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:
Mayras Designs:
Clare Prezzia:
Lissa Beck:
Diana Carr:

You are here → Laura Volpes:
Next Stop → Gaylynn Martling:

Waleska Galindo:
Jen Shults:
Tatiana Trafimovich:
Nicole Coursey:
Lindsay A.:
Savannah O’Gwynn:
Christine Riley:
Teresa Kline:
Ale Suta:
Jan Phat:
EK Gorman:
The hop ends here → CardMaker:

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, 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! 

Ink Smooshed Distress Ink Background - Quick and Easy Card feat Craftin Desert Divas March On! Stamps

Hello everyone! Today I am back with another card I made with images from the newly released Craftin Desert Divas March On stamp set. I don't think there is one single thing I don't love about this set, it's so cute!
This card was actually pretty quick to make: for my background I did some ink smooshing with Distress Inks in Broken China and Tumbled Glass on some Ranger watercolor cardstock. I also used a paintbrush  to create some splatters with the same color of Distress Inks. I then colored my images with my Prismacolor colored pencils, and I used the Zest-it blending solution to blend the colors together. 
For the squared frames I used one of the dies in the Inside Scalloped Squares set by Craftin Desert Divas to cut out some white and some powder blue cardstock. With the same powder blue cardstock I created a rectangular frame for my sentiment banner, as well as my card base.  I trimmed down the ink smooshed panel to 4 by 5 1/4" and glued everything in place. And the cutest thing about this card must be that little bird on the bottom left corner of my card front! As a last step I used my Nuvo Crystal drops in Silver Lining to add some embellishments.
And that's it! A quick and easy card, but really really cute with those adorable critters! And I really love the layout with those diecut frames! And if you ate looking for more inspiration for this stamp set,  you can check out the card I made for the Sneak Peek week at this link.
And don't forget that if you place an order on the Craftin Desert Divas shop before July 15th you will get a little bonus goodie along with your order! 
I will catch you guys later with another fun project with stamp set from the July release, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!

Distress Ink Background with Custom Stencils feat Craftin Desert Divas Mermaid Lagoon stamps

Hello everyone! The new Craftin Desert Divas stamps are finally available for purchase on the CDD shop, and today I wanted to show you a project I made by combining images from the Ocean Friends and the Mermaid Lagoon stamp sets. I knew that for this card I wanted to go for a shaker and have an ocean scene on the background, so I decided to use the new Craftin Desert Divas Ocean Border dies to create a stencil out of some heavy weight cardstock. And I love how the background turned out!
But let's proceed with order :)
To start off I created my front panel out of some heavyweight cardstock using the largest die from the Craftin Desert Divas Crazy Stitched Frame Dies. I also used the smallest die in that same set to create a rectangular opening on the front of my card. I then took a strip of Strathmore Bristol smooth cardstock and used my DIY stencil to create the background for my shaker. I masked the bottom of the strip with my die cut piece, and blended some Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio to create the ocean portion of my scene. I then used the negative of  my stencil to mask off the ocean, so that I could blend some Distress Ink in Antique Linen to create the sand bank. For the coral and the seaweed I used Abandoned Coral and Mowed Lawn, but this time instead of doing ink blending I did some watercoloring, so that I could get in all of those beautifully detailed areas.
For my images I used Prismacolor Premier pencils and some Zest It to blend them out. The mermaid belongs to the Mermaid Lagoon stamp set, and the dolphin comes from the Ocean Friends stamp set. It was my first time using a blending solution with colored pencils and I really liked it! I makes coloring with your Prismacolors much faster and you still get a softer look compared to when you use markers.
The sentiment comes from the Mermaid Lagoon stamp set, and I used one of the dies from the Flag Banners set to cut a banner, that I will use strategically to create two separate compartments in my shaker. ☺
I took a piece of white cardstock cut at a standard A2 size to use as my card base, and glued my background strip in place, making sure it would show nicely through the shaker window I had created in my card front.
I then coated the shaker window with some acetate and backed the shaker front with two layers of Scoth 3M foam tape. I also added a strip of foam tape behind the area where the sentiment banner is, so that I could have two compartments in my shaker, and add seed beads in different colors. I chose shades of blue and green for the top portion of the shaker and a creamy color for the bottom, to match the colors of the background.
I then adhered the shaker front to my card base, and glued the images and the banner sentiment to my card front, making sure that the banner would cover the strip of foam tape that is running across the shaker window (the one I used to create the two separate areas in my shaker). To finish off the card I added some Nuvo Crystal drops in Morning Dew.
And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked my card, and I hope I inspired you to create with the new, adorable sets from the Craftin Desert Divas July release.
I will be back tomorrow with some more fun inspiration, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!