Monday, December 11, 2017

Happy Christmas

We're getting down to the wire - Christmas is JUST around the corner.

For once in years, I'm actually AHEAD of schedule getting our Christmas Cards in the mail!  :)  
Got Livy's Santa picture taken last weekend while visiting my mom in my hometown.

AND, with the Christmas cards (which arrived on Wednesday and are all addressed and ready to mail), we need an Address Label to match! 

For our Christmas Card, I used this adorable Bugaboo Stamps Snowflake Penguin, so, he made his way out of the envelope and ON TO the envie! 

Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Snowflake Penguin
Used Pixlr to color image and married the copy with the image in MS Publisher (you can use other programs as well - MS Outlook is another I occasionally use.

So, now to the mailbox tomorrow to mail our holiday cards!  If I have a chance, I'll share with you our Christmas card, or at least the creative part of it later this week!

Be sure to visit The Bug Blog and see what other ABC projects have been created - you'll be amazed and inspired!

Hugs & Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 2, 2017


It's finally arrived!
Bugaboo Stamps Annual Holiday Chaos!

Our first challenge - Merry & Bright
Make it Merry & Make it Bright!!!

Show us your Holiday Spirit!

We just finished with most of our Christmas decorating and Livy just LOVED it this year!  
Ornaments on the tree have been hung, taken down and rehung more times than we can count!  She loves to turn on the lights when it gets dark and thinks every night is Christmas Eve.

She can't wait for Santa to come!

So, this little Merry & Bright card is for her special note box :)  
First time I've had a good chance to do some creating after my 'studio earthquake/tornado' and I really had fun! :)
Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Elf 003
Papers - Miscellaneous scraps from my scrappy bin & PTI Cardstock
Tools - Cuttlebug & Nesties in all shapes & sizes & MS Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Computer generated sentiment, doodling & Bling

We hope you'll join us this week for a great week of chaos!  :)

Lots of prizes too for playing along (and lots of new Bugaboo Images to choose from).

Here's a sneeky peek of our new release/winners set!

Hugs & Happy Days!

Entering the following challenges:
Crafting By Designs - W, F, 3E - December Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - W,1E, C10  #373 - Christmas
The Merry Christmas Challenge - W, Christmas Only, #45 - Anything Christmas

Friday, December 1, 2017

Freebie Friday @ The Bug Blog

It's Freebie Friday at The Bug Blog, BUT before I get to sharing my Freebie creation, I wanted to remind you our Annual Holiday CHAOS starts TOMORROW!!

Be sure to join the Chaos and Fun - LOTS of prizes to be had!!!  :)

Okay, on to the freebie - this adorable Deer Duo
Papers - Miscellaneous prints that I've been hoarding in my scrappy bin (Cosmo Cricket, I think)
Extra STUFF - Miscellaneous Sentiment, Stazon Jet Black Ink, Doodling, Dimensionals and Bling

Be sure to check back tomorrow, but here and The Bug Blog for the first challenge of a week of challenges to get your ready for the holidays!

Hugs & Happy Day!

Card submitted into the following challenges:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New Release - Three Snomies

So, I'm slowly getting back into my studio.

Long story short - I had a huge cabinet of 'stuff' on the wall, which decided to fall OFF the wall.

Wish I would have taken a picture of the MESS that I've been cleaning up!  Needless to say, trying to clean up & reorganize between working and a very helpful 3 year old has been a challenge.

Even more challenging, getting ANY crafting done in this 'studio' if you can call it that right now.

Ah, maybe between Christmas and New Years I can get myself reorganized!

In the meantime, today Bugaboo has this super cute little Three Snowmen release, complete with cute hats, ear warmers and scarves!  Yup, cold weather is here in the med-west.
Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Three Snowmen
Papers - Cosmo Cricket print, Kraft & core'dination cardstock
Extra STUFF - Dimensionals

Here's to a great day!

Hugs & Happy days!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Humor Me Wednesday

Happy Day after Halloween!  

I had to chuckle - Olivia has been telling us for at least 2 months that she wanted to dress up as Elsa from Frozen for Halloween.  SO, we had a dress that could pass as Elsa's.  We picked up the wig so she could LOOK like Elsa.

Guess what?  That little 3 year old mind (can you believe she's 3???) decided at the last minute, that she wanted to wear her Lellow/Orange (as she describes it) Easter dress, no wig.  She would be Elsa that way!  :)  SIGH - best laid plans as a parent you find out don't always work out as planned!  Well, there's always next year!  :)

Well, at least the Halloween card for her special notes box worked out as planned!  :)

So, today in honor of Humor Me Wednesday (which is why I told you the above story), here is her Halloween card!  Complete with Lellow/Orange ribbon!  LOL

If you can laugh at it, you can live with it!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Cute Halloween Set 2 (Pumpkins & Ghosts)
Papers - Miscellaneous Print & Coredinations cardstock
Extra STUFF - Dimensionals & Orange Dyed Seam Binding (ribbon)

Thanks so much for visiting today and laughing along with me.  I know if you're a mom and reading this, you've likely got ALL kinds of stories!  :)

Hugs & Happy Days!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

New Release - Give Thanks!

Happy New Release Tuesday!

We're getting ahead of the holidays and have this GREAT Fall/Give Thanks Image that is perfect for Thanksgiving (OR any holiday you want to give thanks for those in your life)!

I love this great image - what fun to color!  :)

Perfect for Livy's little note box!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Give Thanks 6
Papers - Doodlebug Design prints, Bazzill Cardstock & Kraft Paper
Extra STUFF - Glossy Accents & Dimensionals

Be sure to visit The Bug Blog and see what our other designers created with this fun image AND then, be sure to head over to The Bugaboo Stamps Store and check out all the new releases (including this one!)

Thanks so much for stoppin' by today!

Hugs & Happy Days!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Oldie But Good Day @ The Bug Blog

Happy Thursday!  Whew, so glad it's almost the weekend!!!  :)

Today is an Oldie But Goodie Day @ The Bug Blog.

Today I thought I'd share one of my go to images - this Tall Birthday Cake.
This card was for Livy's Half Birthday (back in March....Yup, a bit behind!)

Of course, we added this to her special note box.  She loved her 'cupcake' which was actually a frosted Lofthouse cookie - which is you know what I'm talking about is YUMMY and could be mistaken for a cupcake with the amount of Frosting that it has!  :)

Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Tall Birthday Cake
Papers - PTI Cardstock, Kraft & Miscellaneous scraps from my scrappy bin
Extra STUFF - Stickles, Doodling, Dimensionals & Computer Generated sentiment

Stop over to The Bug Blog and see what other oldies our designers dusted off.

THEN, if you haven't been to The Bugaboo Store lately, you'll absolutely want to check out the new images Jodie has been creating!  You'll LOVE 'EM!!

Hugs & Happy Days!

Challenges Entered:
House That Stamps Built - W, SIO, (winner monthly) Anything 
Sisterhood of Crafters - 2nd/4th Wed, 3E - Spots/Dots (W1 of 2)

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Happy Saturday and Happy BINGO day!!

Today's Bingo at The Bug Blog had me whippin' up this little beauty, of course, for our little beauty!  :)

My Bingo - I went diagionally - 3 Layers, Players Choice (Bugaboo Digi) AND a Gem (or 3)

Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Kidz Daisy 2
Papers - Doodlebug Design & PTI Cardstock
Extra STUFF - Ribbon, gems, Paper Smooches sentiment & Stazon Jet Black Ink

Be sure to visit the Bug Blog and join the fun!  

Win and you can add some fabulous Bugaboo Stamps digis to your collection - all of your choosing!

Perfect reason to play along!

Hugs & Happy Days!

Challenge Submissions - 

Glitter n Sparkle  -Anything Goes

Crafty Friends Challenge  Anything goes! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Humor Me Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

Today is Humor me Wednesday over at The Bug Blog!  
SO, today I'm celebrating GIRL POWER!!

Today is International day of the GIRL!

I whipped up this little ditty using this adorable Bugaboo Brat Bugaboo Stamps Digi for Livy's Special note box.

Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Bugaboo Brat 
Papers - Miscellaneous from my scrappy bin - print; PTI Cardstock
Tools - EK Success border punch
Extra STUFF - Computer Generated sentiment, Doodling, Dimensionals, Prisma Flowers & Heart Brads from my stash

Be sure to visit The Bug Blog and see what other Humorous holidays and interesting dates are being celebrated today!  

Hugs & Happy Days!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Anything Goes!!

Anything Goes at The Bug Blog today!

I thought I'd share with you some more of our Birthday 'stuff' from Livy's 3rd Birthday last month! 

We are still trying to figure out how she's three already!  
Time really does just fly by - I used to NOT be a believe, but now, having a munchkin of our own, time is flyin!!

So, for her party, we celebrated with a tea party theme.  She LOVES her Tea Parties - we have at least one on any given day, but more if she has anything to say about it.  She'll turn just about ANYTHING into a tea party.  So, it only made sense that the theme for this years party was a tea party!  :)

I shared her invitations and address labels earlier - for those, I just used a part of  the Bella & Friends image (the Teapot & cup)
Well, here is her birthday card (the one that goes into her special box).

This little Bella & friends image from Bugaboo was PERFECT!!
As you can see, I used the entire image.
Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Bella and Friends
Paper - Printed paper to match fabric from her birthday table runner & PTI Card stock
Extra stuff - Computer generated sentiment printed with the image, Lace, Dimensionals & Bling

So, there you have it!  

Be sure to stop over to The Bug Blog and see what other Anything Goes projects are gracing the post there - you'll be inspired for sure!

THEN, JOIN THE FUN!  You could be one of our Bugaboo Challenge winners!  
What does that mean?  BUGABOO IMAGES of YOUR CHOICE that you get to add to your collection!

Yep, enough for me to join the fun!

Hugs & Happy Days!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bring on the Oldies - And Fall too!

It's Oldie But Goodie Day at The Bug Blog
While I LOVE LOVE LOVE new images, there's something that is so much fun to me about digging out the OLDIES and giving them new life!

With Olivia's special note box, I TRY to never use the same image over.  I'm sure over time, there will be one or two that get reused (by mistake) because the old mind has forgotten, but for now, no duplicates yet!

Because tomorrow, September 22 is the official first day of fall, I thought I'd share with you Livy's "Welcome Fall" card for her special box!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Autumn Brat Leaves Girl
Papers - Doodlebug Design (my favorite!) & PTI Cardstock & Kraft Paper
Extra STUFF - Doodling, Ribbon & Dimensionals

Visit The Bug Blog and see what other oldies have been unearthed today!  :)
You might be inspired to pull out some of your oldies too, OR to head over to The Bugaboo Stamps Store and add an oldie to your collection!  :)

Hugs & Happy Days!

Saturday, September 16, 2017


It's a BINGO challenge day at The Bug Blog!
Great BINGO challenge that I had to get in on today!  :)

This little cutie is for my mom who just celebrated her 70th birthday (er, I mean 29th birthday) this past Monday, one day before Olivia's birthday!

She'll be at our house today celebrating with Olivia and all our family & friends!  

My BINGO was Sentiment, Sparkle & a Bugaboo Image.
I LOVE the way this turned out!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Mouse Big Balloon
Papers - PTI cardstock & a polka dotted pre-printed card
Extra STUFF - Paper Smooches Sentiment, PTI Ink, BLING, Dimensionals, Ribbon and Glossy Accents Glaze (which you really can't see on the balloon).

Be sure to visit The Bug Blog and see what other great BINGO projects the team has created!  
Then, make sure you stop over to The Bugaboo Stamps Store and check out some of the Fall & Halloween stuff!  :)  Never too early to work on your Halloweeny projects!  :)

Hugs & Happy Days!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Anything But A Card @ The Bug Blog

Happy Monday!
Today it's an Anything But a Card Day at The Bug Blog!

Before we had Olivia, summer freezer jam was something that was made in our house like clockwork.  My mom would spend the weekend, we'd have more fruit then we ever thought we'd be able to peel, squish & can.  But, every summer we'd do it!  We'd have a gorgeous array of fruit freezer jams that would last us the year.  A yummy addition to a housewarming gift, host gift, or just Sunday English Muffins or Scones!

Well, now that Olivia is almost three, this summer SHE helped with the freezer jam!  :D  She loved it!  She likes to do her Kids Size cooking, so this was RIGHT UP HER ALLEY!

We made 24+ jars of jam in Yellow Peach & Raspberry Peach.  Of course, we could have made more, but the attention span of an almost three year old kept us to around 2 dozen jars this year.

Anyway, I yammer on because my ABC project today is little labels for our Freezer Jam Jars.  :)  The back of the label has the date it was made, the flavor, storing instructions and made with love signed by Olivia.  :)

Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Summer Sign
Tools - Cuttlebug & Nesties to cute the round labels out and attach to the freezer jam jars
Extra STUFF - Computer program to create labels

You can pick up this image and lots of other great images at The Bugaboo Stamps store.  Tomorrow is a new release day, so be sure to check back.

Tomorrow in our house, we'll be celebrating Birthday number 3!  
Where has the time gone?!

Hugs & Happy Days!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Phhh, Phhh, Phhh - OBG @ The Bug Blog

So when Olivia first had cherries a year or two ago, I had bitten off a small piece of one I was eating and given it to her.

Apparently, her little ears heard me Phhh, phhh, phhh - spit it into my hand.

SO, anytime she wanted a cherry, that was the sound she would make.  Now at almost three, she says cherries, but occasionally, she'll get a big smile on her face and make the Cherry spitting sound!

Why do I tell you this little story?

Well, because today is an Oldie Bug Goodie day at The Bug Blog and I FINALLY got to use the Cherry Bird digi and cherry paper I've been wanting to use for so long!  :)

I don't get much time in my studio, but I have to tell you, I had SO much fun making this card (which no joke, took nearly a week!)

Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Cherry Bird
Papers - Doodlebug Design & PTI Cardstock
Tools - Nesties, Cuttlebug & EK Success border punch
Extra STUFF - Trusty Copics, Repurposed Ribbon from a gift, Glossy Accents and Dimensionals

A perfect card for Livy's special note box to tell her this silly little story!  

Be sure to visit The Bug Blog today and see what other oldies the team dusted off!  

I'm sure after seeing the creations, you'll be checking your Bugaboo Digis to see if you've already got this one or need to visit The Bugaboo Store and add it to your collection!

Hugs & Happy Days!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Back from Vacation!

The Bugaboo Stamps designers are back from vacation and WOW, do they have some great "Out Of The Box" projects to share with you today!

It's an Anything But A Card day at The Bug Blog.

SO, because we're getting ready for Olivia's Birthday (can you believe she'll be 3 next month?!) and our theme is a Tea Party, we're working on invitations.  With the Invitations comes ADORABLE little Address Labels to go with the invites!  

Image - Bugaboo Stamps - A portion of the Bella and Friends
Extra STUFF - Digital coloring & Digital creation of image

Check out The Bug Blog for more projects - Scrappy is thinking OUTSIDE of THE BOX - WITH a BOX today!  :)

Hugs & Happy Days!

Saturday, August 5, 2017


The Bugaboo Stamps/Catch The Bug Design Team will be enjoying a well deserved summer break August 5 - August 18.

We'll be back on August 19 with another Bug-a-licious challenge!

Can't get enough Bugaboo?  Join our current challenge here and SSS here !
Happy Summer Vacation!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas In July - Recipe & Freebie!!!

Can you believe it - TODAY is the LAST day of our week long Christmas in July celebration!!

Today's very last challenge - a Recipe Challenge & A Freebie
Use Black, White or Kraft and a POP of color (along with today's Reindeer Freebie)
Image - Bugaboo Stamps -  lpwskate
Papers - Miscellaneous print, Bazzill Cardstock
Tools - EK Success Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Ribbon, Glossy Accents, Googly Eyes, Miscellaneous Sentiment & BLING

Be sure to visit The Bug Blog for the ENTIRE week and join the Challenging Christmas in July FUN!

Hugs & Happy Days!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Christmas In July - Sparkle & Shine

The FUN has begun!

Today's fabulous challenge - Sparkle & Shine!

I'm getting started EARLY for some of my Christmas cards - this one is for Livy and her Special Notes box :)

Image - Bugaboo Stamps -  lpwskate
Papers - Miscellaneous print, Bazzill Cardstock
Tools - EK Success Border Punch, Nesties & Cuttlebug
Extra STUFF - Ribbon, Glossy Accents, Dimensionals & BLING

Be sure to visit The Bug Blog for the ENTIRE week and join the Challenging Christmas in July FUN!

Hugs & Happy Days!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Anything Goes at The Bug Blog!

Can you believe it's July 1st already?!
Boy, this year is FLYING by!!!

Today over at The Bug Blog, we have one of my favorite challenges - 

I needed a little thinking of you card for a friend who fell and broke her elbow and this was just perfect for what I needed!  I just love this little 4 Block Tulip digi!
Image - Bugaboo Stamps - 4 Block Tulip Square
Papers - Miscellaneous Cardstock
Tools - Nesties & Cuttlebug
Extra STUFF - Dimensionals, Glossy Accents, Paper Smooches Sentiment, Stazon Jet Black Ink & Pearls

Thanks so much for visiting today - Be sure to visit The Bug Blog and join the Anything Goes fun this week.
Don't forget too, if you enjoy sketches, we have our June Stella Says Sketch challenge still open!  :)

Hugs & Happy Days!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Oldie But Goodie @ The Bug Blog

Happy Thursday!  We're THAT much closer to Friday!  WOO HOO!!

Today is an Oldie But Goodie Thursday at The Bug Blog and I have a simple Thinking of You card to share with you.

All of our flowers are blooming right now and Olivia LOVES to water them (and herself - what 2 1/2 year old doesn't love soaking herself in water), so Flowers it is!

Below is a little Thinking of You card I created using the Sunflower Vase.  I'm HOPING to find a gorgeous Sunflower field for Livy's summer pictures this year.

Image - Bugaboo Stamps - SF Vase
Papers - DCWV print & PTI Cardstock
Tools - EK Success Border Punch
Extra STUFF - Dimensionals, Stickles, Stazon Jet Black Ink & Paper Smooches Sentiment

Be sure to pop over to The Bug Blog and check out the other oldies the team has dusted off.  
Then, be sure to visit tomorrow for our Friday Freebie!

AND, don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, July 15!

Why you ask??

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Hugs & Happy Days!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Oldie But Goodie BIrthday

Happy Thursday!!

Over at The Bug Blog today we've got our Oldie But Goodie Thursday creations.  It's the one day of the week we pull out all our oldies and put them to good use!  :)

Today, with the help of Olivia (my new crafting buddy, we have a birthday card we made for my mother in law this year..  Mama put it together and Livy colored & 'decorated' it.

Image - Bugaboo Stamps - Mini Set - Birthday Set Kidz Girl Clown & Kitty Clown (Not in Store Yet)
Papers - Miscellaneous Cardstock
Tools - Cuttlebug & Nesties
Extra STUFF - Dimensionals, Computer Generated sentiment, Ribbon and Livy's STICKERS!!

Be sure to visit The Bug Blog if you haven't this week and see all the great new creations the team has whipped up.

AND, if you haven't joined us yet this week for our Saturday Challenge or our Stella Says Sketch challenge, you still have time.  We'll have new challenges for both this weekend!  

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs & Happy Days!