Monday, June 22, 2020

Happy Birthday to Ewe!



Good morning! It's ABC Monday at Catch the Bug...that's right, Anything But a Card! I have a gift box to share with you. I love the pre-scored gable boxes from Hobby Lobby; I stock up when they are 1/2 price because they are so simple to just fold on the scored lines to assemble, then add an image, band, and die cuts, fill with shred and insert gift...easy peasy! Cute too!

The darling sheep are colored with pencils to coordinate with the scrap of patterned paper from Doodlebug. I went with orange and blue because my son loves orange. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Topper-Happy Birthday to Ewe Trio Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI and SU! CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, The Paper Studio Gable Box, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Lil' Inker Designs Dies (stars, heart)

Please head on over to Catch the Bug to check out what my teamies have created for your inspiration!

Challenges entered:

Aud Sentiments Challenge: #253 Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Color Crazy Challenge: Week 24 Anything Coloring Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge: #138 Men and/or Boys
Just Add Ink: #510 Fancy Fold
Little Red Wagon: #554 Animal Antics

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, May 22, 2020

Purrrfect!!



Good morning! It is Freebie Friday at Catch the Bug and this adorable kitty is up for grabs! I had to color him orange, like my Wendel. Wendel is a bit chubby...er, fluffy too! Haha! I loved the sketch at Try Stampin' on Tuesday and I pulled out some pretty Spring-y paper from Lawn Fawn. "Wendel" is colored with pencils and I've used a touch of glitter to accent the hearts. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Kitty Your Perfect Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! CS, PTI CS, Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Spellbinders Nestabilities, Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart)

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, they are sure to inspire you! Also, don't forget to grab your freebie at Bugaboo; while you are there, shop around a bit because Jodie has something for everyone!

Challenges entered:

Aud Sentiments: #251 Anything Goes (plus a sentiment)
Cute Card Thursday: #635 Critters
Paperminutes: #641 Dog or Cat
Show Us Your Pussycats: #54 Furrything Goes
Try Stampin' on Tuesday: #457 Sketch



Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

AKV Army Salute



Good morning! It's New Release Tuesday at Catch the Bug. Today I'm paying tribute to our service people using AKV Army-Salute. The image is colored with pencils and it actually coordinates well with the CS in real life...I always wonder why the colors are different? If you know, please tell me! Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo AKV Army-Salute Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! CS, PTI CS
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, SU! Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Lasting Impressions Piercing Template/Tool, Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart), Spellbinders Die (circle), Foam Tape

Please check our the rest of the DT's adorable creations here. You can also check out Jodie's images in the Bugaboo store...with her wide variety of images and styles, there is truly something for everyone!

Challenges entered:

Corrosive Challenge:  #5 Always Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe: #241 Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottage: #129 Make it Masculine

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Friday, May 8, 2020

Hoot! Hoot!



Good morning! Today I have a card to share that I made for one of our COVID-19 physicians. We have 2 on the unit, 1 day shift and 1 night shift. Both are great! One of the nurses made a special bulletin board for them and some adorable owl pot holders since they both like to cook. She asked me to make them cards "with an owl". I made a quick trip into Hobby Lobby, which recently re-opened, and bought the one and only owl stamp. Would I have chosen this image? No! Sometimes you have to work with what you've got!

Just some thoughts.... I know that in Iowa many counties are "opening up"; meaning businesses are re-opening with restrictions. This is really scary to me! We have not peaked and are not scheduled to peak until mid-June. I encourage you to continue practicing social distancing. If you need to be in public, please wear a face mask, use hand sanitizer, and remember not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth! Make your trip brief by having a list and a plan before entering the store. We all need to do our part for the safety of everyone! As someone with an inside, front and center view...this is crucial!

I've colored the owl with pencils and added a dash of glitter. I loved the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches this week and realized at the last moment that I had to flip it because of the sentiment I had already printed for the inside...so glad that I had'nt glued it down! The patterned papers are from Lawn Fawn, I love the combo of pink and green! Here's a close-up:

 

I computer generated a sentiment:


I found the cutest Hero Arts set of sentiments to stamp on the back of the card too! Here's one:


Image: The Paper Studio
Sentiment: Hero Arts (back of card)
Ink: Palette Noir, Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Hibiscus Burst and New Leaf CS, Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Lawn Fawn Dies (open stitched circles), Spellbinders Nestablities, Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart), Foam Tape

Challenges entered:

Crafting Happines: #47 Anything Goes-Optional Birds
Creations in Pink: #21 Anything Goes in Mainly Pink
Fab 'n' Funky: #480 Cute Critters
Get Creative Challenges: #91 Make it Sparkly
Southern Girls:  Team Trace: Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin': Bright and Beautiful
Tuesday Morning Sketches: #553


Watercooler Wednesday: #270 Tristan's Challenge: Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Got Flowers?



Good morning! It's the first Saturday of the month so that means it's Anything Goes at Catch the Bug. I've went with a Spring-y card; after the long winter, I am so ready for flowers!

This adorable image is colored with pencils and the sketch is from Try Stampin' on Tuesday. I've used some old papers from my stash and embellished with a die cut flower. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! Daffodil Delight CS, PTI Dark Chocolate CS, My Mind's Eye Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart), MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 6 Dies (flower, border), Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...they are sure to inspire you! If you play along, leave a comment on this post so I can check out your card.

Challenges entered:

Addicted to Stamps and More: #387 Make Your Mark (coloring)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies: #38
Creative Moments: #189 April Showers Bring May Flowers
Just Add Ink: #503 Choose Two...Stencils, Pencils, Patterned Paper
Make My Monday: #121 Use a Digital Stamp
Southern Girls: Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog: Bunnies, Bears, and Other B's
Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes
Try Stampin' on Tuesday: Sketch #454


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Making life sweeter one pie at a time!



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

April 19th: Hanging Out Day
April 21st: Kindergarten Day, Library Day
April 22nd: Earth Day
April 23rd: Pie Day
April 24th: Sauvignon Blanc Day
April 25th: Hairstylists Appreciation Day, World Penguin Day, Red Hat Society Day

I have chosen "Pie Day" and went with the adorable Dottie Baking image! She is colored with pencils and I have used the sketch from  Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "Dottie Baking" Digital Stamp
Sentiment: Stampalicious
Ink: Printer, Palette Noir Black
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! Flirty Flamingo CS, PTI Dark Chocolate CS, Moxie Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Lil' Inker Designs Die, Foam Tape

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

Challenges entered:

Alphabet Challenge: "A" is for Anything Goes
Creations in Pink: #21 Anything Goes in MAINLY Pink
Southern Girls: Anything Goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2: Sketch #181


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter




Good Morning! Happy Easter to my Christian followers! Easter sure crept up on me this year. As a nurse I am considered an essential employee, so with social distancing I go to work and venture out to the grocery store about once every 1-2 weeks. I make big Easter baskets for my kids every year, even though they are 19 and 21; they are light on the candy and I would fill them with fun items the kids like...books, video games, clothing, coffee pods, gift certificates, etc. Designing them is always such fun for me, but his year they are getting a deposit in their bank accounts!

Speaking of social distancing, I urge you to comply! It benefits you, your family, your friends, and health care workers. I know some do not understand the importance of this and think "It won't happen to me." but it can and you can spread it to your loved ones. The U.S. now has the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths in the world! Even more scary, it has not peaked here in the U.S.! As a RN working front and center during this pandemic, please stay home!

Those cute teeth made me pick this image as I was looking through all of Jodie's cute Easter images. Seriously though...those teeth! Love them! This bunny is colored with pencils and I've accented the eggs with glitter. The paper has been in my stash a long time; if you look closely you will see that it has a gold shimmer...it is so pretty in real life! Also, the paper I've used for matting is purple, not black...it did not photograph well...darn it! This is so pretty in real life! Here is a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "Rabbit Eggs" Digital Image
Sentiment: MFT PI One of My Favorite Peeps
Ink: Printer, Palette Noir Black
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! CS, Reminisce Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Martha Stewart Glitter, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart), Foam Tape

Here is the fun sketch I am working with today; you have 2 weeks to play along, so give it a try!


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

Challenges entered:

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #248 Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Crafty Cardmakers: #254 Easter
Crafty Gals Corner: #206 Easter/Spring
Craft Rocket: #69 Furry Friends
Cut It Up: #197 Hopping Down the Bunny Trail
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie: #139


My Time To Craft: #429 Easter Cuties
Use Your Stuff: #395 Easter

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Hello Spring!



Good morning! This adorable little chick is taking us into Spring. Who's ready for it? I know I am!

I pulled out some Spring-y Doodlebug papers and colored the image, with pencils, to coordinate. I've used the current sketch from Catch the Bug. There is still 1 week to play along and it's a fun one, so give it a try. Here's a close-up of the colored image:


Image: Bugaboo "Easter Chick" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI CS, Doodlebug Patterned Papers, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS, Bazzill Bling CS
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, MFT Die-Namics (flower), Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart), Foam Tape

Challenges entered:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies: #36 (must have a critter)
Artsystamper Digitals Challenge: #12 Lots of Layers
Colour Crazy Challenge: Week 11 (anything coloring goes)
Double "D" Challenges: Welcome Spring (see mood board for inspiration)


Use Your Stuff: #394 Spring

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day to Ewe



Good morning, it's Oldie But Goodie Thursday at Catch the Bug! Since St. Patrick's Day is quickly approaching, I decided to break out a bit of green (and pink, of course!). I colored up this cute little ewe with pencils and used the sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday. I've embellished with some die cuts and black enamel dots. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Happy St. Patrick's Day to Ewe Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI New Leaf, Raspberry Fizz, and True Black CS, Reminisce Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, QuicKutz Die (shamrock), Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart), The Eyelet Outlet Jewels, Foam Tape

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

Challenges entered:

Crafty Friends Challenge: #130 Animals/Birds
Cut It Up: Challenge #195 Green With Envy
My Time To Craft: #427 Barnyard Animals
Try Stampin' On Tuesday: #447 Sketch

 

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Monday, March 2, 2020

Catch the Bug...Anything But a Card



Good morning! It's Anything But a Card Monday at Catch the Bug and I have some gift packaging to share. I just love how cute packaging really ups the presentation of a gift. After folding the pre-made box, I've simply colored and matted my image, added a patterned paper band, filled with shred and voila'! Quick and easy! Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Chickz-Holy Cluck Another Bird Day? Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Raspberry Fizz CS, SU! Night of Navy CS, The Paper Studio Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, The Paper Studio Gable Box, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Lil' Inker Designs Dies (star, heart), Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here...they are sure to inspire you! Also, be sure to check out Bugaboo Stamps...Jodie has a wide variety of images and there is something for everyone!

Challenges entered:

Crafty Friends Challenge: #130 Animals/Birds
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie: #136



Krafty Chicks: #496 All Occasions Week
Seize the Birthday: #184 Photo Inspiration

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Catch the Bug February Color Challenge



Good morning! We have a new challenge for you at Catch the Bug, check out the color palette:


This fun image has been printed in my stash and just waiting to be colored...I thought it was perfect for this color combo. I've colored with pencils and kept the papers simple to keep the focus on the image. The sketch is from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Coffee Time-Stop and Smell the Coffee Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI CS
Extras: Prismas/Goo Gone, Lil' Inker Designs Die, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations and the challenge details here. If you play along, please leave me a comment so I can check out YOUR creation!

Challenges entered:

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge: #356 Sketch


Crafting Happiness: #36 Anything Goes (Food or Drink)
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge: #487


Dream Valley Challenge: #219 Hand Coloured Image
Krafty Chicks Challenge: #495 CAS
Simply Create Too: #157 Use Red + 1 Other Color

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Humor Me Wednesday



Good morning...it's Humor Me Wednesday at Catch the Bug! 

Holidays for the week are:

February 9th: Pizza Day, Toothache Day
February 10th: Umbrella Day
February 11th: Make a Friend Day, White T-Shirt Day
February 12th: Plum Pudding Day
February 14th: Valentine's Day

I went with Valentine's Day and colored up this adorable little bee! How can you not love that smiling little face? I went a bit untraditional with the colors, used a simple layout, and embellished simply with glitter, mini brads, and some die cut hearts. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "Bees-Be Mine: Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Stamper's Select and Pure Poppy, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS, The Paper Studio Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Lil' Inker Designs Dies, Spare Parts Mini Brads, Martha Stewart Glitter

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

Challenges entered:

Allsorts Challenge: #558 Add a Heart
Always Fun Challenges: #149 Love/Valentine's Day
CAS on Friday: #173 Love
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #543 Love/Valentine's
Crafty Cardmakers: #250 Love is All You Need
Crafty Friends: #128 Love/Romance
Cut It Up: #193 Love is in the Air (must include die cuts)
Dream Valley Challenges: #218 Love 10
Get Creative Challenges: #88 Use Hearts
Sweet Stampin': All You Need is Love

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Stella Says Sketch



Good morning! We've got a new sketch for you at Catch the Bug; it's a versatile one and you've got 2 weeks to play so I hope you'll give it a try. Here it is:


I colored up the adorable "Bee Bear Sitting" and added some sparkle to the antennae, wings, and heart. I turned this into a Valentine card and I'm liking the non-traditional colors. After I had photographed the card I realized I had forgotten the embellishment in the upper left corner...shoot! I seem to make most of my cards embellishment free these days. How about you...embellishments, yes or no? Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "Bee Bear Sitting" Digital Image
Sentiment: MFT Pure Innocence "Honey Bee" Set
Ink: Printer, Palette Noir Black, Signo Uni-ball Gel Pen (eyes)
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! Daffodil Delight CS, PTI Pure Poppy CS, Pinecone Press Patterned Papers
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", Spellbinders Nestabilities, Lil' Inker Designs Die, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details. We do hope you will play along!

Challenges entered:

Always Fun Challenges: #147 Sparkle
2 Crafty Critter Crazies: #35 Anything Goes With a Critter
Crafty Friends: #128 Love/Romance
Creatalicious Challenges: #180 Anything Goes (with optional hearts)
Cute Card Thursday: #619 Valentines
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #143 Cute, Clean and Simple

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Humor Me Wednesday...Pie Day



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

01-19-2020 Popcorn Day
01-20-2020 Penguin Awareness Day
01-21-2020 Hugging Day, Squirrel Appreciation Day
01-23-2020 Pie Day
01-24-2020 Compliment Day, Global Belly Laugh Day
01-25-2020 Opposite Day

I went with Pie Day...it was the perfect opportunity to color up this adorable Dottie...she's whipping up a cherry pie to be specific! I've paired her with some adorable Doodlebug papers from my stash and the sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "Dottie Baking" Digital Image
Ink: Printer
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Stamper's Select, Pure Poppy, and Dark Chocolate CS, Doodlebug Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Lil' Inker Designs Die, SU! Corner Rounder Punch

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

Challenges entered:

Try Stampin' On Tuesday: #440 Sketch


Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Day 2: Down on the Farm Birthday Bash



Good morning! Welcome to Day 2 of our week long Down on the Farm Birthday Bash! Today we have a Sketch Challenge for you, here it is:


I flipped the image panel and decided to go with white cardstock and textured vellum...it really puts the focus on the kitty. The image is colored with pencils and I've embellished simply with white brads. Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo Digital Image
Sentiment: MFT Pure Innocence "Happy Birthday to You"
Ink: Printer, Palette Noir Black
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, PTI Stamper's Select CS, PTI Textured Vellum, Doodlebug Sugar Coated CS
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Spare Parts Brads, Spellbinders Dies, Lil' Inker Designs Die, Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details. Check out the entire week's challenges here. We do hope you will play along...there are prizes to be won! Remember, this is a birthday bash so projects must be birthday themed. Bugaboo images are not required, but we would love to see them featured. Here's a link to the store, Jodie has a huge selection of images perfect for the occasion.

Challenges entered:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies: January Challenge (must have a critter)
Crafty Catz: #488 Anything Goes (optional twist-animals)
Fab 'n' Funky: #463 No Designer Paper
Simply Create Too: #156 Monochromatic
Try it on Tuesday: What a Cutie/Make Someone Smile Today

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Catch the Bug's 10th Annual Birthday Bash



Welcome to Day 1 of our week-long Down on the Farm Birthday Bash! Farm life is great, I grew up on one! We raised cattle, hogs, and sheep; there were also horses, cats, and dogs. My playhouse was an old chicken coop and my younger siblings were on their pony at the age of 2. It was a peaceful, wholesome life. I digress...back to the challenge! For today we would like you to create a farm themed project.

I love Jodie's selection of chicks in the store and had a blast coloring this one up! I used pencils and added a bit of glitter to the balloons and to her "eyeshadow". After all, a chick has got to be fancy! Right? Here's a close-up:


Image: Bugaboo "Chickz-Happy Birdday Chickie" Digital Image
Sentiment: MFT PI "Happy Birthday to You"
Ink: Printer, Palette Noir Black
Paper: G.P. 110 CS, SU! Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo CS, PTI New Leaf CS, Echo Park Patterned Paper
Extras: Prismas/Crayolas/Goo Gone, Art Glitter in "Angel Dust", The Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots, Lil' Inker Designs Die (heart), Foam Tape

Please check out the rest of the DT's creations here, along with the challenge details. Check out the entire week's challenges here. We do hope you will play along...there are prizes to be had! Remember, this is a birthday bash so projects must be birthday themed. Bugaboo images are not required, but we would love to see them used. Here's a link to the store, Jodie has a huge selection of images perfect for the occasion.

Challenges entered:

Color Crazy: Week 1 Anything Goes
ModSquad: Birthday Balloons
Paper Craft Crew: #365 Sketch


Seize the Birthday: #180 Layer It

Thank you for stopping by!

Angela