Monday, November 11, 2019

ANYTHING BUT A CARD MONDAY @ CATCH THE BUG

Hello, and happy Monday!  I know, Monday's not a super happy day usually, as a lot of us have to go back to work.  But it is nice that it's another Anything But a Card Monday at Catch the Bug, and here is my project:




Since we are coming upon the season of gift giving, I figured this little Label Treat Box from the Silhouette Store would be a perfect ABaC project.  I used the Circle Sentiments - Warm Winter Wishes image that I had printed out already, and used some cute mitten patterned paper from a 12x12 Recollections paper pad called Fa La La La.  I colored the image to match the colors in the paper, and I kept it simple by not worrying about shading.  The hearts and snowflakes are all covered in clear star gel pen for some super shimmer.


*CHALLENGES*

Merry Little Christmas #16:  ATG Christmas (1/5)
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #40:  ATG (1/5)
Mix it Up #31:  ATG (1/5)
Creative Moments #180:  ATG or optional Baby, It's Cold Outside
Daisy Chain #36:  Christmas/Winter
Tuesday Throwdown #444:  Fall/Holiday
CHNC #463:  ATG Christmas


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you found some inspiration while you were here, and for even more inspiration, head on over to the Catch the Bug blog to see the other creations by some of the DT.

Take care, and God Bless!

~Marie~


Friday, November 1, 2019

BUGABOO FREEBIE FRIDAY -- AUTUMN SIGN

Hey all!  Happy Friday, and Happy November!  Wait, what?  It's NOVEMBER ALREADY?!?!?  Holy Crap!  The race is on now to get those Christmas cards and projects started if you haven't already!  It IS still Fall though, so Bugaboo's Freebie Friday image reflects that:




Today's image is called Autumn Sign.  It's a very simple image, but still oh-so-cute!  I wondered for awhile how I was going to use this image, and then I thought it would be perfect popped up on the card base with some soft ink blending behind it.  This was my first time trying this technique, and I have to say, I am EXTREMELY HAPPY with how it turned out!  I was apprehensive about it, but the Taylored Expressions blender brushes make it so easy!  Spiced Marmalade Oxide ink was used for the blending.  The image was colored with alcohol markers.  The smaller sub sentiments are from a stamp set called Happy Everything, but I don't know the company name.


*CHALLENGES*



Cutie Pie #140:  ATG as long as it's cute (3/3)
Moving Along with the Times #109:  Rich Autumn colors


That's all for now...Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure you stop by the Catch the Bug blog to see what the other members of the DT have created to inspire you!  


Take care, and God Bless! 


~Marie~


Thursday, October 31, 2019

BUGABOO OLDIE BUT GOODIE THUIRSDAY -- EGGBERT WINTER

Howdy folks!  It's that time of the week again for some Oldie But Goodie goodness from the Bugaboo DT at Catch the Bug.  Here is mine:




I know that today is Halloween, but I need to ramp up my Christmas card production!!  LOL  I used Eggbert Winter for my card.  I love this guy!  I use him quite often for my Christmas cards.  For today's card, I colored him in greens using alcohol markers, and layered the image circle onto a dark green card stock circle.  The Winter Whimsy patterned paper from Love Nicole, was also flanked with small strips of the same card stock, and the Recollections sentiment was heat embossed on another piece of that dark green.  It's not quite as dark IRL as it appears in my picture.  Snow HAS to have some sparkle, so I added Star Dust Stickles where I thought it would look nice.


*CHALLENGES*

The Holly and Ivy #59:  ATG Christmas
Cardz 4 Gals #108:  Something Beginning with "S" (snow)
Fab 'n' Funky #455:  Christmas
CHNC #461:  ATG Christmas
Cute Card Thursday #606:  Christmas/Holidays



Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I appreciate it so much!  Be sure you stop on by the Catch the Bug blog to see what else is there for your inspiration!


Take care, and God Bless!  


~Marie~






Monday, October 28, 2019

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CUTIES -- PERSONALIZE IT

Hello all!  The new challenge at Christmas With the Cuties starts today.  We are looking for cards that are personalized in some way, and here is mine:

Our sponsor for this month's challenge is Di's Digi Downloads, and this adorable image is called Christmas Owls.  I colored the image with alcohol markers, used some Star Dust Stickles on the falling snow, and white puffy paint on the white parts of the hats.  This is my favorite thing to do with hats at the moment!  It just adds so much to the image!  I used patterned papers from a Love Nicole 12x12 pad, and the sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn set called Winter Owl.  Perfect fit for this, I'd say!


*CHALLENGES*

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #39:  ATG (5/5)
Mix it Up #30:  ATG (5/5)
 Cutie Pie #140:  ATG as long as it's cute (2/3)
Cardz 4 Gals #108:  Something beginning with "s" 
Crafty Friends #121:  Embossing, wet or dry
CHNC #461:  ATG
Jingle Belles:  Rudolph and Friends (any animal)




Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Please also stop by the Christmas With the Cuties blog to see what the DT has made, and to join in the fun!  You know you need more Christmas cards anyway!  LOL


Take care, and God Bless!


~Marie~

Monday, October 21, 2019

BUGABOO ANYTHING BUT A CARD MONDAY

Howdy friends!  It's Monday (again!), so that means it's time for another Anything But a Card post at Catch the Bug.  Here is what I made for the occasion:




I always have such a hard time with this kind of challenge, because I really just like to concentrate on making cards.  I suppose I can glue this onto a card at a later date though...  ;)  I *almost* went with making another tag, but I didn't want to do that all the time.  It had been awhile since I made a rosette, so I thought, "Hmmm, I'll do that!"  I picked a cute snowflake paper from the Love Nicole 12x12 pad called Let It Snow, and cut 2 strips at 1.5 inches wide.  I scored both strips in 1/4" increments, then glued both strips together into a circle.  I must say, I did have some difficulty getting this rosette to come together, and it is uneven in spots, but it will have to do, won't it?


So the image is called Snowflake Penguin, and he is super cute!  I used alcohol markers in blues to match the paper (gray for the penguin of course), Star Dust Stickles on the snow and snowflakes, and puffy paint on the hat brim and pompom.


*CHALLENGES*

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #39:  ATG (4/5)
Mix it Up #30:  ATG (4/5)
The Cutie Pie challenge #140:  ATG (as long as it's cute!)
Crafty Animals #31:  ATG using an animal
Sweet Stampin':  Feature a Creature
CHNC #460:  ATG Christmas


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you were inspired by the DT creations for today, and don't forget to join us in the challenges!


Take care and God Bless!


~Marie~


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

PINK FOR THE CURE POST #2

Hello crafty friends!  I hope you all had a good Wednesday.  Thank goodness we're on the downward slide to the weekend!  

So, I'm back again tonight to share another PINK card for the challenge at Jingle Belles:


I have been admiring the ink blending onto colored cardstock technique for some time now, and thought this would be a perfect time to try it.  I used Worn Lipstick to add my shading around the edges of my PINK panel, which I always think leaves the sweetest highlight in the middle!  The SSS sentiment was embossed in detail gold embossing powder from Recollections, and I flanked it with 2 Martha Stewart punched snowflakes that I also embossed with the gold in several layers.  Don't they look like metal embellishments?  I decided to call this card finished.  :)

*CHALLENGES*

Jingle Belles:  PINK Christmas for the cure!
Mix it Up #30:  ATG (3/5)
Crafty Friends #120:  ATG  (2/3)
CHNC #459:  ATG
Winter Wonderland:  Merry and Bright
Penny Black and more:  Pretty in PINK
Simon Says Monday:  All Things PINK

Thanks for stopping by today, and I really hope that you'll get out some PINK and Christmas supplies (you probably have them out anyway, right?), and make a card for this great cause!  

Take care and God Bless!

~Marie~

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

PINK FOR THE CURE POST #1

Hey all!  It's October (halfway thru already!!), and it's that time of year to raise awareness for breast cancer research.  To help in the cause, Stef and Lauren over at the Jingle Belles blog host a challenge where they ask for predominantly PINK cards.  For every card linked up to the challenge, they will donate $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation!  Isn't that amazing?!  I didn't have the opportunity to participate last year, but this year, I want to help as much as I can!  So, here is card #1:





I had this embossed panel (made with a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder) sitting on my desk for some time, just waiting for the perfect card.  I think this is it!  I used Distress Oxide inks in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry and blended them on the panel in an ombre fashion.  After that, I used Star Dust Stickles on all the snowflakes, but the true shine and color doesn't show in the photo.  The sentiment is from the collaboration set from SSS and Clearly Besotted called Celebrate the Season.


*CHALLENGES*


Jingle Belles:  PINK Christmas for the cure
Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  ATG or optional stars
12 Months of Christmas Link Up #58:  ATG or Sensational Santa
Love to Craft #39:  ATG (2/5)
Mix it Up #30:  ATG (2/5)
Cute N Crafty #32:  ATG (3/5)
CHNC #459:  ATG
Simon Says Monday:  All things PINK


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope the rest of the week goes well for you all...don't forget to get out those PINK products and make some Christmas cards to help Stef and Lauren raise some money!   
Take care and God Bless!


~Marie~