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April 24, 2014

From the Heart, Have a Happy Day!

Hi, everyone!

This is my second post today - if you are looking for my Bugaboo Stamps, Oldie But Goodie, post please scroll down!


Here's a sketch that I used to create a a card for From the Heart Stamps Sketch No, 63 w/a tWist this week. It uses their Thimble Bouquet image.

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I pulled some old Stampin' Up papers out of my stash for this card. I used my Cheery Lynn Die for the Mini Fanciful Flourish, and a Marvy punch for my tiny flowers. My main image is on pop dots. Pretty CAS, as has been my preference, lately. I hope you like it! :)

Here's the sketch for you to follow along!

Here's the cool thing about their 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! :)

I hope you're enjoying your day! I appreciate you stopping by, and would love it if you'd leave a comment!
Thanks for stopping!
Happy Crafting!


Card Recipe

Paper from Stampin' Up Stash
EK Success Punches - Tiny Flower
Cheery Lynn Die - Mini Fanciful Flourish B117S
Pop Dots

An Oldie But Goodie and Another Studio Cutting File


Hi, everyone!
Thursday's are Oldie But Goodie Days at Catch the Bug Blog
I love OBG day because I can break out some of my favorite Bugaboo Stamps to play with, and have an excuse to show them on my blog! lol! (As if I need an excuse, right?!)

Today I am using the Mini Set Spring Stuff from Bugaboo Stamps.  I know you have seen me use images from this set before: it is definitely one of my favorite go-to sets for all things springy! These little bees and honeycomb are so cute, I think!

I am on a major spending freeze for craft stuff, and actually doing okay with that. It has forced me to learn to use my cutting machine more, as when I see new dies that are released, you know, the "must-haves-seldom-used".....well, I do my darndest to figure out a way to make them cut files. I love, love. love the Elizabeth Crafts dies that are pop-ups, and the Sizzix Flip-Its dies are awesome! I just can't fork over $20-$30 for a die (even when I'm NOT on a spending freeze!) 

Anyhow, this is my card, which I created the card base cut file in my Silhouette Studio Software. (Visit my Cutting Files for Sale Tab to find out how you can purchase this). It is inspired by a Sizzix die. I actually thought I had this cut figured out, made a card base, and realized it had more cutting areas on it than needed, so I had to revamp it to get it right. It was a learning experience. It has been a while (three years) since leaving my job, so being able to use my mechanical skills was fun! :)

This is a tough card base shape to photograph, so here are a few pics to help you visualize what's going on with my images on this Z-Fold.

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It didn't help that I made the mistake of using two thick card stocks, layered, before adding my image layer. It made it difficult to lay the card completely flat (though I did manage, eventually). 

I used my Silhouette machine to do some Print and Cut for the image layers and shapes. I didn't add any dp, or any bling. Amazing! Almost never happens for me! lol! The inside circles, which I didn't manage a great photo of - sorry, say "Just", "Buzzin'" & "By".

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) ====>>

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!

One more thing before I wrap this up....be on the lookout for the upcoming Bugaboo Christmas in July Week Long Celebration! This is always a favorite, with lots of FREE images given away for participating in our challenges that week! I'll have more details on that as the date draws nearer.
 

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!

Challenges Entered

April 20, 2014

Stella Says Sketch #208 at Catch the Bug Blog



It's Sunday, the "every-other" kind at Catch the Bug, and time for another
Stella Says Sketch Challenge
#208

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For my card today, I've used two of the Bugaboo Stamps images from one of the Mini Sets. The Mini Set I pulled the sentiment and flowers from is called is called Mini Set - Flower Garden. As you can see from the sketch below, I changed around placement of the image and the sentiment. I wanted the sentiment to be large, and the card statement.
I created the floral tag for the sentiment in my Silhouette software, and I did some Print and Cut technique with the sentiment and flowers. My leafy vine is a Cheery Lynn Die,
 Mini Fanciful Flourish - B117S. I added a touch of Stickles, Star Dust to the flower centers, and to the small flower on the sentiment. My border was punched with an EK Success punch.

Here's the current Stella sketch to follow. We'd love to have you play along with the challenge, and hope that this sketch provides you the inspiration you need!

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That's it from me today! Thanks for stopping by.........please stay a while longer, and browse! :0) If you like what I do, why not consider following me? ========== > >

Now it's your turn to make this sketch shine! 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!


One more thing before I wrap this up....be on the lookout for the upcoming Bugaboo Christmas in July Week Long Celebration! This is always a favorite, with lots of FREE images given away for participating in our challenges that week! I'll have more details on that as the date draws nearer.
 

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!

Challenges Entered

April 19, 2014

*Second Post Toady* WHAT is THAT?! lol!


Happy Easter Weekend!

This is my second post today, so if you are looking for my Bugaboo Stamps Bingo post, please scroll down!

I am still dealing with grey skies and rain this morning, so decided to sit down and do some digital "playing around" in my PSE, again.
I'm using the same set of images as I did on my post last night, Stampin' Up Brushstroke Hummingbird, which I have scanned into my computer so I can play digitally with them.

Usually when I make cards I am following a sketch, or challenge guidelines. The cards I have to show you today were made for a different reason, though. You see, my mom and dad are business owners: she owns a landscape company, and he is a licensed builder and does home renovating and deck building, and such. They work together, so in the months with appropriate weather they are outside doing landscapes and hard-scapes, and in the colder months they work indoors. Anyhow, a long time ago (I'm talking a decade ago), I had made up a bunch of cards for my mom to use for thank you notes, or 'whatever'. This was back when I was first starting out with stamping. Well, my mom being my mom, she still has a lot of those cards. Why?? Because they're terrible!! lol! They lack any sense of style! Seriously, it's laughable how bad they are! I know she has them because every couplem onths she will have to send me some money (I do some graphic work for her), and she always puts it in one of those awful cards. It's become sort of a joke between us, a "look how far you've come" in terms of creative growth. 
Anyhow, here are some new cards I made her, with a note telling her to throw those 'uglies' away! lol! I know.....you're probably wanting to see that ugly card, aren't you?! Well, it's posted toward the bottom of my post for you.....and don't worry, I'm completely not offended when you laugh at it! lol! ;)

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The hummingbird card uses the images the same way I did in yesterdays card. The bumblebee card uses the flowers the same way, but.....obviously, I used the bee instead of the hummingbird, this time. I added the little bee trail, it is not part of the stamp image.
I used my Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders for my main image and the open scallop border. My papers are some very old Sizzix Little Sizzles, Watercolor papers.

I colored all my lines, and I had sized three different digital stamps of the flower vine to create the cluster on my card. I had to rotate the images a bit to fit them into place where I wanted to. If you enlarge the image to look closer, you should be able to see the two different green tones on the stems and leaves. 

Okay....so I promised a pic of the 'ugly'......here it is!
Enjoy the giggle! lol! I sure did!
Torn edges, stamped on lilac?? Whaaaaat was I thinking?! Now you all know why I do things digitally and don't stamp or color! lol!
(You'll notice that I've digitally reversed my hummingbird in my new cards. I forgot to mention that above).


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
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
The Crafters Cafe - CAS
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Digistamps 4 Joy - Easter or Spring
Paper Shelter Challenge - Spring is Here
Simon Says Stamp - Animal Antics
Whimsy Inspiration - Anything Goes

Quick and easy, clean and simple....with a touch of BINGO!


It's Saturday, which means a new challenge over at Catch the Bug today! We are hosting our monthly B-I-N-G-O Card Challenge

Without further ado , here is this weeks Catch the Bug 
Bingo Card:

Isn't this BINGO Card the coolest?! So many choices!
You may choose three squares: horizontal, vertical, or diagonal!

I chose to the diagonal requirements from top right to bottom left for my card this week
 Flower, Die/Punch and Player's Choice - my choice is a Bugaboo Image (of course!). 
My card features the Bugaboo Stamps Mini Set - Flowers images.I used two of the images included with this set. 

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I kept this clean and simple. It was inspired (heavily!) by Jamie's card at Alice's (lLittle) Wonderland.
I cut my sentiment out with my Studio software using Print to Cut technique, and it is adhered with pop dots to give just a bit of dimension. While Jamie left her card as a one-layer, I didn't like the way mine looked when I tried to overlap the sentiment over my flowers: it cut off too much of my image for my taste (though I LOVE hers!), so......there you have it! Super quick and easy today! :)

 There are more super in the Bugaboo Stamps Store
Hop on over and check them out! Don't forget to look at all the New Images this Month, and the Sale Section! There's always something great happening at Bugaboo Stamps!

So, let's see your card this week! Pick your BINGO daubs (you can go horizontal, vertical or diagonal), 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!

Please check out the rest of the Design Team goodies while you're there! These peeps are filled with talent, full of good tips and ideas......and loaded with eye-candy-inspiring ideas! I am so honored to be part of the group!

Please be sure to 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!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I'd love for you to leave me a comment so I know you were here, and if you don't already, please consider following me ======>>


One more thing before I wrap this up....be on the lookout for the upcoming Bugaboo Christmas in July Week Long Celebration! This is always a favorite, with lots of FREE images given away for participating in our challenges that week! I'll have more details on that as the date draws nearer.

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!

Challenges Entered