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Friday, December 12, 2014

CAS Freebie Friday


Good morning!  Today's challenge wraps up Catch the Bug's Christmas Chaos; today we would like to see clean and simple cards.

I've used today's freebie "Christmas Gingers-Bells"; she is colored with pencils and I've used some white glitter on the "icing".  The sentiment is actually a rub-on from my stash...they are kind of fun to put on!

Image: Bugaboo "Christmas Ginger-Bells" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Ruby Red, PTI True Black, Simple Stories Patterned Paper
Embellie: Martha Stewart "Carrara Marble" Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Making Memories Rub-on Sentiment, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details...there are great prizes for participating!  Also, remember that Bugaboo images are 50% off through the month of December...now is a great time to add to your image stash!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Critters


Good morning!  We have another fun challenge for you at Catch the Bug; today we would like to see "Christmas Critters".  This is a great challenge...there are so many fun critters to choose from at Bugaboo!

I went with Make it Snappy-Reindeer Trio and colored them with pencils; the stars are accented with glitter.  I went with some bright papers and the sketch from Sketch Saturday.

Image: Bugaboo "Make it Snappy-Reindeer Trio" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Tempting Turquoise, Kaisercraft Patterned Paper
Embellie: Art Glitter in "Polar Bear"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here; we would love to have you play along!  Challenge winners will receive Bugaboo images!

Challenges entered:

Crafty Boots: Merry Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers: Christmas
Glitter n Sparkle: Modern Christmas Colors
House of Cards: Inspiration Photo


Sketch Saturday: Sketch #339

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Changito Snow


Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge from Ruby's Rainbow; it was my turn to pick the challenge for this fortnight and it's a Recipe Challenge: 1 Critter, 2 Patterned Papers, and 3 Embellishments (Example: 3 brads, 3 buttons, 3 flowers, etc.).  Sounds fun, right?!

For my critter, I had to go with Changito...he's my all-time favorite!  The image is colored with pencils and I've accented the snow with glitter.  I pulled out some bright and cheery papers from my stash and embellished with 3 snowflakes and a smattering of pearls.  I used the sketch from The Sketch File, minus the sentiment...I couldn't seem to make it work.  (Hmmm, why do I always have trouble with sentiments?)

Image: Stampendous "Changito Snow Play" Set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Baja Breeze and Tangerine Tango, My Mind's Eye Patterned Paper
Embellies: Art Glitter in "Polar Bear", Doodlebug Pearls
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, The Cat's Pajamas CutUps Die (snowflakes), Corner Chomper

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...we would love to have you play along!

***This will be our last challenge for the year; we will be back on January 7, 2015.  See you then!***

Challenges entered:

Addicted to Stamps: Snowflakes
Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes or Snow
Incy Wincy Designs: Snowy Days
Opus Gluei: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
Papertake Weekly: Paper Play (make your own embellishments) 
The Sketch File: December Sketch

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sparkle and Shine


Good morning!  Today is the kick-off for Catch the Bug's "Christmas Chaos".  Our challenge today is "Sparkle and Shine"...that's right, we would like to see glitter, sparkle, gems, and/or pearls!

I thought this festive image of Ruby was just perfect; she's colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  I went with pearlized patterned paper and added some bling for embellishing.

Image: Bugaboo "Ruby Christmas-Ornaments" Digital Stamp
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Wild Wasabi, PTI Raspberry Fizz, Heidi Grace Designs Patterned Paper
Embellies: Art Glitter, PTI Button, K & Co. Bling
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, MFT "Stacking Stars" Die-namics, Foam Tape

For some holiday inspiration, please check out the rest of the DT's creations here.  Remember, we will be having a new challenge every day and there are great prizes up for grabs!

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, December 5, 2014

FTHS December Blog Hop


Good morning!  Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps December Blog Hop; our theme this month is "Christmas or any other Winter Holiday"...hop along for some fabulous inspiration from the DT!

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry.  One random commentor will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the store.  In addition, one commentor on the From the Heart Stamps blog will win a $15 gift voucher to the store!  

If you have arrived from From the Heart Stamps blog, you are in the right place.  My card today features Christmas Spirit Birdbrain, the December Stamp of the Month.  I just love Faith's Birdbrains and I think this one is one of my new favorites!  The image is colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  I wanted the Birdbrain to be the "star", so I kept the layout and embellishing simple.

Image: From the Heart Stamps "Christmas Spirit Birdbrain" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Kraft and Pure Poppy, Bella BLVD Patterned Paper
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Spare Parts Brads
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape

Now head on over to Calypso's blog to see her fabulous creation!

Thanks for hopping with us today; the hop will end on Monday, December 8th at 6:00 a.m. EST.  Winners will be posted, on the From the Heart Stamps blog, on Wednesday, December 10th.

Thanks for hopping along!

Challenges entered:

C.R.A.F.T.: Christmas
Little Red Wagon: Things with Wings
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: Feathered Friends

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

One-of-a-Kind



Good morning!  I have a card using FTHS Sketch #89 to share.  This week I even incorporated the twist and the inspiration photo...that is a first for me!  Here's the sketch and inspiration board:


The cupcake is colored with pencils, fussy cut, applied to the tag, and topped with the snowflake which is popped up.  I've added some ribbon, twine, and mini brads for embellishing.  I also added a larger layered snowflake to the inside.

Image: FTHS "Hamlet Pigwit Pig Out" Digital Stamp
Sentiment: FTHS "Friendship" Digital Stamp
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Tempting Turquoise, PTI Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS, Reminisce Patterned Paper
Embellies: Spare Parts Mini Brads, Divine Twine, Ribbon (stash)
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, MFT "Let it Snow" Die-namics, Spellbinders Snowflake Die, PTI Tag Die, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here.  We'd love to have you play along with us using a From the Heart Stamps image; remember, all participants will receive $1 to Faith's shop!  Sounds good, right?  I can't wait to see your take on the sketch...the twist and inspiration photo are optional.

Challenges entered:

Challenge Up Your Life: Turquoise and Brown
Dream Valley Challenges: True Blue
Just Inspirational Challenges: Snowflakes
Order of the Opus Gluei: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Snowball Penguins


Good morning; it's New Release Day at Bugaboo!  I've used the adorable new image "Snowball Penguins"; it's colored with pencils and accented with a liberal dose of glitter.  I went classic with Christmas red/green and embellished simply with brads and twill.

Image: Bugaboo "Snowball Penguins" Digi Stamp
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI New Leaf and Pure Poppy, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Embellies: Art Glitter in "Polar Bear", Spare Parts Brads, PTI Pure Poppy Twill
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT creations at Catch the Bug, along with the new release items in the shop.

***Enabler Alert***  Jodi is offering a great sale in the shop...50% off through December 31, 2014...so now is the perfect time to pick up those images you have been admiring.  Wink!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chick St. Nick


Hello there!  How was your Thanksgiving?  Hope you were able to have quality time with family and friends.  I worked so I get to celebrate later today with my family...looking forward to that!

It's time to get into the holiday spirit...I can't believe December 1st is tomorrow...where has the year gone?  On the fifth Saturday at Sketch Saturday, you may choose your sketch and Sketch #283 was perfect to showcase the adorable Chick St. Nick.  Here's the sketch I chose:


The image is colored with pencils and I've added some subtle glitter to the Christmas ball and some sparklier glitter to Santa's hat.  I used an ornament die cut and framed the image by die cutting a hole in the middle.  Papers are Doodlebug and I've embellished simply with brads.

Image: Stampendous Calendar Chick
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select and Pure Poppy, Doodlebug Patterned Papers
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Art Glitter in "Polar Bear", Spare Parts Brads
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, QuicKutz Ornament Dies, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Challenges entered:

4 Crafty Chicks: Die Cuts
Crafting for All Seasons: "Tis the Season"
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Santa is on His Way
Fantasy Stamper's: Cute Christmas (Stampendous Chick St. Nick)
Sketch Saturday: Sketch (I chose #283)
Try it on Tuesday: Christmas is Coming

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Sketch Saturday DT Application


Hello there!  I've been considering trying out for the Sketch Saturday DT and today I thought "Why not?" and decided to give it a go.  Here are my details:

Name: Angela P.
Location: Iowa, USA
Present Design Teams: Bugaboo, From the Heart Stamps, Ruby's Rainbow
Past Design Teams: Clearly Digi Stamps, Creative Card Crew, Doodle Pantry, Flat Friends, Forever Friends, Tuesday Morning Sketches, plus assorted Guest DT spots (including Sketch Saturday!)
Why would I like to be a Sketch Saturday Girl? I am a big fan of sketches!  They are great to use as a springboard for the creative process, and let's face it...Sketch Saturday has awesome sketches and designers!
email: forwarded to Nicki

I have never really been able to define my style (my hubby loves to tease me about that "Have you figured out your style yet?")...I like a little of this and a little of that....  Some of my favorite work:







It was a bit hard, but I picked a favorite from each month from January to June 2014.  

Thank you for the opportunity to apply!

Angela

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Just Because


Good morning!  We have a new challenge for you at Ruby's Rainbow; for this fortnight Debbie has chosen our challenge and it is "Just Because".  Such a fun theme...the possibilities are endless!  With Black Friday almost upon us, I thought this image of Bugaboo's JJ was perfect for a serious shopper!  Hmmm, which one of my friends shall I send this to?

The image is colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  I've done a bit of layering, added a sentiment and Bella Dots for embellishing.

Image/Sentiment: Bugaboo "JJ Shopping-So Much Plastic" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Regal Rose, PTI Dark Chocolate, Simple Stories Patterned Paper
Embellies: Art Glitter, Bella Dots
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's cards here; we would love to have you play along...just because!

Challenges entered:

Brown Sugar: Use 2 or More Colors 
Card Mania: Use a Digi
Party Time Tuesday: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, November 24, 2014

Seven Christmas Birds




Good morning!  It's time for a new sketch from From the Heart Stamps!  Along with the sketch there's a twist...use wood or woodgrain texture; plus, there's also an inspiration photo...check it out:

   

Today I've used "Seven Christmas Birds"...such an adorable image and it was fun to color with pencils.  I've added a bit of glitter to the stars, paired it with lightly distressed papers, and embellished with twill and some buttons.


Image: From the Heart Stamps "Seven Christmas Birds" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Rose Red, PTI Dark Chocolate, The Paper Studio Patterned Paper
Embellies: PTI Dark Chocolate Twill, PTI Scarlet Jewel Buttons/DMC Floss, Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Tim Holtz Distressing Tool, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here.  We'd love to have you play along with us using a From the Heart Stamps image; remember, all participants will receive $1 to Faith's shop!  Sounds good, right?  I can't wait to see your take on the sketch!  

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stella's Whipping up Thanksgiving Dinner


Good morning friends!  We have a fun, new Inspiration Challenge for you at Catch the Bug!  Here is the inspiration photo:


I went with "Stella-Turkey".  As I was coloring the image, I thought how I would love to cook in Stella's kitchen...she has fancy Rachael Ray cookwear!  Don't you love the bright colors?  LOL  Plus, she made mashed sweat potatoes...yum!  The sketch is from Sketch Saturday; I'm too late to enter their challenge, but I loved the sketch.  I've embellished simply with a touch of glitter on Stella's earrings and some brads.  I even decorated the inside too...  This image came with a cheeky sentiment: Warning!  Not for the faint at heart!  LOL  Will have to send this one to someone who will appreciate the humor....


Image/Sentiment: Bugaboo "Stella-Turkey" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Canyon Clay, SU! Cherry Cobbler, TCP Studios Patterned Paper
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Spare Parts Brads
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Corner Chomper, Foam Tape

Please check out my teamies cards here...we would love to have you play along!  There are Bugaboo images up for grabs!

Challenges entered:

Addicted to Stamps and More: Make Your Mark (coloring)
Cuttin and Stampin: Thanksgiving
Little Red Wagon: Layer it Up
Shopping Our Stash: Thankful or Thanksgiving
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: "P" is for Profanity 

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, November 17, 2014

Have a Merry Little Christmas


Good morning!  It's Monday so that means we have a new Sketch Challenge for you at From the Heart Stamps...it's a really fun one!  Here it is:


I decided to go with the twist too...it was fun since I don't usually decorate the inside of my cards.  I kept it clean and simple and mimicked the front of the card.


The image is colored with pencils and I've added a bit of glitter to the snow/snowflakes.  I thought the sentiment would be perfect in the empty space at the bottom right so I printed it on the card front.  I've embellished simply with die cut snowflakes.

Image: From the Heart Stamps "Winter Friends" July 2014 Stamp of the Month
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110. PTI Stamper's Select and Pure Poppy CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper, Doodlebug Lily White Sugar Coated CS
Embellie: Art Glitter in "Polar Bear"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, The Cat's Pajamas CutUps Die (snowflakes, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's cards here.  We would love to have you play along...use the sketch with or without the twist,and the inspiration photo/colors if you would like.  So many options!  Remember to use your From the Heart Stamps images; you will also earn $1 to spend in Faith's store!

Challenges entered:

C.R.A.F.T.: Christmas
Crafty Catz: Christmas is Coming
Cute Card Thursday: Red and Green
Polkadoodles: Clean and Simple
Robyn's Fetish: Things with Wings

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Humor Me Wednesday


Good morning!  It's Humor Me Wednesday at Catch the Bug; Humor Me holidays for this week are:

9th: Chaos Never Dies Day
12th: Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
13th: World Kindness Day
14th: Operating Room Nurse Day
15th: Clean Your Refrigerator Day

Since I'm a nurse, I was compelled to go with "Operating Room Nurse Day".  Nurse Margaret is ready to obtain that pre-op blood sample; quick, run the other way!  LOL

I've used the sketch from Sketch Saturday...love their sketches!  Margaret is colored with pencils; I've embellished with a die cut band-aide and some Bella Dots.  Not so sure what I think of my color combo here...I used SU!'s retired Blush Blossom thinking that it looked like the color of a band-aid, but now that the card is done it looks more pink-ish.  Hmmm, I guess I will send this one to a female....

Image/Sentiment: Bugaboo "Nurse Margaret-Hurt a Little" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Blush Blossom, Ballet Blue, and Poppy Parade
Embellies: Bella Dots
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, SU! Embossing Folder, QuicKutz Band-aide Die, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...a laugh is always a good thing!

Challenges entered:

Craft Your Passion: Something Beginning with "B" (band-aide, blue)
Sketch Saturday: Sketch #335
Through the Purple Haze: Punch or Die (QuicKutz band-aide die)

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Merry Christmoose!


Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge from the ladies at Ruby's Rainbow; for this fortnight Helen has chosen our challenge and she would like to see "Non-traditional Christmas".  Sounds fun!

I went with a fun image from Bugaboo and paired it with the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch.  This one was fun to make...a little coloring, some glitter, snowflakes, and beads!

Image: Bugaboo "Make it Snappy-Christmas Moose 2" Digital Image
Ink: Printer, Sakura Black Gel Pen
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Stamper's Select and Pure Poppy, American Crafts Patterned Paper
Embellies: Art Glitter in "Polar Bear", Alphabet Beads/Black Beads(Hobby Lobby)/DMC Floss
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, The Cat's Pajamas CutUps Die (snowflakes), Foam Tape 

Please check out the rest of the DT's projects here...we'd love to have you play along!

Challenges entered:

CAS(E) This Sketch!: Sketch
Cutie Pie Challenge: Festive Furry Friends
Digi Choosday Challenge: CAS
Dream Valley Challenges: Getting Ready for Christmas

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

For the One I Love


Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow; for this fortnight Helen has chosen our challenge..."For the One You Love".  Great challenge!

I knew that I didn't want to make a Valentine, so after thinking a bit I thought of this fun Changito image and paired it with some papers that aren't too Valentine-like, and the Sketch Saturday sketch.  Changito is colored with pencils and I've accented the balloon with glitter.  I've embellished simply with a button and floss.  I like how this one turned out...love the sunny pop of yellow!  Will keep this in my stash to give to one of the kids "just because".

Image: Stampendous "Changito Pop" Set
Imk: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Summer Sun, American Crafts Patterned Paper
Embellies: PTI Pure Poppy Button/DMC Floss, Martha Stewart "Lemon Drop" Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...they are sure to inspire you!  We'd love to see you play along!

Challenges entered:

Sketch Saturday: Sketch
Top Tip Tuesday: Chevrons

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Trick or Treat


Good morning!  We have a fun Color Challenge for you at Catch the Bug...check out the color palette:


I've colored the image with pencils and glittered up the stars and border; it's popped up on the text background and I've added a tab and mini brads for embellishment.

Image: Bugaboo "Frame It-Stella-Halloween Strangers" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Orange Zest and True Black, Carolee's Creations Patterned Paper
Embellies: Recollections Mini Brads, Martha Stewart Glitters in "Orange Sorbet" and "Lemon Drop"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, SU! Punch, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's samples here...we would love to have you play along!

Challenges entered:

Crafts for Eternity: Halloween
Digi Sketch Challenge: Pink and Sparkly and/or Sketch

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bewitchin' Birdbrains


Good morning!  Our challenge this week, at From the Heart Stamps, is to use any of the past sketches....I chose to use last week's sketch and went with a Halloween theme.  Halloween and Birdbrains, sounds fun!  Right?!  Here's the sketch:


The image is colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  I thought I was so clever using the text patterned paper for the "sentiment" portions of the card...until I was finished, looked at the sketch, and realized I turned my papers around....  The text was supposed to go across the top and bottom, not the middle!  Ugh!  I added brads, ribbon, and die cut moon and clouds for embellishing.  I like this one (even if I did mess it up!)...the Birdbrains are adorable!

Image: From the Heart Stamps "Bewitchin' Birdbrains" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Peach Parfait, PTI True Black, My Mind's Eye Patterned Paper, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS
Embellies: Spare Parts Brads, SU! Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Doodlebug Glitter (yellow and purple)
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, MFT Die-namics Dies (sun, flat bottomed clouds), MFT Felt, Foam Tape

There's still time to play along with this week's challenge...you have your pick of 83 sketches!  What are you waiting for?!

Challenges entered:

City Crafter Challenge Blog: A Piece of Sky
Love to Scrap!: Seeing Dots
Melonheadz Friends: Lots of Layers
Simply Create Too: Halloween (or use lots of orange)
Shopping Our Stash: Halloween (stash items: patterned paper, felt, ribbon, brads)
Sweet Stampin': Halloween
Tuesday Throwdown: Halloween Colors

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Humor Me Wednesday


Good morning!  It's Humor Me Wednesday at Catch the Bug; Humor Me Holidays for this week are:

21st: Count Your Buttons Day
22nd: National Nut Day
24th: National Bologna Day or United Nations Day
25th: Make a Difference Day or Punk For a Day or World Pasta Day
27th: Tell a Story Day

I went with "Count Your Buttons Day"...I took a bit of a cheeky approach!  LOL  I love this image of Stella!  She is colored with pencils and I've added a glittery border.  Gotta love the sparkly stuff...even though it makes a mess and gets all over...I'm pretty sure Stella found some in her belly button!  LOL  I used Deconstructed Sketch 173...I love that the image panel is small and the layout lets the pretty patterned paper shine.

Image: Bugaboo "Frame It-Stella-Belly Button" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! YoYo Yellow, PTI True Black, Simple Stories Patterned Paper
Embellies: Martha Stewart "Hematite" Glitter
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape

If you'd like a chuckle, you can see the rest of the DT's creations here...they are sure to inspire you.

Challenges entered:

Crafty Cardmakers: It's Only Words
Deconstructed Sketch: Sketch #173
Love to Scrap!: Seeing Dots
Quirky Crafts: Let's Quirky Frame It

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Freebies/Prizes


Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow; for this fortnight, Shaz has chosen our challenge and she would like you to "Use Your Freebies/Prizes".  I love this one...creative and fun!  I went with an adorable Tiddly Inks stamp that I received with my Quick Cards publication.  See below:


I am really hoping I didn't scare you with the mess on my table...I think I create better surrounded with a bit of chaos!  LOL  On to the card....  I used Sketch Saturday's sketch and some papers from my stash, which I have lightly distressed.  The image is colored with pencils...she was fun to color!  I embellished simply with holly/berry die cuts.

Image: Tiddly Inks
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, SU! Old Olive, American Crafts Patterned Paper
Embellies: Holly/Berry (die from All That Scraps)
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here; we hope you will play along so we can see what freebies/prizes you have in your stash!

Challenges entered:

Crafty Bloggers Network: Christmas
Deep Ocean Challenge: Christmas in October
Inky Chicks: Christmas
Oldie But a Goodie Challenge: Christmas (my oldies are patterned paper and holly die)
Sketch Saturday: Sketch

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, October 3, 2014

Hope


Good morning!  Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps October Blog Hop; our theme this month is "Think Pink"...hop along for some fabulous inspiration from the DT!

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry.  One random commentor will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the store.  In addition, one commentor on the From the Heart Stamps blog will win a $15 gift voucher to the store!  

If you have arrived from our Guest Designer Kitty's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, you may want to start at the From the Heart Stamps blog so that you don't miss anything.



My card for today features Super Birdbrain and the sentiment is from Hope Butterflies and Blooms Awareness Set.  The sketch is from Papertake Weekly.    I like how the Super Birdbrain image can do double duty...not only can it be used for Dad, it can be used as inspiration to those fighting breast cancer.  She's rocking the glittery cape and eye shadow!  I kept it pretty clean and simple with this one; some easy layering, glitter and brads.  Aside from the tiny brads, this card is flat...not something I usually do!

Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Pretty in Pink, Me & My Big Ideas Patterned Paper
Embellies: Art Glitter in "Pink Smoothie", Spare Parts Brads
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Corner Chomper, Spellbinders Nestabilities

Now head on over to Calypso's blog to see her fabulous creation!

Thanks for hopping with us today; the hop will end on Monday, October 6th at 6:00 a.m. EST.  Winners will be posted, on the From the Heart Stamps blog, on Wednesday, October 8th.

Challenges entered:

The Crafting Cafe: Think Pink
The Crazy Challenge: For a Special Lady
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Lots of Layers

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Oldie But Goodie


Good morning!  It's Thursday so that means we are showcasing the "Oldie But Goodie" images at Catch the Bug.  I went with one of my favorite gals...Stella!

The image is colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  I went with bright colors and used glitter, stars, and brads for embellishing.

Image: Bugaboo "Make it Snappy-Stella Birthday Old Fart" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Cool Caribbean, PTI Pure Poppy, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Spare Parts Brads
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Fiskars Star Punches, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...you are sure to be inspired!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's up chick?


Good morning!  We have a new challenge for you at Ruby's Rainbow; for this fortnight Silvi has chosen our challenge and she would like to see "Autumn Leaves" on your project.  Great timing, as the leaves are really starting to fall here plus I have been excited to used this cool patterned paper since I bought it!

I went with one of Faith's adorable Birdbrain images...love them!  The image is colored with pencils and die cut; I've embellished with a banner and buttons.  I love the quirky colors on this fall card...such fun!

Image: From the Heart Stamps "Raking Leaves Birdbrains" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Baja Breeze, PTI Royal Velvet, Bella BLVD. Patterned Paper
Embellies: PTI Buttons/DMC Floss
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities

Please check out the Ruby's Rainbow "Autumn Leaves" creations here, along with the From the Heart Stamps weekly inspiration post here.

Challenges entered:

Crafty Cardmakers: Triple B (cool challenge...I used blue, banner, buttons)
Crazy 4 Challenges: Leaves
Incy Wincy Designs: Something Old (buttons), Something New (patterned paper)
Jellypark Friends: Autumn/Fall
Open Minded Crafting Challenges: Fall/Autumn

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, September 22, 2014

Halloween Skelekinz Topper


Good morning!  Monday means it's "Anything But a Card" at Catch the Bug; since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make a topper for a caramel apple.  (Not only was it fun to make the topper, it was fun to eat the apple!  LOL)

The image is colored with pencils, matted with CS that's been scored and folded, and adhered to the packaging with glue.  Quick and easy!

Image: Bugaboo "Halloween Skelekinz Topper" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Orange Zest
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Scor-Pal

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HB



Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge at Ruby's Rainbow, which I've combined with this week's From the Heart Stamps Sketch #79.  This fortnight Valou has chosen the challenge of "Anything Goes"...I went with a birthday card...always good to keep some in the stash!  Check out the FTHS sketch below:


Poor old Birdbrain doesn't look too happy about having a birthday!  She's colored with pencils and I've pulled some old patterned papers from my stash...they are some of my favorites.  I actually did score lines in the top panel and around the image, but it is hard to detect them in the photo...it does add a nice bit of texture in real life.  I've used ribbon and a die cut sentiment for embellishing.

Image: From the Heart Stamps "Birthday Candle Birdbrain" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Berry Sorbet and Dark Chocolate, American Crafts Patterned Paper
Embellies: PTI Berry Sorbet Stitched Ribbon
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, QuicKutz Handtool and Metro Alphabet, Scor-Pal, Foam Tape

Please check out Ruby's Rainbow DT creations here...we would love to have you play along!  You can view From the Heart Stamps DT inspiration cards here...there is still time to play along with the sketch challenge!

Challenges entered:

Clear it Out: Polka Dots (used old patterned paper from stash)

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bugaboo Freebie Friday


Good morning!  It's Freebie Friday at Bugaboo and this darling image, Monster Pocket 1, is up for grabs!  He is perfect for those "little man" cards...

I've colored my monster with pencils and paired him with some fun monster papers from my stash; I've embellished with ribbon and brads.  Sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Image: Bugaboo "Monster Pocket 1" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, SU! Marina Mist, PTI Enchanted Evening, Reminisce Patterned Paper
Embellies: PTI "Enchanted Evening" Saddle Stitched Ribbon, Spare Parts Brads
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations at Catch the Bug...then go snag your freebie!

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, September 5, 2014

Flappy Birthday!


Good morning!  Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps September Blog Hop; our theme this month is "For the Bird{brains}"...hop along for some fabulous inspiration from the DT!

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry.  One random commentor will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the store.  Some DT members will be giving away the actual project created for the hop (Yes, I am!) so you may win an image and a card or project from some of the blogs.  In addition, one commentor on the From the Heart Stamps blog will win a $15 gift voucher to the store!  

We are offering a really cool prize on the FTHS blog!  Have you ever had a great idea for a Birdbrain image?  Well, this is your chance!  One lucky winner will be selected randomly, from all the comments, to work with Faith to design a Birdbrain image!  How cool is that?!

We would also like to invite all of you to be a part of our hop this month.  There is an inlinkz on the bottom of the FTHS blog and on each individual blog.  Use one of the designer's tutorials and a Birdbrain image to play along.  We can't wait to see what you create!  If you are interested in guest designing for FTHS for the next few months, simply add GDT to your entry.  We are looking for 6 people to guest design for 2 month rotations over the next 6 months.  Hope you will play along!

If you have arrived from our Guest Designer Ruth's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, you may want to start at the From the Heart Stamps blog so that you don't miss anything.

Here is my card; followed by a short tutorial on how to make the gift box shown at the top of this post.  The box is great for a bulky card or just to elevate presentation.





My card is 5 1/2" square, so I have started with 2 pieces of CS cut at 6 5/8".


Score the first piece of CS 1/2" from the edge, on all four sides.


Score the second piece of CS, on all 4 sides.  Note in the second picture that the edge of the CS doesn't go quite to the 1/2" line.  This piece will used for the lid and will be just a tiny bit bigger; I like it to fit nice and snug.


Fold and crease the scored lines with a bone folder.  Next cut to the scored line on each of the corners; it will look like this:




Apply a small amount of glue to the outside of the tab; you will then tuck the tab to the inside.


Here is the completed box...top and bottom.  You are now ready to embellish your box; you can go all out or just keep it simple like I did today.  I wanted to card and box to be cohesive.


I have added a piece of white felt to the bottom of the box, along with a belly band using coordinating patterned papers.  Again, here is a picture of the card in the box:


Image: FTHS "Flappy Birthday Birdbrain" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI Stamper's Select, SU! Real Red, American Crafts Patterned Paper
Embellies: Martha Stewart "Candy Apple" Glitter, Spare Parts Brads, PTI Pure Poppy Twill
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Scor-Pal, White Felt, Foam Tape

Now head on over to Calypso's blog to see her fabulous creation!

Thanks for hopping with us today; the hop will end on Sunday, September 14th at 6:00 a.m. EST.  Winners will be posted, on the From the Heart Stamps blog, on Wednesday, September 17th.

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela