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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!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall Is Right On Time!

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Well, it's official, Summer is over! Today marks the first day of Autumn and with the cooler temps we've been experiencing I guess as DRS Designs Scarecrows and Corn Rows sentiment (460F) states, "Fall is right on time!"

Here's another card I made a while ago for publishing, but it wasn't selected. (Enter sad face here, LOL!) I had a lot of fun making it--rarely do I make cards so simple, and I love how this Fall card was made in non-traditional colors. I wanted to give the Lady Scarecrow (418L) (also by DRS Designs) a girly feel so I colored her clothing pink. I dressed up the sunflower on her hat by adding a touch of yellow Stickles to it. 

For embellishments, I used a decorative border punch, lots of mini brads and some fun ribbon to the middle panel.  On the card front I used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. I guess for me you could call this card Clean and Simple! 

I hope your Fall is off to a great start! 
Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit and welcome your comments!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Family, Faith, and Friends

After 12 (fabulous!) weeks off of work on Maternity leave I will soon be back in the grind of working life.  I'm trying to make the most of this week cause next Monday is my first day back to work.  This has me stressed out a bit and unfortunately, I think it's putting a damper on my mojo.  I have 3 cards in progress and I'm not liking the way any of them are turning out.  Seems as though my creative side doesn't like the idea about going back to work either.  

While Anthony was napping yesterday, I did a little blog hopping looking for some inspiration and stress relief. 

I came upon this weeks Tuesday Morning sketch Challenge and completely forgot that DRS Designs was this week's sponsor! (Told you I was feeling stressed!)  It was just the inspiration I needed. Since my Give Thanks card was so well liked, (thanks to all of you who commented on it!) I decided to use this week's TMS sketch and do a bit more embossing on today's challenge card. 

I embossed DRS Designs new Give Thanks For Family Greeting (911F) with copper embossing powder for the center of my card. I matted it as seen on the sketch, and added acorn punchies to each of the corners of the frame.  The background was stamped with the Silhouette Branch Background (363H) and was also embossed. I added brown ribbon between the the 2 layers across the card front. 

As a final step I added leaf punchies to add some Fall color.

Now, I know you'd love to win the $10 store voucher that DRS Designs is giving away for this challenge.  Make sure to run over to the TMS Blog and link up your card today!

Thanks for visiting! 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wizard of Oz

Back in April when I went on the stamping weekend with the girls from the Stamp Shack, we all decided to create ATC's with a Wizard of Oz theme. I signed up for the "house falling" theme because I had the perfect stamp from DRS Designs for it.

I used a small portion of the Death of a Witch (L1045) stamp. I colored it with Copic Markers and added Xmas Red Stickles to the "Ruby Slippers."  I created the text "Ding, Dong, The Witch is Dead!" on my computer.

I can't wait to see what everyone else does for the other themes!
Hope you enjoyed seeing these!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Harvest Bouquet

DRS Designs has just released a bunch of stamps for Autumn and I'm in love! Perhaps I'm a bit partial because Fall is my favorite season, but these are some really great stamps! My favorite from this release is the Harvest Bouquet (929L) that I've used as the focal point on today's card.

I really like the color combination that I've used on the bouquet. I really didn't plan anything out ahead of time, but I think these Copic Marker colors scream Fall. I think this is a fun layout too. I was inspired to use this layout by this weeks Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge SC350. I added one of DRS Designs new sentiments, the Count Your Blessings greeting (915D) to the card front as well. It helped to fill in the empty space at the bottom. To add texture to the back ground, I stamped the Lines O' Plenty stamp (366H) by DRS Designs in turquoise ink to the blue panels. I embellished this card using some simple brown brads and light blue grosgrain ribbon threaded through a couple brown eyelets. Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5".
What are some of your favorite Fall stamps? Have you gotten them inky yet? If so, link me up so I can check them out! I'd love to see 'em!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Give Thanks

I usually don't heat emboss very often (not sure why!), but when I do, I love the results. A few days ago I created a heat embossed Fall card with DRS Designs new releases. I loved the elegant look of the embossed background that I wanted to create another card using the same technique. My layout for today's card uses last weeks Splitcoast Stampers Sketch SC349.

The background was created by heat embossing DRS Designs Fall Leaf With Acorn image (471F) with copper embossing powder. I also used this image as the focal point on my card front and colored it with Copic Markers. For the middle layer I dry embossed metallic copper cardstock with the Swiss Dots embossing folder to create texture on my card front. The sentiment I used, the Thanks Unto The Lord Greeting (916D), is new by DRS Designs.
I hope by sharing with you my heat embossed cards that I've inspired you to get out your embossing powders and heat gun too. If I have, please share the link with me--I'd love to see what you've created!

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your visit!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Harvest Moon

It won't be long before the leaves start to change and the weather gets colder and colder.  Ick! I love the Fall but the thought of snow coming soon after that just disgusts me!  The card I'm showing off today I made awhile ago and I submitted it for publishing. Unfortunately, it was never accepted, but I'm glad I finally get to share it with you.  I love the way it turned out!  
The Single Fall Tree (468F) and the Shine on Harvest Moon Greeting (470D) are by DRS Designs.  I first stamped the tree image and then cut it out using a Nestie Oval die.  Next, I created a stencil, using the smallest Nestie circle die for the sun.  I then masked the sun and put it back into the oval die and sponged blue ink around the upper portion of it to create the sky.  I used a piece of scrap paper with a wavy edge to create the ground, by inking brown ink along it's edge.  As a final step I "dressed up" the Fall tree by using several Fall colored Copic Markers to add dots to the tree and ground for leaves.

As you can see I kept the embellishments on this card rather simple as I didn't want to take away from the focal image.  Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5".  I hope I've inspired you to "dress up" one of your stamps and use it in a way other then it's intended use!
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you'll be back soon to see what I create next!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Road To Happiness...

It's that time again...DRS Designs has another sponsorship opportunity for you to win a $15 shopping voucher for Free!  How to do it, you ask...Just create a card using the color idea chart below using the colors Navy, Mustard, and Teal, and link it up on the Play Date Cafe blog for your chance to win. 

I used DRS Designs Golf Cart Girl (375K) for my main image. She was colored with Copic Markers and then masked so that I could ink the sky and grass.  The grassy area was also stamped using the Easy Grass Background (059E) with a darker shade of green ink for the grass blades.  The sentiment at the bottom is the Cart Path Greeting (005F).

I've also created this card for the final challenge over at the Stamp Something Challenge Blog. The theme is to just stamp something!  DRS Designs has donated a Halloween/harvest package of cling mount stamps, a $50 value, for the challenge prize.  Make sure to link up your stamped project here to enter to win this great prize package!  

Good Luck with both of these chances to win great prizes from DRS Designs!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Candy Corn Wreath

 Happy Labor Day to all of my American friends!

Can you believe the Summer is almost over already!?!?!  With Fall upon us I have a Halloween sneak peek to share with you.  DRS Designs will be releasing their new Halloween stamps very soon.  Included in this release will be the Candy Corn Wreath ( 927L) that I have used on today's card.

I colored the wreath with Copic Markers and then applied Black Stickles to each of the stars. The background panel was made using the Polka Dot Background (688P).  It was stamped in yellow, orange, and black ink to match the colors of the wreath.  The edges of each panel were inked with black to give a distressed look. 
To fill in the empty space in the center of the wreath, I stamped the Small Halloween Greeting (042A). I simply embellished this card using a few black brads and some grosgrain ribbon to the center panel.  Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5". 

Stay tuned right here to my Blog to see more Halloween and Fall sneak peeks.  Start compiling your list so as soon as these fun stamps are released you can get yours right away!

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Butterfly Take 3!

If you're a regular follower of my blog than you've probably read my post from last week explaining my latest love of the Butterfly Ribbon Slides from DRS Designs. Here's another take using them.   

For this Birthday card, I stamped the Polka Dot Background (688P) to create my own patterned paper.  I stamped the butterfly twice and colored it with Copic Markers and then cut each one out.  I layered one on top of the other and attached them together using 3 black brads.  I love how the brads make it look like the butterfly's body.  Then I just bent up the wings of the top butterfly to give it a 3D look.  The Another Year Flies By sentiment (489F) is perfect for a card like this with these layered butterflies, I couldn't help but use it again!

If you missed the yellow and blue butterflies, please make sure to check them out.  I promise you won't be disappointed!  Stay tuned, I still have one more set of the Butterfly Ribbon Slide to show off and it will be here soon!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!



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