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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thanks for Everything

We are getting close to the big holiday season, and time to show our gratitude to family and friends for all they do.

Today's new release at the Bugaboo Store is an adorable Thanksgiving image of 6 blocks.  All new releases are 50% off for the week.

I decided to do my little magic and change it up, so I cropped all the blocks individually.  Here is what I decided to use.



The leaves were colored with Prismacolors as follows, then blended with the Prismacolor blending pen:

Orange (from light to dark) 1002, 918,922, 923
Purple (from light to dark) 994,995,1009

I only used the Thanks block and added "for everything" included in the Simon Says Stamp (#Simonsaysstamp) set You Matter (SSS101645).

The papers are from a retired CTMH paper pack "Sangria".  As always, a little bling, with the gold foil washi tape and sequins.

Challenges:




Thanks for stopping by and we would love for your to "Catch the Bug" by joining us on one of the weekly challenges.  Be sure to check the challenge blog for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration. 

Don't forget, Mark your calendar for a week filled with fun.  




Till next time,

Happy Craftin!





Friday, October 27, 2017

Give Thanks

It's Friday and time for another Friday Freebie from Bugaboo Stamps.  Today you get this adorable little "Sitting Scarecrow".


If you are looking for a cute little fall image this is it.  I think he is perfect for dropping a hello to friends and family during the Thanksgiving season.  

The "wooden bench" is also, available at Bugaboo Stamps separately.  I cut both images out with Print then Cut (PTC) on my Cricut Explore.  He looks like he is sitting on the bench.  I colored with my Spectrum Noir Markers, I am still trying to get the hang of shading with these.  

I used my Clarity brushes to create the subtle background.  The sentiment is CTMH #D1550 "Happy Autumn", from my days as a consultant.  

Challenges:


Jump on over to the Bugaboo Store, and check out this week's new releases, which are always 50% off.  Join Jodie's mailing list so you are notified about the Freebie Friday image and a whole lot more.

Thanks for stopping by and we would love for your to "Catch the Bug" by joining us on one of the weekly challenges.  Be sure to check the challenge blog for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration. 

Stay tuned for a big Christmas event.




Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Cupcake Kind of Day

Today's inspiration is "ABC" Anything But A Card.  I needed a cupcake box to share my cupcakes, so I found this great little tag "Cupcake Circle Tag", with a great sentiment, "It's a cupcake kind of day".



I cut my cupcake box on my Cricut Explore using an image from the cartridge "Sweet Tooth Boxes".  


The original box is not really deep enough for my cupcakes, so I added some depth to the bottom portion of the box using the welding feature.  If you try to just re-size the box, it will only make the bottom larger, not deeper.   The top  requires a slight adjustment to make it fit more snug, but thats my preference.  

I prefer to change decorations on my boxes, so I used the contour feature to remove the center cut out.  Now I just insert and attach the shape I want cut out before I cut it out.  This particular box, I used a 3.5" square and created a frame to fit around the window.  I attach the acrylic window to the frame and then, tape this to the top of the box.  That keeps the top looking finished inside and out.  

I cut my cupcake tag with my Cuttlebug and #MFT Inside/Out Stitched Dies and Spellbinders scallop circles.  But, you could upload the digital stamp and flatten it on any shape you prefer.  

I always have trouble getting the frame centered on the top of the box, so I have a little tip.  Before you put the top together, while it is flat, mark the center of the window on all 4 sides.  Be sure to use a light pencil mark, you want to erase it later.  Now mark centers on the frame on all 4 sides.  Place your frame on the top of the box using the pencil lines, hold it in place, and put a piece of Post-It Tape along the bottom of the frame to hold it in place.  Once you are satisfied with the placement, flip the frame over, towards you, and add tape or glue, your preference, to the top of the box.  Flip the frame back in place and press it down to hold.  Now it should be perfectly centered.  This is the same method (hinged) I use the  center my frame to the top and apply Post It tape to the bottom.  I flip the frame over and put my  to apply vinyl to glass.  

Finish it off with a little twine or ribbon and you have a cute little box.  This box is also perfect for gifting Christmas ornaments.  

Challenges:


If you haven't checked out the New Releases at the Bugaboo's Store what are you waiting for, they're gorgeous AND they are 50% off for the entire week!

There's still time to grab last weeks freebie,  and then come back every Friday for another Freebie Friday image!

Thanks for stopping by and we would love for your to "Catch the Bug" by joining us on one of the weekly challenges.  Be sure to check the challenge blog for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration. 

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Inlaid background scene with Cricut Explore & Dies featuring Bugaboo Stamps

Today's card is for the Catch the Bug Challenge Bingo.  I chose Distress, Player's Choice and Die or punch cut.  I am featuring this weeks freebi,  AKV Pirate Treasure on this cute little card.  I am really happy how it came out.



I have to mail this card, so I didn't want too many layers, so I used an inlaid technique.  Instead of using die cuts, I used Design Space images.  With the slice feature you can also get that inlaid look.  I linked to one of my favorite designers, but there are tons of videos out there.

First I found a sand beach image in DS for my bottom layer, unfortunately this is part of Everyday Paperdolls and is not included in the monthly access package.  ItI had to be re-sized and sliced to fit my card layer.    Then I added a rectangle for the water and sliced the sand beach from the blue rectangle, as shown below.



I cut this blue layer with my Cricut Explore, then to create the wave layers,  I used my MFT stitched scallops .  Just turn them upside down and stagger them to cut your layers.

The palm tree is also a DS image and is included in the monthly subscription.  I found this great little tool, Inkssentials Craft Nib holder, it allows you to use your ink pads like markers.  That's how I added all the little details on the tree.

I used distress inks in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean for the the water, and Brushed Cordoroy and Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo for the sand and tree.  On the leaves I used Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage.

I used MFT Stitched Rectangles , to cut my layers.  These two sets are perfect for your card layers, best investment I have ever made.

As usual, I created an electronic die for my digital image and then used PTC in DS to cut my image.

Hope you enjoyed my card today.

Challenges:
MFT Color Challenge #79
Imagine That October Challenge - AG
PIP #1742 - AG


If you haven’t checked out the new releases at the Bugaboo Store, what are you waiting for,  there are some wonderful images AND they are 50% off.  Be sure to grab the  Freebie Friday image, there is a new image every week.  Sign up the the newsletter and get free stamp monthly. 

Thanks for stopping by and we would love for your to "Catch the Bug" by joining us on one of the weekly challenges.  Be sure to check the challenge blog for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration. 

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Going Braless

Today is Humor Me Wednesday, so that means selecting something to celebrate.  I chose Bra Day.  It seems we have a day set aside for just about everything.  Lucky for me Bugaboo just offered the perfect image as a freebie a few weeks ago, "Stella Peeker Braless".


I did a fussy cut on the image, then uploaded the sentiment into DS.  I have a striped background, which, I used the contour feature to hide one of the openings.  This gave me a larger place for my sentiment.  I flattened the sentiment to the background and used PC to cut it out.

It's a very simple and clean design, but as usual I had to add a little bling.


If you haven't checked out the New Releases at Bugaboo's New Store what are you waiting for, they're gorgeous AND they are 50% off for the entire week!

There's still time to grab last weeks freebie Boo Ghost  and then come back Friday for another Freebie Friday image!

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!



Friday, October 13, 2017

Freebie Friday

It's time for a new freebie at Bugaboo Stamps.


It's the center image "Boo Ghost" that's free today.  The bat images is from "Cute Halloween Set 1" and the pumpkins from "Cute Halloween Set 2".

Challenges:

If you haven’t checked out the new releases at the Bugaboo Store, what are you waiting for,  there are some wonderful images AND they are 50% off.  Be sure to grab the  Freebie Friday image, there is a new image every week.  Sign up the the newsletter and get free stamp monthly. 

Thanks for stopping by and we would love for your to "Catch the Bug" by joining us on one of the weekly challenges.  Be sure to check the challenge blog for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration. 

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Stella Says Sketch

Today’s card features “Winter Cat” from the Bugaboo Store.  This image was a new release this week, and it is still available for 50% off.

My design is inspired by Stella Says Sketch challenge for this week.  I used SCAL 4 to create my “MERRY” sentiment so I could create some shadows and layers. 

I used a little post it note, to mask my card so I could stamp only “Christmas” with a Merry Christmas stamp I have on hand.  I was really happy how it turned out.  

Challenges:

If you haven’t checked out the new releases at the Bugaboo Store, what are you waiting for,  there are some wonderful images AND they are 50% off.  Be sure to grab the  Freebie Friday image, there is a new image every week.  Sign up the the newsletter and get free stamp monthly. 

Thanks for stopping by and we would love for your to "Catch the Bug" by joining us on one of the weekly challenges.  Be sure to check the challenge blog for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration. 

Till next time,



Happy Craftin!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bugaboo New Release

I can’t believe it’s October already.  I really need to get moving on my Christmas Cards.  I am featuring one of today’s new releases at the Bugaboo Store “Winter Cat & Dog”.

I have been loving plaids lately, and this cute little plaid print is by Lawn Fawn, Christmas Plaids.

The Joy sentiment I received free with my order from My Favorite Things in September.  

I used the current sketch from, Stella Says Sketch Challenge.  Bugaboo Images are not required to join, but why not grab one of this weeks adorable new realeases and join in the fun, there is still a few days left to enter a card in the challenge.
Challenges:


Thanks for stopping by. 

Till next time,

Happy Craftin!