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Craftin Desert Divas August Release: Blog Hop!

Hey lovelies!
Yesterday marked the official release of the new Craftin Desert Divas’ August products and day 1 of the blog hop! If you missed any of the fun and inspiration from the DT members yesterday, you can head to the CDD August release blog hop day 1 & product reveal post to catch up! However if you’ve come here from Maaike’s blog post then you’re in the right place, if you’ve got lost you can head over to the Craftin Desert Divas August release blog hop day 2 post to find where you were again!
Today I’m recapping the cards I created and shared during sneak peek week for you! I’m a huge lover of fall, ever since I was a kid I’ve loved watching the leaves change colour and the air gets crisper, which is why I’m so excited about this release! Crisp leaves, fall friends and more makes this release as sweet as it gets. Once you’re finished hopping along, be sure to head over to the Craftin Desert Divas Shop to grab your special discount – 5% off until August 19th! ❤
The first card I shared was using the adorable new Grateful Trolls stamp set and the Hill Scene 2 stencil! For more details on this card you can head to my blog post here.
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For the second card I shared I used the super sweet Dam Shame stamp set! How sweet is this little beaver?! For more details on this card you can head to my blog post here.
Dam Shame 1 August 2018
Thank you for stopping by lovelies! What are your favourite products from the new August release?! I know, it’s such a hard decision! I had so much fun playing with these cute trolls and sweet beavers!
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xo
August Release Day 2 Hop List!
Start: Craftin Desert Divas
Jan
Angelica (Guest Designer)
Elaine
Maaike
You are here: Claire-Anne
Next: Courtney
Mari
Candice
Ashlee
Michelle
Sherry
Holly
Charlotte
Rachel
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Craftin Desert Divas!, Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Thank You Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Smiles Across The Miles – Craftin Desert Divas Creative Challenge!

Hey lovelies!
It’s time for another Designer Creative Challenge from Craftin Desert Divas! This time we’re all about sharing the love and sending those smiles across the miles! This is something I like to do often, growing up cards have always held a sentimental value to myself and my family members so I cherish each and every card I receive! Whether you’re sending someone a note to encourage or support them, or even just to say hi! Handmade cards can make a huge impact on those you care about, knowing somebody has taken the time to sit and create something unique just for you really is a special feeling! Today I’m sharing with you a card I made using the ‘Kindness’ and ‘Wishful Thoughts’ stamp sets as I really love using florals for these types of cards!

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I started by prepping some watercolour paper with my EK Success powder tool applicator. I stamped my floral image using Versafine Onyx Black ink, coated it in clear embossing powder and set it using my heat tool.
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I painted my image using watercolour paints then fussy cut it out once it was dry. I went for a super colourful look, after all we want to brighten someone’s day!
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I cut a panel using the Crazy Stitched Frame dies from heavy weight white card before stamping some of the smaller images from the Kindness set in a random pattern using Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Ink to give it a softer look. I cut down a rectangle piece of white card and stamped my sentiment from the Wishful Thoughts set in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I drew little dashes along the border of the rectangle using my ruler and a black pen to add a little extra detail. I positioned my flowers and sentiment towards the centre of my panel and popped them up with some double sided foam tape. I adhered my entire panel to my card base using some double sided tape to finish!
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Thank you for stopping by lovelies! ‘Just because’ cards are among my favourite cards to make, I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of use out of this stamp set in the future too! I hope you like what I’ve created to show you today, please be sure to stop by the Craftin Desert Divas’ blog post to see what the other DT members have created for inspiration! These talented ladies have a lot of helpful tips up their sleeves! ❤

xo

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Kindness Stamp Set
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Crazy Stitched Frame Dies
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Ink
Powder Tool Applicator

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Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Thank You Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Donut You Know Friendship Card Using Some Odd Girl “Sweet & Salty”!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Hands up if you have a sweet tooth?! I tend to side with the saltier things in life but donuts are one exception to that rule! I was gifted this cute stamp set by my friend Anna a little while ago, knowing if it’s cute and food related I’m in LOVE!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I knew I wanted to work with the donut stamp from this set as I had a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s “Sweet Friends” set that would go great with it! I began by creating my card base and adhering some black matte paper on top, then cut my panel slightly smaller from watercolour paper. I treated the watercolour paper with my EK Success powder tool as I was planning to heat emboss my images. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp my donuts all over my panel, coated them in clear embossing powder from papermania then set them with my heat tool.

I moved on to colouring my images, I knew I wanted the frosting on the donuts to be pretty bright so I decided to watercolour it with distress inks. I decided on a blue and pink ink and used the alternate colour of sprinkles for each donut. I used my watercolour paint for the actual donut underneath as I didn’t have a distress ink that would fit the colour.

For my sentiment I treated some black card stock with my powder tool, used my Versamark ink to stamp my sentiment and heat embossed it in Altenew pure white embossing powder. I then cut them in to thin sentiment strips and cut the edges at an angle. I adhered them to my panel using my regular tape runner. To finish the card I backed the donut panel with foam tape and adhered to my card base.

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Thanks for reading lovelies! ❤ I can’t wait to play with this set again in the future, the images are a great size and are too cute to just sit away in storage! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! 🙂

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Some Odd Girl “Sweet & Salty”

Lawn Fawn “Sweet Friends”

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm) 

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

Papermania Clear

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Thank You Cards, Uncategorized

Simple But Colourful Thank You Card!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Today I wanted to share with you a simple way to make a colourful thank you card! Most of us already have some backgrounds sitting around from previous projects that we either didn’t finish or didn’t fit what we had in store for what we were working on at the time. I had this background panel sitting around for a while, so I decided that I was going to use it for an easy card rather than having it collect dust in storage!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I had this background from experimenting with galaxy backgrounds, but I stopped half way through because I didn’t want to cover up the results from the ink smooshing with something darker! I splattered with my Gansai Tambi metallic watercolours from the “Starry Colors” palette to give it a little bit of shimmer and set aside for another day. When I picked it back up, I knew I wanted to make a relatively easy card so the colour here could be the main focus. I cut the panel in half at an angle so I could save the other half for another project.

I created my card base and cut a panel from white card stock slightly smaller than my base. I then adhered my ink smooshed panel to the bottom right of the panel using my regular tape runner. I took a gold peel off from Love from Lizi and placed it just above the coloured panel, creating a thin border between the panel and the white space above. I cut my sentiment from black card stock using the Lawn Fawn Thank You border die and adhered it diagonally across my white panel using my Ranger multi medium matte adhesive. I adhered some matte black paper to my card base, then adhered my panel to it using foam tape. I finished the card off with some tiny gems for a bit extra sparkle!

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Thank you for reading lovelies! ❤ This was a really quick card to make, which is so far out of my comfort zone. I’m always obsessing over whether a card needs “more” (I know I’m not alone here! :p).

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

DIES:

Lawn Fawn Thank You Border

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBELLISHMENTS:

Love From Lizi Gold Peel Offs

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Thank You Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Sweet Friendship Card using Lawn Fawn “Sweet Friends” Stamp Set

Hey lovelies! ❤

Today I want to share with you a card I made using the Lawn Fawn – Sweet Friends stamps and coordinating die set. Cute food and animal images are my weaknesses when it comes to card making, so I knew from the adorable sweet treats images and punny sentiments in this set I was going to be in love!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I started by stamping out the little s’more images and the little heart trio with Ranger Archival jet black ink on to some watercolour paper, while making this card I was just in the process of trying to become more comfortable with watercolour painting images/backgrounds. Once I painted them and was happy enough with the results, I used the coordinating die set to cut out my images using my Big Shot. I then stamped their little faces and drew in some blushing cheeks using coloured pencil (I didn’t stamp the faces at first as I wasn’t sure if I was going to use them on this card).

Once my images were ready I ink blended on to a piece of white scrap card stock using the Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean distress ink and used my spray bottle to give it the distressed look I wanted. Once dry, I decided to cut out a laced heart using the medium die from the Lawn Fawn Lacy Heart Stackable die set. I played about with placement to figure out where I wanted my little characters to go as well as the little hearts from the set, once I was happy I adhered the s’mores with some 3M double sided foam tape and the hearts with some Ranger multi medium matte adhesive.

Choosing a patterned paper was probably one of the things that took me the longest here, I just couldn’t decide! But I ended up going with this kraft paper with the white foil polkadots as I felt it suited the card best. I cut some black matte paper for my card base to size as well as the patterned paper, I adhered them using my usual tape runner adhesive and glued the blue heart with my little characters close to the top of my card in the centre.

For the sentiment I took a strip of black card stock and ran my EK Success powder tool over it, then heat embossed “I need S’MORE friends like you” with Altenew pure white embossing powder. I cut it to the size I needed and adhered it under the blue heart, and that was the card finished!

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Thank you for reading lovelies! ❤ Overall this was a pretty simple card, but I love the end result! I definitely plan to make more cards in the future using some of the other images in the set, they’re just too cute to resist!

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Lawn Fawn “Sweet Friends”

DIES:

Lawn Fawn “Sweet Friends” Coordinating Dies

Lawn Fawn Lacy Heart Stackables

INK:

Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink

Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

DCWV “Black and White Foil”

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

STAMPING PLATFORM:

Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

ADHESIVE:

Ranger Multi Medium Matte

BLENDING TOOL:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool

Thank You Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Easy Colourful Thank You Card!

Hey lovelies! ❤

Today I wanted to share with you a thank you card I made for my mum using the Mama Elephant – Botanic Thanks stamp set! I made this card for my mum to let her know how much I appreciate her and that I was thinking of her, she lives all the way back home in Scotland so I don’t get to see her very often at the moment!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I started by taking some watercolour paper and placing it in my Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz stamping platform, knowing I would definitely have to stamp at least twice I adhered it to the base of the platform with washi tape as well as using the magnets for extra grip. I lined my stamp up so it was straight and used my EK Success powder tool over the surface of the paper so I would have no issues with embossing powder getting stuck where I don’t want it! I inked up my stamp at least 4 times in the process with Versafine Onyx Black ink, the stamp is extremely detailed (it’s beautiful!) so it took a few more times than usual, making sure to get every little detail crisp and clear! Once I had a good impression, I coated it with Papermania clear embossing powder and set it with my heat tool (making sure to lift it off the platform for this, we don’t want it melting!).

I trimmed my watercolour paper down to the size I wanted, to fit as a central strip across the front of my A2 card base. I then adhered the panel to my glass mat with washi tape (very little on the top and bottom!) to try prevent too much warping/curling of the paper while I painted. Time to have fun playing with colour! I chose a very bright palette for this card, as my mum has always been my best friend and the reason for a lot of warm, happy memories so I wanted to reflect that here. I tend to add the colour concentrated where I want my shadows to be, then I lightly drag the colour outwards with a small amount of water to blend and colour the rest of the image. I decided as the rest of the panel was pretty bold, to go with a simple gold metallic for the lettering to give it a little shimmer. Very simple watercolouring but gives what I feel is a lovely result!

Once I’d finished painting and I was waiting for it to dry, (I prefer to leave it to dry naturally when it comes to large pieces with intricate details like this!), I heat embossed the small sentiment in the set ‘for being you’ with Altenew Pure White embossing powder on black card stock, trimmed it in to a small strip ready to be adhered when the panel was finished! When the paint was dry, I added some details with a white chalk marker. I love the effect this gives and feel it really can add that little bit extra to your makes! Wether it’s dots or highlights, it’s something I use quite often!

I adhered a black matte paper to my card base to give contrast to the white of the watercolour paper and then adhered the panel in the centre of the card. To finish it off I added some Love From Lizi gold peel offs above and below the panel, for that extra sparkle!

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Thank you so much for reading lovelies! I had a blast making this card, it took me from being slightly intimidated by watercolour to being head over heels in love with the medium. Let me know what you think below! ❤

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Mama Elephant “Botanic Thanks”

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

STICKERS:

Love from Lizi Gold Peel Offs

CARD/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

INK:

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

STAMPING PLATFORM:

Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz Stamping Platform