Monday, May 25, 2015

Cool in the Pool


Hello from miles in the sky! This is the last of my pre-scheduled posts as my daughter and I are on our way home today! When this post goes live, we'll likely be boarding our plane for our 8-hour trans-Atlantic flight home.   

We're all geared up for another two-week Linky Challenge over at Craftin' Desert Divas. As usual, there are two prizes up for grabs - a stamp set from Craftin' Desert Divas and a $25US gift certificate from Too Cute By Jessica. With the warmer weather, we're looking forward to summer and so have chosen that as our theme this time around.


The sweet little bears-in-the-pool image is from the Gotta Wear Shades stamp set. The happy sun is from that set too. I coloured in the images and then popped them on the mats. The top mat was embossed with a butterfly folder. I used Banner Dies to get the stitched oval at the bottom on my card and used a Keepin' cool in the pool sentiment is also from the Gotta Wear Shades set.
 

I finished everything off with some yellow twine. Now I'm ready for summer!! I'm excited to be home to get to work in my garden. I've got a month off before the boys are done school so have a long list of chores I've made for myself.

Here's a picture of the Gotta Wear Shades images and sentiments so you can check out the entire fabulous set.



Thanks so much for visiting today! Have a wonderful week!  

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CDD May Stamp Release Hop - Clouds Away



Greetings from Greenwich, England! My daughter and I are nearing the end of our holiday. As such, this is a pre-scheduled post. As I had to do all my write-ups prior to departure, I didn't have all the details. Be sure to head over to Craftin Desert Divas for Welcome to the CDD May Stamp Release Blog Hop. All stamps and dies are in the CDD Shop and now available for purchase!!





*The Sky is the Limit stamps will have no SVG outlines.


There are also TWO NEW sets of metal dies. Head over to the CDD Shop to make your purchase! 

Most stamps have an SVG outline that is free to you. Please check in the 
CDD Shop under the SVG files category BEFORE you purchase to see if one is available. The SVG outlines make it so easy. You just cut out the image with your machine and then stamp on it. The SVG file will be in the CDD Gallery under the file tab and available for you to download.

See 
Craftin Desert Divas for this month's release specials and for information on the freebie SVG for taking part in this hop.

Here's what I've created for you today...



I used Banner Dies for the large banner small yellow banner that peeks out at the bottom of my card. I stamped the large banner with a cloud background and then cut out the sun. You can use the 
NEW The Sky is the Limit metal dies to do this. I then stamped the sun (from the NEW The Sky is the Limit stamp set) on my card base and coloured it in. The large banner is popped on the front of my card for a bit of dimension.



The wonderful sentiment is also from the NEW The Sky is the Limit stamp set. I finished everything off with a bit of yellow jute string and a button.

I left for holiday before the hop line-up was firmed up, but I DO know that your next stop is Too Cute By Jessica's Facebook page. You can also head back to Craftin Desert Divas for the full line-up.

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a FABULOUS weekend!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CDD Stamp Release - The Sky is the Limit


Greetings from Salisbury, England! This is a pre-scheduled post as my daughter and I continue on our holiday through France and England. As I had to write up my posts before I left, I didn't have access to all the stamp release information so please head over to Craftin Desert Divas to learn more (including how to get your FREE Too Cute by Jessica SVG of the day).

Welcome to Day 3 of the sneak peeks for the May stamp release at Craftin Desert Divas. We have 5 new stamp sets and 2 new sets of dies in this release. So fun!

Each day, there will be a new FREE SVG pattern. When you're done here, head over to Craftin Desert Divas to learn more. You must comment and follow each blog in order to get the free file. Join us this Friday & Saturday for our hop and more free files!!

Today we are showcasing the new stamp set called The Sky is the Limit. There is also a coordinating set of metal dies you can purchase to go with this set. How fun!!

Here's what I've created for you.....


The NEW The Sky is the Limit stamp set has images and sentiments. I decided to create a set of cards to hand out to the captains and first officers of our flights to and from Europe in order to thank them for getting us safely to our destinations. (I HATE flying, so am always especially thankful when we land!!) I used Banner Dies for the card mats, and embossed each one with a cloud folder. The little plane is from New Arrival. It's a Cricut image which I imported into my Silhouette software. Once in Silhouette, I added a little "Air Transat" symbol on the planes' tails.



Here's a close up of the fun sentiment. I thought it would be perfect for pilots! Bot the stitched cloud and the sentiment are from the NEW "The Sky is the Limit" set. The coordinating metal dies work with all the stamps in this set too. I'm especially excited to have the cloud stamps and dies. I know they'll get a LOT of use!! 

CDD stamps are...
  • 4x6 stamps
  • Made in the USA
Stamps will be available to order on Friday.

We hope you will stop by the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group. We would love for you to join us and share your creations with us using Craftin Desert Divas' stamps. In this group, we show previews first, have giveaways and much more!

Thank you so much for joining us today. I hope you will visit the Craftin Desert Divas blog tomorrow for more sneak peeks  - and then return on Friday and Saturday for the blog hop! I'll be posting my blog hop project on Saturday. See you then!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Happy Yeti Birthday


Hello from Bude, Cornwall! This is another pre-scheduled post as my daughter and I are still on holidays. It's my day to share a project over at Craftin' Desert Divas and I'm posting it here as well. Last month, I created this fun card for a colleague. We are forever joking around about yeti so I couldn't resist creating a yeti card for her special day.


Earlier this year, I saw the Betty the Yeti set over at Lettering Delights and knew it would be perfect for making things for my colleague. I designed the card and then printed it out with an extra yeti and flower for some added dimension. The word YETI was printed using the Silhouette print and cut feature. In fact, I used the print and cut feature for everything except Happy Birthday. 


Once the card was assembled with my sweet yeti popped on the card base, I then used Totally Turtle to add "Happy Birthday" around the word YETI. The original sentiment is Happy Belated Birthday. However, one of the FABULOUS things about the CDD photopolymer stamps is that you can simply colour the part of the sentiment you'd like and be as creative as you'd like! 

Here's a picture of the Totally Turtle sentiments (and images!) so you can check out all the wonderful stamps that are in the set.



Thanks so much for visiting today. Have a fabulous day!


Monday, May 11, 2015

Gr8 Job, Graduate!





Hello friends! Bonjour de Paris! I'm here with a pre-scheduled post as my daughter and I are on our highly anticipated trip to Paris and England. We flew out last Thursday and are spending the week in Paris. I've been to Paris a couple of times but it's Erin's first time. I'm so excited to show her all the sites! 

At Craftin' Desert Divas, it's time for another two-week Linky Challenge. As usual, there are two prizes up for grabs - a stamp set from Craftin' Desert Divas and a $25US gift certificate from Too Cute By Jessica. With graduation just around the corner for some, we've chosen that as our theme. Although my son will be finished high school in June, for some bizarre reason, the school waits until October for the official graduation. Anyway, I'm all set now with the card I've made for him!!



The sweet little graduate is a file from Too Cute By Jessica's Graduation Pals set. Isn't he adorable (just like my son!)? I created the card base by cutting a regular A2 card and then using a Martha Stewart star border punch along the front, right edge. The mats were cut with the top layer embossed with stars.



The yellow "stitched" stars were cut with the fabulous star die in Craftin' Desert Divas' Banner Dies set. I used a few different stamps from the Short and Sweet Tags stamp set. For Woo hoo! and You Rock!, I used my marker to stamp the sentiments on two lines. Otherwise, it was business as usual!

Here's a picture of the Short and Sweet Tags sentiments (and images!) so you can check out all the wonderful sentiments that are in the set.



Thanks so much for visiting today! Have a wonderful week!  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Love You Mum



It's time for another Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party. For the next two weeks, we're challenging you to create something for Mother's Day. As usual, there are two prizes up for grabs: a stamp set from Craftin Desert Divas and a $25US gift card for regularly-priced patterns at Too Cute by Jessica.




I made a card for my dearly loved mum. First, I stamped around the base of the card with a flower stamp from Craftin Desert Divas'Just Bugcause stamp set. I then used the largest die from the Banner Dies set and trimmed the bottom of the banner before embossing it with a clouds folder and inking the edge. The sweet birds and flower are from Too Cute by Jessica's Skinny Spring Birds file. I embossed the petals of the flower too. The grass was made with Martha Stewart fringe scissors and a layer cut with the same banner die and then punched with a Fiskars grass border punch. (It's hard to see, but the mat and grass have "stitching" thanks to the Banner Dies



For the bottom of the card, I cut some letters to spell "Mum". The little heart is from Too Cute by Jessica'Skinny Spring Birds too. Finally, I stamped "Love You" using Craftin Desert Divas’ Short and Sweet Tags stamp set. 

Thanks so much for visiting me today. Have a fabulous week!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wedding Card - Smash Style


Hello friends! It's my day to share a project over at Craftin Desert Divas and I'm sharing it here too. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine got married and I created a fun hybrid wedding card for the happy couple - smash style!

I created the front panel of my card on my Silhouette, using a clipart image and changing the colours a bit so I could match things with the border. I printed and cut an extra image of the bride and groom and popped them on the card. I also used my Silhouette for the couple's names. I then used a variety of Craftin Desert Divas' stamps to dress things up a bit. The arrows are from the Picture That stamp set, as are the "love it" and "always" sentiments. "The Perfect Pair" sentiment is from the Perfect Pair stamp set and "Now & Forever" is from Simply Said.



The three black heart outlines are from Totally Turtle


I love being able to mix-and-match stamps on a project. Here's photos of the various stamp sets I used. They're all available for sale at the Craftin Desert Divas Shop!






Thanks so much for visiting today. Have a fabulous day!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

CDD April Stamp Release Hop




Welcome to the CDD April Stamp Release Blog Hop. All stamps are in the CDD Shop and now available for purchase.




*Just Bugcause stamps will have no SVG outlines.




You may purchase stamps HERE

Most stamps have an SVG outline that is free to you. Please check in the CDD Shop under the SVG files category BEFORE you purchase to see if one is available. The SVG outlines make it so easy. You just cut out the image with your machine and then stamp on it. The SVG file will be in the CDD Gallery under the file tab and available for you to download.

Here are the release specials for you:

1. Use Code: April to receive 10% off your entire order. Sale starts on 4/17 and ends 4/26 at 10pm MST.
2. Purchase 4 bags of sequins and get 1 free! Just put a note in the order comments with what sequin you would like as your free one and it will be added in. Ends 4/26 at 10pm MST.

Here's what I've created for you today...



I used the new Banner Dies for the banner and oval on my card. I used the oval to cut a portion out of the banner and then embossed the banner. The stamp is from the 
NEW Just Bugcause stamp set. 



The sweet little bee and his "path" are also stamps from the NEW Just Bugcause set. Isn't he cute? I used the NEW Just Bugcause metal dies to cut out the bee and his path too. 



Here's the freebie for today's hop. If want it (and who wouldn't?), be sure to leave a comment at each hop participant and then send an email to Tara (craftindesertdivas@gmail.com) to say that you have do so.

Your next stop on the hop is Miranda at 
http://www.nanasscrapspot.com/.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Shaker Card



We're all shaking over at Craftin Desert Divas! This time, our Linky Party is all about shaker projects. As usual, there are two prizes up for grabs: a stamp set from Craftin Desert Divas and a $25US gift card for regularly-priced patterns at Too Cute by Jessica.


I made a spring-themed shaker card. I used my Silhouette to cut some flower shapes out of my base and used the offset feature to create a shadow for the largest flower. It's hard to tell in the photo, but I also used my Silhouette to cut a faux stitched border around the top white portion of the card.


Once the card was cut out, I used different coloured sequins to fill in each of the flowers. I also stamped inside the largest one with a cheery "Hello" sentiment from Craftin Desert Divas’ Simply Said stamp set. 

Thanks so much for visiting me today. Don't forget to stop by Craftin Desert Divas all week for the latest release (plus there are SVG freebies each day)! Unfortunately, my goodies are somewhere between Arizona and Ontario so I am not able to participate. I'm REALLY hoping that things will arrive in time for me to make something for the hop. Everybody cross your fingers!!

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Thanks, Teacher!


HAPPY EASTER!

Happy Easter, everybody! I hope that you are all having a wonderful day. This is my daughter's weekend "on" at her residence job. Each of the advisors had to take a holiday weekend throughout the year, and this weekend is her turn. I miss her! I'm off with my husband and the boys to attend a big family celebration - complete with too much food and a massive Easter egg hunt. It's always lots of fun!

I have a card to share today - although it is not an Easter card. It's actually one that I made a couple of months ago and forgot to share. I made this to say thanks to a teacher. The fabulous bear image is from Too Cute By Jessica's Feelin' Nerdy Bears file . 

I added my sentiment to the big crayon, using a stamp from Craftin Desert Diva's Simply Said set. It fit perfectly!


HAPPY EASTER!