Sunday, December 30, 2012

Kenny K Sweets

Hello all!  You're probably wondering about the "sweets" huh?  Well, I didn't want to put "candy" in the title.  That's right.  On January 5th a winner will be chosen at random - and if you're interested in some Kenny K Candy, leave me a comment below!!

What is the candy?
a Kenny K Rubber Stamp!!

Make sure to visit the Krew for many more chances to win Kenny K Candy!  Don't forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Polar Bear Winter

Hello all and hope you are having a great weekend.  Today, the latest challenge at Catch the Bug is:
So I kind of went with both.
This Polar Bear is one of my favorites from Bugaboo Stamps.  I added a few snowflakes, and a simple tearing for the "snow" floor.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Short & Sweet.  I wasn't sure how it was going to stamp on the glitter DP, but it did just fine.

Thanks for tuning in today and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Bugaboo Freebie Hang in There Cat

Hello all and Happy Friday!  I know Christmas is over, but Bugaboo is here with a present:
and I don't think you want to miss this one!!
Isn't he cute?!  Our Sid has gone to heaven, so I didn't want to color this little guy in Sid's colors, so instead, he looks like our neighbor cat O'Mally.  O'Mally has a habit of jumping in our car as we're unloading the kids or whatever.  And he jumps on our shoulders just to say hi - and he's HEAVY!!
Anyway, don't forget to pick him up - for FREE!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bugaboo Kids

Hello all and happy Thursday.  Today is Oldie But Goody day at Catch the Bug where we get to dust off older but much loved stamps.  I actually have two cards to share that I sent out for Christmas.
This one features Christmas Kids Boy 3.
This one features Christmas Kids Girl 1.  Both are fairly CAS and use sentiments from Stampin' Up's Petite Pairs.  Just a touch of sewing and pop dots.  Super simple to put together.

That's it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Hello all and MERRY CHRISTMAS.
From my family to yours, have a blessed day!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Bugaboo Freebie Mouse in Stocking

Hello and Happy Friday.  Today I bring you this weeks Bugaboo Freebie Friday!
Well, I only had time for a 10 minute card, but I love sharing the freebies with you - in case you're wondering about the super simplicity of this one.  We are still working on getting well - I'm determined to be healthy for Christmas and break!!  I'm currently on prednisone (a steroid), and it's making me hungrier than a bear!!  Pray I don't gain too much weight!
The sentiment is Stampin' Up's Petite Pairs.  Anyway, I think I'm all ready to celebrate.  I'm still working on crafty projects here and there that I will be sharing in the near future, but for the most part, I hope me and Bean get some baking time together and that Sprout doesn't drive me crazy.

This meets the following challenges:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Plushie Reindeer from Bugaboo

Hello and Happy Tuesday.  I'm just about done finishing up with my Christmas cards.  Now just to get them out in the mail....that's a whole other story, but I will get it done!!
Today I'm featuring a card using the latest Bugaboo Stamps release.  The sentiment is new (for me) from Stampin' Up - Sassy Salutations.  I like them...they're nice a big.
I popped him up a little, but I'm keeping my cards as flat as possible since some are going far far away.  I also put just a touch of glitter on the "metal" part, but you can't see it.  Oh well.  So are you done with your cards?  I have a few more to show before moving on to other things ;)

Thanks for joining me today and have a wonderful Tuesday.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mini Skull Book

Hello all and hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Just a hop, skip and a jump to Christmas!  I have an advent calendar for Beanie and I'm sharing a little - REALLY LITTLE - book I made to go in her calendar.

If you can see the little candies in the pic, the are the size of an M&M!  So that should give you an idea of how small this is.

I used the tutorial that can be found HERE.  These little books are addictive.  They take around 10 minutes to make.  I know Bean likes little things and I think (and hope) she will get a kick out of this!

Thank you for visiting me.  Hope you've been enjoying a few of my non-card, handmade Christmas goodies!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Lime Coasters

Hello all and Happy Saturday.  Today kicks off another challenge by Catch the Bug:
Bingo's are hard for me, but I'm going with: Border, Red and Green, and Sentiment:
I made a bag topper using Mini Set Cute Fruit Blocks (that I also used to make a set of magnets - LOVE this set!!).  The sentiment is Stampin' Up's Itty Bitty Banners.
What's in the bag you ask?  A set of coasters - the tutorial is HERE!  Aren't they the cutest?  I made an orange for myself, and these limes are part of my Handmade Christmas.  Yup, still trying to make gifts instead of making debt.  Since I already have tons of felt on-hand, these only took my time (and love) to make.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.

This meets the following challenges:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Teddy Present bringing Joy

Hello all and Happy Tuesday.  Today I'm sharing a little gift I made, decorated with the latest new release at Bugaboo Stamps.

First, I made a little matchbox - envelope style.  I could have dressed this up a little more, but I thought I'd go simple since these are going to a sweet little 5 year old...and they don't always care about packaging.

Once the bow is untied, you can take the "surprise" out.
And here are the super pink earrings for her.
I love wearing earrings so these are some of my favorite things to make.  They can also be really inexpensive.  We have some GREAT bead shops.  Again, another "made by me" gift for this Christmas.  I believe I am officially out of all the stores, so I can just relax and create.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Balloon Bouquet by Design2Delight

Hello all and Happy Monday.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Over Thanksgiving, a few of us went up to Colorado to visit my brother and nephew.  We had a really nice visit - wish we could do it more often.
I made a card to thank them for opening their house to us and making us feel comfortable.  I'm using this months Designed2Delight digi.  In case you haven't heard, the progressive challenge is back on so as long as you play, you get next months digi emailed to you for free.
Isn't he cute?  I really wanted the heart balloon to pop, so I stayed as monochrome as possible.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up's A Word for You.  It's also nice and "flat" since it's supposed to be a "guy" card.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Bugaboo Freebie Hippo Candycane

Hello all and Happy Friday!  To make things even a little sweeter, let me show you the latest FREEBIE FRIDAY from Bugaboo Stamps.
You can't go wrong with a Hippo holding a candycane now can you?!  The papers are non-traditional - I lost my one and only Christmas paperpack!  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Petite Pairs.
We had a baby hippo born in in our zoo.  "We" don't actually house any animals other than dogs!  But he's the first thing that came to mind when I saw this weeks freebie.  He was so tiny!!
Thanks for visiting and I wish you a peaceful weekend!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Make Wooden Magnets

Hello all and thank you for joining me today for my contribution to this years 12 Days of Gift Giving at Catch the Bug!!
I'm sharing a set of wooden magnets featuring the Cute Fruit Blocks Mini Set from Bugaboo stamps.
My original tutorial for the wooden charm can be found HERE.  The differences are: My wooden pieces are square, I didn't punch a hole, and I added a magnet on back.

Also, I have found that Mod Podge is WAY better for little hands.  From experience with the wooden charm, I learned that Beanie needed something a little more durable - so I tested the Mod Podge and find it to hold up to handling better.
Don't get me wrong, I love my Glossy Accents, but it's best used on cards.
I went with simple packaging because that's the way I roll ;)  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's A Word for You and as you can see, I'm not much of a bow maker.
I also thought I'd show a simple, inexpensive gift that can be used year round and not just for Christmas.  Plus, depending on the image, they can be super customizable!

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!!  I will be linking this up with Tatertots & Jello, Flamingo Toes, Skip to My Lou, Whatever You Want Wednesday and Inspire Me Fridays.

EDIT: I've gotten a few emails about the wooden shapes and where to get them.  Here is a pic of the ones I got from Michaels.  The cost is about $3 for the bag - less with a 40% off coupon!  These are also sold at Hobby Lobby - but a different brand.

Monday, December 3, 2012

No Bull with Kenny K

Hello all and Happy Monday!  Why so happy?  Because me and Sprout are finally getting over CROUP!!  That is one tough little bug - especially for tiny little 9month old lungs.  Also, I'm happy to announce that I am on a new team!
I have been chosen to be one of the designers for Kenny K's Krafty Krew!  My husband is a fan of his work...hmmmm, wonder why?  Yup, lots of the digis do appeal to the male eye LOL!  And I can't wait to get started!
So I'm celebrating with Cute Bull (November's Kenny K freebie).  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Petite Pairs.  So, two great things to start off my week.  Hopefully, we will continue to get better - still have coughs and sniffles, and hopefully I can get back to some crafting for Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you all a wonderful week.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bugaboo Santa Face Tag

Hello all!  So anyone get any really great deals the day after Thanksgiving?  I try to finish up as much shopping as possible WAY before Christmas so I can concentrate more on the Reason for the Season rather than stress about the perfect gift.
Anyway, today I'm sharing a new release at Bugaboo Stamps.  Thought I'd color him up, fussy cut, and pop him up on a tag.  The die cuts are Cuddlebug and Sizzix.  So this little lovely will hopefully adorn a handcrafted gift - my mission is more handcrafted and less credit card purchases!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are having a wonderful day!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bugaboo Freebie Candycane Bear

Hello all and Happy Friday!  Are you out there doing your holiday shopping?  Well, here's something FREE!
Yup, it's FREEBIE FRIDAY at Bugaboo Stamps (sentiment is Stampin' Up's Short & Sweet).  No waiting in line at 5 AM, no traffic, no fighting people in the isle for that perfect LaLaLoopsy!
So hopefully you will have time to pick up this little guy, make a cuppa tea, relax, and craft!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bunny Love

Hello all.  The challenge this week at Catch the Bug is BINGO!
 I'm taking a break from Christmas cards and came up with this - using Brown, Gloss, Starts with B (Bunny):
Don't know yet if this is going to Bean or Sprout, but it's definitely for one of the girls.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC and the papers are from Shery K Designs (MyGrafico).  The adorable image?  It's called Bunny Love.
Join this week for a chance to win some Bugaboo Stamps!

This meets the following challenges:

Snowman in the Window

Hello all and Happy Monday!  Actually, Bean has a cold, but she's a trooper and hopefully will be all better by Thanksgiving.  I've been cleaning my craft room lately because I'm literally tripping over things!  I did manage to make this card in time for the Designed2Delight challenge!
Faith has a progressive challenge, so if you use the "required" stamp, she sends you next month's stamp for FREE!  It's a win-win deal since I LOVE her stamps.
Hopefully you can see the little window I made and the dimension.  I used a copic to make my white ribbon red so it would match.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Short & Sweet.  I know yellow isn't a traditional Christmas color, but I think it came out ok.

Just a short post today.  Off to try to warm up!  Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Birthday Balloon Ants

Hello all and Happy Hump-Day!  Hope you're having a good week so far.  For me, pretty uneventful - which is a good thing!!

I haven't had much craft time lately, but really needed to get this card out today so hopefully it makes it's way on time.
Aren't these Balloon Ants CUTE?!  This is part of my winnings from Doodle Pantry a few weeks ago.  I'm also going to enter it into their challenge this month (you still have plenty of time to enter!!  Must use one of their images but they have plenty of FREEBIES.).
If you enter their challenge on time, you get a FULL SET for free and this months set is not only AWESOME, but perfect for us in the desert!!  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Wish Big.

This also meets the following challenges:

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Lion Love

Hello and Happy Saturday.  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Today I'm taking a continuing ed class on bath and body products!  Maybe I'll learn how to make those bath bombs or chapstick or something equally fun.  Anyway, I'm here to share this weeks challenge at Catch the Bug:
This is a pretty easy one, and I just got this stamp, Lion Love, not long ago and have been wanting to use it and now is the perfect time.
I also thought the sentiment from Create with TLC was perfect.  Really CAS on this one.  I would like to learn how to color "ground" but the last time I tried, I really made a mess!  I'll keep practicing.

I'd also like to send a big THANK YOU to Cely for the gorgeous Halloween card (mine is a slightly different version).  Having one of your cards "in real life" is awesome.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bugaboo Freebie Friday Pup

Hello all and Happy Friday!  Been a busy week for me, but it's been good.  Today I'm sharing this weeks FREEBIE FRIDAY from Bugaboo Stamps.
LOL!  Isn't he precious?  We have a little guy named Max - he's a pekingese.  He's still young and not the brightest dog we've ever had, but he sure is sweet.  Not too long ago, one of his eyes popped out!  Yup, their eye's CAN and DO pop out!  I thought it was just a story....but $500 later, I realized it's all true.
Anyway, the sentiment is from Create with TLC, and the papers are from a swap (loved the colors and patterns!).  So make sure to pick him up while you can!  Oh, of course I added googly eyes for fun!

This meets the following challenges:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Candy Cane Bear at Bugaboo

Hello all and Happy Tuesday!  Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe weekend.  Today I'm sharing this week's new release at Bugaboo Stamps.
Now first, I did NOT color this by hand!  I did it on the computer, just to see if I could.  It actually took more time than I thought it would, but I could see there is a learning curve, and that it's even a little fun.  So you never know, I might do more of this.

Also, I found this great TUTORIAL on this fabulous little box.  From the outside you might think: oh, another box.  But the inside is what I really liked.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up's Teeny Tiny Wishes.
Isn't that a great opening?  I was thinking I could add a little tissue paper and maybe some Hershey Kisses - because those Dove caramels are MINE!!

This project meets the following challenges:


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