Saturday, December 16, 2017

SS 494: Fred She Said


It's the last Sketch Saturday challenge before our Christmas break and it IS quite the challenge!  I decided to change the shape from a circle to a square and went with it.

We are sponsored by Fred She Said this week.  They are providing a $10 GC to use on their site.

Since I still have 9 more Christmas cards to finish ("I think I can, I think I can" finish before the holiday!) I made another Christmas card.

Why don't you join in the fun?

Bugaboo BINGO!!


It's time for another round of Bingo over on the Catch The Bug blog.  This month's bingo board is super challenging!

I chose to go with the bottom row: twine, 2 images merged and blue.

I had never merged images before this month, but it wasn't terribly difficult.  The only thing I didn't notice prior to printing was that two snowflakes were layered on top of each other.  It looks a bit messy but oh well, next time ...

I used Three Penguins and added in Candy Cane Penguin to make a 4 penguin family.  I love the way my card turned out.

Come join the fun.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Chaos: Make it Funny!


It's Day 5 of the Christmas Chaos challenge over on the Catch The Bug blog.  It's Humor Me Wednesday, so we want to see your funny projects.  Take a look at the picture below.  It's only to get you started but you don't necessarily need to use on your project!

For my card I used the Bugaboo image: Stella - Santa Called.  I just love Stella and her sassy attitude.

Why don't you join in the fun!

Challenges:
The Male Room: Masculine Christmas
Double D Challenges: Red White and a pop of  
   Green

SSW2-127 DigiStamp Boutique


I'm back again to let you know that we have another fantastic challenge over on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 blog.

We have Sally-Ann returning from DigiStamp Boutique as our sponsor.  She will be giving our winner a £10 voucher to her store.  I'm using one of her new images: Stocking Milly.  Isn't she just the sweetest?!!

When I created my card, I didn't realize that I made the wrong shape for the center; it shouldn't have been a fishtail but the inverse.  Oh well, it's close enough!  Sigh.  I guess I need to pay closer attention to the sketch before I get my creative groove on.

It's still a darn cute card.  Why don't you try YOUR hand at the sketch this week!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Chaos: Stella Says Sketch


It's Sunday and time for a new sketch over on the Catch The Bug blog.  The sketch is a good one so I'm certain to use it again.

My project uses the Bugaboo image: Moose Ornaments ... it's also a "good one!" that I use over and over again.

Playing along with ALL the Chaos Challenges will result in many opportunities to win.  Why don't you join in?!!

And SPEAKING of playing along, I'm joining in the challenges over on the Card Mania site: their theme is Christmas
and the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies site: you must use a critter on your card.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas Chaos: Merry & Bright


Today's challenge over on the Catch The Bug: make something using the theme - Merry and Bright.  My card using one of the new Bugaboo releases: 3 Snowmen.

They sure look like they are having a merry old time.  For the bright, I added the sentiment and some sparkle to the snowflakes.

Come on ... join in the fun and win prizes!!

SS 492: Sasayaki Glitter


It's Saturday and time for another challenge over on the Sketch Saturday blog.

This week we are sponsored by Sasayaki Glitter.  Our winner will receive 1 digital images from her shop.  I'm using her image: Candy Cane Penguin on my card.

I hope you have time to join in the fun this week.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Chaos: FF

Yay!!

It's December first and almost time for the start of the Christmas Chaos over on the Catch The Bug blog.  This is your chance to catch up (or if you are more organized than I am), finish up your Christmas card stash.  But since today IS also Friday, it's time for a freebie!  You can get yours here.  Get ready to join the fun!

I'm also joining in the fun over on the As You Like It Challenge.  They want to know what your favorite animal is and why.  I DO like reindeer (and was lucky enough to see one IRL while in Alaska with the family).  I guess I like all fur covered animals (I say that specifically because THAT is the rule at our house, the boys can have any pet as long as it has fur -- no spiders, reptiles or birds)  I like reindeer because they signal the start of the Christmas season ... on of my favorite times of the year.

I'm also joining in the Aud Sentiments Challenge blog.  They want to see a card that has Christmas AND a sentiment.  Done and done!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gerda Steiner November Challenge


Squeaking this one in ... I have ONE day left in the month of November and I finally finished my card (did ya' catch my funny pun?  It's a mouse and I am squeaking it in? Ha!!  I kill myself!)

It was a busy month but I wanted to be sure to use this darling image from Gerda Steiner.  Since I used this image, I will get next month's image for FREE!  It's a great way to collect Gerda's sweet images.  There is STILL 24 hours left in the month to join in the fun.

I'm using the sketch over on the Tuesday Morning Sketches blog.   It was the perfect sketch to showcase this little mouse.

Tutorial: Altered Tin


It's the last Wednesday of the month so it's time for another tutorial.  This month I'm altering a tin and filling it with fudge to give to my neighbor.

I had SO many people help me make this year's Junior Diabetes Research Foundation "One Walk" fantastic and I'm trying to make something for each of them.

My first step to altering my tin was to gather up all my supplies. I knew that I needed a container of some kind, some ribbon, an image and coordinating holiday papers

But ... I wasn't really certain what materials would work so I gathered a bunch of things in anticipation.  Thankfully, my kids took one for the team and ate one of their favorite cookies so I could have this tin.

Step Two: Ugh, can you believe it ... the tin was 2 inches too big for standard 12 x 12 papers so I had piece the papers to cover the entire tin.  I was seriously bummed out but, on the bright side,  I doubt my neighbor will notice or care.  He will be more interested in the fudge.

Step Three was to decorate the top using my Spellbinders dies.
I decided to use the Bugaboo image: Christmas Hedgie.  I colored him and cut it out, also using my dies.

Finally, I popped him on my tin, added some ribbon and called it done.  It was a fairly easy project.  My only recommendation is to use REALLY strong tape.  I ended up using this tape, but any permanent tape will work.

I think that my neighbor will really like the fudge.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

SSW2-Craftwork Card Stamps


Happy Day Before Thanksgiving!!

I have to tell you guys that I made this card THREE times this week.  The first time,  I had a senior moment and got my dates confused.  So I quietly posted it on Saturday the 18th (I had forgotten that Wednesday was when I needed it to post, not Saturday) Sooo, I made another.  It's below ... for some reason, I just hated it; the green and pink wasn't working for me.  Aaaaaand I made a third one (see above).  The good news is, I got three Christmas cards done trying to complete ONE DT project.  Seriously, getting old (and forgetful) really stinks!

Any who ... it's time for another challenge over on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 Challenge blog.  This week we are sponsored by our fearless leader, Anne.  She has a stamp set to give to our winner.

I'm featuring an oldie but goodie from the Bugaboo Stamp store called Kidz: Christmas Boy And His Dog.

Why don't you join in the fun?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Stella Says "Happy New Baby!"


It's Sunday and time for a new sketch challenge over on the Catch The Bug blog.

This fortnight I'm using the darling Bugaboo image: Bentley - On The Inside.  It's hilarious and the perfect image for a new baby.  Yep, baby Raylee arrived a tad early so I SUDDENLY needed a "welcome baby" card ASAP.  This image was so quick to color that it really fit the bill.

We hope you join in the fun!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

SS-490 Crafty Sentiment Designs


It's Saturday and time for another challenge over on the Sketch Saturday blog.

This week we are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs.  Our winner will receive 3 digital images from her shop.

I hope you have time to join in the fun this week.

Catch The Bug Reindeer

Yay!  Saturday!!

We've got a brand new challenge over on the Catch The Bug blog.  It's time for the November Bingo Challenge.

I used the top row: a sentiment, a Bugaboo image and a charm.

I also used the darling Bugaboo image: Reindeer Blocks...such a sweet image.

The rules are simple: Create a project and post a link to it on Bugaboo Stamps  Challenge blog by  11/18/17  at  6:00 AM EST to be entered a random drawing for 3 possible prizes: ten ( 10) (using Bugaboo only), seven (7) or four (4), using any image!

Don't forget, if you don't own a Bugaboo image, there is a freebie each Friday.  You can get yours HERE!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

SSW2-125 A Day For Daisies


Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday, a friend pointed out to me that our kids have only 4 weeks left in this semester.  Ack!!  Really?!!  And that means that Christmas is only 5 weeks away.  How can that be?!!  (taking a deep, cleansing breath)  I can do this.

It's Wednesday and the Christmas rush is ON!!

We have another sketch challenge over on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 blog.   We have Tammy from the A Day For Daisies shop as our sponsor.  She is giving our winner a $12 Gift Certificate to her shop.  

Why don't you join in the fun?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

3-D Card


I think that it's just plain mean to have snow so soon after Daylight Savings kicked in.  Here we are, trying to adjust to how soon the sun goes down and then add in the super-cold temperatures too?!!  I'm so cold that I'm considering setting my feet on fire!

So how better to deal with the freezy-squeezy weather ... why, make a winter card of course!  The Art Impressions blog challenged us to make a 3-D card and of course I wanted to use my new AI set: Santa Paws.  I decided on a slider; I made my little dachshund running toward his buddies, who are no doubt Christmas caroling.

I love slider cards.  I could play with them all day!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

SSS518: 2 Snowman


It's time for another sketch on the Catch The Bug blog.  This fortnight, I'm using the image: 2 Snowman.  It's another darling image from the Bugaboo digital image store.  This cutie is only $1.50 ... so cute and soo inexpensive!

There is another great sketch this time.  Super flexible; I will definitely use this one again.

Remember, you can enter  the challenge up to 3 times.  If you use a Bugaboo Image, you could WIN 10, 7 or 4 Bugaboo Images of your choice.

Do you NEED a Bugaboo Stamp to use?  Head on over to the store,  click on the Friday Freebie tab and you can get this week's freebie.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

SS and Bugaboo Challenges


I'm killing two birds with one stone (OK, it's a card but you get the idea).  There is a brand new challenge over on the Sketch Saturday Challenge blog AS WELL AS a new challenge on the Catch The Bug Challenge blog.  So I'm using the sketch and an image from Bugaboo to complete both challenges.  I'm using one of my favorite images: Gus - Old Fart.  He's such a hoot.

The sponsor from the Sketch Saturday blog is Lemon Shortbread.  She is giving our winner 3 free digi-images.

Over on the Catch The Bug site, our theme this week is Anything Goes.  You may use any image on your project to win the Seven or Four-image prizes, but if you have Bugaboo images, we would LOVE to see them!  If you don't HAVE a Bugaboo image, there is a freebie available each Friday.  You can get yours here.

I'm also joining the Coloring Challenge over on the Color Inspiration Monthly Link-Up.  You want to see amazing coloring, this is the site.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Catch The Bug Saturday Challenge


It's time for another Saturday Challenge over on the Catch The Bug blog.  Using the photo, we'd like you to make a card (or anything, really) that is inspired by it.

I used the colors in the photo: blue, green and yellowy-orange as well as the house itself.  Around here, the word house is synonymous with "chores!"

No one likes to mow the lawn and each week we have a game of "not it!"  to decide who gets stuck doing it.  We hate it so much that I am determined to buy a John Deere riding mower when I amass enough money.  (Sigh).  I can not wait!

So I thought that the Bugaboo image Stella Summer Block Lawnmower was especially appropriate for my card!  Makes me laugh every time!

I used the sketch over on the Paper Play Sketches site.  It was fun and certainly fit the photo.

Come join the fun!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

That Magical Substance ... Coffee


It's Oldie But Goodie day over on the Catch The Bug site and do I have a good one to share with you today.  Most of my friends and family members know that I like a good latte ... as does Stella here.  I'm using the set: Stella Peeker: Magical Substance.

My kids sure know that coffee is a magical substance that has Mom saying, "Good Morning Honey!" instead of "Leave Me Alone."   I'd like to take credit for that phrase but it's actually the phrase that Jodie came up to go with this darling set!

I'm using the sketch over on the Try Stamping On A Tuesday site.  I'm done with my Halloween cards so I did not use their optional "Halloween" theme.

I'm also joining in the "Anything Goes" fun on the Crafty Sentiments and the "That's Sketchy" theme on the Shopping Our Stash blog.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Creating A Slider Card With A Digi?!!


Good morning! Its the last Wednesday of the month (Yikes, where is this year going?!!)  This means that it is time for a tutorial over on the Catch the Bug blog.

I absolutely LOVE interactive cards but, I've never tried to do one with a digital stamp.  The best part of digi stamps are their reasonable prices, rapid availability, and versatility so why COULDN'T you make interactive cards with them?  The short answer is ... yes, you can!  And ... in a few short steps, I'm going to show you just how easy it is.

Step One:
Print all the phrases and images needed.  I wanted my car to drive in the direction of the opening of my card so I rotated the image in my software prior to printing.  I probably should tell you that I'm making this card for my oldest son who has all As at this point in the academic year.  We are so proud of all his hard work.  This, coupled with the fact that he will be starting his driver's training soon, is why I wanted to use the image that I chose.  I'm using the Bugaboo image: Guy - Car and computer generated phrases

Step Two:
I colored my image and started cutting all my layers.  I thought that I would need to use an Exact-o blade to cut it out, but ended up just using scissors.  I did have to lose the cute puffs of exhaust as well as his antenna but it couldn't be helped.

Step Three:
I used a die to create a text box but you could just cut a rectangular shape.  The box just needs to be large enough to show your sentiment.  I wasn't paying close attention here (do you see my mistake?)

Yep ... I cut off my tree top.  I hate when I make goofy errors but in the grand scheme of things, this is an easy fix.

Step Four:
I glued my (corrected) scenery to my card base and added the "kickstands" to the image.  This will allow me to attach the car to the slider pull.  The only thing that you need to keep in mind at this stage is making certain that the pull moves easily in its channel.  I didn't use anti-static powder and probably should have.

It stuck a bit initially.  I used one layer of tape on the channel, doubled up my layers of tape on the kickstands and then tripled my tape for the final layer.  I just wanted to make sure that the image had room to slide.

Step Five:
The last bits were adding a road in and little decorative things to finish off the card (clouds, grass and flowers -- to cover up the smudge of something that ended up on the grass)

I really like how my card turned out and will definitely do it again! I hope you are inspired to give it a try!!