Monday, June 27, 2016

BBTB2: America the Beautiful - Stars Layout

Oh beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain
America, America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

I took this picture on our trip to Utah last fall, capturing the late afternoon sun in Canyonlands National Park.  We had stopped to see an old log cabin, pick apples, and get an ice cream when we came by this wonderful view.  It is one of my favorites from the trip.   I knew it was perfect for a scrapbook page this week, it really doesn't say 4th of July - it just says AMERICA! 

Susan, from Busy with the Cricky is our hostess for the week and announced that our challenge will be to use a Cricut Star or Stars in our projects.  This layout was going go be super simple, but it evolved, and the end result is something I really like.   The 'air mail' label is actually an old label from maybe the 40' or 50's that I found in some of my dad's old papers.  I will journal on it soon.  I had a brilliant idea to add splatters on the page, something I have not done before, and the effect was perfect.  Thanks for looking and please join in our challenge fun by linking up your STARS project to our Bitten By the Bug2 blog.  We'll be looking for you.
Cricut cuts:  Big Stars - free
                   God - Quarter Note
                    "Shed his....." Chloe
                   Wheat - Country Life
                    United States - Going Places
                    Stars banner - Holiday Cakes

Monday, June 20, 2016

BBTB2: One of a Kind Phone Case

I've been wanting to decorate my phone case for a year and just didn't know what to put on it.  I knew I wanted a Cricut cut but nothing ever called my name  (haha get the pun?).   Then I saw this modern flower collage from the Cricut Make It Now projects and thought that would look nice and really easy to make.  It turned out pretty good and only took about 10 minutes to complete - the weeding was the hardest part.  

This week at Bitten by the Bug2 we are celebrating Gemini's by making a project with two of something on it.   Mine has two big flowers, and several small ones, so I think it qualifies.  Come on over to BBTB2 and link up your '2 of something' card or project to the blog. Thanks to our hostess Lynn from My Cards N Stuff for hosting our challenge.   Have a great week. ---Maureen

Monday, June 13, 2016

BBTB2: Awesome Father's Day Cards - (Gearhead, Golf, and Fishing)

It seems like yesterday was Mother's Day, and now I look around the corner and Father's Day is here.  Between these two holidays alone, I made about 8 cards, all unique.  My 'gearhead' Father's Day card is an inspiration from an old CTMH catalog featuring the Artiste cartridge.  I used the accompanying stamps for the 'love bubble' and 'arrow'.   I grunged it up a little too much, it's easy to get carried away.  I am posting this card at Bitten By the Bug2 as my designer project this week, come on over and post your Father's Day/masculine cards or projects by linking them to our blog.  Michelle, from Cricutcrazyscrapper is our hostess for the week.

My other cards are a golf themed (for the grandpa in-law) and a fishing theme (for nonno) for the grandkids to decorate and sign. (ok - the 17 month old just gets to add his scribbles!!). 

Happy Father's Day!

Linked up to Hiding in My Craft Room #255 Masculine
Linked up to DoubleClick #50 Man or boy

Yes, this is Nonno's fish tank in the background, I just happened to capture the right moment.  The granddaughter wanted to glue and assemble this card all by herself, with a little trimming, it looks great! This is from the Father's Day - Gone Fishing digital image.

This is for the in-law grandpa who loves.......... golfing.  How did you guess?  This card is from the Summer Celebrations cartridge.

Monday, June 6, 2016

BBTB2 - **Dig It** - Garden theme Layout

This week our theme at Bitten By the Bug2 is 'garden'.  I have lots of pictures of flowers but this time I thought I would scrap a few of my son and his community garden harvest.  This is from last September when he picked a few boxes of tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, and basil.  I don't get many pictures of him - he's elusive most of the time.  

I used cuts from Freshly Picked cartridge for most of the veggies, using the Contour Feature in Design Space to remove parts of the cut.  I had the pumpkins already, so I just added a altered sign for  produce and a shovel, also from Freshly Picked.  The bracket is from Give a Hoot and just added some interest to the project.  Of course, Ole was used for the peppers.

Link up your garden themed card, layout or project over at Bitten By the Bug this week.  Melanie, from is our hostess for the week.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BBTB2 - High School Graduation Masculine Card

I am late in posting this graduation card for Bitten By the Bug2 this week.  I made the card from several cartridges and used the school colors of the graduate.  Diploma from Hello Kitty Greetings, hat from Something To Celebrate.  The candy bar grad coffee cup is a little extra - for girls I put in silk flowers instead of candy.  Link up your graduation or thank you cards at BBTB2 this week.  Enjoy!

Monday, May 23, 2016

BBTB2 - Hot Mama, Big Daddy Towel Card

Lynn, from My Cards N Stuff, is our hostess for Bitten By the Bug2 this week and she has selected a "towel" theme - kitchen, bath, or beach.   I used the Sweethearts cart to make the towels, but instead of his and hers - I put on my own twist using the hide contour feature of the Explore.  I then added a Happy Anniversary sentiment with a frame and a little Stickles to finish off my card.  Join us at Bitten By the Bug2 to link up your towel creations this week.

Monday, May 16, 2016

BBTB2: Dreams of Palm Trees and Fresh Air

Once you have been somewhere tropical, you always want to go back - next time just to relax and enjoy the scenery, and stay for a month!  Well, a girl can dream, can't she?  Today our hostess is Laurie, of Crafty Sisters Creations. Because it is Love A Tree Day,  she asked us to make a project or card with a tree.  

My card is rather simple, just 2 cuts.  The palm trees are from Cricut Iron-On, Palm Trees, and the Dream bubble is from Simple Cards.  The palm leaves cut beautifully, I was surprised, but I also used a good quality cardstock.  Join us at Bitten By the Bug2 and link up your "tree" card or project.

Monday, May 2, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut Heart Bouquet Mother's Day

With Mother's Day approaching, our leader at BBTB2 for this week, Emily, from Mollie's Motif has selected our challenge which is to use a bouquet of flowers, or flowers in a vase.  Wow - perfect as there is lots of choices from the Cricut Access I found a great cut of a heart decorated with flowers from the Love Struck cartridge and thought I could do something with it.   Thanks to Emily, I am getting my Mother's Day cards done ahead of time.  I made several of these cards - a few I may even leave off the sentiment and use for another occasion.   I used Artiste for the 'Happy Mother's Day" sentiment and Flower Shoppe for the small flowers.  I inked the edges in a light beige/brown of the base and the white flowers, used gems in the centers, and Stickles on the background flowers.  I popped up the flowers by curving the petals and popdotted the heart off the background.  Overall, I love how it turned out.  

My 4 year old granddaughter wanted to craft today so I let her make a Mother's Day cards for her mommy and other grandma using the same heart.   I let her pick out 2 colors of pink and she helped cut out the heart/background heart and picked a base for the cards.  She likes to press the buttons on the Explore and thinks she is creating all on her own.   She glued on pre-made paper flowers onto her hearts and used a 'little too generous' supply of Stickles on the project.  When the glue bottle was glued shut she said "wait, I know what to do" and went and got a corncob holder from the kitchen drawer and brought it over.  How smart is that = I have never used a corncob holder, only needles and pins.  And I think the Tape Gun is heavier than her hand can handle but she wants to do it all on her own.  On the inside she stamped flowers all over and then wrote I Love Mom.  The cards were really pretty and I am sure they will be loved forever.  Sadly, I did not take a picture before they were sealed in an envelope.  I'll have to post later.

Join us for our 'bouquet of flowers/flowers in a vase'  challenge this week at Bitten By the Bug2 by linking up your project.   Happy Mother's Day to all mums, moms, mommy's, grandmothers, etc.!!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut Shower You With Love Umbrella card

It's getting near the time of year when we get invited to bridal showers and weddings.  I should have a stash of these type of cards, but I don't.  I usually like to match my card to the bride's colors or theme.  This card was a prototype of a card I made for my niece-to-be's shower last year.  It would have been a lot of work to glue down all these hearts on 25+ cards.   This week, our hostess for Bitten By the Bug2 is Caroline, of Card Creations By Caroline and she has challenged everyone to use an umbrella on their Cricut inspired card or project. 

I can't remember which cartridge the hearts came from, the umbrella is from Everyday Pop-Up Cards.  I embossed the background and inked the edges.  Really, a simple card this week.   Join our challenge and link up your card or project using an umbrella to Bitten By the Bug2.  Enjoy!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

BBTB2: LoveBirds Flutter Together Forever

I am still working on my daughter's wedding album.  It's been a few years, and I had better kick it into high gear and 'get 'er done'.   With our BBTB2 theme this week of 'Birds", I knew that a LoveBirds theme would fulfill both the challenge and help with the wedding album.  I used 3 cartridges for this simple and easy layout - Wrap It Up for the word Lovebirds (removed the flowers), Tie The Knot for the two birds on a branch, and the Wedding cart for the 2 birds with a heart.

Join in the BBTB2 challenge this week of "Birds", whether it be birds in a cage, flying birds, or Springtime birds.