No-Line Spectrum Noir Coloring plus Distress Oxide Emboss Resist Background feat Craftin Desert Divas Coffee Wizards


Hello everyone! Today I am on the Craftin Desert Divas blog with a card I made using the Coffee Wizards stamp set.
I wanted to try my hand at some no-line coloring, so I stamped my images with Memento Tuxedo in London Fog on some Neenah Solar white cardstock and colored them in with my Spectrum Noir markers. Once I was done coloring all the images, I stamped the "Coffee Mischieve Managed" sentiment using Distress Oxide in Walnut Stain. And I have to say, I really love the sentiments in this stamp set! They are super fun! :) 
Once my scene was ready I cut it down using the largest from the Inside Scalloped Circles dies, and I moved on to my background. I took a piece of watercolor paper cut to 4 1/4" by 5 1/2 and used Versamark Ink to stamp some of the smaller images in the Coffee Wizards set in a random pattern. I then coated everything with some Nuvo clear glitter embossing powder, and heat set it with my heat gun. I inked up the background with Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet and I spritzed it with water for some added interest. And the fun part about using embossing powder with Distress Oxides is that the embossed areas on your card will resist the inks, so you end up with a nice pattern on your background! And the shimmer on this particular one is so pretty!
Once my background was ready, I cut a frame for my scene with the largest die from the Inside Scallop Circles set and inked it up with Distress Oxide in Walnut Stain. I used the same Walnut Stain Distress Oxide to add color to my card base, which I created out of some heavyweight cardstock, as well as to the edges of my scene die cut. I trimmed my Distress Oxide background to 4 by 5 1/4" and glued everything in place. 
And that's it! The card is ready! To make it easier for you to follow along, I also created a video tutorial showing the whole card making process, which you can watch below. I hope you enjoy it!


And here is the list of supplies I used:

Craftin Desert Divas Coffee Wizards Stamp Set
Craftin Desert Divas Inside Scalloped Circles dies
Spectrum Noir Markers
Distress Oxides: Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet, Walnut Stain
Memento Ink in London Fog
Versamark Ink
Nuvo Clear Glitter Embossing Powder
Crelando Heat Gun
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
Tonic studios Guillotine Trimmer
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm White Cardstock
Pritt White Glue
Ranger Mini Ink Blender

And before I leave I wanted to show you just one more picture of this fun card! :) 



And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked my card and enjoyed the video, and I hope I inspired you to create with this super fun stamp set! 
Have a great day!

Sunset on the Ocean Scene with Distress Inks feat MFT Seaside Seagulls


Hello everyone! Today I am back with a card and a video for you guys, for the Friday Funday Challenge #198 over at the Jo's Scrap Shack blog!  This week's sponsor is Di's Digis, and you can enter your projects for a chance to win to win a 12$ voucher to the Di's Digis store! I will tell you more at the end of this post, but for now let's focus on today's card :)
For my card base I used Distress Inks, a stencil and some ocean border dies by My Favorite Things to create a sunset on the ocean type of scene. The images come from the Seaside Seagulls stamp set, also by My Favorite Things, and I have to say that I really love this set! Those seagull are so fun, and the sentiments just crack me up! I colored the images with my Spectrum Noir markers, for the sentiment I decided to do some heat embossing with my Wow white embossing powder.
You can see the whole card making process in the video below. And don't forget to let me know what you think about it!


And here is the list of supplies I used:

Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Heat Resistant Vellum (from Amazon)
My Favorite Things Seaside Seagulls Stamps
My Favorite Things Radiating Rays Stencil
My Favorite Things Ocean Waves Dies
Distress Inks: Spiced Marmelade, Dried Marigold, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire
Spectrum Noir Markers
Wow White Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
KnorrPrandell Acrylic Block
Crelando Heat Gun
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Tonic Studios Funky Tape Runner
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

And that's it for today! I really hope you liked my card and my video, and I will be back soon with more fun projects!
Don't forget to enter your projects in the current challenge over at the Jo's Scrap Shack blog for a chance to win a 12$ voucher to the Di's Digis store! Just make sure to read the challenge rules below, and start creating! We look forward to seeing your amazing projects!

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 July 28th by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of July 28th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!

Pearlescent Distress Ink background feat Craftin Desert Divas Digital Stamps and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers


Hello everyone! Today I am back with a card for the July Mood Board Challenge over at the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group. I love the colors and the feel of this month's mood board, and I thought that the Soak Up the Sun digi was just perfect to go with it!!
So I printed it three times on some Canson XL watercolor paper and used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the images.
Using the two larger dies from the Craftin Desert Divas Crazy Stitched Frames set I created a frame from some more Canson XL watercolor cardstock.
For my background I used the same watercolor cardstock and I did some ink blending using my Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon. I then applied some Ranger Perfect Pearls to give the. background a pearlescent effect...the result is subtle, yet beautiful! When doing the ink blending I also made sure to only ink up the areas of my card base that are within the frame. 
The sentiment comes from the same Soak Up The Sun digital stamp, and I cut a banner around it using one of the dies from the Craftin Desert Divas Flag Banners set.
I then adhered everything in place: I raised the frame and the sentiment using some fun foam, and I glued the images using some liquid glue. For a final touch I added some Nuvo Drops in Clear Glitter. 
And that's it for today's card! I really hope you like it and enjoyed this post! And don't forget that you still have time to enter this month's mood board challenge to win some great prizes! Join us in the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery group on Facebook, check out the challenge guidelines, and get crafty! We look forward to seeing all your beautiful projects!
I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a fantastic day!

Gatefold Treasure Map Card with Distress Inks for the Craftin Desert Divas and Card Magazine Summer Blog Hop



Hello everyone! Today I am quite excited to be here, as this post is part of an amazing blog hop hosted by Craftin Desert Divas in collaboration with Card Maker magazine. I will tell you more about this at the end of this post - there is a really amazing prize for one of you guys! 
For such a great occasion I wanted to make something really special, and I decided to try my hand at a gatefold treasure map using some super fun digital stamps by Craftin Desert Divas. And I have to tell you, I am really happy about how this one turned out! 
The open card measures 11"x4 1/4", and it is scored at 2 3/4" and at 8 1/4", so that when the flaps are closed the card measures a standard 4 1/4" by 5 1/2". 
And here's how it looks when it's folded:


To keep the card closed I created a "belt" which measures 1" by 12", and which I scored at 2 7/8" and at 8 5/8". I folded it at the score lines, glued the loose ends together and used the little pirate girl to hide the seam.
To make it easier for you to follow along I also created a video, you can watch it down below! And if you like it, don't forget to let me know in the comments, leave me a thumbs up and subscribe to my YouTube channel!



If you liked this project and you wanted to give it a go, I prepared a **FREE treasure map template**  that you can check out and download at this link. Please don't redistribute the downloadable files, but link to the original post in case you want to share them with your crafty friends! And feel free to leave a comment on my blog with a link to the projects you made using my gatefold treasure map template!
And here is the list of all the supplies I used

Digi stamps by Craftin Desert Divas (each 0.99$ only!):
Distress Inks: 
- Broken China
- Stormy Sky
- Vintage Photo
- Antique Linen
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
Zest-it Blending Solution 
Paper Stomps
Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolor cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Hama Repositionable A4 Packing Labels
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Silhouette Portrait
Canon Pixma TS5055 printer



And finally for the juicy part of this post, as I mentioned above, today I am part of a fantastic blog hop hosted by Craftin Desert Divas and Card Maker magazine. You can hop along all the blogs in the hop and leave a comments for a chance to win a 75$ gift certificate to the Craftin Desert Divas store! Yes, you read right...75$! Quite a rich prize! The winner will be selected from all the comments on all the blogs, so the more you comment, the higher your chances will be! The winner will be announced on July 17, so good luck and happy hopping! :P

The hop starts here →Craftin’ Desert Divas: http://www.craftindesertdivasblog.com
Mayras Designs: http://mayrasdesigns.blogspot.com/
Clare Prezzia: http://bearydocardsinc.blogspot.com/
Lissa Beck: http://www.purrfectionistcrafter.com
Diana Carr: http://www.secretlifeofpaper.com/

You are here → Laura Volpes: https://abitofmycrafts.blogspot.de/
Next Stop → Gaylynn Martling: https://neatnook.blogspot.com/

Waleska Galindo: http://craftinglovew.blogspot.com/
Jen Shults: https://deconstructingjen.com/
Tatiana Trafimovich: https://tatianacraftandart.wordpress.com/
Nicole Coursey: http://tealkatsblog.com/
Lindsay A.: https://craftingwhilecaffeinated.wordpress.com/
Savannah O’Gwynn: http://savannahland2.blogspot.com/
Christine Riley: http://www.stampynwifesspace.blogspot.com
Teresa Kline: http://paperieblooms.blogspot.com/
Ale Suta: https://alexandrasuta.blogspot.de/
Jan Phat: http://handcrafthobby.blogspot.sg/
EK Gorman: https://ekgormandesigns.com/
The hop ends here → CardMaker: http://www.cardmakermagazine.com/blog/

And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked my project and you will give it a try. Again good luck to all the blog hop participants, and I will catch you guys soon with another fun project! Ciaooo!

Free Printable Template for Gatefold Treasure Map Card

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share with you a template for a gatefold card with a treasure map on the inside! The image below includes the measurements for the gatefold card and for the "belt" that will allow the card to stay closed. The outline on the template will allow you to cut and create masks to turn this card in a treasure map. You have a large island on the left, the ocean on the right, and two smaller islands in the middle of the ocean for some added interest.


I also created a .zip file containing two templates that you can download FOR FREE by clicking the button below. One is sized to fit a US letter sized paper sheet, the other one is sized to DIN A4.


The files are meant to be printed with your printer set to "borderless print". If you cannot find that option you can still use the template, but the printed image will be a little bit smaller compared to the measurements I included in the template, so you might have to do some adjustments  your project. 
Please, do not redistribute the downloaded images, but link to this post in case you found this resource useful and want to share it with your crafty friends! If you upload a finished project on your blog or social media, please credit www.abitofmycrafts.blogspot.com, and if, you want, leave a comment on my blog with a link to your project - I would love to see what you make, and I will share it on my social media! 
Finally, if you want see what I did using this template, you can visit this post. I also have a video tutorial there showing how I used Distress Inks and some cute digital stamps by Craftin Desert Divas to make my own treasure map! 

If you enjoyed this template, you might also be interested in the free pop-up box template I shared last month. I am planning to keep sharing free resources for my readers; if you don't want to miss out on any of them you can subscribe to my newsletter by entering your email in the box below and hitting the Subscribe button

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I will be back soon with another fun project and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!

Distress Ink Sunset - Shaker Tags feat Craftin Desert Divas Summer Vibin and Cool Summer stamps


Hello everyone! I am back with another project using products from the Craftin Desert Divas July release - this time I am showcasing the Summer Vibin stamp set, alongside with the Cool Summer digital stamp (that cute rhino), which was given out as a freebie during the Craftin Desert Divas July release event. 
For this project I decided to make shaker tags, and I wanted them to look like these little critters were chilling in the sea at sunset. For the tags I used some free SVG outlines (you can find them here   which I used to cut some Bristol Smooth Cardstock with my Silhouette Portrait. You could also use tag dies, if you prefer, or cut your own tags with your scissors. I also modified the SVGs so that they would cut bot then solid tag shape and the front of my shaker tag with the shaker window. 
To create the sea line on my tags I made a stencil out of some white cardstock using the wave die in the Craftin Desert Divas Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies set. I then used Distress Inks and my DIY stencil to create my sunset background: for the sea I used Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean and a light touch of Blueprint Sketch, and for the sky I used Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry and Broken China. I made sure that both the waves and the transitions between the colors of the sky on my shaker front would match with what I had on the shaker background. 
I then put everything aside to dry and colored my images with my Prismacolor pencils. I used the blender pencil to blend everything together, and I tried to use similar colors on all the images, so that they would look cohesive. You don't really need to do that, especially if you are going to give these tags to different people, but I think it still makes things a bit easier when it comes to picking your color scheme - cause you only have to do that once! :) Plus I wanted this to look like a set of tags, so that's why I went for similar colors. I also tried to add some darker and more defined shadows because I felt that they made more sense with the sunset setting of my tags.
At this point I used some clear acetate to coat the back of my shaker window, before backing it with a double layer of 3M foam tape. I added some sequins from the Craftin Desert Divas Carnie sequin mix and I adhered my shaker to the background. I used my Tonic Studios Funky tape runner to glue the images to the front of my tag, I doubled up some embroidery floss I have leftover from my cross stitching days, and I threaded it through the holes of my tags.
And that's it for this project. I really really love how this one turned out: the critters are just too cute and the shaker bit makes thes tags even more fun! 
Before I leave I wanted to tell you that Craftin Desert Divas will pair up with Card Maker magazine for blog hop on July 14th, and one lucky winner will receive a 75$ gift certificate to the Craftin Desert Divas online store. My blog will be part of the hop too, and I will share more details on my blog hop post, that will be up on July 14th. And I will also have a fun free resource for you :)
And that's it for today's post!  I will catch you guys on Friday, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!