Thursday, April 17, 2014

Quick Bunny Card


Hello everyone.  I wanted to share a quick Easter card for Good Friday.  This simple card was made with the Cricut and two cartridges:  Teresa Collins Bunnies and Chicks and Easter 2010.  I cut the egg using TC Bunnies and Chicks cartridge and the bunny using Easter 2010.


After laying the egg layers and adding the bunny to the inside of the egg, I added Stickles to the cut out area and perfect pearls to the edge of the egg.

I embossed the top layer of the background and added shimmer dots from Elizabeth Craft over the embossed circles.



I wish each of you a blessed Easter and a wonderful Easter weekend!



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Card


Hello everyone!  Yesterday was the birthday of one of my favorite women EV-ER!  Upon hearing that her equally wonderful daughter would be paying her mom an overnight visit, I got myself together, with the assistance of my Cricut and Anna Griffin products, and crafted her a birthday card!


I used paper from two different sources: Anna Griffin and Close To My Heart. I used Anna Griffin's anniversary papers for the card background and matting layers, and CTMH for the flowers.  

The pink background was embossed with an Anna Griffin folder, then machine stitched to the floral matting.  I then used an Anna Griffin embossing die and cut the cream flowers.  Using micro tipped scissors I snipped the cream embossed flowers apart in order to add some to the top and some to the bottom front of the card.  


I used CTMH card stock and cut the rose2 from the Sophia cartridge.  I cut the background layer twice, once in pink and again in green.  Using scissors I snipped off the pink leaves and layered the three pieces with the green on the bottom so that only the leaves showed.  I added another pink flower inside the card as well.


I finished the card with a pretty pink striped bow and a Happy Birthday banner.  I hope that my friend had a fabulous birthday and that she enjoyed the mistake I made inside the card after I took these photos!!!  :)


Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Basket with Carrot Treats


Hello Everyone!  Happy Easter Week!  At Bitten by the Bug 2 we are celebrating Easter with this week's Cricut challenge.  My sweet DT sister Brenda has challenged us to pull out our all the stops and go full-on Easter this week at BBTB2.  I decided to make a little Easter basket for a few goodies I have planned for my honey.


I used three cartridges to create this cute little Easter basket:  Easter 2010, Teresa Collins Bunnies and Chicks, and Art Philosophy.  The basket is on the Easter 2010 cartridge and is super easy to cut and assemble.  I did not cut the handle on the basket but instead I cut a 1/2 inch wide strip of pearl bazzil and used that as a handle (I wanted to match the pearls I added to the basket edge).  

The color of the basket is a nice spring green - which refused to photograph nicely.  I have no idea why this hue was so difficult, but it was.  I almost made the entire basket a second time when I saw the photos, but I decided to suck it up and admit that not all colors photograph well.


I cut the scalloped circle from Easter 2010, reshaping the circle into an oval in Cricut Craft Room.  I added plain oval (using Art Philosophy) to the center of the oval on which the bunny is matted.  The Bunny and bow are from the Easter 2010 cartridge.  I added a googly eye to the bunny for a bit of fun.


The carrots are perfect for filling with jelly beans or robins eggs (Doug's favorite)v- and are easily cut with Teresa Collins' Bunnies and Chicks cartridge.  I made my carrots about 4.25 inches tall and tied the tops with fun green and while polka-dot ribbon.  These carrots could be dressed up with faces or other stamped trim, but I chose to leave my carrots plain.

This is a perfect gift if you need a little Easter basket for someone.  I added four full size glittery eggs for the photos only, to give you some idea of how much you can fit in this little basket.  It will be a perfect size basket for Mr. Doug!

Remember when you are finished here to go to BBTB2 and check out all of the DT's fabulous projects. The ladies truly rocked their Easter  crafting this week!!


On a personal note - thank you all for your kind words, good thoughts, prayers, and other acts of kindness over the last two weeks.  We have truly felt so supported.  

My mother-in-law was a sweet lady who would be so proud of her children and grandchildren in the way they handled her passing and the way they have treated one another.  I have heard of families who have hurt feelings and fights after the parents are gone.  I can honestly say that my husband, his siblings, and their spouses were exactly the opposite of that type of behavior.  This family has been loving and caring, supporting one another and encouraging one another in their grief and in splitting up of property, etc.  My mother-in-law can rest easy knowing what wonderful adults her children became!



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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Family Healing and Remembrances

(Doug and his mom, Mother's Day 2013)

Hello everyone.  As you read this Doug and I are in Chattanooga with his family.  Doug's mother very unexpectedly passed away earlier this week.  It came as such a shock to all of us.  Aside from mobility issues, his mother was not ill.

Please keep Doug, his sister and two brothers, and the entire extended family in your thoughts and prayers. This is going to be a painful time for all involved, but I am hopeful that together it might my be a healing time too.  


 
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