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I've created this blog to share my life & love of paper crafts with others. You will read bits and pieces of what goes on in my world and be able to see my paper craft creations! Please leave me a comment if you see something you like. I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, June 29, 2009

DRS Designs Dazzling Diamond Dust Challenge

How's that for a tongue twister title! Today begins the DRS Designs 24th blog challenge which is to use the dazzling diamond dust technique as a focal image. This is such a cool technique and really takes no time at all.

I created this Butterfly Birthday card using a modified version of the Dazzling Diamond Dust technique. I don't own iridescent embossing powder and with money being tight, I can't justify buying it right now--It's always good to have alternative ways of achieving a similar look too, so, here's what I did...

Just like anything that shimmers and shines & is full of glitz and glamor, trying to capture what it looks like in real life can be a challenge. So, enjoy all of the pictures I have for you today!

I recently found the instructions to the White Outline Technique while blog hopping and thought it was perfect to help me achieve my modified Dazzling Diamond Dust appearance. First, I heat embossed the sentiment with clear embossing powder on glossy cardstock. Then, I used alcohol inks to create the background in Carmel, Terra Cotta, and Gold. The gold really gave it that shimmery look. I made sure to ink right over the embossed sentiment as well. Next, I laid a piece of white computer paper over the sentiment and used a clothing iron to re-melt the embossed area, which was absorbed by the paper--no residue got on my iron (Thankfully, as I was a little worried I might ruin my good iron!) I took this technique one step further by spraying it with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist to add a fine glimmer on top of the gold that was already in the background.

The layout I used is based on CPS Sketch 121 from last week. The flower butterfly was stamped using the Rock N Roll technique--SU! really Rust in the middle and Pumpkin Pie along the edges. I cut it out from white cardstock and matted it as shown using mats cut from my Nesties.

I think the White Outline Technique is unique, especially here, how I've used it for my sentiment . You don't see white sentiments very often! If you click on either of these pictures you can really see the "Diamond Dust" look in and around the sentiment and on the butterfly.

Stamps: DRS Designs- Flower Butterfly (H056), Flitter Flutter Birthday (G604)
Ink: Rubber Stampede Embossing Ink, SU! Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust
Paper: Smooth white cardstock, Glossy White Cardstock, Colored Cardstock by American Crafts, Gold Bazzill Cardstock
Accessories: Nesties, Alcohol Inks, Ribbon by Bobbie M. Designs, Brads by The Paper Studio, Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold
Finished Card Size: 4.75" x 7"

So, do you have what it takes to create a Diamond Dazzling Dust project, or will you have to modify it like me? Either way, the DRS Designs DT would love for you to participate in this challenge. Just post a direct link to your creation in the comment section of the Challenge #24 post on the DRS Designs blog and if you upload to a public gallery, please use the keyword DRSC24.


One last thing!!! Be sure to stop by The Pink Elephant Challenge blog starting today thru Sunday. DRS Designs will be sponsoring the current challenge - check out the details at The Pink Elephant on how you might be able to win some DRS Designs stamps!!

Thanks for visiting today! I hope your day is great!


Friday, June 26, 2009

Back to the Jungle!

There's something I just love about the Dustin Pike images from DRS Designs! Maybe it's because they are so cute & fun to color, and just like a little kid, I LOVE to color! Lately, my favorite technique is masking and I've been having fun creating "scenes" and filling in all of the empty space around my stamped image. The Dustin Pike images are great for that too!

I recently made this card with many of my favorites--coloring, masking, and can't forget ribbon!

See that cute little guy in the left corner? I felt I needed something there to fill in the empty space, so I created a tag using the monkey you see in the main image. I cut him out just so with my Nesties and matted him as shown. That little tag was just what this card needed to make it complete!

Stamps: DRS Designs- Jimbo and the Gang (p891)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink, SU! Ballet Blue
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Office Depot, Colored Cardstock by American Crafts, Bazzill
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Nesties, Spiral Clip by The Paper Studio, Ribbon by Pebbles Inc., Brads by Joann's Scrap Essentials
Finished Card Size: 5.5" x 5.75"

Thanks for visiting today! Hope you have a great weekend!


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Back To Blogging!

Oh My! Where has the time gone? Sorry for my lack of posting over the last few days. I know we all have busy lives, so I will spare you the details about why I've been too busy to even get on the computer lately. For as much as I strive to post daily I've realized that it's just not always going to happen. However, I do find a little craft time everyday--it might just be thinking up some layouts, doing a little coloring, stamping some images that I'd like to use soon or flat out just making a card from start to finish! I'm thankful for the little bit of down time I have at my real job that allows me to color or draw out layouts when things are slow. It helps when I actually get home and get creative in my craft room. I usually have several colored images already to go! Unfortunately though, computer access is limited at work & besides I don't feel comfortable blogging there, so that often gets put on the back burner until there's down time at home.

The card I have to show you today is one that I've had made up a while ago & now have only had time to share it with you. Funny, I just heard something on the radio today about how majority of people consider their pets regular members of their family, as if they are their own children. So, when a pet passes away many people grieve just like they would for a human being and it's often a nice gesture to send a pet sympathy card.

I used the Cat Paw Background to create my own designer paper for this card, but DRS Designs also has a Dog Paw Background for your stamping needs as well.

Just like all of the other great sayings and sentiments DRS Designs has available, you can also find this Pet Sympathy saying in their catalog.

Stamps: DRS Designs- Pet Sympathy (H074), Cat Paw Background (B698)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan, Creamy Brown
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Office Depot, Colored Cardstock by American Crafts
Accessories: Nesties, Sponge Daubers, Cuttlebug and Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Ribbon by Offray, Dress It Up Tiny Dog Buttons, EK Success Decorative Corner Punch
Finished Card Size: 5.5" x 5"

Well, you can plan on seeing a different type of project from me very soon. I've taken the plunge...the ATC plunge that is! The Stamp Shack is full of ATC swaps and many of my friends there rant & rave about them. I've finally signed up for a few to get a taste of what they tell me I've been missing! You can expect to see them here as I complete each set!

I'll have another post for you tomorrow, Promise!

Have a great day!


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

I'm pretty sure that all of the people who read my blog are women with interests in stamping and scrapbooking, but in case there are a few dads out there lurking, Happy Father's Day to all of you out there! (and if you are a lurking dad, please leave a comment--I'd love to hear from you!)

Do you have plans to visit dad & family today? We'll be spending time with my dad later tonight for dinner. Here's the card I made for him.

This stamp is new to me. We just had a Hobby Lobby open in our area & all last week the scrapbooking area was 50% off! I couldn't resist a sale like that and had to buy this stamp! I inked it up right away and just knew that it would make a great Father's Day card!

Overall this was a pretty quick and easy card to make. I started by coloring the light house, sand & water with Prismacolor Pencils and blended the colors with Gamsol. I created a Post-It Note mask & sponged blue ink lightly around the light house. I used last weeks CPS Sketch #120 for the layout using my Cuttlebug, brads, ribbon and twine. The ribbon and twine were left over from Christmas gifts we received--I love recycling things like that! The sentiment was 3 separate foam stamps that I had in my stash from a scrapbooking lot I won on eBay a while ago. I can't believe in all of my stamps I don't have a single Father's Day sentiment! Guess I'll have to put that on my wish list, and maybe now that Father's Day s practically passed I'll find one on sale for future use!

I'm very happy with how this card turned out! After my last bout of "lost mojo" which was so severe it was scary, everything about this card fell perfectly in place, just like it was all meant to be. Now, if everything happened like that all of the time, I'd be so much further ahead in creating cards and typing up blog posts ahead of time. But, since it's not, I'm going to continue to strive for it!

Stamps: Stampabilities Beacon of Light, sentiment unknown
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in French Blue,
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Office Depot, Colored Cardstock by American Crafts
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Cuttlebug and Cuttlebug Divine Swirls Embossing Folder, ribbon unknown, twine unknown, brads by The Paper Studio
Finished Card Size: 4.5" x 6.5"

Thanks for taking time out today to stop by and see my work. I hope you've enjoyed seeing this card today & that you have a wonderful day with family and friends, or just relaxing at home!


Saturday, June 20, 2009


Hope your all having a great Saturday! My hubby & I are getting together with friends today for a BBQ--the girls are getting together to stamp, the guys are getting together to, well you know, do the stuff guys do! LOL! I'm so excited!

Today I want to show you this card I made earlier this week that features the new Graphic Golf image from DRS Designs.

Have you noticed the detail in each of the letters in this image? You can click on either of these images if you need a closer view. The "G" is textured with grass patches, the "O" has golf balls on it, the "L" has flags on it, and the "F" has golf tees on it. Cute & clever I must say!

I colored this image with both Prismacolor Pencils and markers. I also used the SU! Photo Corner punch to add some color and the Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder to make the background look like the texture of a golf ball.

Stamps: DRS Designs- Graphic Golf
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Office Depot, Colored Cardstock by American Crafts
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Bic Markers, Cuttlebug and Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles Embossing Folder, SU! Photo Corner Punch and Ticket Corner Punch, Ribbon-Unknown, Brads by Making Memories
Finished Card Size: 5 3/4" x 4 3/8"

Well, sorry for the quick post today, but I don't want to spend a lot of time on the computer today. I have to get ready for the BBQ & finish getting ready for Father's Day too! I'll be making my Father's Day card later today--nothing like waiting til the last minute! I hope to be able to show you it tomorrow. I already have an idea in mind, I just need to sit down & create it!

I hope you have a wonderful Summer Saturday filled with your favorite things!

Thanks for visiting today!


Friday, June 19, 2009

In Print!

I received my subscription copy of the Summer 2009 issue of Just Cards Magazine in Friday's mail. Much to my surprise while browsing it page by page I found 2 of my own cards were published! Of course after seeing each one I had to do a little happy dance!

I submitted these cards about 9 months ago in a package of about 7 cards and only 2 have been published thus far. Maybe there will be a few more in the upcoming issue??!?!?!?! I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I love seeing my work in print!

There are a ton of great cards in this magazine and I always find a ton of inspiring ideas every time I look through one of the issues. There are many talented card makers and stampers out there, but I know I don't have to tell you that!

I'd also like to congratulate all of my friends at the Stamp Shack & fellow DT members who also have cards published in this issue. I see quite a few names I recognize!

So for those of you who have the magazine already or for those of you who are planning on running out to get it, you can find my cards on pages 48 & 86. Pretty cool huh?



Repeated Thanks!

Hello & Happy Friday to you all!

I'm still playing with new stamps from DRS Designs that just came out last week, and as a matter of fact, this is the first time I've played with this background stamp too even though I've had it about a year now! It's amazing what you find when you clean up your crafting area--I found all kinds of goodies, from some of my cling mounted DRS Designs stamps, all kinds of ribbon, embellies, and my favorite pair of scissors that I lost a long time ago! Plus, on top of all that now I actually have room to work, as the clutter began to take over!
Anyways, back to today's project...

Have you ever been extremely grateful for something someone else has done for you? Why not thank them with a card made from this repeating Thanks and Thank You stamp? I used it as the main focal image on this project, but it could easily be used as a background stamp as well. I love all the fonts in this stamp. It really drives the "thank you" point home doesn't it?

This Thank You Multi greeting image is one of DRS Designs newest releases. I stamped it and the Easy Square background stamp with green ink. The background was trimmed with green plaid ribbon and I pop-dotted the Multi Greeting layer for some dimension. I trimmed it with a green spiral clip & satin ribbon.

Stamps: DRS Designs- Easy Square Background (H629), Thank You Multi Greeting (H789)
Ink: SU! Handsome Hunter
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Office Depot, Colored Cardstock by American Crafts
Accessories: Nesties, Plaid Ribbon & Spiral Clip by The Paper Studio, White Satin Ribbon by Offray, EK Success Decorative Corner Punch, foam tape

Well, did I tell you that we're finally getting our landscaping done? If the weather can cooperate for the rest of the weekend, we should have our sod laid pretty soon. I can't wait to show you pictures! Stay tuned!

Hope you have a great Friday & a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Best Wishes on Your Retirement

Did you order stamps from DRS Designs latest release? If not, or if you haven't seen the new stamps click here to see them. I created this card using the new Best Wishes Retirement Greeting. The Summer is just beginning and it's that time of year when people start retiring in order to enjoy the nice weather. Do you know any one retiring this year?

I used DRS Designs Brush Daffodil image along with this sentiment. I thought it was perfect because I find it to be a very peaceful image when softly colored like I've done here with pencils and Gamsol.

I used Beeswax Shimmerz on the Daffodil flower petals. A little difficult to see but it helped to really give this card the subtle elegance I was looking for.

Stamps: DRS Designs- Brush Daffodil (H846 ), Best Wishes Retirement Greeting (D942)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Yellow Orchre
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Georgia Pacific, Colored Cardstock by American Crafts
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Shimmerz, Green Ribbon by The Paper Studio, Yellow Satin Ribbon by Offray, Brads by Making Memories, EK Success Border Punch

I love how this card design and layout are simple enough to give it quite a bit of versatility. Just change up the sentiment and you have a completely different card. It could be a Birthday, Get Well, or even "Just a Note" card.

I hope you've enjoyed this design today. Don't forget to check out all of DRS Designs new images!

See you again tomorrow, right here at Ink N Scrap Habits!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sunflower Pot

My sister's 28th birthday was this past Monday and since she's a huge fan of my cards I knew I had to make her one. I've been seeing more & more of those cute little flower pot cards and so I decided to give it a try for her birthday card. Like me, my sister is huge fan of sunflowers so I tried to create them with some paper punches I had. Here's what I came up with...

Overall I thought this was really cute & my sister loved it, but this was another one of those projects that I was completely surprised by how small the finished project was. I thought this card would fit perfectly in an A2 sized envelope (meaning that the finished card was approx. 4.25" x 5.5"). Well it did fit, but I could have added about 2" across and about another inch or so to the height--my A2 envelope was too big for this card! The pull out card was so narrow that I had to type my inside message just to make it fit and look nice. As you can tell, I used a very small font.

But, now I know, and I've revised the dimensions that I used to create this card so if I want to make it again I'll have them on hand.

I decorated the back as well by heat embossing the Sunflower Recognition stamp by DRS Designs in copper embossing powder. I signed my name with 2 hearts and my sister's birth date.

Stamps: DRS Designs Sunflower Recognition stamp (C786), Studio G Clear Stamps-Happy Birthday
Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Creamy Brown, SU! Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Paper: Smooth beige cardstock by The Paper Company, Dark Brown cardstock by American Crafts, Bazzill Bling Yellow Cardstock
Accessories: EK Success Flower Punch, Flower die cut from Cricut and George and Basic Shapes Cartridge, Nesties, Cuttlebug and Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Colored Safety Pin by Joann's Scrap Essentials, Ribbon by Michael's Dashes, Dots and Checks, EK Success Slim Line Border Punch, Creative Beginnings Copper Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

Thanks for visiting here today & Thank you to all of my readers! I appreciate all of the comments you leave me. I really look forward to reading them everyday!

Hope you have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cute Card Thursday Challenge-Quotes!

DRS Designs is this week's sponsor on the Cute Card Thursday Blog. The challenge is "quotes."

I thought it was only appropriate to use an actual quote & what could be better than this one from Ben Franklin? The image & sentiment are from DRS designs and I attempted last weeks SCS sketch challenge #232 for the layout.

I colored the beer mug image with marker...

...and used lots of black grosgrain ribbon, some brads, and a spiral clip to decorate it!

Stamps: DRS Designs- Large Beer Mug (H557), Franklin's Wisest Words (E1101)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Georgia Pacific, Colored Cardstock by The Paper Company, American Crafts
Accessories: Bic Markers, Nesties, Brads by Joann's Scrap Essentials, Ribbon by Bobbie M. Designs, Spiral Clip by The Paper Studio,
Finished Card Size: 7.5" x 5"

Feel free to participate in the quote challenge too. You have a chance to win some great rubber designs and quotes from DRS Designs for doing so on the Cute Card Thursday site. Make sure to post your challenge card on their site for a chance to win.

So, do you have a favorite quote?


Monday, June 15, 2009

DRS Designs Buckle Card Challenge

Today begins another challenge on the DRS Designs Blog. This week the DT was challenged to make a buckle card. You can find a tutorial on how to make these great looking and easy cards HERE on SCS.

We would love for you to play along with the challenge. Post a direct link to your creation in the comment section of the DRS Designs Challenge #23 post so we can check it out! If you upload to a public gallery, please use the keyword, DRSC23.

I created this Hogwash Birthday card for the challenge.

I created the basic layout from using the tutorial link mentioned above. I used brown ink for all of the stamping, and used Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol to color those cute little piggies!

I had originally planned to use all 3 piggies from the Leonard's Bath Time Buddies stamp on the front. However, once I started creating this card I quickly realized it was too small. They are just too cute to only use one of them, so I used another one to decorate the inside.

Stamps: DRS Designs- Hogwash Saying (E722), Leonard's Bath Time Buddies (K719), Giga Birthday Circle (L488)
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Georgia Pacific, Colored Cardstock by The Paper Company, American Crafts
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Ribbon unknown, Brad By Joann's Scrap Essentials, SU! Word Window Punch, EK Success Slim Line Border Punch
Finished Card Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

Make sure to check out the Buckle cards created by the rest of the DT to get your inspiration flowing to create your own buckle card! You can find all of their challenge cards on the DRS Designs blog.

Hope you have a great Monday!

Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, June 13, 2009

New Rubber Now Available!

Sorry I don't have a project to share with you today.

This has been an awfully busy week! Our landscaping is finally in progress--yes, that means no more dirt (YEAH!) & pictures coming soon, and my Sister-in-Law's Wedding Shower is today. Her & her Fiance will be staying the weekend at our house so we have been busy cleaning and preparing for the shower.

I'm very eager to get back into my craft room--I have a long list of layouts that I want to put together and card ideas that I want to try, and will eventually get to them later this weekend & the rest of this week.


Remember all the sneak peeks the DRS Designs DT have been showing off all week? Well, now's your chance to get them before they sell out! That's right, today is the big release day & you can find them all here as soon as they become available.

Happy Shopping!


Friday, June 12, 2009

TGIF Candy!

Just a quick post to share with you some Nestabilities Blog Candy I found.
Run over to In My Minds Eye for a chance to win...RUN, DON'T WALK! Drawing ends today!
Good Luck
Happy TGIF!


Palm Tree Retirement

As with most stampers when we receive a mailbox full of new rubber we go crazy & begin to stamp with them almost immediately after ripping open the packages. But, just like the ones stashed away on our shelves the newness wears off and they get pushed aside and forgotten about. Have you really ever looked at the stamps you already own to find new ways of creating with them? That's what I did for today's post with one of the older DRS Designs stamps.

For this card, I created my own background papers but, I used the main image on my card to create it. I didn't have to buy a separate background stamp to make it. Look closely at the main image on this card compared to the 2 different backgrounds on it. See any similarities? Do I have you wondering yet?

Honestly, this was a pretty simple card to make, all it really took was a little time and use of the masking technique. I created my focal image first and stamped half the Brush Flamingo image by using the Tips and Tricks technique mentioned in Sue's post on the DRS Designs Blog. Then, I stamped the "Underpaid Retirement Greeting" next to it.

I made the backgrounds by stamping the image on post it notes & cutting a palm tree & the flamingo out. Then I used a sponge dauber to sponge around each one repeatedly in different inks on white cardstock. Easy peasy, that's it! I thought the flamingos looked funny without legs, so I just used a black Gel Pen and a ruler to drawn them in just as they are in the image.

The main image was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and blended with Gamsol.

Stamps: DRS Designs- Brush Flamingo (L1054) Underpaid Retirement Greeting (G910)-to be released 6/13/09
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Olive Pastel, SU! Ballet Blue, Cameo Coral
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Georgia Pacific Colored Cardstock by American Crafts
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Black Gelly Roll Pen, Ribbon-Michael's Special Value, Brads by making Memories, Spiral Clip by The Paper Studio, Sponge Daubers, Post-It Notes

Were you able to participate in the DRS Designs Blog Hop yesterday? Somewhere along the way of every great hop are some fabulous prizes, and you don't want to miss the goodies DRS Designs is giving away with this one. You can find the start of the hop here at Vicki's Blog. You have until 7am Eastern time on Saturday morning to sign up for the prize drawing.

Want another chance to win goodies? DRS Designs is also sponsoring the Quote challenge on the Cute Card Thursday Blog this week. Make sure to check them out as well to play along. I know I will! :-)

Thanks for visiting today, and have a great weekend!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

DRS Designs Blog Hop Stop #7

Welcome to the DRS Designs Blog Hop Stop #7.

It's hoppin' time to show off the next set of new releases from DRS Designs! If you've stopped here first, make sure to go back to stop #1 which can be found at Vicki's blog. As you probably already know, some where along the way of every great Blog Hop is a prize. You'll want to follow the hop in it's entirety to see where that fabulous prize is and you're not going to want to miss it!!!!

For the Hop today, I've created this golf themed birthday card set for 2! Now that Summer is just about here & the golf season is in full swing everywhere around the United States, chances are good that you know a golfer who has a summer birthday! How about some golf themed birthday cards for all of the golf lovers you know???

I created this matching set using the DRS Designs silhouette golfer images & the new Above Par sentiment that will be released this Saturday. Of course I made one for a man and the other for a woman. The best part is that these simple and easy enough to make to mass produce if needed.

Both cards are similar, yet different. I tried to make the pink one more feminine by adding ribbon tied into a bow and I chose a border punch with a softer edge than the one I used for the masculine card.

Here are close up pics of each.

I made my aunt the pink one for her birthday earlier this year & she loved it! She couldn't wait to get on the golf course, so I new this would be a perfect birthday card for her.

Stamps: DRS Designs- Silhouette Male Golfer, Silhouette Lady Golfer, Above Par Birthday Sentiment to be released 6/13/09
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Office Depot, Colored Cardstock by The Paper Company, American Crafts
Accessories: Martha Stewart Zig Zag Border Punch, Fiskars Treading Water Border Punch, Pink Ribbon by Offray, Striped Blue Ribbon by American Crafts
Finished Card Size: 6.25" x 4"

Well, next stop on the blog hop trail is Dawn B. Enjoy the hop & all the sneak peeks. Don't forget that all of these awesome images will be available THIS Saturday, June 13th.

Thanks for stopping here today!

I appreciate your visit and hope that you have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More Sneak Peeks!

If you're a golf lover or know someone who is, then your not going to want to miss this next stamp release from DRS Designs. They are getting ready to release some great golf stamps for all of your golf game & masculine needs. To help show them off, the DT is holding another Blog Hop tomorrow, and the new stamps will be available for purchase this Saturday, June 13th.

Well, it's Wednesday, and here at Ink N Scrap Habits it's time for another sketch challenge!

I created this golf birthday card using this sketch to show off 2 more stamps that DRS Designs will be releasing this week.

The image, titled "Golf Icon" was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. I used Stickles to dress up the flag and sun in the image, and added ribbon tags adhered with blue staples on one side of it. I used the SU! Word Window punch and brads to decorate the opposite side of the sentiment.

There are so many ways to play with this image, that I'm sure you'll see me use it again soon! It is the perfect time of year for golf and there are a lot of golfers in my family who have Summer birthdays. Good thing rubber stamps don't wear like tires, cause these stamps are going to get a lot of use!

Such a cute sentiment isn't it?

Stamps: DRS Designs- Golf Icon, Way Above Par Sentiment both will be available for purchase on 6/13/09
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink, SU!
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Office Depot, Colored Cardstock by The Paper Company, American Crafts
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Stickles, Ribbon & Brads by Making Memories, SU! Word Window Punch, blue staples

Don't forget the Blog hop starts tomorrow bright and early! We'd love for you to join us! As always, if you do, you could win a chance to be handsomely rewarded, and we all love free goodies!

See you tomorrow for the Hop!


Monday, June 8, 2009

New Images Coming Soon!

DRS Designs and the DT are working hard preparing for their next image release.

Are you ready?

Here's a sneak peek of what's to come on release day, June 13th...

Remember DRS Designs famous pig, Leonard? Now he's sick and what a cute Get Well card he makes!!

I used a Nestie die to cut the image out from white cardstock, and then I stamped the image again on a Post-It Note to create a mask. I laid the mask on top of the image in the Nestie die and sponged pink ink around it before taking it out of the die. I did the same thing with the "Cured Yet?" tag embellishment. I colored this image with Prismacolor Pencils and blended the colors with Gamsol and after the image was matted I used Diamond Glaze on the vase to "add" water to it.

This card was created using 2 stamps, the image "Leonard's Sick Day Blues," and the "Cured Yet?" sentiment. All of the words you see on this card actually come from 1 stamp. I split the sentiment up, but it actually reads, "Are you 'Cured' yet?" and then "Feel Better Soon!" underneath it.

Stamps: DRS Designs- Leonard's Sick Day Blues, and Cured Yet Sentiment-both to be released on 6/13/09
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, SU! Rose Red
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Office Depot, Colored Cardstock by American Crafts
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Nesties, Brad by Making Memories, Diamond Glaze, Sponge daubers

Make sure to check out more of the new sneak peeks from the rest of the DT. You can find their blog links on my side bar. I too am very excited & can't wait to see what they did with these new stamps!

I'll have sneak peeks for you here as well for the rest of the week! Make sure to check back often!


Sunday, June 7, 2009

CPS119-Butterfly Graduation Card!

Up bright & early today for no apparent reason and I've decided to make use of the time and get a creatin'! I've used this week's CPS sketch 119 to create a non-traditional Graduation card.

I chose to use the DRS Designs floral butterfly image to not only create this card according to the sketch, literally, but also because butterflies are a symbol of change, joy, color, and transformation. Isn't this what graduation is all about as well? Graduation is a major change and it's the beginning of a huge transformation in someone's life, bringing on a whole new level of responsibility. It's also about following your dreams and doing what you aspire.

I used the Rock N Roll technique on this butterfly image, but the difference in pink inks that I used is subtle that it's had to tell. I spiced it up a bit by adding pink and white Stickles to each flower and petal in the image.

I thought this DRS Designs sentiment went perfect with the butterfly image and all it's symbolism. Wouldn't you agree?

Stamps: DRS Designs- Go Confidently Greeting (H965), Flower Butterfly (H056)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, SU! Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Summer Sun, More Mustard, and Only Orange
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Office Depot, Colored Cardstock by The Paper Company, American Crafts
Accessories: Nesties, Sponge Daubers, white brads by American Crafts, colored brads by Queen and Company, Notched Corner Punch, Ribbon unknown, Stickles
Finished Card Size: 4.75" x 7.5"

Thanks for visiting today.

Hope your having a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Challenge That's Been A Long Time Coming!

Have I ever told you how much I love Rubbernecker Stamps? If I have it's probably been a while...a long while! I can't even remember the last time I created with them!

I have been meaning to attempt the challenges on the Rubbernecker Blog, but have found them to be a challenge within themselves to complete--until now! I'm so excited to say that I've completed this week's color challenge to use Olive, Pumpkin, and Summer Yellow!

I just love this little cub image--can you say cute?!?! I used the Cut Out card technique on SCS to cut him out with my Nesties. Normally when using Nesties I would have cut his paws off, but this technique let me keep his paws still in the picture. Such a neat technique, I'm glad I found it yesterday while browsing past Technique Lovers challenges.

I used Lime Green Stickles on his little eyes to give this card a little bling, and I think it made him almost creepy looking! LOL! What do you think?

Stamps: Rubbernecker- Cub In Circle
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Creamy Brown,
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Office Depot, Colored Cardstock by The Paper Company, American Crafts
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Nesties, yellow ribbon by The Paper Studio, Orange & Olive ribbon by Michaels, Brads by O'Scrap, Lime Green Stickles, Spiral Clip by The Paper Studio
Finished Card Size:5 5/8" x 5"

Well, that's it for today. Off to work I go...

Thanks for visiting today!

More fun stuff coming soon! :-)


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hang In There Teasers!

I am happy to report that I believe my mojo has returned (Yeah & TG! I was getting worried!) It just needed a little break--you know, go on vacation, drink some margaritas and pina coladas and visit with other out-of-town friends, like Kimmy's mojo. Unfortunately though, I still don't have any projects to share with you (I know, bummer!) and as a direct result of it I have become extremely behind in meeting DT deadlines, papercrafting in general, and blogging (like you haven't noticed, right?).

The few projects that I have successfully created in the last 10 days are all for DRS Designs upcoming release. So, I'm unable to show you any of it right now except for a few teasers that can be seen below. Stay tuned...starting next Monday I'll be able to show you these projects in their entirety.

You know what they say, "Good things come to those who wait," and the good thing about all of this, is that come next week I'll be all caught up & get back to some of the weekly challenges that I like to do. That being said I should be back to posting daily as well. So...hang in there...just a few more days & my blog & I will be back to our old selves!


Monday, June 1, 2009

DRS Designs Get Well Challenge

DRS Designs has announced their 22nd Blog Challenge to make Get Well cards. If you need to build up your stash make sure to visit the DT blogs for inspiration using the awesome DRS Designs get well images.

We would love to see your get well projects too. If you have a get well project that you would like to share with us, post a direct link to your project in the comment section of the challenge post on the DRS Designs Blog. If you upload your project to a public gallery, please use the keyword DRSC22.

Here's my Get Well challenge card.

I used the Calla Lilly from the Calla Lilly Sympathy Square image, but cut away the sympathy square part. I wanted this card to be more of a get well card, than a Sympathy one, so it would fit for the challenge. I colored the Calla Lilly with marker and used a glitter pen to color in the yellow centers of the flowers. I used a Nestie die to cut out the image & sponged blue ink around it while it was still in the die.

The background was created by stamping the Silhouette Branch image on smooth green cardstock with green ink. I embellished this card with some white satin ribbon and by strategically placing some pearls. I think this turned out looking very elegant, wouldn't you agree?

Stamps: DRS Designs- Calla Lilly Sympathy Square (L587), Mind and Prayers Greeting (F676), Silhouette Branch Background (H363)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, SU! Bashful Blue, Handsome Hunter
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Office Depot, Colored Cardstock by The Paper Company & American Crafts
Accessories: Bic Markers, Hero Arts Pearls, White Satin Ribbon by Offray, SU! Notched Corner Punch, Copic C1 Gray Marker, Yellow Star Lights Glitter Pen
Finished Card Size: 6" x 4.5"

If you haven't seen the Get Well cards made by the rest of the DRS Designs DT make sure to check out Challenge #22 on the DRS Designs blog to see them all. I'll be checking the challenge post for your get well card--so hurry & get-a-creatin'!

Hope you have a wonderful Monday & and a fabulous week!

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