
I will stop chatting now, and leave you to the video. Let me know if you enjoyed it and if you'd like me to keep sharing content like this! :)



And here is the list of the goodies I showed with links to the CDD shop, in case you are interested :)

Fancy Frames Dies
Shaker Tag Dies
Outdoor Landscape Dies
Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies
Island Dies
Mini Shaker Clips Dies
Citrus Bliss
Cotton Candy
Mermaid Lagoon
Shimmer Mix

As always I hope you enjoyed this video, and I will be back soon with a card in which you will see some of these dies in action!

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Clean and Simple Birthday Card feat Craftin Desert Divas Yeti to Party


Hello everyone! Today I am back with a fun birthday card inspired by the August mood board challenge over at the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery group on Facebook. I really love this month's mood board, it's so bright and cheerful! If you want to play along, make sure to join the CDD Facebook group, where you will also find all the information on the #cddmonthly challenge and on the prizes you can win every month! But now it's time to have a look at how I created this card :)
To start off, I stamped some of the images from the Craftin Desert Divas Yeti to Party stamp set on some Neenah Solar White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored everything using my Spectrum Noir markers, trying to stick to the color scheme of the mood board. I also used my white gel pen to add some details to all the images.
I then used the largest die in the Fancy Frame Dies set to cut some heavyweight white cardstock and create my scalloped front panel. I then took one the patterned paper sheets from the Doodlebug Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper pad, and I trimmed it to be just slightly larger than my scalloped panel. I then adhered everything to a white A2 card base using Tombow Mono Multi glue.
I heat-embossed my sentiment on some black cardstock using Ranger white embossing powder, cut a banner around it, and glued it to my card. For a finishing touch I added some sequins from the Craftin Desert Divas Sunny Days sequin mix. 
And that's it for today's card! It was quite fast to put together, and I really like how it turned out!
Don't forget that the new Craftin Desert Divas release is available for purchase...and there's more! While supplies last, new orders of 50$ and above placed between August 9 and August 20 will receive a *free* 2x3" set! There are two such sets, and they are both super adorable! You can check out one of them in this post :) 
I will, as always, list all the supplies I used at the end of this post, and I will be back soon with another fun project! In the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaoooo!


List of Supplies 
Crelando Heat Gun
Ranger White Embossing Powder 
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink 
Versamark Ink
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Color Copy 300gsm white cardstock

How to Create a Dimensional Scene on your Card feat Craftin Desert Divas Get Wild Stamp Set


Hello everyone! The Craftin Desert Divas August release is finally available for purchase in the CDD shop, and I today I wanted to show you some more inspiration using the super adorable Get Wild stamp set!
For this card I pretty much used all the images in the set: I stamped them on some Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored them using Spectrum Noir markers, trying to stick neutrals and more muted tones. I used Distress Inks and several dies from Craftin Desert Divas to create all the scene elements. 
The palm trees are part of the Island die set, the tall grass border is part of the Outdoor Landscape Dies, and the shorter grass border belongs to the Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies. I cut all my elements from some Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and I used the following Distress ink colors for the different elements:
Front Grass Layer: Frayed Burlap, Old Paper
Middle Grass Layer: Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap
Back Grass Layer: Forest Moss, Peeled Paint.
I blended the inks using my Ranger mini ink blender, using the darker shades on the lower part of my layers, and the lighter shades on the higher part.
For the sky I used Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade and Mustard Seeds to create a deep, rich sunset, and I assembled all the pieces together. I wanted to create lots of dimension on this card, so I used fun foam to create many different layers. The foremost grassy panel is mounted on three layers of foam, the middle on on two layers, and the one in the back on one layer. I also used one layer of foam on the second and third palm on the background to create a more dynamic look. The gorilla is adhered flush to the background, and the lion is glued in front of one of the palms and is supported with one layer of fun foam.
The tiger is raised with respect to the third grass layer with some fun foam, and so is the girl with respect to the second grass layer. The buffalo, the rhino, the turtle and the boy are all adhered flush to the panels they are standing on. 
Finally, the parrot is glued to one of the palms with one layer of foam tape. 
Because the card front is quite busy, I decided to add my sentiment to the inside of the card, and I used one more image to decorate it. 



I really really enjoyed making this card and I love how it turned out! All the different layers make it look so fun and dynamic, I am very pleased with the result! 
Of course you don't necessarily have to go as wild ad I did with this set :) Here, for example, is another card I made, which is much simpler and faster to put together, but still really nice! 
And that's pretty much it for today's post. I really hope you liked this card and found this post helpful! I will list all the products I used down below, and I will be back soon with another fun project. In the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!

List of supplies:
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock 
Spectrum Noir Markers 
Distress Inks: Frayed Burlap, Peeled Paint, Old Paper, Forest Moss, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade, Mustard Seed
Ranger mini ink blender 
Big Shot Express die cutting machine 
Silhouette Portrait cutting machine 
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer 

Back to School Card feat CDD Live, Love, Plan Stamp Set


Hello everyone! Today I am back with a card I made using stamps from the Live, Love Plan stamp set, part of the Craftin Desert Divas August 2017 release, which is finally available for purchase in the Craftin Desert Divas store. This stamp set is perfect for all the planner lovers out there - but it also has many more possible applications!
For today's card, for instance, I wanted to go for a back to school feel, so I chose to use bright, primary colors and to use colored pencils. I stamped my images on some Windsor and Newton drawing paper and I colored them with my Prismacolor Premier pencils. I used mainly reds, yellows and blues. 
For the background I decided to use the same colors: I created my base out of red cardstock, and used the Crazy Stitched Frames to cut some yellow and blue cardstock. I also created a panel from some vanilla cardstock, and I cut it to be just smaller than the stitching detail on my yellow and blue background. 
I created a banner for my sentiment using my Tonic Studios guillotine trimmer, and I adhered everything using some white glue.
And for a finishing touch I used Nuvo Drops in English Mustard to add a few embellishments to my card.
And that' it for today's card! I really hope you guys enjoyed this project and this post, and I hope I inspired you to play with the new Craftin Desert Divas Live, Love, Plan stamp set!
Before I go I just wanted to let you know that Craftin Desert Divas is having a release special, and offering one of two 2x3" free stamp sets to qualifying orders of 50$ and above! You can see one of them in this post. ;) The offer is valid between August 9th and August 20th and while supplies last, so hurry up! :)
I will list all the supplies I used at the end of this post, and I will be back soon with another fun project! In the meantime I wish you all a great day!  Ciaooo!

List of supplies

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils - set of 132
Windsor and Newton Drawing paper
Generic colored cardstock 
Nuvo Drops in English Mustard
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Silhouette Portrait
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine 

Pastel Raibow with Spectrum Noir Markers - Shaker Card feat Craftin Desert Divas Play Time Stamp Set



Hello everyone! The new Craftin Desert Divas release is finally available for purchase, and I wanted to share some more inspiration using the super adorable Play Time stamp set. I think this and the Get Wild stamp set must be my favorite ones from this release - they are really cute and fun to work with! So, let's have a look at how I created this card! :)
To start off I colored the sweet image with the tea party scene using my Spectrum Noir Markers. I used light, pastel colors because I wanted the card to have a soft look. The unicorn costume of the little girl in the image inspired me to add a rainbow to the card, and it thought it would look even more dreamy and whimsical if the rainbow was stemming from the girl itself - I was trying to convey the image of a magical world being created by the child's imagination. To make my rainbow I used the Craftin Desert Divas Rainbow Die and I cut out some white heavyweight cardstock; I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color in the rainbow and to add some shading to the cloud. I used LY1, LY2, LY3 for the yellow, LG1, LG2, LG3 and CG1 for the green, PL1, PL2, PL3 and PP1, PP2, PP3 for the pink and purple, and AB1, AB2 AB3 for the blue. I used the same colors to create a rainbow background on my A2 card base, and I also colored in a number of the smaller images in the set because I wanted to include them in my shaker. 
I then used the largest from the newly released Craftin Desert Divas Inside Scalloped Rectangles to cut a frame for my shaker window, and I used my Spectrum Noir markers to add some color to it, so that it would tie in with the rest of the card. I coated it with some acetate and backed it with a double layer of Scotch foam tape. I used some tape runner to adhere the image of the little girl and the rainbow to the front of the shaker window. 
For the base of my shaker panel I cut another sheet of white cardstock to the same size of my frame, and I adhered the small hearths and candy images to it in a random pattern. You could certainly directly stamp them on your shaker base, but when I started this card I had different plans, so that's why I took the extra steps of stamping, cutting and then gluing down my images. 
I also cut a rectangle around my sentiment using my Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer and used my Spectrum Noir Markers to add some color to it, so that it would match my shaker window frame. I then adhered it to my shaker base using some liquid glue. 
I then took some seed beads and the Craftin Desert Divas Fairy Dust sequin mix, added them to the shaker base, and adhered the shaker window to it.  
I used liquid glue to adhere my shaker to the card base, and as a finishing touch I added some sparkle to the rainbow, the cloud and the girl's costume using my Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen. 
And that's it for today's card! I really hope you like it and enjoyed this post, and I hope I inspired you to create with this adorable stamp set! Before I go I just wanted to let you know that Craftin Desert Divas is offering, while supplies last, one of two 2x3" free stamp sets to qualifying orders of 50$ and above! You can see one of them in this post. ;) The offer is valid between August 9th and August 20th, so hurry up! :)
You can find the list of supplies I used at the end of this post, and I will be back soon with another one! In the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!

List of supplies:

Craftin Desert Divas Rainbow Die
Spectrum Noir Markers 
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Crafters Companion Heat Resistant Acetate
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen
Rayer Pastel Seed Beads
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
Silhouette Portrait 
3M foam tape
Pritt white glue
Tonic Studios Funky Tape Runner