Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bugaboo Autumn/Fall Challenge

Well, I think Fall has officially arrived here in Michigan - the trees are already beginning to change color - a sure sign that Winter is right around the corner.....
So, with that in mind, today's Bugaboo Fall/Harvest challenge is perfect to welcome in the season (along with the warm apple cider I'm enjoying this morning before my weekly massage!)
Papers - Miscellaneous papers from my scrappy bin
Coloring - Copics
Tools - MS Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Zebra Ribbon, BLING and Dimensionals

Happy Fall Y'all!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Oldie But Goodie at Bugaboo Stamps!

A fabulous oldie from Bugaboo Stamps AND I FINALLY got to use the  new nestie my bestie Shelly (she own Shelly's got me for my birthday!  =)
I loved the way this turned out I had to show you a few photos (even an inside photo) =)
I cut the front shorter and overhung the butterfly image over the inside/back of the card.
Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Butterfly
Papers - Miscellaneous from my mini paper stacks & some Bazzill textured cardstock inside
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Border Punch, Cuttlebug & Nestie (THANK YOU SIS!)
Extra STUFF - PTI Ribbon, Pearls and Dimensionals

Want to see some more great Bugaboo projects?  Head on over to The Bug Blog and check out what the rest of the team whipped up - you can bet I'm gonna dig out some of these great oldies and get them on a card or two of my own!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting today!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bugaboo Stamps - Birdhouse Thank You

These cute little Birdhouse Oldies are just perfect for a Thank you Card or a cute house warming card too.
Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Birdhouse Patches
Papers - Miscellaneous papers fro my mini mats, Bazzill & Kraft
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Prima flower, Pearl bling, Miscellaneous Sentiment stamp, Dimensionals, Stickles and Stazon Jet Black Ink

Thanks for stoppin' by today - if you're looking for some more oldie inspiration, visit The Bug Blog and see what the rest of the team did.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Felt Rolled Flower Tutorial

I can NEVER enjoy enough flowers - Real, Artificial and even FELT Flowers!
Some time ago I did a tutorial on how to felt flowers by layering shaped felt - yep, I love me some felt!  

Well, I've been trying to use up lots of supplies in my studio (so I can justify adding more to my stash) and my FELT is something I've been trying to use up.

So, I'm gonna show you how to make some cute ROLLED flowers out of felt today.  Yes there are dies you can purchase to make these flowers, but why spent the moolah on a die when you can do the same thing with a few extra minutes, a piece of felt, some sticky tape and a pair of scissors.
Really - this is All you need!  
Piece of Felt, Super Sticky Tape and a pair of GOOD scissors that will cut 2 layers of felt.
So, here's a little pic tutorial step by step - Please ignore my nails that are in terrible need of a manicure.  =)
Okay, so first, cut a piece of felt about 7" long and 2" wide.  This size will change depending on how BIG you want to make your flower.  The more you make - you'll find which size and style works for you.
I like to make mine small enough for cards.
Along one LONG edge, use Super Sticky Tape to run the entire length.  I use the 1/8" Scor-Tape - thanks to my sis Shelly, I LOVE this stuff
Fold and stick down the second untaped long side against the taped long side.  Make sure the tape is stuck WELL!  This flower will be roughly 1" high when complete.
Grab your scissors and snip the folded side of the felt about every 1/4" about 3/4 of the way down. 

 Do this for the entire length of the felt piece.

This is where the FUN begins.  Begin rolling the flower.  I usually put some type of glue right in the beginning (so it sticks) and then a good amount of tape at the end.
 ROLL ROLL ROLL until you get to the end of the flower.  
Make sure it's good and stuck together.  
This is a pick of the bottom of the finished flower.  You can glue a round piece of felt to the bottom if you want - if I'm putting it on a card, I just stick some good sticky on the bottom - no need for extra felt.

Now you can tinker with the petals and make it look like a flower.  You can add button in the center, bling, or just leave it along like I did on this one.  
VOILA - here you go!  Add this cute little sucker to a card and brighten someone's day!
Be sure to check back on Thursday and see the finished card with this flower.

AND - if you like this cute little rolled flower, you can jazz it up a little bit and make this fun SPIKEY Flower (pretty unique name, huh).  This flower is made by cutting ALL the LOOPY part of the flower once you've rolled and stuck it.  I added a little bling into the center of this one for a snowflakey look.
So there you have it - your own little felt flower garden for your cards!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Anything But A Card Monday at Bugaboo Stamps!

It's an Anything But A Card Monday at  Bugaboo Stamps  and Catch the Bug today.

While I didn't Paper create anything, I DID create this cute new little siggy in HONOR of our new caffeinated kitchen appliance.

Using the PNG version of the Coffee Time - Espresso Yourself, I opened it in GIMP and colored it in (you could color it in any program though).
I added a little text to it and saved it as a new png file that I can paste into all my happily caffeinated posts!
Image colored in GIMP

Hugs & Happy Mondays!
Min  =)

PS - Today, it was Coconut Mocha - can you say YUMMO?!?  

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Caffeinated Happiness...

AND, it's in OUR KITCHEN!!!!!
My first love is iced tea - YUMMO!
But, after giving up soda, I've found a new morning addiction - COFFEE.....
Believe it or not, I was never a big coffee drinker, even in college.....
Well, life has changed!
I've gotta get my caffeine some way, right??

Well, after weeks of kicking it around, this little fellow has found his way into our kitchen and BOY is he happy!!! (and so am I =)
Isn't he cute?!

And my NEW favorite coffee??
K-Cup® Van Houtte® Cafe Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Coffee for Keurig® - 18 Count
Yep, Raspberry Chocolate Truffle.  Can you say Mmmmmmmm! =)
Hoping for some studio time today.
They're installing the new flooring in the house this week, so we've been much busy moving stuff out of the way. Nothing like a house in total Chaos for a few weeks.
The upside - SERIOUS PURGING of STUFF going on here.  =)
Hugs & Happy Days!

Friday, September 14, 2012

CDAC Progressive Challenge - WAVE COOL DUDE!

Whew - what a Week - so glad it's Friday.
With this crazy weather, seems we've got a little late summer/early fall bug in our house.  =(
Perfect reason to stay inside and do some crafting (since I haven't been in my studio in what seems like FOREVER!!!)
So, I don't usually enter into progressive challenges - half the time I miss the date, or can't get it together to get the project done. 

However, I thought this was a super cute image and figured I'd give the CDAC progressive challenge a try. =)
Kind of cute, huh??
Papers - From my Scrappy bin
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Border Punch, Cuttlebug and Nesties
Extra STUFF - Studio G stamps, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Color Box & Dew Drop Ink, Homemade 'sand', Stickles, Bling and Dimensionals.

So, if you're looking for a new challenge, head on over to the CDAC progressive challenge group and play along with us (there's a REALLY CUTE Halloween cat image up next!! =)
And be INSPIRED too - there are some really great projects people have created!!
YUP, totally inspired! =)
Hugs & Happy Days!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bugaboo Lighthouse Sympathy

Happy Oldie But Goodie Thursday at Bugaboo Stamps and Catch The Bug!

Have you played with this terrific lighthouse image Jodie created?
It's one of my favorites for so many reasons.
Today, it works super great as an image for a Sympathy card.
Papers - Papers from a mini stack & Bazzill cardstock
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Border Punch, Cuttlebug & Nestie
Extra STUFF - Dimensionals, Twine & a computer generated sentiment.

Visit The Bug Blog and see what oldies the rest of the team dusted off!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Friday, September 7, 2012


Whew, made it....though it still feeling like it should be THURSDAY based on the SIZE of my TO DO LIST!!

With Friday's come Friday FREEBIES at  Bugaboo Stamps  - can you say WOO HOO!!

We're gearin' up for Halloween at our house.  Seems like right after Labor Day I get that urge to start pulling out our Halloween stuff....been so darn busy though and knowing the new floors are going in in just a short week, I'm trying to keep that decorating urge under control until the house is put back together.

HOWEVER, new flooring and a house that resembles CHAOS won't keep me from creating some Halloween happiness - using this super cute Halloween Window freebie featuring this adorable little black cat from  Bugaboo Stamps !
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Halloween Windows"
Papers - Scrappies from my bin
Coloring - Copics C03 C07 C09 E23 E25 E27 E29 V05 V07 RV52
Tools - Cuttlebug & Nesties
Extra STUFF - Candi, Dimensionals, GOOGLEY EYES (a MUST use for Halloween) and Stickles

You can get this super cute Freebie at The Bug Store.
Here's wishing you a FABULOUS FRIDAY and here's a to a productive weekend!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Oldie But Goodie In the Kitchen

Dusted off this oldie and added a little Felt Flower to it and it's a little lovin' from the kitchen.
Image - Bugaboo Stamps "Kitchen Jar"
Papers - Miscellaneous papers from my bin
Coloring - Copics
Tools - EK Success Border Punch, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folder
Extra STUFF - Felt for hand made flower, Button, Twine and Dimensionals

And of course, I can't make a card that has SOMETHING to do with the kitchen and NOT share with you a yummy new recipe Glen and I found and tried.
With football season upon us, we're always looking for some fun new football munchie recipes.
I switched it up a bit - it called for MAYO and I'm not a big Mayo fan, so I switched it out for Cream Cheese - Just as yummy!
Baked Reuben Dip Recipe
1 jar (32 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
10 ounces thinly sliced deli corned beef, chopped
2 cups, shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 cups, shredded Swiss Cheese
8 oz Cream Cheese (or 1 cup Mayo)
1/4 cup Russian Salad Dressing (may try it sometime with Thousand Island too)
1 teaspoon caraway seeds, optional
Rye Crackers or Rye Cocktail bread (my fave)

In a large bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients; stir in caraway seeds if you decide to use.  Transfer maxture to a greased 13x9 baking dish.  Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350* or until melty and bubbly.
Serve with crackers or bread (and watch it disappear!!!)

Hugs & Happy Days!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Anything Goes Challenge

And a great way to kick off a Saturday - Visit The Bug Blog and play along with the Anything Goes Challenge!  =)

Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Sewing Sunbonnet - Measuring
Papers - Kraft, Custom Cardstock & MME Paper Pack
Coloring - Copics
Tools - MS Border Punch, Cuttlebug & Nesties
Extra STUFF - DMC Custom Floss, Doodling and Dimensionals

Come play along with us this week!  =)
Hugs & Happy Days!