2 Crazy Critters Challenge DT post with Bugaboo Stamps

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Howdy all! What a crazy and wonderful time of year, right? I’m up enjoying all the holiday festivities with my family but wanted to pop in with a card for 2CCC’s January challenge! I used Bugaboo’s Hedgie Birthday 02 to make a sweet birthday card for someone special. I used Prismacolor pencils to color this little cutie up. Here’s a closer picture:


This isn’t the only awesome image from Bugaboo Stamps either! You should head over and check out all they have to offer! Be sure to check out their Freebies and Sale page first as new images are 50% off the first week, and they post a new freebie every Friday!!! For that matter, sign up for their newsletter so you don’t miss any of their new releases or promotions! Annnnddd… don’t forget to see what the rest of the 2CCC DT has made for the challenge, and to play along with any creation you have made *with a critter*. It doesn’t have to be a Bugaboo image even though they are this month’s awesome sponsor!

Couple notes on this card… I used Pink & Main Rounded Rectangle dies for the image and sentiment. The patterned paper from The Paper Studios had glitter accents, so I added Stickles to parts of the image and added glitter epoxy dots from Pink & Main as accents.

ETA: This card was chosen as a Top Pick by Crafting Happiness!!! 2020 Top Picks Here&

a Top 3 Pick by Sparkles Forum Challenge!!! Top 3 Badge

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Believe in the Magic of Christmas Silhouette card

***** Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! May 2020 bring you good health, happiness, and lots of crafting!!! I hope we all have lots of crafty mojo all year long! But remember, if you feel like you lost the mojo, use the time to organize your craft supplies and you are bound to find it in the process! *****

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On this Christmas Eve, I have a quick and easy card for you! I used my Silhouette to die cut this beautiful layered Snowflake cut file (#35260) by Snapdragon Snippets. I used a rectangle Simon Says Stamp Stitched die for the mat, which I also inked the edge of with Distress Oxide ink. As the focal is already quite large and covers most of the background, I didn’t want to cover even more of it with a sentiment. I opted to use vellum for the sentiment, which is from Inakindado’s Winter Silhouettes, heat embossed in Wow white embossing powder. The sentiment inside is from a Gina K Designs set called Blessed is the Season.

I love the simplicity of this card design and I have a million ideas for varieties of this design. Its also a great way to use up all those 6×6 paper pads we’re hoarding! Stay tuned, because in the new year I hope to have some tutorials for using up those 6×6 pads… so we can buy some more of them ūüėČ

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CAS Watercolor – Merry Christmas

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I unmounted all of my wood mount stamps in batches. Christmas stamps were the first to get done, cause I wanted to make sure they would get more use than they have sitting in a drawer collecting dust. Now my Christmas wood mounts are in stamp pockets, grouped by manufacturer when possible. Today’s card uses a 1999 stamp made by a company called DeNami Designs, who is amazingly *still* in business! I don’t know the name of this stamp or if it is still available, though I suspect the design is retired. I heat embossed the image in white on a 4×6″ card base made of watercolor cardstock. Then I painted the image and sentiment with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. I love the simplicity of this stamp and the card itself.

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Stanley’s Bauble – Guest DT post for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies


Hey everyone! Its that time again, a new monthly challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!!! As always, the theme is Anything Goes with a Critter, and for December the DT is showcasing stamps from this month’s sponsor Beccy’s Place! Now, I don’t know if you have ever checked out her site, but Beccy has¬†so many¬†awesome stamps and sets to choose from, including both clear stamps and dies as well as digi stamps. Today for my DT post, I’m using a digi stamp called Stanley’s Bauble, which is a freebie on the Beccy’s Place blog. Super cute, right? He was so much fun to color with Prismacolors! I used Pink & Main Rounded Rectangle dies to cut out Stanley, and the mats. The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set called Holiday Hellos. I added sequins, Stickles, and black and white Sakura Glaze gel pens for his eyes, and a silver Wink of Stella for the ornament cap. Here is a close up:


I’d love it if you came over to the 2CCC challenge blog and post your critter cards this month!!! I also think you should run over to Beccy’s Place and check out the stamps she has available. Now, keep in mind you don’t need to use on of her stamps to enter the 2CCC challenge. And while you are at it, check out the challenge on Beccy’s blog as well, where you can win a store credit for her images!!!




Gingerbread House from Beccy’s Place and Pink & Main

Edited to add: If you are looking for my Guest DT post for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, please see *this post*.

Have you ever checked out Beccy’s Place for stamps? Today I’m using a digi stamp from her Gingerbread set and I chose to make it into a shaped card! Fun, right?

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I used my Silhouette to scale the digi to card size and to cut it out as well as an identical outline shape to use for the back of the card. I used Bristol paper knowing I would probably watercolor the image. I used Tombow markers to color not only the gingerbread house but a few images from the Pink & Main set called Cocoa Kisses. Once the card front was dry I added Nuvo pearl drops in all the places snow/icing would be, and added Cotton Candy Stickles to the places that would be candy. Here’s a look at the inside:


The sentiment is from the Pink & Main set mentioned above, as are the gingerbread man and assorted cookie shapes. I used the Nuvo pearl drops for icing again here. The lollipop was coated in Stickles and the icing on the cookies were coated in Nuvo Glaze. As a final touch, I used a black Sakura Glaze pen to trace the gingerbread man’s features to give them a raised, glossy look like icing.

My next post will also be using an image from Beccy’s Place for my Guest DT post for 2CCC.

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Still Young at Heart with Art Impressions


Art Impressions make some of the best people stamps, and this one called Retirement is no exception. While it includes some great retirement sentiments, it also have some great birthday sentiments which I chose to use on this card. Where to start? How about the background… I used a Gingham Cover a Card background from Impression Obsession in red. Then for the images, I stamped and colored them with Prismacolors, then fussy cut them out. I paper pieced the man’s shorts and the dog’s shirt in a gingham patterned paper from my stash. I love how that turned out!!! Now for die cutting… I stamped the inside and outside sentiments, then die cut the outside sentiment with a Quote Bubble die from Cutter Bee. I also cut 2 circles with Spellbinders Circle dies, 1 in white and 1 kraft to coordinate with the coloring. I used blender brushes to ink blend the white circle with Distress Oxide inks to represent grass and sky. After some fiddling I decided on a layout for the images. For finishing touches, I added Nuvo Glaze to the camper windows, man’s eyeglasses and glass. (Why, in this time of technology, is it so hard to capture shiny stuff in a picture?!?) I added black Sakura glaze pen to the eye and nose of the dog and white gel pen to the camper wheels. But that’s not allllll……


I colored up another image from the same set also with the combo of Prismas and paper piecing. I gotta tell you, skin tones are¬†hard. I’m hoping it looks like the people have a little sunburn going on from sitting outside all day drinking lemonade! Anywhoo, she got the same treatment of Nuvo Glaze and that was it! Hard I as tried, I could not find an embellishment that looked right for this card. I have plenty of time before I have to mail it, so maybe I’ll find something. Leave me a comment and tell me what you would try!!!!! Oh, and my inspiration for this card was from a birthday card from my bestie, which also using Art Impressions images. Here is the card I received (Cute, right?!?):

Card by Sharon Granger

12/07/19 Edited to add: This card was a winner at Gem of a Challenge!!!

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MFT Birthday Challenge – Feeling Sentimental

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This month’s birthday challenge at MFT is text based only, no images! Initially I thought that was a tough challenge but then the mojo started flowing and the ideas kept coming! This is my first attempt, using MFT Birthday Speech Bubbles in a rainbow of colors. I added strips of diagonal¬† striped paper from MFT’s black and white striped paper pack to the edges of the card base. Then I trimmed down the stamped panel and popped it on top. Added a few flat matte black epoxy dots from Eyelet Outlet and it was done! Easy peasy!!! I have to admit that while I had these stamps out, I stamped off a couple others in different color combos, so you may see this card’s cousin very soon!

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