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Monday, May 22, 2017

ABC


Good morning; today is "Anything But a Card" at Catch the Bug! Since graduation is upon us, I went with a Hershey Nugget tin. Not only does the graduate get a sweet treat, you can tuck a little cash inside too!

The image (retired) is colored with pencils, accented with glitter, and mounted on a die cut.  The candy is wrapped in CS and I've added a CS band with ribbon for embellishing.

Image: Bugaboo (Retired, but check out the rest of the For Ewe collection...cute images!)
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! Pretty in Pink CS, PTI True Black CS
Embellie: Doodlebug Glitter, Ribbon (stash)
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Nugget Tin from PTI, Hershey Nuggets

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

Challenges entered:

Animal Friends: Everything But Cards (with an animal)
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Anything But a Card w/ Ribbon/Trim

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bugaboo Freebie Friday



Good morning! It's Freebie Friday at Bugaboo so this fun image is up for grabs! I've colored the image with pencils and accented the eyes with a black gel pen. The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "Guy and Dog" Digital Image
Ink: Printer, Signo Black Gel Pen
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! Creamy Caramel CS, PTI Evening Sky CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...be sure to leave them a little love for their efforts!

Challenge entered:

Freshly Made Sketches: Sketch #287


Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bugaboo New Release Tuesday



Good morning...it's New Release day at Bugaboo! Really hoping those April showers will bring May flowers, or in our case May snow! Ugh!

I've colored the image with pencils and paired it with some bright and cheery Doodlebug papers. The paper was too pretty to cover up so I added a piece of vellum for one of the layers on the sketch...I really like that trick...it adds a bit of interest too. I've added a sun and some clouds for embellishing. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "Brat Boy Spring Umbrella" Digital Image
Ink: Printer, Signo Black Gel Pen
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! Bashful Blue CS, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Embellies: Spare Parts Mini Brads
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Felt (stash), Lil' Inker Designs Dies (sun and clouds), Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations at Catch the Bug...and don't forget to check out the new images in the newly revamped store!

Challenges entered:

Crafty Creations: #340 Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #120 Anything Goes
Paper Play Sketches: Sketch #41


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, May 1, 2017

FTHS May Blog Hop



Good morning! It's time for the May From the Heart Stamps Blog Hop...our theme this month is "CASE It". Each team member will be showcasing a card CASE-d (copy and share everything) from another teammate.

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win the image of their choice from the FTHS Store. We are also having a link-up contest with this hop. We invite you to pick one of the FTHS DT members and "CASE" one of their cards and add it to the linky collection by Sunday, May 7th. Everyone who enters will be entered into a random drawing; one lucky winner will receive 3 images of choice from the store!

If you have arrived from From the Heart Stamps, you are in the right place; if not, why don't you start there so you don't miss anything?

Today I am CASE-ING my teamie Brenda. Let me tell you, I really had fun going through her blog roll to find a card! I found out that Brenda crafts a lot of cards (I have no idea how she is so productive!) and I had a hard time choosing! I went way back to October 21, 2015...check out her post here.

I went with the same image, "Hamlet PigWit Pig Out", pastel colors, and layout. I've colored Hamlet with pencils and dotted his eyes with a black gel pen. Patterned papers are from Echo Park.


Image: From the Heart Stamps "Hamlet PigWit Pig Out" Digital Set
Ink: Printer, Signo Black Gel Pen
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Stamper's Select and Raspberry Fizz CS, Echo Park Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, MFT Dies, Foam Tape

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

Thanks for hopping with us. The hop will end Sunday, May 7th at 6 a.m. EST. Winners will be posted on the FTHS Blog on Wednesday, May 9th.

Challenges entered:

Crafty Friends: #56 Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Nursing is a work of the heart.



Good morning! I have a card to share using the adorable "Little Nurse Kathy"...I just love this image! She's colored with pencils and I've added a sentiment especially for my friend who is leaving the unit to take a new job. She has one of the biggest hearts ever, so this sentiment was perfect! She will be missed!

Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! Pink Pirouette and Real Red CS
Embellies: Spare Parts Mini Brads
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Gina Marie Designs Dies, Foam Tape

I really think the detail of the die adds a lot to a clean and simple card; here's a close up:


Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here. There is still time to play along with this week's sketch; see the details here...we would love to see your interpretation!

Always Fun Challenges: CAS
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bugaboo Inspiration Challenge


Good morning! It's Saturday so that means we have a new challenge for you at Catch the Bug...here is your inspiration photo:


Here's what I came up with:


I think this little bird is adorable! I colored her with pencils, accented her eyes with a black gel pen, accented her beak with Glossy Accents, accented the heart and flower with glitter, and added Bella Dots for embellishing. I'm liking the pink and yellow color combo!  Here's a close-up: 


Image: Bugaboo EC Flower (Retired)
Ink: Printer, Signo Gel Pen
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! Pretty in Pink and Poppy Parade CS, American Crafts Patterned Paper
Embellies: Bella Dots, Doodlebug Glitter, Ranger Glossy Accents
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the details of how to play along...prize is Bugaboo images!

Challenges entered:

As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Color (Pink...always has been! I love the varying shades and it just makes me happy!)
Crafty Cardmakers: #186 Things with Wings
Deep Ocean Challenges: #153 Spring
Moving Along With the Times: #43 Birds and Feathers 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2: Sketch #110


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I like BIG BOOKS and I can not lie.



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

April 10: National Farm Animals Day, National Siblings Day
April 11: National Pet Day, National Cheese Fondue Day
April 12: National Licorice Day, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
April 13: National Peach Cobbler Day, National Scrabble Day
April 14: National Dolphin Day, National Pecan Day

LOL Did you know there were so many fun days to celebrate? Since this whole week is National Library Week, I had to go with that!

I couldn't resist making a card for my daughter for this one...she is an avid reader! She doesn't visit the library though; she likes to purchase them, preferably in hardcover...there are stacks of books in her bedroom! The image is colored with pencils and I've used a simple layout accented with buttons. Maybe I will put a gift card inside...she can buy more books!  LOL

Image: Bugaboo Big Books Girl Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Fine Linen CS, Christy Tomlinson Patterned Paper
Embellies: PTI Buttons/DMC Floss
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...they are sure to inspire you! Also, have you checked out the new store? Jodie has been issuing invitations to move your account over. I really do believe that Bugaboo images are amazing, there is truly something for everyone! So many images, so little time.... Have fun creating!

Challenges entered:

Crafting From the Heart: #154 Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog: Time to Celebrate the Little People

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, April 10, 2017

happy easter



Good morning! I have an Easter card to share today; this image actually has coordinating birthday sentiments but I think it's fun for Easter too! I've colored the image with pencils and accented the dots and her eyelids with glitter. I kept it clean and simple and went with one of my favorite "stand-by" layouts. I've added a sentiment, ribbon, and pearls for embellishment.

I have a tip to share! Sometimes the patterned paper will show through the ribbon; see the right side of the photo, you can see the dots. Now check the left side...no dots!  Simply cut a piece of cardstock the width of the ribbon, add a touch of glue, and slide it under the ribbon. It's a quick and easy fix and makes the finished card look more polished.


Here's a close-up of the finished card:


Image: From the Heart Stamps "Birthday Suit Birdbrain" Digital Set
Sentiment: Stampendous
Ink: Printer, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Stamper's Select and Harvest Gold CS, Doodle Bug Sweet Spots CS
Embellies: Doodlebug Glitter, PTI Ribbon, Queen and Co. Pearls
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, SU! Punch, Foam Tape

Challenges entered:

AAA Cards: #87 Shiny Spring
Crafty Catz: #365 Anything Goes (optional twist of Easter)
Crafty Friends: #55 Animals or Birds
Cute Card Thursday: #472 Easter
Dragonfly Journeys: #89 How Egg-citing!
Little Red Wagon: #388 Egg-cellent!
Mustard Seed: Easter
Ribbon Girl: Anything Goes (use ribbon)
Sweet Stampin': Mellow Yellow

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, April 3, 2017

FTHS April Blog Hop



Good morning! It's time for the April From the Heart Stamps Blog Hop...our theme this month is "I'm No Spring Chicken". I'm really feeling this theme...I just had a birthday! More about that later....

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry. One random commentor will be selected on each blog (and the FTHS blog!) to win their image of choice from the FTHS Store!

If you have arrived from From the Heart Stamps, you are in the right place; if not, why don't you start there so you don't miss anything?

Today I've used Bee Happy Birdbrain...the flowers just shout "Spring" to me!  She's colored with pencils...no glittery eyelids today, I didn't want the loose glitter sticking to the window panel! (I must confess it was really hard to step away from the glitter! LOL) I used the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday and made a shaker card filled with assorted sequins. I've used vellum for the panels (because I didn't want to cover up the pretty plaid paper!) and secured it with mini brads. There's just something fun about a shaker card...I need to make one more often!

Here's a close-up:


Image: From the Heart Stamps "Bee Happy Birdbrain" Digital Set
Ink: Printer, Signo Black Gel Pen
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! Passion Pink CS, PTI Dark Chocolate CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper, The Paper Studio Vellum, Acetate
Embellies: Assorted Sequins (Bunny Bytes Designs, Craft Medley, and Pretty Pink Posh), Spare Parts Mini Brads, Satin Ribbon (scrap from stash)
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

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

Our hop will end Sunday, April 9th at 6 a.m., and the winners will be announced Wednesday, April 13th.

Challenges entered:

613 Avenue Create: #196 Anything Goes/Optional Twist Anything Spring
Crafty Gals Corner: #116 Anything Goes
Pile It On!: #129 Interactive Card
Sweet Sketch Wednesday: Sketch #109 


Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

About the birthday.... I turned 50! A friend is a photographer and wanted to do a photo shoot; I wanted my kids to have a pretty picture of their mom, so I went for it. We had so much fun!  I learned about lighting, etc...photography is really interesting, I would love to take some classes. Here is one of my favorite shots:


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Stella Says Sketch #507



Good morning! Stella has a new sketch for you to try at Catch the Bug...it's a good one too! Here it is:


I went with a fun Spring-y image...I couldn't resist a cute kitty in a flower pot!  She is colored with pencils and I've added a touch of glitter to the heart on the flower pot. The edges of the layers are sponged for definition and I've added some Bella Dots for embellishing. Easy peasy!  I just wish Spring would get here...it has been cold, wet, and dreary...boo! Are you ready for Spring?

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...we do hope you will play along!

Image: Bugaboo
Ink: Printer, Palette Burnt Umber, Signo Black Gel Pen
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI New Leaf and Dark Chocolate CS, Echo Park Patterned Paper
Embellies: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Bella Dots
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape


Challenges entered:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies: Anything Goes (with a critter)
Brown Sugar: Anything Goes
Just Add Ink: #353 Just Add Critters
Through the Purple Haze: Springtime

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bloom Where You're Planted



Good morning! I have a Spring-y card to share using the adorable Hamlet PigWit...I couldn't resist coloring these beautiful flowers! It has been cold, wet, and dreary here. Is anyone else ready for Spring? I've used some pretty Doodlebug papers...they seem to be my favorites lately...love the colors and pretty patterns...they make me happy! I've embellished simply with pink bling and the sketch is from Paper Craft Crew.

Image: From the Heart Stamps "Hamlet PigWit in the Planter" Digital Set
Ink: Printer, Signo Black Gel Pen
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Harvest Gold and Lovely Lady CS, Doodlebug Patterned Papers
Embellie: Kaisercraft Bling
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, SU! Punch (oval), Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...they are sure to inspire you!  Also there is still time to play along with this week's sketch challenge, you can see some samples and the details here.

Challenges entered:

Aud Sentiments: #176 Any Sentiment, Except for Birthday
Come and Get It: Spring Time
Crafty Cardmakers: #185 Spring into Spring
Cutie Pie Challenge: #109 Dies and Digis
Dragonfly Dreams: Girly with Die Cut/Punch
Modsquad: Plant Kindness
Mustard Seed Faith: Any Shade of Yellow
Ooh La La Creations: #225 Layer it Up
Paper Craft Crew: Sketch #236

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chocolate Bunny Birdbrain



Good morning! I have a card to share using one of Faith's adorable Birdbrains. I just love the sayings in this set...this particular one speaks to me!

I've used this week's sketch, #167. There's still time to play along; you can get the details here, along with plenty of inspiration from the DT. I've colored the birdbrain with pencils and added a touch of glitter to her eyelids. I went CAS and added some jelly bean paper as an accent.

Image: From the Heart Stamps "Chocolate Bunny Birdbrain" Digital Set
Ink: Printer, Signo Black Gel Pen
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Harvest Gold and Dark Chocolate CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Embellie: Martha Stewart Glitter in "Lemon Drop"
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Foam Tape

Here's more inspiration from the DT...I always love to see what they come up with! I'd love to see what you come up with too!

Challenges entered:

Addicted to Stamps: Easter #144
The Paper Players: CAS #336

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, March 6, 2017

FTHS March Blog Hop



Good morning!  It's time for the From the Heart Stamps March Blog Hop...our theme this month is "Spring".  Are you ready for it? I know I am! (Both the hop and spring...lol!)

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry. One random commenter will be selected on each blog (and the FTHS Blog!) to win their image of choice from the FTHS Store!

If you have arrived from From the Heart Stamps, you are in the right place; if not, why don't you start there so you won't miss anything?

Today I have used Prickles Says Hello and paired him with some springy colors and floral paper. He is colored with pencils and I've embellished simply with a button/banner combo.

*I do want to mention that this is a previously posted card.  I had surgery last week and am now home and recovering. Since I really wanted to participate in the hop, I had to visit my archives. The "Spring" theme really speaks to me right now...a new beginning and a new lease on life...God is good!

Image: From the Heart Stamps "Prickles Says Hello" Digital Stamp Set
Ink: Printer, Black Pen
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! Yo-Yo Yellow CS, PTI True Black CS, American Crafts Patterned Paper
Embellies: PTI Button/DMC Floss
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities

Now head on over to Brenda's Blog to see her fabulous creation!

Thanks for hopping along with us today!  The hop will end on Sunday, March 12th at 6 a.m. and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 15th.

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Birdbrain Balloon



Good morning!  I've got a CAS Birthday card to share using one of my favorite Birdbrains.  Don't you just love his expression?  Kind of how I feel when my birthday rolls around!  LOL

The image is colored with pencils and I've added Glossy Accents to the balloon. Dies are from Lawn Fawn, I love how they add that "extra" touch to the edge. I finished it off with some enamel dots.  Here's a close-up:


Image: From the Heart Stamps "Birdbrain Balloon" Digital Set
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Hawaiian Shores and Orange Zest CS, My Mind's Eye Patterned Paper
Embellies: My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots, Ranger Glossy Accents
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Lawn Fawn Dies

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

Challenges entered:

Come and Get it Challenges: It's in the Male
Cut It Up: #116 Birthday Cards
Inky Chicks: Happy Birthday
Make My Monday: Birds
Moving Along With the Times: #39 For a Man
Sunday Stamps: Sketch #146


Tuesday Throwdown: Things with Wings

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, February 13, 2017

Birdbrain Conversation Hearts



Good morning!  I've got a fun Valentine to share using one of Faith's adorable Birdbrains!  The image is colored with pencils and accented with glitter.  The sketch is Freshly Made Sketches #274...I thought it was perfect since it really lets the image shine!

Image: From the Heart Stamps "Birdbrain Conversation Hearts" Digital Set
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Harvest Gold and Raspberry Fizz CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Embellie: Art Glitter in "Polar Bear"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone

Please check out this week's FTHS Sketch Challenge, along with the DT's lovely creations...they are sure to inspire you!

Challenge entered:

Freshly Made Sketches: Sketch #274


Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hogs and Kisses


Good morning!  Faith has drawn an adorable new image and I just had to use it ASAP!  Isn't this version of PigWit just the cutest?  I have colored him with pencils and added Glossy Accents to the candy kiss.  The sketch is from Just Add Ink and the patterned papers are oldies from my stash.

Image: From the Heart Stamps Hogs and Kisses PigWit Digital Stamp Set 
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Hibiscus Burst and Pure Poppy CS, Bo Bunny (green) and Pinecone Press (text) Patterned Papers
Ink: Printer, Black Gel Pen
Embellies: Ranger Glossy Accents, The Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Foam Tape

Please check our weekly inspiration post to see what the rest of my From the Heart Stamps teamies have created to inspire you!

Challenges entered:

Cards and More: Pets and Other Furry Friends
Come and Get It Challenges: Valentine's Day Cards
Craft Rocket #32: It's a Love Thing
Crafty Cardmakers #181: Love, Love, Love
Cute Card Thursday #363: Be My Valentine
Just Add Ink #345: Sketch


Use Your Stuff #250: Love is in the Air (patterned paper, enamel dots)

Thanks for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FTHS February Blog Hop


Good morning!  It's time for From the Heart Stamps February Blog Hop...that's right, we are back!  Our theme this month is "Love and Friendship".

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry.  One random commentor will be selected on each blog (and the FTHS Blog!) to win their image of choice from the FTHS Store!

If you have arrived from From the Heart Stamps you are in the right place; if not, why don't you start there so that you won't miss anything?

I have used "Hello Snowman" today; we received 15 inches of snow last week, so this adorable image was the perfect choice for me!  He is colored with pencils and embellished with a touch of glitter.  The sketch is from Try Stampin' on Tuesday.

Image: From the Heart Stamps "Hello Snowman" Digital Set
Ink: Printer
Paper: PTI Stamper's Select CS, G.P 110 CS, SU! Ballet Blue CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper,
Embellie: Martha Stewart "Snow Glitter"
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

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

Thanks for hopping along with us today; the hop will end on Sunday, February 5th at 6 a.m.  Winners will be posted at From the Heart Stamps on Wednesday, February 8th.

Challenges entered:

A Snowflake's Promise: Anything Goes
Creates and Makes: Anything Goes w/ Twist of "Winter Blues"
Try Stampin' on Tuesday: Sketch


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela