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

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Oldie But Goodie



Good morning! It's Oldie But Goodie Day at Catch the Bug. This adorable little chick just says "Spring" to me, which I am really looking forward to after our snow this past weekend. Yes, I said snow...LOL! 

I've colored her with pencils and accented the flower and heart with a touch of glitter. I've used this week's Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch, although I did leave off the accent on the left side, I just couldn't make it work. I've embellished simply with pink enamel dots. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Easter Chick Flower Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: Neenah CS, PTI CS (yellow and green), SU! CS (pink), Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Martha Stewart Glitter (yellow and pink), Doodlebug Enamel Dots, Lil' Inker Designs die (heart), Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here; I can't wait to check them out myself!

Challenges entered:

The Sisterhood of Crafters: Chicks 'n Bunnies
Try it on Tuesday: Things with Wings
Tuesday Morning Sketches:Sketch #501
Watercooler Wednesday: WWC219 Heidi's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, April 22, 2019

ABC



Good morning friends; it's ABC Monday at Catch the Bug! Graduation is just around the corner, so I have some gift packaging for my "Anything But a Card" project today. I purchase these handy gable boxes at Hobby Lobby when they are 50% off; they're nice to have on hand and easy to decorate. They give your gift a little extra oomph!

I've colored the image with pencils, layered it with a die cut and popped it up with foam tape over a simple band. I've added a touch of glitter to the stars and diploma and a die cut glittery star and heart for embellishing. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Digital Image (not yet in store)
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI CS, The Paper Studio Patterned Paper, The Paper Studio Glitter Paper (black), Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS (pink)
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Lil' Inker Designs Dies (heart, star), Foam Tape

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

Challenges entered:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies: #25 Anything Goes with a Critter
Animal Friends: #73 Sheep/Lamb
Crafty Catz: #458 Anything Goes (Optional Twist: All Things Great and Small)
Dragonfly Dreams: Include an Animal
Mix It Up Challenge Blog: #24 /Anything Goes Plus Black and White Plus 1 Other Color

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, April 12, 2019

Freebie Friday



Good morning friends, it's Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug and Dottie Save the Earth is up for grabs! I had a blast coloring this little cutie; I've paired her with some Doodlebug papers and the Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "Dottie Save the Earth" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI CS, SU! CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Lawn Fawn Die (circle), Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart), Foam Tape

Please check out the Design Teams creations here, they have provided some fabulous inspiration. You can pick up your image here.

Challenges entered:

Addicted to Stamps: #173 Lots of Layers
Cardz 4 Galz: #94 Pretty Papers
Creations in Pink: #8 Anything Goes (mainly pink)
Daisy Chain Challenges: #29 Make it Feminine
Papercraft Challenges: #34 Polka Dots
Pile It On: #153 Lots of Layers
Tuesday Morning Sketches: #498


Unicorn Challenge Blog: #42 Spots and/or Stripes

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

New Release Tuesday



Good morning! It's New Release Tuesday at Catch the Bug and these cute daffodils are perfect for your Spring cards. I'm loving the Spring vibe; it's beginning to look like Spring here in the Midwest, but the temps are actually pretty chilly. No worries...it's just nice to see the sun!

I've colored the image with pencils and added a touch of glitter to the watering can, because I like to add it wherever I can...I do love glitter! I've used an older sketch from Sketch Saturday and kept it simple with monochromatic patterned paper. My significant other saw this sitting on the counter after I photographed it and said, "What a pretty card, Honey." How sweet was that? (I really need to make him a card and drop it into his briefcase for a surprise.) Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "Daffodil Water Can" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: Neenah CS, PTI CS, SU! CS, Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Martha Stewart Glitter in "Sugar Cube", Lil' Inker Designs Die

You can view the rest of the DT's cards here...I always love to see the different creations using the same image! You can view the New Releases here. Remember that New Release images are 50% off for the week. If you make a card with this image, leave me a comment...I would love to take a peek!

Challenges entered:

Addicted to Stamps: #172 Spring
Allsorts Challenge: #513 Use Yellow
As You Like It Challenges: Favorite Coloring Medium and Why (I prefer pencils. They are easy to use and you can easily add color or take it away with an eraser. You can blend different colors together. They are economical; my $150 tin of pencils has lasted me for years and there are so many colors to choose from! Not sponsored! LOL)
CCEE Stampers: CCEE1913 National Pencil Day!
Crafty Friends: #106 Spring Colors
Crafty Gals Corner: #188 Spring is Here!
Sisterhood of Crafters: Let's Celebrate Spring!
Sketch Saturday: #557 Choose a Past Sketch


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, March 22, 2019

Freebie Friday



Good morning! It's Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug and this adorable chicken is up for grabs at the Bugaboo store! How cute is he?!

I've colored the image with pencils and paired it with some gingham papers...I like how they have that "homey" vibe. I've embellished simply with a die cut heart. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "Kitchen Chicken-Soup" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: Neenah CS, PTI Harvest Gold and Pure Poppy CS, Pebbles (red gingham) and Reminisce (yellow gingham) Patterned Papers
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Lil' Inker Designs Dies

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here; also, you can grab your freebie here. Leave me a comment if you make a card with this cutie, I would love to see what you make!

Challenges entered:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies: #24 Use a Critter
As You Like It Challenge: Favorite Dies or Stencils...And Why? (I have a few stencils, but always reach for my dies. I like that they are quick and easy. I love their precision for layering and that you can cut extra to "play around" with different combos before deciding on your combination. In particular, I like the stitched dies. Here, I've used my favorite die...the mini stitched heart from Lil' Inker Designs.)
Double "D" Challenges: Gingham

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela