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!


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)

Monday, June 12, 2017

BBTB2: Cricut - Father's Day Hike with Family

These pictures are a few years old, but still make a great layout.  In 2015 we had all the family up to the ski club for a nice weekend that included a hike on Donner Summit.   Who would have thought I would use pink on a Father's Day layout? Well, it works - only because there is pink in my pictures.

Dinosaur Tracks for the title - First time using this font - I think it's cool. I inked the edges too.  Going Places cartridge for the compass and the Family icon.  Artiste for the gear behind the journal tag.  

This was really a fast layout - I knew how I wanted the pictures to go on the page, finding the icons was pretty easy, and the cuts were not complicated.  (although I did cut that compass a few time on flimsy paper which didn't work at all).

Join our Bitten by the Bug2 challenge this week where Susan is our hostess.  The theme is Father's Day.  Link up your wonderful creations to the blog and join the fun.  See the creations by Susan and the rest of the design team, they don't disappoint!

Monday, June 5, 2017

BBTB2: Be a Mermaid Tag Using Gelli Plate and Cricut

It's Summertime at Bitten By the Bug2.  Our 'hot' challenge this week is to show us your summer-themed cards and projects.  Link them up to our blog and show us what Cricut projects remind you of summer.

When I think of retreats and mermaids, my mind goes to the beach. Our group of crafty girls got together last year for our 6th annual retreat.  We were at Dillon Beach, in Northern California where we rented a house with a great view of the ocean.  We had a large living room area which we cleared out and put in our tables and chairs so we could craft all weekend.  We made quite a mess - we all bring at least 4 tote bags of supplies and paper - it's amazing.

These are the tags that I created for the event.  I used the 'Mermaid Iron-on' icon for the saying and added words using the Easton font.  I then used the 'Print then Cut' feature to print on plain paper and glued it to my tag.  The Mermaid saying is "always be yourself, unless you can be a mermaid. then always be a mermaid."  The painting on the tag was done using a Gelli plate with a template I created from the Scallop Pattern on the Mermaid Party cartridge.  I first used a turquoise blue print and then a slight bit of white to top it off - it was supposed to resemble ocean waves.  I really loved how it turned out.   I also attached a second tag that had rick rack wound around it as part of the swag items.   I really liked working 'out of the box' on this one.

Have a Great Summer Everyone!

Linked to the Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge - #303 - Summer
Linked to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cricut Graduation Cards 2017

Here in Northern California graduation for high school and college is near the end of May and into June, much later than other parts of the country.  It's earlier than it used to be - we used to go to graduation ceremonies in mid-June.   I have 3 graduation parties coming up, and today I am sharing two of the cards I made.

The male-inspired card is for a nephew that is graduating from Chico State with a major in Finance.  I thought the suit cut was apropos.   It comes from the Suburbia cartridge.  You can't see it but I added Glossy Accents to the hat and tie, and Stickles to the handkerchief in the suit pocket and on the wording.

The girl card is for a niece that is graduating high school.  The orange and black are school colors.  I added Stickles to make the word shine.  It turned out really nice, and I'll probably use this file again.  I used print and cut for the girl grad, just makes it less time consuming.

Entering these cards in the following challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenges - #302 Graduation
Hiding in My Craftroom - #302 Any Holiday
DL Art - Thankful Thursday - #205 Boys and or Men