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I've created this blog to share my life & love of paper crafts with others. You will read bits and pieces of what goes on in my world and be able to see my paper craft creations! Please leave me a comment if you see something you like. I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sympathy Silhouette

Thankfully, I'm not in need of a sympathy card right now but the challenge on the DRS Deigns Bog starting today is "Feeling Sentimental. "  I thought a sympathy card was perfect for the challenge not only because I used a sentiment as the focal point of my card, but also because there's a lot of emotion associated with a sympathy card.  Plus, my sympathy stash is low and I always like to have those cards on hand.
 
I kept my layout simple and used the Brush In Deepest Sympathy greeting (588G) as the focal portion of my card. I love the elegant look of the Silhouette Branch Background (363H)  and I tend to use it frequently on sympathy cards. Today's card was no exception and I used it to create the pattern paper panel. A simple dark purple ribbon tied in a knot embellished it, and it was layered on top of a dry embossed matted piece of purple card stock.  Clean and simple and easy, peasy--that's what I was going for today! Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by!
 
Smiles,
Jennifer

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Season's Greetings

Hi Friends!

Yay for Wednesday! Half the work week is just about over! How are you enjoying the last days of summer? Here in Michigan, there's already a bit of crispness in the air and there's no doubt that Fall is right around the corner. This year I am really trying to stay on top of things and that's why I'm still using DRS designs new Christmas stamps to work on more of my Christmas cards. I still feel horrible that time got away from me last year and I didn't send out any!


The card I created for today features the new Season's Greeting Holly Spray stamp (487L). I colored it with Copic markers and added red Stickles to the holly berries. While it was drying I used red cardstock to form and an A2 cardstock base. The card front was created using three different layers. I cut a portion of olive green cardstock and stamped it with the Pine Bough (467K) in dark green ink. Then I ripped it on a diagonal and adhered it to a small portion of red card stock and ripped that on a matching diagonal. Finally, majority of the card front was created using khaki cardstock that was embossed with the Divine Swirls embossing folder. The edges of both the card base and the card front were rounded and the card front was adhered in place. Next, the colored image was matted with red cardstock and adhered to the center of the card front as shown. A simple sheer, red bow embellished the bottom of the image nicely and my card was complete. 

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to check out my work! Have a great day!

Smiles, 
Jennifer

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hanging Ornaments

 Here's the inspiration photo to this weeks DRS Designs Blog Challenge, and these chili peppers scream one thing to me: hot, hot, hot!


However, I am still creating Christmas cards and there's nothing hot about Christmas! I'm dreading the cold winter temperatures and it's not even Fall yet! LOL!
 

  
  For this card, I stamped the Triple Hanging Christmas Ornaments (500L), and the Deco Christmas New Years Greeting (488G) on white card stock. Both were colored with Copic markers. The white card stock panel was cut short around the bottom of the yellow ornament and then matted with colored card stock at the top and bottom. The green cardstock was extended at the bottom and was stamped with the Pine Bough (467K). The card front was then adhered onto a red card stock base and gold stickles decorated the starburst ornament to make this card complete. 

For this challenge one lucky winner will be selected to win a $10 store voucher to DRS Designs. Link your card HERE.  Are you looking for another opportunity to win free stamp goodies from DRS Designs this week? DRS Designs is the sponsor over at Tuesday Morning Sketches. 
Create a project using this sketch to enter the TMS challenge. 
 
Well, that's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
 
Smiles,
Jennifer 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

You Left Me Hanging!

I'm really enjoying the new Christmas ornament stamps from DRS Designs. It's a good feeling getting a jump start on my Christmas cards. I know with a 4 year old and an almost 2 year old, Christmas from here on out will be even busier than past years but it will also be so much more exciting too! I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use this weeks DRS Designs blog challenge as an excuse to create another one. The challenge this week is "You Left Me Hanging," and it's perfect for showing off their new Christmas ornament stamps.
 
 
The Triple Hanging Ornaments (500L) was colored with Copic Markers. I matted the colored image with red card stock and put it aside while I worked on my card front. I used ivory card stock for the front and stamped it with the Retro Starburst (1059G) in Versamark Ink. Then I used a decorative border punch at the top. I did the same thing to a piece of green card stock and layered them as shown to decorate the top of the card. I embellished the scallop edge with yellow rhinestones to match the color scheme, and then adhered the matted image in the center.  The Deco Christmas New Year Greeting (488G) was stamped at the bottom and also colored with Copic markers. Finally, yellow Stickles were added to the starburst ornament to make the card complete. 
 
For this challenge, DRS Designs is giving away a set of three stamps for FREE to one lucky winner. Won't you play along? 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
 
Smiles,
Jennifer

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

On the Tree

Hi Everyone!
 
I'm so excited to have new Christmas stamps to play with.  DRS Designs just released a bunch of new ones just in time to get a jump start on those holidays cards! The holiday season always seems to creep up, doesn't it? That's why I'm using this time to get started NOW!
 
 
I created this one to show off the new Simple Ornament (491K) I colored it Copic Markers and then applied Diamond Glaze all over it, before fussy cutting it out.  I love how the shiny look of the glaze makes it look real!
 
 
Of course, I had to make a Christmas tree background using the Pine Bough (467K) to make it look like it was hanging in the tree! I decorated the empty space at the top of the card front using the new Deco Christmas New Years Greeting (488G). I split it up so that I could add the small text of "& Happy New Year" to decorate the yellow banner placed at the lower portion of the card front. "Merry Christmas" was enhanced a bit by coloring portions of it with red Copic Markers. I hope you like it!
 
Don't delay, get started today! The hectic holiday season is right around the corner!
 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
 
Smiles,
Jennifer

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Christmas Feelings

Today I am using DRS Designs new blog challenge to show off some sneak peaks of their new stamps scheduled to be released this weekend! The challenge theme this week is "I Can Feel It!" You need to use some sort of dry embossing on your entry to qualify for the challenge. 
 
 
I created this non-traditional Christmas card with the Cuttlebug Heart Embossing folder to match the heart theme in the stamps. Yes, you heard that right--Christmas!! Now is the time to get started on those Christmas cards and DRS designs has some new stamps coming out to help you do just that!

 
The new stamps I used on this card are the Jesus is the Heart of Christmas Greeting (496F) and the Baby Jesus Heart (494G) which I colored here with Copic Markers. I also used the Interlocking Heart Background (808H) on the yellow panel. I love that this turned out so nice despite the non-traditional Christmas colors. I added some Stickles to the star and embellished the top with a metallic gold ribbon.  A few brads at the bottom finished it up nicely and the card front was adhere on to a dark brown A2 cardstock base.
 
Hope you like it!

Smiles,
Jennifer

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hula Scene!

With my shy personality, I normally don't like to be the center of attention and I sure don't like to cause a scene. However, this Hula Pig (879E) is causing a scene and telling everyone to get your 'hula on' for this week's DRS Designs Blog challenge! The theme is to create a scene using any image, die cut, paper, or technique.
 

This scene was created by using the masking and sponging techniques. The Hula Pig, the Sandcastle (090G) and the Palm Tree (886G) images were masked and then the sky and the beach sand were sponged. I used Copic markers to color in the stamped images.  Next, I used the Top Note Die to cut out my scene from the white cardstock it was created on and then matted it with pink cardstock before adhering it in place on a light blue cardstock base. I stamped the Sending You Sunshine Greeting (094D) on a flag banner and embellished it with a small red flower that was held in place with a tiny pink brad. The final step was adhering it to the card front as shown.
 
Do you like to create scenes with your stamps? I encourage you to join me in the Create A Scene challenge and enter your creation to win a great prize from DRS Designs. Good luck! 

Thanks for stopping by today!
 
Smiles,
Jennifer

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In Deepest Sympathy

For most of us, I'm sure sympathy cards are our least favorite to make. However, after a long battle with cancer, my best friends Mother recently passed away.  I felt it was important to make her a card to send my condolences and today I'm sharing the Sympathy card I made for her.
 
 
The stamps I used on this card are by DRS Designs. I started by stamping the Brush Deepest Sympathy Greeting (588G) in light blue ink. It was cut out with an oval Nestability die and then matted with blue card stock cut from a scallop oval Nestability die. Next, I created my own pattern paper to decorate the card front.  The Silhouette Branch Background (363H) was heat embossed on light blue cardstock using clear embossing powder. I then hand-cut the bottom scalloped edge and then layered it with white card stock cut the same way. The top of the white card stock was embellished using a border punch. A sheer white ribbon was tied across the middle, knotted on the left hand side, and then the matted sentiment was adhered in the center. Next, the card front was adhered onto a blue card stock base and three white pearls were adhered as shown in the bottom right corner.  Finally, I decorated the inside a little bit by stamping the silhouette branch background with blue ink at the top and bottom edges of the white panel that was adhered inside.

It's little things like this that help us get through difficult times, and my friend was really happy to receive this card. I'm glad I took the time to make it.   


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Smiles,
Jennifer

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