Sunday, March 29, 2015

Craftin Desert Diva's "Anything Goes" Linky Party

Hi there crafty friends! It is time for another challenge and we would love for you to join us! This Linky Party theme is....  "Anything Goes"  !!!!!

Every other Monday will mark the beginning of a new semi weekly linky party over at Craftin Desert Divas. We hope you will share your projects with us! And don't forget about the prizes! Every linky party will have a Winner and a Top 3.....the more times you link up, the more chances you will have to win! 

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Now on to my project....

I made an Easter card using a stamp image from the CDD Hunny Bunny set and
 a sentiment  from Punny. I tried something new and I water colored this cutie
 and background. I first stamped the bunny on watercolor  paper using the Tim Holtz Walnut distress ink. After it completely dried I used a small paint brush and filled it in. It was challenging for me because I'm not used to using a brush and I found myself wanting to "fix" the watercolored marks to even them out. I showed my daughter and husband and they both said, "It's supposed to look like that! That's what gives it the water colored look!" So I started leaving the little puddles alone, lol!  

I decided to paint pastel, striped layers for the background. That wasn't too hard. But working with paper piecings for so many years I felt like it was too plain....I don't know that I've ever made a single layer card before. So I added a die cut egg frame with a scallop border using the Cricut Easter 2010 cartridge. I ran the lavender layer through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.

Of course it needed more lol, so I added the bow which I made with an SVG and stamped this adorable sentiment on the banner. And last but not least it needed some sparkle so I went over the bow and scallop frame with my Wink of Stella pen. This picture shows the shimmer. I may have taken away the whole look of a water colored card by adding too many other layers and elements but clean and simple is not easy for me! I did have fun even though it was harder to stay in the lines with a wet paint brush, lol!

Here are pictures of the stamp sets I used:

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Have a wonderful day!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Baby Shower Wreath and Baby Gift Tag

Hello friends!! Today I have a couple things including a different type of project to share with you! I'm really excited about this because I tried something new and out of my comfort zone!! My next door neighbor is having her first baby and it is a girl!! She asked me about baby shower wreaths and wondered if I knew where she could get one that didn't cost a fortune. I did some research and thought, "I can make that!"  Well I gave it my best shot and it turned out to be a huge hit at the baby shower! 

Her nursery is safari themed with tan and brown accents. She liked the burlap look so I decided to give it a try. The wreath materials are all from Michaels. I chose to use the 5.5 inch rolls of the burlap mesh and double layer each loop.  The wreath turned out larger than I expected which is a good thing because our doors are so big!! The wreath frame I believe was 18 inches and the final wreath was about 24".

The little stuffed giraffe and elephant are 5 inch Gund baby rattles. I ordered them both on Amazon because the few shops I went to I couldn't find small safari animals. I made bows by layering some chocolate colored 4 inch burlap with the pink and white polka dot ribbon. The flowers came premade and attached to a clothespin. I hot glued them to the center. The sparkly little butterflies are attached to alligator clips and I just stuck them on and around the wreath. I bought the baby shoes at Marshall's for $5 and hot glued them together and to a clothespin, then clipped them on. 

The burlap chevron bow was so much easier than I thought it would be. They were selling them premade at Michaels and so I took pics and copied one to make my own. All in all I am thrilled that this turned out the way it did. I learned some new things and I'm ready to make another one. However this was not cheap!!! I think I paid more on supplies than the completed wreaths on Etsy cost. Most of the materials were regular priced items and Michaels only let's you use one coupon. So in the future I will be watching for sales and buying supplies with coupons little by little so I don't end up spending another small fortune, lol! My neighbor did appreciate this gift and I was happy to do it for her! It was a lot of fun!!!

Of course I had to buy some baby clothes too, lol! So after wrapping the box, I made a bow with the leftover ribbon and then made a gift tag.

The tag is an svg and stamp from the Craftin Desert Diva's Tag It stamp set. 

This came together so quickly! I added some ribbon to the tag base, hand cut out a heart from some pink burlap. I then stamped and colored this little baby from the CDD Bitty Blessings stamp set. The sentiment is from the Sugar and Spice Set. I stamped onto this wavy banner that I got on Design Space.  I added a little sparkle and bling to the bow and it was done.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

CDD March Stamp Release Birthday Bash Hop

Thank you so much for joining us today to celebrate CDD stamps 
1 year birthday!! As you can see, we have some awesome sponsor prizes 
to giveaway to those who join us today and tomorrow.

Prizes are: 
Craftin Desert Divas - One stamp set each day.
Too Cute by Jessica - $25 gift card

The Scrapbooking Queen- Royal Prize Pack
3 Girl Jam - $10 gift card
Tombow -  Goodie Prize Pack
Marjorie Ann Designs - $25 gift card
Little Scraps Of Heaven - $15 gift card
Miriam's Crafting Supplies - $10 gift card
A Busybee Double Click - 75 skittles
My Scrap Chick - $15 gift card
SVG Attic - $15 gift card

You must follow and comment on each blog to be eligible for the prizes.
 Winners will be announced on Tuesday.
We have 7 new stamp sets that are being released today. 
All stamps are in the CDD Shop and now available for purchase.
Without further ado, here are the March stamps:

All Aboard

Birthday Express

Hunny Bunny

Tissue Time

Sew Raggedy

Bitty Blessing

Totally Turtle

Here are the SVG cut files for each stamp:

 All stamps have an SVG outline that is free to you. This makes it so easy.
 You just cut out the image with your machine and then stamp on it. 
The SVG file will be in the CDD Gallery under the file tab and available 
for you to download.

Here are the release specials for you:
1. Use Code: Birthday to receive 15% off your entire order. 
Sale ends 3/22 10pm MST.

Here are my projects...

Using an image from Hunny Bunny I made this cute little Easter basket. 
The SVG is from The Digital Press. I colored her with my Spectrum Noir pens. 
I added prima flowers and brads to the handles. 
The papers are from DCWV Nanna's Nursery stack.  

I filled it with Easter grass and candy. Here is a close up of the sentiment
and the bunny stamp. I love the little peep stamp!! I did glitter it up
as well as the bow but it was hard to photograph the sparkle.

My next project I made using Tissue Time...

The card base is a shape from Cricut Elegant Edges that I welded. The paper
 I made myself using the band-aid stamp. I've never done this before and it was 
fun!  I just love how it turned out!

Here is a close up of the mouse and sentiment. I also used the 
band-aid on the inside with another sentiment.

For my last project I made a shaped shaker card using the Bitty Blessing set...

The rattle shape is from the Cricut Sugar and Spice cartridge. I welded it 
to make a card. The papers are from the DCWV Nanna's Nursery stack 
and DCWV glitter stacks. I filled the shaker with little pacifiers, beads and sequins.

The baby comes with different faces and I just love them all! The tag
 is from the Tag It stamp set that you can find HERE
I added a prima flower with a brad and I was done!

I hope you enjoyed my projects!!
There is a link to this free SVG pattern somewhere in today's hop lineup.

We have a new lineup and freebie for tomorrow's hop.
Your next stop on the hop today is Jessica M

Friday lineup:

Tina-  -you are here :)

Thanks for hopping by!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CDD March Release Birthday Bash & Sneak Peek Day 3

Happy Birthday Craftin Desert Divas stamps!!

Today is Day 3 of the sneak peeks for the March stamp release at
Craftin Desert Divas and we are celebrating CDD Stamp's 1 year Birthday!!  

We have 7 new stamp sets in this release.

 Craftin Desert Diva's stamps now has an exclusive license with Kristi 
W. Designs to add Kristi's super adorable images to Tara's stamps.
These images and sentiments come with an SVG outline that is FREE 
to you. They are in the CDD Gallery on Facebook under the files tab.

Here are the release special for you:

1. Use Code: Birthday to receive 15% off of your entire order. 
Sale ends 3/22 10pm MST.
2. Each day, there will be a new FREE SVG pattern. 
You can email to request it. 
You must comment and follow each blog in order to get the free file. 

Join us this Friday & Saturday for our blog hop and more free files!!
Now for some birthday fun! All week long we are going to host games and
 have prizes in the CDD Gallery. Be sure to join us. Now put on your
 party hat and get ready to celebrate with us!! 

Don't forget that this Friday & Saturday is our blog hop! 

Here are the amazing sponsors:

Today we are showcasing the new Bitty Blessing and Sew Raggedy stamps.
Here's what I've created for you using Bitty Blessing.....

I made a baby blocks card! This is such a fun shape and

it is so easy to make. The card base is an DS file I got from a

 Facebook Group I'm in. I colored the sweet baby with my 

Spectrum Noir pens. The font is from the Cricut Kate's ABCs cartridge.

The bracket is from Design Space but I cannot remember which cartridge. 

I stamped it with this darling new sentiment. I used more CDD stamps to decorate

the boxes and I also embossed the white squares with my Cuttlebug. I just

love how it folds flat!

For the back side I added the letters to spell girl as well as some 

prima flowers with a brad.

Be sure to join us tomorrow for another great new stamp set.

Here's today's free pattern:

Be sure to comment and follow each blog in order to get 

the freebie pattern.
CDD stamps are..
4x6 stamps
Made in the USA
Stamps will be available to order on Friday.

We hope you will stop by the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and the 

Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group. We would love for you to join us 

and share your creations with us using Craftin Desert Divas' stamps.

 In this group, we show previews first, have giveaways and much more!
Thank you so much for joining us today. I hope you will visit

 the CDD blog tomorrow for more sneak peeks.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Have a wonderful day!!!


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