Monday, June 11, 2018

BBTB2: - Cricut - Happy Father's Day Harley Davidson Style

With Father's Day around the corner, our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge blog usually has a related challenge around this time of year.  This week you can post your Father's Day cards and projects on the BBTB2 blog HERE.

My son in law is a great daddy of 3 kids.  I usually make him a Father's Day card and buy him some select beers.  He is a Harley Davidson owner and loves to ride whenever he gets a chance.  I uploaded a shield representing Harley Davidson off the internet for this card.  The grandkids will write and color on the inside.  The motorcycle is from the Father's Day cartridge and the DAD is Cake Basics.  I popped up the motorcycle for some interest on the card.   Really easy in that it only took about 1/2 hour start to finish.

Monday, June 4, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Law School Graduation

Our cousin is graduating from the University of the Pacific Law School.  We are so proud of her, she has worked so hard and we wish the best for her future.  The school colors are orange and black.  I always match the school colors on my graduation cards.

Our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge is hosted by our talented designer Laura from Handmade Papercrafts by Laura.  She has selected a "graduation" theme for the week.  Join in the fun and link up your card or project to our Bitten by the Bug2 Blog HERE:

Cartridges Used:

Law building:  My World
circle:  free on Design Space
Happy Graduation:  Graduation

Monday, May 28, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - For a New Mother on Mother's Day

I love making cards for Mother's Day - this year I think I made 5 different cards.  I made this one  for an in-law that just had a baby girl, and this is her first Mother's Day.  She loves anything BoHo, so I used this great paper for the elephant that really is BoHo chic.  I popped up the baby elephant, inked all the pieces and used a Cricut embossing folder on the mom elephant's ear.  This card didn't need much else, just a Spellbinder's die cut  saying  'Celebrate'.

This card is perfect for our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge this week - the theme is "Animals".  There are so many Cricut cuts that are animals that it would be hard to decide on just one.  Submit your card or project or layout anytime this week by using our Bitten by the Bug2 LINKY. You can use Instagram, Pinterest or your blog posts to do the linking.   Have a great week everyone!

Cartridges Used:
Mama Elephant:  Noah's ABCs
Baby Elephant: Holiday Cakes

Monday, May 21, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Isn't She Lovely?

Here's a little unique layout for your enjoyment today.  I did not use background paper, I printed a 12"x12" photo of my granddaughter to use as the 'paper'.  I knew I wanted to put flowers and maybe a saying  in the upper right hand corner, and when the Bitten by the Bug2 challenge came up with the theme of flowers, I knew I had a match.  It's a really easy addition to the photo, the picture has to be the star this week, not my Cricut cuts.   I cut an oval with the word 'love' in it, but it just didn't look right.

Join our inspiring team of designers, lead by Caroline from Card Creations by Caroline, who have posted great designs for you this week and link up your 'flower' inspired Cricut project to our Bitten by the Bug2 blog HERE:

Cartridge Used:
All flowers and leaves:  Bohemian Wedding
Leaves are cut and outlined with Pen feature
Framed in a 12x12 frame that I change out periodically  

Monday, May 14, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut Twinkle Toes with a Cherry on Top

My granddaughter will soon have her 2nd dance recital, so I guess I had better get crackin' on last year's pictures.  She took a few professional pictures, so the single large picture will go on this layout.

I love when our challenges at Bitten by the Bug2 relate to layouts I have planned on making but haven't.  This then gives me the kick in the pants to get going.

Our spirited design team ex-leader, Susan, from Busy with the Cricky, is our hostess for the week at Bitten by the Bug2, and her choice for our challenge is to "Make Celebration projects (birthday, wedding, anniversary, etc., featuring DANCING".  I do want to thank Susan for leading our team of designers and managing the BBTB2 blog - she has devoted a lot of time to the task and has done a wonderful job.  Amy and Janis are the new leaders, I know they will keep the blog running and add lots of craftiness.  Link up your Dancing cards or projects to our blog and join in a jig or foxtrot with us!


Dancing Girl and ballet slippers:  Create  A Friend
Frame:  Artbooking
Dance Recital Title:  Twinkle Toes

Monday, May 7, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Art Nouveau Mother's Day Card

It's almost Mother's Day and I have finished my gift shopping and card making.  I actually got a card in the mail early this year too!  Our challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 this week is "Mother's Day", so I made a card for my daughter.  She likes something a little different, so I choose to go with a lady head and background from the Art Nouveau cartridge.  The paper curled a bit when I added the glitter pen, but I left it, it reminded me of waves in the hair, giving a 3D effect.  There are always tiny pieces and intricate cuts when using this cartridge and I sometimes get frustrated.  This time I put a new blade in the Explore and had no problems at all.  It's amazing what a new blade will get you.

Join in the celebration and link up to our Bitten by the Bug2 LINKY page HERE.  Our hostess is Michelle  (from Crazy Cricut Scrapper) and she and the other designers love to share our craftiness with you.  You can use Instagram, Flicker, your blog, or Pinterest to do your linking.

Cartridge:  Art Nouveau
Gems on flowers in hair
Nuvo glitter pen on hair and flowers
Ink on edges

Friday, May 4, 2018

Cricut - Little Bo Peep has Lost her Sheep

My son asked me to make a card for a friend who is having a baby.  He met this friend through the volunteer work he does at the city's community garden.  He also wanted several people to sign it, so he wanted it big.  I wanted to incorporate something from the garden aspect into the card, so I thought of the Nursery Rhymes cartridge and came up with the card below.  I inked the edges to highlight the sign and grass. I added an oval behind the cut for a little extra pop, and then mistakenly cut my card base a inch shy, darn, I hate when that happens.   I went with it anyways.  It was fast and turned out pretty, I think I may make another one, next time measuring twice and cutting once!.

Monday, April 30, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - School Days - Smile It's Picture Day

It's my turn to host the challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 this week.  If it's not near a holiday, I like to think of a theme or cut from Cricut that hasn't been used before.  I think I came up with a good theme this week - "Use a facial feature, face, smiley face, or the word 'smile' on your card or project".

I scanned the Cricut Access files to find an idea or two and decided to create a scrapbook layout of my granddaughter's kindergarten picture.  There is a Smiley face and an apple with a face that fit the bill.  I will fill in the blank journal tags with responses from my granddaughter.  

Cartridges used:  Artiste, Phrases, When I was a Kid, Create a Critter, Feeling Groovy.

Link up a card or layout or project to Bitten by the Bug2 using a face or smiles HERE.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Hiking the Amazon

I did it again - forgot to post my project for Bitten by the Bug2 on my own blog.  So here it is a few days late.  Our BBTB2 challenge this week is Springtime Sports.  You may think of baseball, golf, beach volleyball, or amusement parks.  Join our challenge by linking your post to our blog HERE:

Well, I thought of those, but don't participate in any myself; I do love to watch baseball and go to amusement parks like Disneyland!  So I choose something a little different today.  It's a hike - I do consider it a sport and an enjoyable hobby.   On our trip to Ecuador last month, we spent a few days in the Amazon at a lodge.  It was truly beautiful, very tropical, and they had planned several activities for us including a zoo, visiting a local family, canoe rides, and a hike/zip line in the jungle.  My husband wasn't feeling that well that day, so he recuperated by the pool while I joined the group hike.  What an amazing feeling to hike nature unlike anything in the US.  We saw lots of huge insects, a tarantula, heard sounds of the jungle, sweated, and learned about the trees and history of the land.  The hike included a basket zip line (my first) and a suspension bridge.  

We wore boots due to the muddy trails because of the rain the night before.  They were comfortable and I never slipped in the mud like I would have in tennis shoes.  Therefore, the boot is featured on my blog post today.  It says Adventure Seeker, as I truly thought I was ready to see all of South America after that wonderful breathtaking hike.  My background is a Cricut cut Make It Now project that I 'repurposed'.   I added drops of watered down ink and clear Nuvo drops to look like rain.  The results are really better in person.

Cartridges Used:

Palm Leaves:  Botanicals
Boot:  April Showers
Adventure Seeker:  3 Birds on Parade
Mat:  Once Upon A Princess

addition of watered down orange ink and Nuvo drops

Monday, April 16, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Shirley's Craft Cottage Wooden Sign

My daughter's aunt by marriage sends the grandkids lots of homemade items and crafts.  She is a really special great aunt.   She even has an Etsy shop where she sells jewelry called ShirleyHawkCreations.  I have a few pieces and get lots of compliments.  I created a few signs in the last few weeks and wanted to share this one too.  I used a free SVG from a blog I saw on Pinterest (where else?) called "A Girl and a Glue".  The SVG originally said "crafting is life", but I was able to reword it and put in "Shirley's Craft Cottage" using Cricut's Brush Script.   I want to use this file again and make myself a t-shirt.

The SVG was one color, and that just would not do.  Here is what I did.   I cut a piece of redwood to about 7.5" x 9.5" (fence board is 7.5" wide, that was my limit).  I lightly sanded the rough parts,  painted it turquoise, and let it dry.  Then I cut the SVG on my Cricut in vinyl (not mirrored).  I applied the vinyl using transfer tape.  I then painted the board white.  After it was almost dry, I peeled off the vinyl.  Little bits of the turquoise came off, but that added to the charm.   I then sanded the edges and lightly in the middle to give an aged effect.  I watered down acrylic paints and filled in with color.  After that dried, I then gave the entire piece a coating of washed light brown.  I really like how it turned out and I think this crafty friend will also.  .

I'm using this project as my design team entry for Bitten By the Bug2 this week.  Our challenge is to be creative with our die cuts - use them in unique ways, use embellishments on them, color them up, etc., almost anything goes.   Link up your project HERE at BBTB2.  Our talented hostess for the week is Laura from Handmade Papercrafts By Laura.