Monday, October 27, 2014

Townhouse Christmas Gift Bag



Hello everyone, welcome to this week's Bitten By The Bug 2 Cricut challenge.  This week our fabulous DT sister, Jayne, selected the Cricut Challenge theme - A Gift Box/Bag.  The idea is to use the Cricut to cut a gift bag or box and then decorate your creation. With Christmas now less than TWO MONTHS away, I decided to add to my selection of gift boxes.


Using my Cricut Explore, three cartridges, AND an SVG file from SVG.com, I created this townhouse bag.  The basic townhouse cuts came from SVG.com's Silent Night set.  The set includes everything except the poinsettias, urns, Christmas lights, and door knob, which were cut with three Cricut cartridges.

I am not sure if it was just me needing to add to my Cricut Explore education, but I noticed that when I added and opened the SVG files in the Cricut Design Space software that it was necessary for me to re-size the cuts.  It may be that I need to learn more about importing SVGs into Design Space, but sizing the individual elements was not too difficult.

I used the new Close To My Heart Yuletide Carol Christmas Paper set to craft my bag, as well as a couple of scraps from my stash.


After I completed the townhouse cuts and assembly I returned to my Cricut Explore to cut embellishments.  I measured the top edge of the bag and cut three strands of lights from Create a Critter for around the roof line.  I also cut poinsettia from Winter Woodlands as topiary for the front porch.  Finally I cut two Urns using the Over the Hill cartridge.

I finished the bag by adding CTMH washi tape to the side front edges, a ribbon bow to the wreath, and wide ribbon handles to the top of the box.


Thank you for stopping by today and checking out my project for Bitten by the Bug 2.  I will be back later this week when I will be sharing the details of Bethany's first baby shower.  In the meantime, please DO go by Bitten By The Bug 2 and check out the fabulous Gift Box projects created by the design team!




CLOSE TO MY HEART IN OCTOBER:

This is the last week for you to take advantage of the great deals and Stamp of the Month for October:




I love this Stamp of the Month, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!  It is is perfect for creating all of your package embellishments and tags!  Best of all, this fabulous stamp set coordinates with your Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!!!


During the month of October, with each qualifying purchase of $50 you are eligible to receive one of two chevron ribbons FREE! Each chevron ribbon—Ruby or Outdoor Denim—has an original retail value of $6.95. UPDATE: Due to spectacular sales, the chevron ribbon has sold out.  But fear not, each qualifying order still includes a CTMH spool of ribbon. So which ribbon will you get? It’s a surprise! Be sure to take advantage of this fantastic offer so you can enjoy embellishing your creations with your own surprise roll of bonus ribbon! 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Bewitching Hat Challenge


Hello blog friends!  I am back with this week's Bitten By The Bug 2 Cricut Challenge. This week the challenge cut was my choice and with Halloween just around the corner, I chose a Cricut Cut Witch Hat.  I confess that I had an idea of what I wanted to do when I selected this week's challenge.  I used two Cricut Cartridges to create my fun centerpiece Witch Hat decor:  Artiste and Art Philosophy.  


The witch hat was cut using the both the Artiste and Art Philosophy Cartridges.  The hat cone shape is one of the 3-D elements available on Artiste. I made the cone by using the star cutout cone shape.  I used edit cut and removed the star cut outs.  

The awesome spiderweb trim was also cut using Artiste.  The trim was made using the Halloween cupcake wrapper in two sizes.  


The hat brim, the flowers, and the leaves were created using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I used two colors of card stock for the flowers and double sided card stock to cut the leaves.  

The double layer tag was cut using Artiste and stamped with the Close To My Heart Magic Potions stamp set.


I hope that you choose to get out your Cricut (and Creative Spell Book) and join us in this week's Bitten By The Bug 2 Cricut Cut Witch's Hat challenge.  Use any of the many Cricut Cartridges that contain witch hat cuts and cast a spell of fun!  Just be sure to tell us which cartridge you used and check the other challenge rules on the side bar at BBTB2.


CLOSE TO MY HEART IN OCTOBER:






I love this Stamp of the Month, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!  It is is perfect for creating all of your package embellishments and tags!  Best of all, this fabulous stamp set coordinates with your Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!!!


During the month of October, with each qualifying purchase of $50 you are eligible to receive one of two chevron ribbons FREE! Each chevron ribbon—Ruby or Outdoor Denim—has an original retail value of $6.95. UPDATE: Due to spectacular sales, the chevron ribbon has sold out.  But fear not, each qualifying order still includes a CTMH spool of ribbon. So which ribbon will you get? It’s a surprise! Be sure to take advantage of this fantastic offer so you can enjoy embellishing your creations with your own surprise roll of bonus ribbon! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Over The Moon Baby Shower Card



Hello everyone.  Welcome to this week's Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge.  My Design Team sister, the uber sweet Sharon, chose this week's challenge. Sharon has asked us to use a Cricut cut COW on our project this week. 


My mom and I are hosting a baby shower on the 25th so for my project this week, I designed this Over The Moon baby shower card.  I used five Cricut cartridges on this card:  Create a Critter (Cow), Nursery Rhyme (sentiment), Baby Steps (the crib and bottle), Formal Occasion (inside), and Cricut Craft Room Basic Shapes (welded rectangles).  

I started by cutting the two crib pieces in textured white card stock.  I used pop dots and assembled the two layers.  I then cut the bottom crib again, using the edit cut feature to remove the bars, and welded it to a rectangle to create the base card.  I attached the crib over the floral print base card.

I cut the baby bottle pieces, glued them together, and slid them into the top of the crib.

Using the Create a Critter cartridge, I cut the cow in three layers, plus accessories (face and udders).  I wanted my cow to be obviously girly so I gave her a white body with brown spots, trimmed in pink.  I think she is darling.  I glued her to the front of the crib.


The Over The Moon sentiment was cut using the Nursery Rhyme cartridge.  It is a darling cartridge for anyone scrappy for a baby or toddler!  I sized the cut to fill up the remaining crib area.


Inside the card I used a three layer cut from the Formal Occasion cartridge.  I like that this cut decorates the inside of the card yet leaves me plenty of space to add a personalized message.

I added buttons and white dashes to finish the front of the card.


I hope that you will consider joining us in this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cow Jumped Over the Moon challenge.  I would love to see your cow embellished projects!  Check the challenge rules on the side bar at BBTB2 and link in under this week's challenge.



Close To My Heart in October:






I love this Stamp of the Month, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!  It is is perfect for creating all of your package embellishments and tags!  Best of all, this fabulous stamp set coordinates with your Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!!!


During the month of October, with each qualifying purchase of $50 you are eligible to receive—as a special bonus—one of two chevron ribbons FREE! Each chevron ribbon—Ruby or Outdoor Denim—has an original retail value of $6.95. So which ribbon will you get? It’s a surprise! Quantities are limited, so place your orders as early in the month as possible. Be sure to take advantage of this fantastic offer so you can enjoy embellishing your creations with your own surprise roll of bonus ribbon! 


Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Leaf Pumpkin Centerpiece


Hello friends!  It is FINALLY autumn here in SC and I have to say, I am quite enjoying the cooler temperatures!  And just in time for fall, my talented and kind Bitten by the Bug 2 Design Team sister, Pam, has selected a fabulous fall Cricut challenge - Fall Leaves!  Pam challenged the DT and YOU to create projects this week using any Cricut Leaf Cut!  I made this fun centerpiece as a partner to a previous version from a previous year.


I purchased a foam pumpkin at my local hobby store to use as a base for this project.  Using a craft knife, I cut the top out of the pumpkin, as if I were going to carve the pumpkin.  I cut off about 2/5th of the pumpkin top and glued the remaining 3/5th sideways on the base.

I used only one Cricut Cartridge to create this pumpkin centerpiece, Art Philosophy.  I cut six 2 inch leaves, three rolled roses, five daisies, and three loopy flower centers all from the AP cartridge.   I used a Close To My Heart leaf stamp (one actually comes with the Art Philosophy cartridge set) and stamped the six leaves using three different colors of ink.  While the leaves dried, I inked the edges of the daisies.


Using my favorite glue, I assembled the roses, rolled flower centers, and layered the daisies.  I then added the centers to the daisies.  I then glued all of the elements to the pumpkin opening.  I added a few lengths of burlap cord and two strips of coordinating paper to finish the centerpiece.

I was actually quite pleased with the final project.  While it is not exactly like the original pumpkin I crafted (HERE), it is very close and they look wonderful together on my entry table!


I hope that you find some time this week to join us at BBTB2 for the Fall Leaves challenge.  Check the rules on the side bar at the BBTB2 blog and then link up under the BBTB2 post!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy October!!


Happy October everyone.  I know it is beginning to feel like fall around the country and that means, in addition to Halloween, it is time to begin getting your Christmas crafting going.  This month's Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month is the perfect tool to get you started!!  I also have a new special to share with you and make sure you scroll to the end for details on the combined special!!


I love this Stamp of the Month, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!  It is is perfect for creating all of your package embellishments and tags!  Best of all, this fabulous stamp set coordinates with your Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!!!


During the month of October, with each qualifying purchase of $50 you are eligible to receive—as a special bonus—one of two chevron ribbons FREE! Each chevron ribbon—Ruby or Outdoor Denim—has an original retail value of $6.95. So which ribbon will you get? It’s a surprise! Quantities are limited, so place your orders as early in the month as possible. Be sure to take advantage of this fantastic offer so you can enjoy embellishing your creations with your own surprise roll of bonus ribbon! 


Still not sure about the Artfully Sent cartridge?  Then take a look at these three card samples created with the Artfully Sent cartridge!!  The cartridge has cards for the entire year and many, many occasions!



Both of these specials can be combined, so if you held off buying the Artfully Sent cartridge until this month you will get:

1 - Close To My Heart Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge bundle - $99 (retail $120)
1 - FREE spool of ribbon (retail $6.95)
1 - Stamp of the Month for only $5! (retail $17.95)

That adds up to $144.90 worth of product for only $104! 










 
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