Sunday, October 21, 2018

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Hello there!
Just popping in to share a card with you!
I'm using the color palette from My Favorite Things

I used this adorable stamp set from My Favorite Things, Tweet Holidays.

I used Copic Markers to color the birds. I embossed the sentiment.

I added stickles to the fuzzy pom-poms and fir trim, and scattered some sequins.

I am also playing along with SSS Wednesday Challenge.

Thanks for peeking!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Essential Embossing Dry and Heat Embossing Technique

Essential Embossing
Dry and Heat Embossing Technique
Using dies to dry emboss

Hello there!!!
I'm on the Craftin' Desert Divas Blog
sharing some embossing techniques that are quick and easy!

Select your die/ dies to create your emboss background.
Position your die with removable tape ( washi tape) and run through your die cutting machine.
Repeat this process several times, until background is complete.
***TIP*** Be sure to use a rubber mat under your cardstock to ensure the die does not cut through the cardstock.

Choose your word die and die cut several times.
Use one to heat emboss, than adhere to the others to add dimension.

Assemble your card and add embellishments.

CDD supplies used:
Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you give this a try!
I am adding this to SSS Wednesday Challenge

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Spooky Mocha

Hello there!
I want to stop by and share with you some tags I made for Halloween, inspired by 
I used supplies from Craftin' Desert Divas

Be sure to stop by the CDD Blog for some inspiration and leave a comment 
for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the shop!

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Also adding this to SSS Wednesday Challenge


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

CDD- Stunning Stencils

Hey there!
Craftin' Desert Divas is sharing Stunning Stencil creations all week!

I'm on the CDD Blog today sharing a card using the hexagon square from 

The suplies I used are listed below
Other supplies... craft spatula (plastic knife would work too)
Stickles Glitter Glue.

I began with my die cut hexagon and separated the frame from the center. 
I taped the center to a protected area on my craft space and secured the stencil over it. 
Next, I dabbed some ink onto my work space than added a small amount of texture paste.
Mix the two together.
Cover the stencil, smooth and even.

Remove the stencil carefully and wash to remove the paste.
All the stenciled cardstock to dry.

Dry the stencil and adhere to cardstock.
For this step you can place the stencil anywhere you choose.
Ink up black cardstock with white ink.
When finished, die cut the black cardstock with Fancy Frame Die.
Stamp and color your images
I used Copic Shades: 
C1, C3, Y11, Y13, Y15, RV10, RV02, R35, BG11, BG15, YG09.
Stamp the sentiment onto vellum paper and trim. 

Assemble the card onto white cardstock,  size A2.
Embellish with sequins, a cord bow and glitter glue.

I'm adding this to SSS Wednesday Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Obsessed With Distress Oxides- CDD Creative Challenge

Hello there!
Happy you stopped by for today's post....
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I will be showcasing the set Leafy Background

You can do pretty much anything with this stamp!!!!
One of my favorite craft must haves is coordinating paper!!!
If I don't have any on hand....color some up with distress oxide ink!!!
First Card

1.Select your color cardstock.  I chose light pink.
2. I die cut two tags and set them aside.
3. Than I heat embossed the leafy background stamp onto the colored cardstock.
5. Select your ink. I chose worn lipstick distress oxide ink.
6. Ink up the embossed cardstock. 
7. Use a die to cut any shape.
Finish the card: I added some splatters of gold paint, added my sentiment, adhered my tags with a twine bow, and scattered some sequins.
Tip: I made sure to fade the ink on the top and bottom for an ombre effect.

Card Two
Same technique, same steps.
I used peeled paint distress oxide ink.
Tip: Always test the ink on cardstock first to see if you like the desired color. 
Have fun mixing and matching cardstock and ink...the possibilities
are endless!!!

Card Three
This is a very popular tecknique. Choose two complimenting distress oxide inks.
Heat emboss the image.
Ink up the top and bottom portions of the embossed paper. 
Keep it darker at the edges and lighter toward the center.
I added s few splatters of white paint and 
finished my card off with sentiments, gold thread and sequins.

Card Four
I heat embossed this card onto watercolor cardstock.
Lightly wet the cardstock.
Add my distress oxides with a paintbrush and some water.
I used colors: peacock feathers, picked raspberry, and carved pumpkin.
I trimmed up the bottom part of the watercolored leaves so they 
appear cascading.
Tip: Deposit saturated color at the base of the leaf... add very little water to the brush and pull the 
color to the tip of the leaf. 

Thanks for stopping by!!!!
Hope you give any of these techniques a try and don't forget to show us!!!!!
Use #craftindesertdivas so we can find you on social media!


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Craftin' Desert Divas August Blog Hop

Hello there Diva fans!!!
Happy you are joining us for Day 2 of the
Craftin' Desert Divas Blog Hop!!!
If you missed Day 1...check it out HERE. The full release reveal is displayed on the blog.

When you shop today through Sunday 8/19, you'll get 5% off your ENTIRE order (including new releases!) when you use the code AUGUST2018. 

I want to share with you a few cards I created...
This is the new set Dam Shame
I made it an interactive card by using a slider to allow the beaver home to 
move across the lake.

For both cards I used the new Hill Scene 2 Stencil , for the clouds, lake,
hill, large and small stones.

 For the next  twocards I used Critter Punnies...they are just the cutest critters!!!

 I used the same stencil as above, Hill Scene 2 Stencil

This trio of cards I used the new Leafy Background Stamp...amazing!!!
I heat embossed all three cards,  but colored them differently.  
The above card with Copic Markers... to me it resembles a peacock.
The card below I used distress oxides to watercolor. 
This reminds me of stained glass.
For this last card I simply heat embossed on vellum. Than I trimmed the leaves and
 placed them as shown.

Hop along with the Designers for some fun and fabulous creations!!!

Michelle: you are here

Thanks for stopping by!!!!


Friday, August 17, 2018

Paper Sweeties 6th Anniversay Blog Hop

Hello there!
I'm so excited to be part of Paper Sweeties 6th Birthday Celebration!!!

Congratulations Debbie!!!! 
Thank you for inviting me!!!
To help celebrate this wonderful milestone, Paper Sweeties has some great things planned all month long!
I created my own watercolored striped background using distress oxide inks
in shades picked raspberry and peacock feathers.
I stamped the wreath trwice from the set Kindness Matters and colored them with 
Copic Markers in shades RV63, RV66, BG45, YR24, E35. I trimmed up the wreath to seperate the leaves and flowers.
I embossed the sentiment stamp, Wish, with gold embossing powder.
 I trimmed up the sentiment. 
I die cut Sweet Cuts Circle Scallop Frame and decorated it with the stamped flowers and leaves, sequins and Nuvo Drops.

Play along with the Sweeties DT and guest DT for a chance to win $100 shopping spree @PaperSweeties! Click the link and upload your new project!!!
Hope you are following along the Blog Hop and having fun! 

August 1st - Planner Design Team Posts
August 2nd - Amy Tsuruta
August 10th - Annette Witherspoon
August 13th - Jill Norwood
August 14th - Release Design Team Posts
August 15th - Release Design Team Posts
August 16th - Release Design Team Posts
August 17th - Michelle Bala

August 19th - Karen Letchworth
August 20th - Tracey McNeely
August 21st - Pattie Goldman
August 25th - Michele Henderson
August 27th - Lori Hairston
August 28th - Kathy Schweinfurth
August 29th - Lori Turner
August 30th - Nancy Salkeld

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!!!