Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hi everyone and welcome to the Craftin' Desert Divas Blog.  It's Christine here with a fun card to share with you today.  I'm a lawyer, but recently made the leap to make crafting my full time job and I haven't looked back since.  I'm thrilled to be working with Craftin' Desert Divas.  I hope you enjoy my card for today.


This card uses some images from the utterly adorable Coffee Wizards Stamp Set.  Here's a full view of the stamp set:




How adorable are these little guys?  I Just love them.  Here's my card for today:





To create this card, I first colored the adorable images with my Zigs and a water brush.  I then used my Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink, my Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink, and my Cracked Pistashio Distress Oxide Ink to create the background.  I then used some water to create the distressed look.  I then used the Fancy Frame Dies to cut out both layers (the image panel and the brown cardstock underneath).  I adhered my images with dimensional tape and then added some sequins from the Beyond the Horizon Sequin Mix.  What do you think?


Well, I sure hope you enjoyed today's card.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by the Craftin' Desert Divas Blog.  Have a wonderful day :)


Hugs, Christine



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Video Tutorial: Creating a fun watercolor scene on your card using Gansai Tambi watercolor paints

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful week!  I have a video tutorial today to share how I created a fun desert sunset scene using Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.  Here's the video:



And here are some pictures of the finished card:





The adorable images came from Craftin' Desert Divas new release.  This particular set is called Wild West and I love it!  I colored all the images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I used Black, Light Pink, Dark Pink, Pink, Yellow, Brown, and Light Gray for the raccoon sheriff.  For the horse, I used Dark Brown, Light Brown, Brown, and Yellow.  For the Saloon, I used Pink and Light Brown.  I used my water brush to assist with coloring all the images.  I also added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh (friendship mix). 


Monday, June 26, 2017

Video Tutorial - Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit- Several Card Samples + GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone!  I have some fun card samples to share today using the June, 2017 Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit.  Here's my video:

And here are some pictures:



















I'm doing a giveaway.  Simply leave a comment here on this blog post for a chance to win the awesome Hero Arts dies depicted in the video.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by!  Big hugs!


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Video Tutorial: Creating a Fun Coffee Scene on your Card with Watercolors and Craftin' Desert Divas Stamps

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  I have a fun new video to share with you today using some watercolor techniques and some brand new stamps from Craftin' Desert Divas.  Today, I used the adorable Coffee Wizards Stamp Set.  How cute is this set?!?! :)  I did some water coloring in the background using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I then water colored the cute goat and coffee bag using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I used Violet, Deep Violet, Brown, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Yellow, Blue, Light Pink, and Gray to color the images.  Here's my video tutorial:

And here are some pictures:



I also added some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen to the water colored background, once it dried, and to the critter, added some Glossy Accents to the coffee, and then adhered the whole panel (which I cut out using the fancy frame dies from Craftin' Desert Divas), onto a brown notecard (which I cut from Chocolate Chip cardstock from Stampin' Up!).  I added some sequins and some a piece of twine.  What do you think?
Well, that's it from me today.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll catch you back here tomorrow for another video :)


Hugs, Christine

Friday, June 23, 2017

Video Tutorial - Sneak Peek New Release from Craftin' Desert Divas

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful week and have something fun or crafty planned for the weekend :)  I'm so excited to be sharing another card for Craftin' Desert Divas featuring a brand new soon to be released stamp set called Coffee Wizards!  How adorable is this stamp set!  All of this week's new releases will be available today at 3:00 p.m. EST over at Craftin' Desert Divas.  I did a video tutorial for today's card so here it is:



And here are some photographs:





I first cut out a rectangle using the fancy frames die set from Craftin' Desert Divas.  I then stamped all the images with Hero Arts Black Dye Ink.  I then colored the images with my Zig markers and a water brush.  I used Black, Violet, Yellow, Brown, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Light Blue, Light Gray and Light Pink.  I then masked off the images and did some distress ink blending with my Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink.  I then adhered some sequins (the purple ones are from a new pack available from Craftin' Desert Divas with this new release) and the adhered the panel to a standard notecard. What do you think?


Well, that's it from me today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  I'll be back tomorrow with another video! :)


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Video Tutorial - Sneak Peek: New Release from Craftin' Desert Divas

Hi everyone!  I hope your week is going well.  I have a fun card to share with you today.  I am honored and thrilled to share with you that I am a new member on the Craftin' Desert Divas design team.  I am sharing a video tutorial today on a new card I made using the brand new soon to be released Monster Carnival stamp set.  This set was so fun.  The card I made is super simple and would easily have fit into one video . . . unfortunately, I was having some cameral problems and had to split it into two videos.  Here's Part One:





And Part Two:





And here are some pictures:



I stamped the adorable images with my Hero Arts Dye black ink and then colored them with my Zig markers.  For the monster, I used Oragne and LIght Pink and for the cotton candy stand, I used Light Pink, Light Blue, Orange, Light Brown, and Deep Brown.  I created my distress oxide background using Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade distress inks.  I used Nuvo Drops to create the enamel looking dots.  What do you think?


Well, that's it from me today.  I hope you enjoy the videos.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Video Tutorial: Watercolor Large Peony Stamp from The Ton with Zig Markers

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a wonderful week.  I have a new video tutorial to share with you today showing how I colored this gorgeous peony flower from The Ton Stamps with my Zig markers.  I also show how I created the distress inked background.  Here's the video:



I first embossed the flower and leaves onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock with Wow Metallic Gold Sparkle embossing powder.  I then used Pink, Light Pink, and Olive Green Zig Markers and a water brush to color the flower and leaves.  I then used the coordinating dies to cut the flower and leaves out.  To create the distress background, I used Spun Sugar distress ink and Work Lipstick distress oxide ink and some gold flecks of paint from the Starry Colors Gansai Tambi pearl paint set.  Here are some pictures:





I hope you enjoy the card and the video.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  I'll see you in the next video. 


Hugs, Christine

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Video Tutorials: Watercolor Background and Zig Marker Coloring

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  I have two videos to share with you today to share how I created a scene using adorable Anne of Green Gables stamps from Kindred Stamps.  In Part One, I share how I created the background using Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.  Here's Part One:

And in Part Two, I share how I colored the characters using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Here's Part Two:

And some pictures:







I really hope you enjoyed today's card.  This was really just me playing around with my watercolor paints and seeing what I could come up with.  It was really  fun and I hope you'll give it a try.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll catch you in the next video!


Monday, June 12, 2017

Unboxing Video - June 2017 My Monthly Hero Card Kit from Hero Arts

Hi everyone,
I have a super quick video to share with you today showing the contents of the brand new My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts.  Enjoy!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Video Tutorial + Giveaway - Using Fine Tec Watercolors with Simon Says Stamp Floral Bliss Stamp Set

Hi everyone!  I have a fun video tutorial to share with you today using the brand new Floral Bliss stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and Fine Tec Pearlescent Watercolor paints.  Here's my video:

And here are some pictures:



I first stamped the gorgeous floral image onto black cardstock using Versamark ink.  I then embossed the image with gold embossing powder.  I then used my Silver Round Size 4 paint brush and my Fine Tec Pearlescent paints to color the image.  I then heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder, added a strip of gold glimmer paper (from Stampin' Up) and added some design paper from a Recollections paper pad.  I also added some sequins from my stash.  What do you think?


I also have a giveaway going on.  This brand new Floral Bliss stamp set can be yours!




All you have to do to be entered is to subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave a comment on this video.  The video is linked above, or you can click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn28KX9cWRQ.  Thanks so much for watching and for stopping by and I'll catch you in the next video :)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Video Tutorial - Emboss Resist and Double Embossing Techniques

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your week.  I have a super simple card to share with you today and I did a video tutorial on how I created this card using two techniques: emboss resist and what I call "double embossing."  Here is a link to my video:

And here are some pictures:








The background stamp is the Flora Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp.  I embossed that with white embossing powder, then sponged Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick ink over the image for the emboss resist technique.  The sentiment is from Neat and Tangled's So Lucky stamp set.  I first embossed it with white embossing powder (except for the black, that one I first embossed clear), then embossed it with Taffeta Pink Wow embossing powder.  I added some sequins, and there you have a super simple, but fun and sparkly card.  What do you think?

Well, I hope you enjoyed this simple technique for today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by.  Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Video Tutorial - Creating a Galaxy Background with Watercolor and Lawn Fawn Stamps

Hi everyone!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Today I have a two part video tutorial on how I created a galaxy background with this brand new adorable Upon a Star stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  In Part One, I demonstrate how I created the background with water coloring and distress inks.  In Part Two, I show how I created the grass and how I colored the critters. 
Part One:



Part Two:

And here are some pictures:



And here's the one I created on camera (it's so neat that each time you do this technique, it turns out differently!):




To create the background, I water colored using Salty Ocean,  Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot distress inks.  I also spashed some white acrylic paint and some gold and silver paint from Gansai Tambi Starry Colors paint palette.  For the grass, I sponged on Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles distress inks and spritzed some water.  I then put some Black Soot ink on to create a shadow using a sponge dauber.  I used Lawn Fawn dies to cut out my rectangle and my grass.  I colored my fox and my bunny using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  For the fox, I used Deep Red and Brown.  For the Bunny, I used Gray, Light Gray, and Almond Pink.  I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I stamped some of the constellations on the background and embossed them with white embossing powder.  I also white embossed the sentiment (also from the stamp set).  Finally, I added some sequins.  What do you think?


Well, that's it from me today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by and I'll catch you in the next video!


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