Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons DT Post

Today is my first posting as a member of the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons DT. I am so excited to be a part of this group and to be able to shout out about Lisa's Creative SVG files and digital papers.

She recently put in her store a set of cut files called Oktoberfest. Well, I have not been to the official Oktoberfest in Munich but spent time at small town wine and beer festivals in August leading up to the big celebration. I have to say those small towns know  how to throw a party.

 A little closer to home, my  friend and her family have been celebrating Oktoberfest for the last 25 years. Everyone is required to bring a 6 pack of German beer and then several of us bring the traditional food dishes.
We start with pretzels, cheese and crackers for most of the afternoon. Then for dinner there are brats, german potato salad, spaetzel and dessert. That's where my contribution comes in. Each year I bake the Black Forest Chocolate Cherry cake.

So it's not Friday, but here is a long over due Food Fare recipe page for my German cake. It's a long recipe so I had to make two pages. When I saw the Oktoberfest files, I knew it was perfect for these pages.
The checked paper, part of the Oktoberfest digi paper pack,  reminds me so much of the Hofbrauhaus House a.k.a. beer hall.

All the files where brought into the Silhouette Design software. I printed the papers and hand cut them to the 8x8 page size. The banner and embellishments, were sized in the software program, cut and then paper pieced using paper from my scrap box.

Be sure to stop by Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons to see all the fabulously cute files and papers Lisa has to work with.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Celebrate the Occasion Challenge #81 Sports Anyone?

Well, it's a busy week for all my DT postings. Today is my turn to post for the sports challenge over at Celebrate the Occasion. Bugaboo stamps is one of this months sponsors and I selected to do my card this week using their Ava Baseball image.

I am still working on my copic coloring skills. Some day I might have the technique of blending down.
So please, look past the imperfections of my coloring.
I found this cute wood bench on the bugaboo website as well and knew it would be perfect for Miss Ava. I imported the Ava  Baseball image into the Silhouette Design software, sized it and cut it out. I then colored it with my copic markers and popped it up on the bench using some foam tape.

The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper Sport-astic stamp set. I just cut the words apart. The pattern papers are from the Little Sport collection by Heidi Larson. Love the colors of this paper.

I hope you will create and link up a porject for our challenge this week. I would love to see what you do.

Monday, September 24, 2012

SKdigis Challenge #3 Halloween

Hey everyone- hope you all had a great weekend. I have been busy getting things ready for a scrapbook retreat I am hosting mid-October. With so much to do, I need to do a little everyday.

But today it is time for another challenge over at Skdigis. This weeks challenge is Halloween. I know many have started your Halloween projects so this is a great time to join our challenge.

For my project I used this adorable Queen Bee-Witch digi.
I brought the  image into my Silhouette Design software and colored it. I then used the software to make the base of the card. The sentiment is my own typed on the computer. 

I hope you will stop by and see what my design team sisters have created for you as well, not to mention check out all the new designs added to the SKdigis store recently. 

Have a creative week!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New BugBites Stamps Have Arrived!

I am so excited to finally share with you my two new stamp sets for this fall,
Autumn Splendor and Ghostly Greetings.
YAY! they finally arrived! So let me share a little about each of them. 

First up is what I think is one of my favorite sets so far, Autumn Splendor. It's loaded with great sentiments for the entire fall season. As I said before, there doesn't seem to be enough general fall sentiments out there so perhaps this is the start to fill that void. 

Here's a little card using this new stamp set. 
Doesn't this just bring back those fall memories. Ok, who doesn't remember jumping in big leaf piles as a kid or even now with your kids. So much fun!

When I saw this new svg set, Fall Fun, from Lisa over at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons, I just had to use it right away.  It's perfect for this stamp set. You can find more of Lisa's great files in her store here.

Now for some spookiness, Ghostly Greetings. This stamp set is what you might expect, Halloween sentiments. But, what's really cool about it is the original SKdigis image that's included. 
I was so excited that my blogger friend, Sonia, agreed to design a special SKdigis original just for this stamp set. Thanks Sonia!

I used Sonia's digi original to make my own background paper by stamping and heat embossing the image. It looks so cute! The sentiment is also from the Ghostly Greetings stamp set. 
Be sure to check out Sonia's other digi originals over at her online store here.

There ya go! Now you've seen both sets. 

You can find links to these new sets as well as my past stamp sets on the right side of my blog. I have them in stock ready to ship.

Many wishes for a creative day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ghostly Greetings Sneak Peek!

Hello Everyone- it's Wednesday already. I am getting closer to showing you the new BugBites stamp sets. I hear they are in route to me as we speak so just another day or so. With that said, here is another sneak peek for the new BugBites Ghostly Greetings stamp set.
Yes, another new cartridge for me. This time I used the new Trick or Treat Lite cart for this little witch.

Scrappy Moms Stamp is also having a Terrific Tuesday Halloween challenge this week, so linking this up over there as well. Their design team has so super cute things to take a look at. Be sure to jump over there, take a look and join in the fun.

Here's How I did it...
A2 card base from black card stock
Paper form my stash
Witch/Layers cut at 3.5" from Trick or Treat
Mat/layers cut at 3/75" from Elegant Edges
Stampin' Up purple ribbon
Sentiment from BugBites Ghostly Greetings stamp set

Birthday Wishes

Help me wish my friend Lisa over at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons a big 
Happy Birthday

To celebrate, she is giving all of us a special gift, a big sale on her super cute SVG files, digital papers and digital clipart. Check it out. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Autumn Splendor Sneak Peak #2

Hey Everyone--I am getting closer to getting my new stamps. Thanks to all of you for the wonderful comments and interest in my new stamp sets. I can't wait to have them in hand so you can start to order and create with them. Only a few more days  now.

In the meantime, here is an other card I did with the new BugBites Autumn Splendor stamp set. I just love the colors and crisp air of the fall season. I just don't care for the season that follows so much.
I have at least one more sneak peak in the next day or so before the stamps will be here.

Here's how I did it....
A2 base card on brown card stock
Pattern Papers from Bo Bunny Apple Cider 6x6 Paper pack
Scarecrow/layers cut at 4.25" from Simply Scarecrow cartridge
Burlap ribbon from Liz's Paper Loft
Twine and googly eyes from my stash

Monday, September 17, 2012

Black and White plus 1 additional color challenge for SKdigis Challenge #2

Today is the start of another weekly challenge over at SKdigis.
This week we want you to create a card that uses black and white and one additional color. That's it! Just three total colors, no more. The DT has tons of inspiration for you this week.

For my additional color I chose red so I could use the adorable little devil. I just love this little guy and he is part of a whole series that Sonia has done for the spooky holiday. Be sure to check them out here.
Now it's your turn to create. Stop by and pick up an SKdigi or two or even try one of the awesome freebies and join the challenge. I would love to see your twist on this challenge.

Here's how I did it...
A2 card base from black card stock
Pattern paper from my stash
Little devil digi from SKdigis which was paper pieced with paper from my scrap box
Sentiment is from BugBites Magic Spells stamp set
Bat button, tiny shirt buttons, and google eyes from my stash

Saturday, September 15, 2012

New BugBites Stamps- Sneak Peak!

Good morning! What a beautiful day it is going to be. I need to tear myself away from the craft room to get outside. But first here is a sneak peak at some sentiments on my new stamp sets that will be released this coming week.

I just picked up the Create a Critter 2 cartridge and this is sure to be another all time favorite. 
The sentiment is from the new BugBites Ghostly Greetings stamp set, full of spooky sentiments as well as a special image stamp designed by my friend Sonia over at SKdigis.

I cut the Ghost/layers at 3.25" from Create a Critter 2 and foam mounted him to the card. The rest is just random sized rectangles using cute paper from the Doodlebug Haunted Manor 6x6 paper pack.

I just find that most stamps out there are Halloween themed and not enough for the fall season in general. Therefore, BugBites Autumn Splendor stamp set was created. 
For this card I used papers from the Cosmo Cricket Matilda 6x6 paper pack. 
The pumpkins are cut from the Pumpkin Carving cartridge at various sizes and then I added cute Peachy Keen stamped faces. I love this little poem which is included on the Autumn Splendor set. Makes me smile. 

I am so excited to have a few more stamp sets. Of course, I still have a few of last years stamp sets which can be found on the right side bar of my blog. 

Enjoy a creative day!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Autumn Splendor

Well it is Friday! I am so glad I have the day off, but already half the day is gone and I don't have nearly all the things done I wanted to get done so far. I have so many projects dancing around in my head and not enough time to to do them.

Well, remember a couple days ago I shared some exciting news and I said there would be more by the end of the week. Well, here is the rest.
I have a couple new stamp sets coming out next week. It has been a year since the last ones, too long in fact.

So over the next week I will be sharing some projects with these new sets and hopefully by the end of next week they will be in my hands ready to ship.

Today, however, I have a card I created for a Freshly Brewed facebook challenge. I used one of the three free digis I was sent to create with. This is the cutest little pumpkin fairy.

I used my Cameo for most of the project until my blade wouldn't cut anymore which meant lots of fussy cutting.
The orange and gold papers are digital papers from Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Summer Brights collection. The sentiment is from the soon to be available BugBites Autumn Splendor stamp set.

Now go and check out the Freshly Brewed Blog and mark your calendar for their blog hop that starts tomorrow.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Exciting things happening!

It is gearing up to be an exciting and busy fall season. I am so excited.

First off, today is the last day to hop and link up a project for the SKdigis Inaugurational Blog hop and first challenge. There are already some great designs linked up, but I know there must be a few of you out there that are up for the challenge. Check it out. Not to mention, Sonia has some great designs to play with and a few freebies!

Now so more exciting news that has me really excited today. I have the honor to serve on the first Design Team for Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.  If you have not heard of Lisa and her blog, you are totally missing out. I have been a follower of hers for a very long time because I envy her creativity and am inspired by the projects she does.

A short time ago she embarked on a new adventure to create her own svg files, digital papers, and clipart. Her designs are so adorable and fun that I know you will love them as much as I do.

Be sure to hop over to her blog today to meet the rest of the fabulous design team members I will get to work with the next few months and check out Lisa's Halloween designs released today.

Phew- that's alot to share so today, but I still have more! You'll have to wait to read about the rest later this week. Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Celebrate the Occasion challenge day...shaped card.

Welcome to another Celebrate the Occasion challenge.  This week we want to see your shaped cards. 
I  am in love with the new Teddy Bear Parade cricut cart.OMG, it is just way too cute. 
I started with the cute farmer bear on the cart, one of many I have not just wait to be placed on a card.

I needed a home for farmer bear and what better but a barn.
So using my Gypsy, I welded two blackout barn shapes from the Country Fair cart to make my card base.
I look forward to seeing what you can do.

Hers's how I did it...
All paper from my scrap box
Base card created using 2 barn shapes sized to 4.25" and welded together from Country Fair cart
Barn Layers cut at 4.25" from Country Fair cart
Distressed stripes Cuttlebug folder
Bear/layers cut at 2.5" from Teddy Bear Parade
Sentiment from BugBites Autumn Splendor stamp set

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Everyone needs a hero.

If your looking for the SKdigis Inauguration Blog Hop post, click here.

Well it's another weekend. I'm hoping to get some scrapping done today. I have a scrapbook retreat coming up next month that I am hosting for 10 ladies so I need to get a move on and get some info out to them.

But before I get started on that, I thought I would share a quick little card using a svg file from Lisa over at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.  She has some adorable files and digital paper to chose from.

I like to have cards on hand that I can grab when the need arises, and I think this would be a great thank you card for the right person some day. These super hero files of Lisa's are so cute!

The red pattern paper is also from Lisa's shop. I had this blue vinyl  paper in my scrap box from another project years ago and finally found a place to use it. Makes his super hero suit look a little shiny and I like the texture it adds too.

Have a great Saturday.

Here's how I did it...

A2 card base in white card stock
Pattern Paper and blue mat printed using Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons Summer Brights digi paper
Mat sized and cut using my Cameo
Super hero cut at 3.75"
Sentiment from My Creative Time Teeny Tag Greetings
Twine from Twinery
Cuttlebug embossing folder Seeing Spots
Button from my stash

Friday, September 7, 2012

Winner! SKdigis Blog Challenge Inauguration Blog Hop

Hey everyone- thanks for hopping by during the SKdigis Blog Hop this week. There is still time to jump in on the fun.
 Just click here to start. Lots of opportunities to win some free digis and a great challenge.
Your suppose to hop along to find the words to reveal the challenge, but here is a hint-- create anything as long as you use a SKdigis image.
Ok, not really a hint by a true reveal I guess--hope Sonia's not reading!
No reason not to enter because you can find some freebies to create with here. 

Now I said I was going to give away a $6 gift certificate to the SKdigis online store today from everyone who left me a comment. So here is the winner.....

Congratulations Sarah! Hope you find some digis to create with and enter the challenge to possible win some  more!

Monday, September 3, 2012

SKdigis Blog Challenge Inauguration Blog Hop

Welcome to the SKdigis Blog Challenge Inauguration Blog Hop!
I am warning you...this is a long post but I have so much to share with you today. So hang with me.

SKdigis and the wonderful Design Team invite you to join us as we kick off this new challenge blog with some inspiration using the cute and creative SKdigis images.
If you've come from visiting Sonia, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to join in the fun during our Challenge Inauguration Blog Hop, click HERE.
Each designer in the hop line up is featuring a project using one of the many digi designs you can find in the SKdigis online store, even some freebies!

I decided to create a fun wobble card using two images from SKdigis online store, this cute mouse and the wheel of cheese. 
the mouse is on a wobble.
I used my Cameo to color the mouse and cheese and then cut them out.  The pattern papers are all scraps left over from some 6x6 paper packs. I finished it off with some black twine from the Twinery. The sentiment is also printed and cut from my cameo. Finally, my little mouse is mounted on a wobble so he wiggles..a bit tipsy from all that wine I suspect, LOL.

Blog Candy Alert!!!
Oh my goodness, so many chances to win during this hop. Where to begin! Each design team member in the blog hop line up is giving away a $6 gift certificate to SKdigis online store- that's 14 chances to win!! 

For a chance to win my SKdigis gift certificate:
  • be a follower of my blog, BugBites
  • leave me a comment here letting me know what you think about my little mouse. 

On September 7th, I will pick one winner who will receive my $6 gift certificate to the SKdigis online store. Yeah!! 
Now, along with all the prizes and fun, guess what's really exciting about this hop? You can participate too! Just create a project and link it up over at SKdigis Blog for a chance to win another $6 gift certificate from SKdigis and maybe even become a guest designer in the next challenge!

But wait, there’s a twist! 
You need to visit all the blogs in the hop line up to collect the hidden words to reveal what the challenge is. Once you have revealed the challenge, link up your project over at SKdigis Blog so we can see your fabulous work. My hidden words for you are: " a project"

Next stop...Annette's Blog. I Can't wait to see what she has in store for you today.
Remember, once you have hopped to all the blog stops, it's your turn to show us your Challenge Inauguration Blog Hop project.
Deadline to link up your project is Midnight EST September 15 to be eligible for the prize.

I'll be watching to see all your great projects.

Sonia Kertznus

Barb Orvis  -- --you are here

Annette Robertson your next stop

JoAnn Valderama

Tine E. S. Kristiansen

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Well, it's the long holiday weekend and it will be a busy one.
Heading to the MN State Fair tomorrow and today we have an Oktoberfest party to go to.
Each year I make the Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Cake for this annual event. It has been going on for many years.

I picked up a couple new carts, one of which is the Teddy Bear Parade cart.
Oh my, it's cute! I made this card for the host and hostess as a little thank you for inviting us today.
Well, I am off to enjoy pretzels, brats and spaetzle...oh yeah, some Beer!

Have a great weekend!!

Here's how I did it...
A2 size center step card
Red and Black paper is from Creative Memories
All pattern and other papers from my scrap box
Bear/layers cut at 4.25" from Teddy Bear Parade cart
Ribbon from Stampin' Up
Sentiment printed on my computer
Stickles and glossy accents along with lots of pop dots on the bear.