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Christmas Star Easel Card

>> Saturday, November 22, 2014

Good Saturday morning to you all!
Hope your weekend is lovely!
This is another way to use the Designer Quilt Square 166D.  I started out with a quarter sheet of white and drew in some lines to help me keep the square straight, then I used my stamp aligner to further keep things straight. I made my star solid (using 9 squares) and at a diamond.  I will use the inside of the star at a later point.   If you just want to make the star frame, you could outline your die first then stamp your squares so that you only end up with what you need to make the frame (a lot less work coloring).  I stamped in the same fashion (6 squares in this case) for the oval inside the card.  
I used this week's Poinsettia colors for this card because I found them to look so beautiful together.
On a separate piece of white, I stamped the Joys of Christmas greeting 562G, and Christmas Pine Oval 279L then I die cut the Christmas Pine Oval greeting with the smaller star and the Christmas Joy greeting with a smaller oval die.  
I used a corner punch on my pink layers and inserted the corners of the green layers.  I then stamped the Triple Holly 1004F for my corners and cut them out.  I decorated the card face with Sequins, Liquid Pearls and Crystal Stickles. That's it!
Have a creative weekend! I hope you are getting ready for a nice long weekend to come in just a few days!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!


Ornament Water Color

>> Friday, November 21, 2014

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

Happy Friday! 
I hope your week has gone well and you're not too cold! It's been pretty chilly around here. So it was perfect weather to think about making more holiday cards. My card today came about because I saw a really neat, free form water color card using ornaments. Since I haven't had my water colors out in a quite awhile, it really spurred me on to get them out and have a go. Then I realized I don't have a "blank" ornament, so I took my Nativity Ornament and did some surgery on it and stamped the new ornament outline with the pumice ink (after stamping off once) onto water color paper. This w/c paper isn't my's a little rougher and grainer than what I usually use, but I couldn't remember where I put the other paper. Anyway, the pumice ink after stamping off 1 time, just leaves a bare outline that pretty much disappears when all the coloring is finished. Now the coloring took me a long time because the color has to be painted in layers & allowed to dry in between. I'm not one to appreciate watching paint dry, so I helped it a lot w/ a heat gun. The splotchy, free form look is intended to be that way and I'm pretty satisfied with it. 

I added a little splatter and went back w/ a fine line paint brush to remove some paint for the highlights along the edges then stamped the greeting & drew the lines to the ornament tops. The finished card is 4.25 x 5.50. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
paper: water color, red linen
ink: Distress ink pumice stone, Versafine onyx
accessories: tube water colors, #10 round brush, #0 liner brush


Challenge #149 - Inspired by Color Challenge!

>> Thursday, November 20, 2014

Welcome to the DRS Thursday Challenge!
First, the Winner from the Random Drawing....
Vicki in MN 
Congrats, you are the winner from our Hang it Up! Challenge!  
 Please contact us at to claim your prize. 

For this week's challenge, we are doing an
Inspired by Color Challenge
The theme for this challenge is Poinsettia Bright colors!
 (use some of the colors inspired by this picture somewhere on your creation)
You don't have to use all of these colors, or only these colors.

To enter, show us your card  by linking it below and we'd love for you to leave us a comment.  The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday, November 26 , at 6 pm EST. Challenge entries don't have to use DRS Designs stamps, but if you use them on your challenge card, you'll get an extra entry into the prize drawing.
From all of the entries we receive, one lucky winner will be chosen to receive a $10 store voucher to DRS Designs!

Here are the Color Challenge cards from our talented DRS Design Team and we'd love for you to leave us a comment!
Jennifer E.



Christmas Cabin

>> Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I'm a little behind this year, but I'm happy to report that I have another quick and fairly easy Christmas card under my belt!  The creation of this card was fueled by a nice, flavored cup of coffee, which seems to be one of my staples nowadays! The Arctic blast that we had blow through recently has caused nothing but warm and cozy thoughts in my stamping room--I refuse to let this kind of weather bring me down, or tolerate it so early in the season. I see it as the perfect excuse to stay in and stamp. What could be better?

The focal point of this card is the Christmas Village Cabin (212G). I masked it and then stamped the bare trees from the Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories #2 (210G) over top of it. I love the way the image turned out, especially once I colored it with Copic markers.  It really came to life and reminds me of the cabin friends of ours have, Up North, deep in the woods.  It gives me that warm and cozy feeling and because of this, I thought the Simple Joys of Christmas Greeting (957F) was the perfect pair for it.  For a little bling, I used Stickles to make the snow and roof tops glisten. This card was simply embellished--2 red brads, a tiny red bow, and a textured card front made this card complete! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Stay warm!



Magic Grain

>> Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hi Everyone,

Back when I was a child, I always left out cookies for Santa, but I never left any reindeer food for Rudolph and his friends.  I was an adult before I heard of people feeding Santa's reindeer.  I think sprinkling oatmeal laced with colored sugar on the lawn Christmas Eve, to guide Santa's sleigh to your home, is a great tradition for children and would leave lasting memories.  Those are the thoughts that went through my head when I was designing today's card share.

I pulled out the Polka Dot background to create my paper.  I was in a rut using snowflakes for all my winter cards, and this actually is a great stand in for lightly falling snow.  I stamped a strip of patterned paper using the Woven Plaid background stamp that was cut apart into 3 pieces.  That made stamping in different ink colors and also at an angle a breeze.

I image is the new Feeding Reindeer stamp and I paired it with the Lingering Christmas  Greeting which was die cut and attached with pop dots.  I finished it off with a few punched snowflakes and matching gems. 
 Thanks for peeking in today!


Nativity Easel Card

>> Monday, November 17, 2014

Trust you all had a great weekend and were able to find some time to get creative. It's time to get serious about getting those Christmas cards made!! I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the recent cards created with DRS Designs newest Christmas Village stamps and that they have inspired you to get into your stamping space and play some! Along with the new village stamps we have a new sentiment stamp that I really like. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to pair it with a nativity stamp.

The nativity was stamped with Memento Black ink, colored with Copics, and fussy cut. The background was created with the CB swirls folder, it kind of makes me think of dirt and sand swirling around the manger. The top half was sponged with Barely Banana ink using a TH stencil. Oh come let us adore Him was stamped in black ink. I added a yellow star and rhinestone to the top of the stable. The new sentiment was stamped on So Saffron CS and layered on brown CS that was punched with a star border. Some sheer yellow ribbon completes the look. Hope you like it.

Be sure to check out this week's challenge "Hang it Up!" You could be the winner of some fabulous new DRS stamps. We'd love to see you join in the fun.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Starry Night

>> Sunday, November 16, 2014

I want to show you some more of DRS Designs new Christmas Village Stamps.

I used the Christmas Village Church   then I stamped the new Christmas Village Lamp Post  and from the new Christmas Village Four in One Accessories 2 the Victorian couple for the the snow hills I used the Sand Snow and Water Lines. The sky was air brushed and everything was colored with Copic markers. I used glitter glue and a white jell pen for stars/snow. Once I finished with the scene, I cut it out with a square die then added some layers with more square dies. 

On the silver background layer I randomly stamped the Splatter background and used white embossing powder. Then I used the star from the Three Wisemen Peace and stamped it three times and embossed with white embossing powder. The blue dot in the center is Smooch. I stamped the Small Merry Christmas  with blue ink and cut it with a tag die. It's attached with foam tape. I stamped the Christmas Fence and colored with Copic markers and fussy cut. I used the ideal  of a Bindi Frame, I used the red line tape on the ends and had the middle to bow out.

For the back of the card I stamped the Share My Heart with blue ink and cut it with a square die and a layer of the silver.

This is colors that I used.

Have a wonderful day,



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