Monday, August 19, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Happy Birthday Friend

I just love this little dragonfly, she's got the cutest google eyes and sparkly wings.  She's ready to land on a flower and wish someone special a happy birthday.   I went a little bright on the colors with this card as it is for a little lady who surely will love all the sparkle.

Our challenge for the next two weeks at Bitten by the Bug2 is "Feminine Birthday".  That's a pretty broad category, so there should be lots of exciting entries.  You can link up your card or project to our Linky at Bitten by the Bug2 HERE.

I used three cartridges for this card:  Thoughts and Phrases, Hot Summer Days, and Cindy Loo.  Then I used Stickles, inks, and gems to finish it off

Monday, August 5, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Baby Shark, Do Do Do Do

I love the Baby Shark Song.  I sing it to all the little ones when we are taking baths or in the pool.  I just had to incorporate this song into a layout.  This week at Bitten by the Bug2 we have a theme of  "It's The Beach Life".  We recently went to a local public park with a man made lake and beach, my little guy loved playing in the sand and pretending to swim.  I took several pictures but getting good ones of a two year old is difficult.  I am late this week with my project, so this one had to go together rather quickly.

Link up your project at Bitten By the Bug2 HERE.  You can use Instagram, blog, Pinterest, etc.

Cartridges: Life's a Beach, Pack Your Bags, Family Vacation.
I used Smooches on the word Beach and on the sand.  Stickles on the Shark, and inked edges.

Monday, July 22, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut Teacher Thank You Card

I made a bunch of school/teacher related cards from a pad of Graphic45 paper.  It's fun creating with their paper since it's so unusual and easy to work with.  Of course, I added my own Cricut touch, in this case, I added an apple and a 'thanks' banner.  Apple is from Preserves, and the Thanks is from The First Few Years (adding in my own lettering).

This card is part of the designers showcase of projects and cards at Bitten by the Bug2.  Our challenge is "Banners Everywhere".  I have made banners to hang across my fireplace, used them on layouts, and here with a card.  Lots of images to choose from on Design Space.

Join in our challenge and submit your entry at Bitten By the Bug2.  Michelle is hosting and her layouts are always fun to see.

Monday, July 8, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Thankful for Everything Box

Hi Followers,  Today is my turn to host the bi-monthly Cricut challenge over at Bitten by the Bug2.  I chose the theme of "Anything but a Card".  I see people making lots of projects with their Explore or Maker that have nothing to do with cards - tshirts, woodwork, earrings, clothing, etc.  You can submit your project to our Bitten by the Bug2 blog via the LINKY at the bottom of this week's post.  Go on over and check out projects by our design team HERE:

My project is something that I made from an old fencepost.  Yes, I did a construction project with an electric saw, hammer and nails!  It really didn't take too long to make the box, a little math involved for the measurements, and I sawed away.  There are handles on the sides that you don't see in the picture.  I didn't stain the wood, I just kept the patina it already had.  I used only one cartridge to make the Cricut image you see on the front.  The "thankful" is just what I wanted for this box, the cartridge is Photo Play Paper - Autumn Day.   I used acrylic paint and almost dry brushed it on.  I used the negative of the image as a stencil.   I gave this away in a gift exchange at our yearly crafty girls retreat.

Monday, June 24, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Mini Album, Road Tripping

I would like to share this mini album cover with you today as part of my project for Bitten by the Bug2.  This is a mini I created from a 5 day road trip we took last summer on the Highway 395 in California, which is a south to north road along the eastern side of the Sierra Nevadas. , also known as Scenic 395.  The mountains are spectacular, the lifestyle is laid back, and towns are small. We started from northern CA, driving down to Bakersfield and over to 395.  Then up 395 to Mono Lake and over the mountains into Yosemite and then home.  A great trip, new adventures, and not a lot of traffic.

I entered this mini album in the Alameda County Fair, which is a big fair, it runs for 3 weeks, and is going on now.  The category was Mini-Albums.  I won 1st Place, and Best of Show.  I was so elated, and was on Cloud 9 for the rest of the day.  Unfortunately, I did not take photos of the inside of the book, so that will be for another post as the mini will be at the fair through mid-July.

Our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge for the next two weeks is "SUMMER FUN".  Our designers have created some amazing projects and cards.   Enter your card or project (anything goes) HERE:

Cricut Cartridges Used:
Sign:  Los Angeles (pieced apart and added Scenic 395)
Scenic:  Varsity Letter
395: Street Sign
Road Trip: Boys will be Boys - Arrow
June 2018 - Old West
Poppy:  Its a 3D image - #D Floral Home Decor

Monday, June 10, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - He's Not a Myth, he's Papa!

I've seen this quote on social media several times and really thought it funny enough to make for my husband for Father's Day.  The hardest part was picking out the appropriate fonts.  It took about 15 minutes to make once I had the items in place.  My husband has always gone by Papa and the grandkids call him Nonno (he's Italian).  I know he will get a kick out of it.

Fonts:  Cricut Fontastic Fonts and Cricut Decorate 035
I get my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl online.  (

Join our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge for the next two weeks which has the theme of Father's Day.  You can link up your project on our webpage - it can be a card, layout, or décor item.  Come over to our BBTB2 blog and look at what our Designer's have to show off.

Monday, May 27, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - The Tassle is Worth The Hassle

This card is for our second cousin, he is graduating high school.  I loved this title that I found in Design Space, it's probably pretty true about now.  It was a simple card to design and make.  The red (school colors) and title were print and cut (flattened).  The graduate I cut, and the background in black I cut as well.  I used bakers twine to finish it off.

Graduate:  Diploma In Hand, Graduation Silhouettes
Title:  The Tassle is Worth The Hassle

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Cricut: Baby Bib for Kinsley

I'd never heard the name Kinsley, and now I have a grand-niece and a friend who have both named their daughters Kinsley.

I was babysitting little Kinsley this week and she was drooling a lot.  When she took her nap, I whipped up a little bib for her.  Some leftover iron-on vinyl and a few cut images quickly transformed this plain bib in a custom piece.  I got the bibs off of Amazon for something like 10 bibs for $9.  They are meant for a smaller baby but are still a good size.

3 Birds on Parade font for the name
Home Décor for the bird.

Monday, May 13, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - He's in A Rock Band

My nephew's birthday is coming up, and he has a degree from Berkeley in Music.  He also leads the music for his church, playing guitar and singing.  He's so talented.  I came up with this quick card for him.  It uses only two cartridges from Design Space - Musician Silhouettes, and Band Parents.  I made it a print and cut since it is too detailed to cut out of paper.

Join our "Music" challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 for the next two weeks.  Our designers will have you singing a tune or two with their projects.  Enter HERE.

Monday, April 22, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Mother's Day Step Fold Card

Can you believe I have never made a step-fold card.  I easily found the instructions on Pinterest, and had the card cut and scored in just a few minutes.  I had come up with the images I wanted to use before I envisioned them on a step-fold.  I really like how it turned out.  This card is for my daughter, who has 3 children, and sometimes amazes me with her ability to hold it together.

I made this for the Mother's Day Challenge at Bitten by the Bug2, which starts today and runs for two weeks.  Join in the fun and link up your project and see the artistry of our Designers.

I used Cricut images for the saying, children, slide, and teeter-totter.  The swing-set is hand cut from paper.  I inked many of the pieces as well.  It was an easy, fun to assemble card.

Mom saying:  Strong as a Mother
Children:  A Child's Year
Teeter Totter, Slide:  Playground Equipment (hadn't seen this cart before today)
Folded Card and Swing Set:  Hand cut