Sunday, September 30, 2007

Celebrate Life

The workshops were great yesterday! Everyone seemed to enjoy the class and love my workshop! I needed a quick card for later this week so I thought I would share it with you. It is to celebrate the life of a beautiful woman who lost her battle with breast cancer after over 5 years. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

We wish them all the best...

Stamps: Happy Harmony, Warmest Regards
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Accessories: Giga Scallop Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Ribbon
Techniques: Masking


Saturday, September 29, 2007

Christmas Cards Vol V

This is a short volume but I just couldn't help myself...I have my 30 cards for $30 at 2pm so this has got to be quick!!!

I saw the tutorial for this card on Beate's Blog and just had to try it because it's just TOO cute! Imagine, you could use this to share a picture or a recipe...the possibilities are endless! Check it out!

How cute is that?!? Thank Beate for sharing!

Stamps: A Tree for all Seasons, Snow Burst
Ink: Basic Black, Soft Sky
Paper: Soft Sky, Old Olive, Celebration Wrapping Paper, Whisper White
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels, Aqua Painters, 5/8" Real Red Ribbon, Making Memories Buckle, Circle Punch, Scallop Punch, Tab Punch, Corner Rounder Punch


Retired Motifs

Don't get excited! No stamp sets have retired...just my father-in-law! We went to see him in all of his glory last night (I should have taken a photo!) I did manage to get a photo of his card (I took it in the car on the way to the party! Thank you Liv for the beautiful backdrop!

Well, I have to admit, this one was well worth the Father-in-law was very impressed! I just love it when I get a card right!

Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Brocade Background, Naturals Ivory
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, 5/8" Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Scallop Punch, Tab Punch

It looks like it might be time to do another tutorial...that way I can share with you how I made the medallion!


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

One happy stamper!

Hello Everyone!

Well, I went to and asked for a number and it came up with the number, I counted and it seems that Latisha is our big winner! Thank you so much for all of the attention! You have all made me a very happy stamper!!! I especially love that some of you are coming back to see what I have been getting into!

I hate to put up a post and not have a photo to I thought I would take some photos of my workshop to share. I believe this is the cleanest this it has been (DH is in the middle of doing some work so there are some tools on one of my tables)...I don't usually use that type of hammer on my cards!!! We are still working on the room and will be for the next several months but for now this will do. Anyway, I must get back to preparing for this weekend's workshop!


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Hello, my name is Heather and I am an addict...

Well, I know I am not the first and won't be the last but sometimes I just can't help myself! Buttercup's homework this weekend was to create a treasure box...well initially I wanted to do a paper box (out of cardstock with a template)...DH said no...

We have some boxes from our move hanging so we were going to decorate one of those...well, we found a smallish box but the thought of decorating it made me sad...I knew it just wouldn't make the cut (well, my cut at least!)

The next thing I knew I spied DH's empty coffee can in the recycling (the large tin)...I don't know what came over me but it spoke to me! So, here is Buttercup's challenge! She choose the papers, stamps and embellishments (even the ink colour)...we had a great time! Buttercup can't wait for her day to show her treasure box!!!

So, here's the scoop!

Stamps: Doodle Alphabet
Ink: Pink Passion
Paper: K&Company (yes, from the same's just too fun!), Whisper White, Pink Passion
Accessories: Crop-a-dile, Stickers, ric rak, Fiskars Circle Cutter and mat

Step 1
Cut 12x12 paper in half, glue to can (there will be a gap you can cover this with ribbon or another colour of paper - I recommend that you do this at the bottom so it doesn't interfere with the lid)

Step 2
Use your Crop-a-dile to punch holes in the can if you want a handle on the can (this makes a great drum now too!!!)

Step 3
Glue ribbon and other embellishments on tin (we used stickers from Michaels' and ribbon I had from some sewing projects)

Step 4
Cut second piece of paper into a 5" circle (I used a Fiskars circle cutter) and glue to the centre of the lid to cover the writing.

Step 5
Decorate your lid as desired. Buttercup loved stamping her name and glueing it all together...poor girl was worried about not centering the paper.

Step 6
Stop right there mom! This is not your project...but if it was, I would fill it with something fun...I will share some ideas with you later on (after Buttercup's special day) but for now it's filled with some of her small dolls to share with her friends at school.

Step 7
Find the right support group...because at this rate I am going to be doing homework soon!!!


Saturday, September 22, 2007

A Bloggin' Gift for a Lucky Guest!

It's been busy here lately! I spent the day with a HUGE crowd of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators at our Regional Meeting in Hamilton! This gave us the opportunity to swap, mingle and learn some great new ideas and techniques to share! I was very excited to meet Vicky a fellow blogger in person! I have to admit, I felt a bit like I was meeting a celebrity!

Such fun! This was one of my favourite Make & Takes...the really cool part is that it has a cute little pocket inside...but we will save that for another day!

I just wanted to share some eye candy with you and remind you that there are only a few days left to win that BLOG CANDY!!! The best part is that I wanted to celebrate hitting 1,000 hits and here I am not a week later up to more than 1,300 hits! I am so, so, so excited!!! (Helps me justify this time spent to my DH!!!)


Friday, September 21, 2007

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Well, we are just headed out the door to go to a birthday party of a longtime friend of mine! I am so excited! I managed to create this card for her today (hope she likes, no...loves it!)

I am usually an exclusive Stampin' Up Girl but when I saw the BIG box of K & Company Papers at my local Costco, I just couldn't resist the urge! So, here's the scoop... first of all, this is a CASE from Sharon Johnson over at No Time to Stamp...go check it out...she's got simplicity down pat!

Ink: Black Stazon, Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Stamps: Blooming with Happiness
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Taken with Teal, Whisper White, K & Company Designer Paper Accessories: Rhinestone Brads, Slot Punch, Chocolate Chip Ribbon

I think the best part is the actual gift (I am giving her my "Girlfriends' Card Kit") which I hope she is going love!

We are OFF!


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Calendar Cutie?

I told you I had been busy...I created this last night too but just didn't get to posting it. I decided to use a sketch from Pencil Lines for inspiration and came up with this using Sketch #49.

This wasn't the picture I was originally intending on using, in fact Granny is covering some of my embellishments but I hate to show Scrapbooking without photos...I want you to see how the pages look with photos in them. Now imagine your photo there!

Stamps: All Holidays
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Paper: Cutie Pie, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: Crop-a-dile, Certainly Celery Ribbon


My Inspired Garden

All of your responses have been quite motivating to me! I just love the attention (who doesn't?) So, as a result, I have spent my evening stamping (well, creating really...)! You see I forgot to tell you, Mr Brown appeared at my doorstep this afternoon! So rather than share with you the actual products he brought, I thought I would share one of my creations instead (this was CASEd directly from the Stampin Up wrapper)!

So here it is...I know I have used this photo before but what can I say...there is nothing like a Mother's love! Anyway, this is another page for my upcoming calendar class on November 4th. Register now, space is limited!

Supplies Used;
Paper: Secret Garden SS
Accessories: Chocolate Chip, Scallop Punch

It's as simple as that! Ready to buy the kit yet?


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

E-mail Updates!

I am so, so, so excited! As part of my celebration I have added the Feedblitz Application. This means that you can have any posts I do e-mailed to you at the end of each day! So go ahead, what are you waiting for? Sign up!


Thank Blog for my Readers!

Well, I am very impressed! I really only launched the Creative Bug Blog a few months ago and am so pleased to see that I am up to over 1,000 hits! I know that's small time for some great bloggers out there but we all have to start somewhere!

So, I am delighted to announce that I am going to have some great blog candy for one lucky, lucky participant! It is not finalized yet but there are for sure going to be some great papers from K & Company, accompanied by some Stampin Up! Inspiration Sheets. I would like to add some Card Candy to this (fun embellishments created by moi!) but we will see if time permits!

Now, in return for this fun opportunity, I would ask that you, (my beloved readers!), leave me a comment and tell me your favourite post so far or something you would like to see in an upcoming post. I will randomly draw a number next Tuesday afternoon so be sure to post by the end of the day Monday or early Tuesday morning!

Any questions?


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Criss Cross Paper-Saving Tutorial

5 1/2" x 12" Cardstock for your card base
5 1/4" x 3 3/4" Peice of patterned paper
5" x 4" Cardstock for insert
4 3/4" x 3 3/4" Neutral cardstock for insert
1 1/2" x 9" Coloured cardstock for card band
More paper for accents
Spiral Punch


Step 1
Score 5 1/2" x 12" piece of cardstock at 3 7/8" and 8 1/8"

Step 2
Cut scored piece diagonally from center top to the outside bottom on both outside panels (see photos below)

Step 3
Cut patterned paper in half diagonallyStep 4
Glue patterned paper to the card front. I used doubled sided patterned paper and used a piece from either side.

Step 5
Add sticky strip to the bottom of the middle panel, as well as the bottom of the triangle flap that will be on top of the card.

Tape the card base together and set aside.

Step 6
Take the neutral cardstock for the insert and use the spiral punch on the left side of the paper

Step 7
Glue together

Step 8
Stamp and embellish your insert

Step 9
Score 1 1/2" x 9 1/4" piece of coloured cardstock at 2 1/2" and 6 3/4". Use sticky strip on one end to tape band together.

Step 10
Embellish your band and add to your card base.

Le Voila! The card is complete and ready for mailing!


Friday, September 14, 2007

Wild About Criss Cross Cards!

Well, I know that it's been a week but being back to work is time consuming! We had a full weekend with the fair and family so I am finally catching up and fitting some stamping in! So here goes. I have 2 boy birthdays this month (one is on Sunday!) and no cards in site! Well, now I have one and I will complete a tutorial to show you how I did my Paper-Saving Criss Cross Card (I hate using any more paper than necessary!)

I couldn't decide on a clip colour (I am leaning toward green) so I took pictures with both! Here is the card together (with the blue clip);

And apart (with the green clip);

Stamps: Wild About You
Ink: Basic Black, Summer Sun, Only Orange
Paper: Creative License SS Kit (Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie), Whisper White
Accessories: Green Apple Ribbon, Spiral Punch, Scallop Punch, Circle Punch, Paper Clip

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Buttercup's First Day of School!

Well, today was a big day here...and it started out beautifully...

How excited is she? Now look...

Poor girl...she put on a big show for the teacher...but settled in after about 45mins in the class (we were only there for 1hr today!)

Onto stamping now...I figured I would lump a couple of challenges together we have a sketch challenge and a colour took me quite awhile but I am happy with the results in the end...I think! What do YOU think?

Stamps: Polka Dots & Petals
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Always Artichoke
Paper: Groovy Guava, Kraft, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Silver Brads, Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, Unigel Signo Gel Pen, Tab Punch, Prima Flowers


Monday, September 03, 2007

We're so proud!

My Brother-in-law and his wife have started a fabulous business called 'Hinged 'n Hewn'. They were in a craft show this weekend and were honoured with the best display and vendor award! So, I made them a card to congratulate them and to let them know how proud we are...

I hope they enjoy this card! And I will be sure to post our new harvest table that they created just for us when it's at home in my kitchen!!!


Saturday, September 01, 2007

Now who doesn't LOVE a SALE???

So here we go...if you spend $40 you can recieve any of the listed stamps at 30% off!!! I will be placing orders on September 6th and the 20th so take a look and let me know!

If you do not have a catalogue please contact me or check it out on-line.

You have until September 30th to take advantage of this great deal!!!