CDD November Release – Scribble Die

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

I’m so happy to share this card with you today, although I could really use some warm vibes. It has suddenly gotten a whole lot cooler where I live and the big change in temperature has me shivering! Brrr! If I’m already cold, though, I might as well share this frosty little card with you.

In my previous post, I shared how I made the snowflakes for this card using a digital stamp from the ‘Gingerbread Lane‘ set. You can check out that post HERE if you’re interested in seeing how it was done (there’s a video!)


I cut a piece of white cardstock using the Fancy Frames Die set from Craftin Desert Divas. This gave the edges some nice faux stitched detailing. I just love how that makes the card look more polished. Next, I took some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and smeared a little on my craft mat. I squeezed a little water out of my water brush and swirled the brush in the ink and the water before applying it to my cardstock in a circular pattern. Once I was happy with the way the ink looked, I used my heat tool to set the color in place. Then, I glued my snowflakes to my card panel.


I also colored up this cute image from the ‘Timber’ stamp set using Copic markers. I used the sentiment ‘you warm my heart’ from the ‘Christmas Wishes’ stamp set and heat embossed it using Ranger’s White Embossing Powder. I matted my panel with navy cardstock and then mounted it on sturdy foam tape. Then (the magical part), I added the brand new Scribble Die from Craftin Desert Divas. I am so in love with this die!


That finished off my card and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. It’s giving me all the winter vibes and, although I don’t like being cold, it’s still a precious card for this time of year.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon!



CDD Digi DT November #2 – Stretch Your Supplies

Hello crafty people!

I’m here with another card walkthrough today – I hope you love it! For this project, I wanted to really stretch the supplies I had on hand, so I was looking for creative ways to use things in my stash.

To start my card off, I used the snowflake from the Craftin Desert Divas digital set called ‘Gingerbread Lane.’ I put the image into my Cricut Design Space software and had the machine cut out several of the snowflakes for me. I’m not very good at cutting things by hand, so this is a lifesaver for me! I glued the snowflakes to a piece of cardstock (4.25×5.5) and them trimmed the excess off.

Next, I put some Distress Ink down on my craft mat (I used Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers). I used my mister to spray the ink so that it would bead up on the mat. Then I turned my card front over and placed it into the ink. I lifted and repeated this several times until I was happy with the way the colors looked. Here’s a look at the way the ink turned out:


I used my heat tool to dry the excess water and set it aside to dry while I worked on other parts of the card. Eventually I did cut the panel with the scalloped rectangle from the Fancy Frame die set. I used the adorable deer image from the Timber stamp set and masked off the parts of the image I didn’t need for this card. I was going for a winter theme, so I just wanted the cute little deer wearing a scarf. I stamped the deer onto a piece of white cardstock and then stamped the image again on a piece of full sticky back post it note. I fussy cut the mask out and placed it on top of my stamped image on the white card stock. I used Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks to add some color to my cardstock, then removed the mask. I used Copic markers to color up my image and finished it off with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White.

I added some baker’s twine for an added bit of interest and mounted the little panel on foam dots. Next, I cut 3 banners from the Fancy Frame die set. On one of the pieces, I got creative with my sentiments from the Stars and Wishes set – I masked off parts of the sentiments to use only one word at a time. Doing this allowed me to create my own sentiment using bits from different stamps. I stamped out ‘To my friend’ on the panel and then hand wrote ‘deer’ to make the sentiment ‘To my DEER friend.’

Here’s what the card looked like when everything was said and done:


Here’s a look at the process for making this card (or HERE on YouTube):

Thank you so much for stopping by today- I hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend!



Card Walkthrough – Pretty Pink Posh + Lawn Fawn – Distress Ink Background

Hey crafty people!

I hope you’re having a great weekend. Bonus? It’s Friday! I’ve got a busy weekend of catching up on Design Team projects ahead, but that’s not going to stamp out my happy Friday vibes today!

I got some awesome gifts from my mother-in-law for my birthday last Friday and they just arrived on Wednesday. I was so excited to play around with them! Here’s a look at what she got me. What an awesome gift!


I started off making my background. I used the Garden Flourish background stamp from My Favorite Things, some Versamark Watermark Ink, and some white embossing powder from Ranger on my cardstock. I used my heat tool to melt the embossing powder (it’s so magical to watch!).

Next, I snagged some Distress Inks in Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire. I ‘smooshed’ them onto my craft matcraft mat and then spritzed them with water to make the ink bead up. Then I just plopped my cardstock right into the inky mess. I lifted it and repeated the ‘plopping’ (hehehe) a couple of times to get the whole background covered in color. Then I used my heat tool to dry up some of the excess water. I also used a paper towel to blot some of the water as well.

I grabbed some of my favorite dies – the fancy scalloped circles from Lawn Fawn – and cut a circle out of my background. I cut an extra white scalloped circle as well to fill the hole. I used some black cardstock to cut the ‘Little Town Border’ and then cut that same black piece with the scalloped circle die so that everything matched up perfectly. I cut one extra white scalloped circle and then used the ‘Stitched Hillside Borders‘ die to give it a finished look and glued all of that together on my card base.

I colored up my images using Copic markers and then used a few Copics to color in the background to look like a blustery winter sky. I stamped my sentiment in black ink and glued my sweet winter boy on to the card front. Lastly, I added some gel pen dots all over the sky to make it look like it was snowing. Brrrr!

Here’s the video showing each step of this card, if you’re interested in seeing more! (Or HERE on YouTube).

Thanks for checking in today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



BIG News! New DT Role with Papercraft Business

Hello friends!

I am SO beyond excited to share with you that I have been selected as a member of the Papercraft Business Design Team! Hooray!

There will be a new challenge each month over on the challenge blog, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those posts. If you haven’t heard of Papercraft Business yet, be sure to click on over to their site. There is a ton of excellent information over there, including awesome ways to improve your papercrafting blog, and free downloads for goal planning relating to papercrafts. Super cool!


I can’t tell you how excited I am for all that’s happening right now. Papercraft Business IS also looking for a few more Design Team members, so if you’re at all interested, be sure to check out the DT Call post HERE. Yay!

Happy crafting and I’ll see you soon!


CDD DT November #1 – Mood Board Challenge

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re enjoying November so far. Can you believe it’s already November!? My birthday was on Friday and I still can’t believe that it’s this late in the year. It’s just flown by!

Today, I’m sharing my first Craftin Desert Divas Digital Design Team project for November. This card was inspired by the monthy mood board challenge. Here’s a look, if you haven’t seen it yet:


Oooooh, doesn’t it just make you want to curl up with a hot drink and snuggle? It’s definitely got me feeling all the fall vibes! I decided to run with the white and tan color scheme in some of the pictures, and I also wanted to include a cozy drink.

I’m always looking for ways to stretch the stamps and supplies I have in my stash (because we all know by now that I’m a bit of a hoarder), and this was the perfect project to do that. I used a digital stamp from the Happy Haunting set and dressed it up to fit my needs. I drew my own handle on the cauldron to make it look like a coffee mug and colored my little witch in reds and greens to make her look like one of Santa’s little helpers. How fun!

I used two difference embossing folders, one with a wood grain pattern and one with a cute bauble look, to add some interest to my fairly clean and simple card. I stamped the sentiment ‘you warm my heart’ from the Christmas Wishes stamp set and popped the front panel up on foam dots.

I hope you loved this fun take on a Halloween digital stamp. Have you used any of your stamps or digis in an unexpected way?


Design Team Application – Papercraft Business

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this application for a new design team. Wish me luck! 😂

I’d love to be considered as a DT member!Name: Jess Francisco


Twitter: @acarddayswork




I am currently a member of the digital design team for Craftin Desert Divas  
I am a stay at home mama to two sweet boys, ages 3 and 1 and I do most of my crafting while they’re napping! I teach papercrafting classes at Joann and love to interact with people. I enjoy seeing all of the insanely creative and inspiring projects that people are creating across the world of papercrafting, and aim to inspire others with my own work.
I would love to be considered for your design team so that I can continue to share my projects with a wider audience that appreciates all of the fun details and techniques available and that are always changing. I am a big people person and love to interact with others on social media and share tips and tricks of the trade. I don’t stick to one style of cardmaking, so my projects stay fresh and exciting throughout the year  
Thank you so much for the consideration

Plan With Me – Halloween 2017

Happy Thursday!

Can you believe it’s already almost November? I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. My baby is already a year old and his big brother is THREE. How did this happen!? Time really does seem to keep going by faster the older I get. Crazy!

Today, I’m sharing my latest planner layout. I got crazy busy and missed the last 2 weeks, so I wanted to get back into the swing of things and share my layouts again.


For this layout, I used some patterned cardstock I had in my stash, as well as some cute stickers I’ve had tucked away for (literally) YEARS. I used digital stamps from the Happy Haunting and Witching Hour sets. I also made a fun shaker insert for the week using my fuse tool and another cute stamp from Craftin Desert Divas.

Check out the video below (or on YouTube HERE) for more on how this layout came together!

Here’s a peek at one of the cards I  made since the last time I posted as well!

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Haunting everyone!


Hey everyone!

I’m back with my second Guest Design project for the stamp team over at Craftin Desert Divas! I am showcasing one of the new stamp sets from the October release, Christmas Wishes.’ This set is just too cute!


For this card, I used the Stitched in Circles Dies to cut a circle out of a piece of cardstock. I used this piece of cardstock as a mask for my card front. I taped the mask over another piece of card stock and used Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves to very lightly blend inside my circle cutout. Next, with the mask still in place, I brushed  the ink blended area with my powder tool to keep embossing powder from sticking where I didn’t want it. I used the Snowflake Flurries stencil and my Embossing Dabber to apply sticky watermark ink to my card. I applied white embossing powder and heat set it.

I removed the mask – just look how crisp and perfect that circle is. It’s like magic! I stamped my sentiment in black ink in the lower corner and cut out my card front using the Fancy Frames Dies.


I colored up this adorable image from the Christmas Wishes stamp set using Copic markers and added some accents with a gel pen. I mounted it on foam tape to give it some dimension and then added a few drops of Nuvo Drops in Wisteria Purple. To finish off my card, I ink blended a mat with Seedless Preserves. This was such a fun card to make!

I hope you’re loving this new release as much as I am. I can’t wait for the ‘Nice List’ set to be back in stock so I can snag one for myself! Eek!

Happy everything!


CDD DT – October Mini Release

Two releases in one month!? I can hardly contain my excitement! This weekend, the Craftin Desert Divas design teams are showcasing the new Holiday Border Dies, a new stamp set, and a few new digital stamps. Eek!

My card today is a bit of a non-traditional spin on a Christmas Card. I don’t know why, but I’ve been really into monochromatic themes lately, and coloring entire images or scenes in only warm grey copic markers. I can’t explain it, but it’s so much fun! ☺️

I started this card off by coloring up my sweet polar bear digital stamp with Copic markers. I grabbed a piece of grey cardstock and used the new Snowflake Flurries stencil to make a tone on tone background using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

I cut my border from black cardstock to keep up with my black and white sort of theme and hand lettered the sentiment with a white gel pen.  Then I used the Fancy Frames Dies to cut the card front and border.

I was happy with the way this card turned out! What do you think about non-traditional Christmas cards? Would you send a card like this for the holidays?

CDD DT – Stamp Team Guest Design – October Release

You guys!

I am so thrilled to be sharing my very first card as a guest designer for the Craftin Desert Divas Stamp Design team. I am a member of the Digital Design team now, and it is a huge honor to be guest designing for the stamp team! Eeek!

Today, I’m sharing a card that strays from the ‘traditional’ look and feel of a Christmas card. This card features more pinks and purples than you normally see on a Christmas card – and I absolutely love it!

I started off this card by coloring up my Christmas tree image from the ‘Christmas Eve’ digital stamp set. I used purples and pinks to ‘trim the tree’ and then stamped out this adorable little girl from the Christmas Wishes stamp set. This is a brand new set that was just released on 10.13, so head over to the CDD website and snag it if you love it as much as I do!

Now, she’s supposed to be wearing a sweet little gingerbread costume, but I wanted to stick with my pink and purple vibe, so I colored her based on that. I just love her little wink!

Once I had my tree and my stamp colored in, I decided to work on the background. For this, I used the new Snowflake Flurries stencil (also new in the 10.13 release!). I used the Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer and some Distress Markers to color the stencil itself. Then I used a mister to wet the ink on the stencil. Once it was nice and saturated, I placed a piece of 4.25×5.5 cardstock on top and let the ink and stencil work their magic. After a couple of seconds, I removed the paper and used my heat tool to dry the excess liquid. The cool thing about this is that I go an effect similar to using the emboss resist technique, but with a less ‘perfect’ and precise look with that distress feel we all love! I thought it made a perfect winter scene, with snow blowing through the air, and maybe even a little glimpse of the Northern Lights. Yay!

I used some white cardstock and the Stitched Scallop dies to create the snow banks. I also snagged a scrap from a shaker gift tag I made recently and stamped the ‘Christmas Wishes’ sentiment, then heat embossed it. I mounted it on foam dots, added some sequins around the card from the Moonlit Kisses sequin mix, and that completed my first card as a guest designer for the stamp team!

I hope you love this sweet Christmas card as much as I do! If you’re interested in seeing more inspiration, be sure to head over to the CDD blog and check out all of the amazing projects everyone has been sharing for the release. It really is incredible how talented these ladies are!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon for another card!