4th of July Cards

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I’m so far behind in posting cards. I took my annual vacation to the scrap retreat a couple weeks ago and I just can’t seem to get caught up.

These 2 cards were made for a guy at work. Mary Ellen at Dearie Dolls made a basset hound holding a flower in May. So I asked her if it could be switched out to hold a flag and she did it! So I made cards for the guy at work to give to his mom and aunt. Then I made extras and mailed it to my family. My husband colored the image in photoshop. He is so amazing and I’m so grateful he helps me in my hobby.



And this one I made for Sketch Saturday #367 since Deedee’ s Digis was the sponsor. I used Hats Off Digital Image @ Deedee’s Digis.

One Nation


A Sweet Fourth of July


Sweet 4th of July

I needed a Fourth of July Card for a Secret Pal….standing order for a lady at the retirement home. I found this sentiment, “Have a Sweet Fourth of July” and thought it would be perfect with this image from Diane’s Daydream Designs.

1) July Card Sketch Challenge @ Scrapbook.com – Sketch #5 – original from Tuesday Morning Sketches #211.
2) Tuesday Throwdown #202 – Anything Goes

Image: Playfully Patriotic Color Set @ Diane’s Daydream Designs
Cardstock: Bazzill (Kraft, Arctic, Maraschino)
Inks: pre-colored digital stamp printed on Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: Paper Studio Embossing folders (lines, stars), star brads, pop dots

Red, White and Blue for you!!



Yippee!! It is finally the 21st so I can reveal all the changes that have been made to the challenges at Clearly iStamp Blog.

Go check it out I think you will like it! Plus, we are looking for members to join the CiSC Design Team. If you interested GO CHECK OUT THE DETAILS!!

So the first CiSC Challenge (CiSC1) is:

Color Challenge – Red, White & Blue


I went with the traditional Fourth of July/American theme because this is a door hanger (12 x 12) we will make Saturday at the Retirement Home.

I think I might make this into a card too!

I used MOJO298 Sketch as inspiration.


1) MOJO Monday Sketch 298 – use the sketch as inspiration

2) Cut It Up Challenge #21 – Red, White and Blue (must have a die cut) All the stars except the tiny ones were cut on my Cricut. The letters were also cut using the Cricut.

3) Kitty Bee Designs Challenge #2 – Red, White and Blue

4) Simply Create Too Challenge #40 – Your countries flag colors. (U.S. – red, white and blue)

5) Squigglefly Challenge #24May Your Colors Be True, Red White and Blue!


Stamps/Images: Summer Fun Digital Image @ Clearly Digi Stamps

Cardstock: Bazzill (Lava, white, blue jean)

Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer

Accents/Tools: Cricut, Classic Cricut Font Cartridge, jewel star, red jewels, pop dots, Basic George Cricut Cartridge

A WOW packed released at Clearly Digi Stamps!


Good Morning.

Today is a SUPER COOL day because my husband, Patrick, is releasing his first digital stamps! So that means I have a lot to post today since I will be making samples with his digital stamps! Plus I STILL had to play with the other digital stamps because they just are too darn cute not too! So I will try to keep the chatting to a minimal so this post isn’t a mile long!!

And the other AWESOME news is the new Clearly Digi Stamp store is finally up and running!! So come check it out I think you will like it!! **The old store will take you to the new store but if you want the address it is www.cdstamps.com

If you played in the all day challenge at Clearly iStamp or you stopped by to see what all the excitement was about then you would have seen this card already. But had to post it again because I like it a lot and it’s a digital stamp from my husband, Patrick. This is one dragon that you will get in the set called Dragons. I’m so lucky to have a talented husband that draws and a wonderful friend, Stephanine, that is amazing at sentiments for cards! They make my job a lot easier! I just love love love how this card turned out. It was all based off the wonderful sentiment. The sentiment isn’t included in the digital stamp but feel free to use it…..I just printed it out in word.

Soar on Birthday3_dramigos

Since we are on the topic of Dragons check out this one, Knight Marshmallow Roast, as by Patrick. This is another sentiment that Stephanine (my nick name for her!) came up with!! I love that girl!



This image is perfect for Father’s Day, Birthdays or just a Hello or Encouraging card for someone in the military. Patrick hopes to have a series of these as we already have a request for a tank and Navy guy. If you have any request let me know. This is Soldier Tom, named after my step-dad who was in the army.

Happy Fathers Day-soldier


Now here is some inspiration from digital stamps for two other AWESOME designers we have on the team. I am truly blessed to be able to play with all these images.

This is Asian Plants from Laurie Wilson. I’m so happy with how this card turned out! Thanks Laurie for giving us such great images to work with.

Asian Plant



1) Sentimental Sundays#154 – For a Special Woman

Austin made this cute image and asked for help with sentiments….so of course I go to Stephanie and this is what she comes up with! Of course we are laughing but I send it to Austin anyway and apparently laughter is contagious because Austin got a kick out of it too! So she decided to include it in her stamp set, Elephants and Umbrellas.

Elephant Umbrella


Now that you have ooooeed and awwwed over these stamps go check out the rest AT THE NEW STORE!!!


On this Birthday Soar

Stamps: Dragons @ Clearly Digi Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (Hello Summer)
Inks: pre-colored image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: Martha Stewart balloon punch, black string, pop dots, computer

Knight Marshmallow Roast

Stamps: Knight Marshmallow Roast
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (A Boy’s Life)
Inks: pre-colored image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: pop dots, Cricut, Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge

Soldier Tom

Stamps/Images: Soldier Tom Digital Stamp
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Reminisce (Deck the Halls Green)
Inks: pre-colored image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: pop dots, black ink pad
Sketch: Tuesday Morning Sketches #194

Asian Plant

Stamps: Asian Plant
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: (pink embossed) Pebbles inc (Fresh Goods- Window Display)
Inks: pre-colored image printed on canon inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: pop dots, The Paper Studio embossing folder – wood
Sketch: i {heart} sketches #10

Elephants and Umbrellas

Stamps: Elephants and Umbrella
Cardstock: Bazzill and Hobby Lobby
Inks: pre-colored image printed on canon inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: pop dots, brad, American Crafts twine (grey/white)
Sketchs: I {heart} sketches #12

Red, White and blue and a Happy Fourth to you!

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I’m a little early with wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July but it’s the week of so I think that is close enough!

I made this card for the card class I taught at church this past Friday (June 30, 2012).


1) Catch The Bug Challenge – It’s all about the Season! Well, none other than a SEASONAL CHALLENGE.  With the 4th of July just around the corner here in the US and Summer having OFFICIALLY arrived (have you been sweltering in the heat this week??)  So – Seasonally – create a card or project that either has something to do with SUMMER or the 4TH OF JULY.

2) Cute Card Thursday Challenge #223 – Patriotic! So this week we want to inspire the patriot in you…It may be a famous person from your country, a famous place/landmark, your flag, colours or just a special time of year…whatever being patriotic means to you!

3) Card Makin Mamas Challenge #48 – Color challenge – Red, White, Blue.


Cardstock/Papers: Bazzill cardstock, We R Memory Keepers – Summertime Fun, Pinkpaislee – Block Party

Accents/Tools: star punch, scallop circle punch, lace trim, pop dots

Rocket into the Fourth of July


If you want to know how to make this please stop by my tutorial at Clearly iStamp.


1) Creative Inspirations #167 – Trooping the colour – red, white and blue

2) Crafty Cardmakers #70 – Anything but a card, tag or ATC. I made a door/window decoration in time for the Fourth of July!! One of my favorite holidays!!



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This card was made just for fun!! Haven’t had time to do that in a long time so it was very nice. The challenge at 365 Cards was “Freedom.” While going through some paper last night I found this piece in my scrap drawer and thought it would be perfect. Then when trying to decide what I was going to do I thought the sketch for April Card Challenge was perfect. And that is how this card was made. Thanks for looking.


1) Day 36 @ 365Cards – Freedom. Such a great word, and it means different things to everyone, so we’d like to see what it means to you.

2) April Card Challenge on sb.com – Sketch category. Use the sketch provided as inspiration.


Cardstock – Bazzill

Patterned Paper – unknown from scrap drawer


Basic George Cricut Cartridge

Thank you to ALL military and their families…


Friday, 11/11/11, is Veterans Day in the United States so at For Fun Challenges we wanted to show our gratitude to anyone who has or is in the military and their family. I loved learning about where the girls on the design team live and how they do things different in their country. I assumed every military had a way to get cards while being away from their loved ones but that isn’t the case. One of the DT members, Sally, lives in the United Kingdom and I was able to find this link http://www.supportoursoldiers.co.uk/   and Sally was able to find this link http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/ It seems close to what we have in the United States with Operation Write Home. If you would like to send a thank you card (which are called Any Hero Mail) to an American Soldier here is a link to give you information on that http://operationwritehome.org/anyhero.html  That is what I will be doing with my Thank You card and encourage you to do the same. Please look over all the links on the Operation Write Home blog as there are guidelines on what to send (NO GLITTER) and how to send it.

We did not have a sponsor this week as we wanted you to get out your paper and look through your stamps to see what you had that could be made into a thank you card for an ANY HERO card!

And here is the card I was inspired to make:

For Fun Challenge 11/09/11

Inside: Thank you so very much


1) For Fun Challenge – Thank your military

2) Taylored Expression Sketch Challenge #149 (TESC149) – Use the sketch provided.  Upload your project to Splitcoaststampers before 8pm PST on Thursday, November 10th using keyword TESC149.

3) Cute Card Thursday – Challenge #189 – Fireworks.


Stamps: Both sentiments were from Patriotic Charlie Digital Image @ http://www.cleardollarstamps.com

Cardstock/Papers: Cardstock – Bazzill, Patterned Papers – Reminisce (The Freedom Collection)

Inks/Markers: printed the sentiments on my Canon inkjet printer

Accents/Tools: Coluzzle oval cutter, star punches

Patriotic Charlie Thank You


Clear Dollar Stamps - Patriotic Charlie

I couldn’t resist making another card with this super cute image that was released last month as the June featured Digi Stamp on the Clearly Inspired Challenge. It was given away to 3 lucky players last month (Patti Painter, Karen Howard,  Bethie J). This month we have another super cute image to give away (check it out here.)


1) Amber’s Crafts and Stuff Challenge #16 – Red, White and Blue

2) Stampin’ Sisters in Christ – Challenge #95Challenge: Make a red, white and blue thank-you card.

3) Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #56 – This time around the theme is “Red, White & Blue”. So dig out your stars and stripes and let’s get crackin’!!

4) Stamptacular Sunday Challenge117 – For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project that includes both STARS and STRIPES! Can be any colors you choose but must be able to see stars and stripes! Oh…and don’t forget to stamp! After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing!

5) Paper Playtime Challenge #49 – This month, we want to see your  projects using RED, WHITE, & BLUE.  And since it’s DIGI MONDAY, make sure your project has either a Digi or Stamped …   Image or Sentiment!

6) Card Makin’ Mama’s Challenge #23 –  Red, White and Blue

7) Sweet Sketch Wednesday #108 – Use the sketch provided.


Stamps/Images: CDSLWpatrioticCharlie (colored) @ www.cleardollarstamps.com
Cardstock/Papers: CDS patriotic Charlie digital paper, Bazzill cardstock
Inks/Markers: Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: Coluzzle oval, Coluzzle square, star brads, pop dots, chipboard (under the thank you)
Techniques: Digital pre-colored Stamps

Big Baby you see!!

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Sneak Peak at Challenge #31 at CIC

Don’t tell the boss but I just couldn’t help myself!! Next month’s digital image for the CIC challenge is ADORABLE, FUN, CUTE, VERSATILE and much much more!! The title of this post is a big HINT!!

Our next challenge, #31, comes out THIS Friday, 07/01/11. Can you believe it is ALREADY July!?!


If you have time to play in the next four days there is still time to complete challenge #30, a sketch, for a chance to win this great stamp:

For every 20 entries there will be a $10 gift certificate for stamps or digis up for grabs. So far there have been 69 players this month in both challenges so that means there will be 3 $10 gift certificates and 3 of the featured digital images to give away. 6 total chances to win!!  Prizes will be given away after both challenges for the month.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with and can’t wait for you to see NEXT MONTH”S Digital Stamp for the www.clearlyistamp.typepad. com challenge!!

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