Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Last Challenge of the Month....

Can you believe today is the end of April already??  Wow!  The rain is finally starting to subside and the sun is starting to come out - THANK GOODNESS!  We have so much work to do at the farm, I don't have any more room on the "TO DO" list for "BUILDING AN ARK!".

Today's Catch The Bug Challenge is our last challenge of April - perfect I think if you love the colors of spring and flower.

Pastels and Flowers

Yep, that's the challenge!  Should you choose to accept the challenge, you have the opportunity to win seven, four or two Bugaboo Images of your choice AND you get a super nifty badge for your blog to let EVERYONE know you're a Bugaboo WINNER!!

For all the challenge details, visit The Bug Blog
Remember, no backlinking - we want to see your NEW NEW NEW Spring stuff!!

Here's my take on the challenge for today - have I told you how much I really love these butterfly digis that Jodie has?
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Butterfly Border"
Paper - Coredinations, Bazzill & K&Co. paper stack for the flower print papers
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success scallop Punch
Extra STUFF - Ribbon, Bling, Miscellaneous Sentiment Stamp, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Prima flower, Stickles, Purple Gel Pen and Dimensionals

Oh, and a little birdie told me the NEW Bugaboo Store will be opening tomorrow - you'll want to be sure you don't miss the Grand "REOPENING" of the Bugaboo store!!  You never know what kind of wonderful things Miss Jodie has up her sleeve!! =)

Wishing you a WONDERFUL sunny and Spring Saturday filled with WHATEVER you hope to accomplish.
We're back to the rain again tomorrow and Monday, so we're going to soak up as much sunshine as we can today!!
Hugs & Happy Days!
This lovely spring card has been entered into the following challenges -

Friday, April 29, 2011


Happy Birthday to My Dad today!
What a perfect BOY image!

I just love today's image from Bugaboo Stamps - PERFECT image for Spring and the kick off of Baseball Season!
The colors I picked (orange & blue) are the colors of our Detroit Tigers Baseball team.
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "AKV Baseball Trio"
Paper - Bazzill & Kraft
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Star Punch, Die Cutting Machine to cut stars; Cuttlebug & Sizzix Embossing Folder
Extra STUFF - Plastic for star (can't really see in the photo), Dimensionals & Computer Generated Sentiment
This little ditty is off in the mail to my hubby's grandpa.  He fell recently and broke his wrist and we thought we'd cheer him up a bit - he just LOVES Sports!

You can get this super cute image over at the Bugaboo Store today for FREE!!
AND you still have time to join us for this weeks "April Showers" challenge over at The Bug Blog.
Hugs & Happy Days!
This little trio has been entered into the following challenges -

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Last Challenge of April

And if you're up for a challenge and want to use some of those items that are layin' around your studio, come join us!!

Buttons, Brads and Bows
I don't know about you but I have a BUNCH of those items layin' around my studio!!

Check out the details at the SI blog and jump right in, we'd love to have you join us!
You can't Win if you don't Play!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Not Very Lady Like...

on a Bugaboo Oldie But Goodie day, but what the heck else would you expect from this ole' girl Stella??
Yep, she's an Oldie alright!
The sentiment says "Women don't Burp, Scratch or Fart...therefore we must B!^@# or we'd EXPLODE!"
AMEN to that Ladies!!
My hubby's friends wife has been on a tough road battling with cancer and treatments, so I thought this might give her at least a little grin!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Stella"
Paper - Kraft, Bazzill & Basic Grey
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Sewing Machine (still trying to practice my sewing), iRock, EK Success Punch, Nesties & Cuttlebug
Extra STUFF - Bling, Tulle, Dimensionals, Doodling & Computer Generated Sentiment

This little flower is the same little flower I showed you how to make in yesterday's tutorial.  Check it out here if you'd didn't see the tutorial yesterday!

Be sure to pop over to The Bug Blog and see what OLDIES the rest of the design team dug out and used today.  Don't forget you've still got a few days left to join our "Singin' in The Rain" Challenge too at The Bug Blog!  You can't win if you don't play!!
Hugs & Happy Days!
This Sassy Broad has been entered into the following challenges -

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April Showers.....

Bring May Flowers!!!
YEAH!!  Can you believe that May is RIGHT around the corner??
The flowers here in Michigan are starting to bloom, and as they should with the WEEKS of rain we've been getting!  I can't wait until the sun begins shining on a regular basis and I can get makin my Sun Tea is on the deck!  :)
Well, today with the inspiration of all the flowers and all things SPRING and WONDERFUL, I wanted to show you how to make these super cute little Felt Flowers I've been creating and using on my cards and other projects!

Ready for a flower garden of your own?
I don't know about you, but sometimes I just can't justify spending $$ on embellishments I can easily make for MUCH less (and they're much CUTER too I might add!) 
That's where these flowers came from.

You'll need:
  • A piece of felt (or multiple pieces in different colors)
  • A circle/blossom or flower shape nestie (if you don't have nesties, you can use scissors, or other types of diecutting shapes)
  • Bling/Button (floss) or Brads (I used my iRock on the Pink one and a Button on the Orange one)
  • Fabric/Craft Glue
  • Crop-a-dile or hole punch
So, cut several layers in your felt.  Here I used my blossom nesties and cut three layers, each a different size.


 Taking your Glue, I put a dab of glue in the center of each layer, except for the very top layer, sticking each piece together as you go.

Add your bling to the center of your flower - 

and VOILA - Super CUTE, Instant Flower!

If you're using a Brad to connect layers together, PUNCH a hole in the center of your flowers.  Attach brad to flower.  For Buttons - add your button to the center and get our a needle and thread and sew button through all layers of the flower.

 A flower similiar to the orange one was used on my Hippie Chick Card the beginning of the month.
And here's the final product on a card -
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Dottie" Hippie
Paper - DCWV Paper Stack, Bazzill & Kraft
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Nesties, Cuttlebug, Needle & Floss
Extra STUFF - Button, Doodling & Dimensionals

These are super quick to make and super fun too!  I hope you enjoy making yourself a little Felt Flower Garden!
Happy Spring!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Flowers Everywhere!

I just love the Water Can Flowers that Jodie has created and today we get to share with you the FREEBIE Rose Water Can Flower.
Visit The Bug Blog and enjoy the flowers and get your super cute flower FREEBIE!!
Here's mine - have I told you lately how much I {puffy} heart Kraft paper??  =)
 Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Flower Water Cans" Rose
Paper - Kraft, Coredinations & Paper Studio
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Tulle, Smooch, Doodling, Dimensionals & Miscellaneous Sentiment Stamp

Be sure to stop by The Bug Blog for inspiration from the Design Team and then get your freebie!!
Happy Tuesday!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

April Showers

Are going to have us building an ARK here before long if they keep up.....
It has been crazy rainy here in Michigan - Monday we got snow, which switched over to rain, it rained Tuesday, Wednesday, stopped for a bit on Thursday and yep, rained again yesterday and today.
Man alive, my flowers better be PLENTIFUL with all this rain!! LOL
Why am I talking about April Showers you might ask?  Well, that's the challenge for this week over at The Bug Blog!
How about that for a Challenge??
If you join us for the challenge, you have the chance to win seven, four or two images of YOUR CHOICE too.  You can check out more details at The Bug Blog as well as the wonderful projects the rest of the design team has created.
Before I show you my creation though
I wanted to wish SANDYE a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!  Enjoy your special day girl!
Okay, on to my little "April Showers" creation -
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Molly Moo"
Paper - Kraft, Bazzill CS and K&Co. Printed papers (LOVE IT!)
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Nesties & EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Felt for flower and leaf, Button & Floss, MFT Sentiment, Stickles, Dimensionals and Bling

Head on over to The Bug Blog, get inspired, get your hands on the cute Freebie from yesterday and tip toe through the puddles over to The Bugaboo Store.  Help the Easter Bunny pick up a little something for your Easter Basket that you'll LOVE!
Hugs & Hoppy Days!
This little April Showers Cutie has been entered into the following challenges -

Friday, April 22, 2011

Who doesn't need...

A Fancy Dress and a little Bling?
Especially on Good Friday or for Easter!
For some reason, this little image makes me want to start singin' "Dancing Queen" - how about you??
How stinkin' cute is this little Bugaboo Brat Freebie that Jodie is offerin' up today?!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Bugaboo Brats - Fancy Dress"
Papers - Basic Grey (OLD paper - tryin' to use up some of the stash!!!) and Bazzill
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Cuttlebug & Nesties
Extra STUFF - Miscellaneous Sentiment, Color Box Ink, BLING, Doodling and Dimensionals

Be sure to check out what the rest of the designers have created with this little cutie at The Bug Blog and then, dance your way on over to The Bugaboo Store and get your freebie.
We'd love to see what you create with her!
Don't forget too, you still got a little time to join us for this weeks "Easter" Challenge at The Bug Blog.
You can't WIN if you don't PLAY! =)
Hugs & Happy Days!
This little dancin' queen has been entered into the following challenges -

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Oldie But Goodie - Easter Edition!

Happy Oldie But Goodie Thursday at Bugaboo Stamps!  Today we're sharing our Easter Edition.  =)
With Easter this Sunday, this is the last of my Easter Cards this year.
I just love the little Turtles that Jodie has - there's one for every holiday or season you need!
 Image - Bugaboo Images "More Turtles - Easter"
Papers - Coredinations, Cardstock & GCD Dots
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Nesties
Extra STUFF - Brads, Dimensionals, Doodling, Stickles, Studio G Sentiment & Googley Eyes
You can see what the rest of the design team created by visiting The Bug Blog and you can use a cute turtle bunny image to join us for the "Easter Challenge" this week.  You have until Saturday morning at 6 am to join in.
Hugs & Happy Days!
This cute Easter Tutrle has been entered into the following challenges -

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hangin' With My Peeps!

Just a few more Easter cards I've been finishing up.  This is a cute image from Whimsie Doodles. 
I remember growing up the Peeps we would get in our Easter Baskets.  My dad LOVED the Peeps.  We didn't have all the different colors they have now - we had Yellow and Pink.  =)
So, when I saw this image, I thought it would be cute to use.
I've been fiddling with my Flower Soft lately and included some on this card.  If I had the blue and purple, I'd have flower softed them too! =)
 Image - Whimsie Doodles
Papers - Coredinations, White Cardstock & TPC Dots
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Flower Soft, Buttons, Googley Eyes and DMC Floss

Thanks for popping by today! Happy Hump Day!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rainy Days

Rainy Days where I live in the Spring bring wonderfully GREEN Grass and BEAUTIFUL Spring Flowers which I guess make up for the dreary and grey skies the month of April has.
My Tulips are nearly up and I can't wait for the Gorgeous Colors of Spring to be around us!

Today's Freebie at Bugaboo Stamps is this super cute Rainy Day Bear - complete with Rain Coat, Rain Boots and Umbrella.  Too Darn cute not to love!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Rainy Day Bears"  Rain Rain
Papers - Kraft, Bazzill, Coredinations & Miscellaneous Printed Paper
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Machine & Sizzix Dots Embossing Folder
Extra STUFF - Prima Flowers, Button, Ribbon from my stash, Doodling & Smooch

You can get this little cutie for free this week over at Bugaboo Stamps.
If you haven't been to The Bug Blog lately, you must pop over and see all the wonderful Easter cards - You can join us too for this week's Easter Challenge.
Hugs & Happy Days!

Monday, April 18, 2011


I don't know about you but I think all the little Gnome stuff that is popping up right now are just WAY TOO CUTE!! 
The Gnomeo and Juliette movie (still haven't seen it, but can't wait to) and super cute little Gnomie digi's.
Whimsie Doodle came out with these adorable Gnomie Digi Images.  So because we've been part of the letter writing team at Soldiers Angels and sending letters overseas to our brave soliders I thought this would be a fun one to send off.  =)
Image - Whimsie Doodles - Gnomie Don't Play Dat
Papers - Coredinations, Kraft & Bazzill
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Cuttlebug & Embossing Folder
Extra STUFF - Snaps, Doodling, Distressing and Twine

Thanks so much for stopping by today and visiting! I hope you had a tolerable Monday - - - we woke up to SNOW, got about 5" today.  Hmmm, wonder if Mother Nature knows snow ISN'T supposed to be falling the middle of April in Michigan.....That just ain't RIGHT!!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Marvelous Monday at Shelly's Images

Happy Monday and welcome to today's Marvelous Monday at Shelly's Images.  Whilst I don't have a project to share with you, I wanted to share with you this super cutie little ducky image that Shelly has designed.

You can pop by the SI Blog and check out the wonderful projects the design team girls created.  While you're over there, welcome our three new designers, Darlene, Heather and Jen.  AND welcome this week's Guest Designer - Cheryl from She Stamps

You can stop over to the SI Store and get your little ducky today too and at a SALE price today only!  This cutie will be PERFECT for those last minute little Easter cards (especially if you include that little bow too)!
Hugs and Happy Days!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easter Challenge

Happy Challenge before Easter from The Catch The Bug Blog with Bugaboo Stamps!
So, what's the challenge this week?  Well an Easter Challenge of course!
Show us your Easter creations and you have the chance of winning seven, four or two Bugaboo Images of your choice!
You don't have to use a Bugaboo Image to play, but if you do, you have the chance to win seven of these fabulous Bugaboo Images!
I just LOVE these cute little Polka Dot Bunnies and had to use at least one for an Easter card this year.
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Polka Dot Easter Bunny" Side Sit
Papers - Miscellaneous from my stash - Bazzill & Kraft
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Punches, Cuttlebug & Embossing Folder
Extra STUFF - BLING and Dimensionals

So come join us at The Bug Blog for this weeks EASTER Challenge - we'd love to have you join us - we can't wait to see what wonderful EASTER projects you have to share.
You can't WIN if you don't PLAY!
Hugs & Happy Days! 
This cute little hare has been entered into the following challenges -

Friday, April 15, 2011

Brats and More Brats

I don't know about you but the Brats are some of my favorite Bugaboo digi images!
And just in time for Easter, Jodie has designed a super cute little Easter Brat - Pretty Stinkin' Cute, huh??
 Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Bugaboo Brats" Easter Brat & "Furniture/Backgrounds" - Wood Bench
Paper - Bazzill and Miscellaneous papers
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Wet Embossing
Extra STUFF - Stampendous Stamp, ZING Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Bling & Ribbon

So, make a stop at The Bug Blog and see all the cutie inspired stuff the designers created and then don't forget to run right over to The Bugaboo Store and get your FREEBIE!  Too Cute to NOT get!
Hugs & Happy Days!
This cute hoppie girl has been entered into the following challenges -

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lovin' Those Oldies!

I've finally realized that I've taken after my dad when it comes to a lot of things.  Two of those things are story telling (he's still the ULTIMATE story teller - I LAUGH just thinking about the stories he used to tell!)  The second - OLDIES, you know, those catchy songs from the 50's, 60's and early 70's.  I love getting in the car and tuning out to those Elvis, The Righteous Brothers, The Beach Boys, The Stones and all those songs. 
I remember traveling with my dad and singing those tunes - My dad was a great singer. 
Funny how thoughts like that can trigger so many happy memories!  =)
Of course, as usual I digress - so what do stories and OLDIES have to do with today's post?
It's an OLDIE BUT GOODIE Thursday at Bugaboo of course - see you KNEW I'd get there at some point!
Because I'm trying to get all my Easter and Spring cards together, I picked this Super Cute Spring Chick image.
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Easter Chicks" Eggs
Papers - Bazzill & Basic Grey "Lemonade" & Kraft
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Dimensionals, Bling, Studio G Sentiment Stamp, Colorbox Magenta Ink & Ribbon from my stash

Be sure to pop over to The Bug Blog and see all the wonderful Oldies the team has used today to created.  I always find a few new ones I want to add to my collection on Thursdays!  =)
You've still got time to join us for this week's Spring Layers challenge too.  Play for your chance to win!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Eggbert with The Floppy Ears!

Happy Tuesday!
Easter is right around the corner and I've got just a few more cards to get together for the kiddos in our family.
Today I'm using the super cute Eggbert - complete with the Floppy Bunny Ears!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Eggbert" Easter
Papers - Coredinations & Miscellaneous Print
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Nesties & Corner Punch
Extra STUFF - Computer Generated Sentiment, Ribbon, Googley Eyes, Bling, Doodling & Dimensionals

You can get your Eggbert Easter Freebie at The Bugaboo Store.
Don't forget to pop by The Bug Blog too and see what awesome projects the team put together with this little cutie!  Amazing all the wonderful creations using the same little ole' digi image!
Hugs & Hoppy Days!
This Easter cutie has been entered into the following challenges -

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Lots 'o Layers

Happy Saturday!!
We hope you've all had a terrific week and are just as excited about today's Catch The Bug Challenge as we are over at Bugaboo Stamps.

I don't know about you but I just LOVE the look of layers.  Lots of Layers!

So imagine how excited I was when I saw this week's challenge is a "Spring Fling of Four LAYERS"!

Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Spring Chick"
Papers - Cosmo Cricket, Bazzill & Coredinations
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Doodling, Ribbon, Dimensionals & Bling

We'll pick 3 winners at random, typical 7, 4 and 2 image prizes.
Remember if you don't play, you can't win . . . . and with LAYERS?  It's SIMPLE!
 Hugs & Happy Days!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Free Friday Scene It!

I don't know about you, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the "Scene It's" that Jodie has been creating.  What fun little creations!

Well, surprise, surprise, we have another Scene It for you today as a Friday Freebie!  And it's just as stinkin' cute as the other two!!
 Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Scene It" Easter
Papers - Doodlebug Designs & Bazzill Basics & Coredinations
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Recollections Bling, Smooch, Ribbon, Dimensionals and Studio G Sentiment

Be Sure to hop hop hop over to The Bugaboo Store and get this weeks freebie and don't forget to stop by The Bug Blog and see what wonderful creations the design team created - you won't be disappointed!!
Hugs & Hoppy Days!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hippie Chic!

I just couldn't WAIT to use this awesome Dottie Hippie Chick image from Bugaboo Stamps!  She's been printed and sitting on my desk for WEEKS, along with her other cute Dottie personas - Baking Dottie, Yoga Dottie, Cowgirl Dottie and Beach Dottie to name a few.
She's PERFECT since today is an Oldie But Goodie Day!!

 Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Dottie" Hippie
Papers - Hippie Chick Stack, Kraft & Miscellaneous Cardstock from my scrappy stash
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Nesties
Extra STUFF - Studio G "Peace Out" Sentiment, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Dimensionals, Doodling, Felt Flower I made, Button & DMC Floss
Stay tuned if you want to know how I made that flower.  ;o)
Be sure to visit The Bug Blog and see all the OBG inspiration the design team has mustered up - I've already added two or three of these great oldies to my WISH LIST!

Don't forget, you still have time to join us for this week's Anything Goes Challenge at The Bug Blog - if you don't PLAY, you can't WIN!!
Hugs & Happy Days!
This Hippie Chick has been entered into the following Cool Dude Challenges -

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tulips . . . My Favorite!

Happy Hump Day!!
I'm SO ready for Spring weather to finally arrive.  Monday we enjoyed 64* and rain, yesterday, 38* and wind, I'm hoping for some mild weather today and sunshine (especially since I'll be at the farm tonight tearing down fences and it's not something I want to do in the rain!). 
We shall see!
While it's been too cold still for my tulips to start blooming - they're still covered with ice and snow, I'm waiting patiently.
But I thought I'd share with you this fabulous tulip digi from Bugaboo Stamps.  It's been colored and on my desk for months which explains the teal & red color combo.  =D

Not only was I & am I addicted to the teal & red color combo, I think I've become a recent addict to Kraft Paper!

 Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Flower Box Names" Tulip
Paper - Recollections Dots, Bazzill Basics, Kraft and Miscellaneous Cardstock
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Punch
Extra STUFF - Ribbon I've had FOREV-A, Blingy dots, Glitter Pen & Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today - don't forget to visit tomorrow and see what we've got up our sleeve for OBG day!  :)
Hugs & Happy Days! 
This lovely Spring tulip as been entered into the following challenges -

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April News

This month Jodie is hard at work getting the new store ready and catching up on some much needed and deserved family time as I'm sure you read on The Catch The Bug Blog.
What does this mean for you?  Freebies on Tuesdays AND Fridays for the month! :)  Kind of cool, huh?

This week's Tuesday Freebie is from the Hoppy Occasions set, which is just adorable!

With Easter right around the corner (can you believe it's less than three weeks away - YIKES?!)  Here I digress as usual...
Anyway, with Easter right around the corner, this Hoppy Occasions - Easter bunny, er Easter Froggy digi is perfect for a few of the boys in the family.
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Hoppy Occasions" set
Paper - Miscellaneous Print, Bazzill & Kraft
Coloring - Copics
Extra STUFF - Computer Generated Sentiment, Dimensionals & Stickles

Be sure to HOP on over to The Bugaboo Store and get your freebie, and check out all the fabulous images too - I'm SURE there is at least ONE image there that you don't have yet!  :)
Hugs & Happy Days!