Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cozy Snowboy

I received the Neat and Tangled Christmas Pageant set and am actually using it the same year. What, what?!

I'm entering this in Freshly Made Sketches #314, Paper Players #371 Warm and Cozy

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CDD Daily - Masking

Hi Divas! Toni here with you today to share a couple of masking techniques that I love and use most often. The first technique I'm showing, using the Angel Kisses set, is used to create layered images without layers. What, what? Perfect for one-layer cards or just thinner cards for mailing. 

The image you want at the very FRONT of the scene is stamped first. It is then stamped again on masking paper. My favorite masking paper is by Inkadinkado but I've used Post-Its or even just thin copy paper. What I love about the Inkadinkado paper tho is that it's super thin and easily stored with the stamps for another few maskings.
Now you cut out the image mask and cover the image you'd like to mask off. You then stamp the next image, the one meant to appear behind. Pull that mask off and check out the cool result! You can mask as many images as you want, creating various layers and effects.

The next technique I'm showing on the same card is one that masks off part of the card using tape. I did this here to create a spotlight effect. 
  • Notice the pink is quite bright but softens up when covered in the yellow. (In real life it's even prettier--like sherbet.)  Keep the change in colors in mind when you use this technique. Imagine using yellow over purple and ending up with brown--ugh. 
  • I use wide painter's tape because I am not a careful sponger. As long as the mask can be removed, you can use it. Washi tape, removable Scotch tape, and Post-Its are good options too.
  • Note I de-sticky the tape some by sticking it to my pants a few times. Nothing is more irritating than a beautifully colored scene that you just destroyed by ripping the paper when removing the tape.

To finish the card I stamped the sentiment and used Inside Scalloped Rectangle Die to frame the scene. My final touch was to cover the wings, halos and trumpets with clear glitter.

Once you've masked a few times, you'll be able to do something a bit more complicated.  Can you see how the masking worked for the below card using the Christmas Cheer set? Same concept as the first technique I showed you but just a lot more of it.

I do hope you found this useful and will show us how you were inspired!  Check back next week in the Gallery where I'll be posting another masked card using the first technique shown here. Bye for now!

Monday, November 20, 2017

CDD November Mood Board 2

My last Autumnal card although it felt like Autumn was a over a couple of weeks ago in my neck of the woods because it snowed.  S.N.O.W.  Craziness!  But I'm going to pretend it's still harvest time with my take on the CDD November Mood Board Social Media Challenge (use #CDDMonthly when you post to join in).  

I made this card twice.  The first try is above. Love the results but felt the balance was a bit off with the competing height of the cornstalks and scarecrow so I reworked it. I really wanted to reuse the background of the first card but that glue tape is stiiiiiicky. Beyond that, I like the balance much better in the new version.  How about you?

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas  Harvest Happiness and Fall Border Dies, Distress Inks and Distress OxidesMemento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Versamark, Ranger Detail White Embossing Powder, painter's tape to mask

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cards in Envy It's Only Paper

This fortnight at Cards in Envy, we'd like you to use paper as your focus--no stamping, no embellishments (unless made of paper). You can do it!

I used preprinted papers and dies for my card. Now I did enhance the leaves with Copics--like no line coloring by number since I was just adding shadow to what was already there!

I'm entering this in Fusion Grateful.

The Details:  Jen Hadfield Warm & Cozy 6x6 paper, Ellen Hutson Hinged Alpha dies, Copics

CDD November Release Recap Day 2

Well, boo.  My last card showcasing the new CDD release. This week flew by!  I used two of the Arctic Pals to create a wintery scene. Brrrrrrr!

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Arctic Pals, Outdoor Landscapes 2, Scene Builder, Snowflake Flurries Stencil, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Versamark, Copics, Ranger White Fine Embossing Powder, Glossy Texture Paste, Doodlebug Sugar Coating Glitter

Saturday, November 18, 2017

CDD November Release Recap Day 1

I can't believe a week of inspiration has gone by and now you're able to get all of these goodies in the Craftin Desert Divas shop. Yay!  Do you have a favorite?  Earlier I had said mine was the Holiday Sweaters set but then I made the Yeti Fun card. How am I supposed to choose??????!!!!!!!

I paired the adorable bear and kitten from Holiday Sweaters with the Christmas Eve Digi. I had forgotten how nice it is to be able to resize digis to exactly the size you want!  The Fancy Frames Die anchors the scene perfectly--notice how the bear and tree stick outside the edges--just an interesting visual for the card.

My yeti card makes my heart happy!  I love the plaid behind the mountains (notice I diecut two of the mountains from the Scene Builder Dies, just along the edge) and the plaid peeking out behind the Sending Die which I underlay with a dark version as shadow. It's really hard to see in the picture but I colored the mountains and Fall Border Die trees and houses with just a touch of purple used on the yeti. In real life, it helps create a bit more depth to the white on white.

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Holiday Sweaters, Fancy FramesChristmas Eve DigiSending DieScene Builder DiesFall Border Die, Doodlebug Designs Sugar Coating Glitter, Copics, VersaFine Onyx Black, Ranger Glossy Accents and Multi Medium Matte, Sakura Pinpoint Quickie Glue Pen, Uniball Pigment Pen, Gmund Savanna Limba Woodgrain cardstock, Lawn Fawn Chill Perfectly Plaid 6x6 Paper

Friday, November 17, 2017

CDD November Release Day 5

Ack, this new CDD Arctic Pals set is adorable! You'll find the images are simple enough and large enough for easy coloring with whatever medium you choose. For instance, someday I hope to watercolor these images.  Woo hoo!

I created a simple background for that cute bear by embossing the card base and layering on a Fall Borders die and Outdoor Landscape 1 die. I love the contrast of the smooth hills against that dimension snow background. The sentiment is from Holiday Sweaters, another new set.

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Furry Friends and Addicted to Stamps and More #268 Holiday

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Arctic Pals, Holiday Sweaters (sentiment), Outdoor Landscape 1 die, and Fall Borders die, Sizzix embossing folder, Copics, Versafine Onyx Black

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This is Why Snow is Fun

I finally got my hands on the Mama Elephant So Many Snowmen set thanks to Doodle Bugs. Woo hoo!

There are sooo many possibilities with this set. This one I kept simple as I'm planning to bring it along as a make n take for our December crafty gathering. Fun times coming our way!

I'm entering this in Mod Squad Merry and Bright, Addicted to Stamps and More #268 Holiday

The Details:  Mama Elephant So Many Snowmen, Stamplorations Let It Snow die, Copics, Copic Opaque White, Basis Blue Cardstock, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die, Doodlebug Sugar Coating Lily White Glitter, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Glossy Accents (glasses), Zig Glue Pen

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CDD November Release Day 2

We are on Day 2 of the Craftin Desert Divas Release Lead Up!  You'll be able to get all the new products this Friday--woo hoo!

My first card showcases the new Holiday Sweaters set (my personal favorite of the release, not just because I'm a knitter!) as well as the currently available Sending Die, Sending Sentiments, Stitched in Circles Die and Outdoor Landscapes 2 die. I love the adorable uni and playing off of her colors with the golden yellows and rainbow stripes.  Did you notice the fence die behind her? Such a cool accent.

The Details:  Craftin' Desert Divas Holiday Sweaters, Sending Die, Sending Sentiments, Stitched in Circles Die, Outdoor Landscapes 2 die, Distress Ink Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade, Echo Park Perfect Princess 6x6 Paper, Recollections Washi, Sizzix Snow Embossing Folder

My second card showcases the new Sorted Shapes 1 stencil. I masked part of the stencil to create the trees and used another part of the stencil to add snow. Love the versatility! It worked so well to create a scene with the Outdoor Landscape 1 hill and Oh What Fun girl and bunny.

I'm entering this in Moving Along with the Times #58 Trees and Merry Monday #265 Outdoor Activities.

The Details:  Craftin' Desert Divas Sorted Shapes 1 Stencil, Fancy Frames Dies, Outdoor Landscape 1, Oh What Fun, Holiday Sweaters (sentiment), Distress Oxides, Scor Tape, Doodlebug Glitter, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Marvy Uchida Snow Pen

Monday, November 13, 2017

CDD November Release Day 1

Today kicks off the sneaks for the November Craftin Desert Divas release which will be available to buy this Friday, November 17.  In the meantime, we'll be sharing all sorts of projects with you to get your crafty mojo going!

My first card uses the upcoming Yeti Fun Stamps and Scenery Dies. These coordinate so well together!  I stacked the mountains, coating the edges with Stickles (so blingy!). I curved the sentiment and stamped it in my fav sentiment ink Versafine. I did that before adhering the yeti with foam tape.  Lastly I added a few sequins.  Notice the cupped ones that don't have a hole in the middle?  These are especially reflective, despite what my camera says!

The Details: CDD Yeti Fun, Scenery Dies, Outdoor Landscape Dies, Oh What Fun (sentiment), XX sequins, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Stickles

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Best is Yeti

A goodbye card for a coworker who is moving back to Chicago after deciding Seattle isn't the place for her.  I wonder why? Could it be the rain? The unexpected November snow?  The stand-offish people? Did I say the rain already?  LOL.

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Snow White, Naughty or Nice #45 Walking in a Winter Wonderland

The Details:  MFT Beast Friends, Hot Off the Press Snowflake stencil, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Memory Box Cityscape Nightline Border, Pretty Pink Posh Window Frames die, Hero Arts Forest Scene Stencil, Copics, Distress Ink Pine Needles, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black

Monday, November 6, 2017

CDD November Mood Board - Banner

For this project I was inspired by the CDD November Mood Board Social Media Challenge (use #CDDMonthly when you post to join in) to create a Fall banner for our fireplace. What's really fun is that from year to year I can expand on it with additional images, etc. Fun!

I used the Fancy Frames Dies to create the base for each banner section using really sturdy cardstock. I then cut designer paper using the same die set and adhered those to the bases. Next I started coloring images from Harvest Happiness, Timber, and Harvest Wishes. So cute!  Note the holes were created using a WRMK Crop-A-Dile.

In some cases, I added Fall Harvest Sequins for a bit of bling.

On other panels I used diecuts from Stitched In Circles Dies and Party Dies for added interest.

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Harvest Happiness, Timber, Harvest Wishes, Stitched In Circles Dies, Party Dies, Fancy Frames Dies, and Fall Harvest Sequins, Sakura Quickie Glue Roller Pen, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, 1/8" Scor Tape, Carta Bella Hello Fall 6x6 Designer Paper, Neenah 110lb Kraft Cardstock, Copics, Ranger White Enamel Accents

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cards in Envy Typography

Our first Cards in Envy Challenge for November is fab! We ask that the emphasis of your card be on the sentiment. Easy!

I masked off my card front, spritzed lightly with water, then sprinkled on Brushos. I spritzed very lightly again and waited for the panel to dry old school.  I've found that if I use an embossing tool to dry it, the effects just aren't as nice.

I then removed the mask and die cut the panel. Next came the sentiment which I stamped multiple times with the MISTI so it would be really bold. So a very easy card that looks anything but!

The Details:  Brutus Monroe Turkey Day, Brushos, Versafine Onyx Black, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die

Saturday, November 4, 2017

CDD Lumberjack Sentiments

Hello, friends!  I'm here with you today with a focus on sentiment backgrounds. I find that during the holidays, I tend to use more designer paper so I immediately thought of using the sentiment backgrounds found in one of my favorite pads and to challenge myself even more by making it a masculine card. What was I thinking?  Oh, that's right. I was thinking cute, cute, cute with the CDD Timber set. Isn't the lumberjack image adorable?

I started out using boring boy brown tones but I need pops of colors so recolored the image. I did use the head from the previous one--can you see how his head is a bit popped up? I popped up the squirrel too. I added a strip of tree paper for a bit of color too.

As a near final step, I cut out the snow bank using another sentiment paper and a die from Outdoor Landscape 1 to ground those cute images. Love my result unisex Christmas card--LOL. I hope you'll be inspired to try to background sentiment ideas and show us in the Gallery!

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Timber, Outdoor Landscape 1 die, Pebbles Holly Jolly 6x6 Paper, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Marvy Snow Pen, Copics


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

City Skater

I caved and bought my first Papertrey Ink Kit. How could I not?  Love everything about it!  For this card, I used various papers and dies from the kit to create a make 'n' take for an upcoming crafty day. Love how it turned out. Traditional but cool too.

I'm entering this in Merry Monday #263 Inspiration Photo, Naughty or Nice #45 Winter Scene

The Details:  PTI October 2017 Kit, Lawn Fawn Twine, mystery washi

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


You all know I love my Waffle Flower and how could I resist (1) Merman and (2) Christmas. Punny Christmas at that!

I used a die to create a stencil and sponged Distress Oxide on the background.  I next stamped the Merman and colored him up with Copics.  I didn't bother to mask the background as it's light enough that the blue just adds a bit of shadow to his torso which doesn't bother me at all.  Next I stamped the sentiment, cut out the panel, and mounted it onto the card base which I had lightly sponged the edges with the same Distress Oxide. Easy peasy!

I'm entering this in CASology #273 List, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

The Details:  Waffle Flower The Season, Versafine Onyx Black, Copics, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Clear Wink of Stella, Memory Box die used to create stencil

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Peaceful Bear

The simplicity of this card really speaks to me. The leftover Brushos background jazzes it up so, don't you think? Maybe I can use more of the leftover Brushos in other cards this season.  Let's see!

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Anthing Goes, Jingles Belles Not a Creature Was Stirring and Allsorts 439 Christmas Creatures.

The Details:  Avery Elle Merriest and Winter Woodland Wonders, Hero Arts August 2017 Kit Window Cut Die, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Wink of Stella Clear, Brushos Ultra Marine, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Watercolor Cardstock

Friday, October 27, 2017

Merriest Hello

I almost threw away the heads and then I found the diecut Hello panel. Rescue time!  A brushed Distress Ink and Oxide background spattered with water with a holiday plaid inset. I wonder whatever happened with the center of the O. Perhaps I'll find it as the clutter is reduced!

I'm entering this in Daring Cardmakers Blended Backgrounds, Simon Says Anything Goes, Watercooler Wednesday #142 All About Christmas

The Details:  Avery Elle Merriest, Neat and Tangled Say Yes to Donuts, MFT Big Hello Die, Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and Candied Apple, Distress Ink Candied Apple, Lawn Fawn Christmas Plaid 6x6 Paper, Versamark, Recollections Christmas Stamps (snowflakes), Ranger Detail Fine White Embossing Powder and Multi Medium Matte, Copics