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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, January 29, 2015

With A Cherry On Top

This cute Valentine's card I have to share with you today fits the requirements for three challenges! I didn't really plan it that way, but that's how it worked out!

*The layout follows last week's Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge SC524.

*The "Cherries" inspiration photo from this weeks Cupcake Inspirations Challenge was the basis for my card theme. DRS Designs is their sponsor this week and 1 lucky winner will be picked from all the challenge participants to win a $10 store voucher for stamps at DRS Designs online catalog!!!

*Finally, the challenge this week on the DRS Designs blog is "So Shapely!" You are to use at least 2 different shapes on your project.  I went with a circle and hearts.

Both the Cherry Top Cupcake (463E) and the Sweet Valentine's Greeting (257D) are by DRS Designs.  The image was colored with Copic Markers.  The card front was embossed with a heart embossing folder and then I inked it with pink ink to make the hearts stand out. Then, I randomly added small heart die cuts to some of the embossed hearts and embellished them with a small pearl in the center.  Next, I assembled the rest of the layout as shown. The greeting banner was adhered with foam tape to pop it up for some added dimension.  Finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5."
Hope you enjoyed my card today!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Warm Winter Wish!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you're doing well and staying warm!
Anyone else excited that January is just about over??  Only about 50 more days until Spring!!  I've had enough of the cold and although we haven't had much snow this Winter, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone on the Northern East Coast. I can't imagine getting 1, 2, or even 3 feet of snow with a single snow storm, let alone have several of these kinds of storms over a single Winter!! I'm sending a Warm Winter Wish to all of you with my Snowman card today! 

The card front was created using an image and sentiment from DRS Designs.  The Medium Mr. Snowman (242H) was colored with Copic Markers.  Both the image and the Warm Wishes Greeting (611D) were cut out using Nestability dies.  Then, before removing the dies they were sponged with light blue ink. They were both matted with dark purple cardstock and then set aside while I worked on the card front.  

I embossed the light blue card front with a snowflake embossing folder and then sponged the edges with purple ink.  It was matted with white cardstock and then a crimped white panel, lined with purple cardstock was added to the lower portion. Snowflake ribbon embellished the crimped panel and then I adhered the snowman image and sentiment in place as shown. 

The card front was adhered to an A2 (4.25" x 5.5") purple cardstock base and I embellished the back of it with the Especially For You Snowman (239C), to let everyone know that I made this card! 
 Thanks for stopping by, Everyone! Stay safe and warm!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fill Up On Love

I'm getting ready for Valentine's Day with the new challenge post on the DRS Designs blog this week. The challenge is to show off any project made using "Lovely Hearts!"

 This is a 5" x 3.5" note card. I started by embossing the card front with a heart embossing folder. Then I stamped the Fill Up On Love Greeting (240C) and the Love Meter (261D). Both were cut out using Nestability dies and then sponged with light pink ink to create the white frame around them. The Love Meter was colored with Copic markers. The greeting was layered with a scalloped Nestability die and it was embellished with a single heart brad.  I assembled the card as shown and added a sheer red bow embellished with a fabric flower and pink heart brad just below the greeting and then I added two red heart diecuts to finish it off. This was fairly quick to make because of its small size but it turned out rather pretty, wouldn't you agree?

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Valentine Flower

The inspiration photo posted on this weeks DRS Designs Blog challenge is perfect for Valentines Day!
And I thought the Valentine Flower (582K) colored with Copic Markers was the perfect match! I absolutely love how it turned out! This was such a fun group of colors to play with!!

I kept the design of this card simple since I didn't have a lot of time.  Starting with a pink A2 card stock base, I didn't really know what else to add since the image is also the greeting. I created the background by stamping the Interlocking Hearts (247F) with Versamark, and then I trimmed the panel with a red scallop border.  I put 2 simple pink heart brads in the upper left corner. Next, I added a bit of twine at the bottom to add a touch more red.  The matted image was adhered to the center of the card and a beautiful satin, red bow was placed off center at the bottom. 

ETA:  I've had some requests to list the Copic Markers I used on this card. I used R27 R29 and R59  for the flower petals. For the leaves I used G05 G07 and G17. The flower center was colored with RV000 RV02 and RV23.

I hope you like it! 
Have a great day!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Warm Wishes Mr. Snowman!

So, now that the holiday hustle and bustle is over, has your daily routine returned back to normal? All of my holiday decorations are finally put away and now that my older son is back in school, I'm finding more time to work on my resolutions--to be more organized and take more time for me! This "me" time includes whatever I want to do and stamping is high on the list!

After cleaning up and organizing my stamping table this past weekend, I quickly got back to getting inky and one of the cards I created was this Warm Winter Wishes card. So appropriate for all of us in the Midwest and East Coast experiencing another Arctic Blast right now.  We need all the warmth we can get!

I used the new Medium Mr. Snowman (242H) for the focal point of my card.  I know there's not too much coloring you can do since a snowman is all white, but I researched how to color snowman images on Pinterest and found a few tips that were helpful. One technique is to actually color outside the stamped image line. If you look close at my snowman you can see the bluish-gray ink around the edges. I think this really helps enhance how the snowman looks.  Of course coloring his hat and scarf in bright colors helps him stand out as well!  I paired this image with the Warm Wishes Greeting (611D), and decorated the card front with some iridescent snowflakes that were adhered with matching turquoise brads. The finished card size is 4.25" x 5.5."
I hope you're all staying warm and cozy inside today!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hearts, Flowers, and Chocolate!

  Hi Everyone! 

Today I have two opportunities for you to win free stamps from DRS Designs!!
The first, like every Thursday, is a new blog challenge on the DRS Designs blog. The theme is "How Sweet It Is!"  You are to use any image, punch or die cut that says "Sweet" to you...think candy, cupcakes, or a "sweet" greeting!  I chose to use DRS Designs Valentine's Hold For You Greeting (184F) because it mentions chocolate and that's about as sweet as it gets!!! Yum!
The second chance for free stamps from DRS Designs is over at Send a Smile 4 Kids. DRS Designs is their sponsor this week and the theme is "Valentine's for Kids." I added the Sweet Offering Cutie Pie Kid (623G) to my card to qualify for this challenge as well.    
 I started with a 4.25" x 5.5" red card stock base. Smooth, black card stock was used for the top of the card front, and the pink panel at the bottom was stamped with the Interlocking Hearts (247F) that I colored with Copic markers. I added red grosgrain ribbon to hide the seam between the two panels and tied a knot in it at the far right side. The greeting was stamped and then cut out with a Nestability die and before removing it from the die, I sponged it with red ink. It was matted with red card stock and then adhered to the center of the card front. The cutie pie kid was also colored with markers, fussy cut out and adhered to the left side of the greeting. I added a few heart punchies to decorate the empty space at the top and then my card was complete.
I hope you get a chance to play along in either or both of these challenges, and if you do, good luck! Leave me a comment and tell me about it so I can check it out.  I'd love to see your work too!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sweet Valentine

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year!

This years first challenge on the DRS Designs Blog is to use Stencils. I created this Sweet Valentine for my challenge card utilizing a rectangle Nestibility die as a stencil to shade in and highlight the new Sweet Valentine's Greeting (257D).  
I stamped and colored the Heart Drops (255F) with Copic Markers to create by own pattern paper. I used the heart embossing folder for the black cardstock in the background and embellished the empty space on the card front with some heart punchies--from the new punches I received for Christmas.  I love how much they really enhance my Valentine cards this year! I placed a pearl in the center of each heart to complete the look. Finished card size is 5.5" x 4.25."  Hope you like it! 
Thanks for taking the time to visit today!


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