Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ice Cream Challenge Fun over at Celebrate the Occasion this Week.

To see my Ginger Snap Scrap Design Team day post click here.

I am back with another Celebrate the Occasion Challenge for you this week.
This week the theme is all about ice cream!
Who doesn't love ice cream? Being it has been such a hot summer, this challenge was perfect to try and think about something cool.
I came across a cute cut file for an ice cream truck and little girl.
The ice cream truck just did not work out how I wanted it to, but the little girl sure is cute.
I then cut a couple ice cream cones from the Birthday Bash cart and added them on top of a mat from Elegant edges.
Looks like she is dreaming of a cool treat to find some relief from this heat.

Hope you will hop over and join me and the rest of the DT for some cool treats and show us your ice cream inspired project.

Here's How I did it...
A2 card base on white card stock
Pattern papers all form my scrap stash
Little girl sized and cut from svg file over at Bear Hugs
Peachy Keen face stamps for face
Mats sized and cute from Elegant Edges
Ice Cream cones cut at 1" from Birthday Bash
Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Stamps
Stickles and gem stickers for fun.

Paper Piecing with My Favorite Things

Today is my  DT day over at Ginger Snap Scraps

Today I did a card using a favorite stamp line of mine, My Favorite Things and their Pure Innocence stamps, to do a card using the paper piecing method. 
I like stamping and coloring,  I am just not that good at it yet. So a good alternative is to paper piece some of the stamped parts of an image.

For those of you that are not aware of how to do this, it is quite simple. 
You stamp your image on whatever paper your are going to use for the base. 

Now for the fun part. For my card, I wanted to use the cute flower pattern paper for her dress. So I stamped the image onto the pattern paper (Just love this paper. It's from Bo Bunny and can be found over at Ginger Snap Scraps) and then cut around the part of the dress I wanted to have this pattern. 
Once cut out, I just glued it onto the base image. 

Now, I do suggest if you will be doing any coloring with markers to the image, do this first and then add our paper piecing items. I continued and did the same for the top part of the dress and the kite. I did pop up the kit with pop dots for some added dimension.

It's a great way for anyone to use these stamps and create one of a kind looks without having to worry about blending marker colors. 

Here's How I did it....
Base card is yellow Bazzill card stock
Pattern papers all from the Bo Bunny Hello Sunshine Paper stack
Image and sentiment is from My Favorite Things, Aim High
Sparklies from my stash

Monday, July 30, 2012

Have you heard the buzz?

Have you heard, there is a new challenge blog coming. Yup- Sonia over at SKdigis will be starting her challenge blog the beginning of September. So now is the time to hop over and become a follower so you don't miss out on any of the the fun stuff when it begins.

In the meantime you can check out and start playing with her digi's now.

I think her Queen Bee image is so cute!
I brought this image into the silhouette software to color and cut it and the shadow out.
front of card
The more I use my cameo and the software, I am more and more impressed with what this machine and it's software can do. As I was playing I decided to also cut the fun shaped mats, scallop borders and sentiments.  One machine that does it all.
inside card
It ended up that I printed and cut everything for this card from the Cameo. The only extras I added was the button.

I hear there are will be a whole series of the Queen Bee....stay tuned!

Here's how I did it...
Card base is white card stock and A2 size
Pattern papers are all digi papers from the Silhouette software
Queen Bee image from SK Digis and colored in Silhouette software and then cut out
The bee is popped up on the shadow with pop dots
Mats and black scallop borders also from Silhouette software
Sentiment is my own printed from my computer
Button from my stash with a twine bow from Twinery
Stickles on the crown

Saturday, July 28, 2012

GSS Christmas in July Blog Hop- Day 2!

Welcome back to day 2 of our Christmas In July Blog Hop with the Ginger Snap Scraps Design Team!
If you came from Ashley's blog then you are in the right spot!
If you want to start form the beginning, click here.

Wow, there were so many great projects yesterday, I can't wait to see what everyone has done for day 2. 

If you missed yesterday, no worries, let me bring you up to speed.

This weekend, the Design Team is featuring projects all about Christmas! Yes, I know, already! But it is only 5 months away!

I found this a great little nudge to get started on holiday cards. I figure one here and there will build my stash so I am ready to send cards in December.

So my card today is a 6x6 card with a kraft paper base again. I really do love kraft card stock.

I used many scraps of several papers for this card, but the red and red star pattern papers were from the Authentique Glory paper Pad. I love this stack and have used it so much that I had to order another one already. You can get one too right now over at the GSS online store.
I used the Elegant edges cart for the mats, the boot was cut at 3.25" from the Just Because Cards cart and the holly leaves from the CM Tis the Season cartridge. I added a brad, some twine, sticker pearls and a bow from my stash. The sentiment is from my very own BugBites stamp set, Mistletoe .
Now I don't want to keep you waiting, there is so much more to see from the DT.
But first there is blog candy!  

GSS is giving away 2 - $10 gift card to Ginger Snap Scraps!
Just leave a comment here and let us know that you did the following:
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Thank you for stopping by. Now, let's get hopping over to Connie's blog to see what she has in store for us!
Here is the entire line up in case you get lost along the way...
Barb - http://bugbites411.blogspot.com -- you are here
Connie - http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com-- your next stop

Friday, July 27, 2012

GSS Christmas in July Blog Hop- Day 1!

Welcome to our Christmas In July Blog Hop with the Ginger Snap Scraps Design Team!
If you came from Ashley's blog then you are in the right spot!
If you want to start form the beginning, click here.

This weekend, the Design Team will be featuring projects all about Christmas! I cannot believe that Christmas is only 5 months away!!
We hope you enjoy all of the great projects the Design Team has done and find some Christmas inspiration to start those holiday projects a bit early. 

I did a rectangle card. It measures 6.25" x3.25".
I used kraft paper for the base. All papers including the cute pattern background paper is from EP Seasons Greeting paper pad, I then cut the image of the children and the tree from Cricut's A Child's Year cartridge and adhered it with pop dots.
The sentiment is from my very own BugBites stamp set, Mistletoe, that I stamp in evergreen ink. I then added a little button and it's ready to send.
Now I don't want to keep you waiting, there is so much more to see from the DT.
But first there is blog candy!  

GSS is giving away 2 - $10 gift card to Ginger Snap Scraps!
Just leave a comment here and let us know that you did the following:
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We hope you enjoy our first day of the Christmas in July Blog Hop! Be sure to come back tomorrow to see my Day two project.

Now, let's get hopping over to Connie's blog to see what she has in store for us!
Here is the entire line up in case you get lost along the way...

Barb - http://bugbites411.blogspot.com -- you are here
Connie - http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com-- your next stop

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

There's a New Digi Challenge Blog with a DT call.

Well, it is a busy week and not much crafting for me I am afraid. I am in Park City, Utah for work this week. What a beautiful place.

I am fortunate to get to travel to some wonderful places and meets some great people.
This is my office for this week....The Montage Hotel.

So instead of a project today, I just want to give a shout out to a new Digi and cut file Challenge blog, that is having a DT call, SK Digis by Sonia Kertznus.

I am very excited that Sonia invited me to be a part of this new Design Team.
She has put a call out for more DT members here. So stop over take a look at her cute designs.

It's going to be loads of fun!

Monday, July 23, 2012

We have a winner- GSS My Favorite things Christmas in July.

The winner of the BugBites Mistletoe stamp set is....

marg0006 said...

"Have been a follower for a long while now. That is the cutest card and I just love that sentiment."

Congratulations. Please email me at bugbites411@gmail.com with your snail mail and I will get your stamp set out to you. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Don't miss out on this give away!

There is still time to enter into my give a way going on here for the Ginger Snap Scrap My Favorite Things week.

Have a terrific Weekend!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ginger Snap Scraps My Favorite Things, Christmas in July!

For the next two weeks all the DT members over at GSS are showcasing their favorite things in the GSS store and using them for a holiday themed projects. 

Well, my favorite thing in the store (there are so many) are my very own BugBites stamps.
Today I have a project showcasing the Mistletoe stamp set. 

I recently got this Recess cart off ebay and love the little images on it. This little girl works perfectly with this sentiment. 

To celebrate the GSS My Favorite things Christmas in July weeks, I am giving away a set of my BugBites Mistletoe stamps. 
All you have to do for a chance to win is...
~be a follower of BugBites
~be a follower of Ginger Snap Scraps blog 
~leave me a comment on this post telling me why you like the Mistletoe stamp set

If I reach 700 followers by that time, I will draw for second set of stamps..So spread the word!

Here's How I did it...
A2 size card base on green card stock
Pattern We R Memories, Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas, & My Minds Eye Follow  your Heart paper pads
Girl/layers cut at 3" from Recess cart and attached with foam tape
Martha Stewart border punch
Peachy Keen critter faces stmap set for girls face
Button from my stash
Twine from Twinery
Ribbon from Stampin Up
Sentiment from BugBites Mistletoe stamp set

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hot Diggity Dog- it's time for a Celebrate the Occassion Challenge

I am so excited, this is my first Celebrate the Occasion  DT challenge project and this week the challenge is to use a hot dog on your project.
My hot dog buddy came from the Block Party cartridge. I added Mr. Potato head arms and feet from the Toy Story cartridge for a totally different scene than normal for a hot dog unless you are at a baseball game and one goes running across the scoreboard...LOL. I also added a small bottle of ketchup from the Block Party cart.

I hope you will find inspiration and embrace the challenge to use a hot dog in your project design too. Stop over to link up and see what other fun projects the DT has come up with for you.

Here's How I did it..
A2 base card on black card stock
Pattern paper from My Minds Eye
Hot dog/layers cut at 1.89" from Block Party cart
Ketchup/layers cut at 1.5" from Block Party cart
Arms and shoes sized to fit on my gypsy from the Toy Story cart
Sentiment from My Scrappy Moms Kids Incorporated stamp set

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Going to the Lake

I've got a super quick post for you today. 
It's going to be so hot today, temps in the upper 90's with lots of humidity. 
So, we are going to the lake to visit some friends to cool off. 
Thought I would do a quick card using the trip to the lake as inspiration. I did an S-fold card.
I just love how relaxed this lady looks just floating along in the water.
The inside has a cute sentiment from CTMH and some 3-D flip flop stickers I had in my stash.

Well, gotta go pack the cooler and get going. Have a great day!

Here's How I did it...
A2 card base folded in s-fold manner
Papers are from Echo Park Paradise Beach 6x6 paper stack
Lady/layers cut at 3.5" from Fun in the Sun cart
Front mat/layers cut at 3.5" from Elegant Edges
Inside mat/layers cut at 3" from Elegant Edges
Sentiment from CTMH Makin' Waves stamp set
Twine from Twinery
Tm Holtz ink to ink edges
Flip flop stickers from my stash

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A couple birthday cards for some guys I know.

I am still in Panama but heading home early in the morning.

Here are two cards I did for my father-in-law and uncle who had birthdays this week. I used a Bugaboo digi stamp and colored it with my Silhouette software and then cut it out with the cameo. I added glossy accents to the eye glasses for an extra touch.  I cannot remember the paper pad I pulled these blue.green tone papers from and I am not at home to look, sorry.
I cut extra balloons and popped them up with pop dots. 

This second card I used papers from Bo Bunny. 

Here's how I did it...
A2 size card base
Digi image/sentiment from Bugaboo stamps
Pattern papers from Bo Bunny and another I cannot remember
Brads and buttons from my stash
lots of pop dots

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hot Hot challenges!

Well, I am traveling for work this week and my travels have taken me to the wonderful and HOT Panama. I do have to say my job takes me to some amazing places. I get to see the Canal today- I can see so  many ships lined up waiting for their turn to go through the canal from my hotel room.

So before I left for the airport yesterday morning, I did this quick little card for a couple "hot" challenges. 
It's a Terrific Tuesday Hit the Beach challenge going on now over at Scrappy Moms Stamps and a Hot Hot Hot challenge over at Papercraft Star.

Have a great day and stay cool wherever you are.

Here's How I did it...
Base card is 5" square on kraft card stock
Paper form Echo paper Paradise Beach and Authentic Fresh paper pads
Mats are cut at 4 7/8" and 4.5" square
Sand castle/layers cut at 3.5" from Fun in the Sun cart
The scallop sun were leftover die cuts in my stash- had to pull from that sine I had so little time to do this card
The scallop is inked with weathered wood Tim Holtz ink
Twine from Twinery
Sentiment from Scrappy Moms Stamps Spring Fling stamp set

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Exciting News!!!

I am so excited to share some great news with you all today.
I have the pleasure of being selected to be a part of the Celebrate the Occasion Design Team for the next several months. 
I am so excited to be a part of this talented group.

Below was my DT entry project submission, a Birthday card that I did for my friend. 
I made the border frame by welding a border together from the Martha Stewart Cakes cartridge. 

Please be sure to stop by the Celebrate the Occasion to see the other DT member projects today as well and be sure to jump in and enter the current challenge!

Here's how I did it...
Card base is 5" square on white card stock
Pattern papers from My Minds Eye
Bird is from the Home Decor cartridge
Branch/layers from Bloom cart
Looped border made using Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art cart
Sentiment is from My Creative Time
Tim Holtz inks to crate the sunset sky background

Monday, July 9, 2012

Movie and Song Theme day at GSS

Happy Monday everyone. I have enjoyed having the last week off from work. Traveled to family last weekend, enjoyed some great music concerts over the 4th of July and got some much needed weeding and dead heading done in the flower gardens.

Today the Ginger Snap Scrap Dt has put together some fun projects based on a movie or favorite song. I have so many favorite movies, it's hard to pick just one. I know it is corny, but I really enjoy the Princess Diary movies. 
So I pulled out an svg file from the Lettering Delights Happily Ever After set for my card today. I happen to pick Snow White being that too, is a great movie.
What is really cool, is Lettering Delights also offered the back sides to these princesses if you wanted to make cupcake toppers or something. I printed it on the back of my card and then paper pieced her on the front.

This is the first shaped card I did on my Cameo. I am still discovering the many awesome things this machine can do. The overall size of this card is 4"x4"

I used Bazzill papers, Lawn Fawn pattern papers, and Peachy Keen stamps, all of which can be found over at the Ginger Snap Scraps online store. 

Here's How I did it...
Shaped card using Cameo Silhouette software
SVG file from Lettering Delights Happily Ever After
Snow white sized to 3.75" and then paper pieced using Bazzill and Lawn Fawn paper
Peachy Keen Face stamps
Sentiment from My Creative Time
Sticker dots from my stash

Friday, July 6, 2012

Mooey Christmas!

No, I am not looking at the calendar wrong..I know it is only July, but Mary over at CardTV is having a Christmas in July challenge this weekend. Only requirement is that the project must have a holiday theme with an animal on it.

My merry cow is an svg file from the Lettering Delights Cowabungo set.
Ya just got a chuckle when you look at it. 
Stop over and see the other projects already linked up and give it a whirl yourself...there are so many animal options for this one...easy peasy!

Here's how I did it...
A2 base card from red card stock
Pattern Papers from Echo Park Holly Jolly 6x6 paper pad
Cow/layers cut at 4" from Lettering Delights
Cuttlebug embossing folders snowflake and swiss dots
Sentiment from BugBites Mistletoe stamp set
Button and red twine from my stash
Glossy Accents on the belt and boots

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Simple Crafts Challenge Project with Wobbles.

I recently came across this new to me challenge blog, Simply Crafts. I really enjoy challenges where you are to use a specific cut from a Cricut cart. I am sad to say this challenge was to use a cut from the Beep Beep cart. I don't have that one, can you believe it- LOL!
Fortunately, any airplane cut will do. Seeing the preferred image, I immediately thought of the Hello Kitty cart.

A week or so ago, Mary over at CardzTV did a video where she gave a great tip when using the cuts from this cart. She mentioned that if you cut the image using the silhouette feature, the other pieces will fit right into the open spaces like a puzzle making it extremely easy to piece these little cuts together. I tried this technique and like magic, everything went together super fast.

I added an action wobble to the die cut to give some motion as she flies across the sky.

Action wobble added to die cut
Now here is another blog you will want to check out as well. It's brand new and called Action Wobbles. While they get ready to do the full launch of this new blog, the DT is on the look out for projects using action wobbles. If they catch you using a wobble, you could win a prize package of action wobbles. How cool is this!

I have the rest of this week off from work, so I am off to do some weeding and deadheading in my gardens. It is super hot today, so we will see how long I last out there.

Have a super creative day!

Here's how I did it...
A2 card based of white card stock
Cloud paper is from Echo paper pad Sweet Day
Pink pattern papers from My Minds Eye paper pad Fine and Dandy
All other papers from my scrap stash
Airplane/layers cut at 2.75" from Hello Kitty cart
Twine from Twinery
Sentiment from CardzTV Ticket Talk 2
Misc sticker gems in Kitty's bow
Action wobble on the plane.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th Of July!!!

Happy 4th of July.

Hope you all are spending time with family and taking time to remember and appreciate all our fore fathers did for us in order to have the freedom we have to do.

We enjoyed an evening at a local church festival last night with an outdoor concert featuring a Beatles band. Liverpool Legends. A bit warm, or should I say really HOT but lots of fun.
Today, we plan on enjoying more music in the park near our house. During the summer, the park has music every Wednesday evening. Just bring a lawn chair and enjoy. Two outdoor concerts in one week-Yipee!!
In honor of today's celebration, here is Happy 4th of July wishes to all of you from my little Uncle Sam.
Also, a shout out to all of those in the neighboring country, Canada,  celebrating their special day this week as well.

Here's how I did it....
A2 size base card from white card stock
Pattern papers form 6x6 We R Memories paper stack, all others from my scrap stash
Uncle Sam is an SVG file from Lettering Delights Luck of the Irish set found here
Sentiment from My Pink Stamper
Face from Peachy Keen
Twine from Twinery
Button from my stash

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Life is Good

Yup- Life is good for many reasons but how about this card-- flip flops  and a cool beverage. The temperatures are well into the 90's in MN this week so we are doing whatever possible to stay cool. Wearing flip flops and an sipping a cool umbrella drink are a must!
I inked a white square of card stock with Tim Holtz ink to create a back drop for my flip flops.
I love this new Tim Holtz ink, Picked Raspberry. It's part of the summer limited edition. You can find it over at Ginger Snap Scraps now.

The DT at Ginger Snap Scraps has been working with these new inks and have come up with some amazing projects for you. Be sure to stop by and take a look. 

Stay cool!!

Here's How I did it...
A2 card base
Pattern paper from Echo Hello Summer and Paradise Beach 6x6 paper pads
Drink/layers cut at 4" from Pack You Bags cart
Flips flops are K&Compnay Stickers I had in my drawer
Sentiment is from CardzTV More Encouraging Thoughts stamp set
Tim Holtz ink
Buttons from my stash