Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bugaboo Stamps & Catch the Bug: Operation Write Home Birthday Bash

Bugaboo Stamps and our challenge blog, Catch the Bug, are hosting a special challenge this week to help Operation Write Home's (OWH) celebrate its birthday! At the risk of repeating something you probably already know, I'll just say that OWH is in its second year of "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them."

Because I'm the daughter of a career Army man, this is obviously a cause that's near & dear to my heart. So, I hope that you'll join us in creating a Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Al Hijra/Ashura, Winter Solstice, or non-denominational/non-religious thank you card for our men & women serving away from home this holiday season (See calendar here.).

PS. I want to give a shout-out to the men & women from all of the other countries in the world that are also serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, or away from home!

Supplies: Bugaboo Stamps image, Stampin' Up card stock, The Paper Company card stock, Memory Box designer paper, Copic markers, Prismacolor markers, ??? ribbon, Mark Richards embellishments, A Muse Art Stamps sentiment.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bugaboo Stamps: AKV Fall | Scarecrow

This is really an odd-colored, icky-sickie picture, isn't it? It's a shame too, because I simply love Bugaboo Stamps' A Kid's View images and I'm really excited about the Fall collection that Jodie's releasing this Freebie Friday. . .{sigh}

On the bright side, the spousal unit Lance found an extremely inexpensive laser printer here! Now I won't have to spend taxpayer $ on time & toner. . .;) 

Supplies: Bugaboo Stamps image, PaperTrey Ink card stock, Stampin' Up! card stock, ??? designer paper, Copic markers, Prismacolor markers, May Arts ribbon, Target $1.00 Spot embellishments, Jen del Muro sketch.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bugaboo Stamps: Wee Ones Fairies | Lean on Knees

So, do you remember me telling you about my new printer woes? How heat-setting my images wasn't preventing the ink from bleeding? Well, neither did Prismacolor's Premier Matte Fixative nor heat-embossing. . .DAMMIT!!! Despite the fact that I normally telecommute on Mondays, I dragged my considerably padded ass into the office just so I could print some images there. If that isn't dedication to Bugaboo Stamps and my craft, I don't know what is. . .;)

PS. As a matter of fact I do think I deserve a medal, or at least a gold star by my name. . .;)

PSS. And that is the story of why my Catch the Bug OBG project actually started off as a The Crafty Hos project (blue + green + yellow color challenge). . .;)

Supplies: Bugaboo Stamps image, PaperTrey Ink card stock, Stampin' Up! card stock, Copic markers, Prismacolor markers, MOD designer paper, ??? ribbon, Cloud 9 embellishments,  Sketch Saturday sketch.

Challenge: Sketch Saturday Week #120.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bugaboo Stamps: Tutorial Wednesday

Since I've become the Assistant DT Coordinator for Bugaboo Stamps, one question that I've been asked repeatedly is "How do I get selected for a DT?" And while I can't answer that for all DTs, I can tell you a bit about what we look for in a potential DT member. Pay close attention because this could be very important later. . .;)

In no particular order. . .

Talent: Obviously, your talent's important. Not just your technical talent (i.e. great with Copic markers, making bows, etc), but also your artistic talent (i.e. color harmony, balanced sketches, etc.).

Blog: A blog's layout and appearance tells us a lot about you. And while we're looking for something aesthetically pleasing and informative, we're looking more at the number of followers you have, how often you post, what challenges you participate in, and what companies you patronize.

Country of Origin/Demographics: We look at what country you're from - We're well-represented in the US, but what we want is a greater global presence. We also look a bit at what state you're from (if you live in the US) your age, ethnicity, gender, etc. It goes without saying that diversity in the DT contributes to  diversity in projects, posts, challenges, ideas, supplies, etc. . 

Originality: What makes you, well you? I'm going to use Paul as an example. Yes, he's a guy, and yes, he's from the UK/Wales. But the following three things are what really make him stand out. 1) He creates a lot of ABCs when most of us create only cards. 2) His reconizable style: clean, graphic, and bold. And, 3) His technical know-how - He layers images, creates backgrounds, mirrors images, creates different colored images, etc.

Loyalty: We're paying attention to you when you regularly participate in our challenges, blog hops, PCP group, and CDAC group; and also when you comment on the Bugaboo Stamps blog, the Catch the Bug blog, and the DT memebers' blogs. Ask Lori. . .;)

Experience: Believe it or not, this is probably one of last things we look at. As long as your know how to work with digital images, we don't much care whether you've ever been on a DT before or not.

Application: Of course we're looking at your sample projects, but honestly we look almost as much at how well you answered the questions and followed the directions.

Ingredient X: Finally, this is that indefinable, indescribably je ne se quoi that tells us that you are the one. We're an extremely tight-knit group (many of use close friends) that works well together. There're no divas, no tempers, and no egos (barring mine, but I prefer to see it as a healthy sense of self-worth. . .;). Obviously we want to maintain that.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bugaboo Stamps: Stella Witch | Wicked Witch

It appears that Stella's simply over the moon at being featured in this week's new release. . .;) Drop in for a spell at Bugaboo Stamps to see the rest of the wild, wacky, and wonderful witches in Stella's coven. And then head on over to the our challenge blog, Catch the Bug, to see what the DT's been brewing up.

Supplies: Bugaboo Stamps image, PaperTrey Ink card stock, Stampin' Up! card stock, Heidi Grace designer paper, Copic markers, Prismcolor markers, Making Memories embellishments, Sweet Sketch Wednesday sketch.

Challenge: Sweet Sketch Wednesday #66.