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>> Monday, April 24, 2017

DRS Designs recently released some beautiful sympathy greetings, so you will be seeing quite a few sympathy cards here on the blog. I know sympathy cards are not anyone's favorite to create, but they are needed and appreciated by those who have lost special people. I like to have some on hand and these new greetings have inspired me to do just that. 

I started with some water color paper and added some Tim Holtz distress inks using the smacking acetate technique. While that dried, I die cut the half circle and rectangle pieces using a SB Elegant Arch die. I used the outline part of those dies to die cut the water color paper to go behind. The Thoughts of you greeting was stamped onto the peachy pink panel with VersaMark ink, heat embossed with detail white EP and then dry embossed with a Darice butterfly EF. The bottom layer of the butterfly was die cut with a SB die using the same water color paper. The top layer was die cut from vellum and glued onto the bottom butterfly just down the center of the butterfly's body. I added some milky white half pearls to the butterfly and the stained glass looking die cuts.

I used this week's sketch challenge at Split Coast Stampers to create this card. It's a great sketch, isn't it. I really enjoy sketch challenges and I'm pleased with how this turned out.

Thanks for stopping by today.




>> Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hello all, I hope you had a good week. DRS designs has some beautiful new Sympathy stamps that we will be showing over the next few weeks.

For my card this week I chose to use the new Condolence stamp.

I stamped it with black ink on vellum the heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This was wrapped around a card that I stamped with the Double Tall Pines and colored with Copic markers. I wrapped a gold thread around the corners and attached it to a peace of dark green card stock then a cream card.

Have a wonderful day,


So Sorry

>> Saturday, April 22, 2017

Good morning!
Today I have some sympathy cards for you.  I have to admit that I am not the best sympathy card maker because I rarely make them but everyone should have a few in their stash for that unforeseen need.
My first card uses the new From My Heart To Yours 097C stamp 
I've used several dies with this stamp today, Heartfelt Asters and ODBD Hearts.
I made a window with a heart and made a frame to go over the outside.  Inside I used Fun Foam as a layer to pop up my top layer.
I put a bit of glue on the ends of the stamen and dipped them into a bottle of lavender Prills.  
I used seam binding and made a nice bow then crunched it up in my hand after misting it with water.  I love the crinkled look! (My husband said "hey, you should make a new bow, this one is wrinkled"...Heehee! the look on his face when I told him I crinkled it on purpose!!!)
I cut another heart shape to fit in my window and embossed the sentiment on it then sponged some blue around the edges and glued it in the window opening.

My next card is a bit more classic using ivory and gold.
I used the new Our Thoughts With You 121D and and older classic, Calla Lily Sympathy Frame 587L both embossed with fine detail gold powder.
The ribbon is sheer with gold edges and on top of a gold card stock, also used for matting my oval and rectangle.
The card itself is a shimmery ivory, really pretty.
I also used gold nailhead 3-D stickers for embellishment.
Pierced Oval and Pierced Rectangle dies are from ODBD.

Thanks for visiting today!


Sage Thoughts

>> Friday, April 21, 2017

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

 Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! And Happy San Jacinto Day (to my fellow Texans)! San Jacinto was the final battle of the Texas revolution. It's kind of a big deal in GA, not so much. I do have a number of ancestors who fought in the TX revolution & a few of their names are engraved on the San Jacinto monument. So I guess in keeping w/ the remembrance theme, I have a sympathy card to share today.

The pussy willows were stamped w/ Memento olive grove onto the sage green panel & I used a combo of Prismacolor pencils & white Permapaque marker to color it in. The greeting (new!) was stamped beside it w/ the same ink & I used a white gel pen to highlight some of the letters.

A narrow brown layer & a larger, lighter sage green layer finish it. Here's a look at the inside.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
stamps: DRS Designs - Thoughts are with You, Brush Pussy Willow (inside- Praying for Comfort)
ink: Memento olive grove 
paper: Staples 110# white, sage, brown, lt sage
accessories: Prismacolor pencils, white Permapaque marker, white gel pen, Misti, double stitched rectangle dies


Comfort and Sympathy

>> Thursday, April 20, 2017


Sadly, I was in need of a sympathy card this week and had to sit down and make one.  I usually make nature scenes for my sympathy cards, but the Calla Lily Frame stamp was still sitting on my desk as well as my plaid stamp, so it all just kinda fell into place.

I started my card by stamping our Woven Plaid stamp using Memories soft rose and soft leaf inks. The plaid stamp I used is cut into 3 sections, so it was easy to stamp just the larges section on a diagonal using the rose ink and leave about 1/2" between each stamping.  Once I had that section of plaid stamped in both directions I switched to the smallest section and the leaf ink and added to the 1/2" sections I had originally left.  Here's a link to our step by step tutorial for the Cut Apart Plaid that's very similar to what I've done here.

Once that was done I stamped a separate piece of card stock with our soon to be released Comfort Sympathy Greeting (being released on Saturday) using black ink and then over stamped it with just the Lilies from the Calla Lily Sympathy Frame using the soft leaf ink.  Once I layered it all together it was missing something, so after trying a couple of different things, I ended up stamping the calla lilies again on another scrap of card stock, colored and fussy cut it and added it to my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by,


My Paper Green Thumb

>> Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I do not have a green thumb in real life.  That is why I love paper foliage - no watering or maintenance required!  For today's projects, I am really showing off how versatile DRS Design images can be. 

For my first card, I did some surgery on two images to make this potted succulent.  I took the Sneaky Bunny Flower Pot and cut out the pot to act as a base for my plant.  Then I took the Medium Daisy Bloom, sponged on some green, and then cut it up to make the succulent. 

I used the new Blessings sentiment underneath.  Super fun!  Speaking of the Medium Daisy image, I also used it this weekend as a backing to an Easter Cross.  This image can be used so many ways.

On my second card, I tried a new technique to me and made a Mother's Day card.  I sponged my base with the CTMH Willow green ink that I used to color my succulent (I also sponged a bit on my diamond base for the flower as well.  Then I ran my base through an embossing folder and rubbed Versamark ink on it.  I sprinkled on some white embossing powder and heated it up.  Came out really different, and I like it.

For my flowers, I stamped Snapdragon Diamond three times and fussy cut them out.  Colored them with water color pencils and covered them up with Stickles.  Lastly, I added the new Happy Mother's Day sentiment and a few gems.  I think these snapdragons could be used to make all kinds of fun arrangements and would be pretty layered in different colors as well.

Hope your week is going well!





>> Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hi Everyone!

While Easter has come and gone, I still had one last card that I didn't share here yet, and since it's very spring themed, I thought I would sneak it in.  I think if you change up the sentiment stamp, it could be a sweet little friendship card for your bestie :)

I colored and fussy cut the Easter Sleepover stamp, and adhered it onto a layered die cut circle.   For the background I used the Spring Crocus stamp, and only stamped the flower portion around the top and bottom of the paper, coloring it up using the same coordinating markers. I'm pretty sure those flowers don't come in pink, but I have it on good authority that creativity is allowed when making cards :) :) :) 

The sentiment was the top portion of the Celebrate Easter Celebrate Christ stamp, which I die cut and matted before adding it to the card. 

Thanks for visiting today!


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