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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!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stain Glass Happy Halloween

Whenever I have a decent amount of time in my stamp room, I like trying new techniques and card styles whenever I can. I use the resource list from SCS often and recently found the Stained Glass Window technique. I used it to create this Halloween card.

I stamped this adorable Jack O'Lantern and Black Cat image from Serendipity Stamps on vellum with Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with fine black embossing powder. Then to create the look of the stained glass I turned the image over and colored the back side of it with Copic Markers. I used a vellum glue stick to then adhere it to a white piece of cardstock. Using the Happy Halloween stamp (042A) from DRS Designs, I created the sentiment tag the same way.

The black panel was trimmed using a decorative border punch and then run thru my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I added 3 orange brads to the far right side and then adhered it to an orange cardstock base. I added purple and white polka dot ribbon to the top of the black panel with a knot and layered the colored image to the left side of the card front. I placed the sentiment tag as shown and then added 4 black rhinestones above the image. I really like the stained glass look. I'm eager to give this a try on a Christmas card. Have you ever tried this technique? Let me know if you have a send me a link if you can. I'd love to see your stained glass work!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Happy "Holly"days!

Happy Monday friends!
Only 2 month til Christmas! Can you believe I just said that!?!?!? The count down is on and it's never too early to start making your Christmas cards.  Especially if you send out as many as I do, then you have no choice but to start early! My card for today shows off a couple new stamps that DRS Designs just released on October 15th.

Included in this release is the Girl Swirl Holly image (887G) that I've used to create the background on this card. I stamped it repeatedly and colored them with Copic Markers. The matching "Happy 'Holly'days" (888B) sentiment is perfect and looks so elegant matted with olive green and red cardstock and then trimmed with sheer ivory ribbon. A decorative border punch and the Swiss dots embossing folder helped to dress up this card as well. Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5".

Make sure to check the New Release page to check out all of DRS Designs new Christmas and Holiday stamps that are now available for purchase.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Win $10 from DRS Designs!

I'm busy playing with stamps for DRS Designs November release.  You'll love them, I promise, but because of this I'm short on time and I'm unable to play with challenges this week. (Enter sad face here!) But, I wanted to share with you that DRS Designs has joined Tuesday Morning Sketches this week for a $10 store voucher give-away.  Here's the sketch you need to play with to win:

Create a card using this sketch and link it up at the TMS Blog.

Happy Stamping and Good Luck!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Spooktacular Pumpkin!

I've been busy stamping DRS Designs new Halloween stamps a lot lately. T'is the season, I guess! I really had a lot of fun making this card since it's not your traditional 'all orange and black' Halloween card. It was pretty simple to make. 

This card shows off the new Spooktacular Halloween Greeting (933F) and I've paired it with the Fancy Pumpkin (077G).  This image is one of my favorite Halloween stamps from DRS Designs.

I first used Copic Markers to color in the pumpkin image and I then I used yellow Stickles on each moon, the buckle on its hat and the face. While the image was drying, I stamped the greeting on a separate piece of white cardstock and matted it with orange cardstock.  For the bottom layer, I used a spiderweb border punch on black cardstock.  The background panel was embossed with the Seeing Spots Cuttlebug Folder and the edges of each layer were distressed with black ink.  Three orange brads dressed up the background layer and fun Halloween ribbon dressed up the sentiment panel.  The finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5". 
Hope you enjoyed seeing this Halloween card today.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Stockings Were Hung...

...by the chimney with care, with hopes that St. Nicholas would soon be there!

Are you familiar with the story "Twas the Night Before Christmas?"  This new I Scene A Stocking (857L) stamp from DRS Designs reminds me of that story. 

This is one of DRS Designs new Christmas stamps that is now available for purchase. I really enjoyed coloring this scene with my Copic Markers and for a bit of Christmas sparkle, I added a lot of Stickles to the top of the stocking.

Because this stamp is so involved, I used it as the focal point and kept the rest of the layout very simple. I cut the stocking image out and adhered it to a red panel that was embossed with polka dots and matted with green cardstock. To bring out the light beige colors in the scene, I placed 3 horizontal beige panels on top of a dark brown card front that was also embossed with polka dots for the background. I stamped the One line Merry Christmas (364B) on the bottom of the lowest beige panel. The card front was then adhered to an red A2 size cardstock base.

Well, I have a good start on my Christmas cards, do you? Make sure to check out all of DRS Designs Christmas stamps to help you get started!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Have you seen DRS Designs newest Autumn stamps? I've been having a blast with the Halloween ones and making my own backgrounds too! Today I'm sharing a card with you where I've used both.

I used the new Silhouette Cat on Moon (895F) for the focal image. I colored the moon with Copic Markers and then masked it and sponged it with orange ink for the moon's glow. I then distressed the edges with black ink to give it a smoky look. The background was made using the Open Plaid Background (631P). I stamped it in yellow and orange inks to match the colors of the card front. The entire card front was also distressed with black ink. The sentiment I used is the new Tiny Happy Halloween (938A). This stamp is great for small spaces like seen on this card today or for creating small tags for cards or treat bags etc. I added some black brads, fun ribbon, and a decorative border punch to dress up this card.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and see my card today. 
I appreciate your visit.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Autumn Greetings

After making a few cards for DRS Designs Christmas Release, I've decinded to go back to making Fall and Halloween cards for bit.  I am still in shock that Fall is here and October is almost over...ALREADY! How about you?  The Summer flew by so quickly, I feel like I hardly got a chance to enjoy it.  The cool, crisp Fall temperatures quickly bring me back to reality, so I guess I'm better off embracing the idea rather than wishing the temperatures would go back up.  (Can you tell I don't like the cold?)  So, today I'm offering "Autumn Greetings" to all of you!

This card uses DRS Designs Jumping into Autumn (498M) and the small Autumn Greetings sentiment (422B).  I colored the image with Copic Markers and created the background by stamping the Lines O'Plenty stamp (366H) repeatedly with brown ink.  I did a little distressing on some of the layers and embellished the horizontal panel with a decorative border punch and ribbon and added 3 dark brown brads to the card front. 
Have a wonderful day!

PS: DRS Designs just released a bunch of new Christmas stamps.  Check them all out HERE

Friday, October 14, 2011

Christmas Memories

Tomorrow, October 15th, is the big release day over at DRS Designs.  They will have their new Christmas and Holiday stamps available for purchase and as soon as they are released you can see them all HERE.  While working on Christmas cards for this release over the last week, I decided to use up the scraps of the Girl Swirl Holly (887G) background I made and used a piece of it to create this card.

The background was stamped randomly on Ivory cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.  I used the Lingering Christmas Greeting (870H) as the focal point on this card, which is also part of this Christmas release.  Isn't that text beautiful?!?!?! I think it really adds a lot of elegance to this card.  Not sure how I came up with this layout, but I love it! The ripped ivory layer in the background helps to add the right amount of color to make the background and sentiment piece pop.  This is one of my favorite Christmas cards thus far and because I like it so much, I might use this to mass produce the cards I send out this year. Hope this post doesn't spoil it for those who might receive it in the snail mail! *wink*

I hope you really like it too! Thanks for stopping by to see it!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

3 Months!

I know I've said it before, and I'm saying it again...Time flies!
Anthony is 3 months old already!

He is a very happy baby and hardly ever complains.  At 3 months old he smiles constantly, laughs and giggles, makes small motions of hand/eye contact by reaching out and grabbing objects, has gained six pounds and 5 inches since birth.  He's growing like a weed and we're loving every minute! 


Monday, October 10, 2011

Christmas Cardinal

Happy Monday Friends!
Today marks the start of another preview week.  DRS Designs is releasing new Holiday and Christmas stamps this Saturday, October 15th.  One of the new stamps included in this release is the Cardinal on Branch (856M) that you see on today's card. 

I colored the Cardinal with Copic Markers. The edges of the white and craft cardstock were inked with Vintage Photo Distressing ink.  I stamped DRS Designs One Line Merry Christmas (364B)  in the bottom right area and added 4 red brads to the left of it.  Some nice red grosgrain ribbon pulled everything together nicely.

I really like how this card ended up.  I think the colors look really nice together and the distressing makes it look like a vintage Christmas card.  Nice and elegant, wouldn't you say? Hope you enjoyed it!
As with every new Release, you can see all of DRS Designs new stamps on their release page by clicking HERE

Stay tuned here and to the DRS Designs Blog this week to see more sneak peek of the new Christmas stamps.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

PS: Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian Friends! I hope you all have a great day celebrating with your family and friends!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spirits and Boo-ze!

Can you believe it's October already!?!?!  DRS Designs released their new Halloween stamps not too long ago.  You can see them all HERE.  Included in this release is the Halloween Spirits and Boo-ze Greeting (894G) and the Small Bat in Moon image (898C) that I have used on today's Halloween card.

To make this card I started by using Nesties to cut out the greeting.  While it was still in the Nestie die, I inked it to create the white frame around it.  I did the same technique with the Small Ghost (C191).  The background was made using a digi of the Bat and Moon image, by copying and pasting the image one after another.  All of the images were colored with Copic Markers. 

I simply embellished this card by inking the background edges with black ink, and by using a few black brads and some twine to embellish the center panel.  Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5". 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Monday, October 3, 2011

Count Your Blessings

Hello, Hello, Hello! Happy Monday to you all! Hope you all had a great weekend!
So, how's the weather where you're at?  Here in Michigan, there's no doubt that Fall has arrived. The card I have to inspire you today shows off a few of the new Fall stamps from DRS Designs that are now available for purchase.  Check out the entire release HERE.   

I created the background on a whim by stamping the Fall Leaf with Acorn (471F) stamp repeatedly on ivory cardstock using Versamark ink. I think this stamp was originally created to be a focal image, but I've experimented using it as a background image and I really like how it turned out.  I heat embossed it with Copper Embossing Powder and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo ink.  I think the copper embossing and the distressed look make the background look really elegant.  I really gives it an Autumn feel.  The main image I used is the new Squirrel with Acorn stamp (934H).  I colored it with Copic Markers and distressed the edges of this as well.  Then I stamped "Count Your Blessings" Greeting (915D), also a new release, on the panel I added behind the image. I just love this card, and hope you do too!  Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5".

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll be back soon!
Have a great day! 



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