Monday, August 29, 2016

Back To School Bus


Hello friends, welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge post. My AWESOME Design Team sister, Michelle, selected this week's Cricut challenge, a very timely BACK TO SCHOOL theme.  Here in SC school has already begun, but I know some of you are just now gearing up for school.  I would say that school seems to start earlier and earlier each year, but the reality is, my "kids" go back early as they are teachers.  Two of my three children, and their spouses, are teachers.  Three of the four are back to work, everyone except Bethany, who will be out on maternity leave for four more weeks.

For the challenge I chose the school bus cut from the Autumn Celebrations cartridge.  I cut some pieces twice in order to layer with pop dots.   I also changed up a few colors.  I created a custom card shape by copying the shadow, reversing one layer, and welding the two pieces together.  

The bright BACK TO SCHOOL phrase is from the Recess cartridge.  I liked the bold colors in the word BACK.

I finished the card with glitter lights and lots of pen doodles.  

If you have not already been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog, you should head right over.  The Design Team has created some awesome back to school cards, layouts, and projects, all to inspire YOUR back to school projects.  Be sure to share your Cricut cut back to school projects with us at BBTB2!



CLOSE TO MY HEART - Introducing the new CTMH Cricut Cartridge called Flower Market.  This is NOT just another flower cartridge.  CTMH has a way of taking their cartridges those extra steps further than than the average cartridge, placing them in a league of their own.  Flower Market is no exception!  It features lots of flowers and 3-D flowers, but also containers, wreaths, phases, accessories, and calendar year cuts that coordinate with the theme.  I have fallen completely in love with this cartridge, and I feel certain that you will too.


In addition to the fabulous cartridge, Flower Market also includes three stamp sets and our new colors of card stock!!

 

Guess what?  For August only I have an introduction deal for you BASICALLY THE BEST!!  I want you to love the Fundamentals just as much as I do.  So this month when you purchase the Whimsy, Enchantment, or Adventure Fundamentals paper pack, you can select either the Rustic Home or the Uptown Fundamentals for free.  Want more, buy more and get more free!!


I know I told you that I had a lot of ground to cover.  I will continue with more detail on the cartridge at a later date.  I do not want to overwhelm you.  I will tell you about one more special:

The August Stamp of the Month - Purr-fect Halloween!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Farmhouse Milk Can Welcome


Hello friends!  Today is Monday and that means it is time for the weekly  Bitten by the Bug 2 Cricut challenge post.  I am hosting this weeks challenge and we are using Cricut cut FLOWERS!  And you guessed it, I used the new Close To My Heart Flower Market cartridge.  I do love this cartridge.  It has so many flowers, vessels, and accent cuts.

Today I am using the milk can cut embellished with flowers and the word Welcome.  The ovals were cut with Basic Shapes, but all of the other elements are from Flower Market.

I highlighted then sanded the milk can in order to give it a more rustic look.  I accidentally sanded an edge of my flowers too.  Oops.

The background wood paper is a brown stamped image with highlights of aqua and peach ink.  I wanted to add color to the background without over doing and distracting from the milk can and flowers.

Have you already been by the Bitten By The Bug 2 Blog?  If not you should hop right over.  The design team has created a garden of floral beauty to inspire your flower projects this week.  I invite you to join our flower challenge and link your new Cricut cut Flower project to the BBTB2 blog.  




CLOSE TO MY HEART - Introducing the new CTMH Cricut Cartridge called Flower Market.  This is NOT just another flower cartridge.  CTMH has a way of taking their cartridges those extra steps further than than the average cartridge, placing them in a league of their own.  Flower Market is no exception!  It features lots of flowers and 3-D flowers, but also containers, wreaths, phases, accessories, and calendar year cuts that coordinate with the theme.  I have fallen completely in love with this cartridge, and I feel certain that you will too.


In addition to the fabulous cartridge, Flower Market also includes three stamp sets and our new colors of card stock!!

 

Guess what?  For August only I have an introduction deal for you BASICALLY THE BEST!!  I want you to love the Fundamentals just as much as I do.  So this month when you purchase the Whimsy, Enchantment, or Adventure Fundamentals paper pack, you can select either the Rustic Home or the Uptown Fundamentals for free.  Want more, buy more and get more free!!


I know I told you that I had a lot of ground to cover.  I will continue with more detail on the cartridge at a later date.  I do not want to overwhelm you.  I will tell you about one more special:

The August Stamp of the Month - Purr-fect Halloween!


Monday, August 15, 2016

Happy Anniversary Card


Hello friends!  I am back with a quick post today.  Our wonderful Maureen at Bitten by the Bug 2 is in charge of this weeks challenge.  Today is Maureen's wedding anniversary so she challenged us to create Anniversary or Wedding projects.  I used two cartridges and created this quick anniversary card.

The bells were cut using CM - Divine Wedding.  I had very mixed feeling about these bells.  In fact, I cut them three times in different colors and truly was never happy with any of the three.  

The highlight of the card, in my opinion, is the flowers.  I finally opened my Close to My Heart Flower Market cartridge.  I have had it for about a month and due to grandbabies, adult children moving, and my mom, I had yet to use the cartridge.  I was finally able to open and play with the cartridge for the first time! I have to say, I LOVE this cartridge.  It has so many cute, cute images.  For this card, I used a simple flower.  I created a shadow and used the negative cutout area as 3D flower stamen.

I finished the card with Cricut writing on the front and gemstone highlights.

If you have not already done so, please do go by BBTB2 and check out the great anniversary projects the team created.  Also, be sure to wish Maureen a very happy anniversary!!!


CLOSE TO MY HEART - Introducing the new CTMH Cricut Cartridge called Flower Market.  This is NOT just another flower cartridge.  CTMH has a way of taking their cartridges those extra steps further than than the average cartridge, placing them in a league of their own.  Flower Market is no exception!  It features lots of flowers and 3-D flowers, but also containers, wreaths, phases, accessories, and calendar year cuts that coordinate with the theme.  I have fallen completely in love with this cartridge, and I feel certain that you will too.


In addition to the fabulous cartridge, Flower Market also includes three stamp sets and our new colors of card stock!!

 

Guess what?  For August only I have an introduction deal for you BASICALLY THE BEST!!  I want you to love the Fundamentals just as much as I do.  So this month when you purchase the Whimsy, Enchantment, or Adventure Fundamentals paper pack, you can select either the Rustic Home or the Uptown Fundamentals for free.  Want more, buy more and get more free!!


I know I told you that I had a lot of ground to cover.  I will continue with more detail on the cartridge at a later date.  I do not want to overwhelm you.  I will tell you about one more special:

The August Stamp of the Month - Purr-fect Halloween!





Monday, August 8, 2016

Perk Up Coffee Gift Card Holder


Hello friends!  I am back this week, after an unplanned absence last week, with a new Bitten By the Bug 2 project.  Our newest team member, Marti, challenged us to Perk Up with Coffee/Tea Projects.  My daughter loves Starbucks so I designed this fun gift card holder coffee house card.  

I used two Cricut Cartridges to create this card in Design Studio:  City Buildings and Love You A Latte.  The basic building is the Shop from City Buildings.  The shop is usually a flat cut building.  I created my own insert piece, with a fold, to make the bottom two-thirds of the card open.  I also added a fold to the awning so that it too is three dimensional.  Additionally, I removed two of the windows from the top floor of the shop.


The coffee details for on the front of the building were all cut with the Love You A Latte cartridge.  The Have a cup label was perfect as my shop sign.  I added a tiny pop dot behind the cup of coffee to add dimension.  I finished the card with pen doodles, brown and beige pearls, and gold sequins.  

Have you been by the Bitten By the Bug 2  blog yet today?  There are some truly HOT STUFF projects that the design team has shared.  Please do go by and visit their blogs also.  And, if you have time, please join our Coffee/Tea challenge this week.  We would love to share a cup with you!



CLOSE TO MY HEART - Introducing the new CTMH Cricut Cartridge called Flower Market.  This is NOT just another flower cartridge.  CTMH has a way of taking their cartridges those extra steps further than than the average cartridge, placing them in a league of their own.  Flower Market is no exception!  It features lots of flowers and 3-D flowers, but also containers, wreaths, phases, accessories, and calendar year cuts that coordinate with the theme.  I have fallen completely in love with this cartridge, and I feel certain that you will too.


In addition to the fabulous cartridge, Flower Market also includes three stamp sets and our new colors of card stock!!

 

Guess what?  For August only I have an introduction deal for you BASICALLY THE BEST!!  I want you to love the Fundamentals just as much as I do.  So this month when you purchase the Whimsy, Enchantment, or Adventure Fundamentals paper pack, you can select either the Rustic Home or the Uptown Fundamentals for free.  Want more, buy more and get more free!!


I know I told you that I had a lot of ground to cover.  I will continue with more detail on the cartridge at a later date.  I do not want to overwhelm you.  I will tell you about one more special:

The August Stamp of the Month - Purr-fect Halloween!



Monday, August 1, 2016

New Annual Inspirations / New CRICUT Cartridge



Hello friends!  I am so excited to share today's post with you.  For the last month I have been ogling and drooling over over the NEW 2016-17 Close to My Heart Annual Inspiration Book.  Such amazing new products!!  There is a lot of ground to cover, so let me get started.

First, there is a new Cricut Cartridge called Flower Market.  But this is NOT just another flower cartridge.  CTMH has a way of taking their cartridges those extra steps further than than the average cartridge, placing them in a league of their own.  Flower Market is no exception!  It features lots of flowers and 3-D flowers, but also containers, wreaths, phases, accessories, and calendar year cuts that coordinate with the theme.  I have fallen completely in love with this cartridge, and I feel certain that you will too.


In addition to the fabulous cartridge, Flower Market also includes three stamp sets and our new colors of card stock!!

 

My second favorite product(s) in the new Inspiration book are the new lines of patterned paper -  all new "Fundamentals."  Let me tell you, Close To My Heart really put the FUN in these FUNdamentals!  And before you ask, we will be releasing new paper sets by theme/occasion later in the year.  Trust me, once you have your hands on these new fundamentals, you will be thrilled.  And yes, yes, yes, there ARE coordinating embellishments for each line of Fundamentals.










Guess what?  For August only I have an introduction deal for you BASICALLY THE BEST!!  I want you to love the Fundamentals just as much as I do.  So this month when you purchase the Whimsy, Enchantment, or Adventure Fundamentals paper pack, you can select either the Rustic Home or the Uptown Fundamentals for free.  Want more, buy more and get more free!!


I know I told you that I had a lot of ground to cover.  I will continue with more detail on the cartridge at a later date.  I do not want to overwhelm you.  I will tell you about one more special:

The August Stamp of the Month - Purr-fect Halloween!


I know that I told you there would be a lot of ground to cover today.  I hope that I have not lost you yet.  Or if I have, I hope that is because you have gone to my on-line store to see all of the new products!!!