Monday, October 9, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Pizza Chef and Italian Grandma Layout

These were one of the best set of costumes that my husband and I came up with in a long time.  Thanks to my Cricut Explore, I easily made embellishments for the "Pizza Man" costume.  I made 2 slices of pizza, (the ones on this layout) that I put on a string and he wore around his neck, and a black paper mustache.  We went to a really fun party and had a great time acting the part to match the costumes.  I've held on to the pizza slices for 2 years but never made a layout until now.

Our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge this week is "Pizza and Beer" themed.  I knew right away that I had to make this Halloween layout.  Laurie, from Crafty Sisters Creations blog is our hostess and she must love her pizza and beer, I sure do,   Join our Pizza and Beer challenge and link up your project to the blog this week.  It's sure a fattening challenge - Cheers!!

Pizza - Simply Charmed
Frame - Mother's Day 2010
Costumes - Part of a Trick or Treat cut
Trick or Treat Words - Chic and Scary
Happy Halloween Circle - Artbooking (sliced)

Monday, October 2, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Fun at the Pumpkin Patch

Well - I forgot until now to post my project for Bitten by the Bug2, so here it is, better a little late than never.   Our challenge theme this week is "Pumpkin Patch, or The Great Pumpkin".  So get out the orange paper and get Cricuting.  I love making fall projects and cards.  Laura, from "Handmade Paper Crafts by Laura" is our hostess this week.  Come join the challenge and see the designers handiwork.

There were 20 mats of colors to cut with this seemingly simple layout, so it took some time.  I should have done a few print and cuts to save time.   I have some great pictures of the grandkids at the Pumpkin Patch from 2 years ago, but dang if I can't find them.  The ink on the mouth of the little boy bled, so I'm just going to say he was eating chocolate!

Boy:  Everyday Paper Dolls
Title:  Mini Monsters
Girl:  Trick or Treat
Corn:  Just Because
Pumpkins:  Simply Charmed
Sign:  Freshly Picked
Gems for the pumpkins, inked edges, and Stickles all around,

Monday, September 18, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Yum, Yum, I Want Food

A layout with no pictures - that doesn't happen often.  I am ahead of the game on this layout that will be for the 2nd grandson.  I haven't got any good pictures of him eating messy foods yet.  Or should I say I haven't allowed him to get really messy while eating.

Our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge this week is "APPLES".  You can join along and link up your apple projects, fall themed or otherwise, and participate in our challenge.  A link to your blog or Pinterest account qualifies.  Just look at the rules and follow along on the BBTB2 Blog.

My layout uses 3 cartridges:
Baby Steps - Yum,Yum, the food, and bib
Sugar and Spice - Apple baby food
9 Months - Bottle

Monday, September 11, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Autumn Leaves

I haven't had much time to craft lately, as we are helping with family matters and I am doing a lot of babysitting.  Thus, a very simple card for you today.  On Bitten by the Bug2 our challenge for the week is "Autumn Leaves".  I used the negative side of the leaf cut from Designer's Calendar and wrapped a square around it.  The leaf background is done with Distress Oxide Inks to give the design fall colors.  A simple tag from Artise and a 'friend' stamp and it was done in about 1/2 hour.

Join in our weekly challenge once in a while or weekly, we love seeing your designs and creativity.  Here is the link to the Bitten by the Bug2 blog HERE.    Caroline, our sweet designer from is our hostess for the week.  

Monday, September 4, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - 3rd Generation 49er Fans

It's time to kick off football season - high school, college, and the pros!  We have already been to 2 pre-season games so it really does feel like Fall.

Our challenge this week at Bitten By the  Bug2 is "football", mostly in honor of high school football.   Join in the fun and show us what you create using your Cricut and paper by linking up a picture on the blog.  My layout is pretty simple, only 2 cuts on the whole page.  I did use embellishments to finish it off.

All American - 3 Birds on Parade (Square joined with title)
All Sports

Monday, August 28, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Take My Kid to Work Day - Please

It's Career Day at Bitten by the Bug2 this week in honor of Labor Day.  Caroline, our hostess from Card Creations by Caroline for the week has challenged us to use a Cricut cut relating to 'your career of choice'.  Join our challenge by linking up your project using a link back to your blog or Pinterest link HERE.

 I loved a picture of my daughter and granddaughter going to mommy's work on Bring your Kid to Work Day this year.   She had loads of fun, got lots of attention, and wants to do it again.   In her words "I want to be a hair cutter when I grow up".  How fun.  

Cartridges Used:
Bring Your.... - EveryDay Fonts
Daughter - Keystone Font
Hair Dryer - Paisley
Iron - Girls Makeup Party
Comb - When I was a Kid
Tab - From My Kitchen
Arrow - Home Organization
Flower - Paper Lace

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer of Love - Fairy Cricut Card

This card is for a friend turning 60 who really was a hippie in her younger years.  OK, she may still be a bit of a hippie - she loves outdoors, daisy chains, vintage, crystals, natural cotton tie-dye, gardening, cooking, and fairy gardens to name a few.  She is a San Francisco girl, thus, the Summer of Love title - which we are celebrating 50 years this year.

I used the new Ranger oxide inks on my background.  I rubbed them on in a liner fashion and then sprayed with water.  I love the effects.  The little fairy children are from Nursery Rhymes. I should have made several of these cute cards.

Monday, August 21, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Fairy Painted Sign

Join our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge this week by creating a card, layout or project with our theme of 'Fairies", be it tooth fairies, Tinkerbell, or imaginary ones!  Our hostess this week is Susan from Busy with the Cricky blog and she and the rest of our designers have some fairy magic on the blog to show you.

Today I am sharing a project a little out of the box for me - a painted sign using Cricut cuts as the stencil.  I have done several signs, but nothing like this one.  A friend of mine is celebrating a milestone birthday this month and having a big party at her river summer home.  I made a sign that looks a little bit vintage and incorporates her love for fairies and the name of the home, Moon River.

I used a piece of redwood, acrylics, and stencils made from Cricut Explore cuts.  My painting was way too bright, so I sanded it and put on a coat of thinned out light brown.  It measures about 12"x 7.5".  It's ready to get wrapped along with a gift card to her favorite store.

Welcome:  Rustic Wedding
Water:  Disney Princess Dreams Come True
Font:  Candice

Monday, August 14, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - 1st Day Ever of Pre-School

Hello Followers - My mojo was off a bit this past week.  My layout for the week at Bitten By the Bug2 is a little typical, but here it is nonetheless.  I had a grand idea for another format, but it just didn't look good on paper.  So scrapped it, and went with the schoolhouse background.  Very traditional - well, a lot of my work is....., but I occasionally surprise myself with something unique.

Our challenge at BBTB2 this week is "Back to School".   Join up your project to our Linky on the BBTB2 blog and submit a card, layout, or project related to the theme.   Here is my picture:

School:  My World
First Day:  Artbooking
School:  Recess
Cricut font

Monday, August 7, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Let's Jam and make Jelly Tags

Hi all,  I am hosting the challenge at Bitten By the Bug2 this week.  Our challenge to you is to use your Cricut and make a Tag, Bag, or both.  You can Link it up to the Blog HERE.  

I have been making lots of jams and jellies using fruit from our backyard trees and blackberries picked while on vacation.  I have even made blackberry vodka, which didn't last long.  With all the rain here in Northern California, our garden has flourished.  I have made apple butter, lots of apple chips, applesauce, baby food, peach pies, and other desserts.  I'll be giving out the jams and jellies for Christmas presents, so I wanted to have a little tag on each jar to make it special.

Here are the tags I came up with.  I used the print and cut feature and then cut out the tag and fruit to overlay on the print and cut image.  It worked pretty well.  To add a little bling, I Stickled just a bit.  The tag on the right is really purple but shows blue on my screen.

Apple Tag:
Apple:  Serenade
Tag: Bits and Pieces
Font:  Hadley???

Peach Tag:
Peach Word:  Contoured image from Thoughts and Phrases
Tag:  Bits and Pieces
Jar:  Everyday Pop Up Cards
Peach: Just Because