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Lightning Strikes at DRS!

>> Sunday, May 19, 2019

Wow.  Have you seen all the cool cards made with this new Lightening Bolt stamp?  Everyone has used it is different ways, and this one stamp has made an awesome embellishment!

Julie used it to make an awesome card a few days ago.

Sue used it to create this great nature//rain scene.
Robin did a western themed card - I can hear those horses now.
Shelia's scene makes me want to dance in the rain (maybe a little further from that lightening).
Robin created an sweet rainbow card full of fun colors.
I created a streaky rain scene and did my lightening in glitter.
This stamp is super fun and reasonably priced (especially if you buy it unmounted).

Hugz and enjoy your Sunday!



Lightning Up!

>> Friday, May 17, 2019

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! We've had pretty wonderful weather here this week. Nights in the mid forties, days in the mid seventies. Sigh..I wish it would stay that way all summer. But I'm sure it won't. And I'm sure we'll even have some summer thunderstorms...kind of like our little Miss Froggie here.  She's thinking of her sweetie. Never mind she's about to be struck by lightning! 
My card is pretty simple. I stamped the lightning bolt then used a clear glaze pen to fill it in. I figured out quite a while ago that it will resist sponging w/ Distress inks. So after I sponged on the stormy sky colors, they wiped right off my lightning bolt. I masked the ground & sponged it then added some raindrops. I also flicked some water on the bg & blotted it w/ a paper towel to add to the rain look. Miss Froggie was colored w/ Copics & fussy cut. 

Here's the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend! 

paper: Staples 110# white
ink: Memento tuxedo black, Distress inks stormy sky, chipped sapphire, London fog
accessories: RubberneckerRectangle Stitch dies,  Copic markers, Glaze pen


Under The Weather

>> Thursday, May 16, 2019

Good morning!
Here is a bit of the dramatic for a get well card.  Your favorite horse/western 
lover will love it.
Best tip (do as I say not as I do, LOL!) Use a piece of paper under your hand while sponging on layers of color or you may end up with ink where you don't want it like I did!!
I stamped the lightening using a soft gray and used Black for the cowboys
using my Misti to get a very black black silhouette.
I finished the ground using torn masking tape to match the stamp ground
and sponged with black (I think you could also use a black marker
to do this step).
DRS stamps used: Lightening Bolt, and Cowboy Silhouette
After sponging on colors (Milled Lavender, Wilted Wisteria, Stormy Sky, Broken China, Black, Marmelade, Lemonade and Picked Raspberries [using a torn piece of paper towel to edge clouds]), I used a white gel pen to fill in the Lightening Bolt.

 The inside has the Under The Weather sentiment and Horse Silhouette (I used my Misti again for the horse).  I then used an embossing folder with a bit of yellow brayered on then misted.  I did not run it through the cutting machine as I did not want the impression on the horse so I used my heavy hammer on just the parts of the folder that I wanted to show the impression of sun rays.

Hope you like this card to make for your friends and family.
Thanks for visiting today!
Woohoo, I almost forgot, today is my birthday!!


Swans and Miracles

>> Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hello DRS Designs followers!

I have an pretty card to share with you today.

I had to use the Every Day A Miracle sentiment on this card because it actually came out like I planned it in my head (that seldom happens - lol).

I made the card using these steps:
*stamped the new Swan image in Vintage Photo Distress Ink
*colored in the black part of the swan head with a Fine tipped Sharpie
*sponged a line for the ground/water separation
*used watercolors to add in interest on the swan, sky, and water. 
*painted over the lines of the swan with white acrylic paint (it toned them down only)
*added some white paint in the water and sky
*stamped the sentiment several times (using MISTI)

*sponged around and all over the image with Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Hope you are having a great week!  




Love, Joy and Happiness

>> Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hi Everyone,

Today's wedding card uses frames from the stamp, Wooden Frame Collection, and it was easier to make than I originally thought.  

I began by stamping the frame stamp four times and fussy cutting out four of the square frames and 
one long rectangle frame.  Taking one of the square frames, I cut out the center and made a mask to cover the other three frames when I stamped the inside images.

I picked the Silhouette Bride and Groom for the center and used the Dogwood Branch for the other two, just because it's my favorite flower stamp.  For the sentiment, I stamped a small portion from the Life Together Happiness Greeting.

I attached everything with some dimensional foam taped to an embossed background of dots and flowers, adding some glitter glue and a strip of gems.

Be sure to stop by DRS Designs to find all of these stamps and more!  

Hope your week is going well!




>> Monday, May 13, 2019

Happy Monday Everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend celebrating Mother's Day with family and friends.

Recently I saw a video by Jennifer McGuire using baby wipes and watercolors or re-inkers to create backgrounds. It looked interesting to me so I gave it a try. Some of the backgrounds weren't all that impressive, but some of them I really liked. Here are a couple of cards I created using one of the backgrounds made with several blue reinkers.

I die cut a stitched rectangle panel from the background piece as well as a smaller rectangle from the center. The Life Together sentiment was stamped onto white CS and die cut with the same stitched rectangle die and placed back in the center. The swan image was stamped twice onto white CS, colored with copics, fussy cut and added to the card.

My second card uses the center piece that was die cut from the first card. Gotta love it when nothing goes to waste!!

I stamped the swan image twice again onto white CS, colored with Copics and fussy cut. This time I glued them onto the re-inker background piece which was layered onto a white die cut rectangle and than layered onto the blue panel. The vertical Anniversary greeting was stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with detailed white EP.

If you are interested in giving this technique a try, you can see the video by Jennifer McGuire here.

Be sure to check out all the new images available at DRS Designs on line store too!

Thanks for stopping by.



Grad Frame

>> Saturday, May 11, 2019


I actually had a lot of fun finding just the right stamps to fit inside our new Wooden Frame and in the end it's the hand holding the diploma that I like best :)

I started my card by stamping our new Wooden Frame on white card stock and then on a piece of scrap so I could make a reverse mask. I covered the 3 bottom openings first and stamped the Congratulations from our Grad Saying.  Next I covered that opening with scrap and removed the covering from the center left section and stamped our Teacher Tools and then did the same with the last 2 sections stamping both our Grad Tassel and then just the hand from our Male Graduate but you could use our Female Graduate as well.  Once I removed all the masks I colored everything using watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  The most time consuming part of the whole card was finding just the right background :)  I tried several stamped backgrounds that just seemed too busy and a couple of plain ones that were too plain.  I finally decided on my favorite swiss dots embossing folder.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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