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.  

Monday, April 11, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut 3D Altered Record Album

Our hostess at BBTB2 this week is Susan, and in honor of National Barbershop Quarter Day, she asked us to create a musical project or card.  Hop on over to Bitten By the Bug 2 and link up your favorite project using any Cricut cuts representing music.

 I made this 'scrapbook' from an old record album I got at Goodwill for $3.  All the records inside were broken so out they went.  When our scrapbook club goes on our retreat, we draw names ahead of time and create a handmade item.   The person I was to create for is a hard working administrator by day and  singer and musician by night.  She has made a few CDs and I love listening to her croon.  She loves jazz and the blues so I tried to incorporate that into my creation.  The cover turned out really nice, and the pages inside, although they turned out different than first envisioned, represent her singing style.  I really enjoyed making this album and putting a little of myself into something for someone else.  The roses were made from the Flower Shoppe cartridge.  The keyboard, microphone, and guitar are all from Quarter Note.  I added bling of toile, ribbon, paper flowers,  feathers, and rhinestones.  The bottom right side in red is part of the original front cover - I just couldn't cover that up!

I created photo mats, tags, and embellishments using G45 papers - these were perfect for the vintage look.  I cut the paper where the hole for the center of the record goes.  She can fill the 'pockets' with trinkets - programs, ticket stubs, and photos of the venues she visits.

Originally these pages were to be black and white, but I just can't do it.  New Orleans jazz is the theme here - (can't you tell) - I am sure she has a great picture to put on the left side.

"Blackbirds singing in the dead of night, spread your wings and fly away" are lyrics to a song that my friend beautifully sings.  I stamped the words and used 3D butterflies to showcase this song.

 I used an old 45 record as a pocket to hold cards and photos.

Monday, April 4, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut Butterfly Fly Away Flower Girl Layout

This week at Bitten By the Bug2 we are making projects with butterflies or bees.  I had a vision of making a layout using a picture of my granddaughter with wings.  This is how it turned out, simple and very different from what I usually do.    I printed her flower girl picture at 5x7 and then fussy cut her out and put it on the layout.  I think I might add some glitter and bling - not sure yet.

Join us and our hostess Michelle, from, to link up your bee or butterfly creations - we would love to see them!  Cricut cuts are:  "Flower Girl" uses the Ashlyn's Alphabet, the large butterfly is from Home For the Holidays - Spring and Summer, and the swarm of butterflies  is from Boho Graphics, Iron On.  I sliced up the Skunk with Flowers cut from Disney Classics, removing the skunk for the surrounding flowers at her feet.  I cut the butterfly 3 times, once for the white top, once as a stencil for coloring with Stampin' Up pens, and once in a solid light yellow (using the contour feature) for the background.  I could see this layout in 3D and would have done so if it wasn't going into a scrapbook.


Monday, March 28, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut Flower Wreath Layout - Wedding

When I saw this Make It Now project in Cricut Design Space, I knew it was perfect for a picture of my nephew and his beautiful bride.  The colors of the project were in the pretty royal blue of their wedding so I didn't change much of the color theme.   Can you believe that rannuccula (that's what I am calling that flower) on the left side has 9 layers to it?   Most of the layers cut most of the design and got layered in a specific order to create the wreath.  It was pretty easy, but the fun part was putting the bling on it and adding Stickles.

Melanie, from Courtney Lane Designs is our hostess at BBTB2.  Coincidently, she made this same design as a card a few weeks ago and posted on her blog.  Her challenge is to use 'bulb flowers' on a card or project.  Link up your flower project to Bitten By the Bug2 this week.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Cricut Cindy Loo - Every Girl Wants to Be a Fairy - Card

A friend gave me several fairy stamps and I thought my granddaughter would love to make fairy cards and projects.  Little did I know, that I love them too.   I made this card for a friend who loves fairies and has a fairy garden.  She gave me some plants for my yard; I made this card to say thanks.

It is framed by a Cricut cut from Cindy Loo that I cut twice and then added some Stickles and Skittles for sparkle.  Colored with watercolor pencils that are over 60 years old - they belonged to my father.  Enjoy!  The sentiment is "every little girl wants to be a fairy".

Monday, March 21, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut Easter's On It's Way Card

Hippity Hop, Easter's On It's Way!

We are all looking forward to Easter - ham, Easter egg hunts, chocolate eggs and jelly beans galore.  I am hosting the challenge at Bitten By the Bug2 this week, and just had to  go with the theme of "Spring Fling and Easter Things".  That's pretty wide open, so I am expecting lots of entries.  Link up your Spring or Easter Cricut cards, projects, or layouts to BBTB2.

My tri-fold card took a few hours to create, and was fun to put together.  Folded up it is only 4" x 3.25", it's small.  Some of the little eyes just were too small to cut, so I drew them in.  I think there were 21 mats to cut.  My cut file is from My Scrap Chick.  It is HERE.  I got it during one of their many sales.  They have some great SVG files.

Join my design sisters and link up your Spring and Easter creations at BBTB2.  Happy Easter!