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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, April 26, 2012

Get Well Soon

Hi Friends! 
Hope your day is going well.  I'm overly excited today as I have the next 5 days off of work and I'm heading to a yearly get-away with stamping friends for the weekend.  I'm a little nervous though...this is my first time being away from Anthony since he was born.  My Husband has a day of Daddy-Duty and then Anthony is off to Grandma's for the weekend since Hubby has to work.   I know the time away is good for me and Anthony is in good hands.  I'm looking forward to a couple night's of uninterrupted sleep(!) and 36 hours of time to myself to stamp, stamp, stamp!!!!!! If all goes well I'll have lots of projects to show off in the upcoming weeks!

As I'm sure you are very aware by now, every Thursday DRS Designs posts a new blog challenge.  This week the DT wants to see Get Well cards.  I've recently used this Dogwood Branch (1092H) for a Mother's Day card and I'm seeing that this can be a very versatile stamp by just changing up the sentiment.  I've seen some of the DT members use it as a beautiful background stamp and I'd like to try it that way as well.  I apologize this photo is a little on the dark side.  The colors I used for this card are yellow, turquoise, and brown.

The Dogwood Branch was colored with Copic Markers and I added the One Line Get Well Greeting (1097E) to the bottom of the card front.

The shading around the Dogwood was done by masking the image and then sponging yellow ink around it while it was in a Nestability die. 

Interested in seeing what the other DRS DT members created for this Get Well challenge? Check out their challenge cards and the rest of the challenge details HERE

Thanks for stopping by! 


Monday, April 23, 2012

5 Cards and Poker Suits

It's official...I've lost my mojo for layouts. I've tried designing new cards all day and I didn't like anything I came up with.  I turned to the Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenges for inspiration. 
I found the layout of sketch SC375 to look interesting--not too complicated and it worked well with the stamps I wanted to show off for today.  Here's my take on this sketch...

I used DRS Designs new 4 in 1 Poker Suits stamp (1128D) to create my own background.The red suits were colored with Copic Markers.    Isn't it perfect with the 5 cards (157D) image that I used as my focal image?  The horizontal and vertical panels were embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder, but it's hard to see in the picture.  

If you haven't seen DRS Designs new stamps, take a looky HERE.  I'll be showing off more of them soon!

Thanks for stopping in! Have a great day!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Golf Birthday

The new challenge on the DRS Designs blog is Sports!  It's been a long time since I've played with any of the sports stamps from DRS Designs. I concentrate on so many of their new releases that I'm glad their challenges force me to use the "oldies but goodies" too.                  

I really love how this card turned out--I think it's the colors that I like most.  I thought I'd try something a bit different by stamping the silhouette image in a color other than black.  I think it looks just as good! 

The prize up for grabs for this challenge is your choice of 2 stamps from DRS designs.  I hope you can play along and I hope you win too! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by and please visit again soon!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mother's Day Dogwood

DRS Designs just released new stamps this past Saturday.  This release contains many sentiments and word designs that would be great for making Mother's and Father's Day cards as well as birthday and graduation cards. You can see them all HERE.  

With May right around the corner and 3 Mom's to create cards for, I had to get started on my Mother's Day cards ASAP! This card uses the On Mother's Day Greeting (035D) from the new release.  I stamped the pink cardstock with the Polka Dot background (688P) using Versamark ink and the Dogwood Branch (1092H) was colored with Copic Markers.  Both of these stamps are also by DRS Designs. I kept my layout simple, but I think the colors really make this card POP!

Need an easy gift idea? Don't forget to check out this week's DRS Designs Gift Card Holder challenge for some inspiration or enter your version to win! 

Have a great day!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Birthday Gift Card Holder

Interested in seeing sneak peeks from the next stamp release over at DRS Designs? Well, that's exactly what's going on for the DRS Blog Challenge this week. The theme is Gift Card Holders, but many of the stamps used on the challenge projects by the DRS DT are brand new and will be available for purchase this Saturday April 14th.

For this challenge, I created a birthday themed gift card holder. The outside of this trifold card was decorated using the Silhouette Balloon (491E) and the Tiny Happy Birthday sentiment (1081A). The opening flap was embossed with the Happy Birthday Cuttlebug embossing folder and a tag was created using the Gift For You greeting (514B).

The inside has a white panel for writing your own personal message. I stamped it with the Silhouette balloon again to decorate the lower left corner. To create the gift card flap, I stamped the soon-to-be released Birthday Candle Address Frame (010K) on white card stock and colored the candles with Copic Markers to match. Inside the empty space where you would hand write an address, I stamped the Birthday Wishes Greeting (020B) instead, which will also be released this Saturday. 

Next, I matted this piece with teal cardstock and then used a circle Nestability die to create the thumb cutout. I adhered the gift card flap to the bottom panel of the trifold card by adding adhesive to the sides and bottom only, so that the gift card could easily slide into and out if the pocket. Finally, to make it appear as if each candle was really lit, yellow Stickles were added to the candle flames.

If you'd like to play along and enter to win a $10 store voucher to DRS Designs, make sure to check out all of the challenge details HERE. Don't forget to check out the new stamps while you're there too. If you've come to this page on or after April 14th, 2012, make sure to check out all of DRS Designs new stamps HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Thank You!

Hi Everyone! 

Hope you all had a great Easter.  We enjoyed spending the weekend with our family and celebrated with lots of good food.  It was definitely something to give big Thanks for!  So, as promised, I'm showing off one of the cards I made recently made.  

This Thank You card uses the Brush Thank You (1095H) stamp from DRS Designs current release.  I stamped it in the center of the Triple Teardrop 3" Giga Circle (045L) using my stamp positioner so that it fit perfectly. I matted this stamped circle with a scalloped circle cut with a Nestability die and added a black dot to each scallop with a permanent marker.  I love how this highlights the sentiment! The white panel in the background was punched with a border punch and then embossed with the Swiss Dots folder.  A yellow bow and 2 black brads were the only decorative embellishments used on this card.

I've entered this card into the Crafty Ribbons challenge to use Black & White with one other color.  Wish me luck! They have a great bag of Spring ribbon up for grabs, and I know, you can never have too much! ;- )

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Blessings

Lucky for me (and you!), I just realized that I have a bunch of cards that have not been shown on my blog yet. I'm going to try and get them all posted for you soon. I have one of them to share with you today. 

All of the stamps used to make this Easter Blessings card are by DRS Designs. I often think of purple and yellow as Easter colors, so those are the Copic colors I used on this Polka Dot Flower image (1036K).

I also used the Polka Dot Background stamp (688P) on this card to make my own coordinating pattern papers. I stamped it with Versamark ink on purple and blue smooth cardstock. The Easter Blessings Sentiment (1029D) stamped at the top is one of my favorite Easter stamps. I love the font and think it gives an elegant feel to any project.

Since the polka dots keep this card pretty busy, I kept the embellishments simple. The polka dot papers were separated by a band of wide yellow ribbon tied in a knot, and a couple yellow brads filled in the empty space in the upper right and lower left corners of my card front.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this card and I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Easter.
Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sweet Birthday Cupcake!

Last week for DRS Designs Shape Up Challenge, I started Working on this cupcake card, but I had forgotten about the note I wrote to myself to try the Teepee card that was featured in the April issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine. In the meantime, the cupcake card was put on the back burner and I started on my Teepee card from scratch. Luckily, this week's challenge on the DRS blog is all about food, so my cupcake card fit right in! Best part, is that I was already half done with this week's challenge project!

The first step to make this card was to hand draw the cupcake silhouette on white cardstock that was folded in half. The card opens upward, so the card fold is located under the cherry. Next, I created a template by tracing the cupcake silhouette on scrap paper. I cut it into two pieces, one for the bottom and the other for the top portion of the cupcake.

I used the bottom portion to cut the cupcake wrapper from brown cardstock. The edges were inked with Vintage Photo and then I stamped it with the Lines O' Plenty Background (366H). The upper portion of the cupcake was cut from pink cardstock and the edges were inked with Worn Lipstick. Then I stamped the frosting repeatedly with the Raindrop Background (1012H) in multiple colors to resemble sprinkles. The cherry was papercrafted by cutting a red cardstock circle with a Nestability die and hand drawing the center line. I added Diamond Glaze to it to make it look realistic and added a brown cardstock stem. 

DRS Designs has a great food-themed prize to give away this week.  Check out all the details for the challenge here, link up your Food For Thought card, and win! 

Have a great day!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Wags The Dog

Hello Everyone! 
I hope this post finds you all well.

Today, I'd like to introduce you to a new friend of mine.  Please meet "Wags!" He is the new *adorable* dog stamp (1117F) from DRS Designs. He was colored with Copic Markers and then after masking him with a Post-It Note, I sponged yellow ink on the background around him while still in the Nestie die. I paired him with the Happy Tails To You greeting (1106D) and decorated the sentiment panel with twine tied in a knot on either side. I hand stamped the background using DRS Designs Dog Paw Background (699H). The card front was adhered to an A2 size brown cardstock base.

I have entered this card for the Animal Challenge at the Order of the Opus Gluei

I hope you all have a great day and I appreciate you stopping by!



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