Merry Christmas Challenge for September 2018

I took the summer off from the Merry Christmas Challenge, but I’m back now!  It’s now time to get serious about making Christmas cards!

I seemed to be obsessed with llama lately.  I’ve bought several stamps sets and dies that include llamas over the last month or so!

For this month’s card, I used stamps from Neat and Tangled’s Fa La Llama set.  I colored that cute little llama with my copic markers and heat embossed the sentiment.

The challenge is now a monthly instead of weekly challenge.  Be sure to check out the rest of the teams creations on The Merry Christmas Challenge blog and join in on the fun.

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Craftin Desert Divas – Stamped With Care

Today on the Craftin Desert Diva blog, the design team is sharing some ideas for sending cards to show you care.

I created a Fall themed Get Well card that features the Pumpkin Patch digital stamp.  Get Well cards don’t always need to be somber and elegant.  A bright cheerful card or a dose of humor can brighten someone’s day.
The Design Team has been sharing inspiration throughout the week in the Craftin Desert Diva’s Facebook Gallery. Participate and share your cards in the Stamped with Care Album you’ll be entered to win a giveaway valued at $15-$20! Winners will be chosen on Saturday.

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Craftin Desert Divas – Shake it Up

Hi everyone!  This weeks Designer Creative Challenge on the Craftin Desert Diva blog is Shake it Up, which means shaker cards!  I absolutely love shaker cards.  They aren’t difficult to make and are so fun.

For my card, I’ve used the tree from the Outdoor Camping digital stamp set.   I colored the digital stamp with Copic markers.  I then made a frame using stitched rectangle dies from my stash.  I couldn’t find a piece of colored or patterned paper that I liked.  So I broke out my Distress Oxide inks and inked up the frame.  I stamped the So Grateful sentiment from the Simply Said stamp set with vesafine ink, covered it with chesnut embossing powder, and heat set it.

Head over to the Craftin Desert Diva blog to see what the design team has created and some create tips for making shaker cards.  One tip I have is to use a powder tool on the edges of the foam adhesive so that shaker bits don’t stick to the adhesive.

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Craftin Desert Diva – August New Release Blog Hop

I’m so excited about the new August Release! Crisp leaves, fall friends and more make this release absolutely darling.  I’m showcasing three of the new digital stamps – Leaves from the Tribal Outdoor set, Tribal Squirrel, and Tribal Sloth.

This is a two day hop, here is the hop list for today – 8/17/2018:

Hop list for 8/18/2018:

Once you’re done hopping, head over to the Craftin Desert Divas shop to snag your special discount 5% off through 8/19.

Craftin Desert Divas – Smiles Across the Miles Creative Challenge

Hi everyone!  This weeks Designer Creative Challenge on the Craftin Desert Diva blog is Smiles Across the Miles.  Besides major holidays and celebrations, one big reason to send cards is to let those we love know that we’re thinking of them.  In today’s digital age, a handmade card is still one of the best gifts you can receive.  So this week, the Craftin Desert Diva design team will be sharing inspiration for cards that would make anyone smile.

For my card, I’ve used the Oh My Llama digital stamp.  Recently, I’ve been obsessed with llama stamps!  They are too cute.  I colored the digital with Copic markers.  Stamped the Just Because sentiment from the Say it Big stamp set with vesafine ink, covered it with clear embossing powder, and heat set it.

One thing I do each at the beginning of each month is to make a list of a few people to send cards to for that month.  This reminds me to not only make cards (which I really don’t need a reminder for!), but to also send out cards.  Nothing is better than receiving a card Just Because!

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Winnie and Walter Leading Lady Week 4 – One Layer Cards with Masking

Hi everyone!  It’s my final week  of my Leading Lady reign at Winnie and Walter.  I want to give a big thanks to Shay for giving me this opportunity and all who have left such encouraging comments on each post.

I’ve saved my favorites for this week!  I created two one layer cards (this was difficult for me) with lots of masking and Copic coloring.  At the beginning of June, I owned one Copic marker with no intention of buying anymore.  Then I took a Copic class, only because a friend of mine was teaching it.  Needless to say, I now own quite a few Copic markers.  I still have so much to learn on how to use these, but I’m super happy on how these turned out.

For my first card, I stamped several of the dogs from the Dog-gone Cute with Evelin T Designs stamp set.   I did some masking to get the dogs all lined up.  I then painstakingly colored them with Copic markers.  I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs to finish the card.

For the second card, I did the exact same thing except with cats from the Purrfect with Evilen T Designs stamp set.

For each card, I first stamped out how I wanted them laid out on a scrap piece of paper (top of the photo below).

Then I started stamping and masking!  When masking, you want to stamp the ones you want in the foreground first.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a Leading Lady and working with such wonderful products at Winnie and Walter.  Thanks again for the love the past three weeks.  Leave a comment on this post by 8/4 for a chance to win a $30 gift card from Winnie and Walter.  I will draw a random winner on 8/4 and contact the winner by email.

Craftin Dessert Divas – Designing with dies and SVGs Creative Challenge

For this weeks Designer Creative Challenge on the Craftin Desert Diva blog, we are focusing on designing with Dies/SVGs.  I used the Birthday Critters SVG Treat Bag Add On SVGs to create four cards.  One with each critter in the set.

I resized the SVGs to fit on the front of an A2 size card (4 1/4″ wide) and cut the pieces out with my Silhouette Cameo.  I then glued the pieces together and popped them up on my card bases with foam tape.  I used various pieces of patterned paper for each of the cards.  I printed out the sentiments, die cut them, and colored them with Copics to match the cards.

These were quick to put together and make super cute cards.  Here is  close up of each card. Here is the link to the challenge on the Craftin Desert Diva blog to see the rest of the teams great creations and tips.

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Winnie and Walter Leading Lady Week 3 – Emboss Resist

Hi everyone!  Welcome back to week 3 of my Leading Lady reign at Winnie and Walter.  Thank you for all the wonderful comments on my first two posts.

For week three, I used the emboss resist technique to create cards using the great Winnie and Walter products.  This technique is designed to leave the stamped image white while adding color to the background.  The stamped image will “resist” the ink (thus the name).

For my first card, I stamped the cascading hearts from the stamp set Scenery: Seeing Hearts in embossing ink, covered it in white embossing powder, and heat set it.  I think inked up that panel using 3 shades of pink Distress ink.  As you can see the hearts “resisted” the ink.  I did the same thing with the You So Much sentiment from In a Word: Love stamp set.  I thought the panel need a little more pizzazz, so I used on of the dies from Georgette Borders to add some detail to the bottom of the panel.

I used the Love die from  In a Word: Love Coordinating Cutaways (have I mentioned I adore this die!)  I die cut it three times and layered them together.  The top layer is in silver glitter paper.  I adhered them to the card base to finish the card.

For the second card, I embossed the sentiment on a scalloped circle, then layered three shades of distress ink on it.  The back panel uses the same three shades of ink with a stencil.  I water colored the bunny using distress inks and fussy cut it out and layered all the pieces onto a gray card base.  The sentiment and bunny are from the Party On with Evilin T Designs stamp set.  I added a few clear Nuvo drops to finish the card.

Thanks again for the love last week, join me next week for the big finally and a chance to win a $30 gift card from Winnie and Walter on my blog.