Halloween 2017 Card Making Series - Slider Card feat Craftin Desert Divas Zombody

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Hello everyone! I am back with my third video for my Halloween 2017 card making series, featuring Craftin Desert Divas stamps and dies If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you'll have already seen this card - I finally managed to get the video edited, so here it is on my blog and YouTube channel as well! 
I really love the new Craftin Desert Divas Zombody stamp set, and I thought these two images were perfect to create a slider card! 
I colored them with Spectrum Noir markers, and used dies from the Harvest Borders, Outdoor Landscape, and Ocean Borders sets to cut some black cardstock and create elements for my scene and for the slider itself. I also backed the windows of the spooky house with some yellow cardstock to create the effect of lit uo windows.
For the sky I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors and some Canson XL watercolor cardstock. 
If you want to see me create this fun slider card you can watch the video below! And don't forget to let me know what you think about it! 



And that's it for today's post! I hope you liked this card and my video, hopefully it was clear enough :) Don't forget to check out my post for the Studio Katia Release Blog Hop - you can hop along for your chance to win great prizes in the Studio Katia store! You can find the original post by clicking here ⇽
I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! 
Ciaooo!


List of supplies 

Craftin Desert Divas Zombody stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Harvest Border dies
Craftin Desert Divas Outdoor Landscape dies
Craftin Desert Divas Ocean Border dies
Spectrum Noir markers 
Gansai Tambi watercolors, pack of 36
Neenah Solar White 100lb cardstock 
Canson XL watercolor cardstock 
Core'dinations Smooth Black Cardstock
Yellow Cardstock from Crafters Companion Astrobrights Collection 
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Scotch 3M foam tape
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer 
Big Shot Express die cutting machine
Silhouette Portrait 
Crelando Heat gun



Quick and Easy Christmas Tags feat Bugaboo Stamps

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Hello everyone! It's time for another challenge over at the Jo's Scrap Shack blog, and this week's sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps. I used the Winter Circle Sentiments digital stamp to create three fun and super easy Christmas tags.
I printed the images on some heavyweight white cardstock, making sure that it was sized correctly to fit within the circle die I intended to use. I colored the Christmas spheres using my Spectrum Noir markers and added some sparked with a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay pen. I then used the largest circle die in the Craftin Desert Divas Stitched in Circles set to cut around my images, and the largest scalloped die in the same set to cut some Lawn Fawn patterned paper. I then punched a hole on the scalloped circle, threaded some bakers twine through the hole, and glued everything together. For a final touch I added some rhinestones between the "Merry Christmas" sentiments along the outer edge of my tags.

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And that's it! Super quick and easy project, mostly because this stamp is already really pretty on its own. I will definitely use these tags for my Christmas decorations! :) 
Don't forget to join the Funday Friday Challenge for your chance to win 4 images of your choice from the Bugaboo stamps shop.
Just make sure to follow the challenge guidelines at the end of this post! We look forward to seeing what you create! 
I will be back soon with more fun projects, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!

List of Supplies

Bugaboo Stamps Winter Circle Sentiments digital stamp
Craftin Desert Divas Stitched in Circle dies
Spectrum Noir markers
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay pen
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Lawn Fawn 12x12" Peace, Joy, Love paper
Rhinestones from a local store
Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue
Canon Pixma TS 5055
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine


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 September 22nd by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of August 22nd.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!


Studio​ ​Katia​ ​Fall+Winter​ ​Release​ ​Blog​ ​Hop + Giveaway!


Hi everyone! Today I am back with a fun shaker card I made for the Studio Katia Fall+Winter release blog hop! This release includes 7 new clear stamp sets and coordinating dies, 4 new stand alone Creative Dies and 9 new embellishments, and is now available for purchase in the Studio Katia store!

Also stick with me until the end of this post because there is going to be a very nice surprise for you guys! ;) But for now let's have a look at how I made this card.
Most of the images come from the new Studio Katia Meowy Halloween stamp set; only the spider hanging from the spiderweb belongs to the Kobi the Grim Reaper stamp set. I also used the Dotted Patterns - Nested Squares set, and some of the new, beautiful embellishments.
To start off I stamped all the images on Neenah Solar white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers, and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I really love that the die for the cat cuts out its little paws, so that I could tuck the treat basket right in...I find it super cute! I also used two more dies in the Studio Katia Meowy Halloween set to cut out the spooky faces in the pumpkins - so fun!
For my background I did some emboss resist + ink smooshing with Distress Oxides. I randomly stamped some of the smaller images in the Meowy Halloween set on some Canson XL watercolor paper, and heat embossed them using Nuvo Clear Glitter embossing powder. For the ink smooshing technique I used Distress Oxides in Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmelade. I also added some black splatters using Distress Oxide in Black Soot.


For the shaker window I cut a frame out of some black cardstock using the two largest dies in the Dotted Patterns - Nested Squares set and I backed it with some acetate. I used two layers of 3M foam tape to coat the back of my window frame, to make sure that the sequins would be able to shake freely. I used the Majestic and Iridescent Veil 3mm sequins, and then adhered my background to the shaker window. 
The sentiment is heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock using Ranger white embossing powder.  
For a finishing touch I added some sparkle to the cat's hat, collar, and treat basket with my Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen, and I glued a few of the new Iridescent Clear Crystals on the sentiment strip.


And that's it for my card...but it's far away from over for this blog post!  Why is that? Well, because we are having a....


Yay! To celebrate our New Release, Studio Katia is picking 3 winners to win their choice of stamp set combo (combo includes: clear stamp set + coordinating die + any 3 embellishments)! Winners will be chosen at random from all the participating blogs. You have up to 3 chances to qualify to win! To enter:
- Leave a comment on this blog post and leave a comment on every stop 
- Follow us on Instagram 
- Like us on Facebook
- Make sure to leave all the comments by Friday 22/09/2017 11 PM EST. All winners will be announced on September 23, 2017 on the Studio Katia Blog

You should have arrived from Kaja's blog and Natalia's blog is your next stop. If you get lost you can find the full hop list below or visit Studio Katia Blog!
Ready to get hopping? Here’s the complete Blog Hop List

Erum 
Amanda  
Olga 

I’m also giving away $35 CAD gift certificate to the Studio Katia store. I will randomly choose a winner from the comments left on this post. Please leave a comment on this post by by Friday September 22nd, 11 PM EST for a chance to win. I will announce the winner here in this post on September 24th, 2017. 
And here you can see all the wonderful goodies in the new release! Aren't they beautiful?


And now I can say it...that's it for today's post! ;) I hope you liked my card and enjoyed the inspiration I shared using products from the Studio Katia Fall and +Winter 2017 Release! I will be back soon with more fun projects, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!

List of Supplies

Studio Katia Meowy Halloween stamp set
Studio Katia Meowy Halloween coordinating dies
Studio Katia Kobi the Grim Reaper stamp set
Studio Katia Kobi the Grim Reaper coordinating dies
Studio Katia Dotted Patterns - Nested Squares dies
Versamark ink
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay pen
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Canson XL watercolor cardstock
Crafters Companion Heat Resistant Acetate
Distress Oxides: Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade, Black Soot
Nuvo Clear Glitter Embossing Powder
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Crelando Heat gun
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine
Tombow Mono multi glue
Scotch 3M foam tape


Prismacolor Colored Pencils on Kraft Cardstock - Studio Katia September 2017 Release Preview



Hello everyone! Today I am really excited to be back here on the blog with a card I made for the Studio Katia Release Preview - this is also my very first project as a member of the SK Design Team, so it's twice as exciting! This card features the Sweet Holiday stamp set, as well as dies and embellishments from the September 2017 release.
When I saw these cute gingerbread people and the gingerbread house I was immediately inspired to color them with colored pencils on kraft cardstock.  So I stamped them on some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with my Memento ink in Rich Cocoa, and used my Prismacolor pencils to color them in. I then went ahead and and die cut them using the dies that coordinate with the set. 


I also knew that I wanted to create a scene for my card with a starry sky and snowbanks. For the snowbanks I cut some white cardstock using the scalloped rectangle die in the Dotted Patterns - Scallop Frames set as well as the Stitched hillside border dies from the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio set. 
For the sky I thought it would look more interesting and more in line with the feel of this card if created it out of kraft cardstock. I therefore used the scalloped rectangle die in the new Dotted Patterns - Scallop Rectangle set to die cut some more  Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. I then heat embossed the sentiment with some white embossing powder by Ranger, and after that I created my starry sky:  I stamped the star image in the Sweet Holiday set in a random pattern with Versamark ink, and I did some more heat embossing using Nuvo clear glitter embossing powder. 



For my card base I layered some heavyweight white cardstock cut to 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" with some red cardstock cut to 4 1/8" by 5 3/8". I thought this would help me frame my scene and tie in the red elements in the stamped images with the rest of the card. I then glued everything to my card base, and, for a finishing touch, I added a few of the newly released Snow Crystals around the sentiment.
And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked this card, showcasing products from the Studio Katia September 2017 release, and enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for tomorrow, as there will be more crafty fun, and giveaways! In the meantime I wish you all a great day! 


List of Supplies

Studio Katia Sweet Holiday stamp set
Studio Katia Sweet Holiday coordinating dies
Studio Katia Dotted Patterns - Scallop Frames dies
Studio Katia embellishments - Snow Crystals 
Mama Elephant Landscape Trio dies
Memento ink - Rich Cocoa
Versamark ink
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Neenah Desert Storm cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Red Cardstock from Crafters Companion Astrobright collection
Nuvo Clear Glitter Embossing Powder
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Crelando Heat gun
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine
Tombow Mono multi glue
Ranger Multi Medium matte glue

Three Halloween Treat Bags feat Craftin Desert Divas HalloweeniesTreat Bag SVG Add-Ons


Hello everyone! Today I am on the Craftin Desert Divas blog with a fun project featuring the Halloweenies SVG Treat Bag Add Ons. These SVG files were released together with the September 2017 release, and will allow you to create very fun treat bags for Halloween! If you are unfamiliar with how to use SVG files, you can check out this very nice tutorial on the Craftin Desert Divas YouTube channel - it helped me a lot :) 
To start off this project I cut the different shapes for the little add on faces using my Silhouette Portrait. I picked cardstock in different colors, based on the particular element I was cutting. To make things easier, and to make sure that I was not going to lose any of the little cut outs, I stored them in small Ziploc bags. I wanted to assemble the witch, the bat, and the Frankenstein cat, so I put all the cut outs for each character in a separate bag. This way when I went ahead and glued everything together, I already had all the pieces sorted out. ;)




I then went ahead and cut three bags using the Treat Bag die - because of how the die is designed, this means that I cut six pieces of cardstock in total, two for each color. I tried to pick colors that I had already used to cut out the add-ons, so that everything matches nicely. 


I also have a little suggestion for you: when I took apart all the additional dies in the Treat Bag set, I made sure not to remove the one that cuts the opening on the top of the bag, as you can see in the picture below. This way I am sure that it will always be placed correctly, and consistently across my cut outs. :)



And at this point it was just a matter of gluing everything together. If you want a few tips on how to assemble the treat bags, you can check out this video tutorial on the Craftin Desert Divas channel. To assembled the characters I referred to the image file that comes with the SVG add-on and shows examples of how you can put the different little faces together.
I also cut a tag from some black cardstock using one of the dies in the Craftin Desert Divas Treat Bag set, and I tied it to the Frankenstein bag using some white and black bakers twine. 
And that's it for today's post! I really loved how easy it was to assemble this fun little treat bags: it didn't take a lot of effort at all, and the result is incredibly cute!
I really hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope I inspire you to create with this phone die set and the adorable Halloween is a dance! I will catch you guys soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!

List of Supplies

Craftin Desert Divas Treat Bag die
Craftin Desert Divas  HalloweeniesTreat Bag SVG Add-Ons
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
Generic Colored Cardstock
Bakers Twine
Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue

Combining Distress Inks and Oxides feat Craftin Desert Divas Harvest Wishes

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Hello everyone! Today I am on the Craftin Desert Divas blog with a card showcasing the new Harvest Wishes stamp set. I really love all the cute images in this set, and I thought it would be super sweet to create a card showing "snapshots" of different moments of the family life of these four adorable mice. :)
I also combined Distress Inks and Oxides on this card, and played a bit with the different looks of these media to give emphasis to certain elements with respect to others - but we will get to that later.
To start off this card I colored all the images using my Spectrum Noir markers. Because I wanted a fall-themed card I used neutral, desaturated colors.
Once I was ready with the coloring I used the Craftin Desert Divas Window Pane die to cut some white cardstock. The die cut has four open panels, that will allow me to create four different little scenes. To create a background for the scenes I took some Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and I did some ink blending using Distress Inks. I used Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint for the grass, and Broken China and Stormy Sky for the sky. Before adhering the backgrounds behind my window panel, I inked the latter with Distress Oxide in Antique Linen. 
For the sentiment I cut a banner using one of the dies in the Craftin Desert Divas Flag Banners set, and to emphasize the fall feel of this card I inked it up with Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo. I did the same on my card base, which is some heavyweight white cardstock cut at 4 1/4" by 5 1/2".
At this point I could go ahead and adhere everything in place using some liquid glue. To add even more interest to the card I added a few pumpkin images from the Harvest Wishes set, and some Nuvo Drops in Ripened Pumpkin.
I have to say that I really love how this card turned out, and I especially like how having used the more muted Oxides on the frame and the card base adds color to the card without stealing too much attention away from the scenes, for which I created backgrounds with the brighter Distress Inks. So you can see you you can combine these media on your cards to give more or less accent to selected elements. :) 
And if you want a closer look at the card making process, you can watch the video below.


And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked this card and enjoyed this video, and I hope I inspired you to create with the sweet Harvest Wishes set. I will catch you guys soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!


List of Supplies 

Craftin Desert Divas Harvest Wishes Stamp Set
Craftin Desert Divas Flag Banner Dies
Craftin Desert Divas Window Pane Die Set
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Distress Inks - Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Stormy Sky 
Distress Oxides - Vintage Photo, Antique Linen
Ranger Mini Ink Blender
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm White Cardstock
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Ripened Pumpkin
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Big Shot Express Die Cutting Machine
Silhouette Portrait













Halloween 2017 Card Making Series - Pop-up Box feat Craftin Desert Divas Zombody


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 Hello everyone! The Craftin Desert Divas Sneak peek week has finally started, and today I am super excited to be sharing this pop up box I made using the awesome Zombody set. I really love the style of the images in this set, I think they are really unique, and they will be perfect for your Halloween projects!

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For the pop up box itself I used a day the Box Die by Craftin Desert Divas - I have a post and a video about it that you can check out here in case you are interested. I cut the main box from black cardstock, and for the decorative panels and the supporting strips I used some white cardstock that I inked up with Distress Oxides. For the sky I used Faded Jeans and Black Soot, and for the rest of the panels I used Vintage Photo and Black Soot. To add stars to the sky I used the silver color in my Gansai Tambi 36 palette: I diluted it with some water and flicked it on my sky with a brush to create tiny splatters. I also created the moon using the circle die from the Craftin Desert Divas Inside Scalloped Rectangles set, and I added some color to eat using some Distress Oxide in Iced Spruce.


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The images and the sentiment panel all are all colored up using Spectrum Noir markers: the zombies and the sentiment come from the Zombody set, and the bones from the Dino Dig set, both by Craftin Desert Divas. You can watch the whole card making process in the video down below or on my YouTube channel directly by clicking on this link. And don't forget to let me know what you think about it in the comments!



And here's the list of supplies I used 

Craftin Desert Divas Zombody stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Dino Dig Stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Box Die
Craftin Desert Divas Inside Scalloped Rectangle Dies
Sizzix Big Shot Express
Silhouette Portrait
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Core'dinations smooth black cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Distress Oxides: Vintage Photo, Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce, Black Soot
Ranger mini ink blender
Uhu white glue

And that's for today's post! I really hope you like this project and enjoyed the video! Don't forget to join the crafting desert Davis Facebook release event to see more sneak peaks of the stamps and dies which will be available with the September 2017 release, and to participate in the giveaways that will be announced during the week! The more people join the event, the more the stamps that will be given away!
I will be back soon with more fun projects, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciao!

Fantastic news!

Hello everyone! I have been dying to tell you, and it's finally official! I am a member of the Studio Katia Design Team!!! 


The team is full of extremely talented designers, who set the bar really high and will for sure be a constant inspiration for me to improve further and further! 
I am immensely grateful to Katia, the owner of SK, and Liliuska, the DT coordinator, for this amazing opportunity! I love Studio Katia products and I can't wait to start playing with them! 
Have a fantastic weekend everyone!


Halloween 2017 Card Making Series - Watercoloring with Gansai Tambi feat Bugaboo Stamps for FFC #202

Halloween Card feat Bugaboo stamps and Gansai Tambi Watercolors

Hello everyone! Today I am back with two very really exciting things: a new challenge at the Jo's Scrap Shack blog, and the first video for my Halloween 2017 card making series! Yay! I am planning/hoping to have weekly Halloween themed videos until the end of October on my channel! I have a few already shot and a few more more or less planned - and I am really excited to be sharing them with you guys! Hopefully you will like them too!
But let's focus on today and on another Funday Friday Challenge! The sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps, and I got the chance to play with these adorable digis from the Cute Halloween Set 1. If you want to find out how to play for the chance to win  4 images of your choice from the Bugaboo stamps shop, stick with me 'til the end of this post, and I will tell you all about it! ;)
For this card I decided to pull out my Gansai Tambi watercolors, so I printed the images using my Canon Pixma on some Canson XL watercolor cardstock using the pigment ink that comes with printers in the Pixma category. I cut down my panel to be a bit larger than a standard A2 size card, and I taped it on a hard board using some painters tape.
I then started watercoloring the images using my Gansai Tambi - I have the set of 36. The watercoloring process is show  described in the video below, so in this post I will just list the colors I used for each element in the cards. Luckily the pans in the Gansai Tambi palette are numbered, so the identifying the colors I used in your palette will be pretty straightforward. :)
For the cat body and the spider I used black (number 20), for his ears and nose I mixed together brown (number 46) and white (number 10), and for his hat I used deep violet (number 38), orange (number 33), and lemon yellow (40). For the pumpkins I used orange (number 33) and olive green (54). For the grass I used olive green (54), ever green (58), and black (20). Finally, for the sky I used deep violet (38), persian blue (63), and black (20). To create stars I splashed some silver (95) all over my sky, making sure I covered the rest of the areas with some paper scraps.
After everything was dry I trimmed down my watercolor panel to 4 by 5 1/4", and I glued it on my black A2 card base using some Tombow Mono multi glue.
I then heat embossed my sentiment with white embossing powder by Ranger on some black cardstock. The sentiment comes from the Clearly Besotted All In Onesie Halloween - which hopefully will be featured soon in my Halloween series :) I trimmed a thin banner around my sentiment and I glued it onto my card base.
If you want to see a more in depth tutorial on how I painted and assembled this card, you can watch the video below!


And here is the list of all the supplies I used:

Bugaboo Stamps Cute Halloween Set 1
Clearly Besotted All in Onesie Halloween stamp set
Canon Pixma TS5055
Canson XL watercolor cardstock
Core'dinations Smooth Black cardstock
Gansai Tambi Watercolor - Set of 36
Lukas watercolor round brushes number 4 and 6
Flat 1/2" watercolor brush
Painters Tape
Versamark ink
Ranger White embossing powder
Crelando Heat Gun
Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer


And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked this card and found my video useful! Don't forget that you can play along the Funday Friday Challenge for a chance to win 4 images of your choice from the Bugaboo stamps shop.
Just follow the challenge guidelines that are included below, and get crafty! :)
With this card I would also like to take part in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and in the Stempelk├╝che challenge.


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


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!


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?
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I filmed a video for this card focused on the galaxy backgrounds, that you can watch below



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.
If I haven't bored you yet with all this blabbering :P  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!



And here is the full list of supplies I used

My Favorite Things Clear Stamp - BB Recipe for Happiness
My Favorite Things Die-Namics - BB Recipe for Happiness
Spectrum Noir markers: CG11, CG21, CG32, CG42, FS93, FS43, FS24, DR72, DR52, DR62, DR45, BGR16, BGR23 , BGR36, EB32, EB57, EB87
Sizzix Big Shot Express
Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer
Tsukineko Memento, Tuxedo Black Ink
Tsukineko VersaMark Pigment Inkpad, Clear
Crelando Heat Gun
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Ranger Embossing Powder, White
Tonic Studios Funky Tape Runner
Core'dinations Smooth Black Cardstock, 8.5"X11" 
Generic wine red cardstock 
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock 
Knor Prandell Acrylic block
Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy
We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper Tool
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Simply White
White fun foam

1 from Spectrum Noir 24-pack - Lights
2 from Spectrum Noir 24-pack - Darks
3 from Spectrum Noir 24-pack - Pastels
4 from Spectrum Noir 6-pack - Pale Hues
5 from Spectrum Noir 24-pack - Brights
6 from Spectrum Noir 6-pack - Essentials
7 from Spectrum Noir 6-pack - Browns

And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked this card and enjoyed the video, and I will be back soon with another fun project! In the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!


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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"