Singing Snowman…

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… Sing a song of happiness and amazement over how crafty wonderful this year has been for me. I have been the guest design team member this past month on For Fun Challenges and have loved being challenged by using different images each week. So I almost fell out of my chair when I got an email from Helen asking if I would like to stay on the team!!! YES!! The ladies have been so nice and welcomed me with all my questions that come with being new. So here is my first card as an official DT member!! (insert happy dance!!)

Digital Stamp by Michelle Perkett Studios

Yep, you guessed it….the challenge this week is a Christmas Challenge. Time to design the Christmas cards that you send out this year. I usually design a card and then make as many as I can out of the supplies I have on hand. I will be making more of this. Super cute and easy….cutting was the hardest part. Which you don’t have to cut if you want the background in there…which is really cute.  The sponsor this week is Michelle Perkett Studios

I have to say I was pretty darn lucky to work with this super cute image, Snow Family Singing….I love snowman!! That is what my house is decorated with at Christmas time.

I hope you will play with us this month as my “welcoming” gift!!


1) For Fun Challenges – Christmas Challenge.

2) The Sweetest Thing – Sweet Sunday Sketch #132 – Use the sketch provided.


Stamps/Images: Snow Family Singing by Michelle Perkett Studios

Cardstock/Papers: Bazzill Cardstock, Chatter Box (Snowballs and Blizzard Swirls)

Inks/Markers: Tombow ( blue: 565, 452), (pink: 725), (green: 173)

Accents/Tools: Imaginisce – white snowflake, Blue snowflake and rhinestone from stash, Fantasy Fiber

Techniques: Water coloring with markers

Grow in Grace


CIC 34, Day 175 @ 365 Cards, Stampin' Sisters in Christ

Reminder…. Clearly Inspired Challenge #34 ends THIS THURSDAY ( Sept 1st). So get to your craft table and create a card that contains a bible scripture on it!! It’s that simple. Can’t wait to see it.

So that also means THIS FRIDAY the new challenge #35 will be posted. Hope to see you then.


1) Day 175 @ -So Pam had this crazy idea for a challenge that would take a mixed drink of sorts and challenge you to use it to inspire your cards.  In this case Pam has chosen Strawberry Lemonade — yummy, refreshing and perfect on a hot sunny day. I also used the sketch from Day 174 @

2) Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Challenge #104 –  ChallengeRecipe Challenge – choose at least 3 of the following for one card. (ribbon, button, a swirl, hat pin, brad, charm, popped up image)

I used a ribbon, brad and popped up image!

3) Clearly Inspired Challenge #34 (CIC34) –  Our theme for this challenge is: Scripture.  We would like to see some scripture on your card!  That’s easy enough, right?!

4) August – Use your Scraps @ – 85% of project must be made with scraps.


Stamps/Images: CDSLWLittleStrawberryCOLOR
Cardsstock/Papers: Jillibean soup, bazzill cardstock
Inks/Markers: pre-colored digital stamp printed on Canon Inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: Coluzzle, ribbon, brads, pop dots
Techniques: digital stamps
Challenges: Day 175 @ 365 Cards, Stampin’ Sisters in Christ, CIC34

The lucky winners for the CDS August Blog Hop are….


Winners from our August Blog Hop are…

From Barb’s blog, Barb’s Best Creations, our first winner is Karen M., and her blog Stampin’ Perfect Peace.

From Cassie’s blog, A Day in the Life of a Homeschooling Mom, our second winner is Maria Matter, and her blog Joyful Stamper.

Congratulations ladies!! Thanks for leaving comments and checking out each of our blogs!!


Don’t forget to play in the Clearly Inspired Challenge #34 – Scripture. You have until September 1st at midnight to post your entry. Playing in the challenge gives you another chance at winning!

Time to go back to School with For Fun Challenges…


Digi Doodles - Vintage School Desk

It’s Wednesday! Time for the new challenge at For Fun Challenges.

This post might be a little short as I have had a migraine since Sunday and it just isn’t going away. I get the headache knocked down but it is just sitting there. So I really should be in bed but just had to play some video games with my husband first. Still trying to learn how to balance work, creative time and family. I’m sure I will get it one day.

The image was provided by Digi Doodles. They are sponsoring the challenge this week so do play so you will have a chance to win some of these CUTE images! Plus, it is an easy challenge… Back to school!

So send the kids off to school so you can craft for a couple hours! Make a card to encourage/thank the teacher, make a fun gift to give the teacher (have a sample in my post below this one!) or make a card for your kid encouraging them!! Can’t  wait to see what you create. Thanks for stopping by.


1) For Fun Challenges: Back to School

2) Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #60 – Back to School

3) Paper Playtime #53 – Anything Goes

4) Sweet Sketch Wednesday – Sketch 115-64. I almost forgot to post that I got my inspiration from this sketch. I didn’t get it done in time to enter the challenge but did want to give credit where credit was due!


Stamps/Images: Digi Doodles – Vintage School Desk

Paper/Cardstock:  Bazzill Cardstock, Red Patterned Paper – Jillibean Soup (toasted cumin), school paper – Making Memories (Ledger Combo)

Inks/Markers: Tombow – (yellow O55), (grey N45), (green 098), (blue 515), (black N15), (brown 899, 947), (red 856)

Accents/Tools: ribbon, button

Techniques: Watercoloring with markers

It’s SVG/PDF day at Clear Dollar Stamps!


** If you are looking for the Clear Dollar Stamps Blog Hop scroll down to yesterday’s entry. **

Clear Dollar Stamps sure has some talent on their Designer Team. Stacy Morgan is amazing at making templates. She makes them cute and easy….what else could a crafter ask for?!! Thanks Stacy for being so talented and sharing it with us so we can play with such cute paper crafting templates!

So you ready to see one of templates this month? I know you are, so here is the Scripture box template. I turned mine into a gift for a teacher.

Scripture box template at Clear Dollar Stamps

(If you click on the photo you will get a larger photo to see all the details.)

I like to make stuff for someone or something. There was already two samples of Scripture boxes so I got to thinking what else this could be used for. Well, just so happens I have a friend, Nancy, who is a teacher there. She worked in the school for the last 22 years and got a new job last week helping other teachers (still in the school just not teaching). Congratulations Nancy!! Any who, she was telling me how she wants to give teachers little “pick me up” gifts so I told her about all the cool templates at Clear Dollar Stamps. With starting the new job THIS week she doesn’t have time to make any gifts, heck she doesn’t even have time to buy little gifts. That is when this cute little box came to mind. I thought surely that could be turned into some cute gift for a teacher. Then I thought what about “coupons” instead of scripture. I contacted Nancy and asked her if teachers use “coupons” in the classroom. She said, “Yes” because they are great reward for good behavior and they don’t cost the teacher any money (we all know they pay too much out of their own pockets as it is). I wanted to make a sample and this gave it a purpose, so I got to work.

The original box design has the holder on top that is held in place by an embellishment (see Stacy’s example or Lisa’s example). I just didn’t like anything I placed there and the more I thought about it the image wouldn’t be placed on the box everyday like a scripture would. So I made my piece a little longer and folded it underneath to make a triangle that stood on it’s own. I downloaded a outline of an apple from the internet and printed it off on colored paper. Paper pieced the apple together and decided it needed to have the teacher’s name on it. So I contacted Nancy again and asked her for a teacher’s name that she thought could/would use coupons. She got all excited and said Ms. Dunbar would LOVE coupons. So this will be mailed to Nancy to give to Ms. Dunbar. So if you know Ms. Dunbar don’t tell her as we want it a surprise!! Nancy and I came up with several coupon ideals and I made 2 of each in different colors. I used one of the scripture card templates that is provided in the Scripture Template File. I figured these would be used several times so I laminated the color sheet and stuck it on a black mat. (I have tons of Xyron Laminate/Permanent adhesive because I kept buying the wrong stuff!!….which was good because it was perfect for this!)

This template was soooooo EASY! And I LOVED that is was a normal size box…not a miniature box. As you can see the coupons are big (over 4 inches) and fit inside easily. The other cute template she made this month is a Hot Air Balloon template.  Be sure to check it out as I’m sure it would make a cute gift too or a decoration for a party….oh like a baby shower!

Thanks for stopping by today! Oh and if you missed the Clear Dollar Stamps Blog Hop yesterday you STILL HAVE TIME to get in on it! By leaving comments on each blog you have a chance at being one of the lucky winners (there will be 2 winners) that will each receive a $10 gift certificate for the CDS store for purchase of clear or digital stamps ONLY. The Winners will be randomly chosen from comments received on two DT member blogs. Winners will be announced on the Clear Dollar Stamps blog Thursday, August 25, 2011.


1) Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog- Challenge #60– Back to School.

2) Paper Playtime –  Challenge #53 – Anything Goes

3) Inspire me Fridays – link your project!


Stamps/Images: CDSSMScriptureBox @ , Apple outline image from the web
Cardstock/Papers: Bazzill cardstock, Patterned Paper Provocraft (Pink dots Christina Cole)
Inks/Markers: Canon inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: SCAL, Cricut, Card (coupon) template from CDSSMScriptureBox, pop dots, Xyron 550 – laminate,
Techniques: 3d papercrafting

A few of my favorite things…


My Favorite Things – sung by Julie Andrews

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things!

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things!

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eye lashes
Silver white winters that melt into spring
These are a few of my favorite things!

When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember
my favorite things
and then I don’t feeel so bad!

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things!


Welcome to Clear Dollar Stamps Monthly Blog Hop. This is the last stop in the hop today. If you are just joining us head on over and start at the beginning on Lori’s Blog. If you just came from  Christi’s blog you are in the right spot. For hopping along with us 2 lucky winners will each receive a $10 gift certificate for the CDS store for purchase of clear or digital stamps ONLY. The Winners will be randomly chosen from comments received on two DT member blogs. Winners will be announced on the Clear Dollar Stamps blog Thursday, August 25, 2011.


This was the inspiration for the August Blog Hop at

I liked how this could be inspiration in many different ways all depending on how you wanted to take it. I looked at the words of the song for inspiration. I took my inspiration from “Raindrops on roses”. It’s hard to see in the photo but I have put raindrops on the roses with Glossy Accents. (If you click on the picture it will make it bigger and easier to see the raindrops!) It looks really cool in real life! And the Rose Bloom image from Clear Dollar Stamps was soooo EASY to work with. It colored up so nice and was very fun to color.

Clear Dollar Stamps August Blog Hop

Thanks for take a HOP around all the blogs. Hope you left comments on all the blogs as you never know which blogs the winner will be selected from. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!


1) Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #130 – Use the sketch provided. The deadline was Friday night so I didn’t make it in time but it was inspired by that sketch.

2) Cute Card Thursday – Challenge 178 – Weddings. This card can be used for several different occasions but I definitely think it is a wedding card.


Stamps/Images: CDSLWRoseBloom
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock: Bazzill, Patterned Paper: (Black w white polka dots and white with black flowers -Kaiser scrapbook), (KI Company – pop culture)
Inks/Markers: Tombow (Green 177, 158), (Black N15), (Pink 761), (Red 856)
Accents/Tools: jewel, scallop punch (2″, 1 1/2″, 1″) , large corner rounder, Fiskars scallop edge punch, ribbon, pop dots, glossy accents (to make raindrops on roses)
Techniques: Water coloring with pens

Clearly Inspired Challenge #34 (CIC34)


Clearly Inspired Challenge #34


1) Clearly Inspired Challenge #34 – Use scripture somewhere on your project. I saw this scripture and knew it would go perfectly with this image from Clear Dollar Stamps. My original ideal was to cover the glass in glossy accents. It just didn’t look right and dh agreed so I set it aside and went to bed. The next morning as I started to play again it dawned on me….what about a transparency? I did it two different ways and that is why there is another card posted below. This one looked the best so I decided it would be my main image! I love how the transparency looks….need to remember that I have that more often!

2) Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #144 – Use the sketch provided. I turned it on its side and instead of a circle embellishment I used a rectangle journaling box.

3) August – Use your Scraps @ – At least 85% of your project must be made with scraps. Everything on here is scraps except for the base cardstock.

** Don’t forget THIS Sunday, 08/21/11, is Clear Dollar Stamps Blog Hop starting at 11 am. Start at Lori’s Blog and every blog you visit and leave a comment gives you a chance to WIN!! **


Stamps/Images: CDSKTUnityCandle @
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock: Bazzill, Patterned Paper: Chatterbox (Ribbon Stripe, Olive Nook Blossoms)
Inks/Markers: Tombow (Green 177, 158) (Yellow 985) (Purple 603), Marvy LePlumeII (Purple 107 eggplant), Sentiment printed off on Canon inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: Transparency, ribbon
Techniques: Water coloring with markers

Here is a second version using different colors.


Stamps/Images: CDSKTUnityCandle @

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock: Bazzill, Patterned Paper: Chatterbox

Inks/Markers: Tombow (Green 098) (Yellow 985) (Purple 603), Marvy LePlumeII (Purple 107 eggplant), Sentiment printed off on Canon inkjet printer

Accents/Tools: Transparency, 3D Rose stickers – Spare Parts (Hobby Lobby)

Techniques: Water coloring with markers.

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