Monday, July 23, 2018

Bugaboo Christmas in July!

Last year I'd only been blogging a few months when Bugaboo celebrated their Christmas in July event. It was so much fun, so I'm happy to participate again this year. I spent the weekend happily making Christmas cards.

The first, for Saturdays' Challenge, "Baby It's Cold Outside" features a Bugaboo image, "Three Snowmen." I reduced the images to fit within a wonderful film strip die from Marianne Design. (Being able to enlarge or reduce images is one of the reasons that I love using digis.) Printed the sentiments off on my computer. Am entering the card into several additional challenge including The Cutie Pie BINGO Challenge (Third column- Glitter, Diecut and Card Candy- the photo strip is perfect for a bit of card candy! Actually, next time I enter a card candy swap, I will be making these!), Simon Says Wed and Happy Little Stamper challenges (Use a Die).

Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps- Christmas in July- Saturday                       (
The Cutie Pie Challenge- #125 BINGO                                     (
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Use a Die or Punch      (
Happy Little Stamper- Dies- Anything Goes                          (
Artistic Inspirations- Challenge #205                                     (
The second, for Sunday's Challenge, "Bugaboo Sketch" features two Bugaboo images, "Deacon Elf Sitter" and "Comfort Chair" (printed on patterned paper, shaded with Spectrum Noir markers and highlighted with a white gel pen before fussy cutting.) The sentiment is computer generated. Am entering the card into several additional Christmas in July challenges. (Since I love all things Christmas, I love this time of the year!)

 Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps- Christmas in July- Sunday                               (
Di’s Digi Stamps- Christmas in July                                                (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #395 Anything Goes   (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge                             (
Happy Little Stamper- Christmas-Anything Goes                                   (

The third, for Monday's Challenge, "Anything But a Card" again features the Bugaboo image, "Deacon Elf Sitter." He is colored with Spectrum Noir markers, and I added some delicate embellishments to his jacket and hat with a white gel pen. This time I perched him atop a little gift box that I made with Christmas themed scrapbook paper and a tutorial (  The scrapbook paper I used was pretty heavy, so when folded as per the tutorial was bulky. I found that after following the directions on the tutorial I unfolded the paper and cut some sections out to make it easier to fold together. (I developed photos of the cuts I made below.) Oh, and I cut Deacons legs off (that sounds awful!), then taped his body to the edge of the gift box, also taping him to the ribbon to add a bit more stability. I then added his legs with foam tape to pop them out a bit adding more of a 3-D look. The side photo below might help you to see this detail.  So fun!

Entered into: 
Bugaboo Stamps- Christmas in July- Monday                  (
The Paper Shelter- #348 Ribbon, Lace and/or Twine     (
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Krafty Christmas           (
Penny's Challenge- #389 Anything Goes                           (
Kitty Bee Designs-#123 Anything Goes                              (
My last card for this posting isn't for the current Christmas in July event, but it is being entered into a Bugaboo challenge, "Stella Says Sketch"!  I used a freebie from Beccy's Place and lots of paper scraps to make my yummy card!  I do have to note that I hand drew the chocolate chips to the bottom dip. They probably don't stand out quite so much. I think in real life they probably only peek out occasionally, right? For some reason, I didn't have any ice cream in the house so I couldn't do a still-life rendition. (Ha! As if it would have lasted long enough to do that anyway!) The sentiment on the front of the card s also from a Beccy's Place digi set named "Candy Shoppe." The sentiment on the inside is a freebie from

Entered into: 
Beccy’s Place Challenge- July                                                           (
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge                             (
Pixie's Snippets-Week #331                                                              ( 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #344-345 Anything Goes     (
We Craft Cards Wednesday Challenge-Ice Cream!                      (

One final note, I just learned that a generous, and very sweet, blogger that provides several challenges a month is offering the chance to win a wonderful assortment of blog candy this month. All you have to do is share the offer on your blog! Below is a photo of the "candy" and here is where you can learn more!

PS Hazel's other challenges that I regularly enter are Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge ( and Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge  ( Check them out! 


  1. Love your card with the comfort chair image. Love the papers and your coloing is wonderful. Thanks for playing with us at Happy Little Stampers July Christmas Challenge.

  2. Gorgeous cards Kathy! I love the little snowmen in the filmstrip, they are super cute & the snowflakes are so pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  3. Love the card with the film strip, Kathy!
    Great to print Deacon Elf Sitter on patterned paper and then color it!
    Deacon sitting on the gift box is gorgeous and I love how you altered his jacket!
    Your card for the Stella Says Sketch challenge is awesome too.
    Thanks for joining us at the Christmas in July event of Bugaboo.
    xxx Margreet DT

    1. Thanks for your sweet words, Margreet. I need to clarify that I printed the chair on patterned paper, not Deacon. He was printed on white paper, colored, fussy-cut and then adhered to the chair. (I'm pretty good at coloring, but not so good that I could cover up patterned paper!)

  4. Those little snowmen in your first card are gorgeous Kathy, what sweet little faces! I love the colours you chose for their hats and scarves too. Great idea to shrink them down so they fit in the film strip, it looks like a series of holiday snaps.
    Your little elf is also a sweetie! I love that you've arranged to have him sitting on the big green chair, it looks super comfy. Cute background paper too. And how clever to then perch him on top of the gift box!! I love this idea Kathy, especially the addition of the foam tape for a bit more dimension.
    Your last card for this post is awesome! I really love those additional choc-chips in the bottom scoop of ice-cream, and you did a great job colouring them in. I do suggest you go to the store and purchase some ice-cream... purely for educational purposes, of course.

  5. Gorgeous creations!! Thanks for joining us for our Christmas in July celebration.

  6. Lovely creations.
    Thanks for joining us at Bugaboo hristmas in July event.
    Annemarie en merit GDT

  7. Wonderful work Kathy and of course I love your snippets card - just right for our heatwave here! Parsnip has unzipped hi fur suit and is skipping around just in his pink skin - most unnerving to see!


    Di xx

  8. So beautiful and interesting cards! Thank you so much, dear Kathy, for joining the challenge at Aloha Friday that we are sponsoring! Good luck with your entry!

    Digital stamps and coloring books
    DigiClub - You can get as many images as you like

  9. Wonderful cards with great paper. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge this month.

  10. What gorgeous cards, Kathy! I especially love the adorable little snowmen peeking through the die-cut film strip. Great colouring and beautifully designed. Thanks so much for joining our HLS July Anything Goes with Dies.

  11. I LOVE how you put Deacon in the chair, awesome! Gorgeous projects. Thanks for joining Catch the Bug's Christmas in July challenges, good luck! Dawn Bugaboo DT.

  12. ADORABLE, thanks for playing along during our Christmas in July week at Catch The Bug.

  13. Thank you so very much for joining our Saturday CIJ challenge @ Catch the Bug! I love your project. Good Luck!

  14. Love these! Especially the snowman filmstrip..thats very cool!
    Thanks for joining us in our Bugaboo Christmas in July event!
    Smiles...Jodie (Bugaboo Stamps Owner)

  15. Love your work! Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog. Good luck!
    Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  16. Goodness Kathy!! You have been SUPER busy (and I agree, I love the CIJ event because it lets me bang out a bunch of my cards quickly!) I absolutely adore your Deacon projects. Such amazing coloring. Thanks for sharing all your projects with us over on the Catch The Bug blog.
    ~Jo, Bugaboo DT

  17. They are all sweet, I love the elf and the box you have made with one page of paper. Thank you for joining our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog Hop.

  18. Thanks for your support for my challenges and also for linking for my blog candy. xx

  19. Awesome projects! You have been busy.Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  20. Awesome card! Thanks for joining us at Catch h Bug.

  21. What a fun image and sweet card. Thanks for sharing on our Aloha Friday Challenge.

  22. What a great fun card thanks for joining in with our bingo board challenge here at Cutie Pie challenge,good luck Lyn DT x.

  23. Fabulous cards......Thanks for playing along with us at the Cutie Pie Challenge :)
    Wendy xx


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