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August 30, 2014

Inspiration Challenge At Catch the Bug


It's Saturday, which means a new challenge over at Catch the Bug today! It's nice to have some visual inspiration! You can choose to use the colors, the theme of the photo, or go off on a tangent because of some emotion a photo touches within your soul....however this picture inspires you, we want to see it in your project!

This week's Inspiration Theme is a
Summer's End
(See picture toward the bottom of my post)

My card features the Bugaboo Stamps  Bugaboo Brats Desiree Sitter image.

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I used my Silhouette machine to Print and Cut the image, which I had colored in PSE.
I used my Fiskars Small Cloud Punch to create the tree foliage from some beautiful papers a cyber-pal had sent me some time ago. It also punched the clouds as well. ;)
The tree trunk is a Memory Box Die, Twiggy Tree. The fence is a die by Impression Obsession called Fence Trio. The Small Grass Border was also cut with an Impression Obsession Die. I added the rhinestone flowers and the rhinestone leaves, from some older packages I had picked up at Michaels, for my bling.

 We'd love for you to play along with us!
Be sure to head over to Catch the Bug to add your creation to the Mr. Linky to play along with our challenge. :0)

By entering your project, you could win up to TEN Bugaboo images!
Head on over to Catch the Bug to play along!

One more thing before I wrap this up....
I am now assisting the DT Coordinator with some of the more routine things at Catch the Bug Blog to fill in some time for our wonderful Ms. Min, who is expecting Baby #1, and is happily preparing for the arrival! I'm helping out with some posting duties, and I'm also helping out by choosing a Bugaboo Stamps Fan of the Month! So......if you're a fan of Bugaboo Stamps (and who isn't, right?!), make sure you're posting your Bugaboo cards on your blog because I'm poking around Blog-land looking for YOU! :)

Happy Crafting!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I truly appreciate it, and would love it if you would leave me a comment so I know you came to visit!
Please feel free to browse my blog, I'd love to be your inspiration for your next project! :0) If you're not already a follower, and like what I create, please consider following me! :0) ====>>

August 23, 2014

A Color Challenge


Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!
I love Saturday blogging - there are always so many great challenges and creations in blogland on the weekends, and today is no exception; in fact, today is a new challenge day at Catch the Bug Blog, featuring all kinds of sweet Bugaboo Stamps images! Make sure you hop on by to check out all the wonderful DT eye-candy, and we hope you join us for the fun!
This week's theme is a

Color Challenge

These are such beautiful colors! I could really see creating something fun for fall with this palette, but I didn't do that..........I went with a frog image, instead! So, un-seasonal, I know, but he's such a cutie, and I hadn't inked him up, yet, so......here he is. This is the Frog Hi image. You can find it in the Bugaboo Stamps Store, along with a ton of other great images! 

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I didn't use much of the purple, only on his little toad 'freckles', and a tad of it on the very top of my gradient background that I created using the orange, red and a touch of the purple tones. I added some glossy accents on the eyelids, tongue, fly and his 'freckles'. It gave him a bit more interest. I doodled in the little fly trail using my Zig pen. The main image layer is on pop dots.

Now it's your turn to pick a favorite image, or try something new from Bugaboo Stamps, whip up your project and head on over to enter it into the Mr. Linky!

By entering your project, you could win up to TEN Bugaboo images!
Head on over to Catch the Bug to play along!

Pick up this cute Bugaboo image, and others, over at the Bugaboo Stamps Store, and make sure you also jump over to the Catch the Bug Challenge Blog: it's where you can find out all the lastest "dish" on what challenges are happening and what other challenge sites that Bugaboo is sponsoring (more chances to win some free Bugaboo!). It's also where you can check out all the other fantastic DT projects, including the OBG (Oldie But Goodie) stuff, the ABC (Anything But a Card) items, and the Tuesday New Releases......plus so much more!

Also, I am now assisting the DT Coordinator with some of the more routine things at Catch the Bug Blog to fill in some time for our wonderful Ms. Min, who is expecting Baby #1, and is happily preparing for the arrival! I'm helping out with some posting duties, and I'm also helping out by choosing a Bugaboo Stamps Fan of the Month! So......if you're a fan of Bugaboo Stamps (and who isn't, right?!), make sure you're posting your Bugaboo cards on your blog because I'm poking around Blog-land looking for YOU! :)

Happy Crafting!
I hope you enjoyed my creation today! If you would like, and are not already, please consider following me. ==>

August 20, 2014

August is Family Fun Month!


Hi, everyone!
We all know about holidays through the year such as Valentine's Day, Easter, July 4th and Christmas, but what about those oft-forgotten, completely crazy head-scratcher holidays that are rarely heard of, and often laughable?! Well.........at Catch the Bug we will be highlighting some of the whacky holidays each week with some great projects and cards to depict them! We're calling it
Humor Me Wednesday!
We hope you will join us in the fun each week: take a peek at some of the different days by visiting the talented DT members for Bugaboo Stamps for some inspiration. Most holidays are just belly-busters, while others are just plain fun! :0) We are choosing holidays from each week for the Humor Me Wednesday creations, so we aren't all covering the same one. We're hoping this offers you that much more inspiration and fun! :0)

For my card today, I chose to use the August holiday: Family Fun Month. I like that Family Fun is a month-long holiday! I think it's a great month for it, too! I can remember going to family picnics in August when I was a kid. There was a little amusement park along the river where we would go for bbq, and they had a lot of fun family games planned for the day (through dads work). They had a few small carnival type rides, which were always my favorite (who doesn't love the Tilt-O-Whirl? I know I did!). Anyhow, this fun image reminded me of those days, so I thought it was perfect for this month-long holiday celebration. This card features  the AKV Carnival - Jumping Trio image.

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I colored up my image is PSE, as always. I used the EK Success Mini Pennants punch for my banner pieces, and a Marvy punch for my tiny flowers. Then I added some rhinestones. The banner is on pop-dots for dimension.


By entering your project, you could win up to TEN Bugaboo images!
Head on over to Catch the Bug to play along!

One more thing before I wrap this up....
I am now assisting the DT Coordinator with some of the more routine things at Catch the Bug Blog to fill in some time for our wonderful Ms. Min, who is expecting Baby #1, and is happily preparing for the arrival! I'm helping out with some posting duties, and I'm also helping out by choosing a Bugaboo Stamps Fan of the Month! So......if you're a fan of Bugaboo Stamps (and who isn't, right?!), make sure you're posting your Bugaboo cards on your blog because I'm poking around Blog-land looking for YOU! :)

Happy Crafting!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I truly appreciate it, and would love it if you would leave me a comment so I know you came to visit!
Please feel free to browse my blog, I'd love to be your inspiration for your next project! :0) If you're not already a follower, and like what I create, please consider following me! :0) ====>>

Challenges Entered


August 2, 2014

Boing! Boing! We're bouncing along.....

Hi, everyone!
It's Saturday, and with that usually comes a brand new challenge at Catch the Bug. This week, we're switching things up a little bit: 
As you may know, Ms. Min, our awesome Assistant DT Coordinator, is expecting her first 'little miracle' this month! What better way to celebrate than with a 
Blog Hop for Mom-to-Be, and Baby!?

If you did not come here from Billie A's blog, please hop over to our Catch the Bug post where our hop begins. When you're all finished hopping, please leave a comment for Min, maybe some tidbit of advice based on your experience as a parent? Or.....make a guess at the date or weight of the new 'lil bundle of love!


For my card, I chose the AKV Time Well Spent - Reading Time image from Bugaboo Stamps. When I was little, reading was my #1 favorite thing to do, and it was always so much better with mom!
My advice, Min.....read together, at least a few moments every day. Forever. :) It creates such a wonderful bond when baby is is "baby", and that lasts forever! :)
Oh.....and I am sure you've already heard this from a lot of people, but sleep when baby sleeps!! Lol! :D
Hugs and love to you, Mama-Min! Enjoy your hopping!

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I colored the image in PhotoShop Elements, and added a sentiment, then printed. I cut the edge using Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders. I also cut the brown card stock edge and the pink card stock edge with the same set of dies. My dp is an old one from Stampin' Up that I had in my stash. I added a heart brad, and everything is atop an A2 card base.

Your next stop along our hop is Dee's blog!


Happy Hopping!
I'll see you with more Bugaboo cuties on Aug 20, when the DT returns from their brief summer vaca (which runs from today through the 19th of this month)!
Enjoy the cutie-patooties! :)

July 31, 2014

An Oldie But Goodie at Catch the Bug

Hi, everyone! 

 Today is another great day for visiting a Bugaboo Oldie But Goodie at Catch the Bug Blog, featuring all kinds of sweet Bugaboo Stamps images! 

I put this card together with the thought that it might make someone laugh (and relate! lol!).
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This card features the image Gertrude - Up and Dressed from Bugaboo Stamps. As is my 'norm', lately, I grabbed some scrap dp out of the box for this one. I colored up the image, added my own sentiment (though the one that comes with the image is equally funny!), and then did a Print and Cut for the purple alarm clock image that I found online. I added some glossy accents to Gertrudes glasses and the alarm clock face (the one in the image, not the cut one).

Happy Crafting!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I truly appreciate it, and would love it if you would leave me a comment so I know you came to visit!
Please feel free to browse my blog, I'd love to be your inspiration for your next project! :0) If you're not already a follower, and like what I create, please consider following me! :0) ====>>

July 28, 2014

Final Post as Guest Designer for From the Heart Stamps


Hello, everyone!
I hope you are having a wonderful day! I am very excited to share this weeks card post as Guest Designer for From the Heart Stamps! This is my last post as their guest, and I have had such a wonderful time helping them show off the wonderful digi stamps from their shop, and I hope you've had a chance to join them in their sketch challenges, like I have! 

Not only does From the Heart Stamps have some incredibly adorable images, but at From the Heart Stamps Blog a sketch challenge is hosted regularly. It is called a Sketch Challenge with a tWiSt: a sketch is provided, but so is an additional requirement. Don't worry.....no need to feel overwhelmed with rules and restrictions! You can choose to use the sketch, OR you can create using the tWiSt....or you can do BOTH! :)
Here is the current sketch:

Sketch with a tWiSt #075
tWiSt: Use Buttons

The sketch challenge for this sketch is open for two weeks, starting today, giving you plenty of time to whip up your take on this one!

Here's a really cool thing about these sketch challenges: EVERYONE IS A WINNER! You can earn a $1 discount code toward any digi image in their store. No, not by being a random winner, but just by entering! And even better, yet.......you can use multiple codes toward purchases in their store! So, if you play three weeks in a row, you can buy a new digi for only $ .50! Play four times in a row, and "buy" a new digi with all four of your codes without spending a dime out of your own pocket! 
See......I told you that everyone is a winner there! :)

Here's another cool thing about From the Heart Stamps.......they also run a month-long challenge in addition to their sketch challenges. "Why is that cool?" you ask??? Because if you use the monthly image, you will be emailed next months image 
FOR FREE!

Okay....now that I've explained my excitement about this great digi-stamp company, let's move on to my card for this week.  This week I have used the sketch, and I used the tWiSt.........sort of! You see, my buttons are not plastic, real buttons, but made of paper. I punched them using my Martha Stewart punch, which also embosses them at the same time. :)

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I chose to play with the ever-so-suave Mice Surprise image on my card. I colored my image digitally, with PSE. This sketch was a CAS type, so I kept my card as a CAS card. My papers are from my stash; something I picked long ago at a store-closing sale. I was sorry to see the store go, but happy to partake in the great discounts! :)

A BIG thank you to the wonderful DT at From the Heart, and especially to Faith, the wonderful illustrator behind the images I've shown you, and to Imke, their Guest DT coordinator, for giving me the opportunity the past couple months! :) See you all in blogland!

I hope you enjoy your day! I appreciate you stopping by, and would love it if you'd leave a comment!
I hope you'll join us for the sketch challenge!
Thanks for stopping!
Happy Crafting!