Monday, January 31, 2011

Marvelous Monday at Shelly's Images

Happy Monday all and welcome to today's edition of Shelly's Images "Marvelous Monday"! 
And what a Marvelous Monday it is!
Why you may ask?  Well, because we're FINALLY supposed to get a doozie of a snow storm here in Michigan and heck, I JUST might get a snow day or two this week!
AND, today at Shelly's Images we have a New Release and isn't this little guy just adorable?!
Swing by the SI Blog and see the wonderful creations the DT has created AND then head on over to the SI Store and get this adorable sweet digi at a SPECIAL price today!!
How's that for a Marvelous Monday?!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Saturday, January 29, 2011


I'm not sure about you, but when I started, I was a scrapbooker first and then got into cards (a mini-canvas for scrapbooking). 
Well, think small, even smaller than a card today....small as in 2.5" x 3.5". What kind of card are we making?
Artist Trading Cards of course - ATC is something else you may know them by.
New to ATC's? Yep, me too. This is only my second try at these little buggers and believe it or not - I LOVE the challenge of having to create something small (HOWEVER, I won't be trying inchies any time soon), but ATC's, I'm down with!
So - today's Catch The Bug Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps is "Make your very own ATC"
A little card that tells something about you or uses that image that you just love and don't know what to do with!
Mine...nothing better than a little tropical drink with a cherry & umbrella that says PARADISE! Not sure what it is about that little umbrella in a drink that makes it taste SO MUCH BETTER!! Most that know my hubby and I know the beach is where we love to be (especially as the snow flies here in Michigan today).
 Image - Bugaboo Stamps - This was part of a Free Follower Beach Set from last year
Paper - Flair Design print, Bazzill, Kraft & Core Couture
Coloring - Copics
Tools - MS Twisty Punch & Nesties
Extra STUFF - Studio G Sentiment, Doodling, Bling Dots & Dimensionals
small Challenge but of course because it's a Bugaboo Challenge we've got BIG prizes- Bugaboo images of your choice if you're one of the three CHOSEN winners!
And if that doesn't excite you - make a small stop to the Bugaboo Store, check out the new Ava & Deacon and new Stella & Gus Tidbits and I'm SURE you'll join us in making a small ATC for this week's challenge!!
Don't delay - you only have a small amount of time to get your ATC card done - this challenge is open until next Saturday, February 5 at 7 am!
Hugs & Happy Days!

This little glass of paradise has been entered into the following challenges -
One Stop Craft Challenge – ATC

Fab n’ Funky – Go Digi
The Rubber Cafe - Sparkle & Glitter

Friday, January 28, 2011

Back into the Swing of Things....

With a super cute Ava and Deacon set Freebie!
Get it - SWING?! 
You will when you see today's Bugaboo Freebie!
The first Ava & Deacon set was such a hit - Jodie has been BUSY BUSY BUSY creating another ADORABLE set!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Ava & Deacon" set
Paper - Kraft & Coredinations
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Cuttlebug with Tim Holtz Tree Embossing Folder
Extra STUFF - Fun Flock, Bakers Twine, Chestnut Roan Ink, Thickers, Doodling, Dimensionals, Doodlebug Design Border & Googley Eyes

Be sure to visit the Catch The Bug Blog and see what other fabulous creations the design team came up with and then "SWING" on over to the Bugaboo Store and get your Deacon swinging freebie (and maybe the entire Ava & Deacon set if you've fallen in love with it like I have!)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Heartfelt Thank You!

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!
I wanted to take a quick minute to make a personal post.

I want to THANK EVERYONE who was kind enough to send cards to my dad. 
You will NEVER know now much those cards meant to him and just how much he enjoyed EACH and EVERY ONE that arrived for him.  He was amazed that people from all over the world thought enough of him to send cards, Christmas and well wishes.

We were so very blessed to be able to spend the holidays with our family & friends, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year.

Heaven received its newest angel on Friday, January 7th when Dad left us to be with the Lord.
My mom, Glen, my sister and I were all with Dad when he passed.
While it breaks our heart that he is no longer here with us, we are comforted by knowing that he is at peace and no longer suffering.
We were So Blessed this last year to be able to spend the time we did and we are so grateful all the memories that we've been able to celebrate as a family. 
God gave us a miracle - we spent the holidays as a family.

We plan to have a Celebration of Dad's life early this summer. 
Dad wanted to celebrate with friends and family once he recovered and beat his cancer. 
He was NOT going to give up - even at the end.
So, we intend to honor his wishes and have a celebration in his honor.

I can't THANK YOU all enough for your kindness toward my family - for your prayers and well wishes.
You will NEVER know how much that kindness has meant to our family this past year.

God Bless each and every one of you for your kindness!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Winter White

**Congratulations to MaMichelle who commented and celebrated the Bugaboo 1st Birthday Blog Hop**
Boy oh boy, I'm not sure what part of the world you're in, but it is CRAZY COLD today!
Welcome to Michigan Winters!!  Guess we'll stay inside today!  Maybe do a little crafting? :)

Well, with the terribly COLD, FREEZING weather, today's Catch The Bug challenge is very appropriate -
Create a project that is mostly white - pop over to the Catch The Bug Blog and enter for your chance to WIN Images of your choice!!
Here's the little ditty I created  -
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Marshmallow Snowmen - Candy Cane"
Paper - Red CS from my stash & Core Couture
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Cuttlebug Embossing - Dots folder & Sizzix Snowflake folder
Extra STUFF - Ribbon and Snowflake brads

Be sure to stop by the Bugaboo Stamps store and see the new Bee set that was released.  Today is the last day to take advantage of the birthday bash 60% off sale.
Perfect time to stock up! :)
Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend!
This little white out project is entered into the following challenges -

Friday, January 21, 2011

Birthday Mini-Challenge #5 @ Bugaboo

Happy Friday!!!
WOW, what a week of Birthday CELEBRATION! 
Have you been creating along with us with all the mini-challenges.  Well, if my ability to count is correct, today is the LAST mini-challenge of the birthday bash we have for you.

And with that challenge, we also have a FREEBIE today - you know it is Friday :)

So, bop yourself over to the Catch The Bug Blog and pick up your absolutely adorable Bees Birthday freebie and get to workin' on your ANYTHING GOES Mini- Challenge!! :)
We have two fabulous prizes you could win by participating in today's Mini- Challenge -
One randomly selected mini-challenge entrant will win the 01/2011 monthly set
AND a fabulous prize from today's sponsor - Due Time Doodles -
One randomly selected mini-challenge entrant will win a $10.00 gift certificate from our sponsor's online store - Dude Time Doodles.

So, get those images together - ready, set, GO!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Bees Birthday" set with sentiment
Paper - Kraft, Coredinations and REALLY OLD print from a mini paper stack
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Sewing Machine (yep, back on the sewing kick - - - still practicing)
Spellbinder - Deckled Edge Rectangle
Extra STUFF - Stickles, Ink, Felt Flower, Raffia, Big Purple Flower Button - MUST GET MORE OF THESE!!

Don't forget too, if you haven't completed the blog hop and want to be entered to win one of the images I used on Monday, be sure to comment - we'll be pickin' those winners tomorrow!!
Oh, and if you think this set is adorable, be sure to visit the Bugaboo Stamps site - Jodie has the great Birthday Bash 60% off Sale going on through tomorrow - the coupon code is on the images page.  :) 
This cutie has been entered into the following challenges -

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Birthday Mini-Challenge #4 @ Bugaboo

Happy Celebrating and Welcome to today's OBG Mini-Birthday Challenge.
Today's Challenge is a BIRTHDAY Challenge - make anything you like with the theme Birthday!
Easy Peasy, right?! 
Before I show you my Birthday creation, let me tell you about what you can WIN today!!
One randomly selected mini-challenge entrant will win the 01/2011 monthly set.
One randomly selected mini-challenge entrant will win a $10.00 (CAD) gift certificate to our sponsor's online store - Digi's With Attitude.
Worth it?? :)  You bet!
Here's mine - I just love Orange and Blue together and this cute little bear - who wouldn't love this for their birthday?
 Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Teddy Cupcake"
Paper - PP from an ANCIENT stack from my stash, kraft & Bazzill CS
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Cuttlebug Embossing & Happy Birthday Embossing folder
Extra STUFF - Ribbon from stash, Paper piecing, Stickles, Googley Eyes & KI Happy Birthday Sentiment

So, that's your mission for today - be sure to join us and be eligible for the Grand Prize!!

Don't forget too that Jodie is celebrating this Birthday Bash with 60% off to celebrate Bugaboo Stamps 1st Birthday!
You can use this Coupon code KW696782 and SHOP away!  Offer is good through 1/22/11. 
What a way to Celebrate!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Birthday Mini-Challenge #3 @ Bugaboo

Can you believe it - already three challenges into this Bugaboo Birthday Celebration!!
If you're looking for the Blog Hop Post, click HERE.
Today's challenge - a SKETCH Challenge.
Here's the sketch -
And we've got so GREAT prizes you could win!
One randomly selected mini-challenge entrant will win the 01/2011 monthly set.
One randomly selected mini-challenge entrant will win four free digital images from our sponsor's online store - Stamping Dragon Designs - and a Stella mug from Jodie.
And here's my take on it - can't help but love using this oh so cute Cupcake Scarlette :)
 Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Scarlette Occasions" set
Paper - MME & CS from my stash
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Punch, Nesties & i-Rock
Extra STUFF - Bling, Ribbon from my stash, Studio G Stamp, Black Ink & Machine Sewing (giving it a try again :)
Don't forget - you've got today to get this complete to stay in the running & be eligible for the HUGE Grand Prize!!
This Sassy Celebration is entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Birthday Mini-Challenge #2 @ Bugaboo

Are you having fun celebrating Bugaboo's First Birthday??
If you're looking for the Blog Hop Post, click HERE.
Enjoying the Challenges?
Well, here's today's Challenge - BLING!
Boy does I love me some BLING! :)
And becuase today is TUESDAY, it's also a New Release day - Cute, Cute Cute!!
I'm not much of a clown lover (for some reason, they REALLY creep me out!!)
However, today's New Release is SUPER CUTE with NO CREEPY factor!

So, before I show you the Cute Clown, I wanted to let you know about the PRIZES and wonderful sponsors!
One randomly selected mini-challenge entrant will win the 01/2011 monthly set.
One randomly selected mini-challenge entrant will win four free digital images from one of our sponsor's online stores -Lauretta's Digital Stamps or Cocodingo.

Without further ado -
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Clown"
Paper - Printed papers from an OLD paper pack, Core Couture Blingy CS & Add'l Cardstock from my stash
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Cuttlebug Embossing & Large Dot Embossing Folder
Extra STUFF - I-rock with BLING, Doodling & Dimensionals
So, you all have today to get your Challenge #2 done - get to work - 'CUZ there are WAY TOO MANY FABULOUS prizes you can win!!  :)
Good Luck!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Birthday Mini-Challenge #1 @ Bugaboo

Welcome to Bugaboo Stamps Birthday Celebration!!
If you're looking for the blog hop post - click HERE
Today we're happy to have you join us for our First Mini-Challenge of the week! 
Are you ready??
Make your project Blue & White and Birthday themed.
Because today is an ABC (Anything but a Card) day at Bugaboo, my project falls into ALL of those things :)

Before I show you today's project, I thought I'd share with you a wonderful sponsor we have for today's Birthday Mini-Challenge - Creative Craft World.
One randomly selected mini-challenge entrant will win a set of ProMarkers Spring & Summer. 
Can you say OH YEAH?!
On top of this FABULOUS Creative Craft World sponsor prize, one random mini-challenge entrant will have a chance to win the Bugaboo Stamps 01/2011 monthly set.
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Cupcake" set
Paper - Core Couture
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Punch, Nesties - Scalloped Oval & Oval, Cricut - Tags, Bags & More "Gift Bag"
Extra STUFF - Stickles, Bling, Tulle & Studio G Sentiment/Dew Drop Ink

So, what are you waiting for?  You've got one day to get your first  mini-challenge completed and entered into The Bug Blog Challenge thread.
Don't forget too that Jodie is celebrating this Birthday Bash with 60% off to celebrate Bugaboo Stamps 1st Birthday!

You can use this Coupon code KW696782 and SHOP away! What a way to Celebrate!
Stay tuned for other great mini-challenges and MORE prizes all week!!!


Shelly's Images is turning ONE!!!
And you can join in and CELEBRATE with US!!
Be sure to stop over at Shelly's Images to Celebrate throughout the day and ENJOY the Birthday GIFTS just for YOU!!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A BIG Happy Birthday to BUGABOO!!

Who could ask for a better reason to Celebrate!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Bugaboo Stamps!!
You should have arrived here from Michele's blog - pretty amazing Blog Hop so far, don't you think?? 
Have you been commenting as you go?? 
If you didn't arrive from Michele's blog and want to check out the entire blog hop - which you will with all the FABULOUS BIRTHDAY GIFTS, start HERE at Jodie's blog to get your full-flegged BIRTHDAY SUGAR RUSH!

So, because we're CELEBRATING - and let me tell you, I've had my fair share of Birthday Sugar so far this morning :)
Our Theme for this week's challenge is BIRTHDAY
You have the entire week to play along and join us for a chance to win a digi prize pack - Three Lucky Participating Birthday Guests win a digi prize pack - 7 free Bugaboo images for 1st, 4 free Bugaboo images 2nd and 2 free Bugaboo images for 3rd - and YOU get to pick the images you want!!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Eggbert Set
Paper - K & Company Birthday Stack
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Cuttlebug w/Sizzix Embossing Folder, Nesties Scalloped Square & EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Googley Eyes, Ribbon from my stash, Stickles and Pop Dots
Can you BELIEVE it? 
In true Celebration fashion - we've got "Mini" Birthday Challenges like CRAZY this week!!
Starting Monday, we will have a 'Mini' Challenge each day for you to join us on! 
Shhh, don't tell and we'll let you in on a little secret so you can get a jump on your projects - you will have one day to complete each and post on the Bug Blog:
Monday - Blue & White
Tuesday – Bling
Wednesday – Sketch
Thursday - Birthday
Friday - Anything Goes
Okay, so here is where the FABULOUS BIRTHDAY GIFTS come in - and Man Alive, you won't want to miss out once you read this list!!!
Grand Prize - One randomly selected entrant that has Completed the blog hop AND Participated in the "regular" challenge and mini challenges will receive one free set per month for all of 2011.
Second Place Prize - One randomly selected entrant that has participated in each of the mini challenges will receive a coupon good for 75% off on one purchase.
Third Place Prize - One randomly selected entrant that has completed the blog hop will get to design a set with Jodie.
That's not all the Birthday Gifts - there are MORE, so be sure to check out ALL the details at The Bug Blog!
Whew, that gives you more chances to win than I have fingers to count on!!

Your next stop on the Birthday Blog Hop is the uber-talented - Paul Ford!

And one more little added extra - as I'm sure you've seen on some of your stops a little added 'birthday project'. 
Well, after all the celebratin' and present opening is done, you've got to have the Thank You Notes to show your gratitude to your guests.
So, here's a cute little Oooooey Gooooey Cupcake Thank You Note -

Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Cupcake"
Paper - Core Couture & Cardstock
Coloring - Copics
Extra STUFF - Stickles, Doodling and Studio G Stamped Sentiment
These projects are entered into the following challenges -
Cupcake Craft - Something New (Digi & Embossing Folder)
Gingerloft - Celebrations
Prairie Fairy Fridays – Birthday
Many Cards – Birthday
Totally Paper Challenges – Birthday
Thank You Note:
Sisterhood of Crafters – Birthday
The Crafty Pad - Birthday
AI Factory – Anything Goes

Friday, January 7, 2011

Bugaboo Bird Greetings

and a Fantastic addition to your digi collection.
Even better yet, THIS little celebrator is FREE if you pop on over to the Bugaboo Stamps Store for the first Freebie Friday of the New Year!! 
He might come in handy next week too when we start Celebratin' the Big 1st Bugaboo Birthday!! :)
You can check out all the Bird Greeting Buddies over at the Bugaboo Stamps Store - all WAY TOO CUTE!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Bird Greetings" set
Paper - K& Company Birthday paper, Kraft & Cardstock
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing folder, CM Corner Rounder, EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Googley Eyes :D, Stickles, Pompom fiber, Prima Flowers, Flower Brad and Bling

This Celebratin' Birdie has been entered into the following challenges of the New Year -
Anything Challenge - Letter C for CELEBRATION!
Don't forget, we're just a few days away from the kick off to the Bugaboo First Birthday Celebration - so get out your party dress, find the right shoes and get ready for a CELEBRATION you won't soon forget!!!
Note: Bugaboo Stamps makes every attempt to get our digital images uploaded to the store by noon EST, but please accept our apologies and check back later in the day if they're not there at that time.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

First Bugaboo Release of the New Year

As many of you may have seen, Bugaboo is Turning 1 this month and you better believe, we're gonna be celebratin'!

You'll want to be sure to check in regularly at The Catch The Bug Blog to see what we've got in store for this BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!  Trust me with all the FABULOUS things and AMAZING GIFTS, it's one Birthday Celebration you won't want to miss!!

So on to today - we've got some super cute new kids to add to our Bugaboo Collection -
Ava and Deacon!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Ava & Deacon" set
Papers - Core Couture, Cardstock and Paper Studio "Love" paper
Coloring - Copics
Tools - MS Heart Punch
Extra STUFF - Stickles, Ribbon from my stash & I Heart U stamp (not sure who makes it...)

This little angel is entered into the following challenges:
CES - Anything Goes
Card Makin' Mamas - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Something New (New Digi & DP

You can get your very own Ava & Deacon set at The Bugaboo Store today! 

Note: Bugaboo Stamps makes every attempt to get our digital images uploaded to the store by noon EST, but please accept our apologies and check back later in the day if they're not there at that time.

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Marvelous Monday at Shelly's Images

Happy First Monday of 2011 . . . .  UGH, the first day back to work, always tough after some time off.
HOWEVER, nothing makes a day better than a Marvelous Monday at Shelly's Images!!
Today's highlighted image is the Boots Image - perfect for walkin' our way into the New Year in STYLE!! :)
Today only you can get this gorgeous image at a special price - so be sure to head on over to the SI Store and get your cart loaded up!!

And to KICK off the New Year right - this month we're CELEBRATING Shelly's Images First Birthday!!
I can hardly believe it's been a year! 
So, stay turned and be sure to check in at the Shelly's Images Blog for all the fun birthday celebration details!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Christmas Request....

As many of you know, my dad was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer January 2010.  This last year has lead our family on quite a roller coaster ride.
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we were given the news that my dad's cancer has spread around his lung now. 
The Friday after Thanksgiving, we sat down with the Hospice team to be sure he is taken care of and comfortable.

As you can imagine, this is devastating news for us all - my dad is a YOUNG guy - only 65, he is an Army Veteran who served his country during the Vietnam War and has always been Active and doesn't know what the word SLOW DOWN means.
He is the ROCK of our family and our STORY TELLER.
We are praying for miracles now as there isn't a treament or trial for what he has.
He is one STRONG guy and continues to fight this terrible disease.

For the last 12 months family and friends have sent cards and well wishes.  My dad has absolutely LOVED and CHERISHES every single card and well wish that has come his way.

This year I'd love to make it a Christmas he'll never forget.
Not by buying gifts or pomp & circumstance, but with Christmas Wishes & Memories.

I don't usually use my blog to do things like this and I like to try and keep things lite & fun here, but with it being Christmas and everyone being so wonderfully talented with card creations - would you mind making one extra card to send to my dad?  I can't even tell you how much it would mean to him and how special it would be.
Cards can be send to Dave Colby care of Our House.
If you woudln't mind sharing a little Christmas spirit, you can email me at mindikwiatkowski (at) yahoo (dot) com and I can send you the address to mail them to.

Thank you to everyone in advance for your thoughtfulness and support.

HAPPY 2011!

Happy New Year!!
I hope this finds you celebrating the FIRST day of this New Year with family and friends.
To get our 2011 kicked off right, we're getting things started with an
ANYTHING GOES challenge at Bugaboo Stamps Catch The Bug Challenge Blog.

You can read all the details here at The Bug Blog.
My Anything Goes for today is a revisit of our new addition "Dottie" from yesterday...of course, with yesterday being New Years Eve, my planning skills have run amuck and I didn't get another project ready for today.  DOH!!
But, this Sassy Chic is so cute, you can't help but enjoy her, even if it's two days in a row. :)
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Dottie" set
This hottie was entered in the following challenge -
If you haven't popped over to The Bugaboo Store to see this fabulous new Dottie set, it's a must see (and a MUST have in my opinion....yep, picked them ALL up!  :)
So, join us this week once you shake off the New Years Celebration off - we can't wait to see what you create this week.
Remember, if you use a Bugaboo Image on your project, you're eligible for the seven (7), four (4) and two (2) free image random drawings.  If you use other images (which is fine if you chose), you're eligible for the four (4) or two (2) free image random drawings - so either way, if you participate, you've got a terrific chance to win some awesome Bugaboo Image of your choice!! :)
AND while you're over getting your Dotties and adding to your Bugaboo Stamps WISH LIST, check out January's Digi Club Kit - I actually WON it this month (hmmm, sounds like 2011 is off to a great start).

They're adorably cute and just in time for next months 'Love' Month!
I hope you all had a wonderful New Years Eve and I wish you all an AMAZING 2011!!