Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Scared Ya, Didn't I?

Okay, you're probably not scared because this ghost is just too cute to be scary! He's one of the new releases today at Bugaboo so go check them all out. You definitely WON'T be disappointed.

My Last Card for August

Okay, as you all know, August has been all about Bugaboo as I've been their guest designer this month. Sadly, my guesting has come to an end with this fun Gus card.
Papertake Weekly-just one of something (I chose one color)
Treehouse-fall colors
Our Creative Corner Sketch-sketch
Digi Doodles Challenge-distressing

A New Perspective on Things

You gotta love Mildred's attitude on life...and a cookie in both hands! Find her over at Bugaboo.
This is based on the Paperplay Challenge sketch this week.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Scarlette's Coffee

Scarlette is one of my favorite grown ups at Bugaboo. Nothing can replace Sean and the other Bugaboo Brats as my favorites but I do love Scarlette. Here she is enjoying her morning (or afternoon) coffee:
Papertake Weekly Challenge-recipie 3 2 1
Spoon Full of Sugar-3 flowers 2 buttons 1 ribbon
Color Throwdown-pink rose red saffron and pear green

All Sorts of Cute

The All Sorts challenge this week is to be inspired by a garden or a park. This park bench scene from Bugaboo is from the A Kid's View line and it's called Sunset.

Lord Have Mercy

Thanks to my fellow SNB DT member, D'Anne, I found the Lord Have Mercy Sketch Challenge. D'Anne has a whole list of challenge blogs on her blog and I've been having fun discovering new to me challenges. I made this card with another Mildred image from Bugaboo Stamps:

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Welcome to the StretchNBubbles Christmas Block Blog Hop. If you came here from the main StretchNBubbles blog, you're in the right place. If you stumbled upon this hop by accident, go to the SNB blog and start there. Be sure to leave comments on all the DT's posts along the way to be eligible for some great prizes!
Alison is in the Christmas spirit and has created a new line of Christmas block images:
Aren't they AWESOME?? You can buy them individually, or get the whole set if you just can't decide. They're perfect for little cards or tags and since they are digital, you can even resize them to make a full sized card. The possibilities are endless.
Along this hop, you'll get a chance to visit each DT member's blog so you can see how we each used them. It will also give you a chance to check out our new DT girls: Tracy, D'Anne, Pandy, Lynn and Gunvor. You'll still see your old favorites like Marcy, Dawnn and Pauline. Be sure to leave each of them a comment when you pay them a visit.
For this hop, I used the Christmas Tree block.
I had a lot of fun with my distress inks and my Tim Holtz distressing tool to give this card a weathered look.
To review: everyone who leaves a comment here on this post by 11:59 PM on August 31st is in the running to win this Christmas Tree block image. I'll choose a winner from all the comments on Wednesday, September 1st and that person will win the image I used in my card. Leave comments on all the DT's posts along the hop and you can win the images they used too. Once you've made your way through the hop, you'll be in the running for the overall blog hop winner. The overall winner wins the entire block set!

Your next stop is Lynn. Wait till you see what she has made!
I hope you enjoy all this Christmas cuteness. Be sure to stop by the SNB Shop to see more of what Alison has to offer.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I Almost Forgot

WOW! I almost forgot to post this card for the Sketch and Stash challenge. I made this card using Christmas Boy 1 from the Bugaboo Christmas Kids collection.

Dog Days of Summer

It's Challenge Day at Catch the Bug and this week, the theme is "Dog Days of Summer". Use an animal, doesn't have to be a dog, on your card. And the extra challenge is to use neutral colors and ONE other color. Hmm.....

Okay, it really didn't take me that long to decide what image to use because you all know I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Sean and his Dog image from Bugaboo so it was an obvious choice for me.


This challenge is sponsored by Stampin Dragon Designs:

They are offering FOUR images to the winner. In case you haven't played along with the Catch the Bug Challenge before, you don't have to use a Bugaboo image but if you do, you get two entries in the drawing for every ONE card that you make. Good deal, huh?
I hope you'll play along!

An Alternative to Counting Sheep

Stella is at it again with another tidbit of wisdom about how to live your life. I'm not sure this is the most healthy way to go about things but...
Picture Perfect Creations-dk purple, pink, green and white
Inspirational Card Sketches-sketch

More from Stella

Have you checked out the Stella line at Bugaboo? There are some pretty funny images to be had over there, like this one, for all you "gotta have my coffee" people out there:
I made this card using the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday.


Isn't this kitty adorable? Look at that sweet little face and the squishy body! I love it. Of course it's a Bugaboo (it's still August, right??) It's from the Garden Cats line.
This card is based on the Two Sketches for You sketch this week.

Who Doesn't Love Dinos

There was a time when my youngest son Brendan loved dinos. We owned anything and everything having to do with Dinos..clothes, toys, books, movies. I personally watched the Disney movie "Dinosaur" no less than 75 times. :) He's twelve now and has moved past the dinos but I still find myself stopping and paying attention to dinos and thinking "oh, should I get that?" and then I remember that Brendan is no longer the five year old with the dino obsession. Even so, I'm pretty sure dinos will always make me think of him. So I thought of him when I was browsing the Bugaboo site the other day and came across this Dino:
This card is based on this week's Card Patterns sketch.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Look Who is Free Today

Hooray! Friday!! My favorite day of the week for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is FREEBIE FRIDAY at Bugaboo Stamps and look who is free today...Stella! I don't know what in the world Stella has gotten herself into today! Hop on over and get Stella for yourself and if you like this one, there are more just like her in the store.
This card is for the Crafty Cardmakers challenge which is to be inspired by the Lady Gaga video "Bad Romance". SO much to choose from but I went with crazy headgear, big hair and people generally in an odd situation as Stella finds herself in here. :)

Aged to Perfection

That's the name of this Stella image from Bugaboo Stamps and the sentiment that comes with it is "I'm not old, I'm aged to perfection".
Paper Sundaes-sketch
Stamp With Fun-girly card

Keeping Up with the Christmas Cards

I'm pretty happy with my Christmas Card tally over there. It helps to have super cute snowmen and reindeer to work with from Bugaboo Stamps. This guy is part of the Rudolph line of stamps.
Tuesday Morning Sketches: sketch
ABC Christmas-R for Rudolph

A Kitty in Your Garden

This adorable little kitty is from the Bugaboo line Garden Cats:
This card is based on this week's Midnight Madness Sketch.

Summer Dog in the Sand

Bugaboo Stamps released this whole line of Summer Dog images a couple of weeks ago. You've got to go check them out...they are all...you guessed it..ADORABLE! :) This card was made for the Cowgirl Up challenge which was to make a card with a summertime theme. It also works for the Digital Tuesday Challenge which was to use water/the beach or something tropical on your card and Charisma Cardz whose theme was hot hot hot!

Another Block Critter

This time it's the Bugaboo block giraffe. You knew I couldn't NOT get the giraffe, didn't you? :)
This card is for Simply Saturday which was to make a simple card with squares.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Another Oldie But Goodie Day

Yep, it's Thursday so you know what that means...another Oldie But Goodie Day at Bugaboo. That's the day that the Bugaboo DT (and me, this month!) gets to show you some of our favorite Bugaboo images that you may have forgotten about. This week I used this adorable Turtle.
You can find this guy in the More Turtles category and he's called Winter. Head over to the Catch the Bug Challenge blog to see what the Bugaboo DT did this week.
Winter Wonderland-walking in a winter wonderland
Raise the Bar-sketch

How Fun are These?

Jodie at Bugaboo Stamps has all kinds of these little block critters. They're in the Block Designs category. You've got to check them out.
I made this a little mini card..measures about 2.75 square for the Allsorts Challenge this week which was to make something less than 3 inches in size.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Yummy Cupcake Tower

In real life, I'm not much of a fan of cupcakes so it's kind of funny that I love them so much for crafting. For most people, I think this tower of cupcakes would be pretty yummy. I just think it's fun to color. This is from the Bugaboo line A Kids View Birthday and it's called "Cupcake Tower".
Crazy 4 Challenges-sketch
Create for fun-make a birthday card

Marshmallows Are Another Story

So, I already told you I don't like cupcakes, except to color. Well marshmallows are a different story. I'm not like my youngest son, Brendan, who would eat a handful of marshmallows plain if I let him but I do like toasted marshmallows (burnt!) and I like melty marshmallows in my hot chocolate. But my favorite marshmallows are these adorable Marshmallow Snowmen from Bugaboo! This one is called Snowflakes.
I made this card for the Bah Humbug challenge which is "walking in a winter wonderland" this week.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Too Much Cuteness Today!

Okay, really? Is there such a thing as TOO much cuteness? I don't think so but you never know. I felt I should warn you, just in case. :)
This first one is another adorable Teddy from Bugaboo. This one is the Teddy Rose Hat and I used it for the Just Cute Bears challenge this week which was to use pink and brown, and of course, a bear! And it's Digi Day at Stamp Something so the challenge is to use a digi image or papers.
I'm pretty happy with those flowers. I just got them on Saturday from Hobby Lobby using my 40% off coupon and you know the best thing? It's a whole tub of WHITE Primas. Yep, all white which is perfect so I can color them to match my projects with my Copic Markers. Love that!

Part Two

Part two of the too much cuteness day...this adorable Christmas Kid image from Bugaboo. This is Christmas Boy 3 :)
Our Creative Corner Sketch-sketch
Paper Cutz Challenge-anything goes

Monday, August 23, 2010

Just a Little Butterfly

Have I said before how amazed I am at the variety of images offered by Bugaboo? I mean, there are adorable kids, sassy ladies, super cute animals...there really is something for everyone. This Butterfly is part of the "Spring Stuff" line.
just us girls-hot pink teal and lime green
Crafty Creations Challenge-butterflies
Moving Along with the times-glitter

Peek a Boo!

This adorable teddy is one of the new stamps from Bugaboo in the "Teddy" line. This one is "Teddy Present" and just like all the others, he's totally cute.
Sketch Saturday-sketch
Secret crafter-blue and cream

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Love Puppy

This is one of the many valentine basket images available at Bugaboo. This is the puppy and I think he works for other occasions besides Valentine's Day. Like this week's Crazy Challenge which is to feature hearts on your project:

Friday, August 20, 2010

It's Freebie Friday Again

Hooray for Friday! With the kids back in school this week, I'm sure I'm not the only one looking forward to Friday. You all know why I look forward to Fridays, right? Because it's FREEBIE day at Bugaboo Stamps. This week, this adorable frog is the freebie. Get over there right now and get it for yourself, and check out the rest of the froggy images Jodie has created. One is cuter than the next!
This card works for the Digi Doodle Challenge which is "Anything Goes".

A Fancy Sunbonnet

There is a whole line of digi images at Bugaboo dedicated to these Fancy Sunbonnet girls. They're adorable and Jodie has them doing all kinds of things so there is something for everyone. I used this one which is called Fancy Sunbonnets-Flowers:
I thought this image went perfectly with the feel of the paper so I had to color her outfit and bonnet pink!
Crafts and Me Challenge-petals and pearls
Paper Play Challenges-pink

Who Doesn't Love Monkeys?

I honestly don't know. :) This little guy is from the Beach Monkey line at Bugaboo.
Colour Create Challenge-ivory, duck egg blue, one other color

This is a New One for Me

I've found a new character over at Bugaboo. This one is named Mildred and she's just as sassy as the other Bugaboo ladies. I know a couple of people who can relate to this sentiment!
Color Throwdown: chocolate chip, celery, craft and soft sky
City Crafter: feature a girl

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's Oldie but Goodie Day Again!

At Bugaboo Stamps, every Thursday is Oldie But Goodie Day. The day that the Bugaboo DT (and Me this month!) gets to show you some favorite "old" Bugaboo images. Sean, from the Bugaboo Brats line, is one of my all time favorite Bugaboo characters so I chose him for my OBG card today:
Check out the rest of the Bugaboo DTs creations at the Catch the Bug blog and then head over to Bugaboo to pick up some of these "oldies" for yourself!
This card works for a couple of challenges:
ABC-B for blue
Pixie Dust-lots of polka dots

Can These Kids Get Any Cuter?

I'm just wondering. I mean, Jodie, the artist behind all these awesome Bugaboo images, draws THE most adorable kids EVAH! She probably has super adorable kids in real life and they are her inspiration for all of these cuties that she draws! This one is from the Bugaboo Christmas Kids line and he's Christmas Boy #3. :)
Sweet Sketch Wednesday-sketch
Spoon Full of Sugar-Christmas in August
Charisma Cardz-die cuts

Don't Worry..BEE Happy!

Love the challenges this week at Incy Wincy and Daisy Doodles this week. Both challenges are to use yellow in your creations. Normally, I'm not a big yellow user but I happen to have this adorable bee and bee hive set from Bugaboo and what better color to use on a card featuring a bee than yellow?

And Still More from Gus..

Gus is just hilarious. I don't know anyone quite like him in real life but he definitely gives me a chuckle in the world of Bugaboo. This is Gus' New Truck:
Picture Perfect Creations-red white and blue
Papertake Weekly Challenge-sketch

GASP! It's not a Bugaboo Image

I know, you all thought that I forgot about every other stamp company this month while I'm the guest DT at Bugaboo Stamps. I know I have been having a lot of fun with my Bugaboo images and I hope you've enjoyed seeing them. BUT there are other stamp companies out there and Designed to Delight is another one of my favorites. This week, Faith's image is this lovely pumpkin set:
Double Delight Challenge-clean and simple
Designed 2 Delight-pumpkins
Create for fun-sketch

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ahh...What a Birthday

I made this card with the Scarlette Bath image from Bugaboo and it just felt right to me to make it a Birthday card. My daughter saw it the other day and questioned why this would be a birthday card and I said because I thought this looked like a nice way to spend your birthday....at least part of it...relaxing in a soap sudsy bathtub!
Secret crafter-girly card
Speedy the Cat-flowers

And After Your Bath

You head out to the "cafe" like Scarlette does in this image from Bugaboo Stamps called "Scarlette Cafe".
I used the recipie from Paper Sundaes which was to use 2 papers, 3 buttons and 4 flowers. This is a card that I started two other times and scrapped both times before I came up with this color combo and design and I'm really happy with how this one turned out, considering that I thought I was going to have to give up on making anything!

Just a Cute Bear

Just Cute Bears is such a great challenge. It's not really even fair to call it a challenge because for every challenge you have to use a bear on your card. Really? That's not a challenge...that's EASY! :) Bugaboo stamps released this whole line of bears last week so if for some reason you don't have any bear stamps or images in your inventory, head over to Bugaboo and pick some up so you can play along at Just Cute Bears! This week the challenge is to use a bear (of course!) and buttons and blooms.

I Can Relate

Really, I can relate to Stella in this image. Can you?
I know you all know by now that you can get Stella over at Bugaboo stamps!
I made this card with the theme from Simple Doodles which is "Celebrate"

More Marshmallow Snowmen

If you've ever been to my blog before, you know I LOOVE snowmen. In fact, I was making so many Christmas cards with snowmen that I voluntarily restricted myself from making any snowman cards for a whole week. That was NOT easy. But luckily, I'm not doing that any more because here's my second snowman card of the week, again made with one of the Marshmallow Snowmen from Bugaboo stamps.
Sparkle Creations Christmas Card-christmas card border punches
Crafty Hos-sketch

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Release Day at Bugaboo

YAY! It's new release day at Bugaboo stamps. In case you haven't noticed, I've been bombarding you with Bugaboo posts all month. That's because I'm really enjoying my role as the August guest DT at Bugaboo. I can't believe the month is more than half over...bummer! But, it is new release day and today Jodie is releasing this Summer Dog image, along with several others in the set.
Isn't he just the cutest? Hop over to Bugaboo and pick him up for yourself.
This card works for these challenges:
Digital Tuesday Challenge-use your scraps
Tuesday Taggers-sea, water or boats

Who Doesn't Feel This Way?

I mean, really...I think we've all felt like this at one point or another in our lives! Not only do I love the images at Bugaboo but the sentiments they have to go along with some of their images are just perfect!
I used the sketch from this week's Our Creative Corner Sketch Challenge.

ABC's of Cuteness

This week, the challenge at Raise the Bar is an ABC challenge...NO, not "anything but a card" tricked you, right? This time, ABC stands for Animal, Brown and Clean and simple. I think this little bear from Bugaboo fits the challenge perfectly:

Simply a Snowman

Made out of marshmallows that is! I know, I know...it doesn't really make sense to have a snowman made out of marshmallows but this guy is so darn cute...it doesn't have to make sense. There's a whole line of Marshmallow Snowmen to choose from at Bugaboo so go check them out. For this card, I used the theme at Simply Saturday which was to make a simple, white card.

Relaxing in the Hammock

Is there a better way to spend a summer day than being lazy in an hammock? I've never owned a hammock and it's been waaay too hot here to spend much time outside, but there is something idyllic about lazing around in a hammock. This bear from Bugaboo sure makes it look good!
Little Red Wagon-summer theme
Teddy Stampers-teddy bear picnic

Monday, August 16, 2010

You Gotta Love Gus

Do you know Gus? He's the guy who goes along with the sassy character Stella from Bugaboo stamps. He's full of funny tidbits and quotes. You should go check him out for a chuckle.
I used the sketch from Moving Along with the Times.