Monday, December 28, 2015

Wanna Holiday Hug? ~Craftin Desert Divas~

Wanna Holiday Hug?

   Hi friends! Hope you all had an incredible holiday! I'm here sharing a Christmas card for CDD and I had so much fun making this! My only complaint is that I ended up trimming down (by using a CDD die) the stamped background and I wish I hadn't because it showed less and it turned out too cute. May have to repeat myself and make something else similar! Anyways, this darling set featuring my Christmas octopus (LOL) is on sale at CDD and so I'm featuring that today on the shop blog! Details can be found here!

   I am such a fan of creating my own pattern paper with stamps and this background turned out super fun! Love mixing sets and thinking outside the box to turn them into something Christmasy! I added some red and white bakers twine and a couple jingle bells. And then around the card added some jelly roll pen in a clear shimmer. Super pretty but hard to pick up on camera. Coloring is a mix of Distress Ink for the background and Spectrum Noir makers for the rest of the stamp coloring. 

Here are the products from our shop that were used...

Thank you as always for stopping in to visit!
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Deck the Halls ~Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon~

   I'm here for Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon and I'm sharing something holiday with you. Highlighting some photos from last years tree trimming. I kept the page pretty simple but added the large ornaments as the focus of the page. The papers and layering help add some other detail to this otherwise simple page. 

   I did add some dimension to the ornaments but the only other embellishing was done with a glitter gel pen. The shine is so gorgeous! I wanted to title to stand out but allow the ornaments to stay center stage. I cut 4 layers in white and adhered together and topped with a 5th layer in blue. The white on the side and the dimension (and Wink of Stella over top) let the sentiment stand out just enough. 

   For a simple page, I really ended up loving this. The colors and papers and these beautiful ornaments with added bows were just perfect! 

   Here are the files I've used, simple and sweet. 

    I have some blogging time off so I won't be back again until after Christmas so I want to wish you all a VERY blessed and happy Christmas! It's an amazing time of year and I am so excited to get this time with my family. And such a blessing to have my hubby home all of the winter break days with me and the kids. It's a gift in itself! 

   Lots of love, Leah 
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Love, We Make a Great Pear ~Craftin Desert Divas~


   Hiya friends!  I am thinking ahead a little bit to Valentines day and wanted to think outside the box a bit with the stamp set, Farmers Market from Craftin Desert Divas. This easily is one of my favorite sets and I loved coming up with this card that I plan to give my hubby! 

   Did I mention this set is on SALE? Yep! Having some December fun! So if you love this set, grab it while you can get a deal! 

   Ok so first I want to say, do not be afraid to cut up your stamps! Trim them up and they easily go back together on a clear block if you need them back together again. I very carefully trimmed off the small heart from my sentiment stamp from Sending Love. Don't want to cut your stamp? Then try masking with post-it notes, washi tape or even regular tape, whatever you have on hand! 

   I started with stamping my masked pears and then created the sentiment around them. I then took the paper to my trimmer and cut until I got up to my pears, I finished by hand trimming around the pears and cutting a banner end. You could easily stamp this flat onto the card base but I thought this gave a bit more interest and allowed the sentiment to stand out against my inked background. I used the same green and yellow as in the pear coloring. For a bit more fun, I white embossed this awesome confetti like border stamp called Across the Border. I then stamped that tiny heart (again in the same green and yellow). I filled in with a white gel pen and added some glitter gel pen details. 

   Looks simply but this little cutie did take some time to create (just like most of our cards do!)

   Check out the sets I used today! 

(sentiment and pears)

(small heart trimmed from Sending Love sentiment)

(white embossed border)
Thanks for stopping in today and checking out my project!
See you back here tomorrow for more stamping fun! 
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon December Blog Hop

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon December Blog Hop

   Hey all! Welcome to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons December blog hop! Were the design team focuses on projects using files from the shop! The always wonderful theme is...Anything Goes.

   You be coming here by way of Katy's blog? Right? If not, just pop back and start over at PPPR

   The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store. For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also "LIKE" Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook  and/or sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter. A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Tuesday, December 15. 

   You can pick up the Blog Hop freebies on Saturday and Sunday of the hop, only...then it will be available for sale in the store!!!

   I had so much fun creating this holiday cookie baking layout! All the cookies were a new for me so I was excited to use those and a few others I can't get enough of, like the candies and flour! Love! It's so great how you can easy cluster die cuts and with some bold pattern paper, make such a striking page! The only embellishment I've added other then paper is a few gem stones. 

We also have our PPPR Anything Goes Challenge. The projects can be any project features Pretty
Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. The rules are below. You can post all of the rules, or just give general info, like the theme and due date. Then, link back to here: ...telling hoppers this is where they link up their project.   One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

1.  The theme of this challenge is Anything Goes! The challenge projects can be ANY projects featuring Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons products must be the FOCUS of the project.
2.  Please link to your actual blog post...not to your blog.  If you don't have a blog, you can add a photo of your project to the Anything Goes Challenge photo folder in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Project Parade Facebook Group (link this to
3.  You can enter as many different projects as you want for more chances to win.
4.  The challenge will run for 3 weeks.  You must link up your project by 11:55 pm CST on Saturday, Jan 2,  2016.
5.  One random winner of a $20 Gift Certificate to PPPR will be chosen.  Our Design Team will also choose our PPPR Top 3.  Winners will be announced before our next challenge begins.

   Okay my friends, thanks for coming by today and your last stop for today is over at Melissa's blog! Thanks SO much for coming by! 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Kissing Candy Canes ~Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon~

  Hi everyone, I'm sharing a holiday card today for Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon. I think it's fun that it's obviously a holiday card but not overly Christmas. The design could easily be swapped out with so many other die cut choices and sentiment options. I can see myself using this again and again, also a great design to recreate for multiple Christmas cards.

   The vellum background pieces was stamped with an angle stripe background stamp. Stamped in a sticky embossing powder that becomes sticky once heated. I then applied my loose glitter. Try as I might I couldn't get a good photo but it really brings this otherwise simple card to life! 
   Here are my sets I used for my card...
Kissing Bunnies
Candy Cane Mouse
   So excited for this coming weekends blog hop....super ready to see what my fellow DT sisters have created...and I can't wait to share my layout with you all! I'll see you then! 
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Craftin Desert Divas CHRISTMAS Linky Party

Christmas Blessings Watercolor 

   Hi darling friends! I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! The kids and I spent a handful of days at my parents house and enjoyed every minute of the time with family! I did my very first baking projects since having gone gluten free and my pie turned out super yummy! One of my sisters even went as far as saying my pie was better then my mom's! Win! =) 

   I do want to say to those that are suffering pains of the heart this season, because I know so many are. Know I am thinking and praying for's not lost on me that this year is extremely difficult for some...

   Well I'm blogging today to share the Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party...a good and long one so folks have time to join us! Yay! I think this card is my favorite for the season so far...

   We have our usual treats to offer as prizes...a stamp set of choice from CDD and $25 for Too Cute by Jessica's online shop! Good luck!

    I created this teal watercolor background and added some beautiful metallic paint and splashes of gold. This is so lovely in person! Also, this stamp set by CDD is my perfect for the season!

   We have been having so much holiday fun so far! It's been wonderful...this week will be a busy and crafty one as I prepare 700 small cone Christmas trees for our annual woman's event at church! Thank God for my girlfriends because this will take a village to get these created! Well, girlfriends and dad's because my dad actually helped a lot over the Thanksgiving holiday. Pretty cute! I'll take photos and share next week.

   Have a blessed week! 
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Craftin Desert Divas November Release Blog Hop Day 2

   Welcome to the CDD November Product Release Blog Hop. 
 All stamps & dies are in the CDD shop and now available for purchase. 

   For this release we have (4) new 2x3 mini stamps and (3) new 5x7 stamp sets and 
2 new die sets I've created again this release exclusively for CDD!!!

2x3 mini stamp set
2x3 mini stamp set
Little Birdie
2x3 mini stamp set
2x3 mini stamp set
Busy Bees
5x7 stamp set
Home Sweet Home
5x7 stamp set
Across The Border
5x7 stamp set
Pocket Pieces Hello Dies
Stitched Scallop Dies

You can purchase them here.
Free shipping on $75.00 or more.

   I created a trio of gift card holder tags. I love how these turned out and I love how you can so easily combine our die cuts with ones created from electronic machines. All 3 banner shapes our exclusive CDD dies. As well as the sentiment and the super fun background stamp. 

   I've inked all the edges but to also add some interest I heat embossed the stamping in white. The snowflake and heart on the bottom left, the sentiment and background stamping on the green gift card holder and vellum banner. 

   I used a lot of CDD products so here's the list and in this month's release, Across the Border and Pocket Pieces Hello. Other CDD products include

Tis the Season (sentiment)

Chilly (snowflake, heart)

Tag It (to, from)

Mix It Up Dies (long banner)

   Here are the specials for this release:
**FREE shipping everywhere, no code necessary!!  We are also going to have a Pre Black Friday Sale, the biggest sale of the year.  The entire shop will be 20% off starting the day of the blog hop!  Free shipping and sale ends 11/29 10pm MST
Stamps and dies are made in the USA.

   Here is today's SVG freebie.  Each stop along the way there will be a code letter for the freebie code.  You must comment and follow each blog in order to get the free file.  The file will be available in the shop at just for that day.  Just add it to your cart and enter the letters you collected at each stop for the special code word at checkout to receive your free file download.  **The code word and free file will be available that day ONLY so please be sure to visit the link.

   I hope you enjoyed this release and will join us again tomorrow for more projects and day 2 of our blog hop release.  Thank you so much!!

   Your code letter from me is: D

   We want to thank each and every one of you who joined us these past days in our Facebook hops as well as our blog hops! We hope you have enjoyed the projects and will enjoy our new release! Glad to have you!

   Don't forget to stop in to pick up your hop freebie...enjoy the rest of your week! 

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