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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, February 28, 2013

Sympathy Pines

Well, we all know that it's better to create sympathy cards ahead of time rather than trying to make one when your heart is heavy. The Sympathy challenge on the DRS Designs Blog this week is the perfect opportunity to work on a few.

I didn't have a lot of time when I sat down to make my challenge card. I knew coloring an image was out of the question and since I haven't played with glossy cardstock in a while, I decided to get it out and do a little heat embossing.

I heat embossed the Silhouette Majestic Pines (757L) with black embossing powder and then sponged it with blue ink for the sky and green ink for the ground. I used a yellow Copic Marker for the moon. The Tiny With Sympathy sentiment (263A) tag was also heat embossed and sponged with ink. I added a dry embossed layer of polka dots to the background and each layer was matted with black.  The light blue cardstock base measures 4.25" x 5.5."

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

Monday, February 25, 2013

Beer IS the Answer!

Hi Friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 

I had a nice restful weekend at home--visiting with family, got a massage and even had some time to myself to get a some stamping done! Here's one of the cards I made.  I think these beer stamps from DRS Designs are hilarious! They make a perfect masculine birthday card or they could be great for St. Patrick's Day too!

I used the Large Beer Mug (557H) here as my focal point and colored it with Copic Markers.  I created a banner to show off the bold part of the Beer is the Answer Greeting (486G) and embellished it with a button and twine.  I popped it up with some foam tape and adhered it over the image as shown.  I stamped the rest of the greeting on the bottom of my card front and added 2 black brads to the upper left corner. 

For a realistic look, I added Diamond Glaze to the beer mug to make it look like glass. I love what Diamond Glaze adds to the elements on a card!  I'm amazed at how real it looks and I often find myself admiring the finished product by running my fingers over the shiny area repeatedly. Do you like it as much as I do? 

Hope you enjoyed today's card and I hope you'll be back to visit soon! 
Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Toad"ally Plaid

This week's challenge on the DRS Designs blog is "Plaids."  Oh, what fun I had creating this cute "Toad" card for it!! (or is it a frog because I've colored it green? LOL!)  I recently received the Large Original Plaid (641P) stamp and I'm really enjoying making my own backgrounds and plaid patterns with it. (For another example, please see my Stacked Love Valentine HERE.)

The plaid seen here was created by stamping the Large Original Plaid stamp in both, the vertical and horizontal directions. I stamped it one way with dark green ink and then for the other way I used a light green ink. The Singing Frog (138H) was colored with Copic Markers, masked, cut out with an oval Nestability using the Out-of-the-box technique, and then sponged while it was still in the die.  I've also created the polka dot background here using Versamark ink and the Polka Dot Background stamp (688P).  It matches that polka-dotted frog pretty well, doesn't it?  I got creative with the sentiment and split up the "Toad"ally Wonderful Day Greeting (455E) in to 3 parts to fit my layout. Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5."

***I also have to tell you about the new contest DRS Designs has going on now.  You have a chance to win some great prize packages which include a grand prize of 20 stamps from DRS Designs! All you have to do is visit the DRS Designs Blog from February 20th to March 11th and collect the 20 clues that will identify 4 stamps from DRS Designs original catalog that was printed in 1992.  Each of these 4 stamps are still currently available for purchase today.  Additional details for this contest can be found HERE. Have some fun, play along with us, and win! 

Thanks for visiting today!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Birthday To You!

Hi Stampers! 
Here's a fun Birthday card I've created to share today!

All stamps are from DRS Designs and this was created using the Birthday Flower Circle (377H).  The sentiment in the middle is part of the stamp. However, the wheels in my head are turning...if you used the unmounted or cling mounted version of this stamp, you could easily cut out the middle of the stamp and change the theme by stamping another sentiment in it's place.  You could consider the Tiny Belated Birthday sentiment (495A), the Gift For You Greeting (514B), the Enjoy Today Sentiment (1145C), the I love You Greeting (608B), or even the Tiny Happy Anniversary Greeting (340A).  The possibilities are endless!

For the background I stamped the Interlocking Flower Background (813H)The part I liked best is that there wasn't much to color--at least that's how I chose to proceed with the elements on this card.  I used Copic Markers to color in some of the flowers and then only part of the petals on others.  I used a white gel pen to color in the flower centers, the dots and some of the smaller flowers in the background. 
I hope you enjoyed seeing this card--It's one of my favorites! 

Don't forget today begins the Stamp-A-Versary contest over at DRS Designs! click on the photo above for all the details. You have a chance to win a 20 stamp prize package from DRS Designs in honor of their 20th Anniversary!!! Run over there now to play! 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Stacked Love

Hi Everyone! 
Since Valentine's Day is today, I think it's only appropriate that I share a Valentine's Day card with you. Today's card was also created for DRS Designs very own Blog challenge. The current theme is to use the word "Love" somewhere on your card. Run over and check it out.  This contest is open until February 20th, so you still have a lot of time to enter...and win! 

The layout I used is from last week's sketch challenge on the 365 Cards Blog, and I've used the following stamps from DRS Designs to create it:
Large Original Plaid (641P).

The Stacked Love was colored with Copic Markers and I sponged pink ink around it while it was in a Nestabilities die. Doesn't the background paper look like it's store bought?  I repeatedly stamped the Large Original Plaid on smooth pink cardstock using red ink.  I'm not sure how I was able to get the lines so straight.  I didn't even use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig! I love the look so much that I've even kept the scraps that I trimmed off to use on another card.  They'd make a great border to decorate the inside of a card like this to match!

 I'm also trying to spread the word about DRS Designs 20th Anniversary Celebration. They are celebrating by giving away stamps--lots of them!!! This contest begins in just one week!!! So mark your calendar and check the DRS Designs Blog to see how you can win a great prize package!

I hope your Valentine's Day is wonderful!!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Loving Triple Hearts

With Valentine's Day right around the corner I've been stamping a lot of hearts lately, and with the challenge on the DRS Designs Blog being the word "Love" my challenge card is no exception.

The background was stamped with the Heart Drops (344K) and the Interlocking Heart Background (808H). The goofy Three Happy Hearts stamp (189H) used as my focal point and was colored with Copic Markers. The sentiment tag was stamped with "I Love You" (608B) and embellished with a red heart brad.

I couldn't resist adding a little diamond glaze to their eyes to make them realistic--or does it make them a even more goofy?!?!  LOL!

Hope you enjoyed seeing it!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Latest Buzz!

After what feels like forever, I'm finally trying to get back to participating at the Stamp Shack. I've joined a few swaps and one of them is "The Flood." Every month 2 names are drawn from the participant list and they get "flooded" with cards from everyone else. Over the course of the month those selected receive 24 hand stamped greeting cards! I can't wait until it's my turn!

Here is the card I sent out to each of the January "Flood-ees."

I got the idea from a card on Splitcoast to use the Large Octagon Nestie dies to create the honeycomb look of a bee hive. I thought the look of a bee hive would be cute with the Bitsy Bumble Bee (1020A), the Happy Bee (561C), and the Latest Buzz sentiment (621D). I tied a little yellow and white twine through a tiny black button for the embellishment on the sentiment tag. 

The bees were dressed up with glitter wings and then adhered with foam tape for dimension. I really like how they turned out and really hope my flood partners like them as well!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 4, 2013

Fall In Chocolate!

Do you ever get so excited after seeing a sketch that it inspires you immediately? That's what happened when I saw this sketch challenge (SC421) last week on SCS. 

I sat right down and used it to draw up my card in my sketch notebook and then later I was able to whip up this card and everything fell right into place!

I used the Fall into Chocolate Greeting (338F) from DRS Designs as my focal point. Isn't this funny? Who wouldn't want to fall in chocolate? Yum! I colored the hearts and the little chocolate chips with Copic Markers. Then I used Vintage Sepia Versafine to stamp the Giant Chocolate Chip (195D) over the greeting.

I stamped the Chocolate Chip Background (361H) for the vertical panel and decorated it with a pink and red banner tied with twine as seen in The sketch. Three little heart brads were the final embellishment and the card front was adhered to a dark brown cardstock base that measures A2 size.  

Happy Monday to you all! I hope your week is off to a great start!
Thanks for stopping by!



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