Saturday, July 19, 2014

Time To Announce The Winner

I want to start out by saying a big ole Catch The Bug Thank You to everyone for joining us in our Christmas In July celebration!  Bugaboo fans are the best!  

You all left some lovely comments and created some amazing card!  I'm gonna be busy for quite a while checking them all out but what I've seen so far..........amazing!!!!

Now on to the announcement of the winner!

I used to choose the winner of AKV Santa Presents and it chose commenter number 42, Debi B
Blogger Debi said...
You did a great job punching up the card. Great embossed strips. Love how you added some color to the snowflakes on them. Really nice card for the holidays, which thankfully are still 5 months away.
TFS in the hop.
Debi, you can email me at to claim your prize.

Thanks again everyone for playing along!

Until next time, have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  TTFN


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Are you as excited as I am?  

I absolutely love our annual Christmas In July at Catch The Bug, don't you?!!  It's filled with fun challenges, great prizes and loads of fabulous Bugaboo  inspired projects.  The best part is you will be able to check off some of those Christmas cards or projects from your to do list! You can never start too early on Christmas!

 So let's get this party started with the big, jolly guy himself!


We're kicking off our celebration with a blog hop, but if you started at the beginning you already know that and came here from Angela's blog.
Angela Pruisman

 If you just came here to check out my blog, and want to hop along, the best place to start is here at the beginning.

Here is my Santa card featuring Bugaboo Stamps AKV Santa-presents.

Keeping it kind of simple on this one.  I colored the image using a combination of Copics and PSE 12 , then added the snowflake embossed side strips just to punch it up a bit. I still felt like it needed a little something more, so I added the snowflakes and ribbon.  Still simple but fun. 
Now  it's time to head on to Billie's blog, the next stop along the hop.

Billie Anderson
Don't forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win the image (or image of your choice if you have this one already) I used on my card and don't forget to tell your friends about all the fun and exciting challenges we're having this week.

Until next time, have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  TTFN
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Crafty hugs,

Friday, July 18, 2014

Christmas In July Day Seven-Last Day

Oh the weather outside is frightful. but the Christmas In July challenges at Catch The Bug are so delightful!

Today is the last day for our annual Christmas In July celebration and I have had a ton of fun doing the challenges and showcasing some of the many wonderful Bugaboo Stamps Christmas images.  I hope you have had just as much fun doing the challenges with us.

Today is a treat because you get to get a free image.  Every friday, Jodie-the very generous owner and illustrator of Bugaboo Stamps, gives away a free image.  All you have to do is head over to Bugaboo Stamps and download it.  It's that easy!!

Today's Freebie Friday image is  JJ Merry Christmas and she's perfect for today's challenge!
The challenge is "Starts With A C" and since she's holding a candy cane in her hand, all you have to do is color her up and add her to your project!  

I kept with the candy cane theme and kept everything red and white.  I colored the image using a combo of PSE 12 and Copic markers.  It's Christmas so I added lots of ribbon accents and some bling to make it more festive!

Y'all have left so many nice comments this week and I thank each and everyone of you that came by and showed your love and support for Bugaboo Stamps.  I will be randomly drawing a name from all those lovely comments tomorrow and will post it Sunday morning!  

Thanks again for playing along!  Have an awesome weekend and take care!  Until next time!  TTFN

Crafty Hugs,
Becky G

Other Great Challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge-Glam It Up
52 Christmas Card Throwdown-Christmas In July
Crafty Sentiments-Christmas In July
Just For Fun-Anything Goes

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Christmas In July Day Six

Melekalikimaka is the thing to say on this bright Catch The Bug Christmas In July challenge day!

Okay so I really over did it on the song this time, just couldn't help myself.  You'll understand when you see the challenge for today.

It's a photo challenge and Bugaboo Stamps has this awesome set of Tropical Santas that are perfect for it.

I chose to feature Tropical Santa-Suntan but he got a little sunburned lying around in the hot sand and sun.  He really should have put on his sunblock.  I mean, seriously, he spends most of his time covered from head to toe in fur, he had to know he would get a nasty burn.  Lol

The bold colors were inspired by the colors of the flip flops, the embossed background was inspired by the sand.  I sponged on clouds to mimic the clouds in the photo.  I used a combination of PSE 12 and Copics to color the image. I think this is my favorite from the week.  It's just so much fun!
My sister would love this card.  She spent many years living in Hawaii and every year she would wish me a Melekalikimaka!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for our Freebie Friday image and our final CIJ challenge 2014.

Until next time, have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  TTFN

Crafty Hugs,
Becky G

Other great challenges:

Crafty Boots-Christmas In July
Scrap Creations-Christmas In July
Sweet Stampin-Christmas In July
Sister Act-Anything Goes
Wags N Whiskers-Anything Goes
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Christmas In July Day 5

You better watch out, you better not pout. Santa Clause is coming to Catch The Bug for day five of our week long Christmas In July celebration!

Oh my goodness, this week has been so much fun! Y'all have left the nicest comments and have done some awesome work on the challenges.  We are so happy and thankful to have you join us!

Wednesdays at Catch The Bug are for humorous cards but we're adding a Bingo challenge to it as well.

Now, the closest I came to humor on my card was the Santa's laughing (I put on my thinking cap, but just didn't come up with anything funny.  So weird for me.)  Anyhow, here is my "humorous" card featuring Bugaboo Stamps Make It Snappy- Ho Ho Ho Squares.

My Bingo is in the third row down.  Embossing (snowflakes folder) Polka Dots and A Bow.
I colored the image using a combination of PSE12 and Copic markers.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for an Oldie But Goodie and a challenge.

Until next time, have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  TTFN

Crafty Hugs,
Becky G
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Christmas In July Day Four

Over the river and through the woods to Catch The Bug's Christmas In July celebration we go!!!

Yep, we're still taking a break from the summer heat and celebrating Christmas In July!  I sure hope you are joining in on the fun!  If you're not, it's never too late and you could win some fabulous Bugaboo images.

Tuesday is New Release day at Bugaboo Stamps and you are gonna love the adorable image we are sharing with you today.  We are also doing a recipe challenge.  All you need for this challenge is a little kraft paper, a dash of embossing (wet or dry) add in a pinch of snowflake and you have it!  

Here is my card featuring the oh so cute Mouse Ornaments:

I colored the image using a combination of PSE 12 and added dimension using Copic markers.  For the snowflakes I used my Snowflake embossing folder and a few punched snowflakes (SU).
Isn't that little mouse the cutest?!!!  

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for our Humor Me Wednesday challenge!  I hope you're having as much fun as I am.

Until next time, have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  TTFN

Stamping Hugs,
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Christmas In July Day Three

We are still celebrating Christmas In July at Catch The Bug.  I hope you are joining us in all the challenges and are having as much fun as we are.  I can't wait to see all the fabulousness that will be coming out of our week long celebration!  

It's Monday which is traditionally Anything But A Card day  but we are adding a color inspiration twist to our creations.

  I have a fun Christmas Home Decor treat to show you that was super easy to create.  I featured Bugaboo Stamps Snowman Topper in this frame I picked up at the Dollar Store.  

I colored the image using a combo of PSE 12 and added highlights using Copic markers.  The snowflakes were die cut using the Cricut and Graphically Speaking cart.  
Super simple to do and it will add some holiday fun to your Christmas decor.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for Bugaboo's new release image!

Until next time, have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  TTFN

Crafty Hugs,
Becky G
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