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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!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

Ready for a quick and easy challenge this week from Sunflowers and Dragonflies?  We want you to make Artist Trading Card's!  I love working on the small 2.5" x 3.5" surface of an ATC--The small scale allows me to work quickly & you really can't do anything too difficult since you are limited by the size. They really are that easy, won't you join us in this challenge? This week is about all of the different styles of ATC Art out there!

Here are the 2 ATC's I created for this weeks challenge project.

I used Lottie (green and yellow one) and Amber (pink and blue one) on my "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" ATC's. Both of them are from the Beautiful Life series sold by Sunflowers and Dragonflies, and were were colored with Copic markers. I used a paper punch for the "Fun" design.  The striped paper used for the ATC base on the Amber ATC is by Basic Grey and can also be purchase in the Sunflowers and Dragonflies store.

I also wanted to share with you 2 other ATC's I made with these ladies awhile back.  They don't fit with my "Girls just want to have fun" theme, but they are ATC's, so they fit this weeks challenge.  These stamps are sized perfectly for ATC's and they are fun to work with too!  

To be eligible for this weeks prize drawing, please post a direct link to your challenge project from either your blog or an online gallery to the Sunflowers and Dragonflies Blog, specifically on the Challenge #27 Blog Post, so we can view it. If you upload to an online gallery, please use the keyword SD27.

Make sure to participate by next Friday, Feb 5th to be eligible to
Win any two Ladies from the Beautiful Life series and their matching flourishes!
Good Luck!


Friday, January 29, 2010

Sunshine and Daffodils!

Here's a sneak peek at what I've made for today's post on the DRS Designs Blog.  Run over there to check it out.  It'll cheer you right up...Promise!

Happy Friday to you!


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Percy and Pastel Flakes!

I am so done with the Winter weather and Winter cards for that matter, but I do have just one more for you today.  I wanted to play with Percy Penguin (D122) from DRS Designs and it would have been silly not to include some snowflakes on my card since she's all dressed up in her hat and scarf.

Percy was colored with Copic markers and I added Stickles to the area around her feet for snow.  I used the interlocking snowflake background-H015 (also by DRS Designs) with Lavender Lace ink.  This was a bit odd for me--normally I always make snowflakes blue or white if using dark cardstock.  It's always good to work out of the box every now and then!   I decorated the bottom of the card using snowflakes punched out with my Tonic Studios paper punch and adhered them to the card base with brads.  

This card taught me how fun it is to make Winter cards with Spring colors!

Happy Stamping today!
Have a great one!


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Feel Better Soon!

  It's been a LONG time since this cutie has seen ink and it's such a good feeling when I put one of my older stamps to use. Wouldn't you agree?  We always run out to by the newest "gotta have" stamps that go along with the latest stamp trends and often our favorites get forgotten about.  This stamp, A Teddy For Avery from Holly Berry House is exactly one of those stamps!  

This image was colored with Copic markers.  I recently bought the Vintage Photo Distressing ink by Tim Holtz and the Inkssentials Ink Blending Foam to apply it and put it to work on this card.  Instant Love! I love the soft antique feel of this card!  The sentiment is by DRS Designs.   

By the way...just a little secret...I never bought the Ink Blending tool to use with the Blending Foam.  I already have the Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool and just velcro-ed the blending foam right to it.  As you can see, it worked just fine and it's one less tool to have to buy!

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tulip Bouquet

I worked this past weekend and took a ton of stamped images with me to color in my down time.  One of them was this Bold Floral Tulip Bouquet from From Rubbernecker.  If this card doesn't say Spring, I don't know what does! I am so ready for warmer weather!

All but the yellow and brown borders were colored with Prismacolor Pencils and blended with Gamsol.  The borders were colored with Copic markers.  Just a simple card today...ribbon, pink rhinestones, and the Textile Texture Cuttlebug Embossing Folder decorates this card.  I didn't want to take too much away from the image.  It's such a beautiful bouquet!

Hope you have a wonderful Monday!


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Will You Create An Inchie Or A Twinchie?

Welcome to another Saturday Challenge with Sunflowers And Dragonflies!

This weeks challenge is a "real" challenge! We want you to create projects using inchies or twinchies!  What are they you ask?  Inchies are one of the latest fads in card making. They are 1" x 1" cards, yes, tiny greeting cards, that display stamping on the front, and a short, little message on the inside, if you wish.  So, by now I'm guessing that you've figured out what Twinchies are...yep, little 2" x 2" cards!

I took this challenge and changed it up a bit.  Rather than create actual inchie or twinchie cards, I cut the "Picking Flower" image into one inch pieces.  So, my card has 12 inchies on it!

Rachelle Ann Miller's "Picking Flowers" sold by Sunflowers and Dragonflies 

After stamping this image on white cardstock, I colored it with Copic markers.  I then carefully cut it up into one inch squares and then assembled my card as shown.  The "Thinking of You" sentiment is also by Sunflowers and Dragonflies and is part of the Four Seasons Stamp Set.  I used two large red eyelets to help me add some ribbon at the top of my card and a bit of red Stickles added to the heart on her dress made this card complete!

To be eligible for this weeks prize drawing, please post a direct link to your challenge project from either your blog or an online gallery to the Sunflowers and Dragonflies Blog, specifically on the Challenge #26 Blog Post, so we can view it. If you upload to an online gallery, please use the keyword SD26.
Deadline for this challenge is next Friday January 29th.

This weeks Prize is CUPCAKES! You'll win the 1 1/4" Candied Orange Blossom, Choc Dipped Strawberry, Mixed Berries, Raspberry Chocolate Rose, Sugar Frosted Pansies--all just for playing along!

Good Luck!


Friday, January 22, 2010

Joy Fold Love...

...on the DRS Designs site.  Today is my day to post there, so you can see my project for today there.

Here's a sneak peek...

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Is It Spring Yet?

Well, nothing like jumping the gun...Winter has barely started around here and I'm already wishing for nicer weather! 

I used the Duck's Decoration (H565) image from DRS Designs for this week's CPS challenge #150. The sentiment (D1089) is also by DRS Designs. 

The image was colored with Copic markers.   I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that Old Man Winter is soon on his way out and that the warmer temps make it here soon! Anyone else agree?

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

 For today's project I created an Anniversary card that shows off the First Love (M640) Cutie Pie Kids image and it uses a portion of the Changing Love (H574) sentiment.  For this particular card, I thought the entire sentiment was too serious to go with the Cutie Pies kissing image, so I just used the last line of it. 

The Cutie Pie image was colored with Copic Markers.  They are some of my favorite images from DRS Designs.  You can see the rest of the Cutie Pie Collection by Clicking HERE.

Thanks for visiting here today!


Monday, January 18, 2010

Chocolate is Love...

...For most of us women anyways! LOL!

The large chocolate chip (D195) and the Love is Patient sentiment are 2 of the of the stamps DRS Designs just recently released.  I got creative with the Love is Patient sentiment (H201) and only used the word "Love" from it on this card. As you can see I stamped it on the center of the chocolate kiss, and I also created my own patterned paper by stamping it in the open spaces after using the Interlocking Heart Background (H808) stamp on white cardstock.

I hope your Monday is full of sweetness, ok, make that chocolate!


Saturday, January 16, 2010

There's No Doubt It's Winter!

This week the Sunflowers and Dragonflies DT would like you to make Winter Themed cards. It's all about those very cold temps that are sweeping the nation, letting us all know that Old Man Winter is here! 

My challenge card uses the Christmas Fairy from the Sunflowers and Dragonflies' Christmas Fairy Collection.  I colored her with Copic markers, and created a tent topper card for the card base style.  This layout is completely cased from a Christmas card I received from my friend Nancy.  I loved the simple style of her card and thought it was time I finally tried out a tent topper.  The paper I used in the background is by Doodlebug Designs Inc.

For playing along in this week's Winter themed challenge, Sunflowers and Dragonflies is giving the Christmas Fairy stamp and Rachelle Anne Miller's Cuddling stamp away to one lucky participant.  The picture of the prize package is below.  Will you be the lucky winner? 

To be eligible for this weeks prize drawing, please post a direct link to your challenge project from either your blog or an online gallery to the Sunflowers and Dragonflies Blog, specifically on the Challenge #24 Blog Post, so we can view it. If you upload to an online gallery, please use the keyword SD24.

Deadline for this challenge is next Friday, January 22nd.

Good Luck!


Friday, January 15, 2010

Three Wooden Crosses

Today is my day to post on the DRS Designs blog.  Run over there to see the 2 projects I created with this image and read about my opinions regarding handmade sympathy cards.

Thanks, and have a great weekend!


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Anniversary Love!

I'm still playing around with my new stamps from DRS Designs.  The stamps on today's card are not from their latest release, but these are 'new to me' stamps.  I used them to create an Anniversary card, but by simply omitting the "Happy Anniversary" line in the Changing Love  sentiment and replacing it with  F357 "Happy Valentines Day," you would have a Valentine all set and ready to go!  Isn't this a beautiful greeting?

Valentine's Day is only 1 month away.  Have you started making your Valentine's yet?  DRS Designs has some great Love themed and Valentine's day stamps available for purchase if you need some.  You can see them all HERE.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Papercrafting Funny!

Isn't this the truth!?!?!  Have you ever lost an eyelet?  What a pain it can be to try an find them when you do!  This is one of those cards to send to your stamping and scrapbooking friends.  Nothing like a bit of humor to brighten their day!   This sentiment and the Lots of Lines background stamp are by DRS Designs.

Happy Stamping and Paper crafting today!  (But don't go losing your eyelets!)


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

CPS 149 Walk On The Wild Side

In the midst of cleaning up all of our holiday decorations yesterday, I did find a little bit of play time in my stamping room.  It's been a long time since I've made use of all the wonderful sketch challenges out in blog land.  Today's card uses this week's CPS sketch.  It felt good to create with a sketch--I didn't have to think as hard when making this card! :-)   

Here's the sketch design...

...and here's my card, "Walk On The Wild Side!"

This image was drawn by Dustin Pike and is available through DRS Designs.  I love "Jimbo and the Gang," as it is appropriately titled--it's a great image to color, if you like to color!  I colored it with Copic markers, and draped ribbon over the thin paper panels in the background to dress it up a bit.  The sentiment is also by DRS Designs.  I split it up again (yes, again!) to fit in the empty spaces on my card front.  The entire sentiment actually reads, "It's your Birthday~ Walk on The Wild Side!" 

Well, that's it for today...ta ta for now!


Monday, January 11, 2010

Hugs and Kisses

Happy Monday to you! Are you enjoying all of the new images available by DRS Designs?  In case you haven't seen them yet, you can click HERE to view them all.  

I used DRS Designs new OX XO (G188)  Hugs and Kisses image as the focal point on todays card.   I created an anniversary card with it, but it could also be used more appropriately if you'll be making Valentine's Day cards for this time of year.  I stamped it on red cardstock, carefully cut it out and adhered it to the matted white cardstock with foam tape for some added dimension. This anniversary card also uses a portion of the Changing Love (H574) sentiment (gotta love unmounted rubber that makes this so easy!) and the background was stamped with the Interlocking Heart Background stamp (H808).

Well, just a quick post today--Today is my day off and I'm working hard to finish cleaning up all of my holiday decorations. Yes, we've had them up until now(!) and I can't let the computer distract me today! 

Thanks for visiting today and for all of your sweet comments.  I love them!  


Saturday, January 9, 2010

No Machine Necessary!

Welcome back to the Sunflowers and Dragonflies 23rd Saturday Blog Challenge!

This week's theme is an easy one--Faux Stitching...no Machine Necessary!  I created a Valentine for my challenge card using the Queen of Hearts image and sentiment from Sunflowers and Dragonflies'Alice in Wonderland Collection.

Alice was colored with Copic markers.  I used a white and black gel pen to create the faux stitching look around the stamped image and around the cardstock in the background. 

Won't you join us in this challenge?
To be eligible for this weeks prize drawing, please post a direct link to your challenge project from either your blog or an online gallery to the Sunflowers and Dragonflies Blog, specifically on the Challenge #23 Blog Post, so we can view it. If you upload to an online gallery, please use the keyword SD23.

Deadline for this challenge is next Friday, January 15th.
One lucky winner will receive both Amber and Melody stamps and the flourish design stamps you see in the background behind them--all just for for participating in this challenge!

Good Luck!

Happy New Year!!


Friday, January 8, 2010

Sending You A Smile...

...in the hopes of cheering up your Winter blues!

Don't forget, DRS Designs has another great round of stamps that will be available for purchase starting tomorrow.  You can see all of the new releases HERE as soon as they become available.  This Snow Mama is one of the stamps that will be released.  I colored her with Copic markers, and added a touch of Stickles to the Snowflake on her hat.  I also added some pink to her cheeks and a few freckles.  Isn't she adorable?!?!  I paired her with the "Sending you a smile..." (D289) sentiment.  This stamp combo is bound to cheer anyone up!

Well, I hope your Winter is a bit warmer and better than ours is right now in Michigan.  We just received about 5 inches of fresh snow yesterday and the high temperature over the last few days has been about 20 degrees!   If weather conditions like that don't give you the blues, then you must be a penguin! LOL!


PS: As of January 31st DRS Designs will be retiring hundreds of its current stamp designs.  Get them before they're gone by clicking here. 

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Three Happy Hearts!

Other than some birthdays coming up soon, it looks like Valentine's Day is the next major card making holiday.   Are you ready?  If not, you can stock up on the new Valentine's Day and Love themed stamps that DRS Designs will be releasing this Saturday.

I just started creating my Valentine's this past week.  Here's a sneak peek of their new 'Three Happy Hearts' stamp.  I colored it with Copic Markers. You can find this sentiment in DRS Designs Valentines section of their current catalog.

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sunflowers and Dragonflies Info and New DT!

Sunflowers and Dragonflies Creative Designs a Canadian based stamp and papercrafting supply company for all of your rubberstamping and scrapbooking needs. Their stamps are for use with acrylic blocks and are of a non-yellowing clear photopolymer for perfect placement of your images every time. You will also find stamps from Rachelle Anne Miller and Sarah Kay, and products such as Basic Grey, Prima Flowers, and the Cuttlebug.
 Payment is received in Canadian funds. 

The S&D DT has recently expanded!  Please help us welcome our new members:

Current members include:


and Beth N., the owner of the Company and stamp designer. 

Please make sure to frequent the S&D Blog.  Beth often holds free tutorials, tips and tricks, and every Saturday we have a Blog challenge where you can win great prizes from the company just for playing along.  Stay tuned for this Saturday, January 9th as we host our first Blog Challenge of 2010!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

We Can Build A Snowman...

...and that's exactly what I've done to create today's card! DRS Designs will have a bunch of new Winter images available for purchase this Saturday and one of them is this Invisible Snowman set of images. It consists of 3 stamps--the hat, scarf and face!

I know it's hard to see, but I created the snowman body by cutting white cardstock circles with my Nestabilities and then embossing them with the Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing folder.  I used a black marker to draw the coal buttons on his chest.  I adhered all 3 circles together and then added hit hat and scarf.  I had to give him arms, and the twine I had stashed in my ribbon box was perfect! I used foam tape to adhere him to the dark blue background which was stamped with the Interlocking Snowflake background (H015).  I used the snowman's face stamp to create the background and used an orange marker to color in the carrot nose!

Surprisingly, we haven't had much snow this season yet, --this is the only snowman I've made so far.  Based on the latest weather reports I'm sure we'll be getting plently of the white stuff very soon!

Have you built a snowman this season yet? 

Have a great day!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Is It Too Late?

Is it too late for one more Christmas Holiday card?
What if it was to show off this Country Christmas Cowboy, would it be ok?

Isn't this Country Snowman fun?!?! This image is one of the soon to be released images from DRS Designs.  This snow scene was colored with Copic markers and I used the Interlocking snowflake background stamp and white craft ink to create the background.  I thought it was a bit weird to stamp the snowflakes on a brown background, but it went so perfectly with this Country Christmas card! 

 Make sure to mark your calendar for this Saturday, January 8th--that's when the new releases will be available for purchase, and stay tuned to the DRS DT Blogs all this week as we will be previewing the new releases.  You won't want to miss these sneak peeks and you can start viewing them right on the DRS Designs Blog.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday!
I wish you many blessings in the New Year!
Thanks for stopping by today,


Friday, January 1, 2010

It's Your Birthday!

Happy New Year!

Well, just like that the holidays are gone! Now that the Christmas cards have all been made and sent, it's time to replenishing my birthday card stash to send out to family and friends this year. 

This cute little fella is Jungle Jim the Elephant (K842) from DRS Designs.  He was drawn by Dustin Pike.  I colored him with Copic markers and used a Post It Note to shade the sky and grass around him.  I also used DRS Designs Easy Grass Background (E059) to add the grass blades to the shaded green area at this feet.

The sentiment I used on this card is Walk on the Wild Side (F935)--I cut it so that I could split up the lines.  I stamped the second half of the sentiment on the inside.  Being able to split up sentiments like this is one of my favorite parts of using unmounted rubber stamps--the versatility is endless and makes stampsing so much easier!


Thanks for visiting today!
I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and may you be blessed with peace, love, joy, and good health in the New Year.



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