Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Love Bear

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and Imagine That Digistamp has you covered! Today she has released several new digi sets that are simply adorable! For my card, I used this sweet bear from the Beary in Love Kit and a piece of Beary in Love Digi Paper. I also went with a quick, quick, quick layout because, of course, I was running late with my sample!!! Hahaha! Something you don't want to be late for is your chance to comment at the Creative Playground and win a stamp set from the release of your choice!!!

 From now until Friday, February 3rd, leave a comment on any of the New Release posts at the Creative Playground for your chance win. Five lucky people will win a set of their choice from this new release!

 Until Friday, February 7th, purchase any item in the Valentine & Love section of the store, and you'll receive 25% off your order. Just use the code: CUPID25 at checkout!
You can click HERE to head straight to that section.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Happy Holidays

We have a new and wonderful sketch for your this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Soooooo many possibilities, don't you think?!!

I immediately thought Christmas when I saw this, thinking of an ornament wreath. So I punched and die cut out two different sizes of circles from fun glitter paper (I seem to be hooked on green and blue together!). My sentiment is from the stamp set The Big, The Bold, and The Merry by Winnie & Walter. Talk about quick and easy!!! My kind of card, and perfect for mass producing! Join us for some sketchy fun at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Challenges I'm submitting my card to include:
Weekly Christmas Card Challenges - anything Christmas
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Anything Christmas goes

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sending Hugs & Birthday Wishes

Today is Bubble Wrap Day!! Who knew bubble wrap had its own day! Anyway, over at The Outlawz, our CAS challenge is to incorporate bubble wrap into our clean and simple project. I decided to create my own background with my bubble wrap, using it as a stamp so to speak. I was inspired by the Ink Layering Technique from a video by Jennifer McGuire. She used stencils to achieve her wonderful backgrounds but I decided to try using bubble wrap. The first layer I inked up bubble wrap with white ink and stamped it onto my cardstock then heat set it. Then I got a whole new piece of bubble wrap and inked it up with a coordinating ink, stamping it a little off set from the white images. What a fun effect. I made two backgrounds for that "just in case I goof up royally" but they both turned out okay. I heat embossed the sentiments (All Occasion Sentiments from My Favorite Things) then popped 'em up for a bit of dimension. Wow, would you look at that, two cards for the price of one!! Before you pop all those bubbles, create something with that bubble wrap and share it with us at The Outlawz.

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Can you tell I'm on a diet, all I can think about is food!!! I miss ice cream, cookie dough and my Starbucks the most!! I'm just a little crabby is all but so far I'm already down a little over 10 pounds and looking towards the prize...a new wardrobe!!!!!

We have a new challenge this week at Catch the Bug, a color challenge. Time to have some fun and join us for your chance at winning some Bugaboo images of your very own!!

I used the adorable Ice Cream Dog from Bugaboo. Is he not the cutest?!! The sentiment is from Imagine That Digistamp - Ice Cream Sentiments. It couldn't be more perfect if you ask me!!! Now I hope you can join our color challenge this week at Catch the Bug, can't wait to see what you create! 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hello Friday

It's time for a Freebie Friday image from Bugaboo, and here it is...Raggedy Critters - Monkey. How sweet!! Quick to color too, which is a good thing for someone like me who isn't very fond of coloring!! My card could not be more simple---a few layers, a piece of scrap pattern paper and a simple sentiment. Perfect recipe for card making at my house!! Scoop up your freebie today from Bugaboo and get creating! Check out what other design team members created with this sweetie over at Catch the Bug.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sending Lotsa Love!

Kris from Imagine That Digistamp is having a progressive challenge each month  at the Creative Playground, and this is the set you will receive if you play along using an IT image! The is Lorie's Seeds of Love and she is a beauty! The challenge ends Feb. 3rd so you still have time to play!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Greetings of the Season

Tuesday Morning Sketches has this awesome sketch for their challenge this week. The moment I saw it I knew I had to play along.

It was the perfect sketch for this tree from Reverse Confetti (Branch Out) I had die cut out the other day from felt!! Plus it gave me a chance to use my newly purchased Stained Glass Border Rectangle Dies from Gina Marie Designs. The sentiment is from the Bells & Boughs stamp set at Paper Trey Ink. Such a fun sketch, I may have to make of few more of these cards.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Thank You

Yes, thank you for putting up with me and my three day absence. I've been putting in extra hours at work in the evenings plus trying to keep up with all the "mother" stuff during the days and have no time to play. I did get some crafty time in a bit ago to create my No Pattern Paper card for the CAS challenge at The Outlawz. Believe it or not, I'm the one who came up with this challenge!!!!! It was a tough one because I LOVE my pattern paper. The vellum flowers were die cut using the Stitched Flowers Die-namics from My Favorite Things. The sentiment is from the More Sketchy Banner Greetings found at Simon Says Stamps. I sure hope you can join us for our CAS challenge of no pattern paper at The Outlawz.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Drown Your Troubles

Day 5 of our Under the Sea birthday celebration for Bugaboo is to make a "funny" birthday card. Be sure and play along with all our challenges over at Catch the Bug for your chance at some Bugaboo goodies!!

Now I know my card doesn't say "Happy Birthday" on the front but believe me, I have a friend who will absolutely crack up when I send this to her for her birthday!!! You can't go wrong with Stella when you need some humor! This is Stella Tidbits - Drown Your Troubles. Fun, fun, fun!!!

Ruff Day?

Yeah, I feel like I've been having a couple of ruff days!!! But this too shall pass! Anyway, here's the latest sketch for you from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2. Talk about fabulous!!!

Another piece of fabulousness is our sponsor...Bugaboo. Always a fan favorite!!! 

Here's my card, using the hilarious Crabby Dog image. Oh my how he makes me laugh!! Reminds me of Gru's pet in Despicable Me!! Now I hope you can join us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 for your chance at winning some Bugaboo images of your very own!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Birthday Bash Day 4

It's time to play a little bingo for our Birthday Bash over at Catch the Bug. Fun, fun, fun!!!

 And here's my card, using one of the images from the newly released birthday set. This is also the set you have a chance of winning!! On the bingo card, I went diagonal featuring sparkle, a Bugaboo image, and pearls. I love the expression on this fish!! Now it's your turn to wow us with your creations and I can't wait!!


Tea Time

So what do you think of the latest sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge? Fabulous, right?!! I certainly had fun with it!!

Here's my card, using a Paper Trey Ink stamp set Tea for Two and the coordinating dies. I cut out the tea pot three time, adhering them together for some fun dimension. Now it's your turn to share your take on our latest sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Swimming By...

Welcome back to Day 3 of our Under the Sea birthday celebration at Catch the Bug. Today it's a color challenge...and what great colors they are too!! Very much it makes me think of the ocean. 

Mondays at Catch the Bug usually mean Anything But a Card. I found a video on You Tube for this Kisses Gift Card Holder and decided to give it a try. It was easy to do, and that's coming from someone who doesn't like to make anything but a card!! My image is from the sweet Bugaboo Mini Set AKV Under the Sea. Now I hope you can join us for our color challenge today (you're allowed to make a card!!) at Catch the Bug.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Just Keep Swimming!

Day 2 of our Bugaboo birthday celebration involves a sketch...my favorite kind of challenge!!

Here's my card using the fun Mini Set - AKV Under the Sea. So many cute images!!! I wish you could see the sparkle on the fish from my wink of Stella pen. And what a fabulous way to use up some pattern papers...score!!! Join us for Day 2 of our birthday celebration over at Catch the Bug, you just may be the big winner!!!

Just For You

Sunday means it's time for a new CAS challenge at The Outlawz. This week we are to use stars on our projects! I lucked out and found this colorful star paper. I decided to then die cut a few more and pop 'em up over my sentiment banner. Quick, easy and fun! Perfect for mailing too. Join us for a star studded challenge over at The Outlawz.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Bugaboo!!

Happy 7th Birthday Bugaboo!! Now we couldn't let this fun celebration go by without a week of challenges. Check 'em out at the Bugaboo blog, Catch the Bug. Today it's a Photo Inspiration challenge.  

Here's my card using AKV Summer Sports - Scuba Diving. I was inspired by the overall theme of being under the sea. I found a piece of this adorable fishy pattern paper in my stash...how perfect!! Now join us for day 1 of our Under the Sea birthday celebration at Catch the Bug for a photo inspiration challenge. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017


How fun, I found this Bugaboo image, already colored, on my very messy desk and decided to put it on a card! I pulled out some scraps of pattern paper too in my forever hope of clearing 'em out!! I don't think that will ever happen though. This sweet cowgirl from Bugaboo is now retired, having been part of the AKV (A Kids View) collection. Head on over to Catch the Bug to see what other members of the DT created using oldie but goodie Bugaboo images.

Only 2 more days until Bugaboo's Under the Sea Birthday Bash begins!! Be there for some wonderful prizes!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Steampunk Lizzie

What is steampunk you ask...well it's a "subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery". Steampunk is also part of the new release from Image That Digistamp!!! This is Steampunk Lizzie all geared up wishing someone an amazing birthday! There is also a boy version, Steampunk Sam. The pattern paper is from the new Steampunk 2 paper pack...a must have with these fabulous images. And if you bundle up and purchase both Steampunk Lizzie and Steampunk Sam, you will receive the papers FREE!!! That is one amazing offer!!!

Now head off to the Imagine That Digistamp store and purchase your bundle today HERE! Also, check out what other members of the design team created with these new releases over at the Creative Playground.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dashing Through the Snow

We are having frigid temps here in Pittsburgh and I don't like it one bit!!! I'm so ready for spring! Snow is our clean and simple theme this week at The Outlawz. I pulled out a couple dies to help me make my card. First is the snowy background courtesy of the Falling Snow Background Die from Gina Marie Designs. The rest is from Paper Trey Ink -- In the Meadow stamp set, In the Meadow Silhouettes die collection, and In the Meadow die collection. Now this is one I just might have to make more of!! Now join us for some snowy fun over at The Outlawz.

Challenges I'm submitting my card to include:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything goes Christmas theme with option of CAS
Crimbo Crackers - Snow
Moving Along With the Times - Something in the Air (I went with snow)
Time Out Challenges - Winter with optional twist of white on white

Saturday, January 7, 2017

We're Back!!

The Bugaboo design team is back to work with an Anything Goes challenge at Catch the Bug. I'm going to try to create with images I've had printed off for quite some time now...another scrap pile to see if I can make smaller!!! This is the sweet Bugaboo image Clown Numbers - Four. I know a darling little boy who is turning 4 in a few months that I will give this card to! See there, I'm ahead of the game already!!!! Hahaha, if only it would last!!! Join us this week at Catch the Bug for our Anything Goes challenge. And mark your calendar starting next Saturday for our Under the Sea Bugaboo Birthday Bash (try and say that 3 time fast!)!!!

No Prob-llama!!

Welcome back to the monthly challenge at Creative Playground. We are changing things up a bit for the new year!! Play along with our challenge using an Imagine That Digistamp image and you will receive and adorable digi set FREE!!! Before I get into that, let me tell you about my card. I've used the sweet Llama Love set because it's so darn cute!! And those sentiments...FABULOUS!!! My two pattern papers came from, you guessed it, my scrap pile!

Here is Lorie's Seeds of Love, the set you will receive FREE for linking up a project at the Creative Playground or our Facebook group in January. It's also available for purchase HERE at Imagine That Digistamp. Talk about adorable!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Snow Much Fun!

It's Inspiration Thursday over at the Imagine That Digistamp blog, Creative Playground. I couldn't resist playing with the sweet set Dog Sledding. Don't these two look like they're having the time of their lives?!!! Playing in the snow used to be so much fun as a kid. Now that I'm an adult...not so much!!! I prefer staying inside and warm. Be sure and check out what other members of the Imagine That Digistamp design team created for inspiration over at the Creative Playground.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Yes, Another Christmas Card!!

A new year and a new challenge over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Sure hope you can join us!! 

Here's my take on the sketch...and yes, I'm still making Christmas cards!!!!! What is wrong with me?!! Hahaha!! I certainly went out of the box with the colors on this one, using the new inks from Catherine Pooler's Foundation Box. The trees are from Paper Trey Ink, Joyful Christmas. The sentiment and die set are also from Paper Trey Ink, Jingle All the Way. I rubbed the ink pads on some card stock then cut them out with the chevron die for a perfect match. A crazy take on the sketch I know but I kinda like it!!! Already starting my stash of Christmas cards for 2017!! Join us for some sketchy fun at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

One of these days I will stop making Christmas cards...but obviously today is not that day!! This is my card for the "sparkle" CAS challenge we have going on at The Outlawz. Yes, I borrowed the idea for the layout from Jennifer McGuire (check out her video HERE). The pine die cut has been sitting on my desk for quite some time, begging me to put it on a card!! And the sparkly ornament is a new die I just got from Gina Marie Designs. The sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink, 'Tis the Season. Very quick and easy to make. May have to make a few more!! Please join us for some sparkly fun over at The Outlawz, CAS style.