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Soldier Thank You

>> Saturday, May 25, 2019


I couldn't think of a better card to post on Memorial Day weekend than one thanking part of our military, so that's what I focused on and this is what I came up with.

I started by stamping our new Camouflage Background  randomly on some white card stock using a vintage green ink.  My next step was to repeat the process using the same ink pad but stamping off once before stamping my card.  Once I had a pattern I liked I sponged on the same green ink to fill in the white spaces.  Once that was finished I stamped our Army Seal on white and colored and fussy cut it.  The last element was stamping our Deco Thank You on green card stock and layering it with black and attaching all to a folded black card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Celebrate Freedom

>> Friday, May 24, 2019

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

 Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! Since it's Memorial Day weekend, I have a patriotic card to share using some brand new, soon to be released images. And I think the greeting pretty much sums it up. In this day & time, I think a lot of folks take their freedom & how it was achieved for granted. So please take a moment this Memorial Day to remember & give thanks to those that gave their lives to ensure our freedom. 

For my card, I stamped the new patriotic wave, multiple times (to get good coverage). A Misti is really handy for solid images like this. Since the ink I used isn't technically for use w/ Copics, I heat set it then carefully colored in the red stripe & fussy cut the top edge. I did the same for the big flag heart image. The cityscape & USA were die cut & I had to link the letters because I ran out of room to stretch them out. The greeting is 2 put together & I used a corner rounder on the rectangle.
Here's the inside & below it are the Copics I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great Memorial weekend! 

stamps: DRS Designs: Flag Heart, Patriotic Wave,  Let Freedom Ring, Simplify Christmas, (inside: Star WreathInterlocking Star Bg )
paper: Staples 110# white, royal blue
ink: Versafine majestic blue pigment ink
accessories: RubberneckerRectangle Stitch dies,  Copic markers, Memory Box Cityscape & Silhouette dies, Misti


Fun in The Sun

>> Thursday, May 23, 2019

Good morning!!
Here is some more of the new stamps.
4 in 1 Sea, Kite Flying Leonard, Missing You Pig Time
and some older favorites: Sailboat and Seagrass

I used masking tape and a round post it to make the sky after stamping the boats and grass at the bottom, then sponged different colors 
.using a torn paper towel for the sky.
I also used torn masking tape for the shore line and sponged the ocean then used the other side of the tear to sponge the sand.
Leonard is fussy cut and I used baker's twine to make the kite string (I wanted it a bit further away).
The frame is popped up and Leonard is glued to the bottom (his body is popped up to match the frame).

This next card is partly on top of the ocean and partly under the water.
4 in 1 Sea, 4 in 1 Sky,  and You've Been On My Mind
I used a sea plant die from Taylored Expressions also.
The bottom has Fibers across it.
The sky and ocean are colored with Copic Markers.

Thanks for visiting today!


Layered Up Father's Day Card

>> Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Today, I have a Father's Day card made with some new images that will be available in the store this week.

The base of this card was made using a new camo stamp - it is going to spark some creativity for sure.  I stamped it with some green and brown I had on counter.  Then I sponged on some white acrylic paint.  Then I stamped over the paper with the Script Font Background.  Next, I painted up some cardboard, then water-colored the new Patriotic Heart image.  For the sentiment, I took part of the Ten Mile Father's Day Greeting.

My Pop served in the Korean War - he did two tours. He has some great stories and I am so proud of his life.  My husband retired from the service doing several tours in Iraq.  I can see many cards in my future using this new camo stamp!

Hope your week is going well.




Every Day Miracle

>> Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to make a card that had a "It's always darkest before the dawn" type theme, so I knew the Lightning Bolt stamp would be perfect for my stormy sky backdrop on my share today.

I started off with a piece of dark blue card stock, but I sponged on top of it using various blue inks, just to give it some variation and finished with some white craft ink sponging for depth.  I stamped the Lightning Bolt twice to make it longer, and used a silver gel pen to color it in.  

For my sun behind the Every Day A Miracle Greeting, I punched a hole in a Post-it note, and sponged on yellow and orange ink.  I masked my sun using the circle and sponged some light blue ink around it for a more hopeful tone.  I matted it up and added it to the card with some dimensional foam tape.  

If you missed the compilation post of the many cards the design team has made using this cool Lightning Bolt stamp, click here.

Warmer temperatures mean the patriotic holidays are creeping up, so here is my first card this year in that theme.

Releasing later this week is the new Stars and Stripes Border (938P) stamp, which I stamped in blue Versamark ink, heat embossed and layered onto a punched border of stars. I also stamped and embossed my God Bless America greeting using the same ink and embossing powder.  

I die cut some mats for the greeting along with a large star embellishment, covering one star and mat in some patriotic glitter. Here is a close up of all the shine!

Thanks for visiting the blog today!


It's all in the Ocean!

>> Monday, May 20, 2019

Happy Monday Everyone. Hope you had a great weekend. I did. DRS is about to release some fun new images and I got to play with them this weekend. And they are fun! You are going to like them!

My first card uses the two fish images from the new 4 in 1 Ocean stamp (953F). These 4 in 1 stamps are great since you get 4 images that can be used together to create backgrounds or separated and used individually like I did on this card.

To begin I used some Distress Oxide inks in a couple of shades of blue and sponged on the water for my scene. While that dried I stamped a few of the fish images onto white CS, colored them with Copics and fussy cut. After deciding where the fish were to be placed, I stamped part of the fish bubbles image and added clear Nuvo drops. The Aquarium die is from Hero Arts and I hadn't used it before even though I've had it for a couple of months now. So I die cut the aquarium from white CS, some plants from green CS and put the scene together. My family loves aquariums especially marine ones, so I can see lots of cards using this die and these little fish in my future!  Here's a look at the inside.

I stamped the greeting without the exclamation point onto white CS, then using a black pen I added an "s" and exclamation mark. With 7 fish in the aquarium my sentiment couldn't say congrats on your new pet!  After framing it with some blue CS, I added one of the smaller fish.

My second card also uses the 4 in 1 Ocean stamp, but this time I used all four images together and stamped the background using VersaMark ink on the teal panel. I covered most of the background up with the other elements, but if you look closely you can see the two fish and part of the lighthouse image.

I stamped the tiny sailboat from the 4 in 1 Ocean Stamp onto white CS, along with the sailboat and Summer Story Greeting. After coloring the images with Copics, they were die cut and glued onto the teal panel after adding the yellow frames made with the same dies. Everything was added to the yellow card base.

Be sure to check back all this week to see other new images from DRS Designs.  Thanks for stopping by.



Lightning Strikes at DRS!

>> Sunday, May 19, 2019

Wow.  Have you seen all the cool cards made with this new Lightning 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 lightning in glitter.
Karin used a super fun sketch and doubled up her lightning bolt!
This stamp is super fun and reasonably priced (especially if you buy it unmounted).

Hugz and enjoy your Sunday!



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