Monday, August 14, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - 1st Day Ever of Pre-School

Hello Followers - My mojo was off a bit this past week.  My layout for the week at Bitten By the Bug2 is a little typical, but here it is nonetheless.  I had a grand idea for another format, but it just didn't look good on paper.  So scrapped it, and went with the schoolhouse background.  Very traditional - well, a lot of my work is....., but I occasionally surprise myself with something unique.

Our challenge at BBTB2 this week is "Back to School".   Join up your project to our Linky on the BBTB2 blog and submit a card, layout, or project related to the theme.   Here is my picture:

School:  My World
First Day:  Artbooking
School:  Recess
Cricut font


Monday, August 7, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Let's Jam and make Jelly Tags

Hi all,  I am hosting the challenge at Bitten By the Bug2 this week.  Our challenge to you is to use your Cricut and make a Tag, Bag, or both.  You can Link it up to the Blog HERE.  

I have been making lots of jams and jellies using fruit from our backyard trees and blackberries picked while on vacation.  I have even made blackberry vodka, which didn't last long.  With all the rain here in Northern California, our garden has flourished.  I have made apple butter, lots of apple chips, applesauce, baby food, peach pies, and other desserts.  I'll be giving out the jams and jellies for Christmas presents, so I wanted to have a little tag on each jar to make it special.

Here are the tags I came up with.  I used the print and cut feature and then cut out the tag and fruit to overlay on the print and cut image.  It worked pretty well.  To add a little bling, I Stickled just a bit.  The tag on the right is really purple but shows blue on my screen.

Apple Tag:  https://design.cricut.com/#/design/64799185
Apple:  Serenade
Tag: Bits and Pieces
Font:  Hadley???

Peach Tag:  https://design.cricut.com/#/design/64782760
Peach Word:  Contoured image from Thoughts and Phrases
Tag:  Bits and Pieces
Jar:  Everyday Pop Up Cards
Peach: Just Because



Monday, July 31, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Adorable baby Layout

I am going to try and make sure the third grandchild gets as much picture time as the first two did.  So far, I am accomplishing that.  I haven't scrapped many of them, but I have a good collection of the little guy.

When this week's Bitten by the Bug2 challenge came up, I knew I had to put in some baby pictures, he won't mind that the embellishments are flowers.  Our challenge theme for the week is "lots of flower accents", chosen by our hostess Marti, from Pez-A-Doodle blog.   I went with some modern looking flowers on a red background.  At the end, I added the flower paper background, but now thinking I should have left it off - the traditional clashes with the modern.

My daughter was dropping off the kids a few weeks ago and I decided to snap a few pictures of her and the baby.  #1 granddaughter had to get her picture taken as well, glad she did as both snapshots turned out nice.

Join our Bitten By the Bug2 team and link up your creations or cards that contain Cricut cut flowers to our blog for a chance to win the project of the week.

Flower on Left - Live Simply
Flowers on Right - Cindy Loo
Butterfly - Disney Classics
Title Font - Alphabet Font
4 Months Font - Cutting Up Font
various inks, buttons, dots and rickrack


Monday, July 24, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Down By the Bay with Family

For Mother's Day I always want to do something outdoors - dining in a restaurant on this crazy day is just not for me.  The last few years we have gone on a hike.  There is an estuary by the San Mateo Bridge that has an interpretative center and several hiking/biking trails next to the bay.  We hiked and the kids rode bikes, while sighting birds, ladybugs, spiders, and wildflowers.  It was a nice morning stroll along a route that we have been by hundreds of times but haven't visited in years!

Our Bitten By the Bug2 challenge this week is "Water Fun".  If it involves water - the beach, the ocean, the pool, or fire hydrant, it's good.  Let's get wet and see your fun water related cards and projects - just link them up on the BBTB2 blog.  Laurie, from Crafty Sisters Creations is our hostess, her designs are awesome.

Lots of cartridges used for this layout - I think there were about 20 mats needed, yes it took awhile to cut out all those pieces and ink them.

Geese:  Outdoor Man
Seagull:  Sea, Birds, and Fish
Waves and plants:  Disney Princesses
Waves Frame:  Artbooking
Cloud:  Hello Kitty
Font:  Hathaway


Space left for journaling,


Monday, July 17, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Custom Bar Tray

It's time for another BBTB2 challenge this week.   Laura from Handmade Papercrafts by Laura is our hostess for our "3D" project challenge.  We haven't had one of these in a long time, and I'm excited to see what the team is sharing with everyone.  Go on over to Bitten by the Bug2 and take a peek and link up your 3D project for all to see.

My project is another bar tray that I made as a gift for relatives who we see often.  I just wanted to give a little thank you to them.  It's an SVG that I got free from one of the Facebook groups I follow.  There are initials for all the letters and then I customized it with the last name in the middle.   I used a burgundy vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and the lettering is from the Noah's Arc cartridge.


Monday, July 10, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Ants Love Watermelon Too! Card

Yes - We all know ants get into everything this time of year, and they love everything sweet.  Well - so does our hostess, Janis from Pause Dream Enjoy.  She has challenged us to create a Cricut project or card using Sweet Summer cuts.  This could be watermelon, ice cream, apple pies, or fresh fruit!  Endless possibilities.  Hop on over to the Bitten By the Bug2 blog to link up your Sweet Treat creations and see the favorite summertime treats of our Design Team.

I want to get more use from my Cuttlebug folders and when I saw this one, I thought of watermelons.  I've used this watermelon cut a few times from Preserves, and found the So Sweet on the Once Upon a Princess cart.  I thought I was finished, and just wanted to add a little something, and the idea of an ant, just one, came to mind.  I inked the pieces, used the Love Triangle Cuttlebug folder, and mounted on 3 mats for the finishing touch. A pretty easy card this week.

Now I am off to work on my bathroom.  The new vanity went in yesterday, but you all know I can't just do one thing.  I need new wallpaper, wall repair, new faucet, new knobs, etc.  And oh, I can't believe all the old stuff that came out of that vanity, there is some major purging needed!  Stay cool you all, we will be in the 90's all week,  and that means pool time!


Monday, July 3, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Stars and Swirls All Around

It's July!!!   It's nearly halfway through the year and I am yet to cross off more things from my to do list than what I have added.  I have been working on it, in fact got a few things done these past few months.  They include a lot of work on the backyard (it needed it after 4 years of drought), curtains and pillow for the RV, working on a 3000 piece quilt, cleaning my craft room (for the 100th time), a good vegetable garden, a fairy garden for granddaughter and small one for me, and a trip to China.  Still lots more to get done this summer, including the downstairs bathroom vanity, wallpaper, fixtures replacements, more yard work, and a trip to see friends in another state.

I made this metal serving tray for a friend's birthday a few weeks ago.  I got the idea because she actually has a very similar tattoo on her arm of the stars and swirls.  I added the INSPIRE as my touch.  She really liked it.  Her new house has a small patio and she plans on putting it out for display this summer.  It really looks like it could be used for a 4th of July party decoration, just add red cups, and blue napkins!

Our challenge this week at Bitten By the Bug2 is "patriotic" or 'red, white, and blue'.  It was chosen by Emily from Mollie's Motif blog.  Come see the layouts cards, and projects created by the design team - you'll see fireworks for sure!  Happy 4th of July USA!  Link up your patriotic card or project today!

Vinyl - From Expressions Vinyl
Star and Swirl - from internet - free SVG
Red stars - Free Cricut image
INSPIRE - Botanicals cartridge
Tray - purchased a bunch of these last year at Walmart


Monday, June 26, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut Summer Nights - Pillow for the RV

I did something today that I normally don't do - I paid full price for Cricut iron-on glitter vinyl at JoAnns.  I didn't have the iron-on color I needed or anything close for my project, so I went shopping., and we all know you can't use your coupons hardly ever for Cricut items.   This pillow is going in my RV, I love the words and meaning, they ring so true.  The interior colors include a lot of grey, and I just made new curtains in the same fabric, so it's going to look great inside!   First time working with glitter iron-on in my machine - that black glitter is a little interesting to work with - not all of the letters stuck to the backing like it should.  With a little extra work, it came together nicely.   I found the Make It Now project a week or so ago and saved it off, and then waited until today to come up with an idea on what I would do with it.  I only altered the first word, changing it from Cabin to Camping.  I broke off the 'Camping Rules' and made it a little bigger than the rest of the fonts.   Love how it turned out.  I think it will be a great conversation piece.

Laura, from Handmade Papercrafts by Laura is our hostess this week at BBTB2.  Her challenge is Summer Nights - using fireflies, fires, stars, and other things reminding us of camping or summer evenings.  I love all the projects and cards that the team is sharing this week - I want to make them all, they are awesome.  Join in the summer fun and link up your project to our Bitten By the Bug2 Linky this week.  Have a great summer y'all!

Maureen


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Winner, Winner - It's Me - Fantabulous Cricut Blog

My graduation card won the project of the week over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge.  I enter this challenge every so often - when I have time and have a project in mind to match their theme.  The prize is a gift card to Dreaming Tree.  They have lots of very unique and creative SVGs for use with the Cricut Explore.   Can't wait to pick our my prize, something I wouldn't normally choose, something out of my box, so to speak!  Click HERE to see my winning post.  Actually, I thought it was a great card for a male graduate in business.   Here is the winning card.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Monday, June 19, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Backyard Chicken Coop

This week on BBTB2, our challenge leader is my long time blogging friend, Caroline, from Card Creations By Caroline.   We are to create a layout, project or card with a cut from our Cricut of a bird.  That can be a peacock, a wild bird, a cartoon bird, an owl, or in my case - CHICKENS!   Link up your bird related project to our Linky on the Bitten by the Bug2 blog this week.  We love to see you spread your wings and create!!!  (haha)

My 'Birds of a Feather' layout features my grandkids a year or so ago when their dad first built a chicken coop.  It's really hard trying to photograph these chickens - they just didn't smile for the camera.  But the kids did.  They love their chickens, even more, they love the eggs.    I actually had planned more Cricut cuts to go on this layout, but it just didn't work - the background is busy and some of them were lost.  Sometimes, less is more - which is hard for me......  Cluck Cluck - have a great day!

Chicken:  50 States
Freshly Hatched Egg" Photo Fun - Celebrations
Wire background: Teresa Collins Basics
Chicken and Child: Nursery Rhymes
Feed Sack:  Old West (used pens in the Cricut)