Monday, July 28, 2014

Catch the bug Anything but a card Monday - book mark A book is like

Monday July 28, 2014
Today at Catch the bug is ABC which translates into Anything But  a Card...
So the old stand by is a book mark. I have to come up with a better idea next time. I know it's lame but I did need a new book mark for my bible and thought this was perfect. I chose the image Dollar flower bug for the book mark as I thought the sentiment I found from MFT worked perfect. I colored it with copics and added a thin ribbon to the tag and used the orange color to complement the flower. Love it and it will be nice for my bible.

crafty catz #241 - atg
crafty girls #23 - atg
the paper nest dolls #15 - atg

recipe: dollar flower bug ctb, mft sentiment, copics, pti die, ribbon, hero arts black ink, ranger blue for sky, my cloud template

Paper Makeup #151 - Just Because

Monday July 28, 2014
I am sure you all have needed a Just Because card, I know I have. So this was just simple.

I think everyone can use a cupcake card Just Because.. and maybe give a real cupcake with the card.. wouldn't that be sweet. Thinking of you type of card but Just Because.
I kept my card pretty simple. I cut out the cupcakes and layered I on a stamped background circle and then put a bunch of stars in versa mark around it and then added some hearts for that love effect.

Crafty catz#241 - atg
Sister act #67 - atg
Crafty girls #23 - atg
The paper nest dolls #15 - atg

recipe: so sweet cupcakes pmu, su, qq blue ink, versa mark, ss cupcake party border and dies stamp, wink of stella glitter pen, words?, corner chomper, ss heart dies, copics

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Aud Sentiments #111 - Christmas in July / May the lights

Wednesday July 23, 2014

Sponsor for this challenge is QKR Stampede and I got to use the darling image . Lights kitty image

This is the card I made using the Light's kitty image from QKR.. I thought this kitty was so funny and I could imagine him/her getting all tangled up in the lights.  I put glitter on the lights to give them a sparkle and a little hint of color behind the bulbs to give the glow effect. I love the sentiment. It just happened to go with the image.  Fun card.  I hope you play along and remember to put your sentiment on the front of the card and make it as Christmas card.

Crafts 4 eternity #185 - lots of layers
Jellypark - Christmas in July
Polkadoodles  wk 29 - add a little twinkle (glitter on lights)
Sister act #66 - atg
Craftyhazelnuts #186 - layer it up
Craftyhazelnuts extra - Christmas
Eclectic ellapu - atg
Come and get it - Christmas in July
recipe: kraft, dcwv, copics, ss merry everything, glossy accents, glitter, su die

Paper Pretties #320 - Pink & Green / Happy birthday

Wednesday July 23, 2014
Well some of my favorite colors so this was nice.
I used the digi You're so sweet and various designer papers to complete the card. Oh I also used paper ribbon and just had it coming out the back of the focal point and added a few die hearts to the card.
It's also Christmas in July at Paper Pretties and it's 50% off your entire order using the promo code: CHRISTMAS
Sister act #66 - atg
613 Avenue create #81 - atg / option party time
Eclectic ellapu - atg
Cards in envy - happy birthday
Use your stuff #145 - layers
Crafty sentiments - hand colored
Through the craftroom door - atg
Party time Tuesday - atg
recipe: you're so sweet /pp, su base, basic grey dp, paper ribbon, copics, mft die, ss die hearts, wink of stella glitter pen

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Catch the bug / Bugaboo NEW RELEASE -daisy butterfly tag / happy birthday

Tuesday July 22, 2014
So did everyone enjoy the Christmas in July that we just had ALL WEEK.. I hope you did and it's back to every day cards now.
I saw a card with a tag  - kind a like this  one below done on a card at Creative with Monika .. If you scroll down on her blog you will see the card I am talking about. I loved the look and when this tag came up on Catch the bug I knew I needed to try my stab at using it as the focal point. I love the final look and my strip of teal really made the card pop. I carried out the teals and blue into the yarns for the tag hole area.  Awesome tag huh.. Check out the New Release at Bugaboo
613 Avenue create #81 - atg /opt twist party time
Cards in envy - happy birthday
Crafty sentiments - hand colored
recipe: su, yarn, corner rounder, sentiment?, embossing folder, embossing powder, copics, scrap

Monday, July 21, 2014

Paper Makeup #150 - Punches/Dies - keep your face

Monday July 21, 2014
Wow is this month going fast too. I can't believe it's on the back half of July already. Hope you're having a great summer and doing some fun things. If you're home I hope you take time and dig into those digi's and make a card to go with the theme for this week at
I dug out the dies and punches and made my card below.. I also have now invested into another cutting plate for my vagabond die cutter. See the nice crease in the sentiment piece. I use my die plates till they almost are so bad they break (which I have broken quite a few) Now I try to buy a couple of sets.. Well now on to my card. I have some scraps of paper... well a lot of scraps of paper and I liked the words on the background piece so chose it and then just did my dies and sentiment off of it. I punched the leafs and the flowers and added them around the dies. I love this look.
I hope you play along.. REMEMBER USE A DIGI

Crafty catz #240 - hot summer or hot colors
Sister act #66 - atg
Eclectic ellapu - atg
Dream valley #86 - summer (summer colors/sunshine in sentiment
Lacy sunshine #38 - flowers
recipe: su, scraps, su die, su punch, liq pearls, ms punch, ranger ink

Sunday, July 20, 2014

7-20-14 Sunday.. Just wanted to announce the winner of the Winter Fairy image I used on my card #1 of our Christmas in July for Catch the bug and the winner is .... drum roll .....
Jessi F.  

Thank you everyone who left me lovely comments not only for our CIJ but always. It inspires me and makes me feel good.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Day #7 Catch the bug Free Friday / Tis the season

Friday July 18, 2014
Well we are on the last day of our Christmas in July and we have this sassy image JJ Merry Christmas as our Free Friday image. The theme : for our last challenge is to use the Free image of JJ and  Something that starts with "C"
I chose Christmas card, Candy cane, Crimson as my "C"
I hope you play along and enter your card using the Free Friday image and Something that starts with C 
Remember there are prizes along the way so enter your cards..Put this one in day #7 Free Friday challenge.
Whoospi Daisy - Christmas in July
Fitztown - #43 - pick a holiday
Inky chicks #33 - Christmas in July
Crafty sentiments - Christmas in July
Scrap creations - Christmas in July
Divas by design - Christmas in July
Penny's paper crafty #186 - atg
TSC #38 - atg
recipe: JJ merry Christmas ctb, su base, dcwv, scraps, copics, su punch, te bling, pp sentient.

July 12-18, 2014
This will stay at the top of my blog from 12-18th for the Christmas in July
Hope you play along each day. This is what to expect below. Please see each day a new challenge. I will have a card posted each day so check back daily. Good luck

Blog Hop Winners
Grand Prize—Must Participate in Hop & all Challenges
7 Free per month for 6 months ($126 value)
Free Bugaboo Christmas in July images
4 month Guest Designer Term
2nd Place - Must Participate in Hop & all Challenges
$50 Gift Certificate
Free Bugaboo Christmas in July images
3 month Guest Designer Term
3rd Place – Must Participate in Hop & all Challenges
$25 Gift Certificate
Free Bugaboo Christmas in July images
2 month Guest Designer Term

Daily Challenge Winners-
Our Normal 10, 7, 4 image winners daily!
Christmas in July Freebies—Daily Winner
Blog Hop Winners - Each designer picks one winner from those that comment and winner gets image designer used, or other image if winner has image used

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day #6 Catch the bug / Photo challenge / Warm holiday

Thursday July 17, 2014
Day #6 Catch the bug  Today is Photo Challenge.. Nice summer beach scene..
I'd love to be there about now..  I guess pretend you are and make your Christmas card.. That's what I did..

 Tropical Santa is the image I chose to use. I thought he looked nice and cool with his Santa hat/snorkel and holding a star fish. Play along using the photo and enter your card in Day #6 photo challenge at Catch the bug.
Allsorts #267 - splish, splash, splosh
Quirky Crafts #14 - Christmas in July
Craft your passion #222 - tropical colors
Craftin desert divas - summer
Crafty boots - Christmas in July
Whoopsi daisy - Christmas in July
Inky Chicks #33 - Christmas in July
Creative card crew #66 - sea or beach
recipe: tropical santa ctb, ss big holiday wishes, su base, qq scraps, mme, te die, club scrap, copics, stickles, ranger, cloud template

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Paper Pretties #319 - theme RED/BLACK/WHITE / I forgot your birthday

Wednesday July 16, 2014
Wednesday and a new challenge at Paper Pretties #319 - RED - BLACK - WHITE
I know, I know the white isn't white.. because when I did it you couldn't see the white word.. duh it's on a white background.. You get the idea though.  I used a lot of scraps and just cut them in lengths and widths that I needed and adhered them to a piece of scrap 4.25 x 5.5 and then cut finished piece to the size I needed for my card. I was not happy with the way the top looked so I added the bakers twine around a couple of times to mask off that area. I wanted to make room for the sentiment and since it was so long... once again I put it on the side.. I do love that look. I think it adds more interest on the card..
I used the image return of cluck by Paper pretties of course.
I hope you play along this week and post your card to the Paper Pretties blog. Have fun.
Squigglefly #26 - over the edge
613 Avenue create - atg w/opt. shape card
Shopping our stash #160 - can't put away or down (scraps - bkground)
Through the craftroom door - atg
Penny's paper crafty #186 - atg
Word art Wednesday #141 - atg
TSC #38 - atg
recipe: Return of cluck/pp, various scraps of papers, bakers twine, copics

Day #5 Catch the bug BINGO / Merry Christmas to "ewe"

Wednesday July 16, 2014
Welcome to Hump day and Day #5 at Catch the bug
Are you having fun and entering your cards over at Catch the bug..
Today is BINGO & MAKE IT FUNNY so choose up or down or sideways and funny image...

this is the card I made using Merry Christmas to "ewe"   I love the look on his face.. like he's shocked or on a sugar high with that candy cane sticking out of his mouth.. He is the funny image choice and  I chose "bugaboo image, players choice (stripes) and bow..  see how simple that is.. Now choose your row.. and make it funny
I hope you play along and just follow the bingo /funny above and enter it over at Catch the bug in our Day #5 BINGO challenge.

Polkadoodles - Christmas
Sweet stampin - Christmas in July
Pumpkin spice #78 - atg
IDIC #220 - Christmas in July
Eclectic Ellapu - furry friends
Glitter & Sparkle #93 - atg
Whoopsi Daisy - Christmas in July
Inky Chicks #33 - Christmas in July
Crafty sentiments - Christmas in July
Scrap creations - Christmas in July
Diva by designs - Christmas in July
TSC #38 - atg
recipe: bazzill, mme, club scrap, ribbon, American crafts snow flake, stickles, copics, mc ewe ctb

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day #4 Catch the bug New Release / Seasons greetings

Tuesday July 15, 2014
Day #4 of Christmas in July at Catch the bug. 
Since it's Tuesday it's New Release day. Even though it's Christmas in July we still have our usual weekly themes. This is ornament mouse.. Cute huh?
We do have a challenge added to the NR Tuesday..
RECIPE: Kraft.. Embossing either wet or dry... Snowflake(s)
I used kraft for the base, dry embossing on the burgundy paper and snowflake on the ribbon and sentiment.
Make sure you enter your card in the Catch the bug challenge and day #4 for recipe challenge..
Polkadoodles - Christmas
Crafty hazelnuts Christmas #185 - glam it up
Sweet stampin - Christmas in July
Pumpkin spice #78 - atg
Quirky crafts #14 - Christmas in July with punches or dies
IDIC #220 - Christmas in July
Glitter & sparkle #93 - atg
Whoopsi daisy - Christmas in July
Inky chicks #33 - Christmas in July
recipe: su base, mme paper, ribbon, sf brads, scraps, ss merry everything, copics, embossing folder, glitter and stickles, su punch, ornament mouse ctb.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Paper Makeup #149 - Girly Girl - For a pretty little girl

Monday July 14, 2014
Monday already and time for another challenge from

This is the sweet image from Paper Makeup Arelia Fairy.. I colored her with copics and added glitter to her wings. Added a ruffle from a scrap piece of ribbon to add to the girly look. Layered the card stocks and called it good. I like doing the sentiments on the side. I seem to be doing it more and more lately. It gives it a different look. What do you think??

I hope you play along with us this week and make sure you use a digi and link to the Paper Makeup blog. 

Pumpkin spice #78 - atg
613 Avenue create #80 - atg /option twist shape card
Come and get it - color of summer
Glitter n sparkle #93 - atg
recipe: arelia fairy/pmu, su, basic grey Lucille, ribbon, glitter, copics

Day #3 - Catch the bug Color Challenge

Monday July 14, 2014
Day #3 of our Christmas in July at Catch the bug
Color Challenge

I am loving these colors, my mother would use these colors and has used these colors when she was alive. I loved seeing her trees. She loved Christmas and believe me they are not the same with her gone. It will be 7 years in Sept..  :(
This is the card I made using the above colors. I love this card. The image is Mini Set Christmas tag. This card was a lot of fun to make and will be going to my brother come Christmas.
Make sure you play along and post your card at Catch the bug and in the right challenge Day #3 color challenge.
Cute card Thursday #329 - pretty papers
Sassy studio #237 - Christmas in July
Charisma cardz #15 - atg
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas July - atg
The Christmas challenge #37 - atg
Simply create too #65 - Christmas in July
Fitztown #43 - pick a holiday
recipe: mini Christmas tag/ctb, su base, dcwv, bg, ribbon, sb die, su punch, club scrap, su ink, qq ink, wink of stella glitter pen, ss big holiday wishes, stickles

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Day #2 Catch the bug Sketch

Sunday July 14, 2014
Well did you enjoy the blog hop yesterday??? There were some awesome cards and I know you had to of been inspired. I know when I looked through the hop I was so proud of my fellow design team members. Awesome work girls... ;)
Well today Catch the bug day #2 is Sunday sketch..

This is the card I made using the above sketch. I let the image Knobby Knee Christmas Joy be the main sentiment and the XO the rest of the sentiment. Plus the designer paper says Christmas memories..  Lot's of fun colors and great sketch
enter your card in the challenge thread at Catch the bug.. Make sure it goes in day #2 Sunday sketch area...
TSC challenge #37 - atg
Word art Wednesday #140 - atg
Cute card Thursday #329 - pretty papers
Sassy studio #237 - Christmas in July
Charisma Cardz #15 - atg
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas July - atg
The Christmas challenge #37 - atg
Fitztown #43 - pick a holiday
recipe: knobby knee ctb, su base, dcwv, copics, su wheel, viva pearl pen

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Day #1 Catch the bug / bugaboo CHIRSTMAS IN JULY 12-18

Saturday July 12. 2014
Welcome to a fun filled week of Christmas in July at Catch the bug  / Bugaboo
Play along and you could win this awesome digi Christmas image. Not from me but from Jodie the lovely creator of the image.
Each day from Saturday July 12 to Friday July 18 we are having a different challenge each day to complete this fun challenge week. Winners daily.. who doesn't love that??

Today is the beginning of our challenge and to start it off we have a BLOG HOP. You should of arrived at my blog from Becky Givans  lovely blog and saw her darling card..
The theme for the start of our week is (if you haven't heard it enough following the blog hop)"SHOW US YOUR SANTA" I guess Santa comes in all shapes and sizes and I chose to use Winter fairy image for my Santa.. who said Santa has to be a jolly old man? 

 Now I hope I inspired you to play along and enter your card over at the Catch the bug blog. Remember the theme is SHOW US YOUR SANTA.. Now it's time for you to head over to Imke's lovely blog. I know she will inspire you with her card.  Please leave me a little love in the comment area and you could be picked to win this awesome image I used on my card... I could choose YOU..  : )   Thanks for stopping by.

Diva's by design - things with wings
Penny's paper crafty #185 - atg
Stampin royalty #236 - atg
Word art Wednesday #140 - atg
TSC Challenge #37 - atg
recipe: winter fairy image/ctb, kraft, bella blvd winter skies, ss merry everything sentiment, glitter, copics.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Catch the bug / Bugaboo Free Friday Santa ornament / Believe

Friday July 11, 2014
It's almost time for our Christmas in July 12-18th. So to get ready for Christmas in July we have Catch the bug / Bugaboo Free Friday Santa ornament
 I made my card with non traditional colors. I love the red and black. The strips behind the Santa are washi tape. I then cut off a portion of the bottom of the card and added the black/cream strip and used red/cream bakers twine and a button to cover the seam, the back side of the black/cream is green /cream diagonal strips which gives a nice look to the inside of the card.
Crafty sentiment - atg
Through the craftroom door - atg
The Christmas blog #37 - atg
Penny's paper crafty #185 - atg
Stampin royalty #236 - atg
recipe: su base, washi tape, ep dp, button, twine, eureka stamp words, copics, stickles, su punch, ctb/bugaboo santa ornaments

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Aud Sentiments #110 - Anything Goes / Everywhere you go

Wednesday July 9, 2014

Our sponsor is Rick St dennis. I chose the image Billie Jo ( I had to with my name Billie June)

This is the card I made with the image Billie Jo from Rick St. dennis.. I love the color choice I made and really made her fun look stand out.  I love these enamel dots that I got in a Simon Says monthly kit. Really brings the card to life. I hope you play along and remember to use a sentiment on the front of your card.

Love to create #123 - fussy & fancy or clean & layered
Squigglefly #27 - use your scraps
The cutie pie #73 - use a digi
Hobby cutz #55 - use favorite color combo (orange/green/blue/teal
recipe: billie jo /rick st dennis/ su paper and blue scraps, scraps quick quote paper, club scrap paper, copics, enamel dots, Annette allen Watkins sentiment, su ink

Paper Pretties #318 - color challenge red/green/yellow/blue - dream big

Wednesday July 9, 2014
This is the card I made for the challenge, I used red for the background, bird, sentiment punch, zig zag die piece and half pearl, green for the side piece that I water colored and the base horizontal piece, yellow with that same horizontal and in the water color area, blue for the color behind the cat, flower, hearts.  for the watercolor piece it was left over from another project that I did. I just couldn't throw it away and this worked perfect for this piece giving it some added color. The cat is Hang in there, acrylic stamp.
 Also we are celebrating Christmas in July with 40% off of your entire order. Just use the promo code CHRISTMAS
IDIC #219 - animals
613 Ave. create #79 - atg/opt: create your own: image, die cut, solid color paper, flower, water color
Eclectic Ellapu - furry friends
Squigglefly #27 - use your scraps
recipe: su, lot's of scraps, flower, hearts, rickrack paper cut, watercolor paper scrap, bird, ranger ink for water color, mft die, su punch, ms punch pti die, 1/2 pearl colored with copic, sizzix die.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Catch the bug / Bugaboo New Release / Wishing you

Tuesday July 8, 2014
I think he is cooking up a big birthday cake and meal.. Hence the wishing you a one of a kind birthday cause if it's not the usual cooker of meals in your family, it can be one of a kind... LOL
I know my hubby is an awesome cook but it's simple and with all of those pans it's got to be a big deal meal..and or cake
sister act #64 - atg
love to create #123 - fussy & fancy or clean & layered
The paper nest dolls #14 - atg
Hobby cutz #55 - use favorite color combo (green/gold/red)
The cutie pie #73 - use a digi
recipe: akv chef / bugaboo, kraft, cosmo cricket, scraps, copics, heart arts sentiment

Monday, July 07, 2014

Congratulations Samson & Glenda my loves..

Monday July 7, 2014
Today is my son - Samson and his fiancĂ© Glenda - soon to be wife in a matter of a couple of hours wedding. They are in Maui Hawaii for the big day, just them. (second marriage for both) and then they will be home later in the week and a big reception this weekend.. Their wedding will be 6ish Hawaiian time which is three hours difference so 9 pm our time. It's going to be a wonderful beach wedding. I cant wait to see photos..
Anyhow this is the wedding card I made for them. I have been thinking of this lovely flower die from MFT (it reminds me of the Hawaiian beautiful flowers) for the card and wanted to keep it simple but elegant so came up with this card.
Love to create #123 - fussy & fancy or clean & layered
The paper nest dolls #14 - atg
Hobby cutz #55 - use favorite color combo (brown/teal/white)
Paper crafty #13 - atg
Pile it on #27  add some flowers
Totally gorjuss #243 - bling
recipe: su base, prima papers, rubber stampeded sentiment, mft die, ranger ink, spray mist, touch of glitter center of flower, bling te

Paper Makeup #148 - Anything Goes / You add sunshine

Monday July 7, 2014
Monday and so it's another challenge at Paper Makeup/makeover #148 It's Anything goes
Remember to use a digi image on your card.

This is the card I made using the digi Sunshine /you add sunshine sentiment
I embossed with clear glitter embossing powder and re inked with versa mark and more glitter embossing.. It's quite shinny in real life.. or should I say sun shinny..LOL
I thought it needed something behind the sun image so I found a spellbinder die that was perfect and that left me able to use the card stock base so I could keep the sunny look. Fun card.
Cupcake inspirations #268 - color challenge
613 Avenue create #79 - atg
Sister act #64 - atg
Brown sugar #101 - atg
recipe: su, scraps, sb die, embossing powder, copics, sunshine digi pmo

Friday, July 04, 2014

Catch the bug / Bugaboo FF / fun in the sun

Friday July 4th, 2014
**** Happy Independence day America ****
Happy Fourth of July. I hope everyone has a safe 4th. Be it travels, parties, doing fireworks.. what ever your 4th things you're doing.. I hope everyone remembers what the 4th is about.
Before I forget the whole month of July is 50% off of all digi's.. woohoo stock up, tell your friends and have fun getting some awesome images at an already low price.
This is the Free Friday image and just in time for summer.
I chose to use some fun papers for the background and die cut the sunglasses from a Taylor Expression die. Added some twine for the string around the neck, you know how some wear sunglasses. The bird was an added touch for a sea bird of some sorts. Not necessarily a sea gull but some sort of sea bird.
Little red wagon #244 - summer
Creative inspiration - atg
TSC #36 - atg
City crafters #218 - lets go to the beach
Papertake weekly - atg
Tuesday throwdown #202 - atg
Loves rubberstamps #110 - atg
recipe: ctb/bugaboo sassy beach gal, kraft, mmy summer splash, tech tues sentiment, te die, twine, copics, ms punch, scraps