Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Say Cheese!

As you know, I'm on vacation and really hope this posts! I'm super excited about Sweet Sketch Wednesday this week. First of all, here's the fabulous sketch! Isn't it wonderful?!! Yep, I love it too.

Secondly is our sponsor! Clearly Digi Stamps is offering our winner a $25 gift certificate to their newly opened store...yes, I said $25!!! My enthusiasm stems from the fact I'm on their DT as well. Talk about a fun week for me!!!

Clearly Digi Stamps (Clear Dollar Stamps) is a home-based business run by moms!  Located in Pleasant Hope, Missouri, we run the main operations out of Lori's (my) basement.  We have illustrators from all over the United States and join forces to bring you the a variety of styles and images at incredibly affordable prices.  We believe that the value we put in our Digi sets are above and beyond what you will find at many other stores....and we want it to be that way.  As moms, budgets are many times very limited, but we still need our creative outlet too!  Enjoy!

Clearly Digi Stamps has 6 artists that illustrate for us:  Laurie Wilson, Lisa Lara, Deedee Anderson, Austin Owens, Patrick Dunnegan and myself, Lori McCroskey.  We love what we do and love to create digis for you to play with!
If you have suggestions for Digi Sets, we would love to hear your suggestions....just send us an email at Lori@cleardollarstamps.com !


The parent company of Clearly Digi Stamps is Clear Dollar Stamps LLC.  You can learn how Clear Dollar Stamps got started below.


 How Clear Dollar Stamps got started:
Motto: Where value and creativity meet!
Hi!  My name is Lori McCroskey and I am the founder and owner of Clear Dollar Stamps, LLC.  I started stamping in the summer of 2000 while I was pregnant with my first little girl.  I had a friend from church that kept asking me to go to stamping parties, and I just thought stamping party, how silly is that?  Finally, I relented.  I went to a stamping party, got hooked on scrapbooking AND found out there were inks that I could stamp on clothing!  I have a fashion design minor so I was hooked from that moment on!  Can you imagine?  Matching clothes and scrapbook pages?  I was in heaven.


After having my first child, my ideas of spare time quickly vanished.  There weren't many stamped dresses, but I found time to do some scrapbook pages, cards and gifts!  As my passion for stamping grew faster than the money in my billfold, I decided to start selling one of the lines of stamps, for an existing stamp company, shortly after my second little girl was born.  I would throw food on her high chair and run to my stamping table in the same room to see how much I could get done while she ate!  LOL, We've all been there!   As time went on, it became harder and harder to leave my little girlies crying in the hallway as mommy went off to do a stamp party.  It just broke my heart.  Thus, the dream of Clear Dollar Stamps began.


Why did I start my own stamp company?  Most stamp companies, at that time, would not let you sell their products on the internet, which is what I wanted to do..I wanted to be at home.   I also found it very hard to find unique Christian stamps.  I really wanted something that would
convey my love for God in a whimsical, out of the ordinary sort of way.  As a stay at home mom, I wanted to create a line of stamps that other stay at home moms could afford to create beautiful cards, crafts, and scrapbook pages.  Why did I name my company Clear Dollar Stamps?  I wanted people to know they were affordable!  Why do I have a cross in the middle of my company name?  I want people to know that Christ is the center of my business and the center of my life!

I come from a very crafty and artistic family, and believe it or not, I have the least talent of them all!  My sister is the trained artist of our family, not me, so I decided to teach myself to draw.  I invested in a drawing program, enrolled in an online tutorial service, and prayed for the girls to take LONG NAPS!  After much internet cruising for suppliers and manufacturers, Clear Dollar Stamps introduced our first set of stamps on eBay in October of 2004.  The learning curve was huge and at times very painful, but God always blessed my brain at just the right time with the ability to take the next step.


I give God all the glory for the very existence of this company and thank everyone who has prayed for me along the way!


I've gotta say, I really had fun making this card! The set is called Cool Camera and because I needed to make a quickie card, I used the color version. The flash and the heart are covered in Glossy Accents. The digital paper is also from the set. So fun in the pink and black. Sure do hope you can join us for another fabulous challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday




9 comments:

mulberry station said...

The colored images are fabulous. I love the images over at CIS. This is just adorable Linda. I love your on vacation card too. Cracks me up. :) Have a great week.
Hugs, Nancy

Pat (mspfd) said...

Love everything about this fun card! Thanks so much for the inspiration... I have this digi and have yet to use it!

Jeannie said...

I just adore this Linda, from the minute I saw it I knew I had to add it to my wish list! The glossy accents are so perfect too.

Peace & Luv,
Jeannie

Joanna said...

This is one of my favorites this week! Love the colors and the glossy accents (and frankly, had you not said anything, I wouldn't have known that it was pre-colored!)

Loved "Bob" too. Enjoy your vacation sweetie.

Heide said...

So adorable!
Love everything about this oh so cute card.
Hugs, Heide

Sally Dube said...

Wonderful card Linda - LOVE the image and LOVE that they have so many color versions available!! Sometimes it just makes sense =)
Hope you are enjoying your vacation!!
Blessings to you!!
Sally

Kathie said...

Hi Linda, I do love this Camera it's super cute. I love the added glossy accents it works perfectly on this card. This image is just perfect for so many different occasions. Take care and have a great week.
Hugs
Kathie
xox

Holly Gwilliams said...

Great card Linda.

Adore your papers.

Have a great week.

Holly
xx

Glenda Atkins said...

Fabulous, I love this card, your take on the sketch is wonderful. Love the bright colours of the precoloured image, the glossy accents and your fab embellishing.
hugs
Glenda