Monday, April 24, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Spring Fling - The roses are blooming

Our hostess for the week is the talented Caroline, from Card Creations b y Caroline, and she wants us to show our spring colors and use any Cricut cut with spring flowers - daffodils, tulips, roses, anything in bloom.  Link up your card or project to our Linky at Bitten By the Bug2.    I used roses, since they are in bloom in my yard right now.  I have about 10 rose bushes in various colors in my yard, they do really well here.

I used my Cricut for both of my cards today, the roses are from Spring Fling, and the overlay for both cards is from Antiquities Cards.  My butterfly was created with paper made on my Gelli plate, and then die cut from a Stampin' Up die belonging to a friend.  I added Stickles as dots on the lattice for a little sparkle.

Monday, April 17, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut: Candyland game, so Much Fun!

I used the Family Album cartridge and altered the gameboard to make it similar to the Candyland game.   I added color to the gameboard, changed the banner to say Candyland, and added icons simular to what the board has.  This was a really fun layout to make, and the picture was great too.    I taught my granddaughter to play the game using the same game board that her mother played on.  Notice the tape holding the cover together, yep, it's 30+ years old.

Join our "Sweet" challenge at Bitten By The Bug2, our hostess is Valentya, from "" and link up your sweet cards and projects to our Blinky.   Have a sweet week sugar!

Cricut cartridges:

Gameboard background and banner:  Family Album
Strawberries:  Preserves
Hard Candy:  Sweet Shop
Ice Cream:  Doodlecharms
Candy Wheel:  Holiday Cakes
Candy Cane:  Merry and Bright
Font:  Cricut Keystone

Monday, April 10, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Easter is for Chocolate Bunnies

Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy Day!

Doesn't it feel great to see all the kids about, the nicer weather, and longer days?  I know I come alive when Daylight Savings time starts.  I made 3 layouts this week, and worked on my scrappy quilt -  that's pretty good for me.  Oh - and I cleaned a bit of my craftroom - that doesn't happen often enough, and worked pulling weeds in the yard.

This week at Bitten By the Bug2 our challenge by Susan, from Busy with the Cricky, is to use an Easter related cut on your project or card.   Submit your entry to our Linky page and enjoy all the posts from our designers and followers.

I made a traditional layout this week, making it a little fancy by adding lots of bling (gems, washi, and flowers) that I got from Queen and Co. at the Scrapbook Expo.   I inked most of the cuts, used a Cuttlebug folder on the basket, along with adding the lamb medallion on the front.  Little gems look like eggs in the grass.   I probably will insert pictures of the grandkids hunting eggs.     Enjoy - Maureen

My cuts are as follows:

Chocolate bunny - Create a Critter 2
Chick - Easter
Basket and eggs  - Doodlecharms
Title of Happy Easter - Miss Kates Cuttables
Grass - Artbooking

Monday, April 3, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut, Hiking Donner Summit

It's Arbor Day at Bitten By The Bug2.  Kelly from Kelly's Concoctions is our hostess this week.    Use a tree cut cut from anything Cricut and submit it to our Linky page.

Here is my take on trees.  This is a layout of my son on a hike we took last summer. That's Donner Lake in the background.  We were hiking the Mt. Judah trail on Donnet Summit. It was a gorgeous day, a 6 mile hike, and spent with family.  Who could ask for more?

Cartridges used:
Rocks:  Dino Play
Tree limb:  Christmas
Great Outdoors:  Artbooking
Circle:   Free image
Canteen:   Outdoor Man
Trees:  Frozen

Come join and celebrate our Arbor Day challenge at BBTB2 this week by linking up your card or project.


Monday, March 27, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Garden Soup Signs for the Veggie Garden

Spring - Time for planting the annual veggie garden.  Time to get some fresh air, plan the yard and break out the shovel.  This year will be special because for the last 4 years we have been on water restrictions here in Northern California.  Not that I'll be wasting water, but we'll at least be able to use it.  (oh yes, the rates are higher too).  I'll be able to plant more vegetables, and hopefully will have a good crop.  It's a little too early to get the plants in the ground, so I made a few signs for the yard - all using my Cricut Explore.   I'll protect them from water by encasing them in clear contact paper.

My trio of signs is from the Garden Soup cartridge.  I inked edges, colored the trimmings, and put fine little stitching with the Signo white pen.

This week Michele, from  Cricut Crazy Scrapper, is our hostess.  Join in the challenge she selected, which is to cut a sign or a banner using Cricut cuts.   Link up your project to our Bitten By the Bug2 blog, it's fun and challenging!

Monday, March 20, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Special Delivery - It's a Grandson!

It's my turn to host the challenge at Bitten By the Bug2 this week.  My daughter had her third child, a boy, in February.  It's a natural that I selected Baby or Baby Shower cuts for the challenge this week.  I put together a layout of #3 grandbaby captured from a picture of his first few hours.  I want to make sure the 3rd one doesn't get left out with the pictures and scrapbook pages/mini albums.

I used several cartridges for this layout plus some special baby ribbon.  The title, Special Delivery, is from '1st Few Years', the Stork and ABC Tag are from 'Wrap It Up', the duck safety pin is from 'Baby Steps', and the safety pin with the star is from 'Storks Delivery'.  I put the stork and his bundle through the Cuttlebug, something I have neglected but want to use more often.  I inked most of the pieces and used the Explore to write his name on the tag (hidden).  For the first time, I sewed a zig-zag stitch on the photo mat.  It was weird sewing on paper, but pretty easy to do.  I added some doilies to the background and called it done.

Join our challenge of 'baby or baby shower' this week at Bitten By the Bug2 by linking up your project or card.

Also linked to Fantabulouscricut.blogspot.comChallenge #297-Anything Goes
Also linked to - Challenge #118 - You got me in Stitches

Monday, March 13, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Happy Birthday Tiigger

I was a little late in getting my Bitten By the Bug2 card ready for this week, so I perused the Make It Now Projects in Design Space.  There was the cutest Tigger Happy Birthday card from Pooh and Friends.  All I had to do is change the font since I didn't own the font used.  The card was already the right size and in colors I would use.  Even though there were 12 mats of colors, I had it cut and together, with a bit of inking, in about an hour.   Sometimes the design takes longer than the production.  All cuts but the font are from Pooh and Friends.

Join our hostess, Susan, from Busy with the Cricky, and all the other design sisters by linking up your birthday card (remember to use a Cricut cut) to the Bitten By the Bug2 blog.  We love looking at all the beautiful artwork.

Piglet:  How do you spell L-O-V-E?
Pooh:  You don't spell it, you feel it.

Monday, March 6, 2017

BBTB2: Your Lucky Day Cricut Card

I love St. Patrick's Day, it is not celebrated enough in my area.   As some of you know, I am Irish on my mother's side (with names like Laura and Joan and Maureen, how can we not be Irish?).  So I try to incorporate a bit of Irish tradition by celebrating with family and friends.   I always send cards to my Irish friends and family and dress in green on the 17th.

I am sharing a card I made with my Explore for the BBTB2 challenge this week, which is to use the word LUCKY or incorporate something that is LUCKY, like a horseshoe or shamrock.  Our design sister, Laurie, selected the challenge.  Check her blog out at  I've definitely got it covered.  This card will go to my grandson, age 2 and the 2nd one I made will go to my daughter's godmother.  I used the St. Patrick's Day cartridge and the Ashlyn's Alphabet font and welded them to create this card.  I added Stickles and Skittles for the bling.  Since the shaped card would not sit correctly as it was horizontally uneven, on the back side of the card I added another  chunk of the gold, and it stands up great.  You can join in the Lucky fun by linking your project or card on our Bitten By the Bug2 blog linky HERE.

Linked to Hiding in My Craft Room - HIMCR #292 Scraps Saturday (my gingham is about 10 years old on this card)
Linked to  Cut It Up Challenges - #117 Think Green

Monday, February 27, 2017

BBTB2: Sweet St. Patrick's Day Girl

Dance as if no one were watching.
Sing as if no one were listening.
And live every day as if it were your last!

I love Irish blessings and sayings.  I used to keep a few on my wall at work just for inspiration.

This week we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day at BBTB2.  Emily, our hostess for the week, from "Mollie's Blog" has given us a great challenge - which is to use 3 different green colors on our project or cards.  Pretty easy for me, I have lots of green cardstock.   I made an adorable card for my granddaughter using an SVG from Kraftgineer Studio, and a cut from the St. Patrick's Day cartridge.  There were some tiny pieces to this little girl, and I actually almost gave up as I made this at the retreat and didn't have tweezers to glue the pieces down.   I only added ink for the edges and Stickles for the eyes, and off she was - dancing an Irish gig for you all.  Link your card or project up to our Blinky on the Bitten By the Bug2 Blog this week.     Enjoy - Maureen

Monday, February 20, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Just Chillin' Shirts

A little after Xmas I made a couple of shirts for the grands.  This is the first matching shirts they have as far as I know.   The granddaughter got a long sleeve girls shirt and the little guy got a thermal long sleeve.  I used the same wording and penguin for both, just adjusting the sizes of the images and a few colors.

Our theme this week at Bitten By The Bug2 is a challenge of using a cute animal on our card, layout, or project.   Caroline, from Card Creations by Caroline selected our fun challenge.  I thought this penguin is just about as cute as can be and so is the model wearing the shirt.    I took several pictures of the kids trying to get the perfect pose, in this picture with both, my grandson was imitating my granddaughter's pose.  Nailed it!!

Come on over to Bitten By the Bug2 and link up a Cricut project using a cute animal this week!  Lots to choose from, even Disney cuts would work.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Quilts: Quiltville Mystery en Provence 2017

I have made lots of progress on my first mystery quilt.  Hundreds of people have completed wonderful versions of Bonnie Hunters Quiltville en Provence since the first of the year.  I work on it a couple hours here and there when I can. I am finally done with my taxes so I am going to restart my quilt assembly later today.  So far, I have all 2,800 pieces cut and the 3 1/2" units complete. I've assembled my sashing units and lots of units for the main square. This is going to be a big quilt.

Here are one of the squares and stacks of strips ready for assembly of my scrappy quilt.  I guarantee you need to see the "bigger picture" to see what it will look like when completed, completely different than what you see here.    Let's get sewing!

Linking up to Quiltville's linky event HERE.  Come see what all the excitement is about.

Monday, February 13, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Shake It Off Layout

The other Grandma took a few pictures of our granddaughter right before going to Dance Class.  It's really hard to believe she is only 5 years old - the close up picture looks right from a model's photo shoot.  I knew I had to make a layout using a couple of the pictures.  

Our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge this week is "Red and White for any Occasion", so I went that route with my pictures.  I fell in love with the 'tree of hearts' from Miss Kates Cutables, so I played around with the svg in different sizes on the page.  (remember the days when we didn't have any software and had to guess on a size to cut our die cut on the Expression?)   I added the 'Dance' cut from Wall Decor and More, and I went with a title of Shake It Off using the Friday Cricut Font, which was the saying on my granddaughter's shirt.  An easy layout this week with lots of personality - just like my granddaughter!

Link up your 'Red and White' project or card at our Bitten By the Bug2 blog and also take a visit to see all the great projects that our team is sharing this week.   Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Monday, February 6, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Happy Valentines Day Two Ways

Two cards are better than one, right?   I made a few cards for the grandkids, and then wanted to make one for my sister that has a vintage sewing theme.  I found the perfect print on the internet, uploaded it into Design Space and used the same tag background that I had made for a previous card.  Just re-sized it and I was good to go.  It says "I NEEDLE little Valentine SEW I've choosen you!". These tags use the Valentine's Day cart for the tag and the cute clown boy is from Victorian Romance.  I added a little bling of gems, ribbon, and stamps.  The swirls were part of the tag and used a pen in the Explore.

Kelly, from Kelly's Koncoctions,  is our hostess at Bitten By the Bug2 this week.  Our challenge is to make a Valentine's Day card.  I am sure we will have lots of entries - will I see yours as well?   Link up your V-Day card to our Bitten By the Bug2 blog.   Enjoy - Maureen

Monday, January 30, 2017

BBTB2 - Cricut - LOVE this kid - picture frame

I brought a plain $1 or so wood frame at Walmart and created something a little out of my comfort zone for a friend who just became a grandma.  I used my Cricut Explore to make a stencil for the wording "Love this kid" using the "Retro Script" font.  The embellishments are ones that I had in my stash for the last several years - a die cut gears (only used a portion) and various buttons and ephemera.  The photo that went inside just made the whole project perfect - a baby boy wrapped in his new light blue blanket that had his name on it.  I so love it when a project comes together.  This is one that I won't be able to replicate again, it's one of a kind.

Join us for this week's challenge over at Bitten By the Bug2, where our theme is Valentine/Love - anything goes.  I am sure you have created something that you would love to share that you have created for a loved one.  Link it up to BBTB2 HERE.

Monday, January 23, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Frozen Skaters with Warm Hugs

As our BBTB2 design team sticks with winter themes for our weekly challenges, I am getting a little bit of my grandson's 1st birthday album scrapped.  There were lots of candid shots, so I grouped some together and incorporated the theme for this week.  Susan, our lovely leader and hostess for the week has selected an "ice skate" cut to be incorporated into our designs.  Check out Susan's blog at Busy With the Cricky.

I used the Frozen cartridge to cut the ice skate and the 'Warm Hugs" saying.  Artbooking was used for the "Frosty Fun" saying, and A Child's Year cartridge was used for the two ice skaters.  I love using cuts for the first time, there are just too many to choose from, and I'll never be able to use them all, but I'm trying.  The snowflakes were 3D embellishments from my stash.  I added a little silver Stickles to the top of the boot.

Link up your ice skate card/project/layout at Bitten By the Bug2 this week.  We are having a give-a-way drawing for everyone who submits a project during the month of January - it just might be you.  Enjoy - Maureen

Monday, January 16, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Frozen Snow Much Fun layout

I can't  believe it's been a year since we celebrated my Grandson's first birthday. I can believe that I haven't scrapbooked the party pictures yet. Michelle, from Cricut Crazy Scrapper is our hostess this week for the BBTB2 challenge for this week.  Her theme matches perfectly with my birthday Winter Wonderland party layout, which is "snow much fun or anything related to snow".  My son-in-law donned the Olaf costume and danced with the kids, they loved him.

I purchased the Frozen cartridge and I just love it.  The images are best done using print and cut on the Explore.  I hope to try all the cuts on this cartridge when making this album.  I also used the Winter Frolic cartridge for the title and mountains.

 I have been doing a little scrapbooking and quilting during the last week or so.  Both my husband and I came down with the worst cough/cold/fever ever and I just stayed indoors and didn't have much energy to do anything.  Everyone has it, no one wants it.  It lasts forever.  It rained for almost a week here in the San Francisco bay area, we saw more water than we have in years, and it's then that our sump pump decided to give out.  We needed a specific size for the space and had to order one, it should be here this week.  Our backyard looks like every leaf and pine needle from my neighbors blew in.  We spent Saturday (actually a clear day between storms) raking leaves, trimming, and making a dump run.  I am ready to get over this cough, it is getting better every day, hope I don't catch something else.

Won't you join us over at Bitten by the Bug2 and link up your Snow related cards or projects?  We love to see your creations.  There is a prize for the month of January as well - all submissions will be given a chance at winning.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Quiltville Mystery 2016 - En Provence

I discovered Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog a few months back. I am just getting back to quilting after a long hiatus. (20 years).  The mystery quilt for the year had been announced but the clues not started. I was intrigued.  Then I was infatuated.   The colors were growing on me.  I vowed not to consider it until I finished the bear paw top I was working on.  I kept following the blog, comparing my stash to the colors of the mystery.  Oh no, I was getting hooked.  Then I brought the magenta (mine is more coral) fabric and committed. This will definitely be something significantly bigger, bolder, challenging, and spectacular than any quilt/baby quilt I have done before. The mystery is solved, the resulting quilt is amazing.  I am starting on my 2nd clue, I'll make it through some day.

Here is my picture for today's linkup.  I'll check in as I finish each clue and as I start assembly.   Linked up to Quiltville's blog, mystery-Monday Link Up - Click HERE.  

BBTB2: Cricut - The Graceland Tour

A few years ago, 5 of us went to Nashville/Memphis primarily so the guys could go to the 49er/Titans game.  The girls went on historic civil war tours that day.  A side trip to Graceland, George Dickel/Jack Daniels distilleries, and finding good eats/music were also on the itinerary.  It was a fun trip, we sure want to go back and explore some more.  So when Laurie  from came up with the theme of celebrating Elvis' birthday, I had to dig out a few layouts I made of our trip.  These were made with the Cricut Expression, when fonts and cuts were limited to what I owned.  Our challenge at Bitten By the Bug2 is to show us your projects/cards as they relate to anything Elvis - a song, his house, a saying, etc.  Come along and rock-n-roll with us this week.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Quilting: Bear Paw in Rainbow Colors

Since I am not working at this time, I needed something to fill the hours - after all - one can only go out shopping and to lunch with the girls so often.  My sister has been quilting for a couple of years now and I caught the bug again because of her.   I have several quilt projects to work on already, have joined several quilting blogs and even have the material to start a mystery quilt.  I wanted to get this top done before starting another one.  I started this the 2nd weekend in November and finished the top last night.  This is my biggest quilt project to date and I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  I love rainbow colors, the fabric came in graded colors, all of which was so beautiful.  I don't know what color the backing will be, or how it will be quilted, those are the next steps.  I will send it out for quilting at a local shop.   Here it is, look for a finished version in a pretty setting hopefully soon.

Monday, January 2, 2017

BBTB2: Wooden Frame - Cricut words - Happy to Be Part of Your World

I have been making a few presents using my Cricut Explore and am sharing one of them today.  I used the Hadley font to cut out the saying from Cricut matte finished black vinyl. (They love Disney, so I went with this modified version of the song lyrics).  I wish I would have had gold or silver, but the black really stands out.  These are relatives of my husband and I just loved the picture so much I wanted to create something for them.   I got the wooden frame from Walmart and also brought some from on sale.  The flowers are Prima.  I used a glue gun to attach them.  I used 3 coats of matte finish Mod Podge. I added glitter after the 1st coat and Stickles after the last.    It took a long afternoon to complete the project.

My resolution for this year is to purge!  I am already cleaning out closets of old stored kids stuff and keeping only the best of the best - some of it is 30 years old.  I found a box of Precious Moments statues, lots of my son's old tshirts I am saving to make a tshirt quilt, a taped together Candyland game, and many unfinished or leftovers from craft projects.

What better way to start off the new year than with celebrating anything NEW.   I am hosting our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge for the first week of January 2017 - how exciting.  My challenge to you is to use some new Cricut supplies, or make something new, or use the word NEW in your card or project -  It really is wide-opened this week since we want to start the new year with lots of new creativity and have you show it off on our blog.  Link up your card or project HERE.    Happy New Year 2017 Everyone!!!