Monday, November 23, 2015

BBTB - Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  I am hosting dinner this year for about 10 members of the family.  Everyone is bringing something, so my work in the kitchen will be a lot less than previous years.  It works out good because everyone brings their specialty item and we all eat way too much of good food.

My granddaughter brought home the cutest Indian headband and turkey picture last week.  I had to make a scrapbook page, which fit right in with our BBTB2 theme this week.  Also notice the shirt she is wearing that I showed in a previous post.  So darn cute!

L.B. is our hostess, whe selected our challenge, which is to use the word 'Thanks' in our project.  Come join us while the turkey is in the oven and link up your 'thanks' project.

I've added Skittles from A Busy Bee, and did a lot of inking and some white gel pen to accent.  I'm going to ask my granddaughter what she is thankful for and journal her words in the bottom right of the page.  Cartridges used:  Autumn Celebrations, Animal Kingdom, Disney Classics

Linked to Challenge 265, Thank you/Thanksgiving.
Linked to - Thanksgiving challenge
Linked to - Give Thanks

Monday, November 16, 2015

BBTB2 - Cricut - Fall Leaf Candles

I have several different decorated candle jars to share with you today.  I used leaf cuts from various cartridges using my scraps (always like to use up scraps).  Then I inked the leaves with same and contrasting colors to make them more realistic.  I hot glued a strip of burlap onto a fall scented candle from the dollar store (frosted glass about 4 inches high).  I randomly adhered leaves and gemstones onto the front.

I'm putting these in the swag bags of our Crafty Girls retreat coming up this weekend.

Just so happens that this week Kelly from, is hosting our BBTB2 challenge - which is to use fall leaves in a project or card. I love it when my projects and our challenges come together like this.  Join in our fall leaf challenge at Bitten By The Bug2 to link up your project.

I also got these skittles from ABUSYBEE to go in the swag bags.   They are one of my favorite embellishments, in fact, I hoard them.  There will be 8 of us crafting the weekend away.  This is our 5th year together.  We are going to a new place this year that's only about an hour away from home (SF bay area).  We have challenges and a handmade gift exchange and this year we are adding a Christmas ornament challenge and swap.   I'll post some pictures.

 New Release!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Okieladybug Challenge - Bee card

Okieladybug had a card challenge based on a bee and honeycomb sketch she supplied.  I had the day to play and easily uploaded her svg file into my Explore and made my version of her card in a snap.   Here it is:

Monday, November 2, 2015

BBTB2 - Thankful for Fall

A few years ago, I made a picture frame in a Cricut swap (see HERE) and said I would make another one for the granddaughter.  Well, now there are two grandkids, so I had better get going.  I had the base of another frame already painted, so got to work.  It's so easy when you have the design already on paper and the papers and pieces available.

At BBTB2 this week, the challenge is to use a Fall Pumpkin in our projects.   So I added a pumpkin at the bottom.  Perfect for the kids at the pumpkin patch.   The patch is called Joan's Pumpkin Patch and happens to be my granddaughters name too!

Frame and sunflower from - Michaels
Girl and Leaves from - A Child's Year
Joan from - Old West
Pumpkin from - October 31st

Link up your Cricut Fall Pumpkin card or project to our Bitten by the Bug2 blog this week.  Dany, our hostess, and the other designers would love you to enjoy our inspiration and to look at yours.  Happy Fall Y'all!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween 2015 - Cricut - With the Pizza Guy

We were invited to a Halloween party with our long time Italian friends.   I was at a loss as to what we could be.  So, of course, I did what everyone else does, I went to Pinterest.   I found a boy dressed as a pizza guy.  That was my inspiration -  My husband would be a pizza maker and I would be the old Italian mama.   Now my husband is pure Italian, from Sicily, so this was perfect.  We were a hit at the party!

Husbands mustache and his slices of pizza were all made with my Explore in an hour. The Pizza insignia was from the internet.  I put the pizza on a string as we didn't want to hold our props the entire time.  His apron was decorated with Italian sayings - it came wrapped around a salami years ago.  I got his chef hat from the Dollar store and glued on a Sicily patch. My costume had some details that probably only Italians would understand - an apron with a wooden spoon and cannoli makers, a cross on a black necklace, glasses, an old hankerchief (normally kept inside the bra), a slight black mustache, a scarf wrapped tightly over the head, a housecoat, loafers with knee high stockings at the ankles. We had Sicily maps on dish towels tucked in our pockets.  I really loved it and glad I had a slight stroke of genius!

Monday, October 26, 2015

BBTB - Halloween Bat Layout

HAPPY HALLOWEEN    On BBTB2 this week we are using a 'bat' in honor of Halloween.   It was easy to incorporate a bat into my Halloween layout for this year.   It will contain pictures of my grandkids in their costumes.

Lots of Cricut cuts and color on this layout.

-Bat is from Holiday Cakes
-Girl Cat is from Trick or Treat
-Boy Monster is from Trick or Treat
-Happy Halloween is from Create a Critter 2
-Pumpkins are from Holiday Cakes
-Pumpkin treat bag is from Trick or Treat
-Cat is from Artbooking

Visit BBTB2 for my batty inspiration and to link up your BATTY project. 

Also linked to Hiding in My Craft Room #223 - Freestyle

Monday, October 19, 2015

Celebrate - Breast Cancer Awareness

Our BBTB2 Cricut designers blog is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month by making projects and cards featuring PINK and WOMEN.   I found this svg file that someone shared and changed it up a bit.  I love the simplicity and think it's perfect to send out to some friends in memory of how strong they have been in fighting this disease.   I'll make a few more and get them out ASAP.   They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this one qualifies.

We invite you to link up your PINK / WOMEN project or card to our blog and enjoy our creations at BBTB2.  

Remember to get your mammogram, I have my appointment at the end of the month!

Linked to D. L. Art Linky party = Breast Cancer Awareness

Monday, October 5, 2015

Cricut BBTB2 - BEWARE of Halloween

Yes - BEWARE - it's time to eat candy, lots of candy.   It's been out for over a month now.  As of this writing, I haven't eaten any of it.   Can't say that will happen once my husband goes to the store and sees his favorites - Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. 

This is a little bit of a scary card to share this week.  I love the Frankenstein cut and I decided to go with dark colors.  I'll send it to an adult so that I don't scare any little ones.

Frankenstein is from the Cricut Autumn Celebrations cartridge.  The web is from Monster Bash and Stickled.  The spider is from Designers Calendar.  I just added a basic bracket background twice and pop dotted Frankie and it was done.

Take a look at our projects at  BBTB2 and  enjoy our creative Halloween projects.  I thank our hostess for the week, Melanie.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Cutest Pumpkin in the Patch

Sometimes I am a little challenged when working with Design Space files.  I could not get a shared file to work on my DS.  So I made my  own.  I downloaded a font from that matched the examples and then used my subscription to make the half pumpkin.  I used the slice feature for the first time and this was also the first time getting a font.   I may not be learning it fast, but I'm getting there.   This Cutest Pumpkin in the Patch shirt is for my granddaughter.  The lettering is Gold Vinyl and turned out so cute - she can wear it for October and November.  I'm sure she will love it, I do!

Linked to Hiding in My Craft Room #218,  HIMCR218

Monday, September 28, 2015

Cricut BBTB2 - It's Fall, Y'all

Yes - Fall is in the air - the leaves on the trees have started to change here in Northern CA - where has summer gone?

I made a FALL Banner for my mantel. Since I made two of them, I alternated the letters to add extra color.  I had to stop with the embellishments, sometimes less is better.    It is my project this week at BBTB2.  Michelle, from is our hostess and has challenged us and you to use the word FALL or AUTUMN on a project or card.   Slip on over to BBTB2 and see our projects and link up one of your own.


Banner -  Home for the Holidays, Fall, Winter
Apple - Designers Calendar
Crow - Creativebug
Spider - Designers Calendar
Football Charm - Autumn Celebrations
Pumpkin - Autumn Celebrations