Monday, January 31, 2011

My Little Garden by The Paper Shelter

I have another card to share with you today that's for the Operation Write Home Spring Thaw card drive.  

I used SC#314 as my layout, it's been a great sketch for mass producing cards for the card drive. The cute "springy" image is from The Paper Shelter, it's a precolored digital image and I stamped "thinking of you" under the image from a Papertrey Ink stamp set.  The purple gingham was from the scraps by my paper trimmer and I also used Neenah Solar White, Neenah Red Linen and Mohawk Via Violet.  Oh, and a Sizzix embossing folder on the white panel for added interest.  

Challenges:
Magical Monday's - Flowers
My Time To Craft - Emboss Emboss Emboss 
Paper Playtime - Digi Monday Anything Goes 
Glenda's Paper, Scissors & Rocks - Gingham 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bug A Boo Stamps Tulip


My card today isn't even a card, it's an ATC (Artist Trading Card)!  Our challenge that starts today at Bug A Boo Stamps Catch The Bug is to make an Artist Trading Card, how fun!

I used the Tulip from the Flower Blocks collection, colored it with Copic markers Y13, Y15, Y18, R24, R27, YG11, YG15, YG17 cut it out and matted the image on Stampin' Up! Summer Sun added a strip of embossed Neenah Red Linen and a panel of Via Vellum Leaf Green and one last layer of the SU Summer Sun.  Now I need to get busy and make 20 more for our swap.

I hope you'll stop by Bug A Boo Stamps Catch The Bug challenge blog to see what our other fabulous design team has made and to enter into our fun challenge.

Challenges:
Catch The Bug - Artist Trading Cards

Friday, January 28, 2011

Romantic Mailbox by The Paper Shelter

Operation Write Home is having a Spring Thaw card drive!  OWH is challenging card makers to send in a box of half spring holiday cards along with the other half to be general cards.  As of today we only have 30 days to get those cards to our shippers.  You can read all the details here.

You know how much I like a challenge and you also know how much I love Operation Write Home so I'm accepting the challenge!


 Before I got started on this project yesterday I noticed that my scrap pile beside my paper trimmer was getting a little out of control.
Maybe that's not the best view but you get the idea!

I decided I needed to use some of my scraps for my cards so I thought it would be fun to show you the process.  It's not the only way to make cards using your scraps but it's my process.  


I sorted through the pile and came up with smaller piles of papers and card stock that would go well together.  All the patterned papers you see here are digital papers that I've printed and have left overs of.


This is the pile I decided to work with first.  This cute digital image is from The Paper Shelter, I thought it would be perfect for cards for Operation Write Home.


I also decided on a sketch to make this project easy to mass produce.  This one is from Splitcoast Stampers SC314.



All my panels are cut along with the matting layers and I have one laid out but nothing is fasten down yet.  I put the white panel through the Cuttlebug with the Swirls embossing folder.


I thought this might be an important step to show you.  I use a piece of Stampin' Up! grid paper that I had laminated and then cut to fit in my Scor-Pal to work on at the table.  I have the Scor-Pal mat but sometimes it's color is a problem for me.  

Anyway, you'll notice that the right side and bottom of this card front are lined up with the grid lines.  I then added the strip with the hearts and used the third line from the bottom of the card to keep that strip straight.  After I fasten the strip down I'll trim off the edges.  


Here are the three cards I was working on "in the process".


Getting pieces and parts fastened down in the process.  You'll see some of the supplies I've used.  I stamped "missing you" under the mailbox using a Papertrey Ink clear set.  I also wanted to point out the white half sheets of card stock under the blue on top of the roll of foam tape.  Those are the card bases.  I like to make card fronts and attach them to a nice 80# cover weight card stock so our heroes have plenty of room to write a letter home on.  

The quality and weight of the card stock we use is important for our Operation Write Home cards too.  When I think of how far my cards for Operation Write Home travel it boggles my mind.  

Here's a travel itinerary for you.  Starting point my house in Arizona, next stop Sandy in Washington, next stop Iraq or Afghanistan, next stop back to the United States to a soldiers loved one.  

I'm sure you can see why using good quality supplies is so important.  Our cards do a lot of traveling and need to be well made because I'm sure they'll be a treasure to someone back home.  


Here's my three finished cards, I hope you enjoyed the "process" as much as I did!  I hope you'll join in the "Spring Thaw" card drive for Operation Write Home too.

Challenges:
Craft Your Days Away - Love
Miami Doodles - The Magic of Love 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Michelle Perkett Studio So Sweet Cupcakes Valentine


My card is for an embellishment challenge sponsored by Michelle Perkett Studio at CDAC starting today.

The embellishment choices were hearts, glitter & rhinestones.  I have all three, my glitter is actually Stickles covered with Glossy Accents to give it more shine and seal all those little flakes of glitter in.

The image I used is a freebie from Michelle Perkett Studio for this fun challenge at CDAC that starts today, be sure to stop over there for all the details and to pick up this cute digital image so you can play in the challenge too!

Challenges: 
CDAC - Embellishment challenge
Cupcake Craft - Food For Thought
The Pink Elephant - Red Brown Pink 
Totally Paper Crafts - Add A Heart 
Whoopsie Daisy - Valentine & Love
Penny's Paper Crafts - Anything Goes


Bug A Boo Stamps Birthday Monkey

You know... I've never been too fond of monkeys or coloring monkeys until I discovered Jodie's Bug A Boo Stamps monkeys!  I've had a change of heart about coloring monkeys.  

I know, I'm weird!  But it's a fun kinda weird!

It's Oldie But Goodie Thursday at Catch The Bug, for my card I used one of the cute monkeys in the Birthday Monkey collection.  I colored the image with Copic markers to match my digital paper I found recently at My Grafico.  Copic markers - YG01, YG093, W0, W1, R27, RV25, RV23, E42, E43, E44, E74, E71, E70, RV00.

My layout is SC314 from Splitcoast Stampers.  The other cardstocks I used are Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz & Stampin' Up! Old Olive.  You must go check out all the wonderful cards from our design team at Catch The Bug today!  Too fun!

Challenges:
Karber - Dots & Stripes
Stamp Something - Something Cute 
Woodware - Anything Goes 
Sisterhood of Crafters - Anything Goes 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Doodle Pantry Bunny Friends

There's a new challenge going on at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps starting today!  The challenge is to make cards for our heroes to send home to their kids!  Sounds like fun to me!


I made a collection of cards using this pre-colored digital image by The Doodle Pantry about a week ago.  This Bunny Friends set is part of collection for a fundraiser to help my friend Katie who has cancer. I think the set is perfect for making kids cards.

Jak of Jakheath.com is having this fundraiser, there are several digital stamp sets being offered in a collection for sale, all proceeds will be going to Katie and her family.  My card today are just a small preview of what Jak is offering for a donation of 15 pounds which is approximately $23.00 US dollars.

Please check out Jak's site for ALL the info on the fundraiser and to purchase this special collection.

Challenges: 
Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps - Cards 4 Kids
Challenge Up Your Life - Clean & Simple 
Cutie Sunday's - Anything Goes 
Fab & Funky - Delight In Your Digi 
Tellen's Place - Dot Dot Dot Polka Dots

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Michelle Perkett Studio Mary Margaret Valentine


Have you started making your Valentine cards yet?  I've been thinking about my kids Valentines for their classes, do they still do that in 5th grade?  I know my 4th grader will need some, he has his sister's teacher from last year.

Today's card might be a nice one for my daughter.  I used Michelle Perkett's Mary Margaret digital image and modified her just a little.  She's really holding an apple in her hands but these hearts from a Quickutz die work well.  I added Stickles and then covered it with Glossy Accents after the Stickles dried a little.  

Mary Margaret is colored with Copic markers E44, E40, RV02, RV00, E00, E000, E44, E47, E49, E31, I used a Spellbinders heart and scalloped heart die to cut her out and matte her.  The little hearts above her are the left over from a Taylored Expressions heart border die I used on a different card, the embossing folder is made by Sizzix, the ribbon is by May Arts and I'm pretty sure the border punch I used is by Martha Stewart.  The papers are Neenah Solar White, Neenah Red Linen & Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst.  

The challenge today over at our Michelle Perkett Studio blog is "All That Bling", I think I'll go enter my card!

Challenges:
Michelle Perkett Studio - All That Bling
Pile It On - Love Is In The Air
Bunny Zoe Crafts - Love Is In The Air
Kaboodle Doodles - Bling It Up
Freshly Brewed Designs - Love Valentine Theme
Craftalicious Challenges - Love Theme With Ribbon

Monday, January 24, 2011

Oliver Owl by Sew Many Cards

Do you know what day it is?
It's the "other" Monday when our Stamps R Us challenge team has a new challenge for you!  Our team from Stamps R Us are challenging you to make a card or project with an animal on it and our prize sponsor is Sew Many Cards.  For all the details please visit the Stamps R Us challenge blog here.


For my challenge card I used Sew Many Cards Oliver Owl digital image.  He's colored with Copic markers C1, C3, C6, W1, W3, G0000, B21, B24, B28, E42, E43, E44, E51, E53 cut out with Spellbinders rectangles and scalloped rectangles dies, the card base is Stampin' Up! Brilliant Blue and I used Stampin' Up! Brocade Blue and Neenah Solar White.  The sentiment was made on my computer, punched out with a Stampin' Up! Word Window punch and matted on a Spellbinders Fancy tag and the snowflake embossing folder is made by Sizzix.

Do you have time today for a cute kid with puppy picture?


Maxine isn't a lot of help with the math homework but she sure is cute!  She's nine weeks old now.

Challenges:
Stamps R Us - Use An Animal On Your Creation
The Shabby Tea Room - Winter Wonderland

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Michelle Perkett Studio Birthday Flower Cupake

 For my card today I used Michelle Perkett Studio Happy Birthday Flower Cupcake digital image and some newly discovered digital papers from My Grafico.  I colored the digital image with Copic markers E42, E43, E47, Y13, RV00, RV02, RV04, RV13 and cut it out.

The layout is SC314 from Splitcoaststampers up ended.  I attached the cupcake to a panel of cream linen and stamped "happy birthday" from a Papertrey Ink clear stamp set. 


Have you ever wondered about Hybrid cards?  I actually looked up "hybrid" at dictionary.com and didn't get a clear answer as to what I was thinking - card making hybrids.  So here's my definition:  the combination of two different yet similar art forms in the same creation, i.e. rubber and digital stamping.  

And then there are those cards I've been having so much fun making using pre-colored digital images and digital paper.  Are those hybrids or are they just a print job? 

It's all fun and games until someone like me starts asking silly questions!  

We have a sketch challenge going on at our Michelle Perkett Studio challenge blog you still have time to play in!

Challenges:

Bug A Boo Stamps Polar Bear

Happy Saturday!  

It's challenge day at Bug A Boo Stamps Catch The Bug, the challenge is "Winter White". 
 I used the cute Polar Bear from the December Digi Collection for my card.  I colored my Polar Bear with Copic markers G0000, C00, BV0000, BV000, BV02, cut it out with a Spellbinders Octagon and a scalloped octagon die.  I chose a simple layout and used a Sizzix Snowflake embossing folder layered onto cream linen cardstock, stamped "winter wishes" and cut it out with a Spellbinders ribbon die, matted it again with cream linen cardstock and tied it all up with white organdy ribbon.  It was a pretty quick and simple card, maybe I'm getting the "clean and simple" idea after all!

I hope you'll stop by Bug A Boo Stamps Catch The Bug challenge blog and enter into our Winter White challenge!  There are prize packages for winning entries you'll have to go over there and check it out!

Challenges:
Catch The Bug - Winter White
Hodge Podge Shop - White On White 
Double Dutch - White Wishes 
The Shabby Tea Room - White & Bright 
Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps - White w/ Pop of Color
Incy Wincy - Bears, Bears, Bears 
Challenge Up Your Life - Clean & Simple

Friday, January 21, 2011

Freebie Friday At Bug A Boo Stamps

Today is freebie Friday at Bug A Boo Stamps!
We're celebrating our first birthday all week so there's an "Anything Goes" Mini Challenge today too!


For my card I used today's free image and the layout is from a card I saw on one of the challenge blogs as I was browsing challenges last week.  Now I'm sorry I didn't pay more attention to who made it or what blog I was at.  I really liked the layout and wanted to try it too.  

This cute bee image is colored with Copic markers T5, T3, T1, Y11, Y13, Y15, BG10, BG11, BG13, Goooo.  The papers I used are Via Vellum Lemon Yellow, Basic Black and Cardinal White.  The polka dotted paper is digital paper I printed.  It was black and white and I re-colored it so it would be yellow and white.  I also used Spellbinders circles and scalloped circles dies.  I printed the Hap-bee Birthday, it isn't exactly the one that comes with the set but I got as close as I could all on one line!

Don't forget about the 60% off sale at Bug A Boo Stamps, it won't last much longer!  Just use code KW696782 when you check out.

Challenges:
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes Mini Challenge
Delightful Challenges - Celebrations 
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes 
Paper Cutz Challenge - Your Choice 
Stamp Something - Something Cute 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bug A Boo Stamps Rottweiler Pup

It's Oldie But Goodie Thursday at Bug A Boo Stamps Catch The Bug and there's also a Mini Challenge to celebrate Bug A Boo Stamps first birthday!  The challenge is to make a birthday card, I used this cute pup from the Rottweiler Pups Collection for my card today, he's colored with Copic markers E42, E43, E44, R22, R24, C6, C3, C00, cut out and matted with Spellbinders Circle dies. 
My card layout was C.A.S.E.d from Joanne at Inky Ocean Gazer, I'm a big fan of hers!  The cardstocks I used are Haviland Blue, Tan, Nut Brown and Neenah Solar White.  The sentiment is from  a Papertrey Ink stamp set and the ovals are Stampin' Up! punches. 

 Do you have time today for some cute pup and kid pictures?

This is Maxine's crate, Michael just wondered if he'd fit too.
I think Michael's sister would like to keep him in here sometimes.
How's this for a "mug shot"?!  
Maxine's & Michael are both 9, 9 weeks and 9 years old.

Challenges:
Totally Paper Crafts - Happy Birthday 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bug A Boo Stamps Deacon

Did you know that Bug A Boo Stamps is one year old?!  We're celebrating Bug A Boo Stamps first birthday all week long too.  If you visit the Catch The Bug challenge blog today you'll see Scrappy has a sketch for us to try and you can read about the birthday gifts too.  Also known as prizes for you!


I followed Scrappy's sketch to the best of my ability for my card today using one of the newer release images called Deacon.  He's colored with Copic markers YG11, YG15, YG17, B21, B45, R22, R24, R27, E44, E47, E31, E00, E000, E42, E43.

I've added Scrappy's sketch for you to see here.

I hope you have time to celebrate Bug A Boo Stamps birthday with us and play in some Mini challenges too!

Challenges:
Catch The Bug - Scappy's Sketch 
One Crazy Stamper - Love
Bunny Zoe,s - Love Is In The Air
Lexi's Creations - Say It With Love
The Secret Crafter - With Love
Karber - Ribbon
Paper Playtime - Use the word Love

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Michelle Perkett Studio Puppy Love

I have two blog posts again today!  


We have a sketch challenge starting today at our Michelle Perkett Studio challenge blog!  I made my card using the sketch with Michelle's Puppy Love digital image.  

This cute pup is colored with Copic markers E42, E43, E44, R21, R22, R35, R37 cut out with a Spellbinders square die and matted with Kraft cardstock on another square.  The other cardstocks are Stampin' Up! Cameo Coral, Thepapermill.com's Cranberry and Neenah Solar White.  The little tag is from a Spellbinders die and the sentiment is from one of my Papertrey Ink stamp sets.  I added a button to the tag after enhancing it a little with my R37 marker and threaded some crochet thread through it and tied a tiny bow.  The embossing folder is new to me it's the Stampin' Up! lattice made by Sizzix I've been wanting but been too cheap to buy! 

My friend Dagmar brought it to me yesterday morning along with a bunch of other goodies.  One of those goodies was a mini sewing machine I can't wait to play with.  It's good to have crafty friends!  Thank you Dagmar!!! 

Challenges:
Craft Your Passion - Buttons
The Crazy Challenge - Buttons 

Bug A Boo Stamps New Release

Today is New Release day at Bug A Boo Stamps!  This cute little clown is part of the new release and I also made her for our Mini Challenge at Catch The Bug, the challenge is a Birthday theme with bling!

Oh bling!  Can we talk about glitter?!  Glitter kind of reminds me of coconut.  Once you've used it, it doesn't go away.  I make cards at the kitchen table so every family member will come in contact with the glitter I spilled today!  
My little clown girl is colored with Copic markers T5, T3, T2, T1, E00, E000, R02, YG13, YG17, RV02, RV04, RV09, E31, E44, E47, E49.  The layout was a sketch that isn't recognizable anymore, it's been through a lot!  The pink paper is Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz, the polka dotted paper is Raspberry Fizz I put through the printer, dies used are PTI's ric rac and a couple of old Stampin' Up! Oval punches.  To get the glitter to stick to the polka dots on her suit I used Crystal Lacquer and Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  

And now... more about that challenge!

Make a card with a birthday theme and bling and enter it at Bug A Boo Stamps Catch The Bug challenge blog.

One randomly selected mini-challenge entrant will win four free digital images from one of our sponsor's online stores -Lauretta's Digital Stamps or Cocodingo.

...and
In celebration of our first birthday all this week digital images are 60% off at the Bug A Boo Stamps online store!  Use code KW696782 for your discount!
Challenges:
Catch The Bug - Birthday Bling Mini Challenge
The Paper Variety - Pink & Black 
Stampavie & More - Glitter 
Stamp Something - Anything Goes 
My Sheri Crafts - Bling 
Creative Craft Challenges - Monochromatic Madness
 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Doodle Pantry Bunny Friends

 My cards today are for a fundraiser for Katie Renz.  I met Katie through Clear Dollar Stamps, she's one of our fabulous design team coordinators. Katie was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer less than a month ago and we as her friends are trying to help with some of she and her families needs.  You can visit Katie's blog for her story and updates about her journey.
Please keep Katie in your prayers.
I used a pre-colored digital set by The Doodle Pantry called Bunny Friends for my cards today.  The one above is going to Katie with a note inside.  My sentiment is computer generated and does not come with the set.


My next card is for my birthday card stash.  It was wonderfully quick and easy using the pre-colored image and Basic Grey Bittersweet patterned papers. The birthday sentiment does come with the set and there are several more!
Jak of Jakheath.com is having a fundraiser for Katie, there are several digital stamp sets being offered as a collection for sale including the one I used today, all proceeds will be going to Katie and her family.  My two cards today are just a small preview of what Jak is offering for a donation of 15 pounds which is approximately $23.00 US dollars.

I'll be showcasing some of the digital images from the collection of sets on my blog from the fundraiser each week.

Please check out Jak's site for ALL the info on the fundraiser and to purchase this special collection.

Challenges:
Totally Gorjuss - Cuddly

Bug A Boo Stamps Marshmallow Snowman

Hi!  Did you have a chance to go on the Bug A Boo Stamps birthday blog hop this weekend?!  There were so many wonderful projects, I hope you didn't miss it!  If you'd still like to hop you can click here.  

Starting today at Bug A Boo Stamps Catch The Bug challenge blog we're still celebrating so we're having Mini challenges to go along with our usual happenings.

Today's Mini Challenge is to make a card or project using blue and white with a birthday theme.  You have a week to enter into the challenge and the prizes are quite fabulous!


One randomly selected mini-challenge entrant will win the January 2011 monthly digital stamp set.  
(You can see it here  in the sidebar of my blog)

One randomly selected mini-challenge entrant will win a set of ProMarkers Spring & Summer from our sponsor - Creative Craft World.

Challenges:
Catch The Bug - Blue & White Birthday Theme
Hannah & Friends - Snow 
Paper Play - Cutie Patootie 
Stampin' For The Weekend - New & Blue (new stamp)
I Did It Creations - Brrr I'm Turning Blue 
Pile It On - Anything Goes

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Clear Dollar Stamps Flower Basket

Welcome to our Clear Dollar Stamps New Beginnings Blog Hop!  If you've arrived here from Stacy's blog you're on the right path, if not and you'd like to start at the beginning please click here.


For my card I used Clear Dollar Stamps Flower Basket Digital Stamp,the layout is this weeks sketch challenge #52 at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps.

Stamps/Images:   Flower Basket Digital Stamp, Papertrey Ink Take 3 Spring
Cardstock/Papers:  Nut Brown, Via Vellum Leaf Green, Stampin’ Up! Summer Sun & Kraft, Neenah Solar White
Inks/Markers: HP LaserJet 1102, Memento Cocoa, Ranger Distress Straw, Copic markers E42, E43, E44, YG11, YG13, YG17, Y13, Y15, Y17, C1, B00, BV00, BV000, BV01, BV02, Copic Clear Spica pen.
Accents/Tools:  Spellbinders Circle & Pinking Circle dies, Sizzix Embossing Folders
Techniques:  Digital stamping

Be sure to leave a comment at each blog to be eligible to win our Clear Dollar Stamps New Beginnings Blog Hop prize!   One random winner will be chosen from all of the comments for one free stamp set of their choice.

Your next stop is the wonderfully talented Shell, enjoy!

Challenges: 
Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps - Sketch #52 
Crafty Creations - New Beginnings 
Tip Top Tuesdays - Anything Goes 
Crafty Calendar Challenge - New Beginnings 
Fairy Tale Challenge - Bloomin' Flowers 
2 Sister's Challenge - Flowers 
Alost Rubber Stamps - Spring 
Quirky Crafts - In The Spring Garden 
Stampin Sister's In Christ - New 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

For our Bug A Boo Stamps Birthday Blog Hop please click here.


For our Clear Dollar Stamps Digital New Release click here.


For our Michelle Perkett Studio New Release click here.

Michelle Perkett Studio Art Deco Lady New Release


I have a new release image from Michelle Perkett Studio to share with you today, she's called Art Deco Lady!

I was blog browsing the other day and saw a color challenge at Stampin' Royalty that caught my eye and decided to try it and loved it!  The color combination below is from their blog.


I did have to modify my colors ever so slightly as I don't have any of the Stampin' Up! newest colors.  I used Stampin' Up! Eggplant Envy, Taken With Teal & Old Olive.  

Michelle's Art Deco Lady is colored with Copic markers to match the Stampin' Royalty challenge colors YG93, YG95, BG10, BG11, BG15, BG15, BG18, R02, E00,. E000, E04, E31, E44, E47, E49 cut out with a Spellbinders long skinny rectangle and matted on a long skinny scalloped rectangle.  I also used a couple of Cuttlebug embossing folders and a Martha Stewart punch for the butterfly to which I added some rhinestones.  

There's still time to enter into our Fairytale challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio blog too!

Challenges:
Stampin' Royalty - Color Challenge
Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps MWT - Unloved Unused Supplies (the Stampin' Up! cardstock) 
Creative Cowgirls - Something New (the image) 
Lily Of The Valley - Things With Wings 
Stamp Insanity - Let It All Hang Out
Easy Craft Projects - Old Stash of Goodies 
Our Daily Bread - Wing It

Bug A Boo Stamps Stella


Happy Birthday Bug A Boo Stamps, it's our first birthday and we're having blog hop to celebrate!  If you've arrived here from my "Stamping Sister" Jackie you're on the right track.  If not and you like to start at the beginning click here.


For my card today I've used Stella, I love her attitude!
This card was actually made for my "audition" for the Bug A Boo Stamps design team and I haven't shown it on my blog yet.  I thought Stella would be perfect for Bug A Boo Stamps first birthday celebration.  

Stella is colored with Copic markers BG10, BG11, BG13, BG18, R21, R22, R24, R02, E000, E00, E31, E49, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, C6, C3, she's cut out and matted using Spellbinders Long Skinny Rectangle dies, the stars are also a Spellbinders die.  My card stock panels are embossed with Cuttlebug Swirls & Swiss Dots embossing folders, the cardstock I used is Stampin' Up! Taken With Teal, Cameo Coral and Neenah Solar White.  The rhinestones I added to the stars have been enhanced with a Copic marker BG18.


Today's challenge is of course a Birthday Theme!!!! You have one week to participate in the challenge for a chance to win a digi prize pack- 7 free images for 1st, 4 free images 2nd and 2 for 3rd

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT: We will also be having daily challenges starting on Monday! Here's a list of the challenges (you will have one week to complete each and post on the Catch The Bug Blog, so you have this list ahead of time to get started!):

Monday - Blue & White
Tuesday – Bling
Wednesday – Sketch

Thursday - Birthday
Friday - Anything Goes

Here's what's up for grabs for the hop and for the challenges:

Grand prize winner will get 1 free set per month for one year to 1 person who does the blog hop and participates in all the challenges

A chance to design a set with the owner

75% off a one time order

1 free digi from each DT member that was used on their blog hop card/project (You have one week to comment.) Winner will be chosen on Saturday, winner will be announced here on my blog in my Saturday Challenge post. All Winners will also be posted on the Bug Blog.

Make sure to check out the CATCH THE BUG BLOG FOR ALL THE DETAILS!

One more thing!  
There's a Birthday celebration 60% off sale going on at Bug A Boo stampsJust use code KW696782, it's good the whole week!  I think I have some shopping to do how about you?! 
 
The next stop on our birthday celebration blog hop is the wonderfully talented Jeanie "The Spotted Chick", have fun!

Challenges:
Stampin' B's - Use A Die Cut On Your Card
Prairie Fairy Friday's - Birthday  

Clear Dollar Stamps Chocolate Box New Digital Release

Happy Saturday!  It's new release day at Clear Dollar Stamps for our digital images and I have a couple of cards to share with you using the new digital sets Chocolate Box and Monkey Business!  

My first card uses the Clear Dollar Stamps digital set Chocolate Box.  I used the truffle from the set along with a verse.  My layout is a sketch from Splitcoaststampers and the only thing I left out in my supply list is the envelope liner is a die from Papertrey Ink.

Supply List:
Stamps/Images:  Chocolate Box Digital Stamp Set
Cardstock/Papers:  Stampin’ Up!  Chocolate Chip, Neenah Solar White, Basic Grey Bittersweet
Inks/Markers:  HP OfficeJet 6000, HP LaserJet 1102, Copic markers RV0000, RV11, RV32, RV34, E42, E43, E44, E47
Accents/Tools:  Spellbinders dies – Circles, scalloped circles, hearts, Dew Drops, Crystal Lacquer
Techniques:  Digital stamping


 For my second card I used the Clear Dollar Stamps Monkey Business digital stamp set.  My layout is something I made up as I went and again the only thing I forgot in my supply list is the envelope liner die.

Supply List:
Stamps/Images:  Monkey Business Digital Stamp Set
Cardstock/Papers:  Stampin’ Up! Taken With Teal & Basic Grey, Neenah Solar White, Hero Arts Poppy, Basic Grey Max & Whiskers
Inks/Markers:  HP LaserJet 1102, HP OfficeJet 6000, Copic markers Y06, Y08, Y19, E04, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44.
Accents/Tools:  Spellbinders dies, Scor Pal, Scor Bug
Techniques:  digital stamping
 I hope you're inspired to stop by Clear Dollar Stamps today and check out all their new release digital stamp sets!

Challenges:
The Crazy Challenge - Animals
Cute Card Thursday - Monochrome 
Paper Sundaes - Circles
The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenges - Animal w/ Anything Goes 
All Sorts - Teal Blue & Brown 
Speedy & Friends - Use Hearts on Your Card 



Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bug A Boo Stamps Ribbon Bear

It's Oldie But Goodie Thursday at Bug A Boo Stamps Catch The Bug!  For my contribution I used the pre-colored image Ribbon Bear, my layout is a modified sketch that I can't remember where I saw it.  The pre-colored bear isn't available anymore but the line drawing digital image is, there's actually an entire collection you can see these cute bears and bunnies at the Bug A Boo Stamps online store.  I hope you'll stop by Catch The Bug today to see all the other fabulous Oldie But Goodies our design team has for you as well as read all about our first birthday celebration blog hop extravaganza coming very soon!

Edited to add:  Carrie asked where I got the embossing folder, it's made by Sizzix.  I'm sure I can be purchased at any number of online stores.

Challenges:
Moving Along With The Times - Dreams Come True
Paper Crafting Journey - Let's Get Digital 
AI Factory - Anything Goes 
Simply Create - I'm The Boss 
Scrappy Frogs - Sentimental 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Michelle Perkett Studio Sleepy Time Fairy

Are you ready for Michelle Perkett Studio challenge blogs next challenge?  The challenge starts today and run till Monday, January 17th and it's "Fairy Tale Cards".  

For my card I had this cute Sleepy Time Fairy already colored and waiting for me in a file.  I love those kind of surprises!  She's colored with Copic markers Y11, Y15, Y18, R22, E31, D25, E49, E59, Goooo, Gooo, Goo, Go2, Eoo, Eooo.  My layout is Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps sketch #51.  I also used some of my Spellbinders dies and Cuttlebug embossing folders.  The three Dew Drops were clear and I colored the backs of them with Copic marker E49.  

Oh, my color combination is kind of weird for me.  Sandy from Operation Write Home shipped my kids a box of cardstock a few months ago and they cleaned out there rooms, guess who they gave the cardstock to?  The yellow is Stampin' Up!  Summer Sun, Brown is Nut Brown, white is Neenah Solar White and the green...  I've had it before I think it came from Staples.  None the less it's about the same tone as Stampin' Up! Mint Melody.  Do you remember Stampin' Up! Mint Melody?  It was a long time ago, lol.  

Anyway... I hope you'll have time this week to play in our challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio!

Challenges:
Michelle Perkett Studio - Fairy Tale Cards

Monday, January 10, 2011

Clear Dollar Stamps Help For Katie

 My cards today are for a fundraiser for Katie Renz.  I met Katie through Clear Dollar Stamps, she's one of our fabulous design team coordinators. Katie was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer less than a month ago and we as her friends are trying to help with some of she and her families needs.  You can visit Katie's blog for her story and updates about her journey.
Please keep Katie in your prayers.


 Jak of Jakheath.com is having this fundraiser, there are several digital stamp sets being offered for sale, all proceeds will be going to Katie and her family.  My two cards today are just a small preview of what Jak is offering for a donation of 15 pounds which is approximately $23.00 US dollars.

I'll be showcasing some of the digital images on my blog from the fundraiser each week.

Please check out Jak's site for ALL the info on the fundraiser and to purchase this special collection.

Challenges: 
CCEE Stampers - Check It Out
Kaboodle Doodles - Do It With Digis 



Saturday, January 8, 2011

Michelle Perkett Studio Goldilocks

I can't believe I've been part of Michelle's design team almost 6 months and I haven't colored her Goldilocks yet.  There are so many wonderful digital images to choose from I hadn't gotten around to her yet... until today!

So, this image is Goldilocks by Michelle Perkett Studio, she's colored with Copic markers E00, E000, R02, E34, E31, Y32, E43, B12, B21, B24, B28 and cut out with Spellbinders rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies.  The layout is sketch #50 from Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps last Sunday.  I also used the My Favorite Things Stamps large ric rac die and matted them with basic black just to make them pop a little more.  I also used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on the light blue panel and added 3 black half pearls to balance it out.  The cardstock I used is Basic Black, Neenah Solar White 80#, Stampin' Up! Brilliant Blue & Bliss Blue.  I know... SU Bliss Blue has be retired forever but I still had some!  

You still have time to enter into our challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio, it's anything goes using one of Michelle's images!

Sale, Sale, Sale!!!  50% off all digital images at Michelle's Etsy shop now until Sunday (1 9 11) at midnight!

Challenges: