Saturday, May 20, 2017

Birthday Bears

Welcome to the weekend! And with the weekend comes a new challenge at Catch the Bug. This week we are having fun with Bugaboo Bingo.

My card features the first column (sparkle, twine and washi tape).


My featured Bugaboo image is Frame It - Bears Birthday. Just love this image! I paired it with a striped paper by Recollections. The red background strip is washi tape and I used the wavy glitter tape to sparkle things up a bit. I also used Diamond Stickles and Spectrum Noir glitter pen on the image. The embellishment of the package is a pre-made embellie. I added some Doodle Twine. the sentiment is from Gina K Birthday Greetings stamp set. I hope you'll join us this week and play along with Bugaboo Bingo. I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a marvelous weekend. I have two ten hour days with the twins. Not much crafting time this weekend! Take care.

Donna


Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Freebie at Bugaboo


Sorry I have been MIA this week. Between babysitting the twins and volunteering at Opportunity House, I have been scrambling to get housework and other stuff done. Not much time for crafting. I did want to pass along the Friday Freebie post over at Catch the Bug blog. This little chick is just adorable!

The image is Bugaboo's SB Flower Swing.  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and die cut the image with Spellbinder's Beaded Ovals. I inked the die cut with Salty Ocean distressink. The papers are from my scrap box. The flower was made from a die cut that accompanies the Spellbinder's Square Bracket Edge Box. I added three self-adhesive pearls for embellishment. Hop on over and pick up the freebie this week!
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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you had a wonderful week. 

Donna

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Shake, Rattle and Roll

A new challenge at Catch the Bug today. It's shake, rattle and roll. Show us your interactive cards this week. I made a shaker card for the challenge.


Using the cupcake tray Bugaboo image, I created a sentiment background from Gina K Birthday Greetings and WPlus9 Unforgettable stamp sets. I die cut the window for the shaker using Spellbinder's Scalloped Circles. The sequins and beads were from a varietyof brands including Neat and Tangled. I hope you'll play along with our Shake, Rattle and Roll challenge this week. Try something new. It's so fun!
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Thanks for stopping by today. I have the twins for the next three days for most of the day so I won't have much crafting time. Bummer. I'm going to need it to destress. Wishing all of you who are mothers, a very special and relaxing Mother's Day!

Donna

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hot Stuff

Had a big storm go through last night. Woke us up and the electric was out. Traffic lights still out this morning. My hubby and FIL poured concrete yesterday for our new deck so fortunately they covered it last night. My BIL has a birthday next week so I needed a masculine birthday card. He loves hot peppers so I used a Doodle Pantry Chili Peppers set for my card. Unfortunately, Doodle Pantry has closed but I still love the images.


The background paper, image and "Hot Stuff" are all from the Chili Pepper stamp set. The "happy" was die cut from Simon Says Painted Happy Birthday die. The Birthday sentiment is from Gina K Birthday Greetings stamp set. I used Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber and Mowed Lawn distress ink. The other dies used were Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitched Rectangles and MFT Pierced Inside and Out Rounded Squares. I added some red brads for embellishments.
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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope, as we move into the weekend, that you'll find some time to relax and craft.

Donna

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Humor Me Wednesday

Well, we are mid week already. I've been busy with the twins. There are three sitters that help with the twins and two are out sick so that leaves me. No rest lately and no time to craft. I managed to get a very quick one in the other day for Humor Me Wednesday at the Catch the Bug challenge blog. This week we celebrate World Laughter Day so my card is for this special day.


I am feeling this way lately. LOL! The image is Frame It - JJ - Life Gives You Lemons. It's colored with a variety of different markers. The background citrus paper is from my scrap box. The yellow card stock is also from my scraps and I embossed it with tiny stars. That's definitely what I would be seeing if I drank tequila. And I embellished with some Doodle Twine.
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Justto finish off this post, I wanted to share the twins 7 month birthday pics from last Saturday. They are the best kids. We are so blessed. And such cuties too.

Valerie

Arthur

They are growing up so fast. We just got two cribs at our house so now they can nap in style with us. LOL! They are a joy to have around. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Donna





Saturday, May 6, 2017

Rain, Rain Go Away

It's been raining here for several days. We are definitely sun deprived. More rain coming tomorrow and next week. So my card today for the new Catch the Bug anything goes challenge uses one of the new release images called Brat Boy Spring Umbrella (on sale right now at a reduced price). He is such a cutie. There is a little girl image too.


For the background clouds I used the technique that I did a tutorial on in April. The clouds are inked on the base of the card. The sentiment from Create with TLC was die cut from Gina Marie Designs Wine Label die. I inked the wine label also to match the cloud background. The Brat Boy image was printed and colored with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers and then fussy cut to be popped up from the card. I reall like this card. I think the sentiment is so funny! I hope you'll join us this week at Catch the Bug challenge blog for our easy peasy anything goes challenge. 
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Thanks fror stopping by. This is the second of my posts today. Check out my post for the new challenge at Imagine That! Creative Playground. Enjoy your weekend!

Donna




New Challenge at Creative Playground

Happy May! A new anything goes challenge at The Creative Playground begins today. Use an Imagine That Digis by Kris image and you will automatically be given the stamp set of the month: Pretty Petunias.

I used the Pretty Petunias set for my card. I printed two copies of the image and then cut pieces to decoupage the flowers and one leaf and the hummingbird. The image is die cut with MFT Stitched Circles. The plaid paper in the background is from the Pretty Pastel Digital Paper pack. The ribbon is from my stash. I added a blue bow and brad from the Winter Arabesque Brads and Bows. Those are also popped up. I added a sentiment from Hero Arts sentiment set. Please join us at the Creative Playground this month for our anything goes challenge. So easy to win a free stamp set.
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Thanks for stopping by today. This is the first of my posts today. Be sur to check out my Bugaboo post later today. Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New Release at Imagine That Digis by Kris

Happy Tuesday! I hope your May is off to a better start than mine. Way too much going on right now.  Today I have a fun gift card holder I made for a new stamp set at Imagine That Digis by Kris. There are three new sets being released today so you'll want to stop by the Imagine That Creative Playground to see all the fun designs by members of the design team and the Imagine That store to check out all three of the new stamp sets.


The new set that I worked with is called Girls Night In.


I created a gift card holder to give my SIL a gift card to the movies for his birthday. Of course it will include dinner and babysitting for the twins so my daughter and SIL can enjoy a night out together. I used the popcorn image and sentiment from the Girls Night In stamp set colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

I fussy cut the popcorn and die cut the sentiment with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles. I created a belly band for the card and added the popcorn bucket to the band. Here's the inside of the card holder.


The chevron paper the I used both inside and out  is from Imagine That Fabulous Fall Papers.


I hope you'll check out what all the other designers have created at the Creative Playground. Lots of fun new stamps to play with! I am entering these challenges:
Have an awesome Tuesday! I hope after today things calm doen a bit. LOL! Does that ever happen? 




Monday, May 1, 2017

New Challenge: 12 Months of Christmas Link Up

Happy May Day! I don't have any time today to make May Baskets and hang them on my neighbors' doors so they'll have to get along without them. LOL! I volunteered this morning and was supposed to have the day off from watching the twins but someone got sick and now I am back on very shortly. So this will be quicker than usual.
May 1st brings with it a new challenge over at 12 Month's of Christmas Link Up! This month we are using digital images from Mari Digis and our optional theme is cute Christmas.

Remember any Christmas card can be entered into the challenge. You can read all the rules at the 12 Months of Christmas blog. Fabulous prizes to be won in a variety of ways so be sure to check it out. Here's my card.

The image is from Mari Digis colored with Specrtum Noir markers. I used background papers from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles called Angelic Nature digital paper. 


The sentiment is from Little Paper Shop (sadly out of business) and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I used my corner rounded throughout the whole card. On the image I added Crystal Stickles for the snowflakes and Rcollections Gold Glitter for the hat tassel. I sure hop you will join us this month at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up and get a head start on your Chrustmas cards.
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stoppin by today. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week. I am off to play with the twins.




Sunday, April 30, 2017

Stella Sketch at Catch the Bug

A new challenge at Catch the Bug blog today for a new Stella Sketch. I hope you'll come join us. Here's the new sketch:

And here's my card.



The Bugaboo image is Flower Teapot. I really love this fun image. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and die cut it with MFT Stitched Circles and backed it with Spellbinder's Scalloped Circles. The mid border is Spellbinder's Scalloped Border. The green card stock is textured. I added some self adhesive gems to follow the sketch. I hope you'll join us in the next two weeks at the Stella Sketch challenge for a chance to win some great Bugaboo images.
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Thanks for stopping by today. We had lots of fun with the twins yesterday. They are such a pleasure to watch. Hope your weekend is going splendidly. Raining cats and dog here all weekend. Had close to 3 inches of rain so far. 


Donna

Friday, April 28, 2017

Beary Christmas Wishes

It's almost the weekend! Yippee! I have a quick post tonight for a couple challenges. I am behind on my Christmas cards so far this year. I need to step them up to have enough so I'm not scrambling at the end of the year. So here is a Christmas card.


The image is from Beccy's Place called Stanley's Baubles (a freebie), colored with Copic Markers and accented the ornament with Spectrum Noir glitter marker. I fussy cut the image and popped it up with foam tape. The ticket sentiment is fussy cut and popped with foam tape also. The background is made from scraps of paper from my scrap box. I added some ribbon with the cute little snowmen on it.
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Tomorrow is a day for babysitting the twins all day long. It'll be a busy day for sure. But I'll love every minute of it. The twins are wonderful to watch. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

Donna

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Using a Scalloped Circle Punch or Die Cut to Make a Cloudy Background

Happy Wednesday! Today I have a card at Catch the Bug blog. My tutorial will be showing you how to use a scalloped punch or die cut to create a cloudy background for a card. Here's what you'll need.


 I used Salty Ocean distress ink, a Tim Holtz ink pad and handle, a base card, and a punch out from a Stampin' Up! scalloped circle punch. You could also try a scalloped circle die cut if you don't have a punch.


I usually start at one corner and hold the scalloped punch down with my fingers. I start the ink off the card stock and ink around the scalloped punch.


Continue to move the scalloped punch around the area and add ink until you like the results. I usually mask off the bottom of the card so that the blue doesn't go too far to the bottom of the card. In this case I used an MFT stitched basics edge 2 die for the mask.



I continue to move the scalloped punch around, adding ink until I like the pattern of clouds that I've created. Depending on what kind of clouds you want (rain, light and puffy, etc.) you might change out ink colors or the intensity of the colors that you are using.
I mask off the top section to ink the bottom section using Mowed Lawn distress ink. And then I finished my card using Bugaboo's Jesse Boy Bear (currently the freebie of the week until Friday).


To finish off the card I used Marianne Designs Fence and Bird die. I doodled on the bird to give him a litte definition. My bear is colored with Spectrum Noir markers. The sentiment is from Inktegrity (has become a closed blog) and die cut with a Quickcutz tag die. I inked the inside of the tag with Salty Ocean distress ink to match the clouds. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for using a scalloped circle punch to make a cloudy background.
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Have a wonderful day!

Donna


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Just Chillaxing

Greetings! Happy Sunday! It's a bright sunny day here. We haven't had too many of those lately. This will be a quick post as we are headed out to our other proerty of Baby Creek for the day. I haven't been there much since the twins were born. So we are off from babysitting duty today and we're going to take advantage of the time. My card today is about relaxing and chilling out. Not much of that goes on around here. LOL! This card is for my future DIL who is just finishing up her school work on her Master's degree in Social Work. So I thought I'd send her this card to tell her to take a break for a job well done!


The inside sentiment says "Just Chillaxing!" Pigwit looks so serene and happy. The image is from From the Heart Stamps. I won this stamp set in their blog hop at the beginning of the month. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and die cut with MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Squares, inked with Picked Raspberry DI. There are multiple layers of scraps from my scrap box. Always love to use some of that up. The sentiment is from the same set, both inside and out. I die cut the sentiment on the front with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles. I added a faux stitched circle that goes along with the sketch from I {Heart} Sketches with a Twist. There is no twist this week; just the sketch.


I did spin the sketch a bit but I think it's mostly there. I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by. Wishing a bright sunshiny day today and all week long. Make it an awesome week!

Donna


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bugaboo Inspiration Challenge

It's Saturday and a new challenge is beginning at Catch the Bug. This week we are using a picture as inspiration for the challenge.


I used the color combination and the bird as inspiration for my card.


I also used the sketch at the Wednesday Outlawz challenge for inspiration. I flipped the sketch.


The image is Sign It - Love Birdy colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I die cut the image with Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitch Rectangles. I inked the edges with Peacocok Feathers distress ink. The borders were created with Spellbinder's Chevron Borders and I inlaid some of the pieces to reflect the sketch. The hearts are from Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banner and the "hugs" is from Penny Black Hugs stamp set. I inked the hearts with Picked Raspberry distress ink. I hope you will join us this week and play along with the Catch the Bug photo inspiration challenge. Use whatever strikes you from the picture to make your project!
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. I am off to watch the twins today. Tricia and I took them shopping yesterday and they were good as gold whie we shopped. Just couldn't get over that they were so patient for two hours. Amazing! Have a super weekend.

Donna


Friday, April 21, 2017

One Year Older

Happy Friday! Are you looking forward to the weekend? I hope to have some time to craft this weekend. I'll only be watching the twins on Saturday. Friday evening I am helping with a Girl Scout Father Daughter Dance. So I have just a few commitments this weekend.
So today is Friday Freebie day at Catch the Bug challenge blog. How about a freebie to start your weekend. And this one is a real cutie!


The cutest boy bear ever! He makes a great masculine card. I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers and die cut him with Spellbinder's Beaded Ovals, inked with Faded Jeans distress ink. The sentiment is from Create with TLC, die cut with MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags and inked with Barn Door distress ink. The candle is from Spellbinder's Sweet Wishes. The arrows are from Momenta Arrows dies. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketches for inspiration. Don't forget to hop on over to Catch the Bug blog and check out what the other DT members did with this image and pick up your freebie from the Bugaboo Store.

I am entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by. Come back tomorrow when I'll have a new challenge card for the Catch the Bug challenge blog!

Donna

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Love You

Happy Thursday! Where did this week go? I've been with the twins and both have been sick. We had to take Valerie to the hospital Easter morning. She had such a terrible cough and so congested that she couldn't eat since she had to breathe through her mouth. Fortunately the chect xray was clear but she isn't much better.But she is such a trooper. She smiles and laughs through it all. Arthur wasn't feeling up to par either but he's much better than Valerie. A simple card today but I think it's cute.


The image is from QKR Stampede. I added just a simple little sentiment called Love You Banner Digi but I neglected to add the source. If you know who please leave me a comment so I can give proper credit. I finished off with some star clusters. Easy peasy.
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I have today off from the twins and I actually get to cook and eat a dinner with my DH for a change. And hopefully some crafting time after that. Have a wonderful day.

Donna

Saturday, April 15, 2017

New Bugaboo Challenge

A new challenge today at Catch the Bug challenge blog. One of my favorite challenges is bingo or tic tac toe challenge.


My card uses the first column down: die/punch, Bugaboo image, and ribbon.


The background paper is from a Paula Deen Paper pack. I liked the borders. The image is from the Bugaboo April newsletter called Bug Grandmas. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers, die cut with MFT Stitiched Ovals and inked with Bundled Sage distress ink. The sentiment comes with the image. I die it with MFT Inside and Out Rounded Squares and inked the middle with Picked Raspberry distress ink. I added a scrap of ribbon from my ribbon box and a flower embellishment from the Paula Deen paper set. I made this card for a friend who just became a first time grandmother. The inside reads "Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa." I hope you will check out the Catch the Bug challenge and join us this week. It's lots of fun!
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Thanks for stopping by. Have an awesome day! And have a wonderful Easter weekend!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Just a Note

Well, it's the weekend. It hasn't been much of a week for me. Mostly time spent in bed trying to shake what the doctor is now calling a viral infections and nothing can be done but let it run its course. Sure is tough to sit around and wait to feel better. It took me three days this week to finish one little card. Kind of sad when you think about it. My get up and go has got up and went (somewhere else).


The image is Hummingbird-n-Morning Glory Flowers from Createful Heart Digis. I colored the image with colored pencils and die cut it with MFT Stitched Ovals. The embossing folder used on the background card stock is Sizzix Flourished EF. The sentiment's origin is unknown. I won a "sentiment" blog candy once and was sent a bunch of random sentiment stamps. This was one of them. The leaves are Spellbinder's Foliage and the flowers are Daisy Patch Flowers from Heartfelt Creations. I added small pruple buttons for the centers with some yellow striped Doodle Twine tied. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge as inspiration.

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I haven't gotten to see the twins much this week. I didn't want them catching anything. If everyone is well tomorrow we'll be visiting family for Easter and taking the twins with us so I will be a happy camper to see them again. I have a desing team post tomorrow so I hope you'll visit again for that!

Donna


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