Monday, July 30, 2012

You're Bee-utiful & TPR Giveaway!!!!

Happy Monday!  Today I have created a fun card to give someone special in my life.  She is the sweetest grandma ever, so, I made a card for her to show my appreciation! 

To make this card, I used Lori Whitlock's Flip Swing Bracket Card SVG (link HERE).  Isn't this a super fun SVG to play with!  I made my BEE-utiful (bee themed) card with these other fun materials:

Cardstock & Patterned Paper by Stampin' Up!
Yellow Cardstock by Baazzil Basics
Sentiment stamps by My Thoughts Exactly
Bee embellishments by Recollections
Border die by Papertrey Ink
Star background stamp by Unity Stamp Co.
Ink by Stampin' Up!

Now for the FUN!!!!  It is GIVEAWAY time at The Paper Retreat!  To celebrate my new name and updated blog, I am giving away a pile of embellishments from my craft stash!!!  Yippee Yippee Joy Joy!!!!  I have used many of these embellishments in my projects and know you would love to get your hands on these too!  There are embellishments from Prima (package of 6 flowers), Creative Charms, Autumn Leaves, Maya Road, My Minds Eye (package of Everyday Fun embellishments), just to name a few!  I even included one of the bees I used for my card above!

UPDATE!!!!  How would you like to win more goodies????  If more than 50 people enter this giveaway, I will be sweetening the pot with a My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pack.  If more than 100 people enter the giveaway, I will be adding 3 ink pads and a 12x12 patterned paper pad from Stampin' Up!.

To enter the Giveaway, please like my new Facebook page at and leave a comment on this post!  That's it, really easy!!!!  If you want to earn an EXTRA CHANCE, spread the word about my giveaway on your blog and/or Facebook page (and make sure to mention it in your comment)!  The giveaway will end on August 11th at Midnight CST!  Good Luck!

I am entering my card into the "A Flair for the Electric" blog party at Paper Issues.  They have an awesome giveaway too!  Check it out HERE.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Unity Challenge! Love These Stamps!

The latest challenge at Unity is to make a project relating to a wedding.  The challenge "I Do" is linked here: Unity Stamp Company Challenge

A few months ago, I stocked up on Unity Stamps (there was a huge sale and I couldn't resist, so much Unity cuteness out there!) and believe it or not, I just opened up some of the packages.  It felt like Christmas in July!  :)

Here is my entry.  I love all of the pink and black yumminess in this card!  Enjoy!

Craft Supplies:
Unity Stamps - Hearts of Old Background Stamp, Sentiment from Precious Little One Set, Bracket from Ippity Life's Little Moments Set
Stampin' Up! Punches - 5 Petal Flower (Layered Multiple Times), Circle, & Scalloped Circle
Paper by My Mind's Eye & Stampin' Up!
Buttons - Papertrey Ink & Autumn Leaves Bag O' Buttons
Black Stickles
Twine - Papertrey Ink
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink in Black, Melon Mambo & Black Ink by Stampin' Up!
Creative Charms Gem
Black Border Die from Papertrey Ink
Lace Ribbon from Michaels

If this project inspired you, leave me a comment.  Would love to hear from you!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Digi Die Cuts - SVG Freebies Galore!!!!

So I might be living in the dark ages, but I just discovered Digi Die Cuts - they sell very beautiful SVGs for use with your die-cutting machine.  They have a new freebie each week!  This week's freebie is this super cute ribbon:

There are 10 (yes 10!!!) other freebies available!  If you haven't already, go grab these!  Check out their store for other SVGs available for a small fee - well worth the price!  I like that you pay for the individual SVGs versus having to buy a whole collection when all you may want is one of the SVGs in the collection.

Here is a link to the freebies!  Enjoy!

Also, please stop by and "Like" my new Facebook page.  Say hi and share a link to your FB page/blog too.  I would love to see what you are working on!


Monday, July 16, 2012

My New Facebook Page! Stop By & Like!

Hi everyone, with the change of my blog from "In Love with a Bug" to "The Paper Retreat," I have created a Facebook page for "The Paper Retreat."  Would love for you to come by and "Like" my new page -  I will be sharing lots of fun projects, sales info, etc. and don't want you to miss out on the fun.  Also, I will be having a giveaway soon!!!

FYI - The "In Love with a Bug" Facebook page is being switched over to my small business so I will no longer share my papercrafting projects on this page.

Hope to see you on Facebook at The Paper Retreat!  :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Freebies at ScrapNFonts!

Six freebies at ScrapNFonts!  If you are not familiar with SNF, they sell the cutest fonts and doodlebats (fonts with shapes), and brushes for photoshop!  I have used their fonts in many projects I have made!

  1. Have a Good Day Card. Fits #10 envelope
  2. Free font: LD Bold Blake
  3. Free doodlebat: DB Little What-Nots
  4. 6 adorable Good Day Mini Cards
  5. Free Photoshop Brush Set: Build a Flower
  6. Have a Good Day Cupcake Wraps

Make sure to snag the 6 freebies before they are gone!  Ends Saturday, July 21st!  Make sure to like the SNF Facebook page and tell them thank you!

The freebies are located at the blog linked below.


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Big Sales on Your Favorite Products! Don't Miss Out!

CHA (Craft & Hobby Association Conference) is happening now, which means many of your favorite brands and online stores are offering sales on the older collections to make room for the new releases!  This is the best time of the year to snag the goodies you have been eyeing. 

Here are some sales you may want to check out!

Unity Stamps - Buy One Get One on their Itty Bitty Stamps!  Up to 10 free stamps!  Also, you will get a 35% off coupon to use on a future purchase in July!  You will be able to use the coupon for the new products coming out after CHA!  Hurry this sale ends Sunday, July 15th at Midnight!. - Check out their clearance!  They are making room for new products.  Some great products at great deals!

Two Peas in a Bucket -

Sizzix - Huge Outlet & Warehouse Clearance Sales!  Many, many awesome dies up for grabs!  Hurry ends July 15th!

If you know of others I may have missed, please let me know.  I am sure there will be more sales coming soon! 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A New Blog Name - More Papercrafting Fun Ahead!

Hi everyone,

I have changed my blog name from "In Love with a Bug" to "The Paper Retreat" and my blog address has been updated to  With this new blog name, I am going to make a few changes to what I blog about.  Not only will I share my projects (which I hope you like!), I will share projects that inspire me, new products I recommend, sales you shouldn't miss, and other papercrafting news!  I want this blog to be for you too - so having info you like should be a win win for all!  Don't worry, all of my old blog posts are still available on this re-named blog!  Thanks for taking this journey with me!

New Facebook page coming soon!!!!