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Drop in for a spell!

>> Monday, August 21, 2017

Hi Everyone. Hope you had a good weekend and found some time to get inky! My card today features a couple of new Halloween stamps: Drop in for a Spell and the Bubbling Beaker.

I started with black CS, stamped the new greeting and Magic potion shelf with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with detailed white EP. The Bubbling Beaker was stamped with Memento Black ink onto white CS, colored with Copics and fussy cut. The black panel was punched with a spider web border punch before attaching it to the purple CS and then the black CS. The ribbon, button and Bubbling Beaker were then added to the panel.

Inside I stamped the Magic Potion Shelf with TH Distress Oxide ink. I smudged the ink and had to do something to hide my mistake. I used a brush and some water to grab the smudged ink and moved it around to color underneath the shelf.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check DRS Designs' on line store to see all these fun new Halloween images and greetings.

until next time,



>> Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hi all, I hope your week has went well, It has started to feel like August here this week It's been very hot and dry and I find myself dreaming about autumn I am so ready to see the leaves changing color and for the cooler nights.So for you today I have a fun new Halloween card.

I stamped the new Bubbling Beaker and colored it  with Copic markers then die cut with a square die. On green card stock with Distress Oxide peeled paint I stamped the Brewing Halloween Greeting. This was added to a black card. Simple but fun and I'm so ready for the haunting to began.

Have a wonderful day,


Happy Haunting!

>> Saturday, August 19, 2017

Good morning!

These new stamps for Halloween are so spooky and fun!
I decided to make my Bubbling Beaker 263F a mixture of colors 
because this mad scientist is brewing up some scary fun!
Don't be tempted to drink any of his concoction though or you might find yourself married to a mouse in the morning!

I used some fun Halloweeny colors for layers and did the faux metal ceiling tile technique on those 3 web squares. Here's how: cover a piece of heavy weight card stock with aluminum foil using a cheapo glue stick or paint on adhesive (so there is no spots without glue) fold the edges over if making them individually (which turns out a bit better) and then run your foil covered stock through a die cutting machine with the embossing setting/plates.  Cover them completely with black acrylic paint and let dry (don't worry, it will still rub off of your aluminum on the high spots).  Rub it with a soft clothe (something you don't care about because it doesn't wash out).  You will create this aged tin.  I usually add some metallic rub on paste or other colors of paint at this time sparingly to give it something extra, in this case I used some Inka Gold in copper and a tiny bit of Patina paint in some places.  You can make more traditional or elegant looking tiles too, depends on your embossing folder.
My web folder is Taylored Expressions and my cute stamps are DRS: Drop In For A Spell 327D and Bubbling Beaker 253F.  They are available today at the DRS Designs store on line.

This next card  is using some fun NEW colors for Halloween!  It is actually  a color challenge at SCS!!  It is fun though, eh? Raspberry and yellow? I did a combo of sponging with Distress Ink Picked Raspberries and Copic pens in yellow (like Y11 and Y15) and then an olivey YG93 for the ground.  I used my Misti to make sure the stamped black was really black.
Those kids are really brave to walk up that dark lonely hill to that old house, aren't they? There is no way I would do that!
These stamps are also new at DRS Designs. The Happy Haunting Hat 310F and the Trick or Treaters Last Stop 277L (I hope not literally, heehee!).

I used stitched dies from ODBD and MFTs too add a bit of "cuteness" and I popped up the sentiment oval with foam tape.  My embellishments are 3 enamel dots and a bit of colorful twine.

Thanks for visiting today!


Drop In for a Spell

>> Friday, August 18, 2017

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! Are you ready for some fun Halloween images? I love making Halloween cards. I love Halloween, too. When else can you dress up in any crazy old way you want, ring a door bell, & people give you candy just for being there? Awesome! And on Halloween cards, you get to pull out all the crazy color combos you want & somehow, they all work! 

For my wicked potions card, I stamped the new Bubbling Beaker on neon green paper, colored it w/ Copics, then fussy cut it. The Magic Potion shelf was stamped on the white layer & I colored it a little more subtly so they wouldn't overtake the beaker. The spider web was stamped w/ gray ink in the corner, the greeting above the shelf,  then a neon green & black layer were added to finish.
 Here's a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

stamps: DRS Designs - Bubbling Beaker, Magic Potions Shelf, Spider Web, Drop In (inside - Brewing Halloween )
paper:  Staples 110# white, black, neon green
ink:  Memento tuxedo black, London fog
accessories:  Misti, Copic markers, Spellbinders A2 matting basics B dies, Lil' Inker stitched rectangle dies


Halloween Splatter Background

>> Thursday, August 17, 2017


I have a fun card for you today!

I started my card by stamping our Splatter Background over and over in 3 different ink colors.  I started with covering the whole card like usual using yellow ink.  I went around the edges a couple more times still using the yellow.  I switched to peach ink and circled the card with that a few times  and then orange a few times going off the card more and more with each circle, trying to get a darker concentration of ink around the edges and a lighter in the center.

For my focal image I stamped our soon to be released Wishing I was Witch Ya greeting on white and die cut it and the orange oval behind it.  I also stamped our Fancy Pumpkin and new Broom images on scrap and colored and fussy cut the parts I needed and attached all to the front of my card.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Halloween Wreath

>> Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hello friends,

Here in the South, it is the Dog Days of Summer - so hot and muggy that I try not to go outside.  I am so dreaming of late Fall and cooler temps.  I am also glad that we are moving into Fall and Halloween at DRS Designs, so I can at least have cooler weather on my cards.

My card today is a Halloween wreath.  I made the base wreath using the Holly Jingle Bells image.  I sponged all the foliage with a smoke distress ink and glittered up the berries with some black glitter.  I added some fun Spooky Tree Limbs, the Beware Zombies Sign, Zombie Hand Wave, and a soon to be released Witches Hat.  I ripped a bit of the right top corner so I added a little Empty Spider Web to cover it up.

My window is made from corrugated cardboard die cut and painted black.

Super spooky wreath - I would definitely hang this on my door!




My Favorite Time of Year

>> Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Fall is definitely a favorite time of year in my house.  As a kid I loved summer, but since I'm a grown up and I don't have to go back to school, I'm all for cooler temperatures, all things pumpkin and the gorgeous colors of the autumn leaves.  Also, with all the holidays looming ahead, it's the best time for card making!  You'll want to get your ink pads ready, because DRS Designs has some fun Halloween stamps coming your way at the end of this week, and I've got a quick peek of one today.  

 I love this festive new greeting stamp in the shape of a witch's hat (310F)! I stamped it on black cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I then fussy cut it, and placed it on the jack-o-lantern part of the Fancy Pumpkin stamp that was colored and fussy cut as well, attaching it to a die cut oval and some matting.

The background was dry embossed using a pumpkin embossing folder and I made some patterned paper using one of my favorite background stamps, the Splatter Background.  I stamped in orange and yellow ink to match my background paper and then I used my square punches to create the pieces. I attached them to the background and added a strip of black embellished with gemstone brads before adhering the image with dimensional tape. 

So, check out this photo right here:

Halloween candy in July!  I snapped this picture back in JULY!

  If I buy it now, I'll just have to keep buying more because I will have eaten it.  Or if I wait too long to buy, I'm afraid I'll be gone and I'll be the one house giving out weird hard candy, like peppermint swirls and butterscotch!  The struggle is real people :)

Hope you all are having a sweet week!



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