Monday, June 1, 2020

BUGABOO ANYTHING BUT A CARD MONDAY INSPIRATION -- JUNE 1, 2020

Hey everyone!  Welcome back to my blog.  I hope your day is going well.  Another Monday has rolled around, so that means it's Anything But a Card day at the Catch the Bug blog.  Here is my project:

I created a gift card holder this time, although I do kinda feel like I cheated, since it still opens like a regular card.
This coffee cup is a cut file in the Silhouette Store, and it comes with the gift card holder as an insert to glue on the inside.  I made the white panel on the left side by creating an offset of the gift card holder.  I wanted to have a nice space for writing my message that was shaped the same as the cup itself.
 Anyway...the Bugaboo image I used is called Coffee Time - Perfect Blend.  I think it's supposed to represent a guy and gal couple, but I think it works for friendship as well.  I colored the image using a mixture of Copics, Prismacolor, and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  In hindsight, I'm not sure I should have used such dark blues on the cup on the left, but I think it turned out OK.  Also, I used the same sentiment the image comes with; however I used a font in my Silhouette program to write it and color it the way I wanted it. I used Spellbinders classic and scalloped ovals to cut out the image panel, and a light pink mat for behind it.  I thought it went well with the color of their little cheeks!  I blended some brown markers on the "inside" of the cup so it would look like coffee, and then covered it in Glossy Accents to make it look more like a liquid.  That's all there is to this gift card holder!  Here's another view:


--CHALLENGES--

Love to Craft #47:  ATG (1/5)
Mix it Up #38:  ATG (1/5)
Colour Crazy #21:  ATG with coloring (1/2)
Sweet Stampin':  Cute (1/3)
Polkadoodles #22:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #21:  ATG (1/2)
Penny's Paper-Crafty:  ATG using paper (1/3)


Thanks again for stopping by today!  Don't forget to pop over to the Catch the Bug blog to see what the other DT members have made for today!  Please stay safe and well.  Until next time,

Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ROUND JUNE 2020 --USE A RECYCLED ITEM

Hello friends; welcome back to my blog!  I'm glad you have taken some time to stop by and see what I have to show you today!  As always, I hope you are all staying safe and well as the world starts to open things back up.  I am anxious for things to get back to more of a "normal" routine!

Anyway, I'm back today to share with you my DT card for the current Christmas Crafts All Year Round challenge --USE A RECYCLED ITEM.


My recycled item of choice is a tissue box.  Whether or not I buy a tissue box depends on if I think I can reuse it as patterned paper!  😉  This is the third time I have done this, once here, and also here.  I loved both of my other cards, and this one is no exception!  I have 6 other Christmas-themed tissue boxes in que, just waiting to be opened, the tissues used, and then recycled.  😀

So, this fella is called Winter Louie. He is an old Digi Stamp Boutique character, but sadly, the company ceased operations a couple of years ago.  I still love this guy though, and I have him in many different types of images.  He is just too stinkin' CUTE!  He was colored using Prismacolor alcohol markers, and I used some light blue Copics for the snowy ground, and his "aura." I would like to point out that I did something my buddy Renee at Delaney Jane Cards had done recently to another cute bear...you can watch her video here.  Obviously, I had to color him in red and green to match the tissue box pattern.  For sparkle and shine, I added Star Dust Stickles to the snowy ground and the white areas of his hat.  I cut him out using a Spellbinders classic oval, and then glued that to a dark green scalloped oval, also from Spellbinders.  These are the PERFECT size to cover the opening in the tissue box.  I channeled my inner Jennifer McGuire by using small strips of a dark red card stock to "mat" the tissue box panel.  The sentiment comes from a stamp set by Our Craft Lounge called Merry and Bright, which I had somehow won YEARS ago.  It is stamped in Memento Cottage Ivy ink.

--CHALLENGES--

Love to Craft #47:  ATG (2/5)
Mix it Up #38:  ATG (2/5)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #39:  ATG using a critter
Colour Crazy #21:  ATG with coloring (2/2)
Fab 'n' Funky #483:  Christmas
Penny's Paper-Crafty #472:  ATG using paper (2/3)
CHNC #492:  ATG Christmas
Thanks again for stopping by today...don't forget to pop over to the Christmas Crafts All Year Round blog to see what the rest of the DT has created.  You will not be disappointed!

Take care, and God Bless.

~Marie~


Thursday, May 21, 2020

BUGABOO OLDIE BUT GOODIE THURSDAY AT CATCH THE BUG -- MAY 21, 2020

Hello friends!  How are you all doing this fine day in May?  As you're reading this, I am hard at work; BUT I took a vacation day tomorrow so that I can have a nice EXTRA LONG, long weekend!  For those not in the States, Monday is our Memorial Day.  With all this crazy virus stuff going on though, it's going to be a quiet one.  Hubby and I are still leery about being around too many people, so we're just going to stay home and have burgers and stuff.

Anyway, I want to share what I made for the Bugaboo Oldie But Goodie day at Catch the Bug, so here goes:

I used Poppi Xmas Candy Cane for my card--you all knew it would be a Christmas card, right?  Gotta build up that stash, ya know!  ;)  I was inspired by my other recent Christmas card (here) to color Poppi in pastels with my alcohol markers.  I love how he looks in these lighter shades!  😍  I used an old Papertake Weekly sketch for my layout (still love using those!), and the patterned papers come from the My Mind's Eye Merry 6x6 paper pad.  I totally love this paper pad!  I guess it's a good thing I bought 5 or 6 more! 😉  The sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn Ho Ho Holidays set, and is stamped in Versa Fine Nocturne ink.  Every Christmas card should have some sparkle, so I added Candy Cane Stickles to the berries and the pink parts of the candy cane, and Stardust Stickles to the white parts of his hat.  A white Gelly Roll pen, size 08, was used to add highlights to the image.  The big scalloped oval behind Poppi is from Spellbinders.

--CHALLENGES--

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Mix it Up #37:  ATG (2/5)
The Cutie Pie Challenge #147:  Pretty in Pink (1/3)
Color It, Create It, Show It Off:  ATG with coloring (3/3)
Crafty Gals Corner #207:  For the Ladies (1/3)
My Time to Craft #432:  Food Stuffs
Colour Crazy #19:  ATG (1/2)
Polkadoodles #20:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #20:  ATG (1/2)
CHNC #490:  ATG Christmas





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Thanks for stopping by today--don't forget to pop over to the Catch the Bug blog to see what other members of the DT have made with some Oldie but Goodie images from the Bugaboo shop!

Until next time,

Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~

Monday, May 11, 2020

BUGABOO ANYTHING BUT A CARD MONDAY --MAY 11, 2020

Hello friends!  I hope you're having a great day today!  As I'm writing this post it's Monday, and at Catch the Bug, that means it's time for the DT to share some Anything But a Card projects.  Here is what I have made for you:


I can never decide what I want to make when my make day falls on a Monday, so I usually default to making a tag.  Today is no exception, but this time I wanted to make a tag that would be used as a decoration.  This tag measures 3 5/8" by 5".  I figured I could hang it up here in my craft room when I need a little cheering up.  My image choice for this tag is Unicorn Set.  There are 3 images in this set; the unicorn (obviously), the cloud, and a rainbow.  The way this unicorn is drawn, it sits nicely on both the rainbow and the cloud.  I wanted to make my own rainbow, so I chose to have him sitting on the cloud.  I don't have any rainbow dies, so I just used my Spellbinders classic circle dies in the large set to cut from Recollection 100lb. card stock.  This works out pretty well; I think you just need to be aware of how you position your finished rainbow.  Also, I made a kind of booboo by taping all of my cuts together BEFORE I colored them, but I just tried to be careful.  Next time, I'll color them first.  :)

The rainbow pieces and image were all colored with a combination of Copics, Spectrum Noir, and Prismacolor markers.  Oh yes, and I ink blended some clouds on the tag using the template I made with my Lawn Fawn cloud dies, Taylored Expressions blending brushes, and Tumbled Glass Oxide ink.  I also blended some ink around the edges of the tag for a more finished look.

So, I really think that rainbows and unicorns should sparkle...ALOT!  To achieve that look, I added Spectrum Noir clear shimmer pen to the rainbow, yellow Stickles to the horn, and to the stars in the cloud.  Hmm, maybe I should add more shimmer to the unicorn somehow?  I'll think on that.



--CHALLENGES--


Love to Craft #46:  ATG (2/5)
Mix it Up #37:  ATG (2/5)
Color It, Create It, Show It Off:  ATG with coloring (2/3)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #38:  ATG using a critter
Colour Crazy #18:  ATG with coloring (1/3)
Fab 'n' Funky #480:  Cute Critters
Polkadoodles #19:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #18:  ATG (1/2)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Don't forget to head over to the Catch the Bug blog to give the other DT ladies some love on their ABaC projects.  Until next time,

Take Care, and God Bless!


~Marie~

Friday, May 1, 2020

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ROUND -- PASTEL COLORS

Hey everybody!  Look at this; two posts in one day!  That's a rare occurrence, for sure!  LOL!  Well, my second post for today involves a Christmas card, as it is time for a new challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year Round (CCAYR).  For this month, we wanna see you pull out those pastel colors for your Christmas creations!  I know that I don't often associate Christmas with pastel colors, but I do think they can translate well into the theme.  Here is my card:




OF COURSE, I went with a Bugaboo image.  They are just so cute that I can't resist playing with them!  This cutie is called Christmas Mouse - Mistletoe, and I just love her little winky eye!    I had this little lady printed and die cut already, so I just picked out some pastel alcohol markers and started coloring.  I love these shades of light purple!  I didn't notice this until afterwards, but when I colored in the ground, I made it going up hill to the right!  Soooo, the house she lives in is an old one, and not everything is square and level.  ;)  She doesn't seem to mind it though...she must live with a very nice family.  The papers come from the Recollections Northern Lights 12x12 pad, and I used Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide ink to stamp the Lawn Fawn sentiment, which comes from the Mice on Ice set.




--CHALLENGES--


Merry Little Christmas #22:  ATG Christmas (1/5)
Christmas Craft Creations:  Use a Stamp (2/3)
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #46:  ATG (1/5)
Mix it Up #37:  ATG (1/5)
Color it, Create it, Show it Off:  ATG with coloring (1/3)
Crafty Animals #38:  ATG with animals
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #38:  ATG using critters (1/5)
Colour Crazy #17:  ATG with coloring (1/2)
Fab 'n' Funky #479:  Christmas
Polkadoodles #18:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #17:  ATG (2/2)
Penny's Paper Crafty #470:  ATG using paper (1/3)


Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to stop by the CCAYR blog to see what the other DT members have created to inspire you, and to join in the challenge!  Have a nice weekend, stay safe, and until next time...


Take Care, and God Bless!


~Marie~






BUGABOO FREEBIE FRIDAY AT CATCH THE BUG -- MAY 1, 2020

Hello everyone, and Happy Friday!  YAY!  Friday is such a great day; it's the end of my work week, today it's the start of a new month, AND also FREEBIE FRIDAY at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug blog!  WOOHOO!  Today's image is a cutie, so make sure you head on over to grab it for your collection!  The DT has some beautiful cards there as well, so make sure you give them some love!  Here is my card:


This sweet image is called Two Girls, and will be available all this coming week, as you know.  The beauty of this image is that it can be interpreted in different ways...this could be two sisters or two friends, and could be an encouragement card, friendship card, or a thank you, depending on what sentiment you use.  I love that!  I went the encouragement route today, with this sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Slow Down and Enjoy stamp set.  It's laid out all in one line, so I did some masking and moving to get the words on top of one another.  I *ALMOST* forgot to remove the piece of tape before stamping the last line...could you imagine!?  All that time spent coloring...of course you can see I remembered at the *last second*!!  WHEW!!  
Speaking of coloring, I went back to my tried and true alcohol markers for this card.  I am still trying to get skin colors right, and I have been trying to use a BV marker underneath the E11 shadows, like my buddy Renee does over at Delaney Jane Cards.  It's a work in progress...sigh.  It looks way better in my edited picture than it does IRL.  LOL...another thing about interpretation with this image.  While I was coloring away, I thought the whole time that the little girl had a headband in her hair.  Right after I colored it that way, I realized that the little oval on top of her head was *supposed* to be the other girl's hand...OOPS!  Well, I think she looks cute either way!  LOL


--CHALLENGES--
*will add these later*

Well, thank you again for stopping by!  I wish you all a good weekend, and I hope we all get some crafty time in!  Until next time...

Take Care, and God Bless,

~Marie~

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

WORKING ON THOSE CHRISTMAS CARDS --- CHRISTMAS WITH THE CUTIES, APRIL 2020

Hey everybody, how ya doin'?  I hope that this post is finding you all well, and keeping busy!  Speaking of keeping busy, I also hope that we all have the time to get those much-needed Christmas cards done!  We're already through most of the first half of the year, so time is flying by!  


At Christmas with the Cuties this month, we are looking for you to use those lovely traditional colors of RED and GREEN, and our sponsor is My Besties:




Here is the card I created:




This is one of the images the team was provided with for this challenge, and it is called Gnome-ville IMG14.  He is so cute!  This is the first gnome I have ever had to play with.  Instead of my go-to alcohol markers, I decided to use my Prismacolor colored pencils again.  Even though I LOVE being able to blend with markers, I also love the texture that colored pencils give to an image.  I tried my best this time to keep a light hand while coloring...boy is that hard for me to do!  LOL!  Anyway, I wanted to add more texture to his beard than the lines already drawn in, so I used the 2 grey pencils in my set and started adding hair.  I *think* I may have gone a bit overboard, as now his beard is grey instead of the white I wanted it to be, but so be it!  To add even more texture to the image, I added Stickles to all the snow, and white puffy paint to his hat brim.  Oh, and also some white gel pen details on the pompoms.  The plaid paper comes from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Christmas 6x6 pad, and the sentiment is from the Nutty or Nice collaboration stamp set from Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp.  It was stamped using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.  


Full frontal view




--CHALLENGES--


Merry Little Christmas #21:  ATG Christmas (1/5)
Christmas Craft Creations:  Use a Stamp (1/3)
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #45:  ATG (5/5)
Mix it Up #36:  ATG (5/5)
Colour Crazy #16:  ATG with coloring (1/2)
Polkadoodles #17:  ATG (2/2)
Digi Choosday #17:  ATG (1/2)
CHNC #487:  ATG Christmas
C.R.A.F.T Challenge #553:  Christmas (1/2)


I thank you all for stopping by today...don't forget to check out the Christmas With The Cuties blog to see what the other DT members have created, and to join in!  Until next time,


Take Care, and God Bless!


~Marie~










Tuesday, April 21, 2020

BUGABOO NEW RELEASE TUESDAY @CATCH THE BUG

Hello, my friends!  Welcome back to my blog...how are you doing?  I truly hope that you are all feeling and doing well.  I know this #stayhome thing can be hard for some people, especially those who live alone.  I'm sending positive thoughts and good vibes out there to all of you!  :)  So, let's keep the positivity going, shall we?

Today I want to share with you what I made for the new release at Bugaboo:


This image is called Flower Trio, and it should be in the store for you to grab.  Aren't these flowers unique-looking?  I love all the little details that make them special.  I was inspired by these yummy plaids in the Lawn Fawn 6x6 Perfectly Plaid Rainbow pad to color the image in purples and greens, with yellows for an accent color.  Since some parts of the images are kinda small, I chose to use my Prismacolor colored pencils as my coloring medium instead of alcohol markers.  I know, shocker!  I really like the end result, although I do have trouble not using a heavy hand while coloring.  I also have a lead foot while driving, if that's any indication!  LOL!  
I grabbed a matching purple card stock from my Recollections stash, and used that as a mat for the patterned papers, and a scalloped mat for the image panel, all made using Spellbinders dies.  The sentiment was stamped in Dusty Concord Distress Oxide ink, and it comes from a stamp set I have had for-EVER called Greetings, from The Paper Company.  I used to get this brand at JoAnn Fabrics all the time when I first started stamping, and this set in particular still comes in handy!  For the inside sentiment, I used a combination of words from the Happiness and Merry and Joy stamp sets from Honey Bee Stamps, also stamped in Dusty Concord Oxide ink.  Sorry, I didn't think to take a picture of the inside!

Here's a different angle.

--CHALLENGES--

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #45:  ATG (4/5)
Mix It Up #36:  ATG (4/5)
Crafty Gals Corner #206:  Easter/Spring (2/3)
Scrapping4fun #164:  Easter/Spring (2/4)
Colour Crazy #15:  ATG with coloring (1/2)
Sweet Stampin':  Bloomin' Wonderful
Polkadoodles #17:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #16:  ATG (1/2)
Crafting Happiness #45:  ATG or optional PURPLE


That's all I have for today!  I hope that you liked my card...oh and don't forget to pop over to the Catch the Bug blog to see what the other designers have come up with for the New Release image.  You won't be disappointed!
Until next time...

Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~

BUGABOO ANYTHING BUT A CARD MONDAY INSPIRATION -- JUNE 1, 2020

Hey everyone!  Welcome back to my blog.  I hope your day is going well.  Another Monday has rolled around, so that means it's Anything ...