Thank you so much for taking the time out to visit my little part of the world. Please feel free to have a look around and leave me a message. You'll be updated each week as to what I've been up to and see what our amazing Design Team Diva's over Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge and fortnightly over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 have created just for you. Thanks so much for looking at my creations which is a special time just for me.
Hugs to everyone



Followers: If you like looking at my work become a follower I love you visiting. Hugs Kathie

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #213 Sponsor Clearly Digi Stamps

Hello and welcome to another Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  Whilst I'm sitting typing this posting the temperature feels as though it's dropping my nose and fingers are cold and it's raining again.

Great news pop over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and guess who's back that's right it's our very own
Arlana welcome back.

Congratulations to our winner and our Top 3 cards.  Great work ladies.  This week we have another lovely sketch from our very own Sally Dube.

Sketch #213
This sketch isn't hard and it's great for showing off those lovely design papers.

Here's my card using Tearrific Digi Cream and Sugar.
This image remind's me of a very old dinner set I have it's 
Royal Albert China Old Country Rose.

This week our sponsor is 
Clearly Digi Stamps (Formally Clear Dollar Stamps)
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!

Lori is offering our very lucky winner this week

Prize: $25 Gift Certificate
 to the store for the Digi Section

You can check out Clearly Digi Stamps 

Don't forget to drop by our wonderful design team over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and check out their amazing cards.

Challenges I'm entering:

Card Recipe

1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card: Burgundy card from Kaisercraft
3. Design Papers: Precious Moments from Kaisercraft
4. Image: Tearrific Digi Cream and Sugar from Clearly Digi Stamps
5. Colour Medium: Copics, gold gel pen.
6. Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Squares, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Glossy Accents, Cheery Lynn Design leaves, Tacky glue.
 7. Embellishments: Crochet flower, roses and pearls all from my stash.
8. Embellishments: Lace, flat back pearls and velvet ribbon all from my stash.

Take care everyone wishing you all a wonderful 

week and happy crafting.





Lisa Lynn said...

Kathie, you are right that image matches your china perfectly. You did a wonderful job coloring it and the Glossy Accent makes it look so real. Your card is gorgeous, and that rose is so BEAUTIFUL!!!! Love the lace and pearl accents to give it the feminine touch. Stay warm, we are having some perfect weather in the 70's.

Pat (mspfd) said...

Wow! This is beautiful. Gorgeous details!

Inkypinkydelights said...

Love this! Thank you for sharing your lovely card at Sweet Stampin' and good luck with the Challenge. Judy x

Wendy McCarthy said...

Gorgeous card, lovely colours and the sheen on the china looks great! Saw this on MIM xx

Linda Anderson said...

How beautiful Kathie! Love the gold pen highlights and shine of the glossy accents. Great embellies too. Love this card!!!


mulberry station said...

Wow, Kathie, I can't get over how real the china set looks. You did a fabulous job with this card. I love every little inch of it.

We have finally gotten some rain the past couple of days. The fire is 45% contained now. We keep praying for more rain to help get things under control. Have a great week Kathie.
Hugs, Nancy

craftyeyes said...

fab card thanks for sharing with us at 2 sisters this week, good luck with the challenge Tracy x

Jeannie said...

That china is so gorgeous! Your card is colored perfectly to match it, I love the glossy accents, and of course all of the things you add to your cards make it just that much more special!

Peace & Luv,

Joanna said...

Oh my, as soon as I saw this card go up on Berry Sweet, I loved it! I think it is amazing how you matched your embellishments to the pattern on the china. The glossy effects are perfect. So pretty Kathie.

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Your card looks like a real set of china - so lovely!!! The weather here is rainy and gloomy, though not cold. We have had a week of high 20s but with humidity of mid-30s. Too hot for me :)

Deanne :)

Deonna Bemish said...

I love the shimmer and shine of your tea pot and cup. Fabulous card and papers. Thank you for sharing with TTCRD this week.

Heide said...

Super, it looks just like your tea set. Love it. Your coloring is super too. We have hot and humid weather right now because of all the rain that we have had. Enjoy your weekend.
Hugs, Heide

Sally Dube said...

Kathie - what a gorgeous card. Such a close match to that lovely china - so beautiful!! I adore your embellishments, the lace and pearls are just awesome!!
Blessings to you!!

Chris said...

Fabulous card! love the way you've used the glossy accents!Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin’ Challenge this week.

Archana Joshi said...

I adore this card a lot. This digi is perfectly match with your china collection. Love the flower clutter on the corner. Thanks for joining us at Sentimental Sundays Challenge this week.

Laney said...

Gorgeous card Kathie!! Thanks for joining us at BMC this week

Holly Gwilliams said...

Love how you have used glossy accents on this - a product I am yet to try, but is on my 'I want' list.

Gorgeous card. You have really captured the essence of your dinner service.

Hope you have a great week.


Craftdee said...

Hi Kathie, first of all what a fabulous card! Love all the details. My Mum has Old Country Roses... she's been collecting it for years and always gets two of everything so she can leave a full set to my sister and one to myself when she shuffles off - talk about planning ahead, lol! Secondly, thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comment and kind wishes for my son and our family. I see you're from Franklin - we went there two years ago when we "did" some of the North Island, we didn't actually MEAN to go there, sort of went off track between Mt Manganui and Auckland, lol. Such a beautiful country, we're coming back to do the rest of the South Island (did some 3 years ago) and the North of the North Island - we had fabulous weather for both our trips, hope you can turn that on again for us, lol. Donna x