Monday, January 26, 2015

Sympathy Card with Bitten By the Bug 2


Hey there!  After the best weekend ever meeting my new Granddaughter, Avaleigh, it is time to get back to normal Monday activities and that means Bitten By The Bug 2.  My sweet Design Team sister, Sharon, selected the theme of this week's Cricut Challenge - Sympathy Cards.


Sympathy cards are something that we all need from time to time, but most of us do not enjoy making them.  I am going to confess right up front that this is not my best card ever, though I do like certain elements.  



I used two Cricut Cartridge to create this card, Anna Griffin Elegant Embellishments and Close To My Heart Artfully Sent.  I also used two Close To My Heart stamp sets to create the sentiment tag, the frame set that came with the Artfully Sent Cartridge set, and the Words of Comfort stamp set.


I dressed up the inside of the card with a double matting for my message and with one of the beautiful flowers from the Anna Griffin cartridge.  I do love the flowers on this card so you can expect to see them again!


I do hope that you go by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and look at the sympathy cards the design team created.  While my head was clearly still in Gramma-land, the design team did a fabulous job on the challenge.  We do hope that you are inspired to join this week's Sympathy Card challenge.


I am please to report that Bethany and Avaleigh did so well after the birth that they were released from the hospital a day earlier than planned.  Their sweet little family is settled in at home and working on a new routine.  It took great effort, but we stayed home yesterday to let them settle in on their own.  


These photos of our little diva in her leopard trimmed gown and cap were captured at the hospital when she was one day old.  I fear I am that annoying gramma who had to photograph everything!





The photo below was sent to me by Bethany on Saturday when we were having Avaleigh withdrawals!  She also wanted to show off another gown and cap set that I found for Avaleigh.


Yesterday - yes, we did go hold, snuggle, and kiss out baby - Avaleigh was styling her Golden Girls  onesie and her beanie that Uncle Ian gave her for Christmas.  Bethany feared that she looked like a boy, but I pointed out that her little leggings has bling on them!


After we were home last night Bethany shared this photo of her and Avaleigh.  Avaleigh had her bath, put on clean jammies, and then enjoyed dinner with her mommy before passing out with a completely contented look on her face!!




I promise not to turn my blog into the All About Avaleigh blog, but give me bit to adjust!!  :)

Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back later in the week with a new project to share!



Friday, January 23, 2015

Meet My New Granddaughter!!


Avaleigh Skye Ross.
Born January 22, 2015
7 lb, 13 oz., 20 in.


 
Avaleigh was delivered via c-section so above it the first time Bethany could hold her baby!


Their sweet little family.



 Meeting Gramma for the first time!


Meeting Great Granny for the first time!


So very upset with that mean nurse who gave me my first bath!!!

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Worn out after her bath, shot, weighing, poking, prodding, hair do, and getting dressed.


We are completely in love with the baby!!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Poorly Photographed Layout and a Baby Update


Hello everyone.  Today I am going to share another poorly photographed wedding layout with you AND give you an update on my overdue granddaughter. 

Bethany was admitted to the hospital last night, given medication and was hooked up for monitoring. Avaleigh is being a stubborn girl and just does not want to meet us!  However, Bethany's doctor says enough is enough - today is the day!  This morning Bethany will be reevaluated and most likely will receive a Pitocin drip to start labor.  If nothing develops and there is not marked progress, Avaleigh will be delivered via c-section today.  The odds are against them for a natural delivery.  The doctor said that 80% of women in Bethany's circumstances (lack of dilation, etc.) end up with a section. Bethany seems to be taking this all in stride, though she and John did call and talk to us last night. But then again that was probably to settle down Doug and I!!!  If all goes well I just might have baby photos to post tomorrow!



Now to paper crafting - this two page layout - again POORLY photographed - was created using Heartfelt Creations card stock with solids.  I love, love the sentiment - You put the Happily in my Ever After.  I found this cut and the Mr. & Mrs. cut in the Silhouette America store.  


I used a lot of pearls to embellish this layout.

I hate that the photos are so dark, blurred, glarey, etc.  The layout really is darling when one can actually see it!



Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check back tomorrow to see if we have baby news!!




Monday, January 19, 2015

Valentine Phrase Card


Hello everyone!  First things first, no we do not have a baby yet!  Avaleigh is already taking after her mama!  I will keep you posted when this baby finally decides it is time to meet her family!

Today is Monday and that means it is time for the weekly Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge. My very talented and very nice design team sister, Pam, is hosting the challenge this week. Pam asked the team to use Cricut cut letters or phases on our projects this week.  I chose to use the Happy Valentine's Day phrase on the Valentine's Day cartridge.


I used three Cricut cartridges on this project:  Anna Griffin Elegant Embellishments for the swirl layers and the tag shapes, Soiree Lettering for the pretty layered flower cut, and as I mentioned above, Valentine's Day for the layered phrase.

I used primarily Anna Griffin card stock on this card, with the exception of the pink Bazzill card and Close To My Heart white card stock.  I love the elegant Anna Griffin papers and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to put them to use.


I love this layered flower cut from Soiree Lettering.  I think I will be using this same cut on future wedding layouts.  I had hoped to finish the wedding layouts before the baby arrived, and the way she is stalling, I just might make it!!  I finished the card with a wide pink bow.  

I think this card is so feminine.  I managed to keep the card hidden from my mom so hopefully, if she does not see it on facebook, this can be her Valentine card this year! 


You know we love it when our readers join us in the weekly challenge at Bitten By The Bug 2.  Please find some crafting time this week and join us in the Letter or Phase challenge.  Just link you Cricut project below the Letter or Phase post at the BBTB2 blog.

We are currently having a Design Team call at Bitten By The Bug 2




The Bitten By The Bug 2 Design Team is looking to expand and add new talent to our ranks. We will be accepting applicants through January 30th.  Submit photos of your five best projects - Cricut created projects - to bbtb2dtcall@gmail.com.


  • Design Team members are expected to participate in weekly challenges 3 out of 4 weeks per month.  
  • You must have your weekly projects submitted by 10:00 pm each Sunday night for the following Monday morning post.
  • You are required to host the challenge once quarterly and select the challenge cut when you host.  You also select the Project of the Week winner from your challenge.
  • You are to leave comments on participants' blogs.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Design Team Call



The Bitten By The Bug 2 Design Team is looking to expand and add new talent to our ranks. We will be accepting applicants through January 30th.  Submit photos of your five best projects - Cricut created projects - to bbtb2dtcall@gmail.com.


  • Design Team members are expected to participate in weekly challenges 3 out of 4 weeks per month.  
  • You must have your weekly projects submitted by 10:00 pm each Sunday night for the following Monday morning post.
  • You are required to host the challenge once quarterly and select the challenge cut when you host.  You also select the Project of the Week winner from your challenge.
  • You are to leave comments on participants' blogs.


 
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