Wednesday, November 15, 2017

O' Christmas Tree

Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.  I call my card this week O' Christmas Tree.

I used four Cricut cartridges and the fabulous vintage Christmas image to create this card.  The Cricut cuts include:

From Anna's Splendid Soiree - Lace invitation (the base card and lace top)
From Trim a Tree - the fun Christmas Tree
From Winter Frolic - the banner
From Basic shapes - the stars and the striped matting layer
From Anna's Fancy Lettering - the font

I also used liquid pearls and light blue seam binding ribbon to compete the card.

Have you been by The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog today?  You are going to love the fabulous Christmas projects the design team created to inspire you.  After you enjoy all of the Christmas eye candy, be sure to link up your Christmas themed project under this week's challenge.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas in Connecticut Card

Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge. This week's challenge was selected by our very talented Design Team sister, Amy.  Amy challenged us to create projects based on a book or a movie.  

Given the time of the year, I chose one of my favorite old Christmas movies, "Christmas in Connecticut", a 1945 production, on which to base my project.  I was first introduced to this movie one Christmas break back in Michigan, sometime around 1970+/- when I was watching Bill Kennedy at the Movies, a show that was broadcast midday on one of the Detroit channels.  Bill's daily show featured old movies (old even in the late 60's - early 70's when I was watching) with a bit dialog thrown in to tell us about the actors or the production.  I discovered many old gems through Bill, but "Christmas in Connecticut" is a standout. 

I used quite a number of Cricut cartridge cuts on this card, as well as the vintage winter image.  

Anna's Winter Wonderland - the fabulous Christmas tree
Edge to Edge 2 - the corner cuts
Vintage Wedding - the lace oval frame
Anna's Holiday Home Decor - the poinsettia
Flower Market and You are Here - the snowflakes
Teresa Collins Christmas Holly - Holly border
Basic shapes - the matting layers

I finished the card with white 3-D Stamp Paint, a gold sequin, gemstones, and a white bow.   

This was actually a fun challenge once I stopped over thinking it.  I hope that you will take time this week to create a book or movie inspired project and to share it with us at Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.

Remember last week when I told you that my grandson was due last Wednesday?  Wednesday came and went with no delivery.  Then Thursday passed.  Then Friday passed.  Then on Saturday night I received a text message with a photo of my son with his new born son!  Nathan Grant Edwards was born at 9:13 pm Saturday night.  Doug, my mom, and I went to meet him yesterday.  He is darling.  In fact, he is perfect! 

My amazing daughter-in-law is recovering and requested no photos until she could shower (understandable after 17.5 hours of labor).  But here we are, me, GranDoug, and our son Aaron, adoring Nathan Grant Edwards.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na, BATMAN!

Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2's Cricut Challenge. This week I am the challenge host and I selected the theme.  Today is my older son's 32 birthday (Happy birthday, Aaron) so I thought to celebrate that I would ask the Design Team to create Cricut cut Super Hero projects.  Aaron's favorite super hero is still Batman, though I believe he has some secondary well loved super heroes as well.  Remember that scene in Toy Story 3 where Andy is going to college and plans to take Woody with him? (Yes, that did make me cry a little). Both of our sons took a super hero  and a couple of figures to college with them!

For Aaron's birthday card, and the BBTB2 challenge, I used the Batman cartridge to create this card. The only "Susanizing" I did to the card, was to cut the phrase "Happy Birthday" four times from the Bat call light.  

The back of Aaron's card features this tough looking Batman logo.  I am pretty sure that Aaron is going to love his card.

Have you been by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog yet today?  You need to go check out the super cute super hero projects my design sisters created!  You can click this HERE to take a look.  

One final note:  Aaron is actually having a very low key birthday.  He and his wife are expecting their first child - due date is THIS Wednesday!  He told me that they plan to have dinner at home and wait for the baby!!  I am hoping that later this week I will be able to report that Aaron had a happy birthday and that Crissie delivered a healthy baby.  I will keep you posted!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Vintage Christmas Holly Girl

Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.

For this week's challenge, I created another of my vintage image Christmas cards. As with the previous vintage image cards that I have shared, this image was also found on Pinterest for free.  Just like Monday's card, this one is another card that I reproduced in mass while at my weekend crop to mail out.  I like that the card is stylish yet completely flat so it will mail well!  Since the US post office likes to charge extra for bumps and baubles on the cards, flat is always nice (because yes, I can be cheap frugal like that).

I used cuts from three Cricut cartridges as well as a basic shape or two on this card. For the holly branches, I used Anna's Winter Wonderland.  For the holly boughs with ribbon, I used Anna's Christmas Cards and Embellishments 2. I used Edge to Edge for the snowflake lace.  I did weld a rectangle into the middle of the snowflake lace to help reduce the amount of cutting required to mass produce this card.  By adding the rectangle my Cricut had far fewer tiny, delicate cuts to make.

Have you also been working on your Christmas projects?  If so, you should share your creations with us at  The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge is always Christmas themed!

Monday, October 30, 2017


Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2's Cricut Challenge. My wonderful Design Team sister, Michelle, is hosting this week's challenge. Michelle has challenged us to use a word from the Cricut cut library.  You can choose any word, as long as it is an existing cut.  I chose the word JOY from the Anna's Christmas Cards and Embellishments 2 cartridge.

I used only the one cartridge and a couple of basic shapes to make this card.  That is SO unlike me - but I do love this card.  In fact, I liked it so much that when I was away at a crop last weekend (where I focused on finishing my 2017 Christmas cards) this one one of six cards I mass produced to send out.  I love the simple elegance of this card.

If you choose to join this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge, do not feel that you have to craft a Christmas card. My DT sisters have made Halloween cards and other single word cards.  I almost made a Thanksgiving card for this challenge. But whatever you decided to make, please do join us in this challenge!!


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