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>> Monday, May 1, 2017

Hi Everyone,

I have another sympathy card to share with you today featuring the new condolences greeting. I started by stamping the silhouette branch image with SU Certainly Celery ink and then die cutting to create the frame. The greeting was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink onto white CS and layered onto the black panel and then the white card base. To create the butterflies I stamped some of the polka dot background image with Versafine Black Onyx ink on some of the same green CS and then die cut the butterflies with a Memory Box die. I cut their bodies out of black CS to help them stand out a bit and attached them for foam dots.

Be sure to check out DRS Designs on line. We are having the Great Cling Stamp Give Away. Everyone who orders $20.00 or more on line will be entered in the contest to win the prize - over 75 cling mounted images. Now that's a great prize! You can see the details here.

Thank you for stopping by today.



Our Thoughts

>> Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hi all, today I have new sympathy card to share.

I don't know why when I make sympathy cards I always go with more nature cards.

For this card I stamped the Long Tall Cattails with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic markers. Our Thoughts are with You was also stamp with Tuxedo Black
I made a frame from green card stock and a brown mat.

Have a wonderful day,




>> Saturday, April 29, 2017

Good morning!
Today I have a couple of fun folds to show you.
This first one is a favorite of mine, the easel card.  This one uses a decorative die from Spellbinder. The base is cut from a folded piece of card stock with the die hanging over the top just enough so that the top/fold won't be cut. Then cut one more for the front.   The rest is as a normal easel card, make sure you are careful to match up the die cuts on the part of the base where you add the front.

DRS stamps: 110 G Praying for Friends and 314L Lily Sympathy Cross

I colored the lilies to be a sort of light green/white/lavender color and the cross is suppose to be a sort of gold.  You could take the tag off the card and use it as a book marker too! 

This next card is a swing fold card.
I have a link to a great tutorial below.
 To make this card I have used a tutorial from HERE.
Only I used the rounded corner square dies because mine from Lifestyle Crafts are so closely sized as to make the perfect size matting (in my opinion anyway).
Pretty much you can use any shape die.

I stamped and embossed the flowering tree branch on two white panels cut to size then I sponged on pink and yellow dye ink.  I then stamped the front and back of my swing panel and sponged the edges with pink and colored the flowers in yellow and pink to match.
Hard to see but there are clear micro beads in the centers of the colored flowers for texture and there are a few scattered sequins on the pink and yellow base panels.

Thanks for visiting today!
I hope you will go into your craft room and try these techniques.
Happy crafting!!


Sympathy Thanks

>> Friday, April 28, 2017

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff
Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! Can you believe it's almost May? This year is really zipping by! Wont' be long until school is out & summer vacations begin. 

The wonderful new DRS Designs releases this month are in the Sympathy category & sympathy cards are never easy & sympathy thanks can be harder still. My card today deals with just that topic. I kept it on the CAS side & used monochromatic colors. I masked off the die cut blue/grey panel & stamped the Woodgrain Bg across the top 2/3 w/ the weathered wood ink & added just a little gray in between areas. The greeting was stamped below in the majestic blue ink then I added the die cut tree & birds & a dividing strip w/ a little Candi dot.
Here's a look at the inside. 
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
stamps: DRS Designs - Sympathy Thanks, Woodgrain Bg (inside - Friendship Doubles)
ink: Distress ink weathered wood, Versafine majestic blue
paper: Staples 110# white, blue/grey
accessories: stitched rectangles & long rectangles dies, tree die, birds die, C4 cool grey Copic marker, Candi dot


In Deepest Sympathy

>> Thursday, April 27, 2017


I'm not sure, but I think my card today proves that I'm a little bit "off" when it comes to my stamps :)
The last 2 cards I posted used the lilies that can be found in the center of our Calla Lily Sympathy Frame.  When I sat down to stamp and saw my stamp sitting there I felt bad (???) for the frame part of the stamp that hadn't been used and decided I had to make it right. Crazy right??

I started my card by stamping our new Flowering Tree Branch on both sides of my ivory card stock using black ink.  I used the same black ink to stamp both the single line from the Calla Lily Sympathy Frame and our new My Heart to Yours.  Coloring the flowers on the branches took the longest but then all that was left was to stamp our Vicki's Versatile Background using vintage green ink on green card stock and then mount it all on a folded black card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and remember to be kind to your stamps and treat them all equally :)


Ink and Water Distress

>> Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This week, I am sooooo lazy - I think I have a bad case of Spring Fever.  I am so lazy that I decided to just stamp, sponge, spray and dry my cards this week.  No cutting, layering, coloring, or anything else. 

On my first card, I stamped the new Flowering Tree Branch image and the Our Thoughts Are With You sentiment.  Then I sponged the whole card with some blue SU! ink.  Next I sponged on some Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress ink.  I sprayed on some water and then patted the paper dry with a paper towel followed with some quick blasts of my heat gun. 

On my second card, I stamped the Buck Bust image and followed the same technique as on the fist card.  Then I stamped the new Picture Perfect Day sentiment and sponged it a bit. 

I finished them both in less than 30 minutes.  I  am thinking the deer card would make a great birthday card for my hubby or Dad  or even a super Father's Day card.




From My Heart to Yours

>> Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs has released some new stamps, featuring sentiments for sympathy and comfort, but I think comfort can be cheerful too. So today I'm bringing you a card that feature one of those new greetings as well as Leonard, just because he makes me happy!  And if it makes me happy, I would think that it would make the recipient of this happy as well :)

I stamped, colored and fussy cut Leonard the Pig Billboard and added the Small Silhouette Heart to his little sign, embellishing it with some glitter glue.  I layered him onto some rectangle die cuts using dimensional tape and embossed the backgrounds using 2 different heart embossing folders.  

I tied a matching grosgrain ribbon around the background base and then attached the My Heart To Yours Greeting, completing the card with a few hearts that were fussy cut from the Scattered Hears stamp.

From my heart to yours, thanks so much for visiting today!


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