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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!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Birthday Balloon!

Hi Friends!

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Weekend! I had to work a couple shifts at the hospital this weekend, but I was able to enjoy being off yesterday and today. I spent part of yesterday stamping and preparing for DRS Designs next promotion.

Do you remember the Stamp-A-Day Giveaway from last year? Yep, we're doing it again throughout the entire month of June. All you have to do is visit the DRS Designs Blog every day -starting today- and leave a comment to enter to win a FREE stamp! Then make sure to check the blog again the next day to see the winner's name announced and the stamp that they've won. It's that easy! You can find all the rules HERE.

I am also still playing with stamps from DRS Designs latest release and created this birthday card yesterday too. I've used the Giant Open Balloon (712P), the Brush Birthday Greeting (761H), and the Birthday Sheet Music (763P).

Overall, this card was really easy to make. I paper pieced the balloon and then stamped it with the Birthday Sheet Music. I tied a piece of twine to the balloon opening and allowed it to hang free. The background took me the longest, but once I got started it was fairly easy to complete. All I did was create a cloud stencil from a piece of scrap cardstock and then sponged around it with blue ink to create a cloud-filled sky. I stamped the Brush Happy Birthday in the lower left corner and then placed the balloon as shown above it. After punching the corners with a decorative corner punch, I matted the card front to black cardstock and then adhered it to a blue cardstock base. Finished card size is A2-4.25" x 5.5."

Well, that's it for me today. Make sure to run over to the DRS Designs Blog to enter to win a free stamp for the first day of the giveaway!
Good Luck!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop!

If this is your first stop, please click on the picture below to take you to the first stop on the hop.

Happy Memorial Day!
I'd like to start with a simple "Thank You" to all of our veterans and current soldiers.  I think we realize more and more everyday that Freedom truly isn't free, and for all of the sacrifice given by past and present soldiers we can't Thank you enough!
For the hop today, I created this Missing you card using images from DRS Designs.  I've combined this with this week's sketch challenge from the Card Patterns blog.  DRS Designs is the sponsor of this challenge and is giving away a $20 store voucher!

In honor of the Memorial holiday I thought it would be appropriate to create this card with a red, white and blue theme.  I thought stars worked well too!  The sentiment I used as the focal point is DRS Designs Hello, How Are you Greeting (849G).  I created the star panel in the background using their Interlocking star background (819H) that I stamped in red, and the Starry Background (124H) in blue. 

Hope you're enjoying the hop and if you get a chance this holiday weekend to do some stamping and card making of your own, I hope you'll play along with the Card Patterns sketch.  Good Luck in winning the $20 Store Voucher DRS Designs is giving away! 
Next stop along the hop is
Karen's Blog, Creating With Kajikit.

Thanks for hopping along with us and have a safe and happy Memorial Day!


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fishing Funny

DRS Designs has recently come out with some great new stamps, have you seen THEM?

The card I have to show you today was made using the new Proud Catch Fisherman (765K) stamp. This image was a lot of fun to color with Copic Markers. Then, by using the masking technique I was able to sponge ink around him to create a scene. It's amazing how much a little color will make an image like this come alive! Next, I created the card front and used a decorative border punch at the top and bottom of the beige cardstock. I added the funny Jerk Fishing Greeting (276G) which really gave this card some character!

If you really like this image, make sure to see his friends, Frisky Florence (771K) and Rascally Russell (777M) from this release as well. You're sure to love them!
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

First Holy Communion

 Today I have a Communion card I made for my Godson to share with you.   He made his First Holy Communion a couple weeks ago and I was so glad to see that DRS Designs had the perfect stamps so I could make him a card.  I'd much rather make the cards I give away then buy them.  It's a lot more fun that way too!

The first step I did in making this card was heat emboss the Praying Boy Silhouette (899F) with black embossing powder on light blue cardstock.  I matted it with a white cardstock scalloped oval to use as the focal point on my card front.  I stamped the First Holy Communion Greeting (913G) with black ink on white cardstock and inked the edges around it with light blue ink.  I created the card front from black cardstock that I dry embossed to add a little texture to my card.  I assembled the stamped pieces as shown and used the notched corner punch on all 4 corners.  I added a light blue ribbon and 3 light blue brads as embellishments and then threaded metallic silver string through the notched corners. The entire card front was then adhered to an A2 sized light blue cardstock base.  

I decorated the inside similar to the card front.  On white cardstock I used the notched corner punch on all 4 corners, inked the edges with light blue and I also added a strip of light blue ribbon near the bottom.  I stamped the Communion Greeting (401F) for the inside message.  
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

CAS Thinking of You

Hi Friends!
Today I'm sharing with you a simple Thinking of You card I made using 2 stamps from DRS Designs previous release.

I used just a small portion of the Medium Daisy Bloom (668H) three times, cut in different spots with a Nestability die. I colored them with Copic Markers and matted them on an orange cardstock rectangle. I created the card front by distressing the edges of the white cardstock panel and matting it with peach-colored cardstock. I arranged the 3 bloom squares vertically on the left side of the card front and then stamped the Vertical "Thinking of You" (690D) on the right side of the card front. After adding some brads and some twine threaded buttons to the flowers, I attached the card front to an A2 sized orange cardstock base. Such a bright and cheery Thinking of You card perfect for Spring and Summer, don't you agree?  Hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 20, 2011

Baby Shower Thank Yous

Last month when I went on the stamping weekend with the girls from the Stamp Shack, they all threw me a surprise baby shower. I was very, very surprised and shocked to learn that they had been planning it since January!  With all that has been going on, it's only taken me a month to finally make and write out their Thank you cards!

One of the girls gave me a cute set of Inkadinkado clear stamps called "Baby Love" and I thought the little swaddled bunny was perfect for their cards! I made 13 of them and had to mail them so I didn't want to add any extra embellishments. I colored the image with Copic Markers and then paper pieced the blanket after I ran it thru the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder to match the pattern I used on the background panel.  The "Thanks" sentiment I used on the bottom is by Serendipity Stamps.

To all of you Shackapalooza girls who follow my blog, thank you again for the surprise shower and for all the goodies you all so generously gave me! I greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

I am just head over heels for DRS Designs newest stamps! The characters that just came out in their Retirement collection are so much fun to play with!  I made this card for the White Space challenge over at the 365 Cards Blog that DRS Designs is sponsoring this week. 

The challenge is to keep all of the decorations on your card towards the black portion of the sketch and keep the white space free.  Play along in any of their challenges this week and you could win a $15 DRS Designs store voucher! (see below for more info)

I couldn't help but use Rascally Russell (777M) for a Father's Day card! Just look at that old guy dance!!!   I colored him with Copic Markers and then added the "Happy Father's Day" portion from the Ten Mile Fathers Day Greeting (280G) to the empty space at the bottom.  The background was stamped with the Polka Dot Background (688P) in Apricot Appeal ink.  A layered photo corner embellished with twine and a matching brad made this card complete!

Here are the challenges thus far at the 365 Cards Blog to play along for $15 voucher:

All Week: Sunday Sketch 17
Monday: White Space
Tuesday: Pretty In Pink-ing
Wednesday: Fabulous Fringe

Thanks for stopping by and good luck winning the $15 store voucher from DRS Designs!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Butterfly Birthday!

Over the last few days I've been busy with DRS Designs new releases.   Have you seen them yet? They are so much fun! To be honest, I've gotten lost in them over the last week...planning layouts in my sketch book, coloring up a few digi designs and preparing for when my package of rubber actually arrives--which should be today, I hope!

In the meantime, with that and all that is going on preparing for the baby's arrival, I completely forgot about this Happy Birthday card I made about a month ago.  The Butterfly Oval (749L) and the Three Butterflies stamp (744F) are both from DRS Designs previous release.  I love that the Small Script Happy Birthday (159D) as well as a number of other sentiments from DRS Designs fit inside the Butterfly Oval perfectly!

I created my own background paper on this card by clear embossing the Three Butterflies stamp repeatedly and then rubbing the Distress Stain Stick in Broken China (from Tim Holtz) over the embossed butterflies.  The Butterfly Oval was colored with Copic Markers.  Purple brads, purple satin ribbon and some bakers twine finished off this card nicely.  I love the teal blue and purple colors together...aren't they yummy!?!?!

I know it's been awhile, but there's a new sponsorship opportunity currently underway from DRS Designs and the 365 Cards Challenge Blog.  Every day at the 365 Cards Blog there's a new challenge to inspire you and for playing along in any of their daily challenges, you could win a $15 store voucher for DRS designs!  ( and yes, you could shop the new releases for FREE!) The challenges start HERE with a sketch.  Make sure to check back with them every day to see what the next challenge is!
Good Luck and thanks for playing along!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Yee-Haw! I've Been Published!

About 9 months ago I submitted this card for the Stamp and Scrap Arts Magazine's call for Country Western projects.  I had a feeling it was selected for the magazine because I sent a stamped return envelope with it and never received it back!  Woo Hoo! You can see it in the July 2011 issue on page 30.

All of the stamps used on this card are by DRS Designs.  The Cowboy Garb (1121K) was colored with Copic Markers.  Don't you just love the colors on this card?  Nothing says Country Western to me like brown and teal! I masked off the edges around the image with Post-It Notes and then sponged around it with light teal ink. I matted it with teal and brown cardstock and added a fun brown and white polka dot ribbon to the bottom of the matted image.

The card front was simply made from teal cardstock.  I adhered the matted image on an angle to the center of the card front and stamped the In The Accessories Greeting (155D) on an angle as well just above it.  I embellished the lower right and the lower left sides of the card front with brown petite brads as shown. 

The star embellishment was actually created using the Star Ribbon Slide (963D).  I heat embossed it with teal embossing powder and then after cutting it out, I tied the brown and white polka dot ribbon thru it.  I matted it on a brown scalloped Nestie circle and then adhered it to the upper right portion of the stamped image.  The card front was then adhered to a brown A2 sized cardstock base. 

Really like this card? Then you might also like this other Country Western card I made with some of the same stamps, but in red and brown.  You can see it HERE.
Thanks for letting me share my good news with you today!
Hope you have a good one! 

Monday, May 9, 2011


Happy Monday!
Hope you all had a great weekend and a wonderful Mother's Day to all you Mother's out there!!  Here's a "Welcome" card I made for new neighbors!  Spring is a great time for new beginnings and I've seen several moving trucks in my neighborhood recently.

 The one line Welcome stamp (737B) used here is from DRS Designs latest release.  I love this Shoe House (1069L) stamp and it's fun to color too! It's perfect for a card like this!

I colored the Shoe House image with Copic Markers and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo ink.  The decorative horizontal panel was first stamped with the new Polka Dot (688P) Background and then I used a border punch to dress it up.  I distressed the edges of this panel as well before matting it on a dark brown piece of cardstock that was punched with the same border punch. I added gathered ribbon across the center and then tied the end with a small piece of hemp jewelery cord around it to match.  Some dark brown brads and a decorative corner punch made this card front complete.  Finished card size measures A2 size, 5.5" x 4.25."

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Caught a Bug?

Well, once again, time has just flown right by and I can't keep up. It's been 3 weeks already since I went on the girls stamping weekend and I have yet to stamp since then! I've been on a cleaning frenzy since I got back--thought with majority of my stamping supplies all packed up, that this was a good opportunity to make a dent in cleaning out my stamp room for our new baby. (The baby, who will be here in just 8 short weeks!) I'm happy to report that I've made enough progress to make room for the crib and tall dresser on one wall but I still have my large craft table on the opposite wall. It seems like my Husband reminds me daily that we have the changing table dresser and rocking chair in our living room!! So, I've been slowly making room for those pieces recently.  Unfortunately with my time spent elsewhere, I've been a blog slacker.  Sleep, work, and cleaning/organizing are priorities, but for no apparent reason today I was up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 4am. So, I'm trying to make the most of this energy before I crash and burn with a nice, long morning nap!

I created this "Caught a bug?" card a few weeks ago.  I'm really loving DRS Designs new Polka Dot Background (688P).  I'm sure you can tell, as I've been using it quite a bit lately.  Here, I heat embossed it with white embossing powder, used the ticket corner punch, matted it with white cardstock and then added 2 small black rhinestones to the corners to create the background panel.

For the focal image, I stamped Ant Betty (1035B) along with the new One Line "Caught a Bug" saying (755D).   I used a square Nestie die to cut them out together and then used a very fine point black marker to draw in the square die border around the image and saying.  I sponged light red ink inside this border and Ant Betty was colored with Copic Markers.  To finish it off I used the ticket corner punch on all 4 corners, matted it on a black, scalloped square  and added a petite red brad to each corner. 

I used red cardstock for the card front.  I wrapped it with black and white twine, and used the ticket corner punch on all 4 corners again to match the detail in the rest of the card elements.  I adhered it to a black A2 sized cardstock base.  I then decorated a large photo corner with red twine and a white brad and assembled the card front as shown.  Hope you like it!

 Please stay tuned to see more of the baby's room (and more of my card projects!) as I make more progress in cleaning it out. It shouldn't be too much longer now! ;-)
Thanks for being patient with my sporadic blogging and for stopping by today!  I'm always grateful for your visits!



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