Saturday, July 20, 2019

CIJ Kick Off - Santa Clause - The Movie

Woo! Hoo!  It's finally here.  It's time for Christmas in July at Catch the Bug

The theme for the week is "The Best Christmas Movies Ever".   To kick off the event we have a theme challenge, and you have the three following movies to inspire you.

I decided to go with The Santa Clause, because I love Tim Allen and watch this movie every year.  I am featuring Santa Claus Peeker.

I printed my stamp a second time on paper and used my stencil spray on it to create a mask so I could blend in a snowing background.  

My sentiment is offset, with the black bottom layer to give an illusion of a shadow.  

Distress Oxide in Stormy Sky
White Acrylic paint
Sentiment - Recollections word dies
Stamp - Lawn Fawn Winter Skies


I hope you're feeling inspired to join us in this week's challenge at Catch the Bug.  Don't forget to pick up your Freebie Friday image this week from Bugaboo Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Freebie Friday Christmas in July

Today I am showcasing this week's Freebie Friday image from  Bugaboo Stamps

I decided to lean towards a more maroon shade of red for this card, it coordinated beautifully with the brown polkadot paper.   The Nuvo Crystal drops in Autumn Red matched perfectly.  Now the ribbon was another problem, I didn't have any in this particular color, so I used my alcohol markers to color a piece of white ribbon.  Other that it being slightly stiff, this worked perfect.

Christmas in July - STARTS Tommorrow

This year's theme is "The Best Christmas Movies Ever", so be sure to check out all of the week's events.  Enter each day for a chance to win free stamps and a Guest DT spot.  There are lots of perks to being a Guest Designer, besides having fun with a great team.

I hope your are feeling inspired.  Be sure to get your Freebie Friday image this week from Bugaboo Stamps and join the fun at  Catch the Bug.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, July 15, 2019

How to make an Eclipse card with Design Space and your Cricut Machine

Today I want to share an eclipse card I created from a stamped image and my Cricut Maker.
The first step is to create your card front.  I stamped my image with Versamark and applied heat embossing powder in brass.  Then I used my Color Burst water colors from the Flowers in Bloom Kit from My Favorite Things to paint my panel and image.  Don't trim your panel and be sure to let it dry  thoroughly before cutting (with Cricut Explore/Maker) or you will risk it being torn during cutting.  

Place your card layer on your cutting mat, I added some tape to be sure I didn't get any movement of my paper.  You will need to use an iPad to cut your image out.  In Design Space, find your text or image you want to cut out of your panel.  When you think you have the correct size, choose Make it and you will now be in the cutting mat.  At the bottom of the screen there is a SnapMat feature.   Following the directions on the video snap an image of your mat.

When you choose next, your will see your mat with your card layer.  Place your text or image exactly where you want it to cut.  If the sizing doesn't look right you can go back to the canvas and resize the image.  Your snapped mat should still be there.  When everything looks good, cut out your image.

I also cut out 3 more of the same images in black card stock, and glued them all together.  This allows my image to pop out.  I placed the cut out pieces back in the middle of the images without any layering.

Now you can trim your panel down, and since you hadn't cut your panel to size, you have a little play area to be sure your image is exactly where you want it.   

This same technique will work to spot light a stamped area, just color it after you have cut it out.

MFT Simply Fabulous Sayings
Simon Says Stamps All My Love
MFT Flowers in Bloom Card Kit - stamp, Ken Oliver Watercolor Paper, Color Burst

MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge #445
Simon Says Add a Number

I hope you will give this technique a try, and please share any little tidbits you have to make it even easier.

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Eggbert for Christmas

It's already July and this month everyone is kicking off their Christmas in July events.  So mark your calendars, to join the fun at Bugaboo Stamps.

Today I am introducing a new release from Bugaboo StampsEggbert Christmas. This adorable little guy is 50% off all week.

Supplies used:
MFT A2 Stitched Rectangles
Wavy Border Dies - AMZ
Recollections - Christmas Noe stamp set\

Challenges entered:

I hope you are inspired to start on your Christmas cards.  Grab your free image from Bugaboo Stamps here!  Newly released stamps are added every week and are 50% off.  The great thing about digital stamps, you size them, layer them and download immediately.  

Till next time,

Monday, July 8, 2019

Thanks for Bee-ing There

A quick post here to make the deadline for the MFT Weekly Sketch.

I use my new July 2019 Card Kit from Simon Says, Bee Yourself.  I tried several different techniques, but ended up with this simple card.  My water color skills are sorely lacking.

A quick fussy cut and a little ink splatter and this card came right together.  Everything used was included in the kit, other than the larger hexagon for the sentiment.


Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, June 29, 2019

Bugaboo Photo Challenge

This week at Catch the Bug the challenge provides a photo for inspiration. 

I flipped the image and then modified it to remove the butterfly net.  I originally wanted to have her running with a kite, but I didn't have a kite stamp.  Also, since I am late getting this card ready I decided to use the sketch at My Favorite Things.

I carefully applied some background clouds around my image using my special makeup brushes I purchased from Amazon.

These look like the Life Changing Brushes, but much cheaper.  The handles are a little flimsy, but I don't own Life Changing Brushes to make any comparisons.  There are several brands and different packaging, and I have also seen these brushes at Wal-mart lately.  With the smaller sizes I was able to get the clouds around my image.  I have to say they definitely do make blending inks much easier, especially if you want a lighter color.

I blended Distress Oxide in Squeezed Lemonade to my panel front, then splattered with Mustard Seed.

MFT Fluttering Friends - sentiment
Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Scallop Circles
Nuvo Glitter Drops

Simon Says Anything Goes

I hope you're feeling inspired to join us in this week's challenge at Catch the Bug.  Don't forget to pick up your Freebie Friday image this week from Bugaboo Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Harry Potter Birthday Card

This week’s inspiration at Catch the Bug is to create something using the theme Fairytale or Fantasy.  

I am featuring “Harry Potter Collage”, from Bugaboo Stamps.  My Grandson is a huge Harry Potter fan, so this image was perfect for his birthday card.

I colored my image with my Prismacolor pencils.  So my bubbles showed up better I colored them in shades of blue then applied Nuvo Morning Dew Drops.  I love how the blue show’s through the drops.  Also, adding Glossy Accents to Harry’s glass lenses and the crystal ball added dimension and made them look like glass.

After a little research I realized the colors on Harry's scarf were important.  So I made sure to use the right colors for his scarf, and used these colors as the card layers.

I hope you're feeling inspired to join us in this week's challenge at Catch the Bug.  Don't forget to pick up your Freebie Friday image this week from Bugaboo Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by.