Monday, December 21, 2015

Santa Clause is coming to BBTB2!

Well, Christmas is almost here and Santa is coming to visit at BBTB2. Melanie chose to have Santa be the theme for the week. It is ridiculously hot here in Florida. It's supposed to be in the mid to upper 80's for Christmas and it's really hard to get into the spirit.

Many people will be spending part of the day at the beach so I thought I'd go with that idea for my Santa. He is from the Jolly Holidays cartridge. The lights are from the Winter Frolic cartridge. The tree is from Pirates and Mermaids and the sand is from Paper Dolls Every Day. The paper is all Recollections and there is some clear Wink of Stella on his beard and some other pieces for some sparkle.

This is our last challenge for the year, so join us and enjoy!

Fantabulous Cricut Bingo Blog Hop!

Welcome to the FCCB Christmas Bingo Blog Hop! Here is your Bingo card-

You can choose to do a line up, down, across or diagonal, completing each square in your line. Example: Christmas Cricut Cut, Hand Colored Christmas Image, Christmas Glitter. You have so many choices!

The FCCB Christmas Bingo hop is sponsored by:

A $10 Credit Voucher will go to the lucky winner!

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images. For this blog hop, you can submit up to three projects. Each project is one entry into the drawing for the prize.

Be sure to visit each Design Team member and leave a comment-those will be put into a drawing for the following:

Here is my project for the hop

I used the top row of the Bingo card...a Cricut image from the Jolly Holidays collection, a Christmas embossing folder (Cuttlebug with round tree medallions on it) and some Christmas Ribbon. There was a little oops when I stamped his face with a Peachy Keen stamp, so I just made it into a "beauty mark". The paper is all Recollections from Michaels.

So here is the line-up:

Diana L.
Lynn (you are here)

Come have some fun and join us! Remember to leave comments along the way to qualify for the prize
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Ornaments at BBTB2

This week we are having a Christmas ornament challenge at BBTB2. 

I used glittery silver and shiny gold paper on a white background for this card. It looks much cooler in person, I still have trouble getting good pictures with glitter and shine.  The ornament is from the Winter Wonderland cartridge. The embossing is a Cuttlebug folder.

Come join us for some last minute Christmas fun!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Wildlife at BBTB2

This week is my first turn to host at BBTB2 and the theme I chose was Christmas wildlife. We were to use an animal or a bird on our projects. There are so many great images to choose from it was hard to I didn't, I just made more than one project.

My first project used a polar bear cut from A Quilted Christmas. The sentiment is from the Winter Wonderland cartridge. I used a Darice embossing folder for the background. There is some Wink of Stella on the saddle piece. I may add a couple of silver snowflakes, what do you think?

My second project is a shaped card that I made using the Quilted Ornaments cartridge. The bear is from Teddy Bears on Parade, love that cartridge! The Design Space file for all of these projects will be at the end of the post.

My last project is an ornament, or flat card, made from the same image set. The birds are from the Winter Frolic image set. It's about 6" tall. I used vinyl as the gold as I didn't have any gold paper that I liked. 

All 3 of these projects are on the same DS file that can be found here:

Take a few minutes for yourself this week and join us! 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hanging the Greens at BBTB2

Hello. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend if you are in the US. If not, I hope you had a wonderful weekend anyway.

The challenge this week at BBTB2 is to use some type of a Christmas plant in your project. I chose to use a poinsettia for mine. The one I chose is from the Winter Wonderland cartridge. I also used a card base from the Anna's Lovely Layered Cards cartridge.

You can mix and match the cards with some great sentiments. This is the one I picked for the inside of the card. The writing is really pretty.

I did make some adjustments to the card base as I wanted it to be a little less bulky, and I knew the ink wouldn't dry well on the yellow/gold paper I was using. I only did half of the inside layer of the card and then added a smaller piece of thinner paper with the sentiment on it. The bottom green is from a punch I've had for a number of years.

If anyone is interested in recreating this card, here is the link to the DS file.

Have a great week!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Welcome to another Challenge Me Monday...

Challenge #265 Thanksgiving or Thank You

Sponsored by:

A $25 Credit Voucher and ONLY good for digital download files.

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

And, if you submit a project in our challenge that isn't a card, you will get two entries for a chance to win the prize instead of one!

I made a little bag from the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More image set and added some flat cards with leaves on them to the bag. They could be used as place cards or to write things to be thankful for on. The turkey and "Thankful" are both from Miss Kate's Cuttables. There are some really cute files there. The leaves on the cards are from Sesame Street Seasons.

Come join us with your "Thanks" project!

More Thanks at BBTB2

Our challenge for the week at BBTB2 was to use the word "thanks" on our project. I combined a couple of different ideas (one stamped and one cut out) I had seen recently on You Tube and Pinterest and came up with this card. I guess that makes it a card-lift. 

I created the file in DS so will share it at the end for anyone who can use it. The paper is DCWV and Recollections for the most part. There is Vintage Photo distress ink around the tags. It helped the leaves stand out a bit better from the red background paper.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving week!

Here's the link to the DS file:

The leaf was sliced from Sesame Street Seasons, which does not come in the subcription.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fall Leaves at BBTB2

This week at BBTB2 the challenge is to use leaves on a Thanksgiving project.

I went super easy and did a "Make it Now" project. We are on baby watch for a close friend and I needed something that wouldn't take too much time. That's the great thing about the Make it Now's, they're all designed and ready to go. It didn't cost me anything extra because I have the subscription. All I did extra was some inking around the edges and added a few sequins and it's ready to go!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fall colors at BBTB2

This week at BBTB2 Emily asked us to design something with fall colors. I made this cute Tussy Mussy type container from the 3D Party Cones image set. I really like the scallops on the top.

The pine cone is from the Camp Out cartridge. There are pine cones on each of the larger sides so it can rotate if it's hung up and look nice from all directions. I'm not sure if I'm going to put string on it and hang it up, or just leave it flat like a cornucopia. I think it may depend on what's going in it. 

Sorry this is a quick post, but I've been baby showering all weekend. Maybe I'll get some pictures up of that later.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Thanksgiving Pumpkins

Good morning and happy November! The theme for this month at BBTB2 is Thanksgiving, and the challenge this week  is to use a pumpkin (or two or three) on your project. 

I made this gate fold card using a pumpkin from Autumn Celebrations. The rest was designed using all basic shapes.

The patterned paper is one I picked up at Tuesday Morning a long time ago. The solid is from Recollections. I embossed the "Thanks" and the little dots in the corners using Brutus Monroe embossing powder in the color Penny. It's super shiny, which does not really show in the picture. If you're interested you can look at it here*. I really liked the way it looked with the paper so I decided to add a little texture by sprinkling just a tiny bit over the background paper and embossing directly onto the paper with no ink. I really like how it turned out. You can just barely see it in the pictures.
The center circle behind the pumpkin was embossed, but you could just leave it flat or stamp a background behind it.

Here's a shot of what it looks like opening. 
If you are interested in recreating this card, here is the link to the Design Space file.

Please join us with your own pumpkin creation!

*I have no affiliation with them. Not an affiliate link.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Going batty at BBTB2

We are going batty this week at BBTB2! The DT members were asked to incorporate a bit into their projects this week.

I used the chocolate box from the Fancy Boxes image set, and the bat from Creepy Critters to create this box. I ungrouped the two layers of the bat and deleted the back layer. Then I temporarily ungrouped the score lines from the box base so I could weld the bat to the front of opening in the box. I replaced the score lines and reattached them after I finished welding. It was a fairly simple process and it turned out pretty cute. You could use it as a treat holder, or as a tealight holder (battery operated only, please) as I did.

Here it is in the dark. I put vellum in behind the bat so the light would shine through.

It is fairly deep so you could get lots of treats inside. My version is almost 8" tall but you can adjust that to meet your needs. Here is the link to the Design Space file if anyone would like to try one.

Go batty with us this week and create your own project with a bat!

Fright Night at FCCB

Welcome to another Challenge Me Monday...

Challenge #263 Halloween
Make a project featuring Halloween!

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To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

And, if you submit a project in our challenge that isn't a card, you will get two entries for a chance to win the prize instead of one!

I made this card from a couple of different image sets and some letters I made in Inkscape. I could have done them in Design Space but I was having too much fun playing. 

The tree and moon are from Creepy Critters and the ghosts are from Monster Bash. I did the ghosts in vellum. The letters in "fright" are on foam tape for some dimension.

Have a great Halloween and come share your "Fright Night" fun with us!

Monday, October 19, 2015

BCA - Pink Lingerie or Lady

We are acknowledging Breast Cancer Awareness at BBTB2 today by going PINK!
We were to use pink lingerie or a woman with pink in our designs.

This woman is from the Suburbia cartridge. I searched for "thought bubbles" in Design Space and this is one that came up. It's from a set called Word Bubbles. I did reflect it so it was going the opposite direct. Love that feature in Design Space! The Cricut wrote the words using a gray Amy Tangerine pen from American Crafts. The background is embossed with a Darice embossing folder that is covered in clocks. I have to remind myself regularly to make my appointment. I may keep this and put a list inside to keep track of the dates.

Come join us with your own pink project!

Diana shared that she is having a Pinky Linky party on her blog so I decided to link this up. Here is the link to the blog post: DLArt, go link up your pink!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

We are celebrating Thanksgiving with our friends in Canada today at BBTB2. In honor of the holiday we were to make a project with a turkey. I made a couple of different cards for the occasion.

This card has images from the Wild Card, Teddy Bear Parade and Destinations cartridges. I went with a plain white background with a red border to reference the colors of the Canadian flag. 

This card is from the Home for the Holidays cartridge. All I did with this one was create 3 layers 1/4" smaller than the others. It was really quick and easy. I did put the white layer on some craft foam for a little dimension.

Monday, October 5, 2015

It's Halloween at BBTB2

 This week at BBTB2, Melanie chose a Halloween as our theme for the week. I used the Tall Ghost Luminary from Monster Bash for my project. It turned out really cute and it's great with the lights off. 

I added a piece of vellum behind the ghost so you couldn't see the candle as much and to help diffuse the light. I also put a bit of Wink of Stella over the ghost so it shows up a bit better in the daylight.

Here is it with a spooky 3D tree from Happy Hauntings. It makes a cute little scene.

I also made a mini one that could be used as a small treat bag. They were really easy to do, and fun too!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Welcome Fall at BBTB2

The challenge this week at BBTB2 is to use the word "fall" or "Autumn" in your project. I picked up a couple of chargers at Michael's when they were on sale a couple of weeks ago. I used permanent vinyl to create the picture on the bottom. 

I had a hard time getting a good picture. The dark brown still doesn't show well. The fonts were Winter Woodland and Harrington. The acorns and leaves are from Celebrate with a Flourish. I did cut more leaves to add to the rim but chose not to use them. I may add them later, but I like the simplicity of this.

Make a fall project this week and come join the fun!

Shape it up!

 Happy Monday and welcome to another Monday challenge!

Challenge #261-Shape Up
Make a Shaped Card (anything but a square or rectangle)

This Weeks Sponsor
Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons

To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

For this challenge, it is for a shaped card, therefore no extra chances of winning.

My project for this week is a baby shower invitation made using an image from Bridal and Baby Soirees. One of the teachers I work with is having a baby and I am planning the shower.

The little flower is from Create a Critter.

She is having a girl but painted the room orange and grey. I tried to get a little of everything in the invites. All I have to do now is fill the information slots. 

There are a lot of cute shaped cards available in image sets. Find one, or create your own, and come join us!

Monday, September 21, 2015

It's cookie day!

 It's National Pecan Cookie Day (who knew!), and we are celebrating with all things cookie at Bitten by the Bug 2. I used a quote from the cookie guru himself, Cookie Monster! I love the quote, but I'm not super thrilled with the card. I think it needed an embossing folder or a smaller pen, not sure which. I guess it's just not how I wanted it to look.

I used images from the Bits and Pieces, Home for the Holidays Spring, and From My Kitchen cartridges. The paper is all Recollections.

Have a great week, and come join us with your own cookie project.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day at BBTB2

This week's challenge at BBTB2 is focusing on Labor Day. We were to make something relating to a job/career.

I chose this little guy from Paper Dolls for Everyday. There is a big push for STEM education in schools right now and this reminded me of that. Also, my son is taking a chemistry class this semester to see if that's where his life is headed. (Plus I thought he was adorable.)

There is a little Glossy Accents on the beaker to make it look more bubbly. I also actually used washi tape on this, which is rare. 

Come join us for some fun with a project showing your favorite job.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Round easel card

Love 3 day weekends, I can take some time to craft for fun. I'm joining in on the round easel card challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. I loved it so much I made 3. That's what great about Design Space, you can create a basic card and just change a few things to end up with completely different looks. 

This one is a birthday card for a fellow teacher. She looks forward to her card every year and I hope she likes this one.

 I made a couple of extra fall themed cards to keep handy for other fall occasions. I saved the file so I can make more if I want to. 

Fart - LOL

The current challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is F is for Fart. I love some of the things they come up with, so much fun.

This is the outside of my card, it's deceptively classy ;-)

Then there is the inside. HA! And sometimes it's just what you have to do.

The stamp is on the inside. It's a Graphic 45 stamp from Hampton Arts. The image on the front is from the Cricut Suburbia image set. This was a fun card to make and I have the perfect person to give it to.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Back to the Books

Welcome to another Challenge Me Monday...

Challenge #259 Back to School
Make a project featuring school related activities or teachers!

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To qualify for the prize, be sure to use at least 1 Cricut cut on your project and if it's not obvious, let us know what cartridge you used. If you use a Cricut Explore machine, at least one cut must be from the Cricut catalog of images.

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This SVG is from a Christmas set from SVG Attic. I changed it up and made a cute book mark box. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it or give it to my daughter since she is teaching reading this year. 

The image on the cover is from the Autumn Celebrations image set. I used A Child's Year for the font (I think). I'm debating filling the holes with brads or something. I'm not sure yet, what do you think?

Here is is laying down so you can see the dimension a little better. I hope you enjoyed my project. Please make something of your own and come join us this wee.