Wednesday, December 13, 2017


I had a great time with some crafty gal pals this past weekend. Lots of fun and laughter and not getting the make n takes done.  LOL.  Thanks to Kimberly for the stamp borrow.  So cute!

I'm entering this in Merry Monday #269 Colors, Simon Says Wednesday Stitch It, Addicted to Stamps and More #272 Make Your Mark, CAS on Friday #122 Christmas

The Details:  Impress Holiday Shopping Stamp, Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Greetings (sentiment), Uni-Ball white pigment pen, Zigs, Versafine Onyx Black

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Vintage Llama

I worked up this card using a few of the elements Amy had brought along to our Saturday crafty gathering as a tag make 'n' take which I converted to a card. There's so much I love about this one!

I'm entering this in Fab n Funky #374 All Tied Up, Naughty or Nice #46 Season's Greetings
Shopping Our Stash #333 Let's Play Tag

The Details:  Neat and Tangled Fa La Llama, Authentique Alpine 6x6 Paper, Recollections llama paper, Versamark, Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder, PTI vellum, gold washi, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Monday, December 11, 2017

Wobble Bear

This card uses a background that was a total accident.  I was trying to get a slightly different shade of purple so was sponging it again when I realized I had shifted the stencil a bit. Well, one thing led to another and next thing you know I had a cool dimensional effect.  The skiing bear is, of course, on a wobble, but you don't need to wobble it to make it look like the card is in motion.  Tee hee!

I'm entering this in SIP #128 Let It Snow, Shopping Our Stash #332 I Like to Move It


The Details:  MFT Skisons Seasons, Newton's Nook Snowflake stencil, Lawn Fawn plaid paper, wool felt, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Mini Wobble, Distress Inks

CDD December Release Recap

Today I'm recapping the Craftin Desert Diva goodies I showcased last week now that they're available in the shop. It's fun to be teased with what's coming but even more fun to be able to shop!

In my first card, I stamped a few extra hearts and the sentiment from Hugs and Kisses before impressing the largest of the Nested Hearts Dies. I love the effect!  And I love the effect of having some of the heart bubbles in the background so it appears they're floating away. So very cute!

In this card I did direct to stencil inking with Versamark, leaving the corner of the  Hearts Galore Stencil  more or less bare for the sentiment. The combo of the warm gold and red wows me. Even better tho is the contrast of the gold mirror cardstock Nested Hearts Die against the matte gold embossing. Yum! And what a perfectly simple and elegant frame for the Better Together image!

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Better Together, Nested Heart Dies and Hearts Galore Stencil, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Red Geranium and Princess Gold Embossing Powders, Recollections Gold Mirror Board

With this card I wanted to experiment with Distress Oxides. I usually create my galaxy backgrounds using multiple layers of watercolor but this proved even easier!  I sponged an initial layer down on navy cardstock then spattered with Copic Opaque White for stars. I then sponged again with brighter tones to create a nebula. I spattered again to create added depth--some of the stars as seen through the nebula and some closer. Cool!  I was able to emboss the sentiment and rub some of the Oxide off for emphasis then it was a quick pop up of the Far Out astronaut (astro-yes!) to finish the card.

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Far Out, Versamark, Ranger Detail White Embossing Powder, Copics, Copic Opaque White, Memento Tuxedo Black

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Neon Llamas

I've worked up two cards using a new llama stamp I picked up from Michael's thanks to Miss Sherri!  The first uses, actually both, use Hero Arts Neon Ombre Ink. Fantastic, right?  Super bright on white with a simple Sizzix snow embossing folder or a bit more subtle on Lawn Fawn plaid with a red iris.  Love them both!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Fa La La La La La La Llama

I thought I had enough holiday cards but I was so very wrong.  Eeeeeek.  Less writing, more cardmaking!

I'm entering this in CAS on Friday #122 Christmas, AAA #104 Christmas

The Details:  Neat and Tangled Fa La Llama, Copics, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Love Letter

Friday, December 8, 2017

Coffee Lovers Winter Hop

It's that season again and time for Craftin Desert Divas to sponsor another Coffee Lovers Hop! How could I resist the new Brewed with Love set and sentiment from November release Skating By (which is the absolute perfect size for embossing)? Wait, better question:  how can YOU?!  These little critters are adorable, aren't they?  So warm and cozy.  Oh, dang, you know what would have been cute?  If I had added just a touch of snow to the log. Next time!

I'm also entering this in The Male Room #75 Christmas/Winter Wishes/December Celebrations

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Brewed with Love,  (sentiment), Uni-Ball Impact Bold Point Gel PenMemento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 Paper, Sizzix Knit Set Embossing Folder, Versamark, Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CDD December Release Day 3

Oh my goodness, I can't believe we're already on Craftin Desert Release Day 3 and what a day is is!  First up, I'm showcasing the new Better Together and Nested Heart Dies (I heart them so!).  I also used the currently available Sending Die and Doodlebug Design Milk and Cookies 6x6 Paper Pad. The Nested Heart Die is perfect for designer paper and large enough to nest an image if you wanted. Swoon!

On my second card I used Craftin Desert Divas Far Out, pairing it with my Gelli plate, acrylic paints, the Sorted Shapes 1 Stencil and Stitched In Circle Dies to create a planet.  I used the Sorted Shapes 1 Stencil again to randomly sponge in stars.  This is a great stencil to add accents to your cards and easily used to create entire backgrounds.

Btw, I think my favorite part of the Far Out set is how their hairs sticks out beyond the helmet.  Just too much happiness to be contained!

I'm entering this in CAS Mix Up Dec 2017 (stamping, acrylic paints, stenciling, and more!)

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Far Out, Better Together, Nested Heart DiesSending DieStitched In Circle DiesSorted Shapes 1 StencilDoodlebug Design Milk and Cookies 6x6 Paper Pad, Copics, Distress Squeezed Lemonade, Distress OxideVersaFine Onyx BlackMemento Tuxedo BlackGelli Plate, Liquitex Acrylic Paints

Happy Birthday, Lisa!

Today is the birthday of my friend, Lisa Lara, who I don't get to see often enough (hope to see you on Friendsmas this weekend, Lisa!). I love her clean and simple but colorful style so tried to capture that for her birthday card. I hope you like it, girl!  Have a great day!

Below is the list of those participating in the hop.  Please stop by and see how each of us was inspired!


Toni -- you're here!

The Details:  Love Cynthia Celebrate, Carta Bella Fireworks Stencil, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks, Clarity Brushes

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ski-sons Greetings!

Dude.  I've had this set since last Christmas with a specific person in mind for a card and that's as far as I got!  We all know what that's like!  LOL.  I love the layout of this card, the flicky trees and his oh-so-cool iridescent goggles. Totally cool!

I'm entering this in SIP #128 Let It Snow, CAS on Friday #122 Christmas, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

The Details: MFT Ski-Sons Greetings (sentiment) and Chill Wishes, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Ranger Fine White Embossing Powder

Monday, December 4, 2017

CDD December Release Day 1 & Mood Board

I'm doing double duty today and sharing with you a sneak of the upcoming Hugs and Kisses stamps, Hearts Galore Stencil and Nested Hearts Dies release that I worked up based on the current Social Media Mood Board Challenge (use #cddchallenge to enter).

I am loving this set so!  The trolls are so fun and cute and whimsical. Adorable!  The stencil rocks too!  I've used it a couple of different ways during the new release and have ideas for more uses. Need more crafty time--I think we all wish that!

For the challenge, I was obviously drawn to the greens and reds as well as the glints of metallic--check out that colander. I took my cue for the color division from the jar with a pseudo-band and twine. Fun!

I hope you'll joined in the challenge and know you'll be checking out the makes from the rest of the DT.  I assure you, they're fabulous!

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Hugs and Kisses, Hearts Galore Stencil, Nested Heart DieMemento Tuxedo BlackVersaFine Onyx BlackRanger Multi Medium MatteDistress Oxide, Copics, I think the washi is Freckled Fawn

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Cards in Envy Jingle All the Way

It's Cards in Envy time again and this time we'd like to see a bell on your card. Could be the focus or an accent like on my card.

I brushed Distress Oxides onto my main panel then spattered with water. While that was drying I colored up Avery Elle holiday images from this year and last. I love how well they coordinate. I put together the card using a pine bough die and frame to contain the woodland critters. The snowflake tag was the perfect size for the sentiment and bells. Adorable!

I’m entering this in Shopping Our Stash 371 Snow Much FunSimon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Tiny Tag Sayings and Winter Tag dies, Avery Elle Kitsch Christmas and Winter Woodland Wonders, Memory Box Pine Needle Border, Distress Oxides Broken China and Worn Lipstick, Copic Opaque White, Wink of Stella Clear, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Saturday, December 2, 2017

CDD -- Interactive Card Time

Hi Everyone!  I'm sharing an interactive card with you today using Christmas Wishes, Snowflake Flurries Stencil, Fall Border Dies, and the Fancy Frames Dies.  Did you spot Rudolph's blinking nose? Beep beep!  LOL.  

I started out with the basic Chibi light components (conductive copper tape, a watch battery and a Chibi light). I had already done a mock up of the card so knew where I wanted the light and "push here" point to be.  I thus prepared the card panel and image by making small holes for the light to show through.  It's not absolutely necessary to do that but I did want to make sure the light would be as bright as possible. 

I had stamped the image twice--once for coloring and once on the card front to make it easier to see where the hole for the light and push point needed to be.

Next came the assembly of the light unit. I've done this a few times so have come up with cheats to help myself. These include using two layers of sticky-back foam to and dies to create the height needed for the components. Notice I had saved the diecut portion of the foam and used it to cover up the light except for that hole. I did this so the light would come only through the hole rather than lighting up the entire area there.

The Chibi light has a positive and negative side (noted in the photo) and you need to have a conductive copper line leading to/from both.  Notice how I made a scored casing to hold the battery and to provide a place for the positive line to wrap up and over to reach the positive side of the battery.  Also notice I had drawn where my card front opening was so I knew exactly how much space I had to work in.

Here you can see how the positive copper tape wraps over the scored casing. When the battery touches BOTH the positive and negative ends, the circuit is complete and the light will activate. Be sure to test that it works before you use the diecut foam to cover the components and finish up your card. By the way, I've had no difficulty with light activation when the foam covers the copper tape.

I assembled the card by adhering the front panel to the Chibi card base, stenciling the Snowflake Flurries stencil using Distress Oxide, adhering the two Fall Border Dies layers I had colored with Copics, and stamping the sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black.

Skin: E00, E02 (blush), E11 (shadow)
Hair: YR0000, Y21, Y35, YR24
Clothes: B01, B02, B04, RV06
Scarf & Trees: YG03, YG05
Reindeer: E50, E51, E53, E55
Houses: B04, RV06, Y15, Y17

Friday, December 1, 2017

Sparkle Bear

Oh, my goodness, I love how this turned out. The color tones are so perfect together. Although this lends itself to a masculine card, a little glitter snow thanks to Scor-Tape never hurt anybody.

I'm entering this in Just Add Ink #388 Glitter, Watercooler Wednesday #147 Anything Goes, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes, Fab 'n' Funky #373 Christmas

The Details:  Your Next Stamp Huggles Christmas Star, Zigs, Scor-Tape, Martha Stewart glitter of some sort, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina Marie Designs Snow die

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Stretchy Pants

I made a trio of CAS snarky holiday cards last night. So very fun!

The inside of this one say's "Season's Eatings"--LOL!

I'm entering this in CASology #277 Round and AAA #104 CAS Christmas

Not there yet but give me a couple more weeks and I will be.

I'm entering this in Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes

I dirtied up the deer by adding has marks and dust clouds with a Copic Multiliner, ala Pig Pen.

I'm entering this in Cardz 4 Guyz #183 Reindeer

The Details:  Brutus Monroe Oh Deer, Hero Arts Off-Beat Holiday Messages, Zigs, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Canson Watercolor Paper (my fav!), PTI Poppy Cardstock, Simon Says Stitched Rectangle Die, Sizzix Embossing Folder, Copic Multiliner

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


We received our first Christmas cards yesterday which has lit a fire to get my craft on! Here I masked the figures to stack them but did not mask for the stenciling. Turned out a treat.

The Details:  Neat and Tangled Christmas Pageant and Radiating Stars Stencil, Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Copics, Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins

Monday, November 27, 2017

Merry & Brights

I played with the new Newton's Nook Holiday Foliage stencil which is so super fantastic. The first card uses a few Distress Inks to create a melange of colors. The second card uses Distress Oxides, thanks to inspiration from Amy Tsuruta who got me curious about Oxide coverage. Let's just say it rocks.  The sentiment is Mama Elephant.