Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Prickley Pear Stamps - Design Team Member

I'm happy to announce that I've
been chosen to be a
Design Team Member
They have tons and tons of stamps and much much more.
New to the store is stamps and die sets,
they also have beautiful transparencies.
There are so many things you can do with transparencies...
I had no idea. Stay posted for an idea list for them.
I'm so excited and honored to accept this position and
I look forward to making loads of things for them.
above card:
items used: cuttlebug folder, misc B&T paper
Prickley Pear sentiment stamp and leaf stamp
Autumn colored flower soft, tacky glue, brown


I made this card for the Stamping Boutique/Latte Lounge. Bugaboo is sponsoring them the month of September. Not much time left to participate. I can't believe that it's almost October!!! Have you heard that poem? "Everything I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten" it's very cute and true.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
    -- Robert Fulghum

  1. Share everything.
  2. Play fair.
  3. Don't hit people.
  4. Put things back where you found them.
  5. Clean up your own mess.
  6. Don't take things that aren't yours.
  7. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
  8. Wash your hands before you eat.
  9. Flush.
  10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  11. Live a balanced life--learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  12. Take a nap every afternoon.
  13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
  14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
  15. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup--they all die. So do we.
  16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned--the biggest word of all--LOOK.
My sons kindergarten teacher is retiring after this school year. He's in 4th grade now. I'm going to give this card to her at the end of the year.

Tutorial Wednesday

A few weeks ago I had an idea.
I had bought some paper with a white "core" and when
embossed you could sand the raised areas with
sandpaper and the white core would come through.
So I decided to paint a piece of white paper with paint
emboss and see what happens.
Well, that's just what I did to this card.
step 1: paint (acrylic pain is what I used) your
white paper (textured works best). Allow to dry completely.
step 2: emboss paper with an embossing folder using
a cuttlebug or similar device.
step 3: sand the raised areas with sandpaper for
desired effect.
step 4: complete your card.
Think of the possibilities....experiment with different
colors of paper, grades of sandpaper, sand a little or a lot.
Happy paper crafting!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tiddly Inks sketch challenge

Cutting it close on this one. Had
such a busy weekend, didn't get all the
things accomplished that I wanted to
and apparently I'm going through
4th grade all over again - vicariously
through my son.
As if once wasn't enough!!
This is a sketch challenge for Tiddly Inks.
This is one of their newest images.
I just love their images -- totally "my style"
Be sure to check out their next challenge

Squigglefly challenge

Squigglefly's challenge
this week is to use your favorite embellishment.
Mine is Flower Soft.
You must try this product, it's the bomb!!
It's great for scarfs and with winter coming
you know we'll be coloring a lot of scarfs.
The grey/black paper on the left hand side of the card
is coordinates paper. the core is a different color
or a lighter version of the top color so when
embossed and sanded it gives this effect.
It's pretty neat stuff. I discovered a way
to make your own paper just like this.
Come back on Wednesday for details.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

3D Halloween challenge

Happy Saturday everyone
It's time for another challenge over at
This week it is a 3D Halloween challenge
simply create a card using anything that gives you
card dimention. I printed and cut out the pumpkin above
3 times and used pop dots to give a 3D effect.
The small candy corns are on pop dots as well.
So, get over to the challenge blog and link
up your creation for a chance to win some free digi's
and don't forget...while you're there....grab the freebie :)
Have a great weekend!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Freebie Friday at Bugaboo Halloween Style

Freebie Friday is here at last!!
Check out what's new over at Bugaboo!
How adorable are these Halloween bobbleheads?
Love them ALL!!
Don't forget to check out the
Catch the bug blog
tomorrow for a new challenge
where you can win free images.
You can check out all the great projects
from the amazing Design Team.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Special Bugaboo challenge

We have a very special challenge that starts today over at CDC .Bugaboo is proud to be featured for the Holiday/Special Occasions theme Challenge over at CDC and the challenge begins today and ends October 6th. I hope you will join us! Oh by the way this little cutie is a freebie up for grabs at CDC. We will be picking one winner who will receive 4 images of choice! See the design teams projects below and come join the fun!
Please don’t forget current OWH Christmas card drive/challenge going on until Saturday!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bugaboo new release day

a fairy?? Now that's funny:)
It's new release day at Bugaboo
and Jodie has released some hilarious
new Stella images.
You gotta go check them out.
Then, go check out the
to see all the DT cards
for inspiration.
Don't forget Freebie Friday
and coming this Saturday
there will be another challenge to join.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Our Pets

I made this for the
The theme is "our pets"
I just love this image.
I've seen this sentiment a few times
and I just love it.
"My goal in life is to be the
person my dog already thinks I am"
How true?
They do worship us and
we worship them.
I have a 9 month old Maltese
and I adore her.
*Happy stamping*

ABaC Monday

It's anything but a card day at
I made this for a friend who quilts (and stamps).
The little silver charm is a spool of thread.
I found the sentiment online.
The "question of the day" at Bugaboo
is "what is your favorite cardstock color"
Go see what the awesome Design Team said.
Remember tomorrow at Bugaboo
is new release day.
You DON'T want to miss this.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bugaboo club

Hi everyone!
Bugaboo has some exciting news....
They are now featuring a
Monthly "club"
20 digi stamps for $20
That's $1.00 a piece
If you buy the set this month you will be entered
into a drawing to win October's
club set for FREE!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Operation Write Home

is sponsoring a challenge for
Operation Write Home
an awesome cause that supports US soldiers
who are fighting for our freedom.
There are a few guidelines for you entries
which can be viewed HERE.
Operation Write Home is an organization that sends blank handmade greeting cards for all occasions to deployed service members to write home on. They’ve mailed approximately 500,000 cards so far—and are still going strong!
Operation Write Home is celebrating their birthday in this month and has invited us to join their party. It is very easy to help out so please read on:
Several Teams are helping them with their cause this month by hosting special challenges for different events we have been picked to handle holidays! So to join our challenge we ask that you use a holiday theme.
For more info go to the Catch the Bug challenge blog
What a great way to use your card art.
I encourage you to support this awesome cause.
Stamp Happy!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fall - A kids view

It's freebie Friday!!
Check this out! I can NOT wait to see the rest
of this set!! I love the "A kids view" images.
Go to Bugaboo and pick up the freebie this week.
And, on a side note.....I finally got my 4G iphone
yesterday and I took this picture with it.
WOW!! My camera doesn't take pictures this good.
It's so clear and crisp.
Don't forget to stop at the
Catch the Bug challenge blog
tomorrow and see what Bugaboo has cooked up

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cool Cat - Oldie but goodie

It's oldie but goodie day at
Thought this paper was perfect for
this image.
This cat reminds me of Garfield.
Be sure and stop by the challenge blog
on Sat to hear a special announcement
and participate in a GREAT
cause. Hint:
It's for Operation Write Home.

Squigglefly challenge

This is a card I made for the
this week.
Squigglefly has new releases every Saturday.
They have a HUGE selection
of images.
Be sure and check them out
and play along with the challenges too.
I used a new cuttlebug embossing folder for this card.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


It's new release Tuesday over at
Check out the new Stella witch
Gotta love Stella - what a gal.
Go check out the rest of the set.
Don't forget to enter the latest challenge at
Sewing/fall color challenge
(rather than taking a picture and uploading it, I scanned this one. What do you think?)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sending sunshine

It's ABaC Monday at Catch the Bug
I didn't quite get my project complete
so I will post it later.
Thought I would post these instead.
Just love these flower bears from
Hope you're having a great Monday!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Bugaboo Challenge - Sewing

This weeks challenge over at Bugaboo's
the challenge is
A stitch in time
which can be anything from a "sewing image"
to sewing notions, ribbon, buttons, whatever.
You could win up to 7 Bugaboo stamps!
That's a value of $21 - WOW!
You don't have to use Bugaboo stamps
but if you do you can enter twice
to increase your chances
Go over to the catch the bug blog for
full details.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Handmade Birthday

Isn't she just the cutest?
This is a new image from
Tiddly Inks
When I saw this little stamper
I knew I had to have her.
The sentiment says,
"A handmade Birthday card
is a hug with a fold in the middle"
Come with me and join the

The Shabby Tea Room challenge

challenge this week it to create
using tags.
I used a Bugaboo image here
(I know hard to believe huh?)
I poked holes in the packages to string
the tags through then I taped the strings on the
other side of the paper.
I distressed the tags a little bit to make
them pop a little more off the paper.
So, hurry and go to The Shabby Tea Room
and enter the challenge-
you could win free digi's
from Bugaboo.



(the inside says:)
I love Halloween

It's FRIDAY!! Freebie Friday that is
and wait until you see the new Halloween mini set
and the adorable sewn bears
(check back on Monday to see the gift I made with one of the sewn bears)
You must go see what the other DT has done with the new images.
Be sure to check the Catch a Bug blog
tomorrow for the new challenge.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tiddly Inks

New from Tiddly Inks
aren't they awesome?
My niece started High School
this year and when I saw the
girly image, I knew it was perfect!
My nephew started middle school and I couldn't
leave him out. I think the little robot is sweet.
I was just over at Tiddly Inks making a purchase,
they have some adorable new additions.
There is an image of a girl who is stamping cards
Gotta go, coloring to do:)

Oldie but Goodie at Bugaboo

It is an oldie
but sure is a goodie!
Go check out what the other DT
has done for "oldie but goodie"
dat over at Bugaboo stamps
Catch the bug challenge blog.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tutorial Wednesday

So it's my turn to do the
I decided to do the
Tri-Shutter card
seen on Splitcoast Stampers
You don't need a scor-pal to make this card but it sure helps. It's so fun to make. Great if your "big ideas" are bigger than the average card. I've also used the big center piece as a gift card
holder. There are other variations of this card on Splitcoast Stampers too. You can change the appearance by folding the pieces different ways or changing the length of the cuts. Limited only to your imagination and fabulous "stamper creativity". It's the perfect size. When I saw these reindeer I knew what sentiment would be perfect for them. I hope you enjoy making one of these fun cards.
You can get these adorable reindeer
Happy paper crafting!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bugaboo new release day

Happy Tuesday everyone.
It's new release day over at Bugaboo.
Check out JJ and her boa.
I wanted to add a little dimension so
This stuff is so neat and fun!
It comes in lots of different colors
it can be used for snow or fur on animals.
Lots of possibilities.
Go check out Catch the Bug
blog to see what the others have come up with
and be sure and go to the store and
check out all the new JJ images.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Anything but a card

Mondays are
"Anything but a card"
This is a picture of my son Alex.
He played soccer for the YMCA this last spring.
I have used the image on several of his
friends Birthday cards.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sugar anf Spice

That's what little girls are made of.
Stamp something is having a challenge
"Stamp something cute"
Well that's easy to do...
with Bugaboo
(I'm a poet and I didn't even know it - LOL!!)
I had this image first and when I saw this paper,
I thought "how perfect"
I love using nestabilities and to
cut and stencil.
Tent cards are always fun to do too.
Different but easy!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Golf anyone?

I know......another Bugaboo image??
Sorry, they just suit me. LOL!
I love this little guy.
Bugaboo stamps has several varieties
of this balding little dude - LOL.
I fact...... here is another:

Bugaboo is sponsoring a challenge at
check it out, you could win some


Stop by the challenge blog to get in on the latest challenge.
There is some great inspiration over there from the other DT members.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bugaboo challenge - Dog Days

This card is for the latest challenge over on Bugaboo's
Create using neutral colors and 1 other color
(grey, white and blue)
You could win:
1st prize: 7 Bugaboo images of your choice
2nd prize: 4 Bugaboo images of your choice
3rd prize: 2 Bugaboo images of your choice
if you use a Bugaboo image you can enter your card twice
that's double the chance
Winners are chosen randomly
If you like this image then you'll have to go to the
and check out the other cute little animals floating
with balloons. There are several to choose from.

Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Bugaboo is sponsoring a challenge at
Just make your card using the sketch provided and upload
it to the site for a chance to win
what could be better than that?
Oh, and the image used above....
FROM the September newsletter
yep, that's right FREE!
So go sign up to get Bugaboo's monthly newsletter
over at Catch the Bug blog.

Oldie but Goodie

Thursday at Bugaboo is
Oldie but Goodie day.
Stop by and check out the Design Teams creations
using a variety of different images.
This is Penny. You can find all of this image set
and much more HERE.
Remember - tomorrows FRIDAY
and that means Bugaboo will have a freebie for you
of newly released images.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bugaboo newsletter

Ever notice that all women's problems
start with men?
Menopause, Menstrual cramps, Mental illness
I don't remember where I saw this sentiment
but it cracked me up!!
Meet Crabby Cathy
available only at Bugaboo stamps
and if you sign up to receive their newsletter
you can get a extra monthly deal available only
to Bugaboo newsletter recipients.
Each month Bugaboo will spotlight an older
stamp set. This month it happens to be the
Crabby Cathy set.
And yes, I went and bought the set. I mean - really
who can pass up the price? You'd be crazy not to buy it!!
So go to Bugaboos challenge blog
and sign up for the newsletter!
(oh, and BTW the newsletter also includes a free image!!)