Friday, December 31, 2010

Oh, So Sweet

That's what babies are, so sweet, so I made these cards to celebrate the little bundles!! These are actually sneak peeks of Clear Dollar Stamp's Baby Bundle, scheduled to be released tomorrow!! Funny, I don't have a lot of baby stamps, and this one I think will fulfill all my needs. I adore this little onesie stamp, so into the pink and blue ink it went. Once again, I used scraps from my bin and set off to make these. Lots of layers, a fave of mine, along with some sewing. The onesies are cut out and popped up on the nestie oval. Hehe, I meant to Swiss Dot emboss the pink layer on the girl's card and in my excitement forgot...oh well. Check out the rest of the DT samples using this set, I'm sure it will convince you this is a must have!!!

Now we aren't done with the sneaks, there's one more to go!!! We're gonna have a Blog Hop tomorrow with the latest and greatest die and coordinating stamp sets. You will have to come back tomorrow because, as with many Blog Hops, there is a prize involved!!!! I don't want to give away too much, so I'll see you tomorrow!!!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sneak Peeks Galore!!

Yes, I have two more Clear Dollar Stamps sneak peeks for you today. These are part of the new release due out next year - Hee Hee - I mean January 1st. This set is called We Go Together Like and can be seen HERE on the CDS blog. I had to use this image because after all, what does go better together than cookies and milk. I had to make the milk carton yellow, just like the milk I grew up with.

Now this card uses stamps from the Stamp of the Month, A Friend in Need, free with any $50 purchase. You can see the set HERE. Oh how I love the sweet critters in this set. Perfect for a little pick-me-up kind of card. There's lots of inspiration to be seen on the CDS blog for both of these sets, so hop on over and take a look. Be back tomorrow for more!!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

3 Posts in One Day

So if you are on the lookout for the Sweet Sketch Wednesday or Freshly Brewed Challenge cards, scroll on down...after you check out these sweetie sets I'm previewing for Clear Dollar Stamps!!! Today I'm showing you two sets that will be released January 1st. This first set is called Loving Critters. Could this beaver be any cuter??? I embossed him onto WCP and used Tombow markers and a blender pen...and I love the results. I wanted to keep it masculine with the papers (Basic Grey) so I could give it to my hubby for Valentine's Day.

I did the same coloring technique here too on the bear from Heart Hugs. Again I used Basic Grey papers, something I don't think I will ever run out of in this lifetime!! Now be sure and check out all the DT members' blogs for more gorgeous cards using these sets and a few more. You will also want to keep Jan 1 - 3 open to join us for our blog hop for a chance at winning a super fun prize!!!

The Last Sweet Sketch Wednesday...

for this year!!!!! Can you believe 2010 will soon be behind us?! Where did it go? Well we are sending the year out with a bang of a wonderful sketch from our one and only Sweet Sketch Wednesday creator, Arlana. She always amazes me how she can keep coming up with such fun and fabulous sketches.
If you think the sketch is fun and fabulous, wait till you check out our monthly sponsor's store, Bugaboo Stamps. Jodie is such a generous lady, giving away 7 free digis to the winner of our challenge!!! How cool is that?!!!

I've gotta tell you, I absolutely snorted when I saw this Stupid Cupid Stella which usually means I have to have it!! Is she not the best!!! I used Basic Grey's Sugar Rush DSP for this, along with Almost amethyst, Real red, and white for my colors. Play along with us this week, and follow the rules found at Sweet Sketch Wednesday, and maybe you could be this week's winner!!
If you are looking for my Freshly Brewed Challenges post, please scroll down. It's another challenge you won't want to miss!!

It's a Celebration!!

It's a time to celebrate, no matter what the reason. And at the Freshly Brewed Challenges blog, we are asking you to show us just that, a celebration. I was in need of a birthday card, so this challenge came at a perfect time for me. I used the Cupcake Stack Birthday from Fresh Brewed Designs. I used some papers I found in my scrap bin - loved their bright colors! A little sewing, a little sparkle on the candle flames, and a few rhinestones and my card was complete. Be sure and check out the rest of the DT's creations over at Freshly Brewed Challenges, you will be so inspired.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tea Time

When it's cold outside, it's always time for a good hot cup of tea! And how fun it would be to serve it out of a beautiful teapot like this one!!!! This is actually a digital image from Clear Dollar Stamps, a set called Eclectic Teapots. From the moment I saw this particular teapot, I knew the colors I wanted to use on it. I've had this DaisyD's DSP forever, and it couldn't be more perfect. I am going to submit this card for the awesome sketch challenge over at Card Patterns. Do come back tomorrow because I will have a bunch of cards to show you - sneak previews for Clear Dollar Stamps, new sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday, and a fun challenge for Fresh Brewed Designs. You won't want to miss a thing.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Thank Yous

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! It will be a white one as we still have snow on the ground, it's been too cold to melt. I had a couple of challenges I wanted to get done so why not roll them into one card!!! First is the fabulous sketch over at the Clean and Simple Sunday Challenge. Thank you Brenda for pointing me in the direction of your challenge! CAS is something I must work at so keep those challenges rolling!!!!! Next is the Critter Sketch Challenge - Anything Christmas. I needed to make my Christmas thank yous, so here they are!!! I must admit, this took me all of ten minutes to make, even with interruptions! I want to take this time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Can't wait to hear what Santa brought you!!!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Do You See What I See...

Why it's a post from me!!!!! Yes, been busy getting ready for the holidays. Now I thought I had scheduled today's post late last night, but I must have been more tired than I thought because it's not here!! Anyway, welcome to this week's Sweet Sketch Wednesday. As you can see, it's another awesome sketch we have lined up for you. Hopefully you can find some time to play along because we have an awesome prize sponsor for the winner.
It's Heather from Fresh Brewed Designs who is offering the winner 3 FREE digis. Now this is a fun post for me, because I am also on Heather's DT so I already know about all of her fabulous images!! Now thru today, all Christmas, Snow People, Snow Buddies, and Jesus is the Reason images are 50% off, so take advantage.

For my card I am using the digi image You Melt Me. Isn't it adorable!!!! I love Heather's Snow People! I used supplies from my December Key Ingredient kit from Taylored Expressions. I love the Echo Park paper, the snowflakes are perfect for my snowman.
Like I said, sure hope you can play along because we always love to see what you create. Please be sure to check out the inspiration provided by the rest of the Design Team over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.
I want to wish all of you the Merriest of Christmases!! Enjoy your family and friends as we celebrate Jesus's birth.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Keeping It So Simple

At least I'm TRYING to keep it simple. This card is for the Critter Sketch Challenge -- not actually a sketch this time but to use NO PATTERN PAPER!!! Gasp, what was I going to do??!! Well I made my own background paper, using Clear Dollar Stamps recently released Blooming Bouquet set. I used white ink with a variety of the smaller flowers and stamped onto Regal rose. I also used the coordinating die, stamping the medium and large flower. Fun, fun, fun!!! The ric rac is also a die from...gosh, I can't remember, please forgive me!! This is cut out of the very light Pink pirouette.

Clear Dollar Stamps is having a big sale this month - 25% off all scor-pal products, CDS ink pads, Card and Paper kits, Ribbons, and Accents/Embellishments. Hurry, this sale only goes until December 24th. But through the end of the month, for every $20 you spend, you will receive a FREE stamp of the month, with 8 to choose from!!! So hurry in now!!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Post #3 - Merry Christmas from Fresh Brewed

This is my third post for today...please scroll down to check out the new digi releases at Clear Dollar Stamps and my card for Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Yum!!! No matter what your fave hot beverage, as long as it's in a pretty mug, then all is good!!!And this is a gorgeous Christmas mug!!! I used it for a hot chocolate tin I tried creating during my uninspired period a few weeks ago and it was a total bust. So I took off the image and put it on a card with much better results. This is for the Freshly Brewed Challenges blog -- Merry Christmas. Keep in mind, this challenge will run for two weeks to help out with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Now if you love this mug digi as much as I do, Heather is giving it away as a FREEBIE, but only until Friday, so hurry and scoop it up before it's gone. There's a lot of DT inspiration to be had at the Freshly Brewed Challenge blog, so be sure and head over and leave them a little love.

Post #2 - Plump and Perfect

I absolutely could not resist this one, "plump & perfect," that's my moto!!!!! LOL!!! This is one of several new digital stamp releases this month at Clear Dollar Stamps. I used the precolored hippo because she looked so darn cute in her pink tutu! I used scraps of DSP that is always cluttering up my space!!! The problem is, I use up one piece and there's always one or two more pieces to replace it!!!! Now that is a problem! There is a total of four sets being released today along with digital paper!! You really must get them all!!!! Need some inspiration with our digis, well check out these ladies' creations...

Post #1 - Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Yes, this is my first post today...of THREE!!!! Wednesdays are a busy posting day for me anyway, but today I added a third. Well let me start with the fabulous Sweet Sketch Wednesday...check out this sketch, what a dream!!! It totally works as an A2 or square card!!
Want to know what else is totally fabulous? Well our sponsor of course!!!!! The ever generous Sally Ann from Digi Stamp Boutique is offering 6 FREE DIGIS to the winner of our sketch challenge!! So many awesome images to choose from too!

I needed a break from Christmas cards, so I went with this super adorable Valentine Marvin. He is one sweet monkey! I used some old SU designer paper as my color inspiration - Chocolate chip, Regal rose, Taken with teal. Of course I had to do some sewing!! And such yummy chocolate ribbon too. Thanks for stopping. May I suggest checking out the rest of the Sweet Sketch Wednesday design team's creations, you are going to love 'em!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Happy Winter and Some Snowman Cheer!

I don't feel like this is starting out as a happy winter, too much snow already for me! And talk about cold!!!!! Gimme a break, it's only the middle of December! Anyway, after laundry and before getting on to another batch of cookies, I made this card for the OWH Stars and Stamps sketch challenge. I used Clear Dollar Stamps digital Snowman Cheer. I used my Copic markers on him, creating a plaid effect with the colorless blender. I wanted to used different colors from the usual blues I'm drawn to when I work with snowmen, and this DSP said pick I did! It's a SU paper called Merry Moments, and colors include Chocolate chip, Old olive, and Ruby red.

Stay warm and have a wonderful day! Be sure and be back tomorrow for the December release of Clear Dollar Stamps new digital stamps!!!!! You're gonna love 'em!

Monday, December 13, 2010

I Heart You

Okay, how fast can I get this posted...gotta leave for work real soon. I haven't posted in awhile, heck I haven't stamped in awhile, so I figured I'd better get on the ball. I made two batches of cookies yesterday along with two cards. This card uses the Fresh Brewed Designs image Angel Cake Bakes. I thought she was perfect for my cookie baking marathon (actually, I have just begun, need to get a lot more made!!!). I used Cosmo Cricket's Pixie-Licious it, even though it's purple!!!!! Added some sparkle to Angel Cake's wings along with lots and lots of rhinestones. The sentiment is from TAC. Thanks for visiting, hope to get more cards and more cookies done this week. Enjoy your day, we're in the midst of a snow storm, and I'm not liking the accumulation totals they're predicting!! Off to work I go.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My Second Post Today, A Sweet Sketch

I'm trying really hard to get to bed before midnight tonight, but I don't think that's gonna happen! I've been staying up too late for too many nights in a row and something's gotta give. Anyway, I couldn't go to bed without sharing this Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge. Isn't this sketch fabulous?! You really should play along with us because we have a really great sponsor!
Tiddly Inks has the most adorable digital stamps you've ever seen!!! And the prize up for grabs is a $10 gift certificate!!! How grand!!!

Now on my card I use the Christmas Pixie. I went with some gorgeous papers by Kaiser Crafts that, if you look really close, already are sparkled. Just needed some stitching and ribbon!!!!! Thanks for stopping by. Sure hope you can find a moment in this busy time of year to join us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Sparkle and Shine

The challenge this week at Freshly Brewed Challenges is Sparkle and Shine. I simply had to used this adorable Gingerbread Boy image from Heather's store. After using Copic markers on him, I added black rhinestones for his eyes, pearls for his buttons, Crystal Effects for shine to his bow, and sparkly Stickles to his hat. A finishing touch of sparkle and shine comes from the rhinestones along the ribbon. The dsp is Basic Grey's Jovial - I love this gorgeous paper. Now be sure and head over to the Freshly Brewed Challenges blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT. While you're there, leave 'em a little love too...tis the season!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Seeing Triple Challenges

Happy Tuesday! What a crazy emotional week last week that sucked all creative juices out of me! I have not felt like stamping at all, but life goes on and I needed a few cards. So off to the challenges I go. These cards are for the Seeing Triple challenge at Die Cut Dreams - make three cards that match the same theme, colors, etc and use the same layout. For the layout, I used the sketch from Critter Sketch Challenge. Now not only do they have a sketch but they also added a color challenge to it - purple and teal. As you know, purple is far from a favorite color of mine, I only use it if I have to, making this yet another challenge for me!! I pulled out my fun Blooming Bouquet dies from Clear Dollar Stamps. The three cards are all the same, only needed to use a different ribbon on one of them. Colors include Taken with teal, Almost amethyst, and CDS's Grape jelly. The DSP is an old SU line called Loves Me. The cards measure 4.25 inches square. I kept them blank on the outside because I need a Thinking of you, Get well and Thank you card. Perfect!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Clearly Colorful Inspired Challenge

Hooray for Friday!!! And the first Friday of every month means time for another Clearly Inspired Challenge at Clear Dollar Stamps. This month is a color challenge -- 3 shades of blue with white or black as a neutral. Blue is my favorite color, so I had tons of fun with this one!! I don't know if I've ever mentioned this or not, but I LOVE snowmen (I've mentioned only about every time I post!!!), and this snowman digi is a FREEBIE at Clear Dollar Stamps. You can get him already colored, just the outline, a "Happy Winter" sentiment (mine is on the inside of the card), AND a PDF file of a blue gingham background just like his vest! I used the pre-colored one because he is just so cute in his vest. My blues are Pacific point, Bashful blue, and Night of navy with white as my neutral. My designer paper is scraps I blue!!!!!! I added some Stickles for snow and this card is done and ready to be mailed!!! Now play along with us, we would love to see your inspiration! You must use a CDS image -- don't have any, then what are you waiting for!!! Scoop up this free digi set and play!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Warm Cup of Cocoa

Boy I could go for a warm cup of cocoa right now, with lots of whipped cream!! It's in the 20's with a brutal wind and falling snow. Glad to be inside!!! You've gotta check out the sketch over at the Paper Pretties blog. I used the pre-colored digital stamp from Clear Dollar Stamps called Cup of Cocoa. It comes in two colors, red and blue, as well as the outline version so you can color it up yourself. I haven't told you the exciting part about it yet...IT'S FREE with any purchase!!!!! I printed off a bunch of the blue cups and plan on making more Christmas cards. Colors of cardstock include Black, White, Creamy caramel, and Red Velvet Cake also from Clear Dollar Stamps. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Freshly Brewed Pink and Red Challenge

This is my second post today. Please scroll down for the Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

I couldn't wait to share this week's Freshly Brewed Challenge with you -- Red and pink. Check out one of the images from a newly released line at Heather's store called Emma. I used Emma Dancing and dressed her up in a fancy paper pieced top and skirt. I've been making a lot of the little 4.25 inch square cards - such a sweet size and still fits in an A2 envelope. I found some pink and red scraps of designer paper to finish up this look. And what girlie card would be complete unless you added some stitching!! Thanks for stopping by, be sure and leave some love with the other DT members because their creations are oh so inspiring.

Sweet Sketch & Di's Digi Downloads

Happy Wednesday!!! I am thrilled to be sharing with you the FABULOUS sketch by our fearless leader at Sweet Sketch Wednesday Arlana!!! I know, I know, I say this every week, but I really had fun playing with this one!! Now if you think that sketch is great, wait till you hear about our sponsor!!!

This week the lovely Diane from Di's Digi Downloads is graciously giving away 5 free digis to the winner of our wonderful sketch! I challenge you, however, to find just 5 digis because if you're like me, it's almost impossible to pick only 5 because you will want more!!! Thanks Diane, you're the bestest!!

Now I'm sure I've mentioned that I LOVE snowmen...and this one has to be the cutest ever!! It's called Penguins Playtime and what a joy to work with. I used copic markers and lots of stickles for that very much needed sparkle! Once again I used papers from my stash - it makes me feel justified for always buying new!!!!!!! Now the sketch called for the three embellishments to line up across the top of the image, but I could not get anything to look right so to the corner those buttons went. Now please be sure and check out the rest of the DT's inspiration, they really have some wonderful cards to show you.