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Wanna Build a Snowman?

I’m sharing my last card of this amazing December release at Craftin Desert Divas.  I have to admit, this has been a Disney heavy release for me, could it be because I went on a Disney cruise last week?! Probably!!!  When I saw this princess, I thought she looked just like Anna from Frozen and so this is what I came up with…

CDD December release card 2 final

I used all Craftin Desert Divas product to create this cute scene:

This card looks like a lot of work, but was actually pretty quick due to the fact it is mostly die cutting.  I started by resizes Twiggs and printing him off of the computer.  I colored him and Anna with copic markers and then fussy cut them out.

I did a lot of die cutting, the tree and snow hill from watercolor paper, the mountains from white foil paper, and the snow caps and snowflake frame with white glitter paper.  I then inked the tree with antique linen ink and the snow hill with shaded lilac ink.  The sky I created with the burst stencil and lilac ink.

To assemble, I glued the mountains down with the snow caps, then the snow hill and the tree with twiggs tucked in the bottom.  I pop dotted the snowflake frame around my scene and pop dotted Anna in the corner.  I glued this all down into the center of my card base.  For the sentiment, I printed it off on my computer and die cut with the stitched banner and pop dotted this too.

For the shimmer in the trees I used glued dots and added lines of sequins.

Love this little scene from Frozen when Anna meets Olaf!

You can visit Craftin Desert Divas blog to see some more amazing creations from this December release from our fabulous DT!


Blog Posts, Sugar Peas Challenges

Sugar Pea Designs Challenge #50

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Sugar Pea Designs Challenge #50

When I saw the challenge for this month I knew I had to turn these cute cacti into a festive bunch!  I used the limited edition Cuddly Cacti for this card.

sugar peas challenge #50I love this festive shaker with the traditional red and green colors, really pops against the white!  To start my card I die cut a stitched scalloped rectangle in thick white card stock and centered on the card base.  To create the shaker, I ran my stitched frame through my die cutting machine with silver glitter and with a double sided adhesive foam sheet.  I laid the silver frame on the stitched rectangle and stamped the sentiment in black versafine ink.  Next, I adhered the foam frame down and filled with holiday sequins.  I then trimmed acetate and placed over the frame and glued the silver glitter frame on top.

I stamped the cacti, pots, and santa hats, colored with copic markers, and then die cut out.  I added one sentiment on the pot and glued and pop dotted them over the frame.

sugar peas challenge #50 close up

A quick and bold card that I know any warm climate would love for Christmas!

If you want to join in Sugar Pea Designs challenge #50 you have until December 29th!



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Create A Smile Challenge-Winter Time

Create a Smiles current challenge is a winter time theme and I was sooo happy to finally use these cuties!  I mean, really, who doesn’t love snowmen on a ferris wheel?!  This is also doubling as my bestie’s Christmas card this year, she saw this stamp set and really oohhhed and aawwed over it!

create a smile challenge-winter time card 2

To begin my card I had to decide on my colors and I knew I wanted to use deep blues and I paired it with dark pinks and purples.  I trimmed thick white cardstock and stamped with a falling snow stamp and heat embossed with white.  I added some blueprint sketch oxide ink to the top and adhered to the card base.

create a smile challenge-winter time card 3

Next, I stamped the ferris wheel and snowflake from the A Friendly Turn stamp set, colored with copic markers and fussy cut out.  I added some glitter to the snowmen and glossy accents to the hearts and snowflake for a bit of shine.

create a smile challenge-winter time card 1

I then die cut the stitched hill and stamped the adorable sentiment with the glittery friend above it.  I adhered this to the bottom of the card with pop dots.  For the embellishments, I pop dotted the colored snowflake and added clear drops around the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you want to join in the challenge you have a few more days!  You can enter here.


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Mighty Trolls!

Our house has always been a superhero house, and I was soooo excited to get my hands on this Mighty Trolls stamp set from Craftin Desert Divas!

CDD December release card 3 final

I made a fun shaker with Iron Man for this card using Craftin Desert Divas product:

This was a quick shaker card with a lot of WOW factors!  I started by trimming watercolor paper and inking with the burst stencil and oxide inks.  I then stamped the sentiment and heat embossed in black near the bottom.  I adhered this to the card base closer to the bottom left corner.  I then stamped and colored Iron Man with copic markers.

To make the shaker, I ran double sided adhesive foam sheets with the octagon die through my die cutting machine.  I then ran the same die through with red foil paper and glued to acetate and trimmed around the outer edge.  I adhered the foam octagon die around the center of the star burst and added the sequins.  Next I adhered the acetate over it and pop dotted Iron Man.  For the embellishment I added a few drops of gold nuvo drops around the sentiment.

mighty trolls colored images

Here is the Mighty Trolls stamp set all colored up!  You get Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Captain America, Black Widow, and Iron Man!

If you are have a Marvel fan in your family, this is a must have stamp set!

You can find all the new releases here.



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Dragon Tales

For day 2 of Craftin Desert Divas we are giving you sneak peek at the Dragon Tales stamp set!  These guys were just too cute that I had to use all of them onto one card!

CDD December release card 4 close up final

To create this layered fold up card I used lots of CDD amazing product:

So I took on a little bit with this card in my want of using all these cuties!  To create the base I trimmed a card to 5 1/2 x 11 to make it an even square and scored down the middle.  I trimmed some  watercolor paper and inked with the cloud stencil and broken china and adhered to the back of the inside of the card.  Next, I die cut the trees, houses, and hills in varying lengths and inked with the peeled paint, bundled sage, and gathered twigs.  On the bottom of each of these layers I scored 1/2″ to adhere to the card base.  I then dipped my paint brush in white paint and water and splattered the hills.

Now the assembly, I trimmed some scrap thick cardstock to 3 x 1 1/2 and scored at 1/2″ twice and folded to make a spacer to go in between the layers.  I first glued the trees and the spacer behind, then the houses, and the hills.  On the hills, I used pop dots to just add a little depth.

CDD December release card 4 top view final

For the adorable characters, I stamped and colored with copic markers.  I added them with either glue or pop dots to add even more depth.  For the bottom I die cut the stitched scalloped frame and stamped the two sentiments from the new All Together Sentiments set.  This font is perfect for fairy tales!  Next, I added the cute sleeping dragon and let this dry before attempting to close!  (Lesson learned!)

CDD December release card 4 2nd view final

It took a bit of time to create but this is one fabulous card for one special person!

Keep following us for two more days as we share some more of our December release with you! You can see it all here.

All the release will be available on Monday 12/10!

Here’s one more pic of these cuties:


dragon tales colored images

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Marvelous Universe!

Our first day of peeks for the December release at Craftin Desert Divas and sharing these marvelous trolls with you!  Our house is a super hero house and these guys( & one gal) were a blast to color up!  They can be yours Monday 12/10!

CDD December release card 1 final

To create this fun long card to fit all of my marvelous trolls (since I can’t just pick one!) I used:

  • Marvelous Trolls stamp set (available 12/10)
  • Space Cadet digital stamp set for the earth
  • Burst stencil (available 12/10)
  • lots of oxide inks squeezed lemonade, fossilized amber, wild honey, abandoned coral, twisted citron, seedless preserves, blueprint sketch, iced spruce, hickory smoke, and black soot for the galaxy
  • versamark to heat emboss the sentiment
  • silver gel pen to add accents to the costumes

I scored an 8 1/2 x 11 thick white cardstock in half for my card base.  I then trimmed a piece of watercolor paper to 4 1/4 x 11 to ink the galaxy on.  I started my galaxy by taping the stencil over the top left area and inked with the light yellow and oranges.  I then took the stencil off and faded it with squeezed lemonade.  I worked my way out with darker colors, using lots of blending to the way I wanted it.  Next, I wet my paint brush and dipped in white paint and splattered my galaxy to create the stars.

For the earth I printed on my computer and colored with copic markers and inked to fade and blend the colors.  I colored the marvelous characters with copics and highlighted with the silver gel pen.  I pop dotted the earth and characters on the card and heat embossed the sentiment with black.

mighty trolls colored images

In the stamp set you get Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Captain America, Black Widow(& I think you could color her up to be Deadpool too!) & Iron man!

Keep following us on the Craftin Desert Divas blog as we bring you 4 days of our December release! They can all be yours on Monday 12/10!



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Favorite Stamps with Favorite Technique

Candice here kicking off a new challenge for Craftin Desert Divas with you today!  We are bringing you our Design Teams favorites; our favorite stamp sets and techniques all week long! I am starting us off with my favorites, they change often and this one combines some of my new favs with the old ones!

I have been wanting to make a long card for a little bit now and it is my new favorite style!  It allows me to use all the cute critters from one of my favorite stamp sets, critter punnies.

1128 Candice favorite stamp & technique portrait

I am a big, did I say BIG fan of stitched dies and Craftin Desert Divas has a huge selection of them!  I will share the list of CDD supplies I used and then share how I created this long beauty!

1128 Candice favorite stamp & technique final

I scored an 8 1/2 x 11 white cardstock down the long side and trimmed 1/2″ off to allow my dies to fit perfectly.  I first created the clouds using broken china oxide ink.  I die cut the fence and grass, gluing the fence down and inking the grass with bundled sage & peeled paint before gluing down.  I then die cut two trees, a bunch of leaves & apples and inked the trees with antique linen & gathered twigs.  I colored the leaves and apples with copics and then pop dotted the two trees and with all the leaves and apples.

For the critter punnies i stamped them on X-press it paper using memento black ink and colored with copic markers.  I glued and pop dotted them to the card.  I added some stitched puffy clouds to the sky.  The sentiment i stamped on the banner using versafine black ink and pop dotted over the lines from merging the two die cuts of grass.

I love Craftin Desert Divas assortment of cute critters in their stamp sets and love that with these long cards I can use all of them!

I hope you try your hand at a long card using Craftin Desert Divas stamps and don’t forget to share your creations at Craftin Desert Divas Gallery on FB!