Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cozy Christmas Eve

First off let me say that I am really enjoying creating with this digi stamp set Christmas Eve from Craftin Desert Divas. It is making me sooo happy right now and pulling at my heart for the holidays. This puppy is cuddled up dreaming of some sweet treats! For the background I used and embossing folder and then Clarity brushes with distress oxides in various colors to make it realistic. I used my zigs to color this scene and added nuvo drops and some snow pen to finish it off.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Gingerbread Luminary

Hello everyone! I am so excited for day #1 of the October Release at Craftin Desert Divas. Today I am sharing my Gingerbread Lane Luminary that I made from the Treat Bag Die. I used the new "Snowflake Flurries Stencil" and the "Gingerbread Lane" digital stamp set.

First I die cut the Treat Bag from some shimmery blue cardstock I had on hand. I cut the window using the included square die. I then laid the stencil on the inside back of the bag piece and used the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Powder Blue to make the snowflakes and wind for the inside. While that dried I used the Fall Border dies to cut some snowbanks from the same shimmery blue cardstock. I had to make my own insert tabs for the bag so I simply cut some strips of the blue cardstock and scored them to fit inside the bag. Once the stencil was dry, I put the bag together. I had to cut an insert in the back for the tea light to fit. Mine is NOT pretty but it is functional and no one will see the back anyway.

You can see where I messed up and put the scor tape on the wrong side..LOL. I set the tea light in and then added the instert with the snowbanks on glued onto it. I added the tea light first so I could tell where to glue the insert into. Then I glued the Gingerbread House into the snowbanks. Finally I added the snowmen in to the front for some more dimension.


Let's talk about the images and the coloring. I used my Zig Realclean Brush Markers for this. There are a lot of details that are hard to see in a photo but the gingerbread house really looks pretty in real life. I used the Nuvo Accent Glitter on the white frosting parts. I used various colors of glitter gel pen on the candies and finally I added some nuvo drops to the candies around the door frame and some on the carrot noses of the snowmen. I wish you could see it in person because it is simply beautiful at night glowing!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

It's a new month... October Mood Board Challenge!

Hi everyone, October is here and with it brings a new mood board challenge at Craftin Desert Divas. I hope that you will play along with us for a chance of a gift certificate or a stamp set. There are a lot of cute stamps, trust me! To play along get your inspiration from the mood board inspiration and share on social media using the #Cddmonthly. Make sure to join the FB group Craftin Desert Divas Gallery and put your project in the October challenge album there. We would love to see your projects and give you some love! Here's October's inspiration

For my project I made this cute mini coffee/drink cup holder. I made the holder and decorated the cup with patterned paper. Behind the belly band there is room for a gift card or little note card.

To create the holder you will need:
Heavy weight cardstock cut to 2.5" wide x 11" long
score at 4.5", 7", 7 3/4", 10 1/4" on the 11" side. 
Between the 7 3/4" and 10 1/4" score lines you will see that you have a square there. You will need to die cut ( I used the inside scalloped circles smallest die) or use a 2"punch to create a circle for 
cup to sit in. Once this is done, you will need to fold and use a bone folder to crease the score lines so that your holder will fold nicely. Put double stick tape on the outside of the last score line and fold together to make a little cup holder. I will have a video later on this but have had technical difficulties getting it taped for you today. Once you play with it, it should be very easy to see how it goes together. For the belly band, you will need to cut a piece of cardstock 3/4" wide x 6.5" long. You just wrap it around the back and secure as tightly as you want so that you can fit a note or gift card behind it. You can then add a cute little stamp there or a sentiment if you wish. 
To cover the cup, I cut open one of the cups to create my template and simply traced it out on patterned paper. Then I cut it out and adhered with with some liquid glue. It is really pretty simply to do and creates a fun little gift! Please feel free to leave me comments and questions and I will get back with you as soon as possible. Be looking for my video coming soon!