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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Final CDS March sneaks. 2 projects to share.

Hello,
My fun is about over for the March sneak peeks @ Clear Dollar Stamps but YOUR fun is about to begin. You can go to the shop tomorrow and buy the awesome sets that we have revealed to you this weekend. I know you all want some...how could you resist?  :)

My first sample is done the March Stamp of the month set "Terrific Little Tree" which is another one  illustrated by the super talented Laurie Wilson. It comes with the tree image and lots of things to add to it like flowers, fruit, and leaves. I chose to use oranges.


Card Recipe:
CDS STAMPS USED: Terrific Little Tree
CS/PAPERS: The Paper Studio's - Green Embossed Leaves, Bazzill Bling - Orange
INK: Staz-On, Color Box cats eyes - Lime, Olive, Ice Blue
MARKERS: Copics - #E35 +E47
ACCENTS/TOOLS: Sewing machine, thread, Wizard, Rectangle and scalloped rectangle nesties, ribbon, brad.
TECHNIQUES: Sewing, Paper Piecing, stamping



My second sample is a bookmark done with the Psalms 37:3-5 verse stamp created by our very own Lori McCroskey. I thought it was a perfect image for a pretty bookmark.


Card Recipe:
CDS STAMPS USED: Psalms 37:3-5
CS/PAPERS: K&Company's Blue Awning, Bazzill, 140# cold pressed European watercolor paper
INK: Staz-On - Jet Black, Versa Magic dew drop - Oasis Green
ACCENTS/TOOLS: Wright's mini tassel
TECHNIQUES: stamping, anything but a card
Please check out what the other awesome "Sneak Peek" DT girls have to share with you this month, by clicking on their names below.
Don't forget to stop by our "Fearless Leader" Lori's blog too!


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Hugs
True :D

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day 3 of CDS sneaks and something a little differnt for me!

Hello!
Hope your weekend is off to a great start!
I have been admiring and starting to collect Artists Trading Cards. They are little pieces of art that are about the size of a baseball card. They can be framed, slipped into a card, used in scrapbooking, used as a focal point for a card you create, made into a refrigerator magnet etc.
 I am loving them so much that I decided to start doing some of them myself!
When I saw the about to be released "Jesus Paid It All" set from Clear Dollar Stamps, I knew it would make a beautiful ATC!
The stamp set was created by Laurie Wilson and has lots of beautiful images and sentiments that would be great for many occasions.


Please check out what the other awesome "Sneak Peek" DT girls have to share with you this month, by clicking on their names below.
Don't forget to stop by our "Fearless Leader" Lori's blog too!


Card Recipe:
CDS STAMPS USED: Jesus Paid It All
CS/PAPERS: 140# cold pressed European Water Color Paper
INK: Staz-On, Versa Mark
MARKERS: Tombow markers #s 098, 055, 925, 606, 725, 528
ACCENTS/TOOLS: Rectangle nestie, Wizard, Water Brush, clear embossing powder, heat gun
TECHNIQUES: water color, stamping, ATC, embossing


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Hugs,
True :D

Friday, February 26, 2010

Day #2 of CDS "sneak peeks"!

Hello All!
It's day #2 of March sneak peeks!
Clear Dollar Stamps new release are truely awesome! You will want to check them all out!
This card is created with the new "Sassy & Fabulous" set that was illustrated by the my friend Kim Teasdale. There are lots of cute images with this set but I chose to use the purse. A girl can never have too many ya know!  ;)
The set will be available March 1st.


The purse was paperpieced. If you look close, you can see a small pattern in the teal.



Please check out what the other awesome "Sneak Peek" DT girls have to share with you this month, by clicking on their names below.
Don't forget to stop by our "Fearless Leader" Lori's blog too!


Card Recipe:
CDS STAMPS USED: Sassy & Fabulous
CS/PAPERS: DCWV - Be Mine stack
INK: Staz On, Versa Magic - Oasis Green, and Malted Mauve
MARKERS: Sakura silver Gelly Roll pen
ACCENTS/TOOLS: Offray ribbon, Basic Grey's half pearls, sewing machine, thread, Crystal Effects, Martha Stewart - Scalloped border punch, Wizard, Scalloped circle Nestability, sewing machine, thread
COLORING: watercolors
TECHNIQUES: stamping, sewing, embossing, paper piecing
SPECIAL NOTES: (Teal on purse was paper pieced)
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Hugs,
True :D

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Day 1 of CDS March Sneak Peeks!

Hello All!
It is that time again!
Clear Dollar Stamps newest offerings are about to hit the store and they are awesome as always!
This card is created with the new "Daisy Duo" set that was illustrated by the super talented Laurie Wilson.
It will be available March 1st.


I stamped and colored the flowers several times then popped parts of them for a full layered look.


Please check out what the other awesome "Sneak Peek" DT girls have to share with you this month, by clicking on their names below.
Don't forget to stop by our "Fearless Leader" Lori's blog too!


Card Recipe:
CDS STAMPS USED: Daisy Duo
CS/PAPERS: My Mind's Eye - "Just Dreamy", Bazzill Bling
INK: Staz-On - Jet Black, Color Box cat's eye - orange
ACCENTS/TOOLS: Basic Grey rhinestones, Offray ribbon, Ranger Stickles in Orange Peel and Yellow, pop dots, sewing machine, thread, Wizard, square and rect. Nestabilities in regular and scalloped, metal brad
COLORING: watercolors
TECHNIQUES: stamping, sewing, tole, 3D, water coloring

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Hugs,
True :D

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A bit of sunshine in my day!


Sweet Terry aka ILUVMYBUGS gave me this beautiful award today.
I needed it. THANKS Terry!
I have to share it with six others and would love to give it to all of my blogging friends but have decided on the following 6  because of their kindness with comments and blog posts.
OK...OK... so I can't count!
Thanks to all of you who have sent cards, emails, prayers, and comments!
Hugs,
True :D

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I am still here! ;)

Hello All,

Just thought I would pop in and let you know I am still here. With the exception of a card that was made in advance and the blog candy winners post that I had to do, I have been MIA for a little while.
Here is a snippet of what my last 2 weeks have been like...
Hubby and I both had the flu. I missed work for a week but was too sick to craft.
My mom was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She had surgery Friday in Tulsa, OK. The doctors think it was all contained but won't know for sure until they get the biopsy result for the lymph nodes that were removed.
Our central heat went out and it is COLD in Kansas my friends!
Yesterday my son Kurt was rushed to the emergency room out of town with a yet to be diagnosed issue. He has some tests scheduled for today. Please pray for him that is is something minor and very curable.
I stayed home from work sick (actually dead tired) today and also have a pain in my side like a kidney infection. I will be downing the cranberry juice and water all day!
Anyhow...I apologize for not being more active with my blog, and my visits to yours, as of late but I think you will understand why. Now I just hope I can get all of my samples done for my design team commitments for the month!
Wish me luck!

Hugs,
True :D

Monday, February 15, 2010

And the winners are......


The winner of my $50.00 gift certificate to Embellish-Online is.....Mary Lou!
Please email me with your email addy by the end of this week.

The winner of my "One World One Heart" Fairy card and extra goodies is Pat Winter!
Congratulations ladies!
Thanks to all who entered! You all ROCK!
I still have another candy going until Feb. 26th. If you have not signed up for it yet....go for it! LOL!

Hugs,
True :D

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Verve "Thanks So Much" Card for EIO + free ribbon announcement



Hello All!
Hope you are having a great weekend with lots of craftiness going on!
This was a fun little card to make. Hope you like it too!
I am entering it in the "Friday Free For All" Challenge "Let's Pierce It People" at Embellish-Online which is hosted by our fabulous design team coordinator Michelle, and in Mojo Mondays' sketch challenge MOJO124.
I just LOVE playing along with the fabulous Mojo Maker Girls!!!!
I used Pink Paislee's - "Cupid Collection" and Basic Grey's - "Sugar Rush" Woolies, which are both available at Embellish-Online. Click on their button below to go there!
Embellish It Scrapbooking
That reminds me...Embellish-Online.com has a special going on right now!
For every $5.00 in American Crafts products you purchase, you will receive a spool of American Crafts Ribbon FREE! (while supplies last)


Card Recipe:
STAMPS USED: Verve - Thankful Accents
CS/PAPERS: Pink Paislee - Cupid Collection, Bazzill, Core'dinations
INK: Staz-On Dark Timber, VersaMark, Color Box - Moss, Warm Red, Chestnut, Creamy Brown
ACCENTS/TOOLS: Sewing machine, thread, Prima flowers, brad, flower punch (for leaves) satin specialty ribbon, Basic Grey's "Sugar Rush" Woolies (heart), clear embossing powder, heat gun, piercing tool
TECHNIQUES: sewing, embossing, piercing, popping, 3D, stamping

If you have not signed up for either of my BLOG CANDIES, now would be a good time!
Just click on the links in my upper right hand sidebar to take you to the posts for details.

Thanks again for dropping by!
Please leave a comment before you go...I adore them!
Hugs,
True :D



Thursday, February 4, 2010

MORE BLOG CANDY!!!!!! Wow, how time flies!

Sorry...THIS BLOG CANDY IS NOW CLOSED.
Hello all!
I was looking back in my archives for a card the other day and noticed that I started my blog on February 4th, 2009. You know what that means?
 HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO ME!!!!!!
I have had so much fun and met so many awesome people through my card making and blogging!
There have been true friendships formed. I have had the privilege to be on about a dozen different design teams and have enjoyed all of them. I was honored to be asked to be a VIP speaker at a craft convention in Topeka, Kansas. One of my cards is being published in CardMaker magazine. I am now illustrating stamps for Clear Dollar Stamps. I have 754 awesome followers and am almost at my 50,000 hits mark!
To show my appreciation for all of you and to celebrate the fun I am having as a blogger.....
IT IS CANDY TIME AGAIN!!!!
I usually don't have more than one candy going at a time but the anniversary snuck up on me. Time flies when you're having fun!
This is an odd collection of goodies but I have been home a little under the weather all week and couldn't get out to shop. My craft room is overflowing so I just went shopping in there! LOL!

Click on the pictures for a better look!
I think it will be a fun box for you to pull items out of one at a time. If I can squeeze more stuff in whatever box I put it in, you will have some surprises too!

This candy will run until Feb. 28th.
Same rules as always....
#1) Become a follower if you aren't already.
#2) Post about my candy on your blog and/or put it in your sidebar with the following link back to me.
#3) Pop a quick comment below to let me know you have done the above and would like a chance to win some sweets.
If you have not signed up for my $50.00 shopping spree candy yet, you have until Feb. 13th to do so.
Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments that I always look forward to reading and for the camaraderie and friendships! Thanks also to those of you who have just found my blog. I look forward to making your acquaintance!

Good luck!
Hugs your way!
True :D

Monday, February 1, 2010

"Porridge The Pretty Piggy" Card - My first EIO DT Card! Woot woot!



Hello All!
I am very excited because this is my first official project for Embellish-Online.com!
I had this cute little Sugar Nellie stamp already colored up from about a year ago. I love to color so I have done way more images then I have made cards for! LOL! I have a whole drawer of them just waiting to be used on a card! Any who...Barb from Embellish-Online.com sent me my first box of DT goodies and when I saw the pretty Pink Paislee-"Cupid Collection" papers, I instantly thought of this image. The colors were PERFECT!

The piggy is popped several times then glittered and shined. I added some flowers that I punched out of the same paper, some punched leaves, some stitching, and that pretty May Arts - 1" satin ribbon  also from Embellish-Online.com.

That reminds me....Embellish-Online.com has a special going on right now! For every $5.00 in American Crafts products you purchase, you will receive a spool of American Crafts Ribbon FREE! (while supplies last) Can't beat that deal with a wet noodle!


I am entering this card in the following challenge:
Stamp Scrap and Doodle Saturdays - Open
Cup Cake Craft - 4 Legged and Furry
Cute Cars Thursday - Bloomin Gorgeous


Card Recipe:
STAMP USED: Sugar Nellie - "Porridge"
CS/PAPERS: Pink Paislee's ~ Cupid Collection - "Love Potion" and "Heart's Bloom", Core'dinations, Bazzill
INK: Staz-On, Color Box's "Chestnut" and "Olive" Versa Magic's Malted Mauve
ACCENTS/TOOLS: Stickles "yellow" and "lime green", green brads, May Arts 1" Satin ribbon in Champagne, pop dots, tine leaf and flower punches, Crystal Effects, sewing machine, thread,
COLORING: Prismacolors watercolor pencils
TECHNIQUES: Stampin, sewing, 3D popping, water color

You might also sign up for my $50.00 shopping spree blog candy that is going on now while you are here. Click HERE to go to it.

I hope you will leave a comment if you like my latest piece of heART. Shoot....I would love a comment if you don't!  Your comments are the whole reason I take the time to blog!  ;)

Thanks and hugs your way,
True :)