Buttons, Buttons and more Buttons!


Time to get out the button jars and USE THEM!!

I love collecting them because they look so darn cute in jars but I rarely use them!

Today at For Fun Challenge we are sponsored by Clear Dollar Stamps!

Hope you will come play with us at For Fun Challenges! You have till Tuesday April 3, 2012 to enter.

You will have the chance to win a $15.00 store credit from Clear Dollar Stamps.


1) For Fun Challenges – Buttons (more than one!!)

2) Card Makin Mamas – Buttons

3) Lily Pad – The Stamps of Life Presents Virginia’s View Challenge – Use the photo provided as inspiration. My inspiration came from the different colored buttons.


Stamps/Images: CDSDABabyBlessings @ Clear Dollar Stamps
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – My Mind’s Eye (Everyday Flair)
Inks/Markers: Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: floss, buttons, scor-tape, sqaure punch, Black Versa Magic Ink

Inspiration came from Sept 2011 Page Maps – card sketches

Liebster Blog Award


I just received this award from Barb
and had no idea what it meant.
Then I read further….
Well, so with that…
‘Liebster’ in German means ‘dearest’,
The idea of the award is to draw attention to blogs with less than 200 followers and pass the award on to 5 other bloggers all in the spirit of fostering new connections.
The rules for the award are :
1. Show your appreciation to the person who gave it to by thanking them and linking back to their blog.
2. Post the award to your blog.
3. Give the award to 5 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) that you appreciate and follow.
4. Leave a comment to the 5 bloggers to let them know you have chosen them for the award.
So I have some ‘thank you’s to give…
Thank you Barb for giving me this award
Now in light of keeping this Award going, I would like to give this award to :
For being an amazing DT coordinator and putting up with me!!
Thank you for your wonderful friendship! Also the encouragement you give by
never giving up and doing all you can do even when you don’t feel good.
It has been so fun getting to know you!
I love your loyalty. I just love that you play in For Fun Challenges ALL the time.
It has been fun getting to know you.
It was fun having you on the For Fun Challenge DT and getting to know you!
Maybe this will push you back onto the computer!! 🙂
For all of you I enjoy looking at your creations and are inspired by your creative ways! Thank you for being a part of my stamping world! How lucky I am to have met you all online!

Yee haw!!


Time to dust off the boots and head down to the ranch! We are going “Western” down at the For Fun Challenge Ranch!!


1) Cute Card Thursday  Challenge #208 – Happy Birthday

2) Totally Paper Crafts Challenge #108 – Male Card

3) For Fun Challenges – Western

4) Paper Playtime Challenge #70 – For the Guys & include a sentiment.

5) Dude Time Doodles – All about cowboys


Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – Cosmo Cricket (Buffalo Bill, Doc Holiday, Gingerbread)

Inks/Markers: Sentiment printed on Canon Inkjet printer (font: Rosewood Std Regular size 28)

Accents/Tools: EK Success Square punch (1 1/4, 1 1/8), twine

One stamp with many uses and paper Calla Lilies


If you want to see how I made these please go see the tutorial I did at Clear Dollar Stamps.


1) Creative Inspirations Challenge #154 – Something for Mum!

2) Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Challenge #131With the change of seasons this week, handcraft a card/project showing something related to the new season.

I did flowers as they are blooming with spring being here and an Easter Card (purple one)

3) Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #90 – This week, our challenge is “spring cleaning.” Use items from your stash that you’ve been hoarding.

Omg!! This challenge was perfect for me! As you can tell from the pictures most everything is SEVERAL YEARS OLD. Chatterbox paper….isn’t even made anymore! Oh either is the corner punch I used from EK success. Oh and the patterned paper of the Mother’s Day card is also YEARS old. As my husband says I don’t have a craft room…. I have a craft store!! But you just never know when you will need it and today’s cards are a perfect example of that!

Spring is in the Air!!


It is the 3rd Sunday of March so it is time to hop around and see all the wonderful SPRING cards that the Design Team made.

If you are just joining us head on over and start at the beginning on Lori’s Blog. If you just came from Deanne’s Blog – Three Tree {paper} Creations 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, March 22, 2012.

You know stress is not good for creativity. I have had most of the day to craft and I was so worried that I wasn’t going fast enough to get it all done that I started stressing….you know that didn’t go well. But I am finally happy with this card. I stuck to the traditional Easter card for a Spring theme. I used the cute digital stamp Triple Chicks. Yes, I still have that paper from YEARS ago. I love doodlebug so I wouldn’t use it unless it was perfect! This was actually a piece of scraps I had. Come to think of it the card is all scraps except for the green card base.

Your next stop on the hop is Linda’s Blog – The Stamper’s Touch.

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!

***SPECIAL NOTE: Please come back to the CDS Blog on Tuesday as I will be doing a tutorial!!


1) Taylored Expression Sketch #154 (TESC154) – Use the sketch provided. You have till Thursday, March 22nd to play.

2) The Pink Elephant Challenge #139 – Use the photo provided as inspiration.  The photo was about Easter and several different colors together….and that is what I got from the inspiration photo.


Stamps/Images: Triple Chicks Digital Image @ Clear Dollar Stamps

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill (Green -Parakeet), Patterned Paper – Doodle Bug

Inks/Markers: Pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer

Accents/Tools: Fiskars threading water punch, pop dots

Inspiration: Taylored Expressions Sketch #154

Digital Stamp Day at Clear Dollar Stamps!


Yep, it is the 15th of the month so it is time to release some really cute images that I’m sure you will love as much as I do!

For my first card I used Tulip Wreath Digital Image

As soon as I saw the stamp my head started swarming with all the different card ideals I could do with this. I actually have another one I would like to try soon if I could ever find the time. This card was inspired by Laura Bassen at CASE Study Challenge….. check out her amazing inspirational piece that was the focus of Challenge #80. This was also HEAVILY inspired by my friend Stephanie!! I’m so glad God brought us together. She challenges me and inspires me ALL the time and she still isn’t tired of me yet!! Thanks Stephanie!!

You can’t tell but the flowers are pop dotted off the white cardstock to give them more dimension in real life!

My second card I used Friend in Need Digital Image

I decided to make this a Congratulations type of card. The inside sentiment is “Follow Your Dreams (they know the way)” which I got from Ginger’s House (Jan 6, 2012 post) I love her word art and she also cracks me up with her funny stories! She has the gift of writing that is for sure. Check it out….and if you want a funny store read the March 12, 2012 entry but I must warn you it WILL CAUSE YOU TO LAUGH OUT LOUD!!!

I was struggling with a design for the card. So I went to Splitcoast Stampers and found the perfect inspiration at  bmbfield gallery  Check it out super cute card! Thanks for the inspiration.

There is a TON of CUTE releases so check them out at Clear Dollar Stamps!


Tulip Wreath Digital Stamp

Stamps/Images: Tulip Wreath @ Clear Dollar Stamps
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill
Inks/Markers: Tombow (Red 905, Pink 725, Turquoise 443, Green 126, Purple 665)
Accent/Tools: ribbon punch, pop dots

Friend in Need Digital Stamp

Stamps/Images: Friend in Need Digital Image @ Clear Dollar Stamps
Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper
Inks/Markers: Pre-colored Digital stamp
Accents/Tools: star punch, EK corner punch, Cricut, Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge, pop dots
Inspiration: bmbfield gallery on Splitcoast stampers
Inside: Follow Your Dreams (they know the way)

Circles everywhere!!


Today at For Fun Challenges we are challenging you have LOTS of circles on your project! Let’s see how many you can use. You can use paper with circles on it, embellishments in the shape of a circle or even scalloped circles. I have a total of 17 circles!!


1) For Fun Challenges – CIRCLES and lots of them!!

2) Stampin’ Sisters in Christ Create a card or project that uses both dark and light. Opposite colors; black/white, brown/ivory, deep blue/baby blue, red/pink etc.

I let the paper do the light and dark color combination. I hope that counts!

3) Day 8 at 365Cards – How do you feel about circles?  We want to see them all over your card. Specifically, let’s see a minimum of 10 circles. You can use circle punches, buttons, any round embellishments that pass as circles.

4) CAS-ual Fridays – CFC43: Clean And Simple creations with a Sentiment as the Focal Point. Hope this is CAS enough.

5) Daring Cardmakers – Challenge Tessellation –    create a card featuring a tessellating pattern. You can probably remember doing tessellation in math class at school right? Basically all you’re doing is making a pretty pattern with shapes that fit together perfectly on all sides, like tiling. It’s up to you how you interpret the dare so it could be a pattern on a paper already made or even a pattern you make yourself, have fun!

I hope the pattern of the quilt fits this. If not let me know and I will erase it from the challenge.


Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill (French Vanilla, other unknown Bazzill name), Patterned Paper – Jellibean Soup (Homemade 6 Bean Soup)

Accents/Tools: Cricut, Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge, floss, buttons, rick rack, 3/4″ EK Success circle punch

Inspiration: Stella Says Sketch #105 @ catchthebugblog.blogspot.com

May God’s love…



May God’s love

heal your sorrow, and may

His peace replace your

heartache with

warm and loving memories.

I made this card for a lady at church that needed a sympathy card for a friend. To get inspiration I started looking through my magazines and found my inspiration on Pg 123 of the Stampin Up Catalog (2012). Then I went to my favorite challenges and found two that had the color combo of black, grey, yellow. I thought those colors would make the perfect sympathy card. Here is my finished product. The flower is a stencil from Lasting Impressions and is dry embossed. Then you sand the paper to get that look on the flower. I used an Cuttlebug Embossing Folder on the grey piece and then sanded it since it was Coordination’s Cardstock.


1) Color Create Challenge – Challenge #91 – Yellow, Grey, Black and White

2) The Play Date Cafe (PDCC122) This week our suggested colors are:  Charcoal…Ash…Butter


Stamps/Images: L9490-DAISIES W/SWIRL LEAF and L9471 – HEARTS & FLOWERS – Lasting Impressions Stencils

Cardstock/Papers: Grey Coredinations core essential paper, Lasting Impressions paper (yellow, green)

Accents/Tools: gingham ribbon, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder – Emboss A2 Textile Texture, pop dots

Goofy and Pluto


Today at For Fun Challenges we are asking you to make a project that fits the theme: Cat or Dog. I decided to make a layout since my goal is to scrap at least one layout a month. Last year with getting on card making Design Teams I only completed three layouts so I didn’t want to do that again this year! But I am already behind since it is March! Oh well, at least I’m trying.

It didn’t say the dogs had to be real….and Goofy and Pluto are dogs so I went with it! You know me I have to be different. As the journaling says the colors are not the typical Goofy colors because he was in the Animal Kingdom. I was bummed as I had bought traditional Goofy embellishments and paper. Oh well, I still like how these colors worked together so nicely. It’s a simple layout but I like it.

Hope you will play with us this week and make a project featuring a cat or dog! You can make any project as long as it fits the theme!


1) For Fun Challenge – Cat or Dog


Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Paper – Echo Park (Playground), American Crafts (campy Trails- Cedar River Trail), My Minds Eye (Everyday Flair 6 x 6 paper pad)

Inks/Markers: VersaMagic Midnight Black, Pigma Micron black pen

Accents/Tools: Xyron X sticker maker, chipboard brackets used as template, Cricut, Disney Cricut Cartridge

Inspiration: This layout in Scrapbooks etc (Scrapbook Page Sketch 056) was what inspired this layout but had to squish it since I put it all on one page.

Anything Goes at Clearly Inspired Challenge #47


I love this image! It is so perfect for the Card Ministry I head up at church. This is another card I did to remind someone that we were praying for them and that God hears our prayers.

We might not always get the answer we want but we will always get the RIGHT answer. God created the universe so I’m sure he knows what the best answer is for us.

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