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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Decorate To Celebrate - Mother's Day

Today over at Decorate To Celebrate we are starting a new challenge
to help you get ready for Mother's Day!!!

What a wonderful way to pay tribute to our Mom's by creating something for her!

I have put together this flower pot by painting a terra cotta pot with some yellow acrylic paint
and filled it with rocks and some greenery.

The wooden tulips I painted brown and used Mod Podge to glue different paper to.
I inked around the edges with some brown chalk ink for added texture.

I painted some wooden dowel sticks with green acrylic paint and attached the flowers to them and stuck them in the pot in between the rocks for extra support.

The tulle comes from Hobby Lobby and I just tied that around in some big bows.

Super simple!

I hope you will join us and show us your decorations/creations!!!
And remember you can always show us Birthday party decorations,
just not cards or layouts!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Craftin' Desert Divas - Mother's Day Linky Party

Mother's Day Linky Party

Stamp Set

Any 3 Files
(Winner's Choice)
$15 Gift Certificate to her
SVG Shop

My Project:

Hello all you fellow Divas!
Welcome to another Linky Party for Craftin' Desert Divas!!!
Guess what's right around the corner?!?!
Mother's Day!
Can you believe it?!?!
My poor husband, we have our Anniversary, my Birthday, and Mother's Day 
all within 2 weeks of each other -
GREAT for me, not so much for him :)

Anyway, we all love our Mom's so why not show it by making a special card for her 
and showing all of us what you came up with!

My card was created using the Freshly Picked, Elegant Edges, and
Art Philosophy Cartridges.
My paper is all from Bo Bunny's Isabella 6x6 pad.
I used Prima flowers and some pearls from Recollection's.
The "Love You" stamp is from TPC's Greetings set and the 
"Happy Mother's Day" is from Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday set.

I am also going to link this up over at DL Art, Hiding In My Craft Room and Sisterhood of Crafters.

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

FCCB Challenge #208 - April Showers (Use An Umbrella)

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!

Challenge #208 April Showers

This Weeks Sponsor

Winner will receive their choice of 3 digital images
~This Weeks Challenge~
April Showers
Create a project using an umbrella

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.

Here is my project for the week:

I used Create A Friend for my little umbrella girl and Elegant Edges for the mat.
All my paper comes from My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary - Jack and Jill 6x6 pack.
My twine is from American Crafts and my sentiment is from
Craftin' Desert Divas Summer Lovin' stamp set.

I have a video for you to see how this card all came together.

I hope that you will join us over at FCCB this week for our April Showers/Use an Umbrella challenge!

I am also going to link this up to Little Scrap Pieces and CardzTV.

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

BBTB2 - Birthday Cakes

Well, it's Monday.
Hope your weekend was great and that you are ready to start the last week of April!!!
Today over at BBTB2 we have a super fun challenge for you - Birthday Cakes!!!
I myself am not a fan of cake - never really liked it - I've always LOVED Cheesecake and I do love a good pie - but cake and cupcakes have never been a temptation.  Call me weird, I know, but that's just me :)

I do, however, like to use cakes and cupcakes on my cards because there are SO MANY cute cute cute images on all the different cartridges Cricut has made.  So the cake I chose is from Everyday Pop Up Cards, and I know I have been using this cart on all of these challenges lately, but I LOVE it!!!  So fun!

Anyway, my pattern paper all comes from Crate Paper "Party Day" 6x6 pad,
and I really like the antique/aged look to the this paper.
The tones are so nice and now that I am writing this
think I should have inked up all my edges - Oh, well!

I rounded all my corners with The Paper Studio's Large Corner Rounder
and my sentiment stamp comes .from TPC's Greetings stamp set.
I just had an old button in my stash and tied some jute twine through for a bit of embellishment.

I hope that you will join us this week over at BBTB2 for this fun challenge!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Craftin' Desert Divas April Stamp Release Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to our second Craftin Desert Diva's stamp release blog hop!!!
 We are excited to share with you Tara's new April release stamps.
There are four new stamp sets that were released yesterday
And seriously, they are FABULOUS!!!

So without further ado here are the latest stamp sets:

Sugar & Spice -  you can purchase them HERE

Snips & Snails You can purchase HERE

Simply Said You can purchase HERE

Perfect Pair You can purchase HERE

Too Cute by Jessica has designed this adorable  We Go Together 2 pattern.
This set is made to match the CDD Perfect Pair stamps. 
You can purchase this pattern HERE.

Tara is giving away one stamp set each day.
Too Cute by Jessica is giving away $25 gift card to her store.
 (Regular priced items)

And if you purchase stamps by April 30th you will 

receive this Simply Spring pattern....


Just send an email to craftindesertdivas@gmail.com to claim your free pattern.

I'm the 5th stop on the hop today and I hope you enjoy these stamps as much as I do!
 A complete blog line up is located for you below my post in case you get lost along the way.

And now for my project....

I am so lucky to be working with the Simply Said stamp set
LOVE LOVE LOVE this set!!!
The "Smile" is just the cutest font and I had to pair it with the cute snail from Create A Critter.  The clouds are also from Create A Critter and I ran them through the Divine Swirls embossing folder and inked around the edges with some ColorBox Chalk Ink.  The paper is from Heidi Grace and the twine is from American Crafts.  This card truly does make me "Smile"

Next up on the Line Up is the amazing Karen.

Hopefully, you have been hoping with us since we started yesterday!

Winners will be picked from a different blog each day, so the more you comment the more chances you have to win.

You can purchase the stamp sets at Craftin Desert Diva's Shop

We'd love for you to share your projects using the CDD stamps over on the
 Facebook CDD Gallery

Blogs on the hop:



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Craftin' Desert Divas Stamp Release - Simply Said "Heartfelt Thanks"

I am so EXCITED!!!
Are you ready for more sneak peeks?
You are in for some FUN!!!

Welcome to Day 2 of this 4 Day April stamp release party!!!
Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at one of the four new stamp sets.
Then, on Saturday and Sunday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day.
The design team has some amazing creations to start this stamp release party.

Today we are showcasing the Simply Said stamp set.

All of the new stamps are 4x6 and Made in the USA.
Stamps will be available to order on Sunday.

We have a new store Craftin Desert Divas Shop and
Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group.
We would love for you to join us and share your creations with us using
Craftin Desert Diva's stamps.
In this group we show previews first, have giveaways and much more!!!

Here's my project I created:
I used Create A Friend, Create A Critter, Peachy Keen Stamps,
My Mind's Eye paper and American Crafts Twine to put this together.
I also inked the edges with Color Box Creamy Brown Chalk Ink and used
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink for the sentiment.

Isn't this font the greatest!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

Sneak Peek giveaway!!!

All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the better chance you have for winning!! Just click on the DT's name to get to their blog.

Tara will announce today's winner tomorrow. The winner will be picked from a different blog every day, so be sure to visit and leave comments.

Thank you all so much for joining us today and I hope you will come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks!!

I am also entering this card into the Exploring Cricut challenge.

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Chick

Happy Monday!!!
I hope everyone had a FABULOUS Easter weekend!
I know I did :)
It was crazy busy fun!!!

We have new challenges this week over at FCCB and BBTB2

Challenge #207 Easter or use a Bunny

This Weeks Sponsor
Aurora Wings Etsy Store

Winner will receive $10 in digital images
~This Weeks Challenge~
Create a project using a bunny or an Easter project

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.


Bitten by the Bug 2
Use a Bird on your Project

Here is my Project combining the challenges:

I used Celebrate with Flourish for my image and paper from Authentique. 
The twine comes from American Crafts and the sentiment is a Fiskars All Year Set.
The eggs are out of pink glitter paper here is the close up:

I hope that you will join us for the challenges and make sure you check out all the other projects from the design teams...they are fantastic!!!

I will be entering this card into the challenges over at
Die Cuttin' Divas
Cuttin' and Stampin'
Little Scrap Pieces

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cut It Up #43 Birthday Cards Challenge

Cut It Up

Challenge #43 Birthday Cards

May Arts Ribbon Trio

$15 Store Credit

My Project:
Happy Friday!
I am actually kind of glad to have a project that isn't Easter related :)
It was a nice change to put together this fun Birthday Card,
and I hope you will join us for this challenge over at Cut It Up!

I used Art Philosophy for the present cut out and the scallop border along the side.  I cut the border out at 1" and the present out at 2 1/2".  Most of the paper comes from My Mind's Eye Tangerine 6x6 pack and then some scraps that I had in my stash.  The layout is from Mojo Monday's sketch they issued this week, so I will be linking this up over there and My Craft Spot has a challenge to use a banner or tag.  I hope that the banners I used on my card will qualify :)  I will also enter this into Pause Dream Enjoy.  My twine is from American Crafts and I popped up my mats and present on some foam tape.  The pearls are from Michael's Recollection.

Thanks for checkin' in!

If you are interested in purchasing the Art Philosophy cartridge, or any Close to My Heart products,
you can do that HERE.

And remember, if you place an order of $50 or more you can get the Stamp of the Month for only $5!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Decorate To Celebrate - Easter Part 2

Happy Wednesday!
Today over at Decorate To Celebrate we have
another challenge for you
- Easter Part 2 -

I really do LOVE Easter and I always love adding 
to my decor collection for this holiday!

One of my favorite decor projects is to take a
4x4 ceramic tile from Home Depot
and decorate it up with paper and phrases and fun cuts!
For this tile, the paper (from The Paper Studio) had the perfect phrase,
so I just cut the cute little bunny and bird from
Stretch Your Imagination and added them to it.

I used Modge Podge to glue the paper to the tile,
then I popped up the cuts with some foam tape.
I tied a bow out of some tulle and hot glued it to the top,
as well as the tulle on the back to create the "hanger".

Doesn't get easier than that :)

Be sure to join us for this second part to our Easter Challenge 
and check out the design team projects -
they will for sure inspire you to create something fabulous!
As always, you can link up a Birthday project.

Thanks for checkin' in!

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Favorite Peep

Happy Monday and Welcome to another week of AMAZING challenges!!!

I just got back from a FABULOUS weekend getaway with my besties from High School...
went to Chicago and had an INCREDIBLE time!!!
Ate a TON of food and walked a couple (more like 10) MAGNIFICENT miles!!!
Saw some FANTASTIC art and all American landmarks - it was an AWESOME trip!!!

But it's time to get back to life and crafting :)
So today over at 
a new Linky Party has started up...
Color Inspiration
At least one color must be in project or use as many as you like!
Should be perfect for Easter projects :)

Artful Delights: A Card Kit

3GirlJam: $10 Gift Certificate

Resale Clip Art: $10 Gift Certificate

 AND over at FCCB


Challenge #206 Sketch Challenge

This Weeks Sponsor

Winner will receive 3 Digital Images.

~This Weeks Challenge~
Sketch Challenge
Create a project inspired by the following sketch:
Sketch is from Card Positioning Systems

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.

This was a fun sketch!

AND over at BBTB2

Bitten by the Bug 2
We want to see Easter Projects!

My Project:
I used Create A Critter for this cute little chick hatched from her egg and Elegant Edges from the fun border behind it.  The twine is from American Crafts and the paper comes from ki (Wal-Mart) Bright Geo 6x6 pack. The sentiment is from a $1 Studio G stamp set, and I LOVE it!

I hope you will join us over at Craftin' Desert Divas, FCCB, and BBTB2 for the challenges this week!

I am also going to be linking this up over at
Little Scrap Pieces
DL Art
Cuttin' and Stampin'

Thanks for checkin' in!!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

BBTB2 - Use A Bunny

Over at BBTB2 this week, we have a challenge to use a Bunny - so fun!
Every year I host the Egg Coloring Activity for the Egg Hunt on Easter.
I LOVE coloring eggs!
This is the invitation I made for it for all my nieces and nephews.
I used the bunny from Create A Critter 2 as well as the basket, eggs, and "Egg Hunt" phrase.
My paper comes from Hobby Lobby.
I just printed out the invite from my computer and adhered it on the back.
It's just a 5x5 postcard front and back.

I hope that you will join us for this challenge!!!

I will also be entering this into Little Scrap Pieces, My Craft Spot, and Exploring Cricut.

Thanks for checkin' in! 

FCCB Challenge #205 - Spring Cleaning!

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!

Challenge #205 Spring Cleaning

This Weeks Sponsor
Silly Shells Stamp Set

~This Weeks Challenge~

Spring Cleaning
Create a project using a cartridge or cut you have never used before.

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used.

Here is my card for the week:

What a fun challenge we have for you over at FCCB!!!
***Spring Cleaning***
Create a card using a cartridge or cut you've never used before

Well, Create A Critter has not gone unused in my crafting, but I have never used this cute little firefighter dog and I was excited about that because it happens to be the perfect cut for one of 
Mark's Finest Stamp Sets - Firefighter
This set has some really fun stamps and sentiments.
I chose "You are my Hero" - love it!

I hope that you will join us for this week's challenge!

Thanks for checkin' in!!!