Friday, December 31, 2010

Freebie Friday at Bugaboo

Meet Dottie
new member of the Bugaboo family
Isn't she sassy??
Personally I think she would make a
perfect redhead.
Unfortunately I don't have the right
copics for the job.  Some of the 
other DT members made her a blonde,
which also looks really good.  
Want to see?  Go to Catch the Bug
and see what the others did.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sweet Sketch Wednesday with Bugaboo

Check out the Martha Stewart 
border punch at the top of this.
Is that not the cutest thing you've
ever seen.  I could NOT resist this one.
Bugaboo is sponsoring a sketch
challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.
So give it a shot.  You might win some
Bugaboo images.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Ending

The front of the gift card holder

The inside .....

The back - sign the white space.  Gift card gets tucked in the pocket.

Now that Christmas is over, it's time to start sending out some Thank You cards!  Here is one I made last week.  With one of the cute little "elf brats" from Bugaboo.  I just love this paper and the soft colors.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

bugaboo Challenge

At Bugaboo we are welcoming
2011 with a
challenge.  Go to Catch the bug
and check out the rules for this weeks
challenge.  It's time to move past
Christmas and go into the new year.
Look ahead to V-day and Easter.
Enter for a chance to win
Plus....don't pass up on SALE!
30% off your order :)

Merry Christmas



Friday, December 24, 2010


Check out this little cutie!
Want her??  Go to 
click freebies and then....
Merry Christmas
a free Bugaboo image.
A whole collection of winter fairies.
Be sure to check out the new challenge
tomorrow over at
Catch the Bug.
And...they are having a sale right now
30% of your purchase!!!
Wishing everyone a very
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Oldie but Goodie at Bugaboo

It's Thursday so it's 
Oldie but Goodie day over at Bugaboo.
I love this paper and thought this image was 
a perfect fit.
I'm entering this one in
where "anything goes" 
this week.
I'm so glad that Christmas is literally
around the corner.
All the shopping is done, house is cleaned
only a few gifts left to wrap and groceries
to buy.  Huge sigh of relief
come Sunday.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Naughty list

Countdown to Christmas continues....
Have you been naughty or nice??
One of my favorite sketch blogs is 
I just love these Crabby Cathy
images from Bugaboo.
Sassy isn't she?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


How cute is this little guy??
More bobbleheads released at 
Bugaboo today.
Can't wait to use this on some
Easter cards too. 
I paper pieced the inside of the ears and the 
pads on the feet.  
It's been fun making 
Christmas cards but I'm looking
forward to making some red and pink
Valentine's Day cards.
Don't forget about Bugaboo's
challenge this week.

Monday, December 20, 2010


Yeah, with shopping left to do, a menu to play and food to buy, plus a house to clean
and presents left to wrap......this is how I feel.  
Bugaboo is sponsoring a challenge over at Card Cupids.
The challenge is to use your favorite tool.  My FAVORITE tool 
is the irock.  Those little white "brad looking" things on my card.
Those are "rocks" put on with the irock.  It's a battery operated tool.  You place
the little rocks where you want them, then heat up the tool in a matter of seconds 
 and then place the tool on top of the rocks.  It in turn heats the 
glue on the backside of the rocks, melting them right to the paper.
They look like brads but without having to worry about prongs to hide.
It's genius and I use it ALL the time.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bugaboo Challenge

Time for another Bugaboo Challenge!
This week the theme is
Christmas Cookies
So run over and submit your 
entry for a chance to win
Bugaboo images.
This image is from the 
December stamp set of the month.
20 images for $20
Can't afford to miss that deal!!
Good luck!

Friday, December 17, 2010


Meet Scarlette
One of my (many) favorite 
Bugaboo characters.
Go check out the new
Scarlette collection.
Tomorrow a new challenge
will be posted on the challenge blog.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Did this for the challenge over at
The challenge is Red and Green.
Bugaboo (of course).
I have had so much fun making
Christmas cards this year
but I'm excited to start 
Valentine's Day cards.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Stella :)

Oh, how I love Stella
from Bugaboo.
This is kind of how I feel lately.
Sad to say I know but
my list just keeps getting longer 
while my time gets shorter.
Wanted to get some card making 
in  today but doesn't look like that's
going to happen.
Had to go shopping instead.
I think I can probably finish up 
the rest of it in a few hours if
I really put my mind to it.
Anyway, hope this brought a
smile to your face :)

New Release Tuesday at Bugaboo

Yeahhhhh more BRATS!
Bugaboo has a line of "Brats"
they are so sweet.
Can't wait to see  the other ones.
Difficult to see in the picture but
I cut the legs off and popped them out 
on pop dots for dimension.
I embossed the background with
my scor-pal.
One of these brats would make
a perfect card for the winter
wonderland challenge going on now
over at the


Countdown to Christmas continues...
I find myself running in place.
So much to do, so little time and all
I want to do is stamp.
The Christmas spirit is slowly setting in
but it never really feels Christmasy
to me until THAT day.
My son asked Santa for a go-kart.
Luckily the Santa at the mall 
talked logistics with him and I think
he's given up on the idea.
My parents got him an electric scooter
which will have to be close enough. 
Created this card for a challenge at

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday Challenge at Bugaboo

This weeks challenge at Bugaboo is
Winter Wonderland
There are tons of wonderful images to
chose from that will fit this theme.
tho you don't have to use a Bugaboo image
however, you can only win the top prize
of 7 free images if you
use a Bugaboo image. So if you like 
Bugaboo, you will go enter!!!
The image above is "Poppi"
there are several Poppi images in the shop.

Friday, December 10, 2010


Sure to put a smile on your face.
Meet Crabby Cathy
one of the Bugaboo characters.
Jodie has released a new set today
and don't forget the "Friday Freebie"!
Don't forget tomorrow a new challenge 
will go up so be sure to check the blog

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Oldie but Goodie at Bugaboo

When I look at at this image I think of 
my brother and I
snooping for Christmas presents in the
One year when my parents left for a bit 
my brother and I unwrapped some of our
presents very carefully
and no one would of been the wiser but....
when my parents returned my brother got in
trouble for something that had nothing to
do with Christmas.
In the heat of the moment he blurts out
"Well, Amy got blue boots!!"
The cat was out of the bag.
We got in trouble and Mom said all the 
presents were going back.
She never did return anything though.
The next year the gifts were kept at my 
Great Grandparents house
until they were wrapped and our lives
were threatened.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


It's New Release Tuesday at
One of my favorite days of the week,
the other being Freebie Friday.
I can't wait to see the rest of this set :)
Check out the punch.  It's a Martha Stewart punch.
The little stars scattered around the card 
are the scraps from using the punch.
Bugaboo's challenge this week
is Anything Goes
check it out HERE
so you can make a card with this image
(or any other) and enter for
a chance to win 
Bugaboo images.

Prickley Pear

Merry Christmas!
I made this card with an image from
I just love this paper.
I used a nestability to cut out the image.
I love that ribbon too.
It's big but it has wire in the sides
so you can shape it which makes ribbon
making easier.
There are little pearls on the 
scalloped ends.
Paper: Miscellaneous
Stamps: Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
die: nestabilities
miscellaneous wired ribbon
miscellaneous pearl accents

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Saturday Bugaboo Challenge

Anything Goes
That's the challenge this week over at
This image is from one of the newsletters
a few months back.
If you haven't signed up for the newsletter
be sure and do that.  It's FREE
and it includes lots of fun stuff :)
So go check out the deets on the challenge
for a chance to WIN!!

Friday, December 3, 2010


How cute is this little guy?
It's Friday again and that means
over at Bugaboo.  Go check out the 
new releases and a freebie.
I had a white boa in my craft stash and cut it
up and then glued it onto the hat.
I do wish they made smaller, narrow boas
but it worked.
Don't forget to check out 
December's Stamp set of the Month
while your there and check
out the new challenge on Saturday at

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Oldie but Goodie at Bugaboo

Thursday's are "Oldie but Goodie" days at
This is a Stella image.  Bugaboo has
several "nurse" inspired images 
sure to get a laugh from the "sickie" 
in your life.
It's December so that means a
new stamp of the month 
set at Bugaboo:
Aren't they cute??
20 digital images for $20
that's $1 an image!!!
Make it an early Christmas present 
to yourself.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Let it snow

I don't think I've ever made a card with kraft paper.  I know, weird right.  I've seen it a lot lately and thought I'd try it.
I think kraft and red look good together.  The image is Bugaboo.  I found the little candy cane in my stash.  Bugaboo is sponsoring a challenge over at Stamps R Us.
If you win you get 7 free Bugaboo images.
So go check it out.  Don't forget about Bugaboo's challenge at Catch the bug for another chance to win :)

New Release Tuesday at Bugaboo

Bugaboo has a fun release today.  High heels.  Several varieties, including a leapard skin set.  OMG....must have.  Remember, Bugaboo has new releases every Tuesday and Friday.  And a "freebie" on Friday as well.  Most images sell for $3.00 a piece BUT.....
they are having a 50% off sale and TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!!  Doesn't get much better than that.  So be sure to check that out!!  You can't afford to pass that up.  Also, be sure to check out the challenge blog - Catch the bug  for the latest challenge.  The newly released heels would make the perfect card for the challenge :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bugaboo Design Team Member

I did it!  I did it!  I made Bugaboo Stamps Design Team! I'm so very excited to get started.  I found Bugaboo very shortly after they "opened" (almost a year ago) and immediately FELL IN LOVE.  I can honestly say that I love every one of the images.  Jodie Mackrell (artist/owner) is AMAZING!  I was lucky enough to be a Guest Designer for them this past September.  I've been on several design teams and Bugaboo is by far the most organized.  It was so much fun!  Jodie is so generous to her DTM!  I know this will be an awesome experience.  Let the paper crafting begin!!!!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Ribbon Butterflies

I don't remember where I first saw this idea
but I love it.
Think of all those little "shnipsals" of ribbon
that would otherwise be tossed away.
Well, toss no more...
Take a small piece of thin craft wire and wrap it around
the middle of a piece of ribbon then twist
the ends around a paint brush to make
antennas. It's genius really!
Too bad I didn't think of it :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Why digi?

Have you heard the news?
There are 3 new artists over at Squigglefly
Suzanne Urban, Marlene S, and Brian Lock
The image above is one of Brian Lock's
The image you will find over at the store
looks a little different.
That's because I changed it a bit.
This is one of the many reasons I LOVE DIGI'S
I used white out to remove the bird that
sits on top of the snowman's nose.
I wanted more of a winter feel to the card
and the hat on the bird made the image too
Christmas-ey for this card. I also used white out to
remove the lines on the scarf and hat
so that I could paper piece the image on design paper.
And THAT my friends, is why digi...
Don't forget to go check out this week's challenge
and enter for a chance to win :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Prickley Pear

I thought a little break from the Holiday Madness
might be nice.
This is a card I made for Prickley Pear to showcase
one of their "heart" stamps.
I love this paper. Hard to see in the picture but
the silver is very bright. Thought it would be
a nice break from the red that's usually
associated with hearts.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bugaboo sketch challenge

This weeks Bugaboo challenge is a sketch.
I love sketch challenges. They are by far my favorite.
Makes card making sooo easy.
Just color your image pick your paper and put it together.
How easy can it be?
This image is part of Bugaboo's
November stamp set of the month.
20 stamps for $20!!!
What a deal!

Round 2 at Bugaboo

So I made it to Round 2 in Bugaboo's Design Team Call
I took almost the whole week to come up with my card.
We were given the image and they wanted to see
what we could do with "people"
(Gotta love Stella)
I had this great patterned paper and I love the colors
of it. They are so bright and pretty but
because they wanted to see "people"
I decided to mute the colors a bit with vellum
so that Stella would POP. I also put her on pop dots for
added dimension.
I took the balloons from 2 different images
and cut them out.
We will find out by November 28
if we've been accepted.
Please keep your fingers crossed for me :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Prickley Pear leaves

I made this with a leaves stamp from Prickley Pear.
I've had this paper for a long time and I love it
but just couldn't seem to find the right card for it.
I stumbled on this technique on youtube and thought it
would be perfect. This is the second card I've made with this
technique. Check out the purple, black, etc. a few posts down. It's
a Halloween card with a cat on it.
You stamp the image on the paper of your choice with
Versamark ink. Then emboss with clear embossing powder.
Then take a dauber with your black ink on it and just make
circular motions over and around the stamped image.
Then buff out the embossed image with a cloth.
Stay tuned to the Prickley Pear blog
we hope to have some challenges coming up....

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


One of my favorite techniques is paper piecing!
If you have a patterned paper that you are particularly
fond of but just don't seem to have the right color markers
or pencils...etc, this is the perfect thing to do.
I love this paper but no matter how I colored the image it
just wasn't working for me. So I just ran the patterned paper
through my printer - printing the image on it
cut the image out and "pieced" it together
easy peasy lemon squeezy....
as my son would say :)
The challenge over at Squigglefly this week
is "Dance" to be interpreted anyway you like.
I love this quote and the image just "fit".
So get crackin' go create and upload to the blog
for a chance to win.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bugaboo anything goes challenge

Well, it's Saturday so that means a new challenge
over at Bugaboo. This week it's "anything goes"
so......because most of the cards I make are Bugaboo I
have several just waiting to be posted.
Here's one I recently made. The addiction
is pretty serious when you start buying paper
to go with the images you have. LOL!
Love this cow! There are several more
So if you've never done a challenge before this would
be the perfect start. No rules or requirements just
"anything" will do. The prize.....well 7, 5, or 3 free
Bugaboo images.
Good luck!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bugaboo challenge

Been a little busy this week. Finally getting this posted.
This challenge ends tonight and a new one will be
posted tomorrow over at
This challenge is "fall" hard to decide
which adorable thanksgiving image to use.
You may notice the paper from some of the other
fall cards I've done. I just love it. The colors are perfect.
I think I've made about 5 cards with this one piece of paper.
Go check out the new winter releases over at Bugaboo
I had to buy the bundle.....too cute. Remember all images
are 50% off this month.
Happy paper crafting all - have a great weekend!!!

Prickley Pear Pumpkins

Isn't this fun?
You can find the tutorial here.
I made this with Prickley Pears pumpkin
stamp/die set. I just love it!!
Cut out pumpkin shape and stamp -- perfect!!
The leaves on the border of the card are also
Prickley Pear.
Interesting and easy!!
Rubber stamps: Prickley Pear
Paper: miscellaneous orange and
miscellaneous patterned paper.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Bugaboo Design Team Call

What I've been waiting for is finally here....
Bugaboo is having a Design Team Call
and this is my application.
You can find the details here
I made the first card (mouse with candy cane)
for the application and the other 2 you
may notice from previous posts.
they are 2 of my favorites.
(notice the difference between the quality of pictures - the first one
was taken on my 4G iphone and the bottom two were both taken on my 3G iphone
crazy huh?)
I decided to choose non-bugaboo images because
I recently spent a month with this awesome group
as September's Design Team Member of the month.
During that time (and the time since) I made so
many Bugaboo cards that I feel they know what I can
do with Bugaboo.
I truly LOVE Bugaboo images......clearly
just check out the 49 other Bugaboo projects on this blog.
(click Bugaboo under labels in the right side column)
Right now Jodie (owner/artist) is offering
50% off
the whole month of NOVEMBER.
How sweet is that?? That's $1.50 on most
images. (shhh, don't tell my husband - LOL)
So please wish me luck in hopes I will be chosen to be a
Bugaboo Design Team Member.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Well, this is the last of my Halloween cards.
I've had fun making them.
Now, on to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This is a Bugaboo image.
They are having a design team call right now
so expect to see my application post in the next
few days. I had so much fun being a
Guest Designer for them that I'm going
to give it my best shot to try to land
a Design Team spot this time.
I absolutely adore their images.
As you can see in the label column on the right
side of the blog....I've made several cards
with their images :)
Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

PPRS "black" cat

I made this card with a
Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp.
An easy technique actually.
I stamped the cat on a piece of patterned paper
with Versamark ink then embossed it with clear
embossing powder. Then I took a sponge
dauber rubbed with black ink and rubbed in
circular motions around and over the stamped
image. After that I rubbed the image itself over
with a paper towel which cleaned it up and buffed it
out a bit making it pop off the paper. Now you
can see the patterned paper design in the background.
So easy!! Then I cut it out with nestabilities die and
finished layering my card. I tied the black ribbon
in a knot and thought, "that looks like a bat" so
there you go.....3 black bats to accent the card.
The "Goulish Greetings" sentiment is PPRS too.
This won't be the last time you see me use this

Stamps: Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
Ribbon: Miscellaneous black ribbon
Paper: We R Memory Keepers
Die: Nestabilities