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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!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Card Patterns Sketch 83

Hello Friends and Happy Thursday to ya!
It's not too late to enter the sketch challenge sponsored by DRS Designs over at the Card Patterns Blog.  I created a second card using this sketch.

I used some of DRS Designs new stamps to create this card.  The Smooshed S'more (382E) and the  S'more Greeting (376K) worked perfectly with this sketch!

The image was colored with Copic Markers.  Can you believe I actually got my sewing machine out and added a bit of stitched detail to the layout!?!?!?  I wish I had the time to do this more often.  It added so much oomph!   I hope you enjoyed seeing it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Don't forget to link your take on this sketch HERE to be eligible for the prize!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

DRS Designs "By Invitation Only!" Contest

There's a new contest over at DRS Designs, have you heard of it yet? 

It's called "By Invitation Only"
It is a new stamping contest
that's won before a
card is ever stamped!
But, as the name implies
you have to be invited to play.

How, you ask??  It's simple!

We all have stamping friends
that impress us with every card
they make.  It's your job to
nominate them!! Email us the link
to their blog, website or gallery
and we'll check them out
and see if we agree with you!!

If we do, we'll invite them
to choose 1 to 3 unmounted
stamps from the
online collection.
To complete the contest,
they will stamp a card using
the chosen designs, post it to
their blog or gallery and send
it to DRS Designs.

Once our invitation is accepted
they will receive a cool
blinkie for their blog and
they'll also be qualified for our
Sunday Stamper blog post on the DRS Designs Blog,
where we'll feature one
outstanding card every week!

spread the word....
search the blogs.....
and send your nominations to:

Feel free to leave nominations in the comment section of today's post.  As the DRS DT Coordinator, I'm on the look out to send out invitations as well. 

Will you get an invitation??

Good Luck!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Too Early For Thanksgiving?

DRS Designs is sponsoring the Card Patterns Blog again. This time, you could win a $15 voucher to the DRS Designs Store and we'd love for you to play along! 

Too early for Thanksgiving? I think not! We're having the family party at my house this year and I've been busy decorating my house for the Fall Harvest.  I don't think I'm even going to do the ghosts and goblins this year--just the leaves, scarecrows, and pumpkins, and I'm even going to do some baking like this Happy Harvest Cutie Pie Girl (112F) from DRS Designs! 

I used Copic Markers to color the image and the sentiment, the Simply Delicious Thanksgiving Greeting (855G) is also by DRS Designs.

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you have a wonderful Monday!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Ooey, Gooey, Sticky Treat!

It's the perfect time of year for warm campfires at night!
Chocolate, marshmellow, and graham cracker delight, everyone likes S'mores, right?

Ok, ok, I'm done trying to be a poet!  LOL!  Here's my take on this weeks Splitcoast Sketch Challenge SC299.  I've used DRS Designs Smooshed S'more (382E) image and the S'more Greeting (376K), both were just released this week and are now available for purchase!

The marshmellow part of the Smooshed S'more image was paper pieced--I stamped it first on gray cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers, and then stamped it a second time on white cardstock, colored only the marshmellow and then cut it out and adhered it onto the gray cardstock where it went on the second image.

Look at those chubby cheeks! Isn't he cute!?!?!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Operation Write Home

Unfortunately, I don't have a project to show you at the moment, but as soon as this post goes live, I hope to run off and play with this week's Splitcoast Sketch Challenge and show off more of DRS Designs new Halloween Stamps.  Have you checked them out yet?  I used 2 of them in my Halloween card yesterday, but you can see the entire collection HERE.

In the mean time, I wanted to share with you a contest being held by DRS Designs to benefit Operation Write Home.  Wouldn't you love to win big from DRS Designs?

I know this flyer is a bit difficult to read, but I'll list the details here on this post or you can see the link set up by DRS Designs HERE.

The Grand prize is is $50 Gift Certificate to DRS Designs and it goes to the person who donates the most greeting cards.  Create as many handmade cards as you can (NO GLITTER and blank inside), along with an envelope for each one as well and send them to DRS Designs before October 23rd.  The next 4 generous donors will win $25 gift certificates to DRS Designs.  The cards you send in will be donated to Operation Write Home.  This is an organization that donates the cards sent in to our nation's Armed Forces so that they can write home to their family and friends, as well as cards of gratitiude to encourage them.

Please join us for this great cause.  I'll be sending in my cards soon.  Will you?


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Get in the Spirit!

The Halloween spirit that is! Brand new Halloween stamps from DRS Designs are now available for purchase! Today I'm showing off two of the new stamps on this Halloween card.  They are the Spirit of Halloween Greeting (389F) and Broomstick Stella (415H). I've also used DRS Designs Double Deal Halloween Bats and Stars stamp (653P) for the background.

Making this card took a bit of practice.  I admit, I worked on a rough draft to see if I could get everything to work out and look just right.  For this card, it was all about the masking!  I started by stamping Broomstick Stella on white cardstock and then I colored her with Copic Markers.  I then stamped the Spirit of Halloween Greeting next to her and colored the white portions of the word "Spirit" with an orange Copic Marker. I then created a Post-It Note mask for her and the word "Spirit."  Next, I stratigically stamped the Double Deal Halloween Bats and Stars around Stella.  I created a template for the moon and sponged it with yellow inks to color it.  At this point I didn't like how my scene looked with a stark white background, so I created a mask for the moon.  With 3 masks in place, I lightly sponged black ink around each image to create a smoky, Halloween sky.  I matted the scene with black cardstock, placed some yellow ribbon in the upper right corner and then applied it to a yellow cardstock base.

By this point you must be wondering why the Double Deal Halloween Bats and Stars are named that way...Well, believe it or not, this stamp can be used all year long! For all your Halloween cards, this stamp adds a beautiful moon, scary bats and a starry sky to your project as you can see on my card today, but it's not only for Halloween use.  For the rest of the year, inking only the stars on the right side of the stamp creates the perfect nighttime sky or star background!  It's like getting 2 stamps for the price of 1!

Don't forget all of the new Halloween stamps are now available for purchase. You can see them all by clicking HERE

Hope you've enjoyed todays post!  Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of Year!

So, with a title like this I bet you think I'm getting ready to post another Christmas card, right?  I know you've seen nothing but Christmas on my blog since DRS Designs released their new Christmas stamps, but I'm actually going to change things up a bit!  The title of today's post refers to my love for the season of Autumn and everything that comes with--not for the Christmas song!

It felt so good to get my Fall and Halloween stamps out!  There's nothing that gets me in the mood to stamp more than these stamps! I used this weeks Splitcoast Sketch challenge SC298 for the layout on this card.

That cute doggie stamp is by Penny Black.  I colored it with Copic Markers and added Yellow Stickles to the Jack O' Lantern.  The "Boo" paper you see in the background I created myself.  The "Ghost face Boo" is by Stampabilities and the "Boo" alone is by Northwoods.  The "Spooky Greetings" sentiment is from Rubbernecker.

Stay tuned for more Fall and Halloween stuff coming very soon.  DRS Designs Halloween release is just days away!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!

A Fear of St. Nick?

Looking for another chance to win some free spending cash to DRS Designs?  Well, look no further and get ready to stamp! This week DRS Designs is sponsoring the sketch challenge over at the 365 Cards Blog

For your participation, you could win a $10 voucher just for playing along!
Here's my take on the sketch.

I split the 'Claus'trophobic Christmas Greeting (G367) into 4 separate stamps and stamped 2 lines in between the sections divided up by the red ribbon. 

This Santa image was taken from the Wintertime Buddies stamp (M362).  I colored it with Copic Markers and  and cut it out from the rest of the stamp.  I dressed him up by adding some Stickles to the his hat and finished off the card by adding a big, red bow just above him on the first line of ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by today, and Good Luck playing with this sketch.  Hurry! This challenge ends soon, so don't delay!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Getting Ready For Christmas!

Christmas is right around the corner and it's never too early to start getting ready for it. Have you started your holiday preparations yet?

Just this past week I started making my holiday gift tags--the "To" and "From" tags that will go on every gift I give this year.  DRS Designs has a ton of stamps that are perfect for making these tags.  They were all quick and easy to make and best part is that I used a bunch of scraps! 

I simply typed out "To" and "From" on my computer and printed them out on high quality white cardstock.  Then I stamped each design around the text and simply decorated each one and added a matching ribbon.  Some even have a touch of Stickles! Here are 5 different ones that I've made so far.

I know the details are little difficult to see, so I took close up pics of each one.

This tag uses the Trees Address Label Frame (H106).  The original use for this stamp was envelope art, to decorate the area where the return address is put on an envelope.  However, I've creatively found another use for it!  The trees here were stamped with green ink and then I applied Stickles to make them snowy.

This tag shows off the Holly 3" Giga Circle (L120).  This stamp was designed for use with the Giga Circle punch--you'll get a perfect punch every time!  If you're a Nestability lover like me, you'll find they work well with them too!  This was stamped with Olive Green ink, and the dots were colored with red marker and then I applied Red Stickles to each of them to dress it up a bit.

As you can see, here is the Snowflake Address label stamp (K107).  I stamped it in bright blue ink and then added a Stickles to each of the snowflake centers.  The tag base was also embossed with a snowflake embossing folder.

How about snowflakes in red?  For this one I used the 2.5" Mega Snowflake Circle (H259). 

And finally for my last tag, I used the 3" Giga Holly Oval (K166).  Again, the dots were colored red with marker and then I added red Stickles to them to dress it up.  I wanted to make this one a bit different then the holly tag I made above, so I added the One Line Merry Christmas sentiment (B364) to this one. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the different tags I made--this is only the beginning!  Get started on your Christmas tags today! You can find all of DRS Designs Envelope Art Stamps HERE and all of the other Designer Frames HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Monday, September 13, 2010

365 Cards Sponsorship With DRS Designs

Happy Monday to you all! I hope you had a great weekend! Can you believe it's the middle of September already!?!?!!?  This year is really flying by and I just can't seem to catch up!  I worked hard this weekend stamping away, so I hope to be able to get them all posted this week to share with you.

For my first project this week, I'm sharing my take on the 365 Cards Blog Sketch Challenge sponsored by DRS DesignsCreating a card with this fun sketch could win you a great prize.  One lucky participant will win a $10 voucher!

I used DRS Designs Silhouette Snowflake Snowman (K247), the Christmas Music Background (P372), the Interlocking Snow Background (H015),  and the Small Merry Christmas Sentiment (B1014).  This isn't your traditional looking Christmas card, as I was going for a different look, but I really like the black accents against the white and red.

The Silhouette Snowman was heat embossed with red embossing powder.  Then I stamped the Music Background in Real Red ink on top of it.  The snowflakes stamped in the background were stamped with white Staz-On.  The sentiment was also stamped in Real Red.  A simple back ribbon is the scarf for my snowman and 3 black brads were added for his buttons. 

I look forward to seeing your take on this sketch.  Make sure to link your card up at the 365 Cards blog to enter the drawing for the $10 voucher to DRS Designs.  I'd love to see you win!

Good Luck!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Christmas Mouse

Hello Friends! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!
We've had some unseasonable cool weather lately and there's no doubt that Autumn is just around the corner.  That means the Christmas Holiday isn't too far off as well. 

I've been busy stocking up on some hand stamped Christmas cards using DRS Designs New Releases.  They've added 12 new designs to their Christmas Collection!  I've used the Joyful Christmas Mouse (H351) on the card I have to show you today.  I colored it with Copic Markers and sponged light blue ink around it while it was in a Nestie die.  This created a nice white frame around the image.   I also created my own background by heat embossing the Holly Background (H365) with clear embossing powder.  The layout follows the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge SC296.

Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate your visit!

Have a great day!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Jingle All The Way!

Happy Friday and thanks so much for stopping by!

I'm still playing around with DRS Designs new Christmas stamps. As you can see I have another Jingle Bell card to show you today.

I've used the Bells and Bows stamp (K355) again as my focal image, but this time I dressed this entire card up with a bit of stitching! Yep, actually got my sewing machine out for this one! I colored the image with Copic Markers and paired it with the Jingle All The Way (E308) sentiment. If you look closely at the yellow panel in the background you will see that I stamped it with the new Jingle Bell Background (H352) and sewed the edges of it as well. Since the stitching adds so much to this card I decided to keep the embellishments to a minimum. A simple photo corner was all I used and I sewed a real jingle bell to the center of it. Have you ever made a card that actually jingled?


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Nativity Noel

I recently used the sketch from CPS 181 to show off the Nativity Noel stamp (L337) from DRS Designs. Unfortunately, time got the best of me and I wasn't able to get it posted in time for the challenge drawing. Better late than never I suppose!
 This card is more like a note card because it is smaller than a regular A2 sized card. It measures 5" x 3.5". I colored it with Copic Markers. Once again I created my own embellishments by cutting out the holly image several times from the Joyful Christmas Mouse stamp (H351). I added Stickles to the large star above the Nativity and to each of the Holly berries.

Well, that's it for today! Short and sweet today, just like my Clean and simple card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Jingle Bells!

With the new release of DRS Designs latest holiday stamps, I'm on a roll creating my Christmas cards for this year! I feel it's never too early to start, and the earlier the better!  Anything to help decrease the hectic hustle and bustle of the holidays is a "plus" in my book!

Here's another Christmas card I've made with the new DRS Christmas stamps.

The Bells and Bows image (K355) was colored with Copic Markers.  I distressed the edges around the image with Vintage Photo Desitressing ink.  I cut the Jingle Bell Greeting (G356) in half so each piece had 2 lines of text.  This made it easier to stamp the greeting on the 2 colors of cardstock I used in the layout.  That's one of the things I love best about DRS Designs unmounted stamps--they are so versatile and I can make them work for any idea I have!  This would have been a bit more difficult and time consuming had it been wood mounted.  I use EZ Mount to mount my stamps and then store them on cling sheet storage panels in 3 ring binders.  I have each binder labeled by theme so my stamps are always right at my finger tips and easy to find in a book shelf right next to my stamping table!

Well, that's it from me today.  Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for another great project coming soon, right here at Ink N Scrap Habits!

Have a great day!



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