Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Winner, Winner - It's Me - Fantabulous Cricut Blog

My graduation card won the project of the week over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge.  I enter this challenge every so often - when I have time and have a project in mind to match their theme.  The prize is a gift card to Dreaming Tree.  They have lots of very unique and creative SVGs for use with the Cricut Explore.   Can't wait to pick our my prize, something I wouldn't normally choose, something out of my box, so to speak!  Click HERE to see my winning post.  Actually, I thought it was a great card for a male graduate in business.   Here is the winning card.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Monday, June 19, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Backyard Chicken Coop

This week on BBTB2, our challenge leader is my long time blogging friend, Caroline, from Card Creations By Caroline.   We are to create a layout, project or card with a cut from our Cricut of a bird.  That can be a peacock, a wild bird, a cartoon bird, an owl, or in my case - CHICKENS!   Link up your bird related project to our Linky on the Bitten by the Bug2 blog this week.  We love to see you spread your wings and create!!!  (haha)

My 'Birds of a Feather' layout features my grandkids a year or so ago when their dad first built a chicken coop.  It's really hard trying to photograph these chickens - they just didn't smile for the camera.  But the kids did.  They love their chickens, even more, they love the eggs.    I actually had planned more Cricut cuts to go on this layout, but it just didn't work - the background is busy and some of them were lost.  Sometimes, less is more - which is hard for me......  Cluck Cluck - have a great day!

Chicken:  50 States
Freshly Hatched Egg" Photo Fun - Celebrations
Wire background: Teresa Collins Basics
Chicken and Child: Nursery Rhymes
Feed Sack:  Old West (used pens in the Cricut)

Monday, June 12, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Father's Day Hike with Family

These pictures are a few years old, but still make a great layout.  In 2015 we had all the family up to the ski club for a nice weekend that included a hike on Donner Summit.   Who would have thought I would use pink on a Father's Day layout? Well, it works - only because there is pink in my pictures.

Dinosaur Tracks for the title - First time using this font - I think it's cool. I inked the edges too.  Going Places cartridge for the compass and the Family icon.  Artiste for the gear behind the journal tag.  

This was really a fast layout - I knew how I wanted the pictures to go on the page, finding the icons was pretty easy, and the cuts were not complicated.  (although I did cut that compass a few time on flimsy paper which didn't work at all).

Join our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge this week where Susan is our hostess.  The theme is Father's Day.  Link up your wonderful creations to the blog and join the fun.  See the creations by Susan and the rest of the design team, they don't disappoint!

Monday, June 5, 2017

BBTB2: Be a Mermaid Tag Using Gelli Plate and Cricut

It's Summertime at Bitten By the Bug2.  Our 'hot' challenge this week is to show us your summer-themed cards and projects.  Link them up to our blog and show us what Cricut projects remind you of summer.

When I think of retreats and mermaids, my mind goes to the beach. Our group of crafty girls got together last year for our 6th annual retreat.  We were at Dillon Beach, in Northern California where we rented a house with a great view of the ocean.  We had a large living room area which we cleared out and put in our tables and chairs so we could craft all weekend.  We made quite a mess - we all bring at least 4 tote bags of supplies and paper - it's amazing.

These are the tags that I created for the event.  I used the 'Mermaid Iron-on' icon for the saying and added words using the Easton font.  I then used the 'Print then Cut' feature to print on plain paper and glued it to my tag.  The Mermaid saying is "always be yourself, unless you can be a mermaid. then always be a mermaid."  The painting on the tag was done using a Gelli plate with a template I created from the Scallop Pattern on the Mermaid Party cartridge.  I first used a turquoise blue print and then a slight bit of white to top it off - it was supposed to resemble ocean waves.  I really loved how it turned out.   I also attached a second tag that had rick rack wound around it as part of the swag items.   I really liked working 'out of the box' on this one.

Have a Great Summer Everyone!

Linked to the Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge - #303 - Summer
Linked to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cricut Graduation Cards 2017

Here in Northern California graduation for high school and college is near the end of May and into June, much later than other parts of the country.  It's earlier than it used to be - we used to go to graduation ceremonies in mid-June.   I have 3 graduation parties coming up, and today I am sharing two of the cards I made.

The male-inspired card is for a nephew that is graduating from Chico State with a major in Finance.  I thought the suit cut was apropos.   It comes from the Suburbia cartridge.  You can't see it but I added Glossy Accents to the hat and tie, and Stickles to the handkerchief in the suit pocket and on the wording.

The girl card is for a niece that is graduating high school.  The orange and black are school colors.  I added Stickles to make the word shine.  It turned out really nice, and I'll probably use this file again.  I used print and cut for the girl grad, just makes it less time consuming.

Entering these cards in the following challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenges - #302 Graduation
Hiding in My Craftroom - #302 Any Holiday
DL Art - Thankful Thursday - #205 Boys and or Men

Monday, May 29, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Best Friends Forever

It's my turn to host the challenge this week at Bitten By the Bug2.  I didn't go with a particular themed Cricut cut, I went with a wide open theme - Friends Forever / Friendship.   You can link up your cards and projects all week at our BBTB2 blog and see the wonderful creations made by our Blog Team.

I have a layout of my grandchildren with their friends.  The oldest is 6, then down in age until 2.  The parents of these kids have been friends for years, and then they all decided to get married and have kids.  The kids all know and love each other - and can get into a bit of trouble at times - what kid doesn't?   Here they are all patiently awaiting a movie to start.  I hope we can get them to do this same pose in 10 years, wouldn't that be cool?

Here are the cartridges and supplies I used:

Best Friends Title:  Once Upon a Princess (sliced)
Ticket for journaling:  Movie Night
Popcorn:  Carousel
Film Strip:  Photo Fun Holiday Memories (sliced)
Flicks:  Nifty Fifties

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