The online digital art store Bugaboo is turning 7 and is having a week long challenge event to celebrate. I first met this group last year while working with Cupcake Inspirations. Quickly, they became one of my favorite online digi providers (mainly because they have a series of snarky wise cracking woman digis that make me laugh out loud).
Seven years for any group is a huge deal, let alone an online crafting company, so I thought it was worth celebrating for them. They put out seven challenges over seven days, and I jumped on board.
Day 1 (which started on Saturday) was an inspiration photo day. I just love that little cake and thought it was a perfect image to launch their birthday celebration. I printed out their digi Turtle Trio Bithday and started coloring it in with my copics. I tried to use colors that matched up with the inspiration photo (except all that lovely turtle green). I pulled out a sentiment stamp from Craftin Desert Divas and stamped out a birthday greeting in cobalt Archival ink. I trimmed up the image and backed it up with some teal card stock. I think at this point we all know I am not really known for making decent birthday cards, but this one might be an exception. I think this one actually was pretty cool.
Day 2 of the celebration (Sunday) brought out a sketch challenge. I pulled out last weeks Freebie Friday, Seahorse, and flipped the image on my computer. I printed out the image and set about coloring it.
I colored in the image and fussy cute it out (I really do hate fussy cutting). I pulled out some sand looking printed paper and two cool looking blue papers and trimmed them up so they would fit the rectangles in the sketch. I then pulled a really cool scrape of metallic blue card stock and die cut it with a Little B die set. I started assembling everything, and trimmed up some of the sand looking paper into a banner. I stamped a birthday sentiment from a Fiskars stamp set. I grabbed some dimensional stickers and adhered the sea horse, so he could pop off the page.
Day 3 of the days of challenge (Monday) was a color challenge. I pulled up on my computer Dolphin Duo and printed it out.
I snagged my copics and went to town coloring the image. I tried to keep my pale teals really pale, but I feel I may have gotten a little heavy handed with it. I trimmed the card stock and backed it with some pretty dark and pale brown wood grained printed paper. I adhered everything down to an A2 card and added a bit of a birthday sentiment under the image. In hindsight, I wished I had added the sentiment to the bottom of the card and taken it further away from the image. Next time, I guess.
Day four, (Tuesday) was a time for a bingo challenge. I knew I needed a little break from the underwater theme, just cause I needed a little bit of snark and sass. I pulled out one of the new digis, JJ Coffee. I decided to follow the middle path of the bingo card, featuring ribbon, bugaboo image and blues.
I printed out the image and started coloring it in with a wide variety of blue trios. Yes, I probably should have given JJ some blue highlights, I just couldn’t do it. I then pulled out a Funny Bones sentiment and stamped it into the blank area of the image. Then I added a simple happy birthday sentiment to the top of the card stock. I pulled out some pretty and witty blue printed paper and adhered it to an A2 card. I then pulled two different ribbons from my stash and adhered both of them to the bottom of the focal image. Finally I pulled some sequins out, and added them with a bit of glossy accents.
Day five of the challenge (Wednesday) was a theme day. The theme of the day was a “funny” birthday. Easy peasy.
I printed out the Seahorse digi again (this time leaving it face the intended way). I colored it in using my copics. I then pulled out some simple printed paper and adhered it to the A2 card. I stamped some simple leaves hoping it looked like seaweed (it didn’t), and colored those leaves in with my spectrum Noir glitter pen. I pulled out my favorite snarky birthday sentiment from Funny Bones and stamped it onto some white card stock. This sentiment always makes me laugh. I then took some pearls drops and put them onto the card trying to get them to look like bubbles (which it didn’t). I know I keep it simple, but it looked good, I think.
Day six of the birthday bash (Thursday) was another theme challenge. This one was ‘make a card for a kiddo’.
Now at this point I have run out of fun underwater Bugaboo designs, and I just wasn’t feeling like repeating an image I had already done. So I pulled out an older (at least for me) digi called Teddy Bear Topper. I love this digi. I think it is so much fun and sweet and just scream ‘children’. (my kids are all teddy bear kids). So I colored up the image with my copics, making certain to have both a boy bear and a girl bear so that I can give the card to what ever gender I need to. (Seriously, I love coloring this digi). I fussy cut out the top of the image, and pulled some old alphabet block card stock and trimmed it up to fit an A2 card. Then I pulled a scrape of white card stock out and (splicing several different stamp sets together) a sentiment. I added some dimensional tape to the image and adhered it to the card. I’m not certain at this moment if this works, but I really do like the fun feel to it.
Day seven and last day of the celebration (Friday) was a recipe challenge. The recipe was as follows: create a project that uses 2 bows, 3 layers, and four pearls. I have never done a recipe like this before, and it felt a little daunting (paper piecing is never my strong point).
Now I lucked out with this card, because the Freebie Friday feel on the last day of the challenge. There was a great fish download, and boy was I excited about a new underwater image to color. I printed out Make It Snappy Fish and went to town coloring it in with my copics. I trimmed out the card and backed it with some white card stock. Then I went digging in my paper collection and found a light blue dot page that on one side had a large dot print and on the other, a small one. I pulled out a bit of orange dot paper and started trimming up all the papers. I am pretty sure the paper piecing was a fail, but I had the intentions when I started. I pulled a couple of little buttons out and tied some floss into bows through the buttons. I adhered them with some glossy accents, and since I had the bottle out and unclogged, I went ahead and added glossy accents to the bubbles. Finally, I pulled out some tiny pearls, and added four of them to the corners of the fishy image. Not my favorite piece from the week, but one I am still proud of.
If that isn’t enough, I don’t know what is. But I do want to say Happy, happy birthday to Bugaboo. Here is hope for a healthy and happy next seven years.