Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

My card today is for this week's sketch challenge at TMS. It's a great sketch and I'm so glad I was able to play along. Here's the sketch:


And here's my card:


I started by stamping the Pumpkin Patch image from DRS Designs onto white CS with Memento Black ink, colored it with Copics and die cut with a SB circle die. Nest I die cut two smaller circles from orange CS, embossed them with a CB pumpkin swirl EF. The kraft layer was embossed with the CB swirls EF. Once everything was attached to the white case base, I added the button with yellow baker's twine in place of the flower in the sketch. I really like how this turned out.

Thanks TMS for another fun sketch design!

And thanks for stopping by!

blessings,
shelia

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pumpkin Spce - It's that time of the year!


Hi Everyone,

My card today features one of my very favorite fall things - Pumpkin Spice Coffee!! There's just something warm and calming about pumpkin spice coffee. I think I may have to go make a cup once I get this post completed!!

I started by stamping the Pumpkin Spice greeting (846E) onto cream CS with Archival Jet Black ink, then die cut it with a stitched oval die. Once I die cut all the parts of the coffee cup, I stamped the coffee cup with the Splatter Background image using VersaMark ink. The little pumpkin and tiny leaves are some epoxy stickers I've had forever. The oval die and coffee cup dies are all from ODBD. The rust frame was die cut with a SB die.

Here's a look at the inside:



The new Goodbye summer greeting (350F) was stamped with Archival Jet black ink and the pumpkins were stamped with TH Spiced Marmalade ink.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check all the new fall images from DRS Designs here.

Blessings,
shelia

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketch





My card today is for this week's sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. DRS Designs is the sponsor for this week's sketch, so I really wanted to play along!  Here's the sketch:


I turned the sketch sideways since it fit with my image and sentiment better. The Filigree Pumpkin (334G) and the Happy Thanksgiving Greeting (339F) are both brand new stamps from DRS Designs and will be released in just a couple of days. You can check them out at the DRS Designs on line store.

To create my card, I started with some water color paper and stamped the pumpkin with TH Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade ink and the greeting with Archival Jet Black ink. The panel was die cut with a SB die and layered onto some orange CS. I used the same water color paper for the next panel and layered it onto the same orange CS. The pumpkin ribbon has been in my stash forever. I have no idea where it came from, but I thought it went perfectly with this image and sketch design. I did use some foam adhesive to attach the smaller panel for some dimension.

I hope you can join in the fun at TMS this week!

blessings,
shelia



Monday, September 11, 2017

Drop in!!


Hi Everyone,

I have one last Halloween card to share with you before getting started on Fall and Thanksgiving cards. Today's card is pretty simple. I stamped the card front with wood grain background image with light brown ink, then die cut the window using a MFT die. The greeting was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink above the wimdow. The witch's broom was stamped onto white CS, colored with Copics and fussy cut. I used some foam adhesive to attach it to the card front. The little black cat is a die cut from IO, I think. Here's a look at the inside.


The empty spider web and vertical greeting were both stamped with black ink. A Recollections spider was added to the web.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check back soon to see some new images DRS Designs will soon be releasing. Also right now with every purchase of $25, you receive a free DRS Designs' Catalog. Be sure to check out the web page for details.

Blessings,
shelia

Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy Haunting


Hello Everyone,

For those of you in the United States, Happy Labor Day. Hope you are able to enjoy the holiday and maybe even find some time to get creative. The weather here in NW Ohio has turned cooler and that definitely puts me in the mood for fall and everything that goes with it, including creating some Halloween cards.

So I have another Halloween card to share with you today that features the new Happy Haunting greeting along with the little goblin and witch's feet images.. To begin I die cut the black frame using a MFT Collage die. I laid the frame onto the cream CS and used a pencil to draw in the areas where the images would go. Once everything was stamped and colored with Copics, I glued on the black collage frame and then some googlie eyes were added to the little goblins.

Thanks for stopping by today!

shelia

Monday, August 28, 2017

October 31


Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you had a good weekend. My card today was pretty easy to create. The black spider web cut out comes from a package of die cuts I found on sale after Halloween last year. I just cut it down to the size I wanted and added the orange glittery frame that I die cut from some SB rectangle dies. The new October 31 square was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink, cut out and layered on the same orange glitter paper. 


I added the Wishing I was with Ya greeting on the inside, stamping it with VersaMark ink and embossing with white EP. I did the same thing for the two spider webs and the card is complete.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you find some time to get inky today!

blessings,
shelia

Monday, August 21, 2017

Drop in for a spell!

Hi Everyone. Hope you had a good weekend and found some time to get inky! My card today features a couple of new Halloween stamps: Drop in for a Spell and the Bubbling Beaker.


I started with black CS, stamped the new greeting and Magic potion shelf with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with detailed white EP. The Bubbling Beaker was stamped with Memento Black ink onto white CS, colored with Copics and fussy cut. The black panel was punched with a spider web border punch before attaching it to the purple CS and then the black CS. The ribbon, button and Bubbling Beaker were then added to the panel.

Inside I stamped the Magic Potion Shelf with TH Distress Oxide ink. I smudged the ink and had to do something to hide my mistake. I used a brush and some water to grab the smudged ink and moved it around to color underneath the shelf.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check DRS Designs' on line store to see all these fun new Halloween images and greetings.

until next time,
shelia

Monday, August 14, 2017

What's Brewing?

Hi!  Today I get to share some new Halloween images with you from DRS Designs. I think you're going to like them.


I started with kraft CS, die cut the window, then stamped the new Brewing up a Wicked Halloween greeting (308F) along with the accent bats image using Versafine Black Onyx ink. I used the same die to cut out the window on the black layer as well as the white card base. With a pencil I outlined where the burning cauldron image should go and then stamped the image on the inside with Memento Black ink and colored it up with some Copic markers. On the inside I also added a few more accent bats as well as the new Drop in for a spell greeting.(327D)



My second card is more on the whimsical side.


The grassy hills were die cut with some Fawn Lawn dies and attached to the black panel after it was stamped with the spooky eyes background image and heated embossed with white EP. The new Happy Haunting to All image (310F) was stamped with Memento Black ink, colored with some Copics as well as TH Distress Oxide inks and fussy cut. I used clear Nuvo Dew Drops on the hat's buckle for some shine. The pumpkins are part of the larger peculiar pumpkin patch image. Once colored with copics it was fussy cut and tucked behind the first hill.  Some Happy Halloween ribbon completes the look.

Inside I stamped the entire Peculiar Pumpkin Patch image with TH Distress Oxide ink. These peculiar pumpkins make me smile every time I see them.

These new images and more will soon be available at DRS Designs on line store. Be sure to check the blog each day to see more of these new images and what the DT members have created.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy stamping!

shelia

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketch

Today's card is for this week's sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. I'm not sure if I followed the sketch closely enough though. We'll see.  Here's the fantastic sketch:


And here's my card:



I needed a birthday card for a friend who turned 50 this week. I'm heading off to her party in just a few minutes and needed a card for this special celebration. Instead of putting the flowers on the top portion of the card, I stamped on the bottom and keep the top clear for the sentiment which I stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white EP. The flowers were stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink and Nuvo Crystal drops were used for the centers of the flowers and a few random spots outside of the flowers. The border was made with a MS Punch around the page punch that I've had for years and rarely use. I think my friend will like this card. All stamps are by DRS Designs.


Thanks TMS for another fun sketch and challenge!

blessings,
shelia

Monday, August 7, 2017

Boots and bling


Happy Monday Everyone. I have a quick and easy card to share with you today featuring the new little Lasso Cowgirl and Boots and Bling Greeting. Isn't she the cutest little thing?

I started by stamping her on white CS with Memento Black ink, colored her with Copics and then die cut and layered her on another die cut panel. The greeting was stamped in two parts, die cut with a stitched oval die. Some Distress ink was sponged around the edges to give some definition. I added some rhinestone stars to the greetings and then to the stars on her hat and belt. The white panel was embossed with a Darice starts folder, layered onto pink CS and then attached to a white card base.

My granddaughters would love this card!

Thanks for stopping by today.

blessings,
shelia

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cowboy Boots

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a quick and easy card to share with you that features the new Better in Cowboy Boots greeting. My niece's husband is always wearing his cowboy boots (even for their wedding ceremony) and I immediately thought of him when I saw this new greeting. So my card today is on the masculine side in his honor.


I stamped the new greeting and Cowboy Garb image with black ink onto white CS and die cut with nesties. The Cowboy Garb image was colored with various shades of gray Copics (C1,3,5 &7). Both were layered onto matching gray CS and then on black. The large gray panel was dry embossed with a TH EF that reminds me of rope, even though it is lined up in perfect squares???

Thanks for stopping by today.

blessings,
shelia

Sunday, July 30, 2017

TMS Challenge

I've been away all week visiting family and just had time to quickly create a card for this week's TMS Challenge. I need a get well card for someone very special, so this is for her. Here's this week's awesome sketch.



And here's my card.




I tweaked the sketch a little to fit my images. Hope that is ok. I started with some water color paper and sponged TH Distress Oxide inks onto it. Next I stamped my background with water. I like the soft impression this technique creates. The greeting and swirl of butterflies are from the Get Well set by Our Daily Bread Designs. They too were stamped with TH Distress Oxide inks. The butterfly swirl doesn't show up as well in this photo as it does in real life. I like the way the oxide inks stamp on darker CS. Some ribbon and rhinestones complete the look.

Thanks for stopping by!

blessings,
shelia

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dropping you a Line



Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a great weekend! Today I am on my way to VA to visit with family and celebrate some birthdays. It's always fun to celebrate with family. My card today features two new stamps from DRS Designs: Dropping you a line greeting and the Silhouette Palm Trees. I just can't get enough of this new palm tree image. It is so fun to use!

I started with some watercolor paper, stamped the silhouette palm trees with Versafine Onyx ink, heat embossed with clear EP and then used various TH Distress Oxide inks to create the sky and water. Once the inks dried I stamped the greeting with Versafine Onyx ink. The proud fisherman was stamped into white CS with Memento black ink, colored with Copics and fussy cut. The frame was die cut with nesties and sponged with the same distress inks as the sky. Before attaching it to the card base I stamped the fishing pole with Verafine Onyx ink. The fisherman and his catch were added with foam squares.

Here's a look at the inside of the card:


The big mouth bass was stamped with distress ink and the Good things come greeting was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to check out all the new images at DRS Designs.

Blessings,
shelia

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

60th B'day Wishes

My card today is for a friend who is turning 60. I used this week's sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches to create this fun card.

Here's the sketch from TMS:

And here's my card:


I used my Cricut to cut out the 60, washi tape for the background and some square black sequins for the added bling. The small Happy Birthday greeting is part of a larger greeting from DRS Designs. It's a fun sketch to work with and I believe my friend will like this. I was only going to use black and white washi tape, but decided it needed a little color so I added the small flower tape. I like it.

Thanks for stopping by,

Blessings,
shelia

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wild Thing?

Well this card turned into something totally different than I had envisioned. But I think I like it. When I received the new Pretty Bird Odie, the Parrot I knew I wanted to color him to look like an African Grey Parrot. When we lived in Germany we babysat an African Grey for friends for a year and fell in love with that bird. Her name was Gabby and we thought that was because she was from Gabon, West Africa. We soon learned the real reason for her name. That bird could gab! She had lived in France for a while so she spoke some French. She always told us good night in French and she would whistle the French National Anthem. She was so good at imitating voices. She soon learned to call my husband's name in my voice and my name in his. She had us answering and looking for each other all the time!  The kids taught her to say "Eat me, yum!" Not sure the owners appreciated that new phrase. Anyway, in honor of Gabby my parrot is an African Grey.




I started by stamping, coloring and fussy cutting Odie and Jimbo and the gang. To make it look like a jungle I die cut a bunch of leaves from various shades of green CS as well as some from yellow and orange CS. The Markers Mart Die of the Month kit for July was tropical leaves. Talk about good timing! So after die cutting all the leaves, I die cut a green frame and partially glued it onto the kraft card base. I added Jimbo and the gang and then began placing all the leaves where I wanted. I had no intention of adding so many, but it kind of took on a life of its own. Once I had things where I wanted I started gluing everything down with TH Multi Matte Medium. The last thing I did was stamp Wild Thing onto kraft CS and die cut it with a banner die.

I stamped Odie on the inside with VersaMark ink and added the "It's a Jungle Out There" greeting.


Well I hope you like my African Grey Parrot with his jungle friends. Be sure to check the DRS Designs on line store for all the new images, including Pretty Bird Odie.

Thanks for stopping by today!

blessings,
shelia

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tuesday Morning Christmas Challenge

Hi everyone,

I'm sharing another card today. This one I created for this week's Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge. I also used the colors from this week's Color Challenge at Split Coast Stampers.  Here's the sketch from TMS, followed by my card.







The wreath and bow were die cut from Old Olive and gold CS using a Cheery Lynn Christmas die set. The Christmas Blessings was stamped with VersaMark ink onto cream CS and heat embossed with gold EP. I sponged a little VersaMark around the edges of my greeting strip and embossed it with gold EP too. The large green panel was embossed with a Paper Studio Christmas tree EF. I added some tiny gold half pearls to the wreath after everything was attached to the card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

blessings,
shelia

Cupcake Inspiraiton

Today I have a card I created for this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge.  Here's the yummy cupcake for inspiration.


And here's my card:


I just purchased My Favorite Things "You're the Sweetest" stamp and die set, so when I saw this Cupcake I had to try out the stamps and dies to create a cupcake. I think it turned out pretty well. The "straw" is part of the North Pole Sign from DRS Designs. I stamped it onto white CS, colored with Copics and fussy cut it out. Everything else was stamped and die cut. I added some glossy accents to the cherry. It really shines in real life. Baker's twine and sequins complete the look.

Thanks for stopping by,

shelia


Monday, July 10, 2017

butterflies

I hope you all had a great weekend and were able to get inky! I have two cards to share with you today. The first one features the new Life is Measured Greeting.


I started by cutting a partial ring out of the white panel using two nestie circles dies. The remaining pieces were glued onto a black card base, leaving the partial ring black. The butterflies were die cut from water color paper that was colored with various Distress Oxide inks. I used a paint brush to drop some small dots of water on the butterflies to remove part of the color, leaving white dots. The butterflies are added with strong glue on the left side only. The right sides of the butterflies are moveable. The new greeting was stamped with Versafine Onyx black ink in the center of the partial circle.




My second card uses the new brick wall image, which I stamped with Memento black ink and then colored with copics. After die cutting the circles, the white panel was added to the kraft base. The pussy willow image was stamped on the inside with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. A Pitt pen was used to color it in.  I found a small tag in my stash so I stamped the sending you hugs greeting on it with Versafine Onyx ink and then sponged the edges with Fired Brick distress ink. Some baker's twine and a bow complete the look.

Thanks for stopping by today.

blessings,
shelia

Friday, July 7, 2017

Challenges

Here's a card I created for this week's sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches and Dies R Us Blog Challenge.   







Here's the sketch for TMS:  


The challenge at Dies are Us is to use layers.                                                                                                                                                              


I die cut the strawberries, colored them with distress inks, added them to the white CS after embossing it with the Swiss Dots folder and then layered it onto red CS and repeated the layers. Instead of stamping a greeting, I decided to die cut that too. All of the dies are from SB Maker's Mart Die of the month kits. The "enjoy" is from the June kit and the strawberries are from the May kit. I'm enjoying these monthly kits. They are great dies and not too expensive. It's a fun way to increase your stash of dies too.

Thanks for stopping by today.

blessings,
shelia

Monday, July 3, 2017

Tropical Paradise

Hi everyone,

DRS Designs is just about to release some new images that you are going to love! My card today features the new Silhouette Palm Trees (288P) and I just know this is going to be a favorite of mine.


I started by stamping the line of palm trees (288P) with Versafine Onyx black ink onto water color paper, embossed it with clear embossing powder and then sponged on various TH Distress Oxide inks for the sea and sky. Once the inks dried I stamped the Sand, snow, water lines with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with detail white embossing powder. The little seal and dolphin were stamped with Memento Black ink onto white CS, colored with Copics and fussy cut. I used a craft knife to cut an opening along the top of the waves so I could tuck the dolphin and seal into the water. I really liked how this turned out and was so excited I just had to create another card with this new image.



This card uses the same inks for the sponged background. I started with a strip of paper, stamped the silhouette palm trees (228P) with Versafine Onyx black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Once the embossing cooled I sponged in the sky and sea and layered the strip onto black CS before attaching it to the larger panel which was also sponged with the same distress oxide inks. Once dried, I stamped the greeting with Versafine Onyx ink and then attached everything to a black card base.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to head over to the DRS Designs on line store to check out the new images that will be released in just a couple of days!

Happy Stamping,
shelia

Monday, June 26, 2017

Follow Your Dreams


Hello Everyone! My card today features our new Follow Your Dreams sign post with some hot air balloons. I think this new sign post image is great for both retirement and grad cards. Don't you?

I started with white CS, sponged on TH Distress inks for the grass and sky, then I stamped the sign post and colored it with Copic markers. The balloons were also stamped on white CS, colored with Copics and fussy cut. The yellow and pink ones were glued onto the panel and the purple one is attached with foam adhesive for some dimension. I die cut a kraft colored frame using SB rectangle dies and then attached everything to a white card base.

Thanks for stopping by today!

blessings,
shelia

Monday, June 19, 2017

Retirement Wishes

Hi everyone. My card today reflects where I want to be when I retire. I love the beach. Early morning and late evening walks on the beach are two of my absolute favorite things. I'd love to retire on or close to a beach.


I started by creating the background with distress inks and sponges. Once the sand, sea and sky were the way I wanted I stamped the splatter background image onto the sand with distress ink for some more definition. The retirement greeting was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink, die cut and layered onto blue CS. The 4 in 1 seashells were stamped with Memento Black ink, colored with Copics, fussy cut and added to the greeting panel. Once glued on, I added some sparkle with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen. The clouds and sun were die cut, sponged with a dab of ink and added to the sky before everything was attached to the white card base. Now I want to go to the beach!!

Thanks for stopping by today.

blessings,
shelia

Monday, June 12, 2017

Retirement Time

Happy Monday Everyone. Hope you had a good weekend and were able to find some time to get creative. I've been playing around with TH Distress Oxide inks and thought I'd share a couple of cards with you.

On this first card, I started with some watercolor paper, the oxide inks and a TH clockwork stencil. I wanted to create retirement cards, so I thought the stencil with clocks would be perfect. So I taped the paper and stencil onto a craft mat and sponged the inks onto the watercolor paper, blending the inks together. I really like the chalky look of these oxide inks. The As you Retire greeting was stamped on to the same water color paper, die cut and layered onto a die cut label. Everything is attached to a black card base.


The second card uses the same water color paper, oxide inks and stencil, only this time I sponged and blended the inks onto the water color paper, sprayed the back of the stencil with water and carefully laid it onto the paper. I used a paper towel to wipe up the excess water. After just a few minutes the inks react with the water and the stencil image appears. I really like the look this technique creates.




The God Bless your Retirement greeting was stamped onto white CS with Versafine Onyx ink, die cut and layered on a black oval. A punched strip was added to the center, along with gingham ribbon before attaching everything to the white card base. A blue button and bakers twine complete the look.

Thanks for stopping by today!

blessings,
shelia

Monday, June 5, 2017

Swing!


Hi Everyone. My card today is a retirement card. I know my husband would like nothing more than to be swinging on the golf course when he retires and that gave me the idea for this card.

I started by stamping the silhouette male golfer onto white CS with Versafine Onyx ink. I used my Misti so I could get a good impression, heat embossed him with clear EP and then fussy cut him out. I used my Misti again to stamp the Everything Golf background image onto the green CS using Verafine Onyx. Both of these panels were glued onto a black panel and then attached to the white card base. The Swing greeting (191D) was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink, die cut and layered onto black CS before attaching it to the main panel. Some black half pearls complete the look.

It doesn't show up in the picture, but I added some glossy accents to the green tee on the green panel. It does add some dimension in real life.

Inside I stamped the new Happiness retirement greeting (163G) and added a stamped and fussy cut blue golf tee.


Thanks for stopping by today.

blessings,
shelia

Monday, May 29, 2017

See Ya Later Alligator!



I have a niece named Allie, whose nickname is "Allie"gator. When I saw this new background image I knew I had to make a birthday card for Allie with it. There are so many different sayings on this image, the possibilities are endless!

I stamped the green panel with the new image (158H) using SU Old Olive ink and then die cut the oval window out, attached it to the cream card base and stamped the Happy Birthday greeting inside the oval with the same ink. The frame was made using  stitched oval dies. The gator was created using the Animal Kingdom cartridge and my Cricut machine. I rarely use my Cricut and it took me a few tries to get the gator sized correctly. I added some shading to him with the old olive ink and popped him up with some foam squares. A couple of tiny black half pearls were added for his eyes. I think my niece will like this.

Just a reminder there's only a couple more days to get in on the chance to win big here at DRS Designs. Be sure to check out the details here.


Thanks for stopping by today!

blessings,
shelia

Monday, May 22, 2017

Picture Perfect Day!



Hi everyone. I'm super excited! Today I get to share one of the soon be released images here at DRS Designs. Isn't this little Sandy Mermaid adorable?! (182F)  I think she might just be my favorite of all the new releases.

I started by stamping her on white CS with Memento Black ink, colored her with Copics and then masked her off so I could sponge in the sea with some distress inks and then the sky with SU Bashful Blue. I used a die cut cloud as a mask too. Some sparkle was added to her tail with Wink of Stella and some waves were added with a white pen.

Nesties were used to die cut the frame and the greeting was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink. Some matching blue sequins were added. The blue panel was embossed with s SB waves folder and then everything was attached to the white card base.

Be sure to check back regularly to see all the new images coming soon. I know you're gonna love them. Don't forget the awesome giveaway. You can see details here.



Thanks for stopping by today and happy stamping!

Blessings,
shelia

Sunday, May 21, 2017

TMS #403





Finally found some time to play along with this week's sketch at TMS.
Here's the sketch:




And here's my card:


The stamp is from All the Fixings by Taylored Expressions. All the tools were created with the matching dies. I think these tools look so real. I used some shiny silver CS to create the tools and then die cut them from brown and red CS to create the handles which I just glued on. I used some of the little nuts for the embellishment in the corner. In side this says Happy Father's Day. I made this for my son who is quite the handy man and carpenter. I think he'll like this!

Thanks for stopping by,
shelia