Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Happy Mother's day - Catch the bug

Tuesday April 25, 2017
 
Hard to believe we are getting to the end of April.. The weather in the Pacific Northwest has been really wet (since Oct. 2016 to todays date - April 25, 2017 we have received 45 inches of rain.. that is WET and a record) but we are getting some warmer day and sunny skies in between raining.. I can't wait till I can stop putting sweats and sweaters on in the house. I hate starting a fire to warm up the house.. (we don't have a furnace).
 
Well on to today.. Catch the bug New Release  It's a cute image called Bear spring.. You can find it in the Bugaboo store
 
 
I thought this cute image would make a sweet Mother's day card.. I love the plaid paper and gives it a bright cheery feel. I used the Lil inker stitch die and some clear Nuvo drops in different areas. I added my cloud template and used copics to color the image. The sentiment is from Simon Says. Fast fun card.  Hope some awesome mother enjoys this card.


Challenges:
Crafty catz #367 - anything goes/opt. number
Colour crazy wk. 16 - anything goes
Allsorts wk. 412- I spy "b" (bear, blue, bug, bow, bling, blooms, brown, black)
Cupcake inspiration #404 - animals
Glitter 'n' sparkle #236 - anything goes
Crafting from the heart #156 - anything goes
Artistic inspirations #177 - anything goes
Cards in envy - pretty pastels





Monday, April 24, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Monday April 24, 2017
 
I was asked to make a sympathy card by a friend.  I recently made a card for myself to give to a friend and now another friend asked if would make her one.
 I used some masking tape to block the center sentiment area and then using Paper Trey ink stamps and Simon says stamps to created the flowers, leaves and dots. I used Ranger/Altnew inks. I hope it's not to bright.. But who says sympathy cards need to be drab. I think it's bright and comforting.  I used a white gel pen on the blue flowers. I then stamped with Hero Arts the sentiment. I used Hero Arts Prayers die and cut it out 4 times and layered it. I then embossed it with Stampin Up grey powder. I embossed it about 4 times to make it thick and shinny. I added a few clear Nuvo drops.  
 
 
Challenges:
As you like it - favorite colors and why (teal, yellows and gray- like the spring happy feeling of bright colors)
Jo's scrap shack #185 - anything goes
Brown sugar #247 - use a die cut
Crafty catz #367 - anything goes/opt. number
Allsorts wk. 412- I spy "b" (blooms, black, blue, brown, bling)
Glitter 'n' sparkle #236 - anything goes
HeARTful stamping - anything goes
Word art Wednesday wk. 278-279 - anything goes
Simon work it Wednesday - flowers
Crafting from the heart #156 - anything goes
Artistic inspirations #177 - anything goes







Sunday, April 23, 2017

Congratulations - grad

Sunday April 23, 2017
 
I wasn't going to post this card because I have been making a lot of graduation cards.. But I thought this is a little different than the others.. Still same with tag and being able to put a gift card or money behind tag.. but I did an embossed background using a Stampin up embossing folder.. I had a request from a friend to make her brother a green/yellow graduation card.. So I hope she likes. I did the water color smooshing Ranger ink water color tag. I used Marianne tag die and a bronze brad.. I embossed the Paper Trey ink congratulations and used Impression Obsession grad silhouette.
 
 
Challenges:
Artistic inspirations #177 - anything goes/opt. ribbon/lace
Make my Monday #44 - embossing/wet or dry (background and sentiment)
Crafty sentiments - men/boys
Cards und more #182 - monochrome
Jo's scrap shack #185 - anything goes
Brown sugar #247 - use a die cut
Crafty catz #367 - anything goes/opt. number
Pause dream enjoy # 169 - tag
Allsorts wk. 412 - I spy "b"  (boy, black, brad)
Glitter 'n' sparkle #236 - anything goes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy mother's day

Saturday April 22, 2017
 
Hope you're having a happy weekend.
I was playing in my craft room and thought I better get some mother's day cards made..
My mother passed away 9-1/2  years ago.  It's really hard making mother's day cards. But I was thinking of her when I made this. She loved pinks and pastel colors. 
I stamped the Simon Says flowers, leaves and hearts and embossed with white embossing powder. I then used my copics to color them in. You really cant see it too well but I used a light blue copic behind the flowers to give some depth. Guess I should of used a little darker one but was afraid it would over take the flowers. I added some Nuvo drops and then colored a strip of paper with copic color used for the flowers and heat embossed the sentiment in white. I layered the card.
 

Challenges:
Artistic inspirations #177 - anything goes/opt. ribbon/lace
Cards in envy - pretty pastels
Make my Monday #44 - embossing/wet or dry (sentiment and flowers/leaves)
Shopping our stash #299 - a rose by any other name
Cards und more #182 - monochrome
Simon Wednesday - showers and or flowers
Word art Wednesday wk. 278-279 - anything goes
Simon work it Wednesday April - April showers bring May flowers
 As you like it - favorite colors and why (pink and greens - great fresh colors and happy colors together)
Starln my pocket - spring /Easter
Jo's scrap shack #185 - anything goes
Crafty catz #367 - anything goes/opt. number
Colour crazy wk. 16 - anything goes







Friday, April 21, 2017

Together forever, never apart, - Catch the bug - Free Friday

Friday April 21, 2017
 
Are you ready for another Free Friday from the Bugaboo Store?? You can see inspiration at Catch the bug the design teams cards using this fun image.. It's a favorite of mine.. Boy Bear..
 
 
 

 
So for this card I wanted to have a colorful background.. So dug through my OLD gelli plate lost but found papers.. I found this awesome colorful paper.. I backed it with some brown card stock and added to Kraft card base. I chose a Mama Elephant sentiment and embossed it in white. I added some twine next to the sentiment. I used a Spellbinder die and cut out the bear and colored Boy Bear with copics. I didn't like the plain background around the bear so I colored it in light blue (also in the gelli plate paper) and then took Tim Holtz stickle stencil and Ranger ink green (picks up the colors in the background gelli paper).  I liked the look. I added the image using foam dots to the Gelli paper. I added some clear Nuvo drops around the card. I like how the clear drops pick up the color behind the drops..
I hope you pick this cute free image up.. You will enjoy playing with this cute bear. To get inspiration head over to Catch the bug. 


Challenges:
Word art Wednesday wk. 278-279 - anything goes
A bit more time to craft #42 - anything goes
Creatalicious #113 - anything goes/opt. birthday
The ribbon girl - anything goes
Artistic inspirations #177 - anything goes/opt. ribbon/lace
Make my Monday #44 - embossing/wet or dry (sentiment)
Crafty sentiments - men/boys
Crafty catz #367 - anything goes/opt. number






Wednesday, April 19, 2017

thank you berry much - Aud Sentiments #178

Thursday April 20-May 1, 2017
 
April is almost over and days are longer
(I hope they get rid of day-light savings time)
I have my usual three day Ladies Retreat to Cannon Beach (which is in Oregon) I live a couple hours away. It's next week.. It's a beautiful time. It's through my church and I always go with my best friend Karen.. It's a spiritual, crying, snacking, singing, hugging, snacking, learning, eating, lessons, walks on the beach, shopping, praying, snacking ladies fun time. I always come back refreshed.
Very blessed time.
 
Well on to the new challenge at Aud Sentiments #178
 
USE A RUBBER OR CLEAR STAMP FOR YOUR SENTIMENT. 
 
Our sponsor is Inspired by Stamping
 

I am using Stamp Rosa House Mouse.. I love this mouse.  I can identify with eating strawberries and feeling so full.  Hay - how do you eat your strawberries?  If they are fresh and just eating I make up some sour cream and add brown sugar and stir it together and then swipe my strawberry through it and eat.. YUMMM. so good.  I love strawberries on waffles.. In smoothies (I usually use frozen ones for smoothies)..   Ok back to my card. I colored my card with copics. I then took My Favorite Things embossing edges and embossed the white, red and kraft edges. I love the look it gives. I then added some twine to the left side and an old button I had.  I left it off for a while and kept looking at the card and it just needed something. I tried different buttons and my hubby and I settled on this one. Oh and the rubber/clear stamp is Paper Trey Ink "green thumb" stamp. It's perfect for the image. Its a hand deliver card.. button is thick. 
I hope you like my card and get inspired. Please see the DT's cards to get more inspiration.
Thank you.. And Thank you for all the nice complements on my card over the years. It really inspires me as I make my cards.  Hugs everyone.

Challenges:
Word art Wednesday wk. 278-279 - anything goes
Scrapping 4 fun #88 - buttons
Colour crazy wk. 15 - anything goes
My time to craft #343 - no dp
A bit more time to craft #42 - anything goes
Creatalicious #113 - anything goes/opt. birthday
The ribbon girl - anything goes
Addicted to stamps #146 - not a square card
Crafting from the heart #155 - anything goes
Artistic inspirations #177 - anything goes/opt. ribbon/lace
Creative moments #116 - anything goes/opt. spring
Crafty gals #119 - embellish it
As you like it - favorite colors and why (red and kraft. Like the contrast of colors, the richness it gives)




Caution - mood swing in progress - Catch the bug Humor Wed.

Wednesday April 19, 2017
 
Ok- I am not a golfer so I wouldn't know it but did you know yesterday was National Golf Day?
 
 
 
Wednesday is Humor Wednesday at Catch the bug. I am using the Bugaboo image called AKV golf bag.
I used a Stampin Up embossing folder and lightly ran white ink over the raised part. I thought it gave a golf ball look. I colored the image with copics and then used "0" copic clear and put it on a piece of denim fabric and laid it over the golfers pants and golf bag. I like the texture it gives.  I embossed the sentiment with SU black embossing powder and cut it apart.  I love the play on words with mood swing and golf swing.. I don't golf but I have seen on TV golfers can have mood swings for sure.. LOL
 

Challenges:
Word art Wednesday wk. 278-279 - anything goes
Crafty catz #366 - anything goes/opt. animals
Colour crazy wk. 15 - anything goes
My time to craft #343 - no dp
A bit more time to craft #42 - anything goes
Creatalicious #113 - anything goes/opt. birthday
Crafting from the heart #155 - anything goes
Artistic inspirations #177 - anything goes/opt. ribbon/lace
Make my Monday #44 - embossing/wet or dry (background and sentiment)
Crafty sentiments - men/boys
Creative moments #116 - anything goes/opt. spring





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wishing you a one-of-a-kind birthday - Stampavie and More #285

Wednesday April 19 2017
 
Welcome to another challenge at Stampavie and More #285
 
Our challenges run for two weeks and the theme for this challenge
 is SPRING..  I'm sure we are all ready for SPRING so get out your thinking cap and have fun
 
 
This is my card.. I was watching a video a few months back and I saw a card design similar to this so thought yes that will work for this card.  I changed it a little to make it mine but the three circles ideas are from the video. I used the Simon Says stitched die and cut the circles out of the Kraft base. I then took a larger circle from My Favorite Things and cut three circles for the background. I wiped my Ranger Oxide inks over the circles and then sprayed with  Mr. Huey shine and let it dry. I stamped out the three animals from Mama Elephant and colored with copics and using the die for each animal. I added the circles and images. I stamped the birthday sentiment from Clear Design.. I then added Washi tape down the two sides and then added the Kraft card stock which is on foam tape. I went around the circles in a few places with my white gel pen. I used some EK stickers to help with the spring feel.  This card is so cute in real life. I hope you like and it inspires you to play along and load your SPRING card over at Stampavie and More..
If you want more inspiration head over to Stampavie and More and see the DT inspirations. 


Challenges:
Crafty gals #119 - embellish it
Moving along with the times #43 - birds and feathers
Crafty catz #366 - anything goes/opt. animals
Creative fingers #128 - anything goes
HeARTful stamping - anything goes
Just us girls #389 - color challenge
Inkspirational #132 - spring
A bit more time to craft #42 - anything goes
Creatalicious #113 - anything goes/opt. birthday
Addicted to stamps #146 - not a square card
Artistic inspirations #177 - anything goes/opt. ribbon/lace
Ooh la la #226 - birthday
Cards in envy - pretty pastels
Creative moments #116 - anything goes/opt. spring



 
 
 
 
 
 


Attitude is like a flat tire - Catch the bug

Tuesday April 18, 2017
 
Welcome to Tuesday and at Catch the bug it's New Release day..
 
 
Jodie has been real busy getting the new store set up and today we have a new image called VW bug with attitude..
Have you visited the new store?  Bugaboo store

This is my card using the new image.. I used some Gelli plate paper I created.. I used some bubble wrap to give those awesome looking dots.. Cool huh?? I love the look and the colors went well with what I colored the VW bug.. I used a MFT die and cut out the image.. I planned to use the scallop frame to go around it but it was too big so I left the frame off. I colored the Bug with copics and added some Nuvo drops to the flower centers and wheel centers.  I like the sentiment.. Very true


Challenges:
Sugar pea #30 - colors
Crafty catz #366 - anything goes/opt. animals
My time to craft #343 - no dp (I made the bg paper on gellli plate)
A bit more time to craft #42 - anything goes
Creatalicious #113 - anything goes/opt. birthday
Crafting from the heart #155 - anything goes
Artistic inspirations #177 - anything goes/opt. ribbon/lace
Try it on Tuesday - add a quote









Sunday, April 16, 2017

Believed she could, so she did - Monika - Billie

Monday April 17, 2017
 
Well it's month 3 for the Monika and Billie challenge between just her and me..  Monika's time to chose a theme and she chose SHOES.. Now if you have seen her blog she does a lot of shoe cards.. I only have  a sneaker shoe but did not want to use it so I bought the Waffle Flower first step shoe and die.. The only thing that is die cut is the shoe embellishments. I stamped the shoes and sentiment and colored the shoes with copics. I die cut the embellishments and colored them and added to the shoes. The right side was a little bare so  I added a ribbon. It felt weird as I usually add ribbons to the left side but I  didn't want to leave such an open space. I am happy with the card.  Please look at Monika's blog Creative with Monika and see what she did.. I know I am heading over soon and see.. Sure it's awesome as usual.
 
Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - spring color inspiration
Word art Wednesday wk. 278-279 - anything goes
The sisterhood of crafters - stamp it
Jo's scrap shack #184 - anything goes
Crafty catz #366 - anything goes/opt. animals
QKR stampede #239 - flowers or anything goes
Pause dream enjoy #168 - girly
Creative fingers #128 - anything goes
A gem of a challenge #192 - ribbon or lace
My time to craft #343 - no designer paper
A bit more time to craft #42 - anything goes
Creatalicious challenges #113 - anything goes/opt. birthday
Come and get it - its a girl thing
The ribbon girl - anything goes
Addicted to stamps #146 - not a square card
Artistic inspirations #177 - anything goes/opt. ribbon/lace







Saturday, April 15, 2017

Congratulations - Mid month reminder - Creative with Stamps #13 - BABY

Saturday April 15, 2017
 
We are at Mid Month.. reminder at 
 
 
 
 
This is my fun BABY mid month card.. I hope you like it.. I used a fun Onesey die from Reverse Confetti.. I went through a bunch of my stamps looking for small sentiments /words that would work good for the front of the little outfit.. most are from Simon Says and little angel is from My Favorite Things..  I then stamped the words on various papers and cut the outfit out.  I embossed the background and added foam dots behind the outfits. I die cut the Congratulations which is from Simon Says.. I like the little outfits and fun colors.  Hope you find time to enter your card over at Creative with Stamps and make sure you add the Challenge graphic that is above.. and make sure you stamp something on your baby card.   Have fun..  


Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - spring color inspiration
Word art Wednesday wk. 278-279 - anything goes
Crafty gals #118 - pastel colors
The sisterhood of crafters - stamp it
4 crafty chicks #346 - babies of all kinds
Jo's scrap shack #184 - anything goes
Brown sugar #246 - anything goes
Crafty catz #366 - anything goes/opt. animals
Creative fingers #128 - anything goes
Just us girls #389 - color challenge
A bit more time to craft #42 - anything goes
Creatalicious #113 - anything goes/opt. birthday


















Each moment of my life - Catch the bug - BINGO

Saturday April 15, 2017
 
So are you ready for another challenge??? Catch the bug  BINGO challenge is starting now..
 
 
This is the BINGO card
 

I chose the middle row.. Bugaboo image (casual girl - Bugaboo store)  Players choice (ribbon is my choice)  Ticket (Simons Says ticket)   I used a piece of my Gelli plate creation from a long time ago. I used some Paper Trey Ink background stamps and did a few rows in black. I used a Simon Says zig zag stamp and did the row along the right side.  There's no designer paper here.. just what I made.. I love it. I took my ticket and stamped the sentiment from Simon Says. I adhered it down with some Washi Tape.  I added some Stampin up punched flowers and Martha Stewart leaves. I colored the image with Copics and added her with foam dots. I had this piece of ribbon on my desk and thought hum perfect color and so tied a knot in the middle and added it to the card as my Player's Choice..   I hope you play along and check out the DTs creations.

Challenges:
Creative craft cottage #85 - punches or dies
Sugar pea #30 - colors
My time to craft #343 - no designer paper
Use your stuff #259 - flowers
Crafty sentiments - flowers
Shopping our stash #298 - punches or dies
Try it on Tuesday - add a quote
Crafting by design - girls or flowers
Penny's paper-crafty #324 - anything goes
Simon Wednesday - spring color inspiration
Crafty creations #339- anything goes
Word art Wednesday wk. 278-279 - anything goes
Jo's scrap shack #184 - anything goes
Crafty catz #366 - anything goes/opt. animals
QKR stampede #239 - flowers or anything goes
Pause dream enjoy #168 - girly











Friday, April 14, 2017

Flowers say Hello from the heart - Catch the bug /Free Friday

Friday April 14, 2017
 
Wow we are already half way through April.. Weather is getting nicer. Feb/March was the Wettest in Washington state. Over 16 inches of rain. That is more than we get in a year.. I guess we are living up to our wet weather reputation for Washington..LOL
 
It's Friday so it's Free Friday at Catch the bug..  We have another fun image.
 
 

 
This is the fun cute image called FanSBFlowers... Sunbonnet Sue image.
 
I have been seeing crafters using brushes ran across ink pads and transferred to card stock.. I don't know the name of the brushes but did see they were quite expensive.. SO cleaning out my vanity I saw a pack of unused makeup brushes.. HUM will it work?? so I tried using the blusher brush and my Ranger inks and transferred it to the card stock.. This is the background. I like the soft look it gives. I also spritzed with water and dried. I think I will try this technique again. I can't compare it to the expensive brushes, I wish I had a sample of expensive vs. make up brushes but this will work fine for me. What do you think??  now I have a lot of Bare essential powder eye make up (A LOT) since I am retired I don't wear make up any more so I have to try to figure out what crafty things I can do with it.. They are quite expensive and don't want to throw away.. Any suggestions????
 
I stamped the Hero arts sentiment then cut the card down. I took some Ranger ink and ran it down the right side of the card base. I then took some colored twine (using Ranger ink) and added it to the card stock and added this to the card base.
I colored the image with copics and cut out with a My Favorite Things circle die. I added this on foam dots to the card base. I took two flowers which are white from Pizzaz a plenty and used Ranger inks and colored them so they had some of the image flower colors. I spritzed with water to blend the colors and added a brad center.  I added some white gel pen just to the bottom of the apron. This screams spring.. Yes I love spring but love summer more..
hope you find time to pick up this free image.
 


Challenges:
My time to craft #343 - no designer paper
Inkspirational #132 - spring
Cupcake inspirations #402 - photo inspiration
Glitter 'n' sparkle #234 - spring
Come and get it - in the garden
Creatalicious challenges #112 - anything goes / opt. flowers
Use your stuff #259 - flowers
Crafting from the heart #154 - anything goes
The crazy challenge #246 - spring is coming
Crafty sentiments - flowers
Die cuttin diva's #312 - Easter/spring
Shopping our stash #298 - punches or dies
Inky chicks #81 - purple
Try it on Tuesday - add a quote
Crafting by design - girls or flowers
Penny's paper-crafty #324 - anything goes
Simon Wednesday - spring color inspiration
Word art Wednesday wk. 278-279 - anything goes
Crafty catz #366 - anything goes/opt. animals
QKR stampede #239 - flowers or anything goes
Pause dream enjoy #168 - girly