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Warm Wishes and Winter Foliage

>> Wednesday, January 24, 2018

With all the cold weather around the world right now, I wanted to do a card full of warm wishes.

I made the background by rubbing SU! ink on some aluminum foil and then splattering some white acrylic paint and water on it.  I soaked up the ink and paint with my paper and dried it.  I did the same with some Tim Holtz distress ink in vintage photo.  I used the brown to die cut my branches wth the Tim Holtz Branch die and then I hand-cut some leaves.  I added more textute to the leaves with a stylus and then added some Stickles sprinkled with glittery clear embossing powder.  I did the same to the berries on the branches.  I heated it all up and it bubbled up and made some great texture.  Then I stamped the DRS Designs Warm Wishes Greeting and cut it out like a banner.  I finished it all off with a splattering of diluted Snowtex. 

Hope you are staying warm!



Piggy Hugs and Kisses

>> Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hi Everyone,

This Hugs, Kisses and Valentine Wishes Greeting is one of the newer stamps that DRS Designs has recently released, and as a sentiment, there's just none better!  It's perfect for your kids, friends or even your sweetheart :)  Make all your Valentine's at once, and it doesn't get any easier!

I paired it with the Cupig stamp, because it's one of my favorites.  So chubby and adorable, he totally makes me feel guilty for loving bacon so! I stamped, colored him with Copic markers and die cut him to match my sentiment.  I went ahead and added some glitter glue to his wings, and set him aside to dry.  

I dry embossed the background with a candy heart folder and made some patterned paper using the Scattered Hearts.  I stamped them in red ink and used some pink markers to color them in.  After gluing the paper together, I added a ribbon and attached the image and greeting with some dimensional foam tape.  All it needed was a few gems to finish it off!

Thanks for stopping by to visit today!



>> Monday, January 22, 2018

 My cards today are all about friends. I really like the new Coffee cup image and the Coffee and Friends Greeting. I have so many friends who would love this.

I went with a pink theme on this card, thinking of Valentine's Day and added a couple of die cut hearts to the coffee bands. The cups were stamped, colored with Copics, fussy cut and attached to the white panel after embossing with a hearts folder and attaching the pink heart with the greeting. Everything is attached to the pink card base.

The inside is blank, but a Valentine greeting could be stamped inside if you wanted.

 My second card features the new Flakey friends greeting. I paired it with this trio of die cut snowmen. I added some pink ink to their cheeks while still in the die to give them a rosy look. Unfortunately it doesn't show up too well in the photo.

The greeting was stamped with VersaMark ink, heat embossed with white EP and then the blue panel was embossed with a snowflake folder. The snowflakes were made with IO dies and glued onto the panel. Everything is attached to the white card base.

On the inside I stamped the Snow better friend greeting and added some snowflakes with teal ink to match the front of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you are having fun creating. If you are looking for inspiration, be sure to check out DRS on line here. You'll find some fabulous stamps and a gallery of inspiration.



Beautiful Peace

>> Sunday, January 21, 2018

I have unfortunately had the need for a number of Sympathy cards.  I made this one for a friend who lost her Mother to colon cancer.  Her Mother was young and very full of Christ's peace.  She showed His joy and peace in everything she did including her death.  I felt this card was very fitting.  

To make the card, I swiped some different blues on a piece of crumpled aluminum foil.  Then I splashed on some water.  When the inks were wet enough, I dipped my paper into them a few times until all the ink was on my paper.  I used a heat gun to dry the paper, and the stamped the Snow Background and the Medium Filigree Snowflake on the dried panel.  
Next, I sprayed some Dylusions Blue spray on a large SU! Wooden Snowflake and then splattered on some Snowtex.  I made some handcut overlapping hills and paper pierced them with a needle.  To make my peaceful greeting, I stamped the Beautiful Holiday Christmas Greeting and cut out the words Beautiful and Peace.  

Warm Hugz,



Valentine Wishes Treat Bag

>> Saturday, January 20, 2018


I have so many kids in my life that when I think of Valentines I can only think one thing...chocolate!

Our new Hugs, Kisses and Valentine Wishes got me thinking outside the card and I decided if I started reaaallly early (like now) I just might have time to make all the kiddo's a Valentine treat!

Here's a trick I read on the internet before Christmas.... purchase leftover Christmas Kisses at a discount if possible.  You  can use the red and silver for Valentines and save the green ones for St. Patrick's Day, unless you snack on them like I did ;)

This ended up being much simpler that I thought :)  The clear plastic bags I found are approx. 2 1/4" wide so my paper size is 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded at the 2 1/4" mark.  I stamped our new Valentine Greeting on the folded portion using red ink.  I used a portion of a scalloped rectangle to die cut the bottom and then layered red card stock behind it.  For the long portion in back of the kisses I tried several different backgrounds but just wasn't happy with any of them till I stamped our You're so Sweet greeting along the bottom and simply sponged on some pink along the edges.  My initial thought was to staple the bag inside, but realizing one of if kids is only 2 years old and not wanting to ruin my artwork I simply used double stick tape on both sides of the clear bag and taped it all together.

Thanks so much for visiting!!


Pencil Line

>> Friday, January 19, 2018

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

 Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! I have a CAS (clean & simple) card today. I don't know about you, but CAS is something that I struggle with...logically, I know there's supposed to a lot of white space, but it still makes me a little nervous. This new Pencil image is technically, supposed to go on the back of the card, but I couldn't get this idea out of my head to put it on the front. To me, it looks made to go w/ the Dropping a Line, greeting. 

To make it, I die cut the white panel, then stamped the greeting & part of the pencil then colored them. I added some coloring under the greeting to make it slightly dimensional looking. Then I embossed the left side w/ part of an embossing folder. Lucky for me I had the pencil border folder & even luckier, I could find it! After embossing, I lightly rubbed a turquoise Prismacolor pencil over the raised lines.
Here's a look at the inside & below are the Copics I used.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
stamps: DRS Designs - Just Dropping a Line,  Hand Colored by Pencil (inside: Happy tHappy Day )
paper: Staples 110# white, gray
ink:  Memento tuxedo black, gray flannel
accessories:  Copic markers, Candi button, twine, Darice embossing folder (Pencil Border)


Coffee All Around

>> Thursday, January 18, 2018

Good morning!

This is a circular side step card, you can find the tutorial HERE.  
My background was done with Sepia tones of Dylusion spray inks and then I splattered some walnut color Oxide Distress ink on the background.  I splatter the corrugated card stock as well.  I used a die for the sentiment
 and stitched circle under the cup.

The cup was fussy cut and so was the little heart.
Copics: R50, E51, E21 for the cup.

This next card is called a Peek-A-Boo card
I cut the hearts out of the white first with a Spellbinder scalloped heart
I then centered it over the red folded card and placed the straight edge heart
die on the red and under each scalloped cut out and cut the red.
I placed the card in my Misti and then placed my love bug over the hearts (one at a time).  I place my stamp then opened the card and stamped on the white inside panel (for each heart opening). Tip, clean the stamp each time so that it doesn't leave ink residue when placing.

Now stamp an inside sentiment that fits without being seen 
through the heart openings.
Flag/pennant die is from ODBD.

Bugs are colored with Copics: R21, R24, R29, R59, C02, C03, C05, C07

Thanks for visiting today!!


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