Monday, January 20, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut - Disneyland T-shirts

I have two projects for our challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 for the next two weeks.  The theme is "something new".  It can be a new technique, item, or new paper, whatever you choose.   Here is my 2nd 'new' post, t-shirts we made for our recent trip to Disneyland.  The girls got to select what image they wanted and color of shirts.  I cut out the HTV, and the girls did the ironing and peeling.  They all turned out nice and they got to go home with a great souvenir.

Believe in Magic: Word Quotes
Mickey Balloon:  Mickey and Friends
Castle with Mickey inside:  Mickey and Friends (sliced)
Love with Mickey inside:  Mickey and Friends and ?? (I made that file 2 years ago)
Font for Disneyland 2020:  Walt from

Link up your project, card, or layout using something "NEW" at Bitten by the Bug2 HERE.

Here are some pictures of the girls wearing their shirts:

BBTB2: Cricut - 'Let's Party Glittered Card

Do any of you attend Scrapbook Expo?  I have been to the Pleasanton, CA and Santa Clara, CA events several times.  Are you like me and spend a lot of money and then forget about the products you thought you couldn't live without?  My project for today uses something I got at Expo two years ago and never used.  I even watched lots of videos about the product but still never used it.  The product is double sticky tape that is 1 1/2" wide.   I used it for the first time to make glitter paper for my Cricut cuts.

That story leads me to our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge for the next two weeks.  The challenge is "something new, (product, cut, technique, material, etc.)".   Link up your challenge entry HERE.  I'm glad I created the glitter paper from the double sticky tape as I hate putting glitter paper into the Cricut mat, glitter ends up everywhere and the blade dulls really fast.

I peeled off the paper and put the first sticky side of the tape onto cardstock using only enough for the size of my die cut.  I left the second side of the tape with the backing on.   I cut the image, in this case, the "let's party" and then peeled the cut off the mat.  I put the cut on a new piece of paper, peeled off the top cover.  Then I poured fine glitter over the cut, using my finger to burnish it into the cut.  It doesn't flake off like other glitter paper.  I was really happy with the results, and the brightness of the glitter is really cool.  My finished cut went onto a card for New Years 2020.

Images and Supplies:

Let's Party:  Cuttin' Up
Martini:  Cuttin' Up
Background:  Family Album
Glitter:  from Expo

Monday, January 6, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut - Happy New Year 2020

Twenty years ago I was sitting at work at midnight, waiting for the new century to crash all of our computers and all the phone company systems to cease working.  Of course, that never happened, and I missed a few good parties that night.  On the other hand, I got to keep my job, and I was close to home so could still celebrate before going to work.

Now into the 3rd decade of the 2000's, it seems life goes by at a much faster pace. I hope not, as I just can't keep up with my crafts and home projects.  I'm going to try and put in a major dent this year in using up my stash.

Meanwhile, over at Bitten by the Bug2, we are kicking the new year off with a challenge.  It runs for two weeks, and the theme is "clocks".  As you see, I choose a New Year's party theme, but my design team did not.  Go on over to Bitten by the Bug2 and add your "clock" created with your Cricut.  Let's get this new year started right!!

Champagne glasses:  New Years 2012
Clock:  Traveler
Party Time:  Birthday Wishes
Baby:  Seasonal Characters
Frame:  Lacy Labels
2020:  Days and Dates
Lots of Stickles, the 2020 is with gold glittered adhesive paper.

Monday, December 23, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Ornaments of the Little Ones

I got two packages of plain ornaments from Hobby Lobby when the Christmas décor was 1/2 off.  I wish I would have gotten more.  Then it was off to decorate.  I measured the outside and inside of the circles and made a template on my Cricut Explore.  Cut out the circles and inked them.  Cut out a banner with the year inside of it.  Painted the edges of the ornaments so the brown edges would not show.  Glued on decorations, snow, and banner.   Each of the 12 are different, and will hold pictures of 12 friends and family.  Most are going along with presents, and one is saved for my own tree.

Join in on our last challenge of the year at Bitten by the Bug2.  Our theme is to use a number.  Most of the designers used a number relating to the holidays and football.  What ideas can you come up with?  Link up your project HERE at Bitten by the Bug2.

Merry Christmas to all.  See you in the New Year.

Monday, December 9, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Christmas Gift Bag for Her

What a challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 the next two weeks.  Use Pink and Gold for the holidays.  It is sure pretty in person but I had a hard time getting pink and gold onto paper.  Not to mention my Cricut decided it didn't want to cut correctly, even with a new blade.  I have some on order, but how does that help me today?  

So, for today project, I decided to go simple and have only two cuts.  A star and a title on a gift bag.  I had planned on adding quilted trees at the bottom but they would not cut.  The star I finally cut in vinyl, which always cuts smooth.  The gold is glittered but doesn't show up too well in the picture.  It is bright in real life.

Join our Pink and Gold holiday challenge at Bitten by the Bug2.  You can link up your project HERE.

Star:  Quilted Ornaments
Merry and Bright:  Artbooking
Paint and Washi tape

Monday, November 11, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - 50th Anniversary Gift - Hurricane Lamp

Firstly, I apologize for the bad pictures.  I didn't take the time to make great pictures, as I had to wrap it and get out the door rather quickly.  However, it fits the theme of our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge for the next two weeks, which is "Celebrating an Anniversary".

I had this project in mind for a long time, and was on the lookout for a large hurricane lamp at the home décor stores.  I got this one from a home stager, I am actually surprised she sold it to me.  It is about 20 inches tall.  I purchased Armor Etch for this project, I had never used it before, so was a little anxious, not wanting to ruin the lamp.  In fact, I waited too long and then had to do a rush job to get in done in time for delivery.   I do like the results, so my confidence has grown for the next project.  BTW, that Armor Etch is expensive, so use your coupon!  I watched a few YouTube videos just to ensure I knew all the tricks.

One side is the names and date they were married, and the other side says "50th Anniversary".   It's always hard to get a present for someone who has everything.  It's for my husband's brother and his wife who married very young. (and my husband was 10 years younger).

Join in the Bitten by the Bug2 challenge (by using your Cricut machine) and enter our "Celebrating an Anniversary" related card, layout or project using our LINKY.

Cartridges Used:
Free Heart
Anniversary:  I think from Heritage
Fonts:  Hathaway, Ashlyns Alphabet, Magnolia Sky (downloaded)

Monday, October 28, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Celebrate Fall Wall Decor

Hello Followers,

Today I have a home décor project that I am really happy to display out on my porch.  Can you believe this white board was actually a door off an old bathroom vanity?  I did have to strategically place my flowers to hide the holes from the knob and a gouge.

My flowers are mostly from Walmart (98 cents), and I had the vinyl for a few years, so this project only cost a few bucks. I spritzed the door with spray inks, but because the door is similar in texture to vinyl, the ink did not infuse.  So when it dried, I put a clear coat of sealer on top.  I edited the image from Design Space and separated the two words and sliced out the leaves from image.  The transfer to the door went smoothly and quickly.  I hot glued on the artificial flowers and a ribbon left over from a gift.

I am the hostess this week at Bitten by the Bug2, and I have selected "Fall Holidays - Anything Goes" as the theme for the next two weeks.  I would love to see what you create, you can link up your card, layout or project HERE.

also entered at Die Cutting Diva's - Anything Goes #44


Fall Sweet Fall

Monday, October 14, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Halloween Witch's Hat Makeover

A few years ago I posted this witch's hat on the Bitten by the Bug2 Blog.  That was back before I had my Explore and just worked from cartridges.  So I decided it needed a little sprucing up.  More is better, right?  So I added the back images, sprayed it with ink, added a spider web and dangling spider and more.   It's pumpkin time at Bitten by the Bug2, and this does have a print and cut pumpkin on the back so it qualifies for the challenge for the next two weeks.  Show us your pumpkins by linking up your project HERE.

I have also added a picture of the original hat so you can see the differences.  There are too many cartridges and embellishments to name, so just have a look but don't get scared away.

Here is the original version.

Monday, September 30, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Girl, You Got This

I ran across some great 'girl' quotes, and picked one that I thought I would like on a layout.  It's rather a simple layout, but I wanted to focus on the sunflower.  Yes, I had to place and glue all those petals by hand.  I overlay the negative piece of the cut and insert the petals so I have the right placement. By the way, the sunflower is one of the choices on the Bitten by the Bug2 challenge for the next two weeks.

I usually have pictures on my layouts, but I haven't decided upon pics for this one yet.  It will either hold pictures from my veggie garden, or will have pics of my granddaughter to show how she is turning into a young lady.

Our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge is "Fall sunflowers, scarecrows, or crows".  Join our challenge and link up your card or layout HERE.

Sunflower:  Life Outdoors
Title:  Girl You Got This
Vine:  Vine Flourishes
Ink and felt tip pens

Monday, September 16, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Love is Becoming a Grandparent

We love all that goes with being Grandparents - well - except changing diapers.  We have three grandkids, ages 8, 4 1/2, and 2 1/2.  They keep us busy and we get to do a lot of fun things with them as they live only a few miles away.  This summer involved backyard sleepovers, lots of swimming, and Oakland Zoo trips.  There are days when we are worn out and days when we wear out the kids!  I have captured a few fun days in this layout featuring grandparents.  I am known as Momo, short for Maureen.  My husband is Italian, so he is Nonno.  

I took images from Design Space and ungrouped them, altered Grandma to Momo, and Grandpa to Nonno.  I used print and cut as it's just too hard to get good cuts on these.  The hearts, arrow, and "I love my grandkids' are all cut by my Explore.  Caroline is our hostess at Bitten by the Bug2 and she is recognizing grandparents everywhere, since September has Grandparents Day on the 7th.  Come on over and join in the fun, share your project, card or layout relating to grandparents.

The Greatest Gift is Family
Worlds Greatest Grandparents
Hearts Silhouette
Car Decals
Miss Kate Cuttables - Be Mine