Monday, July 16, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Zoo Safari Adventure

We brought the grandkids to the zoo a few weeks ago.  Since we have season passes, we can go for just a few hours or a full day.  Believe me, with 3 kids in tow, a few hours felt like an all day adventure.  With Janis as our hostess, and picking the theme "At The Zoo" for our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge, I couldn't be happier.  Another layout done, hurrah!  Join our challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 HERE:

This one is definitely a little different than my normal -  I used Distress Oxide inks to paint and splatter a sunset on white cardstock, then covered a lot of it up with my pictures and Cricut images.  It's messy, not usually my style, however, the end result is 'a work of art'!  For my images, I did a lot of slicing and welding, and resizing to get the black cuts.  They too, picked up ink from my fingers, adding to the messiness, I mean amazing sunset artwork.

Outside Frame:  Songbird
Giraffe Grass combo: Everyday Popup Cards
Elephant: Bits and Pieces
Sunset:  Free circle
Tree:  Heritage
Birds:  Hannah Montana

Monday, July 9, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut: Christmas in July - Gift Cards Ready for Filling

I don't think I have ever made a Christmas related card in July before.  This is a first.  Caroline, our long time designer at Bitten by the Bug2 is hosting our challenge for the week.  The theme, as you might have guessed is "Christmas in July".

I made a gift card holder from the Photo Fun - Holiday Memories cartridge.  There was only one image to cut, so I added the white background using the free square in Design Space.  Once assembled, I used my distress oxide inks, water, and a paint brush to softly color in some of the design.  I think I may make several more of these to have on hand at Christmastime.

Link up your project, card, or layout to our Linky on the Bitten by the Bug2 blog HERE.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Superhero Shirts for the Boys

It's fun making shirts for the grandkids.  This pair of shirts are for the two little guys - I wanted Batman and Robin themed shirts for awhile, as the little guy follows his big brother around all day, he's the sidekick.  It's a cute little project, even though the little one doesn't know who Robin is, the bigger brother will be all over the Batman shirt.  Between Spiderman and Batman (ok Paw Patrol too), he will want to wear this shirt a lot.

I got the Batman and Robin icons off the internet and uploaded them into Design Space.  I may go about it a little different than other people, but I can get simple designs uploaded.  The lettering is Cricut Keystone, not a perfect choice, but it works.  Shazam Batman - Have a great day.

Shared with DieCuttingSivas -add a circle.

Monday, July 2, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Patriotic Wreath Decor

Completing this project was in two phases.  I cut, and cut, and cut out rosettes, 9 rosettes to a 12x12" page.  That was a lot of cutting, and it still wasn't enough.  I didn't know how many I needed until I glued most of them on the wreath.  I quit the project for a few months and it just sat there until I decided it was close enough to July 4th and I didn't want to miss putting out this wreath.  So I cut some more red and white rosettes and finished up the project in about an hour.   I love how it turned out.  It was quite an easy project - one cut, lots of rolling of rosettes, and hot gluing them onto a painted Styrofoam wreath.  It looks lovely on my front door. 

Come join our hostess Amy and share your Patriotic 4th of July artwork at Bitten by the Bug2  Use the Linky on the blog and link up from your blog, Pinterest, or Instagram account.  Look what our designers have done this week, HERE.  ---Maureen

Monday, June 25, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Cool Swimmers

We take the grandkids swimming a lot during the summer, they are getting really good for not having lessons.  The little guy just likes to play in the water and look cute, but the older ones are jumping off the diving board and doing tricks.  All that fun sure wears them out and there is usually a nap following the swim.  

The saying "Cool Dude" is from Boys Will Be Boys, I added an S from the same cartridge to make it "boys".  The sun, ball, and pail are from Simply Charmed, and the squirt gun is from Family Album.  My background of diamonds was the free shape, and I just inked the edges dark blue.  Here is the file:

Our challenge this week at Bitten by the Bug2 is hosted by Michelle, and the challenge is "Summer Swim".  We haven't done this challenge before, and since summer is in full swing, I am hoping you will have a layout or card to share on the blog.  Link up your entry HERE.

Monday, June 18, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Tropical Paradise Found

This week it's my turn to host the challenge at Bitten by the Bug2.  Since it's summer and I've been dreaming of my adventure earlier this year to Ecuador, I thought I could incorporate my pictures into a theme.   Our theme is Tropical and/or Tropical Vacation.  Let's see those beautiful tropical palms, flowers, and Polynesian type of cuts on your cards or projects.  Link up your projects HERE. Maybe you may even get out the lawn chair and have a great tropical dream!  

Cuts used on this layout:
Sun: Luau
Palm Tree: Summer Love
Leaves: Dinosaur Tracks
Flowers: Pack Your Bags
Banner:1st Few Years
Words:  Life's A Beach
Sequins from Queen and Co.  Inking on all pieces.  Can you see the paper is a bamboo print?  Oh, how I wish I could spend a few days there again, just floating down the Amazon..........yes, paradise found.............

Monday, June 11, 2018

BBTB2: - Cricut - Happy Father's Day Harley Davidson Style

With Father's Day around the corner, our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge blog usually has a related challenge around this time of year.  This week you can post your Father's Day cards and projects on the BBTB2 blog HERE.

My son in law is a great daddy of 3 kids.  I usually make him a Father's Day card and buy him some select beers.  He is a Harley Davidson owner and loves to ride whenever he gets a chance.  I uploaded a shield representing Harley Davidson off the internet for this card.  The grandkids will write and color on the inside.  The motorcycle is from the Father's Day cartridge and the DAD is Cake Basics.  I popped up the motorcycle for some interest on the card.   Really easy in that it only took about 1/2 hour start to finish.

Monday, June 4, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Law School Graduation

Our cousin is graduating from the University of the Pacific Law School.  We are so proud of her, she has worked so hard and we wish the best for her future.  The school colors are orange and black.  I always match the school colors on my graduation cards.

Our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge is hosted by our talented designer Laura from Handmade Papercrafts by Laura.  She has selected a "graduation" theme for the week.  Join in the fun and link up your card or project to our Bitten by the Bug2 Blog HERE:

Cartridges Used:

Law building:  My World
circle:  free on Design Space
Happy Graduation:  Graduation

Monday, May 28, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - For a New Mother on Mother's Day

I love making cards for Mother's Day - this year I think I made 5 different cards.  I made this one  for an in-law that just had a baby girl, and this is her first Mother's Day.  She loves anything BoHo, so I used this great paper for the elephant that really is BoHo chic.  I popped up the baby elephant, inked all the pieces and used a Cricut embossing folder on the mom elephant's ear.  This card didn't need much else, just a Spellbinder's die cut  saying  'Celebrate'.

This card is perfect for our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge this week - the theme is "Animals".  There are so many Cricut cuts that are animals that it would be hard to decide on just one.  Submit your card or project or layout anytime this week by using our Bitten by the Bug2 LINKY. You can use Instagram, Pinterest or your blog posts to do the linking.   Have a great week everyone!

Cartridges Used:
Mama Elephant:  Noah's ABCs
Baby Elephant: Holiday Cakes

Monday, May 21, 2018

BBTB2: Cricut - Isn't She Lovely?

Here's a little unique layout for your enjoyment today.  I did not use background paper, I printed a 12"x12" photo of my granddaughter to use as the 'paper'.  I knew I wanted to put flowers and maybe a saying  in the upper right hand corner, and when the Bitten by the Bug2 challenge came up with the theme of flowers, I knew I had a match.  It's a really easy addition to the photo, the picture has to be the star this week, not my Cricut cuts.   I cut an oval with the word 'love' in it, but it just didn't look right.

Join our inspiring team of designers, lead by Caroline from Card Creations by Caroline, who have posted great designs for you this week and link up your 'flower' inspired Cricut project to our Bitten by the Bug2 blog HERE:

Cartridge Used:
All flowers and leaves:  Bohemian Wedding
Leaves are cut and outlined with Pen feature
Framed in a 12x12 frame that I change out periodically