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November 30, 2012


Hi Everyone:
Just wanted to share this card that I made for my close friend Yulia who is from Russia. It was her birthday yesterday and I knew that she would so love these Nesting Dolls. She had these has a child and is really fond of  them. Her sister came to Canada for Christmas a couple years ago and brought me back a set as well. So when I saw this Stamp set I knew I just had to make a card with them. Thanks Lisa for designing such a beautiful set of digital stamps. Check out Lisa Lara at her blog. You can find it in the Clear Dollar Stamps store.

Nesters Digital Image
Here is my card that I made using these images. Each image was paper pieced and than shaded with Staedtler Watercolour Pencils.

Here is a close up of the paper piecing and shading around all of the clothing on each individual doll. Love how this turned out. Such a great way to get rid of scraps.

Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Recollections, Canston Watercolour Paper
Pattern Paper: Studio Calico,Recollections, Reminisce, Echo Park
Digital Stamps: Get Well Critter by Laurie Wilson
Journaling Pen:Tombo White Gel Pen, Staedtler Black Journaling Pen
Embellishments: Pearls/Dollarama, Flower/Chatterbox,
Adhesives: ATG, Pop Dots

Thanks for visting and hope to see you again soon. The CiC Challenge is still going on! I was gonna link this card up but it was far from clean & simply. Lol!  Why not play along for your chance to win some Clearly i Stamp digital designs. The variety is amazing and the possiblities are endless.
Until next time.....
Take Care & God Bless

November 23, 2012

Clearly iStamp Blog Hop Winner


Hi Everyone:
I just wanted to let you know that the winner for the Clearly iStamp Blog Hop was chosen and the winner came from the comments that were made on my blog. Check it out here.   I am so happy to annoucne that Jessie Fogan was the winner! Yay!! Can't wait to see what you do with CDS digis. Make sure to be in contact with Cassie over at Clearly iStamp blog to recieve your $25.00 gift certificate. So happy for you!


Jessi Fogan said...
Absolutely gorgeous, Dana! The flowers look amazing with that glow - and you can never go wrong with bling :)
November 20, 2012 2:59 PM

Make sure to check out the challenge that is up right now at Clearly iStamp. The challenge is to keep it Clean & Simple. Easy peasy! Will not for me! Lol. I have a card to share later for this challenge.
Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you again.

November 18, 2012

Blog Hop Day!

Welcome to another Sunday Blog Hop from Clearly Digi Stamps by Clear Dollar Stamps.
Each month the team is provided with a challenge that is theme based and each Design Team Member shares their take on this challenge.
Novemeber Theme: Make a "Thank You" card.
Comments are something that we all appreciate and help us to be better cardmakers. Comments can even help the mojo return. So why not leave some love for those who shared card projects with us all today.
November's prize is:
$25 gift certificate to Clear Dollar Stamps for Digital Images
WINNER: The winner will be randomly chosen from comments received on DT member blogs. The winner will be announced on the CDS blog Thursday, November 22nd.
To make my card I decided to use these two beautiful sets.
And here is my card.
This card is being submitted to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes
Card Makin' Mamas -Thanksgiving/Thank You
Dilly Beans -Thanks
Wags 'n Whiskers - Be Thankful
Close-up of Colouring

Card Supplies:
Cardstock:  Recollections, Autumn Leaves
Digital Stamps: Church Chatter/Lori McCluskey, Hydrangea/Laurie Wilson
Coloring Meds:Crayola Colouring Pencils, Staedtler Watercolour Pencil
Journaling Pen: Black Sharpie Fine Tip
Embellishments: Blue Silk Ribbon/Chatter Box, Bling/Dollarama
Adhesives: ATG, Pop Dots
Distress Inks: Walnut Stain/Ranger
Check out what the Design Team came up with this time around!

Dana( Your Here)

Remember, leave an encouraging comment and be entered to win our contest....the more comments, the more times you are entered.
Thanks for dropping by. Now you should have came here from Lisa's blog and now you need to hop on over to Jerusha's blog
Hugs & Blessings

November 15, 2012

Clear Dollar Stamps November Release

Welcome to another Clearly Digi Stamps Release Day by Clear Dollar Stamps. This month the digital sets are totally amazing. This release is sure to please and the variety is wonderful. I had a difficult time choosing which sets I wanted to work with. I first decided to work with a set by the ever talented Lisa Lara, called Happy Houses.

Now the possibilities are endless with this digital set. Those houses are the most adorable and can be used for wonderful CAS style cards. Here is my take using this set. I have to say that I love how this card turned out. So bold and bright.
This card is being submitted to the following challenges:
Twisted Tuesday  Stamp on Pattern Paper
Top Tip Tuesday  Include Hearts on Your Project
Forever Friends Anything Goes
 Scrapping Everyday Miracles Family Themed + Ribbon
Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes
I actually paper pieced this image together. I printed the image on several types of patterned paper and bright coloured cardstock. The windows were left white and coloured in with Tombo markers. The shading on the roof, around the windows, around the grass edge, on the chimney and around the entire scene was with Staedtler Watercolour pencils. The front panel was adhered to a black cardbase. To pull it all together, yellow Baker's Twine was tied around the bottom portion of the card. Using bright and cheerful papers really can make a card pop!!! 
Close up of Paper Piecing & Shading
Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Recollections, Canston Watercolour Paper
Pattern Paper: Chatterbox, Recollections, Studio Calico,Reminisce
Digital Stamps:Happy Houses by Lisa Lara
Coloring Meds:Tombo Markers, Staedtler Watercolor Pencils 
Journaling Pen:Tombo White Gel Pen
Embellishments: Baker's Twine by Studio Calico
Adhesives: ATG, Pop Dots
The next set that I had the privilege to work with was the Get Well Critter Digital set by the very talented Laurie Wilson. It was difficult to pick just one cute critter. Lol.
These cuties are so great for those cards that you want to add, with a Care Package. They can even be used for tags that can be tied around the handle of a yummy Fruit Basket. I fell in love with that absolutely adorable mouse first when I saw this kit and just knew what I wanted to create. Are you like that? See something right away and know what you are going to make with it!! Well this was one of those times for me. Here is what I came up with.
This card is being submitted to the following challenges:
Can You Digi It : Favorite Animal
 Craft Room Challenge  Punches & Die Cuts
  Papertake Weekly Flower Power
Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes
The image was printed on watercolour paper and then coloured with watercolour pencils. Pink areas were coloured with Staedtler Tri-Plus fine tip markers. Yellow note card was die cut using Sizzix Machine and a Spellbinders die. After colouring, the image was adhered to the note card and embellished with pastel coloured pearls. A strip of teal blue paper was cut in banner style and placed down the front of a kraft cardbase. White ribbon was tied around the card before adding note card with mouse. To tie everything together, and to bring a little more attention to the rust colour in the image, a flower of the same colour was added to the card front. To complete the card a sentiment was added to the cardfront. Voila! A cute and whimsical card! Lol.
 Close-up of Card Details
Close-up of the Edging on the Note Card
Card Supplies:
Inks: Distress Inks/Ranger
Cardstock: Bazzill, Recollections, Canston Watercolour Paper
Pattern Paper: MME, Studio Calico,Imaginisce
Digital Stamps: Get Well Critter by Laurie Wilson
Coloring Meds:Tombo Markers, Staedtler Watercolor Pencils
Journaling Pen:Tombo White Gel Pen, Staedtler Black Journaling Pen
Embellishments: Pearls/Dollarama, Flower/Chatterbox, Ribbon/AC
Tools: Sizzix Machine, Spellbinders Nestibilities
Adhesives: ATG, Pop Dots
To see more amazing creations please check out Clear Dollar Stamps Blog. You will be happy that you did!
Thank you so much for dropping by today. I trust that I have inspired you to create with digital images and have given you some new ideas to use. I trust that you are all doing well and enjoying the ones that you love. 
Until next time.....
Take Care & God Bless

November 12, 2012

CiC Challenge # 63 - Little Critters

Hi Everyone:
Just wanted to share this card that I made for CiC Challenge this month at Clear Dollar Stamps.  The challenge was to use little critters of some sort. I am more than sure that we all have cute and cuddly animals stamps. So why not take part in a great & fun challenge.
I decided to use this set from Clear Dollar Stamps called, Autumn Critters.  I decided to combine the pumpkins with the the very cute squirrel.  

Autumn Critters Color Digital Image
This is the card that I came up with and combining the different elements really turned out great.  To combine digital elements check out this Clear Dollar Stamp tutorial.

Card is being submitted to the following challenges:
CiC Challenge # 63: Little Critters
Forever Friends :Anything Goes
 Lexi's Creations: Thanks/Thanksgiving
Lollipop Crafts: Thankful/Gratitude
Make My Monday : Autumn + Use your stash.
Paper Playtime: Autumn Colours
Stamp and Create: Use Lace
Close up of Coloring
I really didn't realize how great the amount of orange hues there were in  this colour brown, until I did my photo editing. * Note to self! Don't use color tones that are in the same colour family for animal fur. Lol!!  Shading was created behind the squirrel body and underneath the arms. Also, on its face and tail. Image was colored using Tombo Markers, Staedtler Watercolour Pencils & Crayons. Highlights were added using Tombo White Gel Pen.
Close up of Flower
I started out with just the cream flower but it didn't seem to blend. So I decided to add a green brad, the same colour has the ribbon, to the center. It still didn't seem right! So then I added the orange bling to help bring the eye down to the bottom of the card. It worked this time! Yay!!
Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Recollections, Canston Watercolour Paper
Distress Inks: Broken China/Ranger Distress Inks
Digital Stamps:Autumn Critters by Laurie Wilson
Coloring Meds:Tombo Markers, Staedtler Watercolor Pencils & Crayons
Journaling Pen:Tombo White Gel Pen
Embellishments: Bling & Lace/Dollarama, Ribbon/Offray, Brads/Pebbles.Inc
Adhesives: ATG, Pop Dots
This card is made to share with an American friend who will be celebrating Thanksgiving soon. I also, wanted to share pics of a traditional activity that we love to do each Thanksgiving and that is apple picking at one of the local farms.  We so love doing this and the apples were so big this year! See for yourself!!!
Now that is a one big Apple! I finally used up all the apples that we picked this year. A friend of mine gave me an amazing Apple Crisp recipe and I have made it so many times, you would think that my guys would be sick of it. Nope! They want to have it again. It is just so yummy with french vanilla frozen yogurt! I better stop because I am making myself hungry! Lol.
We really had a great day and the weather was beautiful! I am so thankful for these two guys. God really has blessed me with a wonderful hubby and an amazing son. I am so proud to be on this journey with them. Thanks guys for all you do!  Love you so much.
I trust that you are all doing well and that your Autumn has been filled with many great  memories of all the fun that this season can bring. I still have to pick a winner for my blog contest. I will try to get that done in the next few days okay. Until next time, take care of yourselves & each other.

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All the contents of this blog including but not limited to designs, concepts, and photographs are COPYRIGHT 2009-2014 Dana Colbourne. I have put a lot of work in these creations and would appreciate that you use them for inspiration and enjoyment. They are for personal use only and they are not to be copied or used for publications or contest. Thanks for stopping by and supporting me on this fun journey!