Monday, January 23, 2017

Hello Kitty Ice Skate Shadow Box

Hello friends! Are you ready for another chilly winter Cricut challenge?  This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are celebrating my favorite wintertime activity, Ice Skating.  I loved ice skating when I was growing up in Michigan. I skated all the way through my college years.  I thought because much of the country is having real winter weather, unlike South Carolina, that we might make projects featuring my favorite winter activity.

I decided to try something different - challenge myself - and make a shadow box card.  The shadow box could be used as a card, with the sentiment and message applied to the back.

I did not have a file for the shadow box base, so I used basic shapes in Design Space and designed my own box cut.

I realized that I would need a method for layering the cuts into the shadow box that would allow for dimensional placement.  I created an accordion fold piece to fit in the bottom of the box with a square and scoring lines.  

The next hurdle I faced was a need to add length to the planned elements so that they would be visible from the front of the box, but would still be attached to the accordion piece. I welded long narrow rectangles to the base layer of Hello Kitty and the penguin from Hello Kitty Holiday cartridge.  This allowed me to attach the figures between the layers at the bottom of the card, but still allowed the entire figure to appear in the front opening.  

Once I created the box and the accordion, and edited the skating figures, I began designing the scene for the shadow box.

For the background with the snowy hill and snowflakes, and the title, Baby it's Cold Outside, were from the Family Album cartridge.  I made a couple of changes to the background and I added the frozen lake.

Other cuts and cartridges used in creating this shadow box include:  a frame from Artbooking to serve as the front of the box, the cups of hot chocolate and donut cuts are from the Go Canada cartridge, the Brrrrr cut is from Winter Woodlands.

Have you been by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog this week?  My design team sisters have made some really cute ice skating cards and layouts. We also have a giveaway going this month.

Everyone who joins one of our challenges in January will have the chance to win a box of wonderful supplies generously donated by Cricut:  mats, more mats, two cartridges and a brand new scraper!  We will still have our regular project of the week winners - who receive a hardy congratulations - but all of the January participants will go into a random drawing for the Cricut prize box.  For more chances to win, plan to join our challenge every week in January!!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Snow Fun with Hello Kitty

Hello friends!  Are you ready for a chilly Bitten by the Bug 2 Cricut challenge?  My amazing design team sister, Michelle, selected this week's challenge - Snow Much Fun!  Because I felt I had not used the new Hello Kitty Cartridge enough since purchasing it, I have been on a Hello Kitty roll lately.  I thought Kitty would be perfect for this snow fun layout, which I plan to use for my granddaughter, Avaleigh.

I used three Cricut cartridges to create this two page layout:  Hello Kitty Holiday, Art Philosophy, and Winter Wonderland.  I really like the Hello Kitty Holiday cartridge.  It has 25 images, and each one is adorable.  I chose the snow skiing Kitting and the ice skating Kitty.  I also used two adorable penguins and the fun dotted "evergreen" trees.

The snowflakes were all cut using Art Philosophy.  I used the layered cut and a single layer snowflake.

The phrase Snow Fun was cut using the Winter Woodland cartridge.  I also used basic shapes in Design Studio to create this layout. 

I had hoped to use my new laser layout tool, but I discovered as I opened it that it requires two 9 volt batteries.  Our battery draw was loaded with batteries, but not a sing 9 volt.  Ugh.  I am not sure that my photo mats are exactly straight on the layout.

I finished the layout with washi tape and silver sequins (to match the metallic silver snowflakes in the background paper).  I think Avaleigh's winter photos are going to look amazing on this layout. 

Have you been by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog this week?  My design team sisters have made some really cute Snow Fun projects to inspire you.  We also have a giveaway going this month.

Everyone who joins one of our challenges in January will have the chance to win a box of wonderful supplies generously donated by Cricut:  mats, more mats, two cartridges and a brand new scraper!  We will still have our regular project of the week winners - who receive a hardy congratulations - but all of the January participants will go into a random drawing for the Cricut prize box.  For more chances to win, plan to join our challenge every week in January!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hunk of Burnin' Love Valentine

Hello friends!  Have you been by the Bitten By The Bug 2 blog yet today??? My Design Team sister Laurie is hosting the most awesome Cricut challenge ever this week!  In honor of Elvis' birthday, Laurie has challenged us to create an Elvis related project - something about Elvis or a project that represents an Elvis song title.  I made this Valentine - Hunk of Burnin' Love!!

Crazy as it seems, I used four Cricut cartridges to create this card:  Block Party, From My Kitchen, Wedding, and Life's A Party.  Hubby saw the card already and thought the flames were very cute!

There are two layers of hearts, both cut using the Wedding cartridge, the scallop rear heart and the regular hearts on top.  The regular hearts are welded at the top and open to reveal the inside of the card.  

The BBQ-ing man is from the Block Party cartridge, while his grill was cut using From My Kitchen.  The flames were cut using Life's A Party.  

I added the sentiment using the text element in Design Space and a pen in my Cricut Explore.   The card was finished with penned dashes and dots.  

I think Laurie's challenge is so fun.  I hope that you will join us this week at Bitten By the Bug 2 and create your own Elvis song inspired project!!  

We have a special giveaway going at Bitten By The Bug 2 during the month of January. In addition to our usual project of the week winners, this month EVERYONE who participates in our challenges will be eligible to go into the random winner drawing for a Cricut Sponsored giveaway.  Cricut has donated a box of Cricut supplies which includes mats, cartridges, etc.  that will go to one lucky January participant.  You must participate in our January challenges - one or all - to be entered for the giveaway.  The more often you join us the more chances you'll have in the random drawing.

Hop on over to Bitten By The Bug 2 for ideas to get you started on your Elvis project.  Then link up with us this week!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year New Day Planner

Hello friends!  I'm ba-ack!   I am going to confess that I enjoyed the first week of my Holiday blog-cation so much!  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were delightful.  I especially loved time with our family members.  The second week of the two week blog-cation has not been nearly as much fun. I have the cold from Hades, or as my friend Marcie aptly named it, the death plague!  The congestion, coughing, fever, CONGESTION (!) are so bad that I wondered if I actually had the flu.  But no.  I have the dead of winter death plague upper respiratory icky thing.  And ironically I am not alone.  Two other Bitten By the Bug 2 team member are also dealing with this horrid plague!

So now let's move along to today's Bitten By the Bug 2 project. My dear Design Team sister Maureen came up with this week's challenge. Maureen asked us to create a New Year or Something New project as a way to kick off the new year.  I chose to create the January divider page for my day planner.

I am using my pink leather planner book again this year as I still really like it, it is still in perfect condition, and I am cheap!  I did purchase new 2017 filler pages and the Prima Doll stamps for my monthly/ weekly page decorations and to create my divider pages.  And while I like the Prima stamps, I felt that the divider pages needed jazzing up a bit.  

Last year I created printed divider pages featuring magazine cover photos of Audrey Hepburn.  And while I loved those dividers, I wanted something more hand made this year.

I used four Cricut cartridges to cut the elements for my divider page:  Snow Day, Days & Dates, Paper Trimmings, and Phrases.  Clearly the children playing in the snow and the snowman were cut using Snow Day.  The original 2017 date cut was from Days & Dates, however I did edit the cut to fit the them of my page (I removed the center of the zero and cut out a snowflake shape instead). The Happy New Year layered phase was cut using the Phrases cartridge.  And finally, the snowflakes were cut using Paper Trimmings. 

I really like the overall effect of the divider page and I look forward to sharing eleven more pages with you throughout the year.  I had hoped to show you how I use the mini stamps for organizing the monthly two page view, but the death plague caused that to be less of a priority!  Ha.

Have you been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog yet today?  You are going to love the NEW projects the Design Team has created to inspire you.  Plus, you are going to want to read about a special Cricut sponsored giveaway we have for one lucky participant from our month of January link ups.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow to tell you all about something fun going on at Close To My Heart this month also.  If you cannot wait, take a peek HERE.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas and Hanukkah Cards

Hello friends!  Welcome to my Christmas and Hanukkah Cricut Challenge from Bitten By the Bug 2.  I am hosting this week's challenge and as we proceed into the holy weekend and the week beyond, I thought it would be appropriate if we used a Nativity or a Menorah on our projects this week.  I made two cards, one featuring each of our challenge cuts.  

My first card is this trifold shutter card featuring a wreath ringed Nativity.  I used four Cricut cartridges, in addition to basic shapes, Flower Market, Teresa Collins December 25, A Quilted Christmas, and Anna's Winter Wonderland.

I am going to attempt to break the card elements down for you - I used basic shapes to build the base card and blue cuts.  The Nativity was cut using Theresa Collins December 25. The holly spray in the top middle section of the card was cut uing Anna's Winter Wonderland.  The sheep were cut from A Quilted Christmas.  And everything else, the wreath and bow, snowflakes, poinsettias, and Merry Christmas sentiment, were cut from the Flower Market cartridge.

I finished the card by adding yellow gems to the poinsettias, small stars to the "sky", and gold sequins around the sentiment.

My Menorah card is for a friend who will be celebrating Hanukkah beginning December 24.  I used two Cricut cartridges to create this card, Family Album and Joys of the Season.  The Menorah is from Joys of the season, and the rest of the card cuts were selected from a scrapbook layout on the Family Album cartridge. 

I used traditional blues and gold for my card elements and added a few gold sequins. I had to laugh when I saw my Design Team sister - Lynn's card.  We used many of the same cuts arranged in a similar way.  I actually prefer her clean card to my busy one, but do not tell my scrapping friends that (they think I generally miss a couple of good stopping points when paper crafting).

Have you been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and viewed the beautiful projects the Design Team created for you this week?  They are so inspirational.  We love it when you join our weekly challenges, and especially this week.

The Bitten By the Bug 2 Design Team will be break next week so this challenge only will continue for two weeks.  You have until January 1st to enter this challenge.  

When BBTB2 returns on January 2, we will have a special announcement for the new year.