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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, May 30, 2013

Trees Please

It's Thursday already and there's a new challenge on the DRS Designs Blog...Trees
I created this simple "Thinking of You" note card for the challenge. It measures 5" x 3.5." I used white glossy cardstock for my card front and utilized the stamp off technique to create my design using the Silhouette Background Trees (1030F). In the empty space in the right upper corner I stamped a simple "Thinking of You" sentiment (046C). A pretty shimmer green ribbon was tied in a knot and adhered to the top of the card front to finish it off. The final step was to attach it to a matching green cardstock base.

DRS Designs is giving one lucky winner from this challenge their choice of 2 FREE stamps. Click HERE to link your challenge card for a chance to win!

Want another chance to win free DRS stamps?  DRS Designs is also sponsoring the Craft Your Passion Blog this week.  This challenge is to use natural materials on your project.  I ran out of time this week and didn't get a chance to play along...unless you count the "paper" I used on the card I shared with you today ;-)  Run over there and check it out.  DRS Designs is giving away a $15 store voucher to one lucky winner.  I hope one of these prizes I mentioned today goes to YOU! 

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


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Not Over The Hill

I think it's safe to say that the cold weather here in Michigan is finally behind us.  Now it's time to break out the clubs and enjoy the sunshine! 

This golfer's birthday card features many stamps from DRS Designs--5 to be exact!  For the focal image I created a scene using Golfer Duff (457L).  I colored him and the grass with Copic Markers and the clouds were done by sponging blue ink within a cloud template.  I've seen people use the Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug Embossing folder before as a golf ball texture and that's what I did to show off the upper portion of the Back Nine Birthday Greeting (658F). I used the Polka Dot Background (688P) to add texture to the lower half of the card front and then stamped the lower left corner with "Happy Birthday" from the Back Nine Greeting.  The seam between the yellow and kraft cardstock pieces was hidden with pattern paper I created myself using the Argyle Background (438P) and the Argyle Diamond (441A).

Hope all of my American readers had a wonderful Memorial Weekend holiday!
Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hoppy Birthday!

I couldn't resist using this cute Tiny Frog (420A) from DRS Designs to make my own pattern paper.  I stamped it repeatedly and then colored each one with Copic Markers.  Don't they go great with the Frog on a Log (252H) as the focal image?  It too was colored with Copic Markers to match the hand stamped pattern paper.  I wrapped some twine around the card front and then popped up the matted image on top of it with foam tape for dimension.  The bottom was stamped with the coordinating Hoppy Birthday sentiment (440E).

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Another Year Flies By

The challenge this week on the DRS Designs blog is an easy one...Punches!! We all have paper punches don't we? I know I probably have 15 border punches alone! I used one of them to decorate the horizontal panel in the background of this card. Do you consider Nestabilities as paper punches as well? If so, that's what I used for the bird's matted layer so that would count too.

All of the stamped elements on this card are by DRS Designs--the Bird On A Branch (328K) and the Another Year Flies By sentiment (489F). The bird was colored with Copic Markers and then sponged with beige ink while in a Nestie die. Easy and Cute wouldn't you say?

Please join us on the DRS Designs blog and link up your challenge card for a chance to win $10 gift certificate to their online store. The one lucky winner could be you!

Good Luck!


Sunday, May 19, 2013


It is important to think of Mom and Dad this time of year, but as the end of the school year draws near, it's important to remember our teachers too. After all, regular K-12 grade school teachers spend more time with our children then we do! Here's a Teacher's Thank You card that will let your teacher know just how much you appreciate his or her hard work. 

All of the stamps on this card are by DRS Designs:
The Teacher Touch A Heart Greeting (475G) was cut out with a Nestie die and sponged lightly with red ink,  
the Teacher Tools (792G) image was colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut, 
and the background was stamped using a portion of the *new* Double Chevron Card Edger (904P).
Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5."

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Graduation Stars

The school year is almost over so it's time to start thinking of graduation cards. I hope the ConGRADulations challenge on the DRS Designs blog will inspire you to get started too. Here's one I created recently that I love, love, love!!!

All of the stamps I used are by DRS Designs. I started by coloring the Shooting Star (509H) with Copic Markers. Then I cut it and matted it using Nestie dies.  I created the large banner panel to go behind it and embossed it with a star embossing folder.  The background panel was stamped with the Interlocking Star Background (819H) with yellow ink and then the Starry Background (124H) with black ink. I then created a horizontal banner for the conGRADulations sentiment (867D). As a final touch, I added yellow Stickles to the star.  Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5."

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

For Dad

Hi Everyone! 

For starters, I must apologize for having to turn on word verification.  I've been getting tons of spam comments over the last 2 days and I'm hoping this will slow it down or perhaps actually stop it.  I promise I won't keep it on for long. Please keep leaving comments for me and bear with me thru this difficult time.  Thanks!  Now,onto something much more fun...

Since Mother's Day has passed it's now time to think about Dad! I'm loving DRS Designs Argyle Background (438P) and the Solid Diamond (441A) that I used to create my own pattern paper on this card.

The sentiment I used for the focal point of my card is the Father's Day Greeting (782G).  I sponged it with blue ink while it was still in the Nestability die and matted as shown.  I used the last line of the greeting for the tag sentiment by stamping each word under each other rather than keeping it in one line.  The tag was adhered using a brad and I used twine to create the tassel. Finished card size is A2- 5.5" x 4.25."

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Big Deal Birthday

The Circle challenge on the DRS Designs Blog this week is full of endless possibilities! Think circle-shaped stamps, die-cuts, embellishments, pattern designs etc.
Here's a cute CAS pocket card I made for the it using my plain and scalloped Circle Nestability dies.  

It's difficult to see, but the pocket was embossed with hearts and then I embellished it with the Five Playing Cards (157D)

The pull-out portion was stamped with the Big Deal Birthday Greeting (852G) so that when it's in the pocket, the lower portion of the greeting is covered by the playing cards image. A red Copic Marker was used to fill in the heart and the diamond was paper pieced to make the "is" stand out.

DRS Designs is giving away 2 FREE stamps of your choice to 1 lucky winner just for playing along. Won't you join us?


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Leave A Path

Way back in 2009 when I was playing around with Alcohol Inks and created this Graduation card I had several practice pieces that were stamped with the Silhouette Hilker (1026G) left over. As with all of my stamping "scraps" I keep them neatly tucked away in a binder in case I can find a future use for them.  I was conveniently able to put one of them to use use for this non-traditional graduation card I'm sharing with you today.

The image panel started as glossy white cardstock.  I sponged on blue and silver alcohol inks for the sky and the ground was done using greens and gold. I used Staz On ink and my Stamp-a-ma-jig to strategically place the Hiker image along the line where the 2 colors met. I wanted it to look like he was over looking a mountain.  I split up the Leave A Path Greeting (860G) and stamped the Hiker Boot Prints (946D) to embellish the bottom of the card front.

Graduation cards don't always have to depict a cap and gown or other school-type images.  The stamps I've used on this graduation card make it unique since graduation isn't an ending. It's just beginning of the next chapter in someone's life, and this greeting is all about heading out on your own and making a difference!

I hope I've inspired you today!


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Thinking of You

I recently saw a few cards on SCS that used heat embossing on kraft cardstock with white embossing powder rather than embossing with black on white cardstock.  What a beautiful look! I tried this technique and I love the results! 

It was also a nice change to color the Flower Border (1076H) with Watercolor pencils and blend them with water rather than use my fave Copic Markers.  The background was stamped with Versamark ink using a daisy flower that has been retired and I used a portion of the Sitting Thinking Greeting (398F) for the sentiment.  This was definitely "out of the box" for me but I think it turned out very pretty.  What do you think? 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 
Thanks for stoppin' by!


Thursday, May 2, 2013


Things have gotten so crazy lately that I don't know if I'm coming or going, so there hasn't been much stamping time. The small blocks of time that I do have I've been using as stress relievers and I've tried to come up with some CAS cards. I'm happy to be able to show you some of them today! These cards were made with the DRS Designs butterfly challenge in mind and for some swaps that I'm in--I thought it would be best to try to maximize my time and "kill 2 birds with one stone" as they say.

These are 3.5" x 5" note cards. As you can see I stamped the Textured Butterfly (985E) randomly with different combinations of ink for each card. The center butterfly was embellished with pearls or matching rhinestones and the Butterfly Greeting (349F) was stamped at the bottom of each card front. I used foam tape to adhere each front to the same color cardstock base. The extra dimension and butterfly body embellishments really give these cards some simple elegance.

The best part is that these all-occasion cards could be used for any purpose. I've even used this design for birthday and sympathy cards as well, just by changing the greeting! 
I love that!

I hope I've inspired you today!
Thanks for stopping by! 



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