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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, 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.
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