I am so excited to join all the designers of Diemond Dies who are posting YouTube (YT) videos sharing the card candy that they made featuring the latest release from Diemond Dies.  At each stop along the YT hop you can win a $10 gift certificate and the card candy that each designer shares. You don’t have to comment on each video, but the more comments you leave, the better are your chances of winning!

Here are the Diemond Dies Card Candy YT Hop Stops:
Diemond Dies
JBLdy (Karen)
lauraluvslace (Laura)
Olga Vasquez
MyPassionForPaper (Leonie)
cleanerjanh (Janice)
CraftyPaws (Kristina) Rosa Gomez
michsmith1973 (Michelle)
Scrappinology (Gina)

20150807_215111For my traditional under the sea card candy set, I created the backgrounds by spraying Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays in Primrose, Mustard, Navy and Seafoam on 40 lb Strathmore watercolor paper. I love the shimmer and the visual depth you can achieve with these sprays. I die cut the largest seahorse from the Diemond Dies Seahorses Die Set, the smallest starfish from the Starfish Die Set, and the goldfish from the Little Fishy Die, all from a beautiful gold foil demask print paper. I also used the Diemond Dies Cherry Blossom Branch Die to create some “coral” around which the seahorse could wrap its tail. 🙂  Everything is inked around the edges with Versafine black ink and to finish off the tag (made with the Diemond Dies Nesting Tag Die Set), I tied some remnant black satin ribbon and black twine through the top hole. Add a few sparkly bling stickers and voila!


20150807_215829For the cutsie Starfish Die Set card candy, I created multicolored starfish that I die cut from some watercolor paper that I inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Spiced Marmalade. I inked the edges of the starfish with Picked Raspberry to give them more definition, added spots on them with Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick, and drew in little smiley faces on them using a 0.3 pt. Copic multiliner pen.  I used loads of Glossy Accents to give all the starfish a high shine. I printed out a variety of cute and simple sayings from my computer in a hot pink and added sequins and glittery stickers to add sparkle. The layered tag candy (also made with the Diemond Dies Nesting Tag Die Set) with the eyelash trim and white satin bow topper is decorated with glittery pink question marks and asks, “What kind of fish only swims at night?”  The top-most candy answers, “STARFISH!”  Oh I know, this is totally corny, but I love puns and couldn’t help myself!

20150807_215604The last set I made features the Little Fishy Die and one of my favorite puns, “Best Fishes!”  I used more of the same watercolor paper that I had inked for the starfish here to die cut the fishes, but used the yellow and orange areas more. I inked the edges of the fishes with Spiced Marmalade and again drew in little smiley faces on the fish with the Copic multiliner pen. All the bases for these embellishments were made using the Diemond Dies Labels 1 Nesting Die Set and were inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Salty Ocean.

My readers can get 10% off and free worldwide shipping at Diemond Dies on all orders of $35 or more by using the code: “thankskristina” at checkout. 

The following is my video sharing the YT hop info as well as a tutorial on how I made the Best Fishes embellishments, using ink, paper scraps, steel wire, seed beads, and chipped glass (vase filler):

The Seahorse tag with ribbon and twine ties is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Tie It Up Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes Challenge

The Best Fishes and the Starfish Card Candy are being entered into the following challenges:
Virginia’s View Embellishments Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Naughty or Nice Fun In The Sun Challenge

Papercrafting-Challenge-Magazine-Mondays-Week-111-Inspiration-Piece-Take-2The Best Fishes Card Candy is being entered into the following challenge:
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays Week #111


Thanks for stopping by and hope you are having a wonderful crafty day! WOOF



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