Friday, December 9, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut Christmas Card - Peave, Joy, Love

I forgot to post my project from Bitten by the Bug to my blog this week.  So here it is, better late than never.  I was out of town so did not have computer access.  

My card uses several cartridges - Holly and Ivy, Hello Kitty Font, Extreme Fonts, and others.   Note the little bird on the letter - isn't he cute.  I almost never make a white background for my cards - got to look to expand my techniques.

Join us at BBTB2 to post up a project you create for our challenge - Using Christmas Words as part of the project/card.   Caroline from is our hostess for the week - I just love her cards - she's the best.   Happy Holidays.


Monday, November 28, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut - Deck the Halls with a wreath

I love turkey and wish I could have a full turkey dinner at least once a week instead of once a year.  Of course, my waistline wouldn't be able to handle that much food.    Now on to Christmas!  I've been crafting some Christmas presents and cards for a while now, they will go to special people on my 'good' list.

Our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge this week is to use a 'wreath' in our project or card.  You can join in the challenge by linking up your 'wreath' creations at BBTB2 where Valentyna is our hostess.  Her style of papercrafting is to be envied. Check out her blog at

My vintage inspired wreath card uses only one cartridge and some Skittles and brown ink as bling.  The wreath and' Deck the Halls' quote (cut twice) is from Teresa Collins - December 25th, my first time using this cartridge.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 21, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut - Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving

There are some days when I get depressed and I want more. More time, more money, more things, more cars, etc.  Then I reflect and realize that I am truly blessed with all I do have - Love, family, a nice house, a newer car, and money in my bank account.  There are many people who don't know where their next meal is coming from, or where they are going to sleep tonight.  I quickly get those thoughts out of my mind and thank God and my family for all the good things that I do have.  At Thanksgiving, we are reminded of things we are thankful for and we also give thanks, say thanks more often, and reflect upon the year.

I would like to share a card I made for our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge this week, which is to use the words Thanks or Thankful on a card or a project using my Cricut.   I used the Celebrate With Flourish, Autumn Celebrations, and Lovely Floral for this very bright card.  Won't you join the other designers, including our hostess, Susan from Busy with the Cricky,  and link up your "Thank/Thankful" card on the BBTB2 blog this week.  Happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy, Maureen

Here are a few other cards I made for fall/Thanksgiving.  Some use ATC cards and pieces from pocket letters  I received in swaps.  ATCs are for sharing - I don't put them in a book and never look at them again.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

My Quilts: A Table Runner in Log Cabin style

This table runner has been 3/4 complete for the last year.  I don't know why I couldn't bring out my sewing machine, batting and backing and get it done.  It just sadly looked at me until I was determined enough to get it done and brought it to our annual Crafty Girls Retreat.  And ya know what?  It took less than an hour to finish -- so mad at myself.   This quilt was to be a gift a year ago to my cousins in France.  And now I am determined to get it packaged and mailed off before the Christmas rush at the post office.

My cousin has their dining room all in the rust colors, so I think it will look nice on their table.  It is a kit from Jordan Fabrics, so it comes pre-cut, and is easy to sew together.   I got the kit at a Sewing Expo where they have a booth.  I wanted to visit their store in Oregon but they were closed on the day I passed by.  Enjoy - Maureen

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Candle - Grateful and Blessed - Using Cricut Print feature

This is one of the first tissue candles I have created using a svg cut I got from Kimber and Dawn on Etsy.  There are two sides to the candle, which is only about 4 inches high.   I found a YouTube video on how to apply the prints to candles.  Basically you draw or print onto tissue paper (taping the tissue paper to a plain piece of copier paper).  Then apply the cut out tissue to the candle, add a piece of wax paper to the top and hold it all tightly together.  Then turn on a hair dryer or heat gun and watch the tissue 'melt' into the candle.  The results are really amazing for such a quick project.   Watch the blog for more of these candle creations.

Monday, November 14, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut - Turkey Day - Football Day

I think this card is hilarious.  I saw a different version on Pinterest and I just had to make it.  We have so many football lovers in this house.  Go Niners!  By now, you know we are lifelong SF 49ers fans.  They are not doing too well this year, but that doesn't stop us from being fans.  Last year, there was even a home game on Thanksgiving Day.

Yes - I am ready for some football.   I took the Simply Charmed turkey and deleted one of the layers and replaced it with a football from Life's A Party.  I made my own saying - isn't that writing cute, it is Chloe Whimsy, an Access font.

Join our football/soccer challenge this week at Bitten By the  Bug2.  There are some great masculine projects by our designers.  Aren't you always looking for inspiration for 'manly' projects?  Michelle, from Cricut Crazy Scrapper is our hostess.  Her layouts are amazing.

Also linked to HIMCR #275 (Hiding in My Craft Room - Saturday Scraps)

Monday, November 7, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut - Nature Calls - Pumpkin Card

I love making Fall themed projects with my Cricut.  I have made lots of Halloween/Thanksgiving cards, a Witches Hat, banners, decorations, and goodie boxes.

Today I tried a new technique by creating my own pumpkins from oval shapes found on the free shapes of Design Space.  I then ran them through the Cuttlebug and inked the edges.  The leaves are from Wall Decor and More and Disney Princesses.  Orange twine and a Skittle added the bling.  The banner is from A First Few Years, stretched to the right proportion and welded with the word THANKS.

I am hosting the challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug.  I have selected the theme "Nature Calls", meaning to use something found in nature on your Thanksgiving or Christmas card/project.  I would love to see you get a start on your Christmas cards and share them with us.  Link up your 'Nature Calls' inspired project or card at BBTB2 this week.  Enjoy, Maureen

Monday, October 31, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut Scary Halloween Card

This is by far my favorite Halloween card I have ever created.  I really hate to give it away.  I started with an idea of a gate with a cat in the front, simple and sufficient.  Then I got carried away, there were just too many Halloween related items to add to my card - an owl, a bat in the moon, a sign, and a tombstone.  Now I want to make more of these cards.   

My inspiration started with our BBTB2 challenge this week, which is to use a swirl on a card or project.  I immediately thought to use something from the Ornamental Iron cartridge.  I really can't believe how lucky I was that these cuts turned out perfect when cut so small.  That BEWARE sign is only about 1 1/2 inches and it cut it all so nicely, those spiderwebs  are paper thin.  I inked most of the cuts and pop-dotted them to get a 3D effect.

Won't you join in our Swirl or Flourish challenge this week at BBTB2?  Link up your project picture here:   Bitten by the Bug2

Monday, October 24, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut - My Most Valuable Player

This is one of the best pictures my grandson took during our 'football themed' photo shoot last year.  I finally got around to putting it on a scrapbook page.  This page is really pretty simple this week, it only needs a little bit of journaling.

I used the contour feature on the shield cut.  I took out most of the middle, just leaving the outside outline.  The MVP came from Create a Friend, the trophy from All Sports, and the shield is from Team Spirit. I tried several background papers, including a brown toned football paper and a light green to represent grass.  Then I went through my stash and found this great repeating star textured paper.  It turned out awesome.

I love the choice for our challenge this week - FOOTBALL.  Join our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge and link up your card or project.  Also come and see what all the designers have created.

Monday, October 17, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween All --  It's been a few weeks since I've posted - I was on an almost 3 week long vacation.  We went on a two week cruise out of Copenhagen and ended in Barcelona.  The historical buildings, the food, the exercise, the sun, and the people were all great.  It was so wonderful not to cook or clean.  But real life has set in, and I have unpacked, done the mail, the laundry, the shopping, and almost ready to go back to work.

My internet has been flaky the last few days, and getting anything done on the computer has been torture.  Must be rain related, we are having our first storm of the season.  Wow, just 3 weeks ago we were swimming in the pool, now it's cold and overflowing.   What did we do before the internet???

We are celebrating Halloween over at Bitten By the Bug2 and this week's challenge is Anything Halloween Related.  I selected to use the print and cut for the little trick or treaters and cut out the title.  It went together pretty fast.  I may add some bling later, but needed to get this posted while the internet is somewhat working.  Head on over to Bitten By the Bug2 and link up your Halloween creations and see what the rest of the team has posted.

Posted to Hiding in My Craftroom, challenge #271 - Spooky