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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, November 29, 2012

Snow Fun Buddies!

Rarely do I ever combine different challenges, but today's Christmas card was made with 3 challenges in mind.  That alone, made things a little more challenging! ;-)  But it was fun to coordinate them all together.

•The layout I used is for this weeks Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge. DRS Designs is their sponsor and 1 lucky winner will win a $10 store voucher to put towards any DRS Designs product of their choice! Use the sketch below for a chance to win!

• The stamped and embossed elements I chose are for this card are for this weeks DRS Designs "snow fun" Blog challenge. This is another opportunity to win free product from DRS Designs! I colored the Snowman Bird Buddies (232H) image with Copic Markers and after masking it I sponged blue ink around the upper portion of the image.  I stamped the Interlocking Snow Background (015H) for the vertical panel. 
Then finally for the third challenge I added glitter to enter this card for Last Friday's Free For All challenge on Splitcoast Stampers (F4A144).  
Hope you've enjoyed seeing it! 


Monday, November 26, 2012

Merriest Merry Christmas!

Well, I survived the hectic Thanksgiving holiday how about you? Now that all of the company has gone and I'm well rested after a long weekend it's time to start thinking about my Christmas cards. Unfortunately, I haven't planned ahead all your long like some of you do and I have to make about 25 of them now for my stamping friends. I have several ideas for layouts in my sketchbook but I've gotten sidetracked with DRS Designs latest releases. Have you seen them? These new holiday stamps are now available for purchase and can be found on the new releases page, or stay tuned to my blog over the new week or so to see them being shown off!

 On the Christmas card I have to share with you today I've used the new Merriest Christmas Greeting (780G) and the Ho Ho Ho Greeting (339B).  The Santa Face (541E) and the White Christmas Text Greeting (259P) that I used in the background are from the current catalog.  

I used Copic Markers to color in the Santa Face.  I masked it while it was in a Nestie die  and sponged light blue ink around it, but it's difficult to see in this photo.  The Ho Ho Ho greeting was colored in red and and then I used red Stickles to bling it up a bit. 

Don't forget there a few days left for the DRS Designs Turkey challenge.  Don't miss out and link up your Thanksgiving Turkey cards HERE for a chance to win a great prize from DRS Designs.  

Thanks for taking the time to stop by here today. I appreciate your visit! 
Have a wonderful day! 


Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving! 
 May you be blessed with good food and may you enjoy the company of your family and friends today! 
Hope your Turkey Day is wonderful!


Stamps: Riley and Co-Turkey Riley, DRS Designs-Turkey Day Greeting (787E)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Leaves

With all of the Thanksgiving preparations underway, I was looking for a quick and easy card to make for today's post.  The first line of DRS Designs Thankful For the Little Things Greeting (071H), "Leaves of red, orange, and gold," inspired me to create something with leaves to use with it. I decided on a wreath made out of leaf punchies for the focal design on my card front. I thought since I didn't have to color an image I could get it done quickly--wrong! Punching all those little leaves and trying to arrange them in a circle probably took me just as long to do as coloring an image. However, my frustration slowly went away as I saw how elegant this card became with a little distressing, some matted layers, a border punch, some craft glue, and a beautifully tied bow!

 I hope each of you has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! 
 Thanks for stopping by! 


Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Wishes

Happy Sunday! I hope you're having  a great weekend! 
Things are still really busy here.  We've been cleaning, organizing, setting up, and decorating for the big Turkey Day.  Our family party seems to keep growing a little bit everyday.  We now have 38 people coming for dinner!!!  So, it's been hectic, but it will be so much fun to have the extended family together!  

All of the stamps I used on today's card are from DRS Designs-Long Tall Wheat (590H), Checkerboard Background (342P), and the Hayrides Harvest Greeting (624H). The greeting was heat embossed with Copper embossing powder, cut out with a Nestie Die and sponged with orange ink while still in the die. The wheat stalks were stamped in SU! More Mustard and Pumpkin Pie inks, the checkerboard was stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia, and I used a new (to me) embossing folder by Darice for the bottom panel.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful week!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Turkey Woes

Our Thanksgiving preparations are underway! How are yours coming along? We are having about 35 people at our house for Thanksgiving this year, so we have been busy straightening up our basement, setting up tables and chairs, and decorating.  Luckily, I don't have to cook--Thank God for Moms and Grandmas who take pride in that, otherwise I would be way over my head! Unfortunately for the Turkey on today's card, we are having turkey with all the fixin's for our meal.

I created this card for the Turkey challenge that can be found on the DRS Designs blog this week and for this weeks Ways to Use It Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  The image I used is DRS Designs Turkey Propaganda (499H).  I colored it with Copic Markers and then masked it, creating a stencil so that only the sign was showing and sponged it with light brown ink. Then I masked the entire image and sponged yellow ink around it.  The background panel was created by stamping the new Material Maker Square (583L) repeatedly to create a pattern.  A decorative border punch, few silver brads, and some beige grosgrain ribbon were used to embellish this card.  Finished size is 5.5" x 4.25."

Until next time, Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 12, 2012


Happy Tuesday! Hope your day is going well.  
After a busy working weekend, I enjoyed some quality time spent in my stamp room yesterday finishing up some cards for DRS Designs latest release.  I've used 3 new stamps on this card: the Apple Trio (350G), the Checkerboard Background (342P), and the Happy Fall Y'all Greeting (635B)
Don't these apples look delish?!?! They make me think of the yummy apple crisp I'm making for our Thanksgiving holiday.  My mouth is watering already just thinking about that wonderful meal!  

They apples were colored with Copic Markers and brown ink sponged around them while in a nestie die. The checkerboard was stamped with SU! Real Red and I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder for the beige portion of the card front. Some red brand and brown grosgrain ribbon finished this card nicely.

Thanks for stopping by to see my work!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Faith Crosses

I normally always make cards that are A2 size but while cleaning out some drawers the other day I found a bunch of envelopes left over from my wedding thank you cards.  They measure 3.5 inches by 5 inches and I thought it would be nice to make a bunch of smaller cards especially for thank you's and sympathy cards.

The card I'm showing today uses DRS Designs Triple Crosses (510G), a portion of their Faith Greeting (243F), and I stamped their new Material Square Background Maker (583L) in yellow for the bottom portion of the card front. The layout I used follows this week's My Favorite Things Sketch challenge. I used decorative scissors for the edge enhancement of the card front, fun ribbon and 3 tan rhinestones for the embellishments.

Hope you like it! 


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thanksgiving Blessings

The new challenge on the DRS Designs Blog this week is candles.  I got a little creative and changed up the Holly Hurricane (164M) to look more harvest-like.  

The candle, hurricane glass, and bow were colored with Copic Markers.  I sponged light brown ink around the hurricane and then added a bit of yellow Stickles to the candle flame and then Diamond Glaze to the hurricane make it look like real glass.  For the transition from a Christmas image to a Thanksgiving image, I stamped the Bunch of Wheat (137K) repeatedly, colored them with Copic Markers, fussy cut them out, and then arranged them over the bottom of the hurricane to cover up the holly. I replaced the bow that was originally there.
The new Thanksgiving Blessings Sentiment (637E) was broke up and stamped individually to fit the layout.

DRS Designs is giving away a great prize this week for this challenge.  Check out all the details HERE and link up your card for a chance to win! 

Thanks for stopping by, hope you'll be back soon! 


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thanksgiving Sunflowers

This past Saturday DRS Designs released some great new stamps perfect for making Thanksgiving cards and I'm sharing some of them off today with this bright and cheery card!

I used the Sunflower Trio (345G) to decorate the Beauty of An Autumn Day Greeting (788G).  The sunflowers were colored with Copic Markers and then I added some bling to them with Yellow Stickles.  The greeting was stamped with brown ink and then I used a Nestie die to cut it out.  I sponged yellow ink around it before taking it out of the die.   The new Checkerboard background stamp (342P) was used to create the background panel.  The Swiss Dots embossing folder, some brown grosgrain ribbon, and few brown brads made this card complete.

Here's a close up of the greeting panel.  Aren't those sunflowers gorgeous?!?! 

Run over to the New Release page to check them out along with the rest of the new stamps HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Harvest Scarecrow

It's November already! Can you believe it!?!? DRS Designs is starting out the month with some new releases and I've used a few of them on the card I'm sharing today. The layout I used for this card is one of the sketch challenges from Splitcoast Stampers, SC390.

The focal scene was made using the new Scarecrow image (566F) and the Long Tall Wheat Stalks (590H). I used the masking technique to add the Silhouette Fence (500G). The scarecrow was colored with Copic Markers, and the bottom of the oval was sponged with brown ink to create the ground.  The wheat stalks were stamped with More Mustard and Summer Sun inks.

The background design on the sentiment panel was stamped using the new Material Maker Square (583L).  I stamped it with orange chalk ink and the result looks like pattern paper! The fun "Happy Fall Y'all" sentiment (635B) is also part of this new release.  The vertical panel was embossed with a new-to-me embossing folder by Darice.

Stay tuned to the new release page of the DRS Designs website to see all of the new releases as soon as they become available. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Beauty of Autumn

Hi Stampers! 

Today I'd like to share with you another opportunity to win free stamps from DRS Designs! DRS Designs is the sponsor of this week's Play Date Cafe Blog challenge and the inspirational photo goes right along with the DRS Autumn Greetings challenge.  (You could create one card and enter it for both challenges! But, shh, don't tell anyone I told you to do that LOL!)

Inspired by the colors above, I created an Autumn Greeting card which also sneak peeks one of DRS Designs new stamps! (Stay tuned, new stamps will be released this Saturday November 3rd!)  

The soon-to-be-released Open Leaf stamp (584D) works perfectly with the Medium Silhouette Leaf (701D) as a 2 step stamping process.  I started first by stamping the Silhouette Leaf 3 times with an Autumn colored rainbow ink pad. Then, I stamped the Open Leaf on top of them in burgundy ink.  I stamped the Script Font Background (098P) over top with orange chalk ink and then distressed the edges in orange as well.  The card base was made from red cardstock and I stamped the top of it with the One Line Beauty of Autumn (704D).  A beautiful variegated burgundy ribbon was used for the trim.  

Don't forget to check out both challenges for a chance to win!
Thanks for stopping by and please visit again soon! 



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