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Get Well Soon!

Here is a fun card using the Garden Backdrop stamp from the latest Stamping Bella release and the Catastrophy Set from Art Impressions.  My husband had the plates removed from his leg this week so I wanted to make a little card to make him laugh.



  1. For the background I stamped the Garden Scene onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock.
  2. Stamp the same scene onto some low tack masking paper and cut out, cover the fence to preserve the panels so that you can apply distress ink to the sky.
  3. Using Catherine Pooler ink in “Its a Boy” use your mini blending tool and blend the ink all over the sky area.
  4. Remove the masking paper and colour in the fence and ground with Illustrator markers.
  5. Stamp out the cat, colour with Illustrator markers and attach to the front of the card using a mini wobble spring.
  6. Stamp your sentiment in the top left corner.
  7. Cut out some clouds and glue in the sky area.
  8. Cut a piece of mirror card slightly larger and adhere the card front to it, attach all of this to a card blank.

There are so many funny stamps in this set that you could swap out to brighten someones day who just isn’t feeling the best!

Happy Crafting!


Garden Backdrop Stamp – Stamping Bella

Catastrophy Stamp Set – Art Impressions

Illustrator Markers – Spectrum Noir

Masking Paper

It’s a Boy Ink Pad – Catherine Pooler

Mini Ink Blending Tool – Ranger

Mirror Card – Crafter’s Companion

Card Blanks

Mini Wobble Springs


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Easter Cards with Taylored Expressions and Catherine Pooler

Happy Easter weekend everyone! SO, as per normal with many things I am totally late doing some Easter cards, but I managed to get two done last night so Here they are!

Card 1:

For this card I used a Taylored Expressions Stamp for the background called “luv-a-Doodle”, and the cross is also a Tailored Expressions stamp and die set called “Iconic Wishes – Savior”.

I inked both of these stamps up by applying in this order: Tiara, Tikki Torch, Tutti Frutti and Party Dress. This technique worked so well with these stamps and did not muddy up the ink pads!




For Card 2, I also inked the cross the same way using Aquatini, All That Jazz, and Daydream:


The background is done by Inking my Gel Plate with Aquatini Ink, applying a Barking Mad stencil from Crafter’s Companion, and inking over the top with more Aquatini before removing the stencil and taking a print onto white card.  The edges are gilded using Silver Nuvo gilding flakes onto of Nuvo Glue Pen, and finally some dew drops placed randomly using Nuvo Crystal drops.

Have a great Easter everyone!



Aquatini Ink – Catherine Pooler

All That Jazz – Catherine Pooler

Daydream Ink – Catherine Pooler

Tiara Ink Pad – Catherine Pooler

Tikki Torch – Catherine Pooler

Tutti Frutti Ink Pad – Catherine Pooler

Party Dress Ink Pad – Catherine Pooler

Iconic Wishes – Savior stamp and die set – Taylored Expressions

Luv-a-Doodle – Taylored Expressions

Barking Mad Stencil – Crafter’s Companion

Gel Plate


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Hey Foxy!

I have had this stamp set for ages and was determined to finally create something with it.  I love foxes and though it was cute sitting in the package it would be so much cuter coloured!

So a cute little shaker card became the plan! Here are the steps and supply list at the end.

  1. Colour The fox using Illustrator Markers and set aside
  2. Cut out a 3.25″ square of white cardstock, ink up the Freestyle Stripes background stamp with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink and stamp.
  3. Cut a 2″ circle from the center of the striped card where you will place your shaker pouch.
  4. Cut a slightly larger piece of black pearl cardstock, with a larger circle cut from the center and affix the striped card topper to this.
  5. On the backside of the black card, affix a square of clear acetate.
  6. Fill the shaker pouch with sequins and glue to the back of the card to cover the circle opening.
  7. Apply some foam tape along the edges of the back of the black card and glue onto a 4″ card blank.
  8. Affix the fox to the bottom right of the card front.
  9. Stamp the Banner, and Sentiments of choice inside the banner and add glue around the edges using a medium Nuvo Glue Pen, let dry tacky for about a minute and then apply gold gilding flakes, burnishing off the excess, cut out the banner.
  10. Apply to the top of the card over the shaker window using Foam tape or foam squares.
  11. Finally, embellish with some sequins in various places on the card front.

Here is a list of the supplies used:


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Saturday’s are meant for coffee!

The new Cup of Java Stamp Set by Penny Black is so perfect, and totally sums up how I feel today! 🙂 ….”Sometimes they just make coffee cups too small” -TOTALLY

Here are the steps to make this card and supplies will be listed at the end:


  1. Cut a piece of white card (my preference is Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth) to 4.5″ x 4.5″
  2. Using the large stripe from the Eat, Sleep Create Stamp Set by Catherine Pooler and the |Midnight Black Ink Pad, also by Catherine Pooler stamp out some horizontal lines for the background.
  3. Take a large Nuvo Glue Pen and add a rough edge border with the glue around the card, let the glue dry for about a minute.
  4. Apply Nuvo Gilding flakes in Gold onto the glue border and burnish off the excess.
  5. Cut a piece of Black Shimmering Pearl Cardstock slightly larger than the striped piece and affix together.
  6. Cut a coral bling cardstock slightly larger than the black and affix to a cardstock base, then affix the black piece to that.
  7. Stamp the Cup Of Java Stamp and sentiment and cut out.
  8. Colour the Stamp using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers, glue to the bottom right of the card.
  9. Using a medium Nuvo Glue Pen add a border to the sentiment and apply the gold gilding flakes again, affix to the card using foam squares.

I hope you have enjoyed this card 🙂  go pour yourself a cup of java and have a great weekend!



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Spectrum Noir Illustrator Sale ends this Sunday!

Just to let you know that the extended sale on Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers will end this Sunday (March 25, 2018).  They will then return to the Regular Retail price of $5.50 from the $5.00 sale price……which is still a good deal!

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Catherine Pooler “All That Jazz” New Release Today


Check Out these and more amazing goodies by Catherine Pooler HERE!

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Bunnies aren’t just for Easter!

So, I’m totally not a plan ahead card maker…I know what stamp I want to use and it just goes from there.  So I knew I wanted to use the Bunny Friends Stamp by Penny Black, but that is all I knew, but, I love how this one turned out!

  1. First I Stamped the Image using Catherine Pooler Midnight Black Ink, and then coloured using Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers.
  2. I trimmed the card down to make even edge widths on the side and a decent amount left blank at the top.
  3. Who has the We R Memory Keepers Laser Square?! It is totally one of my favorite tools as my eyes never seem to see a straight line! So, I took the My Favorite Things Die-Namics Big Birthday die, lined it up, stuck it down with a little washi tape and ran it through my Gemini Junior.
  4. Once this is done, I cut a piece of acetate to size and adhered to the back of the cut out letters using my Nuvo Medium Glue Pen (let it sit for a few seconds to become nice and tacky before you stick down the acetate.
  5. Make a border around the back side of the letters with foam tape, and fill the enclosed are with sequins, cover over with a second piece of acetate (or white card).
  6. Using tape runner at the top and a few pieces of foam tape at the bottom stick the card front down onto a slightly larger piece of white cardstock, voila…Happy Birthday Bunnies!!

Hope you have enjoyed! Supply List Below:

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Craftin’ Desert Divas Sale!!

From today until Wednesday, ALL Craftin’ Desert Divas products (current stock only) is 10% off!!! Use code: CDDROCKS in the checkout to get your discount!



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Pattern Play Circle Stamp Set by Altenew

I had a lot of fun making this card! It totally evolved and ended up nothing like I had originally planned (which is a common occurrence for me!)

I have been waiting for a while to use the Pattern Play – Circle Stamp Set from Altenew, and it was well worth the wait!

1 – I inked up the Stamp in Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink, and stamped it onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock.

2 – using versamark ink and different colours of embossing powder I stamped down solid circles in a random pattern and then heat set.

3 – I adhered the circle background onto silver glitter card using Be Creative tape, and then stuck that onto a fancy card blank.

4 – The cat is from MFT Furever Friends Stamp Set and coloured using Spectrum Noir Markers, stick this onto a circle cut from gold glitter card stock and adhere to the bottom left of the circle backdrop using foam squares.

5 – Stamp the sentiment using Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink and adhere with foam squares.

6 – The final step is to Stamp the paw prints in the unicorn ink around the edge.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick little post!


Pattern Play Circle Stamp Set by Altenew

Furever Friends Stamp Set by MFT

– Fancy Card Blanks

– Embossing powder in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and White

Silver and Gold Glitter Cardstock

Hero Hues Unicorn Pigment Ink

Be Creative Tape

Midnight Ink Pad by Catherine Pooler

Stamp Platform by Tim Holtz

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Using your stencils to emboss!

Hello Crafty friends! Colleen Tyler here from Maple Syrup Designs for Craftin’ Desert Divas!

In today’s post I am going to show you how to make extra (not to mention  super fun) use of your stencils.  For many people when you think of stencils you things of inking through them, but for this project I ran stencil with my card through my Gemini to emboss a sweet background.  you can thing distress ink over the embossed are, however, the look I wanted for this card was to leave it all white so that there was a bit more colour pop around it.

1) Layer your stencil in your die cutting machine with the embossing mat for the best result and simply run it through the machine to get the detail embossed onto your card stock. At this point it you wanted to add distress ink to the embossed parts on the cardstock you totally could.

2) Next I layered the embossed background onto a slightly larger piece of green card, and then that on to a 6″x6″ card base using a permanent tape runner.

3) Colour the images using your favorite colouring medium, for me I use Spectrum Noir Markers. Once coloured cut our the images and mount on to the lower right hand corner using foam squares to give you card a little more dimension.  Cut out a 2″ green circle and a 1.75″ white circle and adhere together, once this is done simply stamp your sentiment onto the circles and affix to the top left hand corner of the card (*if you get a slight gap in the stamping where the two colours of card meet, simply take a fine point black pen and fill it in).

4) Apply some Nuvo Jewel drops in “Key Lime” in random places on the card and voila, you’ve used your stencil outside of the box!!


Balloon Parade Stamp Set – Craftin’ Desert Divas

Any stencil

Nuvo Jewel Drops – Key Lime