Saturday, July 28, 2012

A NEW Favorite

I LOVE Summer because I can make Sun Tea.
This winter I got hooked on the Panera Bread Acai Berry Iced tea.

I've been trying to find a good Acai Berry tea I can make at home.

When I was at the Market the other day to pick up my GO TO Bigelow Raspberry Royale Black Tea and found this Lipton tea.
I wasn't sure about it at first, but for $2 I thought I'd give it a try.
Can you say BIG SCORE?!
Yep, I'll be making myself Sun Tea today and will be STOCKING up on this new Acai, Dragonfruit and Melon tea this afternoon when I pick up veggies at the market (after my massage)! 

Just thought I'd share my New Favorite! 
Hugs & Happy Days!

Friday, July 27, 2012


And a BIGGER YEAH for Freebie Friday at Bugaboo Stamps!!!
Today's Bugaboo Freebie - a Super cute Soccer Girly - and what goes good with a Soccer Girly??  Pink Polka Dots and Zebra Print!  Yep!

Papers - All from my Scrappy Box including Cordinations Couture
Coloring - Copics
Tools - CM Square Punch (to make the little 'flaggy' part of the banners)
Extra STUFF - BLING, Doodling, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Miscellaneous Sentiment Stamp and Dimensionals

Head on over to The Bugaboo Store and add this cute freebie to your collection
Be sure to visit The Bug Blog and check out what the rest of the design team whipped up with this sporty girly!
Hugs & Happy Days! 
Challenge Submissions:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - SIO - Stripes
Paper Play - 2E - Sports/Olympics
S J Papercrafts - 3E, M - (ends Aug-23) Olympics
Crafts and Me - #94 Anything goes

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Oldie But Goodie

Yep, it's Thursday and at  Bugaboo Stamps  we're celebratin' the Oldie But Goodie Thursday!

And at our house, we're celebrating a new baby to our family. 
Our friends have welcomed a new baby into their family - and yep, Glen and I get to be Auntie and Uncle to this sweet boy!  =)

This was a little ditty I put together for a congratulations gift for the new mama and daddy.
Papers - Miscellaneous papers from my stash (I FORGOT I had these - aren't they great?)
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Cuttlebug, Nesties and EK Success Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Pearls, Computer Generated Sentiment & Dimensionals

If you want to be inspired and see what the rest of the Bugaboo Stamps design team dusted off, visit  The Bug Blog and be INSPIRED!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer Fun

It's a good Tuesday!  New release Tuesday AND we get to play with the Creative Craft Challenge today.
What is the challenge you may be asking?

Papers - Scraps from my scrappy paper swap
Coloring - Copics
Tools - MS Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Crystal Effects, Stickles, Dimensionals, Miscellaneous Sentiment, and a GOOGLEY EYE

Come join us and show us your SUMMER FUN!  =)
Hugs & Happy Days!

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Happy Birthday to my bestest friend and owner of Shelly's Images - my big sis Shelly!
Wishing you a day filled with Sunshine, Frosting and Marvelous Memories!
Happy Birthday girl!

Bugaboo Stamps & Come & Get It!

What a fun Monday - We get to play with the Come & Get It challenge today.
What is the challenge you may be asking?
Can you say BINGO?!?!
My bingo winners?  Buttons, a Free Space & Flowers (plus I also added glitter, ribbon & gems)
Papers - Miscellaneous Papers from my papers swap
Coloring - Copics
Tools - MS Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Buttons, Ribbon, Colorbox Magenta Ink, Miscellaneous sentiment stamp, BLING & Floss

Come on over to Come & Get It and play a little BINGO with us!
We'd love to have you!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Saturday, July 21, 2012


Much thanks to everyone who joined us for the Christmas in July blog hop and challenges throughout the week.

Have you seen some of the AMAZING projects our design team created and the fabulous followers who played along?!


So, after all the Christmas in July celebrations, of course I don't have squat to share with you today other than my Blog Hop Image winner!!!

Congrats to TONI from the My World....sort!
TONI - Leave me your email addy in the comments section below and I'll get this super cute Penguin image right over to you!

Be sure you all visit The Catch The Bug Blog and see if you're one of our big winners for the week!!
Fingers & Toes crossed that you're one of our winners this week!  =)

Well, off to do some relaxing and enjoying some sunshine, a good book and some time with my hubby today.  It's a GORGEOUS day to be outside.  Might even take a bike ride!  =)
Hugs & Happy Days!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sparkle & Shine

We're doin' a little sparklin' and shinin' today to celebrate our Bugaboo Christmas in July.
And because today is an Oldie But Goodie Day, I dusted off this Sassy Ruby Christmas digi
Image -  Bugaboo Stamps "Ruby Christmas - Drink"
Papers - Miscellaneous scraps from my stash
Coloring - Copics
Tools - MS Drippy Goo Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Silver Stickles, Dimensionals, BLING and Crystal Accents

Wanna join us with a little Sparkle & Shine?  Head on over to The Bug Blog and join the fun!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Humor Me At Christmas

And WHO perfect to take on that Humor challenge than STELLA!

Make a Christmas card that involves HUMOR!
Papers - Miscellaneous prints from my Sista' paper swap and Coredinations scraps
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Colored Ribbon, Metal Snowflake Button, Dimensionals, Doodling with White Slingo pen

So, come on over and join the Christmas in July challenge fun!  =)
We'd love to have you!

Hugs & Happy Days!!

Ready to do a little HOPPIN'!

So our Whimsie Doodles design team has finished their duty, however, US girls ain't quite ready to GO!
And we wanted to take the time to THANK the wonderfully talented Owner of  Whimsie Doodles  - Melyssa with a fun little blog hop!

I thought this image was adorable and hadn't gotten to use it yet, however, today's hop seemed like the perfect chance to use it!  =)
Image - Whimsie Doodles
Papers - Miscellaneous scraps from a paper pack and bazzill cardstock
Coloring - Copics B00 B01 E31 E33 E35 E50 E51 R81 R83 R85 YG03 YG05YR 12 YR61 YR65 Y21 Y23
Tools - EK Success Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Prima Flowers, Bling, Bamboo & Dimensionals

Ready to do some hoppin'?
Here's a list of all the girlies that are hoppin' with us today!
Hugs & Happy Hoppin!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Christmas in July Monday Challenge

Well, I know today is usually an Anything But A Card challenge at Bugaboo Stamps (and a few of the designers made Anything But A Card projects), but the rest of us, we made cards!  =)

Use an image that you wouldn't normally use for CHRISTMAS!

Bugaboo Stamps has AMAZING Christmas images, however, we've also got a TON of images that can be used for lots of things that you might not think about!

Just like this Stella image!  Definitely not Christmassy, however, add a sentiment about Christmas and VOILA  - 
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Stella Mornings - Alarms"
Papers - Miscellaneous Papers from my stash
Coloring - Copics
Tools - Cuttlebug, Nesties and MS Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Ribbon, Dimensionals, DMC Floss and a Button from my Button Box

Hugs & Happy Days! 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stella Says Sketch - Christmas in July Style!

Did you have a chance to join us yesterday for the Christmas in July Blog Hop??  If now, or if you're looking for the HOP - My entry is just below this one if you're coming from Becky's blog.  =)

Well, a Christmas in July celebration just isn't a celebration without Stella.  And today, STELLA SAYS SKETCH!!!
And here is our Christmas in July Stella Says Sketch Edition of the challenge!
This week during our Christmas in July Celebration, I've vowed to make cards  for the Send a Smile 4 Kids Christmas Card drive.
So this sketch was perfect to whip up this cute little Reindeer card - image of course, courtesy of Bugaboo Stamps.
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "AKV Reindeer - Reindeer Glide"
Papers - Miscellaneous papers from my scrappy bin
Coloring - Copics
Extra STUFF -  Dimensionals, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Studio G Sentiment, and a Sparkly Snowflake from my STUFF bin!

Thanks for stopping by today to visit!  We hope you'll join The Catch The Bug/Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July Celebration and the Send a Smile 4 Kids Card Drive.

Be sure to visit back tomorrow and see what's up for the next challenge!  =)

Hugs & Happy Days!
Card Submissions:
Fat Pages & Cards with Attitude – 2W, 9E – Week 1, Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays – Always Anything GoesJellypark Challenges - 2W, 2E, SIO – Week 1, Christmas in July

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A little Christmas in July Hoppin!

Happy Hoppin' and Christmas In July celebratin'!
If you've arrived here by luck, you definitely don't miss the rest of this great hop - you can get to the beginning by starting HERE at our fearless leader and Bugaboo Owners blog, Jodie!  
If you came from Becky's blog, you're on the right Christmas in July Hoppin' track!

We're so pleased today to have the Totally Stampalicious Design Team as our partners in crime for our Christmas in July blog hop today!! 

We've got some GREAT prizes you can win if you join us this week.
Heck, even a chance to be a Bugaboo Stamps Guest Designer for 3 months (trust me - VERY COOL!)
And of course, lots of digi Freebies too!!

Oh and one more thing - leave a comment here and YOU just might be the winner of this very cute Little Penguin Digi - FREE!
Papers - All Scraps from my scrappy box (Cosmo Cricket & Coredinations CS)
Coloring - Copics 100 BG72 BG75 C7 C9 YR15 YR16 YG01 YG03
Tools - MS Drippy Goo Border Punch & Cuttlebug & Scalloped Nestie
Extra STUFF - Dimensionals, BLING, Studio G Stamp Snowflake & Sentiment Stamps, Colorbox Ink & Stazon Jet Black Ink

Don't forget, Bugaboo Stamps is supporting the Send a Smile 4 Kids card drive - so, as you're playing along with us this week - whip up a Christmas card and give a smile to a sick child.

Not that I'm kickin' you outta my blog, I LOVE having you visit, but it's time to GET HOPPIN' - your next stop is to the "Stamps 'N' Coffee Blog of the very talented, Joycelyn from Totally Stampalicious!!!

Don't forget - leave a comment here because you'll have a chance to WIN the image I used here.  =)
You'll have until next Friday night to leave a comment and on Saturday, I'll announce who my winner is!

Hugs & Happy Christmas in July Hoppin!!!
Challenge Submissions:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Take Me Out To The Ball Game...

It's an Oldie But Goodie day at  Bugaboo Stamps  today and there's NOTHIN' like a day at the ball park!

That's what my hubby and I did for my birthday.  We enjoyed a great day at the ball park watching our terrific Detroit Tigers, a few cold beverages and hot dogs.  Yep, a great day at the ball park!
And I've attempted to capture a great day at the ball park with this Gus Oldie but Goodie.
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Gus Baseball"
Papers - Recollections & Bazzill Scraps
Coloring - Copics
Extra STUFF - Studio G Sentiment, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Bling & Dimensionals

"Take Me Out To The Ball Game,
Take Me Out With The Crowd.
Buy Me Some Peanuts & Cracker Jacks.
I Don't Care If I Ever Go Back.
For It's Root Root Root For The Home Team.
If They Don't Win It's A Shame!
For It's One,
Three Strikes You're Out!
At The Old Ball Game!"

Hugs & Happy Days!
Challenge Submissions:
Elke Kaart Een Feestje - (Formerly  Karens Doodles NL, changed name-#123 Summertime
Everybody-Art-Challenge - #201 Summer
Loves Rubber Stamps Sweet Summer Days 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Grilled Mozzarella Basil Tomatoes

A little grillin' something I thought I'd share with you -

Grilled Mozzarella Basil Tomatoes 
Tomato (we use the bigger tomatoes, but any kind will work)
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
Balsamic Vinegar
Fresh Basil
Grill or Oven
Salt & Pepper (we sprinkle on the tomatoes when sliced)

Slice Tomato in 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and slice Mozzarella.  On a piece of foil place a tomato slice, sprinkle Tomato with Salt & Pepper and balsamic vinegar.  Top with a slice of Mozzarella on top of tomato slices.  Slice up some fresh basil in thin ribbons and sprinkle on top of tomato/mozzarella sammie.

Pop on the grill or in the oven until cheese gets melty and bubbly.  Tomato will get good and cooked too - You can also turn the broiler on if you're using the oven to make the cheese a little brown and crispy.

We usually put these yummy tomatoes over grilled chicken, but you could eat these as a side dish too.
Here's what they look like all bubbly, brown and yummy - 
Sorry one's missing - they looked so good I had to 'TRY ONE' before I too a picture.  =)
Give these guys a try & let me know what you think!  =)
Hugs & Happy Days!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Send a Kid a Smile & Bugaboo Stamps!

Happy Birthday to ME!  
Yep, CELEBRATING another WONDERFUL Year with special family and friends!!

Today, I'm also celebrating all the wonderful, healthy little people in my life.
There are so many families that struggle every day with a sick child in there life which makes my heart ache.
HOWEVER, there is a fabulous blog called "Send a Smile 4 Kids"
Send A Smile 4 Kids is a charitable blog created for the purpose of collecting donated handmade cards to be distributed to children while they are inpatient at Children’s Hospitals. Currently we are donating them to the Children’s Hospitals in Neenah and Milwaukee, WI, University of Iowa Children's Hospital, Iowa City, IA, Blank Children's Hospital, Des Moines, IA, Sandford Children's Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD, and to the B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia and Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada.   On any given day, there are many children inpatient in these hospitals so we would love to receive as many cards as you can send to cheer them and their families. The kids may also use your cards as Thank You Notes to the nurses and doctors and to give to parents or relatives on special days like birthdays or Mothers or Fathers Day.

TODAY, we are supporting the Send A Smile 4 Kids Christmas Card Drive!!
I love this little Polar Bear - he's PERFECT for every little kiddo!
Today is also an Anything Goes Challenge at The Bug Blog, so why not join in and support this wonderful card drive and play along with our challenge too!
Papers - Doodlebug Design Scraps & Bazzill Cardstock
Coloring - Copics - 100 BG53 BG57 C0 V5 V6
Tools - MS Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Ribbon from my stash, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Studio G Sentiment Stamp, Dimensionals & Doodling

Come join us, support this fabulous cause and hey, you JUST might WIN!!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Bugaboo & Card Crafters Circle

What a fun Monday - We get to play with the Card Crafters Circle challenge today.
What is the challenge you may be asking?

And I am totally down with that!
Summer makes me think of the beach - so I got out this cute Seahorse and got creatin'!

Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Sea Horse"
Papers - Bazzill, Flair Designs & Coredinations - all from my scrappy bin
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Stazon Jet Black Ink, Googley Eye, Stickles, Textured Bamboo Paper & Dimensionals

Come check out the Card Crafters Circle challenge - we'd love to have you play along!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

An Oldie But Goodie

With a Patriotic flare!
Check out what the rest of the design team did with today's Oldie But Goodie at Bugaboo Stamps.
Papers - All scraps from my scrappy bin
Coloring - Copics B97 B99 E51 E53 R29 R46
Extra STUFF - Dew Drop Ink, Studio G Sentiment Stamp, Stickles, Doodling and Dimensionals

Hugs & Happy Days!

What the TEXT?

Shelly's Images has a terrific challenge and great new image for you today - 
Use Text or a Sentiment on your card!
Image - Shelly's Images "Daisy"
Papers - All from my Scrappy Bin
Coloring - Copics - E 84 E87 E89 G40 G43 G46 R11 R12 R14 R17 
Tools - EK Success Border Punch & CM Square Punch
Extra STUFF - Dimensionals, BLING, Doodling & Stickles

You can add this fabulous flower to your digi collection by visiting the Shelly's Images Store AND for a bit more inspiration, visit The SI Blog and see what the rest of the girls whipped up!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!

And Thank You to all our Soldiers and Veterans who because of your sacrifice and love for our country we are able to celebrate today!

Just a little clean and simple 4th of July card I thought I'd share.
Have a wonderful 4th of July and remember to thank our brave soldiers and veterans when you see them
Hugs & Happy Days!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Stella Says Sketch with Shelly's Images!

Happy July 1st - and welcome to another Stella Says Sketch challenge sketch - today we get to play with Shelly's Images!
One of my favorite Shelly's Images digi?  Presents of course, and because my birthday is just around the corner, it seemed fitting.  Plus, I have a wonderful friend who is celebrating her birthday on July 4.  =)
Image - Shelly's Image "Presents"
Papers - all from a scrappy paper exchange =)
Coloring - Copics B53 B57 E44 E47 E49
Tools - MS Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Studio G Sentiment, Colorbox Chestnut Roan Ink, Ribbon from my stash, Doodling & Dimensionals

Head on over to The Bug Blog and check out the sketch for this edition of the Stella Says Sketch challenge.
And, if there are a few images you MUST add to you Bugaboo Collection, visit the Bugaboo Store
We'd love to have you play along!
Hugs & Happy Days!