Saturday, August 19, 2017

Have a Merry Holiday

The Bugaboo design team is back from vacation and let me tell you, it sure was needed!! This week at Catch the Bug, we're playing a little bingo...so fun!!

Here's my card, using the adorable Theodore Christmas Present from Bugaboo. I found this in my pile of printed off images so I went with it. For bingo, I'm playing the top horizontal line of embossing, ribbon and charm. I sure hope you can join us over at Catch the Bug for some bingo fun!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

What's Up?

Thursdays at the Creative Playground is inspiration from the Imagine That Digistamp design team. I couldn't resist playing with the adorable Giraffe With Butterflies image...what a sweetie!!! I also used a piece of Giraffe Pattern digital paper, also from Imagine That Digistamp. A quick card, just the way I like it. And yes, that's a little piece of washi tape. I have so much of it, it's time to start using it!!! Now head over to the Creative Playground for more inspiration.
 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Frappuccino Anyone?

Here's my last coffee card, this time a cool frappuccino, topped with whipped cream and colorful straw!! I embossed the lid outline onto vellum so you could see the yummy goodness underneath. I seem to notice another trend besides the coffee theme...I've been using doilies with my projects, something I have never done before!!! Showing my feminine side I guess!! Hahaha!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Coffee Cafe

Told you I was addicted to this Stampin' Up Coffee Cafe bundle!! Here is card #2...be ready for another one tomorrow!! I adore the designer series paper with its wonderful blue, greens and brown. A fabulous color combination.

Tomorrow morning Brian and I are flying out to Denver to visit with Phillip!! I can't wait! He needs our help buying a couch and coffee or end table, depending on how much room he's got. We've Facetimed so I have an idea of what his apartment looks like. I know I'll drive him crazy trying to give it the mother's touch!!! Wish us all luck!!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Well Done!

Our Clean and Simple challenge this week over at The Outlawz is a congratulations card for a sporting achievement. I was very generic with my sporting event, but I couldn't wait to use the Hooray Bundle from Concord & 9th. And this piece of pattern paper could not be more perfect! Now I hope you can join us the week at The Outlawz for our latest CAS challenge.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Life Happens, Coffee Helps

I am part of a Stamping Club over at Stamptastic Designs. Each month we receive via email a tutorial of 6 different cards. This month one of the stamp sets featured was the Coffee Cafe bundle from Stampin' Up. It just so happens I have that set but hadn't inked it up. I made the 3 cards featured in the tutorials plus 3 more inspired by the other cards!!! Seems that I can't put this set down now!!! So fun, quick and simple...just my style. Stay tune over the next few days as I show off the other two cards!

Challenges I'm playing along with include:
Southern Girls - Add some stamping
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS
Crafty Gals Corner - Bingo (Sentiment, Free space, Bow)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Flamingo Birthday

It's time for a little Thursday inspiration over at the Creative Playground. I absolutely couldn't resist playing with another flamingo set from Imagine That Digistamp!! This time I used Flamingo Birthday along with two of the wonderful digital papers included in this set. And surprise, I did a fancy fold card too (at least to me it's fancy since all I ever do is the standard A2 card!!). This is a Z-fold card...oh so simple yet really, really cute!!! I'm sending this one to my niece in Florida for her birthday in a couple weeks. I think she'll absolutely love it!! Now head on over to the Creative Playground for more inspiration. And while you're there, check out our monthly challenge too for your chance at winning a gift certificate to the Imagine That Digistamp store.
 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Get me to the Beach on Time

Actually, I wish I could get back to the beach!! We had such a wonderfully relaxing week while on vacation it was really hard to leave. Because of that, I couldn't resist using the super sweet and newly released Flamingo Beach set from Imagine That Digistamp to create something fun and beachy. I used the color version of this beautiful flamingo along with one of the digital papers included in this set as well as one from the Tropical Breeze set. So fun, so tropical and oh so flamingo!!!!! Head on over to the Creative Playground to see the other two flamingo sets being released and all the fabulous projects created by the design team.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

I'm so sad that our beach vacation is coming to a close. I really don't want to leave!!! It's a new month and time for a new link-up challenge at the Creative Playground. This fabulous flamingo is part of the featured set, Flamingo Dress Up, that you can get free just by playing along with our monthly Anything Goes challenge AND using an Imagine That Digistamp image. Can you believe it, I actually colored this image all by myself!!! Definitely not a strong point of mine!! The paper and sentiment are a sneak peek of a new set being released next week so be sure and come back then to see all that's fabulous and flamingo!! Also, join us for a month long Link-Up challenge at the Creative Playground.
  

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I Am Beach Bound!!

We are on our way to our annual beach vacation...and I can't wait!!!!! To hear the waves crashing, there is no better sound to lull you off to sleep! So of course being the hostess of this week's CAS challenge over at The Outlawz, a beach themed card is what it will be!! I love the color combo of aqua and kraft for beachy cards. I stamped using the By the Sea and By the Sea 2 sets from Gina K Designs. As for the sentiment (Word Salad by Paper Smooches), I went with a darker brown ink so it would stand out. A little twine and some fun foam on the back of the aqua layer to pop it up onto some cream and my CAS card is done! Quick and easy for sure. Join us this week over at The Outlawz for a clean and simple beach theme project. And I'll see you in the ocean!!!
  

Friday, July 28, 2017

Just Saying Hello

It's time for a new Freebie Friday at Bugaboo so say hello to Molly Moo Garden. While you're at the Bugaboo store, take advantage of the 50% off Christmas in July digi sale going on till the end of the month. What a perfect opportunity to stock up on your favorite Bugaboo images!!
 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Merry Christmas

Yes, I'm continuing my Christmas in July card creations!! After all, have you seen all the adorable holiday images over at Imagine That Digistamp? I really think you're gonna want to!! Check out the sweet Candy Cane Teddy I used here. I went with the pre-colored version, of course!! Talk about a time saver!!! Now head on over to the Creative Playground for more inspiration from the Imagine That Digistamp design team.  

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Consider This Card a Hug

The CAS group over at The Outlawz has a new challenge this week - Monochromatic. No one is more surprised than I am when I reach for shades of purple...not a favorite color of mine. But I found this piece of pattern paper scrap and ran with it!! The flowers are the Stitched Flowers Die from My Favorite Things and the sentiment is from the You Are Loved Messages by Hero Arts. Now join us with your monochromatic creation at The Outlawz.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Humorous Christmas in July

Day 5 of our Christmas in July fun at Catch the Bug -- make a funny project using this photo for inspiration.

I found this Bugaboo image, Rudolph Stars, in my pile of already printed off digis. And, believe it or not, I also found this sentiment!! Now it's your turn to share your humorous creation with us over at Catch the Bug as we celebrate a week of Christmas in July.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Release and Bingo - Christmas in July

 Welcome back to Day 4 of Bugaboo's Christmas in July challenge week. Today it's all about playing Bingo. We also have a new release to share with you. Head on over to the Bugaboo store where you'll find all digis 50% off when you use code BUGXMASINJULY.

Here's my card using the new release, Bear in Stocking. Isn't he adorable?!!! As for Bingo, I went with sparkly (thanks to Stickles), Sentiment and Embossing. Now it's your turn to share your creation with us by playing bingo and linking up over at Catch the Bug. See you there!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wrap it Up

Mondays at Catch the Bug are Anything But a Card day, and today is no different. Because we are celebrating Christmas in July, our challenge is to create something you'd wrap up a gift with. But there's a twist...use non-traditional Christmas colors. Love it!!

I went with a gift tag, using the Bugaboo image Christmas Brat - Girl Elf. Brown, red and black is my color palette...definitely non-traditional!! Join us over at Catch the Bug for Day 3 and let's wrap it up with a twist.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Christmas in July Day 2

It's Sunday sketch day over at Catch the Bug for our Christmas in July celebration. Talk about a fun sketch, sure hope you can join us!!

Of course, loving snowmen so much, I couldn't resist using the Scene It - Snowmen Fun from Bugaboo. Another reason I used it was because it was in my "already printed off" pile!!! Now it's your turn to share your card using the sketch from Day 2 of Christmas in July, Bugaboo style that you can find over at Catch the Bug

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Christmas in July Bugaboo Style

Today's the day, it's Christmas in July, Bugaboo style!!! Head on over to Catch the Bug for all the challenge details for this week...yes, we have Christmas challenges all week!!! Now join us for Day 1, sparkle and shine.

Here's my sparkly card using the Bugaboo image Winter Bird Skates. Right now it's not in the store, but as soon as it is, I'll link to it so you can add it to your collection (and right now, you can get 50% off ALL digis by using the code BUGXMASINJULY). I used 3 different colors of Stickles on the bird along with Nuvo glitter paste and a stencil for the background. Clean and simple with just enough sparkle...at least for someone who doesn't like glitter (don't hate me!!!). Can't wait to see what you create for our Christmas in July Sparkle & Shine challenge at Catch the Bug.
 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Feel Better

Welcome to our latest clean and simple challenge at The Outlawz --  use a farm animal. I already had this adorable Bugaboo image printed up and cut out so I went with it. Keepin' it simple because, after all, it a clean and simple challenge!!! Haha!! Hope you can join us this week at The Outlawz.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Outdoor Fun

It's time for a new challenge at Catch the Bug and our theme this week is Outdoor Fun. I used the fun Bugaboo image JJ Gardening. Now to some people, gardening is loads of fun, but not to this gal!!! I am clueless when it comes to what to plant and where so that's why I call upon my master gardener friend to design my landscaping as well as plant everything!! The fun for me is watching everything grow from the comfort of my air conditioned home!!!!! Hope you can join us for some Outdoor Fun of your own!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Bugaboo's Oldie but Goodie

I'm always printing off way more images than I need so I've stock piled quite a collection. I go through that pile for some Bugaboo images for the Thursday Oldie But Goodie post found over at Catch the Bug. Today I used the adorable Ava Flower Patch, coloring her up with copic and spectrum noir glitter markers. I also used some pattern paper from my scrap pile! Now be sure and head over to Catch the Bug to see what other members of the Bugaboo design team created with their oldie but goodie Bugaboo images. 

Happy Holiday -- In July!!

I warned you there would be lots of Christmas in July cards!! Today I used from Imagine That Digistamp the adorable Raymond's Reindeer Friend. I love the addition of the dark grey along with the traditional red and green. Such a darling image!! Now be sure and head over to the Creative Playground to see other inspiration from the Imagine That design team.

Challenges I'm entering my card to include:
Christmas With the Cuties - Clean & simple
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes Christmas
The Crazy Challenge - Animals
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Enjoy Your Day

I couldn't wait to share the latest sketch going on at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge because it is so much fun...and a great way to use up scraps!!

And here's my card following that sketch!! I pulled out an old My Mind's Eye paper pack and started cutting out my strips. I then sponged brown ink along the edges. I feel that really helped each strip really stand out. I then tied on some linen thread and attached a tag with a sentiment from an Avery Elle set called The Reef. Now it's your turn to share your project using the fabulous sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

 

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and Bugaboo

I decided to play along with the latest sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. As always, I love a good sketch that lets me add pattern paper because, well, I HAVE SO MUCH OF IT!!!!! 

Another reason I wanted to join them is that Bugaboo is the sponsor...and I have so many of her images I simply couldn't resist.

Here's my card, using the adorable Fancy Sunbonnet July - USA image that isn't in the store as of yet. Jodie is still working on getting all of her images added to her new store, but with thousands of images to import, it's simply taking a bit of time. Now I hope you join in over the next two weeks at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 for your chance at winning some Bugaboo goodness!!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Under The Sea

This week we have a fun CAS challenge at The Outlawz -- Under the Sea. I had been watching The Little Mermaid with a friend and her young daughter and that song was stuck in my head. What a perfect challenge theme I thought to myself!!! Funny where we find inspiration for this crazy therapy we call card making! Being short on time to get my card done, I went to my pile of previously printed digi images and found this cute one from Doodle Pantry. I'm still sad that her store has closed, I loved her images. I even found the coordinating digital paper too. This card went together in a snap! Now I hope you can join us for some Under the Sea fun at The Outlawz. And if you need some inspirational music, just sing along with these words...

 "Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea"

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Li'l Drummer Boy

It's time for a new link-up anything goes challenge over at the Creative Playground. I enjoy making lots of Christmas in July cards so get ready to see some this month!! Here I used a sweet Imagine That Digistamp image called Li'l Drummer Boy. Now each month if you play along using an Imagine That Digistamp image, you will receive the feature set and this month that set is called Baby Mermaid. And talk about adorable!!! Join us at the Creative Playground and get your hands on the sweetest Baby Mermaid you ever did see!!!
 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Fashion Muse

I'm having fun with the latest class over at Altenew Academy, Muse. I actually got into my stamp room late last night before passing out from exhaustion to make a card inspired by fashion. I love the diagonal design and large bold flowers.

And here is my card pulling out those aspects of the inspiration photo. I used two Altenew sets -
Beautiful Day and Thinking of You. It's been fun searching Pinterest for inspiration. I actually created a board of these pins in case I need 'em again in the future.

Now it's off to work I go!! I've been working sooooo many additional hours I can't find any time to stamp! When I get home at night, I eat dinner then promptly fall asleep!! Not good for some of my design team requirements. Hopefully I can catch up with the extra long weekend coming up!
 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Crawling by to Say Hi

Thursdays are Oldie Bug Goodie days at Catch the Bug, and I sure do enjoy playing along!! Today I'm using the adorable Bugaboo image Crab Flower. It makes me think of the beach which we are heading off to in few weeks!! I can't wait!!! The papers are from an old 6 x 6 pack by My Mind's Eye. Speaking of eyes, I added glossy accents to this guy's eyes for some fun shine and dimension. Now be sure and head over to Catch the Bug to see what other design team members created.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thinking of You

We have quite a  CAS challenge this week over at The Outlawz...a one layer card!! Once I quite over thinking it, this came together quite quickly!! The stamp set is from Gina K Designs and called Sentimental Bouquet. I used some of my favorite inks by Catherine Pooler (check 'em out HERE) as well as from Simon Says Stamp and Paper Trey Ink. Yes, as I tell my husband, I NEED all those different brands of inks!! I embellished with a few score lines and sequins with some gold Stickles in the center. Now I sure hope you can join us for some one layer card clean and simple fun at The Outlawz.

Challenges I'm submitting my card to include:
Hiding in my Craftroom - Feminine
The Crazy Challenge - Flowers

Friday, June 16, 2017

You're So Sweet

What could be sweeter than a freebie image from Bugaboo?!! Yep, this Bear Heartstrings is free at the Bugaboo store so be sure and scoop him up HERE. I just colored him up with my Copic markers and added a bit of sparkly Stickles to the wings. Head on over to the Bugaboo blog, Catch the Bug, to see more inspiration from other members of the Bugaboo design team.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Christmas Wishes??

But summer has just arrived, why a Christmas card??!!! It's never too early to start making Christmas cards! And this one makes use of the sweet Imagine That Digistamp image and sentiment from Marianne's Hamster set. The snowflake paper is from the Merry & Bright digi paper pack, also from Imagine That Digistamp. Now other members of the IT design team have some wonderful inspiration so be sure and check 'em out over at the Creative Playground.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hello Summer!

Welcome to our latest Clean & Simple challenge over at The Outlawz - make a card of a summer activity. Summer for us means a beach vacation so I couldn't wait to pull out my High Tides set from Stampin' Up. As you can see, I obviously didn't clean my stamp off good enough after using red ink because I ended up with a reddish-gray lighthouse!! Oh well!! Now let's see what you will create featuring a summer activity as you join our CAS challenge this week at The Outlawz.

Challenges I'm submitting my card to include:
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Anything Goes
Crafting With Dragonflies - Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Summer + a Sentiment
CCEE Stampers - Ocean Theme
Do-Al (l) Creative - Summer



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Oldie But Goodie Thursday

I so enjoy creating for the Thursday Oldie But Goodie inspiration post over at Catch the Bug. I have collected so many Bugaboo images that I love playing with some that I haven't used in a while. Like this one, Kawaii Kitty Cupcake. Being a mom of two furballs of my own, I'm always drawn to cat images. Yep, you guessed it, I cut this one out with my Scan N Cut!! I love that thing!! For more OBG Bugaboo inspiration, head on over to Catch the Bug.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

You Make Me Smile

Boy a good night sleep would certainly make me smile!!! I'm late with my card but got it made. Our CAS challenge this week at The Outlawz is to use a technique. I went with foiling and heat embossing. The background was created with some deco foil transfer gel and this Winnie and Walter stencil. The sentiment is from the latest My Favorite Things kit, Sketchy Flowers, that is unfortunately sold out. I'm not sure that I'm lovin' this card very much, but I have to get over it and move on. There's more stamping that needs to be done!!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful today!!
 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sending Hugs

Well, well, well, would you look at that...I never posted my card for today's Anything Goes challenge over at Catch the Bug!!! Let me tell ya, working all these extra hours has really made me a scatter brain!! Anyway, this card uses a sweet Bugaboo image called Cute Bee Flower. I had cut him out using my Scan N Cut and decided this was a perfect time to put him on a card! I did add some sparkle to his wings and the center of the flower with my wink of stella pen. The sentiment is white heat embossed on black...not sure I like that big black sentiment strip but it ain't comin' off!!! Now I'm off to see what else I've forgotten to do today!!! Be sure and join us at Catch the Bug for an Anything Goes challenge.

Giraffe...With Coffee?!!

It's the first Saturday of the month and time for a new link-up challenge at the Creative Playground. Play along with our Anything Goes challenge for your chance to win a gift certificate to the Imagine That Digistamp store. Now if you us an Imagine That Digistamp image, you will receive the featured set Giraffe With Coffee!! My card uses this adorable featured set along with some new papers, Giraffe Patterns and Coffee Break. I sure hope you will join us at the Creative Playground for our monthly challenge!! 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stinkin' Lovable

I'm a big Pittsburgh Penguins hockey fan and am thrilled they are playing in the Stanley Cup for the second straight year!! Let's Go Pens!!! Watching that and working extra hours has really cut into my crafting time!!

 I did get a card made for today's weekly inspiration at the Creative Playground. I made this using the sweet digi set Lil Stinker from Imagine That Digistamp. Once again, I used a piece of paper from the Sassy Frassy digital paper pack. Now  head on over to the Creative Playground to see more inspiration from the Imagine That design team.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

With Sympathy


We're challenging you to make clean and simple sympathy cards this week at The Outlawz. It's definitely something I don't always have on hand. I found an old Flourishes stamp (the flowers) and also used a Verve Stamps set for the sentiment (both inside and out). That stamp set is called Forever in Our Hearts. I ended up making two cards but this design is so simple I could have certainly made many more. Sure hope you can join our CAS challenge this week over at The Outlawz.