Monday, September 19, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut - An Apple A Day

Yes - Fall is in the air, it's been cooler evenings for a few weeks now.  I love the fall..... pumpkins, falling leaves, Halloween, and apples.  And that's our theme this week at Bitten By the Bug2, choosen by our design sister Caroline, from Card Creations by Caroline.  She has challenged us to use apples on our card, project, or layout.

My sign is going up with my fall decor. I have it hanging in the apple tree in my backyard for the picture.  My apples on this tree are ready in June and July, it's a treat since most apples are not ready until the fall.

The wooden arrow is from Michaels.  I painted the wood a whitewash (watered down white paint), and then made a stencil from my Cricut cuts - Plantin Schoolbook for the apples and Zoo Day for the font.   I dry brushed the burgundy red using the stencil.  Then I finished with a little burgundy around the edges.  This was really a simple project and I hope to make a few more wood signs for fall - I just need more time in the day.

Join us at Bitten By the Bug2 this week and link up your Cricut 'Apple' projects.

Monday, September 12, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut - Just the Boys Fishing

Our challenge this week at Bitten By the Bug2 is to make a project (card, layout, 3D object) with either a monster or an arrow in a manly theme.  I used two pictures of my husbands recent fishing trip and an inspiration from a layout I saw on Pinterest to put my layout together.  I actually cut some of the pieces twice, once to change the size and again for a different color - I even had 7 or 8 background papers swap outs - I think that really busy arrow overlay just threw me for a loop.   Well - you can see I used arrows several different ways - it's just a fun layout.

The frames are from Artbooking, the Wish You Were Here is from Going Places, the little critter behind a tree is from Campin' Critters, the overlay is from Edge to Edge, and the Awesome title is from Boys Will Be Boys Arrow font.  The 2nd font is one of the new ones Cricut recently released, which I can't remember.

Join our challenge by using a cute little monster or an arrow on your Cricut inspired card or project.  Link it up to our blog over at Bitten By the Bug2 and see what the design team has made for you this week.

Monday, September 5, 2016

BBTB2: Play On Little One - Cricut Glasses

Our beautiful leader, Susan, from Busy with the Cricky, is hosting our challenge at Bitten By the Bug2 this week.  Our theme is 'glasses'.   There are a lot of cuts to choose from, and while glancing through Design Space, I came across several actual pairs of glasses that I could make.   I decided to make a small pair just for my grandson, who is always taking someone's glasses and trying to wear them.   He was thrilled to put them on, look in the mirror, and at the pictures I took of him.

The cut is from Life's A Party, and was very simple to assemble.  Taking a good picture of a moving target was a different story.   Join us for our 'glasses' challenge at Bitten By the Bug2 by linking up your project or card this week.   Enjoy!

Monday, August 29, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut Back to School Layout - First Day of School

My granddaughter was two weeks short of the deadline for kindergarten, so she is going to Pre-K at the elementary school.  She is so excited and says her school is the most awesome-est place.  She is really having fun and meeting new friends.  Her mommy, my daughter made a sign and snapped a picture of her and that gigantic smile.

Michelle, from Cricut Crazy Scrapper, is our hostess this week.  She is a master artist in making layouts, and I'm sure she will have a great layout for you to view over at Bitten By the Bug2.  The other designers have some 'school is cool' projects too.  Come join us for our 'Back to School' challenge and link up your card, layout or project this week.   Enjoy!  -- Maureen

I used a lot of cartridges from Design Space for this layout. - Backpack is Doodlecharms, spiral paper and pencil are Family Album, 1st Day and Nametag are Artbooking, school house is Autumn Celebrations, ABC is Recess, apple is Paisley.  I added a strip of washi tape at the bottom and inked all the edges.

Also linked to Fantabulous Cricut blog challenge 284, back to school.
Also linked to the Heart to Heart challenge blog, For the Girls challenge

Monday, August 22, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut Flower Shoppe - Gift Box

My granddaughter started Pre-K this past week.  She missed getting into kindergarten by 2 weeks, so they have this Pre-K, aka D-K at the same school that is run much like kindergarten.  She is such a big girl now, in fact her backpack is almost as big as her.  You'll see her picture next week.  I wanted to buy her an outfit for school, but mom had already done the shopping, so I will wait until all the winter clothes are out and get her something.  I was out and about and found a little jade heart necklace that I know she will love, and put it in this box.  My wrapping had to be in her favorite color  -  pink.  Since Melanie, of Courtney Lane Designs is hosting our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge this week, I made a 3D flower from the Flower Shoppe Cartridge to decorate the gift box.

Our challenge theme is 'summer flowers'.   Mine is supposed to be a dhalia.  It actually did look like one before I smashed it to flatten it a bit so I could glue it down.  I make it hot pink but inked the edges in an orange.  It takes on a little iridescence.  Skittles and Stickles for the middle and it was done.  Join us for a fun challenge and link up your 'summer flower' project to BBTB2.


Monday, August 15, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut Layout - Cheers to 35 Years, Happy Anniversary

I really can't believe it's my 35th wedding anniversary today!  What a coincidence that my week to host on the Bitten By the Bug2 blog was today.  Instantly, I knew what the theme would be - Wedding or Anniversary.   I took a week or so to get this layout together - it just doesn't come easy sometimes.

My husband and I met through a mutual friend while bowling.  And the rest is history!  We have 2 kids, 2 grand-kids, have lived in 3 houses, had 10 cars, two motorhomes, traveled most of the United States and about 20 countries.  We are both retired from our main jobs, and I work part time.  Yesterday, Sunday, we made a day of celebrating in San Francisco, attending the church service at St.'s Peter and Paul, where we were married, going to Beach Blanket Babylon (comedy dance review), and dinner at Firenze by Night, a restaurant that we saw reviewed on TV.  In the fall, we'll take a trip with my sister and her husband, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary.

Join our Wedding and Anniversary themed challenge at Bitten By the Bug2 by linking up your Cricut inspired card, layout, or project this week.   Overlay is from Edge to Edge, hearts were free,  green flourish behind the flower is from Damask Decor, and can't remember where the flower is from.  Some embellishments from my G45 stash and a few Skittles.   ---- Enjoy, Maureen

 Our wedding color was 'peach', I wanted to show a 'then' and 'now'

 This is a display I made with all our wedding 'stuff'.  My flowers were silk, very popular at the time.

Monday, August 1, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut Andre's Aquarium and a Mermaid

My husband's main hobby these days is working on his aquarium and the salt water fish they contain.  Sometimes it's an all day project and other times he just likes to look at the tank.  He is always changing something or getting a new fish.  He doesn't name them, but we do have two "Nemo" clown fish.

I thought about our challenge at Bitten By the Bug2 this week, hosted by Laurie, from My Cards N Stuff,  which is in the theme of Ocean Creatures and it didn't take long to get an idea in my head.  Getting it on paper was another thing.  I put these pictures and cuts so many different ways on the page and with at least 7 background papers, that I almost gave up - it was one of those layouts which did not come together easily.  Even when I was done, I looked and thought - wow this looks unbalanced.  I do love the colors and used the 'print and cut' feature for the sea creatures - the fish, starfish, coral, and seahorse came from the Sea Life Cartridge.  The rock is from Disney Princesses, and the word Aquarium is from Family Album.

Join us in our Sea Creature challenge at BBTB2 this week by linking up your project to the blog.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 25, 2016

BBTB2: Just for You - Cricut Birthday Card

I always need  birthday cards - and my supply is a little low.
So I am  glad my design team sister Laurie came up with a birthday challenge this week at Bitten By the Bug.   Laurie's birthday just happens to be this week too - you can wish her a happy birthday at her blog  Crafty Sisters Creations

My birthday card is really neat and was fairly easy to cut and assemble.  It is a Make It Now project on Cricut Design Space, so there was no thinking about design and size, I just had to pick out my paper colors and cut!  How great is that! The top layer on the flowers has a nice shimmer to give my card that extra little touch.  I had the setting on intricate and the Explore drew the words twice - which was perfect for this large size print.

Join our Birthday themed challenge this week at BBTB2 

Monday, July 18, 2016

BBTB2: Cricut - Day at the Fair

Thanks to L.B. from for selecting our theme for the challenge this week at BBTB2.  The theme is travel,  whether it be near or far, we would love to see what you come up with.  I decided to highlight our trip to the county fair with our granddaughter.  She was in heaven riding the kiddie rides, licking ice cream, and grooming animals at the petting zoo!  What a fun day.

I used a large cut for the Ferris Wheel, using most of the pieces, from the Artiste cartridge, and lettering from the Carousel cartridge.

Join our challenge at BBTB2, here is the web address:

Monday, July 11, 2016

BBTB2: Playing in the Sand - Cricut layout

Would you believe these pictures at the beach are from February?  We went to Pismo beach (Southern CA) for a camping trip and hit 74 degree weather at the beach.  My granddaughter was in heaven, having really never played in the sea before.  She ran in the waves forever, pulled seaweed for a mile, and built sandcastles.  It was a great weekend, and I happen to catch a few pictures with my old iphone.

MyScrapChick was used for the Playing in the Sand cut and the footprints - boy it was a lot of pieces - but came out nice.  The sign will have my destination journaling. A Child's Year was used for the girl playing.

Join us at BBTB2 this week with our pool/beach theme.  Include a Cricut cut in your card or layout and link it up at Bitten By the Bug2.