Monday, September 16, 2019

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ROUND -- SEPTEMBER 2019 -- FOOD/DRINK

Hello everyone!  It's time again for another challenge from the Christmas Crafts All Year Round gals.  I know I usually post on the first of the month, but I had just returned from my work trip to Washington state, and didn't have time to create anything before I left or when I got back.  SO ANYWAY, here is my card for the FOOD/DRINK challenge:


I decided to use this adorable Bugaboo image called Candy Cane Mouse.  I mean, what is more quintessential than a candy cane for Christmas?  Granted, it doesn't make much of a meal, but it's a nice treat!
I colored the image with alcohol markers, and added some sparkle with Stickles.  The patterned paper comes from the Seasons Greetings 6x6 paper pad from Love Nicole.  All colored card stock is by Recollections.  The sentiment comes form the Sweet Christmas Wishes set by Recollections, and I thought it paired perfectly with this cute mouse and his candy cane!

*CHALLENGES*

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #38:  ATG (3/5)
Mix It Up #29:  ATG (3/5)
ABC Christmas:  "S" is for Sparkle, and "T" is for Texture
Digi Design Challenge:  Hand Colored Image (2/3)
CHNC #455:  ATG Christmas
C.R.A.F.T Challenge#527:  Christmas (1/2)

That's all for tonight.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!  Be sure to stop by the CCAYR blog to see the creations of the DT, and join in the food and drink Christmas fun!

Take care, and God Bless!

~Marie~



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

BUGABOO HUMOR ME WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

Hello fellow crafters!  I hope your day is going well!  I know that today is a somber day for many of us, as we remember what happened on this date in 2001.  For me, it is also a celebration of life, as my Dad's birthday was today, and my older daughter turns 21 today!  I can't believe it's been 21 years since I gave birth to my firstborn daughter!  Of course I daydreamt about this day in her early years, and wondered what she would be like at this age...and now the day has arrived!  I am super proud of her, and can't wait to take her out to celebrate with my hubby this weekend!

Thanks for letting me ramble on about my daughter!  Now I want to share the card I made for this week's Humor Me Wednesday:


With this cute card, I am celebrating Teddy Bear Day, which was on Monday.  This image is called Watermelon Butterfly BearIsn't he just so cute?  I love this guy!  I colored him up with alcohol markers, and added some white puffy paint to the rim of his hat.  I just like the look of that lately!  His wings were coated with Wink of Stella.  I used Sketch Saturday #580 for my layout:


This seems to me to be a really good sketch for showcasing an image!  :)


*CHALLENGES*

Love to Craft #38:  ATG (2/5)
Mix it Up #29:  ATG (2/5)
Digi Design Challenge:  Hand colored image


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Be sure to head over to Catch the Bug to see what else has been made for the humorous holidays happening this week.


Take care, and God Bless!


~Marie~

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CUTIES CHALLENGE #30 --LET'S BUILD A SNOWMAN

FIRST OFF; MY APOLOGIES FOR MY POST BEING SO LATE, AS THERE WAS A MISCOMMUNICATION!!!

Hey all!  It's time to BUILD A SNOWMAN at Christmas With the Cuties!  Here is what I have created:



Our sponsor for this month's challenge is Bugaboo Stamps:


I have used Cute Snowman 01 for my card, and I decided I wanted to try stamping with bubble wrap as I had seen the fabulous Gina K. do not too long ago.  I stamped using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink.  The image is colored with alcohol markers, and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens were used to color the ornaments.  Stickles was added to the snow, snowflakes, and snowman for some added interest.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Winter Scripty Sentiments.  I really love this set for Christmas/winter sentiments!


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you were inspired to create today!  



*CHALLENGES*



Love to Craft #38:  ATG (1/5)
Mix it Up #29:  ATG (1/5)
ABC Christmas:  "S" for sparkle, "T" for texture
Christmas Kickstart #18:  Get a Head-er Start (inspired by the blog header)
CHNC #453:  ATG
Sparkles Christmas #104:  Winter Wishes
Winter Wonderland:  Christmas Ornaments








Take care and God bless!

~Marie~

Thursday, August 22, 2019

BUGABOO OLDIE BUT GOODIE THURSDAY -- PARTY PIG TRIO

Howdy blogging friends!  How have you been?  Things around my household have been a bit more hectic as of late, so I have not had much crafty time.  :(  This coming week, I will be flying out to Washington state for work.  This will be my first time on a plane in at least 30 years, so this should be interesting!  I have scoped out the area I will be in for craft stores already...and there is one nearby!  I am so excited to check it out!

For now though, I would like to share a birthday card I made for a friend/coworker of mine:


I thought that the Party Pig Trio paired perfectly with this patterned paper from the Confetti 12x12 paper pad from DCWV.  These guys are so stinkin' cute (no pun intended!)  I colored them to match the papers as best I could using alcohol markers.  The balloons were coated with Glossy Accents, and the confetti and streamers have Crystal Stickles on top.

*CHALLENGES*

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #37:  ATG (3/5)
Mix it Up #28:  ATG (3/5)


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you will pop on over to Catch the Bug to see what some of my teamies have made with some other OBG images!

Take care, and God Bless!  :)

~Marie~

Friday, August 2, 2019

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ROUND -- CHRISTMAS TREE, AUGUST 2019

Hello crafty friends!  Sorry this post is a day late, but I am here to share with you the card I made for the current CCAYR challenge, Christmas Trees:


I really like these Christmas sheet music pages; I have several of them saved.  They come in handy when you want a simple card with lots of impact!  I wanted to use a different tree than the one that was pictured, so I edited the image in my Silhouette program, and replaced that tree with this one from my library.  It is simply called Christmas Tree, and is from Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings.  I just think it's adorable!  I didn't want this to be a completely flat card, so I printed the tree out several times, fussy cut the individual layers, and layered them on top of the tree printed on the image panel.  I used liquid glue to adhere the top part of each layer, and clear foam adhesive to bump up the bottom part of the layers.  The panel was then glued to a dark red cardstock that matches the red ornaments on the tree, and the song title.

*CHALLENGES*

Love to Craft #37:  ATG (2/5)
Mix it Up #28:  ATG (2/5)
Crafts Galore #66:  ATG (2/3)
My Time to Craft #402:  Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland:  Christmas Ornaments (1/3)


Alrighty, thanks for stopping by today, and don't forget to jump on over to the CCAYR blog to join in the challenge, and get those Christmas cards/projects DONE!

Take care, and God Bless!  :)

~Marie~


Thursday, August 1, 2019

WELCOME TO THE ENCOURAGEMENT HOP! :)

Hello blogging friends!  How is your week going?  Thank goodness it's Thursday, one more day of work left for me!  It's also August 1st...and just how that happened so quickly, I have NO IDEA!  It seems like just yesterday it was July 31st.  HAHA!


I'm posting today as a participant in an Encouragement Blog Hop, hosted by the fabulous Courtney Kreeber, Jenn Bena (Scrapbena Creations), and Mary Polanco.  They did a live YouTube a couple of months ago where the idea for this hop was born.  And this isn't just a blog hop.  It's a hop where, if you wanted to join in, whether you have  your own YouTube channel, a blog, or just like making cards, you were more than welcome.  Absolutely anyone could join in this hop!  I think Courtney said there are over 100 people that have joined in, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!

So the theme for this hop is to make an encouragement card.  I was going to go the same route I always go...find a cute image and color it with alcohol markers.  But then I thought this would be a great opportunity to try something I have been wanting to do for some time; embossed resist with Distress Oxides and blender brushes.  So here is the final result:


I think this is pretty fabulous, if I do say so myself!  Why did I wait so long to try it??  I checked out some YouTube videos first (Kristina Werner especially), where I rewatched her last Distress Oxide blend video.  I thought that the Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Seedless Preserves combo was sooooo pretty, I just had to try that one!  Instead of using the regular blending tools, I wanted to use the Taylored Expressions blender brushes that are sitting so prettily on my desk.   They really are so nice to work with!  The background stamp is Flora Background from Simon Says Stamp.  The "you are" comes from the Honey Bee Stamps "Happiness" set, and the "Awesome" is from Neat and Tangled.  This is the first time I have used that die set too!  I managed to find a colored cardstock in my stash that matched the Wild Honey ink pretty well, so I used that to frame my image panel, and to cut out "Awesome."

I can't wait to send this to a friend who may just need a little reminder of how AWESOME he/she really is!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and I hope you will carve out some time to check out the rest of the hop. I'm sure it will be absolutely fabulous!

Your next stop in the hop is Tracy Shultz, so just click right here!

Take care, and God Bless!

~Marie~

BUGABOO OLDIE BUT GOODIE THURSDAY! AUGUST 1, 2019

Hey all, just popping in here really quickly before bed (it's been a looooong evening!) to share this card I made for Bugaboo's Oldie But Goodie post:




 This guy is called Lil Snowman.  He looks like he is ready for a good 'ole snowball fight!  LOL  The image is colored with alcohol markers, and Star Dust Stickles is added to the snow in places.  The patterned paper is from an 8.5x11 paper pack from Recollections, and the sentiment is Lawn Fawn, and is stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.


*CHALLENGES*


Cute N' Crafty Christmas:  ATG Christmas
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #56:  ATG/optional Sparkle, Glitter and Bling
Merry Little Christmas #13:  ATG Christmas (1/5)
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #37:  ATG (1/5)
Mix it Up #28:  ATG (1/5)
Sparkles Christmas #103:  It's Snowtime!
Simon Says Monday:  Bright and Cheerful
Crafty Sentiments:  ATG (1/3)



Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Be sure to stop over to Catch the Bug to see what else has been made to inspire you!  :)


Take care and God Bless!


~Marie~


Friday, July 26, 2019

BUGABOO CHRISTMAS IN JULY CELEBRATION -- DAY 7

Hey all!  Glad to see you've made it back to visit me on the final day of the Christmas in July celebration at Catch the Bug!  Today is Friday (yay!), which means that it is Freebie Friday, and we also have a color challenge for you to follow:


And today's featured movie is:



Here is my card:


  Today's Freebie Friday image is Reindeer Trio.  I really like this color scheme for Christmas!  It's very traditional, and reminds me of Christmases past.  The patterned paper comes from Recollections 12x12 Fireside paper pad.  I used the smallest star from Spellbinders' set to cut 3 stars from a brass colored glitter cardstock scrap to accent the card.  Image is colored with alcohol markers, and Stickles was added to the center reindeer's nose (I would assume Rudolph would take center stage!), to the ornaments in his antlers, and the stars on the image.

*CHALLENGES*

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
ABC Christmas:  "N" is for No Peeking, and "O" is for Ornaments
Crimbo Crackers #189:  ATG Christmas
Crafting by Designs:  Get Ready for Christmas (2/3)
Pammie's #1929:  ATG (2/5)
My Time to Craft #402:  Christmas in July


Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you have been enjoying this year's Christmas in July celebration at Catch the Bug.  I know I have been having a blast creating more Christmas cards for my stash, and especially seeing what everyone else has been creating!  I know Jodie is appreciative of everyone's support!  Until next year!

Take care and God Bless!

~Marie~

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

BUGABOO CHRISTMAS IN JULY CELEBRATION -- DAY 5

Hey all!  Welcome back to day 5 of Catch the Bug's Christmas in July bash!  With today being Wednesday, we are all about that humor, so we want you to create something based on one of these funny Christmas movies:


I chose Home Alone, as it's my favorite out of the 3 choices.  Here is my card:


I chose this fun image  (Merry Christmas Tree) because it reminded me of the scene where Kevin is decorating the tree, and he sees Marv's reflection in his ornament.  He then calls out to his dad to come help him (who we all know isn't there).  Later on, I also love when Marv comes into the house thru that window in his bare feet and steps on all those glass ornaments Kevin left on the floor as a booby trap.  LOL

The image is colored with alcohol markers, and I added Eucalyptus Stickles to the ornaments, and Yellow Stickles to the stars.  I inked the edge of my image panel using Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide ink.  I used Spellbinders Curved Rectangles to make the layers for my easel card, and the patterned paper comes from a Recollections 8.5x11 pack.  The "Believe" die is from Love Nicole.  I cut it 3 times from Recollections 110# card stock and stacked it for some decent dimension to hold my panel up.  To make it stand out more, I coated it in clear Wink of Stella, and covered it in Glossy Accents.

*CHALLENGES*

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
ABC Christmas:  "N" for No Peeking, and "O" for Ornaments
Digi Design:  Christmas in July (3/3)
Crafting by Designs:  Get Ready for Christmas (1/3)
Crafty Gals Corner #196:  Christmas in July (3/3)
Pammie's #1929:  ATG (1/5)
CHNC #447:  ATG Christmas
Sparkles Christmas:  Include a Tree
Crafty Calendar:  Christmas in July (3/3)
Crafty Sentiments:  ATG (1/3)


Thanks again for stopping by my blog!  I hope you will have a chance to hop on over to Catch the Bug and join in today's festivities!  Don't forget to leave my teammies some love!

Take care and God Bless!

~Marie~



Tuesday, July 23, 2019

BUGABOO'S CHRISTMAS IN JULY CELEBRATION -- DAY 4

Hello, and welcome back friends!  It's Tuesday, which at Catch the Bug means it's New Release Tuesday!  Also, we are still going strong with our Christmas In July bash following the theme:

THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES EVER!!

Today's movie is:


We also have a BINGO board for you to follow:


Here is what I created:


This uses the New Release image, Elf Brat and Rudolph. I am IN LOVE with this card!  I colored the elf to resemble Buddy, and did my best to make it look like they were up on a rooftop at night.  I went over the sky SO MANY TIMES with my alcohol markers to get the look I wanted with this image panel, I will be surprised if there is any ink left in those markers!  LOL!  And actually, this pic is a bit darker than the card itself, so I apologize for that!  I am STILL trying to get the hang of editing photos!  

And this sentiment!!  I have had this for a good while, and couldn't WAIT to use it on just the right card.  It comes from a sentiment set by Momenta.  I stamped it using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, and inked the edges using Salty Ocean distress Oxide ink.  The patterned paper comes from a Recollections pack of 8.5x11 holiday printed cardstock.  For some sparkle (not that you can tell!), I used Christmas Red Stickles on Rudolph's nose, Eucalyptus on the ornaments, and White Blizzard Nuvo drops on the snow.  The elf's belt buckle and bells were colored using a gold gel pen.

*CHALLENGES*

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #36:  ATG (5/5)
Mix it Up #27:  ATG (5/5)
ABC Christmas:  "N" for No Peeking, "O" for Ornaments
The Holly and Ivy #52:  ATG Christmas
CHNC #447:  ATG Christmas

OK, now don't forget to stop over at Catch the Bug if you haven't already to see what my fellow teammies have made to inspire you, and to join in the fun!  There are prizes to be won for participating!!  Thanks for stopping by my blog again today, and God Bless!  :)

PS.  I forgot to tell you that I followed the middle line across on the BINGO board!  LOL!

~Marie~