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.

Monday, January 23, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Frozen Skaters with Warm Hugs

As our BBTB2 design team sticks with winter themes for our weekly challenges, I am getting a little bit of my grandson's 1st birthday album scrapped.  There were lots of candid shots, so I grouped some together and incorporated the theme for this week.  Susan, our lovely leader and hostess for the week has selected an "ice skate" cut to be incorporated into our designs.  Check out Susan's blog at Busy With the Cricky.

I used the Frozen cartridge to cut the ice skate and the 'Warm Hugs" saying.  Artbooking was used for the "Frosty Fun" saying, and A Child's Year cartridge was used for the two ice skaters.  I love using cuts for the first time, there are just too many to choose from, and I'll never be able to use them all, but I'm trying.  The snowflakes were 3D embellishments from my stash.  I added a little silver Stickles to the top of the boot.

Link up your ice skate card/project/layout at Bitten By the Bug2 this week.  We are having a give-a-way drawing for everyone who submits a project during the month of January - it just might be you.  Enjoy - Maureen

Monday, January 16, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Frozen Snow Much Fun layout

I can't  believe it's been a year since we celebrated my Grandson's first birthday. I can believe that I haven't scrapbooked the party pictures yet. Michelle, from Cricut Crazy Scrapper is our hostess this week for the BBTB2 challenge for this week.  Her theme matches perfectly with my birthday Winter Wonderland party layout, which is "snow much fun or anything related to snow".  My son-in-law donned the Olaf costume and danced with the kids, they loved him.

I purchased the Frozen cartridge and I just love it.  The images are best done using print and cut on the Explore.  I hope to try all the cuts on this cartridge when making this album.  I also used the Winter Frolic cartridge for the title and mountains.

 I have been doing a little scrapbooking and quilting during the last week or so.  Both my husband and I came down with the worst cough/cold/fever ever and I just stayed indoors and didn't have much energy to do anything.  Everyone has it, no one wants it.  It lasts forever.  It rained for almost a week here in the San Francisco bay area, we saw more water than we have in years, and it's then that our sump pump decided to give out.  We needed a specific size for the space and had to order one, it should be here this week.  Our backyard looks like every leaf and pine needle from my neighbors blew in.  We spent Saturday (actually a clear day between storms) raking leaves, trimming, and making a dump run.  I am ready to get over this cough, it is getting better every day, hope I don't catch something else.

Won't you join us over at Bitten by the Bug2 and link up your Snow related cards or projects?  We love to see your creations.  There is a prize for the month of January as well - all submissions will be given a chance at winning.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Quiltville Mystery 2016 - En Provence

I discovered Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog a few months back. I am just getting back to quilting after a long hiatus. (20 years).  The mystery quilt for the year had been announced but the clues not started. I was intrigued.  Then I was infatuated.   The colors were growing on me.  I vowed not to consider it until I finished the bear paw top I was working on.  I kept following the blog, comparing my stash to the colors of the mystery.  Oh no, I was getting hooked.  Then I brought the magenta (mine is more coral) fabric and committed. This will definitely be something significantly bigger, bolder, challenging, and spectacular than any quilt/baby quilt I have done before. The mystery is solved, the resulting quilt is amazing.  I am starting on my 2nd clue, I'll make it through some day.

Here is my picture for today's linkup.  I'll check in as I finish each clue and as I start assembly.   Linked up to Quiltville's blog, mystery-Monday Link Up - Click HERE.  

BBTB2: Cricut - The Graceland Tour

A few years ago, 5 of us went to Nashville/Memphis primarily so the guys could go to the 49er/Titans game.  The girls went on historic civil war tours that day.  A side trip to Graceland, George Dickel/Jack Daniels distilleries, and finding good eats/music were also on the itinerary.  It was a fun trip, we sure want to go back and explore some more.  So when Laurie  from came up with the theme of celebrating Elvis' birthday, I had to dig out a few layouts I made of our trip.  These were made with the Cricut Expression, when fonts and cuts were limited to what I owned.  Our challenge at Bitten By the Bug2 is to show us your projects/cards as they relate to anything Elvis - a song, his house, a saying, etc.  Come along and rock-n-roll with us this week.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Quilting: Bear Paw in Rainbow Colors

Since I am not working at this time, I needed something to fill the hours - after all - one can only go out shopping and to lunch with the girls so often.  My sister has been quilting for a couple of years now and I caught the bug again because of her.   I have several quilt projects to work on already, have joined several quilting blogs and even have the material to start a mystery quilt.  I wanted to get this top done before starting another one.  I started this the 2nd weekend in November and finished the top last night.  This is my biggest quilt project to date and I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  I love rainbow colors, the fabric came in graded colors, all of which was so beautiful.  I don't know what color the backing will be, or how it will be quilted, those are the next steps.  I will send it out for quilting at a local shop.   Here it is, look for a finished version in a pretty setting hopefully soon.