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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!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mother's Day Rose

DRS Designs is featuring the fun Argyle Background stamp (438P) this month and today's Mother's Day card shows you how it works! 

I first stamped the Argyle Background with black ink.  Then I used the Argyle Diamond (441A) to add color to it.  To do this, I first stamped the dark black diamonds using a dark pink ink and then I used a lighter pink ink to stamp the dotted diamonds on either side of the dark one. It's so easy, but I can understand if you need more examples.  Just click THIS LINK to view other posts on the DRS Designs Blog that feature the Argyle Background.

Here are few more details on the card seen above: 
The focal point is the Single Rose (774G).  I colored it with Copic Markers and then sponged pink ink around it while it was in a Nestability die.  (That's how I got the white frame around it.) I used the Mother's Day Greeting (783G) for the sentiment but split it up and put "Happy Mother's Day" on the banner below the image. A little layering and a border punch helped complete this layout. Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5" 

Hope you enjoyed seeing it!
Have a great day!


Saturday, April 27, 2013

First Communion Chalice

One of the things I love about DRS Designs is that they have stamps for every occasion that you could ever need a card for! My little cousin is making her first communion next weekend and I was glad I was able to handmake this card for her rather than having to buy one. Thanks for coming to my rescue, DRS Designs!

I've used the Chalice (912K) and the Communion Greeting (401F) on my card front. The chalice was colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut out. I added some Diamond Glaze to the cross on the front of it to make it stand out better and enhance it. Then I adhered it in place over top of the embossed panel.  The brown cardstock you see is actually a metallic copper. It really made this card elegant!

Hope your Monday is off to a great start and thanks for taking the time from your busy day to stop by! I appreciate your visit and your comments! 


Thursday, April 25, 2013

For Your Shower

Here's my challenge card for this week's "Pastels" challenge on the DRS Designs Blog. I know my pink fits, but my blue is stretching it a bit! I didn't have enough baby blue card stock, so "what you see is what you get," as they say! Regardless, it turned out to be a cute baby shower card, don't you think?

All of the stamps on this card are by DRS Designs and were just released over the last few weeks:
Umbrella (817G)
For Your Shower sentiment (835D)
Double Chevron Card Edger (904P)

I colored the umbrella with Copic Markers and then sponged light blue ink around it while it was in a Nestie die.  For the background panel, I stamped the solid Chevron with light blue and light pink ink, and the pink panel was embossed using the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder.  In the empty space in the bottom right corner, I stamped the shower sentiment.  This stamp is actually a one-line sentiment, but to fit the area where I wanted the sentiment to go, I cut my cling-mounted stamp so that each word was separate.  Then I arranged them on an acrylic block and stamped them as shown. (I love the versatility of cling-mounted stamps!) 

Don't forget to head over to the DRS Blog and check out the Pastels challenge.  This weeks prize is a set of 3 stamps that include the adorable Playful Pups (1110H) and 2 sentiments to go with them.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013


DRS Designs is sponsoring the challenges over at the 365 Cards blog this week.  The theme for today is "Throwback from 2011."  We can pick any theme they featured in 2011.  I've used Day 277, "Pick 3," to use any three scrappy items on your card.  I've used glitter, markers, and banner dies.

All of the stamped elements are by DRS Designs:

Each of the small Bitsy Bee images were colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut. The larger Happy Bee was stamped directly on to the yellow cardstock and colored with Copic Markers. Then I stamped it again on white cardstock and paper pieced the wings.  Once all of the bees were in place I added some stickles to their wings to dress it up a bit. Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5."

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cat's Meow

I've just returned from a 4 day stamping retreat with the girls from the Stamp Shack.  It's an event we do every year and it was wonderful!  However, it seems every year the time goes by faster and faster. (They do say "Time flies when you're having fun!") Over the course of the weekend I made about 22 cards!! Below is one of them.

One of the girls there was making "Happy Birthday, you old bag!" cards by actually stamping on a brown paper lunch bag. I thought that was a clever idea and did the same for this card.

To start, I stamped Vicki's Versatile Background (369H) on white and kraft cardstock.  I adhered the 2 layers together and covered the seam with some yummy brown ribbon. Next, I stamped the Cat In The Bag (118H) image twice, once on a brown paper lunch bag and then again on white cardstock.  The cat was colored with Copic Markers and then the bag in the image was paper pieced with the image that was stamped on the brown bag.  I split up the Cat's Meow Birthday Greeting (1125G) and added the "Happy Birthday" portion on a popped up sentiment banner.

Great idea for a great card, don't you think?
Thanks, Angie!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Just Poppin' In

It's Thursday already and that means there's a new blog challenge over at DRS Designs! This week's theme...Bows! I made this fun popcorn note card for the challenge.

I used the Bowl of Popcorn (1131G) as the focal image and colored it with Copic Markers.  The pattern paper was made by stamping the Popcorn Background (1124H) repeatedly and the kernels were highlighted with Copic Markers as well to make them look like it was topped with movie theater butter, YUM!  I used a border punch on the card front to shorten it up a bit and a red ribbon was added above the decorated edge with a bow.  The bottom of the red card base was stamped with the beginning portion of the Just Poppin' In Greeting (156D). The inside of this 3.5" x 5" note card reads "to say Hi!"


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Best Wishes on Your Shower

As someone who makes handmade cards regularly, I really despise having to buy them.  I like to be able to plan ahead and make one ahead of time when needed.  When I saw that DRS Designs was adding some wedding/baby shower themed stamps, I was over the top excited! These stamps were definitely missing from my collection and I was always buying cards for these occasions

I stamped up this card to give to one of my friends for her Wedding shower.  It uses 2 of the new shower stamps--the Umbrella (817G), and the Rain Down Greeting (837F). (The For Your Shower Greeting (835D) is also new.)  I stamped the Raindrops (1012H) in the background.  The umbrella was colored with Copic Markers, fussy cut, and then adhered on to a scalloped circle that was embossed with polka dots. The center panel was lined with cardstock that was punched with a border punch.  Then after stamping the sentiment on it the bottom portion and adhering the image to it, it was adhered to the card front with foam tape for dimension.  A bit of purple and white twine embellished it nicely.

Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cancer Cannot!

Working in the medical field I see cancer patients everyday.  I feel that it's my job not only to make sure I get patients through the diagnostic test they are undergoing, but also to help boost their spirit and to help them continue to fight.  Because of that, this Cancer Is... poem (113L) means a lot to me.  Every person has a story and this message is so true--CANCER IS LIMITED!

I made this card for the sewing challenge that can be found on the DRS Designs Blog this week.  I stamped the background repeatedly using the Support Ribbon (063D) and then I colored them pink with Copic Markers for breast cancer awareness.  I used the faux stitching technique to qualify this card for the sewing challenge.  To do so, I paper pierced along the inside border of the black cardfront and then connected the dots with a white gel pen.  Matted layers, sponging, border punching and the use of a nice black ribbon tied in a knot made this card complete! 

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What's Your Suit?

DRS Designs is this week's sponsor on the Wicked Wednesday ATC Blog.  For playing along with the challenge theme "Show Us Your Suit" you could win a $15 store voucher to DRS Designs.  Appropriate images for this challenge would be playing cards, poker images, card suits etc. Remember, you have to create an ATC for this challenge! Here's mine:

This was made using DRS Designs 4 suits vertical (1134F) and the soon to be released Big Deal Birthday Greeting (852D).  (Shhh, don't tell anyone I used it! *wink*) Then I used the ATC as a part of this card:

Finished card size is 5.5" x 4.25."

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Heartfelt Condolences

For so many people I know 2013 has not been very kind.  Unfortunately, I've needed more sympathy cards this thus far than I care to count.  I'm hoping and praying that the second half of 2013 gets better.  

Here's another sympathy card I created for a friend.  The stamped elements on this card are DRS Designs Single Rose (774G) and the One Line Heartfelt Condolences (321D). I kept things simple--just some sponging, dry embossing with the very elegant Swiss Dots folder, a border punch, and a well tied ribbon made this card complete. 

Until next time, have a wonderful day!


Saturday, April 6, 2013

3 Little Pigs

Nope, I'm not referring to the children's book here, just this this cute birthday card I whipped up! 

I love this image of Leonard Pig's Bathtime Buddies (719K)! Since the mud around them is a solid silhouette, I thought it was best to stamp them with brown ink. Then I added some accents with a pink Copic Marker. The Hogwash sentiment (722E) was also stamped in brown ink. I kept my layout simple and used the Cuttlebug Birthday embossing folder for the background and then sponged Vintage Photo ink over the top of the Kraft cardstock. This panel was then matted with dark brown cardstock that was punched to create a decorative edge.  A few brads dressed up this simple 4.25" x 5.5." card nicely.

I've entered this in the 365 Cards challenge for Sponging and Embossing.
Thanks for visiting here today.  See you next time! 


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fisherman's Birthday

Hello Stampers! 
Today I have a Clean and (rather) Simple Masculine Birthday card to share with you. I've used the Jumping Fish (325L) and the Tiny Happy Birthday (1081A) sentiment.

I started by stamping and coloring the image with Copic Markers.  It was cut out using a decorative Nestie Die that fit the image tightly and then I sponged light blue ink along the top edge of the image to create the sky. 

The background panel was matted with green trim and I used an embossing folder to give it texture.  The image was adhered in the center and I added 3 Copper brads to the circles on the far left side.  I embellished the bottom of the image with some natural twine that was wrapped around twice and tied in a knot. Next, I created a tag using the Birthday sentiment as shown and it was adhered just under the twine knot.  The image panel was adhered onto a blue cardstock base that measures 4.45" x 5.5." 

Does Dad like to fish? Don't forget that a card like this could easily be turned into a Father's Day card by just changing up the sentiment. 

Thanks for visiting here today!



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