Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentine Love Bug Themed Mini Blog Hop - FREEBIES & Inspiration

Yay!  Today’s the day for our mini blog hop

Its time for another one of our fun blog hops and this time round our theme is L♥VE.

There are four of us in today’s blog hop, Debbie from Paper Pulse and I who have created some .studio and SVG  fun cutting designs (and I also included PNG files which are suitable for digital scrapbooking templates) and then we are fortunate enough to have two talented crafters, Helen from Pinky Paper Craft and my sister Nina from Notes by Nina who’ve helped us showcase our designs by making them into some beautiful things!

Here’s the design I whipped up for you - a sweet little lady/love bug!


I’ve used scraps of paper I had hanging about so unfortunately I can't identify this Designer Paper, however both stamps sets used are Studio G. 


Isn’t this bug just the most cutest?

I embossed its wings with clear embossing powder which created a “shellac”, and the little legs are long enough that if you wanted you could possibly get this sweet little critter to stand up.  I think it would be delightful to stick it on top of someone’s computer monitor or on a patio sliding glass window using a glue dot.

This design is for your own personal use.  If you would like to sell items made with my design you need to ask me permission by emailing me at lalalime(at)hotmail{dot}com


personal use


Next, you must hop hop HOP on over to Debbie’s blog to see her sweet design.  I believe she has 2 for you today - both fabulous!  I chose to make the following card using Debbie’s Scalloped Lace Heart Edge Card cut:



I am always so impressed with the intricate, exotic cuts Debbie creates and this one is take-your-breath-away gorgeous.  Her cut includes the little heart pocket on the front.  I don’t show it in these photos but I lined the inside of the card (writing area) with a patterned rose print paper on the right hand side, for 1 inch which complements the color of the front through the lattice pattern.

Designer Paper  by my dear friend Kristin Cronin Barrow from her BOHO Chic collection.  This paper is a “gloss” design on very thick paper which made it ideal for this sort of a project. 

  • So now hop on over to Debbie’s over at Paper Pulse to pick up this delightful design! 
  • Then, hop over to Helen’s at Pinky Paper Craft to see how she used our designs -
  • And finally HOP over to Nina’s at Notes by Nina to see what she cooked up! 

NOTE: some of us ladies are on different time zones so if one of our blogs is not “live” when you are here, PLEASE check back in a day.  Its so hard to co-ordinate!  Thanks for your patience.

And since its a L♥VE theme won’t you take a moment out of your super busy day to leave each of my talented friends (and sis-tur) some comment love to make their day?


Love  bears  all   things,

Believes  all  things,

Hopes  all  things,

Endures  all  things.

1 Corinthians 13:7

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  1. This little lady bug is so cute Barb, what a bright fun card. Thank you for the file.

    The card you created with Debbie's file is stunning, I love the added sparkle. Thank you so much for letting me participate.

  2. Adorable, Barb. Thanks so much.

  3. This bug is so cute, thanks for share this
    hugs linda

  4. Lovely sentiment to go with your ladybird, Barb and nice work with Debbie's gorgeous lacy border too.
    Tine (Addie24)

  5. Barb, you bring out the love in everything you do. I am blessed to know you. Thank you for the darling ladybug cutting file, for thinking about doing these fun blog hops, and giving everyone some card making inspiration. Helen and I must have got our wires crossed with figuring out the time to post. Hopefully, everyone will be able to download my shared cutting files tomorrow. As always, it's been a pleasure to do a blog hop with you. Love and hugs, Debbie

  6. Fabulous...thank you so much for the file...love it all..!!

  7. Hi Barb, your file is so cute, your cards are lovely. Thank you so much for asking me to join you and Debbie and Nina. I have really enjoyed the experience.

  8. This is the cutest ladybug!!! Thank you so much :D

  9. Barb love the creation you have made and I also love what you have done with Debbie's creation.Great job.

  10. WHEEEEEEEEE- Mrs Miles you brightened my day for sure ;-P. lol. How CUTE is that!! wow!

    I'm back in my "designing" chair now and getting settled for the rest of the year ( and hoping this time Mr Murphy decides to visit someone else- BWHAHAHA).
    The kids left yesterday and I loved having them here to create a bit of chaos and I promised I wouldn't NOT moan about the mess they leave lying around- I didn't but did bite a hole in my cheek a few times- hahaha.
    I missed them too much over the holiday period ;-(

    Thanks for the "berg" as could sooo use it right now..*gasp*.. heat wave here and we are all battling to keep the energy levels up in the +35C weather. I start sliding off this PC chair just after lunchttimr... so getting up early in the morning ( hee hee, would have thought that alone would bring some rain-lol).
    Been thinking of you and you are never far from my heart and mind my friend.

    Sending loves all over this blog today.. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  11. Thanks so much for that cute ladybug file. My oldest granddaughter would love a card made using the file. Your card using Debbie's file is gorgeous. I love the paper that you used. <3

  12. Barb..I LOVE your Card! Such a CUTE lady bug. I really Love the heart dots on it.:)Thank you so much for sharing your cutting file with me!

    Your card using Debbie's lacy cutting file is GORGEOUS!! LOVE that paper too!

    Have a FANTASTIC day my dear friend!!:)

    Love and hugs,

  13. Thank you so much for this sweet little bug! It's very thoughtful of you to make such a lovely gift! (Can I decorate my red VW bug to look like yours? I adore the heart dots!)

  14. wow looks like you are having some fun...love your love bug ...might have to try a card. You ladies are so talented ...thank you for sharing going over visit the other ladies.


  15. Your love bug is sooooo cute!! Thank you so much for sharing the file!!
    Your card with the elegant border is just gorgeous!!

  16. Your Lady Bug card is so adorable, love those little hearts on her back. Keep smiling and creating, its been fun hopping around.

  17. Better late than never for visiting, eh? I love your super-cute ladybug! What a charming little character! Your card using Debbie's file is beautiful, too! I missed not participating this time...maybe next time. :)

  18. Thanks for the Love! It is too cute!


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