Hmm...the weather forecast for St. Louis over the next couple of days is unlike anything I ever remember hearing in the 20+ years I've lived here. We're expecting one half to three quarters of an inch of ice followed by 6-10 inches of snow. Yes, HERE...in St. Louis. That combination and in those quantities just does not happen here so let's hope the forecasters are wrong. Otherwise we're looking at more days off of school and worse, downed power lines from all the ice. Ugh. Cold...no electricity...scary.
You can tell it's cold here, right? That's why I've been enjoying a nightly cup of hot chocolate. :)
Ahh... the ATC. What do you do with your ATCs? Do you collect them? Trade them? Store them in a book somewhere? Or do you use them on your cards? I'm asking because I really don't know what to do with the ATCs that I have. I love them, but I'm at a loss as to what to actually DO with them so any ideas would be appreciated. I'm talking about ATCs today because that is the Bugaboo Challenge this week. Make an ATC. Here is mine: I love these little birthday kids! They're part of the A Kids' View line of images at Bugaboo. Check out the rest of the DT's creations at the Catch the Bug Blog and join in the challenge over there. We'd love to see your ATC. I'm also entering this in the One Stop Craft Challenge which is Anything Goes ATCs.
Have you checked out the Garden Cats line at Bugaboo stamps? I am not a big fan of cats in real life (I'm allergic) but I LOVE these Garden Cat images. They are all so cute and the cats are just in the cutest situations...they're adorable. Go check them out. Oh, and since it's Oldie but Goody Thursday, head over to the Catch the Bug Blog and see what the rest of the Bugaboo DT chose for their OBG today. You're sure to find more images that you can't live without. :) I am entering this into Penny's Challenge #45-Anything Goes.
Or DID THEY? I'm not so sure about Stella and Gus. I guess they're happy in their own way. Today, Jodie is releasing more of this cute couple's images and sentiments. The set is called Stella and Gus Tidbits and there are some doozies so you'll want to head over to the shop and check them out.
Have I mentioned how much I have enjoyed using the paper I received from the Cardmaker Cardswap Paper Swap? Oh yeah...only about a hundred times! That's because it's so awesome and it's so nice to have different paper!
I know a lot of people got into stamping and cardmaking because they attended a Stampin' Up party. I have been to one SU party in my life-that was bout 8 years ago and it didn't get me hooked on stamping or cardmaking. It did increase my collection of rubber stamps that sat in my closet for years before I picked them up and did anything with them. Now I'm into digi stamps so I don't think I'll be going to any more SU parties BUT at the party I did go to, I got a cute little Christmas stamp which is where this sentiment stamp is from: This is another adorable image from the Winter Bird collection at Bugaboo. Challenges: Creative Belli Blog-anything with P (polka dots) Crafty Creations Challenge-birds with polka dots and green East Sleep Stamp-sketch
Okay, I know it's not Valentine's Day yet but it's definitely coming so I thought I should get ready. I don't give a lot of Valentines..just to my DH and my kids so I need four cards every year and this is one of them, made with an adorable bear from Bugaboo: Challenges: Tuesday Throwdown-valentine Pixie Dust Challenge-button up Midnight Madness Sketch-sketch Teddy Stampers-anything goes with teddy bear
Thank you to those of you who read my plea regarding IE. I've switched to Chrome and so far, so good. Everything seems to load much more quickly and I have to say, I'm enjoying that. We'll see how it goes but hopefully it's the end of the problems!
Hmm..the black and white card always stumps me but luckily for me, the Kaboodle Doodles challenge is to use black and white PLUS one! Those of you who have been to my blog before know that I love snowmen and this particular line of snowmen from Bugaboo is my current favorite. I can't help but be drawn to them when it's time to make a card! They are sooo adorable and make great winter/holiday cards.
Thanks to everyone who played along in the Bugaboo Birthday celebrations. The winner for commenting on this blog is JAN R!! Congrats Jan. Check the Catch the Bug blog later for a complete list of winners. **************************** It sure is a Winter Wonderland here in St. Louis. We got lots of snow on Thursday and it's still hanging around since it's REEEEAALLY cold here. Perfect day for Bugaboo's new challenge: Winter White. You don't have to make a winter themed card, but you do have to make a card that is primarily white. Check out all the examples at the Catch the Bug Blog and join in! You can win seven, four or two images of your choice from the Bugaboo store. I know you've seen these snowmen a lot but they're so perfect, I can't stop using them. :) I'm also entering this in the Raise the Bar challenge which is N.E.W-use a Nestie, Embellishments and White.
Have you been playing along in Bugaboo's week-long birthday celebration? Lots of fun and easy challenges all week and a blog hop with chances to win some fabulous prizes. You still have time! Go check out all the happenings at the Catch the Bug Blog. Today, Jodie is giving away this super cute and birthday appropriate Bee: Go get him for yourself at the Bugaboo Store and help us celebrate our birthday! I used the sketch from SketchNStash and I'm entering this in the Cards for Men challenge which is the theme of "celebrate" this week.
Have you ever played along with the Lolipop Crafts challenge? I'm not sure how I found this challenge (maybe through Scrappy) but now that I have found it, I like to play along with it. This week's challenge is a sketch: This image is one of the Rotweiler Puppy images from Bugaboo Stamps. Works well for your Valentine's cards, right? I'm going to give this one to one of my boys.
Have you noticed that my blog is really plain right now? Are you wondering why and what happened to my adorable pink polka dots? Here's the thing: Do you ever click to go to someone's blog and you get a pop up message saying that "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage" or some such nonsense? Well, that happens to me every so often and it sucks because I can't see what my blogging friends have been up to or comment on their fabulous creations. I thought it was just a IE thing and I lived with it. UNTIL I went to change my blog whatever-you-call-it...decorations? And when I saved the one that I wanted, I got that message ON MY OWN BLOG! Oh my gosh, I was freaking out that I wouldn't ever be able to get to my blog again. Luckily I had it opened on another tab, went there and deleted the background I had tried to load. I went through that process again with the same result (different blog background provider, just to see) so now I am left with nothing because I'm afraid of locking myself out of my blog altogether. SO can someone help me? Why do I get this message in the first place? Do I need to update my comptuer in some way? Is there anything I can do about it? I just want to be able to have a cute background on my blog AND go and visit everyone's blogs without getting that annoying message. Your comments and thoughts and ideas are more than welcome. Thank you!
** Oh, and if you're going to tell me to try Firefox, I already did that and had some limited success but now it won't let me sign in to my blog...something about needing to go through some sort of validation steps or something which, when I do what it tells me to do, I still get the same message so Firefox is not working either**
I hope you've been playing along all week in the Bugaboo Birthday Bash challenges. Hopefully you have found the challenges to be fun and not too complicated. Today, I promise, is an EASY ONE...make a birthday card. You know you can always use more birthday cards so why not make one today and further your chances of being the grand prize winner! Today I used one of the images from the Scarlette Occasions set and I blinged up her dress and her ring with Stickles: Remember to check out the Catch the Bug blog for all the details of prizes and challenges. I'm entering this in the Paper Play challenge which is to use black.
Perfect....lots of snow on the ground and some still falling. Below freezing temperatures and cocoa in your cup. :) Perfect time to show you another card made with one of Bugaboo's super cute snowmen: I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday and yes, this is more paper from the Cardmaker paper swap. Those snowflake "buttons" are from a stash of buttons and goodies my mom gave me.
Brrr...it's cold here and we got about 8 inches of snow last night. That's a lot by St. Louis standards. Perfect day to stay inside and snuggle up with a cup of cocoa, doncha think? Challenges: Card Patterns-sketch just us girls-aqua coral and green Speedy the Cat-use hearts
I usually color Bugaboo's Scarlette image in black or bold colors. This time I surrounded her in pastels proving that she can look good in anything! Challenges: Prairie Fairy Fridays-happy birthday The Crazy Challenge-buttons Pollycraft-pastel colors
Are you familiar with Scrappy? She's like the Energizer Bunny of crafters. I'm not sure if she ever sleeps-she just keeps cranking out these AMAZING projects for like a bazillion challenges per week. She's also awesome at making sketches so today's challenge is to use Scrappy's sketch to make your card:
I made my card with some paper from the AWESOME Cardmaker paper swap and this adorable Wee Ones image from Bugaboo:
We're about mid-way through the birthday celebrating. I hope you're playing along. For a review of what's been going on and what's coming up, check out the Catch the Bug Blog.
Day three of the birthday celebration begins now! If you haven't made your way through the blog hop from Saturday, you really ought to consider doing it. You can win some fabulous prizes including a free set per month for a year OR the chance to design a set with Jodie, Bugaboo's creator. Hopefully you played along yesterday as well and posted your blue and white card. Today the challenge is to add "bling" to your card. I used Jodie's adorable little clown girl: This clown is part of today's New Release set so head over to the Bugaboo store to see the rest. To get all the details on the hop/challenges/prizes, head to the Catch the Bug Blog.
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE BUGABOO BIRTHDAY HOP, SCROLL DOWN. ******************************* Bugaboo stamps has a whole line of Sunbonnet Girl images. Jodie has her doing everything from sewing to ice skating and everything in between. This one, with her just holding a pot of flowers, is one of my favorites. You can use it for just about any type of card. I chose to make a Thank You card today:
I hope you enjoyed Saturday's Bugaboo Blog hop/Birthday celebration. There were so many awesome projects displayed along the way, I know I have lots of new ideas and things I want to try for myself. You still have time to hop along. Go HERE for the details. Remember that the party is going on all week...you can win some FABULOUS prizes for playing along with the daily "mini challenges". The theme today is Blue and White. In addition to lacking "grown up" birthday cards, I also lack "manly" birthday cards so I'm setting out to remedy that starting with this card I made with Gus: I hope you'll play along. Enter your card at the Catch the Bug Blog for your chance to win.
Aaah..the all white card. That's a challenge for me but luckily, the Digital Tuesday Challenge is to make an all white card BUT the image can be colored. That works for me. And of course, being the snowman lover that I am, an all white card calls for a snowman card. And what better snowman to use than this adorable one from Bugaboo? Challenges: Digital Tuesday Challenge-all white except image Midnight Madness Sketch-sketch Pixie Dust Challenge-tag on card or just a tag
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BUGABOO! Today we are celebrating Bugaboo's First Birthday with challenges, chances to win prizes and a fun BLOG HOP. How exciting! You should have arrived here from Lola's blog. If not, make sure you start at the Bug Blog here.
Today's challenge is of course a Birthday Theme!!!! You have one week to participate in the challenge for a chance to win a digi prize pack- 7 free images for 1st, 4 free images 2nd and 2 for 3rd I made this little birthday treat bag using my Tags Bags Boxes and More cartridge and this super cute EGGBERT image:
(Thanks to my fellow DT member, Paul, for making this awesome cost sheet for me) As you can see, you can do more than just make cards with Bugaboo images. You can make just about everything you could possibly need for your birthday party! You'll see more awesome examples along the hop.
The fun doesn't stop after the hop! We will also be having daily challenges starting on Monday! Here's a list of the challenges (you will have the week to complete each and post on the Bug Blog, so you have this list ahead of time to get started!):
Monday - Blue & White
Tuesday – Bling
Wednesday – Sketch
Thursday - Birthday
Friday - Anything Goes
Here's what's up for grabs for the hop and for the challenges:
Grand prize winner will get 1 free set per month for one year to 1 person who does the blog hop and participates in all the challenges
A chance to design a set with the owner
75% off a one time order
1 free digi from each DT member that was used on their blog hop card/project (You have one week to comment.) Winner will be chosen on Saturday, winner will be announced here on my blog in my Saturday Challenge post. All Winners will also be posted on the Bug Blog.
Make sure to check out the BUG BLOG FOR ALL THE DETAILS!
SO MAKE SURE TO COMMENT ON EACH POST ALONG THE WAY! Next stop on your hop is the talented Melissa Sackman.
Okay, another day that didn't start out so great. My husband went to leave for work and walked back in two minutes later because the garage door opener didn't work. Looks like it's the big coil thing at the top of the garage, not the actual opener itself. Not sure how much that is going to cost to fix...GRR. I was already planning on taking my car in to the shop today because it's acting weird but I won't be doing that since the garage guy is coming between 12 and 4. I told my 16yo (who is off school today) that if the repair man came closer to 12 that he'd have to go get my younger son from school today (they have a half day and get out at noon) and he, of course, gave me attitude about that. Yeah, cuz that's really hard to drive the two miles to get your brother. Sheesh...teenagers. Less than a month and I'll have THREE of them when Brendan turns 13. :) Anyway, on to more fun topics like...um...CARDMAKING. Today I used this snowman from Bugaboo. I just love this line of snowmen...who am I kidding, I love all snowmen! Isn't this paper FABULOUS!! I got it from the Cardmaker Paper Swap. I can't stop raving about how awesome the concept of a paper swap is and I do hope we make it a regular thing over there. The card does say "Seasons Greetings" at the bottom. It's much easier to read in person. Challenges: Papertake Weekly Challenge-cold frosty morning Creative Belli Blog-snow Sparkle Creations Christmas Card-snowman or snowmen Crafty Cardmakers-use red and a die cut
If you know Bugaboo Stamps, you know Stella. This Stella is not your typical sassy Stella with an attitude. She's from the Stella Calendar collection and she can be used so many ways. I think she makes a nice (although somewhat sarcastic) holiday card with the "Warmest Wishes" sentiment. It just works for her! Challenges: Digi Doodles Challenge-pink and green Create for fun-sketch
Do you have any idea how many adorable, fun and sassy images Jodie from Bugaboo stamps releases each week? At least 14. That's right! And with that many images coming out every week, it's no wonder that you may have missed one or two along the way. That's the purpose of the Thursday Oldie but Goodies. That's when the Bugaboo team shows you images from past releases that you might have missed. Today I used the Itchy Dog...I love this guy! Challenges: Pollycraft: Use something new My "new" thing is the paper. These are from the paper swap I talked about in yeserday's post. I LOVE getting new paper. Check out the Catch the Bug blog to see what the rest of the DT chose to show you as their Oldie But Goodie this week. You're sure to find something you didn't know you needed! :)
And here comes the second Christmas card of 2011..woo hoo up to two already. :) That's okay, I'm not too worried about my totals YET. I'm playing along this week with the Bah Humbug challenge which is to make something with holly so I used this image of Scarlette in her little Santa outfit: Challenge: Bah Humbug-use holly
I recently participated in a paper swap at Cardmaker Cardswap and let me tell you, there is nothing like getting a whole new stack of paper in the mail to give your crafting mojo a boost! I loved each and every 6x6 piece of paper and couldn't wait to get started making cards with them. The paper swap was such a huge hit, and everyone has so much paper lying around, that we're talking about making it a monthly thing. Can you imagine?? Bonus paper in the mail every month! WOO HOO! So, one of the first cards that I made was with this adorable Sean image from Bugaboo stamps. All three pieces of paper are from the paper swap: I used the sketch from Sketch and Stash.
It's definitely winter around here. We have snow on the ground and it's about 5 degrees right now. It's even colder with the windchill. I know we don't have it as bad as many parts of the country/world but that doesn't make me feel any warmer. :) Since we've established that it's definitely winter, it seems the right time to check out the Winterbird line of images that Jodie recently released at Bugaboo Stamps. Here's just one of them: You can see the whole line of Winterbirds at the Bugaboo Store. Challenges: Our Creative Corner-photo inspir-bird/berries/winter Simply create challenges-embossing Secret crafter-tons of texture Speedy the Cat-use embossing Paper Sundaes-circles And have you heard? Bugaboo is having a blog hop starting this Saturday to celebrate our FIRST BIRTHDAY! Be sure to check back on Saturday, you won't want to miss the fun, not to mention the chance to win lots of FABULOUS prizes.
For today's New Release day at Bugaboo, we're spotlighting a couple of the images that you can get in the January digi set. I know it's pretty small over there on my sidebar so today you can get a more up close look at one of the images-this adorable little bunny- and if you head over to the Catch the Bug Blog, you can see some others. The digi club package is really a great deal so check it out at the Bugaboo store when you get a minute. I'm entering this in the CES Challenge-which is "all creatures great and small"
I was going through my cards over the Christmas holidays and noticed a definite THEME to my cards. They are all very cutesy and young. I love cutesy and young so there's nothing wrong with that, it's just that that theme doesn't always fit the person you want to give a card to, you know? So I thought in 2011, in addition to continuing with the cutesy and young theme, I would try to add in a card here or there that kind of breaks that mold. I used one of Bugaboo's Scarlette images for this card, it's from the Scarlette Occasions set. And, because one of the challenges was to also decorate the envelope: Challenges: Crazy 4 Challenges-photo inspir-pink brown cream just us girls-decorate your envelope Pixie Dust Challenge-2 or more ribbons
Well, I had a "not so great" start to my day today. It was an AWESOME start for my kids, we pulled up to their school and a teacher was in the lot telling us they were having electrical problems so school was canceled. How awesome is that (if you're a kid!)??!! After I took them home, I set out for work only to be pulled over twenty feet from my office. No, not that I was so excited to get to work that I was speeding...nope...apparently I have expired plates. How embarassing is that?? They were supposed to be renewed by October 31! OMG...so, that's what I'll be doing today...getting the car inspected and retagged. Sheesh. Isn't this what I have a husband for?? :) Anyway, on to more fun topics....I think I'm finally back in the cardmaking groove. Got a few cards made over the weekend and that feels good. Here is one of them, using the adorable Jesse Bear from Bugaboo Stamps: Challenges: Digi Doodles Challenge-buttons Teddy Stampers-celebrations with a teddy bear Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great day.
Do you know anyone like Stella? Are YOU like Stella? Go ahead, you can admit it, we're all friends here. :) I'm not quite like Stella YET but I might be heading in that direction, I'm not sure... Here is a card I made with one of Stella's classics: I might give this to my mom, I think she will appreciate Stella's humor. Challenges: Digital Tuesday Challenge-digi and shopping/purse/shoes etc Midnight Madness Sketch-sketch
Hi there! Welcome to another fun challenge at Catch the Bug, the challenge blog of Bugaboo stamps. Today's challenge is super easy...all you have to do is use embossing on your card! You don't have to use a Bugaboo image, but if you do, you're eligible for the grand prize of 7 free Bugaboo images. Woo hoo! I mentioned earlier in the week that I was bummed that my Christmas Card counter was down to zero. But as I said that day, I was working on a Christmas card and would start getting my counter back up right away so here it is, using an image from the Stella Calendar set: I used some awesome paper that I got at Archiver's before Christmas along with my Snow Dots embossing folder (one of my favorites!). Stella is colored with Copics. I hope you'll play along in the challenge, I would love to see your creations! Other challenges I've entered with this card: Bugaboo Catch the Bug-use embossing Sparkle Creations Christmas Card-christmas and embossing Inspirational Card Sketches-sketch ABC Christmas Challenge-anything christmas Creative Belli Blog-snow
Wait till you see the fabulous image that Jodie is giving away for today's Freebie Friday. Don't you just love this guy? If you do,(and why wouldn't you?) go check out the rest of the set at the Bugaboo store. If you need a little more inspiration, check out what the rest of the Bugaboo DT has done with this guy at the Catch the Bug Blog. And don't forget to stop by there tomorrow to find out what the new challenge is. Challenges: Crafty Cardmakers-first and latest/greatest Stampin Royalty-birthday theme Cute Card Thursday-out with the old-use stash(all but the image is old) Paper Play Challenges-clean and simple Moving Along with the times-out with the old-in with the new (old: papers, ribbon, dew drops new: image) I have to explain the Crafty Cardmakers challenge. You're supposed to post a recent card and one of your first cards you published to your blog. UGH! So here is a photo of one of the first cards I posted to my blog: This was for a challenge at Cardmakers where you had to use one of those paint sample cards you can get at the local hardware store. I like the concept but I was obviously heavily into stickers at the time....way before digi images and Copic markers came into my world. Here's the other one I posted the same day...can you say "sticker overload"? :) Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Head over and pick up your freebie, and don't forget to join the Bugaboo challenge tomorrow!
Hooray for Thursday! Don't you just love Thursdays? If for no other reason than it is Oldie but Goodie Day at Bugaboo Stamps. I used this cute little boy out fishing for the day: I sent a box of cards to Operation Write Home yesterday. There were 168 cards in the box so as you can imagine, my supply of cards is pretty low at the moment. I thought I'd better start making some birthday cards so that's what this card became. Challenges: Cards for Men: Sketch and male themed (of course!) Crazy 4 Challenges: celebrate something Go check out the Catch the Bug Blog to see what the rest of the Bugaboo DT created for you today. You won't be disappointed.