Monday, September 30, 2019

ABC: Re-useable Color Shirts


Every time I have an ABC post assigned my heart sinks a little bit because let's face it, cards are kind of my thing. But when my friend told me about this new thing to give as a gift ... I was kind of jazzed.  As my friend put it ... who doesn't like to color (especially cute little girls), and I was sold on this as a possible Christmas gift idea.

Another selling point for this shirt was a new vinyl for my cutting machine (I can see that you are thinking, "Wow, Joanna, it takes so little to get you excited about crafts doesn't it?" Yes, it is kinda pathetic isn't it?) But we digress. As I was saying, there was also a new kind of vinyl to try (called infusible ink) to use on shirts. So off we went to Michaels to get a shirt, the infusible ink and a box of watercolor Crayola markers.

I'm using the Bugaboo image Fall Autumn Fox from the Bugaboo shop.  There are so many images in the Bugaboo shop that finding the perfect image is super easy. Be sure to click on the Freebie & Sales tab. There are always some good deals there too.

The new vinyl actually colors the fabric fibers rather than laying on top like other kinds. Because of this, you must use a cotton/poly blend shirt rather than the 100% cotton that have always been used. Also, the Cricut instructions had us use a deeper setting to cut.  When we ran it through the machine, it also cut the plastic mat as well as the vinyl so weeding, the process of pulling the unneeded vinyl, was a bit of an issue.

The vinyl looks brown in its raw form but irons on black.

After you iron it, the shirt is soooo soft.  I really like the new vinyl. The point of the shirts are that kiddos can color the shirts and wear them but the washable marker comes out in the washing machine. They will have fun coloring them over and over again.

My little model sure had fun coloring.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

SS with Bugaboo Stamps


It's time for another challenge over on the Sketch Saturday blog.  This time we are sponsored by the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps.  Jodie is offering our winner 4 digis.  Woot woot, what a great prize.

I used one of my favorite images in the shop: Christmas Hedgie to make a Christmas card. I've been making so few cards lately that nearly every card I make is Christmas .... I still have the dream that I might be able to send out homemade cards this year. I've got that Man of La Mancha song in my head, "To dream, the impossible dream ...."

Anyway, I hope you can join in our fun this week.

Friday, August 30, 2019

FF: Relaxing Guy



The end of Summer is here (insert REALLY sad face here).  Not because I will miss the warm days ... I hate hot ... but because I will miss having the boys around and our lazy schedule.

But in better news, it's Friday so that means there is a freebie over in the Bugaboo Digital Stamp shop.  It is a cute one too!  It's called Relaxing Guy. It's super easy to get this image, just click the Freebies and Sales tab from the Bugaboo homepage.

Check out what my teamies did with this image by going over to the Catch The Bug blog.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

SS: More Babies!!


Happy Saturday everyone.

I was beginning to doubt that I would make it, honestly.  What a long and stressful week!!  But near the end of it we got some good news (GREAT news, honestly) that pulled us through.  Yep, you probably guessed it from the card ... I will have another grand-niece or nephew to cuddle in March.  Babies are the BEST!! My card goes out to my niece.

I used the sketch from the Sketch Saturday blog.  This week we have Scribbles Design as our sponsor.  She is offering our winner a $10 Gift Card to her shop.  Cool.  We hope you have time to join in the fun.


Friday, August 9, 2019

BTW: I Love Coffee

Art Impressions is challenging us to create cards with a Coffee theme.  It was pretty easy for me to join in.  I made this first one today with AI stamps but I have soo many other stamps with just that same theme. I'm trying to dig out the mess that is my desk so I'm finishing up some  of my half done projects.

This next card has been sitting on my desk for about a year ... half done. There is a tiny bit of schmutz up on top; it's probably finger oil. Sigh, but it's too cute not to finish it anyway.  I'll send it to someone who won't care!

Now I am down to just 13 cards to finish.

I don't even want to think about how many sewing projects that I haven't finished.

FF: Stella - Push My Luck

It's Fri-YAY!!

And that means it's time for a freebie over on the Bugaboo site.  Yippee! This week Jodie has another Stella image available. I love Stella and Gus images! This one is called Stella: Press My Luck and can be found under the Freebies & Sales tab.

Hurry over to the site and snap up this one and shop some of the other darling images that are available for sale on the site.

If you need more inspiration about how to use this image, head over to the Catch The Bug site.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

New Release Tuesday


It's Tuesday and that means it is New Release day over in the Bugaboo store. This little cutie is Ice Cream Butterfly Bear. I wanted to use an insect sentiment but most of the ones I have are for bees sooo, I went with that. Sorry.

It made for a cute card anyway. If you want to see what the rest of the gang did with the image, head on over to the Catch The Bug blog.