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October 31, 2012

Autumn Treats

The theme for October at Clear Dollar Stamps Blog was "Trick or Treat".

The team at Clearly Digital Stamps by Clear Dollar Stamps really did an amazing Blog Hop. I was suppose to have been a part of that hop as well. I scheduled my post wrong and due to this oversight, I missed out on all the fun. There were many great projects and you can still check them out and leave some love for the Design Team.
Now I have decided to edit this post due to missing the hop and post it for Halloween instead. We are not a big on Halloween but when I do make things, I usually try to stick to cute things and not scary.

I want to share with you a tutorial showing how to make Treat Bags for the kiddies in your life. I found this idea on Pinterest by Lisa. Check out her blog for more great ideas.
Sorry for the brightness of these pictures. All I can say is that they are much better than my orginal post. Lol.
You will also need scissors, & embellishments.

The Digital Set that was used for the tummy portion of this owl is called Punkins by Lisa Lara and the sentiment is from the Sweet Spicy set by Deedee Anderson.
Step 4: Now that everything is adhered, take stapler and staple flap to the front of the bag. Make nose & sentiment and add to the bag. Embellish.
Thanks for dropping bye. I trust that you have been inspired to make some special treat bags for your ghoulish visitors. Lol.  Don't forget to play along in the Clearly iStamp Challenge 62. There is still time!


October 21, 2012

I Won!!

Yay for me! I won over at QKR Stampede for this card I made.

Thanks for picking my card and can't wait to try your digi images.  Their new challenge is up! Challenge 10 is Animal Madness. So make a card that has animals on it and submit it for your chance to win!
Thanks once again QKR Stampede!

October 19, 2012

CiC Challenge # 62

Hi Everyone:
Just wanted to share with you that there is a new challenge up at Clearly iStamp today. Our Cic Challenge is All Tied Up!  Use ribbon or twine in your creation. With all the different kinds of Baker's Twine I am sure that you can all come up with something! Lol. This is what I came up with and I must say I had a lot of fun making this card!
Card Supplies
Cardstock: Autmun Leaves
Digital Stamps: Souper Set By Lisa Lara
Colouring Mediums: Tombo Markers, Watercolour Pencils & crayons/Staedtler
Embellishments: Bakers' Twine, Bling/Prima
Adhesives: ATG Gun, Pop Dots

My card was based on this Sketch Challenge from The House That Stamps Built

Now I used this sketch but turned it on it's side for my card.

Close Up of Layering of Image
This card is being submitted to the following challenges:
 The House That Stamps Built: Sketch Challenge O1712
A & T Emerald Faeries Challenge: Anything Goes
Bearly-Mine Challenge: Anything Goes

Our lovely Lisa Lara, has provided a new October Featured Digi. Too cute, right?!

Be sure to play along for your chance to win this Featured set or a special gift code to get your Clear Dollar Stamp digital sets.

Please link directly to your project using Mister Linky. We also ask that you link back  to Clearly Inspired Challenge sponsored by Clear Dollar Stamps. You have until Thursday, November 1st at midnight to enter this challenge to be eligible for the prizes at the end of the month. Be as creative as you can while sticking to the theme. Remember, only one entry per person, please :)

Thanks for dropping bye and I hope that you can play along with our challenge. I trust your all doing well and enjoying your Autumn weather.


October 16, 2012

Clear Dollar Stamps October Release

Hi Everyone:
Just wanted to share the new release with you for October from Clear Dollar Stamps. First up, is the set PatchPal Scarecrow previously illustrated by Shawne Arnold for CDS and digitally colorized by Laurie Wilson. This is an adorable set with many bright and cheerful designs.


Here is my card using the very cute pumpkins and kitten.

This is being submitted to the following challenges:
QKR Stampede: Challenge #9 Pumpkins Galore
Raise The Bar: Challenge # 115 Pumpkins
Simple Create Too: Challenge # 24 Pumpkins

Close Up of Shading

Card Supplies
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Apple Cider/Fall In Love -Imaginisce
Digital Stamps: PatchPal Scarecrow
Colouring Mediums: Staedtler Triplus Markers, Watercolour Pencils Crayons.
Journaling Pen: Tombo & Sharpie
Embellishments: Flower From Friend, Red Pearl/Hero Arts, Ribbon/Offray
Adhesives: ATG Gun, Pop Dots

Next set of Digital Stamps that I had so much fun playing with was Nutcrackers COLOUR by Laurie Wilson.

I so love this set!! The possibilities are endless! I decided to use one of the Nutcracker images to make an Ornament. Now it would be a great idea to print this one several times, colouring only the top one completely, but the others just around the edges. Then layer all of the images one on top of the other. This gives the ornament more stability and thickness. To cover up the mechanics of this creation, a narrow ribbon should be glued around the edge to give it a finishing touch. (* Tutorial coming up to show this a little later.)

Project is being submitted to the following challenges:
Christmas Stampin: Challenge#32 Anything Goes
Cards By Lady Anne:  Anything Goes Challenge
Craft My Life All Crafts Challenge: Non Card, Altered Item Challenge 
Crafty Bloggers Network: Anything Goes
My Grafico Challenge: Anything Goes
For those of you who collect Nutcrackers and display them during the Christmas Season, this one would be awesome to use to make your own large size Nutcracker to place near your fireplace. Just enlarge to desired height, colour, embellish and glue to the front of a saltine cracker box. This box should be wrapped in some elegant Christmas wrapping paper. The box could hold long stick matches for your fireplace, or poppourri, maybe some sweet treats. Just an idea!  You can see that I did add some elegant touches of gold to this guy. I used Stickles to make the gold buttons and added a feather, along with a jewel accent to his hat. This really helped to create a Regal Nutcracker.

Project Supplies:
Cardstock: Canyon Watercolour Paper
Mediums: Beinfang Watercolour Markers, Copic Markers, Staedtler Watercolour Pencils & Crayons,
Embellishments: Feather & Jewel/Dollarama, Stickles for buttons. 

Make sure to check out all the creations of the Design Team. Everyone did such an amazing job! You won't be disappointed!

Blog Candy is still up! I will be drawing at the end of the month regardless if I get 200 followers or not! Why not share with your friends about my give away for a second chance to win!

I trust that your all enjoying the Autumn weather and maybe getting a head start on your Christmas cardmaking. Thanks for dropping by again today and make sure to come again. There are more cards to share and hopefully I will get those tutorials up that I have been wanting to share for some time now.
Until next time......


October 9, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

My Blog Candy Give away is still up for grabs. Check it out here!
Just A Note! - This was supposed to be posted for yesterday but I guess with all the busyness  I didn't set the post like it should have been. Sorry!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
This is an image from Deedee's Digis.  This guy is so cute and I just had to use him. Lol.  This image was coloured with Staedtler Markers and shaded with Staedtler Watercolour Pencils. This image was printed on watercolour paper which prevents the image from peeling when coloured.
Close Up of layering of just the turkey's body, using pop dots. Not sure what colour a turkey should be but knowing that it might be brown, I wanted to use a different colour. So I went with grey.
Close Up of colouring with shading and highlights.
Challenge Submissions:
This was a fun card to make and it was great to do some things that were different, like the stippling of blue for the shadow around the turkey. And also, making grass around the bird's feet. The card panel was adhered to the front of teal blue card base, then red baker's twine was tyed around the card front to give some extra texture. Thanks to my sweet friend Barb! A Staedtler white watercolour crayon was used to add highlights to various areas on the image.
Thanks for visiting and I trust for those celebrating Thanksgivng today, that it is a day filled with many wonderful memories and moments to reflect on all the many blessings that you have been given. I know that I am so thankful for my husband and son. For having a home and food on my table. For good friends, both old and new, for it is in all relationships that we learn and grow. I am especially so thankful for a loving God who excepts me, who never gives up on me even on those days when I may not be at my best. I am also thankful for my family - parents, sister's & brothers, & in-laws.
I am so thankful to all of you who drop bye each day and support me here. I am sorry that things are not on a more scheduled basis but with so many things happening, my post are more random but there are scheduled Clear Dollar Stamp post each month. Thanks for sticking with me and not giving up on me. I know some have and that is okay, there is a time and place for all things and some things must end. I pray that for those who go elsewhere that you will be inspired and challenged beyond measure. I wish you much success. May you always find passion in your heart to create and to share it with those around you. This is a gift meant to be shared and it is something to be thankful for today & always.
Until next time.....
Hugs & Blessings

October 5, 2012

Clearly Inspired Challenge

Hi Everyone:

Just wanted to share that the new challenge for Clearly Inspired Challenge sponsored by Clear Dollar Stamps is now up. Check out Challenge # 61 and play along. The challenge is to make a card mostly focused on a sentiment. This is what I came up with for this challenge.

I love the Digital Stamps that Lisa Lara designs and these little guys really are adorable. To make them stand out, I printed images out twice and then coloured only the eyes of the second set of images. This second set had the eye portion and beak cut out. It was then added to the orginal panel with pop dots to make the eyes pop from the bird and to give more dimension. You can see this in the pictures below.


 This card is being submitted to the following challenges.
Clearly Inspired Challenge: Challenge 61
Little Miss Muffet Challenge: One Layer or CASE
These close-ups can also reveal the shading beneath each layer of feathers on the birds and also around the eyes themselves. You can also see the high lighting on each eyelid area of the the first bird and on the feathers of the second bird.

Card Supplies
Cardstock: White/Recollections
Distress Inks: Storm Sky/Ranger
Digital Stamps: Hoot Hoots Clear Dollar Stamps
Colouring Mediums: Staedtler Watercolour Pencils, TriPlus Markers, & Crayons, Tom Bow Markers, & Sharpie Journaling Pen
Adhesives: ATG Gun, Pop Dots


This is the great set that Lisa Lara created just for this challenge at a great price of $3.00 and you can purchase yours here.  Check out the the Clearly iStamp blog to see the great creations from the design team.

So happy that you dropped by and look forward to seeing you again real soon.
Big Hugs

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