Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bugaboo New Release Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! Today is new release day at Bugaboo and this AKV Man camping of the cute images being released today. Always great to have some fun new manly images to use. This one will probably go to one of the special assignments for Chemo Angels. I never have enough manly cards ready to mail.

Stop on over to the Catch the Bug Blog and check out what the other designers have done with this cutie.

Card Recipe:
Image: Bugaboo  AKV Man Camping, MFT sentiment
Ink: printer, Palette Noir
Paper: copic xpress, PTI Dark Choc, and PTI Kraft, BG pattern
Extras: copics, nesties, dimensionals, stickles, PTI button and rustic twine

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Little Miss Muffet inspiration post

Happy Thursday. We have a little inspiration post to share on the LMM facebook page. Everyone is showcasing the stamps or digis that are available in the store. I am in the home stretch of my month of boy cards (challenged by Faye!). I'm having fun making all these manly cards and funny thing is I'm giving them away as fast as I'm making them. Good thing she challenged me, lol!  My  image is called Polka Dot Pals Kyle. How cute is he? This one reminds me of my Finn! We always collected bugs in jars in the summer, usually caterpillars or fire flies.  Stop on over to the facebook page and check out all the inspiration from the DT.

Some challenges I would like to enter:
Cards und More 2W must stamp C5 - # 111 Summer Fun
Crafty Sentiment Designs W, 1E, SIO - Hand Coloured Image
Try It On Tuesday C5, 2nd & 4th weeks - Things With Wings (the ladybugs)

Card Recipe:
Ink: printer
Paper: copic express, PTI Summer Sunrise and Enchanted Evening, MME prints
Extras: copics, nesties, dimensionals,  PTI twine, MM brads

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Little Miss Muffet (a look at my photo box)

Hey everyone! Barbara (the owner and artist) at Little Miss Muffet asked us to share how we photograph our cards for blogging. Here a shot of my light box.  I have a pretty basic one made from PVC pipes. My dad built this one for me after I saw the one he was using. There are lots of online tutorials, here is one that is pretty similar to mine. I don't have the joints glued together, so it can be easily taken down when I need the space. 

Here is a photo of it in use. I cover it with a sheet to block the light from over head and from the window behind it. Next I turn the lamps on and angle them as needed. I take my photos with flash off using the macro (up close setting, the button on the camera looks like a tulip). My other photo taking life saver is using a tripod and timer. I not sure if it's just me, but I always have a little kick back from the camera if I'm holding it, blurs the photo for me. A tripod and time fixes that problem.

OK, here is my shot of the photo. Nothing great, but I am going to adjust that! For my photo editing I use a free online photo editor called Pixlr, it works well for me. I have PSE, but it find it complicated so I stick with Pixlr. 

The first thing I do is adjust the white balance, this really is the key for me. You can see the first photo looks so dull and yellow, but by adjusting the background to whiten it up, the colors really pop. I also always take the photos on an angle, that way you can see any dimension from a popped up layer and for me it seems to be the only way to capture glitter in a photo. 

Lastly I crop it down to get rid of all the excess background. That's pretty much it, I just reduce the file size and save it. 

The super cute image here is called Babe Little Star, this was my card for our anything goes challenge #90 last week, it's on for two weeks so you still can join the fun! My sketch is from Sketch n Stash #35.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If there is anything I didn't explain well enough feel free to ask me.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bugaboo Saturday Challenge

Happy Saturday! It's challenge time at the Catch the Bug blog. This week is our monthly bingo  challenge. Makes it simple to play along. I've used the bottom row stars, Bugaboo image and texture. Hope you will play along for a chance to win some Bugaboo images!

My image is called Kidz - Dad Boy.  I love this image, it's so cute, it comes in a girl version also.

My sketch comes from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2-21. I love all of their sketches.

Stop by the Catch the Bug blog and check out the fun creations the DT came up with this week.

Card Recipe:
Image: Bugaboo Kidz -Dad Boy
Ink: printer
Paper: copic xpress, PTI Enchanted Evening and SU Crushed Curry, MME print
Extras: copics, star embossing folder, dimensionals, Trendy Twine, PTI button

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bugaboo Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July time at Bugaboo stamps. The prizes are wonderful, so we hope you will join the fun and craft with us all week.  Today we have a fun challenge for you, it's a starts with a "C"! It would be great to see everyone use this freebie image, but it's not required. For my "C" I've used a Cuttlebug embossing folder 

I've used the today's freebie image. Such a fun Christmas image.

Card Recipe:
Image: Bugaboo 
Ink: printer
Paper: copic xpress, PTI SSW and Slate
Extras: copics, sequins, dimensionals, crystal effects, Sakura Stardust pen

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Little Miss Muffet Challenge

We've got some fun going on at Little Miss Muffet today. There is a new challenge for you to play along with. The challenge is Anything Goes, makes it super easy to play along.  The stamp I'm using is from Little Miss Muffet,  it is called Babe Little Star.  Stop by the Little Miss Muffet blog and check out the other gorgeous samples! Hope you will join the fun and play along with us!

My sketch comes from Sketch N Stash challenge 143. It's a week where you can pick any of the sketches from the sketch book. I went with number 35. My image is new and my paper is some Authentique Hope paper from my stash.

Card Recipe:
Image: Little Miss Muffet Babe Little Star
Ink: printer
Paper: copic xpress, PTI Dark Chocolate and Spring Rain, Authentique prints
Extras: copics, nesties, Verve edge die, card candi, white paint pen, sewing machine, PTI button and twine dimensionals

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bugaboo Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July time at Bugaboo stamps. The prizes are wonderful, so we hope you will join the fun and craft with us all week.  Today we have a fun challenge for you, it's a bingo challenge! 

I've used the North Pole image. Such a fun Christmas image. Perfect for a fa cheerful holiday card.

Here is a peek at the bingo board. I went diagonal with Bugaboo Image, Player's Choice and Bow.

Card Recipe:
Image: Bugaboo North Pole
Ink: printer
Paper: copic xpress, PTI Pine Feather and Simply Chartreuse, MME print
Extras: copics, stickles, PTI ribbon, sewing machine, PTI bitton, Trendy Twine