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Inky Paws Challenge #78


Inky Paws Challenge #78

The theme this challenge is summer and I am glad NND is hanging onto summer as long as we can!  Some leaves are already changing for me here in Minnesota, and I am not ready!  For this challenge I chose to use the Summer Scoops stamp set to create a bright and fun birthday card.

inky paws challenge 78

I went with a simple design and used:

Inside, I added a cute little ice cream with that amazing sentiment!

inky paws challenge 78 inside

Such a fun, bright and easy card to create!




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Tribal Fox Thinking of You

Since Craftin Desert Divas is from Arizona, I thought this fox would fit right on in in a desert scene!  I love the way his bright orange stands out against the muted desert sand.

fox card 1 square

To create this scene, I resized and printed off my digital stamp images, tribal fox and the mountains from the canoe scene and sentiment from my computer.  I colored them with copic markers and added some oxide inks to blend and add depth to the mountains.

Next, I created the night sky by using the sun beach scene stencil as my moon and inking with oxide inks fading as the two colors meet. I glued the mountains over the sky and added the sand using the ocean border dies.  I got creative here, I trimmed off the coral on the top one, and kept the coral that looked like desert shrubs! Yeah for using my dies for different things! I inked them with oxide inks and glued them down over the mountains.

I then die cut the sentiment using a banner from the flag banner dies set and adhered down.  I added a cactus die that I also inked with oxide inks.  I pop dotted the cactus and the fox on the card.  For my final touches I added stars to the night sky using white nuvo drops and a silver stardust gel pen.

Looks like a lot of work, but went fairly quickly for a fantastic result!

The products I used are all found on the Craftin Desert Divas website and are:

Thanks again for swinging by and check out the great deals that you can find at CDD Digi Club!


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I Like the Way We Roll

One of the awesome things I love about digital stamps is the ability I can create my own specific backgrounds and use it like pattern paper.  I did that with this card using the arrows from Craftin Desert Divas new canoe scene digital stamp set.  The release is coming this week and I’m showcasing the adorable tribal hedgehog!

hedgehog card 1 square

I wanted to add movement to the card and circles with this sentiment are perfect!

To begin my card I created the arrow background using my cameo silhouette features, resized the tribal hedgehog and created the sentiment and then printed them on alcohol marker paper.  Next, I used my cameo tool to create and cut the circle near the top.  You could always use a die cut too! I colored the arrows and hedgehog with copic markers and fussy cut the hedgehog out.  I then die cut the stitched scalloped circle from orange cardstock and glued the hedgehog on.  I also die cut the arrows using the fancy frames dies and the circle leaves from stitched in cirlces dies.

To put the card together, I trimmed kraft cardstock and adhered to the center of the card.  I lined up the sentiment and glued to the kraft and pop dotted the arrow pattern paper over it.  I glued the leave circle dies down around the sentiment and pop dotted the hedgehog circle and trimmed the edge.  For my embellishments, I added nuvo drops in sea breezeorange marmalade, & limoncello.

All the products I used are from Craftin Desert Divas and they have a great Digi Club you should check out!



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MFT Sketch#397 & Color #99 Challenges and SSS Wednesday Challenge-Distress It


MFT Sketch Challenge #397


MFT Color Challenge #99

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SSS Wednesday Challenge – Distress It

I always love to take the challenge of combining the sketch and color challenges together since it really causes me to think outside of what I tend to always create.  This one was trickier because the the only real color was the orange red.  I love the results of a simple card highlighted by the colored background!

Mft sketch 397 and color challenge 99

To create my card I used:

This was a quick card, I simply added a large strip of black cardstock with the brick inked die cut rectangle over it in the center of the card.  I stamped, colored and die cut the cat images and pop dotted on a grey circle with the foil stitched frame around it.  Next, I heat embossed the sentiment in black and stamped one paw print next to it.  For my embellishments, I added large wooden dots to add more dimension.

Inside, I added a smaller brick inked rectangle with the sentiment heat embossed in black.  I added on stamped paw print and the kitty on top.

mft sketch 397 and color challenge 99 inside



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YNS Sketch & Color Challenge #95


YNS Sketch & Color Challenge #95

These colors remind me of Christmas, but since I live in Minne’snow’ta, I wanted to hang onto summer as long as I can, so I went with watermelon colors instead!  I used one of my absolutely favorite stamp sets, One In a Melon!

YNS challenge 95

I shifted the sketch a little bit and added three ovals instead of one and used most of the colors in this adorable card.

I started my card by trimming a strip of the green pattern paper and gluing on the top of the woodgrain paper.  I die cut this into a stitched rectangle and then die cut it again with three stitched windows.  I glued green cardstock behind the windows and adhered to black cardstock.  I trimmed two stripes of black cardstock and glued between the two pattern papers.

I stamped the cute little hamsters using memento black ink and colored with copic markers.  I die cut the stitched banner and heat embossed the sentiment with black.  I pop dotted the banner and then the little hamsters above inside the ovals to add dimension.  For my embellishments, I added some large black enamel dots.

Inside, I die cut a stitched square and heat embossed the sentiment with black.  I added a cute hamster to the bottom corner.

YNS challenge 95 inside

Who doesn’t love cute little hamsters with watermelons?!  The One In a Melon stamp set also has a set of birds with the watermelons, which allows me to create twice as many designs with one stamp set!

Thanks for swinging by,


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Using Dies to Create Your Own Stencils

creative dies challenge

One way to stretch my stash of dies is to use them to create my own stencils for my cards.  I used Craftin Desert Divas stitched scalloped dies to create the clouds in my background.

Creative dies.jpg

To create my card, I started with resizing and printing the fairy from the Magic & Fairy Dust digital stamp set.  I then, die cut the stencil on white cardstock, any scrap of paper will do, from the stitched scalloped dies and inked the clouds on thick 110lb white cardstock with salty ocean & broken china.  Next, I die cut cut the smaller stitched scallop and inked with cracked pistachio and glued over the bottom.

creative dies 2

I colored my fairy with copic markers:

  • fairy- E000, E00, E01, E02 for the skin, E21, E11, E13, E15, E17, E18 for the hair, BG11, BG13, BG15 for the clothes, & Y11, Y13, Y15, Y18, Y19, V12, V15, V17, V09 for the wings
  • flower- YG01, YG03, YG05, YG07, YG09 for the leaves & RV21, RV23, RV13, RV25, RV17 for the petals

I printed my sentiment and die cut using the flag banner dies.  Next, I die cut the frame from thick 110lb white cardstock using the inside scalloped rectangle dies and pop dotted around the scene.

creative dies challenge

To finish the card, I glued the scene to the center of my card and pop dotted the sentiment banner and the fairy.  For my embellishments, I added emerald isle sequins and key lime nuvo drops for a little sparkle and shine.

I hope I sparked an idea for you to use your dies in a different way and if you want to use some great digital stamps, check out Craftin Desert Divas Digi Club for some great designs at a great price!



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Creating Backgrounds Using Two Different Mediums

One thing I love about Craftin Desert Divas digital stamps is the ability to quickly make my own repeated backgrounds.  On these two cards I used the same background, but used water coloring on one and copic markers on the other.

coloring creative challenge July 2 photos watermark

To create the repeated image I used Ahoy Matey! digi stamp set on my silhouette cameo and printed one on water color paper and the other on alcohol marker paper.

coloring creative challenge July ocean scene watermark

For this card, I used Tim Holtz oxide inks as my water color:  hickory smoke & black soot for the anchor, and frayed burlap & gathered twigs on the wheel.  To use your oxide inks as water color, you simply put some ink on your acrylic stamp block and use a paint brush and water to mix it.  The intensity of the color depends on how much water you use!

For the scene behind, I used Beach Scene Stencil and painted the scene with frayed burlapgathered twigbundled sage, & peeled paint for the palm trees and sand, peacock feathers & evergreen bough for the waves, and squeezed lemonade & fossilized amber for the sun.  I die cut the waves from ocean border dies and glued over the painted scene.  I die cut a circle from the painted background with stitched in circle dies and added a grey backdrop die cut from the inside scalloped circle dies.  I pop dotted these around the scene and on a trimmed grey cardstock.

To finish the card, I die cut a banner from the flag banner dies and heat embossed my sentiment from Mermaid Lagoon stamp set in platinum and pop dotted on the card.  For the final touch, and to cover a splatter of paint, I used morning dew nuvo drops.

This was a new technique that was fun to play with.  I purposefully didn’t stay in the lines, I wanted to give this card an artistic feel to it and I’m happy with the results!

coloring creative challenge July whale watermark

For this card, I used lots of copic markers to color the background and whale popsicle digital stamp.  This took some time, but I enjoyed the relaxing time as I watch some netflix and just color.  The colors I used are:

whale-Y32, Y35, Y38, BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78, W1, W3, W5, & W7                      background-W1, W3, W5, W7 for the anchor & E70, E71, E74, E77 for the wheel

The waves are die cut from the ocean border dies and inked with Tim Holtz oxide inks:     broken chinaevergreen bough, & iced spruce.  The sky was created using fossilized amber & wild honey.  I layered the scene using pop dots and covered with a grey cardstock die cut with the inside scalloped circle dies and adhered the background with a circle die cut from the stitched in circles dies.

For the finishing touches, I die cut a banner from flag banner dies and heat embossed the sentiment from the ocean friends stamp set in platinum.  I added some morning dew nuvo drops for the finishing touch.

This was a fun card to create, I stepped out of my usual bright colors and used my darker tones to make a good masculine card.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you try some new techniques on your next creations!

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