Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Cricut: Facebook Swaps - Here are my die cuts March 2020

Participating in a Cricut swap of die cuts is something I used to do years ago when we used cartridges.  I found a group on FB that does a monthly swap and I have joined several times when I have the time.  I make a certain amount of the same die cut based on a theme, send it into the hostess, and she sorts them and mails them back to me.  So, if I send in 10 (based on how many participate) die cuts of a flower, I get back 10 different flower die cuts.  Some of the ladies are very talented, and not all die cuts are from Cricut, some use another machine brand.  One of the groups is themed "mystery" so I can make any image I want, and expect anything back in return.

Here are 3 die cuts I made with my Cricut.  Can't remember where I got the Charlie Brown, the flower is from Design Space, and the baseball is a few Design Space images that I combined.

Here are two pictures of swapped die cuts that I received back.  There were mystery swaps, so the subject can be anything of the senders choosing.  Wee had just been to Disneyland, so I'm in love with those images.

There were 6 participants for the softball swap, here is the images I received.

Monday, March 30, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut - It's an Easter Celebration

I love Easter and all that goes with it.  Attending church, the dinner, and the kids hunting Easter eggs.  Crafting during this time is also fun as Cricut Design Space has added so many Easter and Spring images to scrapbook.  Today, I am presenting a box card (a 3D card that folds up and fits in a regular envelope) full of little critters ready for Easter Day.

My creation is for the Bitten by the Bug2 challenge blog, where our theme is "Easter Treat Boxes, and Bags, etc."  Let me see your creations by linking them up to our Bitten by the Bug2 blog HERE.  You have until April 12 to enter.   Happy Easter.

All images are Miss Kate Cuttables in Design Space.  Box is Anna's Window Box Cards, all images available on Design Space subscription.  I added Stickles for bling.

Monday, March 16, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut - My Sprintime Love is You

My daffodils are done blooming early because we went the whole month of February without rain.  Boo-hoo. Usually, I have daffodils in my St. Patrick's Day vases.  However, we are fully in to spring around here.  The buds are on the hydrangeas, my hibiscus survived the winter, and I just got a new 7 ft. Majesty Palm at Costco for $29 that needs to be replanted.  Not to mention the weeds and prep for my veggie garden.  Lots to do, I need an extra pair of hands.

I love this picture of my granddaughter from over a year ago, I've showcased it as a 12x12 picture in a frame on BBTB2 before.  However, I couldn't resist making it into a scrapbook page to give her for her scrapbook as well.  I found a nice background paper to match the purple flower I had created for a swap (15 of them, saving a few for me).

The theme for the next two weeks at Bitten by the Bug2 is "Spring Equinox".  We have hooked up with the Double Trouble Blog for our challenge, that means twice the fun and inspiration.  You can link up your Spring themed project using any die cut machine HERE.  See the Bitten by the Bug2 blog for more details.

Heart:  Heart to Heart
Springtime:  Create A Critter 2
Love:  Paper Pups
Flower:  Anna's Soiree Lettering
Here is a closeup of the flower.  I used two colors of Stickles on the petals to add dimension.  So pretty in real life.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Superbowl 49er Shirts

Even though the outcome of the SuperBowl was not what we wanted, we are still proud of our San Francisco 49ers and the great comeback year that they had.  We have been 49er fans forever (since I started dating my husband back in the late 70's).  We had a big SuperBowl party of course, and I decided to make SuperBowl shirts to show our spirit.  

I purchased an svg from Etsy for my design and imported it into Design Space.  I worked the colors around a bit due to the color of the shirts.  I think they are the best shirts I have made so far.  I took the "weed" of the gold 49ers image and used it to make shirts for my grandsons.  Score!!!

Monday, March 2, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut - Boys Will Be Boys Framed Gift

All of my crafts for the past few months seem to be masculine related.  And today, here is another.  My daughter has a good friend having a baby in a month, so I decided to make a framed layout so she can display a photo of the little guy on the wall.   Since I like it so much, and it's already designed, I'll probably make another as a layout for my grandson's book.

I used the Boys will be Boys cartridge for the majority of the layout.  Did the tab by modifying a frame, and had my Cricut pen do the writing of the name.  I inked most of the pieces to add dimension, and it was done in a snap.

I'm showcasing this framed art today as my designer post for the Bitten By the Bug2 Challenge Blog.  Our theme for the next two weeks is "Anything Goes, Except a Card".  You can link up your entry on our Bitten by the Bug2 Blog HERE.

Monday, February 17, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut Fun Boys Layout

Got the Winter blues?  Sometimes I am ready to get into my pajamas at 6pm.  So to fight this off, I often try to stay busy in the evenings by assembling layouts or hand-sewing.  So, here I sit with a quilt on my lap, creating a scrapbook page that made me long for summer days with the grandsons. Our challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 for the next two weeks is "For the Men in our Lives".  The cutest little men in my life are my two grandsons.  They are all smiles most of the time and love to just have fun being little boys.

Join in our challenge by linking up your "Men" related Cricut created creations at Bitten by the Bug2.  And also take a look at the blog to see all the creations by our talented designers.

My two large die cut designs come from Miss Kate Cuttables.  Her designs are loads fun! (pun intended)!!

Monday, February 3, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut - Love Struck

We are no longer done with the Super Bowl (yeah - we are disappointed 49er fans and season ticket holders), and we wake up this morning and it's almost Valentines Day.  At least the red tablecloths can still be on display.

Here we are at Bitten by the Bug2 celebrating Valentines Day.  Anything Goes Valentines Day is the theme.  You can share your layout, card, or project with us by linking up to our LINKY on the blog HERE.  You just have to have an Instagram, Facebook, Blog, etc. type of account to link back to.

With inspiration from Pinterest, I designed my own card using Basic Shapes from Cricut Design Space.  For the tic, tac, toe board, I just took a square and shaped it into long rectangles.  The X, and I letters are fonts in Design Space.  The LOVE is from Love Struck, and the Hearts are from Lacey Labels.  I mounted two layers of mats and a ribbon for the finishing bling.   Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, January 20, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut - Disneyland T-shirts

I have two projects for our challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 for the next two weeks.  The theme is "something new".  It can be a new technique, item, or new paper, whatever you choose.   Here is my 2nd 'new' post, t-shirts we made for our recent trip to Disneyland.  The girls got to select what image they wanted and color of shirts.  I cut out the HTV, and the girls did the ironing and peeling.  They all turned out nice and they got to go home with a great souvenir.

Believe in Magic: Word Quotes
Mickey Balloon:  Mickey and Friends
Castle with Mickey inside:  Mickey and Friends (sliced)
Love with Mickey inside:  Mickey and Friends and ?? (I made that file 2 years ago)
Font for Disneyland 2020:  Walt from dafont.com

Link up your project, card, or layout using something "NEW" at Bitten by the Bug2 HERE.

Here are some pictures of the girls wearing their shirts:

BBTB2: Cricut - 'Let's Party Glittered Card

Do any of you attend Scrapbook Expo?  I have been to the Pleasanton, CA and Santa Clara, CA events several times.  Are you like me and spend a lot of money and then forget about the products you thought you couldn't live without?  My project for today uses something I got at Expo two years ago and never used.  I even watched lots of videos about the product but still never used it.  The product is double sticky tape that is 1 1/2" wide.   I used it for the first time to make glitter paper for my Cricut cuts.

That story leads me to our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge for the next two weeks.  The challenge is "something new, (product, cut, technique, material, etc.)".   Link up your challenge entry HERE.  I'm glad I created the glitter paper from the double sticky tape as I hate putting glitter paper into the Cricut mat, glitter ends up everywhere and the blade dulls really fast.

I peeled off the paper and put the first sticky side of the tape onto cardstock using only enough for the size of my die cut.  I left the second side of the tape with the backing on.   I cut the image, in this case, the "let's party" and then peeled the cut off the mat.  I put the cut on a new piece of paper, peeled off the top cover.  Then I poured fine glitter over the cut, using my finger to burnish it into the cut.  It doesn't flake off like other glitter paper.  I was really happy with the results, and the brightness of the glitter is really cool.  My finished cut went onto a card for New Years 2020.

Images and Supplies:

Let's Party:  Cuttin' Up
Martini:  Cuttin' Up
Background:  Family Album
Glitter:  from Expo

Monday, January 6, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut - Happy New Year 2020

Twenty years ago I was sitting at work at midnight, waiting for the new century to crash all of our computers and all the phone company systems to cease working.  Of course, that never happened, and I missed a few good parties that night.  On the other hand, I got to keep my job, and I was close to home so could still celebrate before going to work.

Now into the 3rd decade of the 2000's, it seems life goes by at a much faster pace. I hope not, as I just can't keep up with my crafts and home projects.  I'm going to try and put in a major dent this year in using up my stash.

Meanwhile, over at Bitten by the Bug2, we are kicking the new year off with a challenge.  It runs for two weeks, and the theme is "clocks".  As you see, I choose a New Year's party theme, but my design team did not.  Go on over to Bitten by the Bug2 and add your "clock" created with your Cricut.  Let's get this new year started right!!

Champagne glasses:  New Years 2012
Clock:  Traveler
Party Time:  Birthday Wishes
Baby:  Seasonal Characters
Frame:  Lacy Labels
2020:  Days and Dates
Lots of Stickles, the 2020 is with gold glittered adhesive paper.