Wednesday, October 18, 2017

DT Cheryl Top 5 Favorite Crafty Tools

Hello Crafty Friends! It's DT member Cheryl here to share some of my favorite crafty things that I use for my planner layouts! Of course my most favorite crafty items are STAMPS, but I'll share a few essential items that I use regularly in my planner layouts!

Sticker Paper - planner pages can't take certain coloring mediums so it's always safest to stamp onto sticker paper, color, then fussy cut. (Sorry no picture since it just looks like a piece of paper! :P)

Fiskars Swivel blade cutting tool -before I got a electronic cutter to fussy cut my stamped images, I used this cutting tool to fussy cut my images. It works really well for sticker paper! It's so much faster than using scissors! It's as simple and fast as tracing an image, but requires a lot of pressure for cardstock. You can find this cutter at most craft stores with their cutting tools. It's pretty cheap too!

Brush pens - I'm a big fan of brush lettering and try to use it in my layouts when I can.

Distress Inks - distress inks are so fun to use in planner pages and I love how you can add a lot of colors, even dark ones, and it doesn't bleed or shadow on the other side of the page. I have tried to add droplets of water to activate the inks, with a very light hand and a quick blot you won't cause any damage to your planner page. ;)  I also love that the color is build-able so you can create a gradient or air brush effect.

Washi Tape - I think washi tape is an essential item for planner decorating! But beware of the slippery slope! it's addictive! Sometimes I let washi tape drive the colors I use which is great because I can be so indecisive! Washi tape is great for adding accents to the paper and great for making dividers and covering up mistakes too!

Putting it all together:

First I stamped out the cuties from the Weather Gnomes clear stamp set onto sticker paper and then I fussy cut the images using the swivel blade cutting tool.
Then I wrote in the month and letters for the days of the week using brush pens:

 Next I used distress inks to create a night and day sky effect, if you're new to distress inks, here's an example of building the color. Don't get discouraged if it doesn't look great at first! Just keep building the colors and I promise it'll look great! It's a good idea to mask or somehow isolate the areas you want colored. I made an oopsies and got some ink on the left page :X

Then I added some washi tape to the bottom of the left sheet to cover up some of the white space I had:

Here's the completed layout! I hope you found this post informative and inspires you to try something new for your planner layouts! 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DT Ale Top 5 Favorite Crafty Tools

Hello everyone! DT Ale here today sharing my top 5 favourite crafty tools / items. So while preparing for this blog post I thought it will be hard to find 5 item and to call them favourite :) when I start crafting I don't think that I used this, or that because are my favourites , I just grab the things and make my cards :)) I know this might sound crazy but I craft at night :)) after my 3 kids sleep and after I do all the other chores I have :) But how ever here are some of the things that I use almost every time I get to craft : First I will start with 1. Inks  My most used ink was Memento tuxedo black ink, and I still like it but I was searching for an ink that I am able to used both with Alcohol Markers and water colors . So I found My favourite things Hybrid ink and it became instant my favourite ! Love the idea of having only one black ink that I can use for both markers or watercolors , because my space is limited :)
Next on top of my list are Distress inks 

I used the on all my cards I am pretty addicted to ink blending and every time I am able I will do a bit of ink blending . I don't own all the colors but here are my most used ones , and if I will need another color I will use my Memento dew drops inks which are also easy to blend , affordable and come into a variety of colours .

Versa Mark ink , Heat gun and embossing powders 
Ok I couldn't mention inks without saying that Versa Mark along with embossing powders and heat gun is a really must have :) 
Love how you can make a sentiment pop from a dark background using white embossing powder , or how you can add details to a coloured background just by stamping using Versa mark without heat setting or using embossing powder .
One of the techniques that I used pretty often is embossing and then water coloring . This is one of my favourites .

And because I am talking about inks I need to talk about coloring mediums and my favourites are 2. Alcohol Markers - Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers For me these markers are the most used . I always tend to grab them first for coloring an image . They are affordable , come in a variety of colors and bled beautiful together . But just a little thing to keep in mind with this markers : when I first purchase these they had refills , which was amazing in my opinion , but currently they discontinued the reffils and I don't know when/ if  they will bring them back
Water coloring - Stabilo Markers 
This will may surprise you , since Zigs markers are very popular now , but I really enjoy using Stabilo Markers when it comes to water color with markers . They are cheap , can be found at the local crafting store and they come in a variety of colours. 
On watercolor paper they blend beautifuly and you can choosed if to use water or just blend the colors together just like Zig markers . 
One thing to keep in mind with this markers is that they only blend with watercolor paper and that their colours will fade with time .
Pencils - Polychromos 
So this ones are some currently favourites . I can now say that they are amazing and that I am very impressed with the result . While thinking which brand of pencils I should buy most people recommended Polychromos , and now I understand why : they are high quality pencils , they have a large variety of colours and the final result is simply amazing .
One thing to keep in mind is that layering the colours with the pencils may take some time , so try to be patient and don't add too much pressure .
Also I really enjoy using Gel pens to add details to the images that I color. So the black gel pen is amazing for adding eye details and the white gel pen I use to add highlights and dots to the cheeks
3. Big Shot and dies 
Now something that make me love a lot more card making and definitely a game changer is Big Shot maschine and the dies . The finished look that you get by die cutting your panels , words dies , border dies I very hard to achieve by using your scissors . My currently most used dies are this 2 from Craftin Desert Divas , which I really think they are must have Crazy Stitched frame dies Fancy frame dies
4. Glue 
Something that I really enjoy using is Glossy accents which is perfect to adhere your images or panels but also works very well with adding details to your projects . I am also loving Multi Medium Matte but currently I used it all ( need to order more :)) it's perfect to adhere sequins and acetate because dries matt 
5. Embellishments 
I really like my cards to be simple , and not really use lots of embellishments but recently discovered Nuvo drops  and I love the look of them . I like that you can put them straight to your project or how I did here ( put them on a piece of acetate and let them dry 24 h and then adhere them to the projects )
Probably my most used embellishments are the Sequins I love to use them for my cards to add a finished look to the card or use them for the shaker cards.
Now just want to share with you how my finished card look 
Hope you like it
and hope you find this blog post helpful! Thank you so much for stopping by! And for sticking until the end I know is a very long post :)

Monday, October 16, 2017

DT Waleska Top 5 Favorite Adhesives

Hello CDD Friends, Waleska here to share with you a fun Halloween Card and also to share with you my top 6 favorite adhesives, (I couldn't just pick 5).  If you did not know we have a new feature at the Craftin Desert Divas blog, each week the Design Team will share different tips and favorites with you, this week's topic is "Top 5 Favorite Crafty Tools".  I wanted to share with you about adhesives and the great thing is that you can find almost all of this adhesives at the Craftin Desert Divas Shop Here.   This is my card:

My favorite adhesives are: Starting from the ones I use the most, #1 the Tonic Craft Tacky Glue I use this one for almost everything I glue on my cards, I like the size and the fine tip, #2 the Tombow Mono Multi, this one is great too but I think is too sticky when I get it in my fingers and is constantly clogged so what I do is I always have a pin on hand, that is why I switched to the Tonic Craft glue, #3 Glossy Accents this glue is awesome to adhere embellishments to your cards, specially sequins I find glossy accents holds very well almost all my embellishments and it dries very quick!, #4 The Quickie Glue Pen this one is great to adhere very fine detail dies or words, #5 the Aileen's Tacky Glue this one is great for projects with kids, and finally #6 the Multi Medium Matte glue which is also great and  very strong. 

You can find almost all of this adhesives at the Craftin Desert Divas shop, so you can include them on your cart when you shop and the prize point is great!!   Now for the  card I used two distress ink colors Wilted Violet and Spiced Marmalade with water splashes.  I die cut in black cardstock the spooky border from the  Harvest Border Dies and the path from the Scene Builder Dies, I then cut the house, the trees and the tombstones so I could  glue them to the hill border following the hill curve, to glue this very thin dies I used the Quickie glue pen.

I added the moon and the cute and spooky troll from Frightfully Sweet which is ready to trick or treat in that spooky house!!! I finally add the sentiment with the Flag Banner Dies and the Fall Harvest Sequins.

I hope you find this top 6 adhesive tips helpful and you can also be inspired to create some cute and spooky Halloween cards or projects!

Have a Spooktacular Day!!!

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