Let’s hear it for the boys!


Today at For Fun Challenges we want to see Masculine Birthday cards. The cards can be for any age as long as they are masculine.

We are sponsored by The Digi Garden so come play with us for a change to win 6 Digi Garden images of the winner’s choic. I played with the image  Skateboarder.

I think the card turned out pretty good but think I can do better so I will be playing with him again soon. I loved this paper and realized that I need to get more “manly” papers as I was limited. I love my Cricut Cartridge – Elegant Edges that I got for Christmas. Doesn’t that oval frame scream gears/boy/masculine!! Love it!!


1) Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #151 (TESC151) – follow the sketch provided. You have till Thursday, February 9th to play.

2) Heart Song Inspiration Challenge #33 – Brads and/or Buttons


Stamps/Images: Skate Boarder by The Digi Garden

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill (Beetle Black), Scenic Route (Cape Town)

Inks/Markers: Tombow markers (green 098, Red 856, gray n55, n45, black n15, brown 947, 899, blue 535)

Accents/Tools: black brads, Cricut, Elegant edges,

Down at the Funny Farm….


We sing ei-ei-ei-o!!

I’m being silly but that is where we went at For Fun Challenges this week….The Farm! How ever you want to interpret it is up to you. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. ***If you want to be a Guest DT member at For Fun Challenges leave me a comment letting me know!***

We are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps. The random picked winner will win 7  Free Images!! Today I used Bobblehead Greetings – Hogs and Kisses

A girl at work buys my cards and will put in orders when she needs a special one. Her grandma-in-law is 88 years old and loves pigs. So that was her request for a Valentine’s Card and this is what I came up with. She loved it so that is all that matters!


1) For Fun Challenges – Down at the Farm

2) Catch the Bug Challenge – A sketch challenge. Use the sketch provided as inspiration.


Stamps/Images: Bobblehead Animal Greetings – Hogs and Kisses at Bugaboo Stamps

Cardstock/Papers: Chatterbox, Bazzill Cardstock

Inks/Markers: printed on my computer

Accents/Tools: heart punch, EK Success edge punch, brads

Techniques: Paper Piecing

A little black Dress is all you need….


to make this super cute and fun Valentine Mini Album/Coupon Book.

I made this 6 x 6 album completely out of Basic Grey’s Little Black Dress 6 x 6 Paper Pad. If you don’t have this paper pad it is a MUST!! It made it so easy and fun to create this. I also loved how it was romantic but easily made manly all at the same time!

If you want to see how I made it and each page please go to the tutorial at Clear Dollar Stamps.

Pg 5 -6


1) Catch the Bug Challenge – Stella Says Sketch #102 – Use the sketch provided as inspiration.

2) Card Makin Mamas – Something Old Challenge.  The photo corner is from an EK punch haven’t used in Ever. Clear photo corners  (I used 3 on the coupons so they are easy to get out) – I bought them over 10 years ago and still have the same box. Heart punch doesn’t get used a lot.

3) Crafty Creations Challenge #153 – Valentine.

4) Paper Playtime – Challenge #65 – Tags and sentiment.

5) Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #123 – Make a Heart stand out. I put a heart on each page as a constant that each page had.

6) Creative Craft World – Mini Challenge – We are looking for anything mini for this challenge, so a card, tag, mini book, 6×6 scrapbook LO or similar. To see each page go to www.clearlyistamp.typepad.com

I want to thank the following for giving me inspiration for the pages:

Pg 1 – 2 (Inspired by the Bugaboo Birthday Celebration Sketch)

Pg 3 – 4 (Inspired by Card Positioning Systems Card Sketch #251)

Pg 5 – 6 (Inspired by Bugaboo Stella Says Sketch #102)

Pg 7 – 8 (Inspired by Tuesday Morning Sketches #127)

Pg 9 – 10 (Inspired by Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #141)

Pg 11 – 12 (Inspired by Clearly Inspired Challenge #30 Sketch)

Pg 13 – 14 (Inspired by Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #139)

Pg 15 – 16 (Inspired by Tuesday Morning Sketches by Melissa Craig)

Pg 17 – 18 (Inspired by Stamptacular Sunday Sketch Challenge #119)

Pg 21 – 22 (Inspired by Crafty Creations Challenge #131)

A retro girly kind of Valentine!


One of the girls I work with buys my cards and she put in an order for 3 cards. She wanted one for her niece, one for her grandma (must have a pig and I have one in mind!) and one for her girlfriend. Her girlfriend is married so I couldn’t do a funny one about boys so this is what I came up with. I hope she likes it.

This was my first attempt at making ANY homemade flowers. I saw on Paper Variety these fan fold flowers so I found a tutorial and tried them. I do recommend a cardstock weight paper otherwise it tears and crinkles easy. This technique is what totally inspired this card. Thanks!!


1) Tuesday Morning Sketches – Sketch #129 – Follow the sketch provided.

2) Totally Paper Crafts – MAKE YOUR OWN FLOWERS 🙂  You can use Punches, Die Cuts, Hand Cut etc …

3) January Card Challenge at scrapbook.com – Photo Inspiration challenge. Use the photo provided as inspiration.

4) The Paper Variety – Use a fan fold embellishment on your creation

5) January Use your Scraps at scrapbook.com – 85% of your project must be from scraps. The black and white paper is the only not scrap thing!


Stamps/Images: Sentiment done on my computer, Czaristite font

Cardstock/Papers: misc scraps, Cardstock – Bazzill White, Black & White paper – Reminisce (Basic Pinstripe)

Accents/Tools: misc brads, tacky tape, heart punches,

Techniques: Fan fold flowers

Pretty Pastels Everywhere…


The challenge at the Clear Dollar Stamps blog is  Pastel Colors — Let’s stick to all pastels and see what we can come up with!

Pastels is not something I normally use so this was a challenge for me! This stamp came out as a digital stamp this month, Bunny Wabbit and I knew it would be perfect for pastels. I first started out thinking it would be an Easter Card but when I got it all together it felt more like a Baby Card so that is what I made them into. Isn’t that patterned paper just totally cool?! It is digital paper by our talented artist True. These papers are from two paper packs, True-ly Sweet Dots and True-ly Sweet Dots(2).

I hope you will come play with us at Clearly iStamp Challenge #44. The challenge runs till Feb 2nd.


1) Clearly iStamp Challenge #44 – Use Pastel colors as your main focus.

2) Card Patterns Sketch #148 – Use the sketch provided.

3) Stamps R Us Challenge Blog – Make a card for a kid.

4) Robyns Fetish Challenge #90 – Animals.

5) Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #122 – Use something new.  The images and paper are new!


Stamps/Images: CDSBunnyWabbit Digital Stamp
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill (white), Patterned Paper – True-ly Sweet Dots Digital Paper, True-ly Sweet Dots(2) Digital Paper
Inks/Markers: Tombow (pink 761, gray N55, brown 947), Sentiment printed on computer
Accents/Tools: brads, pop dots, rick rack, prima flowers, gems, Cricut, Basic George cartridge, Elegant edges cartridge

We have a winner!!

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The winner of this past Sunday’s Clear Dollar Stamps Blog Hop is


Please come back tomorrow for a new challenge at http://www.clearlyistamp.typepad.com


Brighten someone’s day….


Today’s challenge at For Fun Challenge is to do a card to make someone feel better/Get Well.  I was so happy to have this as a challenge as I was out of these cards and was needing some. We also have a brand new sponsor for us and I have to say that I love her images, Dearie Dolls Digital Stamps.

This past weekend I got to play in my craft room ALL weekend long and it was so nice. And Saturday was one of those “everything goes right” craft days and it was just FUN to play and make stuff. I ended up coloring two of the stamps the sponsor sent us to play with and BOTH colored up nice. So I got out my list of challenges and started to “challenge myself” and love love love the outcome.

This card came about because of the color challenge at The Play Date Cafe. They challenged to use Burgundy, gold and plum. I got out my scraps and found colors that matched the challenge. I  colored my image, Cat Nurse from Dearie Dolls,  to match. I then used sketch #15 at Fetch a Sketch Challenge. And then I had this pretty cool looking card (at least to me!).


1) For Fun Challenge – Get Well/Hope you feel better/Cheer up

2) Fetch a Sketch Challenge #15 – Use the sketch provided.

3) The Play Date Cafe Challenge #114 (pdcc114) – Use the colors Burgundy, Gold and Plum.

4) CAS-ual Fridays – CFC35:  Create a Clean And Simple project with scallops! This one I made the scallops out of circles.

INSIDE: Sending you Sunshine and Smiles

On this I used Dearie Dolls Birdies Daisy’s Digital Stamp. I did one with a grey bird and then did one with a brown bird. They both came out cute so I decided to make two cards.

I was trying to decide what to put on the inside of the card and when I look at this image it reminds me of Sunshine which makes me smile. So sometimes when your “blue” you just need some sunshine and smiles to cheer you up.  This card was totally inspired by Stamptacular Sketch Challenge #146 on Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. I didn’t get it done in time to submit it but it was based off that sketch. I found this perfect paper in my stash and built the card off the paper and sketch. I love love how this turned out. It was just a good craft day..


1) For Fun Challenges – Get Well/Hope you feel better/Cheer up

2) Use your Scraps @ scrapbook.com – 85% of your project must be from scraps. Everything is scraps except for one red cardbase and the striped paper on both cards. Yes, I have 12 x 12 drawers of each color just filled with scraps. I won’t run out of paper any time soon!!

3) Totally Paper Crafts Challenge #99 – spots and stripes!

4) Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #70 – So, in honor of “Bird Day” for this challenge we want to see your birds!! Any king of bird you want!!

If you want to be a Guest Designer at For Fun Challenges leave me message in the comments.


Cat Nurse – Get Well

Stamps/Images: Cat Nurse @ www.deariedollsdigistamps.com

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill (Purple Pizzazz, Beeswax), Patterned Paper – American Crafts (rudolph), Kaiser Craft (Hop)

Inks/Markers: Tombow (pink 761, purple 636, 603, red 847, gray N45)

Accents/Tools: brads, 3/4 circle punch

Sunshine & Smiles

Stamps/Images: Dearie Dolls Birdies Daisys @ http://www.deariedollsdigistamps.com

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill (Lava), Patterned Paper – Bo Bunny (Flower Child Stripe), Jellibean Soup

Inks/Markers: Tombow (yellow 055, brown 947, green 126, gray N55, red 856)

Accents/Tools:  pop dots, Cricut, Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge

Jan 2012 Digital Release Day with Clear Dollar Stamps


The Digital Stamp Artists at Clear Dollar Stamps have been cranking out some amazing stamps for us to play with. It was hard just picking one or two to showcase as there was a TON I wanted to play with. Darn life wouldn’t give me enough time to play with them all at once. So I picked two stamp sets but if you want to see the whole collection go to the CDS blog Clearly iStamp and they will displayed there.

The first one I will show you is Toucans of Love Digital Stamp. Of course I had to change it up a bit to show you how versatile they can be and made mine to be about friendship. The original stamp has one bird with eye lashes and one bird without. So I researched and found that in only certain species can you tell the difference between a male and female by looking at it. I then asked the artist, Laurie Wilson,  if it would be okay to make it two girls for friendship and she said, “of course!” So then I sweet talked my hubby into adding eyelashes in Photoshop to the bird on the right. My husband keeps telling me he is going to get a shirt made that says, “My wife only loves me for my photoshop skills!!” I laugh and tell him it’s not the ONLY reason but it sure helps! (just kidding!) Okay back to telling you about the stamp….this stamp comes with the cutest digital paper. It made this card come together quick and so perfectly. Of course my new Cricut cartridge, Elegant Edges, I got for Christmas helped too….see the frame around the stamp…cute, huh!? I followed the Mojo Monday #218 sketch. This stamp comes pre-colored (like I used) or in outlines so you can color it.

Oh, and if you aren’t into digitals or just want the Acrylic stamp version we have that too!


1) Alphabet Challenge Blog – Y for You choose – anything goes!

2) Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #70 – So, in honor of “Bird Day” for this challenge we want to see your birds!! Any king of bird you want!!

So the second stamp I’m going to show you is Loving Critter’s Digital Stamp which comes in pre-colored or in outlines so you can color it yourself. This one is so fun that I ended up making 3 cards with it and would have made more but I stopped myself! The first card I showed on Sunday during the blog hop as a preview. So now I will show you the other two I made.

I found this paper in my stash and knew it was perfect for the cute pig in the blue sweater (it comes this way as a pre-colored image)! I followed the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday #135 for the design of the card.


I didn’t want this cute lamb (pre-colored) to be left out so I started to play and this is what I ended up with. Of course it was after slicing my finger open on my cutter! I do not recommend sewing after you have sliced open your index finger! My friend Stephanie surprised me with a Sew Easy for Christmas and she totally spoiled me and got me the WHOLE thing! I’m am truly spoiled! I used a card sketch from a card challenge at Scrapbook.com. I used my Cricut to cut out the letters for “Love Ewe”. The paper comes with the stamp…cute huh!?!


1) Card Makin Mamas – We want to see either a New Year card or some thing NEW that you received recently. Let’s show off our new goodies.  The stamp is new and so is the Sew Easy I got for Christmas.

I hope you will go check out the rest of the new releases and this barely touches the cuteness that she released this month.

Thanks for stopping by.


Toucans of Love

Stamps/Images: Toucans of Love @ http://www.cleardollarstamps.com
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill. Patterned Papers – toucans of love digital paper @ clear dollar stamps
Inks/Markers: Pre-colored digital stamp printed on Canon inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: Cricut, George & Basic Shapes cartridge, Elegant Edges cartridge

Hog Wild

Stamps/Images: Loving Critters COLOUR @ http://www.cleardollarstamps.com
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – Reminisce (Love Infinity)
Inks/Markers: Pre-Colored Digital stamp printed on Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: Ribbon, heart template, paper piercer

Love Ewe

Stamps/Images: Loving Critters COLOUR @ http://www.cleardollarstamps.com
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – Clear Dollar Stamps Loving Critters Digital Paper
Inks/Markers: Pre-colored Digital stamps printed on Canon Inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: Cricut, Signo White Pen, decorated scissors, Clear Dollar Stamps Pinked Edge Border Die, Sew Easy Zig Zag, red floss, pop dots

3rd Sunday so time to Hop at Clear Dollar Stamps



Welcome to the first Clear Dollar Stamps blog hop of 2012!! If you are just joining us head on over and start at the beginning on Lori’s Blog. If you just came from Shell’s Blog – Shell’s Stuff  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, January 19th.

THEME:   “I {heart} U”

Oh there are so many cute images coming out on Tuesday that I just couldn’t wait to play with them. So I’m showing you a sneak peak at Loving Critters Digital Image (but it is already sold as a clear stamp.) Doesn’t he just say “I love you” with that big heart on his sweater!?! I used the digital paper that comes with the pre-colored images so I had a perfect match. I then used my Sizzix Love Set embossing folders to give the white cardstock some texture. Love is in the air….I can feel it!! I used a Tuesday Morning Sketch for inspiration on the design.

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!

**Don’t forget to come back on Tuesday as we will be releasing ALL the new January Digital Stamps.**


1) January Card Challenge @ scrapbook.com – Theme: Valentine’s Day.

2) Crafty Creations Challenge #152 – The challenge this week is SOMETHING NEW!  Use a NEW tool, stamp, embellishment, paper, or even a new (to you) technique!  The embossing folder is new from a year ago but I have never used it! Thanks for the inspiration to use it! The digi image is new….actually not even released till Tuesday!

3) Stamps R UsWhat You Got For Christmas or Anything Goes! The embossing folder is new from a year ago but I have never used it! Thanks for the inspiration to use it! The digi image is new….actually not even released till Tuesday!

4) The Pink Elephant  Challenge #130 – Hearts


Stamps/Images: Loving Critters COLOUR digital image @ http://www.cleardollarstamps.com
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – Digital Paper from Loving Critters Digital Stamp
Inks/Markers: Pre-colored digital stamp printed on Canon Inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: Clear Dollar Stamps Scalloped Edge Border Die, small heart punch, Sizzix Love Set embossing folders
Inspiration: Tuesday Morning Sketches #127





This will be one of the cards that will be made at my church card class that I teach. I will have insides that say “Happy Anniversary” or “Happy Valentine’s Day” or they can leave it blank.


1) Card Patterns Sketch #147 – Use the sketch provided. I turned the sketch on its side and instead of buttons used letters instead.

2) January Card Challenge @ scrapbook.com – Theme challenge – Valentine’s Day.

3) The Pink Elephant Challenge 130 (TPE130) – Hearts


Stamps/Images: Hearts cut on Cricut using Basic George Cartridge, small hearts using a punch

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – Reminisce (Love Infinity)

Accents/Tools: black pen, paper piercer, lasting impressions stiching template, pop dots

Don’t forget to stop by on Sunday as Clear Dollar Stamps will have their Monthly Blog Hop!!

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