Monday, December 2, 2019

Catch the Bug...Anything But a Card



Good morning! Monday means Anything But a Card at Catch the Bug. I've used one of my favorite Christmas images and decorated a tin filled with Hershey's Nuggets. This is such an easy item to create and have on hand...just in case you need a "little something" unexpectedly!

The image is colored with pencils and I've added some die cuts for embellishing. The candy is wrapped with a strip of patterned paper and the image is attached to a band so it will easily slide on and off the tin.

Image: Bugaboo "Reindeer Trio" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110, PTI and SU! CS, The Paper Studio Glitter CS, My Mind's Eye Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Lil' Inker Designs Dies

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

Challenges entered:

Allsorts Challenge Blog: #548 Christmas Gifts
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: #149 Y is for Yummy

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, November 22, 2019

Bugaboo Freebie Friday...AKV Fall Leaves



Good morning! It's Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug and I'm playing with the adorable AKV Fall Leaves today. I find it hard to resist that cheerful, smiling face! I've colored the image to coordinate with this fabulous patterned paper from Doodlebug; what I like so much are the not-traditional fall colors. I have to say that I love a fall card in lavender and teal! I've used a past sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #410. Here's a close-up: 


Image: Bugaboo AKV Leaves Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI CS (Lavender Moon), SU! CS (teal), Doodlebug Patterned Papers
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart), Lawn Fawn Die (hello), The Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots, Foam Tape

Challenges entered:

Addicted to Stamps: #179 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #295 Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge Blog: #45 Anything Goes Coloring
Corrosive Challenge Blog: #11 Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: November "Cute and Girly"
Crafty Gals Corner: #201 Anything Fall Goes
Cut It Up: #187 Celebrate Fall

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, they are sure to inspire you! You can snag your FREE AKV Leaves image here. If you make a card with the image, please leave a comment on this post so I can check out YOUR creation!

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Bugaboo...Anything Goes



Good morning...it's our November Anything Goes Challenge At Catch the Bug this week! I've used Frame It JJ Coffee; with the cold weather upon us in the Midwest I find myself reaching for a hot drink...I love a Pumpkin Spice Latte!

JJ is colored with pencils and I've paired her with some fun patterned paper from my stash. I kept it simple and embellished with a snippet of ribbon.

Image: Bugaboo "Frame It JJ Coffee" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI CS, Pebbles Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, SU! Ribbon, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details. Also, leave me a comment telling me your go to hot drink!

Challenges entered:

Aud. Sentiments Challenge: #239 Anything Goes, Plus a Sentiment
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: November
Sisterhood of the Crafters: Make it Clean and Simple

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

New Release Tuesday




Good morning! It's New Release day at Catch the bug! Today we are working with this adorable little guy; I've colored him in a fall palette to match the patterned paper and added a snippet of ribbon for embellishing. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Brat Autism Boy Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: Neenah CS, The Paper Studio CS, PTI Dark Chocolate CS, SU! Poppy Parade CS, Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Lil' Inker Designs Dies, SU! Poppy Parade Stitched Ribbon, Foam Tape

Please head on over to Catch the Bug to see what they rest of the DT has created for you using this image. I'm always amazed to see the different interpretations!

Challenges entered:

Colour Crazy: #41 Coloring
Crafter's Castle: #22 Anything Goes (option Fall/Autumn)

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Happy Fall Y'All



Good morning! We have a fun challenge for you at Catch the Bug...this week we challenge you to make a Fall themed card. Sounds good, right?! We have definitely transitioned into fall here in the Midwest. I see the leaves are starting to drop; no raking for me yet, though. Our hearty Maples like to hold onto their leaves...I will be raking when it is good and chilly! LOL

I like to find a sketch challenge for inspiration, but couldn't find one that went with the image I'd chosen, so I went with a simple layout. I've colored the image with pencils and added die cuts and enamel dots for embellishing. This one is "mail friendly"...nice and flat! I wanted to bring out the pretty teal in the patterned paper; what do you think of the teal scarecrow's hat and the enamel dots? Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "Happy Fall Trio" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! Pumpkin Pie CS, PTI Dark Chocolate CS, Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Lil' Inker Designs Dies, The Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots

Please head on over to Catch the Bug to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you; you are sure to be inspired!

Challenges entered:

Addicted to Stamps and More: #362 Make Your Mark
As You Like It Challenge: Favorite Stitching Style (I love the dies that include a stitched pattern on the die cut. Why? Ease of use! You are accomplishing 2 functions with one step...no extra equipment to get out.)
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #237 Halloween/Fall +A Sentiment
Crafty Calendar: October Challenge "Autumn Colors/Halloween"
Make My Monday: #106 Autumn
Shopping Our Stash: #406 "It's Pumpkin Spice Season"
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge: WWC242 Marsha's "All About Occasions" Challenge 

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Bugaboo Oldie But Goodie



Good morning! It's Thursday...Oldie But Goodie day at Catch the Bug. We are still having really nice weather here, so I wanted to sneak in one last summer image before I officially say "good-bye to the season. I went with Kidz Beach. Isn't she adorable? I've colored her with pencils to coordinate with the patterned papers. The sketch is from a past Sketch Saturday challenge and I've used some die cuts and enamel dots for embellishing. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Kidz Beach Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI and SU! CS, Echo Park and Doodlebug Patterned Papers, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Doodlebug Enamel Dots, Lil' Inker Designs Dies, Foam Tape

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

Challenges entered:

2 Sisters on the Blog: #33 Something With the Letter "S" (sand, sun, sunglasses, swimsuit)
Crafty Calendar: Add Lots of Layers
International Art and Soul: #66 Layer it Up
Let's Craft and Create: #151 Put Some Extra Layers On
Try It On Tuesday: Boys/Girls/All Things Children


I had to share this picture of my "little helper" Wendel...he loves to be wherever the action is!


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, September 2, 2019

Catch the Bug: Anything But a Card



Good morning...it's Monday so that means it's Anything But a Card at Catch the Bug! Since Christmas is just around the corner, I'm going with some gift packaging. I really love these gable boxes from Hobby Lobby. They are easy to decorate, fill with paper shred, add a gift...voila'! Cute and easy peasy!

I've colored these adorable reindeer with pencils; I love how their eyes appear to be peeping at me! LOL I've added a band to the box, popped the image up with foam tape, and added some glittery star die cuts. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Reindeer Trio Digital Image
Ink: Printer, Black Sharpie
Paper: Neenah CS, SU! CS, The Paper Studio Glitter CS
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Lil' Inker Designs Dies, The Paper Studio Gabel Box, Foam tape

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

Challenges entered:

Color Crazy Challenge: Week #34 Anything Coloring Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #597 Anything But a Card
Watercooler Wednesday: WWC#236 Heidi's "All About Occasions" Challenge

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Catch the Bug's Christmas in July: Make Us Laugh



Welcome back to Day 5 of Catch the Bug's annual Christmas in July! It's Wednesday,or Humor Me Wednesday as we like to call it at Catch the Bug, so our theme is "Make Us Laugh". Again, our theme is "The Best Christmas Movies Ever", so here are your inspiration movies for today's challenge:


Can anyone guess the movie I used for inspiration? National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation! This movie is a favorite of my family and my inspiration was Aunt Edna's cat! I'm pretty sure her name is Edna...can anyone confirm or deny that? The scene where her cat is in the Christmas tree is a hoot! I also believe there's cat food in her jello...ugh! LOL I've colored this little cutie with pencils and used an old sketch from the archives of Sketch Saturday. I was loving the plaid so much that I didn't want to cover it up, so I used a piece of vellum, adhered with mini brads, for one of the layers. Problem solved...a little extra oomph without covering the plaid. I'm curious, does anyone out there enjoy using brads anymore? I've always liked them. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Christmas Cat Digital Image
Sentiment: Pink Cat Studio
Ink: Printer,Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Neenah CS, PTI Ripe Avocado and Pure Poppy, Simple Stories Patterned Paper, The Paper Studio Vellum
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spare Parts Brads, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart)

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details here. Play along for the chance to win Bugaboo images from Jodie's online store!

Challenges entered:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies: #28 (must use a critter)
52 Christmas Card Throwdown: Non-Traditional Image
Crafty Animals: #28 Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash: #400 Christmas in July (stash items: patterned paper, vellum, brads)
Show Us Your Pussycats: #44 Furrything Goes
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up: #55 Optional Twist...Plaids
The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog: #223 Animal And/Or ATC

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, July 22, 2019

Catch the Bug's Christmas in July: Anything But a Card



Welcome to Day 3 of Catch the Bug's annual Christmas in July! It's Monday, Anything But a Card day, so we would like to see a tag or gift packaging. Again, our theme is "The Best Christmas Movies Ever" so here is your inspiration movie for today's challenge:


I've chosen this adorable old fashioned Santa to color; I've used pencils, then added some glitter to his fur trim and the star. I've used a Kraft gable box (I love these!) and added a band and some die cut stars. Simple but fun...it'll be fun to give a little goodie in this box! Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Stocking Santa Present Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: Neenah CS, PTI Ripe Avocado CS, Simple Stories Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Lawn Fawn Die (frame), Lil' Inker Designs Dies (stars, heart), Martha Stewart Glitter in "Sugar Cube" and "Candy Apple", Foam Tape


Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details here. Play along for the chance to win Bugaboo images from Jodie's online store.

Challenges entered:

Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round: July Challenge- Gifts, No Cards Allowed
Not Just Cards: July Challenge-Anything Goes
Paperminutes: #597 Kraft Paper

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Catch the Bug's Christmas in July: Sketch Challenge

 

Welcome to Day 2 of Catch the Bug's annual Christmas in July! It's Sunday so that means we have a sketch for you:


Again, the theme is "The Best Christmas Movies Ever" so here is your inspiration movie for today's challenge:


I chose DeDe Christmas Bells...because she has jingle bells and because I like her quirkiness! She's colored with pencils and accented with glitter. Gray isn't a typical color I'd use for a Christmas card, but I think it works with the pop of red. I did a bit of distressing and used ribbon and enamel dots for embellishing. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo DeDe Christmas Bells Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: Neenah CS, PTI Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, and New Leaf CS, Simple Stories Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, SU! Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots, Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Spellbinders Nestabilities, Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart), Foam Tape


Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details here. Play along for the chance to win Bugaboo images from Jodie's online store! Check it out, there might just be a sale going on...wink!

Challenges entered:

C.R.A.F.T.: #522 Christmas
Crafty Catz: #471 Anything Goes (w/ option Christmas in July)
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog: #114 Use 2 or More Patterned Papers
Crafty Gals Corner: Christmas in July
Creative With Stamps: #40 Stripes


Cut It Up Challenge Blog: #178 Christmas in July
Happy Little Stampers: July Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes (w/ optional sparkle)
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog: #12 Anything Christmas Goes

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Catch the Bug's Annual Christmas in July: The Best Christmas Movies Ever


 

Welcome to Day 1 of Catch the Bug's annual Christmas in July! This year our theme is "The Best Christmas Movies Ever" and to kick off the festivities we have a Theme Challenge for you! The choices are The Santa Claus, Miracle on 34th Street, or A Charlie Brown Christmas:


I went with A Charlie Brown Christmas. I've watched this countless times over the years; first as a child, then with my children. I chose the image AKV Christmas Tree, which gives a nod to both the animation and Charlie Brown's simple Christmas tree.

I've colored the image with pencils and added a healthy dose of glitter. I like the vintage vibe of the paper paired with the crisp white card base and modern embellishments...a juxtaposition of old and new. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo AKV Christmas Tree Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: Neenah CS, PTI Stamper's Select, New Leaf, and Pure Poppy CS, Simple Stories Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Art Glitter in Angel Dust, Doodlebug Sprinkles in Limeade Glitter, Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart), Spellbinders Nestabilities (circle), Foam Tape


Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details here. Play along for the chance to win Bugaboo images from Jodie's online store!

Challenges entered:

ABC Christmas Challenge: N=No Peeking or O= Ornament
Colour Crazy Challenge: #28 Anything Goes With Coloring
Crafty Calendar: Christmas in July
Crafty Gals Corner: #196 Christmas in July
Modsquad Challenge Blog: Christmas in July
Shopping Our Stash: #400 Christmas in July
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge: #52 Anything Christmas Goes
Try Stampin' on Tuesday: #416 Sketch, plus Optional Theme: Christmas in July


Note: The color palette for Friday's challenge inspired my paper choice for this week's cards. I thought immediately of a Simple Stories 6x6 paper pad in my stash and decided to use it all week. I thought it would be fun to use the same color palette but vary the style of both the images and the cards. A bit of a challenge within a challenge!


This paper is perfect for Friday's color palette!


My color palette for the week of challenges.



Wendel approves! LOL He just had to get in on the action!

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, July 12, 2019

Freebie Friday



Good morning! It's Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug and this sassy Ruby image is up for grabs! I don't know about you, but I think she's got it going on!  LOL

I've colored Ruby with pencils to coordinate with the patterned paper, and the sketch is from Try Stampin' On Tuesday (I did flip the elements to better suit the image). I like how this one turned out; I can think of a few friends that this would be appropriate for too! Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Ruby Tidbits-Attitude Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: Neenah CS, PTI CS, SU! CS, My Mind's Eye CS
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Lil' Inker Designs Die, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here; grab your free image here. Check out all the great Ruby images here...they are a hoot!

Challenges entered:

Alphabet Challenge Blog: "H" is for Hats and Handbags
Cutie Pie Challenge: #137 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Try Stampin' on Tuesday: #415 Sketch


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

New Release Tuesday



It's New Release Tuesday at Catch the Bug and this little cutie is up for grabs! I've colored her to coordinate with the patterned papers and used an old sketch from Sketch Saturday. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! CS, Echo Park Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Lil' Inker Designs Die, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here and grab your free image here.

Challenges entered:

Craft Rocket Challenge: #60 Summer is Coming
Paper Craft Crew: #342 Tic-Tac-Toe


Sketch Saturday: #570 (Use any sketch from the archive. I chose #322.)


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Humor Me Wednesday



Good morning...it's Humor Me Wednesday at Catch the Bug! Humor Me Holidays for the week of June 9-15 are:

June 9: Children's Sunday/Toy Industry Day
June 10: Iced Tea Day
June 11: Corn on the Cob Day/National Making Life Beautiful Day
June 12: Loving Day/Peanut Butter Cookie Day
June 14: International Bath Day
June 15: Mermaid Day/Flip Flop Day

I'm going with Loving Day; I've had this adorable monster printed (and just waiting to be colored) and I thought he was perfect for today! I've colored him with pencils and added both some subtle glitter and a healthy dose of the super sparkly stuff too. The sketch is from Try Stampin' -Or Not- On Tuesday. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Heart Monster Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: Neenah CS, SU! CS, The Paper Studio Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Lil' Inker Designs Die, Foam Tape

Please head over to Catch the Bug to check out the rest of the DT's creations...they are sure to inspire you and put a smile on your face.

Challenges entered:

2 Sisters on the Blog: #28 Things with Wings
Allsorts Challenge: #523 Fantasy World
Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday: #411 Sketch


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Stella Says Sketch #711



Good morning! It's Sunday so we have a fun sketch to share with you. As a reminder, beginning in May through August, we will have only 1 Stella Sketch each month due to the summer season. Are you ready? Here it is:


It's a great one, right? I do love a good sketch! I used one of Jodie's adorable chicks today; she's colored with pencils and accented with a touch of glitter. I was unsure at first how the patterned paper would look because of the larger scale, but I think the colors are subtle enough that it works. I do love the pretty pastels! I have embellished simply with 3 enamel dots. I realized as I was uploading that I forgot my signature heart! I even layed the die out on my work space. I must be getting old! Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: Neenah CS, PTI CS, Echo Park Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Doodlebug Enamel Dots, Martha Stewart Glitter, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations and challenge details here, at Catch the Bug, they are sure to inspire you. I would like to see your interpretation of the sketch, so if you create a card please leave a comment on this post so I can come and check it out.

Challenges entered:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies: #27 Feature a Critter
2 Sisters on the Blog: #28 Things With Wings
Moo-Mania and More: #192 Things With Wings

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Humor Me Wednesday



Good morning...it's Humor Me Wednesday at Catch the Bug! Humor Me Holidays for the week of May 19-25 are:

May 19: Scooter Day
May 21: I Need a Patch for That Day
May 22: World Goth Day
May 23: Eat More Fruit and Vegetables Day/World Turtle Day
May 24: Brothers Day
May 25: Wine Day

I'm going with Eat More Fruit and Vegetables Day...these cherries look good enough to eat! I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to fresh produce. Any gardeners reading this post? I would like to hear about your garden!

I've colored the image with pencils and added a touch of glitter to the red cherry. The sketch is from Try Stampin' on Tuesday. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Retired Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI New Leaf, Dark Chocolate, and Pure Poppy CS, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Art Glitter, Lil' Inker Designs Die, Foam Tape

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

Challenges entered:

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge: Week 19 Anything Goes Colouring Challenge
Pearly Sparkles Challenge: #40 Tracy's Recipe Challenge Pink, Pearls, Sparkle (pink and sparkle)
Southern Girls: Sparkle, Shimmer, and Shine 
Try Stampin' on Tuesday: #408 Sketch


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela