Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks: Galaxy Background feat Craftin Desert Divas Space Cadet and Ahoey Matey digital stamps

Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks Galaxy Background feat Craftin Desert Divas Space Cadets

Hello everyone! Today I am on the Craftin Desert Divas blog with two cards and a video showcasing the Space Cadet and the Ahoey Matey digital stamps. 
I knew I wanted to make a galaxy background, and I thought it would be interesting to compare what kind of looks are achieved using Distress Oxides and Distress Inks. So I ended up creating two cards, and you can already see in the pictures how different those backgrounds are! I think they both look beautiful! So let's have a look at how I made these cards!
As a first step I printed my images on some Neenah Solar White cardstock, cut them using my Silhouette Portrait, and I colored them in with my Spectrum Noir markers. I altered the pirate image from the Ahoy Matey digital stamp, and with just a few touches I turned him into a space  pirate! First I drew a helmet for the cat and one for the pirate, and then I colored the ship and the sails using some cool greys to make them look as if they were made out of metal. I also added some line and dot detail to create the appearance of metal parts and bolts on the sails and on the ship body. As a final step I added highlights with my Uniball Signo white gel pen. I wish I had filmed this part too, but I hope you get the general idea - and if you are interested I could always film a separate video for that!
Once the images were colored I moved on to my background. I cut two pieces of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock to 4 1/4" by 5 1/2"; I used this particular cardstock because Distress Inks and Oxides blend really smoothly on it - it makes the job so much easier! For a "fair" comparison I decided to use the same colors for the Oxides and the Inks: I chose Black Sooth, Faded Jeans, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers. 
To create the galaxy background I proceded as follows for both card bases: I put down some Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers in different areas of my base, without being too careful at this stage about getting a nice blend. In this phase I just wanted to block in the areas where these colors will show in my galaxy. I then added Faded Jeans all around the edges and in the areas that were still empty, trying to blend it with the other colors. I then repeated the same step with the Black Sooth, which I also very lightly blended on top of the colorful areas to darken them a little bit. To add the stars I used some white acrylic paint: I diluted it with some water and used first an old toothbrush to create smaller stars, and then a paintbrush to create some larger stars. I also added some stars using the silver color in the Gansai Tambi palette for some subtle shine. 
Once everything was dry, I cut down my backgrounds using the largest die in the Crazy Stitched  Frame Dies set, and I glued them down to some Core'dinations black cardstock cut at a standard A2 size.
I then used my Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer to cut one of the two sentiment banners, and for the other I used one of the dies in the Flag Banner set. 
To finish the card I adhered the sentiments and the images in place using Tombow Mono Multi glue and my Tonic Studios Funky Tape Runner. 
And here you can see pictures of the two cards. The one with the Distress Inks:

Distress Inks Galaxy Background feat Craftin Desert Divas Space Cadets

and the one with the Oxide Inks:

Distress Oxides Galaxy Background feat Craftin Desert Divas Space Cadets

Which one is your favorite?

I filmed a video for this card focused on the galaxy backgrounds, that you can watch on my YouTube channel by clicking on this link

And that's it for today! I really hope you liked these cards and found this comparison between Oxides and Distress Inks useful. You can find the list of the supplies at the end of this post, and I will catch you soon with another fun project! Have a great day!

List of supplies

Space Cadet Digital Stamp 
Ahoy Matey Digital Stamp 
Crazy Stitched Frame Dies 
Flag Banner Dies 
Distress Oxide - Faded Jeans
Distress Oxide - Wilted Violet 
Distress Oxide - Black Soot 
Distress Oxide - Peacock Feathers 
Distress Oxide - Picked Raspberry
Uniball Signo White Gel Pen
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool Foam Replacements
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Silhouette Portrait
Sizzix Big Shot Express
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Core'dinations Smooth Black Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Tonic Studios Funky Tape Runner
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Gansai Tambi Watercolor, 36
Lukas White Acrylic paint
Lukas Brush No 6


Distress Oxide Sunset Background feat Craftin Desert Divas Aloha stamps


Distress-Oxide-Sunset-Background-Card

Hello everyone! Today I am back with a card inspired by the color scheme of the current Mood Board Challenge over at the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group.
For this card I decided to use the Aloha stamp set, which was one of the two August release specials, and is now available for purchase on the Craftin Desert Divas store. How sweet is that little troll dancing in her grass skirt? I love it!
To start off this card I stamped all my images on some Windsor and Newton Cotman drawing paper, I cut them out using my Silhouette Portrait and I colored them using  Prismacolor Premier colored pencils.
I then took some heavyweight white cardstock and did some ink blending with Distress Oxides: I used Spiced Marmelade, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick for a sunset kind of feel. I then used one of the dies from the  Stitched In Circles set to cut a circle out of my ink blended cardstock. I used Perfect Pearls in Perfect Bronze to add some shine to my sunset background, and my mini mister to set the Perfect Pearls pigment.
For the front panel I cut another piece of the same white cardstock using the largest of the Crazy Stitched Rectangle dies, and I created a window using the same circle die from the Stitched In Circles that I had previously used. I coated the back of the frame with some acetate by Crafters Companion.
My card base is made out of white cardstock that I cut at a standard A2 size. To add some contrasting color to the ones I have on my girl and background, I blended some Distress Oxide in Peacock Feathers on the edges of my card base. And I think that this added a lot more interest on the card!
Once I had everything ready I could start assembling all my elements. First, I glued the circular panel to my card base. I then backed the window front with some 3M foam tape, and I adhered it in place. I also used foam tape to glue the little troll to the  front of my window. Using some Ranger Multi Medium Matte I adhered the flowers and some sequin from the Mermaid Lagoon sequin mix.  The sentiment also comes from the Aloha set: I stamped it on some Windsor and Newton Cotman Drawing paper, I created a banner using my Guillotine Trimmer and my Cutterbee scissors, and I did some ink blending using the same colors of Distress Oxides that I used for the background.
And here is a picture showing showing the nice shimmer that the Perfect Pearls created on the background!

Distress-Oxide-Perfect-Pearls-Background-Close-Up

And that's it for today's post! I hope you liked this card, and I hope I inspired you to join the Craftin Desert Divas Mood Board Challenge! Stay tuned for another card and a video tutorial tomorrow, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!

List of Supplies*

Craftin Desert Divas Aloha clear stamp set 
Craftin Desert Divas Crazy Stitched Rectangle Frames dies 
Craftin Desert Divas Inside Scalloped Circle dies  
Craftin Desert Divas Mermaid Lagoon sequin mix  
Distress Oxide - Peacock Feathers 
Distress Oxide - Spiced Marmelade  
Distress Oxide - Worn Lipstick 
Distress Oxide - Picked Raspberry 
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool Foam Replacements
Ranger Perfect Pearls 
Ranger Mini Mister
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock 
Windsor and Newton Cotman Drawing Paper 
Crafters Companion Heat Resistant Acetate 
Prismacolor Premier colored pencils - set of 132 
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer 
Silhouette Portrait 
EK Success Cutterbee Scissors
Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive 
Scotch 3M foam tape
Tonic Studios Funky Tape Runner 


Quick and Easy Masculine Card feat My Favorite Things Recipe for Happiness - Video Tutorial


Hello everyone! Today I am back with a quick and easy card I made for the current sketch challenge over at the My Favorite Things blog. This one was really fun to make, and I loved how smoothly it came together: I rarely have a precise idea of what my cards are going to look like when I sit at my craft table, but this time, because I was following a sketch, the whole card making process was much more structured and ordered than what I am used to! And I must admit that it made the video editing much easier! :)
For this card I decided to use one of the stamps from the My Favorite Things Recipe for Happiness set. I really love this little chef: besides card making, in fact, my other passion is cooking, so I could not pass on this one - I had to have it in my stash! :)
I stamped it on some Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and I colored it in using my Spectrum Noir markers. If you want to know which markers I used, they are all listed in the video and at the end of this post. Also, because Spectrum Noir markers are not sold individually, I will also link to the specific bundle they come in - I hope this will be useful for those who are interested in these markers. :) 
After having colored my fun little chef, I cut it using the dies that coordinate with the set. I used my beloved Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer to cut my card base from some Core'dinations Smooth black cardstock. I also cut some wine red cardstock to 3 3/4" by 5", and I rounded the corners using my WeR Memory Keepers corner chomper. I have a little tip in my video on how to always get perfectly symmetrical corners using the corner chomper, for those who, like me, obsess over small details! :P 
To follow the sketch I also cut a stripe and a circle out of some white cardstock. For the circle I use one of the dies from the Tonic Studios Layering Circles set: this was actually one of the first die sets I ever purchased :) It was not very expensive and it comes with a lot of dies, so I thought it would be a good starting point :)
At this point I decided to add some heat embossed detail to my card: I stamped some of the smaller images in the set on my black card base using Versamark ink in a random patter, I coated them with my Ranger white embossing powder, and I heat set everything using my heat gun. I repeated the same steps to heat emboss the sentiment on the wine red cardstock.
At this point I could go ahead and assemble my card: I used some fun foam to adhere the front panel to my card base, so that I would compensate for some of the warping that had occurred during the heat embossing process. I used my Tonic Studios Funky Tape Runner to adhere the white strip and the circle, and some Tombow Mono Multi glue to adhere my chef in place. For some finishing touches I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White to the top right of my front panel, and the little salt dispenser just above my sentiment.

You can watch the whole card making process in the video below.
And don't forget to let me know what you think about it!




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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
Inside Scalloped Circles
Flag Banner Dies
Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies
Outdoor Landscape Dies
Island Dies
Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer
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"

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. You can watch it on my YouTube channel by following this link.
 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!

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 

Craftin Desert Divas Yeti to Party Clear Stamps
Craftin Desert Divas Fancy Frame Dies
Doodlebug Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper pad
Craftin Desert Divas Sunny Days Sequin Mix
Spectrum Noir Markers
Uniball White Gel Pen
EK Success Cutter Bee Precision-Cut Scissors
Big Shot Express Die Cutting Machine
Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer
Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool
Core'dinations Smooth Black Cardstock, 8.5"X11" 
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

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

Craftin Desert Divas Live, Love, Plan stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Crazy Stitched Frames dies
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 Play Time stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Inside Scalloped Rectangle Dies
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
Craftin Desert Divas Fairy Dust sequin mix
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
Silhouette Portrait 
3M foam tape
Pritt white glue
Tonic Studios Funky Tape Runner

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 
Craftin Desert Divas Get Wild set
Craftin Desert Divas Island die
Craftin Desert Divas Outdoor Landscape dies
Craftin Desert Divas Outdoor Landscape 2 dies
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 

Tell a Story with Your Cards feat Craftin Desert Divas Get Wild Stamp Set



Hello everyone! Today I am back to show you a card I made using stamps from the Craftin Desert Divas Get Wild set. I think this set is really great, it's packed full of cute images, and there are just so many ways in which you can use it! From clean and simple to scene cards - it's really just up to you!
I wanted this card to tell a story, and I thought I could achieve that by creating windows to frame some of the images and adding the main image to my card base. I wanted the windows to look like pictures showing the adventures of the little guy in the 4x4.
I started off by coloring some of the images in the set with my Spectrum Noir markers, trying to stick to neutral tones. I used Neenah Solar white cardstock, and my Silhouette Portrait to cut out the image outlines.
For my card front I used some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and the smallest from the Craftin Desert Divas Inside Scalloped Squares dies to create some windows. For the inside of the windows I used some Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolor cardstock and did some ink blending with Distress Inks. I used Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive, and my Ranger mini ink blender. 
I glued the front of my card to the watercolor cardstock, and then I adhered the critters, the leaves, and the cute guy to my card front. I used liquid glue so that I would have some room to wiggle my images in place and have them exactly where I want them. 
For my sentiment I used one of the dies in the Craftin Desert Divas Flag Banner Dies set to cut a banner out of some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. I adhered the banner with some more liquid glue and added a few more leaves for some extra interest.
And that'it for today's card! I really hope you guys liked it and enjoyed this post! Don't forget to join the Craftin Desert Divas Facebook release event for more inspiration from the Design Team, fun freebies and giveaways! I will list all the products 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! 

Craftin Desert Divas Get Wild stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Inside Scalloped Squares
Craftin Desert Divas Flag Banner dies
Neenah Desert Storm cardstock 
Neenah Solar White cardstock 
Windsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor cardstock 
Spectrum Noir markers
Distress Ink - Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive
Ranger mini ink blender
Tombow mono multi glue
Sizzix Big Shot Express
Silhouette Portrait 
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer 

Pop-up Box Card feat Craftin Desert Divas Box Die and Wet Feet Release Special



Hello everyone! Today I am really excited to share with you a project I made using stamps and dies from the Craftin Desert Divas August release! If you follow me, you will have realized by now that I love interactive cards, so I was really thrilled when I found out that Craftin Desert Divas was going to release their own Box Die! I just had to jump ahead and make a project with it!
I decided to use the Wet Feet stamp set, which is one of the two specials for the August release (more on that at the end of this post) and to create a beach scene on my pop-up box.
To begin with, I stamped all my images on some Bristol Smooth cardstock and I colored them using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I used images from the Wet Feet set, and one image from the Tickled Pink set (the ball that you will see in one of the pictures below). I used one marker per color, and blended everything out with a water brush.
Using the main die from the Box set, I cut two pieces of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and I used Distress Inks to add color to sides of my die cuts. For the sand I used Antique Linen, for the sky I used Tumbled Glass, and for the ocean I used Mermaid Lagoon. 
I also cut three panels using another die in the set, because I wanted to add decoration to the side flaps on my pop up box. I inked up two of them with Mermaid Lagoon, and I inked up the borders of the third one with Antique Linen. As you can see in the picture above, I stamped my sentiment on this last die cut piece before adhering it down. To add even more fun details on my pop up box, I did some partial die cutting on the two remaining panels using the wave border die from the Craftin Desert Divas Outdoor Landscape 2 set. I used some liquid glue to adhere all the panels to my pop-up box.
The Box Die set also comes with dies to cut supports for your images to stand up. I cut three of them and inked them up with Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon. I then used the wave die from the Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies set to create some waves "to dress" up my supports and make the box look even more fun: I simply cut strips of Bristol Smooth cardstock using the wave border die, inked them with Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon, cut them to size so that they would fit in my box, and glued them to the supports. 
A this point I assembled the box and the supports, and added all the images to make a fun beach scene. As I said at the beginning of this post I used mostly images from the Wet Feet set and one image from the Tickled Pink set.
For the sky I created the sun using one of the decorative dies that come with the Box Die set: I cut some Bristol smooth cardstock and Inked it up with Distress Ink in Mustard Seed. I also used the cloud die from the Craftin Desert Divas Rainbow Die set to add some more interest to the sky. I adhered a few stars to the panel sentiment, and tucked some more floats and the ball behind the waves on my side panels.


And that's it for today's project! I really love how this one turned out, and I can't wait to play more with this super fun Box die!

I also created a video showing you what this die set looks like, and how you can use it to create your pop-up boxes. You can watch it on my YouTube channel by clicking here.
And don't forget to let me know what you think about it! 


And before I go I wanted to tell you a bit more about the release specials for the Craftin Desert Divas August release. During the period between August 9th and August 20th every order of 50$ will get a one free 2x3 stamp set - and the Wet Feet set that I showcased in today's post is one of them. The offer is valid until supplies last and not applicable to previous orders. If you want to find out what the other release special is, you can join our release event on Facebook: the design team is sharing tons of inspiration for the new stamp sets! And the more people will join, the more freebies and giveaways will be offered! 
And that's all for today's post! I really hope you enjoyed it and liked my project, and I hope I inspired you to create using the new Craftin Desert Divas Box Die. I will list all the supplies I used at the end of this post, and I will be back soon with more fun cards for you! In the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!


List of supplies*

Craftin Desert Divas Box Die
Craftin Desert Divas Outdoor Landscape 2 die set
Craftin Desert Divas Rainbow Die
Craftin Desert Divas Wet Feet stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Tickled Pink stamp set 
Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth Pad, 9"x12"
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine
EK Success Cutter Bee Precision-Cut Scissors
Tonic Studios Tape Runner
Pritt white glue
Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens
Distress Mini Ink Pads - Mermaid Lagoon
Distress Mini Ink Pads - Tumbled Glass
Distress Mini Ink Pad - Antique Linen
Distress Mini Ink Pads - Mustard Seed
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool and Foams
Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush, Pack of 3

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Create Your Own Patterned Paper feat CDD Live, Love, Plan Stamp Set


Hello everyone! Today I am back with a card I made using the Craftin Desert Divas Live, Love, Plan stamp set, which is part of the August 2017 release, and will be available in the Craftin Desert Divas shop starting August 9th, 12PM EST. 
Because this set has so many pretty accompanying images, I thought it would be fun stamp them in a random pattern on my background, so that I would create my own patterned paper. I used Canson XL watercolor cardstock and some inexpensive watercolors that I got from a local store to paint in all the images. I also stamped the little troll sitting at the desk, the worm troll and the "Make It Happen" sentiment on a separate piece of Canson XL watercolor cardstock. I painted the images using the same colors that I used for the background so that everything would tie in nicely.
I then used dies from the Craftin Desert Divas Crazy Stitched Frames to cut my background and the front panel, and some of the dies from the Craftin Desert Divas Mini Shaker Clips dies to cut the little heart, the star and the banner from some pink cardstock. I used some aqua cardstock for my card base and to create a frame around my front panel, and I adhered everything in place using some liquid glue. 
And that's pretty much it for today's card! :) I really hope you guys liked it and enjoyed this post, and don't forget that you can join the Craftin Desert Divas Release event on Facebook - the more people join, the more free digital stamps and giveaways will be there! 
I will list all the supplies I used at the end of this post, and I will be back soon with more inspiration using stamps from the Craftin Desert Divas August release! In the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo! 

List of supplies:
Craftin Desert Divas Live, Love, Plan stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Crazy Stitched Frames die set
Craftin Desert Divas Mini Shaker Clips dies
Canson XL watercolor Paper
Lukas watercolor brushes No. 6 and 8
Generic colored cardstock from Tedi*
Generic watercolor from a Karstadt*
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine
Pritt White Glue

*local German stores

How to Create a Soft, Metallic Background feat Craftin Desert Divas Play Time Stamp Set


Hello everyone! Today I am very excited to be on the Craftin Desert Divas blog with a card and a video showcasing images from the insanely cute Play Time stamp set! This is without a doubt one of my favorites from the August release, it is just sooo sweet! I had so much fun coloring all the images in this set, and I love how the little boys are dressed up in clothes that match the toys they are playing with! Such a fun idea!
To make this card I stamped my images on some Neenah Solar White cardstock and I colored them in using my Spectrum Noir markers. I tried to stick to lighter shades to give a bit of a softer look to the images, and I used the same colors for both the dragon and pirate boy images, just in different proportions. This way I can achieve a more cohesive look on my card without giving the feeling that my color choices are repetitive.
My card base is some heavyweight white cardstock cut at a standard A2 size. For the stitched frame I cut the same white cardstock using the two largest dies from the Crazy Frames Dies.
For the background I took yet another piece of the same with cardstock and blended my Nuvo Mousses using a make up sponge. I used the colors Aquamarine, Citrus Green and Lemon Sorbet and simply created some horizontal stripes across my panel. I then used the largest die from the Crazy Frames Dies to cut the panel to the same size as the front frame.
At this point I started assembling my card: I used some foam tape to raise the frame and the parts of my images hanging off of it. I then adhered everything to my stripey background.
For the sentiment I used one of the dies from the Flag Banners Dies set, and I added some extra cardstock at the back to raise it a little with respect to the background before gluing it down. I used some liquid glue to attach everything to my card base, and I decided to angle it for some extra interest.
As a finishing touch I added Nuvo Drops pretty much everywhere. :) I used respectively on the blue, green and yellow areas of my background so that everything would match nicely.

I also filmed a video tutorial showing how I created this card, to make it easier for you to follow along.You can watch the video on my YouTube channel by clicking here.
I hope you will enjoy it!

And, as promised, here is the full list of supplies I used:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Craftin Desert Divas Play Time stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Flag Banner Dies
Craftin Desert Divas Crazy Stitched Frames
Nuvo Jewel Drops - Key Lime
Nuvo Jewel Drops - Limoncello
Nuvo Jewel Drops - Sea Breeze
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Aquamarine
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Citrus Green
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Lemon Sorbet
Nuvo Jewel Drops - Key Lime
Nuvo Jewel Drops - Sea Breeze
Nuvo Jewel Drops - Limoncello
Spectrum Noir Markers
Pritt White Glue
3M Scotch foam tape
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine



And before I go I wanted to show you again how beautifully shiny that background is when it catches the light, and at how gorgeous those translucent Nuvo drops are! Not to mention the cuteness of these images! :)


And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked it, and I hope I inspired you to create with these adorable stamps! 
I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a wonderful day! Ciaooo!


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