Be Merry & Bright


This is a card that the Youth at church (Christ Community Church) will make to sell for $1.50 to raise money as their fundraiser. This year they are donating all the money they raise to the Pregnancy Care Center of Springfield, MO. A week or so ago someone broke into their storage unit and stole over $6,000 worth of diapers, wipes and baby clothes. So they are going to try to replenish some of the loss. So since I have a room full of scrap supplies I donate the supplies and time to design cards for them to make. I try to keep them simple but nice enough for the cost of $1.50. I hope I accomplished that with this card.

I also tried to use up what I had on hand with cardstock and papers. So far so good! Remember this paper from YEARS ago!! Finally found the perfect use!


1) 365 Cards – Day 272 – Super Sunday Sketch. Use the sketch provided.


Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – Reminisce

Inks/Markers: black pen for outline, Signo White pen (LOVE IT!!)

Accents/Tools: wire, corner punch, traced a bracket


Season’s Slobbers!

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Today at For Fun Challenges the challenge is Christmas. We were so lucky and got to use images from our Sponsor Michelle Perkett Studios

I got to play with DIGITAL STAMP SET – Woofie Under the Tree Stamp Set

I had the ideal to make it a window card with that image under the cover of the card. But once I did it I decided I like it matted on green and then another green frame around it. Gives it a double frame look and keeps the focus on the amazing cute stamp! I have four puppies so I love cards that have puppies on them.  This image was easier to color then I thought it would be with all the little details.

I hope you will come play at For Fun Challenges with us and show us your Christmas Cards. You might just win a prize from Michelle Perkett Studios.


1) For Fun Challenge – Christmas

2) Card Makin Mamas Challenge #34 – sentiments on the front of your card

3) Paper Playtime Challenge #61– Say It With Sentiments. Use Any Stamped Image on your project & don’t forget to add a SENTIMENT too!

4) Totally Paper Crafts Challenge #94 – Christmas.


Stamps/Images: DIGITAL STAMP SET – Woofie Under the Tree Stamp Set by Michelle Perkett Studios

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill

Inks/Markers: Tombow Markers (brown 947, 992) (pink 703) (yellow 055) (red 856) (blue 565, 443) (green 177, 173)

Accents/Tools: ruler, Exacto knife


Day 2 of Wrap it in Style!


If you want to see how to make this please go to Clear Dollar Stamps blog – Clearly iStamp where I have a tutorial posted.


1) Sweet Sketch Wednesday129-33 – Use the sketch provided



Brrrthday Snowman Digital Stamp

Patterned Paper – (I used All MyMemories – Birthday Boy Design 3, Design 4)



square or postage stamp punch

1/4 inch Score-Tape

pop dots


Wrap it in Style with gift bags!


If you want close-ups and how-to check out my tutorial at Clear Dollar Stamps blog.

Also have the announcement for the blog hop from last Sunday

We have a winner for our Sunday Blog Hop!

Our winner is:

Carla of Carla’s Stamping Spot, chosen from Sara’s blog, Sara’s Sugar and Spice.

Please contact Cassie at to claim your $25 gift code for digital images!


1) Mojo Monday Sketch #216 – Use the sketch provided

2) Bows and Berries Challenge #14 – Tags

3) My Partner in Crafting Crime Challenge #36 – Christmas Tags

4) Stamps R Us – Bring on the Bling!!


Stocking Bag

Christmas Cuties Colored Stamp

Christmas Cuties Colored Tags

Strawberry Jam Twine

Tombow Marker – black N15

EK Success Scallop Punch

Martha Stewart dotted scallop corner set punch

Versa Magic Black Ink pad

Pop dots


Patterned Paper

Kraft med size bag

Inspired by Tuesday Morning Sketches #117

Toasty Bears Bag

1/2 inch score-tape

1/4 inch score-tape

Medium size white craft bag


Toasty Bears Digital Image

Pop dots


circle punches


I Believe Bag

I Believe Digital Image

Circle punchs

Strawberry Jam Twine

Patterned Paper – American Crafts (Holly Day Santa Claus), We R Memory (Peppermint Twist)

White medium size paper bag

Inspired by Mojo Monday Sketch #216

Thank you my friend


For Fun Challenge this week were being thankful- Make a Thank you card. I decided to do a thank you card for a friend. This image is called Sharing a Rainy Day by The Paper Shelter can be used for so many different cards. This time I made it into a Thank You card. I have not come up with the perfect sentiment inside but something to do about always being there rain or shine. Or helping me weather the storm.

For playing in the challenge this week The Paper Shelter is offering a $15.00 Gift Certificate to one lucky winner. Winner will be announced on Wednesday at For Fun Challenges.


1) For Fun Challenge – thank you card.

2) Heart Song Inspirations Challenge #25 –  A circle card or a thank you card (or you can do both in one card!!) You have until Sunday, 1127, 2011 at 6:00pm

3) Catch the Bug Challenge – Give Thanks

4) Crafty Creations Challenges #145 – Thanks/Gratitude

5) The Pink Elephant (TPE126) – Giving Thanks


Stamps/Images: Sharing a Rainy Day by The Paper Shelter

Cardstock/Paper: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – K&Company (Day Dreams)

Inks/Markers: Tombow Markers (brown 947,899/ orange 933/ green 133/ pink 703/ Grey N45/ Blue 491,565)

Accents/Tools: Coluzzle circle cutter, chipboard, pop dots

Celebrate Life blog hop!


Today at Clear Dollar Stamps we are remembering our crafting sister, Katie Renz, who lost her battle with cancer on Nov. 7, 2011. After a year of sharing her cancer journey on her blog with all of us she is finally pain free and in a peaceful rest. The blog world will miss her. The crafting world has a hole that no one else can fill. But we can find JOY during this time of grief in knowing that if we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior then we will have eternal life with him.

As you hop through each blog you will see how Katie has touched each one of us in her special way. Some were blessed with knowing her for awhile and some only got a glimpse of what Katie brought to Clear Dollar Stamps. I was one that didn’t get to know her but I couldn’t help but care for her as I watched and listened to how much the other DT girls loved her.

Today we are Celebrating the Inspiration of Katie by “casing” or “lifting” a card or project done by Katie. It didn’t take me long to see that Katie was the queen of making projects that were easy gift ideas. This is where my inspiration came from for my project to CELEBRATE how I was INSPIRED by Katie!

Inside the cards some are left blank and others have “Thinking of you” and “Happy Birthday”. This is a gift for the owner of the Jazzercise I go to! This stamp was perfect.

Look familiar? I got this ideal from several of Katie’s creations.

I just left the handle off and resized it.

Katie liked doing the 3 x 3 note cards in a matching box. I made mine the regular size of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and made them all the same just in different colors. If you want the pattern and instructions on how to make this come back on Thursday and Friday as I will be doing a “Special Holiday Gift Packaging Tutorial”

Thanks Katie for the inspiration!

I hope you started at the beginning of the blog hop so you could see all the wonderful creations that were INSPIRED by Katie. If not you will want to start at Lori’s Blog – Clearly iStamp. If you have been hopping along you should of came from Jerusha’s Blog – I Love Paper Crafting. To keep you hopping along you will go to Shell’s Blog – Shell’s Stuff next.

If you would like to donate to the Renz family to help out her husband, Kevin, please go to Operation Renz Family. With Christmas right around the corner I’m sure he could use the help.

Please go here to read more about this fundraiser!! And the awesome stamps you can BUY with all the proceeds going to Katie’s family!


Stamps/Images: Let Us Gobble Together @

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Papers – For the box I used Paper Salon (stiched harlequin) and Berry Blast Cardstock, for the cards I used misc from my scrap drawers.

Inks/Markers: The stamp was printed on cardstock, cut out and then paper pieced. I did color in the feet, knees and beak. (red 856, orange 933, brown 947)

Accents/Tools: computer, canon inkjet printer, pop dots, xyron “x” sticker maker, 1/4 in score-tape, Scor-Pal Multiple Scoring Tablet,

Techniques: CASE or LIFT, 3-D project

So Very Thankful


Digi My World Digital Stamp

We are having Thanksgiving at my Father-in-laws with his new wife and family so I thought I would give this card to them as a thank you for hosting all of us.


1) Digi My World Challenge #6 – Giving Thanks. Dates: Nov 9th through Nov 22  Theme: Giving Thanks
In order to enter, you MUST use a Digi My World image.

2) Paper Playtime Challenge #61 – Say it with a sentiment and have a stamped image on the card.

I used digital stamps hope that fits the challenge

3) Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #66 – Give Thanks.

4) Card Makin Mamas Challenge #33 – Be Thankful

5) The Pink Elephant (TPE126) – Giving Thanks.

** Special Note **

Come back tomorrow for a blog hop to remember Katie Renz who lost her battle with cancer.


Stamps/Images: Thankful Givings Pre-colored digital stamp from Digi My World

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – EK Success Inspirables (Harvest Flower & Harvest Donut)

Inks/Markers: Canon Ink Jet Printer (pre-colored images)

Accents/Tools: Cricut, Feb 2011 SVG Card File, ribbon, button from my stash, pop dots, 1/4 inch score tape

November Blog Hop at Clear Dollar Stamps!!


Welcome to Clear Dollar Stamps Monthly Blog Hop.  If you are just joining us head on over and start at the beginning on Lori’s Blog. If you just came from Jerusha’s Blog I love Paper Crafting  you are in the right spot. For hopping along with us One lucky winner will receive a $25 Clear Dollar Stamps gift certificate for  digital images!   The Winner will be randomly chosen from comments received on a DT member’s blog. The winner will be announced on my Blog and the CDS blog  Thursday, October 20th.

INSIDE: I’m thankful for you, my Prince Charming.

The theme is THANKFUL

Yes, a frog can be a “thank you” card….read on! I had already done several cards with a fall theme so I decided I would do a “thankful/thank you” .  I decided I wanted to do a “thankful/thank you” card for my husband. I wanted to surprise him with a little gift (peanut brittle) and a card to let him know that even though life gets busy and hectic I’m thankful for his love and acts of kindness he does. Sometimes we forget to tell the ones that are the closest to us because we KNOW they love us and will be there.  So if you haven’t told the ones closest to you that you are THANKFUL for them now is the time to do just that!

I wanted an image that was masculine that would show love. When I saw this digital frog stamp that is part of the Un-Frog-ettable Digital Image I knew it would be perfect for a “prince”. I colored in the frog and cut out the apple and gave the stamp a whole new look. I followed Tuesday Morning Sketches #120 and turned it on it’s side. I needed a border and since I didn’t have a heart border I made one! I had a heart punch so I punched out a heart and used it as a template. I like how it turned out. My friend Stephanie came to the rescue again with another cute sentiment for my card. I thank God for bringing her in my life….hmmm…guess it is time to make her a card to make sure she knows how much I appreciate her!! And to top off this card it is made with ALL scraps except for the base of the card!

This is the end of the hop and so glad you made it here!! Thanks for taking 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!


Oh we are having a special hop this Tuesday in memory of our fellow DT member and friend Katie Renz. Hope you will stop by THIS Tuesday, 11/22/11.


1) Tuesday Morning Sketches – sketch 120 (TMS120) – Use the sketch provided as inspiration!

2) Card Makin Mamas Challenge #33 – Thank you or Thankful Cards

3) Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge (PC66)– Give Thanks

4) Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #139 – Boy oh Boy!! For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project with a boy/man on it! How easy is that?!? Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing!


Stamps/Images: Un-Frog-ettable digital image @

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Papers – misc from my scrap drawers

Inks/Markers: Tombow (green 126, blue 535)

Accents/Tools: Marvy – heart punch

Challenge time at Clear Dollar Stamps!!


It is time for Challenge #40 at Clearly iStamp. The challenge is Flowers — Let’s see some flowers!

This is my take on the challenge:

I decided to let my paper take care of the flower requirement and then I went with a coffee theme friendship card.

So I went into the store the other day to look for brown bags (which if you come back on Thanksgiving and Black Friday you will see why) and what did I find? The cutest paper pad!! Now understand I don’t normally buy paper pads because I was spoiled working at a store and getting to choose what I wanted to buy. Plus I think paper was thicker 6 + years ago. But this paper was soooo cute and had sooo many possibilities and I had a coupon so I HAD to get it! You understand, right?!! So the cute paper pad is the 8×8  Modern Homemaker by October Afternoon.

For playing with us you will have a chance to win a $10 gift certificate for stamps or digis or the November featured digi image. For more information on the rules go here.

** Also don’t forget to come back Sunday for our Blog Hop at Clear Dollar Stamps. You will have another chance at winning some cool prizes.


1) Clearly Inspired Challenge (CIC40) – Flowers!! Any how or any way just so there are flowers on your project.

2) Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #143 (sssc143) – Use the sketch provided.


Stamps/Images: CDSLWKitchenClutterDigiCOLOR @
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – October Afternoon (Modern Homemaker 8×8)
Inks/Markers: Canon Ink Jet printer – pre-colored digital stamp
Accents/Tools: glossy accents, lasting impressions brads, rick rack, pop dots, 1/8 scor-tape

Recipe time at For Fun Challenges!!


We are cooking up some fun at For Fun Challenges by using Clear Dollar Stamps in our recipe for making a card this week. That’s right we have a recipe for you to follow when making your card this week.

Use must have the following in the amount shown on your card:

1 Food

2 Patterned Papers

3 Buttons, brads or eyelets.

Here is my sample:


1) For Fun Challenges – follow the recipe!

****Guest DT Opportunity***

If you would like to be a Guest DT member at For Fun Challenges

please email Helen at for fun with no spaces please.

Or you can email me at


Stamps/Images: Candy Cane Poem Colored Digital Image and Candy Cane Poem Digital Image @

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – American Crafts (The Goods – yule and Poinsettia)

Inks/Markers: canon inkjet printer

Accents/Tools: brads, decorative scissors, pop dots

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