Monday, November 11, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - 50th Anniversary Gift - Hurricane Lamp

Firstly, I apologize for the bad pictures.  I didn't take the time to make great pictures, as I had to wrap it and get out the door rather quickly.  However, it fits the theme of our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge for the next two weeks, which is "Celebrating an Anniversary".

I had this project in mind for a long time, and was on the lookout for a large hurricane lamp at the home décor stores.  I got this one from a home stager, I am actually surprised she sold it to me.  It is about 20 inches tall.  I purchased Armor Etch for this project, I had never used it before, so was a little anxious, not wanting to ruin the lamp.  In fact, I waited too long and then had to do a rush job to get in done in time for delivery.   I do like the results, so my confidence has grown for the next project.  BTW, that Armor Etch is expensive, so use your coupon!  I watched a few YouTube videos just to ensure I knew all the tricks.

One side is the names and date they were married, and the other side says "50th Anniversary".   It's always hard to get a present for someone who has everything.  It's for my husband's brother and his wife who married very young. (and my husband was 10 years younger).

Join in the Bitten by the Bug2 challenge (by using your Cricut machine) and enter our "Celebrating an Anniversary" related card, layout or project using our LINKY.

Cartridges Used:
Free Heart
Anniversary:  I think from Heritage
Fonts:  Hathaway, Ashlyns Alphabet, Magnolia Sky (downloaded)

Monday, October 28, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Celebrate Fall Wall Decor

Hello Followers,

Today I have a home décor project that I am really happy to display out on my porch.  Can you believe this white board was actually a door off an old bathroom vanity?  I did have to strategically place my flowers to hide the holes from the knob and a gouge.

My flowers are mostly from Walmart (98 cents), and I had the vinyl for a few years, so this project only cost a few bucks. I spritzed the door with spray inks, but because the door is similar in texture to vinyl, the ink did not infuse.  So when it dried, I put a clear coat of sealer on top.  I edited the image from Design Space and separated the two words and sliced out the leaves from image.  The transfer to the door went smoothly and quickly.  I hot glued on the artificial flowers and a ribbon left over from a gift.

I am the hostess this week at Bitten by the Bug2, and I have selected "Fall Holidays - Anything Goes" as the theme for the next two weeks.  I would love to see what you create, you can link up your card, layout or project HERE.

also entered at Die Cutting Diva's - Anything Goes #44


Fall Sweet Fall

Monday, October 14, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Halloween Witch's Hat Makeover

A few years ago I posted this witch's hat on the Bitten by the Bug2 Blog.  That was back before I had my Explore and just worked from cartridges.  So I decided it needed a little sprucing up.  More is better, right?  So I added the back images, sprayed it with ink, added a spider web and dangling spider and more.   It's pumpkin time at Bitten by the Bug2, and this does have a print and cut pumpkin on the back so it qualifies for the challenge for the next two weeks.  Show us your pumpkins by linking up your project HERE.

I have also added a picture of the original hat so you can see the differences.  There are too many cartridges and embellishments to name, so just have a look but don't get scared away.

Here is the original version.

Monday, September 30, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Girl, You Got This

I ran across some great 'girl' quotes, and picked one that I thought I would like on a layout.  It's rather a simple layout, but I wanted to focus on the sunflower.  Yes, I had to place and glue all those petals by hand.  I overlay the negative piece of the cut and insert the petals so I have the right placement. By the way, the sunflower is one of the choices on the Bitten by the Bug2 challenge for the next two weeks.

I usually have pictures on my layouts, but I haven't decided upon pics for this one yet.  It will either hold pictures from my veggie garden, or will have pics of my granddaughter to show how she is turning into a young lady.

Our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge is "Fall sunflowers, scarecrows, or crows".  Join our challenge and link up your card or layout HERE.

Sunflower:  Life Outdoors
Title:  Girl You Got This
Vine:  Vine Flourishes
Ink and felt tip pens

Monday, September 16, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Love is Becoming a Grandparent

We love all that goes with being Grandparents - well - except changing diapers.  We have three grandkids, ages 8, 4 1/2, and 2 1/2.  They keep us busy and we get to do a lot of fun things with them as they live only a few miles away.  This summer involved backyard sleepovers, lots of swimming, and Oakland Zoo trips.  There are days when we are worn out and days when we wear out the kids!  I have captured a few fun days in this layout featuring grandparents.  I am known as Momo, short for Maureen.  My husband is Italian, so he is Nonno.  

I took images from Design Space and ungrouped them, altered Grandma to Momo, and Grandpa to Nonno.  I used print and cut as it's just too hard to get good cuts on these.  The hearts, arrow, and "I love my grandkids' are all cut by my Explore.  Caroline is our hostess at Bitten by the Bug2 and she is recognizing grandparents everywhere, since September has Grandparents Day on the 7th.  Come on over and join in the fun, share your project, card or layout relating to grandparents.

The Greatest Gift is Family
Worlds Greatest Grandparents
Hearts Silhouette
Car Decals
Miss Kate Cuttables - Be Mine

Monday, September 2, 2019

BBTB2: Camping in Colorado

This summer's big vacation was a RV trip to Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and Las Vegas.  It was a long one, but we had never been to Colorado and had friends we wanted to visit.  The mountains are so beautiful and there are lots of places to stop.  We took a lot of scenic pictures, here are just a few along the way.

Join our Bitten by the Bug2 challlenge for the next two weeks by linking up your card, project, or layout.  Our theme is "Get Outside challenge: BBQ, Picnics, Camping, Sports or Fireworks!".  That should cover any activity that you did this summer and want to capture.  Be sure to use your Cricut and then you can post your project HERE at Bitten by the Bug2.

I do have to give credit to Jessica Reilly for this layout.  I added some things, and deleted other things, but the basic layout (mountains, Campin' Critters) are her ideas.  Here is her original design. I found this layout by Jessica on the 'Scrappytodoit with my cricut' Facebook group.  Lots of inspiration for those who love their Cricut and scrapbooking!

Monday, August 19, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Happy Birthday Friend

I just love this little dragonfly, she's got the cutest google eyes and sparkly wings.  She's ready to land on a flower and wish someone special a happy birthday.   I went a little bright on the colors with this card as it is for a little lady who surely will love all the sparkle.

Our challenge for the next two weeks at Bitten by the Bug2 is "Feminine Birthday".  That's a pretty broad category, so there should be lots of exciting entries.  You can link up your card or project to our Linky at Bitten by the Bug2 HERE.

I used three cartridges for this card:  Thoughts and Phrases, Hot Summer Days, and Cindy Loo.  Then I used Stickles, inks, and gems to finish it off

Monday, August 5, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Baby Shark, Do Do Do Do

I love the Baby Shark Song.  I sing it to all the little ones when we are taking baths or in the pool.  I just had to incorporate this song into a layout.  This week at Bitten by the Bug2 we have a theme of  "It's The Beach Life".  We recently went to a local public park with a man made lake and beach, my little guy loved playing in the sand and pretending to swim.  I took several pictures but getting good ones of a two year old is difficult.  I am late this week with my project, so this one had to go together rather quickly.

Link up your project at Bitten By the Bug2 HERE.  You can use Instagram, blog, Pinterest, etc.

Cartridges: Life's a Beach, Pack Your Bags, Family Vacation.
I used Smooches on the word Beach and on the sand.  Stickles on the Shark, and inked edges.

Monday, July 22, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut Teacher Thank You Card

I made a bunch of school/teacher related cards from a pad of Graphic45 paper.  It's fun creating with their paper since it's so unusual and easy to work with.  Of course, I added my own Cricut touch, in this case, I added an apple and a 'thanks' banner.  Apple is from Preserves, and the Thanks is from The First Few Years (adding in my own lettering).

This card is part of the designers showcase of projects and cards at Bitten by the Bug2.  Our challenge is "Banners Everywhere".  I have made banners to hang across my fireplace, used them on layouts, and here with a card.  Lots of images to choose from on Design Space.

Join in our challenge and submit your entry at Bitten By the Bug2.  Michelle is hosting and her layouts are always fun to see.

Monday, July 8, 2019

BBTB2: Cricut - Thankful for Everything Box

Hi Followers,  Today is my turn to host the bi-monthly Cricut challenge over at Bitten by the Bug2.  I chose the theme of "Anything but a Card".  I see people making lots of projects with their Explore or Maker that have nothing to do with cards - tshirts, woodwork, earrings, clothing, etc.  You can submit your project to our Bitten by the Bug2 blog via the LINKY at the bottom of this week's post.  Go on over and check out projects by our design team HERE:

My project is something that I made from an old fencepost.  Yes, I did a construction project with an electric saw, hammer and nails!  It really didn't take too long to make the box, a little math involved for the measurements, and I sawed away.  There are handles on the sides that you don't see in the picture.  I didn't stain the wood, I just kept the patina it already had.  I used only one cartridge to make the Cricut image you see on the front.  The "thankful" is just what I wanted for this box, the cartridge is Photo Play Paper - Autumn Day.   I used acrylic paint and almost dry brushed it on.  I used the negative of the image as a stencil.   I gave this away in a gift exchange at our yearly crafty girls retreat.