Thursday, July 24, 2014

ATC Summer 2014 Swap - Cricut Message Board

This is about the 4th ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap I have participated in on the Cricut Message Board.  Our theme this time is beach, vacation, or summer.   I knew I wanted to use the Life is a Beach cuts on my cards.  I embossed the starfish, embellishing with a small star, I inked the sand dollar, and I Stickled the coral.  A net background, and Perfect Pearls all over completed the card. (looks like I cut off the bottom of the picture, oops)   I can't wait to see what the other 14 ladies have come up with.   Do you collect or make ATCs?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Owl Challenge - Double Posts

Hi Everyone - This week I am hosting the challenge at BBTB2, and it is OWLS.  I see them everywhere, on material, home decor, and lots of art projects.   There are 45 different Cricut cuts with owls on them, you are sure to have at least a few in your cartridge collection.  Please join our challenge over at BBTB2.  I would love to see "Hoo" participates.

I have two projects for you this week, both with owls.  It was hard to choose between the two, so I didn't!  First up, a Tootsie Pop and Tootsie Roll 60th birthday present I created using a bag of Tootsies from Costco.  I hot glued them onto a styrofoam ball on top of a vase.   I put the Dots inside the vase, and the top part lifts off when someone wants candy.   The owl is from Paisley, and the balloons from Celebrations.  My second project is an opening page of a baby book that I made for a sweet little boy.  It also uses the Paisley owl, and the saying and title are from Artbooking.

Monday, July 14, 2014

It's a Dog's Life

Yes, this dog is spoiled, but he is not mine.  He belongs to the other grandparents and my son-in-law.  He is the meanest looking boxer you have ever seen, but in real life is the wimpiest pup you have ever seen.  He crashed into the screen door once and wouldn't go near the door for a week.   As you can tell, he is also a great guard dog, watching over my granddaughter.  This was taken about a year ago by Grandma "R"  and is one of my favorite pictures.   However, she took it with her cell and used a square format, which did not translate to 5x7 at all.  So I had to print a 8x8 and crop it down after making the layout.  I was going to stamp lots of small dogs on the vertical strip and then came up with the idea to fill the overlay with his name.  I used Mickey Font and CCR for the die cuts on this layout.

Sharon, from MeeMee's Creations is our hostess this week for Bitten by the Bug2 and has selected a dog die cut for our Linky challenge.  I automatically knew I wanted to use this picture in my layout.  Coming up with a design was a challenge for me.    Link up your 'dog' inspired project, card, or layout at BBTB2.  Look forward to seeing what you design.  Ruff, Ruff!!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Camping Trip and Hike

A few years ago, my husband, son, and I took a RV trip to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA (near Santa Cruz).  I loved this picture, and once I got the Give a Hoot cartridge,  I knew how I wanted to scrap it.   My son is into nature and all that goes with it, thus the 'recycle' logo die cut.   I added another journaling spot under that logo with their names and what we did while camping.  Instead of a journaling box at the bottom I got an idea to write on a log - which is from Pooh and Friends cartridge.  Other little embellies are from a Basic Grey chipboard set.

Our theme for the BBTB2 challenge this week comes from Pam, which is "Travel".  I would love to see what you can create and link up to BBTB using a travel or transportation theme.  Enjoy!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

4th of July Layout - A Child's Year

I am so glad that I am on the Bitten by the Bug Design Team.  It gives me lots of incentive and makes me strive to try new formats and projects.  I finally am getting to the 4th of July layouts from 2012.    This week, Michelle is leading the challenge "Independence Day", and I have to show off.  My first layout is of my granddaughter trying to figure out what to do with sparkler boxes and just being darn cute.  I used A Child's Year for the icons, and Carousel for the wording.  I put a non-Cricut cardboard die cut from my stash for color and had a flag sticker just the right size to add bling to the boy with wagon.

The 2nd layout was easy to put together.  I really like the overlays on the Artbooking cartridge, so I cut it almost at maximum size.  I got an idea to put red stripes behind the overlay, giving it an American flag look.  The pictures are of my husband, the grandma-in-law, and myself all with the grandbaby.

Come on over to BBTB2 and link up your 4th of July project or layout.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Chillin by the Pool BBTB2 Challenge

I had a vision for these pictures in a scrapbook for over two years.  I guess because the colors were so bright and my granddaughter is my favorite subject.  I knew there were Cricut cuts on Pack Your Bags that would be perfect.  These pictures took a while to scrap, as you see they are Father's Day 2012.  I used the free cut from CCR and added a hand-cut banner and 2012 for the title.  I am glad Melody selected the challenge this week of 'Summer Fun' and I got that little push to get these pages done.  I created two additional pages which only use a few Cricut cuts, but just as colorful.   Come join us for the BBTB2 Summer Fun challenge and post your page, card, or project.  The link is here:  BBTB2

Monday, June 16, 2014

Senior Graduation Layout

Today's challenge at BBTB2 is Graduation.  I need to get a lot more layouts done, I am year's behind, so I put this one together partially with Cricut die cuts I received in a swap a few years ago.  It was a good way to get cuts from cartridges I don't own.  The Senior is from Sports Mania, and the graduate and microscope are from Every Day Paper Dolls.  The diploma at the top of the page is from Hello Kitty.

The saying: "Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. - Art Linkletter".

Our design team has created beautiful cards, projects, and layouts based on the graduation theme.  Come and join our challenge at BBTB2 via this link.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Father's Day Card - Italia

My Italian husband has been waiting for months for the World Cup of Soccer to start.  I thought I would make a Father's Day card with the Italian Flag and a trophy to say 'good luck Italy' as well as to have a great day.  The trophy was a hand-me-down die cut, and I used CCR text for the writing.  Hand cut the glitter green and red background for the flag.   I put a 'Happy Father's Day" cut from CCR (it's still free this week) on the inside.  2nd version:   Added the soccer ball I found on Artbooking.  Had to manipulate the background in CCR, as it only had the cut out soccer ball cut.  

Monday, June 9, 2014

Father's Day - Let's Ride

As Father's Day draws near, we are all scrambling to make our cards and gifts.  Luckily, the BBTB2 designers are posting a Father's Day challenge this week, so my card is done.  This one is for my son in law, who loves motorcycles.   The Daddy medallion has 5 layers and is free on the Cricut Craft Room this week (until Tuesday midnight).  The motorcycle is from Going Places, and the license plates are from a Tim Holtz sticker book.  Background paper is G45 Communique.   If you already completed your Father's Day card using a Cricut cut, post it to our Linky at BBTB2, if not, get crackin, and don't wait.  Enjoy!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Hello Kitty - The Movie Star

Hello Everyone - I have a pair of projects to show you this week.    Our hostess for the week is Laura and she has challenged us to alter a Cricut cut in some way.   I decided to alter a few Hello Kitty cuts via the online Cricut Craft Room.   All of the light purple cuts were done with one file, one 'cut'.  I overlayed that paper over a striped purple and a dark purple background and put white Stickles on the butterfly and hair barrette.  It looks like a fairly easy layout, but me and the Craft Room don't always agree with what I want to do on the page.  I probably took an hour designing this page.  I really could have made the cuts separately and glued them to a dark purple page, but then I wouldn't have achieved my goal of an overlay.  I'll try this technique again.  The pictures are of my granddaughter in her new Hello Kitty bathing suit and an Easter pail she uses as a purse.  With those glasses, she looks like a little movie star.

I used the 'weeded' portion of the Kitty and Hello cuts to make a baby shower card.  Using the same colors made it easy, and all I added was cut the word 'baby' from the CCR for the inside of the card.  I made the card in less than 5 minutes ( I guess that makes up for the time I spent on the overlay design).

Join us for our 'Altered Cricut Cut' challenge at BBTB2 -  I would love to see what you can create.