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Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas In July - Freebie Friday

TGIF! It's Friday and that means "Freebie Friday" at the Bugaboo Store.  Today is the last day of the Christmas Celebration, but you still have time to enter, so jump on over to  Catch the Bug challenge blog, and get your entries in.  

Today's challenge is to create a project with the FF image and use a recipe (black, white or kraft and a pop of color with sparkle).  


I used glitter tape in red glitter to add my pop of color and sparkle.  

Challenges:

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

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Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas in July - OBG with Photo Inspiration

It's Thursday and time for an Oldie but Goodie (OBG), I chose "Christmas Troll" from the Bugaboo Store.  Today's challenge is a photo inspiration.


I found this great flourish Xmas tree in DS, so I cut it out using a silver foil, then I added pink rhinestones for the ornaments.  The sentiment was created using Sure Cuts a Lot 4, I saved it as a png image and then uploaded it to DS.  I then added to my card front and used PTC to cut it out.  I foiled it in silver with my Minc.

The Christmas in July Celebration at Catch the Bug challenge blog, is going all week, join the fun.

Challenges:
CHNC Challenge Extra for July - Christmas 
Audsentiments challenge #184 - Christmas in July
Cut it Up: Challenge #126 - Christmas in July
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Christmas in July

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

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Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas in July - Photo Inspiration

It's Wednesday and today's challenge a photo challenge.  I am featuring "Christmas Troll" from the Bugaboo Store.  The Christmas Celebration at Catch the Bug challenge blog, is going all week, join the fun. 


I found a Christmas tree image in DS that I liked and cut it out in silver foil paper.  It reminds me of the silver trees of my youth.  If you are a senior, you certainly remember those trees, maybe even had one.  I am glad to say we never did, my Mom preferred real trees, but my aunt put her silver tree up every year.

Challenges:

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

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Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!






Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Christmas in July - New Release Bingo

It's Tuesday and it's time for a new release at the Bugaboo Store.  Today's challenge is Bingo with the new release image.  The Christmas in July Celebration at Catch the Bug challenge blog, is going all week, join the fun.

My Bingo was column 1 (sparkly, image and embossing).  I cut my fireplace out with a light gray yardstick and embossed my brick folder by Darice.  I then blended the color with  Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, a touch of Orange Marmalade and Hickory Smoke, with a dab of Old Paper here and there.

The image whole fireplace was created using the slice and weld features in DS.  I found a mantle piece as part of the subscription with the candles.  I did some modifying on that too.

My mantle is cut from white, embossed with a wood grain and shaded and blended with Old Paper, Gathered Twigs, and Espresso.

I used Nuvo Glitter Drops in gold on the flame, I just pulled the dot to a point at the top to look like a flame.  My berries are sequins.

Challenges:
CHNC Challenge Extra for July - Christmas 
MFT Sketch Challenge #341

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

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Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!






Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas in July - ABC

It's Monday and today's challenge is Anything But a Card (ABC), with a twist, non-traditional christmas colors.   I am featuring "Christmas Trio Blocks" from the Bugaboo Store.  Be sure to check out the Christmas Celebration at Catch the Bug challenge blog, you still have time to enter.


I cut out a chevron pattern with Cricut gold adhesive back foil.  I used my Wink of Stella in gold for my scarf.  I chose black and gold, which is very popular here for our football team  

Challenges:

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

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Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!





Sunday, July 16, 2017

Christmas in July @ the Bug - - Sketch

Todays challenge for the Christmas in July Celebration at Catch the Bug Challenge Blog,  is a sketch.

I used "Christmas Trees in a Row"  from the Bugaboo Stamps Store.


I added a little sparkle with my Stickles in Stardust.  And of course some interest with my embossing folders.  If your card needs something, embossing folders almost always add that little extra.

 Challenges:

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store
The week long Christmas in July Celebration begins on the 15th and lasts all week long. There will be lots of inspiration and prizes.  

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Christmas in July @ the Bug - Sparkle & Shine

It's here, the Christmas in July Celebration at Catch the Bug Challenge Blog.   There will be a new challenge every day, and the celebration runs until Friday, the 21st.  Be sure to check out all the events.

Today's challenge is "Sparkle & Shine", what came to my mind was glistening snow.  So I chose "Snowman Snowflakes" from the Bugaboo Store.



I found a snow flurry image that I thought would be perfect with my snowman.  I cut it out 3 times so it would add a little dimension, but I only cut the snowflakes one time.

To give my card lots of sparkle and shine I brushed "Star Dust" stickles on my background layer (embossed with Cuttlebug "Snow Flurry" folder) and the flurry die cut with an old paint brush.  I had to put my layer under a book to flatten it out after it dried, since Stickles is a wet application, it warped it a little.

Be sure to clean your brush afterwards, Stickles is a glue product.  I picked up a great tip years ago when I painted with acrylic paints.  I bar of Ivory soap works great to clean your craft brushes.

To top it off, I  applied some snow drops with "White Blizzard" Nuvo Glitter Drops.

Challenges:
CHNC Christmas Challenge Extra


Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Freebie Friday - Bugaboo Stamps

It's friday and time for another Freebie at the Bugaboo Store.    This weeks image is this adorable big bonnet girl decorating her tree.


This image is much too detailed to print small, so I chose to print her out larger.  This image would be perfect for a card with no layers.

Challenges:

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store
The week long Christmas in July Celebration begins on the 15th and lasts all week long. There will be lots of inspiration and prizes.  

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday - New Release

This weeks new release is sassy "JJ - Candycane".  I used the sketch from My Favorite Things to come up with this design.




When I saw the sketch this week, I thought of a snow globe.  So  I decided to make a shaker card.   I thought JJ standing in front of the snow globe was perfect.  I really love how it came out.  I don't fussy cut any of my images, I use Sure Cuts A Lot to create cutting dies for all my digital stamps.  I keep the digital stamp with the die cut file, this way sizing is never an issue.  This image is imported into Design Space (DS), then I use Print Then Cut (PTC) to cut the stamp out.

I wanted something in my snow globe,  I found an old CTMH stamp set, it was one of the workshop kits, and stamped my trees and sentiment.  

I used fun foam to add the dimension.  Using my MFT circle dies, I was able to cut the circle from the card front and the foam at the same time, so I didn't have any placement issues.  

I then used a Spellbinders plain circle and the MFT inside/out stitched circle to make the frame around the globe.  The base I just cut a strip about 5/8" wide and used a corner crop on each corner.  I added a little faux stitching with a border die.

Challenges:

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store
The week long Christmas in July Celebration is July 15-21, 2017.  There will be lots of inspiration and prizes.  

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Catch the Bug Saturday Challenge - Outdoor Fun

It's Saturday and another challenge at Catch the Bug,  "Outdoor Fun".   I chose this cute little image "Ava Swing"


I also chose some cute designer paper that has a park in the background.  It's summertime, and the kiddo's are loving the parks and playgrounds.

Challenge:

Don't forget that it's Christmas in July at Bugaboo Stamps, all images are 50% off this month.

Bugaboo Store
The week long Christmas in July Celebration is July 15-21, 2017.  There will be lots of inspiration and prizes.  

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Surf's Up - Freebie Friday

TGIF!  That also means there is a freebie available at the Bugaboo Store.  Remember, all stamps are 50% off this month.

This weeks image is for all you beach lovers out there, or those surfer dudes in your life.

Since I decided to send this card to a dear friend in Florida, I added a sentiment "Hello".  I found a great image in DS instead of stamping one.  I also cut out a sunburst background, I tried a little shading with my Distress inks, I just can't always get a good transition,

I added a few sequins in the top corner to balance it out.

Challenges:
Sketch Saturday #470
Crafty Calendar July Challenge - AG

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

New Release - Christmas Jar

Happy Fourth of July!  I hope everyone is having a great holiday.  It's July and that means that Christmas in July event has begun,  all stamps are 50% off this month at the Bugaboo Store.

Today's  new release "Christmas Jar 01" is now available.

I went with two plaid patterns and added some enamel dots with my Nuvo Crystal Drops.  Since this image has a blank spot, I thought that would be perfect for adding a sentiment.  I chose "Joy", since it had to be quite small.  I embossed my stamped sentiment with red glitter embossing powder.

Challenges:
MFT Sketch Challenge #339
Simon Wednesday Challenge - AG
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Stella Says Sketch #512

Everyone celebrates Christmas in July, so for this month's sketch I am starting to prepare my Christmas Cards.  I chose "Reindeer Blocks" from the Bugaboo Store.  



As you can see I did a little cropping on the original image.  I wanted my images separate, so I opened the file up in Adobe Photo Shop and cropped each image to create 4 separate files.  I then uploaded these images into DS (Design Space), then lined them up on a rectangle and flattened the whole thing.  Now I don't have to worry if my piece fits.

I also thought of a quick tip when creating my cards in DS.  I place little score marks on the edge of each of my layers, then I know exactly where to place my pieces.  Saves a lot of time trying to line things up.  I purchased one of those WeRMemory Keepers laser square, but I am not really happy with it.  I think it is more for scrapbooking layouts, the lasers are not straight and I can't ever get them straight.

Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

This month is the big Christmas in July event with Catch the Bug, be sure to come back on July 15th for  new challenges and great prizes.  
Happy Craftin!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Faith Comforts the Soul

It's Saturday and time for another challenge, from Catch the Bug Blog.  This week it's anything goes (AG).   I chose this wonderful image "Beautiful Blocks - Faith"  from the Bugaboo Store.



I tried my hand at coloring with my Spectrum Noir Markers, matching colors to paper is a little more difficult.  I am not happy with the selection of pinks in Spectrum Noir.  If I had to do it again I think I would invest in Copics.

Again I used the Stella Sketch #512 for my inspiration.  My side layer is very simplistic and allows the color to show through.  I didn't have any black twine, but I have tones of embroidery thread, so thats what I used.

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #288-289 - AG


Thanks for stopping by and check the challenge blog  for all of this week's challenges, prizes and inspiration.  Come on back and see what I create with Jodie's wonderful images so you too, can "Catch the Bug".  

Happy Craftin!