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Hey Cupcake!

>> Monday, March 30, 2015

My card today features our newest Birthday Party pig. Isn't he the cutest? I paired him with the new Hey Cupcake sentiment and the Birthday Wishes sentiment. The card was pretty simple. I started by stamping the Birthday Party Pig in Memento Black ink, coloring him with copics, die cutting and layering him on a scalloped oval. I added some clear stickles to give the balloon some sparkle. The two sentiments were stamped on the white panel and then layered on the same blue CS. The red layer was embossed with the CB birthday folder and layered on blue before attaching everything to the white card base.

Be sure to check out this week's challenge here at DRS Designs. We'd love to have you play along!!

Thanks for stopping by today.



Angle Sympathy

>> Sunday, March 29, 2015

Today I have two sympathy card to share with you. I find these are always good to have on hand, when I need one I don't feel like making them.

My first card.

I stamped the new Winged Angle and colored with Copic markers then fussy cut. I added a little glitter to her wings. The Angle By Your Side Greeting was stamped with coco ink and cut out with a rectangle die.

For the layers I use cream and ivory card stock. The background layer is embossed not cut. The other layers are attached with foam tape.

Copic colors: E 40,41,43,44,11,00  YR 24,00  R 0000,01  RV 10

Card two:

For this card I used the Another Angle Sympathy and coco ink. The card stock is white and cream For the layers I used the Scalloped Borders Two and added layers over embossed card stock. To finish the card I added the ribbon and the pearls. 

Have a wonderful day,


Third Day

>> Saturday, March 28, 2015

Good morning!
Happy almost Easter to you!

Other miscellaneous: Spellbinder dies, embossing folder, ribbon, pearls and 3M foam tape.
I did an easy easel card today so that I could show the beautiful Easter Lily and crosses stamped image WITH the scripture at the same time! I is so wonderfully lovely together.  Easter has such special meaning to Christians all over the world, and this card, says why.
The die I used for the scripture sentiment has the embossed lilies on it, I just colored in the embossing so it is not a stamp.  The die just went with the image stamp so well I loved using it on this card.
My Easter lilies may look a little different to you and they are.  Out where I live, in the forest by streams, we have Tiger lilies that look just like these, so, I couldn't help myself!
The easel card is very easy to make.  This one is a piece of cardstock 4 1/4" X 11" scored at 5 1/2" and then again at 8 1/4".  Fold the card in half and then up again at the 8 1/4" score line so that the bottom edge of your card in now at the top.  Glue another piece of cardstock 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" on just the half folded up (it should now be the size of a regular 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" card).  Now, to make your top stay open as shown here, you will need something 3-D inside (about half way up from the bottom of the card) to use as a catch.  In this case I used a popped up layer with my die cut.  You could use a rose or other 3-D object but remember, you will want to be able to mail the card! Using a popped up layer is best for mailing I believe, it still folds flat. Here is a diagram in case you might be confused with my write up.

I hope you will give this a try.  I find it very useful when my sentiment is large and I don't want to cover my image in any way. 
Have a great weekend!  I get to go to a paper crafting retreat!! Yippee!


Cupcake Birthday

>> Friday, March 27, 2015

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well and you're enjoying a nice first week of spring! Trees & (some) flowers have started blooming here...just in time for another cold front with lows in the 20's! Plants are confused and so am I. Just located my fave pair of capri jeans and now I have to drag out the long pants & sweatshirts again. Or maybe I just have to wash them...right, like you don't say "oh, it's warmer, I'll just wait until next week to wash those".

Anyway, DRS Designs has a very cute, big grin piggie coming out and this is him! And a fun "Hey, Cupcake!" greeting. So as I'm putting my card together, I start thinking...I need a cupcake for him. What to do? I started looking at my punches, figuring I should be able to put something together. And turns out I did have a couple that worked. The bottom of the cupcake is a little teacup punch. I cut off the handle and drew a few lines to make the cake part. The frosting part is a little cloud punch and I drew a few lines to look like frosting. I had a little candle punch, so that was handy. I think it worked out perfectly! 
The Wordy Birthday greeting was stamped 3 times on the background & my cupcake bearing pig was added on top. I used a black glaze pen to add the 3 black dots in the lower right corner. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50 and these are the Copics I used. 
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend! 
p.s.  Be sure to check out the DRS Thursday Challenge....Pet Store! Have any animal or bird on your creation...easy peasy! 
stamps: Balloon Leonard & Hey, Cupcake (new! coming soon!), Wordy Birthday greeting 
paper: white, black
ink: Memento tuxedo black
accessories: Copic markers, Spellbinders squares & labels 28 dies, black Glaze pen, small teacup, small cloud & small candle punches


Challenge #167 - Pet Store!

>> Thursday, March 26, 2015

Welcome to the DRS Thursday Challenge!

First, the Winner from our Random Drawing....
You are the winner from our Color Inspired! Challenge!  

Please contact us at to claim your prize.

For this week's challenge, it's all about our feathered, furry & favorite friends, so we're taking a visit to the
Pet Store!

 (use an any animal or bird somewhere on your project..stamped, punched, die cut, etc. )

To enter, show us your card  by linking it below and we'd love for you to leave us a comment.  The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday, April 1, at 6 pm ET. Challenge entries don't have to use DRS Designs stamps, but if you use them on your challenge card, you'll get an extra entry into the prize drawing. From all of the entries we receive, one lucky winner will be chosen to receive a $10 store voucher to DRS Designs!
Here are some wonderful animal inspired cards from our talented DRS Design Team and we'd love for you to leave us a comment!




Jennifer E.


A Happy Birthday Without Saying It

>> Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Woo hoo! New stamps will be available soon from DRS Designs! I've had the privilege of playing with them over the weekend and now I have a sneak peek to share with you. This card features the new Rest Best of Your Life Greeting (385F). 

I love how this greeting says "Happy Birthday" without coming right out and saying it.  I have a friend who literally dispises her birthday.  She really has a hard time dealing with the fact that she's getting older and this type of greeting would be perfect for her.  We use our birthdays as an excuse to "just get together" for dinner since we don't see each other very often and a birthday card like this that doesn't say "Happy Birthday" would compliment our meal nicely!

I made this greeting the focal point of my card front by stamping it in blue ink and then cutting it out with a Nestability die.  Before I took it out of the die, I sponged the same blue ink it was stamped with around the edges of the die.  I love the nice clean and framed look it creates around the stamp I want to show off.  I paired it with some other great DRS stamps like the Argyle Background (438P) and the Argyle Diamond (441A), which always make a great background design.  The other embellishments I used include some crimped cardstock, a scalloped border punch, white satin ribbon, a button and twine tied in a bow.

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



Birthday Squares

>> Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hi Everyone,

My post today was inspired by my team mate Julie, and I know I speak for everyone at DRS Designs when I say that her cards consistently blow our minds...In the best possible way. She has an eye for design, a way with techniques and the ability to use stamps in surprising ways.  That being said, she posted a gorgeous card on Friday, (if you missed it, click here) and my card today doesn't come close.  When I played around and I wasn't happy with my result, I tried to look at the general design of her card, and used the tools I had on hand, to make a simpler, "Karin" version of her card. 

I started out with an A2 sized card base, a turquoise mat that was 1/4" smaller than said base, and 12 1 1/4" punched squares of various stamps.

Here are the stamps I used:
Three Butterflies
Birthday Sheet Music
Four Flower Background
Lines O' Plenty Background
Dogwood Branch
Silhouette Branch 
Silhouette Background Trees
Large Original Plaid Background
Polka Dot Background
Interlocking Flower Background
Tiny Happy Birthday

This card is the whole reason that I will always be a "stampy" gal.  While I love to color open line stamps, and digis have their place too, this card gives me the satisfaction of really participating in the hobby I love.

 I hope I've inspired you to use your imagination when it comes to stamping, and not to be afraid of making a flat, easy to mail card :)

Peace, Love and Stamping my Friends!



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