Monday, February 28, 2011

Clear Dollar Stamps March Sneaks Continue!

It is day two of our sneak peeks, and today will be just as fabulous as yesterday ..  if not even better! Today I have four samples to share with you, so lets get started with this elegant and fun to color stamp set, Hydrangea a set of 4 for $7.99.

Stamps: Hydrangea
Cardstock/Papers: Brocade Blue, Choice Buttercream,
 OA Thriftshop dp
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics:YG03, YG06, G05, Y15,B63
Accents/Tools: CDS vanilla ribbon, Word Window,
Lacey circle Nestabilities, Corner Rounder, Ticket corner punch


Sample #2 is another flower set .. I just love flower stamps! This one is called, Roses to Die For, a set of 8 for only $7.99. What's awesome about this set is that it coordinates with Clear Dollar Stamps' flower die set (blooming bouquet) making cut out flower images easy as pie!

Stamps: Roses to Die For
Cardstock/Papers: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, OA Thrift Shop dp
Inks:Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics: R81, R83, YG03, G05
Accents/Tools: Circle Nestabilities, Die-namics large scallop die,
CDS Bloomin Bouquet die

This next sample (#3) is from the adorable stamp set called Ladybug Hugs, a set of 8 for only $9.99. This set is so versatile, great for an encouraging note to a friend or a sweet nothing to your honey.

Stamps: Ladybug Hugs
Cardstock/Papers: Basic Grey, BG Hopscotch dp, Whisper White

Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze

Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol

Accents/Tools: Labels One Nestabilities, Basic Grey taffeta ribbon,
Whisper White organza ribbon, Sponge Dauber
Techniques: Paper Piecing, Masking, Sponging


And, last but not least, is our March Stamp of the Month, which means it can be yours FREE with a minimum purchase at the Clear Dollar Stamps' store.
Who doesnt like FREE, especially when it is something this good. This time we offer Yearly Occasions a stamp set of 11 holiday sayings from "Valentine's Day to Veteran's Day" and much inbetween.

Stamps: Yearly Occasions March SOM (sentiments), Bold Butterflies
Cardstock/Papers: CDS Spring Leaf, BG Origins dp, whisper white

Inks: CDS Spring Leaf, CDS Fresh Papaya

Accents/Tools: Corner Rounder, CDS Designer Labels die,
 Big Scalloped Square Nestabilities, CDS Bold Butterflies dies,
 Sponge Dauber

Ok! Tomorrow is the big shopping day! Go on over to Lori's blog to check out all the new release stamp sets in full. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, Happy Shopping!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Clear Dollar Stamps March Sneak Peeks Day 1

Hello Friends! Today, the oohs and aahs start, and in just a couple days .. the shopping starts! Clear Dollar Stamps sneak peeks start today, we have some great stamp sets coming out in March, and here are some samples to get you thinking ..

This first set is called Scriptures of Peace, a set of 8 beautiful stamps for $14.99. In this sample I combined this set with another, Cross Messages Additions, which also is a March New Release.

Stamps: Scriptures of Peace & Cross Messages Additions
Cardstock/Papers: Soft Suede, Old Olive, BG Origins dp
Inks: Soft Suede, Old Olive
Accents/Tools: D'Vine Swirls Embossing Folder,
misc bronze brads, Dimentionals

This next example is from the Cross Messages set, which is a set of 27 for only $14.99 and Cross Messages Additions set, a set of 9 for only $9.99

Stamps:Cross Messages & Cross Messages Additions
Cardstock/Papers: Crushed Curry, Night of Navy,
 BG Wander dp, BG Manilla
Inks: Chocolate Chip
Accents/Tools: CDS Designer Labels, ticket corner punch,
swiss dots embossing folder

Ok, well that is all I have for you today. Come back tomorrow for 4 more sneak peeks!! Head on over to Lori's blog to see the full stamp sets for both of these samples. And cruise thru the rest of the DT blogs for even more great examples!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Couple of Friday Challenges on Saturday

Hello Friends! Happy Saturday! Today is overcast but warm here in the desert southwest, so I was sure to get my errands ran today. Tomorrow is supposed to be windy and yuck. But, despite my running around town, I was able to make this card that fits into two challenges. The first being Friday Sketchers, and the second being Raise the Bar #55 "mug shots" no not the kind you get for being arrested, but coffee mugs! As soon as I read about this challenge, I knew exactly what stamp I wanted to use. My BFF Cassie gave me this stamp in a RAK package.. I just love it! And, in fact, this card will be going out to her. I do miss her a latte ... :o)

Stamps: The A'la Modes: Miss you a Latte (MFT)
Paper: choice buttercream, my minds eye Lush dp,
Mocha Divine Textured cs
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze
Tools/Accessories: Labels 4 Nestabilities, Misc TE Ribbon
Sponge dauber, Copics

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I really appreciate your comments, they really brighten my day!! 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sweet Sketch Wednesday #90

Hi Friends! Happy Friday! This card is one that I was just not sure about and had to walk away from, take a fresh look before I liked it. Isnt that funny how that works sometimes? Well, this card is for my fav sketch challenge blog, Sweet Sketch Wednesday. The ladies there are all so, well, sweet! hehehe

I also owe two of my fellow Clear Dollar Stamps design team members a big shout-out for inspiring me on this card. The first being Sarah Taylor, she first stamped one of the eggs in this set on patterned paper. I would have NEVER thought of that, Thanks Sarah! Go check out her blog for more great inspiration! The second is Lisa Lara and her tutorial at ClearlyiStamp on how to make 3-D flowers. I obviously need more practice. lol

Stamps: You're Egg-straordinary
(Clear Dollar Stamps feb new release)
Cardstock/Papers: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze,
Whisper White, Basic Grey Hopscotch dp
Inks:Chocolate Chip
Accents/Tools: Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Waterfall Stickles,
 Big Scallop Square nestabilities, corner rounder,
 CDS flower die, Quilling tool, Tombow Markers

The Pixie Cottage sketch challenge #58

Hi Friends! Happy Friday to you! Today I have two cards to share with you, this post being the first of two today. I was a busy little bee last night!
For this card, I was inspired by this Basic Grey Olivia dp and the sketch challenge at The Pixie Cottage. The added challenge there was to add somethig cute. I think the little butterfly by the sentiment is as cute as can be. So, Cute and Sketch it is. :o) The stamp set I chose is one of the Clear Dollar Stamps February new releases called Sentimental Flowers, there are just so many possibilities with this set.

Stamps: CDS Sentimental Flowers
Cardstock/Papers:Neenah Solar White, Old Olive,
 Basic Grey Olivia dp
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics: YG03, YG06 , Y06, Y15, RV13, BG10
Accents/Tools:Circle Nestabilities, Lacey Circle Nestabilities,
Lush Deco Brads, Corner Rounder
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

PaperTake Weekly Sketch #53

Hello Friends! Today it is a warm and sunny day here in the desert southwest, which inspired me to use this floral dp that reminds me of spring, you know, those days where the air is a perfect temperature ... ahh, I love those days before it gets unbareably hot ..
Anyway, with spring in mind, I got to work on this week's PaperTake Weekly sketch.  The flowers brought butterflies to mind, so I brought out my Bold Butterflies stamps with their matching dies! I just love these butterfly dies! And, along with spring and butterflies, I am reminded of God's handywork in all the new blooms coming our way, and that is why I paired the butterfly die with the scripture stamp from Clear Dollar Stamps, Scriptures of Hope.

Stamps:  CDS Scriptures of Hope &  CDS Bold Butterflies
Cardstock/Papers: Tea Party dsp, So Saffron
Inks: Garden Green
Accents/Tools: CDS Bold Butterflies dies, 
Big Scalloped Square Nestabilities, misc green ribbon

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Clear Dollar Stamps February Blog Hop .. This one's a benefit for our friend Katie.

Hello blog friends! Welcome to Clear Dollar Stamps' monthly blog hop!
This month, we are dedicating the hop to our friend Katie Renz. She is the CDS design team leader who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. At the end of this hop you will find how YOU can help Katie! All the proceeds go directly to help Katie and her family fight this cancer.

Ok .. to the hop. You should have arrived here from the talented Shell's blog, but if not, go ahead and hop back to the begining of the hop at Lori's blog.
Your next stop is the talented Lisa's blog.

We have some awesome sponsors that have not only donated images to the digital gift packages, but prizes too!  For making a donation of EITHER item number between February 20th through April 20th, you could win one of these fantastic prizes listed at the Help for Katie blog

Stamps/Images: Patchpal Elephant (from digital package #2)
Cardstock/Papers: CDS bubble gum, Basic Grey Olivia dp, Neenah Solar White
Inks:Momento Tuxedo Black, CDS bubble gum
Copics:R81, R83, Y11, YG03
Accents/Tools: Labels Three Nestabilities, CDS Designer Labels, misc yellow brads, whisper white organza ribbon

Ok, time to hop on on to Lisa's blog! Be prepared to be WOW'd there are some Awesome examples on this hop!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Fish A'la Mode...

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day! More importantly (to me), today is my husband's birthday. He is out in the field again this week, not the best way to spend his birthday, but not the worst either. Last year, he was in Iraq, and humm, well every other year he has been in Iraq... Anyway, we will celebrate this weekend. So far we have go carts and mini golf on the agenda.

Well, on todays card! I got some fun mail from my BFF, Cassie. She sent me some October Afternoon Campfire dp! Secretly, I had been eyeing that paper for a couple weeks now! So, I paired that dp with this adorable MFT stamp set, and just go together so perfectly. :o)

This card is for two challenges, the first being the sketch challenge at
The Sweet Stop, and the second is the challenge at Our Creative Corner, which is to 'Cut It Out', and for my cutting, I paper pieced the pants, shirt and boots.

Stamps: MFT A'la Modes Something's Fishy,
CDS We Belong Together (sentiment)
Paper: Baja Breeze, OA Campfire dp, Choice Snowhite
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Tools/Accessories: Circle & Lacy Circle Nestabilities,
Pumpkin Pie brads & flower brads, scallop edge punch
Techniques: Paper Piecing

Thanks so much for your visit today!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fun with Hearts

Hello Everyone! Happy Wednesday! I must admit, I am not the biggest fan of Valentine's day, mainly because it is my husband's birthday and I want it to just be his birthday... But, I set aside my "eh - ness" and made a Valentine's day card. I do love this dp, and I do love this frog! He is from ths February new release from Clear Dollar Stamps called Hoppy Frogs, it is a set of 8 for $7.99. Click HERE to go check it out at the Clear Dollar Stamps Store.
** Inspiration alert!! ** I got the idea to have the frog holding up the circle & heart from my fellow CDS DT member, the very talented Barb. I just thought it was such a clever idea I had to try it!
My favorite weekly challenge has to be Sweet Sketch Wednesday, the ladies there are so great, both in their creative inspirations and their kind comments.
Not suprisingly, this card follows the Sweet Sketch Wednesday #88 sketch.

This card also qualifies for a few other challenges, so what the heck, I will throw my hat in the ring for a few more challenges.

Stampin Royalty #58 -- Hearts Hearts and More Hearts
Crafty Creations #105 -- Three Little Words
Crafty Cardmakers #39 -- Hearts
PaperTake Weekly -- Have a Heart

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Take a look around! I cherish your comments, thoughts and suggestions!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Another Sweet Sketch Wednesday this time with a Little Red Wagon

Hello everyone! Happy Super Bowl Sunday! I think its kinda funny how this day has become an unofficial holiday. My husband has been out in the field this past week and came back in because its Super Bowl Sunday. I am glad to have him home this weekend though! He will be out again for the next 10 days ... to include his *0th birthday!! I hate that he has to be away for his bday, but we will celebrate the following weekend.
Anyway ... let me get to today's card! In the spirit of Valentine's Day which happens to be my hubby's birthday, I wanted to make a "lovey" card, and this adorable Clear Dollar Stamps set which can be yours FREE with a minimum purchase at the Clear Dollar Stamps store.  
This card qualifies for a few challenges, the first being one of my favorites, Sweet Sketch Wednesday #87, the second, Little Red Wagon #66 which is to use Kraft, next is PaperTake Weekly - anything goes + a flower, and finally Stampin for the Weekend - St Valentine's Day. Now I dont normally roll so many challenges into one project, but this time they all just fell into place, so why not!

Stamps: Clear Dollar's February SOM Flower Bunny 
Paper: Kraft, BG Green @ Heart, Choice Buttercrean
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics: R81, R83,C1, W1,E31, V15, V17, B00, Y17, YR04,G05,  G99
Tools/Accessories: Lacey Circles Nestabilities, SU lace border punch
ClearDollar BubbleGum Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by! Would love to hear what you think!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Clearly Inspired Challenge #22 ---- Sketch!

Hello crafting friends! Today is the first Friday of the month which means it is time for the Clearly Inspired Challenge! Once again, our hostess is the super talented, and my BFF, Cassie. This month she has given us a fabulous sketch to work with.

For my sample I knew I wanted to break in my brand new basic grey Hopscotch dp, and I thought it would be fun to reach into my Clear Dollar Stamps vault and pull out this adorable and sweet stamp set called Winter Eskimo. I mean, cute are those two?

Card Details:
Stamps: Winter Eskimo
Cardstock/Papers: Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Aftican Daisy,
 BG Hopscotch dp
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Basic Grey
Accents/Tools: Oval Nestabilities, Swiss dots Embossing Folder, Misc te Ribbon, CDS Tabs & Tags Dies, Flower Soft, Prismacolor Pencils
Techniques: Paper Piecing
Challenge: CIC22 sketch

Now, here are the details of the challenge!
Sweet and Simple!
This month it is a SKETCH!

FIVE of you will win a prize!

These challenges will occur the 1st Friday of the Month

You have until the following 1st Friday of the next month to link your project using Mr. Linky at ClearlyiStamp.
 Challenges will vary each and every time

Your work is important so there will be 3 Inspirational Cards/Projects chosen to be featured here.

New requirement is to use Clear Dollar Stamps (either stamp or digital) in your project. If you don't have any we are offering a FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

Click ---> HERE<--- to be taken to the store and your FREE Download. Try out the colored version for a super quick and fun way to create your card/project. We will have a different FREEBIE each and every month.

FIVE random winners will be chosen to win a $10.00 gift certificate good towards any Clear Dollar Stamp(s) or Digital Images.

If you upload to Splitcoast Stampers or another online gallery please use CIC22 as one of your keywords

Multiple Entries are welcome.

Extra Help: Click HERE to be taken to a great tutorial to help you with your freebie digital image. Plus don't forget there are many, many very affordable images to download as well along with other free images with purchase.

This Challenge will close on March 3rd and the winners announced on March 4th along with the new challenge post.

 Need more inspiration? Head on over to the CIC post and check out what the other DT members came up with!
I am excited to see what YOU create!