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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, December 26, 2013

No Fun Like Snow Fun

Hi Friends! 
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  

We woke up to a few inches of unexpected snow this morning. I had to chuckle, as I noticed this just as I sat down with my coffee to type up this post.  How ironic! The card I'm sharing with you today was made for the Frosted Flakes challenge on the DRS Designs Blog.

This fun Winter note card shows off the Cowboy Snowman (178L) which was colored with Copic Markers.  The "snow" at the botton of the card was painted with a Snow Marker and then heat set. This created a velvety effect from the puffed up snow. Then I split up the No Snow Fun Greeting (691E) to fit the empty space of either side of the stamped image. I embellished the card front with some blue twine and a snowflake punchie that I decorated with a large pearl. I adhered the card fron to a dark blue cardstock base and my card was complete!

Do you have snow where you live? 

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Stamping To All!

Merry Christmas! 
I hope you all have a great day celebrating with family and friends!

Here's the Christmas card I made for some of my stamping friends. I love how it's a take on the holiday story and perfect for those who stamp!

I kept this card simple, as I had many to make and time is of the essence this time of year. I saw this layout on Pintrest and thought it would be easy yet festive to show off the image, Happy Stamping To All! (682K). I stamped a simple Small Merry Christmas Greeting (520D) on the inside with red ink before adding my own handwritten message.

Enjoy today and all of the blessings Christmas has to offer!
Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Hogidays!

I know by now it's too late to send out Christmas cards if you haven't done so already, but how cute is this new Leonard Pigs Christmas List (1047G) stamp from DRS Designs? It's a perfect match for the  Happy Hogidays Greeting (1038B).

This image was colored with Copic Markers and sponged with light brown ink while in a nestie die. I did the same for the sentiment as well. I used a new snowflake embossing folder for the card front that I split up.  Tried a different kind of layout and I love it!

Hope you do too!
Merry Christmas Eve!


Friday, December 20, 2013

Merry and Bright Christmas Snowflakes

Hi Stampers! 
So, the big day is right around the corner and I'm glad to say my handmade cards are done and in the mail.  Are yours? Maybe you need some simple inspiration? I made this card after being inspired by one I saw on Pintrest. I'm in love with the red, white, and Kraft color combo! All of the white was done with heat embossing to get that nice, crisp look.  This is one of those cards that makes me realize how much I love the look of embossed stamping and wish I did it more often.

To make this card I masked off the center and stamped the Large Filigree Snowflake (1119M) and the Medium Filigree Snowflake (1123H) randomly on either side of the masked area with Versamark Ink.  Then I heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I used a Versamark pen and ruler to draw in the center lines that were heat embossed as well.  Then, the Merry and Bright Stars Greeting (333E) was stamped in the center with red ink.  I added some twine and red gems to decorate it up a bit and then adhered it to a red cardstock base. Viola! Another holiday card done in a flash (if you don't mind heat embossing, that is!)  Festive and effective if you know what I mean and I hope you like it! 


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Trees

Up for a new challenge? Check out DRS Designs Three's Company challenge. I created this card with 3 Christmas trees for my entry.

I used the new  Tree Shaped Christmas Greeting (1008H) 
for the largest tree. I heat embossed it in white and then cut out the tree shape. I used background stamps to create my own pattern paper when I created the other 2 trees. These stamps include the  Large Original Plaid (641P) and the  Polka Dot Background (688P)I added a yellow pearl to the top of each one and each tree was adhered to the snowflake embossed card front with foam tape for dimension.

The card front was decorated with some sheer green ribbon that was tied in a bow in the upper left corner and then I sewed a small red button onto a snowflake embellishment and added it to the center of the bow. I think this has turned out to be one of my
Favorite holiday embellishments! 

Well, that's it tor me today--short and sweet as the holidays have me crazy busy like everyone else I'm sure! 
It won't be long now until the man in the big red suit shows up!
Ho! Ho! Ho!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Poppin' Holiday

It's challenge Thursday again on the DRS Designs Blog. In honor of their 100th challenge the theme is "Anything Goes!" It's so easy to play along this week and maybe you'll be the lucky winner!

Here's the card I've submitted for the challenge. Since I've been busy making Christmas cards this is the one I've entered. It's perfect for any popcorn lover!

I started with a red cardstock base that measures 4.25" x 5.5". Then I used yellow cardstock for my card front and stamped it with the Popcorn Background (1124H).  I used a white Prismacolor pencil to shade the kernels white. Then, on a white piece of cardstock I stamped the Poppin' Holiday Greeting (032F) in the upper left corner. The Bowl of Popcorn (1131G) was stamped on another piece of cardstock, colored with Copic Markers and then carefully cut out. I adhered it in the lower right corner as seen with foam tape to add some dimension. Then I stamped some kernels from the Popcorn background to fill in the empty spaces. This piece was matted with red cardstock, decorated with a black wire clip and red sparkly ribbon, and then adhered to the center of the card front.
Does it make you want some yummy, buttery popcorn right now?

I hope your holiday preparations are going well! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Season's Greetings!

Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by today! 

Have you started stamping your Christmas cards yet? I've made a few, but not nearly as many as I need! I have a couple CAS ideas in mind that will be easy to mass produce, but I just need to find the time to sit down to stamp and assemble them.  That darn clock is always against me! Thankfully, 80% of my shopping is done and wrapped! With that part almost complete, hopefully my cards will get in mail in a timely manner! 

Today, I'm delighted to show off one of my holiday cards that features DRS Designs new Small Cardinal stamp (1050F). It will be available for purchase very soon.  I colored it with Copic Markers and sponged light blue ink around it while it was in a Nestability die. Then it was matted with a red scalloped square. 

For the background, I made my own coordinating paper by stamping the Large Stain Glass stamp(1133P).  This is the first time I've used it as a background stamp. In the past I've always used it as part of my focal image by stamping the focal image right on top of it and then coloring the stained glass portion appropriately. I love the versatility of stamps like this one!

Finally, I added the matted Season's Greeting sentiment from the Line of Winter Trees stamps (537K) which I accented with a red brad on either side, and adhered with foam tape. Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5."

I hope the Holidays are treating you well thus far!
Until next time...


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Gingerbread Glitter

Well, the Christmas holiday season is in full swing! Are you ready? Today I have another Christmas card to share with you.  This was made for the Glitter It Up challenge that can be found on the DRS Designs Blog this week.

This adorable Gingerbread Boy (040E) and the Magic of Christmas Day Greeting (196H) are some of my favorite Christmas stamps from DRS Designs.  I used the Double Chevron Card Edger (904P) to decorate the background of the card front since it matched the chevrons on the Gingerbread boy.

Here's a close up of the glittered up cutie himself! He was first colored with Copic Markers, carefully cut out, and then I ran him through my Xyron Sticker Maker upside down so that the adhesive was applied to the front of him.  Next, I placed him in a small bowl filled with fine glitter to achieve this look.  I love the sparkle this adds to my card! 

Sometimes it can be really difficult to create a holiday card without using some kind of sparkle.  I bet you have one you can enter into the Glitter It Up challenge right now! Go link it up on the DRS Blog for a chance to win your choice of 2 stamps from the DRS Designs catalog! 

Happy Holidays to you!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who are celebrating this wonderful holiday today!

We have a big family party planned for today and our house smells wonderful with the turkey in the oven! How are you celebrating today?

Here is a card I created from inspiration I found on Pintrest for today's challenge on the DRS Designs website, Happy Thanksgiving. I love the simple layout and how the twine is wrapped around the background banner.

I started first by coloring the Autumn Wreath (429M) with Copic Markers and then I carefully cut it out. Next, I assembled the card base using Kraft cardstock. I wrapped the twine around the red banner, adhered it in place and used a corner rounder on a small piece of dark brown cardstock. Then I ran it through the Swiss Dots embossing folder and adhere it inplace on top of the red banner. I placed the wreath in the center and added a small twine bow to the far left side. As a finishing touch, Thanksgiving Blessings (637E) was stamped at the bottom of the cardstock base.

Well, that's it for me today. I'm off to spend some quality time with our family and cherish all that we are thankful for.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Win from DRS Designs!

Hi Everyone! 
Sorry, I don't have a card to share today. I'm busy up to my ears in Thanksgiving food prep this week! I'm just quickly poppin' in today to let you know that DRS Designs is sponsoring this weeks Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. Use the photo below as your inspiration to create a card either with the posted color challenge or the moon and stars theme (or both!) and enter to win a $10 store voucher to DRS Designs.

Don't forget about DRS Designs Red, White and Blue Christmas challenge going on as well. It's another opportunity for you to win FREE stamps from DRS Designs. Check it out HERE!
Good Luck with both challenges!! 


Monday, November 25, 2013

Pink Birthday!

Hi Everyone! Hope this post finds you well! Today I'm taking a break from all the holiday cards to show off a birthday card I sent to Operation Write Home. I kept it CAS, but I love how it turned out with all the different shades of pink!

I created the background paper for this card by stamping the Single Birthday Candle (258B) repeatedly and coloring them with Copic Markers. I layered it with dark pink cardstock that was decorated with a border punch and adhered it to the center of a piece of medium shade of pink card stock used for the card front. I used a decorative corner punch in all four corners and added 3 little white pearls to the lower right area under the decorative border.

The focal point I used for this card is DRS Designs Funky Birthday Image (494D) which was matted with a scalloped square and popped up on foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Red, White and Blue Christmas

It's time to share my Star Spangled Christmas card with you! That's the new challenge posted on the DRS Designs Blog today! You are required to create a Christmas card in red, white and blue colors or use stars on it.  

I've been pressed on time this week (yes, again!) so it's another Clean and Simple card. However, it is festive and easy to make if you need to mass produce it.  (How many Christmas cards do YOU still need to make this year??)

The first step in making this was cutting out the white cardstock with the Top Note die and then stamping "Merry Christmas" (364B) in the lower right corner. Then I stamped it with the Interlocking Snowflake Background (015H). I matted it with red cardstock and then attached it to an A2 blue cardstock base.  I matted the vertical red panel with blue cardstock and then added 3 snowflakes, each with a red brad to hold it in place.

Interested in playing along as well? DRS Designs is giving away 3 great stamps that would be perfect for finishing your Christmas cards or creating Winter cards. Check out all the details HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and please come back soon!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Classic Turkey Thanksgiving

Can you believe it's the middle of November already?!?!?! With that, Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away and, dare I say it, Christmas is only about 6 weeks away! Have you made any Thanksgiving cards yet? 

I created this one for this weeks DRS Designs Blog challenge, Rip Torn. We are to use ripped or torn paper on our project.  This is also to show off DRS Designs new Classic Turkey image (1033H) and classic it is! I just love this image and I love how his feathers turned out colored with Copic Markers! 

I started with an A2 dark brown cardstock base.  The card front was embossed with the swiss dots folder on the lower half and the Thanksgiving Arc (050E) was stamped near the upper portion. I used a corner punch on all 4 corners and distressed the edges with brown ink.

For the middle panel I stamped the Polka Dot Background (688P) on ivory cardstock and ripped the bottom edge. Then, I used a decorative border punch on the red cardstock panel and ripped the bottom layer of that as well. I simply tied some red and white twine to the middle before adhering it to the card front.  Finally, I added some dimension to the the card front by adhering the turkey image with foam tape. 

I appreciate you stopping by today and hope that you'll play along with our Ripped Torn challenge. Check out all the details HERE, including the great prize DRS Designs is giving away this week.

Have a great day! 
Gobble, Gobble!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wonderful As You!

Hi Everyone!   
I'm posting here today to remind you that it's time to start thinking of the next holiday now that Halloween is over. I'm sharing a Thanksgiving card with you today that has a unique fold.  No worries though, the finished card size is still 5.5" x 4.25"! 

The top flap on the front of my card was created using the Wonderful As You Thanksgiving Greeting (216g).  I wanted this to be the focal point of my card, so I used a decorative Nestability die to show it off. I sponged the inside of the die with brown ink and then used a fine point marker to outline the inside edge.  Then I stamped the sentiment with brown ink.  The background of this top flap was decorated with the Silhouette Branch Background (363H). I matted it with dark brown cardstock and then added orange ribbon and a button tied with orange embroidery floss.

This picture reveals how the card opens.  there's a fold on both the right and left sides of the card. As you can see, I decorated the orange cardstock on the middle flap with the Woven Plaid stamp (613p) and 2 brown brads.  As a final touch, I added some cardstock layers to the inside of the card so that there was a space to write a personal message. 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day! 


Monday, November 11, 2013

Big Thanks to Our Veterans!

Happy Veteran's Day to all of those who have served in the past, present, and future!

This card was made to honor them using stamps from DRS Designs.  The
Veterans Day Greeting (411H)was stamped in blue ink and the Star Ribbon Slide (963D) which was heat embossed and fussy cut. I kept the layout simple and used the colors red, white, and blue--the only colors I thought were appropriate for a patriotic card like this.

Big thanks to all of our Veterans and Soldiers. I appreciate your service, bravery, and sacrifices and your dedication to our country has not gone unnoticed!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Stay Off Your Seat

We all love the food that Thanksgiving brings but along with it come plenty of yummy calories! However, as mentioned in this greeting from DRS Designs, hopefully they all stay off your seat! LOL! We can only hope though, right?

This CAS card was created for this weeks DRS Designs Blog Challenge, "Who's A Turkey?" All of the stamps I used are by DRS Designs. The Turkey Dinner (501F) image was colored with Copic Markers. The Stay Off Your Seat Greeting (795G) was stamped on the vertical panel, and "Happy Thanksgiving" (841D) was stamped on the card front above the image. Finished card size is 5.5" x 4.25."

Hope you'll join the challenge this week and show off your turkeys!
Have a great day!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Be Thankful!

It's that time of year when many of us reflect on all of the blessings we have and share the things we are thankful for. Here's a card I created with stamps from DRS Designs with these thoughts of Thanksgiving in mind.

I started with an A2 brown cardstock base and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder and the Silhouette Branch Background (363H). The ivory layer on the card front was stamped lightly with Woven Plaid (613P). I stamped and colored the Be Thankful Cross (634G) on another piece of cardstock and then fussy cut it out. I then adhered it in the center of the card front and the ivory layer was matted with tan cardstock. I added 2 brads to the upper corners and then added sheer brown ribbon to the bottom. This was adhered to the card base and my card was complete.

So, what are you thankful for this year?
As always, I am thankful for being healthy, having a wonderful husband and family and being blessed with a beautiful son. Butm this year I am especially thankful for a healthy pregnancy and I'm eager to meet our new son in January! 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Boo-tiful Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

A new challenge started today over on the DRS Designs Blog. It's all about Halloween! It inspired me to ink up this cute little ghost (191C) and the new Boo-tiful Halloween Greeting (960E) from DRS Designs.  Here's the card I put together for the challenge.

The card base and the orange layer were stamped using watermark ink and the Spooky Eyes Background (647H). I embellished it with a strip of ribbon, 4 black eyelets and I used foam tape to adhere the black scallop and the gray layer for some dimension.

You can enter the Halloweeen challenge at DRS Designs HERE.  I hope you my entry and that you all have fun with all the little ghosts and goblins tonight! 


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fall Y'all Scarecrow

I love Fall! It's a great time of year! I love the smell of leaves and all of the beautiful colors, and who doesn't love all of the apple and pumpkin flavored treats that are abundant now? Yum!! Another of my favorites are scarecrows. I used them to decorate both inside and outside my house. I just love their adorable faces and this Large Scarecrow (426L) from DRS Designs is no exception!

I colored this scarecrow with Copic Markers and used the out-of-the-box technique while cutting it out with a Nestie die. Then before removing the die I sponged it with brown ink which created a nice white frame around it. I did the same sponging technique with the Happy Fall Y'all Greeting (635B).  The card front was embossed with a leaf embossing folder and 2 red brads embellished the border at the bottom of it.

What are some of your Fall favorites? 
I hope you're enjoying this time of year as much as I am!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Halloween Pumpkin

I can hardly believe it's practically the end of October already! But, I have to admit, I'm like a kid again with butterflies in my belly over Halloween this year, now that my 2 year old is old enough to participate in the festivities and enjoy it! Our neighborhood had a "Boo" parade for all the little kids this past Sunday and it was our son's first introduction to what Halloween is all about. He enjoyed being in his Mickey costume and parading all around the neighborhood singing "boo" carols (something like Christmas caroling.) 
Here's a pic of the cutest Mickey Mouse ever!

With Halloween right around the corner, the new challenge on the DRS Designs Blog is "Pumpkins A Plenty." I created this card below for my entry. 

It was the perfect opportunity to use some of the cute little pumpkin brads I've had forever! They seem to match the the Fancy Pumpkin (077G) perfectly. I colored it with Copic Markers and then used a masking technique to sponge the yellow ink around it, creating the white frame. I broke up the Batty Happy Halloween Greeting (548G) to accommodate my layout and then added 3 bat punchies to add some dimension to my card front. For the final touch, I used some yellow Stickles on the buckle for a bit of sparkle.  Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5".

Well, that's about it for me today. I hope I've inspired you to get in the spirit of Halloween (or Fall too) and show off your pumpkins. Make sure to check out all the details on the "Pumpkins A Plenty" challenge HERE!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tutorial: Framing with Post-It Notes

Thanks to all of you who subscribe to my blog, my daily readers, and to those of you who comment often.  I appreciate your visits and love what you have to say about my cards!   I was recently asked to show how I create the white frame around the images I use after posting my Thanksgiving card the other day. I decided to create a tutorial so that I could show a step-by-step demonstration. Enjoy!

Step 1: After stamping and coloring image, trim excess cardstock around it.

Step 2: Stamp image on Post-It Note and cut out to create image mask.

Step 3: Use Post-It Notes to mask off edges around image. 

Step 4: Sponge area around image with ink to match the theme of your project.

Step 5: Remove Post-It Notes around the outer edges.

Step 6: Use finished image to complete your project!

Happy Stamping! 


Monday, October 21, 2013

Good Witch or Bad Witch?

Hi Friends!
My first instinct was to create a Spinner card to sneak peek DRS Designs *Soon-to-be-released* Good Witch Bad Witch stamp (971D).  It took me awhile to execute the perfect design, but I'm glad to say that it worked out perfectly and I'm happy I get to finally show it off with you today!   

I started by stamping, coloring, and cutting out the Boomstick Stella Witch (415H) and the Good Witch Bad Witch images. Then I used a circle Nestability die to cut out the moon from yellow cardstock. I embossed it and inked the edges with yellow-orange ink for dimension. I added the witch to the center with foam tape to make her look like she was flying in the Halloween sky. Then I put her to the side to work on the card base.

To accommodate the size of the moon, I made a 5" x 5" cardstock base from purple cardstock and I used black cardstock for the card front.  I first heat embossed the Halloween Arc (043E) in white, and then ran the entire black piece through the star embossing folder. I wasn't sure if the white embossed area would still look ok after embossing it, but gladly, it held up just fine.  The witch and moon were then adhered to the center of the card front.

I used a portion of the spinner card directions on Splitcoast Stampers to create the spinning device at the bottom of the card.  The Good Witch Bad Witch image actually spins around! Here are a few pictures demonstrating that.

  I embellished this card with some purple grosgrain ribbon to decorate the bottom and then some purple bat punchies flying around the moon.  I really like this card a lot and I hope you do to, but I'll let you decide for yourself if she's a Good Witch or a Bad Witch!

Have a great day!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thanksgiving Pumpkin

It's Thursday already and time to show off another DRS Designs Blog Challenge card. The theme this week is Sunflowers!

I chose to use the Pumpkin with Leaves stamp (165K) for the qualifying element for this challenge. I carefully colored it with Copic Markers and then masked and sponged tan ink around it while it was in a Nestie die.  I used this same technique to add color to the stamped One Line Happy Thanksgiving sentiment (841D). (See my own tutorial for this HERE.) I also stamped the plaid that I used in the background. This was done with the Woven Plaid stamp (613P).  I used brown ink and stamped it in 2 opposite directions. It gives a warm and cozy feel to this card, don't you think? The final touch was to decorate the sentiment banner. I used a brown button, threaded with orange embroidery floss that I neatly tied in a bow.

Tis the season for sunflowers, won't you play along?


Monday, October 14, 2013

Birthday Candle Wishes

Last week I showed a picture of all the cards I sent in to DRS Designs Operation Write Home Card Drive. Well, as promised, here's the scoop on one of them.

I started with an A2 size light blue cardstock base.  I stamped the Single Birthday Candle (258B) repeatedly on white cardstock to make my own handmade pattern paper. Then I  colored it with Copic Markers. I used this paper to decorate the top portion of my dark blue card front, and then added some satin ribbon tied in a bow at the bottom of it.  Next, I stamped the Small Birthday Wishes Greeting (020B) in the lower right corner of the card front and added 2 pearls to finish it off.

I hope whoever receives it likes it as much as I do!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Leaves Are Changing

There's no doubt that Autumn is near. There are all kinds of colors seen in the trees in my backyard and looking at them was the perfect inspiration to create this card for the challenge on the DRS Designs Blog this week, "Inspired By Autumn."  What I love best about this card is that it's clean and simple!

I started first by stamping the Tree Limb (568P) on ivory cardstock. Then I used Post-It Notes to mask off the area that I wanted to sponge with orange ink in order to highlight the sentiment. I started by sponging a light orange color first and then sponged a darker orange ink as I got closer to the bottom edge. I defined this area further by scoring a horizontal line just above and below the sponged area. Using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I carefully stamped the Changing Leaves Thanksgiving Greeting (1122G) over the sponged ink next to the tree. I matted the card front with orange cardstock and then added 4 mini copper brads as shown before adhering the card front to a dark brown cardstock base.  What do you think?

Has Autumn inspired you yet this year? Show us and enter to win a prize from DRS Designs HERE.

Thanks for stipping by. Hope you'll be back soon!


Sunday, October 6, 2013

My OWH Submissions

The deadline for DRS Designs Operation Write Home Card Drive is this week. Did you submit any cards for a chance to win some great prizes? I'm not elgible to win, but here's what I've made to submit. Now, I know it's not many--hey my time is limited ;-) but it's something.  The most important part is that I enjoyed making them and I'm sure they will be well received by the soliders and their families especially! 

Most of these cards use stamps from DRS Designs and you'll see them on my blog over the next few weeks. So, stay tuned for details. Big thanks to those of you who participated in this great event.  

Until next time,


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Harvest Moon

Yikes, it's October already! Definitely time for harvesting and I'm sure a harvest moon too! Speaking of a "Harvest Moon," that's the theme on the DRS Designs Blog this week. Show us a moon image for a chance to win a fun prize. Today's card is my challenge entry.

I started with white cardstock that was cut with the Top Note die. All of the coloring on the Fall Fence (176M) was done with Copic Markers. Then I sponged yellow ink for the area where the moon was shining down and the edges were inked with a darker blue ink to accent the evening sky. I then added the Shine On sentiment (470D) above the image.  I matted the colored image with orange cardstock and added a leaf embossed orange panel to the top. It was wrapped and tied with Fall themed ribbon and it was all adhered to a dark brown cardstock base.

Have a stamp with a moon on it? I hope you'll join us!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Happy Birthday

It won't be long now until DRS Designs finally wraps up the card drive they are holding for Operation Write Home. I've created several Birthday and general occasion cards to submit. Here's one of the birthday cards.

I created it with shades of olive green, so it would be perfect to send to either a man or a woman. Both the Single Birthday Candle (258B) and the Small Script Happy Birthday sentiment (159D) are by DRS Designs. The background was simply created my embossing white cardstock with the Birthday Embossing folder and sponging it with olive ink. After matting it with black cardstock, I wrapped the bottom with black raffia and then adhered the candle on the lower left side with foam tape. This was all added to an A2 cardstock base and then I added 3 square gems to the upper right side to finish it. I love this simple, elegant design and hope you do too!

DRS Designs is collecting A2 cards to send to the troops until October 10th. If you have some (with envelopes) that you'd like to donate, please see all of the details HERE.
Thanks for visiting here today. I hope you'll be back soon!


Monday, September 30, 2013

Autumn Butterfly Birthday

While hopping around blogland lately, I've seen alot of framing done lately.  I really like the look, so I decided to give it a try. Here's my take on a framed card and another use for those awesome Butterfly Ribbon Slides (681D).

I started first by cutting my card front from peach colored card stock. I inked the edges with orange ink, used a decorative border punch for the left side and then a corner punch on the right 2 corners.  I used Nestibility dies to create the hole in the center for my frame.  I stamped "As Another Year Flies By" (489F)  at the top of the card front and then ran it through the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  I added some orange ribbon to the the left side and decorated the left side of the frame with Prima flowers and brads.  I stamped the Butterfly ribbon slide twice, colored both with Copic Markers and fussy cut them out. I attached them by layering them and then adding 3 black brads to the body. All of this completed the frame card front.

The center of the frame was created by stamping a panel of peach cardstock with the Silhouette Butterfly Background (536H) using Versamark ink. Then I heat embossed it with black sparkle embossing powder and attached it to the center of a black cardstock base.  

My final step was to attached the card front to the base using foam tape to create the frame depth. Wouldn't this be great for a Fall birthday? I guess I have my Aunt's October birthday card already finished! Yeah! 

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


Thursday, September 26, 2013

So Spooky!

Hi Everyone! Hope your day is off to a fabulous start!
Can you believe it's almost October already!?!? It will be ghost and goblin time before we know it! The new blog challenge over at DRS Designs, "So Spooky it's Scary" and THIS CARD from Splitcoast Stampers inspired me to create this Spooky Halloween card.  I'm really happy with how it turned out-actually it's better than I thought it would be.  I think it really has an eerie, spooky feel! 

The first thing I did was heat emboss the Spooky Tree with Moon (070L) on a white card front.  Then, I taped a large circle Nestability die centered over the image and used it as a stencil. I sponged the moon area with yellow inks and the rest of the area with an eerie purple ink. I love how it really looks like the full moon is glowing in the darkness! Next, I stamped the Spooktacular Halloween Greeting (933F). I split it up so that the first half of the sentiment was stamped above the scene and the second half was stamped below it.

I matted the card front on yellow cardstock and then used foam tape to adhere it to a 4.25" x 5.25" purple cardstock base.  An eerie card like this wouldn't be complete without a few bat punchies--I added eyes to them with a white gel pen and then adhered only their bodies so that I could fold up their wings to make them dimensional.  Eeek! Does this card give you the creeps? 



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