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Monday, September 16, 2019

Curiouser and Curiouser at the Path of Positivity


Hello, crafters! Curious as to what I've created today? Well, funny you should ask, as Curiosity is the optional twist this month at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. When we are very young, we have an insatiable curiosity of what things are, how they work, if they taste good, how they feel, what they're for, etc. Too bad most of us grow up losing that endless curiosity.
You'll find the same attitude in pets, like puppies and kittens. Everything is new to them. There is a saying that "Curiosity killed the cat." Lucky we aren't cats, isn't it?
My card today features a Scribbles Designs digi image called Dog with Bone. Puppies are especially fearless, being more interested in satisfying their curiosity than worrying about things like effort, fear or judgment. He's just happy to have discovered a bone in his exploration, and if he hadn't found the bone, he would have been almost as happy finding something else to occupy his attention. I think I've used the perfect sentiment, printed in Nubian Shadow font and colored, as is my image, with Copics.

The challenge at the Path of Positivity blog runs through the end of the month. The twist is optional, meant to inspire you to create. Here are the prizes offered from our sponsors:

A $12 gift certificate to the Bugaboo Store to a random winner
One free image from the Scribbles Store for the post or project 
that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch 

 One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots 
for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

Challenges I am Entering:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything w/a Critter Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything w/an Animal Goes
CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything w/patterned paper Goes

Two Weddings and a Shower

Today I made a wedding card for my sister's son-in-law and his bride-to-be. The digital image is from A Day for Daisies called "I Do". After coloring the happy couple with Copics, I cut it in an oval and attached lacy trim for a border. After adhering this to my card front, there was very little room for embellishments other than a few jewels in the corners.
The family lives in Germany so I used my two semesters of German language classes (and a little help from Pinterest) for the greeting on the front of my card... 
...a "loose" translation of a quote from Maya Angelou for the upper inside
(A successful marriage requires one to fall in love many times,
always with the same person)...
...and a congratulatory wedding sentiment on the bottom inside. I think the couple will understand what I've written. Well, if not, at least they will know who it's from!

I'll post the shower and wedding card I made for one of my "all grown up" Girl Scouts at a later date. This card was needed for my trip to Germany,and the others for my return.
Challenges I am Entering:
 Classic Design Team Open Challenges - Anything DT Goes
Leann's World 101 - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place -Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team - Anything DT Goes

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Getting Kraft-y at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Welcome to a new challenge at Scribbles Designs! This month the theme is to us KRAFT PAPER. I'm not a fan of Kraft paper, but I dug deep in my paper stash and found a piece of Kraft paper with a wood-grain design. I felt more at ease. Besides, themes are meant to challenge a person...
Anyway, I used 2 images from the Scribbles Store. They are called F#08  Acorn (a Freebie) and F#93 Nut and Bolt (another freebie). I only used the nut, because, well, read the sentiment on  my card! LOL
This is a fun friendship card (or anniversary card) for any couple. It's for a friend who needs some cheering up. I'm seeing her this week, so I won't have to mail it. After coloring the 2 nuts, I popped them onto a piece of Kraft paper, framing them first with a black paper doily. I drew on faces myself, as well as their hands holding. And yes, the sentiment is supposed to be tilted, just like our friendship!
I embellished simply with a couple banner stickers and my card is finished. Are you inspired to create something with Kraft paper? Whether you make something with the theme or not, Scribbles Designs challenge blog would love to see your projects. Link up at the main blog for your chance to win awesome images at the Scribbles Store!
Challenges I am Entering:
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends - Autumn Colors

Monday, September 2, 2019

Curious to Discover the new Challenge Theme at the Path of Positivity?


Have you ever been curious as to what your dog named you? How many floors to the top of the Empire State Building? Where the next World Cup is being hosted? When the best time to go whale watching? Sure, you can just Google these  questions, but wouldn't it be more fun to experience them?!
My dad used to tell me the beginning of a story, packed with humor, action, mystery...when I asked him to continue, he would tell me that he just read the story, and I'd never know how the story continued unless I opened the book and read it.
I've always been curious (and thanks to my dad, a good reader). Both my children have that same curiosity. What does this taste like, who invented that, where can I do this, etc. I've tried, and I think succeeded, in satisfying their curiosity whenever they can. They've traveled outside the country, overcome fears, tried sushi, Thai and other foods, And I'm sure since becoming adults, they've had many more adventures.
Curiosity is the optional Twist during this month's challenge at the Path of Positivity blog. I love making and keeping journals: self-discovery, travel, gratitude, etc. I've created a new journal, a reading journal. My pages are and will be filled with books I've read, the story line, what I liked about them, who wrote them, etc. Think of it as a collection of book reports. I've just decorated its cover and it features a digi image from Bugaboo Stamps, one of the guest designers this month. The digi is called Book Stack and can be found in the Bugaboo Store.
Of course, the Twist is just a method to inspire you. As long as your project is positive, encouraging or motivating, it will qualify for all the prizes this month:

  • $12.00 gift certificate to the Bugaboo store for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants 
  • ONE image (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designs, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch based on all qualifying entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
Just remember to link up your creation to the Path of Positivity challenge blog this month! Happy crafting!


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Getting Sentimental at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog

Today's card is my DT make for Scribbles Designs. When I saw this digi image from the Scribbles Designs Store, called #146 Moon & Stars, I knew I wanted to try creating a scene like I've seen online. I took my Copics and a square of white cardstock and started coloring the night sky. When I was happy with it, I flicked white paint onto it for the smaller stars.
I wanted to make the "land" part enough of a different color but still keep the moonlight effect. Once I accomplished that, I drew in the tree silhouettes and added white gel pen for the moonlit branches. Then I could go on to making the sentiment and adding a few embossed stars and a line of pearls for embellishment. And my card is finished!
The optional theme at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog is to feature a sentiment on your card. That's easy for me, as I almost always add a sentiment or greeting to all my cards. One lucky participant in the challenge will win a gift certificate to the Scribbles Store. What a treat! I love the digis from the Scribbles Store! You will too.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Time to Relax at the Path of Positivity

When I come home from a stressful day out, the first thing I do is turn on some music. It's time to wind down, relax and end my day on a good note. Relaxation is the optional Twist this month at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. The guest sponsor is Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, whose papers are featured on my card today. After choosing a Scribbles Designs image, I used cardstock to frame "Carlos Carl" after coloring him with Copics.

Then I went through my library of digital papers, most of which have come from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. I chose the Sunburst patterned paper from A Taste of Summer paper kit, then a pink textured paper to frame the whole card. I chose 2 tiny frog stickers, a couple of black jewels and a bit of ribbon for embellishments, and printed a play on the words Buenos Noches, which in Spanish means Good Night. I wanted to give one of my friends a smile to relax her, as well the Peace & Calm CD set I bought her. She's gone from part-time to full-time work, and her days are hectic. What she needs is a smile from a friend (in my card) and a little relaxing mood music (in the CDs).

The challenge runs throughout the month. All projects that are positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some way qualify for this month's prizes. The theme is just what it is - an option to inspire you. Here are the prize details:

from our guest sponsor, Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, 
 for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.

ONE digital image or sentiment (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designs, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch based on all qualifying entrants. 

ONE digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

Don't forget to link up your cards, layouts, mixed media or other art to the Path of Positivity challenge blog for your chance to win! Good luck and happy crafting!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Oddball Art Sponsors the 12 Months of Christmas

Hello, crafters! It's time for more inspiration for your growing Christmas card stash. My DT make for the 12 Months of Christmas uses a digi image from Oddball Art Stamps by Lizzie Love. It's called #392 Whimsical Christmas Wendy from Oddball Art Stamps by Lizzie Love, the guest sponsor for the month.
After coloring the image with Copics, I framed her with coordinating squares of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles papers from A Touch of Frost Paper Kit and  An Eclectic Christmas - Gold & Silver Paper Kit. I popped it all onto a piece of Kraft paper and started adding bling - rows of jewels, glittery snowflakes and Stickles here, there and everywhere.
The optional twist at the 12 Months of Christmas is Sparkle, Glitter & Bling. The twist is optional, so you don't need to follow the twist to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month or for a chance to win a $10.00 gift certificate to the Oddball Art Stamps Store. However, if you would  like to win the Christmas Paper Kit offered at the main blog, you need to follow the theme.
So, whether you pour on the glitter, Sparkle or Bling, or create without them, don't forget to join in the fun at the 12 Months of Christmas Blog. Challenge runs until the end of the month.
Challenges I am Entering:
Country View - Textures 
Fabrika Fantasy - Anything Goes
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Sparkles Christmas Forum - It's Snow time!

New Challenge at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog


The optional theme over at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog is to "use a sentiment". My DIL is a photographer, Camille T Photography, and she took this amazing photo of her daughter (former cheerleader) accomplishing an awesome jump on the beach. It just so happens that I found the perfect sentiment in the Scribbles Designs Store. It reads:
"Funny how in Dreams 
your feet never touch the Earth"
I printed out the sentiment, cut it out and placed it on the photo. Then I used some deliciously colorful patterned paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles from her Bokeh Paper Kit. Want to hear a funny story about this card? I decided to make a set of four of them and bagged them for a recent craft fair. The set didn't sell, but my girlfriend, (who just happens to be the other grandmother to the girl in the photo), saw the cards and bought them! She was delighted when I told her who the girl was.
When you create this month, don't forget to link your card or project up at the Scribbles Designs main blog for your chance to win free digis from the Scribbles Designs Store. Good luck and happy crafting!
Challenges I am Entering:
Daisy Chain - Summer
Sognando Scrap - Travel/Holiday (to the Beach)



Thursday, August 8, 2019

Treasure Island Inspiration

Today I played around with my Copics and my digital papers and created a hybrid card. I love to make these because while they look chunky they are flat when printed out for easy inexpensive mailing.
I chose to color up a Scribbles Designs' digi called Treasure Chest. I also colored one of two images from Oddball Art, the Pirate flag in the background being held up by a skeleton. After  coloring my images, I popped them onto a scenic paper I created in Photoshop called "Spooky Beach." If you like it, I have added it to the bottom of this post. If you snag it and use it, please give credit to "Patacake Designs" by Pat Martin.
I used Crazy Killer font to create my sentiment before adding it to my card. I was inspired by the book Treasure Island, which I enjoyed reading when I was younger and just this year passed it along to one of my grandkids.
Here's the paper I promised you. Have fun with it! I hope to see it out there in Blogland::
Spooky Beach Scenic Paper by Pat Martin, Patacake Designs
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Challenges I am Entering:
Cards 4 Galz - Summer Fun
 Shopping our Stash - Base it in a Book (Treasure Island)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Anything Goes at Catch the Bug


This month the challenge theme at Catch the Bug is ANYTHING GOES! I'm still working on my Christmas cards, so my project features two holiday-themed images from Bugaboo: FURBAC Front Steps & BUGCAT Christmas Topper.
To give my card dimension, I printed my image three times. After coloring my front door scene, I used dimensional tap to add two extra Copic-colored images of the cats. I also colored and cut out an extra door's ribbon.
Once the card had all its layers, I added papers to frame and embellish it. I added a few sparkly snowflakes and a row of jewels, with a sentiment sticker on the door to finish off my holiday card. I can't believe I'm so close to reaching my holiday card stash goal! A special thanks to Bugaboo Stamps for offering a Christmas in July daily challenge last week. I won some awesome digis from the store!
Challenges I am Entering:
 Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
12 Months of Christmas - Sparkle, Glitter & Bling
Crafter's Castle - AG w/optional Any Occasion (Christmas)
My Time  to Craft -  Christmas in July
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Critter Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Animal Goes
Merry Little Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Sheepski Designs - Animal Madness

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Hats Off to You at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Welcome to a new challenge at Ike's World Challenge Blog. This month the optional challenge is to create a project featuring Hats. My DT make includes three images and one patterned paper from Ike's Art store!
While I did some creative computer work for this hybrid card, I also used my trusty Copics to color Mr. Poe's bust and Top Hat . He is really stylin', no lyin'! LOL
Of course, I like to use (or create) puns whenever I can, so my sentiment should make you groan a little.  Puns are under-appreciated, I think.
No matter if you are inspired by the optional theme, no matter if you create altered art, a scrapbook page or other mixed media project, just don't forget to link it up to Ike's World Challenge Blog for your chance to win images from the store.
Good luck and happy crafting!

Ike's ArtImages: Poe Bust, Top Hat & Coffee Cup 1
Ink: Copics & white gel pen
Papers: Ike's Art Poe Paper & PS Digi Dewy's For the Love of Chocolate patterned paper
Font: Verve
Challenges I am Entering:

Monday, August 5, 2019

Relaxing at the Path of Positivity


Welcome to a new challenge at the Path of Positivity blog. Although the challenges are all Anything Goes, the optional twist is RELAXATION. Create something that would encourage someone to relax.

I used papers from A Taste of Summer Paper Kit, created by Lisa Decosse of Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. 


I colored an digi image called Fab Four from Babycakes DND by Sandra Caldwell.  Do you like the Beatles' music? My hubby was a big fan. He even created a Beatles channel on Pandora. He could relax best with their music. My girlfriend loves the Beatles, too. Her birthday is next month, so besides getting a blast from the past, she will enjoy this card and not stress too much over another birthday!

There's a famous quote that says, "Music hath charms to soothe the savage soul". It's a proverb that  comes from the play The Mourning Bride, by William Congreve, an English author of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Music plays a very important part in everyone's lives. For instance, have you ever watched a scary movie and turned the sound off? Way less scary!!

Moms hum or sing lullabies to their babies, dancers move to the rhythm without thinking about it, just letting their bodies move with it. When I'm winding down, I turn on the soft acoustic sounds of a piano or guitar. When I want to get off the couch and move, it's rock or pop. As the kids always said on American Bandstand, "It's got a good beat I can dance to".

You have all of August to create something positive and link up with the Path of Positivity challenge blog for your chance to win prizes. All positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging projects qualify for this month's prizes:

  • The A Taste of Summer Kit, a digital scrapbooking kit from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles, our guest sponsor for this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.


    ONE image (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designs, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring based on all entries.


      One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.

       Good luck and happy crafting!
      Challenges I am Entering:
      Archi-Scraps - Music
      Classic Design Team - Anything Goes
      Creative with Stamps - Dad or Masculine
      Pearly Sparkles - B is for..."Beatles"
      The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
      Dare 2B Artsy - Anything Goes

      Sunday, August 4, 2019

      When Life Gives You Lemons...

      Today I created a card for the new challenge at Oddball Art. Their theme is "Sweet Lemon Sour", and I think this is perfect for a summer theme! I used a digi image from a stamp set called Sweet Lemon Sour, available to Premium Newsletter members at Oddball Art  Co. It's really a treat to use this digi, as  I actually won  my Premium membership during an Oddball Art contest!
      I printed my juiicy lemon directly onto my background sunburst paper - four times! I colored my lemons, then cut out two of them to give it dimension on my card. I also cut out my sentiment and my framed lemon, adhering them all on top of each other with  dimensional tape.
      I actually tried a "new-to-me" technique on this card - I had never used thread and needle before today! I sewed the X's (kisses) using Baker's twine. My Gram would be so proud of me, as she taught me needlepoint, crewling and crocheting when I was young. For the O's (hugs), I used puffy paint.
      I don't know if the photo shows it, but I used yellow and pink Stickles for the lemon "meat" and the lips. I like to sparkle up my cards!
      Although the digi stamp set comes with an  original sentiment, I thought I would put my own unique sentiment to work. I created it in Photoshop using AR Herman font in pink and yellow and framed it before adding the second layer onto my card.
      So there you have it, crafters! The challenge at Oddball Art lasts through the end of the month. Good luck and happy crafting!
      Challenges I  am Entering:
      Oddball Art - Sweet Lemon Sour
      Crafty Calendar - August
      Crafty Friends - Summer  Colors
      Just Us Girls - Summer
      Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
      Colourific Challenge Corner - Anything Goes
      Sweet Stampers - Summer
      Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
      Worldwide Open Design Team - Anything Goes

      Thursday, August 1, 2019

      Summer Lovin' at Scribbles Designs

       Following the challenge theme of Sizzling Summer over at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog, I created a set of coasters. To keep them together and organized, I colored up a Scribbles Designs image called Farrah Flamingo. She is one of my favorite characters in the Scribbles Designs Store.  I used apiece of patterned paper from Hobby Lobby (I had to dig deep for this one- my Hobby Lobby store closed several years ago). After using Mod Podge to initially adhere the paper to the paper coasters, I sealed them with Liquitex Gloss Varnish so that they would be water-resistant for those hot summer days when I want to put down my iced tea (or Sangria, Mudslides or Frozen Margaritas,  etc.).
      Once I had four coasters, I used a piece of ribbon and hot glued my Scribbles image, colored with Copics and embellished with jewels, onto the ribbon. The coasters fit into the ribbon and I have a pretty way to show off  my coasters, as well as use them.
      Even in the summer, I still drink my morning tea, and I can use my new coasters for my mug of caffeine as well!
      Remember, the theme at Scribbles Designs is always Anything Goes, but if you choose to  follow that option, you have a chance of getting your project in the Scribblers Hall of Fame. Winners there have a chance to win $10 worth of digis from the Scribbles Store. Just don't forget to link up your project with the main blog!
      Challenges I am Entering:
      2 Crafty Critter Crazies- Anything Goes w/a critter
      Bleeding  Art -Anything mixed media, altered art, etc.Goes
      Happy Craft - Anything Goes
      Sheepski Designs - Animal Madness
      Sweet Stampers - Summer

      Friday, July 26, 2019

      Last Chance to Join the Christmas in July Celebration at Bugaboo

      Day 7 of the Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July challenge is finally here, which means this is the last challenge of the celebration. I have had loads of fun this last week, been inspired to stretch my comfort zone, added to my Christmas card stash, and have a chance at winning some awesome prizes!
      The challenge today is photo inspiration, shown below, AND using the Friday Freebie at the Catch the Bug challenge blog  The movie offered to inspire crafters is "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer."
      I created a pop-up card, with the pop-up inside it. The Friday Freebie is called Reindeer Trio" and can be found on the main blog. I think that I used all the colors offered in the inspiration photo! LOL  The image is colored with Copics and I had my way with the embellishments. AND everything came from my stash. Besides adhesives and Copic ink refills, I haven't bought anything new this year. Oh, wait! I just placed an order with Scrapbooking Made Simple during their annual The Shop That Did Not Hop clearance sale!! Oh well, I haven't got that order in yet, and not likely to for another couple months!
      Anyway, after building up my card front with patterned  papers, I colored up my image, adding a geometric background behind Rudolph and his cohorts. I cut several large Christmas light bulbs, 2 of which are on the front with a bow at their tops. I added sparkly snowflakes to the flakes already printed on my paper.
      Inside my card, I created pop-ups, using the rest of my die-cut Christmas lights and (because I cut too few) a small Christmas tree. If you see a tiny pink behind the bulb on the very right, I had to stick a Copic markers behind the bulbs to keep it open so I could take a picture of the inside of my card. I gave my bulbs some dimension by drawing a curved line (of light) on each. I mention this because I re-discovered a fat white alcohol marker in my stash. I absolutely love it and am glad I found it!
      Making pop-up cards are fun, but very time-consuming without a template (which I don't have). I am well on my way to reaching my Christmas card goal, thanks to Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July Challenge. I hope you've joined in the fun. Good luck ad happy crafting!
      Challenges I am Entering:
      Catch the Bug - Day 7
      Crafting by Designs - Getting Ready for Christmas
      AS You Like It - Favorite Bird or Beast (I chose the reindeer, as it is a symbol of Christmas, and I do love Christmas!)
      Cute & Crafty - Anything Christmas/Winter Goes
      CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything pp  Goes
      Merry Little Christmas - Anything Goes


      Thursday, July 25, 2019

      Bugaboo Celebrates Christmas in July with Prizes/Presents


      Day 6 of the Bugaboo Stamps Week-long Christmas in July Challenge is here. That means there's only one day left to create and get all your projects linked to Catch the Bug challenge blog for your chance to win a multitude of prizes!
      Today's challenge theme is the photo below and the movie "White Christmas". 
      For today's card, I used a Bugaboo image called MIS Snowman Trio (just click on the link and it will take you to the Bugaboo Store). Between the hope for snow in the movie "White Christmas" and the snow in the photo, I was inspired to use my homemade "Faux Snow." It's easy to make: just rub two balls of Styrofoam together and gather the "flakes".
      So besides the snow family and the border of faux snow, I couldn't resist throwing on a few sparkly snowflakes.  I really do like a white Christmas, but haven't seen one for several years.It either snows before Christmas and melts, or after Christmas when I want to get out for all the after-Christmas sales! LOL
      Don't forget to check out the Christmas in July challenge over at Catch the Bug!
      Challenges I am Entering:
      Imagine That! - Anything Goes
      Shopping our Stash - Christmas!
      Always Fun- Mood Board
      CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything PP Goes
      Happy Craft - Anything Goes
      Catch the Bug - Day 6

      Christmas (Cards) in July

      Have you checked out the Bugaboo Stamps week-long Christmas in July challenge? Each day for 1 week crafters are offered a different theme based on Christmas movies and sometimes other parameters. I am up to Day 5 of the challenge, whose theme is below:
      I was inspired to create a card by the movie Christmas Vacation. I wonder, does Santa ever take a vacation? If he did, I think it would be 1) by his lonesome, far away from his busy little elves and calorie-counting wife, and 2) a place that would defrost his red nose and make him jolly (that would be the margaritas, I'm sure).

      Well, in my mind, Santa is thoroughly enjoying his well-deserved vacation. I used a Bugaboo image called Tropical Santa Buried. For my card's background, I used a photo taken by my daughter-in-law, Cami (Camille T Photography). My greeting was created from 2 mini Holiday cards from Tim Holtz. My sentiment, shown on the inside of the card, is below:
      All my papers are pieces left over from other projects. I even had a short strip of jewels to make a border on my image. For embellishments, I glued on a couple teeny tiny seashells, that strip of bling and (this should make you laugh) a holiday earring whose mate had gone missing! That's right, crafters, if I lose an earring or break a bracelet, the remainder goes into my stash.
      Just look at the big guy. Doesn't he look like he's enjoying soaking up the sun? I say, if you can afford a tropical vacation, go for it! So if YOU could afford a vacation, where would you like to go? I'm actually taking a trip to Germany in the Fall to see my sister, who married a German national and is living in Berlin. Ich kann es kaum erwarten, sie zu besuchen (I can't wait to visit her, but you probably figured that one out already).
      Look at all the lovely prizes up for grabs at Catch the Bug challenge blog. Good luck and happy crafting:
      PRIZES:
      1st Place - 7 Free per month for 6 months ($126 value) Must Participate in all Challenges
      Free Bugaboo Christmas in July images
      4 month Guest Designer Term
      2nd Place - Must Participate in all Challenges
      $50 Gift Certificate
      Free Bugaboo Christmas in July images
      3 month Guest Designer Term
      3rd Place – Must Participate in all Challenges
      $25 Gift Certificate
      Free Bugaboo Christmas in July images
      2 month Guest Designer Term
      Daily Challenge Winners-
      Our Normal 10, 7, 4 image winners daily!
      Christmas in July Image Freebies—Daily Winner 
      **Exclusive Christmas in July Freebie Set**
      (will be in store for sale July 23rd)


      Challenges I am Entering:
      Catch the bug - Day 5
      World Wide Open Design Team - Anything Goes
      Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
      Not Just Cards - Anything Goes



      Christmas in July - Get a Headstart

      Trying to beat the heat this month? Try challenging yourself to create a card or project for Christmas. That's right, Christmas (card-making) in July! Bugaboo Stamps is celebrating with a 7-day Christmas in July challenge, and today is Day 4 - a movie and BINGO-inspired theme.
      I created my card by choosing the middle horizontal line as my inspiration, while keeping the holiday movie "Elf" in mind. I used a Bugaboo image called Christmas Girl 3, coloring her with Copics before popping it onto my 3-sided Christmas Ornament.. After putting the ornament together, I popped my elf onto one of the sides, using Stickles on her hair and her hat's white fur. With her is my handmade signpost. I don't know what Santa's elf turnover is, but I'm sure as the amount of toys needed for Christmas increases, so will his overhead, hence the Help Wanted sign!
      On the second side, I popped a die-cut Christmas present, embellished with a few strands of floral decorations (lots of sparkle there). By the way, the line of gold sequins goes around all 3 sides of the ornament.
      My 3rd side is of another die-cut present. I don't know if you can see it, but I popped a red jingle bell inside the ornament to add to the music from the 2 hanging jingle bells.
      Here's a close-up of the Bugaboo Stamps image I used to create this sparkly handmade pyramid ornament.
      Challenges I am Entering:
      Catch the Bug - Day 4
      Crimbo Crackers - Anything Christmas Goes
      ABC Christmas - N is for No Peeking/O is for Ornament
      Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Anything Goes/optional Christmas in the Sun

      Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps - Day 2Another

      Day 2 of Bugaboo Stamps' Christmas in July celebration offers a sketch challenge AND a holiday movie to inspire crafters to create.
      The movie is called "Jingle All the Way" so my card's sentiment inside reads:
      The image I used is Bugaboo Stamps' "Crabby Catmas". I colored my kitty with Copics, colored in a double oval frame and placed it to match the sketch provided. A short line of pearls on the edge at top and bottom finishes off my card.
      The movie's story line is of a dad who, forgetting to pick up the toy his son wanted for Christmas, is forced to try to find it on Christmas Eve (along with hundreds of other parents). I remember the year Tickle Me Elmo was THE toy for Christmas. I was lucky to pick one up on Black Friday, before the demand for Elmo reached its peak. My daughter was thrilled!
      That's it for now. I'm running behind on my cards for this special Bugaboo challenge, so good luck if you plan to enter, and happy crafting!
      Challenges I am Entering
      Catch the Bug - Day 3
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