Clearly Digi Stamps Blog Hop Winner is….

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Remember we changed it up a bit and made it that EACH blog gets to pick a winner SO that means we have 8 winners!


Lisa – Melissa, Sunshine HoneyBee

Sarah – Edwina Brown

Cassie – Suzanne Roseberry, Zannie Berry

Deonna – Gail

Jen – Marsha, Grandma’s Room

Kathy – Sharon, Glitter Angel Art

Vickie – Kristi Daroci

Linda – Rhonda, Bumblebee Creations


Congrats everyone!! The DT member should be contacting you through email or your blog to get you your digital stamp set. If you haven’t heard from them please contact them on their blog!


Learning about Australia at For Fun Challenges

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Helen at For Fun Challenges pulled out a challenge for me this week! She challenged us to make anything that was inspired by Australia. Well, I want to go there so learning about is as close as I will get right now! I didn’t want to do the Kangaroo or Kola because I like to be different and I didn’t have any stamps that would work. So I started looking up facts about Australia. I learned the following:

Australia’s national floral emblem is the golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha Benth.). On August 19th, 1988 the Governor-General, the Rt Hon Sir Ninian M Stephen AK GCMG GCVO KBE, proclaimed the golden wattle as Australia’s national floral emblem. National Wattle Day is the first day of September.

I also thought about doing something with a crocodile on it but I will save that for another day! I also saw that the Australia Open is going on this week.  I decide to look for images of the Golden Wattle. I found one digital image that was free at JJDezignz.  I thought it would be perfect for a masculine sympathy card since it wasn’t a girly looking flower. What do you think….does it work for masculine or should I stick giving it to females since it has a flower on it?

Wattle Sympathy Card

I hope you take the challenge and push yourself to create a card inspired by Australia! I love how my card turned out….thanks for the push Helen.


1) For Fun Challenge – inspired by Australia


Stamp: Golden Wattle @ jjdezignz

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey

Accents/Tools: Martha Stewart border punch, brad, ribbon, pop dots, scor-tape

Something New…..going on at Clearly Digi Stamps



Something New is definitely going on at Clearly Digi Stamps. Not only is that our theme this month BUT we have a NEW prize for participating in the blog hop! Get this….all you do is leave comments on each members blog and then the Designer gets to pick a winner from their blog! The winner from each blog gets the digital stamp that the designer used! So that means with 8 Designers in this hop there will be 8 different winners!! How awesome is that?!! So leave me a comment (and your email) and you will have a chance to win the digital stamp I used…..Cheeps.

If you are just joining us head on over and start at the beginning on Lori’s Blog. If you just came from Jen’s Blog – Creating in Faith, Hope and Love you are in the right spot.

So you want to see my Something New Card?…..

Hanging by a twig (both)

Well, it is not a new stamp but it’s NEW to me because I haven’t been able to play with this digital stamp yet. Lisa Lara designed Cheeps and it was released in March 2012 at Clearly Digi Stamps. I can’t believe it has almost been out a YEAR and I’m just now getting to play with it. Not because I didn’t want to play with it just haven’t had time. So I’m glad Linda made the challenge this month to be SOMETHING NEW – this includes a digi stamp set that is new to you (meaning you’ve never used it), a new technique, a new color combo, new embellies you got for Christmas…anything that is NEW to you.

I picked this image because I thought it would make a good “Get Well” card for someone that had surgery. I’m so lucky to have a friend that is awesome at coming up with sentiments. I told her what my plans were for the card and she came up with the front and inside sentiment. Isn’t she awesome!! Thanks Stephanie!! So now it will go to a lady at church that had shoulder surgery.

Your next stop on the blog is Vicki – HeARTful Stamper.  Make sure to leave comments on each blog for a chance to win the image that Designer used!

Come back to my blog on Thursday, January 24, 2013, to see who wins this super cute digital stamp… just might be you (if you left a comment!)


1) Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Challenge #101 – use the sketch provided as inspiration

2) Daring Cardmakers Challenge – Embossability – use any kind of embossing

3) A Gem of a Challenge – Challenge #63 – Emboss it

4) Card Crafter’s Circle Challenge #58 – Layers (I have 6 not counting the paper piecing of the bird)

5) Totally Paper Crafts Challenge – Embossing

6) Crafts and Me Challenge #116 – Something New


Stamps/Images: Cheeps Digital Stamp @ Clearly Digi Stamps

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Simple Stories (Bingo Cards/Stripes)

Accents/Tools: The Paper Studio wood embossing template, pop dots, Martha Stewart border punch (flowers), Fiskars corner rounder

Techniques: paper piecing

Sketch: Try Stampin on Tuesday Challenge #101


Birthdays and Thank you’s

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It’s Digital Release Day at Clearly Digi Stamps (Clear Dollar Stamps).  I got to play with Dinosaurs and flowers….what could be better than that!! Glad they weren’t together as that might have been tough! But first off I played with Tiny Dinosaur’s Digital Stamp. I played with the outline version and actually colored it! I just could get the paper piecing to where I liked it with what I was doing. But the coloring turned out pretty good and I think goes good with a little boy birthday card!

Dino-mite day

Sketch: Simply Stampin Challenge (8/18/2012)


1) 2 Sisters Challenge #126 – Celebrations

I also got to play with one of Lisa’s stamps which I was excited to do. This stamp has been options and is very versatile. I already have an ideal that I want to try with the birthday version of this! Just need more time to play.

Flowers - Thank you


1) Fetch a Sketch #41 – Use the sketch as inspiration for your project.



Stamps: Tiny Dinos Digital Stamp
Cardstock: Bazzill (orange – Cheddar, green – classic yellowgreen)
Patterned Paper: BoBunny (U bug me collection)
Inks/Markers: Tombow (orange 933, green 173)
Accents/Tools: pop dots

Thank You

Stamps: Tic Tac Toe Fun
Cardstock: Bazzill (Lily Pond, Smoothie Berry Sensation, White)
Inks: pre-colored digital stamp printed on Canon inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: coluzzle, square coluzzle, pop dots, black pen

Graduation – Go confidently…

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Inside on left:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

I made two of these cards for the Card Ministry at my church. We have some graduates that will be acknowledged at church tomorrow so they will each get a card and gift card to the local Christian Book Store.

I used Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch #99 for my inspiration.


1) 2 Sisters Challenge #126 – Celebration

2) The Pink Elephant Challenge #181 – Celebration


Stickers: Reminisce (The Graduate)

Cardstock: Bazzill (white, raven)

Patterned Paper: TPC Studion (Grad Plaid, Valedictorian)

Accents/Tools: EK Success circle and scallop punch, Fiskars scallop punch,

Birds of a feather… flock together!


My cold must be getting to me! I feel cloggy and in a daze so not sure if I’m saying things right or not. But what I’m trying to say is the challenge at For Fun Challenge this week is BIRDS! In honor of National Bird Day which was Jan 5th. I think there is a holiday for anything we can think of! And if one holiday isn’t enough then wait till May and there is Bird Day!


Sketch used My Favorite Thing Wednesday Stamp Challenge #104 (MFTWSC104)



Cardstock: Bazzill – (French vanilla, raven (black), red)

Patterned Paper: Making Memories (love notes)

Accents/Tools: Spellbinders tab dies, pop dots, computer for sentiment

Trust in the Lord


Bird - Trust in the Lord

God is amazing. Here I was sick the past two days unable to craft projects that are now due. So I start panicking about how I’m going to get them done….so my solution is combine things…DT project with a get well card for a lady at church and so on. Well, should I work on this one or that one….which ones should be combined….can I work in some challenges. The devil loves to put those thoughts in my head because then I become overwhelmed and I have no creativity. Then I panic and go into “self” mode….ways to get it done in MY own power instead of relying on God.  So I finally decided on the bird image and this verse. This card wasn’t for someone in particular at this moment but knew it would be good to have on hand especially for the Card Ministry at Church. I read several scriptures from Clearly Digi Stamps (she is a Christian company and has lots to chose from) but God said “use this one”. So I printed it off and got to work.

It wasn’t till I was almost done and re-read it that it hit me this was PERFECT for a challenge I wanted to play in but didn’t think I had time to….because I can’t play for fun when I have DT projects due. So then I was in a dilemma again….do I play in the challenge at Word Art Wednesday or do I save it for my DT project? God told me to play and trust him….he has something else in mind for the DT project.  This card was made so I would TRUST in his plan that he has for me and STOP trying to do it MY WAY and IN MY OWN power. The funny thing is the verse is about TRUST and so is the challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Don’t you just love how God will meet us where we are at and get through to us even if it is in a crafty way….card making.

So this card is for the challenge but most importantly it is a reminder for me to TRUST in him for everything…even design team projects!

Come back Wednesday to see what God wanted me to make for the challenge at For Fun Challenge.


1) Word Art Wednesday Challenge #61 – Trust

2) Sketch Saturday Challenge #240 – Use the sketch provided for inspiration


Stamps: For the Birds Color Digital  and Image Value Verses 1 Digital Image @ Clearly Digi Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Chatter Box
Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet printer
Accents: pop dots, brad, mat board, cricut, Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge

Christian Sympathy


heartfelt sympathy - both

This was made for the card ministry at my church. A lady just lost her husband yesterday so we will send her this card.


1) Day 305@365Cards – Use the sketch as your inspiration

2) Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #108 – Use your favorite embellishment. I love brads and WAY TOO MANY!!


Stamps: Christian Sympathy Digital Image @ Clearly Digi Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: digital paper included in Christian Sympathy Digital Image
Inks: pre-colored image printed on Canon ink-jet printer
Accents/Tools: brads

Have a doggone terrific Valentine’s Day!


Grandson Valentines

I just love love this image, Mr. Spike, and how Laurie at Clearly Digi Stamps colored it for us!

I decided to make a Valentine’s card that I could sell at work or the retirement home (now that I’m learning what type of cards they want).  I used Sketch Saturday Week #239 sketch for my design.

**UPDATE** I was randomly picked at Sketch Saturday with this card and won a prize from The Craft Barn!!***


1) Clearly Inspired Challenge #66 – Puppy Love

2) Sketch Saturday Week #239 – use the sketch as inspiration


Stamps/Images: Mr Spike Digital Stamp @ Clearly Digi Stamps (Clear Dollar Stamps)
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Pebbles Inc (Dog Stripes)
Inks: pre-colored image printed on Canon Inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: Cricut, Basic George Cricut Cartridge, heart punch, small corner rounder

Something new for the New Year!


Its a Boy

At For Fun Challenges we are asking you to show us something NEW for the New Year! So I did a card for a new baby for the New Year! Just ask Helen she just became a GRANDMA!!

Our local scrapbook store had a sale after Christmas which lasted 3 days. I found paper that had all sorts of animals on it and thought they would make cute baby cards. I got to playing with this elephant and decided I need some gray paper to go with it….so I HAD to go back to the sale on Day 2 at the store! So glad I did cause I think this card turned out super cute! I used the Deconstructed Sketch #58 for inspiration.


1) Creative Inspirations Challenge #195 – Celebration!   Celebrating a new baby!

2) Day 1 @ 365Cards – let’s celebrate new beginnings (new baby, wedding, new job, new house etc.).


Cardstock: Bazzill –

Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye (Cowabunga – Beach Bum), Little Yellow Bicycle (Silver Pin Stripe), Kaiser Craft (Fun Fair – cut out Elephant)

Accents/Tools: Twine, pop dots, Basic George Cricut Cartridge, Cricut, Medium corner rounder

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