Monday, April 20, 2015

You Chase the Clouds Away

Hello friends.  I am back with another Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge post.  This week's Cricut Challenge Cut was selected by my sweet Design Team sister, Sharon.  Sharon asked us to use a Cricut Cut Cloud (and/or Sun) on this week's project.  I decided to use both!

I started with a pre-designed, very feminine layout from the Design Space projects library made using Anna Griffin's Card and Embellishments cartridge.  I love the Anna Griffin cuts!  They are so girly and so elegant.  

If you have not used the any of the pre-designed projects available in Cricut Design Space, I suggest you give them a look, especially if you have a subscription to the cartridge library.  I personally own about 150 Cricut cartridges, but with my subscription I have access to many, many, many cartridges that I had not previous purchased.  

I had this wonderful 8 x 10 inch photo of Avaleigh communing with the ceiling fan and I thought it would be sweet on this layout - even if the colors are off a bit.  Because let's face it, Avaleigh looks wonderful on ANY layout!!

I used the Creative Memories Traveler cartridge to cut the swirly sun, which I embellished with CTMH sequins.  The cute cloud was cut from the When I was a kid cartridge.  

I used a Cricut pen in my Cricut Explore to write the page title.  I used one of the Close To My Heart fonts with the "add text" feature in Design Space.  The pen outlined the letters and I used the same pen to color in the letter middles.  It was VERY easy and I just might never cut a title again!!!  (Okay, that was an exaggeration!)

Please do take a few minutes and go by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog and check out the wonderful cloudy projects created by our talented Design Team.  We would love to have you join us in this week's challenge.  Just check the rules at the BBTB2 blog and link you new project under this week's post.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

You Are Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Hello everyone!  After a two week blogger vacation I am FINALLY back!  Not only am I back, I am here with a new Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  My amazing Design Team Sister, Pam, selected this week's Cricut Cut challenge theme.  Pam asked the Design Team to use anything related to rain - clouds, rain boots, umbrellas, puddles, etc.  I created a card - You are sunshine on a rainy day!

I used several Cricut cartridge cuts on my card as well as an SVG step card cut.  The adorable girl is from Teen Scene Paper Dolls - a totally under utilized member of my cartridge library.  The trees are from Disney's Tinker Bell and Friends - also under used.  The flowers are from the Bloom cartridge. The fence is from Ribbons and Rosettes, and the umbrella is from Disney Classics.  And honestly, I forgot where I picked up the puddles, but I am pretty sure that they were originally clouds!

I hope that you find some time this week to join us in this week's Cricut cut challenge.  Go by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog and check out the challenge rules on the side bar.  Enjoy the fabulously inspiring projects the design team made.  Then create your own new rainy project and link up with us at BBTB2.  We do so enjoy it when you join us in the weekly challenges!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bunny Rabbit Card with BBTB2

Hello everyone!  Happy Monday, happy Easter Week, and happy Bitten By the Bug 2 day!  I am back with a new Bitten by the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge project today which features two of my all-time favorite Cricut cartridges:  Kate's ABC's and Art Philosophy.

Our AMAZING Melanie from the Design Team selected this week's Cricut Challenge Cut.  With Easter only a few days away, Melanie challenged the team to use a cuddly Easter Bunny on our projects.  There quite a few rabbits/bunnies available in the Cricut Library, but this cute, happy bunny from Kate's ABC's has always been one of my favorite.  

I cut the basic bunny cut, complete with grass, flower, and dragon fly, and matted the scene on a white label shape cut with Art Philosophy.  I then cut to larger label shapes to layer under the white mat.  I embossed the second layer prior to affixing the layers together.

I cut two rolled roses with the Art Philosophy cartridge in coordinating card stock.  I rolled and glued the roses to the white label shape.  

I used a basic pink card base card, which I embossed.  I added a strip of coordinating "ribbon" paper to the front of the card before attaching the label rabbit scene.

I finished the card with a ribbon and bow in champagne seam binding.  I thought the card had enough pink and that the champagne color looked nice with the sweet brown bunny.

I hope that you take time to go over the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog and look at the wonderful and creative bunny rabbit projects the Design Team created.  They are such talented women!!!  We hope that you are inspired by the team's awesome projects and will join us this week in the Bunny challenge!!  All of the details are available at the BBTB2 blog!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Where IS That Busy With The Cricky Lady?

Yes, yes, I have been missing for TWO WEEKS!  What is up with that you ask (well pretend you asked)?  I have had two very busy weeks.  This blog post will give you the highlights.

First, there is my scraproom.  I am completely embarrassed to post these two photos as my room has NEVER, EVER been this much of a disaster area.  I mean NEVER....  And fortunately, it no longer is this bad, but neither is it ready to be photographed.  I have been working on the room a bit at a time for the last week and a half.

Yes, that is my desk top.  Everything on that desk needs to find a home in the scraproom.  Some of it is still searching......

I remember when I cleaned up everyday... Every time I finished for the day I took time to put away all of my tools, scraps, etc and leave a clean desk.  If I ever get my scraproom back to a totally clean state, that is going to be my practice once again.

Last weekend (weekend before last?) my friend Pat was in town visiting.  She met my granddaughter for the first time and I think they will be friends!!

Other events in my life in the last week - I celebrated my 55th birthday!!  My birthday was last Saturday - a beautiful 77 degree day here in Aiken!  I spent the day preparing for my Sunday event, straightening my house, and enjoying the emails, phone calls, and facebook messages.

My immediate family, minus Ian who was in Atlanta, went to Buca di Beppo to celebrate my birthday.  We had such a nice time as everyone was in a good mood.  Dinner was yummie and I enjoyed my family so much.

Aaron and Crissie had been to the Steeplechase in Aiken earlier on Saturday so they were dressed nicely, sporting sunburns, and were delightful company.

My mom truly like Buca di Beppo.  She went along with whatever we wanted to order (the food is served family style) and reported that she enjoyed everything!

John, Bethany, and Avaleigh were also able to go to Buca.  Avaleigh was a little honey. She was awake most of the evening and was just chilling out looking around!  She finally had a little nap in her carrier.

After dinner we returned to our house for cake and ice cream.  Above is a photo of the cake Doug ordered - my first Gramma cake!!  It was also a delicious cake!!

 On Sunday I hosted my annual Spring Tea for a few girlfriends.  This year the theme of the tea was Meet the Babies!  Bethany and Avaleigh joined our friend Megan and her son Braden (Braden is actually Megan and her husband's second son) to meet some of their grandmothers' friends.  Peggy is holding her grandson - who is dressed like her - while Megan is meeting Avaleigh.  Avaleigh was quite interested in the other little person in the room.  Ironically Braden was interested in Avaleigh when she was napping.  These two need to work on their timing!

After the tea, Doug and I went to work getting our house ready for Avaleigh.  Today is Bethany's first day back to work - unhappily - and we are Avaliegh's care givers.   Doug put her bed together and I organized her supplies.  Say a prayer for us that this all goes well!

In the meantime - please do go by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog and see the wonderful Frame It projects.  I hate that I am missing two weeks in a row, but life has been busy!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Floral BIrdcage Sympathy Card

Hello everyone.  Welcome to this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 project post.  This week I had the pleasure of selecting the Cricut Challenge Cut.  I chose a Birdcage.  There are many, many birdcages on many, many Cricut Cartridges so if you decide to join us, you will have a nice selection of birdcages from which to choose.

I chose this fun birdcage card from Close To My Heart's Artfully Sent cartridge.  I love the simplicity of the birdcage and the cutout bird inside.  The arches are just so pretty.

As fabulous as this birdcage card is alone, I thought I would dress it up with floral cuts and make it a sympathy card.  I used two floral cuts:  the rolled roses from Close To My Heart's Art Philosophy cartridge (in blue) and the beautiful floral spray from 3D Floral Home Decor (in cream and dark green).   I also added a bit of extra greenery with lighter green leaves also from the Art Philosophy cartridge.

I confess that I am loving these 3D Floral Home Decor flowers.  I see myself using those again and again in the future.   This must be part of my current floral addiction.  To date I have become addicted to Anna Griffin floral content, but I may have to add the 3D florals to my favorites list.

Please do take time to go by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and look at the various and creative ways the design team used their Birdcage cuts.  So many fun ideas there.  

If you are interested in either of the two exclusive Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges that I used for this project, CLICK THIS LINK for more info on the cartridges.

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