April 16, 2014

Bit by the Bug: Another Bug is Born...Easter Lilies + Other News

Hidey Ho everyone.  It is time for another new release but first up some apologies have to be made.  I made a seriously big mistake last week.  I blame Microsoft.  I've been dealing with the ramifications of Microsoft pulling support for Windows XP which means a complete system upgrade and overhaul.  For the last week I have been up to my elbows in putting my computer system back the way it should be and I'm not done yet.  Everything on my own blog has had to be put on hiatus but I THOUGHT that I could keep things flowing properly over here by getting some work done ahead of time.  Well, I honestly don't know how I mixed up the release dates but I did.  Chirp's Arrival was supposed to go out on April 16th and last week's post should have showcased Team Bugalug with a different image. This of course meant that poor Team Bugaloo was rather confused when they popped by the blog and saw their cards up last Wed. when they thought their posts weren't due until today.  It also meant that one member of Team Bugalug showcased an image that was different from what I showcased here.  Oy vey, what a mess!  So if I threw any of you off, I sincerely apologize.  I also need to apologize big time to my poor team members for all the confusion.  I don't know what else to say other than mea culpa and I hope that you can all forgive such a terrible blunder on my part.  I'd like to say it will never happen again but I've learned that the word 'never' should not be in anyone's vocabulary.

As a result of this confusion I have decided to include last week's new release and Team Bugaloo's cards in this post as both Vicky and Monica will be posting about them today.  When I showcase the second new release, I will link up Judith's post to go directly to the post that she created last week.  Suze is posting today so I'll just link to her blog as usual.  I really am very sorry for all of this.

So, once again I'd like to introduce you all to...
Chirp's Arrival is in the STORE in the Easter section on the Holidays page, and is available for purchase, if you are interested.  Clicking HERE should bring you right to that section.

Isn't he the sweetest thing ever?!  Chirp has just entered this world and boy is he in for a wild ride!  With his full life ahead of him, I wonder what adventures await!  Not only would Chirp be fabulous on an Easter card but he would be perfect for a new baby card too!  He could even work for a birthday card since he too has just been born!  So many fabulous ideas.  What will you create?

Team Bugaloo is up with creations to showcase Naomi's precious new image...
Such a vibrant Easter card by Vicky.  Fabulous colours and layout too.  You can check out the details of this project over on Vicky's blog Crafting Vicky.

Next up is...
Chirp looks right at home and what a fabulous sentiment.  Great papers and beautiful ribbon as well.  You can check out all the details of Monica's card by visiting her blog, TaylorMade 4U.

On to the second new release.  Next up, Naomi has available for you, the versatile image...
Easter Lily is in the STORE in the Easter section on the Holidays page, and is available for purchase, if you are interested.  Clicking HERE should bring you right to that section.
While this image would obviously be great for Easter, it would also be perfect for a sympathy card or any other kind of card where flowers are appropriate. 

Team Bugalug made these lovely creations to showcase Easter Lily...
What a great Easter card with lots of pretty embellishments. You can check out all the details of Judith's creation by visiting her blog, Judith's Adorable Creations.  Click HERE for the direct link to this specific card.
Suze has taken an almost monochromatic approach to her card this week.  Check out that background paper and the pretty lace.  You can check out the details of this creation over on her blog, Craftysuze

Naomi has been busy filling in lots of Easter card orders and so has this one to share with us today...

Beautiful inside and out.  Fabulous diecuts, a pretty green butterfly and some flowers make this card stand out. The beautiful verse on the inside says it all.

Now, it is your chance to win a copy of the latest new release...

Once again you have the opportunity to win a copy of Naomi's newest release.  In order to have your name in the running to win a copy of Easter Lily, let me know what your favourite spring flower is?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject.  Leave a comment ON THIS POST by noon on April 22nd, in order to have your chance at winning this image.

Winners will be announced during a special winner announcement post on Wednesday, April 23rd!

But now it is time to announce the winner of the last new release.  I had wanted to know, how you celebrate Easter or Passover in your home?  Do you observe the religious aspects of the occasion or the more secular ones?  Are there any special traditions you try to observe each year? Five people answered and it was nice to see a variety of traditions.  As far as it goes in my own home, since we don't have any kids, I still try to make it special for the hubs and go downstairs in the wee hours of Easter morning and hide all of his chocolates.  We also have a special Easter dinner.  Since we are vegetarian, the meal varies from year to year but there is generally always stuffing and yams as an accompaniment.  This year we are having a stuffed meatless 'turkey' breast that we picked up a Meatless Market when we were visiting family in London, ON, at Christmas time.  We also put together Easter 'baskets' filled with goodies for our two surrogate nieces.

 Time to tell you who won a copy of the last new release, Chirp's Arrival...

KT Fit Kitty
(randomly chosen at  Mini Web Tool)

Kittty, please contact me by sending an email to:  CBD_winclaims {at} outlook {dot} com (or by clicking HERE to bring the address up in your email program) with the subject heading 'Chirp's Arrival,' to get your copy.  It might take me a few days to get back to you, so I appreciate your patience.

Now some news about what will be happening in May...

Since we had such fun with the first challenge and several of the participants can't wait to play in the next, we've decided to continue along in that vein for awhile and starting the first Wednesday in May, we will begin a monthly challenge. I hope that more of you will have the opportunity to play with us real soon!!!!

For the next couple weeks I am going to be busy trying to get us all set for the start of the challenge so there will be a short winner announcement post for Easter Lily next Wednesday and then I'll be back on May 7th with all the details and rules for how we are going to set up the challenges along with the challenge itself.  But don't worry, I'm sure that Naomi will be popping in over the course of this time period to bring you all some fabulous inspiration.

So on that note, it is time to say 'adieu'.  For all our Jewish friends and readers, Good Pesach! For those of you who celebrate Easter, I wish you all a fabulous Easter Weekend.  In Canada, Good Friday is a national holiday, although it isn't observed officially in Quebec; however, people living in Quebec have Easter Monday off.  Good Friday is also observed in eleven different states in the US and also in Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela. So hopefully, even if you don't celebrate the occasion, you'll be in a country or state where you at least get a long weekend.  Take care everybody and I'll see you next week!


Stephanie said...

Chirp is adorable and I love the pretty lily.

sue k said...

Love the lilly, it's the perfect Easter flower. Chip is adorable.
My fav spring flower used to be the crocus but since our move to Arizona it is now the prickly pear flower.

Lisa said...

Chirps Arrival is so adorable and the Easter Lilly is gorgeous!! The DT projects showcase them beautifully!! I love all of the gorgeous cards!! Have a great day :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

KT Fit Kitty said...

Woohoo, I could not be more excited!!! I love Chirp and I am tickled pink that I won - thank you!!!! I will send you an email.

The cards are adorable with both images! The Easter Lily is beautiful! Such a lovely job by your talented DT!

My favourite spring flower is such an easy one - I LOVE the Hyacinth - pink is my favourite. The fragrance is fabulous! I get forced bulbs (usually in February Brian will buy me a pot) and they fills my house with the beautiful scent of spring. I have them in my garden too and there is one that has just bloomed. I think I lost a bunch over the winter, sadly.

Looking forward to the challenge in May - I really hope I can play this time!

Thank you, Lisa! Wishing you and
Naomi a wonderful day!

Kimberly Goodman said...

Naomi, The package arrived safely this week and I can't wait to use my new rubber stamps. Thank you, Kim

D- said...

LOVE all your cards everyone!
Chirp is a cutie and the lily is beautiful.
No worries a computer can be a problem child once in a while.
My favorite spring flower is the daffodil. They remind me of my Momma.
Crafty hugs,

Creative M said...

The cards are just LOVELY my friend!!!Love the adorable chick but so in love with the lily card!!
My favorite flower would be Daffodil or the Sunflower..
Sending tons of love to you, Michael & Troy
Have a wonderful day,
*Crafting With Creative M*

Karen said...

Such beautiful images, Naomi... I especially love the lily, as my heart always gravitates to flowers. :o) Your team did an amazing job, as they always do!

My favorite flower is the daffodil, for sentiment purposes as well as the beautiful sunshiny yellow. :o) Have a blessed rest of the week, my dear friend! You are deeply loved by so many!

Hugs and blessings,

Edwina said...

my favorite Spring flower, Oh my I have a few. I love all of them, but I think my most favorite is the jonquil. It is such a cheerful flower and is in bloom at Easter. Here in New Jersey I look for the Crocus the first sign of Spring. I love this hearty little flower who will bloom even when snow may still be on. Edwina Brown

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