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Sweet Forest Friends

We are on Day 3 of Craftin Desert Divas February release and today is the adorable stamp set, Forest Friends, available for you on 2/15!  I just love their sweet faces and the cute little critters in this set!

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I combined some great Craftin Desert Divas product to get this sweet card:

cdd february release card 4 close up final

I really love how sweet these two forest friends look, so I wanted to go with soft colors with this card.  I chose to use the peach and mint to go with the white and have a little gold offset it all.

I started the card with a 110lb thick white cardbase and inked dried marigold oxide ink using the burst stencil and covered with vellum to soften.  I die cut the stitched scallop from shimmer peach cardstock, the grass from mint cardstock, and the birch trees from thick white cardstock.  I layered these with pop dots to add depth to the forest scene.

I stamped the Forest Friends with memento black ink, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  I added them to the forest scene, pop dotting the girl, boy, & bird to add even more depth.  I stamped the sentiment with versamark ink and heat embossed in white on the bottom grass.

cdd february release card 4 final

For the finishing touches, I added some orange nuvo drops to the center of the flowers and some shimmer sequins for a little shine.  I also added some hearts to the trees.

I hope you have been enjoying our February release so far, if you want to see what the DT has created you can visit Craftin Desert Divas blog and follow CDD on their FB gallery & IG!

Thanks for visiting with me!


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Believe in the Eastercorn!

This is such an adorable stamp set  from Craftin Desert Divas February release full of chickies with bunny ears and unicorns all for Easter!  I wanted lots of color to showcase these cuties and there is no better way than with rainbows!

cdd february release card 1 final

To create this slim line card I used lots of CDD products:

cdd february release card 1 close up final

For the slim line card I trimmed a 110lb white cardstock to 10″ x 8″ and scored on the 8″ side.  I die cut a silver paper with the cloud die seven times and die cut two extra clouds from the thick white cardstock.  I trimmed watercolor paper to fit behind the die cut cloud silver piece and inked the oxide inks in rainbow colors going up.  Next I glued the silver piece over it and pop dotted one of the white clouds off the top corner.

I die cut the stitched rainbow and inked with the oxide inks in rainbow colors. adding the other stitched white clould pop dotted on the bottom.  I left the left side of the rainbow white to show the cute little chick painting it! He’s just too cute!

I stamped the images from the Eastercorn stamp set (available 2/15), colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  I pop dotted them along the card and added sequins & nuvo jewel drops in coordinating colors to the cloud color.  The sentiment I stamped and die cut with the stitched banner.

I am loving the bright fun use of rainbow colors with this Eastercorn stamp set!

This is Day 1 so please continue to follow the Craftin Desert Divas design team as we share our sneak peek projects with you this week on Craftin Desert Divas blogCraftin Desert Divas FB gallery, & IG!

Thank you so much and have a Unicorn kind of day!


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Favorite Red/Pink Color Combos

This week at Craftin Desert Divas the Design Team is sharing our favorite red/pink combos with you!  I know I love a good color combo and keep checking out the Craftin Desert Divas FB Gallery daily for your inspirations!  I bring you my color combos today using oxide inks in this sweet valentine’s card using the Mice to Meet You stamp set.

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I used a few great Craftin Desert Divas products:

I wanted the reds and pinks to really pop on this card, so I went with a lot of white for the background and accent dies.  I started by die cutting Tim Holtz watercolor paper,  with texture side up, with the stitched scallop frame.  I then inked the bottom corner with the cloud stencil using worn lipstick & spun sugar going darker to lighter.  Next I heat embossed the sentiment with silver using versamark.

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For the rainbow, I inked watercolor paper with the 4 oxide inks, spun sugarworn lipstickabandoned coral, & festive berries and then die cut out with the rainbow die.  I glued it down touching the edge of the card to give movement to the bottom half.  I then die cut the large stitched clouds and smaller cloud adhering to the card with glue and pop dots.

For the mouse, I stamped with black ink, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  Next, I pop dotted her in the clouds and added silver nuvo drops on her buttons and added wink of stella to the smaller hearts.

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For the embellishments, I added different colors and shapes of sequins from carnie & love bug sets.

My love of reds and pinks tend to go to the coral side and I hope you will give these combos a try on your cards!  If you do, please share your designs using CDD product with us on the FB Craftin Desert Divas Gallery!



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A Hidden Parrot Party!

Craftin Desert Divas full January release is now out and we have shared tons of great inspirations on how to use the new stamp sets!  I’m sharing my final pirate card of the release using the new Pirate Treasures stamp set.

Craftin Desert Divas product is perfect for pirate themes and these are the items I used:

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To create the background I inked watercolor paper with frayed burlap and antique linen and die cut with the larger torn paper die.  I also die cut using the smaller torn paper die and inked with the same oxide inks.  I then stamped the parrots and skulls with a brown copic friendly ink and shaded with my copic markers.  I then stamped the sentiment in versafine black ink.

I positioned everything out to see where I wanted my parrot to pop out at and used the lawn fawn pull tab die to create the pop up parrot.  I stamped my images from Pirate Treasures stamp set, colored with copics, and fussy cut out.  I glued the parrot to the pull tab and pop dotted the smaller torn paper over him.  Next, I pop dotted the adorable monkey and girl pirate.  For some embellishments I added the gold sequins around the sentiment.

Visit us and share your Craftin Desert Divas creations on the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery on FB and get some inspiration from the DT on Craftin Desert Divas on IG!

Here is one more pic for you and thank you for swinging by, Candice

pirate treasures colored up

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Pirate Pals Pop Up

I hope you are enjoying the Craftin Desert Divas January release as much as I am!  I got to play with the two Pirate stamp sets, Pirate Pals and Pirate Treasures!  I’m sharing a pull tab card I created for this cute little pirate tiger that pops up from the boat!


The Craftin Desert Divas awesome product I used:

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I have fallen hard for interactive cards and can’t stop finding new ways to use them!  For this card I have the cute little tiger from the new Pirate Pals stamp set popping up from the ship!  This card reminds me of a kids imagination playing pirate!

I started the card with 110lb white card stock for the base and trimmed another sheet just a little bit smaller.  This will hide my pull tab.  I set those aside for a while.

To create the picture, I die cut the frame kraft card stock and die cut the waves and inked with broken china oxide ink.  The ship I cut using my cameo silhouette from kraft card stock and the port holes from black velvet and gold foil paper.  I then stamped the images from the Pirate Pals stamp set with memento ink, colored with copics, and fussy cut out.

I took the trimmed white card stock and masked around the size of the frame and created the clouds with fossilized amber oxide ink.

CDD january release card 2 pop up side final

To put it all together with the pull tab, I used the lawn fawn pull tab die on the cloud paper.  I glued the large wave down and added the niche for pulling the tiger up and adhered him to the tab.  I pop dotted the ship over the tiger with the flag and bottom wave and frame.

The sentiment I heat embossed in gold using versamark and trimmed.  For the final touches, I added the bottle and some clear nuvo drops.

I hope this inspires you to create your own pirate themed projects and share on Craftin Desert Divas Gallery on FB and check out the DT inspiration at CDD IG!

Thank you!


Here is one more picture of these cuties!

pirate pals colored

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Bamboo-zled with Love

Love is in the air this week at Craftin Desert Divas as the DT brings you our designs!  I absolutely love the pandas and the sentiments in the new Panda-Bilities stamp set!

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Valentine’s is my favorite holiday to makes card for, I think it’s because I love the pinks and reds with the black and greys!

To create this fun loving card I used CDD product:

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I love when a card just comes together and you love it!  This was quick and since the pandas don’t need too much coloring.

I started my card with a 110 white card stock base.  I inked watercolor paper with spun sugar & worn lipstick oxide inks and then splatter with a paint brush dipped in white paint and with shimmer spray.  While that dried, I did some die cutting.  I die cut the window pane from black glitter paper and some cheap white paper and layered.  I also, die cut a bunch of hearts from 110 lb white card stock.  I glued the pink paper down and layered the hearts on top.  The frame I glued down in the center.

Next, I stamped the pandas with memento ink, colored with copics, and fussy cut out.  I pop dotted them over the frame.  I then die cut the banner and heat embossed with white using versmark ink.  I pop dotted this going off of the card and trimmed the extra off with scissors.  For the embellishments, I added some heart sequins and white nuvo drops on the end of the banner.

Swing on in to the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery on FB and join us on CDD IG to see all the love we are sharing this week!

Thank you!


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Parrot Party

We are getting close to the end of our January release at Craftin Desert Divas, which means we are closer to them being available for you on the 1/16!  I am sharing this card I created using the Pirate Treasures stamp set, just the cutest!

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I used Craftin Desert Divas great product for this card:

CDD january release card 4 close up final

I love the color scheme of this card!  I started the card with 110 lb white card stock and then trimmed another piece to fit the width of the card.  I ran the top and bottom through the die cutting machine using the top of the window pane die.  I then taped the beach scene stencil near the top and inked with the different colors of oxide inks listed above.

Next, I die cut the waves on watercolor paper, inked with the blues and splattered with water and dabbed off.  I glued these under the sand and heat embossed the sentiment from Pirate Treasures stamp set in gold with versamark ink.  I die cut the banner from 110 lb black card stock and added the die cut hooray from gold foil paper on top.  I then pop dotted this going off of the card over the bottom of the waves.

Then I stamped the Pirate and Parrot from Pirate Treasures using memento ink, colored with copics, and fussy cut out.  I pop dotted them next to the banner and added clear nuvo drops around the sentiment.

Take a moment and see what the CDD design team has created for the January release so far here.

You can share your creations on the Craftin Desert Di as gallery on FB and follow CDD on IG.

Here’s one more pic of the Pirate Treasures stamp set all colored up:

Thanks, Candice

pirate treasures colored up