Monday, May 22, 2017

BBTB2: Happy Birthday Challenge - Flowers Make Me Smile

Hi All,   It's been a few weeks since I've posted.   Just family stuff getting in the way.  I am not really happy with today's blog entry, but at least I was able to find time to get my Cricut Explore running again.  My mojo is definitely not back.  Perhaps it was the background paper - I am trying to use up older papers and I thought this looked similar to the inspiration card.   I saw this wonderful card by Wendy Cranford, a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, on her YouTube Channel and thought I could reproduce it using my Explore.   Here is the link to her video HERE.  It was an easy card to put together, but different in some ways.   I used the following cartridges:

Flower:  Bits and Pieces
Leaf: Create a Critter
Tag:  Sentimentals
Stamp by: Stamps of Life
Sequins and Stickles for added bling

This week at Bitten By the Bug2 our challenge has a fun theme:  Birthdays!   That leaves the possibilities endless.  Come join in the fun and challenge yourself and link up a birthday project to the Linky.


Monday, May 1, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Art Nouveau Butterfly

Yesterday was the best day, the jasmine in my neighbor's backyard and my lemon tree are in full bloom, making the smells absolutely intoxicating.  The weather was the hottest day yet this year, and we are all looking forward to the weather heating up the pool, so we can swim.  I planted my annuals and rearranged a few things in the yard and it's beginning to look like my vision.

My card today is a design based on our theme at Bitten By the Bug2 for this week, insects, bugs, butterflies, and bees, your choice (selected by Emily, from Mollie's Motif.   I stepped a little out of my norm and brought up the Art Nouveau and Art Deco cartridges.  This card will go to a good friend celebrating a big milestone birthday next week.  I decided not to put a sentiment on the front, but will decorate the inside with a big number 60! hahaha.   Come and join our challenge at BBTB2 and link up your insect/bug Cricut creations.

Also linked to Cut It Up - Challenge 121 - Wings

Monday, April 24, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Spring Fling - The roses are blooming

Our hostess for the week is the talented Caroline, from Card Creations b y Caroline, and she wants us to show our spring colors and use any Cricut cut with spring flowers - daffodils, tulips, roses, anything in bloom.  Link up your card or project to our Linky at Bitten By the Bug2.    I used roses, since they are in bloom in my yard right now.  I have about 10 rose bushes in various colors in my yard, they do really well here.

I used my Cricut for both of my cards today, the roses are from Spring Fling, and the overlay for both cards is from Antiquities Cards.  My butterfly was created with paper made on my Gelli plate, and then die cut from a Stampin' Up die belonging to a friend.  I added Stickles as dots on the lattice for a little sparkle.

Monday, April 17, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut: Candyland game, so Much Fun!

I used the Family Album cartridge and altered the gameboard to make it similar to the Candyland game.   I added color to the gameboard, changed the banner to say Candyland, and added icons simular to what the board has.  This was a really fun layout to make, and the picture was great too.    I taught my granddaughter to play the game using the same game board that her mother played on.  Notice the tape holding the cover together, yep, it's 30+ years old.

Join our "Sweet" challenge at Bitten By The Bug2, our hostess is Valentya, from "" and link up your sweet cards and projects to our Blinky.   Have a sweet week sugar!

Cricut cartridges:

Gameboard background and banner:  Family Album
Strawberries:  Preserves
Hard Candy:  Sweet Shop
Ice Cream:  Doodlecharms
Candy Wheel:  Holiday Cakes
Candy Cane:  Merry and Bright
Font:  Cricut Keystone

Monday, April 10, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Easter is for Chocolate Bunnies

Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy Day!

Doesn't it feel great to see all the kids about, the nicer weather, and longer days?  I know I come alive when Daylight Savings time starts.  I made 3 layouts this week, and worked on my scrappy quilt -  that's pretty good for me.  Oh - and I cleaned a bit of my craftroom - that doesn't happen often enough, and worked pulling weeds in the yard.

This week at Bitten By the Bug2 our challenge by Susan, from Busy with the Cricky, is to use an Easter related cut on your project or card.   Submit your entry to our Linky page and enjoy all the posts from our designers and followers.

I made a traditional layout this week, making it a little fancy by adding lots of bling (gems, washi, and flowers) that I got from Queen and Co. at the Scrapbook Expo.   I inked most of the cuts, used a Cuttlebug folder on the basket, along with adding the lamb medallion on the front.  Little gems look like eggs in the grass.   I probably will insert pictures of the grandkids hunting eggs.     Enjoy - Maureen

My cuts are as follows:

Chocolate bunny - Create a Critter 2
Chick - Easter
Basket and eggs  - Doodlecharms
Title of Happy Easter - Miss Kates Cuttables
Grass - Artbooking

Monday, April 3, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut, Hiking Donner Summit

It's Arbor Day at Bitten By The Bug2.  Kelly from Kelly's Concoctions is our hostess this week.    Use a tree cut cut from anything Cricut and submit it to our Linky page.

Here is my take on trees.  This is a layout of my son on a hike we took last summer. That's Donner Lake in the background.  We were hiking the Mt. Judah trail on Donnet Summit. It was a gorgeous day, a 6 mile hike, and spent with family.  Who could ask for more?

Cartridges used:
Rocks:  Dino Play
Tree limb:  Christmas
Great Outdoors:  Artbooking
Circle:   Free image
Canteen:   Outdoor Man
Trees:  Frozen

Come join and celebrate our Arbor Day challenge at BBTB2 this week by linking up your card or project.


Monday, March 27, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Garden Soup Signs for the Veggie Garden

Spring - Time for planting the annual veggie garden.  Time to get some fresh air, plan the yard and break out the shovel.  This year will be special because for the last 4 years we have been on water restrictions here in Northern California.  Not that I'll be wasting water, but we'll at least be able to use it.  (oh yes, the rates are higher too).  I'll be able to plant more vegetables, and hopefully will have a good crop.  It's a little too early to get the plants in the ground, so I made a few signs for the yard - all using my Cricut Explore.   I'll protect them from water by encasing them in clear contact paper.

My trio of signs is from the Garden Soup cartridge.  I inked edges, colored the trimmings, and put fine little stitching with the Signo white pen.

This week Michele, from  Cricut Crazy Scrapper, is our hostess.  Join in the challenge she selected, which is to cut a sign or a banner using Cricut cuts.   Link up your project to our Bitten By the Bug2 blog, it's fun and challenging!

Monday, March 20, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Special Delivery - It's a Grandson!

It's my turn to host the challenge at Bitten By the Bug2 this week.  My daughter had her third child, a boy, in February.  It's a natural that I selected Baby or Baby Shower cuts for the challenge this week.  I put together a layout of #3 grandbaby captured from a picture of his first few hours.  I want to make sure the 3rd one doesn't get left out with the pictures and scrapbook pages/mini albums.

I used several cartridges for this layout plus some special baby ribbon.  The title, Special Delivery, is from '1st Few Years', the Stork and ABC Tag are from 'Wrap It Up', the duck safety pin is from 'Baby Steps', and the safety pin with the star is from 'Storks Delivery'.  I put the stork and his bundle through the Cuttlebug, something I have neglected but want to use more often.  I inked most of the pieces and used the Explore to write his name on the tag (hidden).  For the first time, I sewed a zig-zag stitch on the photo mat.  It was weird sewing on paper, but pretty easy to do.  I added some doilies to the background and called it done.

Join our challenge of 'baby or baby shower' this week at Bitten By the Bug2 by linking up your project or card.

Also linked to Fantabulouscricut.blogspot.comChallenge #297-Anything Goes
Also linked to - Challenge #118 - You got me in Stitches

Monday, March 13, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Happy Birthday Tiigger

I was a little late in getting my Bitten By the Bug2 card ready for this week, so I perused the Make It Now Projects in Design Space.  There was the cutest Tigger Happy Birthday card from Pooh and Friends.  All I had to do is change the font since I didn't own the font used.  The card was already the right size and in colors I would use.  Even though there were 12 mats of colors, I had it cut and together, with a bit of inking, in about an hour.   Sometimes the design takes longer than the production.  All cuts but the font are from Pooh and Friends.

Join our hostess, Susan, from Busy with the Cricky, and all the other design sisters by linking up your birthday card (remember to use a Cricut cut) to the Bitten By the Bug2 blog.  We love looking at all the beautiful artwork.

Piglet:  How do you spell L-O-V-E?
Pooh:  You don't spell it, you feel it.

Monday, March 6, 2017

BBTB2: Your Lucky Day Cricut Card

I love St. Patrick's Day, it is not celebrated enough in my area.   As some of you know, I am Irish on my mother's side (with names like Laura and Joan and Maureen, how can we not be Irish?).  So I try to incorporate a bit of Irish tradition by celebrating with family and friends.   I always send cards to my Irish friends and family and dress in green on the 17th.

I am sharing a card I made with my Explore for the BBTB2 challenge this week, which is to use the word LUCKY or incorporate something that is LUCKY, like a horseshoe or shamrock.  Our design sister, Laurie, selected the challenge.  Check her blog out at  I've definitely got it covered.  This card will go to my grandson, age 2 and the 2nd one I made will go to my daughter's godmother.  I used the St. Patrick's Day cartridge and the Ashlyn's Alphabet font and welded them to create this card.  I added Stickles and Skittles for the bling.  Since the shaped card would not sit correctly as it was horizontally uneven, on the back side of the card I added another  chunk of the gold, and it stands up great.  You can join in the Lucky fun by linking your project or card on our Bitten By the Bug2 blog linky HERE.

Linked to Hiding in My Craft Room - HIMCR #292 Scraps Saturday (my gingham is about 10 years old on this card)
Linked to  Cut It Up Challenges - #117 Think Green