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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, January 26, 2012

Tis The Season For Hearts!

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all having a great Thursday!
There's a new challenge on the DRS Designs blog and this weeks theme is Hearts! I created the card below for the challenge. I guess it could be a Valentines Day card even though it doesn't say Happy Valentines Day, or an anniversary card would be appropriate as well.
I admit, the technique and layout idea are not my own. I cased a card I received a long time ago from a friend on the Stamp-Shack, who has passed away. I've been meaning to case her card for a while, but I just never had the right stamps/inspiration to create it until now.

The first thing I did was stamp the Love Is Patient (201H) saying on glossy cardstock with red ink. Once it was dry, I cut it out and inked the edges with Worn Lipstick Distressing Ink. I then stamped the Filigree Heart (599E) using Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then to make it stand out against the glossy cardstock, I sponged on top of the heart again with the Worn Lipstick ink.

Doesn't the heart look really nice sponged this way? I matted this piece with black cardstock and embellished it with a punchie from the SU! Word Window Punch and a red heart brad. I used red cardstock for the card base and stamped the lower front side of it with the Heart Drops image (344K).

This is such a simple card, yet it has so much detail. I hope you enjoyed seeing it!

Good luck in the heart challenge if you decide to play! Check out what DRS Designs is giving away for the prize HERE!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Half A Year, Already!

Just a quick post today to show you who has been occupying all my time lately.

Here is my favorite 6 month picture of Anthony. 
He'll actually be 7 months old this Sunday, January 29th. 
As his Doctor said recently..."It's time to start planning that first Birthday party!" 
YIKES! ;-)


Monday, January 23, 2012

Get Your Irish On!!

Hi Everyone!
Today I'm thinking green and sharing one of the St. Patty's Day cards I recently made. The big Green Day will be here before you know it and we'll have corned beef and cabbage in the crock pot and green beer to wash it down! LOL, Just kidding!  To be honest, I'm not really a fan of either one! I make it for my Hubby who loves it and St. Patty's Day even though neither one of us is Irish.

So, anyways, back to my card...I'm really happy with how it turned out. Sometimes the layouts I draw up in my notebook don't work out as planned, but this one seemed to come together nicely. All of the stamps I used on this card are by DRS Designs. They include the Swirly Shamrocks (983F), the Easy Shamrock Background (326H), and the Irish On Greeting (1005D). The Shamrocks were colored with Copic Markers and the edges of each panel were distressed with green ink. So very festive, don't you think?

Well, that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snowman Challenge!

Have you heard of a Center Step Card? I received 2 hand stamped Christmas cards this past year using this technique, and it was just the inspiration I needed to try something different! I used the instructions found on SCS to create my Snowman card for this weeks DRS Blog challenge. This is such a fun card! I love how it turned out!

Here's what I did...The card base was created from black cardstock, and I stamped the center panel with the Interlocking Snow Background (015H). I cut small strips of white cardstock embossed with the Snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder to decorate the side panels. The Warm Wishes Sentiment (611D) used here is actually one stamp that I split apart so that I could stamp it as shown on the red panel used to decorate the bottom of the card base. For the center image, I stamped the Silhouette Snowflake Snowman (247K) on Vellum, using white Staz On ink. I layered it on black cardstock, cut it out with an oval Nestie and added red twine for a scarf and 3 black brads for buttons. I matted it with a white scalloped oval which really made the snowman and his red scarf pop! Best part about this card is that it measures A2 size, so no need to purchase a separate envelope for mailing...Gotta like that!

Just to show you how unique this card is, I took a picture of the side view.
Hope you enjoyed seeing this card! Give it a try, it looks so much more difficult than it really is and I'm sure it will become one of your favorites as well.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Loyalty, Love, and Friendship

The beginning of this month, DRS Designs released new stamps for Valentines Day and St. Patrick's Day. One of the new stamps is the Claddah (991F), which symbolizes loyalty, love and friendship. I used this stamp as the focal point on today's card. The DRS Blog Challenge this week is paper piecing and I thought the claddah image would look great using this technique.

Not only did I paper piece the heart, and crown, but I also pieced the Swirly Shamrocks (983F) in the background. Nothing like taking the challenge to the extreme, but I'm not quite sure I like how the background turned out--this may have been one step too far! LOL. The sentiment I used is the One Line St. Pat's Day (636D) and I thought it helped break up the starkness of the yellow panel along with a few green brads. Overall, I really like the layout of this card. I might have to put it to use again.

DRS Designs is giving away a $10 store voucher to a selected winner for this challenge.  Click HERE to check it out.  Good Luck to you if you decide to play!  


Monday, January 16, 2012

Irish Blessing

How many of you received new stamping/papercrafting supplies over the holiday? I received gift cards to my favorite scrapbooking store and Hobby Lobby.  They were just what I needed to keep me inspired. I also received some new rubber from DRS Designs--Nothing says inspiration to me like new stamps! Have you seen the stamps in DRS Designs new release? If you enjoy stamping for Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day then this release is for you! You can see everything that's included HERE.

Here's the card my new found inspiration created.  I'm using it to show off the new Irish Blessing (1009K) stamp. I stamped the background using the Shamrock Background (326H), and it is so easy! Just a little green ink and each impression lines up perfectly.  No Stamp-a-ma-jig needed! I couldn't help but use twine on this card. I haven't used it in forever and it matches perfectly. I think it's a nice touch.

Well, that's it for today.  I have to keep things short and sweet these days!
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Great Friends Drink Alike!

It's that time again...DRS Designs has another sponsorship opportunity for you to win a $20 shopping voucher for Free!  How to do it, you ask...Just create a card using the sketch below and link it up on the Card Patterns blog for your chance to win. 

I'm not eligible to win the $20 voucher, but I played along anyways.  Here's my take on this sketch.  I love when a Clean and simple card turns out great! I still love the layered (and layered) look but sometimes there's just not enough time for that. That's what happened with this card.

I used the new Great Friends Drink Alike (707F) and the Margarita Glass (017G) stamps from DRS Designs. Both were colored with Copic Markers. I deviated from the sketch a bit and used the Margarita glass as the focal point and then used the 3 buttons to embellish my card front.

Best part about those buttons is that the orange twine isn't really orange! I bought a large spool of white twine and colored a portion of it with my YR16 Copic Marker before tying it thru the button holes. Now I can have the perfect colored twine to match any project!

Well, I hope you've enjoyed today's post and that I've encouraged you to enter this weeks Card Patterns Sketch Challenge. I'll be back soon showing off more of DRS Designs new releases soon.

Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Love In The Spotlight

Love is in the air with Valentine's Day just around the corner. Have you started making your Valentine's yet? I have a few underway for the special loves in my life. Here is one of them I made for DRS Designs Blog challenge this week. We've been challenged to use the Spotlight Technique.

All stamps on this card are by DRS Designs. For the Spotlight I used the new Stacked Love (980H) stamp and colored it with Copic Markers. The stamped background was created using the Interlocking hearts background (808H).  I really like the The One Line Valentine Greeting (996D), which is also new.  Isn't that a fun font?

If you'd like to play along for a chance to win free stamps, please link your Spotlight card HERE:

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tree of Hearts

Hi everyone!
Just in time for the New Year, DRS Designs has released some new stamps! With the holidays behind us, the next card making holiday is Valentine's Day. Now is the time to start making your Valentines! I made this Valentine with stamps from DRS Designs new release.

I used the Valentine Tree (976H) as my focal image and used the Stacked Love (980H) to create the background. Both were colored with Copic Markers. I couldn't help but continue with the heart theme I had going with this card and use a heart embossing folder to add a little texture. Ribbon is always a nice touch as well. The One Line Valentine Greeting (996D) is also part of this new release. Hope I've inspired you to check out DRS Designs new stamps!
Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, January 1, 2012


Happy New Year!
There's a new challenge posted at the DRS Designs Blog. This week it's a call for SNOWFLAKES!  It's out of sorts for me to create a card like this right now, as our Winter is off to a very mild start.  It's strange to not have snow on the ground yet either--nothing but some flurries, and trust me I'm not complaining! Something tells me that when the snow does start to fall, we are in for a treat--according to the Farmer's Almanac, we are supposed to have a lot of snow this Winter.  I'd be happy if the only snow we receive is the ones we make on paper! LOL! Anyways, here's my Snowflake challenge card...

...all stamps used on this card are by DRS Designs.  I created my own own background by heat embossing the interlocking snow background (015H) on white cardstock.  Then, I sponged blue ink all over it.  I used the Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing folder to add some raised texture to the middle panel, and the focal point is the Stepping Back In Time Greeting (674H). 
Here's a close up of this beautiful Winter verse: 
If you're in the mood to create Winter cards this week, I encourage you to play along in DRS Designs Snowflake challenge.  If you're interested in making Valentine's Day and St. Patty's Day cards soon, please see all of DRS Designs new stamps HERE.  I'll be showing off some of those stamps tomorrow.

Ta ta for now...thanks for stopping by!


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