Monday, March 1, 2021

BBTB2: Cricut - Is It Bikini Season Yet?

 Anything Goes for the next 2 weeks at Bitten by the Bug2.  I got a little daring with the theme and revealed a card that shows a little sass.  My bikini lady is from the Summer Love image set.  I cut her with a shadow background (love those shadows) and then did some white gel pen on the outfit, hat and bag.  She is showing off that hemline with a row of pearls and now she's ready for the beach.  I made a few of these cards, leaving off the sentiment  on some so I can match the occasion.  She fits in a legal size envelope.  So believe in yourself, set some crafting time aside for yourself and enjoy the day.

Link up your Cricut project with "anything goes" to our Bitten by the Bug2 blog for the next 2 weeks.


Monday, February 15, 2021

BBTB2: Cricut - Grandma's in the Kitchen

 Our Bitten by the Bug2 Challenge for the next two weeks is "Bon Appetite".   Any card, layout, project relating to food can be submitted to the challenge.  HERE is the link.  You have until February 28th to add your project.

I came up with a project that looks so simple, but the first try got messed up big time.  Another style of pot holder was used with these images.  The inside pocket of the potholder melted to the other side!! And the lettering didn't want to stick.  I kind of salvaged them, but guess I am going to use that pair.  This pair turned out much better.  I turned down the iron a bit and used a thinner pressing mat.  This canvas material I thought would be easy to work with, but my advice is to iron slowly.  You can always add more heat and pressure, but once the vinyl is melted, there is no going back.

Monday, February 1, 2021

BBTB2: Cricut - Valentines Day Sweets for my Sweethearts

With Valentines Day right around the corner, this year I am getting my little presents done ahead of time.  I made up some cute goodie bags for my grandkids and a friend.  The "Owl Be Yours Valentine's Party Set" in Cricut Design Space has just a few of the cutest Valentine's images.   I quickly picked these set of tags and had them cut, assembled, and the bags stuffed with candy and tied in less than an hour.  

Our Cricut challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 for the next two weeks is "Valentine's Day or Hearts".  You can link up your own project to the blog and take a look at what our Designers are showing off.  Link up your project until February 14th at Bitten by the Bug2 HERE:

Monday, January 18, 2021

BBTB2: Cricut - Magical Winter Snowflakes

 Although we rarely get snow (last time was in 1976) in the SF Bay Area, we can jump in the car and be in Tahoe in just a few hours.  Since the grandkids now live about an hour from the snow, I'm sure I will be scrapbooking a lot more pictures of their winter snow adventures.  I selected our challenge at Bitten by the Bug2 for the next few weeks - and the theme is "Magical Winter Snowflakes".  You must use your Cricut machine and create a card, project, or layout using snowflakes.  There are so many in Design Space, some are very intricate, and all are so unique.  I cut out three different ones for my project.

I purchased the Frozen Image Set when it first came out several years back, and admit, I haven't used it enough.  For my double layout, I used the print and cut for the Title, Elsa, and Olaf.  They are just too intricate to cut that small from paper.  The snowflakes are from Frozen and When It's Cold Outside.  The layer of snow is actually tagged as sand and was found in Family Vacation.  My background paper is a soft pink, a nice contrast to the greens and blues used in the layout.  I inked the snowflakes to make them stand out, and inked the edges of the trees in white ink to look like snow.  Maybe I will add some Stickles to the branches too.  A few gems top off the project.

Credit for my layout goes to Terry Newman of Scrappytodoit with my Cricut on FB.  Her inspiring layout is below.

Link up your project to our Bitten by the Bug2 blog before January 31, 2020 HERE


Monday, January 4, 2021

BBTB2: Cricut - Get Well Card with flowers

Happy New Year 2021.  Cheers to making it safely and with somewhat of a sane mind.  I'm not as stressed out/depressed as I was months ago about the stay at home orders, guess I am used to it by now.  And with a vaccine in my future, I know there is an end in sight.

Our first challenge for Bitten by the Bug2 in 2021 is "Get Well Cards".  I don't give out many of these type of cards, but it's good to have one on hand, just in case.

My card uses a potted set of geraniums from the Freshly Picked image set (one of my favorites) and a fancy cut out background and 'get well soon' title from the Paper Lace image set.

You can link up your "Get Well" themed projects at Bitten by the Bug2 via our LINKY HERE.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut - Is it Frosty the Snowman?

 It's not really Frosty, but this layered snowman has just as much fun personality.   This is my first take on making a layered 'mandala-type' die cut.  It is not hard, however, it took me a while to assemble.  It takes a bit to cut the foam adhesive so skinny as to not show between the layers.   This cute guy is about 8 inches tall, I wouldn't suggest making it any smaller.

You can find several free SVG files at

 You still have a few weeks to link up your Cricut created card, layout or project to Bitten by the Bug2.  Our Christmas challenge is still going strong, we are on our 2nd Linky, the first one filled up.

 Happy Holidays Everyone    

Monday, December 7, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut - Polar Express Train Layout

 My grandson loves trains, he has a few sets, including this one he got for Christmas last year.  I have had this layout saved in my mind for a few years, and had an example from Pat Johnson who designed the original years ago.  Her train, which I used, is made from Basic Shapes.  The original design is pictured at the bottom of this post.  I finally got around to making it, only 11 months after Christmas!  

The layout fits in nicely with our challenge for the next 4 weeks - Wrap It Up.  The stacked gifts are for journaling and I also added gifts on the train car.  Used print and cut to write Polar Express 2019 on the train engine.  This was a fun layout to make. We are partnering with the Double Trouble blog, so the rules are a little different.  Go on over to the Bitten by the Bug2 blog for all the information.  Have a great holiday everyone!

Here is the original inspiration:

Monday, November 23, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut - Coffee Makes Everything Possible

 In the 7 or so years that I have been with Bitten by the Bug2, we have never done a coffee challenge that I can recall..  This new challenge called "anything you can make that has coffee, hot chocolate or tea".  I tried a new technique on my simple card for the challenge.  However, our designers work this week is spectacular, so go on over to Bitten by the Bug2 to enjoy the artwork and link up your own coffee/hot chocolate/tea project or card HERE.

I used the image set of "All You Need is Coffee" for all my images except the free square shape.  I took an Italian coffee pot and duplicated several times, and re-positioned them in a rectangle.  I then changed the color and flattened the image, and then did a print through my Explore using the best printing option.  My brown title is just a print and cut with a rectangle around it.  The cup of coffee is done with a draw function and a skinny marker pen I have, cut by hand, then inked.  All edges and mats were inked, I added a ribbon, and a cute coffee card was done!!

Monday, October 26, 2020

BBTB2: Cricut - Happy Biker Dudes

Biker Dudes  - I should have made the title on this layout something different - but didn't have the inspiration until it was done.  This is half of a layout shared by Jessica Rielly on Build-A-Book Scrapbooks group on Facebook.  She used to provide her great layouts for free, but now all her creations are via Patreon.  

 My grandkids are learning to ride dirt bikes from their dad and uncle.  These pictures of them are when they were camping this summer.  I just love the one of my grandson against the flame of the fire.

Our theme for the Bitten by the Bug2 challenge for the next two weeks is "Sports".  You probably thought I would post a football layout - but with not being able to go to the games this year, I'm not taking pictures and just not feeling enthused about our SF 49ers. Link up your Sports related card or project to Bitten by the Bug2 HERE.

Image Sets:
Font:  Cricut Sans
Motorcycle:  Dude
Tree:  We Whisk you a Merry Christmas

Here is Jessicas original file. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Cricut: BBTB2 - It's Pumpkin Pickin' Time

 My grandkids now live on a 2.5 acre plot with a nice home in northern California.  On our first visit we saw deer, quail, and turkeys.  So, I decided to incorporate them into my layout that will contain pictures of their new property.  I got this layout from a creation by Sherri Beyrer, who posted it on the Scrappytodoit with my cricut Facebook group.  She used an owl where I have the deer and turkey. It doesn't have photo mats yet, as I haven't decided on my picture layout, so I did not glue down the leaves or single banner.  I think the photos will pop against that turquoise wood background.


Truck:  Red Truck Collection
Pumpkins:  Everyday is a Holiday
Corn:  Just Because
Deer:  Happy Woodland Animals
Turkey:  Wildlife
Quail:  Noah's ABCs