Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter Coffee Lover Blog Hop


Hello Everyone!! It's Lindsay here, from the Digi DT Team, and if you haven't heard, today is the first day of the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!! If you're unfamiliar with the Blog Hop, it is a quarterly blog hop that anyone can link up a card to. The only requirement is that you use coffee, tea, &/or cocoa related images and the theme this time is "Winter". As always there are soo many great sponsors and a ton of giveaways and a lot of love is always given to your entries! The Craftin' Desert Divas shop has a lot of digital stamps and stamp sets that will work so well for this theme, especially the "Ice Bear" image I am using today. I also happened to need a Get Well card (it's that time of year when everyone is sick!!) so I decided to incorporate that into my card as well! Make sure you watch the video tutorial to see exactly how I made today's card!!



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I started this card in Photoshop Elements. After bringing in the "Ice Bear" digital stamp to a new panel, I enlarged it slightly and then printed it off onto watercolor paper with NO crop marks. Before sending watercolor paper through your printer, you will want to make sure your printer can handle the thickness.
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I didn't print crop marks with this panel because I wanted to do some die cutting with the "Fancy Frames" dies, but didn't want the chance of the crop marks ending up on my die cut panel. After running the panel through my Big Shot I got to work on watercoloring. I used a mixture of Distress Markers and Distress Mini Ink Pads to do my watercolor. Because this is an overly clean and simple card, I did put quite a lot of time and energy into the coloring, adding two to three layers of color. Also, while watercoloring I did lose a lot of my printed lines, but that was an easy fix!finished-card-2
Because a laser printer requires heat to set the toner and watercolor is quite a lot thicker than your traditional paper, the toner does not set very well. In order to fix the now faint lines, I used a Micron pen to trace all the lines of the stamp. You could do this before coloring, as long as you use a black pen that will not bleed with your coloring medium, but I like to do it after to fix any bleed or little mistakes I might've had! Finally, to add a bit more interest I drew in a few little dots and lines with my white gel pen. I also coloring in each snowflake and the little pom on top of the bear's hat to really whiten them up!
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For my sentiment I used black dye ink and the "Wishful Thoughts" stamp set. These types of build your own sentiment sets are my absolute favorite! To help with placement I like to first stamp each different part on a piece of acetate and then I can play around with where I want to stamp each part, before making the commitment! I used my MISTI to stamp down the sentiment, once I had figured out the placement and finally started putting the card together. I mounted an A2 black cardstock panel on the front of an A2 white top folding card base and then the watercolor panel directly in the center with fun foam and double sided adhesive!
I hope you all enjoyed today's video tutorial and if you haven't already, make sure to head over to the CDD shop and take a peek at all the coffee/tea/cocoa themed stamps they have to offer! 

Craftin Desert Divas is also giving this adorable new Java Fox digital stamp as a freebie...

Use Code: Coffee 

Be sure to color up this cutie for the hop and also join us in the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery group on Facebook as we'd love for you to share it with us. 


If you're interested in the CDD products I used on today's card they're all linked up below!! Thanks for having me today!! Happy Crafting!!
winter_bear__77135-1478459364-1280-1280
wishful_thoughts__57508-1459886364-500-750
fancy_frame_dies__07267-1439496600-500-750

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dragon LED candle lantern

Hi everyone, DT member Jeanin here with another fun project. I thought the dragons from the new "Dragon Festival" stamp set would be perfect to decorate a lantern. So I created a simple lantern cutting file and cut it from dark red card stock. More information on how to get the cutting file will be below.


Then, I cut four pieces of vellum which were a bit larger than each window of the lantern to be able to glue to the inside. Before assembling, I decorated each window and stamped the cute dragons, lanterns, and Chinese symbols on the vellum with VersaMark ink and embossed them with white embossing powder.

I also did some basic Copic coloring with red and yellow markers. Tip: To avoid coloring the white embossing powder color the images from the back side. 


Then I adhered each vellum piece to the frames and assembled the lantern.

Please only use these lanterns with LED candles and NO real candles due to fire hazards. 

You can download the cutting file for the lantern from my website here.




Wednesday, December 7, 2016

From All Of Us

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a great week so far.  Christmas is drawing nearer so todays card is a Christmas card.  You can find everything at the 

I used the following CDD Items
Santa's Helpers Stamp Set

Here is my card

I colored my images with Spectrum Noir Markers and colored pencils.  I made a scene combining my digis and stamps.  I used some twine to make my gingerbread garland.  The sentiment was stamped with black ink.





Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Candy Cane Wishes




Hi and welcome, everyone! Lisa from The Relativity of Paper spreading Candy Cane Wishes around for everyone.

Have you seen the new Hello You Stamps? Here's one of the sweet girls all ready for Christmas in her red dress and bow. I also used the new Inside Scalloped Square Dies to create the shaker. I did a quick video to share a fun tip while using these dies!  






Here are the products used:
Hello You


Sweet Season

Flag Banner Dies

Inside Scalloped Square Dies

Here Comes Santa Claus Paper Pad

Holly Jolly Sequins



CARD BASE:
  • 5"x 5" card base 
LAYERS:
  •  Die-cut patterned paper using CDD Inside Scalloped Square Dies with the two largest dies (see video)
  • Die-cut banners from CDD Flag Banner Dies 
  • Lay Washi Tape down on white paper and die-cut using CDD Flag Banner Dies
  • Using SVG Outline for Hello You Stamps cut outline to be stamped 

STAMP:

  • Using the Mini Misti stamp image on X-Press Blend It Cardstock
  • Color using COPIC Markers
  • Using the Mini Misti Stamp sentiment on banner 
  • Stamp Candy Cane inside card and color COPICS

ASSEMBLE:
  • Add largest die-cut frame to card base
  • Cut acetate large enough to fit frames, add adhesive to frames and secure frames to acetate
  • Add 3D Mounting Foam to acetate to create shaker
  • Add sequins lay on card base and then secure frames with acetate over sequins by aligning all edges, press firmly to create a tight bond
  • Add colored image and die-cut banners





Monday, December 5, 2016

Celebrate

Hi everyone!!

I hope your weekend has gone great! It´s Noe here and I´m delighted to be able to be in the CDD blog today sharing a new project with you. Do you fancy a sweet Christmas card to start the week well and get some inspiration for your Christmas cards ??

When I saw this cute penguin in the store, I felt love at first sight .... it´s  so tender .... and at the same time so much fun !!


To create my scene I have also used the Christmas tree of the Christmas Accessories Digital Set, for sure, an essential set for your cards! The balls of the tree were contoured with pva glue on which I added some glitter.

With "Scallop Stitched Borders" I created a snowy slope. On a blue background paper I have drawn stars with the Minc Marker to add on them silvery foil. Finally I have framed my scene with  "Picture frame" die and added some beautiful "Shimmer" sequins, certainly my favorites sequins!

Supply list:

http://craftindesertdivas.com/christmas-accessories-digital-stamp/http://craftindesertdivas.com/chilly-gift-digital-stamp/
http://craftindesertdivas.com/stitched-scallop-dies/http://craftindesertdivas.com/picture-frame-die/
http://craftindesertdivas.com/shimmer-sequins/http://craftindesertdivas.com/say-it-big/

I hope you like my card! It´s very easy to make!!

Happy Monday and happy crafting!!


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Coal Rice Krispie Treat Tags

Hello Everyone!! It is Lindsay from the Digi DT here today sharing some very easy tags and treats for a classroom gift! Traditionally, I try and do a non candy treat, but this time I just couldn't help myself! As soon as I spotted the "Naughty or Nice" Digital Stamp I knew exactly the treats my kiddo would be handing out! I do have to warn you, we live in a very small town and I only have to make about 25 treats, but make sure to watch the video for some tips on speeding up and making the process a bit easier if you have a larger group!

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I started in Photoshop Elements and opened a new 3" x 3" panel and then placed on the coal bag image from the "Naughty and Nice" digital stamp set. After centering the image on the panel I typed out my first sentiment "Merry Christmas" and gave it a bit of an arc. I also added a negative arc to the bottom sentiment "From: Brennon" (You can, of course, substitute in any name here) and then centered everything up. When I was happy with the way the tag looked I flattened the images by right clicking on the background layer and choosing "Flatten Image".
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You could choose to print these off individually, but that would waste quite a bit of paper, so I like to fill up an entire 8.5" x 11" inch panel with the tags and then print. All you need to do is open a new blank 8.5" x 11" panel and then drag and drop your tag from the Photo Bin. Then, duplicate the tag until your paper if filled, I could fit about six. You just want to make sure to leave enough space in between each one for trimming or die cutting. Finally, flatten this panel one last time and then print, making sure to use a printer that will correspond with your coloring medium.
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I die cut each tag with a 3" circle die and also die cut red cardstock with a 3.5" circle die. After quickly coloring in my image with my alcohol markers, you can use whatever coloring medium is the fastest for you, I put a light layer of Wink of Stella over the coal bag for some sparkle. Then, I simply adhered my white circle die cut onto the red die cut circle with double sided adhesive, punched a hole in the top center and threaded through some black and white baker's twine.
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For the "treat" portion of this project I made some coal lumps, which are just rice krispie treats that I dyed black with black food coloring and rolled into balls. After letting them set up for a few minutes, I wrapped the ball in a square of plastic wrap (I tried glassine bags, but found they stick to the sides the bag) and tied the coal tag tightly around the top to seal out any air.
This was quite a fun project to make, and my kiddo approves of them! If you're interested in the digital stamp I used on the tags, it is linked below! Thanks for having me today and I hope you all enjoyed the video tutorial and the final results! Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Merry Christmas


Can you believe it's December already??  Christmas is right around the corner and it's time for a new challenge over at Craftin Desert Divas #CDDMONTHLY !  Look at that beautiful mood board... now there's some inspiration!  Here's how it inspired me:


I love to mix and match the CDD digital stamps with the clear stamps!  Between the two there are so many choices!  Here I used the Chilly Gift Digital Stamp (that cute little penguin), the Christmas Accessories Digital Stamps (the tree, the presents, and the fireplace) with the Santa's Helpers clear stamps (the little penguin, the light strand, and the sentiment) and the Christmas Cheer clear stamps (the snowglobe, the candy cane with the holly on it, the candy and that cute little santa doll).  Throw in a few of the fantastic CDD dies and you've got yourself Christmas Morning!


CDD Dies are also some of my very favorites!  I used the Picture Frame Dies for my window and I popped it up and made a shaker... a real one this time... and filled it with my most favorite CDD Shimmer Sequins... it's snowing outside you know!  I used lots of sparkly and gold stickles on my presents, penguin's hat, and the tree of course!


That adorable little penguin just loves his new Santa doll!  I used many different thicknesses of popup tape to add many layers of dimension... I even cut the inside of my fireplace out and popped up the fireplace and mantle.  Love those lights from the Santa's Helpers set too... I stamped three of them together and cut them out.  Then I added a little liquid glass to the bulbs.


Another one of my favorite die sets is the Scribbled Circle Dies... I used the small one as a wreath and added some of the holly leaves and berries from the candy cane stamp.  And that snow globe.. adorable right??  I'd put that on my mantle!

Thanks for stopping by and please do play along with us in the Facebook Gallery!  If you aren't a member, just request it... there is so much inspiration there... the challenge... new releases and lots and lots of artwork by Design Team and fans alike!

And here are links to the CDD Products I've used here:

Chilly Gift Digital Stamp http://craftindesertdivas.com/chilly-gift-digital-stamp/
Christmas Accessories Digital Stamp Set http://craftindesertdivas.com/christmas-accessories-digital-stamp/
Santa's Helpers Clear Stamp Set http://craftindesertdivas.com/santas-helpers/
Christmas Cheer Stamp Set http://craftindesertdivas.com/christmas-cheer/
Picture Frame Dies http://craftindesertdivas.com/picture-frame-die/
Scribbles Circle Dies http://craftindesertdivas.com/scribbled-circle-dies/
Shimmer Sequins http://craftindesertdivas.com/shimmer-sequins/

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