Monday, August 31, 2015

Pre-School - I want to be a Rock Star when I grow up

My grand-daughter started her 2nd year of pre-school this week.  Mommy asked her a few questions to describe herself and she stated she wants to be a rock star when she grows up.  Not quite 4 years old and she wants to be able to sing "Shake It Off" like a rock star.  

Emily from Mollie's Motifis hosting our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge this week.  Come take a look at the Cricut cuts featuring school supplies and icons.   Join the challenge at BBTB2.

My cuts come from several cartridges:
-Pre-School - altered cut from K-12
-Pencil - From Family Album
-Sunburst background - from Artbooking
-School House - from 1st Few Years
-Crayons - from Recess
-Apple - from From My Kitchen, added 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

BBTB2 - The Hula Dancers are Here

My granddaughter attended her cousin's 1st birthday party, complete with a luau theme.  The highlight of the evening was a hula dancer and her bongo playing companion.   As the picture shows, she was mesmerized by the dancing and costumes.   The girls as well as the guys each got lessons and showed off their dancing skills.

Our theme this week at BBTB2 is "Fruits of Summer" and Brenda is our hostess.  Won't you join in the fun and create a project with your Cricut and link it up to our BBTB2 blog?  Love to have you.  Aloha! from Bitten by the Bug 2.

Cartridges used:  Luau for Pineapple and 2 tiki men, Life's a Beach for words, center tiki man, and hula girl.  I used my Stampin' Up Blendabilities instead of inking.  I like how I could use several colors for the grass skirt and pineapple top as well as highlighting the flowers in the hula girl.

Monday, August 10, 2015

BBTB2 - Cricut Birthday Cake Card

Hello Friends.  Today I am sharing a birthday cake card with you.   Our BBTB2 challenge this week is to use a birthday cake Cricut cut on a card or project. Our hostess, Melanie, would love if you join our challenge.   I used cuts from Pretty Pennants, Classroom December and Paper Lace.   I took the 'Happy Birthday' icon and put it inside a blank pennant.  Not quite sure about my color choices, but I had something in mind and just went with it.   The background is brown but I think it looks black in the picture.

I would love for you to link up your 'birthday cake' card to our Bitten By the Bug Challenge this week.  Follow the link and enjoy our designer's projects.

Monday, August 3, 2015

BBTB2 - High Chair 1st Birthday Deco

I have a one of a kind high chair decoration to share today.  I was asked to create a 1st Birthday decoration for the little one's high chair.    It was a great time.  I went bold and I love how it turned out.  It really only took about a hour to design and cut out, and another hour to ink and glue together.  It is held on with sticky tape.  As you can tell, the theme of the party was Hawaiian.  There were hula dancers, a BBQ, tiki bar, and we all dressed in the theme. The name Kaia means 'By the Sea' and she was so named after her parents love of Hawaii.   There are pictures of a few other items I created for the birthday girl.  I used "Life's a Beach" cartridge for most everything you see here.

Our hostess this week at Bitten by the Bug2 is the very talented Valentyna, and she has a challenge to create anything with a sea theme - sand,  beach, tropical.  How fun --- I knew I would like this one.  Join us by linking up your tropical project made with Cricut cuts at BBTB2.  With the summer vacations in full swing, why not create something that will make you think of paradise.

High Chair Bling

 Paint stenciled towel and vinyl sand-pail

Monday, July 27, 2015

BBTB2 - Staying Cool In the Pool

Since it's National Watermelon Day, Susan, our hostess this week at BBTB2, has selected a watermelon cut for our challenge.   You can join in our Cricut challenges by linking up your project to Bitten By the Bug 2.  Rules on the blog.

My layout includes cuts from lots of different cartridges:
Watermelon and Popsicle - Simply Charmed
Cooling Off  and Wave - Artbooking
Pool - H2O
Picnic Basket, Ants, and PICNIC - Family Album
SPLASH - Pack Your Bags

My little grandson loves the pool.  He has a sit-in floatie but sometimes I just hold him so he can splash, splash, splash!  I happened to have the camera ready when he was pretending he was Top Model of the Year.  And yes, the camera also captured a not so perfect pose of brother and sister - well that's life!  Love all the pictures and how this Coolin' Off layout came together.

Monday, July 20, 2015

BBTB2 - Shaped Dolphin Card

We are getting shaped up this week at BBTB2.  Our task is to create a shaped card.  I don't know why, but this was one of the fastest projects I've done in a while.  Maybe because it turned out just like I envisioned.  Join us at BBTB2 to link up your 'shaped birthday/other card' to our blog and enjoy the creativity.

My husband's grand-niece has just finished her first four years of college and has been accepted into vet school.  The party for her is animal themed and we have to come dressed as an animal.  Yikes, what to do about that?   She did her internship teaching dolphins in the Caribbean somewhere so I thought to use this cute dolphin from "Whales and Dolphins", adding the Way to Go from "3 Birds on Parade" and the graduation hat from "Recess".  I just glued it at the top and had a card.  I really like how it turned out and think I'll make some more shaped cards.

Monday, July 13, 2015

BBTB2 - Summertime means Pool Time

We recently put in a gazebo in the backyard next to the pool.  There is a seating area with tan cushions.  I am decorating a little bit with turquoise accents.   When I saw this tray at Walmart. it was calling my name and it wanted to be decorated.   I love the split initial projects that are popular right now and used a file created by Narelle  on Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space to create my project for BBTB2 this week.  Let me tell you, I had to cut this more than once from white vinyl.  When weeding the negative space, the waste stuck to the good parts and it was impossible to 'unstick' the two.  Since the lines are so thin I had a hard time separating the keeper from the waste.  However, the end result is positive!

Our theme, hosted by Sharon, is to create a card or project that has anything to do with water or swimming.   I'll use my tray to carry out dinner to the gazebo on those nights when it's too hot to eat indoors.  I love this tray and plan on making one for my sister and sister-in-law.  Link up your summer pool Cricut projects to our BBTB2 blog this week. Yes the gladiolas are from my yard.  Stay cool!

Monday, July 6, 2015

BBTB - Take a Hike Layout

It's hot here in Northern California this past week.  We all stayed by the fan or in the pool when it was over 100 degrees.  And wouldn't you know my A/C has decided to freeze up in the worst way.  It's 31 years old, so guess it's time for a new one.   A few weeks ago we went up to our ski club on Donner Summit (about an hour from Lake Tahoe) with my family.  The weather was perfect for hiking and exploring.   My granddaughter was quite the trooper and enjoyed the freedom of the outdoors and being the 'leader' of our hikes. And the little guy was comfy in the backpack, sleeping most of the time! 

Our challenge this week at BBTB2 is being hosted by Pam of  Since we need some shade during these summer days, she wants us to use a tree in our design.    Since we were up in the mountains with lots of pine trees and wildflowers, I thought my layout was perfect for the challenge. Tree scene from Outdoor Man, compass and 'Take a Hike' frame from Camping Critters (altered for photo addition), and boot from Camp Out.   I would love for you to join us at BBTB2 and submit your 'summer tree' card, layout or project.  Enjoy!

Monday, June 29, 2015

BBTB2 - Happy 4th of July Banner

How do you capture a 4 foot banner in photographs?  Not easily.   I came up with a 4th of July banner to decorate my family room fireplace using cuts from several cartridges.  I think it looks pretty festive up against the white background.

At BBTB2 this week we are in the spirit of freedom, and must use a Flag or Banner for the 4th of July.   Join us in celebrating the USA!   Michelle is our hostess selecting our patriotic theme.

Uses the following cartridges:  Old West, Photo Booth Props, Summer Celebrations, and Independence Day.

The whole banner, small as it is

Saturday, June 27, 2015

I Won - Burlap Flowers from Tracy

Hoorah!   I am a follower of lots of blogs and once in a while I enter contests or Random Acts of Kindness giveaways(RAK).  This past month I won something!!!

My present was a big selection of handmade burlap flowers.   They are made by Tracy from Country Charm by Tracy.   She put up a video on how to make the flowers and also posted cards she made.  (her blog link will take you to the video)  Thank you so much Tracy.  I will be starting on some layouts and cards soon!