Friday, February 21, 2020

BUGABOO FREEBIE FRIDAY -- FANS WINTER

Hello all, and Happy Friday!  The weekend has rolled around again, and as always, I'm looking forward to it!  Even though I have to work OT tomorrow, it's still the weekend!  :)  But I'm getting ahead of myself...it is still Friday, so it's time for another Friday Freebie from Bugaboo.  Check out my card:


This sweet image is called Fans Winter, and you can grab her HERE for the following week.  I designed my card in Silhouette Studio so my sizing would be correct for an A2 card.  The trees, snowflakes, stitched hillside die, and clouds are all Lawn Fawn.  I used the puffy cloud borders die from LF to create a stencil to ink blend the clouds, using Tumbled Glass distress Oxide ink.  Oh, and Broken China distress Oxide was used to stamp the snowflakes.  The hillside die was cut from Recollections ink jet printable glitter paper.  Maybe last Christmas, or the one before, I picked up some rolls of gold and silver contact paper, and I thought the silver would make a perfect frozen pond for this cute skater.  At my friend Renee's request (Delaney Jane Cards), I colored her up in pinks.  I really need to invest in some softer pinks, I think!  It does look a bit softer IRL.

--CHALLENGES--

The Holly and Ivy #65:  ATG Christmas 
CHNC #477:  ATG Christmas 
Winter Wonderland:  ATG Christmas 
Merry Little Christmas #19:  ATG Christmas 
The Crafter's Cafe #236:  Use Pink or Red

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend, and make sure you stop by the Catch the Bug blog to see what the other DT members have made to inspire you with this freebie!  Until next time, 

Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

FRIENDSHIP HOP--FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Hey everybody, welcome back to my blog!  I hope your Wednesday is going well for you.  It's hard for me to believe that Valentine's Day is right around the corner...in just 2 more days!  Do you have all your cards and treats done that you wanted to make?  Yeah, me neither!  Today though, I'm not here to focus on Valentine's Day makes; let's talk about Friendship.

Do you make many (any) friendship cards?  I have to admit that I do not...if you've been here awhile, you know my main focus is on Christmas cards!  I am trying to branch out some and get more birthday cards into the mix though, so that's good, right?

Well, to get me headed in the right direction for making more friendship cards, I am taking part in a hop today that is all about just that!


This hop was organized by the FABULOUS Courtney Kreeber.  In case you don't know who she is, she is a very talented Copic colorist, and the queen of one layer scene cards!  Anyway, here is a complete list of all the hop participants, in case you lose your way, or there is a broken link:
Here is the card I made for today's hop:


My apologies for the shoddy picture; I'm really at a loss as to how to make my pictures turn out better!  Anyway, I had the SSS Emma Background stamp panel already finished months ago, just waiting for a good card.  This seemed like a great opportunity!  I had colored the white heat embossed image using Prismacolor colored pencils in red and white on this light tan colored card stock.  To add more interest to the panel, I cut a circle directly out of the center.  I decided to pop the circle up on dollar tree foam tape for added dimension.  The hello die (Recollections) was cut 5 times from red card stock, stacked up, covered in clear Wink of Stella, and coated in Glossy Accents (Courtney's favorite!).  The friend sentiment is actually part of the inside sentiment, and I embossed that in white on black.


I also rarely ever finish the insides of my cards with anything more than a sentiment, but since this is a 5.5 x 5.5 square card, I thought I should fill up more of that space.  I grabbed the stamp and positioned it all in the MISTI, and stamped it with Versamark ink twice.  I quite like how it turned out, and I hope that whoever gets this card will like it too!

So, the next stop in the hop is Dana Joy. You will be wowed by her card; I know it!!   I hope you have time to make it all the way through the hop, because I know there is LOTS of wonderful inspiration for you!  Thanks for stopping by, and until next time...

Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~






Tuesday, February 11, 2020

BUGABOO NEW RELEASE DAY -- CLYDE MADE WITH LOVE

Just a quickie post for now, as it is waaaay past my bedtime!  Popping on here to share my card for the new release over at Bugaboo:

This is Clyde Made with Love, and isn't he just so sweet?  Look at what he made for Valentine's Day!  He is one talented dragon, that's for sure!  I had my friend Renee (Delaney Jane Cards) challenging me with the coloring on this one, and boy was it a challenge!  It's definitely difficult to keep 6 different markers in the right shade order!  LOL  I think I did pretty well though, all things considered.  This card will be given to my 19-year-old daughter for Valentine's Day.

--CHALLENGES--

*will add these later*

Thanks so much for stopping by today...be sure to head over to the Catch the Bug blog for more inspiration with this cutie pie!

Take care, and God Bless!

~Marie~

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Bugaboo Anything Goes challenge --Feb 1, 2020

Hey everybody!  Happy Saturday!  I hope you all have some nice plans for the weekend...I have to work some OT this morning, and then hopefully spend the rest of the day in my craft room checking out some challenges!

Speaking of challenges, it's the start of a new month at Catch the Bug, which means another Anything Goes challenge!  YAY!  I love ATG challenges...that usually means I am making a Christmas card, but not so this time!


Since Valentine's Day is fast approaching, I decided to make a card for my hubby.  I ADORE this little Mouse Hearts image, and I set up the design in my Silhouette program so that the oval shape and the outline shape of the mouse were cut as one piece.  I am so stoked that I actually accomplished this!  It definitely took some figuring out, but I LOVE the final results!  I popped my panel up on foam tape and made this card a shaker.  The pink and red sequins are from my mostly unused stash (I need to remedy that more often!).  The love you dies are from Tim Holtz/Sizzix, and I cut them each 5 times from bright pink Recollections card stock and layered them together.  After adhering them to my card panel, they were coated with clear Wink of Stella a few times, and then sealed with a coat of Glossy Accents.  I love how the shimmer shows through!  I also added Wink of Stella to the three hearts in the mouse's hands.  A few more sequins were glued to the front, and this card is ready to give to my hubby!

--CHALLENGES--

Crafty Calendar:  Use die cuts/punches (1/3)
Simon Says Monday:  All Loved Up
Crafty Sentiments:  Hearts
Cute Card Thursday #619:  Valentines
Love to Craft #43:  ATG (1/5)
Animal Friends #83:  Mouse
Mix it Up #34:  ATG (1/5)
Cutie Pie #143:  Cute, Clean & Simple
Color it, Create it, Show it off:  ATG (1/5)
Crafts Galore Encore #72:  ATG (1/3)
Crafty Animals #35:  ATG using an animal
Classic Design #2:  ATG
Digi Doodle Studios #24:  It's a Love Thing (1/3)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #35:  ATG using a critter (1/5)
The Paper Funday #13:  ATG (3/4)
Gem of a challenge #3:  ATG (1/2)
Word Art Wednesday #424 - #425:  ATG (2/5)
Colour Crazy #4:  ATG with coloring (2/2)
Everybody-Art-Challenge #461:  ATG
Lemon Shortbread #112:  ATG (2/3)
Simon Says Wednesday:  ATG (2/5)
Polkadoodles Week #5:  ATG (1/2)
Crafting Happiness #33:  ATG (optional twist:  love)


Thank you so much for spending some time here at my blog.  Please be sure to check out what other inspiration awaits you at the Catch the Bug blog, and join in for a chance to win some Bugaboo goodness!

Until next time, my friends--

Take Care, and God Bless!

~Marie~

Friday, January 31, 2020

Bugaboo Freebie Friday!!

Hey!  It's Friday!  WOOT, WOOT!  I'm popping in here really quick (before I go to bed!) to share the card I made with this week's Freebie Friday image from Bugaboo:

This image is called Winter Kids 01, and I tried to link back to the store for ya, but that image name comes up as another image right now, so I'll have to come back later and edit this.  I used a leftover piece of the Purple Blue Winter digi paper, die cut a Spellbinder's oval out of the center, and layered a piece of the embossing powder trapped in laminating sheet (another leftover) behind it.  I love the soft look of this so much!  :)  I have noticed that my laminate sheets are coming apart as I cut through them, so maybe I used too much powder.  Hey, I wanted it to really look snowy!  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Christmas Phrases 1 die set.  I coated it in a couple layers of clear Wink of Stella for a little more sparkle.

--CHALLENGES--

Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  Add Some Sparkle (1/2)
Crafty Gals Corner #203:  Winter Fun (1/3)
Crafty Animals #35:  ATG with Animals
Classic Design #2:  ATG
The Paper Funday #13:  ATG (4/4)
The Holly and Ivy #64:  ATG Christmas
CHNC #475:  ATG Christmas
Winter Wonderland:  Little Friends


Thanks for stopping by today!  Don't forget to stop by the Catch the Bug blog to see what other Freebie Friday inspiration awaits you!

Take care and God Bless!

~Marie~

Thursday, January 30, 2020

GDT for Scrapping4fun Challenges, Challenge #159

Hello all, and Happy (almost) Friday!  Can you believe it's January 30th already?  Where the HECK did the first month of 2020 go?!?  If it keeps up at this pace, we'll be into fall in the next week or so!  LOL  


Anyhow, I'm posting today as a Guest Designer for Scrappin4fun, challenge #159.  As one of the Featured Creations for challenge #156 with this card, I was invited to join in for this challenge.  Of course, I accepted!  :)  Here is the challenge graphic:


All items must be used at least once on your project, but they can also be used more than once.  Here is my card:


I need a bunch of birthday cards in the first 5 months of the year, so this Bugaboo Stamps Birthday Hedgie 02 that I had in my little image basket was perfect!  The patterned paper comes from a 12x12 Craft Smith Hot Buy paper pad called Honeydew from Michael's.  I hate eating honeydew, or any melons, for that matter, but I love the papers in this pad!  So, I colored my image to match using my alcohol markers, and loosely followed a sketch from the now closed Papertake Weekly challenge.  I'm so glad the challenge owner left the pages up for us to still use the sketches...I use them quite often!  The pink card stock is from the Strawberry Cream card stock pack from Recollections, and I embossed the Spellbinder's circle with the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday folder.

As per the requirements of the Countdown, I scrounged the felt flower brad out of my stash, sliced off a piece of sorely neglected ribbon, and glued down some pink iridescent gems in select places.  I didn't think I would be able to pull it off at first, but with the advice of my lovely crafty friend Renee, from Delany Jane Cards, the card is complete.  If you don't know Renee, you should really check out her blog and YouTube channel!  She is fantastic!  :)


--CHALLENGES--

Tuesday Throwdown #449:  Layered Die cuts (the image panel and the pink layer behind it were cut using Spellbinders Card Creator sets A&B)
The Paper Shelter #412:  Digital Image (1/2)


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you like what you have seen here, and will come back to visit again.  Thanks so much to Rachelle for allowing me to be a guest designer at Scrapping4fun; I had a great time!  :)


Until we meet again...Take care, and God Bless!


~Marie~




Wednesday, January 15, 2020

It's Humor Me Wednesday, and Day 5 of Bugaboo's Down on the Farm 10th Birthday Celebration!

Happy Hump day Wednesday!  WOOHOO!  Thanks for stopping by my blog again today...I'd like to show you what I created for today's Humor me Wednesday:




Teehee, this image (Chickz - Holy Cluck Another Bird-Day) and sentiment are too funny!  I had fun coloring up these chickens, and I actually looked up different varieties to color.  The first one I colored like a Buff Orpington, the second one is a Rhode Island Red, and the third is a Bantam (I think).  I was quite surprised to notice that in all the pictures I looked at, the chickens all had red around their eyes; so that's why mine all have red eyelids.  I had this piece of pink and brown polka dotted paper picked out for my card, so I colored the rest of the elements in the image to match.  The balloon, present, and a few other parts of the image were covered in Wink of Stella, and then the cherry and balloon were covered in Glossy Accents.


--CHALLENGES--


Love to Craft #42:  ATG (5/5)
Mix it Up #33:  ATG (5/5)
Scrapping4fun #157:  ATG (4/4)
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper (it's under there, I swear!)
2 Sisters on the Blog #35:  On and around the farm (3/3)
Double D Challenges:  Balloons (1/3)


Please be sure you stop over at Catch the Bug to play along with this week's challenges, if you haven't already!  All the details are in the top post!


Take care, and God Bless!


~Marie~