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.

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #352 with Sparkle n Sprinkle

It was so nice of Sparkle n Sprinkle to sponsor

I hope you'll be able to play along. 
Sparkle n Sprinkle has a great selection of stamps, both rubber and digital, glitter, embossing powders, cutting files, fabulous new mouses, all those necessary supplies, and more.  You'll definitely want to visit their store, blog and fb page.

For my Tuesday Throwdown Challenge DT card this week, I am using the Snowman with Poinsettia [Digi 450] digital stamp, artwork by Beccy Muir and generously supplied by
This cute guy is also available in the digital stamp set, 

The first thing I did was resize the digi and print four copies.  
I used one of the printed images to cut a mask.

 I laid the mask over another copy of the image, and stamped the entire image with versamark.  After lifting the mask, I sprinkled snow embossing powder on those sections with the versamark and heated it.  It has a nice shiny finish which I just couldn't capture in my photo, but you can see the difference in the parts which were covered by the mask and those that are embossed.
(I'm saving that mask so I won't ever have to cut it again!)
 The image was fussy cut and colored with markers to coordinate with the ribbon I was planning to use.  The hat, top piece of scarf, mittens and flowers were cut from the third copy of the image and colored.  These were popped onto the image for dimension.
And I still have one copy of the image in reserve for another card.

This is the tic-tac-toe board you will need to enter the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge this week.
My card  has the three items in the center column: 
Flower, Sparkle, and both Wet and Dry Embossing.

I can't wait to see what you create for this week's

Challenges I am entering:
Sparkle n Sprinkle Creative Challenge - anything goes with an image from SNS (on Facebook, come join the group!)
Beccy's Place July Challenge - anything goes with a Beccy's Place image 
Crafting From the Heart Challenge # 168 - Always Anything Goes 
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #248 - Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge #309 - Christmas in July
Di's Digi Designs Challenge - Christmas in July
Polkadoodles Challenge Week 28 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge #184 - Christmas in July + a Sentiment
Creative Moments Challenge #122 - Anything Goes + Christmas in July twist

It was nice of you to visit.  If you have time, you're welcome to look around.  It would be lovely if you'd follow my blog.  I've been stuck at 133 followers forever.