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September 30, 2012

Welcome To The Neighborhood

Hi Everyone:

Just wanted to share this card with you that I made using Tweet Houses Digital Stamps from Clear Dollar Stamps. This set is by Lisa Lara and is so adorable. I so love her digital images, so whimsical and cute.

This card was printed on several printed papers and then hand cut. Papers used were from Crate Paper and the cardstock used was from Bazill. Each bird was shaded with darker colours to give more dimension around their faces. Areas behind their heads were also shaded to give the effect that each bird is in front of the background of each individual hole in the birdhouse.
This card is being submitted to the following challenges:
Clearly iStamp Challenge: Fall Into Fall
Sugar Creek Hollow #31: Things With Wings
Crafty Ribbons Challenge: Anything But Square
Southern Girls Challenge: Spots or Stripes
Hanna & Friends: Dots or Stripes
Many of you have noticed that my blog isn't so active has it use to be and wondering if I was doing okay! Well to be honest, life is really crazy has most of you well know because your own lives are busy. And it is during these busy times that everything seems to fall in our laps at once. I haven't shared much here regarding my personal life because I want this blog to be about the joy of cardmaking and to be a happy place to visit. Today, I do feel the need to share that I have been going through some difficult times. I am dealing with some health issues. I have been waiting for test results for a while now and finally got some back this past week. Some good and some not so good!  Now I have to see a specialist and find out if things are more serious than what they are now. So I am staying positive and trusting in the Lord to get me through whatever comes my way, good or bad. Most importantly, that during this time he can help me to remove anything in my life that needs removing, and to be more like Him. Most of all to trust Him!! So this is where I am on my journey  and some days my creativity is with me, some days it is not. I have been working on 12 cards for my design team work and I still haven't gotten them all completed or editied. I will get to it! A promise I will keep! So if you are of the praying kind, prayers would be greatly appreciated during this time of waiting.  
I trust that you are all doing well and enjoying the beginning of this beautiful season. My favorite really, the colours are so amazing. Until next time take care of yourselves & each other.

September 15, 2012

New From Clear Dollar Stamps

Today is my first time to share in "Release Day" at Clear Dollar Stamps. There are many new Digital Stamp sets to see for the month of September and you can check them out at the store.

My first card was made using the "Scenic Trees" Digital Set.

This set is great for layering trees over top of each other and you can learn how to do that from this Clear Dollar Stamps tutorial. You will see from my card below that I layered my trees and the tutorial above was a wonderful help in making this happen. Be sure to make your white background of your jpgs. transparent when layering or it will not work properly. Here is my first card and I am really happy how it turned out. It kind of looks like an Halloween card, but it isn't! Lol. More of a masculine "Thinking of You" card. Lol.

Digital Image: Scenic Tree's
Cardstock: Recollection
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico, Rustic Olive/Creating Keepsakes,Bohemia(MME)
Ranger Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Storm Sky, Broken China
Adhesives: E-Z Runner/Scrapbook Adhesives, ATG/Scotch
 My second card was made using "Rock On" Digital Stamp set.
I really thought this set was great, not just for cardmaking, but also for scrapbooking those boy/male page layouts. I really loved how this card came together. You will see below that there is a splatter effect.  You can do this too, with a pre-cut splatter stencil and a stenciling brush. A tooth brush loaded with acrylic white paint works really well also. Give it a try!!
Digital Image: Rock On By Lori McCroskey
Cardstock: Recollection & Bazzil
Colouring Mediums: Staedtler Watercolour Pencils, Stampin Up Dye Inks
Ranger Distress Inks: Storm Sky
Adhesives: E-Z Runner/Scrapbook Adhesives, ATG/Scotch
Die Cuts & Tools: Stampin Up Die, Distressing Tool/Tonic Studio/Ranger
Floss: Country Red/DMC
Journaling Pens: Black Sharpie Pen, White Out Correction Pen
My third and final card was made using the "Covered Bridges" Digital Set.
Isn't this set just beautiful! This set comes with pre-coloured images which is amazing for those times when we need a quick card. The best thing is that this set reflects all of the seasons, which I so love! Thanks Laurie!! Now I left out the sun when colouring my picture scene, so I decided to include a sun in the card design. I was going for a Country look and just had to use this ribbon. Lol. To be honest, I wasn't sure if the whimiscal design of the card would be to much for the more refined digital image. But it worked out okay in the end. I think what I love about it, is the blue around the trees and the white background of the sky. It makes it all pop against that big happy sun.

Cardstock: Bazzil
Digital Image: Covered Bridges bye Laurie Wilson
Patterned Paper: Peloton/Studio Calico, Forest Deer/Reminisce
Colouring Mediums:  Bienfang Markers, Staedtler Watercolour Pencils & Crayons.
Ranger Distress Inks: Storm Sky, Vintage Photo
Adhesives: E-Z Runner/Scrapbook Adhesives, ATG/Scotch, Pop Dots
Tools:  Distressing Tool/Tonic Studio/Ranger
Embellishments: Ribbon/Michaels, Button/Stampin Up
Journaling Pen: Sharpie
To view all of the New Release and to see demos from all of the Design Team go here! You won't be sorry that you did!  The cards are just beautiful and the imagination of this team is just out of this world. 
I trust that your visit with me today was a good one and I pray that you come again real soon. Take care of yourself and each other.


September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day & Big News


Hi Everyone! How are you all doing? I hope this post finds you well relaxed, with lots of great summer memories. Well I had a much needed long break. It was a great one with lots of fun. Visiting family, and seeing some friends that we haven't spent time with in 11 years was the high light of our trip.  Yes, we had lots of camp fire nights and the weather was amazing.

Now that the fun is winding down, and school starting in a few days, it is back to regular routine and paper crafting. I do have some great news to share with you.

I am now a Design Team member of Clear Dollar Stamps. I have known about these stamps for a long time and love their digital images. I am not sure if you remember, but this card was made with their Easter Digital set and I just love it. The stamps at CDS are wholesome & encouraging and that is why I fell in love with them. So when I was asked to be on the team I felt honored to say the lease. So today I am sharing a card that I made especially for today in honor of Labor Day Weekend.

This card was made using the "Grillin & Chillin" Digital set by Deedee Anderson for Clear Dollar Stamps.  The image was resized to make one life size burger and coloured with several different mediums. The buns were coloured with STAEDTLER Watercolour pencils, highlights were added using white STAEDTLER Watercolour Crayons, and the rest of the fixings were coloured using Bienfang Watercolour Markers. To add an extra touch of whimsie, I added the sentiment with a toothpick and inked around the banner with Ranger Distress ink.
Here is a close-up of the colouring with shading & highlights.
This card is being submitted to the
challenge over at Simon Says Stamps for
The line work was done with a fine tip black Sharpie pen. Once the card was completed, another copy was printed off to make a template to trace for a card base. A sheet of black cardstock was folded in half, making sure to crease it well with a bone folder. The template of the hamburger shape was then placed over top of folded black cardstock and close to the fold line to trace out the shape. It is important to remember, that when cutting out the cardbase to not cut on the folded line. This will give you the desired shape card with both a front & back that are attached. Hopefully you get what I mean! So there you have it. A life size hamburger card! My son said it looked good enough to eat! Lol. So happy that he said this, because that was the effect I was going for! Lol
Looking forward to sharing more Clear Dollar Stamp post with you. Be sure to check out their blog because they have blog hops often with chances to win some amazing digital stamps.
Thanks for dropping by and I trust that your Labor Day weekend is a great one!

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