Monday, September 17, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut and Oxide Ink - Angelic Baby Boy

It's Anything Goes week at Bitten by the Bug2.  Link up your project or card HERE:   We expect to have lots of entries, there might even be a prize involved.

I made this layout a few months ago and really spent a lot of time on it.  It is a little outside of my wheelhouse, so I was pretty unsure of how it would turn out. I like playing with the Ranger Oxide Inks and this is the biggest piece I have made.  I took this picture of my grandson napping and the light coming in was just right - it's a little dark, but then the room was dark!   I took the layout from one of the blogs I follow on FB and changed it up a bit.  The original is below for reference.

Here are the cartridges I used for this sweet angelic layout:
Teddy Bear:  Christmas
Shoes:  Quiet Book
Sippy Cup:  Baby Steps

This is the sample layout that I used.  If I find the creator, I'll put a reference here.

Monday, September 3, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - The Farmer Collects His Harvest

For at least 10 years my son has had a plot at the community garden in town.  Every year he improves on his crop, this year producing several heritage and specialized varieties of tomatoes, watermelon, peppers, and squash.  I went with him a few weeks ago to pick tomatoes for canning.   He also works on a farm seasonally, during planting and harvest season.  I call him my farmer.

Which leads us to our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge for the next two weeks, which is Labor Day.  I did a career layout for my daughter earlier this year and so chose my son for this occasion.  Our challenge is pretty broad in scope, you can link up your card or project HERE and see what out designers have created.

Cartridges Used:

Paddington Regular Font
Watermelon:  Simply Charmed
Truck:  Heritage
Veggies: Country Life
Pumpkin: Happily Ever After
Sign on Truck: Freshly Picked
Miscellaneous die cut, punched leaves and sparkles

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Pre-school print and cut layout

It was an early 'back to school' time a few weeks ago.  My daughter now gets a few hours a week with just one at home and two in school.  She is thrilled.  She took a few pictures on the first day and of course, I had to scrap them.  I'll write a few words on the matching page, (which I haven't done yet) that describe my grandson's physical and likeable attributes.

It's also back to school week at Bitten by the Bug2.  Our challenges now go for two weeks in hope of getting more participation.  Link up your blog, Flicker, Instagram or Pinterest pictures featuring back to school on the BBTB2 blog.  Details HERE.

I used print and cut with my Cricut Explore for most of this design.  The cuts would have been just too small and tedious to put together.   I did a lot of slicing and contouring on the ABC blocks and they now resemble a hopscotch game.  I added the backpack, supplies and his favorite toy images and then flattened the whole image.  It is definitely not as bright as paper cuts, but at least I got a layout done!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cricut - Water Bottle Decor

It was time to decorate the water bottles for the grandkids.  The two oldest picked out their own design and I picked the squirrel on a bike for the little guy.   Easy projects, done in an hour.  The kids even helped with the applying of the vinyl and pushing buttons on the Cricut Explore.  All designs are from Cricut Access.

Monday, August 6, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - You Make Me Melt

 I just can’t take enough pictures of my grandkids this summer. They grow too fast and I want to capture it all. The little guy is learning how to swim with a doughnut.  Of course, you have to take a break during your summer  and have lots of ice cream to help cool yourself down. Good thing he was eating this one outside. My layout today is slightly scrap-lifted from a Pinterest pin.

 It pairs nicely with the Bitten By The Bug2 challenge this week  (Michele is our hostess) which is to use a Cricut cut to show VACATION OR TRAVEL.   Link up your project to our designers blog HERE.

Cartridges Used:

Sun Title:  Face- Create A Critter, rest is Pack Your Bags (I changed out the sun)
Popsicles: Simply Charmed (face removed)
You make me melt:  Just Because Cards, surrounded by an Artbooking frame

Here is the Pinterest find that gave me the inspiration:

Monday, July 30, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut Hipster Animal Cards

A few weeks ago the Jodi Clark - Hipster Animals cartridge was free on Cricut Design Space.  There were only five images and I fell in love with the bear and the puppy dog. I used the print and cut feature to get several printed images to make these cards and a few more in the future. They were just really cute. The puppy card is being sent to my sister for her birthday.

I submitted both of these cards for the design team entry on Bitten by the Bug2 this week, where I am hosting. Our challenge is to use a Cricut image of a “border or frame” on your card or project.

I used the following cartridges:
Frame on dog:  Live Simply
Frame on bear: Art Deco
Banner: Create A Critter 2
Animals:  Hipster Animals
Font:  Baby Steps

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cards - Going Wild with Distress Oxide Inks

I've been playing with my Distress Oxide Inks.  Sometimes I need to get away from my Cricut machine and try to be uniquely creative.  I sent a few of these off in a card swap.  I sure want to do more exploring with my Distress Oxides.  I think I have 12 colors.

Mad Hatter Stamp Sets stamped using Oxide blue on an Oxide tan background, Oxide background, then stamped lightly with swirl stamp using regular black ink

Amuse Studio Vacationland Stamp Set.  Stamped with several Oxide Inks.  Spray with Distress Spray Stain in Vintage Photo.  Camera die cut.

Distress Spray Stain on background paper.  Various Oxides for torn paper background.  Flowers stamped with Oxides.  Prells for center of flowers.  Hello Life from Stampin Up perhaps.

Monday, July 23, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Fishing and Fun at the Lake

Summertime activities lead to a lot of picture taking and a lot of planned scrapbooking projects.  I'll never get caught up.  Thanks to the Bitten By the Bug2 blog, I at least get something done each week.  This week our theme is "Beach or Lake" for our challenge.  Use a Cricut cut relating to this theme and link it up to our blog HERE:

The "life is better at the lake" title had no edges.  I used a bracket from Phrases and 'flattened' the two together to get the title you see below.  I used print and cut because it was just too small to cut some of the pieces.  I inked a lot of the cuts, used Stickles on the bubbles, and a hint or so of white and pink gel pen.  I made a 2nd coordinating page but won't publish it because it has another family showcased.  Fun Times.

Cartridges Used:

Words:  Birthday Cakes
Fish Tag:  A Childs Year
At the Lake Title:  Hot Summer Days
which was welded to
Bracket:  Phrases
Heart Arrow:  Hot Summer Days
Big Arrow Under Words:  Boho Graphics Iron On

Monday, July 16, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Zoo Safari Adventure

We brought the grandkids to the zoo a few weeks ago.  Since we have season passes, we can go for just a few hours or a full day.  Believe me, with 3 kids in tow, a few hours felt like an all day adventure.  With Janis as our hostess, and picking the theme "At The Zoo" for our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge, I couldn't be happier.  Another layout done, hurrah!  Join our challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 HERE:

This one is definitely a little different than my normal -  I used Distress Oxide inks to paint and splatter a sunset on white cardstock, then covered a lot of it up with my pictures and Cricut images.  It's messy, not usually my style, however, the end result is 'a work of art'!  For my images, I did a lot of slicing and welding, and resizing to get the black cuts.  They too, picked up ink from my fingers, adding to the messiness, I mean amazing sunset artwork.

Outside Frame:  Songbird
Giraffe Grass combo: Everyday Popup Cards
Elephant: Bits and Pieces
Sunset:  Free circle
Tree:  Heritage
Birds:  Hannah Montana

Monday, July 9, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut: Christmas in July - Gift Cards Ready for Filling

I don't think I have ever made a Christmas related card in July before.  This is a first.  Caroline, our long time designer at Bitten by the Bug2 is hosting our challenge for the week.  The theme, as you might have guessed is "Christmas in July".

I made a gift card holder from the Photo Fun - Holiday Memories cartridge.  There was only one image to cut, so I added the white background using the free square in Design Space.  Once assembled, I used my distress oxide inks, water, and a paint brush to softly color in some of the design.  I think I may make several more of these to have on hand at Christmastime.

Link up your project, card, or layout to our Linky on the Bitten by the Bug2 blog HERE.