Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Really Amazing

 Hi!  Thanks for stopping by!
I was never one for playing with paper dolls.  Those little tabs that you had to cut around and fold back to keep the clothes on the doll were so difficult to cut around.  Well, yesterday I played with paper bears.  Dressing each in its own little outfit, a colored with markers, or watercolor pencils, and some are stamped on scraps and paper pieced.
 The scraps are from another little sandwich bag of Christmas scrap paper, which had one extra 12x12 sheet of striped patterned paper with it.  Here's what I created with the contents of baggie #2.
First I made two cards like this, 
using a digi from Bugaboo Digi Stamps.
(Challenges I am entering are at the bottom of this post.)
Then I pieced some of the scraps and used another Bugaboo Digi Stamp for these two cards.
There were still plenty of scraps in the little bag.  So I just started making card fronts.  At one point I was looking in the big scrap box for a small piece of cs and came across a few more scraps of the same paper I was working with.  Till I was finished, I had 11 card fronts and had to go back and make 2 more bears.  
This is a picture of the cards on my work table before everything was glued down.
 Three tape runners, and two foot of foam tape later, the cards were complete.
 Each bear is holding a tiny stamped candy cane.
They sure were fun to cut out!
All 15 cards are headed to the
 Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive. 
And I'm headed back to the paper stash 
to find another baggie of scraps.

Challenges for the dragon card at the top of the post:
Crafting by Designs Challenge - Get Ready for Christmas

Monday, July 24, 2017


As my regular visitors may recall, I have been busy going through 4 boxes of Christmas papers.  I have separated the full paper sheets and the partial sheets and scraps.  My intention is to make my Christmas cards this year using only the scraps.  Yesterday I began working with one small sandwich bag of coordinating scraps.  
It yielded ten cards!
 Wait, that's only 9!
Here's #10.
The papers are very old CTMH papers.
The tags are stick on complements that went with the paper.
The stamps are also CTMH.  The critters were in that little baggie, too.  I just did some fussy cutting.  That's silver foil tape down the sides.  The sentiment stamp actually says "Warm Winter Wishes", but I placed a piece of tape over the 'Warm' when I inked the stamp, removed the tape, and only stamped 'Winter Wishes'.
That's 10 more cards to send to 
Cards for Little Hearts.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 425- Christmas in July
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #52 - Christmas/Winter
A Gem of a Challenge #199 - Christmas in July 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - You've Got the Edge 

Are we having a thunderstorm 
and torrential rain!  
The weeds will be so happy!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Day # 7 of Christmas in July @ The Bug Blog

It's the last day of the 
Although, you'll be seeing a lot more cards on my blog using fun Bugaboo holiday digi images. I printed a bunch in anticipation of this week's event, and they are great for the cards I send to Send a Smile 4 Kids  and Cards for Little Hearts

is a Recipe Challenge using today's Friday Freebie, 
which is easily available to download at Bugaboo Stamps.
I printed the image twice and did some paper piecing, first time I ever gouged out the eyes and then decapitated a reindeer.

Additional challenges I am entering: 
Unicorn Challenge #23 - Christmas in July
City Crafter Challenge #371 - Kraft Crafting 
Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #174 -  Christmas in July
C. R. A. F. T. Challenge #425 - Christmas
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #52 - Christmas/Winter 
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Use a Digi Image

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A is for Austin + CTMH Card Class 7/18/17

Tuesday was our CTMH card class at Joyce's.   
One of our gals, who used to be a regular and has had some health issues preventing her from attending, asked Joyce to pass on the name and address of a very ill 6 year old boy who loves to receive cards, especially anything with an "A" on it because he knows that's the first letter of his name.

I'm certain he will enjoy this waterfall card.

I used a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers, 13 stamps from 7 different CTMH stamp sets, a digi ant from Deedee's Digi set Life's a Picnic, and those cute little ant brads are from Eyelet Outlet.

Challenges I am entering
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #4 - Anything Goes with a critter (alligator)

And I can't forget to post the 4 cards we made at Tuesday's class:

 That's all for now.  

Enjoy your day!

Day # 6 of Christmas in July @ The Bug Blog

continues today with a color challenge with a
bonus if you use an Oldie But Goodie Bugaboo Digi.
This Bugaboo digi isn't on the new website, so I'm guessing it falls into the Oldie category.

My cards are going to Send a Smile 4 Kids 

 kept the embellishments to a minimum. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Day # 5 of Christmas in July @ The Bug Blog

Today there is a Photo Challenge for Day #5 of the 
and it's supposed to be funny. 

We are suffering from the heat and humidity of the dog days of summer here in Pennsylvania.  This fun Bugaboo puppy thinks Reindeer Training Camp is pretty ruff, too. 

Christmas in July Challenge - Day #5  Photo  (I picked up on the reindeer in the photo.)
Unicorn Challenge #23 - Christmas in July 
Deep Ocean Challenge #159 - Christmas in July 
Create and Make Challenge #13 - Anything Goes, option create your own sentiment
The Crafty Addicts Challenge #38 - Anything Goes/Something Funny or Humorous 
Little Red Wagon Challenge #403 - Christmas in July 
The Ribbon Girls Challenge - Use any Image 
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #167 - Anything Goes with Ribbon

I really struggled coming up with something for today.
Now, I'm going to go make a pan of lasagna.
That will be much easier.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Day # 4 of Christmas in July @ The Bug Blog

Day #4 is a Bingo Challenge at the  Christmas in July Celebration at Catch the Bug.
Since I'm on a huge mission to use only scraps on this year's Christmas cards, you might recognize this paper from Day # 3's project.   It was the last little bit of this paper I have.

I used the diagonal row of the Bingo board, Sparkly, Bugaboo Image, and Ribbon.

Di's Digi Designs Challenge - Christmas in July
Aud Sentiments Challenge #184 - Christmas in July + a Sentiment
Creative Moments Challenge #122 - Anything Goes + Christmas in July twist

Here's a bonus card using the last of the pink patterned paper.

See you tomorrow for Day #5.