Blog Posts, Craftin Desert Divas

A Chef Troll Kitchen

Welcome to Day 2 of Craftin Desert Divas April release (available 4/17) and do I have the cutest stamp set to show you today!  My family has always been fans of the Ratatouille movie and these cuties remind me of them! And since I loved them all, I had to get as many as I could on one card!

CDD april release chef trolls card 1

The awesome CDD product I used:


CDD april release chef trolls card 1 close up

For my slim line card I went with a card base of 8 1/2 x 3 1/2, it allows you to use one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 to create your card base and the leftover to use on the front as I did.  This size fits into the size 9 envelopes that should be available at your local craft store, I bought mine from Hobby Lobby.  My crafty friend Nicky Meek was a great help with helping me figure out the slim line size, you can visit her blog for some inspiration on slim line cards!

To create the front, I took the leftover piece from the card base and inked the 2/3 top with the brick stencil using fired brick & rusty hinge oxide inks.  The trick is to use tape and as you slide it down, overlay it on the bricks you inked before.  This keeps a straight line.

CDD april release chef trolls card 1 close up 2

I then stamped the sentiment (available 4/17) with versafine black ink and pop dotted the piece on the card base.  Next, I stamped all the cuties from the Chef Trolls stamp set (available 4/17), colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  I pop dotted these all along the card.  I went simple with this and kept the cuties as my focus.

Hope this helps those who are tentative on trying this size, it’s fun and different and we would love to see your creations using the Craftin Desert Divas products on Craftin Desert Divas FB Gallery and on Instagram.  Their is a new April Creative Inspiration challenge you can enter on both FB and IG for 2 chances to win!  Just remember to tag your creations with #cddcreativeinspiration and use CDD product!

Make sure you keep checking with us on the blog each day as we show you a new stamp sets, die set, stencil, and sequins!

I will leave you with the Chef Trolls stamp set all colored up!  Thanks, Candice

CDD april release chef trolls colored up

Blog Posts, Create a Smile challenges

Create a Smile Challenge-Crafty Friends

crafty friends

Create a Smile Challenge-Crafty Friends

The current Create a Smile Challenge is to create about our crafty friends.  I know the most I get from the crafty friends I have on made on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest has been inspiration.  That is what I was thinking of when I created this card, the inspiration and ideas from all of you!

Create a smile challenge crafty friends

This is a simple CAS card using three of Create a Smile stamps:

To create this card, I stamped thick white cardstock with the polka dot background and die cut it twice, once with the outside frame and once with the window frame.

Create a smile challenge crafty friends close up

I stamped the tulip, butterfly, and the bunny, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  I then trimmed some watercolor paper to fit behind the window and inked with wild honey and rusty hinge oxide inks to get the bright orange hue.  Next, I stamped the sentiment with versafine black ink below the window frame.

To put it all together, I glue dotted the stem of the flower down, pop dotted the inked orange behind and then pop dotted the whole piece to the center of the card base.  Then I pop dotted the bunny and butterfly to the card.  For my embellishments, I added some white dots to the flower and butterfly using a white pen and added a few purple sequins.

You still have some time to join the Create a Smile challenge for your chance to win!

Thanks for visiting!


Blog Posts, Sugar Peas Challenges

Sugar Pea Designs Challenge #54


Sugar Pea Designs Challenge #54

There is a new challenge at Sugar Pea Designs for the month of April.  It has some beautiful colors and a simple sketch to work with!

I chose to use the sketch for my entry on my card.  I love the cuties in the Indian Summer stamp set because these cuties can be used all year round not just for fall!

sugar peas challenge 54

I started my card by creating a 5 x 6.5 base out of thick white cardstock.  I then ran a couple of pieces of water color paper with the stitched die, die cutting one in half with the scallop edge.  I ran the other piece through twice with the stitched waves.

For the waves, I heat embossed the sentiment in white and inked over with broken china and inked the top waves with tumbled glass.  For the background, I inked using shaded lilac and milled lavender for a soft sky.  For the sky, I used tumbled glass with a cloud stencil and then ran through the die cutting machine with the two windows.  The birch tree I die cut and inked with antique linen and tea dye for a soft brown.

My next step I stamped the cuties from Indian Summer stamp set, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out, but they do have the coordinating dies!

sugar peas challenge 54 close up

To put it all together, I glued the purple background down and pop dotted the top cloud piece with the tree threaded through the window, gluing the bottom half of the tree down.  Next, I glued the top wave down and pop dotted the other one over it tucking the little cutie in the canoe behind it.  I then pop dotted the the cutie in the tree through the windows and added the leaves with pop dots too.

My embellishments I added are: white dots to the images, sequins matching the colors behind them or near them, and added some jewel nuvo drops.

I am entering this in quite early so you have plenty of time to join with me in this challenge for a chance to win $50 to their store!

Thanks for visiting!



Blog Posts, Craftin Desert Divas

CDD Creative Inspiration for April

I am so excited that Craftin Desert Divas has started a new #cddcreativeinspiration challenge for each month with 2 chances to win!  You just simply create a card with the current theme of the month using Craftin Desert Divas products and enter it on IG and on the Craftin Desert Divas gallery on FB making sure you tag #cddcreativeinspiration so we can see your entry!  You can enter as many times as you would like!

For the month of April we are creating with the theme of Unicorns and/or Fairies and rainbows!  So many awesome choices to pick from at Craftin Desert Divas including their very affordable digital stamps!

0404-Candice-creative inspiration April

For my inspiration, I used the all three because fairies and unicorns go perfect with rainbows! Of course!

The CDD product I used to create this card:

0404-Candice-creative inspiration April up close

I began by die cutting the stitched frame from thick white card stock along with the rainbow and cloud and the scallops.  I set them aside for a few and created the background by taping the stencil over watercolor paper and inking with peacock feathers & mustard seed.  Next, I inked each strip from the rainbow with the colors listed above in products used.

I stamped the images from the Magic Trolls stamp set, colored with copic markers, highlighted with the glitter pen, and fussy cut out.  I then created the fairy wings by die cutting the butterfly out of purple vellum and trimming and gluing behind the fairy.

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To put the card together, I glued the scalloped edges to the inked sky and lined up the frame to stamp the sentiment using versafine.  I should have pulled out my staz on for this, it took a long time to dry on the vellum and is a little fussy but still worked!  I the glued the rainbow to the frame and pop dotted them both onto the background.

To finish it off, I added the stitched cloud, the unicorn and fairy, some purple sequins, and some nuvo drops in purple & clear.

I hope I have inspired you to create some fun and bright products using Craftin Desert Divas amazing products and enter it into the CDD Creative Inspiration for your chance to win!

Thanks again for stopping by!


Blog Posts, Sugar Peas Challenges

Sugar Pea Designs Challenge # 53



Sugar Pea Designs Challenge #53

Every month Sugar Pea Designs has a challenge with colors or sketch and you can win $50 of their product! I am entering a card in this month using the sketch.  When I saw the sketch I saw the cute lemonade pitcher from the Pucker Up stamp set sitting on a table.

Sugar peas challenge 53

I love almost monochromatic cards, and these lemons allow me to use one of my favorite colors, yellow, almost exclusively! To create this card, I started by die cutting the scalloped frame from water color paper.  I used a sun ray stencil and inked with mustard seed & squeezed lemonade (how appropriate!) and then die cut a stitched circle near the bottom.

I stamped the images from the Pucker Up stamp set, colored with copic markers, and cut out.  I stamped the sentiment with versafine black ink.  Next, I created the little background for the lemonade pitcher by inking water color paper with squeezed lemonade and splattering with some yellow and white spray using a small paint brush.

Sugar peas challenge 53 up close

To put it together, I pop dotted the scalloped frame over the background, added a die cut black table top, and then added the images at varying depths with pop dots.  For the final touch I added some different yellow sequins for a bit of shine!

You still have a few more days to enter the Sugar Pea challenge #53 if you want your chance at winning!



Blog Posts, Create a Smile challenges, Create a Smile Guest Designer

Guest Designer for Create a Smile Monochromatic Challenge!

I am sooo excited to be guest designing with Create a Smile stamps for their current challenge!  The theme this challenge is monochromatic and I would love to see your take on this!

If you have yet to see this fantastic stamp company, Create a Smile, you are in for a treat!  They are a German based company and their adorable stamp sets come in German and English!  And to top it off they have bi-weekly challenges that you can enter using their stamps sets or use their freebie digital stamps and enter!

Create a smile guest DT monochromatic challenge

I went very brave and tried something I wasn’t sure if I would like and went monochromatic in brown!  Brown of all colors, or should I say, lack of color!  I chose to use these ever adorable pirate koalas from the All Hands on Deck stamp set, which is also available in German.

The monochromatic brown is perfect for a pirate treasure background which I created using watercolor paper that I inked in antique linen, tea dye, brushed corduroy, & gathered twigs.  I added some sun rays using a stencil and gathered twigs and then die cut out.

create a smile guest DT monochromatic challenge up close

I then stamped the koalas in memento black ink, colored with copic brown markers, and fussy cut out.  Next, I stamped the coins & sentiment onto the torn paper and colored the coins with a gold pen.  I glued the poles down and then pop dotted those adorable pirate koalas & flag  along the left border.

For my finishing touches, I added some brown sequins, gold stars, and some white dots I created using a white pen.

This was a simple card but I feel it has some WOW factor with the monochromatic brown!  I hope you enjoy it and will try something new as well with a monochromatic color and enter it into the challenge!  Please take some time to see Create a Smile products, they really are some of my favorites in their different designs for their stamp sets, stencils, and dies!

Have a fabulous day!


Blog Posts, Inky Paws Challenges

Hello Spring!

I am entering this sweet card into the Inky Paws Challenge #93 using the Newton’s Nook Designs Woodland Spring stamp set!

inky paws 93

Inky Paws Challenge #93

I am loving the soft pastels of the Spring that is popping up on cards lately and the Woodland Spring stamp set is perfect for the soft colors.

inky paws challenge 93

I started my card by die cutting some flower pattern paper and the stamp die and adhered to the front of the card.  I stamped all the images from the Woodland Spring stamp set, colored with copic markers, and die cut out using the Woodland Spring coordinating dies.

inky paws challenge 93 close up

I then die cut out the stitched banner, inked with old paper oxide ink and stamped with the sentiment.  To make it go with the lamb, I crossed off you and wrote “ewe” to add a little whimsy to the card.  Next, I die cut layers of the hooray, and inked the top on with spun sugar and worn lipstick.  I die cut the HELLO part from my cameo and inked the bottom of the letters with old paper.  I adhered all of these to the card base.

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To finish the card, I added the images (all soft and cute!) and added pearl stickles to the center of the flowers and some sequins.

I am entering this challenge near the end, but you can still see if you can create a fun card to enter too!

Have a happy spring day!