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

Monday, February 27, 2017

BBTB2: Sweet St. Patrick's Day Girl

Dance as if no one were watching.
Sing as if no one were listening.
And live every day as if it were your last!

I love Irish blessings and sayings.  I used to keep a few on my wall at work just for inspiration.

This week we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day at BBTB2.  Emily, our hostess for the week, from "Mollie's Blog" has given us a great challenge - which is to use 3 different green colors on our project or cards.  Pretty easy for me, I have lots of green cardstock.   I made an adorable card for my granddaughter using an SVG from Kraftgineer Studio, and a cut from the St. Patrick's Day cartridge.  There were some tiny pieces to this little girl, and I actually almost gave up as I made this at the retreat and didn't have tweezers to glue the pieces down.   I only added ink for the edges and Stickles for the eyes, and off she was - dancing an Irish gig for you all.  Link your card or project up to our Blinky on the Bitten By the Bug2 Blog this week.     Enjoy - Maureen

Monday, February 20, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Just Chillin' Shirts

A little after Xmas I made a couple of shirts for the grands.  This is the first matching shirts they have as far as I know.   The granddaughter got a long sleeve girls shirt and the little guy got a thermal long sleeve.  I used the same wording and penguin for both, just adjusting the sizes of the images and a few colors.

Our theme this week at Bitten By The Bug2 is a challenge of using a cute animal on our card, layout, or project.   Caroline, from Card Creations by Caroline selected our fun challenge.  I thought this penguin is just about as cute as can be and so is the model wearing the shirt.    I took several pictures of the kids trying to get the perfect pose, in this picture with both, my grandson was imitating my granddaughter's pose.  Nailed it!!

Come on over to Bitten By the Bug2 and link up a Cricut project using a cute animal this week!  Lots to choose from, even Disney cuts would work.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Quilts: Quiltville Mystery en Provence 2017

I have made lots of progress on my first mystery quilt.  Hundreds of people have completed wonderful versions of Bonnie Hunters Quiltville en Provence since the first of the year.  I work on it a couple hours here and there when I can. I am finally done with my taxes so I am going to restart my quilt assembly later today.  So far, I have all 2,800 pieces cut and the 3 1/2" units complete. I've assembled my sashing units and lots of units for the main square. This is going to be a big quilt.

Here are one of the squares and stacks of strips ready for assembly of my scrappy quilt.  I guarantee you need to see the "bigger picture" to see what it will look like when completed, completely different than what you see here.    Let's get sewing!

Linking up to Quiltville's linky event HERE.  Come see what all the excitement is about.

Monday, February 13, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Shake It Off Layout

The other Grandma took a few pictures of our granddaughter right before going to Dance Class.  It's really hard to believe she is only 5 years old - the close up picture looks right from a model's photo shoot.  I knew I had to make a layout using a couple of the pictures.  

Our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge this week is "Red and White for any Occasion", so I went that route with my pictures.  I fell in love with the 'tree of hearts' from Miss Kates Cutables, so I played around with the svg in different sizes on the page.  (remember the days when we didn't have any software and had to guess on a size to cut our die cut on the Expression?)   I added the 'Dance' cut from Wall Decor and More, and I went with a title of Shake It Off using the Friday Cricut Font, which was the saying on my granddaughter's shirt.  An easy layout this week with lots of personality - just like my granddaughter!

Link up your 'Red and White' project or card at our Bitten By the Bug2 blog and also take a visit to see all the great projects that our team is sharing this week.   Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Monday, February 6, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Happy Valentines Day Two Ways

Two cards are better than one, right?   I made a few cards for the grandkids, and then wanted to make one for my sister that has a vintage sewing theme.  I found the perfect print on the internet, uploaded it into Design Space and used the same tag background that I had made for a previous card.  Just re-sized it and I was good to go.  It says "I NEEDLE little Valentine SEW I've choosen you!". These tags use the Valentine's Day cart for the tag and the cute clown boy is from Victorian Romance.  I added a little bling of gems, ribbon, and stamps.  The swirls were part of the tag and used a pen in the Explore.

Kelly, from Kelly's Koncoctions,  is our hostess at Bitten By the Bug2 this week.  Our challenge is to make a Valentine's Day card.  I am sure we will have lots of entries - will I see yours as well?   Link up your V-Day card to our Bitten By the Bug2 blog.   Enjoy - Maureen

Monday, January 30, 2017

BBTB2 - Cricut - LOVE this kid - picture frame

I brought a plain $1 or so wood frame at Walmart and created something a little out of my comfort zone for a friend who just became a grandma.  I used my Cricut Explore to make a stencil for the wording "Love this kid" using the "Retro Script" font.  The embellishments are ones that I had in my stash for the last several years - a die cut gears (only used a portion) and various buttons and ephemera.  The photo that went inside just made the whole project perfect - a baby boy wrapped in his new light blue blanket that had his name on it.  I so love it when a project comes together.  This is one that I won't be able to replicate again, it's one of a kind.

Join us for this week's challenge over at Bitten By the Bug2, where our theme is Valentine/Love - anything goes.  I am sure you have created something that you would love to share that you have created for a loved one.  Link it up to BBTB2 HERE.