Friday, April 30, 2010

Freebie Friday at Bugaboo Stamps!

Today is Freebie Friday at Bugaboo stamps, and I couldn't be happier to show you my project! Head over to the Bug Shop so you can browse and nab your freebies! I used one of the images to make a bunch of Book Plates for my daughters books! She is over the moon with her special "Bug Plates"! :p

This project is apropro and may have been entered into the following challenges:

(Try something new - Never made a bookplate before)
(Anything Goes)
(Use punches)
(Picture Inspiration)
(I bought the green DP at Target this week in the $1. spot! WOOHOO!)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Another OBG Thursday at Bugaboo Stamps

It's that time again! The time when the Bugaboo DT get to pull out any of Bugaboo Stamps awesome stamp (that is not part of the Newest Release) and get creative! That's right, I'm talking about OldyButGoody Thursday! Woot Woot!

I just love this sweet little Spring Chick! She is so cheerful and she makes me wanna smile! I hope she makes you happy today too!

Be sure to come back to see what else I've created today! My mojo is back & firin' on all cylinders, so check back often to see how I've been inspired! Maybe I'll motivate you to get 'Scrappy Happy' too!

This card is apropro and may have been entered into the following challenges:

(Use Buttons)
(Flowers and Wings)
(Not a spring chick - lol! I can't recall how long ago I bought the buttons!)
(Sewing - I faux-stitched)
(Make your own paper background - I drew mine in!)
3 different glitters - spica pen - black on bug, green on dress/headband, orange on beak)
(Make your own- I drew my own background in, created my 'grass' with my cb, border punch and nesties)
(Use punches - Used border punches for 'grass, Nesties)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bugaboo Card and Tutorial day!

Hey there everyone! It's halfway through the week, so that means it's tutorial day for the Bugaboo Stamps Design Team! Today, we are revisiting a pretty cool tutorial! Head over to the Bug Blog to check it out! :-)

The card below features one of Bugaboo Stamps Wee Ones! This little bee would make anyone smile! Hope you like the card! 

This card is apropro and has been entered into the following challenges:

(Use Sunny/Yellow)
(Make Something)
(Use Buttons)
(No DP)
(Birthday card - Used scraps, and leftover buttons)
(Going Dotty - I drew the dots all around the diecut scallop border)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cool Beans! I made Shelly's Images DT!

I have some awesome news to share with you all! I have been chosen to join the Design Team for a new up and coming stamp company - Shelly's Images! I'm so excited to finally be able to share my news and show you some of the things she has available in her shop, as they are released!  Check out what I've created using one of Shelly's fabulous images!

The card below features one of Shelly's digi stamps called, 'At the Beach'. In order to really celebrate this new DT spot, I decided to try a few new things - including making a Joy Fold Card. If you've never heard of a Joy Fold Card, simply head over to Shelly's Images and check out this and all of her other free tutorials!

This card is apropro and may have been entered into the following challenges:

(Anything Goes)
(Vivid Colors)
(Die Cuts - Nesties)
(The Good Earth theme)
(memories - I wanna be back in Jamaica!!!!)
(Distressing - I edge-distressed around the image)
(Distressing - I edge-distressed around the image)
(The Stickles, all of the embellies and SU cs is well over a year old!)
(Stitching - Faux Stitching on white panel)
(Use Aqua)
(Do Something Different - Made a Joy Fold Card)
(Anything Goes)
(I used Brads and Eyelets)
(no DP)
(Color Challenge)

No Release Tuesday?

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will not be a New Release today for Bugaboo Stamps.

In lieu of posting a new release today, I will be featuring some OBG cards. Hope you enjoy them! :)

This card features Slingshot Sean from Bugaboo Stamps. I thought he looked so cute and innocent - until I spied that slingshot and started wondering what he was up to! After that, the sentiment was a perfect fit!

This card is apropro and may have been entered into the following challenges:

(Funny Card)
(Diecut Shapes- Nesties and MS Truck punch)
(Color Challenge)
(Anything Goes)
(Vivid Colors)
(Anything Goes)

Monday, April 26, 2010

ABaC Monday, and MORE?!

Today is Bugaboo Stamps ABaC day, so I made these Plant ID Signs using Bugaboo's Flower Block Names. Can't wait until the weather gets nice again so I can put these into my garden! So glad that my girls at OSAAT are featuring a flower theme as are so many other challenges!

I worked really hard on these, but had to get them done in time for a deadline. However, I never sacrifice my coloring and creativity even if I'm in a hurry! I hope you can see what I mean with these close-ups:

This project is apropro and may have been combined for the following challenges:

(Recycle Something - I used cereal box cardboard for added strength, & the 'sticks' are heavy cable ties)
(Blooming Blossoms - use flowers)
(Use Flowers)
(Use flowers, digi stamp)
(Use diecuts - thank goodness for my Nesties! )
(Ad inspiration - floral waters made me think FLOWERS!)
(ABaC - a matching set of SIX Plant ID signs!)
(use flowers)
(A little splash of purple-only used it on one, and each card has three colors, not including shading)
(Vivid Colors - some of these are DEFINITELY present!)
(Anything Goes)

Sunday, April 25, 2010


We all need ya to


'nuff said!

Crafty Ho Challenge and Scrappy Sketch Sunday

Woot Woot! It's that time again! Another week is starting and here I am with some cool things to share! It's Scrappy Sketch Sunday at Bugaboo Stamps, and there is a new Crafty Ho Challenge up! Be sure to go check them out by clicking on the links above!

Below is my card using DIE CUTS!! (Like the one I've been playing at all week - Creative Belli!!!) I also used the Crafty Ho theme 'April Showers' for the card too. Now if that sounds somewhat familiar to you, it could be because that is also what the current Bugaboo Stamps Challenge and the Digital Tuesday Challenges are (- although Bugaboo's Challenge uses a different one of my sketches)! RaeAnne says..."Is that clear as mud?" lol! Just head over to the Bug Blog for the Bugaboo Challenge HERE for more details! It'll become MUCH clearer there! In the meantime, I hope you like my card!

(psst...if you read the stuff above, you MIGHT just be able to combine a few card challenges!  ...just sayin'...)

This card is apropro for and may have been entered into the following challenges:

Color Combo - I used Basic Grey Bling it rhinestones)
(Use Paint Swatches - Used Glidden 'Ruffled Feathers' - embossed oval behind image)
(Not a spring chick - Used buttons, floss, paint swatches, and EFs that I've had for awhile)
(Baseball team colors - Milwaukee Brewers- here's the hat that I picked the colors from:
(Anything Goes)
(Use Die Cuts)
(Quick Quotes)
(April Showers)
(Spring theme. C'mon! YOU GOTTA COMBINE 'EM TOO! You can't miss this one!!)

(April Showers+Sketch - nope...I can't win, but thought I'd add this if you wanna cut and paste this list!)
(April Showers theme - Nope, can't win here either, but ...just tryin' to enable...)

*I also wanna give a shout out to Shelly from Shelly's Images!
Check out her web store and see what she's got in there!
THIS IMAGE would be perfect for this theme too!*

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bugaboo Stamps Challenge Saturday

This week Bugaboo Stamps Catch the Bug Challenge is to use the following sketch along with the theme 'April Showers'. For complete rules and challenge info head over to the BUG BLOG for deets and prizes

Here is my card using the sketch:

This card is also apropro for and may have been entered into the following challenges:

(Color Challenge)
(Use Flowers)
(Use Flowers)
(distressing - edge distressed, and ink distressed))
(I've had the May Arts orange ribbon, the square brads, and the lace for awhile in my stash. The black embroidery floss I've prob. had for 10 years, until i decided to use it to stitch the ribbon and lace together for this card with it! )
(Use Diecuts- used Nesties rectangles and circles)
(Color Challenge)
(Anything Goes)
(No DP - I embossed and inked the panel behind the image)
(Gingersnap Creations has several challenges - This one features botanicals or flowers)
(Stitching - I stitched the ribbon and lace together)
(Stitches -  I sewed the ribbon and lace together!) **SU Dusty Durango cs**
I forgot I had the sentiment stamp, the black Embroidery floss is at least 10 years old, the orange May Arts ribbon was a never used gift from Michele L. {THX!} )

Guest designer!

As one of the Bugaboo Stamps DT members I am given some amazing opportunities! This week, some of us were lucky enough to get to be Guest Designers for Totally Papercrafts! I am so beyond excited to be featured on the same blog site as the Totally Papercraft Design Team folks! Wowza they are some SERIOUSLY talented folks there!

Be sure to go check out the challenge and PLAY along to win some awesome prizes! Wanna know what the challenge is? Well head over to Totally Papercrafts and see what all the fuss is about! You'll be glad you did!

Here is my sample card for the challenge:

This card is apropro and may have been entered into the following challenges:
(Sparkle- sparkly wings, antenae, and on the paint swatch leaves!)
(The leaves are made out of Paint Swatches - Valspar Granite with crystals)
(Paper Piercing - Around image on pink SU CS)
(Use Flowers)
(Use Flowers)
(Use Flowers)
(Use Diecuts- used Nesties rectangles and scrolls, also punched leaves and butterfly)
(Pink and Brown color challenge)
(Favorite Color - PINK!)
(Anything Goes)
(no DP)
(distressing - image is edge distressed, and embossed base is ink distressed))
(break out your stash - the ribbon loops and that huge flower embellie I've had forevah!)
(Gingersnap Creations has several challenges - This one features botanicals or flowers)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Annabella wants to...

My four year old daughter, Annabella REALLY wants to have her own blog! Since I am obviously NOT letting her surf the 'net unattended, this is our compromise.-I'll give her a blog post on mine!

Annabella decided to make this card today featuring Bugaboo Stamps Earth Boy! Since she is quite interested in everything earth friendly. Since she has been celebrating Earth Day for the whole week so far, she decided to reuse more things for her card. Being her mother's child though, she is very familiar with and wanted to do some challenges! However, as soon as she realized that she could do "one from Polo, Joy Joy, and Jackie", she was really excited! (Artful Inkables Challenge to use Paint Swatches) She also used every side to do the "Day of the Year Challenge" (365's Challenge), "Belli's Swap" (Belli Challenge), and "that one with the flowers" (Digital Tuesday Challenge).

So I'm going to enter her card in the challenges for her. Even if she doesn't win - she would be delighted to read comments on her card. PLEASE leave her a response if at all possible. Just don't forget she's FOUR YEARS OLD, so be kind! Thanks!


Going Camping...

s I kid, I went camping ALOT! I was an avid outdoorsy type. I went climbing, hiking and camping all over the Northeast. I even went into the mountains of Quebec at 14 with little more than a pack and a few prayers! (Which was REALLY crack the ice on the water before using it to bathe cold! EEK!) I remember being surprised that my mom didn't want to go...but now I get it! Home = Comfy and Safe. Camping = Well...not so much! We definitely saw more than our share of Gods creatures - raccoons, skunks, bears, coyotes, fox, and more snakes and bugs than I can even remember! So why am I telling you all of this? Well basically because I have you captive here...AND as an opener for my next Stella card! ;-)

Bugaboo Stamps released several new stamps earlier today and this Stella is one of them! I tweaked the sentiment that comes with her a bit on it, because quite frankly I couldn't resist! I guess Stella brings out the 'funny' in me, and digi's really lend themselves to a broad range of uses! Don't forget to head over to the Bug Shop to see what else Stella and all of the other digis have been up to! Hope you enjoy the card!

This card is apropro and may have been entered into the following challenges:
(Use Die Cuts)
Color challenge)
(Quick Quotes)
(Color challenge)
(Use Paint Swatches - Back to using Glidden ones...the brown scrolls use Nesties) - Challenge 12
Anything Goes
Color challenge
(Photo Inspiration - Sunflower Compact Umbrella)

TGIFF at Bugaboo Stamps post 1

That's right! It's FREEBIE FRIDAY again at Bugaboo Stamps! Be sure to head over to see what is new in the Bug Shop, and nab your freebie while you are there! The belated birthday card I'm featuring below shows you just ONE of the cool new stamps available in the Bug Shop today! The inside sentment reads: "So sorry I missed your birthday ". Bugaboo's new digi's always make me feel XXtra creative so I'll be back to show you more this afternoon! Hope you'll come back and check out my blog again! :)

This card is apropro for and may have been entered into the following challenges:
(Use paint swatches - Used Disney ones this time - 'Code Red' and 'Space Hero Blue')
('S' is for Sparkle- I glittered up the die cut star stickers I made, used glittery dp and added rhinestones)
(Birthday Theme)
(Use Diecuts)
(Use Chipboard- I used a chipboard flower button)
(Happy Birthday theme - Happy Birthday Debbie!)
(Fave Baseball Team colors - NY Yankee's colors)
(Use buttons, bow, and bling - I used a chipboard button, tied it with a bow and added rhinestones)
(I was given the rhinestones at a crop at the LSS I used to work at, the ribbon is at least two years old, and I forgot about the acetate Michele L gave me which I used to make the stars!)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

OBG Thursday for Bugaboo Stamps

Today is OBG Thursday! This is the day that some of the Bugaboo Stamps Design Team pick Oldy But Goody stamps - stamps from previous releases - and use them to create something new! I hope you like what I've done withScarlett Beach ! Check her and all of the other awesome digi's at Bugaboo Stamps!

This card is apropro and may have been entered into the following challenges:
(Use Chipboard - I used a chipboard 'button')
(Anything Clean and Simple - I used 1 image atop a card blank to keep it simple)
(Forgot I had the chipboard, the embroidery floss I've had for years, the sun brad was a swap.)
(Faux Stitching around image)
(Create Something)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tutorial WEDNESDAY plus my latest card...

Today (Wednesday) is Tutorial Day for the Bugaboo Stamps Design Team. Head over to the Catch the Bug Blog around 7 am, and see what Jeanie has to show us! She is a mondo talented chick -pun intended- you can also check out the full tutorial on HER BLOG!

I was making this card for Charisma Cards Monochromatic Challenge, and lost track of time! So what would have actually been yesterdays fourth post, will now be today's first - technically! ;-)

This card is apropro and may have been entered into the following challenges:
(Monochromatic Card)
(Birthday Theme)
(Birthday Theme)
(Birthday Theme)
(Create something)
(Clean and Simple Card - My simple card layout lets the image take center stage)
Use Diecuts - I used my Nesties)
(Forgot I had requested this image - so it was just sitting in my email (bad Scrappy!),
the Stickles are over a year old as is the chocolate chip ribbon I was given by Michele L.!)
(Touch-y Feely - I used my embossing Folder to add texture.)
(Cupcake Theme)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

3rd post for the day...?

I'm posting this card that I just finished using a sketch that was posted on Papertake Weekly's challenge blog today. I chose monochromatic colors to make it apropro for Charisma Cards challenge, and also made the top panel flap open - in order to make it follow the challenge guidelines at Daring Cardmakers. I combined these three challenges along with the ones listed below. Hope you enjoy the result of my efforts!

This card is apropro and has been combined for the following challenges:
(monochromatic card)
(Getting in a flap - make a flap card)
(Birthday Theme Cards)
("S" is for Sparkle)
(Use Paint Swatches- Still using my Glidden sticky sample cards!)
(Happy Birthday Theme)
(Layering Challenges)
(Happy Birthday theme)
(Use Diecuts - I used Nestabilities)
(In Stitches- I faux stitches around the edge on the SU Barely Banana CS)
(Make Something)
(Touchy Feel-y - The thick layer of Stickles and chunky glitter on the cake added texture)
(The SU csand Stickles are over a yr old , someone gave me the polka-dotted ribbon in a swap, I forgot I had the acrylic embellie - which are at least 2 years old, and was given to me by my mom too! lol!)

2nd New Release project of the day...

As I said earlier, I am happily playing with Bugaboo Stamps New Release Stamps today and I am having so much fun! This is my 2nd project of the day as well as one other thing I sure to read the entire post to see what I'm talking about!

This project was apropro and may have been entered into the following challenges:
(Green as main color)
(Growth - I interpreted this as growing and green)
(Stitching - I used Faux Stitching around my image)

On to what I mentioned at the top of this post...

Cheryl was the winner of this HUGE bunch of swag
from my Birthday Blog Candy last week!
There is alot of stuff here, including cardstock, embossing inks, several bottles of Stickles, a few POUNDS of embellishments, and more! Not everything in the package is pictured though...couldn't keep it from falling off my workspace! Be careful Cheryl, the box is surprisingly HEAVY!
Click on Cheryl's name to check out her fantastic blog!
See? You really SHOULD follow my blog and be watching for me to put up another of my 'Secret' Blog Candy packages! Keep on watching...ya never know when I'll be ready to do this again!

A winner and New Releases at Bugaboo Stamps!

I just realized, I've forgotten to announce WHO won my fantabulous Birthday Blog Candy! CHERYL is the winner of the my HUGE box of Birthday Blog Candy!! (Thanks for getting back to me so quickly!) I'm sure you will have TONS of FUN with all the new goodies! CONGRATULATIONS! I still need to take a picture of the huge pile of swag too, so bear with me, and I'll have it up later today!

It's time to see what's new at Bugaboo Stamps! Since it is their New Release day, I am featuring this card to showcase one of their WONDERFUL new Digis! Hope you like the card! Be sure to come by later to see what else I made with the new stamps from Bugaboo!

This card is apropro and may have been entered into the following challenges:

(create something)
(In Stitches - funny sentiment)
(Use diecuts - I used nesties)
(Texture- I used embossing, distressing, embellies to add texture)
( 3D - I popped up the DP & image panels, plus I used embossing, and distressing)
(Spring inspired - gardening, and flowers) DT
(My friend Sandye sent me the DP which I used sparingly in hopes of hoarding the scraps!)
(Anything Goes)
(Pick 3 - Used diecuts (nesties), a digi, and embossing)
(Dry embossing - I used my Cuttle Bug with an Embossing Folder)
(Edge Distressing)

Be sure to check out the Crafty Ho's Challenge and