Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sweet Sketch Wednesday #93 Just under the wire!

Goodness it seems like things have been hectic here this week! Spring break started a few days later than scheduled because of the "big ice storm of 2011" here in El Paso... better to make up the days now than at the end of the school year! Then on out first full day of spring break, my seven year old son decided it would be fun to balance on the edge of the wet bathtub .. of course he fell, cutting his head open, and he and I spent 8 hours (at night) at the hospital getting staples in his head. He was a trooper, even sleep deprived and in pain as he was, he had time to give me a hug. He is the inspiration, along with the sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday, for this card.

Stamps: Ladybug Hugs - CDS - March New Release
Cardstock/Papers: Neenah Solar White, MME Stella Rose dp
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics: RV63, E81, YG61, C1, C3
Accents/Tools: Corner Rounder, Word Window,
Misc wooden buttons, Sponge Dauber
Techniques:Paper Piecing, Masking, Sponging

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Clear Dollar Stamps March Blog Hop ** Its a Zoo**

YAY!! It is blog hop time!
Come hop along with us for a chance at a prize!

Hello Everyone!  Here it is, the third Sunday of the month, which means it is time for Clear Dollar Stamps' Monthly Blog Hop! Hopefully, you have arrived here from Jasmin's blog. If not, go on back to the start of the hop at Lori's blog. Our winners will be chosen from the comments left throughout the hop! So, leave lots of love for the DT!

This month's prize is definately worth joining in on the hop.. TWO lucky winners will recieve a $10 gift certificate to the Clear Dollar Stamps store!

**Winners will be randomly chosen from comments received on two DT member blogs. Winners will be announced on the CDS blog Wednesday, March 23rd.** You can also check back here to see if you are a winner! 

This month it is a Theme challenge ** It's a Zoo ** which we can interpret any way that comes to mind, and for me, the adorable stamp set called Zoo Critters came to mind. I do believe this is my very first Clear Dollar Stamp set.

Stamps: Zoo Critters
Cardstock/Papers: CDS Spring Leaf, Neenah Solar White, BG Pyrus dp
Inks:Momento Tuxedo Black, CDS Deep Sea
Copics:C1, C3, C5, BV23, 100,G5, YG06, R83, BG10, E31, E33, E37
Accents/Tools: Labels Three Nestabilities, old olive brads, ticket corner punch, corner rounder, word window, sponge dauber
Techniques: masking

Thank you so much for joining in on this month's hop! Now, your next stop is the lovely and talented Laurie's blog. Keep leaving comments! Good Luck!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Clearly Inspired Challenge #24 -- This time its a Sketch!

Hello Friends! Welcome to March's SECOND Clearly Inspired Challenge! This time, we are challenging you to a sketch challenge! I had so much fun working on this sketch, I just know you will too! Remember there are some new guidelines to the CIC challenges, so please check Lori's blog or scroll down to check them out here.
Now for a view of the sketch:

Details on my sample (above):
Stamps:  CDS (feb release) Hoppy Frogs
Cardstock/Papers: TE Aqua, Marchino textured cs,
OA Modern Homemaker dp, Choice Buttercream
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black

Copics: Y11, Y17, YG06, YG67, G05,G85

Accents/Tools: Oval Nestabilities, Ticket Corner Punch,
Corner Rounder, Modern Label Punch,
Misc Ribbon & Buttons

Now for the details on the challenge:

The Clearly Inspired Challenges will now be bi-monthly,
on the first and third Fridays of each month. (more chances for prizes)

Participants may use ANY stamp from ANY company
Only one entry per person please

Prizes ... for every 20 participants we have in each CIC there will be one $10 gift certificate good for Clear Dollar Stamps or Clear Dollar Digi images. So, if we have 40 participants, that is TWO $10 gift certificates up for grabs! Tell your friends! The more people we have playing along, the more prizes we have to give away!!

Please check Lori's blog: ClearlyiStamp  to upload your card and for more details on the challenge. Happy Stamping!
(Isnt all stamping happy stamping?)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Card Patterns #106

Happy St. Patrick's Day friends! It is actually just a coincidence that I happen to have a monochromatic 'green' card to share with you today! I made this card for the sketch challenge over at Card Patterns. I really like sketch challenges if you havent noticed .. I seem to do those challenges the most! Maybe I need to branch out a bit more .. hehe ..
For this card, I used the very elegant March new release stamp set from Clear Dollar Stamps called Scriptures of Peace. I just love this scripture, and how perfect is it for these trying times the world is going thru right now ..

Stamps: Scriptires of Peace (CDS)
Cardstock/Papers: TE lilypad tex cs, MME Lush dp, Whisper White
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Kiwi Kiss
Accents/Tools:Oval Nestabilities, Big Scallops Oval Nestabilities,
Misc Paper flowers, silver brads, sponge

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sweet Sketch Wednesday #92

Hello Friends! Happy Saturday! Spring has definately arrived here in the desert Southwest, trees are blooming, bulbs are peeking out from the soil, I just love the renewal of spring. However, I do not really like loosing an hour when we change our clocks ahead -- tonight -- ugh
Anyway, onto this morning's card. I made this one for Sketch #92 at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. The ric-rak shape on the sketch really caught my eye. I ended up with a double monochromatic theme. I really love this shade of blue, and the pink just seemed a logical choice. I like that the rose is polka-dotted. Wouldnt it be fun to grow polka-dotted flowers?
Clear Dollar Stamps makes these flowers, polka-dot or not, easy with the Blooming Bouquet die set that coordinates with two CDS flower sets.

Stamps:Roses to Die For
Cardstock/Papers: TE blue & pink textured cs,
 My Mind's Eye Lush dp
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black
Accents/Tools: Coordinating paper flowers, Rhinestone brad,
Swiss Dots embossing folder,
RicRak die-namics die, CDS Blooming Bouquet dies

Friday, March 11, 2011

Raise the Bar "GREEN" challenge .. I am Guest Bar-Tending!

Hello Friends!! Today is an exciting one for me ... today I get to be a Guest Bar Tender at Raise the Bar!! I was absolutely floored when my 'mug shots' card was chosen! WooHoo!! Ok, on to this week's Raise the Bar challenge...
The challenge is GREEN. No, this is not a color challenge, but an acrostic challenge! Fun, right? Here's what I did for my GREEN acrostic: an image from the Garden (my Clear Dollar Stamps Hydrangea), add Rhinestones, use Embossing, add another Embellishment (my ribbon) and use Nestabilities. I am excited to see everyone's take on the GREEN acrostic, this should be alot of fun! And who knows, you might end up being the next Raise the Bar Guest Designer!

Stamps:CDS Hydrangea (march new release)
Cardstock/Papers: Elegant Eggplant, garden green,
neenah solar white, Crate paper restoration dp
Inks:momento tuxedo black, CDS Fresh Papaya
Copics:Y17, V17, V15, G05, YG06, YG03
Accents/Tools: Circle Nestabilities, Lacey Circle Nestabilities,
corner rounder, violet rhinestones, sponge dauber,
Whisper White organza ribbon,
 seeing spots embossing folder

Monday, March 7, 2011

MFT Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch #9

Hello Friends! Happy Monday! Well as happy as a monday can be I guess. I have a busy day ahead of me, so I wanted to be sure to spend some fun time in the craft room, even if it is a little short.
This card is made for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch challenge #9 on Splitcoast. Say that 5 times fast! Ha!! They always seem to have great sketches, I just dont always get to play along!
I got some happy mail this weekend, this MFT a'la modes stamp set (birthday girl) and the MFT Die-namics open scallop border so I just could not WAIT to break them in. I just have fallen in love with the a'la modes .. I like how their props are just huge compaired to their tiny bodies.

Stamps: MFT a'la modes Birthday Girl
Paper: BG Hopscotch dp, Baja Breeze, CDS bubblegum
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, So Saffron
Tools/Accessories: Copics, Sponge Dauber, Labels 14 Nestabilities
Modern Label Punch, Seeing Spots Embossing Folder
Chocolate Chip ribbon, dimentionals,
MFT open scallop border die-namics

Thank you so much for stopping by! I so appreciate your visit and cherish your comments!! 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sweet Sketch Wednesday #91

Hello Friends! This weekend has already been a busy one, so I was so thrilled to get to spend some quality time in the craft room this morning. I made this card for the Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge #91, this was a challenging sketch! I opted to use this cute a'la carte stamp from Taylored Expressions called Owls in Love. Sometimes I think the image speaks for itself and doesnt need a sentiment added to it.

Stamps: TE Owls in Love
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, OA Campfire dp
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Tools/Accessories: Pinking Circle & Circle Nestabilities,
Corner Rounder Ticket Corner Punch,
CDS Red Ribbon, Dimentionals, Misc paper flowers,
Swiss Dots embossing folder,
Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, Vanilla brads

Thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate your visit and cherish your comments! 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Clearly Inspired Challenge #23 - Color Challenge and some changes

Hello Friends! Welcome to another addition to Clearly Inspired Challenges. This month we challenge you to a Color Challenge ... The colors are ...
Soft Mint, Porcelin Pink and Cottonball White.

These beautiful colors are all from Clear Dollar Stamps Spring Whispers Clearly Coordinating collection. If you havent heard of that yet, it is awesome... Lori has cardstock, ribbon, tombows, copics and some hybrid ink pads that all MATCH! 

Well, before I get into the changes to the CIC, let me share my card for the challenge.

This first CIC of March ends on March 17th and a new challenge will be posted March 18th on Lori's blog: Clearlyistamp. You can also check back there to see if you are one of the lucky winners!!

Stamps: CDS Flower Bunny Feb SOM
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White,  CDS Soft Mint, CDS Porcelin Pink,
 light watercolor paper
Inks/Markers: Momento tuxedo Black, Tombows 243, 800, N75

Accents/Tools: Soft Mint Ribbon, Word Window, Big Scalloped Square Nestabilities, Corner rounder, Seeing Spots Embossing folder

Techniques: Watercoloring

Now for the details on the changes .. I think they are pretty great!
  • The Clearly Inspired Challenges will now be bi-monthly, on the first and third Fridays of each month. (more chances for prizes)
  • Participants may use ANY stamp from ANY company
  • Only one entry per person please
  • Prizes ... for every 20 participants we have in each CIC there will be one $10 gift certificate good for Clear Dollar Stamps or Clear Dollar Digi images. So, if we have 40 participants, that is TWO $10 gift certificates up for grabs! Tell your friends! The more people we have playing along, the more prizes we have to give away!!
  • Please check Lori's blog: ClearlyiStamp for more details on the challenge and the changes.