Friday, July 31, 2015


The challenge this week at DRS Designs is "Cause a scene." You just need to create a scene on your card. I really like scenes on cards. They are fun to create and can be challenging too. Here's the card I created.

I started with the white CS panel, stamped on the branches, then the bird house and chair, then masked the chair and added the easy grass background. Once everything as colored with Copics, I masked the chair again and sponged on Old Olive for the yard and some Bashful blue for the sky. The sentiment is part of the Sitting Here greeting. After stamping and die cutting it, I cut the edge on a diagonal and sponged on some bashful blue for dimension. I used some nestie dies for the layers and attached everything to a white card base.

We'd love to have you join in the fun this week. Details can be found here.

I also have a card I created for this week's Anything Goes challenge at ODBD. It was a quick and easy card to create. The Spellbinder dies do all the work and create such an elegant card.

The Bible verse was stamped in VersaFine black ink on cream CS, die cut and layered on the pink die cut panel which was layered on the cream die cut. I did create my own dp by stamping DRS Designs Interlocking Hearts in VersaMark ink on the large pink pink panel. I like the fact that this is elegant and rather flat - good for mailing to a friend who needs some encouragement. You can see details for this challenge here.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Thinking of you

Hi Everyone! Hope you have had a good weekend. Recently we have been having beautiful weather here in NW Ohio, sunny and warm but not too hot. And I guess this weather inspired my card today. It is perfect for sitting outside.

I started with white CS, stamped the easy grass background in Old Olive and sponged on some more old olive ink. The greeting was stamped in black ink before masking a couple of clouds and sponging the sky with Bashful Blue ink. Next I used some nestie border dies to cut the edge of the panel as well as a piece of Kraft and black CS. All the panels are attached to the kraft card base. Last I die cut the garden bench with a nestie die and glued it on.

In keeping with this week's challenge "A Stitch in Time" at DRS Designs, I used two dies that have some stitching along the edges. I really like the look! You can check out this week's challenge here. We'd love to have you play along with us.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Today I have two cards to share with you, both from Challenges. This first one is for the sketch challenge at Split Coast Stampers. It's their 550th challenge, so we were to go back and find a sketch from 500 - 549 to use. I chose SC509 and here's my lego card.

I saw a card like this on Pinterest. The link sent me to another site, but I couldn't get it to upload correctly, so I just did what I could from the pic. It's really pretty simple. The two layers were embossed with a dots folder and the sentiment was stamped above them in black ink. The lego blocks were sponged with matching inks before adding the punched circles with pop dots. Once the circles were in place I used a white gel pen to add the shading marks. My grandson's birthday is coming up so this is for him.

My second card is for this week's Shining Light challenge at Our Daily Bread. It's an inspiration challenge. Here's the photo for inspiration.

And here's my card.

I used various dies to form the layers, swirls and flowers on this. The sentiment is from ODBD's Banner Sentiments. After stamping the sentiment, I stamped the matching banner and then used the matching die to cut it out - easy peasy! I'm not convinced about this color combo. It looked much better in my head.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Fun Folds

Hi Everyone. Hope you had a great weekend and were able to find some time to get creative. I received my copy of  Card Maker magazine (autumn edition) this weekend and found a fancy fold card I wanted to try out.

I started with a 7 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch piece of dark purple CS, cut one long side at an angle, then stamped and embossed it with the interlocking flower background stamp. Once it cooled, I scored it on the back at 3, 3 1/2, 5 and 6 1/8 inches, then folded. The lighter purple was stamped and embossed with the silhouette branch background stamp. After attaching the folded purple to the lighter purple CS, the lace and ribbon were added. The flower was created using nesties. The pearl brad holds the flower on and helps to keep the ribbons in place. Everything is attached to a white card base.  You can see exactly how to create this type of card on pages 36-37 of the most recent Card Maker magazine.

Hope you can find some time to join in this week's challenge here at DRS Designs. We have some beautiful colors to inspire you. Details can be found here.

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Monday, July 13, 2015


Hi Everyone. It's birthday season for my family. Just about everyone has a summer birthday so I've been busy creating birthday cards.

I think this image and sentiment, one of my favs, makes a great masculine card. I started by stamping the argyle background along the left side of the white panel, then I stamped the argyle diamond with three different inks. Next I stamped Golfer Duff in Memento Black ink and colored him with Copics. I used a silver gelly roll pen to add some shine to his golf club. The sentiment was stamped on white CS, cut at an angle and layered on brown CS. Everything is layered on blue and then attached to the brown card base. A button and twine complete the look. Oh, the rest of the sentiment is inside the card. It says "way above par."  This is a great sentiment for those golfers!!
My second card only uses one stamp, the brush stroke Happy Birthday. I stamped it on the pink CS, then embossed it with a Darice flower folder. Some sheer pink ribbon was added before attaching it to the white card base.
The butterflies were punched out of some water color paper on which I used gelatos to make a color wash of light pink, blue, green and yellow. It's hard to see the colors in the pic. Here's a close up of one of the butterflies. Maybe you can see the color better.

Some white pearls were added to the bodies of the butterflies to complete the look.  Hope you like it.
Be sure to check out this week's challenge, "You've got mail." We'd love to have you play along.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Creative Colors challenge #39

This week DRS Designs is proud to be sponsoring the challenge at Creative Colors. The challenge is to use 4 colors and twine on your card. Here are the colors to choose from for this week's challenge.

And here's the card I created.

I started by stamping three different Birthday Sentiments (Birthday Multi Greeting, Vertical 2 Line Brithday Greeting, and Small Script Happy Birthday)  in VersaMark ink onto water color paper and embossing them with detail white embossing powder. After adding water to the water color paper, I brushed on 4 different TH Distress inks. (Evergreen Bough, Spun Sugar. Scattered Straw, and Shaded Lilac) adding more ink till I got the color I wanted. Once that dried the water color panel was attached to a pale pink layer of CS. The same CS was stamped with a Happy Birthday Sentiment in VersaMark ink, embossed with detailed white EP and die cut. Some yellow baker's twine and a pink button were added before everything was attached to the So Saffron card base.

You can see details for this challenge here. DRS is giving a $10 gift voucher to our on line store. Now that's a great prize! Hope you can join in the fun!!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Seaside Birthday Wishes

I have been playing around with Gelatos and TH Distress inks trying to watercolor various backgrounds. Some of them turn out really great and others, well... I was trying to create a beachy looking background for the new 4 in 1 Sea Shells. I started by stamping the sea shells in VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with white EP. Then using TH Brushed Cord. and Ant. Linen inks I water colored the sandy part. Once that dried I stamped the splatter background in Ant. Linen on some parts of the sand. For the water, I brushed on TH Evergreen Bough, which looks more blue than green to me. I added some white Wink of Stella to the water to create some sparkle. The sky was created with a couple of blue gelatos. Once everything was dry, I used some watercolors (of unknown origin) to color the shells. I added the baker's twine and then popped the water color panel up on the card base with some foam strips. The sentiment is part of the new beach birthday greeting. The rest of the greeting is on the inside of the card.

This week's challenge is splatters matter. We'd love to have you join in the fun!

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Saturday, July 4, 2015


I created this card for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers and ODBDSLC 244 - Anything Goes Challenge. I also used the sketch from this week's challenge at SCS for the design of this card.

The sentiment was stamped onto the banner once it was stamped and die cut. It is popped up on the cream square with foam dots. The love birds were stamped with black ink. I used a SB rose die to create the flower. Some peach colored lace finishes it off.  I like the way this turned out. The colors are more intense in real life.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Splatters Matter

The challenge this week at DRS Designs is "Splatters Matter." I haven't done much with splatters so this was new to me. I've used a stamp that creates splatters, but I wanted to actually use a brush and create some splatters. So here's what I came up with.

I had already colored the water color paper with the blue gelatos and decided to add some red and darker blue splats with gelatos. Once they dried I added some silver splatters with some water color paint, but they turned out much smaller and are more difficult to see. This panel was layered on red CS and then added to the white card base. The liberty bell was stamped on white CS, colored with Copics, fussy cut and attached with pop dots form some dimension. The sentiment was stamped on white CS and die cut. A few red, white (silver) and blue sequins complete the look.

We'd love to have you join in the challenge. You can see details here. I'd really like to see what others do with this challenge.

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