Wednesday, October 21, 2020

BUGABOO HUMOR ME WEDNESDAY -- NUT DAY (10/22) -- OCTOBER 21, 2020

 Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  Today is Wednesday, which means another edition of Humor Me Wednesday at the Catch the Bug blog!  And, according to reliable sources, tomorrow is Nut Day!  I happen to know quite a few nuts...oh wait, I think this is referring to the kind that you eat!  HAHAHA!!!  Anyway, here is my card for the occasion:


For my card, I used the Goofy Squirrel image, and did some creative embellishing using the Silhouette program to make a scene out of it.  Let me tell you, it took a LONG TIME to get it right, but I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!! 😍😍😍 I made a bunch of masks for the images so I could ink blend the grass and sky areas.  I used the cloud/grass stencil from the Create and Inkspire July 2020 kit to do the sky, and a little bit on the grass.  I used Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn Oxide inks, and Taylored Expressions blender brushes for my blending.  I don't do the masking technique often, but WOW, was this a fun one to reveal!  I was just hoping that I didn't mess up on the coloring after all that work! 😢
The image is colored with my usual alcohol markers in warm grays and browns.  I added white gel pen details all over the place.  The sentiment comes from the Let's Go Nuts stamp set from Lawn Fawn, stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink and the MISTI.  I also stamped on the inside:


SO CUTE with that little acorn! 😍  This card would be perfect for a birthday, or to go along with a girls night out gift.  Here's a few more pics:



--CHALLENGES--

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #51:  ATG (5/5)
Mix it Up #42:  ATG (5/5)
Moving Along with the Times #123:  Animals and/or birds (3/3)
613 Avenue Create:  ATG (3/5)
Crafty Animals #43:  ATG using animals
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #43:  ATG using critters (3/5)
Jan's Digi Stamps:  ATG (1/5)
Dragonfly Dreams:  Spooky and/or Cute (2/7)
Scrapping4Fun #177:  Use a Digi or Stamp, and 2 words
Creative Craft Cottage #134:  Spooky and/or Cute
Polkadoodles #42:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #42:  ATG (1/2)


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Don't forget to pop on over to the Catch the Bug blog to see what other funny holidays are being celebrated this week!  Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

JUST A LITTLE BOO CREW DOIN' A LITTLE MINI HOP-LLOWEEN!

 Hey there friends!  How are you doing on this fine fall Saturday in October?  The weather here in PA is overcast, but the temperatures are nice, and we are spending the weekend at Chad's brother's place, smoking some meat and hanging out.  I hope you all have some nice, relaxing plans for this weekend! 

I'm also hanging out with a few crafty friends today, and we are having a mini Halloween hop!  For this hop, you should have arrived here from my sweet Squirrel Sister Virginia's blog:  Passions and Distractions.   Now, I'm usually not much of a Halloween card maker, but this year, I am ending up making quite a few.  Not that I don't have enough STAMPS to make Halloween cards; although I am lacking in the patterned paper department.  It's just that I usually choose to focus mainly on the Christmas cards, since that is my favorite holiday.  ANYWAY, I'm not here today to talk about Christmas, am I?  Here is my contribution to the BOO CREW hop:


I got this digi from my Little Scraps of Heaven file.  I searched for it on the site, but can't find it for sale.  I searched the blog and found it offered as a freebie way back in 2016.  Of course, that is when I picked it up. I apologize if this cutie is unavailable, but Tricia does offer a weekly freebie, so I'm sure there will be something to tickle your fancy!  
I colored with my usual alcohol markers, and boy, did I find it challenging to color an all black animal!  Of course, I used cool grays, but I think my shading of his wings is off.  Lesson learned, I guess!  The pumpkin was a bit tricky for me as well, since my orange marker selection is limited.  I resorted to using a brown marker as my darkest color, and I think it turned out alright.  Here's another angle:

As I was in the process of creating this card, I realized that I didn't have any Halloween themed patterned paper in my hoard stash, so I spent some time searching the internet for some free ones.  It took me awhile, but I finally managed to find a collection that had this CUTE striped bat paper in it.  To tie my image even more into fitting in with this paper, I colored his eyes to match the green.  I matted the patterned paper onto a black piece of card stock, and also matted the image oval on a black scalloped oval.  All the layers were die cut using Spellbinders dies.  The sentiment is a wooden one that I have in my stash of physical Halloween stamps.  I stamped it using Versamark ink onto the same black card stock, and heat embossed it using Snow embossing powder from Recollections.  I cut the sentiment panel using one of the thinner dies in the Spellbinders card creator sets, and then added a flag end on the left side using scissors.  The scalloped oval and sentiment are both popped up on foam tape, while the black panel,  patterned paper piece, and the image oval are adhered flat.


--CHALLENGES--

Love to Craft #51:  ATG  (4/5)
Mix it Up #42:  ATG  (4/5)
613 Avenue Create:  ATG (2/5)
Moving Along with the Times #123:  Animals and/or Birds (2/3)
Crafty Animals #143:  ATG using animals
Digi Doodle #32:  Pink or Halloween (2/3)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  ATG using animals (2/5)
Cute Card Thursday #655:  Dies and Punches (Spellbinders dies were used on this card)
Die Cut Divas:  Autumn (2/4)
Aud Sentiments:  Fall/Halloween + Sentiment (2/5)
The Outlawz Sunday Songs and Rhymes: Inspiration from the Fall poem listed
Cuttlebug Mania:  Autumn Colors w/pumpkin 
The Paper Funday #22:  ATG w/optional twist of Halloween
C.R.A.F.T challenge #572:  Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving 
Sheepski Designs #43:  Autumn and/or Halloween 
Kat Scrappiness:  Fall/Halloween
Polkadoodles #40:  ATG (1/2)
Dragonfly Dreams:  Spooky and/or Cute



That's all for me then!  Your next stop on this little hop is Charlotte, at The Joyful Soul CreatesI hope you will find lots of inspiration in our little hop today!  Thank you so much for stopping by today, and until next time;

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~


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Friday, October 9, 2020

COLOUR CRAZY DT -- DR. DIGI -- OCTOBER 9, 2020

Hey there friends!  Welcome back to my blog!  I hope you are doing your best to stay as safe and healthy as possible as we head further into the latter part of 2020.  Today's post is for the Colour Crazy Challenge, and this week's sponsor is Dr. Digi.


We were given the choice of several images, but OF COURSE I chose to use the Selfie Santa image for my card:


Isn't this image just too cute?  I designed my card layout in the Silhouette Studio software program, and created my own sentiment using the "Frosty" font.  I colored the image with alcohol markers, and I also extended the line of the ground slightly to fit my panel.  I added white gel pen accents to various parts of the image, and put Glossy Accents on the phone screen.  The image panel and black mat were die cut using Spellbinders Card Creator dies, and glued flat to the 4.25x 5.5" Recollections 110lb. card base.  I must say, I was a bit intimidated to color this at first, but once I got going, I really enjoyed it!



-Some more pics of my card-

--CHALLENGES--

Merry Little Christmas #27:  ATG Christmas (2/5)
Love to Craft #51:  ATG (3/5)
Mix it Up #42:  ATG (3/5)
613 Avenue Create:  ATG (1/5)
Not Just Cards:  ATG (4/5)
The Holly and Ivy #80:  ATG Christmas


That's all for me today; thank you so much for stopping by, and make sure you check out the Colour Crazy Challenge for the rest of the Team D cards!  Until next time...

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~


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Thursday, October 1, 2020

BUGABOO OLDIE BUT GOODIE THURSDAY -- OCTOBER 1, 2020

 Hey there friends!  How are you doing?  Can you believe it's October 1st already?  It seems to me that this second half of the year is charging ahead at full speed, and we are barreling headlong towards Christmas!

Well, for today's Bugaboo Oldie But Goodie card, I DID NOT make a Christmas card.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Shocking, isn't it?  I was kind of surprised about it myself, but it did help that I had this image already colored with alcohol markers, just waiting to be used.  Here is my card:


This adorable Halloween cat image is actually part of a mini set called Cutesy Halloween BlocksI must have had plans to use her last year, but then never got around to it.  Another odd thing is that I actually fussy cut this image out!  I *HATE* fussy cutting, but if I recall, this one wasn't too bad to do at this size.  Anyway, I just picked up these pumpkin dies at Michael's, and thought this would go perfectly with my kitty.  My 110lb. black card base is 5.5" square.  I layered on a piece of this olive green textured card stock from the 12x12 Recollections Fall Solids paper pad, which I had embossed with a large dotted folder from Sizzix.  I then lightly sanded that piece with my Tim Holtz sanding block, and then lightly went over it with Black Soot Distress Oxide.

The SPOOKY sentiment is a wood block stamp from Studio G, which I stamped in Walnut Stain Oxide ink.  It didn't dry for the longest time, and I actually smeared the letters a bit.  I decided just to go with it, and proceeded to smear all of them.  My Squirrel Sisters thought it enhanced the "spookiness" of it.  The pictures don't show it very well, but you can see it better in person.  Just before taking the photos though, I wanted to make sure the sentiment could be read as it had dried back quite a bit, so I went over it with a brown alcohol marker.  It looks a bit rough IRL, but it IS a Halloween card, right?  I added some matte solid black sequins from the Bee Creative Sparkle Blend mix here and there.

Here are a couple more photos of my card:



--CHALLENGES--

Love to Craft #51:  ATG (1/5)
Mix It Up #42:  ATG (1/5)
Moving Along With the Times #123:  Animals and/or Birds (1/3)
Crafty Gals Corner #211:  Fall Colors (2/3)
Crafty Animals #43:  ATG using an animal
Digi Doodle #32:  Pink or Halloween (or both)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #43:  ATG using a critter (1/5)
Not Just Cards:  ATG (2/5)
Cuttlebug Mania:  Autumn Colors WITH a pumpkin (Used a Sizzix embossing folder, pumpkin dies from Michael's, and my Cuttlebug)
Die Cut Divas:  Autumn (1/4)
Aud Sentiments:  Fall/Halloween + Sentiment (1/5)

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you liked what you saw here, and that you will go check things out over at the Catch the Bug blogUntil next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~

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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ROUND -- NO TRICKS, ONLY TREATS -- OCTOBER 1, 2020

 Hey friends!  It's the first of October 2020 (say what?!), and I'm here to share the card I've made for the new challenge at CCAYR, which is No Tricks, Only Treats.  Here it is!


I made this card using one of the sweet images from the Gingerbread Wishes Set from Bugaboo.  No surprise there!  😀  I colored this adorable ginger taking a hot cocoa bath with alcohol markers.  I was a tad bit worried about how the cup would turn out since it's got so much real estate, but I was very pleased with my results!  I just HAD to pair this image up with one of my all-time favorite paper pads, Mrs. Claus' Kitchen from DCWV.  Both patterned papers come from that pad.  I chose to mat all the layers on green card stock from Recollections.  The circle image panel is matted with a Petite Scalloped Circle from Spellbinders.  The paper layers are adhered flat, and the image panel is popped up on foam tape.  At some point, I probably *should* add a sentiment before giving it out for Christmas!  LOL

--CHALLENGES--

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #51:  ATG (2/5)
Mix it Up #42:  ATG (2/5)
Craft Rocket #75:  Add Sparkle (if you click on my picture, you can see the cup patterned paper has glitter on it)
Not Just Cards: ATG (3/5)
CHNC #510:  ATG Christmas


Thanks a bunch for stopping by today!  Don't forget to head over to the Christmas Crafts All Year Round blog to see what the rest of the DT has made using some yummy Christmas treats.
Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~


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Friday, September 25, 2020

COLLECTED CRAFTY COLLABS -- SEPTEMBER EDITION -- HALLOWEEN/FALL & SEQUINS

 Hello friends!  Welcome back to my blog for the September edition of Collected Crafty Collabs!  If you're hopping along, you should have arrived here from Bory's YouTube video.  If you're not, I will tell you at the end of this post where to go to keep hopping along with us!  😀👍

As you can see from the graphic, we want you to use some of those squirreled away Halloween/Fall crafty supplies, and incorporate some sequins if you can.  That should be pretty easy, right?  And then, of course, I have my own PERSONAL CHALLENGE to make every card into a Christmas card.  Let me know if you think I succeeded this month with my card:

My image is from Bugaboo (of course!), and is called Autumn Critter Stack 01I was bouncing ideas off my Squirrel Sisters about how I could continue with my Christmas card tradition for our challenge, and sweet V suggested a deer image with a pile of leaves.  That made me immediately think of this image that's been in my Bugaboo collection for awhile.  Isn't the look on that deer's face just funny?  Like he is caught in the headlights...hopefully not in front of my car on the way to work though!  The idea of this image being used for Christmas inspired the creation of the sentiment to go with it.  The font I used is called "The Things We Said," and I just thought it looked perfectly whimsical!  If you have trouble reading it though, it says, "The day Rudolph got caught hanging out with his forest friends instead of helping to get ready for Christmas..."  😆  I just think this is so funny!  All those critters look like they are guilty as heck!

So anyhow, this card is pretty simple...I colored these guys with alcohol markers, cut my panel and patterned paper with Spellbinders Card Creator dies, and glued on 3 sequins.  Incidentally, the patterned paper comes from the Clucker Clackers set from Digi Doodle Studios.  And I did cover the Recollections 110lb. white card base with Recollections 65lb. red card stock that matches the red stripes in the plaid paper.

Another angle

Image close up

--CHALLENGES--

Merry Little Christmas #26:  ATG Christmas (3/5)
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
613 Avenue Create:  ATG (5/5)
Crafty Gals Corner #211: Fall Colors (1/3)
Crafty Animals:  ATG using animals
Crimbo Crackers #216:  ATG Christmas (1/2)
Crafty Friends #145:  Fall Colors (1/3)
Simon Says Wednesday:  Animal Antics (1/5)
Polkadoodles #39:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #38:  ATG (1/2)
Aud Sentiments:  ATG with a sentiment
Not Just Cards:  ATG (1/5)


That's it from me for this hop; your next stop is Lisa at Ink Paper Scissors Fun.  If you get lost, or a link isn't working correctly, you can head back to one of my sweet Squirrel Sisters, Karen at Misplaced Mojo, who has the full hop list.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the rest of our hop!  Oh, don't forget to let me know if you think my card works for Christmas!  Until next time, 
Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~







Monday, September 21, 2020

BUGABOO ANYTHING BUT A CARD MONDAY -- SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

Hey there friends!  Welcome back to my blog!  I hope you are all doing well during these strange times, and will continue to do so!   I'm here today to share with you what I have made for this week's Anything But a Card Monday:


I decided to make ornaments this time, using Snowman Trio Blocks Ain't they sweet?  I colored them using Copics, and added some accents with Star Dust Stickles.  I used Spellbinders Classic Squares to cut each panel; then each is mounted on a red card stock Spellbinders Lacey Square; and then I threaded white satin ribbon through the very last loops to make a hanger.  Looking at them now though, I may flip that ribbon around to the back side in the near future.

--CHALLENGES--

CHNC #508:  ATG Christmas 
Winter Wonderland:  Snowmen and snow
Love to Craft #50:  ATG (5/5)
Mix it Up #41:  ATG (5/5)
613 Avenue Create:  ATG (4/5)
Jan's Digi Stamps:  ATG (5/5)
ABC Christmas:  "S" for Snowy, "T" for Tinsel (obviously snowy)
Crimbo Crackers:  ATG (2/2)
Cuttlebug Mania:  ATG (used my Cuttlebug to cut the Classic and Lacey Squares from Spellbinders)
Polkadoodles #38:  ATG (2/2)
Digi Choosday #37:  ATG (2/2)
Crafty Calendar:  ATG (3/3)



close ups of each ornament


That's all there is for these cute ornaments, folks!  Make sure you swing by the Catch the Bug blog if you haven't already to see what else the DT has made to inspire you!
Thanks for stopping by, and until next time...

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~

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Friday, September 18, 2020

COLOUR CRAZY, JOINING IN WITH TEAM A -- SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Hey there friends!  Welcome back to my blog!  Today I am joining in with Colour Crazy Team A, because I simply HAD to color this adorable Sammi Skater Bear from this week's sponsor, Digi Doodle Studios.



I honestly just LOVE Digi Doodle images; they are all so happy and downright CUTE!

Sammi got colored up with alcohol markers to match the plaid paper, which comes from the Digi Doodle Studios Winter Plaids and Patterns 6x6 digital paper pack.  That was something else I just HAD to have when I saw it, LOL!  I found a card stock in my stash that was a good match to the blue in the plaid, and used that to mat the plaid paper, and the image panel.  Spellbinders Classic Squares  were used to die cut the image panel, and Lacey Squares for the mat.  For the sentiment, I decided to beef it up a bit, and used layers of the blue card stock and the plaid.  "Sending Bundles of Hugs" comes from the MFT Snow Buddies set, and I heat embossed it in detail Snow embossing powder from Recollections.  My card is 5.5" square.

--CHALLENGES--

Merry Little Christmas #26:  ATG Christmas (1/5)
CHNC #508:  ATG Christmas
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #50:  ATG (4/5)
Mix it Up #41:  ATG (4/5)
Color it, Create It, Show it Off:  ATG with coloring (3/3)
613 Avenue Create:  ATG (3/5)
Jan's Digi Stamps:  ATG (4/5)
Crimbo Crackers:  ATG (1/2)
Cuttlebug Mania:  ATG (I used my Cuttlebug with the Spellbinders dies)
Polkadoodles #38:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #37:  ATG (1/2)
Crafty Calendar:  ATG (2/3) 

Sammi's close up

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed your visit, and if you didn't already stop by the Colour Crazy Challenge blog, GO NOW!  😄

Until next time, 
Stay Healthy, Take Care and God Bless!

~Marie~


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BUGABOO HUMOR ME WEDNESDAY -- NUT DAY (10/22) -- OCTOBER 21, 2020

 Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  Today is Wednesday, which means another edition of Humor Me Wednesday at the Catch the Bug bl...