Dazzling Diva #35 Holiday Cheer

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


It's time for another Add a Little Dazzle Dazzling Diva Challenge.  And continuing on with our Christmas in July theme...here's a little inspiration:


Don't you just love those lacy cookies?  Looks like a yummy little tea party doesn't it?

I started by embossing the background with a Christmas bauble embossing folder and heat embossing the sentiment.  Then I cut little bits of my Pucker Me Pink craft metal sheets and embossed them too.  Once I fussy cut them, I sanded them to bring out the backing color.  They were adhered to the card with Ranger Glossy Accents.

Next, I die cut the little bows in Precious Pearl and adhered them with Glossy Accents.   Then added a little added sparkle with a rhinestone to the center of each and done!

Would love to see you join us for this fun challenge!  Use of  AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them!  There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs and if you're looking to do a little shopping there's a special Week Four Christmas in July package which includes six sheets of Pucker Me Pink craft metals sheets and six sheets of  Precious Pearl craft metal sheets. Also, as a bonus you will receive pdf tutorials with wonderful Christmas card ideas using these colors.  The pdfs are available immediately for download when you place an order.  Add a Little Dazzle craft metals sheets are available here.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow White
Ink:  Encore Metallic Silver
Stamps:  Verve Joyous Noel
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Couture Creations Baubles embossing folder, Lil' Inker Designs Bunnies & Bows die set, AALD Pucker Me Pink craft metal sheet, AALD Precious Pearl craft metal sheet, Ranger Glossy Accents, WOW Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat gun, Tim Holtz Tonic craft scissors, Tim Holtz sanding block

Challenges:
Add a Little Dazzle Dazzling Diva #35

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More Exciting News

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Whoo hooo...more wonderful news.  I'm now a member of the Add a Little Dazzle Design Team and this is my first post as a Dazzling Diva!  I am so blessed to be a part of the wonderul Design Team! Such a lovely group of talented designers! This month we are celebrating Christmas in July and here's our inspiration for this week:


Add a Little Dazzle carries a whole line of metal craft sheets in a fabulous range of colors.  Today I've used Baby Blue for the die cut snowflake, Wonderous White for the embossed strip, and the back of a sheet for the die cut sentiment.  FYI, the backs of all sheets are the aluminum color.

An embossed background, a smattering of stars (what no sequins Lee-Anne?) and done!

Would love to see you join us for this fun challenge!  Use of  AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them!  There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs and if you're looking to do a little shopping there's a special Week Three Christmas in July package which includes six sheets of Baby Blue craft metals sheets and six sheets of Wonderous White craft metal sheets. Also, as a bonus you will receive pdf tutorials with wonderful Christmas card ideas using these colors.  The pdfs are available immediately for download when you place an order.  Add a Little Dazzle craft metals sheets are available here.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. black
Ink:  none
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Add a Little Dazzle Baby Blue craft metal sheet, Add a Little Dazzle Wonderous White craft metal sheet, Simon Says Stamp Eliza snowflake die, Sizzix Dot Swirl embossing folder, Tim Holtz Candy stripes embossing folder, Lil' Inker Designs Joy word die, Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars, Ranger Glossy Accents and ATG adhesive

Challenges:
Dazzling Diva Challenge #34
Shopping Our Stash #160:  can't put it down (In my case that would be my Big Shot Pro and die-cuts...never met a die I didn't like!)
Virginia's View Challenge:  die cuts

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Playing with Gelatos

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


It's time for another Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge...today it's a CAS challenge.

Three digis are up for grabs from our fabulous sponsor for the week:



Haven't played with my Gelatos for a while, so thought it was time.  Three different colors were scribbled on my craft mat and lightly misted with water.  Then, using a small paint brush, I picked up the colors and dotted them on my flowers and leaves, just sort of randomly.

Next comes a liberal dose of Wink of Stella for some real sparkle, a stamped sentiment and a smattering of sequins.  And for something different, I layered it over a colored card base for a change.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock and SU! Certainly Celery
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black and Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Penny Black Charming and Altenew Label Love
All the other stuff:  Margarita Mix, Snow Cone and Metallic Mint Gelatos; water mister, paint brush, Wink of Stella, Pretty Pink Posh aquamarine sequins and adhesive

Challenges entered:
Addicted to Stamps & More #104:  CAS

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Belated Happy Birthday, Darnell!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


I've been wanting to get a card made for Darnell's birthday for a few days and finally found some time! Darnell, you are such a treasure...love your sense of humor and your art...so happy to be honoring you today!  Happy Birthday! You can find her blog right here.

A very simple CAS design. Yes, I know...shocking right?

It starts out with a stenciled background.  It's just been inked in a few selective spots with some Distress Ink.  Next, I added three shades of Distress Paint to my stamp and lightly misted with water.  Love how the Distress Paints react with water, really provides a lot of texture!  Then, once that was dry, I added a bit of Gold Mica Flake to each of the flowers with a palette knife.  A simple stamped sentiment and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and Distress Watercolor Cardstock
Ink:  Stormy Sky Distress Ink, Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Rubbernecker Multicolor Poppies and Avery Elle Brushed
All the other stuff:  TCW Sketch Grid stencil, mini inking tool, Weather Wood Distress Paint, Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint, Peacock Feathers Distress Paint, Golden Acrylics Gold Mica Flake (small), water mister, palette knife

Challenges entered:
The Mixed Media Card Challenge

Splitcoast Stampers CAS280 - Karen Dunbrook featured stamper

Happy Birthday, Kylie!

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Today, we are celebrating a very special birthday!  Loll  has set up a Linky Party to celebrate Kylie's birthday!  Kylie is our amazing leader over at the Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYLIE!


May your day be full of love, laughter and joy!

My card has been made with a couple stencils and Distress Inks.  I first sponged some Squeezed Lemonade through the flower part of the stencil, then added some Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade.  The stems and leaves are sponged with Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn.

Next, I placed another stencil (dots) over top and sponged more of the Spiced Marmalade through it.  The buds were sponged with Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade.

Then, a simple stamped sentiment...yes I know...I use these a lot...love this set from Altenew!  And a smattering of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  Altenew Label Love
All the other stuff:  Penny Black Sun Catcher stencil; Memory Box Zippy Dots stencil; mini sponging tool, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks; adhesive and Pretty Pink Posh Christmas Mix sequins.

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So Excited

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Well I'm just bursting with excitement today.  This is my first post as a Design Team member for Addicted to Stamps and More!  What a wonderful group of talented designers...lucky me to be working with them!

The challenge for this week...make your mark:



I chose to work with Distress Markers today and do some simple misted watercoloring.  You never know what you're going to get with this technique...it's always a surprise!  I added three different shades of pinks and purples, as well as two shades of green to my stamp and misted it three times. Then it was stamped onto some Distress Watercolor Cardstock, which happens to be my favorite paper for this technique.

A simple stamped sentiment, a smattering of sequins and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Distress Watercolor Cardstock and Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Rubbernecker Stamps - 4 Poppies, Altenew - Label Love
All the other stuff:  Distress Markers in Milled Lavender, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, and Peeled Paint; water mister, Tombow adhesive, foam adhesive and Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins

Challenges entered:
ATSM 102 - Make Your Mark

So please come play along with us...would love to see what you come up with!

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A little bloggy break

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Hello my sweet friends...life's getting in the way of stamping for a while...I'll be back blogging as soon as I can.

In the meantime, hope you all are enjoying your summer...till soon...